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Film Industry:

Director Andrea Arnold 'shocked' by lack of women in film - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37551382

News:

Syria conflict: Life under siege in rebel-held Aleppo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37561618

Politics:

Megan Rapinoe - Why I Am Kneeling - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/megan-rapinoe-why-i-am-kneeling/ Although this could go under sport just as easily.

How Hong Kong's Cantopop scene went from heartbreak to protest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37111554 Which could go under music.

Science:

Chasing the Sun: The woman forgotten by science - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37496677

Sport:
Football:

Tottenham Hotspur player receives damages for suffering brain damage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37541121

Sparta Prague: Players to train with women's team after 'sexist' comments -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37558116 This may be the definition of 'I see what you were trying to do but'.
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Culture:

Last call: What's happened to London's nightlife? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37546558

Why is the exposure of Elena Ferrante causing such outrage? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37556183

History:

Abandoned fire station basement in Dudley rediscovered - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37553461

Germany Reunified 26 Years Ago But Some Divisions Are Still Strong -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/03/germany-reunified-26-years-ago-but-some-divisions-are-still-strong/?utm_term=.b6c4aa13e2c1

Miscellaneous:

The Psychology of Victim-Blaming - https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/10/the-psychology-of-victim-blaming/502661/

An ex-FBI interrogator's tips on handling debate lies - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37432146

The Real Life Monopoly Board - http://londonist.com/2016/07/the-geographic-monopoly-board

Why can some people study as they listen to music, while others can't? -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazine-37554681/why-can-some-people-study-as-they-listen-to-music-while-others-can-t Video not text

WTF Secret Lives Your Favorite Celebs Keep Under The Radar - http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-incredible-double-lives-your-favorite-celebrities/

Liverpool FC's first black player Howard Gayle wants MBEs changed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37572943

Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'wants right to assisted death' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37587290

Is magic's glass ceiling vanishing? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37577537

News:

Compassion fatigue and the optician of Lampedusa - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37485824

How Sweden became an exporter of jihad - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37578919

Science:

Molecular Machinery: the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry -
http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/10/05/molecular-machinery-the-2016-nobel-prize-in-chemistry

Sport:

Women's Sport Week 2016: Laura Kenny on equality, hair and Elton John -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37466594

Women's Sport Week 2016: Hannah Cockroft on Paralympic prize money - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37544372

Boxing:

Tyson Fury: Barry McGuigan calls for new mental health fund for boxers -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/37570429 In which Barry McGuigan is right, as usual.

Football:

Kosovo footballers to make home debut - in Albania - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37560855

Technology:

How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37522674
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Economics:

The Real Cost of Fast Fashion - https://www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/these-asos-workers-are-paying-the-true-price-of-your-order?utm_term=.cyOe4kYOA#.xpdW0N15b

Ford and other firms to miss Paris Motor Show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37486174

Healthcare:

Young women at 'highest mental health risk' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37504679

History:

World War Two spy's row with wife 'almost ruined D-Day' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37483023

Miscellaneous:

The reality of life as a disabled clubber - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37383822

US presidents can have everything - except the car keys - http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-presidents-can-have-everything--except-the-car-keys-20140506-zr5we.html

A world without Down's syndrome? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37500189

What's it like to be the child of a survivor? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37434266

Teesside's last blast furnace closure made men cry - what happened next? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37488281

Journalist Noor Tagouri to become first Muslim to appear in Playboy with a hijab -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37483996/journalist-noor-tagouri-to-become-first-muslim-to-appear-in-playboy-with-a-hijab

Eight times Terry Wogan made us cry with laughter -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2pWR5yl7srfqNWYHwHj0Nsq/eight-times-terry-wogan-made-us-cry-with-laughter

Why the story of body-swapping teenagers has gripped Japan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37469662

Counterfeit drugs: 'People are dying every day' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37470667

News:

Colombia Farc ceasefire: The man who photographed a little-pictured war - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37494029

California ends statute of limitations for rape over Cosby case - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37504919

Thai women take dip in the road in pothole protest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37485461

Syria war: The toy smuggler bringing bags of joy to children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37481761

Will and Kate's Canada tour highlights First Nations fury - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37489827

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi: The vandal of Timbuktu - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37438360

South Asia's 'disposable women' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37472233

Politics:

The transgender Republican trying to change her party - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37256151

Science:

