Friday 14 January 2011
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- Phil Bradley’s weblog: 28 delicious alternatives to Delicious
Ironically, I've tagged this with Delicious. (Thanks Bob).
delicious bookmarks tools social software
Thursday 13 January 2011
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Wednesday 12 January 2011
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- Gites de France: Pas de Calais
Much better than the main GdF site, IMHO.
gites France Pas-de-Calais accommodation
- Le Gite du Mont des Chevres
Nice looking gite in Nord Pas-de-Calais.
France gites accommodation
Wednesday 5 January 2011
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- The Old Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast
Local B&B – could be handy for clients.
accommodation East_Sussex Uckfield
Monday 3 January 2011
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- Private land burial | Natural Death Centre .org
An even better article on burial on private land.
burial advice England
- Burial in Private Land
Comprehensive article on the processes involved in arranging interment of human remains on private land. My parents have expressed a preference for this. It looks pretty straight forward.
burial regulation England
del.icio.us bookmarks for January 2nd
- Pinboard – antisocial bookmarking
delicious bookmarks tools software online
- Diigo – Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network.
social bookmarks tools
Sunday 2 January 2011
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- BBC – Tom Fordyce: In the company of a legend
Interview with Arthur Morris. Are modern sportsmen made of the same stuff?
cricket Australia interview sport
- BBC News – Australia floods: New storm forecast for Queensland
Worrying. I have family in Rockhampton. Their house should stay dry, but they'll be cut off. Maybe this will wake up Aussies to climate change – they haven't been the fastest to sign up to some environment protection initiatives.
environment flood Australia Rockhampton
Thursday 30 December 2010
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- MorePeople – Specialist Recruitment & HR Practice serving the fresh produce, fresh food, horticulture and garden & leisure sectors
Horticulture jobs. 2011 could mean a change of direction, which I'll confess to finding somewhat daunting.
jobs employment agency horticulture
Friday 24 December 2010
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Thursday 16 December 2010
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- Export Your Bookmarks on Delicious
How to export your Delicious bookmarks. Because it looks like you need to, as Yahoo plan to kill this service.<br />
Of course, it won't deal with the hundreds of dead links in your blog (or mine).
delicious backup tools computer utility bookmarks
- Live view – AXIS 211 Network Camera
Live webcam overlooking the Vrijthof in Maastricht.
maastricht webcam vrijthof
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Webcams on Belgian motorways, so you can check both the weather and the traffic.
webcam motorway Belgium
- WH1090 – Weather Stations | Signatrol
A toy. I reckon I could use one of these and bore you rigid with the current weather conditions in Ruralville.
weather equipment station
Monday 13 December 2010
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- Pitt Rivers Museum – Thesiger exhibition
Astonishing photography. Must find a way to get to see this exhibition.
photography history culture Africa Thesiger
Wednesday 8 December 2010
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- Nouveautés — Site de la ville de liege
Website of the Belgian city of Liege including (ever-so-brief) details of the oldest and largest market in Belgium, held ever Sunday on the banks of the Meuse/Maas.
belgium liege market
- website Tongeren – Homepage stad Tongeren
Website for the Belgian town of Tongeren. Includes details of the famous huge Sunday flea/antique market.
Tongeren Belgium market
Monday 6 December 2010
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- www.kwiekmaastricht.nl – Dé 50 plus speciaalzaak van het zuiden!
Wheelchair hire in Maastricht, very close to the railway station. (In Dutch).
wheelchair mobility hire Maastricht Netherlands
Saturday 4 December 2010
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- NotionAddicts Forums
Forum for Notion Ink fanboys and fangirls.
Notion_Ink notionink adam forum
- TeslaTouch | Home
Rumoured as a possible additional feature on Notion Ink’s Adam. Would certainly have the “wow” factor.
technology hardware display touch
Friday 3 December 2010
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Thursday 2 December 2010
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- TomiLaw | Technology, Online, Media & IP from DMH Stallard: EU patent in the offing? Google translations on the way?
Patents in Europe cost 10 times more than patents in the US. That can't be right. But that is one of the inherent problems with a union of 27 nations with 21 official languages – if you only speak Greek, surely you deserve equal access to patent records?
patent law Europe
Monday 29 November 2010
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- Meteo Maastricht ::::….
Quite possibly the most ridiculously detailed weather website covering Maastricht, including a live weather webcam in the southeast of the city. Wonderful.
maastricht meteorology weather Netherlands
Friday 26 November 2010
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- BBC News – Arsonists target saved railway signal box near Bognor
This sort of thing makes me angry. I stood in the lee of the box on many a wet and windy evening stood on Barnham railway station. It was also the venue for one of my first school trips when I was a kid. Why exactly would anyone want to set fire to the thing?
railway heritage Barnham Sussex
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- BBC News – When exactly is our winter of discontent?
Interesting article cutting through some of the fluff in the media about the country being gripped by strike action.
media news strikes
Tuesday 23 November 2010
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- Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang?
Maybe, maybe not. Either way, my head hurts.
science physics astronomy
Friday 19 November 2010
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- Welcome to The Charles Close Society | The Charles Close Society
You just get the feeling that 90% of the members of this society are male.
Ordnance_Survey maps Charles_Close_Society cartography
- David Archer Maps | Ordnance Survey maps from mid-Wales
Ordnance_Survey maps shop
- British Library: Ordnance Survey: small scale maps
Classification guide for researchers.
OS Ordnance_Survey maps
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Thursday 18 November 2010
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- BBC News – Sussex passenger train slides for two-and-a-half miles
Good job this didn't happen on any of the sections of this line with single line operating. It could have been Cowden all over again. The leaf blowers are certainly out and about – I've seen and heard them – but "our" branch line uses different (diesel) stock, so I'm not sure they would slide in the same way.
train accident leaves
Monday 15 November 2010
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- Sniffer ‘hero rats’ saving lives in war zones and labs < Pets | Expatica The Netherlands
It takes two landmine clearance experts two days to clear a patch of 200 square metres. It takes two trained rats two hours to complete the same task.
Sunday 14 November 2010
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- Iain Dale’s Diary: Is There a Future for Books?
Thoughtful article on the future of publishing. Is it as bleak as that? I hope not. I work in an industry where specialist monographs that probably only sell a few hundred copies at best have been the normal method to disseminate specialist information. Perhaps e-books might save them, but I rather suspect the publication of specialist information on specialist websites that can be easily and frequently updated are more likely to sound their death knell than the lack of bookshop distribution or low cover prices.
books publishing opinion
del.icio.us bookmarks for November 14th
- SUVARNAMUKHI BIO-TECH
Huge Indian TC lab. This is the way that tissue culture is going – I know of very few European labs that still carry out production in Europe. Clean stock, protocol development and initiation in Europe, perhaps, but volume production is almost always carried out in low labour cost nations.
TC tissue_culture plants horticulture India
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Friday 12 November 2010
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- Home – Skylark
This shop is rather small, but I could happily spend hours (and lots of money) in there. I've always felt that the range of stuff on offer is more or less aimed at someone like me – eclectic books and music, fun small gifts, slight nostalgia for the 80s and early 90s, an interest in things out-of-the-ordinary-but-not-too-far-out. Very highly recommended.
Skylark shop Lewes
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- Hello Kitty Maker Sniffy Over Miffy: Sanrio Ordered To Pull Cathy Character In Three Countries | Business | Sky News
I've always felt that Hello Kitty was nothing but a blatant rip-off of Miffy/Nijntje, who is a rather older animal born in 1955. In fact, Hello Kitty is banned from this house on moral grounds. At last, Mercis bv, the company that licences Dick Bruna's creation, have got one over on Sanrio. But I suspect that Sanrio have better resources to throw at a legal battle, so, as usual, it will be a case of who blinks/runs out of cash first. But first blood to Mercis, a good thing IMHO.
Miffy Hello_Kitty copyright IP law
Friday 5 November 2010
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Thursday 4 November 2010
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Tuesday 2 November 2010
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- The Bribery Act – Heads Up! - DMH Stallard (Solicitors) – London, Gatwick, Brighton
Handy guide to the new Bribery Act and what it means for people in business. Apparently, the test for whether an offer or promise is a bribe is “what a reasonable person in the UK would expect in relation to the performance of the type of function or activity concerned.” So, the law is sufficiently vague that the lawyers will profit most.
Monday 1 November 2010
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- BBC News – Dutch coffee shops fear coalition crackdown
I'm always surprised by the widely-held perception that the Dutch are liberal. I would say that their culture is actually quite conservative (hardly any towns have Sunday shopping, for example). And whilst possession of a small quantity of cannabis is "tolerated" (note the word), trading is illegal. Many towns have either been shutting the brown coffee shops down or, like Maastricht, changed planning laws so that they must be sited on industrial estates on the edge of town. Personally, I'm all for shutting them down – it might make tourists look a little further in the Netherlands, beyond the soft drugs to the culture, cuisine and history.
Netherlands drugs news
Friday 29 October 2010
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- BBC News – A question of time: changing the clocks
Yet more evidence to change to CET/CEST. When will it happen? Do we have to get a petition going?
CET time uk news
del.icio.us bookmarks for October 29th
- BBC News – Putting clocks back damages our health, says expert
More reasons to be on CET.
time CET news
Tuesday 26 October 2010
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- Putting ice on injuries could slow healing – Telegraph
About five days too late for my mother-in-law's badly bruised cheek.
injury medicine science news
Friday 22 October 2010
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Thursday 21 October 2010
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- Proloquo2Go: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Hmm. Not sure how mum would get on with an iPod, but this is what the nurse recommends. We can organise a trial for her, so it'll be a case of suck it and see.
speech technology language software disability communication MND
Tuesday 19 October 2010
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- Belgium divisions deepen further | EurActiv
EurActiv, as usual, gives a rather more detailed account.
- BBC News – Belgium fails to break political deadlock
Again. I'm not sure that new elections would help. The Belgians that I've spoken to (admittedly, all Flemish) seem to think that the country will eventually break up. It will be interesting to see how the neighbours respond to that – the Dutch will almost certainly absorb Flanders, but the French are less than enthusiastic about taking on Wallonia, which, if it remained independent, would become the poorest member of the EU. Then there is the Brussels issue – I don't think it has been suggested, but it would almost make sense if it become an independent city-state, at least from a political point of view.
Monday 18 October 2010
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- YouTube – The East Grinstead Song
Respec' to the Felbridge massive.
East_Grinstead video youtube humour
Sunday 17 October 2010
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- The Birdcage
Quite the best pub I've been in since, oh, ages. Any pub that serves good beer, has cake on the bar and features a cat called Maraud, must surely be a good pub.
pub Norwich cat beer cake
Thursday 14 October 2010
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- YouTube – Holy Fuck – "Red Lights" (Official Video)
Cats meet music meet Two Lane Blacktop. What more could you ask for?
cats music video holy_fuck
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- Manufacturer of the Lightwriter® – Text To Speech Communication Aids | Toby Churchill
Text-to-speech hardware. Looks good from initial looking. I'll need to speak to Mum's nurse about this.
technology hardware MND speech synthesis text-to-speech
Wednesday 13 October 2010
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- ModelTalker Speech Synthesis System
Speech synthesis software, for voice banking. Excellent for those (like my Mum) who are likely to lose the power of speech. As featured in recent BBC R4 Word of Mouth programme.
speech synthesis software voice MND
Tuesday 12 October 2010
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- Web Hosting Timeline and Milestones for 34SP.com
34SP.com is ten. When did I start with them? (checks archives – late 2003, it seems) Good to see a small company succeed.
34SP hosting business website grayblog
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Monday 11 October 2010
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- BBC – Ever Wondered About Food? – Macaroni Cheese
The ultimate macaroni cheese recipe. Possibly not compatible with healthy living.
macaroni cheese food recipe
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- British Lung Foundation | Home | Pulmonary embolism
Gordon Bennett! It's one thing after another in our family at the moment!
pulmonary_embolism health lung medicine
Saturday 9 October 2010
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- Holidayhome in Holland, Maastricht
Apartment in the Wyck area of Maastricht – looks good and fantastic location.
apartment accomodation Maastricht Netherlands
Friday 8 October 2010
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- Aqui Maastricht – Welcome
Stunning holiday apartment in Maastricht.
accommodation apartment Maastricht Netherlands
- winter – vvv maastricht
Magisch Maastricht – we might try and go this year, although the Winterland website seems to be broken.
