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Art:

The woman who painted her body for artist Yves Klein - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37632356

Healthcare:

The bereavement midwife: Is this the saddest job in England? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37628554

Teenager describes summer on 'terrifying' adult ward - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-37631784

History:

Aberfan: This clock stopped ticking at 9.13 on the morning of October 21, 1966 - http://aberfan.walesonline.co.uk/

Aberfan: The mistake that cost a village its children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-150d11df-c541-44a9-9332-560a19828c47

Miscellaneous:

Do six people die for every kilo of cocaine? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37717848

Black Mirror: Backlash against writer inspired episode - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37714850

Musicians:

Phil Collins: Back from the brink after alcohol battle - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37714459

Science-Fiction:

A Computer Solved Time Travel’s “Grandfather Paradox” With An Extra Time Machine -
http://www.tor.com/2016/10/19/a-computer-solved-time-travels-grandfather-paradox-with-an-extra-time-machine/ I don't think this a solution. It's a bit 'turtles all the way down'.

Sport:

Football:

Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: 'English clubs almost kidnap youngsters' -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37732246 Given that he's Bayern's chairmen and what they do to other German teams, this is a bit pot, kettle, black, but he's got a point.

Rugby Union:

Anthony Foley: A community struggles after the death of its favourite son - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37710942

Technology:

The team fighting to remove online child abuse images - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37707231
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Business:

Shopping in Australia, while in China - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37584730

Film:

A Stray: Finding and filming the real Somali immigrant experience - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37735113

Healthcare:

'I can't imagine being a doctor for five more years' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37787586

History:

The Suez Emergency: The forgotten war of the conscript soldier - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36985325

Miscellaneous:

The Skype sex scam - a fortune built on shame - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37735369

Sex, honour, shame and blackmail in an online world - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37735368

Natasha Annie Tonthola: My fight against Malawi's 'hyenas' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37431005

Musicians:

Syd Barrett: Cambridge honours its 'Crazy Diamond' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-37748713

News:

The Russians who fear a war with the West - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37766688

Will Central Asia fight over water? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37755985

The kids who have to sew to survive - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37693173

Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37716463

Photography:

In pictures: Framing the Mafia - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37749921 I do wish they'd gone with a different title for the article.

Politics:

US election 2016: Indians' verdict on Donald Trump's Hindi - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37787347 From before the last US election

How to deal with uncertainty - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37697460

Science:

Regrets of a Naturopath - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/10/25/regrets-of-a-naturopath

Sport:

Chicago Cubs: City parties as baseball 'curse' ends after 71 years - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37743581

Football:

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss says life alone in hotel is a 'bit of a disaster' -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37772298

Heading footballs 'affects memory' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37714830

Theatre:

Key Change: From prison cell to sell-out show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37731821

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37692975
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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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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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Books:

The Custodian of Forgotten Books - http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-custodian-of-forgotten-books

Business:

Silicon Valley Brits: 'We had to leave the UK behind' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37417758

Culture:

The night the clubs fell silent (for a minute) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37378138/the-night-the-clubs-fell-silent-for-a-minute

Health:

St John's Wort 'stops emergency contraceptive pill working' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37375388

History:

Broadside ballads: When the news was spread through song - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37386026

The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160905-the-pilot-who-stole-a-secret-soviet-fighter-jet

Miscellaneous:

Solitude, Space Junk and Sea Monsters: the Eerieness of Point Nemo - http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/solitude-space-junk-and-sea-monsters-the-eerieness-of-point-nemo

The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37171964

The Free-Time Paradox in America - https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-free-time-paradox-in-america/499826/

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States? - https://priceonomics.com/why-do-tourists-visit-ancient-ruins-everywhere/ Title should be 'why do American Tourists visit ancient ruins everywhere except the United States?'

The Painstaking, Secretive Process Of Designing New Money - https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063512/the-painstaking-secretive-process-of-designing-new-money

Why Luck Plays a Big Role in Making You Rich - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-01/why-luck-plays-a-big-role-in-making-you-rich

The village building homes for young families - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37374308

Why Americans don't take sick days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37353742

Music:

Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37355216

Politics:

5 Ways Losing The Presidency Sucks Even More Than You Think - http://www.cracked.com/article_24315_5-ways-losing-presidency-sucks-even-more-than-you-think.html

Science:

Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created -
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/scientists-reveal-most-accurate-depiction-of-a-dinosaur-ever-created

University study will examine long-term health of rugby players - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37362461

Grasshoppers - the new sushi? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37352190

Technology:

How do you charge your phone when the sun doesn't shine? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37257242
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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
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Today's will be in several parts because there are many and I want to leave comment/notes next to several of them.

