Monthly archives: April 2007

I'm the only green MP

Alan Simpson MP details his ecohouse project. An odd aspect of this report is that it appears in the Daily Mail, one of the last newspapers still in denial and desparately trying to find fault with the few things the Government is doing. For example- the assessors for the energy consumption section of Home Information Packs won’t have criminal record checks and will therefore all be burglars, apparently. They’ll also be able to make a lot of money if they work hard (how dare they!).

Alan Simpson’s website

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Monday 23rd April is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

In response to a rant by the current vice-president of the Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of America labelling those who provide free versions of their work online scabs and “Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretches”, livejournal user papersky, aka author Jo Walton, has announced that Monday 23rd April is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. Participants should give away professional standard work online. I’m thinking of putting up my National Novel Writing Month effort, which only reached 21,000 words but works as a stand alone short story, “Global Weirding”. I will then, as soon after as possible, make it available through Lulu with “added features” and as a physical product for those who want it.

via BoingBoing

A Green roof for Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, imperfectly redeveloped a few years ago and with a lawn that needs constant relaying, is to get a green roof on the crescent of food outlets that line one side. This should help compensate for the excess of concrete and paving that was laid as part of the remodelling and maybe ease the big puddles that cover the tram tracks after a heavy rain. The popular fountains in the Gardens are now being fed from a ground source of water under the area, which should also cut their impact.

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No Poles, No Lapdancing






Work Pattern Evenings , Weekends

Employer Harvey’s Bar & Restaurant

Employer Ref Go Go Dancers

Closing Date 01/06/2007

Pension No details held



A professional busy bar would like ladies & gentlemen to perform go-go dancing on stage. We require 10 dancers to dance at varying intervals through the night to set music pieces. May also be required to perform as shooter girls/guys who offer shots of alcohol to customers. We offer a strictly no poles, no lap dancing, no nudity, no semi nudity policy.

Go to Jobcentreplus and look it up using the code above.

BNP to spoil St George's Day

Only recently has the country started to feel it can celebrate St. George’s Day without worrying that some might think they’re being racist. Sadly, a bunch of idiots want to spoil all that hard work- the BNP intend to turn up to the St. George’s parade at the end of the month and sell “patriotic merchandise”.

If I remember, I’ll be there. But I’ll be ignoring the bigots.

V8 Bob's '40 Ford – one big kit

This hot rod club display is based around a neat idea. One partially built 1940 Ford has been set up to look like a kit, complete with modelling tools, paint and brushes, and the completed cars lined up before it. On a table in front of the display are a collection of 1:25th scale models built and painted to look like the club cars.

It makes a lot more sense when you see the pictures.

via Wired Gadget Blog

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Zoo time is she and you time

Zoo time is she and you time
The mammals are your favorite type and you want her tonight
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us
But it ain’t me who’s gonna leave

Flying, domestic flying
And when the stewardess is near, don’t you show any fear
Heartbeat, increasign heartbeat
You are a khaki-colored bombardier,
it’s Hiroshima that you’re nearing

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us
But it ain’t me who’s gonna leave

Daily, except for sunday
You dawdle into the cafe, where she meets you each day
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
As twenty cannibals have hold of you, they need their protein just like you

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us
But it ain’t me who’s gonna leave

Shower, another shower
You’ve got to look the best for her and be clean everywhere
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
The rain is pouring on the foreign town, the bullets cannot cut you down

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us
But it ain’t me who’s gonna leave

Census, the latest census
There’ll be more girls who live in town, though not enough to go around
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat

You know that this town isn’t big enough, not big enough
For the both of us
This town isn’t big enough, not big enough for the both of us
And I ain’t gonna leave

This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us – Sparks

Inspired by this post of Sparks videos at Beaucoup Kevin

Teach your children ignorance

The American home schooling trend is driven by parents who want to protect their children from the horrors of a secular education, such as sex education and evolution, and teach them a heavily biased and God based curriculum. Even though they’re doing it because they love their children, it strikes me as a form of child abuse and part of a slide toward the sort of fundamentalism they claim to be fighting in the Middle East.

Censorship and anti-science

Every time another unscientific denial of climate change is debunked the deniers come out crying about censorship, or threaten to sue. In truth, as George Monbiot points out, it is the scientists doing the hard work that proves mankind is changing the environment who are the ones being censored.

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