Month: February 2006

‘O singer, if thou canst not dream, Leave this song unsung’

To celebrate three years since I quit smoking, last night I treated Dr B. and myself to top-price second row tickets for Glorious! (half price from lastminute.com). Starring Maureen Lipman, it is a very light comedy on Florence Foster Jenkins

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links for 2006-02-28

The Incredible Ice Cream Diet ‘The key, of course,is staying within your calorie budget [of] 1,500 calories a day for women and 2,000 calories for men’ (tags: icecream diet nutrition calories health fitness weight)

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links for 2006-02-27

How Would You Rule China? (or, the ‘Which Emperor of China are you?’ test) I turn out to be Emperor Tang Xuanzong, Sixth emperor of the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 712 to A.D. 756): ‘Hardworking and diligent, reformist, employed capable ministers,

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Three years as a (non smoker?) ex-smoker

I thought I was never going to be able to say this: three years today I smoked my last cigarette. If you are a smoker and you are willing to stop, please do everything you can – now – to

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links for 2006-02-26

The IT Crowd >– The complete first season! | Encomium > Blog Archive Also available to watch on the official IT Crowd website, but only from the UK. Highly recommended. (tags: theitcrowd channel4 tv television sitcom streaming) SafariTest | Mac

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links for 2006-02-25

BBC – Be On A Show – Foreign Exchange The BBC is looking for couples to join presenter Alistair Appleton on a weekend away to an American or European city to go shopping for a fraction of the price back

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Brain sex

The Sex ID test on the BBC website is ‘a series of visual challenges and questions used by psychologists’. The test warns that the overall performance can be affected by other factors, like age and intelligence. And most likely, in

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Yes, but is it art?

I went to see Song Dong’s biscuit-built Edible city at Selfridges yesterday – sadly one day too early: it is going to be dismantled and eaten today. From certain angles, it just looked from random piles of biscuits. Every now

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links for 2006-02-20

Artist Song Dong’s biscuit-built “Edible City” on display at Selfridges, London On display at Selfridges on Oxford Street February 15th to the 22nd. At the end, the public will be invited to eat the edible city. Song Dong has built

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links for 2006-02-18

Blind patrons sue Target for site inaccessibility | CNET News.com ‘…the retail giant’s Web site is inaccessible to the blind and thus violates a California law that incorporates the Americans with Disabilities Act’ (tags: accessibility blind disability website target)

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links for 2006-02-16

Til Hamingju Island (Icelandic lyrics) | Lí­f Mitt í Hnotskurn Ond of the finalists in the Icelandic national Eurovision Song Contest selection. Damn this is growing on me – Töff töff töff! (tags: silvianott eurovision iceland icelandic) Silvia Nott –

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links for 2006-02-15

Icelandic – Mentalcode.com ‘This site contains an ever-growing set of study guides and tutorials for both serious students and casual enthusiasts of the language of the sagas.’ Tests on words (1600 nouns) and numerals. (tags: icelandic language tests tutorial) Mímir

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Brokeback Mountain: the five-minute review

I finally went to see Brokeback Mountain last night. After going along to see so many (erm, a couple in the past year, I think) sci-fi movies to please Dr B., I was thrilled to take him to see a

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links for 2006-02-14

BBC NEWS | Technology | Warning over Valentine’s e-cards ‘Fake Valentine’s e-cards and dodgy dating websites are among the tactics being used by fraudsters to relieve internet users of their money.’ (tags: web scam virus internet valentine fraud) anti-valentine e-cards

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Tesco value valentine card

Valentines Card, originally uploaded by sburn01. Yes I’m cheap. But our love is priceless. Happy valentine’s day Dr B.! xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxx x

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links for 2006-02-13

towleroad: Brokeback Parody Roundup Broke Mac Mountain, Brokeback Top Gun, Brokeback to the Future, Brokeback Goldmine, Bareback Mountain (as in bareback horseriding – what were you thinking?) (tags: brokebackmountain cinema parody) BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Berlusconi says

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links for 2006-02-12

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | US to emulate Eurovision contest ‘An online competition will be held to find singers from each US state to go forward to the grand final, with the winner landing a recording contract.’ (tags: tv usa

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links for 2006-02-11

Current style in web design An overview of the current state-of-the-art in graphic design for web pages and of the distinctive features that make a web page look fresh, appealing and easy to use. (tags: webdesign graphic) Lightbox JS ‘Lightbox

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links for 2006-02-10

Peanut Butter: A Super Sports Food | Bodybuilding.com I have recently started having a mid-afternoon peanut butter and jelly sandwich at work. Best energy bar ever. (tags: food nutrition peanutbutter weights gym sports fitness) Strength Training – Workouts For Size

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Goldfrapp, Brixton Academy, Thursday 9 February 2006

Playlist: (Cerrone’s ‘Supernature’ is played while the four musicians take their places on stage carrying flashlights) Utopia (Felt Mountain) Tiptoe (Black Cherry) Train (Black Cherry) Koko (Supernature) Slide In (Black Cherry) U Never Know (Black Cherry) Lovely Head (Felt Mountain)

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links for 2006-02-09

Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds – New York Times However, a calorie-controlled balanced diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, and high in grains, fruits and vegetables, does. It’s not just what you eat,

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Old British public information films

Just in via email from Dr B.: Subject: Essential Homework for wannabe Brits I’m not kidding, these films are indelibly etched into my generations consciousness; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4689364.stm Watch and enjoy (and learn) Dr B. More public information films from the past

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links for 2006-02-08

Microsoft flooded with IE7 bug reports – vnunet.com I think that for the time being I’ll just stick with Firefox rather than playing catch-up, thanks. (tags: microsoft explorer firefox browser bug ie ie7) Lavender and Lemon Panna Cotta | Sky

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Hi, I’m Jeff, and this is my boyfriend, Andre

So I finally got round to uploading pictures of Dr B. and myself on MyHeritage, the face recognition software that can recognise people in your pictures or tell you what celebrity you look like. The image above shows the best

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It’s you, me and Karen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation and the only explanation I can find is the love that I found ever since you’ve been around your love’s put me at the top of the world. Happy

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links for 2006-02-01

IT Crowd | Channel4.com First two episodes (premiere on 3 Feb) now online. Have not had time to watch them yet. Short preview on C4 not rolling-on-the-floor funny. Will see (tags: tv it channel4 sitcom streaming online) OSCAR.com – 78th

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Hjælp! Hvor er toilettet?*

Copenhagen is truly wonderful. Evidence in my Copenhagen photoset on Flicker. Excellent food, a much welcome holiday break from calorie-counting, and yet I have managed not to put on one single ounce. I have also learnt how to say diarrhoea

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