Hawaiian bees are first on US endangered species list - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37530284

First 'three person baby' born using new method - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37485263

Sport:

Football:

Arsene Wenger's 20 years at Arsenal: An imperfect love story - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/arsene-wenger-s-20-years-at-arsenal-an-imperfect-love-story_sto5883781/story.shtml

Arsene Wenger's 20 years at Arsenal: How will he be judged? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37408155

Golf:

Arnold Palmer: How golfer defined sports marketing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37472934

Technology:

Customers 'bewildered and fearful' about use of their data - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37476335
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Dance:

The performers proving age is no barrier to the stage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37321767

Data Visualisation:

RANDOM FOREST TUTORIAL: PREDICTING CRIME IN SAN FRANCISCO - https://algobeans.com/2016/08/25/random-forest-tutorial/?utm_content=bufferff041&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Maps and Data Visualisations with R - http://spatial.ly/r/

Film Industry:

Hollywood trans roles under fire - again - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37312338

Food and Drink:

The fishy ingredient in beer that bothers vegetarians - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37350233

History:

Documents 'shed light' on Scotswoman killed at Auschwitz - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37350918

Miscellaneous:

Want to age well - how about never retiring? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37307347

The north/south weather divide on hottest day of year - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37358456/the-northsouth-weather-divide-on-hottest-day-of-year

The strange story of a seized Hanjin ship and its lonely crew - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37335614

Can India really halve its road deaths? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37362728

Sport:

Football:

Football's biggest prize returns - but all its flaws are on show -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/champions-league/2015-2016/football-s-biggest-prize-returns-but-all-its-flaws-are-on-show_sto5851921/story.shtml

Paralympics:

Rio Paralympics 2016: Alex Zanardi wins gold on eve of 15-year crash anniversary -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37368133

Technology:

Tank at 100: Baptism of fire, fear and blood - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37302722

Theatre:

Race play's 'universal' message - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37295732
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History:

A United Kingdom: The interracial marriage that made front page news -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37368941

The man stuffed and displayed like a wild animal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37344210

Miscellaneous:

Jackie Chan Hasn't Seen His Original Stunt Team In Decades. Then Realizes They're All Standing Behind Him -
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/5652/Jackie-Chan-Hasn-t-Seen-His-Original-Stunt-Team-In-Decades-Then-Realizes-They-re-All-Standing-Behind-Him#ugifL6ClkjGbLl85.99

Why is the US 'tampon tax' so hated? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37365286 Ever get the feeling the headline was written by a man? There is trying to remain impartial and then there's this.

World's oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, 113, to hold bar mitzvah - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37375629

Music:

These are the last 10 tracks Carl Cox played at his Space residency in Ibiza -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37417532/these-are-the-last-10-tracks-carl-cox-played-at-his-space-residency-in-ibiza

Skepta: Seven things you should know about the 2016 Mercury Prize winner -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37381581

Science:

Is India in the throes of a fever outbreak? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37415781

Sport:

Rachel Atherton: 'I don't need an Olympic medal' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37362656

A fresh chance to banish the curse of Mayo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37378935 Of course they lost, because they are Mayo.

Football:

Head injuries: Football's continuing failure highlighted yet again by treatment of Anthony Martial -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/head-injur_sto5863136/story.shtml

Naismith earns Goodison cheers despite helping sink Everton - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/naismith-earns-goodison-cheers-despite-helping-sink-everton_sto5867173/story.shtml

Olympics:

Rio Olympics 2016: How last-second gold changed taekwondo fighter's life -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/taekwondo/37428292

Paralympics:

Gold medallist welcomed back from Rio – with gold wheelie bin - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/all-sports/le-buzz/2015/gold-medallist-welcomed-back-from-rio-with-gold-wheelie-bin_sto5863226/story.shtml

Rio 2016: The people who fix broken legs at the Paralympics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-37385671

Rugby League:

Women's Rugby League World Cup to be held alongside men's - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37348745

Leigh Centurions: Journey from despair to Super League delight - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37350474

Rugby Union:

Saved from the dark side: how Hong Kong’s rugby ‘Pigs’ are giving Philippine street kids a chance -
http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/2020234/saved-dark-side-how-hong-kongs-rugby-pigs-are-giving-philippine-street

Snooker:

German Masters: Anthony Hamilton beats Ali Carter to win first title -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/38874907 Yay! and Finally!

