Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dear Editors,
I never thought this would happen to me, but...

...the barstaff at The Union gave me a free pint of Naked Fox IPA -- "This one's on the house".

It may have helped that I had been scribbling work-related stuff at my end of the bar, occasionally looking up to marvel at the amount of physical exercise that goes into mixing cocktails, and at the supply of cocktail-related fruit and herbs that gave that end of the bar the appearance of a miniature greengrocery. Perhaps the mixologist had mistaken me for a bar reviewer, or a beer-blogger. Either that, or it was my irresistible good looks.
McGravitas
I had already become a fixture at that particular bar; Substance McGravitas and I spent some time there a few nights earlier, working our way through the ales. No doubt we impressed the bar-staff with our banter and witty badinage.

Then this turned up in McGravitas' FaceBukkake Feed: an interview with the mixologist in question. We knew her before she was famous!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lost Lake

I found it! Is there a reward?
I guess the authorities are not too worried about its precise location because they have built a barrier further up the river, so they know it can't wander very far.
 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dentistry is theft

Perhaps these high- rotation scammy spam-heads at World Continuing Education Alliance have confused me with Herr Doktor Hans Peter Bimler -- celebrated creator of "Bimler Cephalometric Analysis", and of Bimler's Orthodontic Appliance. I can think of no other reason why they should be bombarding me with these once-in-a-lifetime biweeky opportunities to monetise my dental expertise.

13th September:
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22nd September:
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Hi XXXXXXX
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We would really value your opinion - you can join for FREE today and give us your feedback.
Our online seminars last around 10 minutes and will explain everything.
Let us know if you have any questions,
Kind Regards,
World Continuing Education Alliance

The World Continuing Education Alliance Ltd (WCEA)
16 Sovereign Park, Cleveland way, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 7DA, UK
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25th September:
Important: Sell MORE Dental courses

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27th September:
Urgent: We need your Dental Continuing Dental Education courses!
Hello,
We have Dental professionals waiting for courses.
We urgently require quality Dental courses.
If you are interested in distributing your Dental content please join our short online seminar to get started.
We look forward to hearing from you.
World Continuing Education Alliance 

The World Continuing Education Alliance Ltd (WCEA)
16 Sovereign Park, Cleveland way, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 7DA, UK
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Despite a slight similarity of surname, I am not that Herr Doktor, because (a) he died in 2003, and (b) he "was a perfect gentleman until the end".

UDATE: I should probably be grateful that the WCEA grifters did not confuse me with Herr Doktor Richard Bimler -- Lutheran evangelist from the Wheat Ridge Ministry, and author of [inter alia] the "Sex and the New You" guides for adolescents, and "Aging Joyfully: A Christian Guide". I do not care to speculate about the kind of spam they would be sending me, and the range of possible on-line courses to monetise my expertise that they would be inviting me to contribute.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

News from Nowhere Oslo

The alien slave raids grow more brazen every day.

No-one is safe from being sucked up in their mass tractor-beam abductions.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

When a new city of Clyde is created in my honour...

...I will insist that the street plan is based on the craquelure of Peder Balke paintings.
Conceivably there are secret subliminal messages there in Runic alphabet, perceptible only to Norwegian viewers.

Balke also painted lighthouses, providing "A Plague of Lighthouse-Keepers" as alternative title.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

What's going though your mind right now?

In the early days of lobotomies, the absence of x-rays and stereotactic devices made it difficult for the neurosurgeon to plan the lesion with any precision.
Not to mention the necessity of distracting the patient.