Jul 18

Announcing isprincephilipdeadyet.com

Memorialising the full story for posterity.

On Thursday, Dr. Brooke Magnanti (aka Belle de Jour) posted to twitter:

This got me thinking…

(Yes, I know I spelled his name wrong there, bear with me)

Dr. Magnanti retweeted this, and because she’s something of an Internet Celebrity I expected it to spring into existence almost instantly.

Sads, I had them. Luckily Sirebel stepped up to the plate…

True to their word, Sirebel set up the domain and provided me with a location to post the files. With the result that isprincephilipdeadyet.com is now live for you all to enjoy. And I hope you do.

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Mar 20

I’m being watched #someofthesheep #blog

I’m being watched #someofthesheep #blog via Instagram http://ift.tt/1I4P4WE

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Mar 01

Apropos of nothing…

The arms of God is the Cross of Lorraine
Both the blood in the artery and the blood in the vein
Both the source of grace and the clear fountain

The arms of the Devil is the Cross of Lorraine
And the same artery and the same vein
And the same blood and the same troubled fountain.

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Jul 08

A common misconception

Something that’s been bubbling up for a while that I haven’t had time to sit down and type up. Probably not if interest unless you’re in to weird laws.

Despite what many “weird laws” websites claim, it is not illegal to die in the House of Commons, at least in the sense that doing so is not prohibited by any statute law or regulation. There are places in the world that it is illegal to die, but none of them are in the UK, where – unusually for our overly-regulated society – you are perfectly free to drop dead wherever you wish.

it is true, however, that should you be unfortunate enough to expire whilst within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster, your death will instead be recorded as having occurred at St. Thomas’ Hospital, which is on the South Bank of the river immediately opposite Parliament. There is no actual law that says this must be the case, it’s a matter of custom.

It is also true that the reason this legal fiction is maintained is to avoid complications that arise out of the fact that the Palace of Westminster is, as its name suggests, still technically a Royal Palace. It is not the case, as many of the websites that proclaim the illegality of parliamentary death claim, that dying in a Royal palace entitles you to a state funeral. Except for the death of the Monarch, state funerals require both Lizzie’s permission and a vote in the House of Commons to be held, there hasn’t been one since Winston Churchill in 1965 (no, not even the Queen Mum got one).

The true situation is simply that, for historical reasons, deaths within Royal Palaces fall with in the jurisdiction of the Coroner of the Queen’s Household (more poetically known as “The Coroner of the Verge”) rather than the general coroner of the surrounding county. This creates all sorts of practical problems, particularly if there needs to be a formal inquest. Section 46 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 would solve this by abolishing the office, but it has not yet been brought into effect – and until it is, of to St. Thomas’ you go.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.goldeneyes.org.uk/braindump/2014/07/a-common-misconception/

Jul 07

The Braindump Rides Again

After three years, finally, a new post! And a new layout on the site! With an updated version of WordPress! And twitter integration! Such Blog!


Seriously, tho, I’m gonna try and post something here at least once a week, even if it’s just collections of links I find interesting or updates on my (ever-failing-to-get) fitness regime. Need to get in the habit of sharing stuff.


That’s all for now, see you soon. Hopefully.


Except of course, for what is generally acknowledged to be the best thirty-six seconds on the internet. Enjoy.


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May 05


… is the theory that the public both knows what it wants and deserves to get it, good and hard.

— H. L. Mencken

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Mar 10

At. Bloody. Last.

Dance With Dragons: July 12, 2011.

This isn’t Amazon pulling a date out of their arse, like they’ve done periodically for the last five years, this comes from GRRM himself.

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Jan 14

Kind of a long shot, I know…

… but if anyone out there has any idea about under what circumstances I might have recently seen or heard the Old Testament story of Naboth’s Vineyard referenced, please could they let me know.

I’m SURE it wasn’t just from a random Wikipedia click, and it’s been bugging me all day.

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Jan 06

Regarding the latest kerfuffle

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.

– Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Those who cannot remember the past are, famously, doomed to repeat it. And the easiest way to ensure that the past is forgotten is, as Orwell said, to change the language used to describe it.

The fact that the N word is – quite rightly – taboo in modern society does not alter the fact that, at the time and in the place Huckleberry Finn was set, it was rare to hear a white man use any other term to describe the African-American race. To pretend otherwise is not only to do a great disservice to a man who chose every word he wrote with the utmost care and precision, it is to censor history itself.

The right thing to do would be to use it as a lead in to an intelligent discussion of the history of racism and how it still affects people today. Instead, this new edition sweeps the whole issue under the carpet.

I am fuming about this.

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Nov 23

Back, and to the left … not

Warning for the squeamish: the portion of this post below the break contains an enlargement of frame 313 of the Zapruder film – the one immediately after President Kennedy is hit in the head. Sadly there’s no way I can make my point without it, but don’t look at it if such things gross you out.
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