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Mayan 'nesting doll pyramid' discovered in Mexico -


Stevenage: The town that aimed for Utopia -


The 21 Documentaries from the 21st Century Everyone Should See -

Law and Order:

The Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners -


The Man Who Fixed His Own Heart -


Why The Heck Do Animals Live In Our Houses? -

11 times 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted the future -

My father's double life as a British spy -

Israel's Arab soldiers who fight for the Jewish state -

The slot machines that changed bingo -

Is it right to train babies to sleep? -


Untangling Trump's Conflicts of Interest -

The Lessons of Henry Kissinger -

'Crazy' to say Facebook helped Trump win - Zuckerberg -

US election 2016: The Trump-Brexit voter revolt -


Here’s What Happened the Day the Dinosaurs Died -


Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion -

Science Fiction:



Rugby Union:

China's drive to become a rugby union superpower -
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He was murdered 1,400 years ago -


Around the World in Pancakes -


Laws and Original Order -

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre. -

Where are the blue plaques for black and Asian people? -

Blundeston Prison: Inside Reggie Kray's old prison cell -


Maltese Phrases You Just Can't Translate
- At least in part because I love the sub-title 'Well, you can... but you'll sound crazy.'


Life on the road as a female lorry driver -

M6/A38: Why so many road works into Birmingham? -

The MI5 spy who saved children from a UK bomb attack -

Operation Julie: How I infiltrated a drugs gang -


More Wealth, More Jobs, but Not for Everyone: What Fuels the Backlash on Trade -


The leap second: why 2016 will be exactly one second longer than expected -

How We'll Tackle Diseases That Are Becoming Untreatable -


What You Don't Know About Being a GM -

The NFL Is Losing to English Football in the Export Game -

Figuring out fatigue: A tired brain can hinder performance as much as a tired muscle -


Mercedes to enter Formula E in 2018 - This is big news.


McKenzie: The real story of how Corsi got its name -


These unlucky people have names that break computers - Not so much her name, but my Mum once caused problems because her father's DOB was 1909 and the pulldown box at her job's HR system only went back to 1920. It was hilarious.


Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:32 pm
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Urban kingfishers making a home on London's waterways -

US reroutes flights around Alaska beach in attempt to avoid walrus stampede - Walruses are the latest victims of global warming (via [ profile] nwhyte)

The freedivers who swim with whales -


Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis -

Temple of Mithras: How do you put London's Roman shrine back together? -

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city -

Data Visualisations:

Mapping Murder - - American homicide rate per 100,000 people (2012) I just really like the way they've visualised the data.

Map: Most Popular Female Names by State - From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.

Map: Most Popular Male Names by State - From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.


Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities - - Selections from Victorian and Edwardian era photography from the Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.

The UK was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees during World War One, the largest single influx in the country's history. So why did they vanish with little trace? -


Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic? -

The rich: Exactly what does the terminology mean? -


Battle horse roundabout in Tewkesbury 'best in Britain' -

Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! - - Or which photographs (including manufacturer, time and device) make you more likely to get OK Cupid hits.

Taboola: The internet firm at the forefront of 'click-bait' - Interesting stuff, certainly more interesting than the click-bait they produce.

Does job success depend on data rather than your CV? - Or companies doing ever wierder things to choose candidates.

Trying to improve childhood survival rates in Africa -

Games for doctors - how the computer games industry is turning its attention to helping doctors improve their performance -

Wasabi: Why invest in 'the hardest plant to grow'? -

The father of 26 children who's helping to preach birth control -

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood -

The NSA claimed that it was only collecting metadata—a fact we now know is false—but even metadata can tell an intimate story -


Plutonium: The scary element that helps probe space's secrets -

Can Memories Be Implanted and Then Removed? -

Terry Fox's cancer now highly curable researcher says - Or science, we're working on it.



Premier League: Chelsea and the madness of the loan game - In short, Chelsea are up to something and whether it works or not could change how the Premier League does business (possibly turning it's business model closer to that of Italy).

