Jul. 9th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Notes from Holland -


Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn -

The doctor who wants to make his town better -


Seamus Heaney: A fitting home for a much-loved poet -


Making Sense of Modern Pornography -

Redcar steelworks: Health fears over steelworks clean-up -

Garbage City: The scavengers making a fortune from other people's rubbish -

Maria da Penha: The woman who changed Brazil's domestic violence laws -

One woman's lonely struggle against famine in Yemen -

Mosul: Smuggled diary reveals life of fear under IS -


The race for North Carolina's early votes - From before the last US election

Can you be politically active if you have young children? -


Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world's most deadly viruses. If we let them. - I think this is excessively optimistic on the GMO animals front but interesting nonetheless.

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? -


Arnold Palmer obituary -

Horse racing:

Frankie Dettori: Jockey recalls 'Magnificent Seven' at Ascot 20 years on -


World Rugby’s zero tolerance on head injuries is not just a pipe dream - Refers to other sports as well.

Ben Ryan: Pacific Islands becoming rugby's 'Wild West', says ex-Fiji sevens coach - The man's got a point


Is artificial intelligence permanently inscrutable? -

Meeting Cellebrite - Israel's master phone crackers -
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A United Kingdom: The interracial marriage that made front page news -

The man stuffed and displayed like a wild animal -


Jackie Chan Hasn't Seen His Original Stunt Team In Decades. Then Realizes They're All Standing Behind Him -

Why is the US 'tampon tax' so hated? - 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 -


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 -


Is India in the throes of a fever outbreak? -


Rachel Atherton: 'I don't need an Olympic medal' -

A fresh chance to banish the curse of Mayo - Of course they lost, because they are Mayo.


Head injuries: Football's continuing failure highlighted yet again by treatment of Anthony Martial -

Naismith earns Goodison cheers despite helping sink Everton -


Rio Olympics 2016: How last-second gold changed taekwondo fighter's life -


Gold medallist welcomed back from Rio – with gold wheelie bin -

Rio 2016: The people who fix broken legs at the Paralympics -

Rugby League:

Women's Rugby League World Cup to be held alongside men's -

Leigh Centurions: Journey from despair to Super League delight -

Rugby Union:

Saved from the dark side: how Hong Kong’s rugby ‘Pigs’ are giving Philippine street kids a chance -


German Masters: Anthony Hamilton beats Ali Carter to win first title - Yay! and Finally!


My grandfather Roald Dahl, the magician -
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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.


Champions League: Why Nissan uses football for its sponsor goals -

How Zara's founder became the richest man in the world - for two days - Ignore the title, it's more about the fast fashion industry.


10 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Doctor -


New polymer £5 note is out today - here's where you're likely to see it first -

How new bank notes will help the visually-impaired community -

How verified Twitter users are connected and who they are. -

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children -

Why Walking Helps Us Think -

Middle-aged parents are now more likely to smoke weed than their teenage kids -

IN DEFENSE OF HOBBIES: If you want to be a better person, find something to do outside of work -

Why are there crushed stones alongside rail tracks? -

Steven Spielberg in Birmingham: Why film directors come to the city -


Confessions of a presidential speechwriter -

Cameron quits as MP: What other ex-prime ministers did next -

Does the left have a future? - Written before the recent election. Some points I agree with, some I disagree with.


Why Freshwater Fish Are Awesome -

Why Are Babies So Dumb If Humans Are So Smart? -

Pioneering 'diaries' reveal the secret lives of animals -

Science Fiction:

The Enduring Lessons of “Star Trek” -


Rugby Union:

Neil Francis: Our game needs to rid itself of heavy gang - 150kg props are a parody of the way rugby is going -
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Glorious Austrian victory in the men's downhill

Is he not just the most beautiful and lovely person right now :) (I am hideously biased. Ridiculously biased.)

I admit I'm more tickled pink because I'd totally written the Downhill off. I didn't even expect a medal, especially after I saw Graham Bell's ski-through yesterday. Because it looked very technical, especially the top section, and the snow looked like the hard ice you get on the Italian hills, which doesn't really suit the Austrians. Or so I thought, because I was thinking of Klaus Kröll and Romed Baumann who both belong to the Herman Maier school of "point skis down the hill, attack the mountin, win or bust" skiing*.

