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Pitzi

There’s a great word in Romanian, Pitzipoance, which you can pronounce (badly) in English as pitzy pwonka or just pitzi. It is usually used to describe over made-up and frivolous young women but you can use it to describe men, or … Continue reading

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Your Sex

Here’s a cool little script that estimates your gender based on the sites you’ve visited. How does it know where you’ve been? Now there’s the question.

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Liberal

If the main division in modern politics is between liberal and authoritarian then I am a liberal and if David Davis was standing against Labour in my constituency on the issue of 42-days I don’t see how I could vote … Continue reading

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Did you know?

Would you believe that an adjustable spanner is called, in French, a Clé Anglaise? English Key. What are they getting at?

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Bless Him

Counting every sneeze! Pete Fletcher thinks he can do it. He’s up to 562 already. I hope he doesn’t have hay fever. sneezecount.joyfeed.com

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BBC Micro

The BBC Model B was the first computer I wrote music on. In fact I wrote my own sequencer and made my own midi interface. Now the Science Museum have made an exhibition about it. I don’t know why this makes … Continue reading

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It really happened!

Overheard in the Science Museum: “What’s that man doing?” “He’s testing her eyes.” “So what do you think he is?” “An optimist?”

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New Channel

Overheard in the Arts Cafe, the best place on Mersea island for prolonged Sunday papers, tea and cake, “Oh I can’t remember where I saw that. Was it on Film 24?”

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Well just fancy that!

JFK was assassinated on 22 November 1963 at 12:30 and pronounced dead at 13:00 CST. That makes his time of death probably about 18:32 GMT. On the very same day Aldous Huxley died at 17:21 and CS Lewis died at … Continue reading

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More car news

I just found out that a band I really like, The Books, wrote the music in a TV advertisement for a car I quite dislike, the Hummer H3. In the advert a nasty, anti-social SUV (capable of driving just over 4 miles on a litre … Continue reading

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