"Woman forced to remove burkini on Nice beach by armed officers" (Really? Or was this a setup? I mean, who goes to a stony beach, lies down in a burkini without a book or even a towel to lie on? It doesn’t quite stack up to me.)
A useful summary of how many types of people disapprove of Pokemon Go. (Christians, muslims, moral guardians, leftards, gaming purists, conspiracy theorists, nanny-statists, more leftards, SJWs, puritans…)
The IMF was wrong and I was right. (I feel smug.)
Reid Hoffman's first job earned him $127 for contributing to the RuneQuest supplement 'Borderlands' (nothing to do with my shop). Now he's one of the richest people in the world You see? RPGs can totally make you rich!
The Work and Pensions Committee's report into the collapse of BHS is pretty shoddy work. I would have expected better of Frank Field, one of the Labour Party’s more sensible MPs.
This is not going to be a very good review because if I told you much at all it would spoil a lot of the appeal. I was lucky enough not to really see any reviews (or at least remember anything from them) before I played it. I STRONGLY recommend that you do the same. Don't look up it up on Wikipedia or anything. You can read this though.
The game is subtitled "A Video Game About A Woman Talking To The Police". Your job is to work out "her story" from the clips you see of her talking to the police. The clips have been tagged with relevant keywords and you get to search by keyword. That's about it.
It's currently (until 4th July) in the Steam Summer Sale for just £2.49. It'll take you about two hours to play it. And I think most people here will love it. And I think that a lot of people will agree with me that it's an astonishingly good performance from someone in her first acting role.
Oh, and you can play it on pretty much any PC.
* Football Manager doesn't count. It's not a game, more a way of life.
"Controversy as Chester Zoo opens 'Wrexham Scally Enclosure'". (I should point out that Homo Wrexhamius Scalliensis Chavus is pretty much confined to the southern part of Wrexham, not the nice bit where I’m from…)
The worst football kits of all time. They’re all bad, but Colorado, seriously…?
Star Wars Episode IV in a single image. (OK, it’s a very big image, but still…)
Today's most widely misinterpreted piece of economics, from the IMF. There are two arguments put forward in the paper. The first is that there are risks associated with capital account liberalisation (allowing money into and out of the country with less regulation). The second is that although high public debt is bad for growth and welfare, for countries with excellent records of debt repayment, like the US, the UK and Germany, a “credible medium-term fiscal consolidation” makes more sense than a “fiscal noose today”. In other words, slowly bringing down debt as a percentage of GDP, not slashing everything to balance the budget as soon as possible. Now that’s pretty much what the UK’s current fiscal policy is. Still I suppose “IMF economists broadly agree with George Osborne” isn’t quite as good a headline as “You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within”. Seriously, this is a paper that says “There is much to cheer in the neoliberal agenda. The expansion of global trade has rescued millions from abject poverty. Foreign direct investment has often been a way to transfer technology and know-how to developing economies. Privatization of state-owned enterprises has in many instances led to more efficient provision of services and lowered the fiscal burden on governments”… and Facebook (and one of our less reputable newspapers) is full of idiots claiming that “we are witnessing the death of neoliberalism”.
The other day an RAF Chinook with a distinctive bright red tail flew right past my window. (We're high on the side of a hill and they often fly low up the river.) Turns out it was a special paint scheme for the 100th anniversary of the squadron. (Aren’t Chinooks cool? You can keep your Apaches and your Lynxes and your Merlins.)
First edition King James Bible from 1611 found in cupboard in Wrexham Parish Church. (Thanks to pellegrina.)
"Children who play video games twice a day are less likely to achieve five good GCSE grades". (Or possibly kids who don’t bother revising, and go and do fun things instead, like playing video games, are less likely to get good grades than kids who revise more. Do you think…?)
Labour MPs aren't happy at the moment. ( I particularly liked one anonymous Labour MP’s description of communist Corbyn supporter Richard Burgon as “a fucking dickhead” and Ian Austin MP’s advice to Corbyn that he “should start acting like the Leader of the Opposition and not like a student union president”.)
All 50 US states (plus DC) ranked in order of nerdiness. Go Utah! (And Alaska – No. 1 for D&D!)
Rape threats are now part of the Corbynistas' arsenal. (Seriously, these people are just scum, aren’t they?)
Real Madrid 0 - 5 Manchester United (two goals from Bale, two from Munir and an Alvarez Balanta own goal, Bale was man of the match against his old team)
Danilo Jones Pique Shaw
Koke Thiago (Herrera)
Januzaj Mata (Unal) Bale
This completes an unprecedented quadruple for United:
World Club Champions
FA Cup (beat Norwich 5-1 in the final, three goals from Januzaj, two from Munir)
French animal rights nutters stealing a homeless man's puppy. (I’m slightly less than 100% convinced that this is real, but if it is, then this is pretty bad.)
The interesting connection between Hillary Clinton and short-selling of pharmaceutical stocks.
Google, I have a lot of time for you, but don't get online harassers to lead your 'Online Abuse Prevention Initiative'.
Functioning 'mechanical gears' in nature. (Thank you louisedennis.)
Calling the new Shadow Chancellor a "nutjob" is apparently not allowed. I can think of plenty of other things to call him, but I’m guessing they’re not allowed either…
Five Actors Who Almost Played Aragorn (Russell Crowe?)
Can you name a nation that became rich with statist policies? Can you name a nation with interventionism and big government that is out-performing a similar nation with free markets and small government?
How to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors. (By the way, did you know that Rock, Paper, Scissors was the very first roleplaying game combat system, in Dave Arneson’s pre-D&D Blackmoor campaign?)