Now, we know why FIFA refused to allow instant replay. Now, we know why FIFA banned seeing-eye dogs from the pitch. Okay, England were rubbish (apart from the goalie) and the manager was rubbish, and the team deserved to lose 4-1 to the Jairmans (they were lucky it was only 4). But there is no excuse for such an abuse of fair play.
Their performance in the winter of 2009/10 showed in dramatic fashion just how unreliable "renewable" energy sources are compared to proper power stations. A lack of rain and wind meant that the contribution from hydro- and windmill-power to the national energy budget was down nearly 8% on January to March 2009. Worse, gas-fuelled power stations have to be on standby to bride the gap when the renewables are having an off day, and Britain is now a net importer of gas now that the North Sea supplies have run down.
The £500 Apple iphone won't work if it's held by the bottom left corner, as this puts the hand into contact with the metal aerial and confuses it. Apple's solution is to demand another 30 quid from the customer for a stick-on rubber bump to prevent the phone from being held in this way. A cheaper alternative is to apply an insulating coating of nail polish, or a strip of pvc tape.
He had a long career in TV crime and dodgy doings, running from Z Cars and Softly, Softly via the Beiderbecke sequence to the current cop series Lewis. His TV successes also include the series Oh, No! It's Selwyn Froggitt, starring Bill Maynard and dramatized versions of the work of creative sources as diverse as Olivia Manning and Bill Tidy. He also wrote for the stage, radio and films, and fitted in to a busy life, journalism, writing novels and teaching.
Forget joining a gym and putting your embarrassing body on public display. Doing enough housework to make the place look good is enough to get someone as fit as they need to be.
Just like for junkies . . .
Something else to panic about!
Motorists are doomed!
Ring-fence the NHS for this??
The National Grid has to adjust the amount of power generated to match demand. The Grid is fed by conventional power stations, which are efficient, controllable and available around the clock, and wind farms, which are HUGELY EXPENSIVE and unreliable. In the past, the supply has been balanced using the conventional power stations, but now the Grid's operators want to pay HUGE subsidies to the wind farms for switching off their windmills when demand drops (and the wind is blowing). Not so much green power as just another racket.
The Pope won't be at a state banquet, which will held in his honour during the papal visit in September, because . . . it goes on until after his bedtime! And the Queen won't be there because the guest of honour won't be there. So it looks like just a night out for the usual scroungers.
Scotland's mountain ski resorts have had their best season for 14 years, there are still areas of deep snow on the Cairngorms, and the ski tows and ski patrols are still in action. Which means that there will be summer skiing there for the first time in living memory.
Africa should pay
Why are the police in Cumberland wasting so much time and public money on inventing motives for Derrick Bird's massacre? Their job is to gather evidence, and to confirm that the people allegedly killed by Mr. Bird really were killed by him (and not someone else) for the benefit of the inquest. And that's it. Everything else is just pandering to the meeja and ghouls, and the egos of TV-spokesman coppers, and a complete waste of time.
A change of heart out east
Something else we were wondering . . .
Not enough crime in Holland?
A Swiss court has ruled that poker is a game of chance (just like roulette or playing a slot machine) to close down poker clubs, which weren't paying much in the way of taxes, and move the action to casinos, which have to pay a 50% tax on profits.
Mean-spirited to the end
Some hope at last?
No wonder the bloody country's broke
Brit-bashing is the new last refuge of a scoundrel?
Suddenly, it's a brilliant idea
No wonder the bloody country's broke
Move over Mike L. Angelo. Robert Boyle, 17th century gent. and the inventor of chemistry is now being credited with inventing absolutely everything: transplantation, satellite navigation, cosmetic surgery, frankenstein foods, living past 40, flight with balloons and gliders, drugs to keep people awake, making giant people, the lot.
Justice in Britain? No, thanks! Not here!
Please Note . . .
Conservative MP D. Ruffley was hit by a train at Victoria station on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The Metropolitan Police are ignoring the incident, a spokesman said.
The Trivial Dems running Stockport council claim they've done wonders for drainage in Romiley, but every good downpour confirms that the Triv.-Dems are to drainage what Gordon Brown was to the British economy.
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EasyJet plans to install infrared scanners in an airliner to see if they let the pilot detect aerial volcanic ash clouds and avoid them. The air travel industry feels that it should not be bound by guesses made by the operators of the Met Office's notorious computer about when it is safe to fly, and do-it-yourself is the only way forward.
If you're going to crash and burn . . .
The Germans are getting fed up of being mugged by the spendthrifts of Europe (Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, etc.) and they're starting to insist that their government has to put German interests first for a change. Which could be the downfall of Kanzler Merkel, who glad-hands like a female Gordon Brown to keep herself right at the head of the trough.
There's always someone more reviled than you . . .
Playing politics is no substitute for leadership
Things the World Cup has taught us