Allez Lietuva………………

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Ramunas Navardauskas wins the 19th stage of the Tour de France in appalling conditions, after making a break and holding off the chasing pack to take victory.

He is the first Lithuanian to win a stage in the Tour and was a late replacement for the British rider David Miller who was surprisingly dropped from the Garmin team at the last-minute.

Navardauskas paid tribute to Miller and said he had received a very nice tweet from him congratulating him on his win.

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Social Media Explained

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BASS PLAYER’S 23RD PSALM………….for MSG

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The Lord is my drummer, I shall not rush,

He maketh me to layout in tasteful places,

He leadeth me beside cool meter changes,

He restoreth my “one.” 
Yeah, man, though I read through the trickiest of charts,

I will fear no train wrecks,

For You are with it.

Your ride and Your snare they comfort me,

You setteth up a solo for me

In the presence of mine guitarists,

You anointeth my lines with drive,

My groove overfloweth.

Surely good feel and swing will follow me

through all the tunes of each set,

And I will dwell in the pocket the whole gig long.

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Tempus Fugit………….but little changes (or does it?)

I went to do a little shopping at the fruit and vegetable open market in Huddersfield today as I refuse to buy the tasteless and expensive (and pre-packed) items from the supermarkets.

Tuesday is a kind of “get rid of your junk day” with stalls selling everything from guitars, model trains, heavy machinery, clothing, stamps / coins to household items that no sane person would give house room to, let alone buy them.

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Front Cover of Book

But it is staggering just what people will buy (no accounting for taste I guess) and I am sure that the collectors who visit the market very occasionally unearth some very valuable item being sold for a pittance.

 

I was rooting through some books on one stall when I came across a very old business book entitled “How To Be Personally Efficient” (87 Plans and Short Cuts Used and Proved at the Desks of 43 Managers). I opened the book to try and establish date of publication but there was none inside. I asked the seller of the book if he knew the date but unfortunately he didn’t.

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Introduction to Book

I then bought the book for the significant asking price of £1.00 and took it home with me. Having now done some research on the internet it looks as though the book may have been published in the 1920s (my initial guess had been a bit later, possibly 1930s)

Of course every reference in the book is to men as managers and women in minor support roles and there is a wonderful paragraph in the section titled “Routine for the Desk-Man’s Assistant” which goes as follows:- “Every manager has an assistant, She may be a fifteen shillings a week clerk or a highly paid private secretary. In either case her desk system is just as important as that of her superior. For the assistant’s one all-absorbing duty is to take from the man she serves as much detail as possible. How much she will take and how well it is handled depends upon her system and judgment.”

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“Womens role and work”

 I would hope that modern day business practices are far from what is described above and many organisations have made tremendous strides in terms of “equality of opportunity” (whish is VERY DIFFERENT than saying everyone is equal) for women. However, there are some industries / sectors where access for women still seems to be an almost insurmountable barrier………..but the tide has changed and as Bob Dylan sang “The times they are a changing”

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Sexist it may be……….but it is bloody funny!

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The above cartoon was put out by West Midlands Police as a bit of a light hearted joke, but inevitably the humourless PC brigade have taken “offence”…..the following is a report of the response to the cartoon

There was outcry from equality campaigners and social media users after the tweet showing a female car passenger gagged and bound to a chair was shared on Monday.

The officer who posted the tweet from the Bordesley Green Police account of West Midlands Police wrote: “A car designer has won an award for designing a seatbelt which helps to cut down on vehicle noise pollution #IWantOne.”

A banner above the picture read: “New Seatbelt design: 45% less car accidents!!”

Sandra Horley, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, said in a statement: “I am disappointed that West Midlands Police tweeted this sexist image – and then tried to pass it off as a bit of ‘humour’.  “Did the police officer who tweeted this image really think that women would laugh at this offensive sexist stereotype? Female members of the public deserve respect, not ridicule.

“It is deeply disturbing that some police officers in West Midlands seem to possess such derogatory attitudes towards women.” The tweet was soon removed from the social media account, but in a further blunder an apology littered with spelling errors was posted.

It read: “Apologese (sic) to any persons the last tweet upset it was put on as a bit of humour not meant to upset anybody apologese (sic) again.”

The bungling tweet was then replaced with an amended version, free of spelling errors.

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Shifty or what?

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“Butter would’t melt in my mouth”

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“You think I am sweet and innocent”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“How could you think it was me?”

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The Zeppelin Museum – Friedrichshafen

Whilst attending a recent conference in Konstanz my colleague and I took the opportunity to explore a little and arranged visits to the Zeppelin Museum and the Dornier Air Museum, both in Friedrichshafen.

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A fifty minute speedy trip by catamaran (which provided excellent photographic opportunities and a very decent cup of cappuccino) delivered us to the door of the museum which is literally at the water’s edge. The building itself has a 1930s ‘art-deco” look about it from the outside but is very spacious once you get inside.

The Zeppelin Museum is unique in Germany in that it houses the world’s largest collection on aviation. In addition, it is the only museum in Germany which combines technology and art.

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The museum was (re)opened in 1996 in its new home – the Hafenbahnhof (harbour railway station). Since then, 3.5 million visitors have come to see its permanent collections and special exhibitions.

We arrived about 11.00am and by then it was already busy but because of its size and the layout of the exhibition it was easy to get around and see all of the exhibits without having to “fight our way to the front.”

DSC_0478 There is some wonderful contemporary art on display and of course the centre piece of the exhibition the remains of the “Hindenburg” airship which crashed so spectacularly.

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The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board] (36 passengers and 61 crewmen), there were 35 fatalities. There was also one death of a ground crewman.

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The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison’s recorded radio eyewitness reports from the landing field, which were broadcast the next day. A variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the end of the airship era.

The other outstanding item on display is the Maybach Zeppelin car which was built in 1938 in Friedrichshafen. The car weighs 3.6 tons and achieved a maximum speed of 170 km/h.

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Its engine has twelve cylinders with a total stroke volume of 8 litres and a capacity of 147 kW (200 h.p.). The engineering design for this car was based on the Maybach engines for the airships LZ 126 (1924) and LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (1928). It is a magnificent looking piece of engineering.

After a look around the shop in the museum (and purchase of obligatory mementos) we set off for the Dornier Museum. We decided to ask advice in the Zeppelin museum about how to get there only to be told it was not “a short walk away” which I had estimated but a good 30 minute bus journey and buses only ran once every hour……………so we abandoned our plan, went to the local square and found a very nice Italian restaurant that served very good lasagna and excellent beer.

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Around 4.00pm we caught the catamaran back to Konstanz and sat for nearly an hour at the back of the boat just taking in the lovely scenery on a beautiful day.

The museum is very well worth a visit and the entrance cost (8 Euros) is inexpensive compared to UK places of historical interest.

 

 

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