Sunday, 24 July 2011

Flash in the pan: U-Turn Cam’s Big Issue: Working the system: Toast: Hess on the move: and Flash mob planks:

The Sun has got his hat on at the Castle this Sunday morn, no wet stuff, no windy stuff and no nippy stuff, the study is empty of holiday computers, his Maj is busy in the garden unlike last dark thing when he crashed out through sheer boredom.

My thoughts go out to those in Norway who have lost loved ones, and to the family of Amy Winehouse who had a short, sad life.

It seems that we are not into those silent, ugly, Earth destroying motors that run on that stuff which comes out of three pin sockets.
Only 215 cars were bought under the scheme, which offers subsidies of up to £5,000 each, over the last three months.
Of these it is understood that around three quarters were bought by businesses, meaning that just over 50 were acquired by private motorists.
Since the launch of the scheme at the start of the year a total of 680 electric cars have been bought, bringing the total to 2,500.
The latest figures were released by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, based at the Department for Transport.  


Apparently U-Turn Cam is going to write in The Big Issue about his upbringing and the advice his father gave him.
In an article for next month's edition of The Big Issue, which U-Turn is guest-editing, he also discloses advice his father gave him that could provide useful in the phone-hacking scandal: to remain optimistic "no matter how bad things are".
180 Cam wrote The Big Issue's regular feature, My Younger Self, in which contributors offer advice to their 16-year-old selves. Mr Miliband's defeat of his older brother David – long-seen as the future prime minister in the family – in last year's leadership contest is well documented. But similar fraternal tensions in the multi millionaire family are less well-known.
Talking about his older brother Alex, now a high-flying QC, Dave writes: "I lived in the shadow of my older brother. He was three years older, and was a huge success on the sports field and almost always lead actor in the school plays.
He writes: "A lot has been written about my background, but the great privilege of my upbringing wasn't just the wealth, it was the warmth. We all got on, we were all there for each other, there was so much love and support.

Someone fetch me a bucket-still it may be a useful contact for him after the next election...

And Top schools could see a surge in middle class dinner ladies as parents exploit new admissions policy loophole, a government adviser has warned.
Planned changes to admissions policy which will see children of school staff moved to the front of the queue could be exploited by sharp-elbowed parents desperate to win places at oversubscribed schools, it was claimed.
Chris Waterman, who helped draft the current admissions policy, said parents would go to "any length" to get their children into their first-choice school and would target any loophole in the new rules.
But parents already in part-time employment at schools said having their children at the school where they work was a fair reward for hard-working mothers.
Huma Imam, who works as a lunchtime supervisor and teaching assistant at Brookland Junior School, Hertfordshire, where her daughter Hibah is a pupil, said: "I think it is a good idea, for me it is easier.

 No comment......

The optimum thickness of the bread should be 14mm and the ideal amount of butter 0.44 grams per square inch.
The toaster dial must also be set to five out of six on a 900-watt appliance to achieve a temperature of 154C. Once the perfect slice has popped out it should be buttered immediately, sliced once diagonally, and then served on a plate warmed to 45C, to minimise condensation beneath the toast.
Study leader Dr Dom Lane, a consultant food researcher, spent a week toasting and tasting 2,000 slices to find the right cooking formula. He found if more or less than 216 seconds was taken to cook the toast it would lose the desired 12:1 exterior to interior crispiness.
The best bread to toast he found was a pale seeded loaf taken fresh from a fridge at 3C. And both sides had to be cooked at the same time rather than on one side to help “curtail excessive moisture loss”.


The decision was taken after his grave at the family plot in Wunsiedel, southern Germany, became a shrine for neo-Nazis.
Hess was buried according to his wishes in Wunsiedel churchyard in Bavaria after his 1987 suicide in a Berlin prison aged 93.
His gravestone read "Ich hab's gewagt" ("I dared.").
But, because of neo-Nazis paying homage, including performing Hitler salutes in the churchyard, the Lutheran church council refused a request by Hess's descendants to extend a lease on the plot, local council member Peter Seisser said.

The end?

And finally:

A group of people organized a flash mob to plank at 'The Bean' in Millennium Park.
It may have appeared like they were spontaneously lying down around 'The Bean,' but no, this was planned.
Hundreds of people RSVPed on Facebook that they'd take part in the "Planking at The Bean Flash Mob." 

The mind boggles.....

And today’s thought: I chose the path less travelled . . . but only because I was lost.



James Higham said...

Chris Waterman, who helped draft the current admissions policy, said parents would go to "any length" to get their children into their first-choice school and would target any loophole in the new rules.

We can't really blame parents for looking out for the interests of their sprogs and spotty herberts though, can we?

Angus Dei said...

Not in the Least James-hence my "no comment" comment:)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

As for the "lying down at the Bean" - err, do you know why?

Angus Dei said...

Think I'll pass on that one Weshcakes....