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Miscellaneous:

The 'Walter Mittys': Why do some people pose as heroes? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38085998

Why every office should scrap its clean desk policy - http://ideas.ted.com/why-every-office-should-scrap-its-clean-desk-policy/

Born addicts: The babies starting life in rehab - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37851654

Music Industry:

Darryl Jones: The unknown Stone - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38135674 If you only read one of the links, this is the one I'd recommend.

Politics:

Column: The truth about trade agreements – and why we need them - http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/column-truth-trade-agreements-need/#.WDQyHanfnis.twitter

Science:

HOW TWO TRAILBLAZING PSYCHOLOGISTS TURNED THE WORLD OF DECISION SCIENCE UPSIDE DOWN -
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/decision-science-daniel-kahneman-amos-tversky

The Running Conversation in Your Head - https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/11/figuring-out-how-and-why-we-talk-to-ourselves/508487/

Sport:

Cycling:

Laura Kenny back on track at Revolution series after wedding... but is struggling with signatures! -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/cycling-track/laura-kenny-back-on-track-at-revolution-series-after-wedding.-but-is-struggling-with-signatures_sto5959930/story.shtml

Dame Sarah Storey takes UCI to task for lack of progress in para-cycling -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/cycling/dame-sarah-storey-takes-uci-to-task-for-lack-of-progress-in-para-cycling_sto5959717/story.shtml

Links

Jul. 30th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Business:

A man for all seasons - how Issy Sharp built his hotel chain - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37557539

Will Brexit take the sweetness out of the sherry trade? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37521572

History:

Putin backs WW2 myth in new Russian film - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37595972

Literature:

Lee Child: Celebrating mystery fiction master MacDonald - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37360413

Miscellaneous:

6 Real Celebrity Friendships Better Than Any Fan-Fiction - http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-random-celebrities-who-formed-epic-bonds-friendship/

'I was trafficked from Romania' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37622796

The real cost of giving birth: '$40 to hold my newborn baby' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37555048

How long do we really want to live? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37568662

Israel in food fight over kosher licensing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37443634

Viewpoint: How India deals with the scourge of 'terrorist pigeons' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37583323

News:

North Korea: When is an earthquake a nuclear test? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37582518

Basra Museum: How Saddam's palace was given to the people - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37550027

Sport:

BBC Unsung Hero: How the Gunneys helped Anne Dickins to Paralympic gold - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/37610726

Turia Pitt: Australian burns survivor completes Hawaii triathlon - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37604251

World Cup and European Championship schedules help teams playing first, finds research -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37244726

Cycling:

Laura Massey's journey from pharmaceutical consultancy to the World Championships -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37540060

Football

Pavel Nedved explains why Zlatan Ibrahimovic was his best team-mate, despite one big problem -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/pavel-nedved-explains-why-zlatan-ibrahimovic-was-his-best-team-mate-despite-one-big-problem_sto5904298/story.shtml The subheading - 'Pavel Nedved has named Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his greatest ever team-mate, despite the fact one of the world’s great strikers “couldn’t finish” when he signed for Juventus.'

Horse Racing:

Jim Crowley: Champion jockey elect on gruelling race for the title - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/37596442

Science:

Another Bad Effect of Antioxidant Supplements
- http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/10/11/another-bad-effect-of-antioxidant-supplements The short version is that they can stop medicines from working.

Mid Ulster identified as 'giant hotspot' by scientists - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37622249

Technology:

Truth, fires and tumble dryers: Are our home appliances safe? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37572532

Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37618579 Help, I find myself agreeing with MPs.

Wrestling:

In Mexico, The Crowd Loves To Hate Pro Wrestler Who Plays Trump Supporter -
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/07/513883586/in-mexico-the-crowd-loves-to-hate-pro-wrestler-who-plays-trump-supporter?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170208 It's a genius scheme for a Rudo gimmick.
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Architecture:

Italy earthquake: Why so many houses collapsed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37522660

Healthcare:

Frank Pantridge, the 'father of emergency medicine' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37540915

James Lind: The man who helped to cure scurvy with lemons - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37320399

The hidden trauma of being torn during childbirth - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37506001

Miscellaneous:

10 Bars at the End of the World - http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/essential-guide-to-bars-at-the-end-of-the-world Should it worry me that I have been to one, and past another.

