Well done Tim Gordon and team!

eastleigh buttonThank you to Tim Gordon for sending me a Thank You letter with this wonderful button!

The brilliance of Genesis in their prime

The first one minute and 15 seconds of “Firth of Fifth” is sheer brilliance delivered on the grand piano by Tony Banks. (And the title reminds me of that famous football result, Forfar 4 East Fife 5).

But my favourite Genesis track (and this is certainly not a political endorsement – one of them was allegedly a Maggie fan, I seem to remember – but then my favourite author is Evelyn Waugh, who was certainly no liberal) is “In the wilderness” which is well worth listening to, as it is a rather obscure album track which hardly anyone has heard of. The strings make the track, in my mind. In fact, I think there is a suggestion of a double bass in there somewhere.

Both the mentioned tracks are below on YouTube:

Air New Zealand's extraordinary safety videos

It may sound a nerdish thing to say…and yes I was bored. But YouTube is bursting with airline safety videos from across the world.

Trust me. Air New Zealand do the best airline safety videos. There’s the one with the hobbits, the one with the All Blacks, the one with the disco and the one with the air crew naked but with their uniforms painted on their bodies (I am NOT making this up).

But the airline safety video to end all airline safety videos…the pièce de résistance…la crème de la crème….is this one with Bear Grylls. It is simply sensational.

Have Lib Dem members put a rocket up Nick Clegg's posterior?

6472876377_439c44e9f5_b“Why I stopped the “Snooper’s Charter” was the title of a mail from Nick Clegg winging its way to party members today.

“Because we stuck a rocket up your bottom, Nick?” – came the response from a dry wit, albeit with an alternative anatomical name mentioned.

If the answer to Nick’s question is simply anal missile insertion then he would have stopped Secret Courts as well.

We should credit Nick with using his own judgment in these matters. I am sure he does. It is just that his judgment only randomly and rather erratically seems to coincide with the judgment of rank and file party members.

Photo: Some rights reserved by jurvetson

Fancy living on Mars for the rest of your life – or would you prefer to give your money to a Nigerian "prince"?

marsAn organisation called Mars One is recruiting four people to send them to Mars to arrive in 2013 and never come back. They might send more people to join them two years later.

Applicants need to be aged 18-40 and able to breathe in and thrive on air which is 95% carbon dioxide. Being clinically insane would be an advantage.

Oh, and please send $38 with your application as a “processing fee”.

You dafty.

Photo: Mars planet 1 (Nasa enhanced) – Some rights reserved by J.Gabás Esteban