Maastricht Netherlands Christmas
Wednesday 6 October 2010
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- BBC News – Solar bag could solve energy needs of mobile phone users
Works best on sunny days. In Greece. Not likely to charge up much at all on a wet October morning in England.
solar energy technology science computer
Tuesday 5 October 2010
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- Birlea Denver 5ft King Size White Bed
Seems a very good price for this bed. Our existing one is broken. No jokes, thank you.
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- Hastings pier on fire | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
"You Can Save Me", reads the banner. It's going to take quite something to save the pier now.
Hastings pier fire news photographs
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- BBC News – Rare bumblebees make comeback in Kent and Sussex
Hurrah! This spring was a good one for bees too, with plenty of good flying days.
bees nature conservation Sussex
- BBC News – Hastings Pier engulfed and destroyed by fire
This is terrible. Hastings has been struggling to pull itself up over recent years – the improvements in the George Street area, the restoration of the West Hill Lift and now the redevelopment of the Stade. But all of these were at the eastern (old) end of town. The western end of the front, the area around the pier, is still shabby. The town had bought the pier and this week calls were put out for designs for restoring the pier to make it the centrepiece of regeneration of the western end of the front. I wonder if it will now be a sad burnt out shell, like Brighton's West Pier, with no chance of restoration, left to slowly rot into the sea.
Hastings Sussex pier fire news
Monday 4 October 2010
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- BBC – Viewfinder: Street photography now
I always feel slightly uncomfortable taking photos of strangers. But you do see some great things that are fleeting, momentary, yet somehow one feels that they should be preserved.
photography opinion street
Friday 1 October 2010
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- Cost-saving perennial planting system offers help to hard-pressed council teams | Horticulture Week
It would be good, in my view, for local authorities to use perennials for planting more widely. But I'm not holding my breath for sudden change.
perennials plants amenity horticulture
del.icio.us bookmarks for October 1st
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- BBC News – Crowdsourcing: Turning customers into creative directors
Interesting. I'm not sure that crowdsourcing can be applied in all areas of design and creation (you can't do it for most aspects of car design, for example, due to technical and legislative requirements), but it could certainly put pressure on a few job titles in the workplace. It isn't a panacea for those areas where it can be applied, either.
business bbc crowdsourcing ecommerce marketing
Thursday 30 September 2010
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- BBC News – News presenters warn over BBC strike plan
What?? Cuts to Shaun the Sheep caused by strikers!! Outrage!!!
Shaun_the_Sheep news BBC union politics
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- The Color I want! « Notion Ink
Want an Adam (well, yeh, duh!). Then vote now for your favourite colour. Hels chose bright blue, which seems particularly unpopular. I'm surprised at how conservative voters are in their choices.
Notion_Ink Adam technology
- BBC News – BT to roll out fibre broadband across Cornwall
We have FTTC here which I can gain access to as I'm on a business tariff. The cabinet is only 100 metres or so from our door, so we don't get too much loss over the copper cable. But others in our road are connected to the exchange itself, nearly two miles away, and report terrible connection speeds. You get what you pay for. And I'm not expecting FTTH any time soon here.
broadband BT technology news
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- BBC News – Belgium’s beer sellers see trouble brewing
Beer – tick. Chocolate – tick. But no mention of that other great Belgian tradition – horse butchers.
Belgium beer politics
Wednesday 29 September 2010
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- BBC News – HQ chosen for South Downs National Park
A fine building. But, given the requirement for access by public transport, surely a town with a railway line would have been better? Petersfield? Lewes? Arundel?
- Kew News – One Fifth Of The World’s Plants Are At Risk Of Extinction
This is excellent research and should be a useful tool to focus minds on conservation. What is most worrying is that we are literally missing species that are not properly understood (or even discovered) before they are already at or near extinction. Potentially they could be very valuable for medicines, fibres or even for ornamental horticulture. So more knowledge is bound to help and, hopefully, this research will help to encourage action.
conservation plants Kew environment
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- BBC – Newsbeat – ‘My details appeared on ‘porn’ list’
Interesting. The girl in this article doesn't seem to be wearing any clothes. But seriously, recipients of these letters from ACS:Law are in an invidious position as it is impossible to prove a negative – which is why most will simply pay the £495 just to make them go away.
news downloading filesharing law
- BBC News – Relate survey suggests mid-life crisis ‘begins in 30s’
I'm not sure that any of this is surprising. With pressures from work, high expectations of children, increasing responsibilities to aging parents, it should not be surprising that people aged 35-45 are feeling under pressure. I'm not sure that those pressures are any different from those experienced by previous generations, although, in today's high-speed world, perhaps they are felt more keenly. In my view, just about every age in life has its pressures – for example, when you are four-and-a-half, the pressure is to finish your toast before you get dragged out the door to school.
social_science news middle_age
Monday 27 September 2010
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- Plane that manoeuvres without flaps developed – Telegraph
Of course, the Bleriot XI moves without flaps and has done so since 1908. It employs wing-warping, although the entire tailplane acts as an elevator. You can still see it flying at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden.
aircraft technology news
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- Blogging like it’s 2000 // katy lindemann // seemingly unconnected
You see, blogging isn't dead at all. I've resisted Twitter largely because I don't want to be limited to 140 characters, although it is not often that I write longer pieces these days. Strangely, my blog has mutated into a linklog, even without the change in platform. And now I see Darren making a plea for me to go over to The Other Side. Perhaps I should try to have a presence in both forms – I can't deny that I haven't been considering it for some weeks, maybe even a couple of months. But Katy's post makes me think even more that "real" blogging is alive and well, and might just be going back to the way it used to be when it were all fields around here.
blogging history retro reminiscence future
Friday 24 September 2010
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- Two drinks makes elderly unsteady on feet – Telegraph
This explains a lot. Combine alcohol with serious illness, and you have a real problem.
- Sellers Beware: New Breed of Aggressive Plaintiffs Hunt Expired Patent Numbers on Products and Product Literature; Demand Billions
Hmm. Could make a few pennies on the side with this wheeze. Equally, I need to watch a few patents that I'm responsible for, although I'm a few years off expiry yet.
USPTO patent expiry law US
- BBC News – Albion’s Falmer stadium museum plan gets go-ahead
Brighton football museum news
- Mapping Stereotypes by alphadesigner
Moldova – oh dear!
maps europe humour
- London to Paris Flights via Brighton Shoreham Pontoise – Brighton City Airways
Brighton Paris airlines
Friday 17 September 2010
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- Join the ‘Protest the Pope’ March Against The State Visit of Pope Ratzinger | National Secular Society
Unfortunately, I can't go to this, although I sympathise.
secularism pope catholicism protest
Thursday 16 September 2010
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- BBC News – How Richard Feynman went from stirring jelly to a Nobel Prize
I'm currently reading The Secret Life of Birds by Colin Tudge. In it, he asks how anyone could possibly fail to be fascinated by nature – how anyone could not look at the world around them and just marvel and then want to understand why and how. The same motives drove Feynman and it is something that I identify with. There is so much for an enquiring mind – and those minds that are both enquiring and rigorous can be brilliant, like Feynman.
physics science feynman
Monday 13 September 2010
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- Bestwestern.com, the World’s Largest Hotel Chain.
Back to the annual hunt for a room in Essen in the last week of January. I was chatting with my parents' neighbour the other day. He had visited Essen in the past. Around 1943, at the controls of a Wellington bomber.
hotel Essen Germany
Saturday 11 September 2010
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- BBC – Paul Fletcher: The hopes and fears of football’s free agents
Whilst life might be full of fast cars and faster women for the ovr-paid primadonnas of the Premiership, life is not quite such a bed of roses at the business end of football.
Tuesday 7 September 2010
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- Interception & outbreak charts
Fun information for plant health geeks. This is the plant health equivalent of ambulance chasing or using a police scanner.
plant health interception outbreak FERA horticulture
Monday 6 September 2010
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- Nokia E52
How interesting. Nokia will sell me an E52 with a new T-Mobile tariff. But T-Mobile refuse to offer it to me as an upgrade from my E51 on my existing tariff, or even with a tariff change. Considering that I was recently described by one of their customer service bods as "a premium, high-spending customer" (typical bill is £35 or more), I find their approach to customer retention to be pretty shoddy.
Nokia E52 T-Mobile service shoddy
Sunday 5 September 2010
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- Heritage Open Days
It would be good to get to some of these – maybe the net sheds in Hastings or Bishop Otter College in Chichester.
heritage history uk architecture art buildings events
Wednesday 1 September 2010
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Sunday 22 August 2010
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- Nationalpark-Eifel guide
how handy. pdf
Germany Eifel park guide system:filetype:pdf system:media:document
Saturday 21 August 2010
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- Wild Flower Shop – wild flowers, native plants
Seeds and plugs of British native plants (and some naturalized species)
garden plants seeds nature wildflowers
Friday 20 August 2010
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- BBC News – Bat and moth arms race revealed
Hmm. The moths around here don't seem to be as bright as the ones in this study – all they do is bash themselves against light bulbs.
moths nature evolution science bats
Thursday 19 August 2010
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- BBC News – UK students urged to go Dutch amid place shortage
Article concentrating on Maastricht University.
Maastricht Netherlands education
Tuesday 17 August 2010
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- Square America – IBM Slides
Definitely material for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.
1975 IBM presentation design history advertising vintage business
Thursday 12 August 2010
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- Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more – SlashGear
Adam news – part 2
android tablet adam
- Notion Ink Adam: Behind the Scenes – SlashGear
Adam news – part 1
android tablet adam
Tuesday 10 August 2010
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- Wipeout recreated with an RC car and lots of cardboard – Video Games Reviews, Cheats | Geek.com
Manna for the inner geek.
game diy car hardware racing wipeout geek
Sunday 1 August 2010
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- BBC News – A very delicate restoration
Thought provoking article on the way that buildings have always been altered and updated – and suggesting that preserving buildings in aspic or trying to be "sympathetic" can be just as damaging as an inappropriate addition or alteration.
Saturday 31 July 2010
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- Making Pickles and Pickle Products
Just about the most comprehensive information anywhere on pickling gherkins/cornichons/cucumbers and peppers. (pdf)
recipe usda pickles food system:filetype:pdf system:media:document
Thursday 29 July 2010
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- Apple sued by users of ‘overheating’ iPad – Telegraph
Another reason for me not to buy an iPad, as I'll be using it outdoors a lot.
iPad rubbish Apple
Tuesday 27 July 2010
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- Leucanthemum maximum ‘Broadway Lights’
Advice for forcing Leucanthemum
Leucanthemum plants horticulture
Monday 19 July 2010
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- YouTube – Pixel Qi vs iPad
This is why I'm waiting to buy a Notion Ink Adam. I need an iPad type device to replace soon-to-be three folders of product portfolio information which are both heavy and tend to get dog-eared. But, as I work with outdoor businesses, I need a screen that can be viewed outdoors. OK, I'll have to move to somewhere shady to see full colour (essential to view plant photos), but I'd have to move somewhere shady to see just about anything on iPad. Clearly Apple will need to offer Pixel Qi or something similar on future versions.
outdoor tablet technology computer
Friday 16 July 2010
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- BBC News – Zephyr solar plane flies 7 days non-stop
"The launch was absolutely beautiful; it was just so smooth," said Mr Saltmarsh. "We had five people lift it above their heads, start running and it just lifted away into the sky." Now, if this had been designed by Americans instead of Britons, then there would have been some incredibly complicated launch mechanism. As it is, five blokes pick it up and run along with it. Brilliant.
technology aircraft Zephyr solar
Thursday 15 July 2010
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Tuesday 13 July 2010
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- Short Stay Apartments – Vacation Rentals & Holiday Flats for Rent – ShortStay-Apartment.com
Does what it says on the tin, expanding into more cities.
travel accommodation self-catering europe Netherlands Belgium London Paris Spain
del.icio.us bookmarks for July 13th
- ‘t 28e Preuvenemint
The world's biggest open air restaurant. And quite possibly the best food festival anywhere. And in Maastricht – which is, of course, lovely. And, this year, we might just make it there.
Preuvenemint Maastricht Netherlands food restaurant festival
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Monday 12 July 2010
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- Boerderij Latrubesse vakantiehuis vankantiehuizen boerderij gites verhuur huren te huur Zuid-Frankrijk Aquitaine Pyrénées-Atlantiques Pau Biarritz Orthez boerderij latrubesse .