Humans: Unusually Murderous Mammals, Typically Murderous Primates -
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/humans-are-unusually-violent-mammals-but-averagely-violent-primates/501935/

Will Brexit be a boon for tourists? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37349820

Do the clothes we wear define us? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37488811

Plastic bag charge: Could fee be applied to other packaging? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504109

The magpie that saved a family - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37519032

Louis Theroux: Looking back on Jimmy Savile - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37517619

Languages:

What a stupid Scrabble article taught me about Welsh - https://medium.com/@1ngi/what-a-stupid-scrabble-article-taught-me-about-welsh-bc4f315490c9

Music:

A summer with Blossoms: 150 gigs, 45 festivals and two weeks at number one -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37493716/a-summer-with-blossoms-150-gigs-45-festivals-and-two-weeks-at-number-one

Politics:

Whistle-blower who took on Spain's ruling elite - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37543182

Why Our Wonderful NHS Is So Close To My Heart - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-serwotka/nhs-conservative-party_b_12329644.html?1475586040&

Science:

Right Hand, Left Hand, Either Hand - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/09/28/right-hand-left-hand-either-hand Containing one of the best explanations of chirality I have ever read.

Sport:

Daniel Wilkinson death: 'Too many are being lost to cardiac issues' - experts -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37347490

Cycling:

Rio Olympics 2016: Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten on horror crash -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37550889

Rugby League:

Jack Smith: Ex-Royal Marine shot on duty in 2010 becomes full-time RFL referee -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37551996

Technology:

Is the world wide web a waste of water? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37471911
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Films:

Why a Bollywood film has been accused of distorting history - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37273221

Health:

These charts show how much of your life you will spend being sick -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/09/19/these-charts-show-how-much-of-your-life-you-will-spend-being-sick/?utm_term=.fc4a52ceae55

What is the food that can really improve your eyesight? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37281200

'I know cannabis is illegal, but it is medicinal' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37318935

Language:

What I learned about languages just by looking at a Turkish typewriter - https://medium.com/@mwichary/what-i-learned-about-languages-just-by-looking-at-a-turkish-typewriter-fc840aab1b0a

Miscellaneous:

Starting university: What to bring, who to avoid - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37297449 Some of this is reasonable, some of it, not so much.

Vogue: Nine down-to-earth discoveries I made at the fashion bible - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37292067

Fabric closure: What next for the UK's club scene? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37297353 Or the further death of UK nightlife

What Is A Data Scientist And Should We Instead Be Talking About Data Teams?
- https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/08/25/what-is-a-data-scientist-and-should-we-instead-be-talking-about-data-teams/#c5e8c7259ea6

Illness forces 12% of workers to quit before pension age - TUC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37272164

Why the former USSR has far fewer men than women - http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/08/14/why-the-former-ussr-has-far-fewer-men-than-women/

Science:

Puberty calorie burn fall 'could explain obesity rise' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37297812

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37287715 As I had to explain to a friend of the time, yes, Y. pestis was the main suspect, but this is the first proof.

What's the evidence for the gluten-free lifestyle? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37292174

Meet the Greater Honeyguide, the Bird That Understands Humans - http://www.audubon.org/news/meet-greater-honeyguide-bird-understands-humans

Sport:

Cycling:

Tour of Britain: How cycling is helping flood-hit Cumbria recover - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-36885273

Football:

FFP forces Inter to effectively split into two teams - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/serie-a/2016-2017/ffp-forces-inter-to-effectively-split-into-two-teams_sto5822073/story.shtml There ain't no sneakiness like Inter sneakiness

Kosovo ready to rock the boat in Finland despite eligibility confusion -
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/04/kosovo-world-cup-2018-qualifier-finalnd

Paralympics:

Team USA should dominate the Paralympics. So why doesn't it?
- https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/06/paralympic-games-brazil-us-athletes-disability

Rio Paralympic Games: Why bookies won't be taking many bets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37256061

Links

Aug. 26th, 2014 09:53 pm
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Data Journalism Type Stuff:

Hacking the world’s most complex election system: part 1 - http://schoolofdata.org/2014/08/22/hacking-the-worlds-most-complex-election-system-part-1/
I suspect this might be of interest to [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte as it's about the Bosnian election system.

