I’ve argued with conspiracy theory believers, and been called all sorts of names because I’ve pointed out the implausibility of their claims. However, it’s these people who like to crow about being the only ones who can see the “truth” who are the most gullible. The distrust in authority or “the mainstream” (and everyone else) that they foster, makes them more likely to accept without question ridiculous, and often contradictory, ideas so long as they show the Establishment in a bad light. It’s a sad way to live, and I often find myself feeling sorry for them at some point during our exchanges.
Britain and its allies sent as many as 20,000 dogs to the trenches in the First World War, where they did everything from carrying messages to being used to haul guns.
In an alternate history, Ronald Reagan saved the world when the makers of the Enfield electric car took his offer of subsidies and became a huge success.
The future of condoms could come from Manchester! Okay, the intention- improved sexual health, particularly in the developing world- is serious, but it’s hard not to make funnies about condom research.
With all the students in town, it shouldn’t be hard to get volunteers to test them out. (I think I did it again.)
This is the potential setup for some sort of caper movie or slapstick chase film, with people finding, and then losing or having stolen, a hard drive loaded with Bitcoins (or made up filmic equivalent).
I took a few pictures of the Black Horse Hotel/Inn ages ago, but I’ve only just got around to editing them and uploading them. The rest can be found in my Black Horse set on Flickr.
Not long to go until Christmas, so, if you’re unsure about what to get your friends and family, may I suggest a couple of online shops.
It may seem like an odd thing for a cyclist and longtime eco-worrier to say, but I like cars. Interesting cars, not everyday ones or even those supercars we’re all supposed to drool over. Stuff like this- a two engine, four supercharger 1927 Ford Model T hot rod. It’s insane and awesome and far more interesting than any Ferrari could ever be.
If someone has nearly- deliberately or accidentally- seriously injured you, you’re not allowed to be angry about it, it would seem.
I wonder how many homes the whole Underground network could heat?
Here’s a picture of a GI I left in Jabez Clegg-
And here are a bunch of young people hanging around in a corner of it during my third of a century party-
Corrugated Citroen Cliche, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.
Okay, so you have to mispronounce Citroen to get that to alliterate, but I hope you can appreciate what I was going for.
I love the look of these old French vans, but they’re everywhere now, lazy shorthand for "authentic" and "artisan". I’d love to see some old Bedfords, or even first-gen Transits being used as well, just to mix it up a bit.
I’ve stared across at Mayfield Station from Platform 14 many a time, and used to pass it on the way to work for a while. Urban Ghosts have got some images from inside it.
I just discovered this post about a campaign to save the historic Workington Opera House. I never knew that Workington had an Opera House, but it hasn’t been home to grand musical events since before I was born, was a bingo hall for many years and more recently- based upon the photo in the post- was the awesomely named Marrafruits grocer’s shop.
It’s so odd to find out details like this about a town I lived just down the road from for most of my childhood.
Vote for Policies is an interesting site, another in a line of neat democracy enhancing tools on the web. You choose four to six areas of concern and are then presented with policies from six different parties, but you’re not initially told which policies belong to which party*. Choose the collection of policies which you most closely agree with in each area and the site will work out the party you’re most closely aligned with.
Here are my results. I come out as two thirds Green (which is reassuring, as I joined the Greens a couple of months ago). If you’re inclined to sneer and tell me that the Greens are a one-policy party, please note that the environmental policies I voted for were the LibDems’. Also interesting is that the results for my constituency (from only 458 respondents, admittedly), put the Greens ahead of Labour.
*But it’s fairly obvious in some cases- the repeated blaming of the EU or immigrants flags up the BNP and UKIP quickly.