Splendid apartment and studio in Den Haag and stunning farmhouse in the south of France.
accommodation Den_Haag Pyrenees Netherlands France holiday
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- Burg/Schloß Untermaubach Eifel und Region Aachen Kutscherhaus Burg Maubach Ferienhaus Unterkunft Urlaub
Accommodation in Eifel. In a castle.
castle Eifel Germany accommodation holiday
Thursday 8 July 2010
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- YouTube – COTM – Dad Life
Considering this comes from a Christian group, it's surprisingly good. Who knew? – they have a sense of humour.
video youtube parenting humour
Tuesday 6 July 2010
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- Hatchbag – Bootliners – The Original Boot liner, Pet Mats, Odour Controller, boot liner, boot liners, car boot liners, bootliner
This seems to be the mutt's nuts of boot liners. I've looked at a few cheap ones, but given the vast space in the back of the Tino once the seats are removed, a sensible liner that covers the whole space effectively seems the thing to have.
car accessories Nissan Hatchbag
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- Railtrack Ltd vs Railtrack plc
Hilarious. NSFW (rude words).
We have just had a whingeing letter in from your Solicitors, Rowlands.
They complain that when they attempted to contact the telephone number on our letter to you of the 6th inst, “it appeared to be the speaking clock”.”
Saturday 3 July 2010
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- VVV Gouda – Gouda, kaasstad
Gouda tourist office official site.
vvv holiday Gouda Netherlands accommodation
Friday 2 July 2010
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- Ballard’s Brewery welcomes you to online brewing this is the official website for Ballard’s Brewery
Home of the finest beer in England.
beer Ballards Sussex
del.icio.us bookmarks for July 2nd
- Stephen Fry – Weebl’s Stuff
Silly song about Stephen Fry. Super-fly. Apparently.
cartoon video weebl humour
Wednesday 30 June 2010
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- BBC – Ban on eel fishing in Sussex to save stock
I remember going to the Whetstone Bridge over the Ryebank Rife as a child with my brother. The water had dried out during a particularly dry period of summer and the bottom of the stream bed was a mass of dead, rotting eels. Not a sight you’d see these days.
Sussex nature conservation environment eels
Monday 28 June 2010
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- BBC News – UK time change ‘would save CO2 emissions’
It would also put us in the same time zone as most of the European Union, which would be good for business, IMHO. It seems crazy that London is an hour ahead of Paris, which is at more or less the same longitude.
news time longitude GMT UK
- Bed en Breakfast in Gouda – De Kamer Hiernaast
What a lovely looking B&B! Shame it is only suitable for two. Must find excuse to leave Tom behind…
accommodation Gouda Netherlands
- Idar-Oberstein | Tourist-Information der Schmuck- und Edelsteinstadt
Drove through here on Friday evening on my way home from a meeting. The Chapel in the Rocks looks amazing and the castle on top of the hill has that “explore me” pulling power. Will try to return here and actually take a look around. Nice area, with steep valleys, lots of woods and terraces for viticulture.
Idar-Oberstein Germany europe travel tourism holiday
Friday 11 June 2010
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All in German. But worth a look for holiday ideas.
Thursday 10 June 2010
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I didn't realise that so much of the Maginot Line still exists. I'm constantly curious about WW2 and more recent concrete architecture – I think that more of it should be preserved before it is lost. Along with the Maginot Line, the Pill Boxes that scatter our region of the UK also deserve more preservation, IMHO.
Sequential Art is 5 years old. Goodness, how much of the last five years have I given to following this comic strip?
Friday 21 May 2010
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Nice. Except this SME will be on holiday that week. Bums.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
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Good news on several levels – firstly, a plant saved from extinction is always good news; secondly, it provides a potentially interesting plant for horticulture (and plants that are popular in horticulture are always safe from extinction, even when their natural habitat is threatened); and thirdly, it provides an excellent media opportunity, which I'm pleased to see RBG taking full advantage of.
Interesting. Of course, building tunnels in the Netherlands, particularly cut-and-cover structures, must be simpler when you are digging in polder rather than hard rock (although, of course, there is the problem of the high water table).
Tuesday 18 May 2010
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What's the big deal? We have sorted our waste into *fifteen* categories for ages (paper, card, glass, metals, plastics, compostables, tetrapaks, electricals [covers light bulbs, dead toys, dead appliances], monitors/TVs [don't get many of them], soil, rubble, batteries, fabrics/clothing, polythene films [carriers, shrink-wrap] and "non-recyclables" [this last still disappointingly large]). We then take it to the recycling centre ourselves, although we will finally get kerbside recycling of some of these (not all) later this year. Some stuff goes to charity or is FreeCycled/Freegled. To be serious about recycling the maximum amount that you can at a cost that the local authority (i.e. tax payers) can afford, it relies on the householder doing the donkey work. I think that, in time, there will be more consumer pressure on manufacturers and retailers to simplify packaging. That will help with reduction as well as recycling – it has started, but will take a while to really gather momentum.
Monday 10 May 2010
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Online clearing house for exchange and lending of, well, things and skills – covering something that FreeCycle/Freegle has always shied away from. Quite new, apparently, so not many signed up yet.
Ooo ooo oo! I've heard Dynamite before (it was on the K&S March mix), but Get Loose has the makings of a simply awesome track and could go to the top of my list of favourite K&S tracks (along with, oh, most of their output). We're carefully watching their gig dates to see if they are going to play anywhere that we can get to.
Sunday 2 May 2010
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We're in the market for bulbs for the garden, particularly specie Tulipa and Crocus. I see an advance order being placed shortly. I may also even be distracted and purchase a few other bits and pieces.
This looks fun. We'll be in the area later this monh, so hopefully we'll get time to take a look.
Thursday 22 April 2010
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About bloomin' time. I like the way that Darling and Osborne just stand back and let Cable dig himself deeper and deeper and deeper and…
Wednesday 21 April 2010
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Best act on last week's Jools, IMHO. Something like a cross between TV On The Radio and Depeche Mode.
Tuesday 20 April 2010
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Seriously comprehensive holiday home search engine. Mind you, what is it about Germas and their holiday homes – they all seem to be uniformly rubbish.
Monday 19 April 2010
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I like the business card style USB drives that these guys do. Local company too.
Self catering accommodation in the Luik-Maastricht-Vaals-Aken area, mainly character properties.
Converted farmhouse self-catering accommodation in Zuid Limburg, not too far from Maastricht. Would mean getting in the car to get to a restaurant or anything, which might be a pain in the bum.
This looks like a different place to visit – H loves things that are Arabic in style, so we might give this a look. via DG.
Friday 16 April 2010
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This rather strengthens the CPVO's hand or at least should give it greater confidence. I know both the plaintiff and his lawyer quite well, but must admit I always thought that they were on sticky ground.
Hmm. Well, my comments on this article say it all.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
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Oh, bleedin' 'eck. The law really needs to catch up with reality. via LMG.
Hmm. Might be useful for the E51. Currently my data backs up automatically to my laptop, which then gets backed up weekly to an external hard drive.
Tuesday 13 April 2010
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Read this all the way to the end, including the last sentence. Then draw your own conclusions.
Wednesday 7 April 2010
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Make sure you will be able to vote on May 6th.
Good source of EU news, particularly issues related to the Union itself.
Tuesday 6 April 2010
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The Adam looks like the leading contender for pick of the bunch from the first flush of tablet computers, not least because of that screen. Of course, give it another six months…
I'm beginning to look out for iPad alternatives. I'm an Applephobe, so I'm looking at devices from other suppliers with 12+ hour battery life, ease of use, good screen size and resolution (I plan to mainly use it as a product catalogue to show to customers at exhibitions) as well as robust construction (it could get thumped about a bit). I'm not yet sure which OS will be best, so I'm open to Android, Linux or Windows.
Saturday 3 April 2010
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I like this version as it doesn't call for extra bacon (or, heaven help us, pancetta) and so strikes me as being closer to the real deal of traditional cookery.
This is remarkably similar (aside from the pancetta) to the recipe given by Jane Grigson in her classic English Food. I'm more inclined to follow the latter.
Friday 2 April 2010
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Rather nice infographic showing the relative merit and poluarity of dietary supplements. Just as interesting for those below the "worth it line" as those above it.
Monday 29 March 2010
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Splendid design magazine covering art, architecture, antiques, gardens, interiors and design. Not sure I'd pay the subscription price, though, which is waaay more than the cover price.
Smart laptop bag, would suit a lady.
Smart laptop bags for ladies.
Saturday 27 March 2010
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Hurrah! I feel a trip to Hastings coming on.
Completed? Really? When the lining of the roof is, oh, 20% done? I suspect that the money has run out.
Mutter, grumble. The actual magazine article features my face in full "issuing call for more lobbying" mode. Look at yourself in the mirror and try to pull that expression – it isn't easy.
Friday 26 March 2010
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A teal house. Hels would like a teal house. Maybe not in Finland though. Somewhere warmer, probably.
Tuesday 23 March 2010
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An interesting verdict from the ECJ. I'm not sure that it actually weakens trademarks as I rather felt that the LVMH position would excessively stifle the use of trademarks – more or less preventing trademark owners from effectively exploiting their own marks. But it will be interesting to see how things turn out over the next few months, as I'm sure the IP lawyers (and I know a few) will be going over this with a fine toothed comb.
Monday 22 March 2010
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Can I have a go?
Wednesday 17 March 2010
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Now this is good news and a sensible judgment. Smaller clubs (and you will know who I have in mind (3-0 home win last night – hurrah!) frequently invest in training local talent because they can't afford to buy top class players, but then see their best young players taken by larger clubs (although this can be a useful source of income). This judgment will protect the smaller clubs' interests whilst still allowing free movement of talent. I wonder if this judgment will extend to other sports too?
Monday 15 March 2010
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What a great headline! And isn't nature great?
Thursday 11 March 2010
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Yes, it should. Tesco Insurance, I'm looking at you.
Luxury accommodation in Northumbria.
Holiday cottages in Northumberland. Would probably need a fair bit of driving, though.
Accommodation in Northumberland. Prestige.
Monday 8 March 2010
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Offers advice and help for sufferers, carers, families and medical professionals living or working with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy).
Jazz version of Amazing Horse. Probably NSFW.
Monday 22 February 2010
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Spanish equivalent of the Met Office. I couldn't get the English version of the site to work, but the Spanish version is simple enough for a non-linguist to navigate. Gives a more plausible forecast than Weather Underground which currently forecasts temperature fluctuations of 17 degrees Celsius within 24 hours for Cordoba.
Sunday 14 February 2010
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More modelling balloons than you could shake a stick at.
Thursday 11 February 2010
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German chocolatiers. They make chocolate with Juniper berries – I recently picked some up in Dusseldorf. It is the closest thing to gin-flavoured chocolate you can imagine and is really rather good.
Monday 1 February 2010
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Check the validity of any European VAT number. Very handy.
Thursday 28 January 2010
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With Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris and William Wollard. What more could you ask for?
Wednesday 20 January 2010
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On my shopping list of events to attend in 2010. Still haven't decided what the impact will be on GLEE yet (one hopes, the final nail in the coffin – GLEE has been feeble for too long).
The second of two major new horticulture events in Europe this year. As it coincides with the FloraHolland Market (and is only 15km away), I may well attend.
Thursday 14 January 2010
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Now in 192kbps stereo. Wonderful.
Official USPTO patent search covering issued patents and applications – much more comprehensive than the Google version.
Could make it easier to get the APs in and out.
Looking for accessories for Hels's new toy.
Saturday 9 January 2010
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Excellent deconstruction of the (totally flawed) reasoning behind homeopathy.
Tuesday 5 January 2010
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You wouldn't use this to convert music videos to mp3s, would you? Tsk. Naughty.
Thursday 31 December 2009
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… or for that matter, how to cut MP3s generally in Windows Movie Maker. How handy.
Wednesday 30 December 2009
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Perfectly good B&B that we stayed in a couple of years ago. We keep thinking of having a long weekend in Maastricht, but finances rather preclude that at the moment and for the foreseeable.
Sunday 20 December 2009
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Marcus Brigstocke on the Copenhagen farce in a Dr Seuss style. Utterly brilliant, one of the funniest radio sketches I've heard for years and superbly observed.
Friday 18 December 2009
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Slightly more expensive than most, but well-equipped and high specification. Energy saving features too. A post-Christmas, pre-VAT increase present to ourselves.
Friday 11 December 2009
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Seriously full featured, open source and free player for audio and video. I particularly like the ability to speed up and slow down playback of MP3s, which only has me laughing like a loon (I’m easily pleased). Memories of Peel playing thirty three and a thirds at forty five come flooding back. I might get used to this and seriously stick up two fingers at iTunes and WinAmp.
