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4 posts • joined 23 Oct 2007

Boffins ponder Geordies' lack of winter clothing

mantrogo

The Answer...

here's a challenge for you that will help answer the question: Go out on Friday night to the Bigg market in your coat, hit 3 pubs and 2 clubs and STILL have your coat. No chance.

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ICO tears school CCTV a new peephole

mantrogo
Unhappy

crass assumptions

to those of the hang-em-and-flog-em brigade above - just note that in the original story the mother of the "victim" states "her friend played a trick". "Friend" that is. Not evil-little-bullying-witch-hang-by-the-neck-til-dead. Meanwhile the 8-year old who hid the shoes received a warning letter - and if you get three of these you're suspended. Common sense and proportionality prevails all round. Well done to all concerned.

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Cops and Home Office plot uber-CCTV network

mantrogo
Paris Hilton

From the Pedantry Department

The panopticon is not 'Orwellian', it's 'Bentham-ian' (ahem). Jeremy Bentham cooked up the idea of the panopticon, the ultimate efficient jail where many thousands of prisoners could be controlled by a minimum of warders. To do this all prisoners would 24x7 be able to be seen and covertly surveilled by the warders, with any infractions of rules being dealt with ... harshly. Because the prisoners would never know when they were being surveilled and the punishments so harsh, they would behave at all times.

Clearly, while a darn clever chap, rather ironically given he spent his time musing on matters philosophical about mankind and society he knew jack sh*t about human nature...

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L1NUX number plate roars onto eBay

mantrogo
Paris Hilton

A wistful dream

Utterly gorgeous blonde drove past me a few years ago in a merc convertible with plate HOT 53X...

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