But more automation would mean less work for actresses!

It is billed as the way to make theatre more accessible to the masses: Broadcast live performances to cinemas across the country, so they can be enjoyed by wider audiences at a fraction of the cost.
But Gemma Arterton has hit out at the rising trend of transmitting plays that were created for the stage via the big screen, saying a theatre production is “something you were either there for or not”.

Isn’t this just lovely about the Uber ripoff?

An Uber driver charged a drunk passenger £102.17 for a journey, after taking him on a 20-mile detour around London while he slept.
Daniel Kaizen ordered a minicab from Old Street to Wood Green, north London this weekend, a five-mile trip which he said he was told would cost around £15.
But the late-night detour around the capital meant that his journey took five times longer than he expected and the bill came to over £100.

Such things have been happening since the first ox cart took cash for a ride.

But of course now it’s all recorded, the proof is in the servers, the miscreant gets fired and all is safer or late night drunks……

The pressures of academia

The other thing I hadn’t expected was the scale of the workload. The teaching commitment was high – about 10 contact hours per week (double what I had experienced before). During term time, I was spending the whole working week either teaching or preparing to teach, with no time for research.

Drove the poor dear to heroin it did. Admittedly, exposure to students for 10 hours a week might do that to me too but still, hardly a horrible workload is it?

And that is only in term time, what, 26 weeks a year even at the Polys?

I’m guessing it wasn’t a blow job then

According to Betul Police, the man, who is a tea vendor, has been booked under section 377 of IPC. According to this section, “whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years”.
Giving details of incident, sub-divisional officer of Police (SDOP) Betul Shanu Aaftab Ali said that the incident was reported from Sadar area of Betul on March 19. He said that the accused Shravan Vyas was a resident Sadar area.
“Some women in railway colony in Sadar area saw Vyas committing an unnatural act with a cow that was tied to a small pole (khoonti). She informed some men in the locality who reached the spot and informed us about the incident. Subsequently we arrested him and he was booked under section 377. He has been sent to jail”, he said.
Ali said the police was also conducting the medical of the cow through a veterinary doctor .

A thought about Red Indians

Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana Native American reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

The shipment of animals from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a 2014 treaty among tribes in the United States and Canada. That agreement aims to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions once roamed.

“For thousands of years the Blackfeet lived among the buffalo here. The buffalo sustained our way of life, provided our food, clothing, shelter,” Blackfeet chairman Harry Barnes said. “It became part of our spiritual being. We want to return the buffalo.”

Is that actually true though? This is one of those things that I just don’t know and I have a feeling that going and looking it up would lead to rather a lot of propaganda and not much clarity.

OK, Plains Indians. Definitely there when the Whites started pushing West. There when Lewis and Clark went out 50 odd years earlier. But were they there 300 years before that?

The Plains technology of the time, when the whites got there, depended upon the horse. But the native American horse had been extinct for 10,000 years. Those mustangs and all were descendants of horses that escaped from the Spanish, further South and perhaps also right over on the West Coast. And thus there just weren’t any pre-1500.

Yes, there were very definitely Indians around, settled agricultural communities in the South, fishing and shellfish based ones on the West Coast, farming ones in Nevada, Arizona etc, people all over the East Coast. But out on the plains? Were there really foot based (the largest pack animal was the dog) tribes trying to live off the buffalo out on the plains?

I don’t know and I could imagine it either way. The horse provided the technology to be able to exploit that ecological niche. Or perhaps there really were people doing it on foot. Thing is, does anyone know?

A related question: have there been extensive DNA studies of the different tribes? Do we have a family tree of who split off from whom and when? We are, after all, pretty sure that there was just the one irruption through Alaska (may have been more, but we think only one survived) so it would be rather like that irruption of the Germanic tribes into Europe, sorting themselves out into Lombards, Vandals, Visigoths, Franks, Angles and Saxons and so on. Bit earlier to be sure but……has this ever been done?

