Voucher Codes – Exclusive Discount Codes and Discount Vouchers (UK)

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Voucher Codes - Exclusive Discount Codes and Discount Vouchers (UK)

Croydon’s 200 cleanest restaurants

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Croydon’s 200 cleanest restaurants

iPhone Your Life

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iPhone Your Life

London’s Met Police attempting to get ethnic profile of gig goers? (NME)

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The Metropolitan Police’s Form 696
has to be filled out by licensees in 21 London boroughs so, the Met outlines on the form, police can give “appropriate support and advice” for the gig.

The form requires answers to questions about the ethnicity of those expected to attend the show, plus the style of music to be played.

Well, hello again Big Brother.

London’s Met Police attempting to get ethnic profile of gig goers? (NME)

Forget brain training, do something else to keep your brain “fit” (Times).

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Nancy Andreasen offers four suggestions to which you should allocate 30 minutes a day — choose a new and unfamiliar area of knowledge and explore it in depth, spend some time meditating or just thinking, practise observing and describing things, and practise imagining. This is quite a punishing workout but it makes perfect sense and, unlike the Nintendo DS, it does seem to describe a better way of life.

Ian Robertson, professor of psychology at Trinity College, Dublin, suggests reading out loud at breakfast, making lists of related objects (say, yellow ones, or those beginning with A), and change hands — brush your teeth with your left hand if you’re right-handed. Again, this makes perfect sense: these tricks make your brain deal with the unfamiliar as opposed to getting locked in old patterns of thought.

Forget brain training, do something else to keep your brain “fit” (Times).

Solution to Belkin USB stick Pre-N/N XP Problem.

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I had problems with an F5D8051 USB stick saying “No wireless networks found” and generally dropping the wireless network. This after trying the driver CD that came with the card and also the latest driver download from the Belkin website.

After googling and reading a few forums this is what worked for me (Windows XP SP3)

  • Install the latest N1 Wireless USB Adapter F5D8051 driver from Belkin (f5d8051v2_ww_2.02.04)
  • Plug in the USB stick when asked and let the install complete
  • Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ and make a backup copy of Mrvw245.sys to Mrvw245.backup
  • Select the Belkin wireless adapter in Device Manager and rightclick to “Properties/Driver/Uninstall”
  • Uninstall the downloaded Belkin software (this is the culprit, it just doesn’t work with Windows)
  • Remove the adapter
  • Reboot your computer and log in
  • Copy your backup copy of Mrvw245.backup to Mrvw245.sys
  • Plug in the USB N1 Wireless USB Adapter again and this time let Windows XP find the driver (you might have to point it to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\)
  • Let Windows manage your wireless networks
  • Enjoy

Kitsch vs kitsch

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Gore-Tex gets made without managers or budgets (Observer).

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At Gore - a $2.4bn, hi-tech materials company that most people know best for the Gore-Tex fabric that waterproofs their anoraks and walking boots - no one can tell any of the company’s 8,500 associates what to do. Although there is a structure (divisions, business units and so on) there is no organisation chart, no hierarchy and therefore no bosses. Kelly is one of the few with a title.

Similarly, Gore doesn’t have budgets in the sense that most companies do. ‘When I joined we didn’t have a planning process - budgeting wasn’t in the vocabulary,’ she says. Gore now does a better job of planning investment and forecasting, she maintains, but it still tries to avoid the games-playing and inflexibility of the traditional budget. ‘Budgets hinder associates from reacting in real time to changing circumstances,’ she says.

Gore-Tex gets made without managers or budgets (Observer).

Review: Excavating Kafka by James Hawes | Books | The Observer

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Hawes’s Kafka is a canny, funny, worldly man who liked to relax by socialising with his many friends, visiting the occasional prostitute - and reading porn. The fact that Kafka subscribed to two erotic journals is presented as a grand revelation: ‘No one has ever shown his readers what we are about to see: Kafka’s porn.’ There follow some pretty weird pen-and-ink drawings, fin de siècle in style, although Hawes also admits that ‘Kafka’s porn is no real secret. The mystery is that it should seem like one.’ This aspect of the book has caused a furious row to erupt among German-speaking Kafka scholars, with several accusing Hawes of sensationalisation, prudishness and even anti-Semitism.

Review: Excavating Kafka by James Hawes | Books | The Observer

Crisis in Caucasus exposes confusion within Nato | World news | The Guardian (20080823).

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“Terrorism, radicalisation, climate change, energy - these are the biggest security threats nowadays and they are not something Nato can do much about. It doesn’t have an answer,” said an EU official, who wished not to be named.

Born in 1949, Nato’s original function and purpose was to keep the Soviet Union at bay and keep the Americans in Europe. But in recent years the alliance has suffered from strategic confusion while morphing into a very different organisation. Nato has become a global gendarme, fighting wars far away from its “North Atlantic” core, peacekeeping, and expanding civilian control of the military in new democracies through its policy of admitting countries from the Balkans and the former eastern bloc.

Crisis in Caucasus exposes confusion within Nato | World news | The Guardian (20080823).

The many aspects of recession.

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Imported Ranger Rovers dubbed “Game Overs” in Iceland (Times Online).

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The cranes are still working in Reykjavik, building the opera house and seafront luxury flats, but no one is sure if they will be occupied. The imported Range Rovers now filling car lots waiting to be shipped and sold abroad have been nicknamed “Game Overs”. The blaze of light at night — geothermal energy is cheap — makes the capital look like a city of several million, but the traffic lights in the new financial district change for half an hour at a time without a car passing.

Imported Ranger Rovers dubbed “Game Overs” in Iceland (Times Online).

Mad Men in danger over pay stand-off | World news | The Observer

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Yet for all that Mad Men has tapped into the current zeitgeist and, for all that it is loved by advertisers (in a way that perhaps only a programmes about advertising could be), its ratings remain tiny in comparison to the major network dramas such as House or CSI. On average, only 1.5 million people watch Mad Men, although the second season finale was seen by 2.9 million, a jump of 89 per cent on the previous series.

This might not be such a bad thing. The first series of Mad Men was a grower (the second series has not yet been shown in the UK, the Beeb is currently reprising the first series), but even The Wire with its team of writers could not hold up for more than four series (the fifth series bordered on slapstick for periods).

Mad Men in danger over pay stand-off | World news | The Observer

Norman Walsh of Bolton – cult trainers.

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I spotted these at Size? on Carnaby Street. Never heard of the brand, but it seems like they are a favourite with fell runners.

Norman Walsh of Bolton trainers.