Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quote for the Day

Bonus fart quote . . .

Btw, I was going to do a roll call of quotes from/about items and people mentioned in We Didn't Start the Fire but found that quotes about Red China and Johnnie Ray weren't that interesting, so back to the original format.

Sherlock Holmes Quotes

Some Sherlock Holmes quotes . . .

Monday, March 27, 2017

Quote(s) for the Day

"Let me put it this way - we have a disease, we vaccinate ourselves against it. Islam is a disease; we need to vaccinate ourselves against that."

- Pauline Hanson, Leader One Nation Party, launching hashtag #pray4muslimban following the terrorist attack in London.
(For the benefit of overseas readers, Pauline Hanson is a controversial, conservative and right wing Australian Senator).


Does the above quote remind anyone of Agent Smith’s comments in The Matrix? . . . 

“I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague, and we...are the cure.”

- Agent Smith


Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (who, as also the Minister for Agriculture, threatened to euthanase Johnny Depp's smuggled dogs for breaching quarantine regs) made his own succinct response to Senator Hanson:

“This bat-poo crazy stuff does not help anybody. It was just stupid.”

- Barnaby Joyce

Readers Write and Monday Miscellany


Readers Write . . . 

From Phil A in the US re the pics of New York penthouse of Donald and Melania Trump, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and the Donald's Boeing 757 jet:
This information (and the pictures) is so interesting, but in a sickening, disgusting way, a la the proverbial train wreck. Have you seen this article?: 
I hope your recovery is still going smoothly and that you will be ready to participate in one of those extreme endurance running events sometime soon.... ha! (I like to run, but marathons and those sort of extreme running things are on my "never bucket list"!)

Please take care, Otto.

Thanks, Phil.

Recovery complete although, probably from being weakened, I came down with the flu.

The absence was to attend a birthday function, not through being unwell.


Some items from the weekend news. . . . 


From a newsletter sent to parents of children at Byron Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, by Principal Jon Carthy:
In the past few weeks there have been a number of worrying packed lunches brought into school. Each of the bullet points below is a real example of complete home packed lunches provided to children in our school this year: 
  • McDonald’s Happy Meal (cold and purchased the previous evening) 
  • 2 bags of crisps and a crisp sandwich 
  • 4 yoghurts and a packet of Smarties 
  • 1 chocolate muffin, 1 chocolate roll and a bar of chocolate 
Whilst extreme and funny to read on paper, I must make this clear THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE examples of a balanced packed lunch.

Husband of the Year?
A husband fed-up with his wife's obsession with shoes surprised her by installing two giant ruby slippers in their front garden. Scrap merchant Andy Walker, 50, ordered the 14ft tall Wizard of Oz-style shoes in response to wife Julie's "ridiculous obsession" with footwear. He said: "She is always asking for this pair and that pair and I just thought this might shut her up." 
Mr Walker bought the shoes for £500 from a company which sells old props. The models were originally made for a promotion in posh store Harrods. Mr Walker is planning to add more unusual objects to his garden in Latchingdon, Essex.


Love Actually 2:

The cast of Love Actually were reunited last weekend in Love Actually 2, a Comic Relief special 13 years on from the original movie. Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon and Rowan Atkinson all appeared. The short film updates the relationships and circumstances of the main characters, and includes a short speech by Hugh Grant as David, the British Prime Minister at a press conference:

“When you came to power the first time you were very optimistic. You said the power of good would finally win, that love was actually all around. 14 years later, do you still feel as upbeat?”

“Well, interesting obviously times have got harder and people are nervous and fearful. And it's not just in politics that things are tough, Usain Bolt has run his last Olympics, the Harry Potter films are finished, Piers Morgan is still alive.

But let's look at the other side of the coin, Metallica's album is an absolute cracker and on a deeper level I'm optimistic wherever you see tragedy, you see bravery too. Wherever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary people come to their aid. 

Today is Red Nose Day and people who are giving their hard earned cash to people they'll never meet, whose pain and fear they'll never feel and want to fight. So it's not romantic love that is all round, most people still everyday, everywhere have enough love in their hearts to help human beings in trouble. Good's going to win, I'm actually sure of it'. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

No Bytes

I will be away for a few days and away from my computer. Today's Bytes items appear below but there will be no Bytes on Friday or the weekend.  Bytes will be back on Monday.  

Quote for the Day

(Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call) . . .

Doris Day (1924 - ) is a retired American actress and singer, and continuing animal welfare activist.  She was known for her “good girl” image and similar roles in films.

At her 90th birthday in 2014 and still looking good.

The Art of Zalipie

I have previously posted a lot of examples of street art and urban art installations, Here is something similar but different.

Once upon a time about 100 years ago in the small Polish village of Zalipie, a woman painted flowers over a soot stain caused by the stove. Other women who had soot stains caused by stoves liked it so much that they did the same, Pretty soon the village was reminiscent of Whoville, everything was covered in painted flowers, not just soot stains but walls, bridges, everything.

The women didn’t have professionally made equipment or paints, they made the brushes themselves using hair from the tails of their cows and made the paint from fat from the dumplings they made. Each year the women had to repaint their works and they did this after the Feast of Corpus Christi, when they weren’t so busy with their farm work.

Generations passed the tradition to successive generations with inspiration for the works coming from nature and local folklore, the paintings becoming larger and more colourful.