Daily archives: February 14, 2005


Bewitched

Forwarded by my mum, transcribed from a paper clipping found in the belongings of a village matriarch who passed away recently-

An amusing item from Lamplugh Church records is included in the current issue (1970) of �John Peel Jottings,� the magazine issued by S. Redmayne and sons of Wigton.
The article explains that from January 1658 to January 1663, there were only a few burials every year in Lamplugh, but at each burial the cause of death was recorded. The causes were later classified, and deaths from old age totalled 57.
some of the more interesting causes were:
�broke his neck robbing a hen roost,�
�Crost in Love�
�Broke a vein in bawling for a knight of ye shire�
�Overeat himself at a house warming�
�Led into a pond by a will o� the wisp� and
�Of a sprain in his shoulder saving his dog at Culgate.�
Four parishioners died �Of a five-bar gate stag hunt� while �Mrs. Lamplugh�s cordial bottle� saw off two of them.
No less than four died after being �Frightened to death by fairies.�
Three old women were �Drowned upon trial for witchcraft.�
Two people were killed �By ye parson�s bull� and three at Kelton Fell Races.
The greatest number to die by other than natural causes were �Bewitched,� and the register records that seven Lamplugh folk died in this way.

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Targets

The NAtional Audit Office says that the Government is well on its way to having 10% of energy produced by renewable sources by 2010, but at a cost to consumers that could be reduced if it put as much effort into reducing consumption. Of course, the best solution would be to concentrate on both. All new build houses should be required to hit energy efficiency targets and have solar tiles on their roofs.

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Devolution in action

Creationism (or Intelligent Design, or whatever name they choose to use to pretend it’s a science) is edging out evolution in America’s classrooms. I feel sorry for all the teachers scared into teaching voodoo when they signed up to broaden young minds. The US is rapidly turning into the richest mediaeval society ever.

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Sideways

Pike’s Peak wasn’t in Gran Turismo 3, but GT2 had it. I don’t know if it’ll be in GT4, but just in case, here’s a video showing how to drive the real version. (I’m having problems getting the embedded Quicktime to play from this site, I get sound but no vision, but it allows you to open the video in a stand-alone player.)

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