Tuesday, 25 October 2016


When fleeing a perceived threat, deer run either north or south.

Worse than Shite

A complete absence of green and second from bottom- only on GD.  Go Aminia.

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2, Bundesliga Table



Australian GP result:
1. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Honda 40 minutes 48.543 seconds
2. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 40:52.761
3. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki 40:53.852
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 40:57.700
5. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha 41:02.842
6. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 41:08.668
7. Scott Redding (GB) Ducati 41:16.912
8. Bradley Smith (GB) Yamaha 41:17.324
9. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 41:17.335
10. Jack Miller (Aus) Honda 41:17.358
MotoGP standings
1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 273
2. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 216
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 192
4. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki 181
5. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 155
6. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Honda 141
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 137
8. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha 117
9. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 96
10. Hector Barbera (Spa) Ducati 84


With the MotoGP concluded three races early and Marquez crowned champion, many will wonder what the point is of watching any further races.  

Well, there is still who comes second, the dogfights between bitter rivals (and team mates) Rossi and Lorenzo (off to Ducati next year) and so much more, including Brit rider Crutchlow who was the first Englishman to win a senior race since good old Barry Sheene.

Both the Yamahas were right down on the Grid (Rossi on 15th spot) but Marquez hit the front and led until the 10th when he stuffed it.  Crutchlow who had been riding brilliantly took the lead but it was agony as Rossi reeled him in, reaching second spot and closing.

In the end Cal did more than enough to win his second race, again matching Sheene, who last managed to win more than one GP in a season since 1979.  But he never got the Australian title- Crutchlow is the only Brit to manage that.

Bloody superb racing and still two more to go from Sepang and Valencia.


Lack of communication.

Keep Off, Thieves


Too Much Food

I picked up some western style deli scran from town yesterday including beef stroganoff and meatloaf in gravy.  I still have a double portion of bolognese sauce (home made) in the fridge but entirely forgot I also have a prime pork tenderloin, which will make at least four portions.  All of that is going to take some getting through.

How Sad

The communal clothes drier located in the car park is out of order and so I can't dry our bedclothes out until it is fixed.  Guess we'll just have to wait.  :o)

Blown Out

We wanted a couple of football shirts as presents but all the shops we tried had no stock.  They only keep international shirts leading up to a major tournament and so we struck out.

We did find a couple of odd shirts but they were not good quality and so we had to sadly give up on that idea.  :-(

That said, one place had all three Tottenham shirts (both away strips) but seeing as we're playing shite, I couldn't be bothered.  Maybe after Christmas I'll have a rethink.


I just occurred to us that we make make a few quid on the concert tickets refund.  When we bought them the Thai baht was probably around THB 48 - THB 47 to the pound but nowadays we are looking at under THB 43.  It's only pennies but still, rather in my pocket than the bank's.

So Simple

We went back to the place we bought our  Scorpion tickets from, expecting it to be busy and difficult to obtain a refund.  How wrong we were- we just handed over our tickets (no queuing), signed a form (got a copy as a receipt) and were told we could expect a full refund in either of the next two statements.

We're in no rush but were most impressed at the efficiency and ease at which the whole transaction was carried out.

Monday, 24 October 2016

C & H

Calvin and Hobbes

Be Happy

Napoleon Hill is the grandfather of self-help authors, inspiring the likes of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and performance coach Tony Robbins.
His 1937 book "Think and Grow Rich" is one of the top-selling books of all time, with around 100 million copies sold worldwide. The simple reason it's sold so well is because his practical insights into how successful people carry themselves — primarily based on his many months spent interviewing the industrialist Andrew Carnegie — are timeless, straightforward, and useful
In one of his essays, "Develop a Pleasing Personality," as collected in "The Science of Success," he focuses in on how to have a "million-dollar personality."
Below, we've included Hill's 14 habits of people who are so likeable that others go out of their way to help them.
They develop a positive mental attitude and let it be seen and felt by others
It's often easier to give into cynicism, but those who choose to be positive set themselves up for success and have better reputations.
They always speak in a carefully disciplines, friendly tone
The best communicators speak deliberately and confidently, which gives their voice a pleasing sound.
They pay close attention to someone speaking to them
Using a conversation as an opportunity to lecture someone "may feed the ego, but it never attracts people or makes friends," Hill says.
They are able to maintain their composure in all circumstances
An overreaction to something either positive or negative can give people a poor impression. In the latter case, says Hill, "Remember that silence may be much more effective than your angry words."
They are patient
"Remember that proper timing of your words and acts may give you a big advantage over impatient people," Hill writes.
They keep an open mind
Those who close themselves off from certain ideas and associate only with like-minded people are missing out on not only personal growth but also opportunities for advancing their careers.
They smile when speaking with others
Hill says that president Franklin D. Roosevelt's greatest asset was his "million-dollar smile," which allowed people to lower their guards during conversation.
They know that not all their thoughts need to be expressed
The most likeable people know that it's not worth offending people by expressing all their thoughts, even if they happen to be true.
They don't procrastinate
Procrastination communicates to people that you're afraid of taking action, Hill says, and are therefore ineffective.
They engage in at least one good deed a day
The best networkers help other people out without expecting anything in return.
They find a lesson in failurerather than brood over it
People admire those who grow from failure rather than wallow in it. "Express your gratitude for having gained a measure of wisdom, which would not have come without defeat," Hill says.
They act as if the person they are speaking to is the most important person in the world
The most likeable people use conversations as an opportunity to learn about another person and give them time to talk.
They praise others in a genuine way without being excessive
"Praise the good traits of others, but don't rub it on where it is not deserved or spread it too thickly," Hill says.
They have someone they trust point out their flaws
Successful people don't pretend to be likeable; they are likeable because they care about their conduct and reputation. Having a confidant who can be completely honest with them allows them to continue growing.


