More Misery For i360: Now 76 Passengers Demand Refund After Hungover Mans Flatulence Results In ‘Ride From Hell’

I was crying reading this

The Brighton Bulletin


Brighton’s i360 is facing yet more problems today as over 70 passengers demanded their money back after they were forced to endure 20 minutes in the enclosed pod with a man with severe and nauseating ‘wind breaking’ tendencies.

In a week which has seen the newly opened ride get stuck in the air and subsequently stay closed for two days this new incident could not have come at a worse time for the problem hit attraction. Passengers confronted staff and refused to leave the site until they were given compensation after their trip was ruined by a mans constant dropping of his guts. Order was only restored after the disgruntled passengers were offered a voucher for another ride and a free drink.

Louise Sunsil had traveled with her husband and two kids from Eastbourne as a treat for her birthday. She describes how the celebration, and the air, quickly turned…

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Are we OK, you and I, after you voted to destroy my dreams?

Andrew Reid Wildman, artist, photographer, writer, teacher

I feel like someone has taken something dear to me, my identity, my connection to my continent, and they have killed it. If you voted Leave, I hope you are prepared to take responsibility for what you have done, and that you do not regret it. It is over to you now, to sort out. Some friends view my reaction as an affront. That I am ‘dissing” them. It is not. It is just that you have killed something that was precious to me. You have created a country around me that I do not recognise, which feels broken and insular. That was your right to do that, you voted the way you thought was best. And you won and I lost. But in so doing you destroyed something. Many of you are now regretting your vote. Save your tears, I do not want to hear them lest I scream…

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Britain votes to put its dick in a blender

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Boris brexit blender

Britain has voted to put it’s own penis in a food processor and turn it on in order to make Britain great again.

The much publicised referendum gave the public a simple choice of whether to remain with its genitals intact or whether its genitals should actually leave, preferably with the assistance of some sort of electric kitchen device.

One leave voter told us they looked forward to sunnier days ahead, albeit without a knob.

“It might mean us no longer having a penis, but it’s a risk I’m prepared to take. I can’t wait for us to regain our special Britishy Britishness now we have a severed wanger.”

The prospect of Britain becoming an isolated and irrelevant little island without a todger has already affected the markets with the pound sinking to its lowest level for over 30 years.

However Nigel Farage has described this as scaremongering. “We’re sick…

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Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You

The Belle Jar

If there is one thing that drives me absolutely bananas, it’s people spreading misinformation via social media under the guise of “educating”. I’ve seen this happen in several ways – through infographics that twist data in ways that support a conclusion that is ultimately false, or else through “meaningful” quotes falsely attributed to various celebrities, or by cobbling together a few actual facts with statements that are patently untrue to create something that seems plausible on the surface but is, in fact, full of crap.

Yesterday, the official Facebook page of (noted misogynistandeugenicsenthusiast) Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science shared the following image to their 637,000 fans:

Neither Reasonable Nor Scientific Neither Reasonable Nor Scientific

Naturally, their fans lapped this shit up; after all, this is the kind of thing they absolutely live for. Religious people! Being hypocritical! And crazy! And wrong! The 2,000+ comments were…

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I really wish people would stop calling UKIP racists and Nazis

A must read!

Van Rants

I have a confession to make;

I find it really frustrating when people refer to ukip as racists or Nazis, when this is simply not true.
Ukip have members and councilors of all racial and ethnic minorities, so they are not racist, and Nazi refers to a particular historical German sect of anti-Semitic nationalist bigotry and violence. These are lazy, short-cut insults which do nothing to get to the heart of the matter.
No, ukip are not racist, and they are not Nazis.
The correct word is fascists.
At this point, a fair number of readers of this blog are probably fuming, enraged, refusing to read on – “Here we go again, someone calling me a fascist because they do not agree with me” and, maybe, I can understand this attitude – everybody knows that ‘fascist’ is a word frequently overused by many, both on the left and right, often…

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The UK Ministry of Defence 6B/346 Mk 11 “Navigator’s” Wristwatch

Nice little piece about the JLG ‘mark 11’

Time Fliers - Watches and Flight

First let me say that so many fine articles have been written about this iconic wristwatch over the years that, frankly, I’m a bit embarrassed to set my hand to the task. Lest I be accused of hubris, I will freely admit that I’m breaking no new ground here. Indeed, I’ve learned ‘most all I know of the Mark Eleven from those writings, and I will hyperlink a selection of them before I close. Also, I must say that the common perception of modern watch enthusiasts that “Pilot’s Watch” is synonymous with the Beobachtungsuhren (or “B-Uhr”) designs of the German Luftwaffe of WW2 strikes me as a grave disservice. So today we will focus on the aviation timepieces used by the Allied forces and which were, arguably, superior to their Axis counterparts.

OK. Where to start? I suppose that to truly tell the story of the Mk 11, it’s necessary…

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Elderflower Delight

A little late for this year now…but certainly one to note in your diary for next years elderflower crop

Trails of the Eastern Valley

Elderflowers in South Wales, June 2014 Photo by A. Fry Elderflowers in South Wales, June 2014
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The most popular use for elderflowers at this time of year, is for making elderflower cordial or wine, but how about Turkish Delight! Last year I made it using a recipe on the River Cottage website and it was DIVINE! However it used gelatine and I then discovered that real Turkish Delight doesn’t use gelatine at all, added to which, it meant my vegetarian friends had to abstain. So this year I’ve made it again without, after finding an adapted recipe on Alison Delaney’s Nibbling on Nature blog. It has worked equally well and has had rave reviews from all my tasters (it does make a lot)! It’s easy to make but does involve a bit of elbow grease.

Elderflower Turkish Delight neatly presented Photo by A. Fry Elderflower Turkish Delight neatly presented
Photo by A. Fry

The elderflowers are  just coming to the end of their season…

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