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BBC News – ‘Going ape’ about new tablet devices

December 14, 2010 1 comment

In the race for the Christmas Gadget Award, take a look at the front-runner (Apple’s iPad) and, well, the others. Whether you’re a technical type or just thinking of buying for someone else, this humorous video is worth a watch!

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Strange Random Tablet Quote:

Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day – 23 minutes – and that’s supposed to be enough – Walter Cronkite

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BBC News – Dick Cavett: ‘I seemed to get everybody I wanted’

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment
Talk Show Host Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett‘s legendary career stretched for decades, and the show bearing his name welcomed countless celebrities and high profile guests, from Katharine Hepburn to Orson Wells and Marlon Brando. Now he is looking back on the highlights in a new book, Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary and Off Screen Secrets.

He talks to Matt Frei about his most memorable interviews and why he did not like the label “intellectual”.

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Strange Random Talkshow Quote:

“In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.” – Timothy Leary (American Psychologist and Author who was a leading advocate for the use of LSD and other psychoactive drugs, 1920-1996)


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BBC News – Hortefeux’s genital slip of the tongue is web hit

October 19, 2010 1 comment
Brice Hortefeux, a French politician and Minister

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The proof that we live in an increasingly “genital” world  …

A slip of the tongue by France’s interior minister has become an internet hit after he mistakenly spoke of “genital prints”. Brice Hortefeux meant to say fingerprints – empreintes digitales in French – but instead said empreintes génitales.He was distinguishing them from genetic prints – empreintes génétiques – or DNA records. He made the gaffe during a joint radio and television interview. Mr Hortefeux was discussing on RTL radio and LCI television the types of data police keep for tracking criminals.

via BBC News – Hortefeux’s genital slip of the tongue is web hit.

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Strange Random Genital Quote:

“The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.” – Leonardo da Vinci (Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. 1452-1519)

BBC News – Fast Track – The challenges of being a waitress at Munich’s Oktoberfest

October 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Millions of beer lovers gathered in Munich this autumn to celebrate 200 years of Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest folk festival.
Over the course of the famous event, an estimated six million litres of beer are drunk. And that requires the special skills of the tent waitresses who must be able to carry six or more one litre beer mugs at once.

Fahima Khail donned her dirndl and found out what it is like to be a waitress at the festival.

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Strange Random Beer Quote:

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” – Frank Zappa

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