Archive for the 'In the News' Category

Much depends on what shape balls you have

Posted by on November 3rd 2016 in In the News

Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has confirmed the England players will wear poppies on their shirts for the autumn Test against South Africa at Twickenham on 12 November.

World governing body World Rugby has been "very supportive", according to Ritchie.

"We are commemorating and remembering all people who have died in conflict. This is not a partisan thing or a political statement," Ritchie told BBC Radio 5 live.

"This is something that is just right as an act of remembrance, and it is right to do it on the weekend when we play South Africa."

Wales' rugby team will also wear a commemorative poppy on their shirt in their Test against Argentina on the same day.

The above is from

FIFA - not "Fifa", as the BBC (or perhaps that should be the Bbc) insist on reporting - could learn much by pulling its head out of its arse and looking around to see how others deal with such matters.

There's a petition at

Did the earth move for you?

Posted by on August 1st 2016 in In the News, Maps

It's the 1st of August and the layout of the north of England has gone barmy. The LDNP extended within Cumbria - I can just about understand that. But the YDNP extended into Cumbria and Lancashire? How does that work?



So, now there are even more bits of the LDNP that are not merely unmarked but simply don't appear on my worn-in but not yet worn-out OS OL English Lakes paper set, or my Memory-Map 1:25k Lake District 'puter maps, or even my two excellent AZ Adventure Lake District map-books.

How long before the OS tries to sell us Outdoor Leisure OL "7 and a bit"?


And before you say anything about the UMapper maps on this blog, yes, I know that they're fcuked. UMapper is defunct, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement.

Best served cold

Posted by on July 20th 2016 in In the News, Just for fun

Image courtesy of my friend and neighbour Chris.

Lest we forget

Posted by on June 25th 2016 in In the News

Europe is much bigger than just the EU:

Anyway, that's where we were a few days ago.

Any idea where we'll end up?

As I recall, the Referendum was only about membership of the EU, and not about membership of the Council of Europe, the EU Customs Union or the European Economic Area, each of which are bigger bodies.

Same for Article 50. As far as I can see, It's a process for leaving the EU, not for leaving the other bits.

Comments welcome.

There's a cool clickable version of this Euler diagram at:

More details

Posted by on February 18th 2016 in AML (excluded from front page), Illness and injury, In the News

The Beeb now have hold of the story...

Leicester Royal Infirmary closes wards over swine flu.

Still no signs of the disease in yours truly.

Neutrophils now 0.00 again (as per Cycle 1), so no infection resistance. Was in Day Ward again today, was sent home yet again and was informed that the daily in-out would continue into next week.

Ooda Thunkit

Posted by on June 28th 2013 in In the News

How many years have we been made to fund successive governments' barmy policies to address climate change?

Looks like Aldi have an economical Climate Control solution:




Cyberdyne Systems Series R20 Model 101

Posted by on June 24th 2013 in In the News

This year's Fathers' Day saw the welcome addition of the "Terminator" box-set to the DVD/BluRay collection.



You know the story-lines... Terminators sent back in time, their missions being to kill off the Resistance-to-be at various points within the plot's history, trying to ensure that both Judgment Day and the Rise of the Machines come to pass.

I used to see parallels between the Machines and wind-turbines, between Skynet and RES, between John Connor and Alan Sloman, but the men in white coats put me in a padded room and tried to cure me of my delusions and of my overwhelming desire to insert another "e" into "Judgment".


 Today's news, therefore, is a tad spooky:



Screengrab source and story


Feed me!

Posted by on March 14th 2013 in In the News

Hmm... Google is to retire Reader and a handful of other useful services.

That'll fcuk-up a few bloggers and smartphone users, I'll warrant.

French letters

Posted by on January 31st 2013 in In the News, LMAO!, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)

Recipe for Disaster



  • 3 x Science
  • 2 or 3 x Maths
  • 2 x English
  • 2 x Humanities
  • 1 x language
  • 1 x sprinkling of Computing



  • Take one meddling politician who won't listen to reason
  • Give that politician the authority to tinker and meddle with the ingredients
  • Ensure that the politician gets everything really mixed up
  • Half-bake the mix until it all goes tits-up
  • Give the creation a fancy French name that many kids won't be able to spell anyway
  • Feed it to many thousands of schoolkids
  • Wash your hands of all responsibility
  • Reassign the politician at the next Cabinet reshuffle
  • Let the next Government clear up the mess


Well done, you've just concocted the EBC, an inbred version of the EBacc.

It doesn't look very good, does it? I imagine it'll taste bitter with a hint of merde.


Where's the landlord when you need him? He wouldn't stand for all that foreign-sounding rubbish.

If he ever stood for election to Parliament, he'd get my vote  🙂 


Gone from The Castle Gate

Posted by on December 10th 2012 in In the News

Yesterday's passing of Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS, is sad news to countless folk who are expressing the loss better than I ever could. I'm not good at that sort of thing so I'll leave it to them.

In many he inspired a love of astronomy but in me he also kindled a love of classical music:



Last night the sky was calm and clear, as close to perfect as it gets here, so it seemed fitting that I should get outside and have a look at The Moon and some objects from the Moore Winter Marathon and from his Caldwell Catalogue.

I'll post some pics later if they pass muster.

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