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Sing a Song of Politics

Sing a Song of PoliticsI was testing my memory, trying to remember things that I learned way back...

The Voynich Wikiwars - Episode 2

The Voynich Wikiwars - Episode 2This is a follow-on to my previous article about an opinion piece...

Gibbs, Voynich, Wikiwars and the Times Illiteracy Supplement

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Did Donald Trump Really Win Bigly?

Did President-elect Donald Trump Win Bigly, or did he suffer an attack of the mumpsimus?

We all know that the Donald loves to use superlatives, but 'bigly'?  Really?  Well, no not at all really.

We are all subject to preconceptions about our environment.  A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest, right?  But we often miss-hear words and are puzzled by what we think we heard.  As Earwig O1 would say, "sailor vee"2.

Etiquette for Politicians

Some burning questions of the day for President-elect Donald Trump.



Etiquette for Politicians

Should a democrat not curtsey to a monarch?
Should a communist ask favours from the GOP?
Should a UKIP member bow to a eurocrat, then how?
And should fascists march or run, or simply stop?

Should prime ministers wear breton caps or bowlers?
Should a lib-dem wear waxed cotton or a mac?
If a voter offers cash, should one quickly say "must dash"
Or accept it and make haste to change one's track?

Should opponents not be banned from public places?
Is a heckler at speeches to be shot?
INPI - a treasure trove of French inventions

Do you have French ancestors?  Perhaps, somewhere in the archives, is a patent for something your ancestor invented.

INPI - Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle - France's National Institute of Industrial Property has just made a huge database of patents available for free public search.  In its own words - mostly -

INPI offers free access to a wealth of patents dating back to 1791.

Here you'll find detailed papers from the original records, from 1791 to 1871 including the corresponding images from 1791 to 1855 inclusive.

Eventually, the entire INPI heritage collection up to 1902 will be available.
Allegation - a new -ism

Having marked my return to blogging with one new word - egestatism - I thought I may as well invent another.

We already have handwaving and whataboutery which appear to be de rigeur in any scientific or political discussion.  And now, may I present - roll of drums - allegationism.
The Neglected Majority

In every nation, state or county that I am aware of there is a tendency for lawmakers to discriminate against the poor, whether directly or indirectly.

Some politicians favour tax reductions for the wealthy.  The flip side of that coin appears to be a belief that everyone else should pay for the nation's needs.
Erith Industrial Unit Fire

A fire in Erith, U.K. at an industrial unit triggered over 50 emergency calls and was attended by 15 fire appliances and 97 firefighters.  The blaze appears to be at Allied Hygiene, manufacturers of various types of wet wipes.  The industrial unit, which was completely destroyed by the fire, is located at the junction of Yarnton Way and Centurion Way.  Although the fire was adjacent to two gas holders they appear to have posed no extra danger: gas holders are no longer part of the U.K.s National Gas Network.