Writers:

My grandfather Roald Dahl, the magician - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/13/my-grandfather-cast-a-spell-over-my-childhood
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Award Ceremonies:

Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37253382 I suspect I may have shared this before.

History:

Slum photographs spark charity appeal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37288396

Oscar Wilde love letter celebrated 'behind bars' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37277397

What Al Capone can teach India about prohibition - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37230259

Mary Rose shipwreck skulls go online in 3D - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37250413

Miscellaneous:

Single mum drags up for 'Donuts with Dad' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37307984 1 - this Mum is awesome. 2 - why is it always 'x with Dad' events. It's like once again, father's get cookies for just doing the basics.

Downton's effect on the political mood - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37288981

Dying mum's letter found in book in second-hand bookshop - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37284497 Update: letter's intended recipient found.

Marvel, Jack Kirby, and the Comic-Book Artist’s Plight -
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/09/marvel-jack-kirby-and-the-plight-of-the-comic-book-artist/498299/

News:

What Is Aleppo? This Is Aleppo - https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/09/what-is-aleppo-this-is-aleppo/499163/

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit, says TUC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37300445

Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36892770

Science:

Why We Still Don’t Have Better Batteries - https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602245/why-we-still-dont-have-better-batteries/

Sport:
Football:

The Old Firm rivalry opens new chapter - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37310016

USA star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem to support Colin Kaepernick -
http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/megan-rapinoe-kneels-during-usa-national-anthem-to-support-colin-kaepernick-18545/

Football tackles conflict on the front lines - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37153684

FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand's body double & the ex-Man City player looking to spend £500 -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37177613

Formula 1:

Felipe Massa: the closing of an F1 career that has experienced ecstasy and agony -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/37244253 Obviously from before the un-retirement

Ice hockey:

Lightning's J.T. Brown speaks out on life 'as a black athlete in the NHL' -
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/jt-brown-on-his-reality---as-a-black-athlete-in-the-nhl/2292690

Paralympics:

Rio Paralympics 2016: GB stars hoping to shine on the big stage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37220234

Rio Paralympics 2016: Lee Pearson to be Great Britain flagbearer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37290538

Rio Paralympics 2016: 'It's not about how full the stadiums are' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37196387

Rio Paralympics 2016: Ex-Liverpool junior Sean Highdale is heading to Rio -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37232402

Rugby League:

Batley Bulldogs fan banned over Keegan Hirst tweets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-37278162 You'll notice that it's a life time ban because rugby league does not tolerate this.

Television:

In pictures: The Prisoner at 50 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37232329 Just ignore some of the text. I'm not sure the unnamed writer has ever watched the show.
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Oh, you thought I was joking about the number of links ;)

Data visualisation:

A Compendium of Clean Graphs in R - http://shinyapps.org/apps/RGraphCompendium/index.php?utm_content=buffer32ead&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Really useful R graph examples.

Food and Drink:

Sneaking a taste of North Korea's finest beer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37316967

History:

Grunwick dispute: What did the 'strikers in saris' achieve? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37244466

Law and Order:

The terror of young offender institutions - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37291160

Miscellaneous:

The cartoonist called the 'Walt Disney of Brazil' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37284939

The man who squeezes muscles - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-6d083913-0bfb-4988-8cd8-d126fa6dcff1 Okay, so conflict of interest warning, St. Helens is one of the towns where Purple Aki used to do his muscle squeezing. I also can't help but think that if some weirdo was going round squeezing girls's muscles, the article about him would be less sympathetic.

What we know about Ri Chun-hee, the most famous woman in North Korea -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37317041/what-we-know-about-ri-chun-hee-the-most-famous-woman-in-north-korea

Grammars debate trumps expert consensus - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37315832

News:

7/7 bomber's former brother-in-law: 'There were no signs' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37324130

Politics:

Ail to the chief: A history of US presidential bad health - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37338018

How Hillary Clinton can get that ‘presidential look’ -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2016/09/07/how-hillary-clinton-can-get-that-presidential-look/?utm_term=.059f29da2fcc From before the US election. Glorious satire.

