Rockall Times: UK Residency Language Test

Warning: Snowflakes and those easily offended please don’t read

More NSFW humour from the pages of the Rockall Times

Wayback Machine:

Update: this is way more offensive than I remember it

Universe today flickr pool 3,000+ members, 76,000+ photos

Universe Today Group Pool on Flickr

Update: Originally this was a hotlink to a particularly impressive photo which is no longer available.

I’ve replaced it with something far better. A link to the Universe Today Flickr Group. Some truly amazing photos taken by gifted amateurs.

One of the great things about astronomy is the way that ordinary people make significant contributions.

Quick link:

A Dozen New Planets Discovered: Universe today

Exo-planets – in 2005 they were still quite rare

Summary – (Feb 18, 2005)

In the last month planet hunters have uncovered 12 new worlds orbiting other stars, bringing the total planet count to 145. Two European planet hunting teams have discovered 6 gas giants as part of the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Search (HARPS), and an American team uncovered 5 more using the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii. And a single, Pluto-sized planet was discovered orbiting a pulsar by Penn State’s Alex Wolszczan and Caltech’s Maciej Konacki.

The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1642 – 1658

Cromwell at Marston Moor, by Victorian artist Ernest Crofts

Update: Original no longer accessible so here’s an alternative full of material about The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1642 – 1658, particularly the English Civil War.

English Heritage give plenty of links to primary source material

Lock up, Light up, Be secure

Haven’t been able to post recently because my house was burgled and the buggers stole all my computers (x2 laptops and my beloved Mac). So I’ve had to set up a new (temporary) system. Hopefully, things will return to normal soon as I backed up my bookmarks and most of my work related files were either on a spare machine at work or existed in hard copy.

The three rules of computing are:
1) Back up your files.
2) Always backup your files.
3) Never forget to backup your files.

Good advice, but I wish I had been more diligent.

Burglars? String ’em up, it’s the only kind of language they understand!

Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA); True IRA

From the web site:

“Suspected of receiving funds from sympathizers in the United States and of attempting to buy weapons from US gun dealers. RIRA also is reported to have purchased sophisticated weapons from the Balkans.

In May 2002, three Irish nationals associated with RIRA pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to cause an explosion and trying to obtain weapons following their extradition from Slovenia to the United Kingdom.”

Update: Glad to see this site is still with us and archived properly. The full site (The Federation of American Scientists: Intelligence Resource Program) is well worth a look:

I like the concept of Open source Intelligence

The war on terror – American double standards

No longer available but the quotation stands on its own…

From the page:

“Finally, there are places in the world, not very far from you, that are very friendly with you, that have accepted terrorism as the norm for 30 or 40 years. And yet, I have been to bars in Boston where I have seen collections for more aid with “Would you like to put a dollar in here to kill a British soldier?” And as far as I can see, the response of your organization has been to accept that. Even as powerful as you are, you are going to need friends in the future. You’ve needed friends in the past. And the best friends that you have, in this country, are the United Kingdom. I’d just ask you to remember that.”

Whenever I hear Americans go on about the ‘War on terror’ I remember this and I remember those who died at the hands of the IRA.

Foodhub, recipes, cooking and baking

Chocolate muffins made by moi

Who needs to buy cookbooks when there are sites like this?

Update: back in 2005 `Recipe sites were a lot less ubiquitous than they are today. To be honest I can’t remember the last time I actually used a cookbook and not a website.

My personal go to website is the BBC, the rest I just bookmark into a folder if I like them.

Welcome to the Home Office

The Home Office, twinned with Mordor.

Tony Blair continues to eat away at the rights of free born Englishmen. From today I have to apply to the Secretary of State for permission to marry a foreigner, this came as a shock as my fiance and I presented our documents at the registry office today.

Now I can see why the thirteen colonies rebelled against good king George all those years ago.