Friday, January 20, 2006

Coffee grinders

How to buy a coffee grinder. I'm only drinking tea right now but maybe I will switch back one day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Is it legal to shoot a Welshman with a crossbow within the city of Chester after sunset?

Everyone in Chester knows the story that it is legal to shoot a Welshman with a crossbow (or is it a bow?) within the city of Chester after sunset. This famous KFR story is mentioned in this BBC piece on unusual pieces of legislation which remain on the statute book.

Monday, January 16, 2006

How the brain mirrors the activity of others

How does empathy work?

The human brain has multiple mirror neuron systems that specialize in carrying out and understanding not just the actions of others but their intentions, the social meaning of their behavior and their emotions.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Corruption or Nepotism

It's nepotism is a friend or family worker helps you get out of a police ticket. But it's corruption if you can buy your way out, which is what these get out of jail cards can do.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Bye bye Golden Wonder

Golden Wonder has gone bust which occasioned this rather good Guradian article about crisps. Some key quote:

Ralph Sharansky in the Idler. "It serves as the antithesis of real food."
Jay Rayner (Observer restaurant critic): "The bottom line is: crisps are never good for you, so you might as well buy the cheapest brand going, and Walkers do ordinary crisps so well.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The life of Grayson Perry

If this was fiction you would not believe it.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ex Fall members support group

How many people have been in The Fall?