Science:

Paolo Macchiarini: A surgeon’s downfall - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37311038

Science Fiction:

What if Star Trek Had Never Existed? - https://www.wired.com/2016/09/imagining-a-world-without-star-trek/

Amy Adams takes control in Arrival movie - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37295727

Sport:

Get Inspired: Great North Run and six inspirational stories - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/37305963

Football:

Sylvia Gore: England women's first goalscorer dies aged 71 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37201105

Paralympics:

Rio Paralympics 2016: Kadeena Cox aims to inspire black athletes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37331510

Rio Paralympics: 50-year-old Kazakh woman sets new swimming record - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37317460

Technology:

Cybathlon: World's first 'bionic Olympics' gears up - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37196860

The ultra-Orthodox Jews combining tech and the Torah - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37300929
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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

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Fandom:

What are the smuttiest ships? - http://witchsandwich.org/what-are-the-smuttiest-ships/

Films:

Pedro Almodovar: Why there was no room for comedy in my new film - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37176126

The best 100 films of the 21st century, according to 177 film critics around the world -
https://qz.com/764287/the-best-100-films-of-the-21st-century-according-to-177-film-critics-around-the-world/ Let the arguing begin, although the list is reasonable.

Health:

Third 'given wrong initial heart attack diagnosis' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37215768

History:

Centenary of 'Spitfires of the Seas' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37156430

Joan of Arc’s Ring: A Question of Possession and Cultural Patrimony -
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/01/joan-arcs-ring-question-possession-cultural-patrimony/

Pocket Guide to Northern Ireland -
https://ia802703.us.archive.org/9/items/APocketGuideToNorthernIreland_781/w0051.pdf

Law:

REVERSE VOXSPLAINING: DRUGS VS. CHAIRS - http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/08/29/reverse-voxsplaining-drugs-vs-chairs/ More specifically, patent law

Law and Order:

Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency, study finds - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/22/ramen-prison-currency-study

Cooking with ramen: Prisoners get creative - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37164279

Two articles based on the same report.

Miscellaneous:

What parents really mean to say about exam results - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37175844

Parents 'struggle' to find holiday care for learning disabled children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37177967

Go-getters in the ghettos: The bright side of France's migrant suburbs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37062048

What US counties are named after -
https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/4z7yj1/namesake_of_all_united_states_counties_4071x3019oc/

'London is most educated city in Europe' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37158445

Politics:

The social housing tenants miles from home - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37196770

America’s elections are less swingy

Lopsided electoral-college margins now appear to be a thing of the past -
http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/08/daily-chart-18?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/ (From before the last US elections)

Science:

The woman who discovered India's first HIV cases - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37183012

United States Just Placed Bumblebees on Endangered Species List for First Time - http://millennial-review.com/2017/01/12/united-states-just-placed-bumblebees-endangered-species-list-first-time/

Read These Before You Write That Op-Ed - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/08/30/read-these-before-you-write-that-op-ed About drug pricing

Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36765167

Sport:

Rio Paralympics: Two refugee Para-athletes named for Rio Paralympics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37194903

The Olympic Games 2016 by Tom Jenkins - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2016/aug/22/the-olympic-games-2016-by-tom-jenkins

Football:

Leicester fans light up stadium as floodlights fail in savage storm -
http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/photos-leicester-fans-light-up-stadium-as-floodlights-fail-in-savage-storm-18294/

How hooligans exposed the ugly rift in Croatian football - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37190459

Celtic: Callum McGregor eager to learn Champions League opponents -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37184466 Sorry, I am a sucker from ballboy to first team stories.

Wycombe Wanderers' Matt Bloomfield: 'I knocked the ref's front teeth out' -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37163867 On the occasion of Bloomfield's 400 (!!!) game for Wycombe.

Rugby League:

Challenge Cup final: Warrington captain Chris Hill on plumbing and Wembley -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37160321

Technology:

Innovators vs Exploiters: Drug Pricing And The Future Of Pharma - https://lifescivc.com/2016/08/innovators-vs-exploiters-drug-pricing-future-pharma/

The tech helping disabled people dance, run and compete - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37174157

The Australian town that wants to get off the grid - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37115249

Links

Nov. 14th, 2014 05:51 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Art:

The blind sculptor who thinks everyone should touch art - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-29837275

History:

Government to 'retire' some of its WW1 debt - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29844961

The interesting bit to me comes later on in the story "The continued existence of the war bond debt illustrates the lasting shadow cast by World War One. According to the UK Treasury there are currently 11,200 registered holders of the bonds. Winston Churchill first issued “4% Consols” in 1927 when he was Chancellor partly to refinance bonds from the First World War. In addition to the war bonds, some of the debt being refinanced by the Treasury dates back to the 18th Century. One of these bonds was issued by William Gladstone in 1853 to consolidate the capital stock of the South Sea Company, which was founded in 1711. The South Sea Company collapsed during the South Sea Bubble financial crisis of 1720, leaving behind it a lot of debt."

