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Well, it’s bound to be. Or else, it’s not dangerous per se (annoying phrase and possibly miss-spelled but I’m too tired to think of another one) but ‘studies’ somewhere, at some point, will show that too much of it (breathing), or doing it in a manner other than a technique prescribed by experts and approved of by the government, is not only life-threatening but dangerous to others — especially unborn babies.  This threat will have a name which begins with the word ‘passive’. If you continue to get your breathing wrong and fail to take advice  you will then be a social pariah and a child-killer, just because you didn’t listen to the experts  — whose livelihoods largely depend on them drawing our attention to how everything will kill us and how we are (passively) killing everyone else.

They’re on about ‘environmentally-friendly’ lightbulbs now and how they may be a threat to health. Of course. I’m sorry to gloat but I’m glad it’s something that was previously on the ‘approved’ list (in fact, I’m almost certain that ‘they’ — raving environmentalists — were getting ready to force us to use these type of lightbulbs to the exclusion of all others).  Zealots can never admit they were wrong, though, so they’ll probably issue some statements saying that any damning study was flawed (but all studies which support their views are, of course, totally spot-on and cannot be questioned).

I tried to get a carrier bag to carry home my shopping this week and had to face an interrogation by a supermarket cashier, who wasn’t even impressed by my defense that I had brought my own bag but couldn’t fit everything in, as I’d bought some products which were on a special two-for-one offer (in an attempt to keep myself and loved-ones out of the poorhouse). I pleaded my case as best I could but she didn’t care that I would have to struggle home on public transport with bananas sticking out my coat pocket or that my half-price bloomer would be flattened to the size of a pancake by the time I got through my front door. She was a member of the bag-police and had right on her side. My only consolation was that she had horribly misshapen rabbit teeth. As she lectured me and gave me the evil eye, all I could think was: rabbit, rabbit, rabbit; orthodontist, orthodontist, orthodontist… The tooth thing had probably warped her mind and ruined her life — I might have been doing her a favour if I had punched her teeth out right there and then (only joking, Word Police).

You can read more about all the lightbulb business over at The World’s Gone Mad. I love that blog. Sometimes I get so mad about things that I can hardly speak about them, let alone write about them. And sometimes I get so annoyed that I’m beside myself and we look at each other and don’t know what to think. It’s then that I head over to the ‘Gone Mad’ blog to find out what Billy Seggars has to say about things. Billy usually has a nicely controlled rant but manages to stay witty and coherent throughout.

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Miss Doxie doesn’t write on her blog that often these days but posts like Cookie and the Geese make the wait so worthwhile.

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I don’t suppose you spend much time thinking about mechanical elephants; I can’t say the subject would figure among my first waking thoughts, either.  But — according to the *I’m Learning to Share blog — Britain could be considered the birthplace  of the mechanical elephant. Not only that — but the late and supposedly great (I don’t find him that funny) comedian Peter Sellers once bought a mechanical elephant to ‘fall back on’ in case his career went kaput.

You never know when this kind of information will come in handy — here’s a mechanical elephant for you to look at:


* Via Bibi’s Box  — another one of my favourite blogs.

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This photograph is from Elf: a Photoblog. I love it.

I love rain — especially when it’s really bucketing down. Rain makes me feel even more alive than usual — must be a scientific explanation for that, electricity in the air or something like it. I’d look it up but I can’t be bothered just now. Hope it’s nothing embarrassing.

I think I’m going to like ‘Elf’s’ photoblog — I usually know within seconds if a blog is going to be one for my favourites list. Have you noticed that I’m–using–even–more–dashes–than–usual  tonight? No idea why. Thinking and writing in *telegraph-style, too. Will stop doing that now.


I thought Natalie Cole was out of order with her moan about Amy Winehouse winning a handful of Grammys. Cole’s argument was that it was akin to rewarding bad behaviour and sends the wrong message to young kids. I kind of get what she means, but the awards were for musical talent (which Winehouse clearly has — in truckloads) and I don’t think they were intended to be given only to those who follow a clean-living lifestyle. Otherwise they’d be called something along the lines of: ‘The Good Music & Best Role Model Awards’.

*While I’m on the subject of telegraphs — check out 16 Sparrows 1920’s telegraph-style stationery. I’ve been writing about it on Larkin & Catcher’s Very Best Things — but I know you can’t be everywhere at once (darn those dashes — they crept up on me again).

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Best Blogs: Blue Tea

I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned this before — but Blue Tea is one of my favourite art and design related blogs. It’s full of weird, wonderful and obscure links and it is where I found Crummy Church Signs and Kitty Wigs (via the Geekologie link).


I like the way Geekologie have the Kitty Wigs listed under: proof_of_the_coming_apocalypse.

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Wee Birdy is a blog devoted  to ‘shopping, style, beauty and more’. The blogger is an Australian-born freelance journalist, now living in London — and seems to know what she’s talking about when it comes to fashion.

There are some great posts (and photos) on her recent trip to Paris — where she does a nice round-up of all the best places to shop (why didn’t I think of that? All I came back with was a toothache…).

The blog looks to be relatively new but I reckon it’s going to be a winner. Despite some exhaustive research (a quick scan over the profile page) I’ve not discovered the *name of this blogger yet but I’m on the case.

*I’ve just noticed that she signs herself  Top Bird on her posts — so that will do for now.

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A relatively new blog but I like this man’s style – and it’s good to have yet another blogger drawing attention to the growing power of the Health Fascists and Thought Police.

Billy Seggars — The World’s Gone Mad

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