Seven Ways To Create A Storymap - http://schoolofdata.org/2014/08/25/seven-ways-to-create-a-storymap/

Miscellaneous:

A map of every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15975720
Morbid but interesting.

Disability and the Japanese art of mastering chopsticks - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-28646082

Artist attempts to create most frustrating products imaginable - http://imgur.com/gallery/rCcU6

Some French Parkourists recreating Assassin's Creed around Paris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8b1zWOgOKA
Unfeasably awesome.

Science:
The man who helped save 50 million lives - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28564607
A brief history of the oral re-hydration therapy that saves millions.

Silicon: After the chip, another revolution? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28600802 Actually a history of the human uses of silicon.

Death By Cardio - http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/death-by-cardio-and-the-fortress-of-solitude/?utm_source=Fitocracy+Users&utm_campaign=f133a25ff8-Content_Death_by_cardio_08_16_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c1f25ec28f-f133a25ff8-242428009

Ignore the title and the bit about cardio and read the bit about the frustrations scientists feel when they come up against pseudo-science. Never have truer words been written.

Sports:

Rwandan teenagers cycling out of poverty - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/28826059

What different methods have managers adopted to get their players up to speed for the new season? BBC Sport consulted five seasoned pros, past and present, to discover some of the more unorthodox ones, and also what constituted their 'nightmare' pre-season routine. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28589313

Wrestling:

Diva Dish With Celeste – How The Life Of A WWE Diva Is Truly The Definition Of Glamour - http://www.pwmania.com/diva-dish-with-celeste-how-the-life-of-a-wwe-diva-is-truly-the-definition-of-glamour#ixzz3BX67OSLL
As written by the diva formerly known as Kaitlyn, who writes well. Please can we keep her :)

Links

Sep. 29th, 2013 09:48 pm
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Team Sky cyclist in UCI inquiry - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/24321502 - or, as I put it, oh no, here we go again.

Beatles fans get reply to fan letter 50 years later - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-24318839

End war on drugs, says Durham police chief - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24320717
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My mother and I were right, if we didn't watch the final Murray would win. Apparently she came in for the last game, saw Murray starting to play like a banana and left. So then he got his act together and won.

Going to the gym might have been a mistake though ;)

(Also, if my friend who keeps insisting that the answer is cardio keeps saying that, I might well thump him with my lifting improved muscles. Apparently my training for fencing, a sport where we go all out for 3 minutes then have a minute's rest, would be improved by doing long distance running. Yeah, there's nothing to be done with that kind of stupidity. I suspect he's just pissed because I'm losing weight/building muscle and still eating, while he struggles along running 10k in the gym regularly and eating like a rabbit. I've tried to help, but there's none so stubborn as those who are wrong.)

Tour De France - I'm in love with Dan Martin right now. Despite him beating one of my Astana boys. Also, much love for Nairo Quintana.
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Tour De France - As you might be able to tell from the previous post, I missed a lot of the sport today. Switching my mobile on on the train back, I got a series of texts from L. He mostly wanted to know WTF happened with the Tour stage today. So I was expecting there to have been a real disaster, rather than just a new form of the traditional chaos.

BBC report here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/23110998

Basically the Orrica GreenEdge team coach got stuck under the finishing line, they moved the stage finish, then they managed to get it unstuck so they moved the finish back to the original place again. Also, entirely separately, all the of the sprint favourites had crashes. So yeah, to me that's just the expected first day chaos.

Cycling has spoilt me.

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Tennis - In the men's tennis, I'm down to one guy I like left in, and that's Jurgen Melzer who I don't even like but he's Austrian, so I'm kind of obliged, because if he wins I get to point out to my mother that an Austrian has won a Slam more recently than a Brit. Yes, this argument is vital.

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Moto GP - I think Lorenzo might finally have won the hearts and minds. Also Valentino won, and that's always good. This picture - https://twitter.com/calcrutchlow/status/351030040378605568/photo/1 made me smile. A lot.

Now, if only we could get Aleix Espargaro a satellite (or even main team) bike.

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F1

Well yes, Paul Di Resta will go faster if his car is underweight. I love how this is all some huge conspiracy according to some people.

Also, no, dear British press, he was never going to be the Webber replacement, because he's never beaten his team-mate's point total.

