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Whatever crossed my time on the day, usually general muttering and rebelliousness over shady pricing by big companies, but also grammar, humour (100 funny insurance quotes is popular), and more

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Telling email scams at a glance.

Email scams keep on coming Scammers, like all con artists, are sociopathic parasites, leaching from the unwary, stealing, conning, whatever it takes to make coin. They don’t care who they hurt, financially or mentally. It’s all about them, what they can get, and – they believe – if you fall for their scam, it’s your …

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Jasper CArrot, Driven to Distraction

Top 100 funny insurance claims

Funny motor insurance claims were made famous Jasper Carrott in the 1980s Humourous insurance claims, especially motor ones, were made famous by comedian Jasper Carrott when he introduced them to his acts in the 1980’s. What’s especially funny is that they were all apparently true. I would imagine there’s far more around than the hundred …

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Welcoming Afghans and other immigrants – without question

This post: circa 5,500 words, estimated reading time, excluding videos: 28 minutes. Not a lot of immigrants This post began as a reply to one on Facebook, after the announcement that GB News North East of England reporter Rachel Sweeney believes her region will welcome Afghan refugees‘ ‘I would argue 20,000 is not a lot. …

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Genealogy: The past is a foreign place

Genealogy and pondering your ancestry Intro This post is something of a ramble, one more likely to interest friends and family than folk looking for more authoritative articles on the subject. It’s one of those “I was pondering this while doing the dishes” sort of things. While the focus is on my family tree it’s …

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Finding Rat #42, alleged Harvard asshole

Uncovering Harvard’s Rat #42 A poorly copied, blurry version of this parody lab story popped up in my Facebook stream early today. I squinted (it really was a poor copy!), smiled and possibly even laughed as I remembered this from a few years back, found while studying psychology. Funny as heck at the time, it …

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Conforming to the narrative

This post: circa 1,500 words, estimated reading time: 7 to 8 minutes. Do you conform to the narrative? This is a general question and applies equally to barmy TV plots, politics, religions, media ‘guidance’ and the madness of the ‘woke’ left. Do you go along with what you are told because it’s the easiest path? …

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Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

This post: circa 1,250 words, estimated reading time: 6 minutes Prelude intro I personally don’t wholly trust the Covid-19 vaccines, any of them, though that’s as much to do with caution (because I understand their development and delivery) as paranoia. I’ve written as much in the past. However, the world (read governments and big business, …

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Virgin’ on the the ridiculous

This post: circa 1,750 words, estimated reading time: 9 minutes That time of year when… Actually it is more like “that time of year AGAIN”, as it feels to me like Virgin are putting their prices up twice a year now! They are about to up our bill another 5% – but offering new customers …

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