It’s All In The Set Up

A few days in London is a blog post by Gotham Gal, who writes;

The greatest thing we can do as citizens of the world is to go and visit other cities, learn about their cultures, see different landscapes and experience something else.

Makes total sense to this chap …in fact couldn’t agree more.

Confused therefore as to why she then she goes on to write;

We got into town, dropped off our bags and went to lunch at Kiln.

and then went on to write a long boring post about Kiln, complete with pictures of what they all ate.

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This chap pursued the post to the end … expecting to find deep revelations and / or a connection to how the food, drink, company and ambiance all connected to her opening paragraph.

This was the final paragraph ;

We walked around a bit before meeting friends for dinner at Hide, a new spot across the street from Green Park. Big on wines and flowers. Nice seeing friends and drinking many bottles of wine before walking home for the evening.

Time to remove her from my news feed.

Unclear On The Principle

The signs were very clear, any small containers with liquids needed to be removed from the luggage and put into a separate see-through plastic bag – duly provided below said signs. You then – and only then – move on to the security check line.

A woman, four places in front of this chap must have missed the signs and is asked to unpack her luggage and ‘decant’ right there in the security line.

You would have thought that seeing her going through this might have jogged the woman three places in front of this chap into action.

Negatory.

Maybe seeing two women unpack their bags on the inspection line might have reminded the woman two places in front of me.

Seemingly not.

The woman immediately in front of me turned to look at me and said

“Could I apologize on behalf of my gender.”

Apology accepted. We watched, without movement, along with the small line behind us as the other lines moved through at a pace.

A Different Kind of Pizzagate

The Future of Pizza Ordering According To Cambridge Analytica. Is this in our ‘not too distant’ future?

Picture the scenario – the other chap is now working at a well known Pizza company…..

“Hello! Is this Gordon’s Pizza?”

“No sir – it’s Google Pizza.”

“I must have dialed a wrong number.  Sorry.”

“No sir – Google bought Gordon’s Pizza last month.”

“OK.  I would like to order a pizza.”

“Do you want your usual, sir?”

“My usual – you know me?”

“According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses – sausage – pepperoni – mushrooms and meat balls on a thick crust.”

“OK – that’s what I want.”

“May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta – arugula – sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat, gluten free, thin crust?”

“What?  I detest vegetables.”

“Your cholesterol is not good, sir.”

“How the hell do you know?”

“Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.”

“Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza!   I already take medication for my cholesterol.”

“Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly.  According to our database, you only purchased a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drugsale Network, 4 months ago.”

“I bought more from another drugstore.”

“That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.”

“I paid in cash.”

“But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.”

“I have other sources of cash.”

“That doesn’t show on your last tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law.”

“WHAT THE HELL? ! ! ! !”

“I’m sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.”

“Enough already!  I’m sick to death of Google – Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp and all the others!!   I’m going to an island without internet – cable TV – where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me !!”

“I understand sir – but you need to renew your passport first.  It expired 6 weeks ago!”

Build The Wall Or Build The Hedge

Build The Hedge

Thanks to Atlas Obscura for this obscure fact in the atlas …

The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India

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Illustration By Nigel Sussman via Atlas Obscura

Telling … and maybe a lesson for the ‘wall’ advocates ….

Through the whole of its existence, the Great Hedge of India was beset by difficulties and never quite accomplished its purpose.

The article is worth a read if only for such lines as ..

More than a century later, the writer Moxham went looking for traces of this living monument to British hegemony and persistence.

Urine Luck

Or, perhaps, it’s just an ad campaign.

Ah yes … technology at its highest calling and delivering the best. A newspaper insert treated to indicate pregnancy if peed on.

“Widdle here, get a discounted crib” is the pitch.

And … goes on to note the estimable Guardian … that they’re not even the first with this, er, novel — channel? tactic? Continue reading “Urine Luck”

Democracy At Work In America

Each (candidate) received 11,608 votes in the race for a Newport News-based seat in the Virginia legislature’s lower chamber.

… so how do you decide the tie break … why a lottery of course …. so as a result …

Republicans will fully control Virginia’s House of Delegates after an incumbent GOP member won a drawing Thursday to decide a tied election — and potentially the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state.

Read All About It:

You would have thought that they could have spiced up the show a little though … noting that

The state elections board chairman pulled a film canister out of a ceramic bowl.

I know – right. No fireworks, no suspense. That sucks … they should have had Trump involved for the staging.

So making it even less of a lottery, more a crap shoot

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Nickelback Concert

No – this is not the latest Nickelback concert. Any guesses what it was? (Clue – the last 8 years were sell outs.)

Let’s just say it was no more, er, enlightening than any other recent event in the venue…