Saturday, May 17, 2014

Meanwhile, on the other side of "The Pond"...

View of White Cliffs of Dover from France by J Marsh is licensed under CC BY 2.0
For various reasons (one of my sons wanted to watch Doctor Who), I'm watching PBS at the moment, which apparently turns into a poor American's mirror of the BBC on Saturday nights. While I wait for things to get moving and for the episode to start, I figured I'd see what's on BBC News:

Well, it's not the Horst-Wessel-Lied, if that's what you're asking.

The Darién is still a mess, even in modern times. If you've ever asked yourself why you can't just drive to Argentina, like, right now, it's because of the Darién Gap. In a way, it's nice to know that there are still places modern technology can barely touch, especially when previously forbidding places like the North Pole are accessible via pickup truck.

Look - the BBC can do whimsy, too! For example, we now know the limitations of snail homing abilities.

Though it sounds like a bad day at the local Dr. Bronner's soap distributor, it's actually something far worse - the Co-Op Group was founded over 150 years ago, employs over 100,000 people, and has interests in several industries in Great Britain, including banking and insurance. It's the latter two that have absolutely decimated the Co-Op Group's balance sheet over the past few years, to the tune of £2.5 billion.

Long story short, the economy might be improving, but it's not improving for one of the largest companies in the financial capital of the planet. That's not a good sign.

With that, Doctor Who is on. Don't blink...

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