Jun 12

“Tripling the size of the property, this gargantuan pleasure cave would house a ballroom and swimming pool, with hot tub, sauna and massage room, as well as 15 bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 20 toilets, plunging deeper into the earth than the height of neighbouring homes.” — Billionaires’ basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets

Jun 10

“The Brazilian wandering spider is of particular concern. Not only is this beast the size of a dinner plateā€”it is also the most venomous spider in the world, Guinness says. There is an antidote for wandering spider bites, so deaths are rare. Its venom can, however, cause erections in male victims, which seems an unnecessarily cruel blow to a man’s dignity.” —

Brazil: No Fun for Arachnophobes

I knew I wasn’t going for a reason.


Jun 07

Football: Beautiful game, dirty business

What the At symbol is called around the world -

Some fascinating, and largely pictographic names (from monkeys, to elephants, to snails).

Virtual Visit to the Sistine Chapel -

Not as good as going I should think, but it’ll save you a trip, a ton of money, and battling the other tourists.

Jun 03

The Emerging Global Web -

An interesting look at the way we use the web is changing, driven by newer uses in developing nations who are mobile-driven.

May 31

Whitewood under Siege -

A story about pallets, which run so much of our consumer lives.

May 30

Does a baby's name affect its chances in life?

May 28

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” — 21 Beautiful Maya Angelou Quotes to Live by