Because of this I was expecting Svindal and the Italians to do well. I think guessing 2nd and 4th place shows I wasn't too wrong, I was just working on out of date info about the Austrian skiing team.

Obviously this will be over-shadowed in the UK by Jenny Jones getting a bronze in one of the new events I refuse to acknowledge but I will spend lots of time on the Die Presse and Der Standard websites instead. The plus points of knowing other languages ;)

So far this weekend is going well sports-wise. Austrian victory in the men's downhill, Bjoerndalen victory in the biathlon (with an Austrian in second place :) ), Ireland beating Wales. All I want now is a Russian win in the team skating event and either a Kasai or A.N. Austrian victory in the men's 90 m ski-jumping. Scotland losing miserably to England has been the only thing that hasn't gone in a way that I could at least be happy with.

*Bodie Miller is also a member of this school. That was why he didn't like the look of the course. He was just getting his excuses in early.


Mar. 28th, 2013 04:07 pm
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About the Injured Jockey's Fund and one particular case where they've helped -

The pleasures and perils of the open-plan office -

What's gone wrong with the scrum? -

Meanwhile, rugby league is trying to do something constructive - "Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward believes match officials would benefit from increased dialogue with players and coaches."
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Brad Dourif in a music video!! A Calvin Harris music video! I am deeply confused.

I am also deeply confused by the French rugby team. How are you that bad? I mean beyond the obvious of Saint-Andre apparently being determined that no-one will play in the position that they are best at (with the exception of the front row but I think that's because you're not allowed to). You lot beat Australia not long ago. Now, I think you're going to lose to Scotland.

Wales - Yes, keep doing that. But more so. And less with the terrible scrummaging. And better choices when you have the ball because you're going to send Jonathan Davies grey early. Also, yet again the "it sounds like Jiffy is commentating on himself in the third party" problem occured, which I know isn't either Jonathan Davis's fault.

Italy - Okay, so it's because you were away, and that's fine. There were positives to take from this. Actually the coverage did contain one bit of really interesting stuff, because they were talking about how it was much harder to play away games, and Jill Douglas (probably) asked why, and Chris Paterson said he didn't know either, and spent time trying to figure out why, but he could never understand it, because "the ball was the same size, it was the same number of players and the same rules, but it was always more difficult".

Scotland - Yes, that's the idea.
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Rugby Union - Found my Alternative Rugby Commentary t-shirt so I've got something to wear for Sunday.

Formula 1 - The Jerez test is not going well for Mercedes - 2 days and 2 total car failures, both of which could have been bloody dangerous, what with Nico Rosberg's car setting itself on fire and Hamilton having a rear brakes failure which thankfully only led to him shunting into a tyre wall but could have been so much worse. Much though I am relieved that for once it's not Ferrari having the terrible testing time, at least Ferrari's were normally "this car is terrible" not "this car is a death-trap".

Football - Austria lost to Wales 1-2. Apparently they were the better team but just couldn't score goals. This is an improvement on hopeless and can't score. These are the depths to which the Austrian national team drive me.

TNA - The joke about it being WCW all over again is sadly so true. The first hour is interesting, the second hour is less so. )
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Re: last rugby post - this is what I meant by Castrogiovanni looking like he was ready to murderise someone - So glad I wasn't playing against him.

The French rugby union team continue to be ... themselves. Trying to guess how they'll play is a fool's game, but I think they were paying for not having specialists in their second row. I have no doubt that over a 100 yard dash or bench pressing, the French would win, but in rucking and all the various diabolic arts thereto attached (i.e. the stuff that actually goes on on the pitch), the Italians were going to win every day. See also, the basis for a lot of recent Irish victories against England.


Formula 1 - The best thing about the new season is Gary Anderson talking about the new cars and the changes from last year's specifications. Of particular interest are his comments about the new Red Bull ( I also like that he apparently grades on a scale, because he's nice about the Marussia ( and scathing about the Mercedes (, even though Mercedes will probably finish higher in the end of season standings.


Guess who is ranked 100th in the country? Boom!!

Now to stay there, despite one of my favourite competitions not being run and me having points to defend from it.


