Linked In Love

9 03 2013

Feeling inadequate?

Well, you will be after catching up on the wit and wisdom of these giants of the business world. There’s honestly nothing I look forward to more than these LinkedIn updates which pass on the incredible insights of these amazing people. I really hope that they can find a way to convey more of these extraordinary commentaries from Stewart, Branson et al. They really talk to me about my life

True wisdom indeed

True wisdom indeed

Cosmic, man

2 02 2013

The Universe. In a year

I do like this

The Universe in One Year was inspired by the late astronomer, Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Sagan was the first person to explain the history of the universe in one year-as a “Cosmic Calendar”-in his television series, Cosmos.

Looking at the calendar in a bit more detail:

Pre-December Dates

Big Bang January 1

Origin of Milky Way Galaxy May 1

Origin of the solar system September 9

Formation of the Earth September 14

Origin of life on Earth ~ September 25


December 31

Origin of Proconsul and Ramapithecus, probable ancestors of apes and men ~ 1:30 p.m.

First humans ~ 10:30 p.m.

Widespread use of stone tools 11:00 p.m.

Domestication of fire by Peking man 11:46 p.m.

Beginning of most recent glacial period 11:56 p.m.

Seafarers settle Australia 11:58 p.m.

Extensive cave painting in Europe 11:59 p.m.

Invention of agriculture 11:59:20 p.m.

Neolithic civilization; first cities 11:59:35 p.m.

First dynasties in Sumer, Ebla and Egypt; development of astronomy 11:59:50 p.m.

Invention of the alphabet; Akkadian Empire 11:59:51 p.m.

Hammurabic legal codes in Babylon; Middle Kingdom in Egypt 11:59:52 p.m.

Bronze metallurgy; Mycenaean culture; Trojan War; Olmec culture; invention of the compass 11:59:53 p.m.

Iron metallurgy; First Assyrian Empire; Kingdom of Israel; founding of Carthage by Phoenicia 11:59:54 p.m.

Asokan India; Ch’in Dynasty China; Periclean Athens; birth of Buddha 11:59:55 p.m.

Euclidean geometry; Archimedean physics; Ptolemaic astronomy; Roman Empire; birth of Christ 11:59:56 p.m.

Zero and decimals invented in Indian arithmetic; Rome falls; Birth of Islam and the Islamic Civilization 11:59:57 p.m.

Mayan civilization; Sung Dynasty China; Byzantine empire; Mongol invasion; Crusades 11:59:58 p.m.

Renaissance in Europe; voyages of discovery from Europe and from Ming Dynasty China; emergence of the experimental method in science 11:59:59 p.m.

Widespread development of science and technology; emergence of global culture; acquisition of the means of self-destruction of the human species; first steps in spacecraft planetary exploration and the search of extraterrestrial intelligence

Now: The first second of New Year’s Day

Norwich City top of the league?

30 12 2011

The dangers of fantasy football

The bargain of FIFA 12 for iPad proved irresistible as a Christmas gift to self (at 69p) and has delivered top drawer entertainment over the festive period. Using the easy setting have now got into the following, rather unbelievable, league position:


And, having failed to let that lead slip, the final result was a first for the Canaries:

Well, it might happen one day. Just hope it’s not tempting fate.

AC/DC launch own label wine

18 08 2011

AC/DC are launching their own range of beverages



According to the BBC, that is:

They’re selling varieties named after some of their biggest hits, including Highway to Hell cabernet sauvignon, Hells Bells sauvignon blanc and You Shook Me All Night Long muscat.

The group, fronted by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, have teamed up with Australian winemaker Warburn Estate for the release of AC/DC The Wine.

The range will be available in Australia from Thursday.

The four different bottles will be sold in Woolworths stores across the country.

“We wanted to make sure that AC/DC’s home fan base could have easy access to their rock icons’ wines,” said Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group.

“For us it was a no-brainer to make it available nationally, no-one misses out. This is a worldwide phenomenon and a first in the marketplace.”

Apparently though AC/DC aren’t the first band to launch their own drinks brand. Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden and Whitesnake have all brought out own brand wines as has Madonna.

Never seen any of them for sale. And surprised that UB40 have yet to get there too.

Coulrophobia – no clowning around please

26 05 2011


Coulrophobia: the fear of clowns. Or just common sense?

The Independent has an article related to this.

Anyway, best avoided as far as possible

Language barriers

4 01 2011

Great Christmas gift for the kids

This excellent description of a game was found on the back of a lovely gift from relative to the kids:

You get to be HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 in this diversification world. Join warrior as they make their way through Far Far Away, buying as many places as you can in this fun-filled junior board. You will find the rock hole, archaic site, lab or machinery room, even rock hollow. Any time other players land on one of your property spaces, they must pay you to visit there. If you have the most money at the end of the game, you win!

Bit of a translation issue there. It was, in fact, High School Musical 3 Junior Monopoly. H & C can’t wait to play it.

Exciting new Smiths theme restaurant

20 12 2010

New Smiths theme restaurant.

Have to report it’s an opportunity missed, unfortunately. It seems the name has been taken by some chain called “Ask”. Bugger. Did not stop Dr Simon Anderson and myself working through this and coming up with ideas for most of the offer:

The Maitre’D wears a badge describing him precisely as “This Charming Man”

The vegetarian selection is, of course, named “Meat Is Murder”

“I Want the One I Can’t Have”  is the title of the dessert menu.

The kids’ menu is, unfortunately, called “Suffer Little Children”.

Has our order been served in full or are we still waiting for chips?
“You’ve Got Everything Now”

Morrissey couldn’t join us for dinner tonight, he’s “Still Ill”

Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”

Where is our food? You said it was imminent. “How Soon is now?”

Excuse me sir, did you pay the full bill? “I Don’t Owe You Anything”.

Unhappy birthday to you etc etc. A magically relighting candle on the birthday cake: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”.

Depending on how many make choices from the dessert menu it might be the case that “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”.

Our portions are very generous. We often hear people say “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish”.  

Parting words on leaving a tip to Bill, a grateful waiter: “William, It Was Really Nothing”.


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