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It’s so simple

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

How bird flu could have been avoided.[tags]Bird, flu, humour[/tags]

Just one thing

Friday, November 25th, 2005

I want to go home.

Thanks to Andrew at Wonderful Electric for alerting me to the fact that the above is *ahem* an old news story. To the googler who arrived via this search, hope I haven’t given you false hope. Let’s hope they’re closed on Monday, eh?

Is it that time of year already?

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating [via Celia]

Is it too soon for a Katrina joke?

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Q. “What does President Bush think about Roe vs. Wade?
A. He doesn’t care how people get out of New Orleans.”

The very best of the internet: An Ask MetaFilter thread starts off as a search for a Vienna phonebook from circa 1938 but goes on to a sweet ending that’ll have you choking back the tears.

And a quote for the day:

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose”

– Hada Bejar

Enid

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Burglar With Conscience Returns Items

ENID, Okla. (AP) – There may be a burglar with a conscience. A television, stereo, and VCR were stolen over the weekend from a house in the small town of Kremlin.

Undersheriff Jerry Niles said the woman who lives at the house called deputies Monday night to say that someone broke into her house again while she was away, returned the electronics gear, even restoring the wiring and repairing a door jamb damaged in the original break-in.

“It was spooky,” Niles said.

He said it was the first time he has ever seen all of the property taken in a burglary returned like that. Deputies are still investigating the case.

[via non blogging Matt] [who now tells me it was via Fark so most of you will've read it already. 'pologies]

Close to home

Monday, March 21st, 2005

English is a funny old language. When an area of a city is populated by the (mostly non white) poor, it’s called a ghetto. If it’s populated by (mostly white) rich folks it’s referred to as exclusive.

When people move to another country in search of a better life they’re called economic immigrants. Unless of course they’re moving from a predominantly white, western country. Then the term is ex-pats.

When English speaking people move to another country they’re applauded if they learn even a smattering of the local language. When people move to English speaking countries they are expected to speak faultless, accentless English from day one. I know several Asian doctors who have lived in this country since their early twenties, speak better English than 98% of the population and yet still have patients who turn to the nursing staff and ask “What’s he saying? Can’t understand a word he’s saying”.

Despite criticism [of the BBC at least], journalists continue to use the term “… no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack” rather than the (to me, preferred) “admitted responsibility”. And I’ve noticed that “asserted responsibility” seems to be gaining a little popularity recently, as in this Washington Post article.
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Revenge

Friday, March 11th, 2005

What’s the difference between Anne Robinson and a weeping boil?

One’s a nasty, red-topped, puss-filled sore, the product of over-exposure to booze, fags and an inflated sense of self loathing.

The other’s a nasty, red-topped, puss-filled sore, the product of over-exposure to booze, fags and the constant pressure of self loathing.

from Jann at Fuddland RND05 : The Donate 50p Per Comment Malarky

Anyone want to improve on it? Suggest another? Off you go!

Dave Allen RIP

Friday, March 11th, 2005

I’m an atheist, thank God.

According to Radio 4 (and the BBC website), comedian Dave Allen has just died. Although he hasn’t been on television these past few years, he will be much missed.

May your God go with you.

Update: He toured with the Beatles!

Food for thought

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Customer: A bottle of Worcester sauce please mate.

Shop Keeper: Sorry sir, it’s off the shelves, cancer scare.

C: Oh right, uh – Chinese Chicken Wings?

SK: Ah that’s the same mate, cancer scare

C: Hamburger Relish?

SK: Cancer scare

C: Sausage and Mash?
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Do you?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

Do you carry a donor card? I know it’s not something we like to talk about much but I was just visiting Rhea and found that fellow blogger Serendipitee Jo died recently. I’d only visited Jo’s site once before but her death is a huge loss to her mother and family and has reminded me that there is a dreadful shortage of transplantable organs worldwide.

Every year hundreds of people die while waiting for a transplant and many others lose their lives before they even get on to the transplant list. There is a serious shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is increasing.

If you’ve ever considered carrying a donor card but haven’t quite gotten round to it, go now and register [it doesn't like Firefox I'm afraid, you'll have to use Internet Explorer].

If you’ve never thought about it before, here are some questions and answers.

An update from Neil: you can have the Organ Donor logo on your Boots Advantage Cardthe application form is here. I don’t normally sign up for loyalty cards but Boots have so many special offers (double points, triple points) that they soon mount up and you can treat yourself fairly regularly to a new lipstick, a cd or bottle of perfume. Well done Boots.

Tip: they currently offer triple points on all purchases until 8 March so you could zip down to your local branch, stock up on all your favourite toiletries, buy your mum a present for Mothering Sunday, sign up for a Boots Donor Logo Advantage Card and earn lots of points while you’re doing it. And what do points make? Prizes!

Update #2: Ed mentions that in the US you can sign up as a donor when you renew your drivers licence. Can you do that in the UK? Oh yes indeedy. You can also let your GP know that you wish to be an organ donor and fill in the registration form there.

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