Following my post earlier this year (brazilian-man-killed-in-his-bed-by-falling-cow/), news has come to light of another incident which happened around the same time. This time it was in England and the good news was that no-one was hurt. The bad news was that it involved two cows falling through the same skylight after walking through some damaged fencing.
The house owner was in the next room and both cows narrowly missed serious injury and expensive damage to property by landing on her bench, instead of her weaving loom. The whole scenario was bad enough but “She looked up at the fence and saw the rest of the herd looking on.” would have had me running for cover.
Read the full story: here
Another Piston Heads Sunday Service. The weather was cold but dry and sunny – what a change from yesterday’s downpours!
PH had an allocation of 600 special parking spaces and I was number 835 when I signed up a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t until 08:40 this morning that I made it into the 600, as various members opted out for whatever reasons. At least that gave me time to have breakfast before leaving.
I managed a few snaps of some of the collection of really nice cars in our parking area and, of course, in the building before the camera’s batteries went flat. Had I remembered to bring spares? No.
I booked a passenger ride in one of the many fast cars they were using on the track – a new A45, as it turned out. £10 for 5 laps in 5 minutes but money well spent. Those guys have the best job in the world, I reckon. I’d do it for free, as I told my driver.
More on Flicker, as always.
It’s free to visit M-B World and well worth a visit.
Are the world’s government agencies monitoring your phone calls?
Of course they are.
What is all the fuss about? Do you really think there are real people listening in, sniggering over your call to your lover, your excuses for not turning up to work or being late home from school? No way. Think about it. That would need a large proportion of the world’s population.
So what is happening? Well, as best I understand it (and neither the CIA or MI6 have confided details to me) computers using the best available voice recognition and decryption software check for certain words or phrases. Let’s guess at things like “explosion” or “attack”, for example. IF they detect such words the computers will analyse more of the message and, if appropriate, alert a human. I believe most western governments not only admit to this technique but also claim it has enabled them to detect and pre-empt the actions of criminals and terrorists.
What if such monitoring was banned? I would imagine said criminals and terrorists would take advantage and freely use electronic communication in planning their activities and fewer such activities could be detected and prevented. Is that what you want?
Have you texted, emailed or said anything in a phone call which relates to criminal activity? No? Then why on earth should it worry you if these communications were automatically scanned?
OK, let’s not be too blasé. With power comes responsibility. Governments have always had the power for good or evil, to protect or attack the populace. (Think China, Syria today or most others over the centuries). This extra power is no different. Do you trust your government to do what it can to combat terrorism, drug crime, child trafficking etc and not use its powers to persecute minorities or individuals who disagree with official government policy?
Yes? Then let them use the tools to do that job well.
Sometimes the headline is more interesting than the story but see what you think.
I’ll add some more as I find them.
potting up some perennials.
6 each of 12 varieties. They arrived as ‘plugs’ in a box not much larger than a thick magazine and almost small enough to fit through the letter box.
However, they each need their own pot for a few months, possibly until next Spring, to grow big enough to plant out in the garden. My stock of old pots is fairly large and Sue had sieved several bags of soil and compost so, in a few hours, I had them all lined up on the staging at the back of the garden. Then the weekend’s weather forecast of heavy rain and high winds was confirmed. I also got around to reading the instructions which were in the box; they said to over-winter in a greenhouse or under glass.
So the next step was to make some space in James’s old bedroom, which faces South, set up the pasting table , extract the tray from Kerry’s dog cage (which we no longer use), line it with plastic and move all the plants.
I couldn’t quite fit them all in that tray. hence the extra plastic one.
Another job off the list.
putting the finishing touches to the patio pond I’ve been assembling over the past two weeks.
The timber was rescued from a neighbour’s garden – destined for a skip, as left-overs from an attic conversion he was having done. There wasn’t quite the length I’d hoped for and it was thicker than needed but beggars can’t be choosers.
It was harder work than I expected: neither power saw cuts perfectly straight any more, the power planer won’t adjust for depth of cut and the sander has worn out its bearings. They’re all getting old, like me. Still, a tube of wood filler had can hide most things of this sort.
The lilies were in the pond in the corner of the garden but it’s so over-hung with tree branches it gets hardly any sunlight. So the lilies don’t flower. Fingers crossed they might next year.
I also had to buy some long screws and a pond liner but everything else was already to hand. Total cost maybe £40 instead of about £180 for something similar which would still have needed assembling and staining/painting.
I’m pleased with it and, more importantly, so is Sue.