Best Vox Pop Ever


Ever wondered what you would say if you were confronted by a TV camera and a nosy reporter?

Here is one possible answer.

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Happy Birthday, Apple Macintosh


I have never owned an Apple “Mac”.

I have tried to use them but I have been too contaminated by Gatesware.

Yes, since you ask, I am strongly monolingual as well!

Yet I acknowledge that the Mac has an extremely important position in the history of home computing.

So, in honour of its 25th anniversary, here is the TV commercial which kicked the whole show off.

Secret London wartime tunnel complex for sale


A once-secret 1940s tunnel complex under the centre of London that housed military intelligence and linked the Cold War hotline phone between Washington and Moscow has been put up for sale. Former state telephone monopoly BT says the 1.6 kilometre long network of tunnels below Chancery Lane underground station is now surplus to requirements. The complex was dug in 1942 as a bomb shelter for 8,000 people during World War II but was taken over by military authorities as a communications and intelligence centre.

The Public Records Office used the site, known as Kingsway Tunnels, after the war to store historic documents. The Post Office later took over the property as a more secure location for its long distance phone exchange, including the 1950s hot line directly connecting the White House and the Kremlin. When telephony was split from the Post Office, the tunnels passed to British Telecom, now privatised and known as BT. In the 1980s the Government used part of the complex as a temporary backup for its top secret Pindar war control bunker.

Sales agent Farebrother said there had already been a lot of interest in the now disused property. It has a total floor area of around 7,100 square metres but can only be reached by two street-level lifts, restricting its potential use. Farebrother partner Niall Gallagher said there had been an “eclectic” mix of enquiries. “Private individuals, companies, corporations, government departments – we’ve got the whole spectrum at the moment,” he added.

Several potential purchasers appear to be fronts for a shadowy organisation known as “Torchwood” which seems to operate out of a blue police box.

To Pay Excitement


Sometimes language can get in the way.

Here is the ultimate sight gag.

Check out the eyes of the hosts for a bonus laugh – – -

Thanks, Jeff.

A Number Quiz


I found this over on snoopythegoon‘s site. It is a wonderful bit of absolutely essential information!

 

24, 48, 40, 5, 18, 6×7, 510, 250

What do these numbers have in common?

And the answer is… Continue reading

Strange World #18; Synchronicity


A little scene setting here.

A Mafia Boss. A TV.

A show about a Mafia Boss being arrested. No, not the Sopranos.

A nice quiet evening in.

Suddenly the front door bursts in and the Carabiniere make an arrest!

Synchronicity? Coincidence? Too Far-fetched?

It happened!

Michele Catalano, 48, suspected of being a senior commander serving under the latest “boss of bosses” Salvatore Lo Piccolo, who was arrested this month after nearly 25 years on the run. Police said Catalano was watching the concluding chapter of the TV mini-series The Boss of Bosses, recounting the arrest in 1993 of real-life Cosa Nostra leader Salvatore “Toto” Riina, when he was detained.

Catalano faces charges of drug trafficking and extortion.

Lo Piccolo had taken over the reins of the Sicilian crime syndicate from Riina’s successor Bernardo Provenzano, who was arrested last year after 40 years on the run.

Police say the arrests have seriously weakened the Mafia.

I’m wondering if he was allowed to watch the end of the show – or if he will become the NEXT big Italian TV series. 

The Immortal Doug Anthony AllStars


More self-indulgence.

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