Archive for September, 2008

Are you left-brained or right-brained?

Or do you simply enjoy any linty navel-gazing activity that provides an excuse to push work aside for a bit longer?

Whichever – here are thirty seconds of unbridled fun plus fodder for next time the office herd gathers at the water cooler.

Click on the dancer below. She will transport you to a place of dizzying delights.

All you have to decide is whether she is spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise.

This will, erm, determine which side of the brain you prefer to sit on.

For some people, she will appear to alternate between spinning modes. Don’t worry – there are folks who can help you with this.

Go ahead – click to spin!

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For trips to the UK, always start with the Lake District.

Wait for me.

wait for me

Check the walls.

Typical northern dwelling and evening fayre šŸ˜‰

It’ll need a big coil ‘oil…

Hallowed be thy game.

ScrapingĀ a pre-season 2-2 draw against the mighty Glossop North End.

The masses haveĀ braved Woodhead Pass for this feast of football.Ā 

Should probably take the kids to the smoke. St. Pancras has scrubbed up well.

Interesting use of space. But is it art? No, it’s just the way in to Tate Modern.

Nice doggy.

Crossing the river in 45 minutes. Feels like a millennium.

Is Liz back?

Just one more visit.

South Yorkshire.

It’s a state of mind.

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The UK government is worried. The chancellor sees the country’s financial plight as “arguably the worst” in 60 years.

A draft Home Office document fears an increase in support for “far right extremism and racism”.

In addition, a surge in “acquisitive crime” is expected. Presumably, that scourge of a booming economy – gratuitous property offloading (GPO) will experience a sharp decline. No more waking up to a house mysteriously filled with other people’s unwanted high-end electrical products then.

Worse still, the Home Office fears the nation’s cultural bedrock is cracking under the strain.

According to the Guardian, “Jacqui Smith, the home secretary … WARNS that a downturn may lead to”:

“a FALL in the use of cocaine and LESS drunken disorder in town centres unless drinks companies respond to the downturn by aggressive price cutting.”

Odd government warnings these. Perhaps plummeting cocaine use would trigger a cabinet crisis of confidence. or even a full-blown crash.

As for warning that less drunken disorder would be evident on the streets, this is easier to explain.

A sober and fully aware populace always presents a clear threat to government stability. There are obvious political gains in 24/7 drinking laws and the carpet-bombing of town centres with liquor licenses.

More drunken disorderĀ  = good. More civil disorder = bad.

Work may be the curse of the drinking classes, but, for leaders in peril, sizeable numbers in the latter can be a merry blessing.

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