The 2011 year where he "smoked" Sutil, he finished with 27 points, compared to 42 points for Sutil. In 2012 he got 46 points compared to Nico Hulkenberg's 63.

Yeah, this year, he's beating Sutil, but that doesn't mean he's being spectacular. Especially not when compared to Ricciardo or Vergne or Kimi-Kimi (not that Vettel is going to let them pick up Kimi-Kimi but never mind). My guess is that it'll be Vergne because of Renault.

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Fanfic Meme - Day 20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Not really. Like sometimes, there'll be a canon event that causes lots of fic, and I try not to do the same thing, not out of peevishness but, well I like the quote [livejournal.com profile] opera142 has on her profile page - "You have to be first, best, or different" (from Loretta Lynn). Other people write their own stories better than I could, so my stories have to be mine.

Other Days )
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TNA )

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Cycling

Say what you want about pro-cycling, but the fact that, on the last day of the Vuelta, they're giving the two retirees a moment at the front to say goodbye makes me love it. And while David Moncoutie is a big name, Grisha Niermann was only ever a domestique, and it's so heart-warming that they do respect his efforts for his team and other riders.

Tour of Britain -

Dear Garmin-Cervelo, in particular Tyler Ferrar, why are you annoying Cav? You do know he runs on spite and bile.

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F1

- Dear people complaining that the Tifosi were booing Hamilton, and how that shows they're not the best fans in F1. Which bit of psychotically biased in favour of Ferrari did you miss?

Fernando Alonso, on the podium, drives for Ferrari.
Sergio Perez, on the podium, drives a Ferrari-powered car, and may be the replacement for Massa next season.

Hamilton does not drive for Ferrari, and his car is powered by Mercedes. He is the odd man out.

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Rugby union

I get confused when Tomkins gets replaced by Farrell, and it's not league. The feeling gets worse when it comes after discussion of a Kyle Eastmond try.

Dear Sale Sharks, stop stealing Salford's ground.
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Opening Ceremony

I was actually travelling down from Birmingham (and out to Hounslow) during most of the opening ceremony, and I only really saw from Iceland onwards.

I loved what they did with the torch, it was perfect. There may have been sniffling. Just yes!

Also just yes, Chris Hoy's face on entering the stadium.

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Day 1 )
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Day 2 )

I'm just so immensely glad that I got the chance to go.
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TNA - 29/08/12 )
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Football

Juve - are you just going to be lurking sinisterly for the one remaining day of the transfer window or are you actually going to buy anyone? Later edit: Nicklas Bendtner is not the forward we were hoping for

Dear Brendan Rogers - A pox on you. You are being mean to Andy Carroll. May West Ham beat you both home and away.

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Cycling

ITV's Vuelta coverage just came up with the best bit of word play. "I'm not sure what the opposite of a pilgrimage is, a grim pilage maybe".

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Paralympics

I know he's a judoka and therefore there's a limit to the tv programmes that will have him on but Ben Quilter needs to be on all the programmes, all of them.

Actually, if you ignore the ad breaks, the Channel 4 coverage is pretty decent. They've had the sense to import an anchor who knows what she's doing (Claire Balding), so there's a central point that steadies the ship. And OMG, they also (sensibly) have ex-paralympians as pundits, and oh yeah, unlike the BBC, don't go in for "brave individual" (condescening pat on the head), they go for the proper line of "sportspeople" (so tactics are discussed, results aren't treated 'oh they tried' but in terms of who the Brits were competing against).

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Technology

Dear Dell, do you want to know why people resort to the cheap, non-branded replacement batteries/power cables? Because they do the same job as your replacements for 1/6th of the price. That is of course if you still do replacements parts for certain models. For instance mine, which is merely 3 and 1/2 years old, you no longer make parts for it. And when I call for advice, you don't even give me the right number for your parts line.

Sports

Aug. 30th, 2012 05:00 pm
redfiona99: (vino)
Interesting post about who would inherit the titles Armstrong won - http://philmophlegm.livejournal.com/250263.html?style=mine#cutid1

The writer is a lot kinder than I would have been, as I've said, there's never been a case of doping where the team weren't involved, but I like their version because it gets Andrei Kivilev a yellow jersey. This is a very good thing.

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Rugby League: Wembley already has football statues, so they held a poll to choose who should be on the rugby league one. The response was so overwhelming that there's going to be a group statue - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/19356693 It's a good group, who'd make the nucleus of one heck of a rugby team.