A bakery in Leigh On Sea has declared that they have invented a gingerbread biscuit that can’t possibly offend anyone. 
However, La Fin De Cloche on Leigh Road may be guilty of not quite thinking this through properly. 
This baked treat won’t offend vegans, fans of additive, preservative and GM-free products, or those who feel that gender equality should apply to cakes.
However it may offend people who begrudge paying £2.50 for a fucking gingerbread man – there, we said it. 


Funny Signs - Radass.com (19)

Well Said

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.
Robert Anthony


Why is it called blackmail when you threaten to reveal something about someone if they don’t give you money?
“Blackmail” has its roots in the early 16th century, first used by English farmers living on the England/Scotland border. It derives from the Middle English word “male” which itself is thought to derive from the Old English word “mal”. In Old English “Mal” is described as thus: lawsuit, terms, bargaining, agreement”.

Over time, the word “Mal” became “Male” which in Middle English roughly translated to either “Rent” or “Tribute”. As such, the rent paid by a farmer living on the Scottish border was known as “Silver Rent/Mail” because it was normally paid in silver. This gave rise to “White Money” or “White Rent”, and eventually “whitemail”.
When Scottish chieftains (and various brigands) noticed all these well to do farmers going about their business without someone threatening them for money, they decided to start threatening them for money in return for not razing their farm to the ground and destroying all their livestock. Those forcing the tribute would also then offer their protection to the farmers from others who might try something similar.
Farmers almost immediately began referring to this secondary rent they were being forced to pay as “black rent” which if you’ve been paying attention was then called “blackmail”.
Etymologists aren’t sure where the “black” part of blackmail came from. Seemingly the most obvious theory is simply due to the connotations black had with evil. But the most obvious answer and the correct one aren’t necessarily the same, and lacking direct evidence, many other theories have popped up. The most probable of the bunch is by Charles McKay in the Dictionary of Lowland Scots (1888) who claimed it derives from the Gaelic blathaich (pronounced bla-ich), meaning “to protect”, so “protection rent”.  Somewhat less plausible theories include that it was because a farmer’s raided livestock would be sold off on the black market; that if it wasn’t paid, your farm would be raided at night by individuals dressed in black; or that it was purely because all the Scottish raiders demanded their payment in black cows. Needless to say, we can probable safely discard the latter three proposed theories.
Whatever the case, in 1814, the Scottish playwright, Sir Walter Scott gave the world perhaps the most detailed explanation of what blackmail back in those days entailed. In Scott’s historical novel Waverley, blackmail (written then as “black-mail”) is described as follows.
A sort of protection-money that Low-Country gentlemen and heritors,
lying near the Highlands, pay to some Highland chief, that he may neither
do them harm himself, nor suffer it to be done to them by others
Scott also mentions that if a person paying this protection money comes to harm or suffered a loss at the hands of another raider, the person they were paying would endeavour to cover their losses, usually by stealing replacements from someone who wasn’t paying them protection money.
Whether this led to a hilarious situation in which two warring Scottish chiefs ended up continually stealing and then replacing a farmer’s sheep isn’t known, but in the interest of making history more fascinating than it already generally is, we’re going to assume it did. We’re likewise going to assume while it was happening the farmers played the Benny Hill theme, a.k.a. Yakety Sax. (The fact that the song wasn’t composed until the 1960s and the Saxophone not invented until the 1840s is neither here nor there.)
This all brings us to yet another form of “-mail” that was popular from about the 16th century through the 19th that, purely for its amusing sounding nature, we’d like to bring back into common usage in some form or another: buttock-mail.
Given what you now know of “-mail”, if you guessed that “buttock-mail” was some form of payment in order to keep things quiet about your having a good time with someone’s buttock, you actually wouldn’t be that far off.  In fact (in Scotland), buttock-mail was a sort of a tax introduced in 1595 which was enforced by the church courts.  Essentially, if you had sex outside of wedlock, often with a prostitute (hence the “buttock” part, which was a slang for prostitute), and you were a Presbyterian in Scotland, you would often be given the choice of the Stool of Repentance or paying buttock-mail to stop from having to stand on a stool in front of everyone and get berated by your local minister for your lustful actions. While the latter, perhaps, doesn’t sound so bad to modern thinking compared to having to pay a hefty tax to keep things quiet, without the option of buttock-mail, or if one couldn’t afford it, people are known to have killed themselves rather than have to face the Stool of Repentance and the “fornicator” label that would follow them in the aftermath.