Some fun links -

A photo gallery of this season's F1 cars -

ATOS declare Richard III fit for work -
Well, it makes a change from the Blackadder jokes and all the locals pointing out exactly how much Richard III owes in parking fines :) (Link care of [ profile] nwhyte)

Someone else's Castrogiovanni picspam - Castro owns an Italian restaurant out in one of the little villages round Leicester, and is apparently beloved by every small child that has ever entered it because he does things like jumping out at them and pretending to eat them.

Sebastian Chabal's comment on France vs Italy - In his defence, he was really nice about Italy after the match, making it quite clear that they'd won the match rather than France losing it.

A taxonomy of wrestler's names -
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Normally this time of year I ask who I'm supposed to cheer for, but this year, the 49ers have already claimed me as I spent time around San Francisco this summer.

Not that I'm going to actually be able to see any of it (or much of it). I've got 3 more proteins to purify by Friday so I need to be in work early on Monday.

So happy that Ireland won. Poor Owen (who thankfully is on the other side of the Atlantic since we have had housewide rows on these topics before) got up at 6 to watch that. He agrees with me that if Wales had started with Tipuric it wouldn't have ended that way. And not in a month of Sundays should Zebo's flick trick have worked.

England vs Scotland was a lot closer than the English press would have you believe.

We will not speak of Saints vs Huddersfield

The French rugby union team are a marvellous band of men, but I continue to be amazed that between 15 men and replacements, not a one of them can sing in tune.

And someone may wish to warn them that Castrogiovanni looks like he's ready to murderise them.
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Hollyoaks has done it again. Yes, I know I'm a bad person who only watches for one character (well two if we count Jacqui McQueen - who is probably the best done version of that character type in this century) but Brendan!!!

This time it's Hollyoaks that's doing things )


I know it's overhyped and pointless but some part of me loves the thrill of Transfer Deadline Day. Although Juve, we don't have enough strikers to get rid of Quagliarella.

It's also 6 Nations opening weekend. Which I will be spending in the lab, but that's why they invented BBC Sport. I'll just have to remember my earphones or hope that colleague T leaves his computer unlocked (he's the one with the speakers and all users can log into all computers provided they're not locked).

The BBC keeps pushing the O'Driscoll's last ever 6 Nations angle. I wish they wouldn't. The knowledge that it'll happen one day makes me miserable enough already. I'm not as bad as my Mum though, she sent me a text message last night that read, "The agony - i.e. 6 nations - starts Saturday :/" I am dealing with it better than her. Just.
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Say what you want about pro-cycling, but the fact that, on the last day of the Vuelta, they're giving the two retirees a moment at the front to say goodbye makes me love it. And while David Moncoutie is a big name, Grisha Niermann was only ever a domestique, and it's so heart-warming that they do respect his efforts for his team and other riders.

Tour of Britain -

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



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

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

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


Rugby union

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

Dear Sale Sharks, stop stealing Salford's ground.
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Finally saw Dark Knight Rises. I loved it. I also love you all for not spoiling me. Especially for that thing. Or the other thing. Or the other other thing.

I mean, I can see why lots of people I know didn't like it. It's a very Nolan film. Although (general spoilers for the rest of his films )

Enjoy is still the wrong word for Batman films. Much like X-men films, if I come out of a Batman film not feeling like I've been put through a wringer,I feel short changed. I came out of this feeling satisfyingly wrung.

Further spoilers for Dark Knight Rises )

The thing that really bugged me )

And I feel I must apologise to Anne Hathaway. She's still not my idea of Selina Kyle but she does a good impression.

A quick question, for any comics fans reading this, could someone explain the Bane thing to me. Because all my friends that are comics fans are mad about him and I don't get it. Unfortunately all my RL friends who are comics fans are men so I tend to put it down to Bane being big macho. (My favourite villains are Ra's Al-Ghul and the Joker ('n' Harley Quinn), so I got all of mine in films so I'm not complaining about the Bane-fanboying, I'm just confused by it.)

Related to that, idiot friend insists that Tom Hardy can't be terrifying as Bane because he's not that tall. I have tried to point out that tall is not neccessary for terrifying, but he won't listen. I hope this lulls him into a false sense of security when the short inherit the Earth.

On a more shallow note, when did Matthew Modine become old enough to play high-ranking police officers?

Also film-related, I've finally figured out who played Moriarty in Without A Clue. Actually it seems to be the day for Holmes pastiches, between that and the Young Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately they all clash with the Belgian Grand Prix and nothing gets between me and Spa.