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Also sports-related http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/19412168 People, including rugby league players and cyclists, being awesome and helping fund-raising for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I may have to be nice to Bradley Wiggins for a while.
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I'm incredibly sad to hear about Neil Armstrong's death. He belonged to a time where we had fear and terror, of the cold war and nuclear war, but also hope, and he helped to bring that hope.

RL:

Things that are good - discovering, much to your surprise, that this is a Bank Holiday weekend.

Things that are better - because of this, you get paid a weekend early.

Challenge Cup Final:

I'm just hoping it's a good match, because while neither side are Saints, neither side are Wigan either. (They are the forces of good and the forces of evil respectively.)

Rugby is a lot less terrifying when it's not your team playing.

Why is Rat-boy on my TV when Wigan aren't playing. Once again the BBC are biased in favour of Wigan.

If Warrington win, we're not going to hear the end of the complaining about that knock on.

The Germans have taken to Rugby League. We will convert the world. I know there's an Austrian league already.

Interviewer: "At 30 minutes gone, a storm hit. That could have distracted you."
Lee Briers: "Do you mean Leeds or the weather?"

Adrian Morley is Northern. With a capital N.
Interviewer: "You being an old geezer, do you appreciate these more?"
Adrian Morley: "No. Because you know you've not got that many opportunities left." The famous Northern no that means yes.

It pleases me that Stephen Ratchford has got a shiny, because he's been very impressive in lots of teams that haven't won things.

While I totally agree that Brett Hodgson deserves the Lance Todd, I would have given it to Richie Myler. It pleases me to no end to have Ian Millward agree with what I said.

Paralympics:

As I have been informed by the papers that this is the first time that any US channel is covering the Paralympics (even if it is only online), I feel I should put in an advert for Wheelchair Fencing.

While not as well known as wheelchair basketball and murderball (wheelchair rugby), both of which are stupid amounts of fun to watch - no lie, I prefer wheelchair basketball to the other one, it is fantastic to watch, and the true heir to schlager fencing.

The rules are the same as non-wheelchair fencing, except there is no moving back beyond the movement of the trunk.

So yes, definitely give it a watch if you can.

Moto GP:

You will all love Ben Spies. I mean, he's loveable enough anyway (it is not his fault he's riding against my beloved Texas Tornado and Dovi), but he speaks such sense on the topic of his mother. I feel I should explain. His manager, agent and general person of greatest advice giving is his mother. People occasionally suggest that this is odd, or label him a mama's boy. He points out that plenty of the other racers have their father's in this position and nobody bats an eyelid. He says it's because a lot of men are threatened when women break into areas that they consider to be men's areas. Also that people commenting doesn't bother him, because it doesn't bother his mother.

The Armstrong Affair:

Other than the question of actual evidence, when they've never been able to catch Armstrong on anything (to quote my mother, "you know if they could have done, the French would have"), and a lot of the people willing to testify against him are people who have previously been caught doping and how much you're willing to believe them. Personally, my line is "I believe what George Hincapie and Tyler Hamilton say", but I'm a huge fan of both men, so I may be biased.

There is another problem, other than actually, USADA, you can't remove Armstrong's titles, only the UCI can (never mind that the UCI don't actually run the Tour and would probably need the ASO's agreement*). It's not like anyone immediately behind Armstrong wasn't doping too. Seriously, reading the data here - http://www.brettluelling.com/post/3435612945/armstrongs-tdf-victories, you're having to go to the guys who finished 10-30th before you hit people who probably weren't doping. And that's only probably. From the evidence and testimony produced from questioning previous doping offenders, doping was team-wide and systematic, so if we asterisk anyone that was, in that given year**, on a team with anyone who has been caught, that drops us down to the people finishing 30th - 50th. If we're lucky. The French might get their Tour winner after all.

What I'd do is just asterisk everything after Indurain***, up to the one Contador won, and say we can't tell who won because they were all on something. Defeatist, yes, but it makes more sense than having to try to figure out who was and wasn't when it was mostly was.

* yes, cycling's governing body don't run cycling's blue ribbon event. No, it makes no sense. Yes, there have been many, many hilarious arguments.

