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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20649816

I'm sure they played out several scenarios when planning this prank.  What if we fail?  Well, it'll still be funny so that's ok.  What if we're successful?  Well, yes, we'll upset the Royal family, in which case, they needed a lawyer on hand to consider the repercussions of litigation.

But they didn't consider the effect it might have on the hospital workers who are just doing their jobs of caring for people.

It was an act of foolishness without full consideration of the tragic consequences that can arise from a "harmless prank".  Few people could have foreseen it, in all honesty.

I doubt the presenters will be able to work on radio again.  They should resign (if they are not fired).  And I'm sure they are both feeling pretty awful about what happened.  I genuinely feel sorry for them and hope they are not too harshly treated in future.  But still responsibility must be taken for what happened and they must take it and live with it.  Bad luck.
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Really very sad situation...:((((( I wish these guys could just think about how the person who answers the call would feel after the joke is made...It seems that some people are caring for their popularity much more than about how other people feel...
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Chris Rock - Black People VS. Niggaz (Bring the Pain 1996)

Wow!  I remember first seeing this clip some years ago and I laughed so hard...it was a combination of things really.  Chris Rock's unstoppable delivery style, the fact that he is black and openly mocking those of his own colour that are "up to no good".  It broke a taboo and this was pretty shocking to me at the time, but it struck a chord because it played to a stereotype that everyone could relate to whether they were white or black.

For me this is ground breaking comedy, not in that it is necessarily built upon new observations, but it just allowed people to talk about something which might have been considered a taboo subject beforehand.

Chris Rock is brilliant at this.  He can take a racial tension and turn it upon its head.  He did it even more recently by claiming that white people should vote for Barack Obama because he is the whitest of the two presidential candidates by far.  Utterly brilliant observational comedy yet again!

We do take ourselves too seriously sometimes, in this politically correct age, and there is no better leveller than someone taking the piss out of "their own".
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http://www.udacity.com

Udacity exists because of the success of AI Class which amazingly had over 23,000 people see it through to the end. It looks like Udacity is fine-tuning the structure of the classes based on what they learned from AI Class. For example, breaking down the modules into a more bite sized 7 week chunks. And there would appear to be a greater emphasis on programming practice rather than purely theory.

I think online community learning is the future of education so it is great to see the pioneering work moving forwards. The challenge for Udacity is to turn this concept into something that has real value not only to those inside the community but also those outside the community, such as prospective employers.

With people like Sebastian Thrun involved it really gives credibility and gravitas to the endeavour so I'm really excited about the possibilities.

I will be following with great interest...
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Vader and I (Withnail and I vs Star Wars Part I)

I watched this several times now and it makes me cry with laughter each time!
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20415689

The CofE continues to demonstrate it is stuck in the dark ages, is non-progressive and has little relevance to the modern society that we live in.

This decision demonstrates the attitudes of the majority who are in power i.e., to deny woman a central role in the church.  And what is the rationale?  Tradition?  Respect to God's intentions?  I just don't get it...

Meanwhile, the rest of the world moves on and the Church just appears even more anachronistic and continues to alienate 50% of its followers.

Nice job...
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A lie, is a lie, is a lie, is a lie

Sometimes there are revelations that are so shocking they shake you to your very core.  It seems like, at the present time, October 2012, there have been two major revelations that have utterly shook me to my core.

The first is the revelation that the revered cyclist, 7 times Tour de France champion, recovered cancer sufferer and inspiration to millions of cancer patients, Lance Armstrong, was not only a willing participant but also a ring-leader in the most elaborate doping  scam in the modern era of cycling.

The second is the revelation that Sir Jimmy Saville, deceased, much loved and trusted celebrity had sexually abused children over a period of around 50 years during his time working at the BBC and also afterwards as a patron of several high-profile charities and British institutes.

