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The incomparable, and appropriately named, Amazing Randi died last week. He was the finest of sceptics, and a knight of truth. I feel his anger towards those who would lie and take advantage.

Here is his marvellous TED Talk

Here he is in an interview basically doing Uri Geller’s act without lying about things:

And a bit of “ESP“:

Surviving The Quacks (i.e. the lying charlatan “faith healers”):

There’s a wonderful documentary from a few years back, “An Honest Liar”, well worth a watch if you get the chance.

And here’s a link to some bonus Penn and Teller content because they get angry about this bullshit too.

An Historic Getaway

The world shutting down due to Covid has, for obvious reasons, somewhat curtailed this summer’s activities. Not a lot has been happening while this pandemic is brought more under control. We finally reached a point (at least for now) where restrictions were lifted enough, and Heather and I felt comfortable enough, that we could tentatively take up with the trip we had planned for Easter, just delayed by several months.

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NASA SpaceX Demo-2 looking much more hopeful for launch this time round. Come on!

Nothing like watching a new era of space launches (assuming the weather gets out the way) #SpaceX #NASA

More Than Enough To Perform

All Action

A close view of the band performing

Somewhere in all the chaos of going into isolation thanks to COVID-19 (setting up home office to work from home, generally trying to work out shopping arrangements, etc) got lost the fact that just before all that Heather and I went to see the Stereophonics at the O2 Arena. It’s been ages since we saw them (we were supposed to a couple of years ago but didn’t because of snow). Supported by the too chatty The Wind And The Wave, the ‘Phonics were as awesome as we remembered.

Touring Tut

It’s been a while since a little bit of history, so we took the chance to see some fairly ancient history, about 3000-years old, with a rather extravagant, and expensive, exhibition of the Treasures of Tutankhamun. That involved a trip to the posher parts of London and the new venue to us of the Saatchi Gallery; a trip complicated (as these things always seem to be) by transport closures which meant we had a little walk from Victoria (which strangely we could get straight to), arriving nicely in time for our timed ticket (though that was the point it decided to rain for the only time of the day!)

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I am restarting my campaign for an office cat. We could call it Engey.

A Little Pub Crawl

The 51 Bus Route And Beyond!

We have a little pub crawl planned for —and by little I mean a crawl of the local Micropubs. There are two within walking distance of home but, more importantly, there are quite a few scattered along the route of the number 51 bus, starting in Sidcup and ending in Welling (or vice versa). And then a few more fairly easily connected to that, giving eleven (!) in total. To help plan I made a map:

Click for full size version (PDF Version)

The list:

* The 51 bus route pubs

(On a map)

We won’t be attempting all eleven, just five or six. I may (drunkenly?) update how it went.

It Starts

Beginning with a Howling Hop’s House IPA in the Hopper’s Hut

Tanner’s Box O’ Frogs at the Hackney Carriage

Halfway House

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