Business:

Champions League: Why Nissan uses football for its sponsor goals - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37324069

How Zara's founder became the richest man in the world - for two days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37317369 Ignore the title, it's more about the fast fashion industry.

Health:

10 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Doctor - http://gizmodo.com/10-lies-you-shouldnt-tell-your-doctor-1786332506

Miscellaneous:

New polymer £5 note is out today - here's where you're likely to see it first -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37338862/new-polymer-5-note-is-out-today---heres-where-youre-likely-to-see-it-first

How new bank notes will help the visually-impaired community -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37231241/how-new-bank-notes-will-help-the-visually-impaired-community

How verified Twitter users are connected and who they are. - https://medium.com/startup-grind/analyzing-205-718-verified-twitter-users-cf0811781ac8

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children - http://www.nature.com/news/how-to-raise-a-genius-lessons-from-a-45-year-study-of-super-smart-children-1.20537

Why Walking Helps Us Think - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/walking-helps-us-think

Middle-aged parents are now more likely to smoke weed than their teenage kids -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/02/middle-aged-parents-are-now-more-likely-to-smoke-weed-than-their-teenaged-kids/?utm_term=.54b8269ecb85

IN DEFENSE OF HOBBIES: If you want to be a better person, find something to do outside of work - https://qz.com/689526/hobbies-and-the-meaning-of-life/

Why are there crushed stones alongside rail tracks? - https://www.quora.com/Why-are-there-crushed-stones-alongside-rail-tracks

Steven Spielberg in Birmingham: Why film directors come to the city - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37297173

Politics:

Confessions of a presidential speechwriter - http://www.politico.eu/article/ryan-heath-jose-manuel-barroso-president-travails-of-a-european-commission-speechwriter/

Cameron quits as MP: What other ex-prime ministers did next - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37339390

Does the left have a future? - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/06/does-the-left-have-a-future?CMP=fb_gu Written before the recent election. Some points I agree with, some I disagree with.

Science:

Why Freshwater Fish Are Awesome - http://nautil.us/blog/why-freshwater-fish-are-awesome

Why Are Babies So Dumb If Humans Are So Smart? - http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/why-are-babies-so-dumb-if-humans-are-so-smart

Pioneering 'diaries' reveal the secret lives of animals - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37311404

Science Fiction:

The Enduring Lessons of “Star Trek” - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-enduring-lessons-of-star-trek?mbid=social_twitter

Sport:

Rugby Union:

Neil Francis: Our game needs to rid itself of heavy gang - 150kg props are a parody of the way rugby is going - http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/neil-francis-our-game-needs-to-rid-itself-of-heavy-gang-150kg-props-are-a-parody-of-the-way-rugby-is-going-35031393.html

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

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Jun. 3rd, 2014 07:05 pm
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Brazil's other passion: Malba Tahan and The man who counted - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27254747

Michael Buffer 'ready to rumble' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/27517733

Lasers 'could prevent' need for root canal treatment - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27595573 For those of us with dental issues.

1964: The World 50 Years Ago - http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/05/1964-the-world-50-years-ago/100743/ Via @TwistedSifter on twitter.

The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world - https://medium.com/tech-talk/the-real-10-algorithms-that-dominate-our-world-e95fa9f16c04 Rebuttal to the Reddit article on the same topic. This one actually explains the whys and whats of algorithms. Via @TwistedSifter on twitter.

50 Cent Is My Life Coach - http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201406/50-cent?currentPage=all This is interesting because 50 Cent is nothing like how you imagine him. Via @TwistedSifter on twitter.

Wim Wenders' Rules of Cinema Perfection - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZqrFlFPvJE

African teams can't defend? Common cliches examined → http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26463286 Most of the cliches are not so true. England do, however, suck at penalties.

An up-to-date and updated throughout list of who is injured for which team for this World Cup - http://www.physioroom.com/news/worldcup_2014/injury_table.php

Some lovely posters ESPN commissioned for the World Cup - http://www.espnfc.com/blog/world-cup-central/59/post/1834728 One word of warning. Apparently the Cyrillic is all kinds of wrong.
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Even though I can't do the stuff I wanted to do at work over the weekend (partly other people's fault, mostly mine), it's probably just as well that I'm not at Excalibur because I've caught a horrible cold and spending 2 days fencing sabre when you can't breathe is a good way of getting sent to A&E.

