Shy Bird

 

Haven’t posted for a little while. Here’s a great song!

The Ten Most Liveable Cities

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Source: Global Liveability Ranking 2016, Economist Intelligence Unit

What was that about moving to Canada if The Donald wins?

Republicans Say We Should Just Laugh Off Donald Trump’s Assassination “Joke.” No.

Bottom line: don’t accept “just joking” as excuse for what Trump said today. The in-group for that joke should be tiny. Like his hands.

Source: Republicans Say We Should Just Laugh Off Donald Trump’s Assassination “Joke.” No. | Mother Jones

An interesting take-down of Trump’s crass remark by a Texas attorney.

Why swearing is good for you

Profanity, he argues, has many useful social functions including “bring[ing] us together.” There’s an intimacy to cursing, precisely because you know that you’re not supposed to do it.

Source: Why swearing is good for you — Quartz

 

Nobody wants it all

The Brilliant Sorcery of England’s 7-Circle Magic Roundabout

Swindon’s “magic roundabout” is a mystifying but brilliant traffic solution.

Source: The Brilliant Sorcery of England’s 7-Circle Magic Roundabout

I did not know about this.

Hey Siri

How far away is the moon?

Source: Hey Siri

If you’re wondering what to say to your phone…

Brexit Mandate? What Brexit Mandate? by Andy Knott

EU referendum: five questions to answer before you vote

Obviously the wilful half-truths, wild extrapolations and baseless assurances both sides have been peddling have not helped. Here are five key questions, on five fundamental issues, worth considering before polling day.

Source: EU referendum: five questions to answer before you vote | Politics | The Guardian

Two fingers to the world: is that your message, Brexiteers?

The European Union is an extraordinary creation in which countries that believe in pluralism, democracy, welfare economics and the rule of law gain extra leverage in the pursuit of their national interests by sharing sovereignty. So what is Brexit’s message to the world: two fingers? Or maybe as Ferdinand Mount, the former head of Thatcher’s policy unit, says, we’ll catch the Brexiteers belting out that Millwall chant, “No one likes us, we don’t care.” Like the football team, they’ll sing it all the way to the third division.

Source: Two fingers to the world: is that your message, Brexiteers? | Chris Patten | Opinion | The Guardian

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