Posts from 3rd October 2006

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Oct 06

DEPTH CHARGED

FT + I Hate Music1 comment • 931 views

The oil rig workers of the North Sea are a hardy lot, used to working in freezing, arduous, life-threatening conditions separated from their families and loved ones. Like the Foreign Legion of old, a lot of the appeal of North Sea work is the promise of escape from the intolerable realities of everyday life. Men go there fleeing from divorce, broken relationships, and grief. And new evidence suggests that ever-increasing proportion of them also go to work on oil rigs to escape the music played on TV’s Parkinson show*.

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Animalym Pics

FT + TMFDPost a comment • 81 views

Elephant!Page two of the Guardian on Saturday had a picture of a monkey riding a bike, with a remarkably po-faced strap-line of outrage at the appalling cruelty being shown at the Chinese Animal Olympics. But the monkey looked pretty happy and the one liner seemed to want to have its cake and eat it. IE Show a great picture of a monkey riding a bike whilst complaining about it. Am I the only person who thinks that monkey weightlifting is GREAT and a GOOD THING and probably not much crueler, than I don’t know, killing an animal for food (which I am also pro – see Publog threads passim)?

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