Eastenders Albert Square
There has been a public backlash following a recent announcement that this year the festive storylines in the popular soap will be purely joyful and heartwarming.
“There’s currently a general sense of depressive foreboding that is overshadowing the people of Great Britain, so we thought we’d try and cheer everyone up a bit,” said executive producer Simon Williams.
“Obviously we have historically tried to do this with storylines crammed with murders, affairs, divorce, domestic violence and drug addiction, but apparently some viewers have found this doesn’t help their overwhelming sense of existential angst. So we thought we’d try something a little different.”
The news has not been well-received.
Lifelong EastEnders fan, Brenda Blackwater, was stunned almost beyond words.
“This is absolutely ludicrous” she fumed.
“How the hell am I supposed to get into the festive spirit if they force this sunshine and rainbows garbage down my throat?
“I need the unremitting misery of EastEnders in my life, and never more so than during the season of peace and goodwill.
“As it stands, if I want to depress myself thoroughly over Christmas I’m going to have to watch Mrs Browns Boys, and I never thought I’d need to sink that low.”

Go Britannia

By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. However, instead of 'going legal' it turns out that many people simply move on to unblocked sites, or find other tricks to circumvent the restrictions. Today, we take a look at the most used 'pirate' sites in the UK, with some surprising results.
blocked-censorWebsite blocking has become one of the favorite anti-piracy tools of the entertainment industries in recent years.
The UK is a leader on this front, with the High Court ordering local ISPs to block access to many popular file-sharing sites.
Over time the number of blocked URLs has expanded to well over 1,000, with popular torrent, streaming, and direct download sites being the main targets.
While research has shown that this approach is somewhat effective, there are plenty of options through which people can circumvent the blockades, including many reverse proxies.
Similarly, pirate sites can simply switch to a new domain name to evade the court orders, and new sites are allowed to flourish in the shadow of those that are no longer available.
This week we decided to take a look at the current pirate site landscape in the UK, with some surprising results.
As it turns out, the list of top ten most-used pirate sites in the UK includes several sites that are on the ISPs blockists. In some cases the sites remain accessible on their original domain names, via the HTTPS URL.
As we’ve highlighted before, not all ISPs are able to block HTTPS traffic, which allows their subscribers to load The Pirate Bay and other blocked sites just fine.
There are also websites that intentionally help visitors to circumvent the blocks by registering new domain names. Unblocked.vip, for example, has cycled through various domain names in order to remain available.
And then there are the newcomers. 123movies.to deserves a mention here as it’s currently the most-used pirate site in the UK. With an Alexa rank of 81, it’s even one of the 100 most-visited sites in the country.
Below we’ve made an overview of the ten most-used pirate sites in the UK. Several of these are on the blocklist, with a current or previous URL. This suggests that the blocking efforts are not as effective as rightsholders would like them to be.
The conclusion is also in line with research from Italy, which suggested that site-blocking can actually be counterproductive. Similarly, a UK report revealed that it significantly boosts traffic to non-blocked websites.
While the entertainment industries still see enough value in website blocking, it’s clear that it’s not the silver bullet that will defeat piracy. And at a rate of £14,000 per site, it comes at a high cost.
The label “pirate site” applies to sites that have been classified as such by entertainment industry groups. It’s worth noting that at the time of writing, several of the sites (*) had already started redirecting to new domain names. Putlocker.is is currently down.
SiteAlexa rankTypeOriginal site blocked?


Just One Point

From 1st to 5th:

1Man City91120
7Man Utd9114
11Crystal Palace9011
13West Brom9010
15West Ham9-710