Dear Mercedes, stop doing this to Schumacher. I get more and more convinced that he went to a fortune teller who told him that he was due a lot of bad luck and he could work it off in F1.

Re: crash - Oh hell almighty. I'm assuming that Alonso got a bit clonked. I've never been so glad to see him moving.

That was a good race. I want to kiss the guy directing the camera work, he didn't focus on the number 1 only. We even got to see the Marussias racing. And I love Button, Vettel and Raikkonen talking at the end.

Vettel - "Did you have a battle against Michael?"
Kimi - (immensely long-suffering sigh) "He's so difficult to pass."

Re: Grosjean's ban - can anyone remember anyone else ever getting a race ban?


In the rugby union - who thought giving London Welsh Leicester as their first Premiership match was fair?

Also, now that I know Maurie Fasavalu is playing for Quins, their success last year makes a lot more sense. Saracens being evil also makes sense as they have Joel Tomkins.

Union, only umpteen years after League, finally have proper vid refs.
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Does anyone know of any card companies that do cards that sing "When I'm 64"?

Long ramble about shirt sponsors )
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Just back from said match. I had a whale of a time.

This was partly because the night before had involved the consumption of Sipsmith's damson vodka, which I recommend highly.

The match itself was fun and a good, solid game. The score certainly didn't reflect how close the game was but it did reflect that extra bit of quality Leinster had in the midfield.

The crowd was immense, and loud. Not the loudest I've ever been in, but it's easier to be loud when it's 15,100 packed into Knowsley Road than it is in the wide open spaces of Twickenham. I think that it was a match that mattered helped, because last time I was at Twickenham it was for the Crusaders vs Sharks match that was doubling up as a fund-raiser for post-earthquake New Zealand so the atmosphere was different.

These fans were more shouty, shouty. And very colourful. I tried to capture that in my photos but failed miserably:



and a video Photobucket

The fantastic seats helped for me to watch the game because it's rugby union which makes no sense.

But yes, I enjoyed myself and I got to see the greatest Northern hemisphere player of his generation lift the trophy and since I <3 BOD it makes me very happy.

Neither of the football games went the right way but I have learnt not to trust Mario Gomez to score when it matters.
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I went to watch Tigers vs Worcester (BBC match report here - with some uni friends.

I think my problem with rugby union remains that it's so close to rugby league and yet so different. It's like aliens entirely independently came up with the idea of rugby so you can see why there are differences but they still make me scratch my head.

Matters were not helped by some of the ball carrying skills being worse than those of my friend's under-8s team. I think, if I were to sum it up in one pithy sentence, Worcester wanted to play rugby but the ref and Leicester wanted set play practise. Admittedly matters, both on my understanding, and of the game's flow, were not helped by it being Wayne Barnes refereeing.

Because I was standing* in the stand in front of where the Tigers coaching staff were lurking, Austin Healy ( **) walked past. He is somehow smaller in real life, but just as gobby as ever.

Welford Road is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside, but if it's a fortress with a terrifying crowd, most union players would freak at the average league ground, because they're so much louder. And with better views. I mean I still stand by choice but you couldn't see anything in the corners. I have been spoilt by Knowsley Road.

But yes, poor Andy Goode had a 'mare and Alex Tuilagi was drawn into getting a silly yellow card by some Worcester winker who wound him up. He didn't punch the guy, just grabbed him by the neck. He's definitely getting better at controlling his temper ***.

Other than that, I was very impressed by the Worcester wingers, the person that I think was James Grindal, not least after getting straight up after a tackle where I swear I heard something go crack all the way up in the stands and Tom Youngs, older brother of Ben who is once again in hot water. And Julian White, but not being impressed by him is difficult ****.

* the one thing that worries me about the new Saints stadium is that it appears to be all seated. I'm not sure I approve of watching rugby sitting down.
** Although if he's 5 foot 10 like his wiki suggests then I'm a monkey's uncle. I know what 5' 10 looks like and that's not it.
*** Alex's oldest brother played for Saints, therefore he is obviously not guilty of whatever it is, or there were extenuating circumstances.
**** Geordan Murphy, were he not forever a darling anyway, would be a darling for letting Jules White lift the LV Trophy (I think it's the old Anglo-Welsh Cup, but I might be wrong) first despite him [Murphy] being club captain.
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I know this doesn't really need saying, but France don't deserve Dussatoir, Bonnaire, Servat, Hardoniquoy and Rougerrie. Or rather the coaches don't. How dare you keep sending them out with sub-par tactics?!