Enner Valencia: West Ham striker on milking cows and Green Street -


Sep. 18th, 2014 12:50 pm
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History and Archaeology:

Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past - Amid the devastation and danger of civil war, Syrian archaeologists and activists are risking their lives in the battle against looting.

Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu - A Chinese boy has made the discovery of a lifetime by stumbling across a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in a river in Jiangsu Province.


The elephant that flew - - The elephant story is somehow actually the least interesting bit.

Chocolate teapot proves useful - York-based chocolate experts were challenged to prove the sarcastic phrase "as useful as a chocolate teapot" wrong. Or, don't challenge Yorkshirefolk. They will go to extreme lengths to prove themselves right.


Mary Poppins songwriter 'thrilled' at Proms singalong - Alongside regular fixtures such as Land of Hope and Glory, this weekend's Last Night of the BBC Proms will feature a first - a massed audience singalong to the classic Disney score for Mary Poppins.

Songwriter Richard Sherman says he's delighted at the accolade - but that without Flanagan and Allen and Noel Coward none of it might have happened.


The Poison Squad: An Incredible History - The early days of the proto-FDA.

What People Cured of Blindness See -

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life -

Spinosaurus fossil: 'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed -

Dreadnoughtus - Enormous New Dinosaur as Formidable as Its Namesake Battleship -

DNA evidence overturns 30-year convictions in US case -

The Science of Raspberries -


Premier League: What happens to footballers after being rejected? - Or, oh boy do the Prem clubs ever need a better plan than just leaving their academy products out in the cold. Wigan, mysteriously, are the only club with a plan. I am having to be nice about Wigan!

Schalke unveil their new tunnel. It is awesome -

Footballers (and families thereof) adapting to life in foreign countries - I am not surprised that Kevin Keegan was one of the first English managers to understand this kind of problem.

Some Links

Mar. 18th, 2013 12:22 pm
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Younger members of the armed forces returning from duty are more likely to commit violent offences than the rest of the population, a study suggests -

'Black Death pit' unearthed by Crossrail project -

Residents on the Orchard Park estate in Hull say this is one of the hardest places in the UK to find a job. The statistics back their theory up. - Or those job-seekers the right don't want you to hear about.

Which football team does the Pope support - Apparently Viggo Mortensen is also a fan. (Although actually getting divine help seems like cheating -

The Eurosport/Yahoo boxing blog have a post up about Clarissa Shields -

Richard III

Feb. 5th, 2013 02:06 pm
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Whose body has indeed been found ( and now identified.

I'm torn about this. My inner imp of peevishness wanted it not to be him, and just some other poor bugger, mostly on the principle that we're all equal and doesn't that other poor bugger deserve a name and a face and a decent burial.

On the other hand, it's doing wonders for Leicester Uni's image. I do love the number of posts in places like the Guardian where some archaeologist are all "no, horribly flashy and showbiz" where all the comments are "you're just jealous is was Leicester that got him, not your uni." Because Leicester, despite Evil Bob's herculean efforts, are still not held in the regard it deserves.


Oct. 1st, 2012 04:56 pm
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Jaime Algesuari manages to explain the why of football supporting better than anyone else I've ever seen try - >>
You might wonder how I'm from Barcelona and ended up supporting the 'little' team, when Barcelona are much more successful.

I have big respect for Barcelona and all the players there. They are incredibly talented and it is probably the best football club in the world.

But my passion for Espanyol started because they were playing in the first football match I watched, with my dad. So they became my team.

I always felt very associated with them. They were always struggling for budget, fighting to succeed, to stay in the Primera Liga, and I just fell in love. That's how it is with football sometimes.<<

Full link -


No hard feelings after dog shoots huntsman in France -


Spanish swimmer Sebastian Rodriguez triumphs over dark past -


Richard III dig: How search reached Leicester car park -


An olympic summer, a cultural parade - A blog post by one of London2012's translators -


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