Roll up, roll up!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Catch Them While You Can

In about 600 million years, total eclipses will no longer occur, as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to cover the Sun.

Fortune Telling

There Are Some Places Man Is Not Ready To Go

Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem, best known for his novel Solaris, died in his home city of Krakow on March 27 after a battle with heart disease, the Reuters news service reported. He was 84.

Lem, whose books have sold more than 27 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages, won widespread acclaim for The Cyberiad, stories from a mechanical world ruled by robots, first published in English in 1974.

Solaris, published in 1961 and set on an isolated space station, was made into a film epic 10 years later by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky and into a 2002 Hollywood remake shot by Steven Sodebergh and starring George Clooney.

Born on Sept. 12, 1921, in what is now the Ukrainian city of Lviv, Lem studied medicine before World War II.

After the war, communist censorship blocked the publication of his earliest writing.

After the fall of communism in 1989 Lem ceased writing science fiction, instead devoting himself to reports on near-future predictions for governments and organizations.

He wrote essays on computer crime, as well as technological and ethical problems posed by the expansion of the Internet.

Monday, March 27, 2006

We Report, You Decide

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Easiest Charity Donation You’ll Ever Make

The New NSPCC giving Search Engine:

Pick-up Sticks

China produces about 45 billion pairs of chopsticks a year.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Problem Solved.

Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone has offered to kiss "just about anybody" if it ends conflict in the Middle East.

The actress is visiting Israel on a trip sponsored by the Peres Centre for Peace, which promotes development and understanding around the region.

Stone admitted that she had been warned against visiting Israel, but was reassured by her publicist that Israel "invented security".


“There's no humour in his music and doesn't seem to be much depth. It's the sort of thing you'd write on a card if you were sending flowers.”

Graham Coxon on James Blunt

Obstacle Course

Scaremongering (Part 2)

A Dubai-owned firm is already providing shipping services in the United States, it has emerged.

Inchcape Shipping Services, whose clients include the US Navy, has been owned since January by the United Arab Emirates investment firm Istithmar.

Istithmar is an investment firm ultimately owned by the Dubai royal family.

ISS arranges pilots, tugs and dock workers for shipping companies and works with the US Customs to ensure the smooth arrival and departure of vessels at ports such as New York, New Jersey and San Francisco.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Results From This Weekends Big Awards Show…

The 26th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie©) Award “Winners”:

Worst Picture: Dirty Love

Worst Actor: Rob Schneider - Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

Worst Actress: Jenny McCarthy - Dirty Love

Worst Supporting Actor: Hayden Christensen - Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Worst Supporting Actress: Paris Hilton - House Of Wax

Worst Screen Couple: Will Ferrell & Nicole Kidman - Bewitched

Worst Remake Or Sequel: Son Of The Mask

Worst Screenplay: Jenny McCarthy - Dirty Love

Worst Director: John Asher - Dirty Love

Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Oprah Winfrey's Couch,
The Eiffel Tower & "Tom's Baby"

Thursday, March 02, 2006

When The Levee Breaks

Video showing President George W Bush being warned on the eve of Hurricane Katrina that the storm could breach New Orleans' flood defences has emerged.

The footage, obtained by the Associated Press, also shows Mr Bush being told of the risk to evacuees in the Superdome.

It appears to contradict Mr Bush's statement four days after Katrina hit, when he said: "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."

Three Statements That Don’t Add Up

The UK Government has recently received a debt repayment from Nigeria, one of the worlds poorest countries, totalling £1.7bn.

The UK National Health Service currently has a budget deficit of £250m.

"Loss creation" schemes, which allow tax avoidance for some of the UK’s richest people, have cost Revenue and Customs - and the country - £2.5bn.