Also, that game was good once they realised it was rugby not a kicking practise.

I meant to say this a couple of weeks ago, but I love Ronan O'Gara. Difficult kick, he's captain, he's Ronan of the Iron Boot, but he knows that Jonathan Sexton needs the kicks for confidence, and so he lets him take it. That's first class captaincy.


Oi Gusgott, I get that you hate everyone that isn't English, but stop being mean about Warburton.

F1, because it's the one I can actually talk about

My heart is bleeding. I didn't get to see qualifying but neither of the Ferraris getting through to the top ten shootout is something quite unbearable.


Health Update:

In an attempt to get in shape for a friend's wedding in December, an alleged diet has begun. I say alleged because it's basically just that I'm not having desert on days I don't exercise (which is a great incentive to go and exercise) and having one hot meal and one set of sandwiches (along with breakfast) a day.

I think it's working because I am frelling hungry.

That being said, more will need to be done because I've spotted the dress I'm probably going to wear to the wedding, and I need to probably tone up as well.

I have discovered that Next use the same model as Leon Paul. She is a smidge taller than me, she has a much smaller waist, and bigger boobs. If I ever meet her, I'm feeding her food. Then I might stand half a chance of finding clothes that fit.
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Just remembered another thing I wanted to say in my last post. Seriously funny moment I caught on Graham Norton on Friday night. So the guests are Gerard Depardieu, Damien Lewis and Olly Murs, and Depardieu was, I think, advertising his new cook book. So they were talking about diets, and Depardieu was basically pooh-poohing the whole idea, and Olly Murs started telling this story about how the paparazzi had snapped a photo of him in his swimming trunks and he had a beer belly. Not liking how he looked, he went on a low carb diet. So Murs is detailing what he eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Depardieu giving a constant refrain of 'sad, so terribly sad'. I think I love him.

Thomas Castaignede was on the rugby today. Oh Thomas, how they could have done with you. I'm sorry but he remains the first rugby union player who isn't Jonah Lomu who I ever even liked, and damn could he ever play.

I can't help but feel that no matter how crackpot Lievremont was, he could still get his team to beat England.

Shakespeare Meme - Day 4 - Favourite Heroine

The reason I couldn't say Ganymede for the hero one was because I'm using Rosalind for this. I love her, rather a lot. It's that she has such get up and go. Things at court get beyond endurance and then she gets banished, she got up and went. Her best friend decides to go with her, fine, they'll come up with a cover story.

(Um, I've only just realised that in the version of this I know best Helen Mirren was Rosalind, certain things, they may be explained.)

Other Days )
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I have recently been introduced to a concept which greatly amuses me - deja moo, the feeling that you have heard this bullshit before.

Other than that, Birmingham city centre in the run up to Christmas is the very definition of too many people.

Covert Affairs:

It passed the German test. After far, far too much bad German on TV I have three categories:

Ultimo-fail - which is basically 'cherman' accents in non-comedy programmes.

Minor failure - Grud-awful German passed off as good German.

Pass - all parties have at least attempted German, in-character excuses are made for the people who can't quite manage it.

Alias, despite some of the most awful German I've ever heard is only a minor fail. Covert Affairs gets a resounding pass. Actor who can't quite speak German gets given an in-character reason why people are accepting his German as German as it is spoken (plus, it was Oded Fehr trying to seduce someone into dancing, I think he counts as a distraction from his own German). Character who is supposed to be able to speak German speaks something that is actually half decent German.

It's totally not their fault that all the Swiss characters were speaking German German, in a situation where they probably wouldn't. And that this viewer happens to know that that's not what Zurich airport looks like ;) But I think if a TV programme was actually able to get German-speaking Swiss characters to actually speak Swiss German, I'd have to produce another category of ultimate pass.

But yes, anyway, any episode that features Oded Fehr as a slightly dodgy secret agent, and Auggie lying to a lie-detector machine and making it quite clear he was lying because he was annoyed by the whole damn thing, and Annie being the kind of compassionate awesome that is becoming her thing is a good episode.


Like everyone who watched football in the last 15 years, I'm still in shock about Gary Speed. I think it's because, for so long, it was his name and 10 others on any given team sheet.

