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Jan20

Declaration of Equality

Lady Justice

Help make this happen – sign the Declaration of Equality

“We the undersigned are calling on Government Members of the House of Representatives to show true leadership by representing the views of the majority of New Zealanders – who believe that all people should be equal in the eyes of the law – by implementing the Declaration of Equality…”
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Jan10

Rant: Assassins Freed

Assassins Creed

A couple of years ago, I was browsing around my local branch of JB Hi-Fi and in the discount bin, I came across a cut-price copy of the original Assassins Creed.

It proved to be a reasonably entertaining game, with an intriguing storyline; the chief protaganist, Desmond Miles is kidnapped by members of a sinister organisation called Abstergo, a corporate front for the Knights Templar. Desmond’s captors explain that human DNA is actually a complex set of ancestral memories, which can be viewed by placing the subject in a device called an Animus. The Animus allows a subject to “re-live” the memories of his/her ancestor(s) in a sort of Virtual Reality environment and in doing so, “unlock” memories which are then recorded by the Animus. It’s a sort of Medieval-Arabic-Ninja-meets-The-Matrix

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Jan01

A new year begins

Well…another year passes and a new one begins.

2012 was a fairly tough year, but at least we all survived the Mayan calendar doomsday predictions rolleyes

Here’s hoping that 13 will be a lucky number for us all…

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Dec29

Mock the Week Funnies

A couple of my oldest pals recently splashed out on a new entertainment system and on a recent visit I was treated to a great episode of the popular BBC comedy Mock the Week

The particular episode had a featured section of: Unlikely Lines From Children’s Books and these examples made me chuckle:-

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Dec19

Your Blues Name

BB King playing trumpet

Love the blues? Ever wanted your own blues name? Use this handy chart to find yours…

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Nov29

What Facebook really needs

Great Facebook button idea

A long overdue Facebook function…I wonder how you add it to their wish list? wink

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Nov06

So Long Clive

Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones

Sad news today that iconic TV actor Clive Dunn, OBE passed away, from complications following surgery in Portugal.

Dunn was born in Covent Garden, into a family of actors and it was clear from a young age that he would be continuing the family tradition. He started acting professionally in the 1930s, until the outbreak of WWII, where he enlisted with the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. He was captured in Greece and spent more than four years an an Austrian POW camp.

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