I've also managed to tweak one of my obliques while coughing last night. While it's not quite 'breathing hurts', coughing definitely does.
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And I had so been hoping to reach 30 with all my teeth.

Yes, that really is how low my aims are when it comes to my teeth.

After an unfortunate encounter with a toffee muffin some years ago, I had sworn off toffee. Despite loving it. So when my grandmother bought me toffee as a random gift, I thought, oh go on, why not.

I am an idiot.

Over ~ a month, I'd slowly got through the packet, and on Saturday I reached the last three or four when suddenly crunch. I took the toffee out of my mouth, couldn't see any part of my tooth on the toffee. But still sore. And it didn't get any better on Sunday or this morning. So my colleagues sent me to the dentist.

The dentist eventually found the problem, basically the filling in my C6 molar had split, breaking the tooth wall around it on one side. In the process of fixing this, the filling came apart, and basically my whole tooth crumbled in on itself. Not the dentist's fault, because it was one of the teeth I have that was holding on on a wing and a prayer.

It does leave me with a bit of a problem, since I suspect the two teeth around the absence aren't strong enough to hold a bridge, and I loathe having partial dentures (or rather the retainers that go with them), I think I'm going to wind up having an implant. To which I say, thank goodness for local anaesthetics.
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Plumbing - Because I'm sure you're all as interested in it as I am ;) Basically, I've been in contact with the upstairs neighbour, who is much nicer than the previous post made him sound, and he's going to get it fixed, although given how confused he sounded by the concept of "get a plumber", I'm glad I've also got the building management company on it.

Puncturation - I had a blood test yesterday by one of those terrifying practice nurses who you can tell are practising. In between a highly unusual technique for getting the blood to start running (and I'm someone who bleeds well) and the "whoops, let me just get a different vial for a different test while holding the needle in and then standing up" manoeuvre, I have a particularly lovely bruise.

A Music Video - I'm really digging this at the minute



I do warn that it's an earworm though.
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Fencing

Came 5th at the Liverpool Uni Open. Am annoyed because I was 4th after pools. But I got knocked out by a better fencer (even if, due to some dodgy refereeing it was 15-7, when it ought to have been 15-11) so I can't complain. Also, I was suffering from the hell cold (see below) and my fingernails were going blue so I really oughtn't complain.

The Hell Cold

Basically, the write up area where I work had to get new carpets so we tidied the whole thing. I immediately came down with a chronic 30-tissues-a-day cold. According to colleagues, I am not allowed to claim I am allergic to tidying, despite this evidence. It's a lot better now.

Fitness

However, because of the hell cold, I haven't been to the gym all week. This makes me a sad panda. The trainer got me lifting free weights and I have decided they are the most awesome thing ever. Results are slow but there. It's now a definite four pack and a barrel and I'm down to one and a half chins. Also, I think I'm back to having better legs than Bully Ray. Also I feel a lot better in and of myself. The old problem of none of my trousers fitting me is back (oh the joys of being a size 15) but that's what they invented belts for.

Fic-Writing

Getting quite worried that my lgbtfest fic will not be done on time. I'm on the last section but it still needs Giles-picking, and like I said, it went from sounding like the Jam to sounding like the Waterboys which means I have to re-jig my expectations but I fear it lacks punch.

Fic Meme - Day 10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I'm a gen writer mostly so this isn't much of a problem, and unless it were for a friend, I'm not sure why you'd bother trying to write a pairing you actively object to. Pairings I like but can't write are legion but the two most annoying are Lupin/Snape, because I cannot catch Lupin properly. He's very good at making himself absent when I try to write him. Which I get is part of his canonical character traits but so difficult.

The other one is Florton. Yes, please ignore the number of Florton fics I have written, and consider instead the ones I've never written or never finished because I find Ric Flair hair-pullingly difficult to write.

Other Days )

TNA - I think everyone else has already discussed everything else to death so let me rant about the X-Division.

So Kenny King and Chris Sabin both give good promos. Roles are established, the crowd now want Sabin to beat King. Perfect time for a one-on-one match.

Except, of course, with the stupid new rules, we've got a three-way match with Petey Williams thrown in. Petey Williams is too good to be thrown in just to eat the pin.

As I said, repeatedly, so far, I've only been wrong on one of my guess on who gets pinned in the X-division 3ways. And that was them having my beloved Zeema Ion get pinned. :(

Other than that Gail Kim's new hanging figure 4 is a thing of evil beauty, AJ continues to be Sting (to the extent that real-Sting lampshaded it) and James Storm remains the highlight of the night (whose name is not Kazarian, Daniels, Roode or he who has f-ed up mightly).