I've spent many hours over the past few weeks contemplating these events and I won't go into the details of each individual case.  Needless to say there is a sufficient body of evidence available now and my mind is made up on both counts.

While, on the surface, both of these cases are really very different (i.e., different people, different circumstances, different consequences) I do believe that, at the core, there are some startling similarities:

- Both cases involve individuals who held positions of trust based upon their public personas e.g., both were involved in charity work and seen as an example for others to follow.

- Both received accolades which were essentially the highest honours that could be bestowed upon them in their respective fields e.g., many best male athlete awards for Lance and a Knighthood respectively for Jimmy.

- Both were liars, cheats and denied any wrongdoing when directly questioned.  To this day Lance Armstrong still denies any wrongdoing despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  Sir Jimmy Saville is now deceased but did deny any wrongdoing when interviewed by the media on a number of occasions.

- Both profited personally from their elevated status over a sustained period of time with the backing of colleagues, friends, family and also governing bodies/institutes who either knowingly turned a blind eye, colluded or were hoodwinked.

What conclusions can we draw from the above?  Well, I'm fairly sure Lance Armstrong wasn't a paedophile and I'm also pretty sure Sir Jimmy Saville wasn't a drugs cheat but both were such convincing liars and both accomplished this by creating personas so compelling that they were able to deceive those around them, including themselves it seems.

So, what does this say about us ordinary people who were taken in by this?  And what about those who were much closer to these individuals?  Where do you draw the line of culpability?  I honestly don't know but it seems that there are two types of people in this world.  Those who are (easily) corruptible and those who are not.

All too often we, as outside observers, jump upon our moral high horses when we hear about such stories.  We are very quick to judge those around us.  Yet how many of us can truly say that we have never lied, never cheated or never deceived?  I certainly can't.  And when I considered the situations when I have lied previously then I understand that, from a certain perspective, I am no better or worse than these individuals.

Now don't get me wrong, what each of these individuals has done is despicable for different reasons.  The damage caused by Sir Jimmy Saville's crimes will by felt for years, especially by the victims he abused.  In contrast, Lance Armstrong's wrongdoings will probably be forgotten in a few months once the dust has settled.  But, beneath the surface, both are fundamentally the same.  It just so happened that one had a persuasion for young girls, the other had a persuasion for winning cycling races.  No matter what the costs.

I urge everyone who reads this to look at themselves long and hard and reflect upon their own deeds in life.  To those who can not accept the above, and I include those who still regard these individuals as "heroes", I'm afraid you are deluding yourself.  And you leave yourself open to the same corruptibility, either by self-corruption or the corruption by those around us.

If there is any legacy that these individuals leave behind then it is that they broaden our awareness of corruption, the forms it can take and how deeply it can manifest.  Please do your utmost not to become part of it.

PS: If Lance Armstrong does ever come clean and later chooses to reveal his story, I won't be reading it that's for sure.   I do not wish for liars and cheats to profit further from their wrongdoings.
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+Liam Wickins Well...There obviously can be different reasons for lying and different types of lie too...But I think that it is important to learn to deal with people and situations honestly. 
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Google Plus Bookmarks?

Ok, so the number of people I'm now following means I can no longer keep up with the volume of postings during certain times of the day. There appears to be a UK morning rush hour and a US West coast morning rush hour.

Not sure if this feature exists or not, but it sure would be useful to be able to bookmark interesting postings in a G+ stream that you can come back to later and read at your leisure...using browser bookmarks just seems clunky and having something integrated into G+ would be really nice.
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Just having one of those mornings...applied face cream to my toothbrush and started to brush my teeth! Argggghhh! Thankfully I snapped out of auto-pilot before trying to apply toothpaste to my face.

Note to self: Buy face cream in a package that looks nothing like toothpaste or vice-versa.
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Hahahahaha for me it is sometimes the same with shampoo and hair conditioner :)
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2012: End of the World

The perfect antidote to those 2012 doom sayers...simply laughter.
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