Thursday 10 December 2009
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Okaaaaay. I'm surprised that the report doesn't highlight the lack of engines from the minorities. I don't recall seeing Winston, the emancipated slave engine who escaped the Jamaican sugar plantations. Nor Chu Chu, the Chinese engine forced to work in the very dangerous coal mines.
Tuesday 8 December 2009
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"A number of issues remain to be resolved". Oh dear.
Monday 7 December 2009
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Free online geological maps of the UK.
I visited this signalbox on a school trip about 30 years ago. More latterly, I sheltered behind it on windy days. Sad to see it go, but it was in a pretty bad way in any case.
Friday 4 December 2009
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About bloomin' time! Mind you, it will take the member states another age to agree the details. This is a more complex issue than PVR, but the Community PVR system has now been active and in place for nearly 15 years, so patent has a long way to catch up.
One of the best restaurants in Essen.
Thursday 3 December 2009
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This is absolutely right. The Dutch have excellent training courses at Wageningen, but there is no equivalent here. At least one of the good colleges here must start some serious courses on breeding – otherwise, we will not compete with our overseas competitors (particularly the Chinese).
Wednesday 2 December 2009
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Gaby Hinsliff's blog on leaving the fast lane and become a mum-at-home – well, a bit more than that. Recommended reading, not just for mums at home. Rather close to home, too.
Friday 27 November 2009
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Pot sleeves and flower sleeves for horticulture.
Thursday 26 November 2009
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Profile of improvement works to Dutch sea defences.
A fine admission. Will they now label the products as "not proven to do anything for you"?
Wednesday 25 November 2009
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Crappy website without online ordering, but certainly the best place to get Ryobi spares (such as a replacement chain oil filler cap – crappy, flimsy thing has finally snapped – replacement is princely sum of ten pence, plus VAT and delivery). EDIT: take care as the key to some of the exploded parts diagrams is incorrect.
Monday 23 November 2009
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Simply amazing images from the Census of Marine Life. I particularly like the Christmas Tree Worm.
Sunday 22 November 2009
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Quite possibly some of the finest (Belgian) beer we've tasted.
Thursday 19 November 2009
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Excellent on Jools. Real classic blues and R&B.
Excellent on Jools this week.
Tuesday 17 November 2009
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The original game that Drench is clearly based upon.
I've stayed in a hotel (Soviet era) next to this building. It certainly is massive and I can understand why they might wish to demolish it. And yet, I hope that they don't. It is a part of European history, even if not a particularly glorious part, and it would be a shame to rob future generations of it.
The influence of the Sun on our climate.
Monday 16 November 2009
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With a charge for "foreign vehicles". Hmm.
Our next short break destination.
I rather like this stuff.
Friday 13 November 2009
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Russia might reduce number of time zones. Of course, if Britain went over to CET…
Tuesday 10 November 2009
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Hmm. We'll see. I hope they give him a good scrub first, since he has spent time at Spurs. Ick.
Monday 9 November 2009
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The official place to purchase/download EU publications. The EU and its offices (including the CPVO) are moving to paperless (and free-of-charge) publication of most documents.
Saturday 7 November 2009
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the barmy Belgian enclaves within the Netherlands at Baarle.
Friday 6 November 2009
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Excellent website about strange and unusual aspects of cartography, both current and historical.
Just about the best thing on Jools last week, although Ellie Goulding was good. Diana Krall murdered a couple of songs (and what's with the botox overdose?) and the Stereophonics were both bored and boring. This lot are clearly quite influenced by the likes of Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles, but are generally more cheerful.
Thursday 5 November 2009
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Cat Face has wise advice for Guy Fawkes Night.
Monday 2 November 2009
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Swords and ploughshares, anyone? Surely, transforming from "something really twisted and ugly" into a machine designed to bring death and destruction is, in itself, twisted and ugly. Discuss.
I'm tempted by fax-to-email services. I still have to use fax technology from time to time, but am getting fed up with the large fax machine sitting in the middle of our kitchen.
Sunday 1 November 2009
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Not too much of a surprise, considering.
Not in the least addictive.
Saturday 31 October 2009
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I'm considering going to this in 2010. I shall go in full Radio 4 regalia, I think.
Seriously good new music, with podcast presented by Tom Ravenscroft.
Thursday 29 October 2009
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Best thing on last week's Jools (excluding Smokey Robinson, of course).
We visited this yesterday, although we only walked around the parade ground and the gun platform (which you can access free of charge). Honestly, Eastbourne should make more fuss about this building – it's utterly splendid and the external appearance gives no clue to what is inside.
Wednesday 28 October 2009
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Article on the Waldseemuller map.
I've used the baking soda and white (distilled malt) vinegar tricks before, with some success. My car took a direct hit from Small Boy With Norovirus and, although I've used lots of commercial products, the odour is lingering, rather unpleasantly.
Tuesday 27 October 2009
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Winter vomiting disease. Winter poo like there is no tomorrow disease. Winter feel like utter crap disease. Winter how can three people manage to do all this in the bathroom simultaneously disease. Contagious for 48 hours, apparently.
Thursday 22 October 2009
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Too silly for words.
I didn't know that Ralph (Mr Upton to you) had died, although I did know that he hadn't the best of health. I'd met him a couple of times when purchasing pumpkins and squashes from his door (and also knew his son Andy when he was postmaster in my parent's village). I wonder what the long term future for the pumpkin patch is?
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (not known for being left wing) suggests that rumours of the Dollar's death may be premature.
Wednesday 21 October 2009
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WIPO advanced course on trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications. I actually quite enjoy this stuff.
WIPO trademark geekery.
IP technical stuff. Nothing to see here, move along.
Tuesday 20 October 2009
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How handy. I have to type a lot of non-English words in English language documents (mostly proper nouns) some of which are rather close to English words – but not exact matches. Using this tip, I can make sure that they are highlighted for manual checking if I get them slightly wrong.
It's a rare event for me to agree with Peter Mandelson. But on this issue, he is right. So far this week, I've received five emails from companies telling me not to worry about deliveries from them – they have switched to courier companies to avoid the strike. For my own part, I'm encouraging my contacts to send documents by email instead of by post. The postal workers don't want to work harder than they do now – at this rate, they won't have any work at all.
Hopefully, if the conservation organisations can use the wild apples as flagship species, then efforts can be made to preserve tracts of the mountainous terrain that are also rich in other species.
Thursday 15 October 2009
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This should probably also be true with PVR too.
Wednesday 14 October 2009
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Film shot from the forward gunners position and from behind the pilot of the BBMF Lancaster doing a flypast for last year's 65th anniversary of the raids on the Ruhr dams. Note the use of mark 1 map (no GPS), the cramped conditions and the sheer noise. Brilliant.
Friday 9 October 2009
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Early days, but hopeful.
Complete list of species included in the CITES appendices.
Thursday 8 October 2009
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Hurrah! New Russian missions to Venus.
Wednesday 7 October 2009
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Interview with The xx.
Utterly fantastic on last week's Jools (even though they were in the shadow of the awesome Gladys Knight – chalk and cheese, though)- like a cross between early Cure, the Delgados, Lullabies-era Cocteaus and a whole bunch of other good shoe-gazing, new wave, electro stuff, but somehow with added soul. Their cover of Womack and Womack's Teardrops (long one of my favourite songs) is just stupendous.
Tuesday 6 October 2009
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I suppose I should state that all commercial products and services endorsed or mentioned here are presented here without any payment, knowledge or authorisation from the organisations concerned. But then, who would pay to be here?
Covet. Covet. Covet.
Interesting. If this is true and comes to pass, then, firstly, sell your dollars. Secondly, buy euro. And, probably, abandon Sterling. I’ve long held that it makes little sense for the UK to retain Sterling and sit outside the euro. If the dollar collapses (which it surely would if the Arab states and China sold off their massive reserves), then the pound would be fatally weakened.
Monday 5 October 2009
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Looks like eatsussex.co.uk is down. Useful tool. (Edit: Eat Sussex has gone bust, it seems. Shame).
Friday 2 October 2009
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List of recruitment agencies based in and around Lewes.
Thursday 1 October 2009
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Simple puzzle game.
Wednesday 30 September 2009
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Dilbert would be proud. via Gordon.
Sunday 27 September 2009
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Want to know what a thousand quid in 1894 might be worth today in real terms? This site will answer you (slightly odd) quest for knowledge.
Friday 25 September 2009
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Amusing. Possibly NSFW. via b3ta.
Handy ready reckoner for calculating net pay. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it looks good enough.
Wednesday 23 September 2009
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Gavin Hewitt finally steps into Mark Mardell's shoes and takes on the BBC Europe editor's blog. Mardell's blog was excellent and insightful – he also "gets" blogging and understands that the strength comes from interaction with readers/commenters. Hewitt is a journalist of some repute although I'm not sure that he has the same easy jovial manner as his predecessor, something that I think served him well.
Monday 21 September 2009
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No, I didn't spend half my teenage years playing this game. Not at all.
3D version of your classic lunar lander game, complete with lovely retro vector graphics. Bug hard.
Sunday 20 September 2009
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Purveyors of fine cider, particularly fine Breton cider.
Friday 18 September 2009
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Moorish style inn in central Cordoba.
Hammam in central Cordoba.
Thursday 17 September 2009
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Those Kanyes! Always a pain when having a poo!
Tuesday 15 September 2009
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New People Under The Stairs album out on October 13th. Strictly only for those who like their hiphop to be old skool.
A huge influence on so many people, myself included. Subconciously, I think I've modelled my cooking style on his (particular the wine-whilst-cooking idea, especially when entertaining). I feel the need for a dinner party to mark his passing.
Sunday 13 September 2009
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For anyone that thinks that plant breeding and development is not important, then consider the work of this man.
Anyone who doesn't think that there will soon be wars fought over water (rather than oil) needs to read this.
Saturday 12 September 2009
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Holiday accommodation in Alnwick, Northumberland.
Monday 7 September 2009
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I was there for the 25th anniversary celebrations, as a pupil. We didn't have name badges then.
Sunday 6 September 2009
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Photos from Friday's live gig by Kraak en Smaak in the Abdijplein in Middelburg as part of the Nazomerfestival. Hels, Tom and I are so unspeakably cool that we travelled all the way there for this gig (ok, actually we were nearby on holiday) and it was utterly, utterly brilliant, quite the best live performance I've seen, ever. Period. It would be easy for a dance outfit to descend into techno-wizadry and not really give a good stage performance, but that wasn't the case here. Rose and Sebastiaan are not only excellent vocalists but have stage presence too, and the music for the K&S trio (plus added drums) was stunning, featuring tracks from both Boogie Angst and Plastic People plus an excellent cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" (1977? really? blimey). I was pogoing around like a loon – it's hard to dance in any other fashion when you have a three-and-a-half year old on your shoulders (who was also pogoing and VERY into the music). Grins all round.
Saturday 15 August 2009
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I've had major PC problems for the last, oh, fortnight. I've re-installed Vista, which has been a bloody nightmare. So far, I've had more problems in two weeks with my PC that in the last six years put together. Anyway, this is the latest problem – DEP errors in IE8. This site lists solutions.
Wednesday 12 August 2009
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Arts festival in Middelburg. And look who is playing there on Friday 4 September…
Tuesday 11 August 2009
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Bicycle hire in Domburg, including hire of tandems and kiddie cars.
Not the first exploit of the Human Shrub, apparently, although judging by his/her outfit, it is more a case of gorilla gardening than guerilla gardening.
Thursday 30 July 2009
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Oyster-type travel card system gradually being rolled out across the entire Netherlands (and not just in the capital like Oyster is here). This will replace the familiar strippenkaart that you might have used on Amsterdam's public transport. There is a disposable "tourist" version that you can pick up in the same places that strippenkaarts are/were sold (they are both available at the moment).
Official and slightly bonkers (in a good way) Dan Rhodes website. Worth a diversion.
Tuesday 28 July 2009
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Brilliant. Utterly, utterly brilliant. Where do I sign Tom up?
Sunday 26 July 2009
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Potentially useful book for work – goes a bit further than just PVR and includes market perspective. Of course, whether I'd learn much new…
Friday 24 July 2009
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Traditionally, I've used HomeSite to edit web pages. But my coding skillz are not what they once were – I'm both rusty and out-of-date. So I'm considering going over to a robust WYSIWYG editor that would also allow me to tinker with the actual code when I'm feeling brave/foolish. This looks like it might be a good solution and it isn't too expensive. Anyone out there got experience with it?
