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Holiday Car Breakdown – UK advert

August 24, 2011 2 comments

RAC and Simon Day create a funny video highlighting the pitfalls of not having breakdown cover. RAC is offering £28 breakdown cover this summer.

Strange Random Family Holiday Quote:

Our concept of a family holiday was going to a guest house in the Lake district or Wales where walking was part of the holiday. – Roger Bannister

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The Biggest A-List Celebrity Homes For Sale – Larry Olmsted – The Great Life – Forbes

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From Harrison Ford’s Big Apple penthouse to the late Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air estate, you can own a piece of A-list real estate as long as you’re able to pay the price. Celebrity homes are on the market all the time, with plenty to choose from, and compared to the recent rash of billionaire homes, they can be surprisingly affordable. Of course, some are still plenty expensive. Here is a look at some of the homes of the ultra-famous currently on the market, as listed by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, which posts famous and unique homes weekly.

The standout beauty of her era, Elizabeth Taylor became as famous for her string of failed marriages as for her amazing track record in film, and later, became a noted philanthropist and charity superstar. Her longtime Bel Air residence is on the market for the first time since she bought in 1981. The 1.3 acre lot overlooks LA, and has its own guard house fronting the driveway. The home is 7,000-square feet and has numerous suites and an open floorplan, along with a lovely pool of iridescent mosaic tile, with adjoining sauna and shower facilities. Grounds have extensive formal flowerbeds, a bamboo jungle, rose gardens and walking paths, plus a koi pond and greenhouse for cultivating orchids. A slice of Old Hollywood, yours for $8,600,000.

via The Biggest A-List Celebrity Homes For Sale – Larry Olmsted – The Great Life – Forbes.

Strange Random Celebrity Quote:

“It stirs up envy, fame does. People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you – and it won’t hurt your feelings – like it’s happening to your clothing.” – Marilyn Monroe

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Dumbest Warning Labels – Forbes.com

Careful with that saw, Eugene

Our society doesn’t think much of the average consumer.

To wit: Only a moron would try to wash her daughter in a washing machine; or shake hands with the business end of a chainsaw; or light a match to check the contents of a gas tank.

And yet manufacturers still go to laughable lengths to protect their customers from harm, bombarding them with ridiculous warning labels or stunningly obvious explanations of how their products work. Why else would a carton of eggs actually say that the product may contain eggs?

via Dumbest Warning Labels – Forbes.com.

Strange Random Warning Quote:

Warning: Do not attempt to swallow (On a mattress)

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MakeRetro, more fun with photos!

July 7, 2011 1 comment

Here’s another of those Web 2.0 design sites to help you occupy a few boring moments or maybe even hours …

In the same way as many of its contemporaries, MakeRetro.com does one thing and one thing only, but does it remarkably well. Upload a photo or enter a link and then choose from a number of different effects which can be combined to create the perfect imperfect picture, so to speak.

If the options seem rather complicated, try the link at the bottom of the page that says “Chose (sic) an effect wizard” which brings up a very useful gallery showing you the combinations that were used on each photo.

So as usual, dive in, have fun and experiment!

Strange Random Retro Quote:

“There’s a sort of movement that says that when classics are bypassed, they can become cool again. That’s what’s happening to gin. It’s part of the whole retro cocktail culture.” – Richard Brandes

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Queen’s composer says fine mobile phone users at concerts | Reuters

June 21, 2011 2 comments
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Reuters – Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, has suggested that owners of mobile phones which ring during concerts should pay a fine. Speaking to the BBC, he described the problem as becoming so common that it was “a plague.” “I would just love to see something where people would be fined … and that the money went to the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund,” he told the BBC. Davies said he was “really upset” when two concerts he attended recently were interrupted by phones ringing.

via Queen’s composer says fine mobile phone users at concerts | Reuters.

Strange Random Annoyance Quote:

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” – Isaac Asimov (Russian born American science-fiction Writer and Biochemist. 1920-1992)

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