Jul 142013

First, hopefully, of many Yarnbombs to hit Crosby – Enjoy!





















If you want to repro any of these images please feel free use and abuse …….
…..!_BUT_! please attribute to StC site and mention Friends of Moorside Park … and link [hope this doesn’t 404 – if it does find what the link is now ]

Hey Taz !… you’re great fetcher/retriever ……keep chasing.


Jun 222013

Africa Oye

TIME & PLACE Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June 2013 Review Field – Sefton Park – Liverpool 12:30pm – 9:30pm both days
Admission: FREE
Small tents, marquees and gazebos are all welcome at Africa Oye
Clouds gave way to sun, and for me – the idiot who went out sans sun block – a forehead that could sear steak not just fry eggs.
Anyway Oye village was great, food was great …. and the music – superb!
Many thanks to the organisers, musicos, villagers selling their wares…. and everyone else who had fun.
Pics follow :Zong Zing All Stars (DR Congo)

JAY (Cape Verde)
Black Prophet (Ghana)
Son Yambu (Cuba)


Jan 202013

Great if somewhat dark video from Steve Cutts – see details below  – shared by Sophie Gill via facebook

Published on Dec 21, 2012

Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world.

Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.!/Steve_Cutts

Copyright © 2012

Nov 132012

George Entwistle resigned just 54 days into the job as Director General of the BBC.
– for the whys …look it up

The interesting [confusing?] thing for me is that his severance payout is £450,000 lump sum [plus  his £877,000 pension.]
So he gets a year’s salary for resigning, rather than the contractual six months. When questioned about it the Chairman of the BBC trust defended the desicion.

In a letter to Conservative MP John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Lord Patten argued the amount was “justified and necessary”.
Lord Patten said Mr Entwistle would have been entitled to a year’s pay if he had been sacked, adding that the a “consensual resignation on these terms was clearly the better route”.

So you screw up and resign and get mega-bucks, as per your contract.
If you hang in there and get sacked you get double the amount you would have got if you’d resign.
But your employer says “As you are resigning and saving us the trouble of sacking you – we will give you double your contractual severance”
Most people in normal jobs that get sacked just get shown the door …..

I wish I could get a contract like these guys [and their banking counterparts] ….. and I am as the evidence stacks up they really arent worth the cash shareholders  [and in this case licence payers ] stomp up to employe them.



Sep 212012

The Rising of the Moon By: Iurie Belegurschi Photography    It’s a Google+ facilitated thing ….So needs Google+ login [to experience the full, life enriching experience we all want to be  part of… errrr… Oh Yeah , of course – and remember we’re here to experience the experience]

Lots of great pictures/photographs, mostly about the natural or extra-terrestrial world[s]     ….. <click me for more>  again it’s embedded to Google+ so may have to login/subscribe

… similar to the Milky Way Scientists [on facebook]
… see my favourite pictures snaffled to Pinterest [just pick a Board]


Sep 202012

Just watched the BBC program about this [again] and its hard to beat what Professor Mike Edmunds [Univeristy of Cardiff] said… “When you see it your jaw just drops and you think: ‘bloody hell, that’s clever’. It’s a brilliant technical design”
– if you get a chance to see the beeb prog  …grab it. It’s on iPlayer now [but that isn’t going to last, is it?] however it’s bound to be repeated in the future – look out for it….and record for posterity.

This Antikythera Mechanism Research Project (AMRP)  gives a pretty good overview of the project and when/what/how things happened.
And of course the BBC have their take with Ancient Moon ‘computer’ revisited

These YouTube videos  showing the work of Michael Wright show the details of the mechanism and the brilliance of the mind – both Wright’s and the Greeks he emulated. [for me Wright falls into the camp that includes such giants as Barnes-Wallace, Rutherford, Oppenheimer et al ]
<2000-year-old computer recreated >  and  <Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism (by M. Wright & M. Vicentini) >

The work of Babbage and the clock makers from the middle ages onwards is impressive, but when we consider what was going on in most of Europe [and probably beyond] prior to the Renaissance, then contrast with what was happening in Greece maybe 1400 years earlier it’s hard to argue with Edmunds [see above]

Sep 082012

IT was almost the perfect crime. Bored at break time, a couple of 11-year-olds from Our Lady’s Catholic high school hacked into the canteen’s cashless payment system and worked out how to top up their lunch cards for free.

Greed was their undoing. Catering staff at the specialist maths and computing school in Preston were bemused when the students’ accounts suddenly showed £5,000 credit.

For Alan O’Donohoe, head of computing, the incident was both inspiring and worrying. “You hear anecdotes about children doing things in spite of teachers,” he said. “In a way it’s impressive, but because it’s self-taught their energy doesn’t always go on the right things.”

