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The look: When you score a hat trick against Spain

Saturday, 16 June, 2018

“Vamos família!” is what @Cristiano tweeted following his extraordinary hat-trick performance against Spain in last night’s World Cup thriller in Sochi.

CR7


The philosophy of John Anthony

Friday, 15 June, 2018

“Any day you can get up, dress yourself and remember your name is a good day.” — John Anthony

John Anthony


World-class World Cup trolling by @qatar

Thursday, 14 June, 2018

Background: Saudi Arabia claims Qatar is a sponsor of extremist political movements in the Middle East, including Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Qatar denies the charges and accuses the Saudis of attempting to curtail its sovereignty. It’s a nasty feud and the pot is simmering, as they say.

Today’s World Cup opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia offered Qatar Airways a golden opportunity to indulge in some world-class trolling of the neighbors and the state-owned carrier didn’t miss the open goal in Moscow.

World Cup


History: The Singapore Summit

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018

The foreign policy elites have hated Donald Trump ever since he announced his candidacy for the White House. And that simmering hatred reached boiling point at the weekend when the US President slapped down the Canadian boy-band frontman Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit in Quebec. But as Michael Mandelbaum documented in Mission Failure, the same elites that adore Trudeau and despise Trump have failed totally since the end of the Cold War in their efforts to prevent North Korea and Iran from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

Irony of history: What neither Clinton, nor Bush nor Obama could do, Trump can do and that’s why the potential success of the Singapore Summit is especially feared by those who should welcome it. Their Juju is in danger of being exposed for what it is.

The Singapore Summit


Into the Mystic

Monday, 11 June, 2018

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
Smell the sea, and feel the sky,
Let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.”

— Van Morrison, Into the Mystic

The team behind BBC Earth, which produced Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, offers this 10-hour video of calming oceanscapes with swim-on roles for singing whales, swarming fish, circling sharks, vibrating jellyfish and diving rays. Ten hours!


The Galtees and the Irish apostrophe

Sunday, 10 June, 2018

Today’s climb of the Galtees, the Munster mountain range that encompasses Tipperary and Limerick, is in aid of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation, which does good work for the people of Cork and neighbouring places.

The Galtees

Punctuation note: When referring to the Galtees, there is no need for an apostrophe. In Ireland, though, the fact that the apostrophe is seldom used to form a plural noun in English, is ignored, generally, and the general punctuation rule that the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in s or not, is applied arbitrarily.


Cooper: Trustworthy laptop security system

Saturday, 9 June, 2018

The Cooper 1.0 will always bark at intruders or when it sees a potential threat to your laptop. While some Cooper versions may be welcoming to strangers, it has high territorial instincts and is very protective of family members and their digital devices.

Cooper


Spade & Bourdain: Humans are complex

Friday, 8 June, 2018

Earlier this week, the fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in New York. This morning, we learned that the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain had killed himself earlier today in France. Each expressed creativity and ingenuity during their lifetimes and both enriched the lives of others during their time among us. May they Rest in Peace.

Every human life is unique and every death, especially death by suicide, is different. We are complex creatures. Bye, Kate. Bye, Anthony.

Farewell


There’s no second-hand market for the A380

Thursday, 7 June, 2018

This is grim for Airbus, but good news for airport customers trying to get through immigration and customs checks when the A380 colossus disgorges its payload. Snippet via Skift:

“Two of Airbus SE’s flagship A380 superjumbos are headed for the scrap heap after a search for new operators failed to secure firm bids.

Negotiations with British Airways, Iran Air and Hi Fly, a Portuguese charter specialist, ended without any deals, German investment fund Dr. Peters, which manages the planes, said in a statement to shareholders. The aircraft are already parked in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, where they will be filleted over the next two years by a specialist company and sold in parts.

It’s an inglorious end to the pair of double-deckers just a decade after they entered service, a fraction of the time commercial aircraft typically ply the globe.

There’s no established second-hand market for the A380, making a sale to a new owner harder. Further complicating any transaction was the perceived lack of commitment from Airbus to the aircraft in recent years, said Anselm Gehling, chief executive officer of Dr. Peters.

‘Given the size of the investment, some airlines weren’t sure about the future plans for the aircraft,’ Gehling said in an interview. ‘That’s a factor that has complicated negotiations.'”

Stripped for its parts. What an ignominious end for a flying dinosaur.

Airbus A380


Photo of the Day

Wednesday, 6 June, 2018

Bernard Weber, Founder of New7Wonders, celebrating the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) symbol of peace, while presenting a flower version of the symbol to CND and the Quakers Elders at the Manchester Friends Meeting House today.

Bernard Weber CND