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The sheep are panicking up our way

Cab Q

Was just in town now and did something profligate – took a taxi. Did the doings and laden with bags, went to return by taxi, not bringing the phone with me but chancing the taxi rank.

Trouble with the rank is it’s a fair way off and though downhill in the out direction, to walk back to town is uphill. Should have known when I saw a dozen people waiting down there. We all thought the taxis were parked the other side of the precinct where they’re guaranteed higher fares.

Eventually one came and once inside, I asked him why no taxis for half an hour. There are, he said – you’re in one.

Then he said that everyone was calling for them because Prince Charles had said something or someone else had about 80mph winds up this way around 13:00 today. It’s 12:25 now. Driver said everyone panicked and rushed out to get shopping in – I wondered why the shops were full on a Wednesday, usually a slow day in town.

Now how effing stupid to rush out like that. I mean – people are rightly called sheep.

I checked the Beeb just before going and it said 30mph and rain – not an issue. It was my regular shopping day anyway. So there are all these people in blind panic over not having enough food when their fridges and freezers are crammed.

For the record, I bought some mince and Dover sole, as well as the core items – veg, fruit.

And choc.

UPDATE

OK,  I take it back – there are warnings and it has started out there:

beeb forecastI admit it’s fanciful but doesn’t it seem interesting – south and south-east get it and we escape.   So, someone orders it for up here and contacts the media and then, on cue, it hits the parts of England which missed out on the past few weeks’ mayhem.

Reading the Beeb blurb, seems we could be losing our power – this was the main idea, of course.   There are two more scheduled posts today at NO but if you see no more after 5 p.m. or if I miss a Skype schedule or whatever, you’ll know why – I’ve been killed by a giant branch crashing through the roof and skewering me to the floor.

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It will be interesting to see if the North East has its turn in a few weeks.   By the way, it just started raining from the ceiling in this flat.   I’ve put out the bucket and sponges and have the sandbags at the ready.

See you when I do.

Wooden boats

There’s a beauty to wood which can’t be matched by other materials. Wiggia sends these pics from Pinterest:

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Tale of another police chief parachutee

422514-christine-nixonAmfortas:

Former parachutee Christine Nixon, who reduced the Victorian Police Force to the ineffectual farce that it is now, has shown her own contempt for the rules she applied to others.

As per the usual way.

Former Victorian police chief Christine Nixon caught driving unregistered car

Ms Nixon was heavily criticised in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires for her decision, while police chief, to go out for dinner with friends on the evening of February 7, 2009, when 173 Victorians died.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/former-victorian-police-chief-christine-nixon-caught-driving-unregistered-car/story-e6frg6nf-1226824530308

Having secured her life-time pension and perks, she swans off with more Government sinecures, disregarding the rules that apply to anyone else. And of course, her ex-buddies virtually let her off.

Have you noticed this sameness to the look, the modus operandi and the result with these parachutees? Uncanny, is it not?

The speed at which we do things

Chuckles:

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This might be an oblique reference to the speed at which I am getting the old site back up but knowing the sweetness and light of Chuckles’s nature, this seems a fanciful idea.

Arabs losing the plot [2]

Amfortas:

It’s not everyday one hears criticism of Arabs coming out of Saudi Arabia.

It may be indicative of a growing sense of an historical change needed or about to occur, altering the balances between the belligerent ‘parts’ of Islam and maybe even an alignment with western ‘values’ – just as we are losing all semblance of them ourselves.

An amazing Saudi Arabian Journalist says –

“Today, however, [we face] a reality that exceeds imagination, [and includes] decapitations, bombing houses with explosive barrels, the rape of women, and the expulsion of millions of innocent civilians. [Now] the Zionists no longer have to try and distort the image of the Arabs using American cinema and global media, [for] the Arabs have provided them with a short cut.

“Now the world need only follow the news in order for to know how cheap human life is in Arab countries!”

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4647/saudi_columnist_says_number_of_ariel_sharon_s_victims_tiny_compared_with_victims_of_arab_rulers_and_terrorists

Arabs losing the plot [1]

JD asks:

The Doc regenerates viewer interest again

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What a huge difference the actors make.   Bleedin’ obvious you’d probably say, given the onscreen chemistry through cinematic history but seriously … how, when one detests Karen Gillan’s sassiness, can Jenna-Louise Coleman’s be fine? Continue reading

Two opposite ends of the earth, two opposite issues

We have our floods and:

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Segretti’s legacy lives on

segrettiDoes anyone remember Donald Segretti who uttered this immortal line:

Don’t tell me anything and I won’t know.

He was Nixon’s dirty tricks man for C.R.E.E.P., which sounded like something in a Bond film.

Potted bio:

Segretti’s involvement in the “Canuck letter[2] typifies the tactics Segretti and others working with him used, forging a letter ascribed to Senator Edmund Muskie which maligned the people, language and culture of French Canada and French Canadians, causing the soon to be Democratic presidential candidate Muskie considerable headaches in denying the letter and having to continue dealing with the issue. Continue reading

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Leapfrog to the post-violence era

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The incompetent and ambitious employ and promote the incompetent and ambitious

chris smithThe Somerset levels debacle, the EPA, has greatly angered much of this country, it would be fair to say.

But it’s by no means a unique debacle. Do you remember one which was covered at OoL about the flooding of the Missouri basin. Naturally you’re not interested in that at this time but it does give a perspective on the current troubles.

Jodi Farhat is exactly what Lord Smith is – a bumbling fool but accompanied by certain traits which are the last thing one needs in the head of an agency or company: Continue reading

Whither Scotland?

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At first I thought the Scottish gentleman had a point:

It’s a numbers game. England has 170K registered senior players. Scotland 12K, Ireland 25K, Wales 23K, Italy 17K. Taking into consideration the number of players England have available from England , Tonga etc it must be a disappointment that they are not able to beat a team with Scotland ability by more than 20 points.

… but then I thought it through and found this at the Roar, a heavily pro-AFL site: Continue reading

Pamper yourself with Next Two

The theme so far today has been insanity from on high but it need not be the on-highs – it can be a bog standard auto company too:

Renault wants to make your commute as chill as possible. Assuming your route is “protected” (free of pedestrians, cyclists or lane changes), the French automaker has a few tricks up its sleeve to make gridlocked traffic less of a hassle. Once you engage automated driving mode, the Next Two prototype releases scents to calm you down, adjusts cabin lighting, kicks the seat back and activates massage motors to melt away the day’s stresses.

The company purposely designed these features to activate at below 19MPH (30KPH) — about half of Audi’s cap — to take the frustration out of bumper-to-bumper traffic. With the push of a button though, the reins are back in your hands and everyone’s safety is up to you.

[H/T haiku]

Site news – first view

The build was quicker than expected and though still some days away, it’s certainly not now going to be as far away as the 23rd, nice though that auspicious day for me might have been – it will be far earlier.

It’s been a long haul which was complicated by people between the server and me having issues of their own. I might have been able to launch earlier in a half-assed way but this seemed worth the wait.

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