Work - Help, I have a project student. Who sets new records for being late, as in half an hour is normal. Also, all the NMR machines have gone down so my project is stuffed too. As is my work computer where one of the hard-drives is dying.
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I don't sleep well. Actually that's not true, once I get to sleep, I sleep wonderfully well, it's getting to sleep that's my problem. Since September it had got a lot worse. The problem was that I wasn't going to sleep until 4 am and then sleeping the sleep of the dead until 11-12ish, which is not good if you have a job to do. So I went to the doctors, where I was dealt with by the usual GP off-handedness that comes with anything that might require more than "take three times daily". Apparently I should lay off alcohol (which I already do), and just try to get to sleep at a reasonable time. I would like to be canonised for not shouting at her. She also gave me the web address of an NHS website on the topic (which I'd already visited) and told me not to take sleeping pills because they're bad for you.

Leaving after this decidedly unhelpful appointment I dashed round to Boots where I discovered that they don't have over-the-counter sleeping pills any more. I grant that doctors can't just go round writing prescriptions for benzodiazepines but there ought to be a middle ground between bennies and nothing.

I therefore was forced to resort to herbal remedies. No, not that one. I had a look in Holland and Barretts and most of their sleeping pills were either valerian on it's own or valerian plus stuff. I did some wiki-ing and there is at least some science behind it (seriously GP, this is what you're reducing me to) so I bought a set of NatraSleep pills (http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=1054&prodid=1275). And they are wonderful. I have been sleeping. And waking up when the alarm goes off. And functional.

I mean, it's not perfect and I know the sleep isn't as good but it's so much better than it was before.

So yes, love letter part 1 is to valerian, oh lovely herb.

Part 2 is to my Argos radio alarm clock which is cheap (£5.99) and functional and actually gets me. So thank you Argos.

Part 3 is to Kerrang! radio. Which is what I put on said radio alarm clock because I tried ClassicFM and it was just not right for waking up to. And Kerrang! radio is wonderful. It covers a broader range of music than the magazine does (the Sunday morning had the Beatles on) and is pleasingly shambolic on occasion. It's lovely. And I'm not just saying that because I've heard 3 Manics tracks in 3 weeks.
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Football: It looks like friend L might be right and Balotelli might be emanating from Turin by the end of the transfer window. Well Conte, or whoever is his deputed stand-in, can't claim they don't know what they're getting. (I love Mario, but he's chaos personified.)

Next time people insist I can't be Austrian because I'm not 9 foot tall or blonde, I am going to show them the following photos of two gentlemen who are both in the Austrian National Team. Emanuel Pogatetz (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21240154) and Paul Scharner (http://tyneandwear.sky.com/sportsnews/article/54450). Actually dear old Mad Dog doesn't just have a similar haircut to me, he also plays like me.

The Marco Materazzi vs Rafa Benitez thing is getting even more childish. In response to Rafa calling him a liar, Materazzi said (mild paraphrasing) "if I'm a liar, he's thin." For all that Marco is a prat, he's the one I believe in this situation.

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F1: First car of the new season is out ... and it looks exactly like last year's Lotus except for the added red flashes on the livery. However, Lotus have been very careful not to have their diffuser clearly shown in any of the photos so my guess is that if there have been any changes, it will have been there.

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Politics: [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte posted a link to "Seven EU Myths You Should Never Believe" - http://londyn.msz.gov.pl/pl/aktualnosci/artykul__seven_eu_myths_you_should_never_believe written by the Polish Foreign Affairs Minister. Now first things first, it's really well written, and a lot of English-as-a-first-language politicians could learn from it. It also makes the economic conservative case for the EU rather well, without insulting any opponents. See people, it can be done.

Anyway, because I liked it so much I shared it on Facebook (mostly because a lot of my more Eurosceptic friends are economic conservatives and, you know, anything to make them understand that a lot of their rants have no basis in fact). For something I shared, the thing's gone round like wildfire. And it's rabid little Englanders who've done a lot of the sharing, while saying approving things. It's most peculiar.

On to things that are not politics - the weekend before last, while dozing on the friend's sofa, the Sunday Politics show was on. After Andrew Neil and Labour bod (sorry, no idea who it was, ex-minister for Europe or possibly shadow secretary for Europe) had gone round the same argument three times, I groaned and demanded a channel change. Apparently I'm all that's wrong with people today, because I don't care about politics. I pointed out it wasn't bloody politics, it was a journalist trying to get a scoop and a politician evading said attempts. It's also exactly the kind of nonsense that turns people off real politics.

