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So how does someone with no apparently marketable skills go about emigrating?
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'Spineless' animals under threat of extinction, say the BBC.

Well, frankly, I don't see what they expect us to do about it. Nobody becomes extinct these days except by choice, and if they aren't prepared to put their back into it and their nose to the grindstone then it's really their own lookout. When my ancestors were facing extinction on the African savannah, did they sit back and moan about it? No, they did not. They got on their bikes and drove Homo erectus to extinction instead, and I think there's a lesson for us all there.
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According to this and also to this, Tallis' landmark 40-part motet Spem in Alium is getting an outing on the Canongate in ten days. It's not often performed, and with beautiful timing I've arranged to be out of the country.

This doesn't mean you can't go. In fact, I'll be quite disappointed if none of you do. If you don't know what the fuss is about, read this and listen to this.

A choir and seven pieces (including, IMO, one of the finest pieces of music ever written) for only eight of your Earth pounds. Sounds like a bargain to me.

In other news, the being-out-of-the-country involves flying from Schiphol to Minneapolis tomorrow.

Today, Katla is restive. Probably it'll come to nothing. Probably nothing. Probably.
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Someone should point out to Joanna Lumley that you're officially old once you start complaining about the morals of youth and that things were much better in your day.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] seventorches for passing this on to me.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of
America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


. . . is an anagram of . . .

I, George W. Bush, an evil Republican fascist, used God to
inflict pain on the world, end life, facilitate death, create militant
jihad rebels, and to let youths die for nothing.


Some people have too much time on their hands.
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Risks Digest 24.93
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 21:24:51 -0600
From: Peter G Neumann <neumann@csl.sri.com>
Subject: Nitrogen Used To Fill Aircraft Oxygen Systems

Airlines all over the world are being warned to check to make sure
there's actually oxygen in their aircraft oxygen systems after an
embarrassing mix-up by Qantas Airlines at Melbourne International
Airport. For ten months, crews have been filling airliner oxygen
systems from a nitrogen cart that's supposed to be used to fill
tires. The mistake went unnoticed until a couple of weeks ago when
an observant aircraft engineer spotted service workers using the
cart. "He was walking around the plane and asked what they were
doing. When they said they were topping up the oxygen, he said, 'No
you're not, that's a nitrogen cart,'" an unnamed source told *The
Age*. As anyone who works with industrial gases knows, oxygen tanks
have different fittings than other gases to prevent exactly this
kind of mix-up. However, when the crews discovered the fittings on
what they thought was their new oxygen cart didn't fit, they swapped
them for the ones on the old cart they were retiring. Of course,
Australian officials are looking into the error and Qantas has been
busy notifying other airlines that use its services in Melbourne.
Hundreds of aircraft may be affected.
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/NitrogenUsedToFillAircraftOxygenSystems_196776-1.html

See also:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/probe-after-qantas-pumps-wrong-gas-into-jets/2007/12/15/1197568332267.html

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