Owen Barder is very much in favour of Overseas Development Aid

It is one of the richest countries on Earth, yet millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money is being sent to fund aid organisations in the US, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
One Washington think-tank, the Center for Global Development (CGD), received £5.9 million – yet was so cash-rich that it moved into new £12 million offices complete with a 60-seat ‘ideas lab’.

Not sure I can work out why really.

Still, at least that cash no longer pays for Alex Cobham, not after Maya detailed that little boo boo with the Zambian copper numbers.

Once the Telegraph would have got this right


The caption is:

Captain Dusek (left) is presented with flowers on arrival in port during a visit to Muroran, located on the northern island of Hokkaido

 Dusek is that first on he left. And it’s an old photo, where he is a Commander of course. Fraud in the provisioning of ships is of course as old as the navy itself. Getting ranks wrong though…..in he old days that second mistake would probably have created more letters to the editor….

Amanda Marcotte sure is dumb

The Republican war on women continues unabated. The same week that conservatives argued in the Supreme Court that employers should be able to stop their employees from getting contraception coverage outside of the company health plan,

Nobody at all is arguing that women shouldn’t be able to get contraception outside the company provided health plan. In fact, they’re arguing that if women want contraception they should get it outside the company health plan. That may or may not be a good idea but that’s what the idea is.

And then there’s this:

There’s no real evidence that aborting based on a fetus’s race or gender is a thing that happens.

No evidence of sex specific abortions? Presumably Amanduh lives on a planet where India and China don’t exist?

This may not be nice but is it surprising?

“When I go out I feel as if I’m wearing ‘slut’ across my forehead,” says ex-porn actress

Really? Why?

I can’t think why this happens. Can you think why it happens?

a woman who has many casual sexual partners.
synonyms: promiscuous woman; prostitute, whore; slattern; euphemistic model, escort, masseuse; poule; informal floozie, bike, pro; informal scrubber, slag, slapper; informal tramp, hooker, hustler, roundheel, chippy, skank, puta, hoochie; black Englishho; dated tart, scarlet woman, loose woman, hussy, woman of ill repute, streetwalker, trollop; archaic harlot, strumpet, wanton, drab, doxy, trull, sloven

Why would anyone use that word to describe a porn actress?

Ban all fruit now!

Beastly stuff, contains sugar you see. And it’s the nasty sort, fructose:

A banana contains four teaspoons of sugar!

An apple contains five teaspoons of sugar!

An pear contains four and a half teaspoons of sugar!

A bunch of grapes contains five teaspoons of sugar!

A slice of watermelon contains four and half teaspoons of sugar!

An orange contains four teaspoons of sugar!

A child’s daily recommended allowance of sugar is 5 teaspoons.

That apple will kill your kid.

Alternatively we could rise up and kill the fuckers.

When do we decide they really are mad and cull them?

People should halve the amount of dairy foods they eat, the Government’s dietary adviser has said in a radical move to cut obesity.
Public Health England (PHE) says men should have only 200 calories of dairy per day while women should have just 160cal, meaning that just one large latte coffee could put a woman over her recommended daily limit.
The move was heavily criticised by nutritionists, MPs and the dairy industry, who accused PHE of putting public health at risk with its “baffling” advice.
They say the new guidance does not provide for enough calcium or iodine in people’s diet, essential for healthy bones and brain development.

One milky coffee a day and that’s it.

PHE’s chief nutritionist, Dr Alison Tedstone, said: “The evidence shows that we should continue to base our meals on starchy carbohydrates, especially wholegrain, and eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day.

They want us back to pease pudding, don’t they?

Sure it was the security love

A spy has been exposed by his wife over a gay sex scandal, The Telegraph can disclose.
The case was raised in a military divorce heard in court recently, involving an intelligence officer in an Army unit that targets al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
The scandal emerged after the officer’s wife discovered he was having one-off sexual liaisons with men he met near his Army base and close to the headquarters of MI6 in south London.
The woman is divorcing him but reported his activities to military commanders as she feared he had broken his security clearance and would be vulnerable to blackmail by hostile intelligence services.

Nowt to do with woman scorned at all….