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Health - Interesting article on the BBC about the BMI index - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21229387

People finally seem to be getting the message that it sucks. Which is good. I do love the medical doctors trying to defend it. Yes, it's quick, yes, it's easy, because God forbid we make MDs think (sorry, one of the principle pleasures of any biologist's life is mocking the medics). I'm always highly suspicious of anything that takes something very complicated and turns it into very simple. Deconvolution tends to lose information.

Also, when women with a BMI of between 25-30 (i.e. overweight, get finger-wagged by doctor) live longer than women with a BMI of between 20-25 (i.e. allegedly correct), then there is something wrong with your system and it's your model that has to change, not the world.
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Orange juice or apple juice and coffee. Admittedly by the end of it, you'll be violently acidic, but at least you're functional for the duration of the cold.

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No book meme as I'm still pondering my answers.
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I wish I was joking. Long story short, friend is getting married next Sunday. In an attempt to get my acne to behave, I am resorting to the one thing I know works, which is to cut dairy foods out of my diet. No big, except my life appears to be largely cheese- and yoghurt-based. That's why I normally don't bother, because while I'm aware (thanks Nan) that my acne is pretty horrific, I don't care, but I try not to screw up my friends' wedding photos.

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I have a long post about the present scandal du cycling, but it can wait till Monday.

What probably can't wait till then is that I need a new pair of these - http://www.prosportuk.com/squash/squash_shoes/hi*tec_squash_shoes/744/hi*tec_squash_shoes.html

But, I hear you say, I don't play squash. This is true. However, the squash shoes are also decent fencing shoes and if it's a toss up between paying £25 for the squash shoes or £76 for the cheapest of their fencing shoes, I'm going squash all the time, especially as they last me about 4 years. It wouldn't be a problem but the Hi-Tec website assured me there were suppliers in my part of Birmingham, so I didn't order any online. Of course, the website lied and there aren't any. Grr!!

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Two things I've been meaning to post:

One of my favourite tracks of the moment is Unorthodox by Wretch 32 ft. Example. Have a listen here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LysZJBo2HI4

The new Volkswagen Passat advert is genius - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0

That kid is so me at that age. I laughed out loud, quite literally, a belly chuckle of the best kind, the first time I saw it. To make it even more fun, when I was talking to my Mum saying how awesome it was, she said that she didn't like it because she didn't get it, so I had to explain it to her. She wants it known that she thinks it's a bad idea to have an advert where most people won't get the reference. She also said, that if I didn't stop laughing at her, she was throwing me to the wolves. Which didn't help much on the whole me not laughing front. I <3 my Mum.
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There will be a proper response to the last episode of Who at some point, but at the moment I am still processing.

Other things that will arrive later is any other part of the 50kinkyways fics. My housemates have tidied up and can remember where they've put it. Mostly my fault but still.

My left ankle is also not working, which is a bit annoying.

Saw the England v Germany game and mostly came out of it with a much higher opinion of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who normally bares the brunt of my anger with any number of teams he features in. Given that I think I saw him apologising to Lampard about the "goal", he's definitely a class act.

Looking forward to Argentina v Mexico.
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Answers to the 5 things meme:

[livejournal.com profile] opera142 wanted 5 Ways Christian trumps Edge. )
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Precision in Everything Author's long-winded explanation/notes )

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Questions that need answers for future fic

1) US university years are divided up into semesters, yes?

and

2) Could anyone suggest a book likely to have been banned from school libraries for sexual content? I'd go with Lady Chatterly but I've been told it has all the eroticism of a dead fish and I need something that packs a punch.

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Doctor Who - Cold Blood

I prefer the use of actors in latex to CGI (let's be honest, I prefer most things to bad CGI, and that's the only kind of CGI that the BBC can afford) but it also has it's own drawbacks, mostly that it will occasionally throw up crazy-making moments of 'I know that actor, just not when he's green', and my brain spends half its time trying to ID the actor instead of watching what's on TV. It was Richard Hope who caused that effect this time, Stephen Moore at least has a distinctive voice (he'll always be the Dad in 'The Queen's Nose' to me.)

On to the actual episode.

Not as good as I thought it might be )

Some speculation about the big spoiler from Cold Blood, brought about by typing this up )

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After that, thanks to N and S, I got to watch some old school Who.

The Ark In Space )

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RL and Smear test TMI )

RL

Jun. 1st, 2010 04:45 pm
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I have a smear test on Thursday.

Any hints, tips, suggestions other than lie back and think of England?

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