Monday 20 July 2009
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Don't mess about with the website (although it is excellent). It is much more fun to go down to the store, have a coffee and then spend an hour or so (and possibly lots of pounds) rummaging through the vinyl, CDs and books (and not just music books, but good quality books on all sorts of interesting subjects, particularly music, art, design, fashion, history…)
Friday 17 July 2009
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Excellent photo documentary of the first manned landing on the Moon, 40 years ago this week. via LMG.
It looks like Turkmenistan still holds the title as the most bonkers nation on Earth.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
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Flash version of the Japanese card game, Hanafuda. It's worth reading the rules first if you've never played before (like me) and then playing a few times to get the hang of it. Really quite relaxing.
Tuesday 14 July 2009
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Cold water kills hurricanes, apparently. So, all you need is to get cold water to the surface across the western Atlantic and the Caribbean during hurricane season and you'd have no hurricanes. Of course, you'd probably cause mayhem to the global weather system, but at least there would be no hurricanes.
Good list of web design resources, useful for those of us who (sometimes, when time, energy and willpower permit) maintain our own sites.
Monday 6 July 2009
links for 2009-07-06
I remember, many years ago, walking across the fields from my parents' old house towards Felpham with my brother. We got to the Ryebank Rife (here: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/138607), which was (unusually) dry. The stench was amazing and the dry floor of the stream was a carpet of dead eels, left high and dry. I've never seen so many eels, literally thousands, and I doubt I'll ever see that many again.
Friday 3 July 2009
links for 2009-07-03
Nicholas van Hoogstraten cleared by court in Zimbabwe. Apparently, because the police didn't have a warrant to search for illegal pornography (which they didn't expect to find during a search which was to identify evidence related to alleged illegal financial transactions), he can't be guity of a crime. Hmm. Have I missed something here? Coincidentally, Mr van Hoogstraten is a good mate of a certian Robert Mugabe.
Tuesday 30 June 2009
links for 2009-06-30
Nightingale numbers fallen by 95% over 30 years. But there's one in the tree outside my door, singing its lungs out.
Monday 29 June 2009
links for 2009-06-29
Teenager exchanges his iPod for a Walkman. "It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette."
Friday 19 June 2009
links for 2009-06-19
Of course, they were much better when Greg wore the yellow shirt…
Monday 15 June 2009
links for 2009-06-15
No need for a huge calculator when you have this website – just a huge laptop, wifi and a power supply. Also, D/L explained.
Excellent ClipBoard manager. I'm wondering how I managed without it for all this time.
Wednesday 3 June 2009
links for 2009-06-03
Official graphics for the EU elections.
European elections – official homepage.
Looks like it is about to kick off all over again in Belgium, politically and constitutionally speaking.
Tuesday 2 June 2009
links for 2009-06-02
Not addictive. Not in the least. No, really.
Monday 1 June 2009
links for 2009-06-01
Book to go with David Reynolds' excellent Radio 4 series. Combines some current affairs with history, so whether this book will stand the test of time is questionable. However, it looks to be the best popular history of the US currently available.
Asperatus, don't you know.
Tuesday 26 May 2009
links for 2009-05-26
Lots around our way – they seem particularly keen on Centranthus.
Thursday 21 May 2009
links for 2009-05-21
Official site featuring good history page.
Being from the Bognor area, I have many memories of the Picturedrome, including watching the Back to the Future trilogy in the wrong order (it was very confusing) and being pelted with sweets by some girls sitting half a dozen rows further back. I also remember the mechanical lantern in the tower being illuminated, certianly in the early 70s when we used to pass the cinema on the way home from visiting my grandmother on each and every Friday night.
You will be humming this all day. Promise. "Lunar baboon with a spoon and a bassoon."
Wednesday 20 May 2009
links for 2009-05-20
Possibly the best act on this week's Jools (aside from Regina Spektor, who is amazing), although it seems that they are a better studio act than live – but it was ever thus for anyone with synths.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
links for 2009-05-19
Blimey. No cash worries round our way, then.
Monday 18 May 2009
links for 2009-05-18
Flash version of the classic coinop/console/VIC-20 game. Via LMG.
Thursday 14 May 2009
links for 2009-05-14
Really rather talented singer songwriter. It's like the 80s, all over again and in a good way.
Lisa Hannigan – Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Really rather good, we think.
Friday 8 May 2009
links for 2009-05-08
Well done to the trustees of Pallant House for getting this media coverage – but what a shame they didn't think to put a donations page on their website at the same time. I'd give a fiver, without hesitation.
Wednesday 6 May 2009
links for 2009-05-06
Rather good headphone/microphone set for the price (around £45).
Review aggregator. Nice – will become as indispensible as Kelkoo/Froogle.
Official Jools Later/Later Live page. Handy for further information.
Brooklyn-based indie rock band, playing something that I would classify as neither indie nor rock – something like a cross between an upbeat James Yorkston and the Athletes infused with some early 70s prog rock. No really. Very good indeed and the highlight of tonight's Jools Live (aside from Booker T, natch).
Saturday 2 May 2009
links for 2009-05-02
but solar. ugh.
bit small though
Friday 1 May 2009
links for 2009-05-01
The Telegraph does outrage like no other newspaper: "They even ignored the Please Keep Off The Grass signs!".
I think I might declare UDI. But not for the living room, just to be confusing. And maybe not the broom cupboard.
Saturday 25 April 2009
links for 2009-04-25
I agree that the best way to get people to change is not to moan at them. But how? Very good article indeed.
And, if you think the economy isn't screwed up enough already, just consider the impact that a flu pandemic might have. Here is a paper published by the IMF around the time of the avian flu scare in 2006.
Sounds like SARS or H5N1 all over again. Complacency discouraged.
Friday 24 April 2009
links for 2009-04-24
Feed the pigeons. That's it.
On why design is about more than function.
Grown-up time sounds rather nice. We're off to Barcelona for a taste of it.
Monday 20 April 2009
links for 2009-04-20
Mmmmm, Obama fingers! Yum.
Drilling for oil in the south-east. If they want to put a well in my back garden (and will pay me accordingly), then that's fine by me.
Sunday 19 April 2009
links for 2009-04-19
Eddie George – who seemed to say a few wise things but was on the wrong side of the desk at 11 Downing Street in order to really make a difference.
Opinion piece highlighting China's move to buy massive stocks of industrial metals. They're not daft, you know.
Tuesday 14 April 2009
links for 2009-04-14
The Dutch Highway Code, in English (PDF). Not so very different from our own, but be sure to give way to military convoys, should you see any.
Friday 10 April 2009
links for 2009-04-10
Covet. Shame the exchange rate is not quite as good as it used to be for buying CDs from the US.
Thursday 9 April 2009
links for 2009-04-09
Wednesday 8 April 2009
links for 2009-04-08
Local printers that come highly recommended and might be a solution to my exhibition display requirements.
Tuesday 7 April 2009
links for 2009-04-07
I'm thinking of having something like this made for my business. I've looked at those fuzzy felt display screens and they are quite expensive and not as professional as I'd like. This might be a good solution.
Wednesday 25 March 2009
links for 2009-03-25
I'm entirely familiar with this roundabout – the Phormiums that were there before were completely inappropriate (and remember – I've been in the trade for 20 years) and, frankly, looked awful. The new planting is much better.
Saturday 21 March 2009
links for 2009-03-21
Local trains in Spanish cities. Dead handy if you want to get to the suburbs of Barcelona, for example.
Monday 16 March 2009
links for 2009-03-16
Not sure that it is right to highlight Maastricht in this article. Although it is in the valley of the Maas, it is in a similar position to a town ike Lewes in England – the surrounding land is really quite high (the area is often referred to as the Dutch Alps). The real trouble is for Westland, Zuid Holland, Noord Holland and the polders around the IJsselmeer and Markermeer.
Tuesday 10 March 2009
links for 2009-03-10
Interested article. It's also true to say that regional papers (and some nationals – the Indy, for example) now have much smaller journalistic staff numbers than they had twenty years ago. Technology makes up for some of that, but ultimately, the decline in the quality of content must be a result of that reduction of headcount.
Inflatable bed for kids that packs down to a duffelbag.
Monday 9 March 2009
links for 2009-03-09
Apartment in central Utrecht for B and B or self-catering.
Sunday 8 March 2009
links for 2009-03-08
The largest and most spectacular castle in the Netherlands. But, closed for most of this year for restoration. AND you can only go round as part of a guided tour. AND the only have one English language tour per week. AND under fives are not permitted to take the tour. Rubbish. But we'd still like to look inside.
Saturday 7 March 2009
links for 2009-03-07
Apartments for holiday rental in Utrecht.
Utrecht VVV. That's the Dutch tourist information office to you.
Friday 6 March 2009
links for 2009-03-06
Well, he can (probably) only be an improvement on the last manager. Brighton should never have got rid of Dean Wilkins.
Wednesday 4 March 2009
links for 2009-03-04
Become a master bookie! Learn tic-tac!
General information for importing plants to the US.
Plant genera prohibited from import into the US.
Monday 2 March 2009
links for 2009-03-02
Hmm. No excuses, then. I'd better get on with the allotment.
Sunday 1 March 2009
links for 2009-03-01
Small seaside resort in Zeeland. Lots of accommodation here.
Zeeland – apparently the sunniest part of the Netherlands. I'm not sure that is a tough contest.
Saturday 28 February 2009
links for 2009-02-28
Rather nice looking self-catering apartment, but looks a little expensive with the current EUR/GBP exchange rate.
Thursday 26 February 2009
links for 2009-02-26
DG on Twitter. Very very good.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
links for 2009-02-25
Many many years ago, I had a mate caled Dave Kurten. Naturally, when we went to a party and met a girl called Annette, hilarity ensued.
Unfortunately, they didn't get it together.
Tuesday 24 February 2009
links for 2009-02-24
Tom doesn't seem too bothered by this presenter's disability, although I've caught myself staring at her arm. But our main concern is that she and her new co-presenter (Alex) are a bit drippy and just not as good as Chris and Pui. Mind you, Pui always struck us as a bit grumpy without too much empathy for kids.
Sunday 15 February 2009
links for 2009-02-15
Did you know that the EHIC (the fancy plastic replacement for the old E-111) expires after a short period of time? No? Perhaps you ought to check the date on that card in your wallet (or the bottom of the drawer with the passports – wherever you keep it). You might, as I did, get an unpleasant surprise. In any case, you can renew your own card, that of your partner/spouse and those of any dependent children using one easy form at this website.
Thursday 12 February 2009
links for 2009-02-12
Marketing puff, err, sorry, serious scientific research about the benefits of plants in the office. (Actually, there really are benefits, not just in terms of air quality).
via Gordon. Colour me sceptical. Research has shown that *any* plant will improve air quality in an office and the most recent research has suggested that Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily to you) is the most effective of all. Mind you, I think the research was funded by the Spathiphyllum Growers Association. In general, the benefits extend beyond air quality – a green space is generally a pleasant space. My advice: go for palms and the like because the are generally easy to look after, withstand neglect/abuse and don't mind the low light conditions that often exist in an office.
Monday 9 February 2009
links for 2009-02-09
Possibly just the thing for our conservatory roof to replace the existing, malfunctioning and energy-inefficient conventional fairy lights (all 160 bulbs of them!).
Tuesday 27 January 2009
links for 2009-01-27
A portal for European political blogs.
Tuesday 20 January 2009
links for 2009-01-20
Everything you needed to know about VAT in the EU in one handy place.
links for 2009-01-20
Includes conversion rates for invoices issued in currencies other than Sterling.
This is good, although it doesn't really help commuters. Re-opening the Uckfield-Lewes line – now that would be good.
Surely, isn't any crackdown that doesn't investigate efficacy of treatment meaningless? When will somebody really take on these charlatans?
Friday 16 January 2009
links for 2009-01-16
I'm rendered speechless.
Tuesday 13 January 2009
links for 2009-01-13
Amazing! In TWO exciting colours! Brown AND White!!!!!! This site is great – just check out the hyperbole.
Thursday 8 January 2009
links for 2009-01-08
Free desktop utility for Windows that potential might solve my squinting at WinAmp problem. Thanks Gordon.
Wednesday 7 January 2009
links for 2009-01-07
About time. Could be useful for work/holiday.
Screensaver shows current track title and artist, time remaining, etc. Winamp only.