Windscale Piles: Cockcroft's Follies avoided nuclear disaster - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-29803990

Language:

This 81-Year-Old Wrote a Dictionary to Save Her Tribe’s Dying Language - http://www.ryot.org/native-america-wukchumni-dictionary-language-extinction/855101 Just ignore the editorialising about the death of English because, horror of horrors, new neologisms are entering the language.

Law and Order:

How Louisiana Became The World's 'Prison Capital' - http://www.npr.org/2012/06/05/154352977/how-louisiana-became-the-worlds-prison-capital

Miscellaneous:

Meet the metal detectorists saving marriages - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29800160 Other people are apparently as bad as I am for losing jewellery. Their's is just more important ;)

The Adventures of the World's Greatest Counterfeiter - http://www.gq.com/long-form/the-great-paper-caper Via @TwistedSifter on twitter.

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket - http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-to/article/supermarket-psychology Via @TwistedSifter on twitter.

How Different Groups Spend Their Day - http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/07/31/business/20080801-metrics-graphic.html?_r=0 The results of the American Time Use survey 2008. Via @TwistedSifter on twitter.

Five Ways to Lie with Charts - http://nautil.us/issue/19/illusions/five-ways-to-lie-with-charts

What lies beneath London? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-29566275 From deep-level air raid shelters to the colossal Crossrail construction, beneath London lies a labyrinth of tunnels. BBC News delved underground to visit some of the capital's rarely seen subterranean spots.

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood - http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/10/watch-a-japanese-kokeshi-doll-emerge-from-a-spinning-block-of-wood/

Baroness Trumpington profile: From Lloyd George to the Lords - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27888144 She has worked at Bletchley Park, served as a headmaster's wife, mayor of Cambridge, a government whip and as a health minister. Besides this, she famously flicked a V-sign to her colleague Tom King during a Lords debate.

Who The Hell Keeps Calling Me? - http://digg.com/2014/when-gamergate-hits-the-wrong-target Or the gamergate idiots can't even dox the right people. Via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte.

Science:

Geneticists tap human knockouts - http://www.nature.com/news/geneticists-tap-human-knockouts-1.16239 - Sequenced genomes reveal mutations that disable single genes and can point to new drugs. Although part of me wants to agree with the commenter on inthepipeline who pointed out that these aren't knockout mutations.

Ebola crisis: A village fights back in Sierra Leone - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29899630 Or, yet more evidence that local knowledge is vital.

Why NASA Blew Up a Rocket Just After Launch - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141030-first-person-rocket-explosion-antares/ A National Geographic staffer's on-scene account of the Antares rocket failure.

Sports:

Two football/free speech articles:

FA made £350,000 from Twitter fines in just three years - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/fa-made-%C2%A3350-000-from-twitter-fines-in-just-three-years-101858229.html

Pornhub sponsored team banned from football league - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/pornhub-sponsored-team-banned-from-football-league-145621037.html#more-id

Football:

Rayo Vallecano fans produce brilliant, Simpsons-themed protest banners - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/rayo-vallecano-fans-produce-brilliant--simpsons-themed-protest-banners-151633262.html#more-id Or, the Rayo Vallecano fans would like for their matches to not always be the Monday night match.

Formula 1:

Formula 1: Where does all the money go? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/29905081 Really interesting if you've got even a passing interest in F1, and it explains why the gap between the big teams and the rest never seems to get any smaller. (And when it does, it's because Ferrari have stuffed up, again. Why can you not hire engineers as good as your lawyers, Ferrari?)

Caterham & Marussia struggles highlight need for cost-cutting - FIA - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/29841569 We've been saying this for years.

BBC pundit slams ‘disgraceful’ and 'unfair' Formula One - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/motorhead-uk/jordan--formula-one-is--unfair--and--disgrace-165218934.html#more-id

Links

Oct. 17th, 2014 03:55 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Animals:

The Man Who Saves Cranes - http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/man-who-saves-cranes

Quagga mussel: 'Dangerous' mollusc found near Heathrow Airport - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-29581949

I know this is actually serious but I can’t get past the vision of a mollusc with a knife threatening everyone for their lunch money.

