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Condescending Wonka is my new favourite meme template. This one isn't mine, but it's a good sample of the genre..
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With enormous apologies to the triathletes I know. I love you all dearly, but damn, this meme just couldn't be left unmade.
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I do enjoy watching (and cheering on) the tail end of rides like the Cape Argus... The tubby guys (and gals) on 50 quid Halfords mountain bikes who are in it just to finish. That's much more of a big deal than whether I manage to shave 5m off my best time... And I'm not just saying that because my times keep getting slower these days......

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When I have time, I'd like to take two weeks for a road trip across the USA and back again, deliberately avoiding the places British people go on holiday (San Francisco, Vegas, LA, Boston, New York, Florida, etc) and instead planning a route that concentrates on the places visitors don't generally go (and some of the places most Americans have never been to, for that matter).

This is not out of some kind of "look how cool I am for being non-mainstream" thing, it's because it always seems terribly unfair to me how many Europeans view the US one-dimensionally ("places we go on holiday are nice, everywhere else is full of gun-waving fundamentalists"). It'd be nice to go beyond the stereotypes.
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Go see the Forevertron in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It's this amazing scrap-metal sculpture park built by Doc Evermore (Tom Every). The pieces are beautiful and intricate, ranging in size from cat to trailer truck. The centerpiece is huge and Jules Verne-esque, with an accompanying red dragon you can play like an instrument. Surrounding the Forevertron is a festival in scrap metal, with a popcorn wagon, a gazebo, and (my favorite part) a bird band.

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/11/forevertron-worlds-largest-scrap-metal-sculpture-by-dr-evermor/

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A fine exchange in the Washington Post comments section, about that dude who moved to Singapore and seems to be being (unfairly, I think) pilloried by some senators looking to score some patriotism points. The US already taxes its own citizens abroad (the only OECD member to do so, AFAIK), and is pretty unique in that it already has serious tax penalties applied to people who dare to renounce their US citizenship. As another commenter remarked - they built a fence to keep the Mexicans out, now here's the fiscal fence to keep Americans in.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah - zing!
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The economic equivalent of the Berlin wall. Interesting random point - Saverin could never be President of the USA, as he was born in Brazil but, after 10 years in Singapore, he'd become eligible for the presidency there.
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Just to make it clear - if you're adding this account, you're adding the wrong one. I migrated to my Google Apps account a while ago, which is here:

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This may be very cool - the BBC is doing a Bloomsday-spanning radio adaptation of "Ulysses", which will be transmitted in "real time" this Saturday on Radio 4 in a number of programmes between 0915 and 2300. It's often said that this is a book that needs to be read aloud.

+Colm Buckley et al may find this of interest..
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Ah, I hadn't realized that! Thanks

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Another excellent Condescending Wonka. Not mine, mind.
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I guess everyone else has seen this, but I hadn't - President Obama sitting on the very bus Rosa Parks made famous.
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Something of a zing on the subject of Mark Zuckerberg's performance at the one pre-IPO roadshow he turned up to: "Trying to look like you're being like Steve Jobs in terms of haberdashery before you've proven to public shareholders that you are Steve Jobs in terms of performance is just a bit forward."
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Forgot to add the Facebook was selling in the secondary market at well below the IPO price.  So the banks got greedy and overpriced the shares - a mismatch which in the old days would have worked - but in the days high VIX index, was bound to go wrong.

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It is weird to be in Boston and for the city not to be utterly arse-freezingly cold and buried under 3 metres of snow.

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