Irn Bru: The Fanny advertisement

"So, what are we going to call her..."

youtube.com/watch?v=WIxCFo5t3A

This is not an endorsement for Irn Bru, or any similar soft drink, all of them are terrible.

What brings this quote to mind, you may be asking?

Well, not having any INTERNET access this morning might've had something to do with it.

"The network is the computer."

A famous quote, and slogan, attributed to John Gage when he was with Sun Microsystems. It was probably true then, and it is certainly true now. In the sense that a single, isolated computer isn't much use without access to the network.

The slogan is now a registered trademark belonging to Cloudflare. Lumme!

I just watched two trailers for Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), which will be released on November 1 (USA).

I got the distinct impression of too many characters, lack of plot focus, and an impending muddle. I got that after watching two 3 minute trailers, goodness knows what a 128 movie will be like.

I liked Terminators 1 & 2 exactly because they had focus, and I could identify with the core characters. I won't be rushing to see the new one.

"Everyone understands English,
but nobody understands England."

Jean-Claude Juncker
EU Commission President

A very appropriate photo for Boris "dead in a ditch" Johnson.

Get digging, boyo.

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Right, this is a repost of sorts, as not enough of you liked this wee pooch dancing to Jump Around, previously. You know what you need to do. 😃

This time I've attached the video to the post, so you don't have to go to YT. Not my video, source unknown.

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This article makes some very valid points about the historical background to the current Brexit crisis. Including this gem:

"Thatcherism flaunted an aggressive foreign policy (the war in Ireland, the Falklands war, a virulent anti-communism and pro-nuclear policy) that invoked the imperial past, aggressive militarism, unstinting Atlanticism, and a hefty dose of xenophobia and racism to wash it all down."

opendemocracy.net/en/opendemoc

Although those words by Kenyon Wright were about Scotland, and specifically the devolution campaign, they are also a universal truth.

"What if that other voice we all know so well responds by saying, 'We say no, and we are the state',?

Well we say yes, and we are the people."

Canon Kenyon Wright, 1989.

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What??!!

Python 3.8.0 was released yesterday??

How come NO ONE tells me of these things!! 🤓

Just a few sentences earlier in her speech Ms Sturgeon said:

"My call is that the referendum must happen next year."

The 700th anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath is in April of next year.

Just sayin'.

To-day's big news:

Google launch another new product I won't be buying.

Lluís Companys, President of Catalonia, was executed by firing squad on October 15, 1940.

He was arrested by the Gestapo in occupied France, & handed to Franco's fascist regime in Spain. He was kept in solitary confinement for 5 weeks, tortured, & then in a military trial, lasting less than 1 hour, was found guilty of rebellion. Companys only "crime" was being elected by the Catalan people.

Immediately prior to being shot Companys shouted: "Per Catalunya!"

I note with concern the announcement by the Metropolitan Police that *anyone* linked to the Extinction Rebellion protests in London will be liable to arrest:

"Protestors have been notified, and given an opportunity to leave the site. Anyone who fails to comply with the condition is liable for arrest and prosecution."

The Met are using the power under Section 14 of Public Order Act 1986.

Who will be next?

news.met.police.uk/news/arrest

"I can confirm today that before the end of this year, I will demand the transfer of power that puts the legality of a referendum beyond any doubt."
Nicola Sturgeon
at to-day's SNP conference

Demand isn't the same as get.

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Got startled by a bird call next to me at the Pandan River, Singapore. Turned and was delighted to see this male Common Flameback woodpecker (Dinopium javanense) on the tree. It was busy looking for food and calling out and paid no heed to the excited photographer nearby. :-) Shots taken on 15 Oct 2019.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ].

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