Bad Scientist Ben Goldacre has dug out a trial which shows the most awesome thing ever: the more exercise you believe you're doing, irrespective of how much you actually do, the healthier you are.
I've joined the illustrious list of left-ish-ists at Liberal Conspiracy. Hurrah! Appropriately enough, my first piece there is bashing the unions...
As usual, Alex Harrowell makes sense.
The redhead girl from the BA safety video really is cute, isn't she? Shame she's clearly still very much in love with the vaguely-Barack-Obama-lookalike father of her adorable kid. Ah well... - me, various points, the last 18 months. Even more tragically, for those of you who don't fly BA, the video is a cartoon.
Retail sales rose 4.6% in May 2008 compared with May 2007. Oh noes, the sky is falling, worst recession evah!, etc.
I'm not sure Boris would approve: (photographed by me at Kings Cross St Pancras station, 14/5/08 at 2215) Update 19/5 - Veroniq has come up with a much better headline: "And the London Underground is not a political movement"
Simon Jenkins: No good is served by incarcerating an illiterate drugs "mule" in Holloway for 14 years for a first offence when she had no clue what she was doing and has left four children on the streets of Jamaica. She will be sent back in seven years, after Britain has spent £250,000 turning her … Continue reading If you disagree with this, you have no soul and no brain
"Can someone please explain on what basis I am supposed to care more about the plight of the white working classes than that of, say, Congolese people driven out of their homes by war?" (an oasis of sanity in a thread dominated by horrible bigots)
Tom Lehrer is 80 today. Which is nice, since when I saw references to him on other blogs I assumed he'd died. Sheer genius. I'm entertained by this comment from CT: The world really needs more like him – brilliant math teachers who are brilliant parodists and public intellectuals on the side. Yes, this is … Continue reading Life is, indeed, skittles and beer
It's reasonably silly that you can get a qualification as a homeopath, given the complete lack of potential for an unlicensed homeopath to do any harm or for a licensed one to do any good ("you've been struck off the homeopath's register for actually giving someone a traceable amount of medicine", etc). But it's absolutely … Continue reading From the department of ‘couldn’t make it up’