** I'm being nice, for once.

*** Indurain may or may not have doped, but he never got caught and all of his old teammates aren't lining up to declaim he did. Possibly because Big Mig was slightly less abrasive. Fair, no, but it is what it is.

Football: )

Anna Karenina:

The new Anna Karenina looks like it will be terrible, but given that Joe Wright couldn't get the social structure of Regency England right (Pride and Prejudice) when most of the books are in a language he reads, I have my doubts about him being able to do pre-Revolutionary Russia any justice. Also, Jude Law as sour-faced, rotten toothed Karenin?! Also, Aaron Johnston is ~10 years too young for Vronsky.

Links

Aug. 23rd, 2012 03:27 pm
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Which I meant to put in the previous post.

Bitten handler Mark O'Shea 'forgives snake' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-19329812

More Scots ruling the world, at boccia this time - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-19316442

Goths in Tashkent - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19009188 Or nationalism fucks everyone over, again.

US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19291258 The awesome power of technology

Team GB cycling also continuing in their vein of awesome - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/18958995
redfiona99: (cycling)
Good thing: because a Brit is doing well, there's decent coverage.

Bad thing: I am expected to cheer for said Brit. Despite the fact he's by far my least favourite of the anglophones. Quit yer whining, Wiggins.

Bad thing: I feel guilty about this because his wife is lovely.

Good thing: Tommy Voeckler is in the King of the Mountains jersey.

Bad thing: He is not in yellow.

Good thing: All being well, Tommy will be on the podium.

Bad thing: the UK press claiming the French hate Wiggins. Not true, he is adored because he came up through French teams and speaks wonderful French. (This, by the by, was the root of the Armstrong dislike, they knew he could speak French so they also knew he was just being bloody-minded when he refused to)

Good thing: Did I mention Tommy in polka dots?
redfiona99: (cycling)
What will happen first, the journalists stop saying that Cavendish is English or he punches one of them. Really dudes, he's vehemently Manx. The lack of tail should be a clue.

One day, the mainland European riders will learn how to time trial, and then things could get interesting. According to Sean Kelly on Eurosport, the general problem is that they see their time trial bikes twice on every grand tour, hop off and hope they never have to see them again. Pierre Rolland and the Schlecks would be so much more terrifying if they were even mildly competent at time trialling, rather than merely not quite as bad as Cunego.

Because of the continual growth of twitter, and the fact that a fair few of the riders tweet (I recommend Cavendish's twitter if you want pure, unadulterated straight from the horse's mouth tweeting, but warning, he's very, very NSFW), there's been some fantastic portmanteau words being coined such as Frandy (for the Schleck brothers) and Cadeleton (for the peleton containing Evans).

You've also had wonderful things like Carlos Sastre who wasn't riding because his team didn't get a wild card, tweeting a picture of the road sign near the top of the climbs with the names of the people that had won there, his and one other. It was sweet, because he must have won so many things, and yet it still matters to him.

As you know I tend to like the sillier side of things so I give you Eurosport's Blazing Saddles tour blog's round up of the Tour - http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blog/blazin-saddles/article/2593/

He's mostly right, particularly the part about Contador's punching of the idiot spectator doing more for his standing in most people's eyes than an innocent verdict (when CAS eventually get round to it) on the drugs charges will do.

And also the bit where Saddles goes of on one about the choice of Sauj-Sojasun getting the nod ahead of Geox, the team with Denis Menchov (previous Giro and Vuelta winner) and Carlos Sastre (previous Tour winner). Now I am totally cool with the organisers giving wild cards to French teams, because that's what the other grand tour organisers also do, but Sauj-Sojasun did nothing with it. The other French wild card teams seemed to get that they needed to do something to pay the organisers back (see also FDJ putting a rider in pretty much every breakaway that got away) but they did nothing.

And to finish the round up, I bring you Eurosport's compilation of the "funnier" things that happened on the tour - http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/watts/article/88/

Yes, you did see whatever it was you thought you saw. Particularly the tractors.
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You have no idea how difficult it was not to call this Cadel Evans, the little cyclist who could. I know little is a tautology with cyclists, but Evans is such an unlikely winner. I mean, even before we get to the cycling, he was born with a broken nose and then, as a child was kicked by a horse which put him into a coma. When he did come out of the coma, the doctors didn't expect him to be able to walk again.

