Archive for March, 2006

The biggest oil spill in history – 10 lines

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I found this very small article in the “60 Seconds” section of the New Scientist. Seems like there is some kind of a media coverup going on as it doesn’t seem to have been reported elsewhere. Or maybe nobody cares about Alaska:
Oil clean-up on ice
Extreme cold has hampered efforts to clean up the oil spill on Alaska’s northern coast – the largest ever recorded. By Tuesday, 230,000 litres of crude oil had been recovered after the ruptured pipeline was discovered two weeks ago at a site operated by BP Exploration (Alaska). Around 950,000 litres of oil were spilt.
If anyone has any more information about this, please leave me a comment…

News about non-events

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Amazing what can make news these days – 2 news stories about something which didn’t happen (see below). Maybe I should phone the BBC and tell them that Prince William didn’t get married in my town yesterday:
Italians leave Pitt Jolie no-show
Journalists and locals gathered on Saturday with some taking to the air Officials in the Italian town where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were reportedly to wed on Saturday were disappointed the couple failed to show.
A spokesman for the town hall said there was no official indication of a ceremony.
I only read these because they were about a place near me.
I’m always appalled by the number of people reading celebrity magazines. On any given trip I make, about 1/2 the passengers seem to spend their time trawling through stories about stars in Hello and worse. What is so interesting about these people? They are beautiful, confident, they can act (some) and they go to lots of parties, and they appear in Hello magazine. But most of the stories that I’ve seen seem to involve them doing totally banale things like going to the shops, having babies, divorcing, etc…

Plug hole eddies

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Ever heard the urban myth that the eddy of water going out of a plug-hole turns a different way in the northern and southern hemispheres? It’s not true. I tested it. Both in the southern and the northern hemisphere, the eddie went anti-clockwise.

Boycott Beijing

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

On July 19 2001, Hu Jintao, president of the People’s Republic of China stated that after Beijing