Cogs and Wheels

"One morning, I got up at dawn to enter a tunnel carved beneath the Staubbach Falls just outside town and gazed out through the torrent at the surrounding mountains while slowly being soaked by glacial spray. Who, I thought..."

"In the last parliament, a significant group of Labour and Conservative MPs felt the only escape from the tightening grip of militants in their party was to leave. They had the courage to put their careers on the line, to risk ostracism and put up with abuse. Some stood this time as Lib Dems, others as independents. They were wiped out. All of them. I suspect that those who stayed in the old parties have learned the value of obedience and cowardice."

"Uh-huh, I see. “Everything we see and touch is matter. For every matter particle there has to be an antimatter particle. During the Big Bang, antimatter was produced but what happened to it? Did it disappear over time?”

“We’re interested in the area before the Big Bang, when energy was high and that energy allows us to form fundamental particles. As we collide particles, it allows us to create ones that didn’t exist at this time – 13.8bn years back when energy was last this high.”

“Where the web was born.”

"So what’s the difference between the two? Patiently they explain. Antimatter is produced by lightning and cosmic rays, and is predicted by standard particle physics theories. Dark matter cannot be seen using light, which is why no one has found it yet. “Ah, I see,” I say..."

But the summer of 1816 was historic not only in a literary sense...  it was nicknamed “the Year Without a Summer.” In Switzerland, it was mid-June when the freakishly bad weather began — “an almost perpetual rain,” Mary recalled, with terrific thunderstorms rippling back and forth across the lake."



The Exclusive Club

"Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office.

The House voted on two charges - that the president abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress.

Nearly all Democrats voted for the charges and every Republican against."

"He told a cheering crowd: "While we're creating jobs and fighting for Sprouts, the radical left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what's going on."

"The Earth's magnetic North has moved 1,400 miles since it was discovered in 1831."

The World Magnetic Model.


"Looks like we just lost our connection with the North Pole. Santa's elves are working hard to fix it - stay tuned!"


A Smile A day

"De Niro said the Democrats must choose a candidate to run against Mr Trump in the 2020 presidential election who is formidable enough "to confront him and put him in his place".

The Irishman star told Moore: "I'd like to see a bag of shit right in his face. Hit him right in the face like that and let the picture go all over the world. That would be the most humiliating thing because he needs to be humiliated.

"He needs to be confronted and humiliated by whoever his opponent is - his political opponent."

The 76-year-old, who has previously said he wants to punch Mr Trump in the face, added: "They don't need to do it in an obvious physical way but they have to have the formidability to confront him and put him in his place.

"The people have to see him humiliated."

Ah, So ..

The Cuckoos Nest

"For those who spend too long on social media, it is now ingrained to the point of instinct to let people know you are living life better than them. This might seem illogical, when we all know that everyone – from Mick Jagger to your mum – is sitting on the sofa watching Horrid Henry on Netflix. But this instinct is, I think, especially strong in times of stress and anxiety, when no one knows if they are doing the right thing. And you know a really great way to feel better about your situation? Make other people feel worse about theirs..."

Home is where the heart is..


Can't quite make me mind up ..

"The key challenge is to keep opposition measured and not be lured by the online anger at Mr Johnson. Most of the bile is coming from those who already hate him. Right now, a frightened public wants to believe in its government. The crisis may offer opportunities but Sir Keir must not seek to manufacture them. As one ally put it: “Strategically, either the government comes up smelling of roses or it does not. But it’s not in our control.” The government’s fate lies in how it is judged to have handled the crisis but that is not judgment the country is looking to make right now."

Hmmm ..


A Didgeridoo to stop you from yawning..

Ah, So

How, Now ... Busy?

The Ornamental.

"Within a couple of years, it was being used to wrap Toblerone chocolate bars and Maggi stock cubes. The rest is history."



A Big Dipper

"Sir Keir Starmer has been confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party."

“Changes take time. But in five years people have changed their habits in how they use the land,..”

"Angela Rayner has won the contest to become Labour's new deputy leader."

“It’s like crossbreeding corn. We do the same thing with the corals, so they can withstand higher temperatures”

"Leatherbacks are the largest of all sea turtles, weighing up to 2,000lb (900kg) and reaching over 6ft (2m) in length."

""The new leader says the current crisis "reminds us of how precious life is but also how fragile"."

OOh some proper pirate stuff

"The idea that there are wrecks full of treasure, sitting on the ocean floor waiting to be salvaged, might seem fanciful, but it’s entirely true. And it is estimated that there is around $60 billion of unclaimed treasure still out there.

UNESCO has said that there are as many as three million shipwrecks at the bottom of the world’s oceans. Roughly 3,000 of them are thought to have contents still onboard that are valuable enough to make a salvage mission worthwhile."

"Maintain our collective links with the unicorns."

Oh, OK:-

"“I think you can do both, and I’m determined to do both because I genuinely enjoy and want to be involved in what’s going on locally. It means a lot to me, it actually shapes a lot of my thinking, in terms of what we need to do.. I’m determined to get the balance right and I will be continuing to do my constituency work.”"

Purely for Continuity purposes ...

Tik Tock ;-O

I have a curry to cremate.

The Others.

An Innovative Approach

"Other countries have been more open about the scientific evidence behind their decisions, and the UK’s approach has raised eyebrows overseas..."

""The scientists on Sage are among the most eminent in their fields," the spokesman said. "It is factually wrong and damaging to sensible public debate to imply their advice is affected by government advisers listening to discussions."

He added: "'Public confidence in the media has collapsed during this emergency partly because of ludicrous stories such as this.""

"But we don't know how much or how long they have to be exposed for UV light to have an effect."

"“We’re making a bet on certain technologies that don’t exist at the scale or price point we need them to,” he said. “But if we want to get them, we need to start investing.”"

Hmmm ..

"“It’s not only about how much carbon a forest can hold but also who traditionally uses the forest, how they might be kept out, and how biodiversity will be prioritized,”"

Darn it... and we all thought HM Gov was consulting the tea leaves with some Comic .. ;-0