Tuesday 6 January 2009
links for 2009-01-06
Not that I'm planning to take this up, you understand, but it is noticeable that the dancers that visit our village every year and dance in the middle of the road are always the same aging faces. They barely have enough dancers as it is – a couple of illnesses/deaths could mean the end of the group.
Monday 5 January 2009
links for 2009-01-05
Jim al-Khalili has a gift for explaining complex ideas in an entertaining, lucid and understandable way. I'll be watching this programme.
Sunday 4 January 2009
links for 2009-01-04
How handy. I have a long lost bank account that I want to track down. It should have, oooh, about a fiver in it.
Saturday 3 January 2009
links for 2009-01-03
I like these lights a lot. The metal halide version appeals a lot to me, although the £450 price tag is less appealing.
Sunday 21 December 2008
links for 2008-12-21
Worth reading. The best advice I had was to only ever buy live mussels (we get them more-or-less straight off the boat) and to tap them when you clean them. Live, fresh mussels will close when tapped. Anything that doesn't move is dead and therefore suspect (though, I suppose, still quite edible if fresh).
Thursday 18 December 2008
links for 2008-12-18
Steam works – that we know from past experience. But tonight is the first time I've tried raw onion as a decongestant – it's amazing! I could breathe easily after only two mouthfuls.
Wednesday 17 December 2008
links for 2008-12-17
Purveyors of all kinds of fruit trees, bushes and plants.
Tuesday 16 December 2008
links for 2008-12-16
I'm not convinced by this. My father had to go to hospital last week. For the last 70-odd years, he would have been treated at St Richards. As it was, he was transferred to the half-built Queen Alexandra at Cosham, another 30 minutes away.
Friday 12 December 2008
links for 2008-12-12
Rural poverty in southern England is rapdily increasing. I don't think that this will be a shock to anyone living in Sussex or Kent. What to do about it? Well, a start would be to release more land for housing so that supply increases and prices fall (after the recovery, which will surely come).
Wednesday 10 December 2008
links for 2008-12-10
I like Lush products and I am a customer. But I didn't know anything about this. Silly man.
Tuesday 9 December 2008
links for 2008-12-09
I wonder how many children had their sense of the surreal moulded by a bunch of pink knitted creatures, poking their heads out of craters covered by galvanised dustbin lids?
Monday 8 December 2008
links for 2008-12-08
Apart from the fact the Phytophthora is not a fungus at all, this is a useful awareness-raising article. I'm dealing with Sudden Oak Death on a more-or-less daily basis in terms of its impact on plant health restrictions.
Splendid bi-monthly free magazine about local food and drink.
Living off wild and foraged food (they aren't the same thing). Fergus writes a column in Eat Sussex magazine and has inspired me to have a go at eating Japanese knotweed next spring (it tastes like rhubarb, apparently).
Feature length. Well, almost. NSFW.
Thursday 4 December 2008
links for 2008-12-04
Both grayblog and my work website need some attention. God knows when I'll get round to it though. These tips could prove useful though. via Gordon.
Wednesday 3 December 2008
links for 2008-12-03
Hmm. This could have implications for horticulture.
Tuesday 2 December 2008
links for 2008-12-02
Not light reading, but interesting to me.
Friday 28 November 2008
links for 2008-11-28
Excellent and quite hard Tower Defence game.
Tuesday 25 November 2008
links for 2008-11-25
I echo the sentiments of the owner of Peach Pubs. PubNextDoor looks likely to close, but I can't help but blame the landlord – he's hopeless.
Saturday 22 November 2008
links for 2008-11-22
Completely bonkers game.
Friday 21 November 2008
links for 2008-11-21
Yo ho ho and a rottle of bum. Sequel to Kenya, obviously.
Hotel in the intra muros in Saint Malo.
Tuesday 18 November 2008
links for 2008-11-18
Wise words from Boris Johnson. No, really.
Monday 17 November 2008
links for 2008-11-17
Online shop for all kinds of government and official publications (including EU publications).
Thursday 13 November 2008
links for 2008-11-13
Planning to drive to Germany? You will need an emissions sticker in order to drive into many city centres. They cost EUR 12.50.
Monday 10 November 2008
links for 2008-11-10
The toll for crossing the dartford Crossing is increasing by 50% (if you use it during the day – it is being scrapped for crossing between 10pm and 6am). However, if you sign up for a Dart Tag and use it at least once a year, you'll get the old rate of £1 for a car. Well worth it.
I feel a purchase coming on. All I have to do is justify it.
Where do I sign up?
Friday 7 November 2008
links for 2008-11-07
I wonder if changes at the top of the USPTO might help my industry with the ridiculous 102b situation (sorry, Plant Patent law geekery!). We shall have to wait, but I suspect it will depend on the new head of the office and their attitude to overseas patent owners.
Brewery near Rouen with chambres d'hote. Mmmmm – beer and accommodation in the same building. This sounds like a good combination.
Chambres d'hote in a chateau near Rouen.
Thursday 6 November 2008
links for 2008-11-06
How to get your worm – mimic a mole.
Wednesday 5 November 2008
links for 2008-11-05
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's latest project. Liked the track on Jools.
Looks like Croatia joins up in 2011. Time to amend all my contracts. Again.
Thursday 30 October 2008
links for 2008-10-30
Slightly tree-hugging, but I like the hand-made approach. I think we will split our order between two or three companies this year and see how we get on.
Tuesday 28 October 2008
links for 2008-10-28
Space Invaders. With bells. And whistles.
Sunday 26 October 2008
links for 2008-10-26
Hmm. Map lust. I rather like the Robinson projection versions. It's a shame that they don't do a Europe map at the moment.
Wednesday 22 October 2008
links for 2008-10-22
ah, time to come out of the closet – I'm a secret Bloc Party fan. Excellent on Jools Holland tonight, I may be forced to procure the new album.
Excellent on the Jools Holland show. Likely to be on the shopping list very soon.
Tuesday 21 October 2008
links for 2008-10-21
Brilliant! I'd like to put a poster like this on my house, but as it is not a place of worship, I'm not exempt from the Control of Advertisement regulations.
Twenty years of Matt. Genius.
Rageh Omaar (zoiks!) on the place and history of Islam in America. Revealing.
Sunday 19 October 2008
links for 2008-10-19
Makes you think. I particularly enjoy hearing about the Pioneer (and Voyager) missions – they have been around for much the same time as me.
Thursday 16 October 2008
links for 2008-10-16
Includes several sources other than the one I am currently exploring.
Bob proves to Weebl that Hopey McChange-Pants is the better candidate.
Wednesday 8 October 2008
links for 2008-10-08
Hmm. I'm not sure about this article – it concentrates rather too much on the francophones resident in Flanders and not the reverse scenario. Seems to portray the Flemish as a bunch of xenophobes, which isn't my experience.
Tuesday 7 October 2008
links for 2008-10-07
A Dragon Rapide in flames. Glad that I didn't find this photo before we took a flight on one a couple of weeks ago.
Monday 6 October 2008
links for 2008-10-06
Second in BBC's current Belgium series.
Friday 3 October 2008
links for 2008-10-03
Tells you which model they are using and gives high level of detail. Like it. Seems to have current conditions for Ruralville about right.
Weebl and Bob's take on the US presidential election.
Thursday 2 October 2008
links for 2008-10-02
AVG picks out a legitimate file in Winamp as a trojan. Here's how to fix the problem.
Likely to be added to the shopping list.
Wednesday 1 October 2008
links for 2008-10-01
Effective today, this applies to me when I'm working with clients who are private individuals rather than businesses.
Tuesday 30 September 2008
links for 2008-09-30
First in a series of articles. It seems to play down the likelihood of a Flemish/Walloon split, but the few people I've spoken to about this (all Flemish) might not agree.
Monday 29 September 2008
links for 2008-09-29
I've passed the sheet test. Hurrah!
How handy. I'm rather hoping that the addition of the juice of half a lemon will make my not-particularly-promising crab apple jelly set.
Saturday 27 September 2008
links for 2008-09-27
James May rides an ekranoplan. I live in (the probably forlorn) hope that ekranoplan technology might one day go mainstream – it would be a seriously cool way to cross the Channel.
Friday 26 September 2008
links for 2008-09-26
One child at a time. Use a safety net. No child under 5. Hmm; try telling that to Tom when he sees a trampoline. I think we may have to be more firm in saying "no".
Interesting. Makes you wonder if those "green energy" deals really are green. Waitrose are making a big thing out of using only green energy in their stores at the moment – I wonder if the claim stands up.
Thursday 25 September 2008
links for 2008-09-25
This looks good. I like the way it will run on a page rather than in a post.
Robert Peston pulls Gordon Brown to pieces. Worth reading, just to see how far the man has fallen.
I find myself driving with sidelights on almost all the time now. Seems sensible, even if it does damage the environment just a little more than driving without them.
Brighton beat the world's wealthiest football club at the Withdean. Fantastic.
I might replace Phorm with this. I wonder if I can run this plugin in a page, rather than a post. I guess it also means it is time to upgrade WP (and probably install the WP auto-upgrader).
looks like I need to add this to my work website. I use Phorm to power a feedback form there, but suddenly I'm getting gazillions of nasty spam messages. Phorm is doing a good job of keeping out malicious file uploads, but not the spam.
Sunday 21 September 2008
links for 2008-09-20
Good advice on how to learn a language as an adult, something I keep threatening to tackle (but when? when??).
No mention of the Iberian lynx in this article, but I've long made a point of only buying wines with cork closures. Not all stores show what type of closure is used – Waitrose are strong on this point.
Sunday 14 September 2008
links for 2008-09-14
Growers and purveyors of apple plants grafted on a variety of rootstocks, including M27, which is the first choice for growing in a container (although that's always going to be inferior to open-ground cultivation).
Hurrah! Sounds like a great match to have watched. And I reckon Goodwin should be the next captain.
Friday 12 September 2008
links for 2008-09-12
Caitlin Moran on why it is a good thing that our politicians are not like Sarah Palin. Brilliant stuff (and please don't take it as seriously as some of the commenters!).
German-made shoes. They make slippers that Hels really likes. I've just had an unsubtle comment about Christmas gifts.
Monday 8 September 2008
links for 2008-09-08
Worst season for years, perhaps, but we have had some excellent fish from our local fishing fleet. More and more, we are trying to buy local fish when we can. The quality is certainly very high.
Hmm. "Tough choices" for UK broadband probably can be translated as "if you're outside of the cities, you're stuffed", as usual.
Sunday 7 September 2008
links for 2008-09-07
And a BoC EP I missed too! This is what happens when you become a parent…
Oh dear, a whole Broadcast album that I missed. Now, where's that credit card?
I've discovered a whole genre of music that I already like and actually possess some examples of: European Library. Who thinks these names up?
Friday 5 September 2008
links for 2008-09-05
Self catering houses and apartments in Spain. Most budgets catered for.
Agri-toruism in Spain.
Really rather smart places to stay in Spain.
Monday 1 September 2008
links for 2008-09-01
The life of the players who haven't made it yet, made it a few years ago and are passed it and those who will never make it – all of whom are looking for a job at the end of the season. Amazingly, one in six players will find themselves looking for a new team at the end of this season. A world apart from the Premiership namby-pamby primadonnas.
Excellent article on what the transfer window means for clubs in the three "proper" football divisions. Life isn't easy.
The Marketer interviews Boris Johnson. Interesting to read what he says were the most successful tactics from his election campaign. Also, he says that "It’s better to do fewer things well than a whole load of things half-arsed." Wise words, indeed.
Sunday 31 August 2008
links for 2008-08-31
Official Oktoberfest jugs. Arf.
Oh no! Not entirely surprising, but a sad end to a great career, nonetheless.
Sunday 24 August 2008
links for 2008-08-24
Just looking at the photos shows what separates Soviet (and now Russian) space technology from NASA's and ESA's equivalents – no frills. Less bells and whistles means less to go wrong, although that doesn't make them infallible.
This could be an issue that directly impacts my business, particularly as I'm currently exploring a joint venture with a business based in Barcelona.
Thursday 14 August 2008
links for 2008-08-14
British Heart Foundation video on heart attacks. Watch it – it's two minutes that might save your life.
Wednesday 13 August 2008
links for 2008-08-13 [delicious.com]
A rare opportunity to see the words faeces, turd and shit all in the same BBC News item.
Hmm. Well, it seems it is a fraud, or at least a deception, as I suspected. Might just claim the .asia and .cn forms of my domain now, just for safe keeping.