While I've had to explain to an Aussie friend that no, being a Tasmanian does not count as something he had to struggle against, cycling is definitely one of the sports with the worst schedule, and even though everyone is miles from home, it must be worse when you're from miles and miles away from home.

He's also a bad luck magnet. If something, be it an over-excited spectator or an over-excited dog belonging to a spectator, is going to happen to someone, it'll be Cadel it happens to. When the chain came off his bike at the start of the Galibier, I thought, well there goes Cadel's tour, again.

Add to that the fact that he gets ridiculously shy in front of cameras (which leads to the mildly disturbing laugh he gets when faced with interviews), and hates journalists, who get their own back with pleasure, and before this year, despite some truly excellent rides, he was generally remembered as the guy who tried hard but cracked when it mattered, and for shouting at journalists to stay away from his dog.

At 34 this was probably his last reasonable shot, and in winning it, he becomes the oldest post-WWII winner.

So, to Cadel Evans, winner of the 2011, proving that nice guys don't always finish last, and even win sometimes, and that perseverance can pay off.

And as promised his podium shot Photobucket

Although I prefer this one from the day before )
redfiona99: (cycling)
I don't even know where to start. It's probably been the best tour I remember in at least 5 years. Everyone was giving it a go and no one was so much better at either climbing or time-trialling that the result was definite until the last day.

I'll post more about Cadel Evans tomorrow (mostly because I want it to go with his podium photo), because he is amazing, but it's mostly been a tour of revelations, like that Mark Cavendish can be charming (and more than slightly adorable), that Bernie Eisel has somehow matured into a thinking back-up sprinter (yeah, I don't know how either [some background, back in the day when he was a young sprinter, there'd be a crash and the commentators wouldn't even have to look to know he was at the bottom of it]), that a can do attitude can get it done and courage, determination and chancing your arm are the way forward.

I love you all, all 167 of you that managed to finish and the 31 of you that didn't.
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This was going to be a post about how my graduation ceremony went, and one of the things I was going to say was that no matter how often I saw or wore a cap and gown it was always Dr. R that I thought of. Dr. R was the headmaster of the local school I ended up not going to, but my abiding memory of caps and gowns is him chasing after me down a corridor with his cape flapping behind him. He was chasing after me for good reasons, I hasten to add, in that he wanted to say hi to me and my Mum when we were at his school for an open day.

Anyway, as I was thinking about that, I went to have a quick look at Facebook and I find out that Dr. R recently died. And I know it's one of those coincidences but it doesn't prevent it from feeling a bit odd.

But yes, here's to Dr. R, who, from my own experiences, and those of my friends, was a thoroughly nice person.

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It's seems a bit odd to seque from that to anything, but I think I spent ~ 1/2 the afternoon with my brain half way up the Galibier. Well played Andy Schleck for that breakaway, but my heart belongs to Tommy, who once again does remarkably well for a guy who can't climb. Contador's no-beef diet doesn't seem to be doing him any good /snerk.
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What are we counting as a cure?

I tend to count vaccines as preventatives not cures, and while I'm not sure that we will get a HIV vaccine in my lifetime, it's probably the best bet, although I hear the anti-virals are coming along nicely. The problem with viruses is clearing them out of the system once they're in, so a vaccine is probably going to be the best way of doing that. Which, of course, is only going to bring out the anti-vaxxers and those idiots who say that any STD is God's punishment for whatever, and I'm not exaggerating about these people, see the whole HPV vaccine hoopla.

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Onto slightly more upbeat news, I've managed to snag a deal for the first 4 X-men films for 8 quid. I live in hope that will make up for me aheming First Class to check a couple of points. Dear Marvel, I promise I will buy it once it comes out on DVD.

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Today's stage did not go well for Voeckler, his lead is down to 1 minute 18 seconds over Cadel Evans which is no where near enough to hold him (or the Shlecks or Contador) off in the mountains and the time trial.

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Book meme - Day 6 - A book that makes you sad

Brideshead Revisited

I think it's the wasted potential of Sebastian mostly, and how the Marchmains have ruined their lives. It's an angry sort of sad though, because I tend to want to shake Charles by the shoulders and shove some sense into him. It's one of those things where you hate some characters, but the ones you really loathe are the ones that have the same flaws as you.

The Other Days )

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