Miscellaneous:

What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize through Airport Security - http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/10/10/nobel-prize-airport-security/ via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte

Science:

The fatal attraction of lead - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29568505

Sport:

Boxing:

Boxing journeymen: sport's biggest losers or unappreciated artists? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/29520846

Even if you're not into boxing, this is an interesting insight into boxing as an industry.

Football:

England v San Marino: Simoncini - cheating death to facing Rooney - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29530004

Or a little bit of background about the San Marino team. And why I, along with all right thinking people, was cheering for them against England.

"I remember walking the dog thinking, 'This ain't for me'": The England star who quit to run a restaurant - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/former-england-star-quit-football-to-run-restaurant-092346913.html

It must be said, he seems a lot happier now.

Price of Football: Ticket increases outstrip cost of living - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29614980

Some of the details are significantly more interesting than the overall view, like how Sheikh Mansour seems to be keeping Man City's ticket prices down.

Hedgehog stops game between Hitchin Town and Arlesey Town - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29612605

Links

Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:32 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Animals:

Urban kingfishers making a home on London's waterways - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29204055

US reroutes flights around Alaska beach in attempt to avoid walrus stampede - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/01/walrus-alaska-beach-trampled-death Walruses are the latest victims of global warming (via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte)

The freedivers who swim with whales - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29209139

Archaeology:

Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29239529

Temple of Mithras: How do you put London's Roman shrine back together? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29309824

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29245289

Data Visualisations:

Mapping Murder - http://imgur.com/gallery/fo63erj - 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 - http://i.imgur.com/DQ2Jhp3.gif From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.

Map: Most Popular Male Names by State - http://i.imgur.com/xQeel1x.gif From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.

History:

Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29246071 - 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? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28857769

Language/Dialects/Etc:

Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29307916

The rich: Exactly what does the terminology mean? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15822595

Miscellaneous:

Battle horse roundabout in Tewkesbury 'best in Britain' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-29407943

Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! - http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/page/8/ - 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' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29322578 Interesting stuff, certainly more interesting than the click-bait they produce.

Does job success depend on data rather than your CV? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29343425 Or companies doing ever wierder things to choose candidates.

Trying to improve childhood survival rates in Africa - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29045065

Games for doctors - how the computer games industry is turning its attention to helping doctors improve their performance - http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5642

Wasabi: Why invest in 'the hardest plant to grow'? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29082091

The father of 26 children who's helping to preach birth control - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29258844

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood - http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Buddha-seems-to-bring-tranquillity-to-Oakland-5757592.php

The NSA claimed that it was only collecting metadata—a fact we now know is false—but even metadata can tell an intimate story - http://www.scottogle.net/my-most-intimate-self-portrait.html

Science:

Plutonium: The scary element that helps probe space's secrets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29274491

Can Memories Be Implanted and Then Removed? - http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/can-memories-implanted-removed

Terry Fox's cancer now highly curable researcher says - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/terry-fox-s-cancer-now-highly-curable-researcher-says-1.2765316 Or science, we're working on it.

Sport:

Football:

Premier League: Chelsea and the madness of the loan game - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29280337 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 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29354623

Links

Sep. 18th, 2014 12:50 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
History and Archaeology:

Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140903-syria-antiquities-looting-culture-heritage-archaeology/ 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 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29108764 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.

Miscellaneous:

The elephant that flew - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29060814 - The elephant story is somehow actually the least interesting bit.

Chocolate teapot proves useful - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-29126161 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.

Music:

Mary Poppins songwriter 'thrilled' at Proms singalong - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29160738 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.

Science:

The Poison Squad: An Incredible History - http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/poison-squad The early days of the proto-FDA.

What People Cured of Blindness See - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/people-cured-blindness-see?src=mp

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29054889

Spinosaurus fossil: 'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29143096

Dreadnoughtus - Enormous New Dinosaur as Formidable as Its Namesake Battleship - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140904-giant-sauropod-dinosaur-dreadnoughtus-argentina/

DNA evidence overturns 30-year convictions in US case - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29039964

The Science of Raspberries - http://chempics.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raspberry-rubus-idaeus/

Sports:

Premier League: What happens to footballers after being rejected? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28950665 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 - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/see-the-most-amazing-tunnel-in-football-as-schalke-unveil-masterpiece-162042500.html#more-id

Footballers (and families thereof) adapting to life in foreign countries - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29085943 I am not surprised that Kevin Keegan was one of the first English managers to understand this kind of problem.