I've just received one of these emails. Now what should I do? I already own .com, .co.uk, .eu, .nl and .be flavours of my work domain, as well as some variant spellings for .co.uk
Tuesday 12 August 2008
links for 2008-08-12 [delicious.com]
With increasing pressure to limit or even end the use of growth regulators on ornamental crops, this sort of thing could become very important. And, as a hormone therapy rather than genetic modification, it should be possible to use in controlled conditions without too much legal restriction.
Wednesday 30 July 2008
links for 2008-07-30
The market in NL is flat, but not in decline yet. Rather like the south-east of England, ultimately simple rules of supply and demand will stop house prices falling far.
Monday 28 July 2008
links for 2008-07-28
How to write a CV that works when applying for work in another country.
A new search engine. I just entered the following search terms: “graybo”; “grayblog”; “plants for europe”; “nemesia amelie” – all turned up “no search results found”. Nil points to Cuil.
See, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Quick! Rush out NOW and buy property!
Handy calculator for foreign exchange rates between most major currencies for any day going back to 1990.
Wednesday 23 July 2008
links for 2008-07-23
This year, for the first time in, oh, eons, we’re actually going to get our tubby butts down to Arundel for the Trail. Yay!
Tuesday 22 July 2008
links for 2008-07-22
Polythene covered tunnel structures for the trade. Might need one of these.
Monday 21 July 2008
links for 2008-07-21
Apparently, these chaps have £27m to spend. Need to investigate.
Sunday 20 July 2008
links for 2008-07-20
We need more blues in our music collection and this seems a good place to start.
Fantastic, particularly the music.
Saturday 19 July 2008
links for 2008-07-19
1.9 K. Pretty cold. And remember – the world will not end when they switch this thing on.
Friday 18 July 2008
links for 2008-07-18
When I’m rich (and hopefully not famous), I might upgrade my office to one of these buildings. I particularly like the shelters with the oak branches forming the supports – I can visualize an office with a veranda built this way.
Article on public toilets in the Netherlands. Non-Dutch people tend to expect a correlation between paying a fee and cleanliness, but no such correlation exists in my experience.
Thursday 17 July 2008
links for 2008-07-17
Red Post Office rubber bands look like fat juicy worms. So pick them up!
Wednesday 16 July 2008
links for 2008-07-16
Shout it loud – these bank accounts are not free. My father has had a bee in his bonnet for years about the disparity between the interest he earns on his credit balance compared to the earnings the bank makes on his money.
Monday 7 July 2008
links for 2008-07-07
Splendidly-extended gallery with amazing collection and great visiting exhibitions. And a good café too.
Yes! Do it! Do it now!
Friday 4 July 2008
links for 2008-07-04
Zero Punctuation on webcomics. If ever you read webcomics, particularly gaming webcomics, then watch this.
I’ve long felt that few journalists could speak with as much authority as Wheeler – certainly he puts John Simspon in the shade.
Tuesday 1 July 2008
links for 2008-07-01
100 years since the Tunguska impact. If something occured today over Westminster, everything inside the M25 would be wiped out. Which would certainly deal with the eyesore that is Croydon.
Large Hadron Collider won’t cause a black hole that swallows up the Earth. Which is a relief.
Wednesday 18 June 2008
links for 2008-06-18
Watching every single Video Nasty so you don’t have to. I remember the fuss about video nasties in the 80s – Mary Whitehouse and the Daily Mail in full flow. Link goes to explanatory page.
Tuesday 17 June 2008
links for 2008-06-17
A nicer bunch of lunatics/enthusiasts, you’re unlikely to meet. It has to be said that they are just as interested in beer as they are in mowers, if not more so.
Monday 16 June 2008
links for 2008-06-16
DG visits Bexhill. H and I keep saying that we must go and have a look around the Pavilion (we were last there when the restoration was still in full swing).
Saturday 14 June 2008
links for 2008-06-14
Yes, but – they are German beavers and they’ve built a dam! I can hear the roar of Lancaster bombers already. Call for Barnes Wallis!
Friday 13 June 2008
links for 2008-06-13
Impressive by UK standards – but for anyone who (like me) spends a lot of time in glasshouses around Maasdijk and Naaldwijk in the Netherlands, it’s not really that unusual.
Wednesday 4 June 2008
links for 2008-06-04
Simply Google – all of Google in one place, which either shows how wonderfully powerful and helpful Google is or how, like BBC Online, it has just got to be too big to be good for the Intahnets. via Gordon.
I’ve got a whole heap of promo-only CDs, mainly with only one, two or three tracks on them and largely by obscure artists (although there are a couple of Björk ones in there too). I wonder if they are about to rocket in value?
Thursday 29 May 2008
links for 2008-05-29
We really need to explore some of the other bits of Limburg. We’ve driven through Valkenburg and have planned a stay there, but we haven’t made it to Thorn yet.
Sunday 25 May 2008
Hmm. Looks like the del.icio.us publishing thingy is borked again, after successfully publishing one link only. So it’s time to look for an alternative solution.
Thankfully, I see that Gordon has linked to this one. However, it requires WP2.5, so it looks like I must finally get around to that upgrade that I’ve been putting off for, well, forever. It would be helpful if I actually read anything – this plugin posts things to del.icio.us from your WP blog, not the other way around. Look, I was still in a meeting at 12.20am this morning (yes, you read that correctly), so I’m not firing on all cylinders this morning, ok?
Thursday 22 May 2008
links for 2008-05-22
Far too many speed bumps are creeping into our residential streets. It is proposed to remove them all and replace them with eliptical, egg shaped wheels on every car. This would be like taking the bumps with you.
Tuesday 20 May 2008
links for 2008-05-20
Handy hints here that we are currently putting into practice, having had a vomiting two-year old in the house for most of the weekend. Normality seems to have been restored, but the smell lingers.
Poor lambs. USD4.00 per US gallon equates to 54 pence per litre. Current local prices are in the order of GBP1.11 to 1.14 per litre.
Monday 19 May 2008
links for 2008-05-19
This is partly to test my del.icio.us blog publishing thingy and partly to let the world know that I endorse this company’s fine cross-Channel ferry service.
Sunday 18 May 2008
Anyone else having problems with the del.icio.us blog posting tool (the one built in to del.icio.us)? It hasn’t posted for a week, which means you’ve missed out on three or four exciting links. I’ve rebooted it, so hopefully it might work now.
Tuesday 6 May 2008
links for 2008-05-06
A Skype client that works on Symbian phones (like my E51) – very useful, as Skype have said that they see “no demand” for a Symbian version of their software (grr).
Monday 5 May 2008
links for 2008-05-05
Excellent (and very long) article on elevators, sorry, LIFTS. I’m not sure that the door-close button is truly a dummy – experimentation is called for.
Saturday 3 May 2008
links for 2008-05-03
Goji berries are the latest fad food (and taste foul in my opinion). You can import the berries to the EU (subject to phytosanitary certification) but don’t be tempted to try and bring in plants which are banned because they carry diseases and pests. Apparently, people have been ordering these things over the internet and have been somewhat disappointed when they have been intercepted and destroyed by PHSI at the airport.
Tuesday 29 April 2008
links for 2008-04-29
Not only playgroups, but daycare too. I’ve no doubt that going to another home and socializing with other children has done Tom a power of good, both socially and physically.
Apparently, I coined the term "blogaversary" way back in September 2001 and may even have spelled it incorrectly in so doing. Sorry.
Gillian Reynolds on Clue post-Humph. Nuff said.
Thursday 17 April 2008
links for 2008-04-17
Extremely good Asteroids game
Monday 7 April 2008
links for 2008-04-07
The Ladder Man – sells ladders, strangely enough.
Saturday 5 April 2008
links for 2008-04-05
Dutch mozzarella? Who knew? Next time I’m “down south” in the Netherlands, I’ll see if I can track some down and report back.
Thursday 3 April 2008
links for 2008-04-03
Fraud in the Dutch childcare system is a problem. But it does seem to be getting mums back to work.
Tuesday 1 April 2008
links for 2008-04-01
Seriously addictive racing/skill game from Candystand.
mmmmmm pie. Absolutely splendid pies, with home delivery. We particularly recommend the Matador.
Saturday 22 March 2008
links for 2008-03-22
Fixes something that is missing from Windows. Why Microsoft don’t include a feature that does this, I don’t know.
Thursday 13 March 2008
links for 2008-03-13
Holiday parks in the Netherlands. If you have children, this is seriously cheaper than hotels or bed and breakfast.
Wednesday 5 March 2008
links for 2008-03-05
It seems that Post Office closures are not only a UK issue. But it is noticable in the Netherlands that the number of post offices closed is outweighed five-fold by the number of new in-store sales points that replace them.
Saturday 1 March 2008
links for 2008-03-01
Self catering cottage in Oudewater, between Gouda and Utrecht.
Friday 29 February 2008
links for 2008-02-29
There shall be beer-battered pollack in our house tonight.
Thursday 28 February 2008
links for 2008-02-28
A good guide in plain English.
The Natural History Museum’s project on bumblebees, complete with a simple and useful identification guide for British species.
Bumblebees have 0.000001% of the number of brain cells that you have, but they can find their way to Tesco without satnav.
Excellent reportage photography, principally of Palestine but also candid photos from the Barack Obama campaign trail.
Wednesday 27 February 2008
links for 2008-02-27
Interesting attempt to modernise Islamic teaching. But I wonder how widely these revisions will be accepted.
A cheese for amateurs? Pah! I think this is great for true lovers of mild creamy cheeses, with a delicious creamy texture and flavour. Who says you can’t be a connoisseur of mild creamy cheeses? There are lots of subtleties to explore.
Interesting. With increased devolution within Belgium, perhaps the idea that Flanders and Limburg will eventaully become part of the Netherlands are not so far-fetched.
Tuesday 26 February 2008
links for 2008-02-26
Rather expensive but rather good Italian in St Germain des Pres, Paris. Famous for pizza, the fish dishes impressed us.
Monday 18 February 2008
links for 2008-02-18
Aside from the irritating (and,I feel, unnecessary) video, a good and simple recipe for sea bream.
Tuesday 12 February 2008
links for 2008-02-12
Campaigning to cut through the mumbo-jumbo, misinformation and downright lies peddled by practitioners and celebrities when discussing just about anything. Highly laudable.
The EU has benchmarked software that aims to protect children from the evils of the interwebnet. Personally, I feel there is no substitute for proper supervision.
Thursday 7 February 2008
links for 2008-02-07
self catering on the Isle of Wight
Wednesday 6 February 2008
links for 2008-02-06
We would love to go on a tour of Rungis, the largest wholesale food market in the world – but we’d need 18 friends to come along with us. Volunteers?
Tuesday 5 February 2008
links for 2008-02-05
I find this a little alarming given recent news stories on the lack of proof of benefits of probiotics and possible deleterious effects found in Dutch trials.
Sunday 3 February 2008
links for 2008-02-03
Useful tourist information on France, including pretty pictures.
Excellent descriptive website covering all of France. Not critical reviews though, but good for general information.
Saturday 2 February 2008
links for 2008-02-02
Delicious and quite smelly soft white cheese from the Pas de Calais. Highly recommended.
Official Gites de France website, with complete listing of all gites and chambre d’hotes.
Thursday 31 January 2008
links for 2008-01-31
Joe the Digger needs a new (used) engine. The bullet holes are not a problem, though – he wants to keep them
Wednesday 30 January 2008
links for 2008-01-30
Seriously good traditional Dutch pancakes in this Leiden landmark restaurant.
You don’t say…
Tuesday 8 January 2008
links for 2008-01-08
37signals thread on laptop cases, with loadsalinks.
Tuesday 1 January 2008
links for 2008-01-01
Scroll down to the list of “consolidated versions” and click on the latest to get the complete set of regulations for importing plant material into the EU. Many pages, tiny text.
Sunday 30 December 2007
links for 2007-12-30
My new phone – ordered today.
Saturday 29 December 2007
links for 2007-12-29
Bier Paradijs – does what it says on the tin. Principally a wholesale business, but they seem to have a retail offering too and are just off a motorway I drive very frequently.
This looks like a potentially great way to waste time. I feel a download coming on.
Monday 24 December 2007
links for 2007-12-24
The Schengen Agreement explained in easy bite-sized chunks.
Saturday 22 December 2007
links for 2007-12-22
Nine new nations join the Schengen area, bringing the total to 24 countries. I hate being semi-detached from Europe – it’s just one of the reasons why we considered moving to the Netherlands.
Thursday 20 December 2007
links for 2007-12-20
Employers could now be legally responsible if their employees have an accident whilst driving their own car on company business if the car or driver is unfit for purpose.
