Synchronicity Meets The Masked Footballer

I’m walking (OK hobbling) home and laden with shopping when a football comes flying over a nearby garden wall. It arcs strategically about to land precisely at my feet. In my panic in trying to not let it bounce into the road besides me I instinctively swing my foot lightly up to stop the ball. A…

Random memories of suicidal ducks

For some reason an old episode of Tom & Jerry has popped into my head. It’s the one with the suicidal baby duckling. Jerry has his/her(?) work cut out as the duckling keeps wandering off to kill itself or to Tom the cat emploring him to “eat me”. Quite disturbing when I think about it…

The Jury’s Out

Sir Paul Judge recently launched a new UK political movement called The Jury Team which aims to promote and help fund a range of independent candidates as a way of helping to dilute the current two party political system. This is their slightly home made promo. Heart in the right place? Any challenge to the…

It’s Nice When You’re Popular

“…I just love this place and everything about it. It’s nice when you’re popular because it does kind of influence you to think ‘they all want me here” Leo Sayer on finally becoming an Australian citizen. Picture of Leo Sayer dancing with The Wiggles by boatload under this creative commons license

Making Our Own Choices

Humans make arbitrary choices, influenced by “leaders”… but do other animals? A Cambridge team ran an experiment with groups of meerkats, and landmarks indicating the location of food. The animals did follow… but started making their own choices if the leaders led them to food-less sites. Any sign of that happening for us yet? Source…