UK National Grid Power Status
Oct19

UK National Grid Power Status

If you ever want to see how much power is being generated by coal, nuclear, gas, and wind in the United Kingdom, or see the gigawatt demand throughout the day, and you want that information presented on retro dials and in line graphs – and, let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then the place to go is U.K. National Grid Status. The data it uses comes from a series of web services here provided by...

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Science Fiction Book Covers
Oct19

Science Fiction Book Covers

I’m a sucker for science fiction whether that’s in film form or literature. As such I follow a lot of science fiction-themed websites’ RSS feeds. One of the things I love discovering through these sites are vintage sci-fi books. Sometimes it’s the author or title that will stand out – someone who may only have had a small distribution in another country, for instance, or something so bizarre-sounding you...

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Ghost Chili
Oct18

Ghost Chili

What happens when you eat a ghost chili? Does it hurt to eat a ghost chili? Should you drink copious amounts of milk to offset the searing pain that comes from consuming a ghost chili? I’ve no idea. Personally, I think you have to be certifiable to want to eat anything that will hurt you. I’ve got a scientific background and I’ve no interest in investigating these questions but your luck’s in if you’re...

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Witchcraft In Tanzania
Oct18

Witchcraft In Tanzania

Yet again we’ve got poor education and superstitions (or convenient excuses) leading to the brutal deaths of mostly women, this time occurring in Tanzania. Horribly, there are two examples within a few weeks of one another. Firstly, from Seven Suspected of Witchcraft Burned to Death: Seven people accused of witchcraft have been burned alive in Tanzania, police said Friday, adding they have arrested 23 people in connection with...

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Pete Bennett
Oct18

Pete Bennett

Pete won Big Brother in the UK in 2006 since when he's written books, performed as a solo artist and with bands, got married, is getting divorced, and generally done all the other sorts of things that celebrities do. In addition to all that he campaigns for Greenpeace and it's in this capacity that my colleague and I spotted him in Chichester this week. I snapped a photo at distance which was spotted and this led to the...

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