Tuesday 18 December 2007
links for 2007-12-18
And not before time. Am I the only one who finds the centre of Amsterdam a thoroughly unpleasant place to be?
Saturday 15 December 2007
links for 2007-12-15
Happy birthday, Oscar Niemeyer, the creator of some of the most fantastic Jetsons-esque architecture. Who says concrete can’t be beautiful?
Friday 14 December 2007
links for 2007-12-14
An example of why it would be better to have a standard EU-wide tariff so that airlines find no advantage in hopping across a border to get lower environmental taxes. Eindhoven is much closer to transport links and population centres.
Nice article that, in brief, debunks a whole series of medical myths, including my pet hate: homeopathy.
Old BBC News article reporting on an aggregated study that proved that homeopathy is total bunk. One wonders why the NHS pays for this stuff (including a sizeable hospital near me).
Wednesday 5 December 2007
links for 2007-12-05
First map of the modern age to go on display at the Library of Congress, showing North and South America in great detail decades before European explorers reached the west coast.
International rankings for educational standards in reading and maths. UK fairs badly. Netherlands fairs well. Again.
Friday 30 November 2007
links for 2007-11-30
Bed and breakfast in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Bed and breakfast, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Wednesday 28 November 2007
links for 2007-11-28
Expatica’s profile of Maastricht, includes an excellent list of places to visit and things to see, without really touching on all the food, drink and shopping to be done as well.
Sunday 25 November 2007
links for 2007-11-25
A very small selection of places to stay in Ljubljana.
Tuesday 20 November 2007
links for 2007-11-20
Violent flash strategy game in which your gang attempts to defeat three other gangs. With excellent sound effects.
Monday 19 November 2007
links for 2007-11-19
Luxury bed and breakfast in 19th century house near Le Touquet and Montreuil, France. Could be good for a future break.
Monday 29 October 2007
links for 2007-10-29
Undoubtedly a very useful guide to interesting places to stay that offer something different to your average chain hotel. Of course, interesting generally means more expensive too.
Thursday 18 October 2007
links for 2007-10-18
Logic puzzles involving moving your ball from source to target using mirrors, blocks, magnets, etc.
Tuesday 16 October 2007
links for 2007-10-16
A sponsored walk on the South Downs where you can nominate any charity to receive your sponsorship money. We are seriously considering doing this for Parkinson’s Disease Society.
Allows you to search all flights by start airport, destination airport or destination country. Potentially a very useful tool that could flag up alternative routes when travelling.
Friday 12 October 2007
links for 2007-10-12
Excellent food, good range of Belgian beers, cool music on the stereo, friendly atmosphere. If I lived in Gouda, I don’t think you’d ever get me out of the place.
Saturday 29 September 2007
links for 2007-09-29
Flash game – move your line with the cursor keys (or mouse) and don’t bump into anything. Tricky.
A hotel in Gouda that is not only well located for my work but also cheaper than the boring chain hotels I normally frequent. I’ll report more after I’ve stayed there.
Thursday 27 September 2007
links for 2007-09-27
Flash game combining the Bloons franchise with Tower Defence. Not that difficult once you’ve grasped the basics.
Wednesday 26 September 2007
links for 2007-09-26
Flash game where you create gravitational anomalies in order to reach your goal.
Wednesday 19 September 2007
links for 2007-09-19
Freight broker with offices at LGW and LHR and experience of small consignments and perishables.
Monday 17 September 2007
links for 2007-09-17
Comes highly recommended – possible venue for a luxury break in the future.
Monday 3 September 2007
links for 2007-09-03
By far the biggest selection of maps and atlases that I’ve found online. Excellent service – a road atlas of Poland elivered to my door within 24 hours.
A huge selection (30,000) of maps, mostly illustrated on the site.
Thursday 16 August 2007
links for 2007-08-16
information and advice for purchasers of property overseas, either for residence or investment.
Friday 10 August 2007
links for 2007-08-10
Very difficult logic puzzle
Tuesday 31 July 2007
links for 2007-07-31
Addictive puzzle game
Friday 27 July 2007
links for 2007-07-27
feindishly difficult puzzle game
Tuesday 24 July 2007
links for 2007-07-24
Infuriating flash physics puzzle.
Monday 23 July 2007
links for 2007-07-23
Guide to the UK’s secondhand and antiquarian booksellers with user-submitted reviews, arranged by county. Invaluable for those who love browsing bookshops.
Single portal for access to all areas of the European Union, both Parliament and Commission.
Online file conversion tool covering most major text, image, audio and video formats.
Friday 20 July 2007
links for 2007-07-20
I suspect that my next computer will look like this.
Wednesday 18 July 2007
links for 2007-07-18
Het Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut – the Dutch equivalent of the Met Office. Live weather forecasts. Also covers seismology and climatology. In Dutch.
Friday 6 July 2007
links for 2007-07-06
International single ticketing for high-speed train journeys in western Europe – intended to rival the airlines. Would be better still if they could get through-ticketing for domestic services too – it’d be great to buy a single ticket from my local station to anywhere in Europe.
Thursday 5 July 2007
links for 2007-07-05
Exhibition for the expat community in the Netherlands with banks, employers, educators, service providers, groups, clubs, etc.
Wednesday 27 June 2007
links for 2007-06-27
A really hard typing game. It might improve your typing or it might just drive you bonkers.
Wednesday 23 May 2007
links for 2007-05-23
Bug hard. Great interface. Great sounds.
Wednesday 2 May 2007
links for 2007-05-02
This document hasn’t received a huge amount of coverage in the UK media, but it actually contains an awful lot that is important. It might just be that those who would like the UK to have “ever closer” ties to the US may find that aim is best achieved via ever closer union with Europe.
Monday 23 April 2007
links for 2007-04-23
The search function in WordPress only returns results from posts, not pages. How lousy is that? This plug-in fixes it and offers lots of other functionality.
Thursday 19 April 2007
links for 2007-04-19
SpecialBike take knackered bikes and turn them into bespoke restorations with a new life. I like this idea a lot.
Thursday 5 April 2007
links for 2007-04-05
Free-to-download Elite clone
produce and sell maps of the Netherlands, including Stadsplattegronden (city street maps) and Regiokaarten (regional maps, generally by province). Site in Dutch, but easy to navigate for non-Dutch speakers.
Thursday 29 March 2007
links for 2007-03-29
all legal resident foreigners should be eligible for ID cards, which should save having to cart around one’s passport
Wednesday 28 March 2007
links for 2007-03-28
Business cards with your own images on them. If only they offered a full-size card as well as the half-size ones.
Monday 26 March 2007
links for 2007-03-26
Report neighbourhood “problems” such as graffiti, potholes, litter, fly-tipping, etc.
Friday 23 March 2007
links for 2007-03-23
Analysis (fairly superficial) of the impact on small business of the Budget – which further encourages me to move abroad.
Tuesday 20 March 2007
links for 2007-03-20
interesting variation on a theme, and quite infuriating too.
One of those simple but addictive games.
Friday 16 March 2007
links for 2007-03-16
Designed to assist researchers moving from country to country within the EU, this site also contains a lot of practical information applicable to anyone moving to the Netherlands. Part of an EU initiative to encourage worker mobility.
Tuesday 13 March 2007
links for 2007-03-13
Shuttle service between Hamburg airport and city
St Pauli is the trendy district of Hamburg.
Bed and breakfast and apartments in St Pauli, Hamburg
bed and breakfast and pensions in Hamburg
Sunday 11 March 2007
links for 2007-03-11
recipe for pizza dough using spelt flour
spelt bread recipe for use with a bread machine
database of nearly a quarter of a million recipes
Thursday 8 March 2007
links for 2007-03-08
English language output from Dutch news agency ANP.
Tuesday 6 March 2007
links for 2007-03-06
Wiki software that drives Wikipedia, amongst others. Uses MySQL.
Wiki software that works without a database.
Wiki software that works without a databse.
Wiki engine comparison site
Monday 5 March 2007
links for 2007-03-05
Bed and breakfasts throughout the Netherlands
Friday 2 March 2007
links for 2007-03-02
Restaurant in Tiercé. Locally famous after Nicolas Sarkozy had dinner there. Now even more famous after we had dinner there.
Thursday 1 March 2007
Has del.icio.us changed the way I blog?
Oh sorry, were you expecting more? Well, if you insist.
I’ve noticed a similar trend on a few other blogs – the old style of posting a very short entry with a link and short comment (sometimes no comment at all) gives way to a (more-or-less) daily digest of links, most usually with some sort of explanatory note or comment. On the plus side, it means that I am tending to post more links here, which is probably a good thing, but I’m not sure that the links that I’m posting are necessarily that interesting to readers as I tend to use del.icio.us to bookmark things that are of interest to me as well as those that might interest or amuse you. As it is, it possibly renders the “amusing links” category virtually obsolete as I now tend to put those links in via del.icio.us (bl.ood.y d.ot.s!).
Whether it means that I will actually write more longer posts to provide something relatively interesting to read between the link lists is another matter. I do seem to be writing a little more here at the moment, which I think is a good thing (though you may not agree). I may even write something interesting one day, although those of you who have been foolish to hang around for the better part of seven years waiting for that to happen don’t seem to have learned your lesson yet.
I’ve also wondered what del.icio.us and other similar sites might mean for the traditional linklog site. At the moment, sites like Darren’s continue to use the familiar linklog format, with Darren having a link to his del.icio.us feed in the sidebar. But will the social bookmark sites change or even eventually kill off the linklog? Couldn’t Darren simply feed his del.icio.us output into LMG? Or have I missed something?
UPDATE: I should add that I like and admire LMG and would hate for it to die a horrible death. The same goes for Darren.
links for 2007-03-01
Cat5e network cable rated for outdoor use.
Repeater for 802.11b/g wireless systems
I have no idea what is going on in this game – it is a bit like those polar bear and penguin games, except you are a girl in a short skirt who rides into a bloke on your bike, sending him flying. Mad and Japanese, naturally. My record is 3470.20 metres.
simple puzzle game, found via Tom Coates.
Comparing Dutch and British children
Tuesday 27 February 2007
links for 2007-02-27
Splendidly old-fashioned place to stay (don’t expect wi-fi or a telephone in your room!) with lovely gardens and park. Having sat in the kitchen, I can confirm that Régis is the Jam Master and makes excellent melon jam.
Belgian property website, with search function.
Estate agent based in Lanaken, Belgium with properties in the Lanaken, Maasmechelen and Zutendaal areas.
Estate agent in Maasmechelen, Belgium, with woefully badly-designed website.
Belgian estate agent with property mainly around Hasselt.
Belgian estate agent with property around Bilzen, Maasmechelen and Lanaken.
Belgian estate agent with properties around Dilsen and Maaseik.
Belgian estate agent with property around Genk, Hesselt, Lanaken and Maasmechelen. Mainly apartments.
Tuesday 20 February 2007
links for 2007-02-20
Recently re-opened after three years closure and fifteen years of restoration work.
Saturday 17 February 2007
links for 2007-02-17
Property for sale in Zuid Limburg and Maastricht, mostly high-end.
Property to let and to buy across the Netherlands. Have an office in Maastricht. Search function does not provide extended details of properties which are only available on request.
Letting and sales agent in Maastricht. Small selection only.
Property to let in Maastricht and Zuid Limburg from the boutique hotel to boutique bike hire to boutique restaurant to boutique beauty salon empire.
Belgian property to let and to buy in Belgian Limburg (Flanders) and Liège.
Property to buy (and a few to let) in and around Maastricht on both sides of the border with Belgium.
Property for sale in and around Maastricht.
Friday 16 February 2007
links for 2007-02-16
Rageh Omaar on life for ordinary people living in Tehran – Times article to accompany BBC Four programme shown Thursday evening. Very revealing and flying in the face of many preconceptions that we see in the main media.
Property to rent in Zuid Limburg
Wednesday 14 February 2007
links for 2007-02-14
The Carnival is held every year and appears to be completely bonkers.
Full programme for Maastricht Carnival 2007 – in English, Dutch and Mestreechs
Tuesday 13 February 2007
links for 2007-02-13
Charlie’s copywriting business.
Friday 9 February 2007
links for 2007-02-09
Netherlands estate agent.
Online English-language magazine for expats living in Maastricht
English language playgroup for expats
Thursday 8 February 2007
links for 2007-02-08
Netherlands property search engine. Pools several major estate agents.
English language news and information on NL. Includes guides to living in NL, including a guide to buying and owning property.