O’Donohoe now draws hope from a project launched by a team of computer scientists from Cambridge. He has joined a growing army of unpaid evangelists spreading the word about the Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer designed to get young people interested in a more wholesome kind of programming.
[From the Sunday Times 02.09.2012 – no link as its a paywalled site – but read it in the paper]


Aug 292012

The recent announcement and subsequent closure of Remploy factories prompted the following Letter to the Editor of the Times [I would link but its behind a PayWall]

Sir, We will shortly be celebrating the wonderful achievements of disabled people at the Paralympic Games. How can we reconcile this with the closure of Remploy factories? John Stokes Stoke Gifford, Bristol

I couldn’t agree more – or feel more dis-heartened
– search T’interweb for details … or BBC 10.07.2012  or Remploy Site
……….and all to save £320Million

Such a caring society in which we live

May 132011

While in JJB Sports in Liverpool, the son picks up a Man Utd football shirt and says to his sister…
”I’ve decided I’m going to be a Utd supporter and I want this strip for my Christmas present!”

The sister is outraged at this, promptly whacks him round the head and says…
“Go talk to yer Ma.”

Off goes the unusually intelligent little lad, with Man Utd shirt in hand and finds his mother…
–“Yes, son?”
-“I’ve decided I’m going to be a Utd supporter and I want this strip for Christmas.”

The mother is outraged at this, promptly whacks him round the head and says…
“Go talk to yer Da.”

Off goes this little inbred, with Utd shirt in hand and finds his father…
–“Yes, son?”
-“I’ve decided I’m going to be a Utd supporter and I want this strip for my Christmas present”.

The father is outraged at this, promptly whacks his son round the head and says…
“No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!”

About half an hour later, they are all back in the stolen car heading home.
The father turns to the son and says…
“Son, I hope you have learned something today?”

The son turns to his father says…
“Yes, Father, I have’.
Father says…
“Good son, what is it?”
The son replies…
“I’ve only been a Utd supporter for an hour and I already hate you scouse bastards.”

Apr 212011

In a few minutes it will be 11.111 11:11:11 [if you get the seconds right] …always pays to know how many days through the year we are, or Julian Date
The next interesting one [sorry] will be this year’s armistice day in November when we will have 11.11.11
Don’t you just love numbers?

Dec 232010

Please accept with no obligation, implicit or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with total respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, and their choice not to practise religious or secular traditions at all
… and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011
…but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Britain great (not to imply that Britain is necessarily greater than any other country nor is it the only “BRITAIN” in the northern – or southern – hemisphere)
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Sep 012010

… or  will be one day !

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Aug 282010

Again from ZA  (November 2007) …

Research in South Africa has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science.

The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving itan atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 5 years; It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical level of concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Aug 282010

This was sent to me by a chum in Cape Town just before the last World Cup Final (October 2007)

  1. Bok fans aren’t surprised and grateful when their team wins matches, they’re surprised when their team loses.
  2. Green and gold jerseys look cool on all kinds of South Africans, but white jerseys make England supporters look like the love children of unhealthy Zombies and dead fish.
  3. We actually have 15 players in our team, rather than just Jonny Wilkinson and 14 old guys.
  4. The South African sports media might be a self-serving, sycophantic bunch of freeloaders, but at least they aren’t staked out outside the team hotel hoping to get a picture of Monty’s wife tanning topless.
  5. Our coach has got a chin (okay, more than one when he speaks Afrikaans).
  6. The Boks’ traditional rivals actually come from different (real) countries like New Zealand and Australia, as opposed to English provinces, like Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
  7. Fans of other teams hate the Boks because they’re hard bastards – they hate the English because they’re hypocrites who won’t admit they’re hard bastards.
  8. Instead of wanky names like Jason, Jonny, Martin and Phil, our players have cool names like Os, Bakkes, Wickus and, uh, Percy. (dammit, trust Percy to ruin everything again).
  9. Bok fans don’t mind being hated, because of all the practice we had during the apartheid years. English fans, on the other hand, can’t seem to understand why the rest of the world loathes them.
  10. Win or lose on Saturday, Bok fans are flying back to a summer of hot babes and beaches. English fans are doomed to a winter of sleet and clogged M1.
  11. (Everyone knows South Africans can’t count) Schalk Burger pushes the earth down when he does press ups. Martin Corry sticks his bum in the air.
Aug 012010

Football ain’t what it used to be ….

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Jul 242010

After many threats (or boasts) that the green mankini (aka banana hammock) would be sported… the day finally arrived, as Schleck and Contador battled it out on the Col du Tormalet.
The only question is how did John, and his chums, get back from the Pyrenees to be in STAMPS that evening