“I watched Gordon's 55-minute speech in real time, on the ancient
kitchen telly. We keep saying we'll buy a new one, so I dropped into
Currys to price some and reeled in horror. Hundreds of huge HD-TVs were
all tuned to re-runs of the conference, and everybody who'd looked perfectly
presentable on my snow-flecked screen looked shocking. Sarah Brown's
charming outfit was creased to pieces and showed every bulge; Jack Straw's
crumpled wrinkles were awesome; showers of dandruff speckled every shoulder.”
“Henry Perky invented shredded wheat cereal in 1893. The wheat
is first cooked in water until its moisture content reaches about 50%.
It is then tempered, allowing moisture to diffuse evenly into the grain.
The grain then passes through a set of rollers with grooves in one side,
yielding a web of shredded wheat strands. Many webs are stacked together,
and this moist stack of strands is crimped at regular intervals to produce
individual pieces of cereal with the strands attached at each end. These
then go into an oven, where they are baked until their moisture content
is reduced to 5%.[...] ”
“The original [USA] company opened a factory in Welwyn Garden
City (UK) in 1926, which became part of Nabisco in 1928. The tall concrete
cereal silos that form part of the factory are a local landmark and
are listed structures [...] ”
“ [...] Why does Arthur Scargill [take]
three Shredded Wheat? Answer: He eats two, the other one he puts on
I’ll bet not many people know that!
So it isn’t knitted by wrinklies.
The advertisers are lying - they must be socialists!
Scargill is a UK socialist trade unionist. He was noted for his fair-coloured
hairstyle like a combed-over haystack, with similarities
to a Shreddied Wheat biscuit. Others swear it is a toupee.
Displaying more than a thousand Art Deco mantel clocks, this museum is
on three floors of a Belgian Art Deco house. Their website includes many
images, information and links to mirror pages in French, German, Italian
and Polish. [Note that faience means ceramic in French.]
If you fall in love with a clock, there is a Rent-a-Clock facility, where
you may hire a clock for a short, or sometime along, period of time.
“In pursuing [of living the dream] we are on our world tour
since 23rd April 2006. We started to do nothing less than to live the
dream we always had: We want to explore the worlds beauty as well as
its uglyness, we want to find out about the people and the worldwide
landscapes, and of course we also want to know ourselves better. We
are sure that these experiences will not be replacable by anything else
when getting old.”
“And now we have already crossed the following contries since
the start of our tour in April 2006: Germany - Austria - Slowakia -
Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India to Nepal
. Then we went back to cross again India and Pakistan to now arrive
in China and Tibet.”
The frame is mentioned as breaking in Tibet, no clear
details are yet given.
Note that the English text is highly idiosycratic.
“The Pino’s unique seat combination offers not only an
unobstructed view but also optimal team communication. [...] Thanks
to an adjustable handlebar height, anything from upright city-bike position
to forward racing-bike position is possible for the rear rider, and
even the angle of the recumbent seat can be adjusted. Twenty-seven gears
give you pedaling power in any situation. All of this rests on a solid
foundation: The stiff steel frame can accommodate a full 500lbs (225kg).”
total length: 82"-93" / 210 – 237 cm
gears: 27 speed derailleur system
wheels: 26" rear, 20" front ,double wall alloy rims
brakes: Magure Louise tandem disc brakes
weight without accessories: 46lbs / 21.5 kg
front boom material: aluminium
frame material: 25CrMo4
wheel base: 57" / 145cm
pack size: 83"-123"x25"x43" / 210-327x64x108cm
bottom bracket hight (front): 24“ / 62cm
seat height (front): 26" / 67cm
total height: 41"-43" / 104-110 cm
total width: 25" / 64cm
colors: bright red, jet black, custom-colors