A very clever – and funny – advertisement

There’s a budget airline based in Cologne, Germany, called Germanwings. It competes with other European budget airlines, including one called EasyJet, which is based in London, England. It seems Germanwings wanted to advertise its superiority over EasyJet. To do so, they installed actors aboard an Easyjet flight, and filmed them (presumably surreptitiously, and certainly without EasyJet’s permission!). Here’s the result. Note the amusement of the Easyjet passengers when the final boards are displayed. Cheeky, but very funny! Peter

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Hic!

I’m pleased to see that an ancient English . . . er . . . entertainment has been re-created. Even by the excessive standards of Henry VIII, this was something of a corker. Intent on displaying his wealth, sophistication and generosity at a meeting with Francis I, the king of France, the portly English monarch built two fountains which spouted hundreds of gallons of free wine a day for his courtiers to enjoy. Today, the clock was turned back to those extravagant times when a fully-working replica of one of those Tudor symbols of magnificence was unveiled at Hampton Court

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Another needless death, caused by sheer carelessness

I’ve had occasion before to write about the Four Rules of firearms safety. If you adhere to these four rules, you will never, repeat, never injure or kill another living being by ‘accident’ or negligence with a firearm. The Four Rules, as codified by the late, great Col. Jeff Cooper, are: 1. All firearms are always loaded. In other words, never assume that a firearm is unloaded until you’ve personally verified that fact; and if it passes out of your hands for even an instant, re-check it the moment you get it back. Never assume that because it was safe

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A watch made from the Titanic?

Reader Adrian S. sent me a link to an article about watches made from the steel of the Titanic, salvaged from the wreck site deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. We’re all for reuse and recycle, but Romain Jerome’s Titanic DNA Watch is borderline macabre/bizarre. Granted, we really dig the design — but taking actual steel from the Titanic and incorporating it into a watch? From the release: “The watches will have black dial faces thanks to lacquer paint, the ingredients of which consist of coal from the Titanic, while pieces of steel from the vessel will also be used in

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Readers, I need treadmill advice, please

A few days ago I wrote about elevated desks, the kind one can use standing or seated, and asked whether any readers had used them, and if so, how they’d found them. As a result of some responses, I found that there are things called ‘treadmill desks’, which combine a treadmill for exercise with a shelf or desk top on which one can put a computer monitor and keyboard. The idea is that one can walk gently (at about 1 mph – nothing too strenuous) while typing. This sounded like a very useful idea, one that would both give me

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Another Hobbit house – this time above ground!

I posted a couple of days ago about a doll’s house built in the style of Bag End, the home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings. That was followed (thanks to a link provided by fellow blogger Crucis) by a second article about a real-life ‘hobbit house’ in Wales. Thanks to an e-mail today from another reader, Jenny C., we learn of yet another hobbit-style house. The architect writes: Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy

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iPad pro’s and con’s

I’ve mentioned Apple’s new iPad on this blog from time to time. It seems to be attracting equal proportions of adoring fans and grumpy disdainers. In that light, I was amused that two readers of this blog each sent me a link to a different article today: iPad, the destroyer: 19 things it will kill 13 glaring iPad shortcomings As you can probably guess, the respective authors of the articles don’t exactly agree with each other! Still, it’s entertaining to read each perspective. Ah, technogeek fanboys . . . Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #344

Today’s award goes to the Thai Spice restaurant in Grange, Australia. A restaurant that refused a blind man entry because it thought his guide dog was “gay” has been ordered by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal to pay him $1500. Woodville North man Ian Jolly, 57, was barred from dining at Grange restaurant Thai Spice in May last year after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a “gay dog”, the tribunal heard this week. A statement given by restaurant owners Hong Hoa Thi To and Anh Hoang Le said one of the waiters had understood Mr Jolly’s partner

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An alternative to cremation?

An article in the Daily Mail suggests that new technology may offer an alternative to the traditional practice of cremation. The Resomator is a green initiative that offers a smokeless alternative to cremation using chemicals to speed up the decomposition process. Each device costs a staggering £300,000 and sees the odd-shaped unit filled up with a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide which speedily dissolves soft tissues and organs. An ornate, reusable wooden casket is used to carry the deceased to the Resomator. The person’s body, in a sealed internal silk or wool coffin, is placed on a stainless steel

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An underwater river???

Surely ‘an underwater river’ is a contradiction in terms . . . but some amazing photographs purport to show a river beneath the water, all right! Note the diver circled in red. According to Bin’s Corner, where I found these pictures, the ‘river’ is a layer of hydrogen sulphide at the bottom of the Angelica Cenote in Mexico. There are more photographs at the link. Fascinating! Peter

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