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December 12 2011


Tory MP regrets stag party's Nazi toasts, SS costumes and waiter taunts | Politics | The Guardian

A Conservative MP who attended a party where friends allegedly chanted Nazi slogans and dressed up in SS uniforms, has apologised for “any offence that was caused” at the event.

Aidan Burley used the social networking site, Twitter, to say he did “deeply regret inappropriate behaviour by some guests at a stag party” he attended and was “extremely sorry for any offence that was caused”.

The apology, posted at 12.30pm on Sunday, was sent to the MP’s 385 followers but was picked up by the Twitter community and passed around to many others. It failed, however, to assuage those outraged by his behaviour, with many continuing to call for his sacking and resignation.

The 32-year-old Cannock Chase MP was dining at a restaurant in the ski resort of Val Thorens, at Savoie, in the French Alps. Some of his 12 friends in the restaurant chanted “Hitler, Hitler, Hitler”, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The paper claimed that the MP, who was elected in 2010, sipped wine while at least one man sitting near him goaded a French waiter, asking: “You are from Germany? No, you must be from Austria, then?” and “Are you insulting his Reich?”

Burley was filmed raising his glass in a toast before, the paper claimed, another guest beside him made a speech, in which he said: “Let’s raise a toast to Tom for organising the stag do, and if we’re perfectly honest, to the ideology and thought process of the Third Reich.”

The party was said to have moved on to a British-themed pub, where partygoers adopted thick German accents and chanted: “Mein Fuhrer! Mein Fuhrer! Mein Fuhrer!”, “Himmler! Himmler! Himmler!” and “Eichmann! Eichmann! Eichmann!” …

Tags: O_o evil OMFG

March 11 2011


Japan earthquake - live updates | World news |

Japan earthquake - live updates

A series of powerful earthquakes have struck Japan triggering warnings of tsunami as high as 10 metres and shaking buildings in Tokyo


Japan earthquake and tsunami: live - Telegraph

Japan earthquake and tsunami: live
A huge 8.9-magnitude earthquake has hit the coast of Japan, sending two tsunamis crashing into the city of Sendai. Follow our live coverage here

March 10 2011

9957 3e6b 500

Odds and ends

Location: Beijing

Spotted by: Bill Anderson

[Ed. Note: I’d’ve captioned that one “Bits and bobs,” as expected.]

March 08 2011


March 05 2011


March 04 2011


Chinese Ethnic Mongolian Boots for Women

……as worn by Mongolian Court Jesters hundreds of years ago.

I've seen more than a hundred pairs of Mongolian boots, and none had toes like these!

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Finally we are in the future. Shoes that Fremen from Dune would wear. I would totally wear these to blow nordic minds.


February 26 2011

fridge says hi...
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February 24 2011



I just discovered my BF is going to see (shudder) motorhead tonight, and I am frankly horrified.

I loathed that band on first hearing them, and subsequent listenings have not shifted that opinion a single micron. I swore a silent oath many years ago that I would never knowingly sleep with anyone who owns a motorhead t-shirt.

I actually feel kinda dirty.

February 23 2011


SH Was In My Dream Last Night & I Blame You Lot

The Great Game up to “I’d be lost without my blogger,” is part of my daily viewing diet. Despite my having a pretty spongy subconscious, Sherlock’d never inhabited my dreams.

Tags: Sherlock omfg O_o
Reposted bysherlock sherlock

Gaddafi speech and Libya unrest – as it happened

• Gaddafi: ‘I cannot leave my country, I will die a martyr’
• Libyan leader makes rambling speech after days of unrest
• ‘Anyone who undermines state will be punished by death’
• Hague: ‘Structure of Libyan state is collapsing’


Gaddafi urges violent showdown and tells Libya 'I'll die a martyr'

• Muammar Gaddafi tells loyalists to take to streets of Libya
• Witnesses speak of mercenaries in death squads
• International condemnation of bloodshed grows


Christchurch earthquake: hunt for survivors begins

Rescuers working through the night have pulled dozens of people from the rubble after the earthquake that killed at least 75 people in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Rescue teams had to perform amputations to free some of the 120 survivors that have been pulled from the wreckage of the quake in the country’s second-biggest city. The death toll is expected to rise further, with as many as 300 still missing, believed to be buried under concrete, brick and twisted metal.

“We are getting texts and tapping sounds from the living and that’s our focus at the moment,” police commander Russell Gibson said on Radio New Zealand. The city’s mayor, Bob Parker, said as many as 300 people might be missing as a national state of emergency was declared.

Just before 2pm on Wednesday afternoon emergency workers were hurriedly evacuated from a two-block radius of the Chancellor hotel, after fears the building could collapse. About a quarter of the building had sunk into the ground.

Christchurch hospital’s emergency department was packed with victims. Gibson described the scene in the city as one of “absolute carnage”. The streets, he said, were “littered with dead bodies”.

The 6.3-magnitude quake rocked New Zealand’s second largest city at 12.51pm, when streets and shops were packed. Christchurch was hit last September by a 7.1-magnitude quake that caused damage but no deaths. This time, some estimated, the death toll could reach 200.

Already it is the country’s worst natural disaster since a 1931 earthquake, measuring 7.8, destroyed much of the North Island city of Napier, killing 256 people. …

… The quake, centred three miles from the city, was at a relatively shallow depth of 2½ miles. …

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