Links

Aug. 26th, 2014 09:53 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
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

Aug. 1st, 2014 09:14 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Science:

How tall can a Lego tower get? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20578627 Touches on physics, engineering and material science.

5 Facts About Colors That Will Change How You See the World - http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-facts-about-colors-that-will-change-how-you-see-world/ It's a Cracked article so there's the usual title hyperbole, but it's interesting stuff.

Politics/Capital Punishment:

America's 'inexorably' botched executions - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28555978

Miscellaneous:

5 Reasons Being a Male Porn Star Is Less Fun Than It Looks - http://www.cracked.com/article_21339_5-reasons-being-male-porn-star-less-fun-than-it-looks.html

Lesser-known things about prosthetic legs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-28225622

Ask the Sexpert: The 90-year-old sex guru - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28353027 His answers are wonderful.

Commonwealth Games/Culture:

Glasgow 2014: A quaich guide to the medallists' truly Scottish gifts - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-28481332

Commonwealth Games:

Glasgow 2014: Taoriba Biniati makes boxing history for Kiribati - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/28541430

Glasgow 2014: The novice cyclist looking to inspire a nation - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/28469019 The quote from Jeddie Amoako-Ackah at the end made me cry. "There's been a big burden on my shoulders but you should never be too frightened to take a risk. That's what makes us great. When I pulled on that skinsuit before my race, I felt so proud. I'm only just getting my feet wet and I may not turn out to be the best Ghanaian sprint cyclist ever. But I can pave the way for my fellow Ghanaians to be better than me."

Glasgow 2014: St Helena finally arrive at Commonwealth Games - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/badminton/28424319

Glasgow 2014: Which is the strongest Commonwealth nation? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/28015180 Or Nauru kicks everyone else's arses, per head of capita.

The story of the Pakistani lawn bowls team - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/28439451

Football:

Tears, tantrums and titles: Les Chapman on 22 years at Man City - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28403076 Really interesting stuff. Much like no man is a hero to his valet, no footballer is a superstar to the kitman.

Visualization of the goals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (and other data visualisations) -
http://ejoh.se/worldcup2014/goals/

A look at national managers's salaries - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/the-rio-report/world-cup-managerial-sensation-paid-28-times-less-105451805.html

Olof Mellberg retires - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/football-former-sweden-defender-mellberg-calls-time-career-193158186--sow.html;_ylt=Ap3xeEVFO7WNh0Wt6BNfG95YkcAF;_ylu=X3oDMTFkNTlzNm10BG1pdAMEcG9zAzIzBHNlYwNNZWRpYUdyYW5kU2xhbUVudGl0eU1peGVkTGlzdA--;_ylg=X3oDMTBhY2IwdWc5BGxhbmcDZW4tR0I-;_ylv=3 Or news only really interesting to me and [livejournal.com profile] thedevilchicken but still.
redfiona99: (Thinking)
It's been a bit manic in RL. Two weddings (lab people), two fencing competitions, three birthdays and one after graduation party in two weekends is a bit much.

Last weekend was probably the busiest with the after graduation party, a birthday party, a fencing competition and then a World Cup final party to go to. It was very much in the family of bad idea/great time.

I went to the after bits of P's graduation because no-one else could make it, and I graduated sans people from the lab and it made me feel a bit 'meh' about the whole thing, and since her grown ups couldn't come all the way from Mexico, I wanted her to feel like a superstar.

I must say, the Birmingham after-graduation ceremony shindigs are >>> the Leicester ones.

Anyway, after a brief break for work and a change of clothes, I went to the student's post-graduation shindig. Then, because P had made me promise, I went out clubbing with them afterwards. I have now found a suitable drinking and dancing place in Birmingham! (It's the Victoria - http://www.thevictoriabirmingham.co.uk/)

We then went to Snobs, which is significantly less nice.

