Friday, January 14, 2005

The towers of the ex-NCPM building in Sheffield rotate in the wind.

NCPMThe various bits of the Sheffield Hallam Students Union building (the National Centre for Popular Music as was) are always facing a different direction .

They do spin, albeit gradually, gracefully as only huge things can, the ventilation nozzles tracking the wind in unison like the heads of migrating cranes.

Of course in the back of my mind I must have known this already, since Phil's photo is tagged with exactly this information.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Jive Bunny comes from Rotherham

Which isn't terribly surprising I guess given what a depressing cultural void the place is.

Monday, January 10, 2005

It's boondoggle, not boondongle

I can't recall ever seeing it written down, but every time I've heard it said I'm pretty sure that I've heard boondongle and at least I'm not alone.

Anyway, turns out it's boondoggle.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Rowetta from the X Factor used to see Bez

When she was a backing singer for the Happy Mondays.

She's my girlfriend's hot tip to be added to the BB house.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

The US is 0.002% safer thanks to border fingerprints

According to ClickOnDetroit, the US-VISIT program which fingerprints and photographs people at the 50 busiest border crossings in the US, has registered 17,000,000 people and stopped 372 people entering illegally.

That makes these 50 crossings (forget for a second all the others) 0.002% safer than they were.

I can only hope that we get something similar in the UK.

(Thanks to Rory for the heads up).

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Spiders live up to 20 years

Most spiders have a fairly short lifespan, ranging from a few months to a couple of years. But some spiders, such as various female tarantulas, can live as long as 20 years.

I only bothered to check because the spider living on my bathroom ceiling moved unexpectedly after two months of total inactivity. He's only there because my daughter has decided that he is Incy Wincy Spider. I mean who hoovers Incy?

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Tsunami aid is not as generous as it looks

the money pledged for the tsunami disaster by the United States is the equivalent of one and a half days’ spending in Iraq. The money the UK has given equates to five and a half days of our involvement in the war.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Birds aren't affected by chile.

Birds do not have the same sensitivity to capsaicin as mammals, as capsaicin acts on a specific nerve receptor in mammals, and avian nervous systems are rather different. Chile peppers are in fact a favorite food of many birds living in the chile peppers' natural range.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Kathleen Turner plays Charles Bing

In Friends (obviously).

I never noticed before.

To be honest, I hadn't even twigged that it wasn't actually a man in drag.