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Finders, not keepers

January 8th, 2004 · No Comments

Tokyo finders not keepers – a charming article from the IHT/NYT about the practice of lost property in Japan actually being returned to a national network of lost and found centres by finders, as opposed to being swiped. There is still hope left for humanity, it seems, if we can follow the Japanese example.

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Facts and things

November 21st, 2003 · 3 Comments

Facts from around the world!
In South Africa, they use the same word for ‘demonstration’ and ‘riot’, according to a friend from Cape Town who was alarmed to read about the mass ‘riots’ taking place in London for Bush’s visit.
In Australia, when the public transport workers go on strike, they don’t go home. Instead, they go [...]

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Wake Up

November 7th, 2003 · No Comments

Wake up calls in Portugal – people pay for personal wake up calls in Portugal, and we’re not talking the automatic hotel-variety calls either. We’re talking human operator wake up calls. No, I couldn’t believe it either. More on those calls (scroll down).

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August 31st, 2003 · No Comments

I never knew that Goosnargh was actually a real world until I read about ‘Goosnargh chicken’ in the Sunday Times today. I blame Douglas Adams in So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish:
‘Goosnargh,’ said Ford Prefect, which was a special Betelgeusian word he used when he knew he should say something but didn’t know [...]

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July 2nd, 2003 · 1 Comment

An excerpt from an email I sent a couple of weeks ago
Incidentally, I went to a theme park (Thorpe Park, near London) with some friends yesterday, which was good fun. The best part was when we went to a ride called ‘Tidal Wave’.
Now, Tidal Wave is basically a big log flume (like Splash Mountain). When [...]

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The steam-powered drum machine

May 20th, 2003 · 2 Comments

The steam-powered drum machine – an astonishing extract from a journal written in 1894 about a steam-powered drum machine and a 19th century rave (yes, it’s a joke). Via the Culture List and spawned, in part, from the demented mind of Brendan Nelson.

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May 17th, 2003 · No Comments

You know the feeling well. You’ve been queuing up in a worryingly long line for a film or a talk for a while now, and while you’ve resigned yourself to getting a seat at the back behind a pillar, you’re still holding out hope that you’ll actually get inside. Just as you begin to near [...]

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A few good men

April 30th, 2003 · No Comments

Cheeks to the rescue – ever been in a desperately embarrassing situation where you wished you could just crawl into a hole? Imagine being a 13 year old and fluffing the words to the American national anthem on live TV, and in front of 20,000 people. Fortunately, NBA team coach Mo Cheeks came to the [...]

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March 24th, 2003 · No Comments

So it was a gorgeous day yesterday in Cambridge, sun shining, birds singing, etc etc, and after a game of badminton in the morning I went to do some reading on the Trinity College backs. I originally intended to take along An Instance of the Fingerpost which had been sitting around in my room looking [...]

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March 17th, 2003 · No Comments

Cricket rebel outwits secret police squad – a story of Zimbabwe’s youngest and first black cricketer standing up for his beliefs with the knowledge that it would finish his career and possibly his life. Said one person on K5, “This man is a hero”.

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