I think it's that that's causing the mass and heartfelt reaction, because every team has someone who played with him, or managed him, or played under him.

It's been a bad week on the sporting legends with the death of Arthur Betson, one of the great Queensland, Australia and rugby league greats, and someone, who more importantly than that realised that being a great sportsperson is good, being a good person is better.


Dear less fun Mourihno - stop calling the referees by their first names only, it's rude.

Dear commentator, if you're asking 'could Knight have got there?', the answer is always 'no'.

Anyone know why it's Lindegaard in the net not de Gea?

Stephen Maguire is looking healthier.

Barry Hearn is trying to turn everything into speed snooker, and short matches and generally ruining everything I like about snooker.

Gratuitous Misuse of Music

On the 'wrong music usage' front, I'd like to report two Christmas howlers:

1 - Tesco - 'Fairytale of New York' ( is not something to be playing, even in a nice tinkly, twinkly arrangement, over your Christmas adverts. This is a song that goes 'merry Christmas, your arse, I pray God it's our last'. It's is not the 'family friendly' Christmas tune of choice.

2 - Various stores - I get it, 'Do They Know It's Christmas Time' ( just happens to be on the Christmas tunes CD. However, when I'm doing my best to stir myself into a orgiastic frenzy of shopping, it's somewhat off-putting. I tend to want to turn around and go, 'stuff it all, I'm giving all my money to charity instead'. While this is probably a better thing than spending the money on presents, I can't see it being good for shop profits.

Things that never stop being fun, when CSI mentions a brand name for equipment in particular. I'll give them this much, they get those details right.

Rugby Union
Does Chris Ashton lack all common sense, or is he trying to get punched by every Tuilagi brother? I ask after the 8 man brawl he started by pulling Alessana Tuilagi into touch by his hair.

It was the most ridiculous thing, you can tell by the fact that Geordan Murphy got involved. And it managed to literally engulf one of the pitchside cameramen!
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First, as it is John Peel Day (, does anyone want to recommend any music? Any and all, of any style is obviously welcomed.

I shall do a little kicking off -

Me and You by Nero

Crush On You also by Nero - Although the video is terrible.

I grant I am trying to un-earworm myself having caught the end of 'The Phantom of the Opera' last night. It's 'Masquerade' ( - someone has dubbed the pretty music pictures with a Phantom that can actually sing). I am most definitely not using this as an excuse to also post both the Michael Crawford (who for better or worse is my Phantom - and Antonio Banderas ( ) version of music of the night. Both, of course, have Sarah Brightman playing Christine.

And of course, the title song -


In the sports, have my 10 favourite photos from the World Cup. None of which are Piri Weepu with small children because I'm aware coo-able does not a good photo make.

Confetti Snow Angels -

Brian O'Driscoll breaking the line -

Argentine player and fans -

The Tongan team after their victory over France -

The real Captain America -

And to even it out someone who may be Captain Canuck -

Post-match joint prayers -

How J-M Leguizamon won my heart forever -

Awesome scrum photo -

Awesome lineout photo -

Separate fan section:

The sheep, the sheep! -

Fantastic face-paint -

A poor, unfortunate Wales fan -

The South African football team cheering on the Boks -
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Before my next three posts which will all be sports-related and a mixture of angry and sad, I thought I'd bring a happy sports post:

F1 - Bruno Senna in free practise 2 at the Korean GP >>Bruno had just done a nice 360 spin at turn 4 trying to get off the escape road via the wet kerbs.

Team come on radio: "Bruno, do you think it's near time to change to slicks?"

Bruno: "NO!"<<

Similarly, Marussia Virgin Racing giving the on-track medics free coffee and tea.

Rugby Union - >>New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu stunned Australia's players by dropping in on a training session ahead of their World Cup third-place play-off match against Wales. Lomu, 36, who was recently discharged from hospital after being admitted with kidney failure, mingled with the players and lifted the spirits of a Wallaby camp all but inconsolable after their semi-final defeat by the All Blacks on Sunday.<<

Things that make me happy about this:
1) Jonah Lomu is out of hospital. And reasonably healthy. We should all rejoice.
2) That he went to see the Aussie players. Not the New Zealand team, the Aussies. And the Aussies hold him in enough respect that they let him, and that it worked.


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