When I was a student in the 1980s a certain David Cameron was a leading figure in the Federation of Conservative students when they produced badges and posters saying “Hang Mandela”. Remember that when you see him paying tributes to a real political leader.
I’ve been walking Grafton Street for over 20 years, longer maybe, that I can recall with the red brick paving. The city council are repaving the street. I was very sorry to see large format grey stone - the character of the street in my opinion will be much the worse for it. For anyone in Dublin, enjoy the walk under the lights this Christmas - it will be a lot colder next year.
Truck carrying ‘extremely dangerous’ radioactive material stolen in Mexico
NBC News: A truck carrying what is being described as ‘extremely dangerous’ radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico while on its way to a waste center.
The vehicle was transporting cobalt-60, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say.
A glove to find your way in 19th-century London
This amazing artifact came by in my Twitter feed today and it is too special not to share. It is a glove that was purchased in 1851 as a tourist souvenir at London’s Great Exhibition, which was attended by a variety of famous individuals, from Charles Darwin to Charlotte Brontë. The leather glove is special because it contains a map that shows the routes to Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, which was the main staging area for the exhibition. It appears to be made for a child, perhaps in case he lost his parents in the crowds. The glove is one of a variety of maps that was produced for the many visitors to the city. Another is this wonderful folding specimen printed on silk, which shows a great amount of detail (check out the enlargements). London in the palm of your hand: a functional memento from the time that the tourist industry was beginning to boom.
Pic: Kew, The National Archives, EXT 11/159 (c. 1851). This the source of the image; here and here is more information on the glove (the latter webpage, from the archive that keeps the artifact, suggests it was a kid’s glove). The glove features on various blogs, such as this one; I saw it in this tweet today.
Nickname(s): please don’t
Birthday: 10th May
LIKES / DISLIKES:
Favorite Color(s): black
Least Favorite Color: brown
Favorite Food: chocolate. CHOCOLAAATE.
Least Favorite Food: peas can fuck off
Favorite Band/Artist: lots but Le Galaxie atm probs
Least Favorite Band/Artist: eh. I don’t understand Neutral Milk Hotel.
Favorite Type of Movie: one with Cristoph Waltz in
Least Favorite Type of Movie: 12a parody movies
One thing you can’t get enough of: the superhuman surge of energy that I get when I see my favourite bands live
One thing you hate more than anything: rape culture/the patriarchy
Are you single? sadly
Do you have a crush on anyone right now? nah, i miss having that kind of passion in my life
Do you flirt a lot? not really.
Sweetest thing you’ve ever gotten: some of my 18th birthday gifts: a Times Atlas of The World, a beautiful illustrated hardback The World of The Wheel of Time, a portrait of a Totodile, my first ever Pokémon
Do you believe in love at first sight? nah.
Do you fall in love fast? only after confirmation that the other party loves me (it’s an ego thing)
Do you ever make the first move? I like to but rarely do
Do you want to get married? eventually
A daydreamer? all day all night
Talkative? can be, if you’re not a dick and you catch me in the right mood.
Energetic? get me excited.
Happy? Very little reason to be unhappy.
Depressed? I don’t think so.
Caring? to an extent for most, to the limit for some.
Friendly? i’m v approachable
Sarcastic? i’ve reached that ultra level of sarcasm where i just sound sincere but dumb
Dependable? if you pin me down (but only if)
Adaptable? yes, but maybe not to a competent level.
Emotionally strong? i’m not afraid of my emotions
Outgoing? with the right people
Nosy? far too self-centred to be nosy
Lazy? peak level
Artistic? not in the slightest
Considerate? I consider everything, but acting upon my considerations is another story
Romantic? if inspired
Obsessive? if i like something i will know everything about it
Sincere? yeah i don’t fuck around
superimposition said: -dances-
it’s so trippy live w/ all the strobes man like