Alexa

A new toy turned up on my doorstep yesterday in the shape of one of those Amazon Dot gizmo. It came free with my subscription to The Telegraph which I took out over a month ago and I’d almost forgotten about it.

For the uninitiated, the Dot is the little brother (or sister) of the larger Amazon Echo and does all sorts of things from giving weather forecasts, answering trivia questions, playing music and reading audio books to controlling your lights and central heating. Read more ›››

Time Commanders

The great thing about catch-up tv is that you can, well…, catch-up on the tv you’ve missed and last night I caught up with Time Commanders which started a new series this week.

For the uninitiated, Time Commanders pits two teams against each other in a recreation of historic battles, some famous, some less so, using the same game engine that you’ll find in computer games like Total War. Read more ›››

Show some emotion

A couple of weeks ago Yorkshire Pudding assigned an emoji to his regular readers and, for some reason, I was landed with the happy halo man. The trouble is, I don’t speak emoji so had no idea if this was a good or a bad thing.

I had to look it up and found that the ‘official’ is ‘smiling face with halo’ which wasn’t particularly illuminating. Then this site explained that it could also mean ‘I just said the most inappropriate thing’ which might be nearer the truth. Read more ›››

W is for Adam Worth

It has been a while since I wrote about some of history’s more disreputable characters, but I make up for it this week with one of the most notorious criminal masterminds – Adam Worth, the ‘Napoleon of Crime’ and the real-life Moriarty.

Worth was born in Germany around 1844, although no-one is sure exactly when. Nor whether Worth was his real name – it may have been Werth or Wirtz. Read more ›››

Later on, we’ll conspire…

Last Friday, the American intelligence agencies announced that they had ‘high confidence’ that Russia had hacked the Democrat computer system and released embarrassing information in order to promote Donald Trump’s campaign.

There is nothing new in the accusation – Reuters was reporting it back in July – but what is quite interesting is Trump’s team’s reaction to the story. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

First Scrooge of Christmas: The landlord of the Lion and Key pub in Hull has banned anyone wearing Christmas jumpers or fancy dress for the duration of the festive period.

Written in the sky: An unknown pilot is using his plane to make art in the sky for users of the Flightradar24 tracking website. He or she has drawn a flower, a plane and the word ‘hello’ in the skies above Germany. Read more ›››

Dottie’s Bandana

It’s terrible what we inflict on our pets for our amusement. Last year we dressed her as the Grinch for the dog club’s Christmas party and it took weeks to get rid of the supposedly temporary hair dye in her coat and she to endure having a vaguely greenish tinge.

But we’ve always liked the idea of a bandana, quite specifically one with pink skull and crossbones. And we finally found one. Read more ›››

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