The UK is failing children

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It’s official: Britain is the worst place for children (compared to other developed countries, that is). According to UNICEF, Britain’s youngsters had the worst relationships with their family and peers, suffered more from poverty and indulged in more “binge drinking” and hazardous sex than children in other wealthy nations, said the report. So the Labour … Continue reading The UK is failing children

Hey, sometimes getting in there may be the only answer

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There’s a part of the brain that may cause the physical craving for a cigarette: Nasir Naqvoi at the University of Iowa and Antoine Bechara at the brain and creativity institute at the University of Southern California have since identified other patients who quit smoking suddenly after experiencing similar brain damage. The discovery gives neuroscientists … Continue reading Hey, sometimes getting in there may be the only answer

The inconsiderate high-beaming SUV drivers of the undersea world

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Giant squid disorient their prey with blinding flashes of light. The video I watched on the page seemed a bit off, but maybe it’ll be better for you. I got the idea, anyway. Super cool, this Nature thing. The footage reveals the creatures emitting short flashes from light-producing organs, called photophores, on their arms. How … Continue reading The inconsiderate high-beaming SUV drivers of the undersea world

Fluffy story for Valentine’s Day

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Chief executive of the Scottish Arts Council resigning his job to marry MP Irene Ng and live in Singapore. He’s in his 60s, she’s pushing 40. It’s her first marriage and it’s his third. Awwww. Twoo luv.

SIR blog

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I wonder, if I had stayed on, if I would have been a part of championing this move of turning their Letters into a bloog. My bet is on no, since I was only a lowly research assistant in a far-flung Southeast Asian outpost. Via Asymmetrical Information, where a commenter suggested a wiki for every … Continue reading SIR blog

This weekend I…

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went for ‘dessert’ (nachos) and hot chocolate at Brucefield Farm did some crafting and watching of television ate half a pizza stayed up watching weird programmes on Sky (except Miami Ink, which isn’t weird), eating ice cream (yes, me who is cold), taco chips and drinking juice (I’m a real animal, me) spent the afternoon … Continue reading This weekend I…

Eddie Bear takes his share

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All you need to do is look at the art and style, and who Sophie Crumb’s parents are become blindingly obvious. Via Drawn!, where I saw Sophie Crumb’s name and thought, It’s gotta be Robert Crumb’s daughter. So her last name helped.

The black, rich sheep

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Heeheehee: “The Singaporeans’ kiasu (win at all costs) negotiating style does them few favours in a region where saving face is important. But it is hard to avoid the suspicion that the little country’s unforgivable offence is being richer and more successful than its neighbours, and not particularly apologetic about it.” — Let’s all bash … Continue reading The black, rich sheep