Friday 25 April 2008

Wednesday 23 April 2008

Spokesman said "No Comment"

It gets worse.

The ferry "Riverdance" was struck by a freak wave on the night of January 31st, 2008, in the Irish sea. Her cargo shifted as she rolled, and was unable to recover from a 60 degree list. The vessel lost power, and, broadside to the waves, drifted some 16 miles. Rescue helicopters fought the storm to lift crew and passengers off.
Eventually she ran aground off the town of Cleveleys, north of Blackpool on the NW coast of England. Salvage attempts were hampered by several further severe storms.
Just scrap metal now.
Sinking into the sands.

Pictures via
Cargolaw's site is a source of many of the internet's ships in trouble pics. It's huge, and well worth a visit. If you're involved in any way with ships or cargo, it should be compulsory to regularly visit this site...

Betty Boop- Betty for President-1932

Betty Boop:-Snow White, featuring Cab Calloway 1933

In the number St James' Infirmary, Koko the Clown/the Ghost were really Cab Calloway. The animator,, used the tecnique called 'rotoscoping' to trace around film of Calloway, and synchronise the characters with Calloway's dance moves. By the way. If you think Michael Jackson invented the 'moonwalk', you might think differently in a couple of minutes.


A very aged uncle once gave me a tinful of old cigarette cards, from maybe the nineteen twenties.
I've still got them- somewhere. One of them had a picture of The Dynosphere. Picture my glee: by chance, here it is on the internet!

Sunday 20 April 2008

Bobby Finders

In 1903, a London businessman by the name of Alfred Dunhill became one of, or possibly was, the very first motorist to be prosecuted for speeding. ( he had, it is said, the third motor-car ever to arrive in Britain) The speed-limit in all of Britain was then 12 miles per hour. Alfred's car was seen by a policeman doing the unthinkable speed of twenty-five miles per hour. Alfred was fined the sum of one pound. The charge was 'driving furiously'.
Irate, and incensed by this injustice, as he saw it, he decided to work to obstruct the police, and abet the motorist, and very soon was advertising 'Dunhill's Bobby Finders', (Bobby being a slang term for a policeman).His device was a pair of binoculars, which were fitted to driving goggles, and hinged, so they could fold up, or be brought down to see the road ahead.His slogan was "Will spot a policeman at half a mile -even if he is disguised as a respectable man."
An early fore-runner of the radar warning devices, and speed camera alerts.

A similar device in Portugal in 1914 was blogged at Gatochy's Blog yesterday, though that looks to be aimed more at the theatre or opera enthusiast.

Saturday 19 April 2008

Never, Just Never, Fill Your Tyres With Helium.

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Yuk House

Sounds delightful.
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Viscera..... and Skellingtons!

This just in via Random Good Stuff
3D take-apart and rebuild animal puzzles. I wonder if there's an option to create new hybrids...

link to seller's site. The pig is more expensive than the cow or horse. Why? Horses have 26 pieces, cows ten, and pigs only nineteen. Mostly bacon, then, the pig, -and pork-crackling... I apologise profusely to my vegetarian and vegan visitors, but..... mmmmm, I'm a flesh-ripper at heart. Like your kitty-cat.
Mmm! ....Bacon!!!!

Now the real world is calling. Spring is sprung out there. Time for me to go xxxx.


Short films featuring Backkom Bear, from RG animation studios in Korea.

Save the Bloggers!

Via Boing-Boing

Friday 18 April 2008

Moody Blues, Voices in the Sky, 1970.

Hello Growabrain People.

Ever since I started blogsurfing, Growabrain ( has been pretty much an everyday visit.
Hanan Levin somehow finds the energy to blog every day, pictures, links, video, pointers to websites of interest, whilst carrying on a real-life career in real-estate, (here). Rainy day? run out of things to do? avoiding chores? seeking diversion, and looking for a bit of mental stimulus? then browse Growabrain's archives. The danger, of course, is that you'll get lost in there. Leave a trail of crumbs, set your alarm clock to tell you when it's time to return to the real world.

Brain culture via Swagalicious

Just thinking about that, of course, if you came via Growabrain, then you already know all that, and that Hanan just linked me over there. For the rest of you, however....

Growabrain..... And don't forget to visit Bifurcated Rivets.

And Why Not?, I Might Ask.

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Thursday 17 April 2008


I said I'd post pics of cats only if they were doing stupid things.
These definitely fit the criteria.

'Briton' and Marjorie Smith

'Briton' and Tornado Smith.

I don't know who this lion is, or where.
Cool car though.

Rita the lioness, and Elias Harris.


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O sorries Googil, i meaned catblogging.......bwahahahahameow-BOOOOOM!

(sound effect of lolcat stepping on catmine)

..... Oh?

Yes. I suddenly got a giant bunch of hits, a surge in the counter with people coming in via a link at Bifurcated Rivets, a blog of mystic and eclectic links that acts like a giant bran-tub.
Yes, bran tub....
Well go google it then..
Maybe I should have just said 'Lucky Dip'.
Thing is, Bifurcated Rivets has loads of links, but they often give little clue as to where they are about to send you. A bit like stepping into the teleporter and hitting the 'surprise me' button.
I've been zipping into cyberspace thence for.... well, years, I suppose.

Bifurcated Rivets? Eclectica for Epopts.

I recommend it.

Monday 14 April 2008

What Can I Say?

These ladies seem to be quite delighted by Ridgid tools.
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More Glimpses of the Sisterhood of the Pointy Heels

If you are not familiar with the Sisterhood of the Pointy Heels, you might want to click.......
oh, and of course,

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Friday 11 April 2008