At this point, I feel I need to state that I am not pretty and apparently manage to convey an aura of masculinity that with long hair and a cleavagy dress, people still think I'm a man. Despite this and the fact that I was rocking this season's Burtons Menswear I still had some creep try to feel me up. Now, if I'd been Helen reborn, it still wouldn't have been right, but it does suggest it's less to do with sexual attractiveness and more to do with some sort of peculiar male dominance thing.

I dealt with the creep the traditional way (elbow to solar plexus) [resorting to this only after moving away did not work] and carried on. I did worry that he'd call the bouncers but I think, drunk as he was, he twigged that calling bouncers on a 5'3" girl would only get him laughed at.

It didn't spoil the night at all, I had a great time with the physicists.

Because I only got home at 4.30 - 5 (ish), I overslept madly the next day, which was not so good as it means I still owe T a botanical gift, bit I was at least in time for her party (it being a round number, I was determined not to miss it.).

The best thing about friends who are fencers - you can ask them if its okay to bring your kit bag along and the response is 'yes, sure, just make sure it's your kit you pick up in the morning.'

That party finished at 3-4 in the a.m. so I set the alarm for 8. Now unfortunately, mine is a new phone and I am bad with tech so the alarm didn't go off. Cue yours truly being woken up by a knock at the door and having to do the 5 minute dress and go.

The competition went okay - I finished 5th so I should get some points but I am unsatisfied. I'm back in that position where I've improved a bit and I can beat people I am better than, and against people of the same standard it's a coin toss but I just can't seem to beat (or land that many hits on) the people who are better than me. Oh well, more practice is called for.

After that came the World Cup final.

To a certain extent, I'm glad Germany's opposition were Argentina, rather than Holland because it meant I could happily cheer for Germany (my love of Dirk Kuyt > my love of any of the German players sans Özil).

It wasn't much of a match and I could have done without the occasional acts of GBH by both sides (thinking particularly of poor Christoph Kramer who can't remember most of the match and Neuer's attack on Higuain) but I am so very happy for Özil and Khaderia and Klose et al. And Jerome Boateng who should have been Man of the Match.

The two things I think I will always remember are Hummels's ecstatic exhaustion after the match, where his signif. other is rubbing his tummy and he's just lying there, almost as though he was thinking "this is my bit of grass and it is the best bit of grass in the world and we've just won the World Cup and it is unbelievably awesome."

The other thing is Joachim Löw wandering around like he had no idea what to do with himself because he couldn't quite believe it.
redfiona99: (football)
The normal interconnectivity diagram is not all that interesting, since all it really tells us is that Bayern Munich had the most players in the World Cup final (7), followed by Borussia Dortmund (4) and Manchester City (3). The only teams guaranteed to have a player on the winning side were Real Madrid and Lazio.



What is interesting is the community view:



The vast majority of the German players are in one group, as are the vast majority of the Argentine players. Real Madrid and Lazio (and attached players) are their own groups, but so are the Arsenal players, poor concussed Christoph Kramer, Ziegler of Borussia Mönchengladbach, Andre Schürle and the Schalke boys for Germany, and the Boca Junior players, the solitary Catana player, Basanta of Monteray, Lavezzi and Romero of Monaco. I don't understand the algorithm well enough to understand why those players get turned into their own communities while, say, Ginter of Freiburg (also the only player representing that team) doesn't.
redfiona99: (football)
I am relatively happy, the team I cheer for didn't win, but my default team after them did. And they played nice football, sometimes.

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redfiona99: (football)
We've reached that awkward stage of the World Cup where I will feel bad whoever loses. I mean, I'm cheering for Germany but if Brazil lose David Luiz will be upset and that will upset me.

David Luiz being picked as the example because when he gets sad his hair droops. I swear I am not exaggerating.
redfiona99: (football)
Brazil vs Germany:

If this was Brazil, on home turf, with Thiago Silva and Neymar, I'd have no issue with saying Brazil to win. Even without Silva, I'd still be tempted, but without Neymar, I can't see them doing it, not against what it a particularly grim and determined German team.

Argentina vs Netherlands:

Even without Di Maria, Messi might be able to drag Argentina through, especially if Higuaín has finally remembered how to play football. But this is a pretty solid Dutch team, and if anyone can think a team's way to victory it is the evil genius van Gaal.

Somehow, I fear something that was set up perfectly to produce Brazil vs Argentina at the Maracanã, is going to wind up being Germany vs the Netherlands. The death of European football may have been grossly exaggerated.

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