Caught out by their own kids

I was amused to read that many people trying to conceal their assets are being betrayed inadvertently by their own children.  The Telegraph reports: Leading cybersecurity firms say they now use social media posts as evidence in around 75 per cent of all litigation cases. . . . In one debt recovery case where a man claimed to have no items of significant value, one of his children gave the game away by posing on the family’s £12 million super-yacht in the Bahamas. Daniel Hall … recently seized a “newly acquired private jet” in a fraud case because one of

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A tailgating driver learns a lesson the hard way

I guess you could call this a lesson . . . I’ve had a few people follow me like that.  Sadly, I have to confess that I’ve also followed others too closely, particularly slow drivers hogging the fast lane on an Interstate highway or something like that.  However, I can at least say I’ve never driven that close to them!  I guess I’ll have to pay more attention in future . . . Peter

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It’s been a fascinating exchange of views

This morning I put up an excerpt from a Western I’ve been fiddling with for the past couple of years.  I’ve been fascinated by the interchange of ideas that’s resulted.  A number of my readers commented on that post, and others e-mailed me with more in-depth responses.  I thought you might be interested in an overview of a few points – particularly because I think the exchange highlights how modern culture has ‘whitewashed’ some very unpleasant and unpalatable facts about the Civil War and its aftermath. 1.  Language and mode of expression. A majority of respondents found Walt’s way of

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They say Westerns are a dead genre . . .

. . . but I don’t agree.  I enjoyed Louis L’Amour‘s and J. T. Edson‘s Western novels during my military service;  they were ubiquitous at most bases (the only problem being that a few front and rear pages were often missing, so one had to wait impatiently to find an intact copy before reading some of the endings).  I think the genre has been grossly abused with the advent of so-called ‘Westerns’ that are nothing more than soft porn under another name;  or that embody modern attitudes towards life, the universe and everything that would be utterly foreign to the

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“Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime”

So says PJMedia in this article. As we drive slowly along 83rd Street, we see gathered near the entrance to an alleyway just east of Avalon a few members of the local street gang, one of whom is perhaps responsible for killing Jermaine Murray. In an ideal world, you and I might approach these young men.  We might radio for another unit or two to assist us, as the mere sight of our slowing and the opening of our doors might very well set them off running in all directions.  What’s more, one or more of them might be armed,

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Paint It Black – hi-tech edition

I’m sure many of my readers know the Rolling Stones Vietnam-era classic, ‘Paint It Black‘. I hadn’t been aware that there’s tremendous competition to develop a surface coating that’s more intensely black than anything else.  This is apparently very important for applications ranging from optics (to coat the internal surfaces of cameras, photographic satellites, telescopes, and so on) to camouflage (for use at night, as fake shadows, or to hide features).  Now a British company, Surrey Nanosystems, claims to have developed the world’s blackest material, which can be layered or spray-painted onto almost anything. Vantablack, first created in 2014, uses

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The joys of simple foods

Lawdog and his lady came over for supper tonight.  I was feeling in the mood for something vaguely Teutonic, so I nipped over to a local specialist butchery (expensive, but by far the best meat in town) and asked whether they had German savory sausage.  Mirabile dictu, not only did they stock it, they were right then and there stuffing casings with it in the back of the store.  A short wait, and eight great big fat sausages emerged (each weighing on average a third of a pound – they were huge!).  They followed me home, along with German-style Spätzle

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