Used to belt out U2's Gloria
Whenever she was off her face.
(Prince Albert played bass.)
Prodnose: Lèse majesté?
Myself: I throw myself on the mercy of the court and implicate Edmund Clerihew Bentley.
The Queen has sent an email to Commonwealth children around the world in response to blogs that they posted about their daily lives. The royal emails were signed Elizabeth R, which is exactly how the first Queen Elizabeth signed letters in those days, with a stylish interlacing flourish of the quill.
Our own Queen has long embraced communications technology. The interest runs in her veins, for Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated to Queen Victoria long-distance telephone calls to London from Osborne House in 1878. Eighty years later, the Queen made the first automated direct telephone call from Bristol to the Lord Provost of Glasgow. Now there is a Royal Channel on YouTube, and the Christmas message, first televised in 1957, is also a podcast. So it should come as no surprise that the Queen has turned email into E II R mail.
Manatees are slow-moving, non-aggressive, and generally curious creatures .......Has any other reader noticed the remarkable resemblance between the alligator, notorious for its bone crushing bite, and the manatee, notorious for its witless collisions with propellers? I wonder if they are - by any chance - related?
England manager Fabio Capello is reported to be disputing the length of the blades of grass on Wembley's turf with head groundsman Steve Welch.
According to the Sun, Capello wants each blade to stand no taller than 17mm compared with the 19mm that Welch is recommending. The paper also reports that the 62-year-old makes regular visits to the stadium to measure it.
In keeping with the Italian's attention to detail, an England insider told the paper: "This may sound ridiculous - but it goes to show how Fabio leaves nothing to chance.
"It is thought he is using his own ruler and does not agree with the groundsman. But of course the groundsman has to protect the field of play and obviously thinks he knows what is best for it. "You can be sure Fabio will want the grass at 17mm and you can be sure he will be checking it."
Started the day the way I like to: communicating with my fans via my blog. I will NEVER forget their potential to be uplifted by what I do. Today I posted them the usual design pictures - a skateboard ramp in Holland that is made out of Styrofoam and diamonds, and a Japanese coffee table that is also a child. INCREDIBLE!!! Then I let them further into the mind of Kanye with a post about combs. Combs are incredible - they have been on the scene ever since humans had hair, but I was thinking about it last night and mankind would not always have had a highly designed comb in the shape of a Walther PPK. Think about it! The first combs were probably human fingers! Wait! I'm grossing you out, right, but WAIT - COMBS were ONCE FINGERS! But now combs are EVERYWHERE.
I was getting deep into this when an email arrived asking if I was OK after they made fun of me on South Park. "OK," I replied. "I'm still laughing so hard I'm nearly breaking the keys on my MacBook Air as I type this, and this is such a limited-edition model only three people own one - me, Steve Jobs and Obama. That's how hard I'm laughing at that BS!!!!"
But think about it. What those South Park boys have done is demean everyone who is uplifted by my performances, reminding me I STILL have to fight against the system, and The Man's decision to pigeonhole me as a much-decorated musical genius. Have some respect, humorists! Just let me be great! Just let me be Kanye!!!!!!
Ashton Kutcher has beaten CNN in a race to become the first user to have more than one million followers on Twitter.
One turns to Haldane:
The world is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
I suppose the process of acceptance will pass through the usual four stages:
(i) this is worthless nonsense;
(ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;
(iii) this is true, but quite unimportant;
(iv) I always said so.
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Mr. Gooseboote: Is it correct Mr Spector that in the early 1960's your precocious musical talents earned you the sobriquet "the boy genius"?
Mr. Spector: That is true. I am still a genius.
Mr. Gooseboote: Indeed.
Mr. Spector: And I remind you I am speaking under oath.
Magnificent as the achievements are I can't read them without thinking of the monologue in which Dr Evil says his father "would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark".
Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
The Thai New Year (Thai: สงกรานต์ Songkran, from Sanskrit sankrānti "astrological passage"; Chinese: 潑水節) is celebrated every year from April 13 to April 15. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.
The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People roam the streets with containers of water or water guns, or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby.
Furthermore, an assignment of p = 0 would clearly block the route to Pascal's conclusion. For then the expectation calculations become:
E(wager for God) = ∞*0 + f1*(1 − 0) = f1
E(wager against God) = f2*0 + f3*(1 − 0) = f3
Judge Esme Chombo of the Lilongwe High Court rejected Madge’s bid to get her hands on four-year-old Mercy James, who lives in the same orphanage from which Madonna helped herself to David Banda in 2006. The judge smacked Madonna’s hands like a errant child, saying you can’t just jet in here and take off with a child like so many trinkets. Malawi has a law that adoptive parents must live in the country 18 months to two years, and the judge was not going to look the other way.
"The issue of residence, I find, is the key upon which the question of adoption rests, and it is the very bedrock of protection that our children need; it must, therefore, not be tampered with. As wisely put by G. K. Chesterton: 'Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.'"
The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes - or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face
Lighting a little Hour or two - is gone.
And those who husbanded the Golden Grain,
And those who flung it to the Winds like Rain,
Alike to no such aureate Earth are turn'd
As, buried once, Men want dug up again.
is an elegant kigo.
What did Buddha say?
I tell them what I used to do, to ask if I feel guilty. I do, somewhat, and it nags at me. When I put it out of mind, it inevitably resurfaces, like a shipwreck at low tide. It’s been eight years since I compiled a program, but the last one lived on, becoming the industry standard that seeded itself into every investment bank in the world.
I wrote the software that turned mortgages into bonds ..............