"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.)
New Robin of Sherwood audio drama with original cast. (We’re working our way through the boxed set in preparation!)
Gordon Murray has died. No, not the bloke who designed the car in the userpic, the guy who did Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley.
The pilot episode of Korgoth of Barbaria. Why didn’t this make it as a series? It’s great!
"Around 50% 'hold authoritarian views'". Sounds shocking. What’s more shocking is the ignorance of the researchers (three politics professors no less, albeit from second rate universities) as to what constitutes “authoritarian”. Authoritarians would presumably favour powerful state control, right? You know, like Stalin or Hitler or Mao. Not according to these three clowns. Apparently “ideological sympathy for… rolling back the state” is an authoritarian point of view. Incredible.
Richard 'fuckwit' Murphy had to publically apologise to Lord Ashcroft and make a donation to his charity for being wrong. I wish the legal system could force him to make an apology every other time he’s been wrong.
Why are we so understanding towards the crimes of Communism? A suggestion I’ve seen elsewhere is that International Labour Day should be replaced with a day of remembrance for the victims of communism and socialism. Good idea.
Gerry Adams apologises for tweeting the word "nigger". I’m amazed at the fuss about this. Might it not have occurred to the twitter commentariat that heading a terrorist organisation responsible for the deaths of 1,800 people is ever so slightly worse than typing a naughty word into social media?
Really nicely done Star Trek fanvid set to William Shatner singing* Pulp's 'Common People'. (* Maybe singing isn’t quite the right word. If you’re familiar with Mr Shatner’s musical career, you know what I mean.)
And the lesson to be learned here is this: make a self-deprecating joke to a conference that could be misinterpreted as politically incorrect if removed from the context in which it was made, then it _will_ be removed from its context, selectively quoted and used by a social media mob to hound you out of your job, no matter how great your previous accomplishments. Richard Dawkins is angry about this, and really so should we all be. This is typical of the condemnatory articles that didn't think to check facts.
Doctor Who Online does look to be defrauding advertisers. They’ve tried this with The Shop on the Borderlands (we sell Doctor Who RPGs), but I was too sceptical. Combine a proprietary analytics system that massively overstates traffic with quite persistent selling, and yes, I think Mr Sandifer is on to something.
Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes. (And that’s before you include the cost of state education, state healthcare, public sector salaries etc…)
So let me get this straight - Scottish votes for Scottish laws is right and proper; Welsh votes for Welsh laws is right and proper; Northern Irish votes for Northern Irish laws is right and proper but English votes for English laws is "racist".
I haven’t done a Phligm Phlagm post since April. (Sorry, I’ve been really busy…) We have some catching up to do. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and / or are informed by these links:
The maths (and beauty) behind a perfect 147. Make sure you watch Ronnie O’Sullivan’s five minutes and 20 seconds 147 – one of the all time greatest accomplishments in any sport.
Great myths of British politics, number 745: "The NHS is the most efficient health system in the world". (According to the OECD, only Ireland and Greece could make greater savings from more efficient healthcare systems.)
Even among countries with similar healthcare systems, the UK's is "below average". (So can we please stop this “envy of the world” bollocks?)
Diane "divide and rule" Abbott tutting that the "Tories harp on about Mid-Staffs". (Yeah, cos it’s not as if 1,200 people dying because of neglect in a state-run hospital is something politicians should be concerned about…)
PwC is going to ignore graduates' A-level results when recruiting. (This surprises me. When I was being recruited as a trainee chartered accountant, and when I was recruiting trainee chartered accountants, it was generally accepted that A-level grades were the best indication of future success in ACA exams, far more so than class of degree.)
10 typographic mistakes everyone makes (and which life is far, far too short to care about.)
I dreamed that I'd woken up this morning (and it was explicitly this morning - specifically the 31st March) and that I'd had a huge sale overnight - for over £5000. In the dream, I knew it was the 31st March because I remember thinking that I would beat my sales target for the month after all. At first, I was surprised that the order came to so much, but on closer examination, it included 46 copies of a biography of Bill Shankly, the former Liverpool manager. Clever people will realise that this would still mean that these biographies had sold for £100+ each. Cleverer people will wonder why a shop selling classic roleplaying games is selling biographies of football managers. Stranger still, the order was to be delivered to a stall at the Labour Party conference.
While I was looking at this order, another one appeared - I'd somehow sold several books on Greek and Roman History (I don't remember all of them, but one was definitely 'From Solon to Socrates', by Victor Ehrenberg and another was 'From the Gracchi to Nero' by H.H. Scullard, which were my two main A-level textbooks) to a Francis Urquhart. This order was for £588.83 (I remember the amount exactly). There was also a third order, but I don't recall anything about that one.
- I don't remember ever being aware of today's date in a dream before. Is this common?
- Yes, I have been watching 'House of Cards' recently. I got the boxed set for Christmas.
- Why would there be a stall at the Labour Party conference selling Bill Shankly biographies?
- Why was I dreaming about Bill Shankly anyway?
Seven grammar 'errors' you shouldn't worry about. (This makes perfect sense until the last two lines.)
Argentina is getting exactly what it deserves. (Nothing to do with football, although while we’re at it, I would _love_ it if Germany humiliates the dirty, cheating, slimy, Falklands-invading bastards the way they humiliated Brazil.)
Following the success of 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Lord of the Rings', it was inevitable that someone else would bring an epic work of fantasy literature to the screen. This wouldn't have been my pick, but who knows...?
Downmarket British newspaper libels bestselling American fantasy author. He doesn't sue...but he does take the 'journalist' apart line-by-line in a very entertaining fashion. Part 2. ...and a fellow member of the Evil League of Evil joins in the bitchslapping.
Britain's Greatest Pilot, Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown. Did anyone see the documentary about him on BBC the other night? Astonishing bloke. For a short time, he was my Dad’s commanding officer at RNAS Lossiemouth. List of aircraft flown by 'Winkle' Brown.