Remembering a hero of the First World War

I was surprised to read that the medals of the late Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell have been bought for posterity by one of his descendants.  The Telegraph reports: Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza paid a world record price for the collection at auction 100 years after the VC [Victoria Cross] was awarded to Vice Admiral Gordon Campbell. Campbell was captain of the “Q-Ship” Farnborough and successfully destroyed a German submarine U.83 on February 17 1917. His complete group of 11 medals also included the DSO [Distinguished Service Order] with two bars and France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur Chevalier’s badge, and Croix de Guerre, 1914-1918.

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Tongue in cheek, here’s one for the conspiracy theorists

Received via e-mail: Is this a coincidence? The year was 1947. Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, 70 years ago,  numerous witnesses claim that an Unidentified Flying Object, (UFO), with five aliens aboard, crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered-up by the U.S. Air Force, as well as other Federal Agencies and Organizations. However, what you may NOT known is that in the month of April, year 1948, nine months after the historic day, the following people were born:

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“Net Neutrality”: all is not what it seems

I note that the FCC is considering abandoning Obama-era regulations preserving so-called “net neutrality”.  According to Wikipedia: Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating most of the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.  For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content. That sounds admirable in principle . . . but there’s a hidden flaw that

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The over-regulated driver may soon be… you?

A recent video about the impact of monitoring technology on the long-range trucking industry discusses so-called “electronic logging devices” and their effect on drivers.  However, it doesn’t take the next logical step.  If these regulations appear to reduce accident rates and increase safety for truckers, how long will it take before the electronic devices they mandate appear in consumer vehicles, too?  Is there any technical or regulatory reason why the authorities should not mandate that every driver on the road must use them – or be forbidden to drive at all? Watch the video with that in mind. Given the

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The Thanksgiving trifle

After posting my recipes for Thanksgiving trifle last night, I thought you might like to see how the alcoholic version turned out.  Clickit to biggit. Note the cat in the background, who’s decided she doesn’t like whipped cream that’s had a dose of bourbon folded into it! Peter

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Let us give thanks

I’m sure many of us have worries, problems or hassles that tend to weigh us down.  However, today, let’s put them aside, and be thankful for our many blessings.  In particular, if you live in one of the so-called ‘developed nations’, remember that many of your problems pale into insignificance compared to those who live elsewhere.  There are literally millions of people in the Third World who’d cheerfully commit murder in order to live the lifestyle of the poorest of the First World poor.  That’s how much better off we are. I’m thankful for the grace of God, for my wife,

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You wanted my trifle recipes? Here they are.

In a comment to my previous post, reader Deborah Harvey asked for the recipe I was using to make trifle for Thanksgiving.  I ended up making two, one with alcohol and one without, the latter being for kids, and those who may have to drive after the meal.  I’ll provide both recipes.  They’re how my mother used to make trifle in South Africa when I was growing up.  They’re based on traditional English recipes, with colonial variations.  I’m using fruit and alcohol more readily available here in the USA. 1.  Non-alcoholic fruit trifle. You will need: A container, preferably glass,

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Be careful out there, friends

I know many of my readers will be traveling this Thanksgiving weekend.  Some of you have already left home;  others will do so after work today.  Wherever you are, and wherever you’re going, please be careful, and travel safely.  I’d like to see all of you safely back home after this long weekend. As for Miss D. and I, we’ll be joining our friends locally for a jointly prepared Thanksgiving supper tomorrow.  I’m making an English-style sherry trifle, according to my late mother’s recipe, which is bigger and more complex than some.  Fruit, sponge cake, mixed fruit Jello to hold

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Hot food from a hot rocker

Ian Anderson, the composer and musician behind rock supergroup Jethro Tull, is also a fan of Indian food – so much so that he’s written an introduction to it for his fans.  Here’s an excerpt. First of all: meat, fish or vegetable as a main course? Let’s get the big and scary bit out of the way. Dry or in a sauce? Spicy-hot or mild and creamy? The great thing about Indian cuisine is the availability of vegetarian options. Lentils, greens, roots and branches, are all conjured up to please, titillate and satisfy. Perhaps in the form of an integrated

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Doofus Of The Day #986

Today’s award goes to the directors of a Catholic school in Adelaide, Australia, whose artistic judgement has turned out to be, in a word, catastrophically inept.  A tip o’ the hat to Australian reader Snoggeramus for bringing it to my attention. AN Adelaide Catholic school has been forced to cover and cordon off a new religious statue after raising eyebrows for its unfortunate design. Blackfriars Priory School, at Prospect, unveiled the statue late last week of St Dominic handing a young boy a loaf of bread, which appears to have emerged from his cloak. One of St Dominic’s miracles was

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