Thursday, January 31, 2013

Every Team Needs This Guy in their Audience

 I've got the man-flu. Luckily the wife had it last week so she knows to give me sympathy.

Anyhoo, whilst trolling the depths of the interwebs I came across this little gem of a clip. Either this is staged, or its not, either way, (and I think it's not) it is a fun thing to watch.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Robert Kubica Returning to Formula 1?

We'd all like to see it happen, the plucky little Pole who nearly severed his arm, come back to fight in the most intense and physically demanding sport known to mankind.

Formula One 2010 Rd.3 Malaysian GP: Robert Kub...
Formula One 2010 Malaysian GP: Robert Kubica (Renault) at autograph session on Sunday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, I might be stretching things a little in the description, and there is definitely a lot more to getting a seat in Formula 1 than ability or talent these days, but Robert Kubica is back racing and has his eyes set firmly on driving with the best of the best.

Its interesting to look at what has changed since he left the sport so dramatically in 2011.
1. As I mentioned at the time, his team changed their name from Renault to Lotus.
2. There are now more paid drivers than ever before. Talent isn't enough to get you a seat, you now have to have the business acumen and the backers to get a seat - any seat!
3. Kimi Raikonnen is back, and eh is very hungry for a win.

Well Robert, the ball is in your court and we all waited anxiously for your return!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Music

After my post 'I'm British', a few weeks ago, I decided to find more music by Dr. Elemental. This led me down a path of knowledge and understanding that brought me, in a mess of smiles, to be listening to this catchy tune.

Do you recognise the underlying tune? - Yes, it made me grin as well!.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gun Control - The Truth

There has been a lot of talk recently about gun control, especially after Sandy Hook. What can be done? What should be done? What do we mean by 'magazine capacity' or 'flash suppressor'?

In the clip below you can see the most literate, eloquent response that I have ever seen.

It is just an honour to think that I have some autographed books by him!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Giant, awesome ‘tree lobster’ survived 80 years in hiding

A giant, awesome bug that looks like an alien almost didn't survive because people are idiots.

The Lord Howe Island stick insect, which you see hatching below, looking like an alien struggling out of a human torso, will grow to the size of your hand. 

It’s also called a “tree lobster” — that’s how big it is.
English: Lord Howe Island phasmid
English: Lord Howe Island phasmid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most incredible thing about these insects, though, is not how big they are or how Geigeresque they look, but how close they came to not existing. In the early 20th century, a British trade ship crashed on the South Pacific island that these stick insects inhabited, and black rats from its hold took over the island and ate all the bugs. 

One very small population survived, hanging out around one tiny little bush on another island (really more of a bare outcropping of rock), until a pair of Australian scientists found them there.

I really recommend NPR’s Robert Krulwich’s telling of this story. Here’s a taste:
On their way down, on a precarious, unstable rock surface, they saw a single melaleuca bush peeping out of a crack and, underneath, what looked like fresh droppings of some large insect …The only thing to do was to go back up after dark, with flashlights and cameras, to see if the pooper would be out taking a nighttime walk. Nick Carlile and a local ranger, Dean Hiscox, agreed to make the climb. And with flashlights, they scaled the wall till they reached the plant, and there, spread out on the bushy surface, were two enormous, shiny, black-looking bodies. And below those two, slithering into the muck, were more, and more … 24 in all. All gathered near this one plant.
To sum up, a giant, awesome bug that looks like an alien almost didn’t survive because people are idiots (and rats are jerks). But it did, because sometimes people aren’t total idiots and are a little bit brave. And now you can watch how awesome this bug is on the internet.

Hat tip to the GristList

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Monday, January 14, 2013

The 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, brothers

Just in case you were wondering what real heroes look like, Sports Illustrated is showing them off as the
2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year.

An inspired choice in my opinion;

And may I suggest you get a box of tissues ready for your potential blubbering at this video?

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm British

Well, there's no denying it. I'm British.

I spell things in a different way; colour, grey, aluminium, favourite,

I have words that others don't understand; trousers, underpants, grocer

And of course, have a different meaning to some words; braces, buns, democracy...

Well, Prof. Elemental has really stated quite well what we're all about;

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

So Many Bad Jokes

The main reason i loved this video, apart from a great wealth of jokes to taunt my son with? My favourite joke of all time is in there.

Horse walks into a bar. Barman says 'why the long face'?

Love it!!

Tommy Cooper will be laughing from up on high;

Tommy Cooper
Tommy Cooper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Monday, January 7, 2013

QEII and Her Majesty

Its not easy, being Queen. 

Especially when you've got a squadron of soldiers marching outside your house at all hours of the day! It must be nice when they mix things up a bit though:


Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Zany Minute

A good friend of mine created this video for her small business, run out of the TV room in her home. She really is an incredibly gifted and talented artist, producing some of the most beautiful and colourful Judaica out there. Heck we have at least 3 of her pieces hanging on our walls!

I'm also quite impressed with the energy she has in the video, and that she has the guts to do it at all!

Well done Marci, I'm passing it along, just like your Mama asked.

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What do you think of it?

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