the Culture Jammers Encyclopaedia

snig·gle (v) — To fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their hiding places.

Update: Visually rather old fashioned – this is how websites used to look at the end of the 20th century. A few nuggets to be found here although I’m not sure how active it is nowadays. I particularly enjoyed the pseudoscience section.

It describes itself as the Culture Jammers Encyclopaedia. Many subjects are covered from cryptozoology , Jello Biafra, Trickster Gods and Commerce Jamming.

Also very pleased that has been on the web since 1997.

The Corner of the World – Home – History & ICT

Update: on the waybackmachine:

Informative articles about History from 1789 – 1960

Update: quite a lot on 19th and 20th century Chinese History too. The sections on ICT and History education and History resources are out of date.

The site went offline sometime in 2015.

Michael Jackson: The Beer Hunter

“Hello, my name is Michael Jackson. No, not  that Michael Jackson, but I am on a world tour. My tour is in pursuit of exceptional beer. That’s why they call me the Beer Hunter.”

“Hello, my name is Michael Jackson. No, not  that Michael Jackson, but I am on a world tour. My tour is in pursuit of exceptional beer. That’s why they call me the Beer Hunter.

Michael Jackson presented ‘Beer hunter’ on British Television, an excellent series that ought to be repeated. This site has some great info about world beers but seems to not have been updated recently.

Update: Last update on the site was 2013. The site is really more of a tribute and an archive than a modern website, and I’m fine with that.

Luckily, Youtube has Michael Jackson’s beer Hunter series which can be found here:

Beer not fattening: official • The Register

 “beer in reality has less calories than wine, milk or orange juice
– 41, 77, 64 and 42 per cent per 100ml, respectively.”

From the web site:

“Those of us who like a few pints already know that beer fights cancer and is an absolute life-saver in an avalanche emergency situation, but what about the apparently proven effect of ale on the old waistline, eh?

What actually causes the beer belly is the overwhelming desire to partake of an enormous kebab or plate of curry after a particularly robust session, the BBPA says. This is true, although the BBPA is not taking in account something else all beer-drinkers know: that doner kebabs combat male pattern baldness and curry increases attractiveness to the opposite sex.

Which is why people who prefer wine are invariably bald and single – despite having a waistline like Calista Flockhart.”

‘Red Carpet of Death’ scuppers Gates’ knighthood


Red Carpet of Death’ scuppers Gates’ knighthood

“Palace courtiers battled with software for more than two hours during the ceremony, with the waiting audience of be-hatted sycophants growing increasingly restless, as Her Majesty repeatedly failed to knight Mr Gates. After two false starts, the Keeper of the Royal Disks (more affectionately, if warily, known as Hard Rod) was forced to reinitialise the Monarch’s ageing boot drive, reinstall Microdaft Monarchy.

Several onlookers who knew-a-thing-or-two-about-computers thought that a virus may have been to blame, the most likely candidate being the infamous “Camilla” Trojan. If left unchecked, this wicked little filly of code can cause fatal system errors in any Royal lineage, and has even been known to lead to full Republic status in a matter of weeks. A palace IT manager said later that “Camilla is an absolutely lethal Worm which can leverage outage disruption in mission-critical architectures, whilst further impacting substantive legacy systems… blah blah blah…”

The Royal honour was to have been bestowed at the personal request of the British Prime Minister, a known technophobe, in recognition of Mr Gates’s regular help with “sorting-out his Hotmail account”. More cynical observers have suggested, ridiculously in our view, that Mr Gates’s stupendous wealth may also have entered into the equation: World-Dominating Technology + Very Rich Guy + PM = Third Term. Absurd.

Following his eventual knighthood, as an American citizen Mr Gates cannot of course be referred to as “Sir Willy”, as this is an honour that can only be bestowed upon British subjects in a bizarre “RubbaDubbing” ceremony. However, since software patches were added in 1997 and 2001, the UK now runs remotely on a networked operating system based in Washington, so it seems likely that provided Mr Gates returns his original program disks, and agrees to the installation of a UK-registered dongle, he will be automatically upgraded to a full “substantive” knight in due course.”

Rt Hon Tony Blair vs Benjamin Franklin

From the page:

“In my judgement, said Tony Blair at Prime Minister’s questions last week, considerations of national security have to come before civil liberties, no matter how important those civil liberties are.”

It’s official: protection of the state is now more important than the freedom of the individual.”

Update: I don’t really do politics anymore, there’s much more important things to do

Thumbs down review:


One of the things about StumbleUpon was that you could give a thumbs down negative review – which I did here. To be honest back in 2005 we didn’t have all the non-stop bat shit insane conspiracy stuff like we do now. The self righteous do love to be self righteous though and this site was a non-stop exercise in virtue signalling.

From the page: “It is very obvious that the American forces are committing crimes of genocide every day in Iraq.”

This site is one long anti-american rant.

… so a thumbs down review for

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Time travel back to the age of steam.


A Yorkshire tradition, the KWVR has been in operation since 1867.

If you want to visit Haworth and Bronte country then the KWVR is the best way to get there.

You’ll have seen it already though in movies and period TV dramas including the Railway Children, Peaky Blinders, Testament of Youth and many more.

id Aromatics Retail and Wholesale Essential Oils

IdAromatics, 12 New Station Street, Leeds

Id Aromatics is somewhat of an Institution in Leeds. It has been going for over twenty years, long before aromatherapy became popular. It was originally on Briggate and if my memory serves me correctly, started trading in 1983.

You can smell Id Aromatics from nearly 50 meters away and the pleasant odours emanating from within intrigued me so I followed my nose and went in.

The inside of the shop is a bit of an Aladdin’s cave and I’ve always found the staff to be helpful.

There is a minimum order of £35 from the website

Update: Glad to see that Id is still there.