Up and at ’em Mighty Atom

Did I say an occasional series? Today I have to mention John Dalton following an article in tonight’s Manchester Evening News. It seems we have managed to misplace his body, or at least the exact spot where it was buried.

A reclusive Quaker, Dalton died in 1844 and was buried in Ardwick Cemetery which fell out of use in the 1950s. In 1963, it was turned into a playing field for Nicholls Secondary School. Dalton’s headstone was moved to Manchester Metropolitan University, but no-one knows exactly where the body was buried. Read more ›››

Greater Mancunians

This is the first of an occasional series of postings about Great Mancunians, people born in or adopted by Manchester, people who have contributed to the greater good.

Harumph! So here goes. One hundred years ago. Dateline 10 October 1903. The place: 62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on Medlock, Manchester. The event: The founding of the Women’s Socialist and Political Party by Emmeline Pankhurst. Motto: “Deeds, not words.” Read more ›››

Aussies Couldn’t Give a XXXX for PM

The Rugby World Cup started this morning in Sydney, and as ever, the Australians made a great spectacle of it with fireworks, drumbeats and kids moving in formation to create Rocky, the event mascot.

But the strange thing was that when their prime minister, John Howard, got up to make his opening speech, he was roundly booed by the crowd. Read more ›››

Rio Grande

The row about Rio Ferdinand’s ‘forgotten’ random drugs test is getting out of hand. I think his excuse is pretty lame, and you do have to wonder at why Man United didn’t make sure he took the test, but the FA have been totally incompetent. Read more ›››

Best lawyer story of the year

Mrs P forwarded this to me:

A Charlotte, NC, lawyer purchased a box of very rare and very expensive CUBAN cigars, then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost “in a series of small fires.” Read more ›››

Performance Managing Dead Horses

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed down from generation to generation, says “that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.” In business and government, however, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: Read more ›››

A Bright Future for the NHS?

The Tory party announced their new ‘big idea’ for the NHS at their conference in Bournemouth today. The Patient Passport. The idea is that if someone pays for private treatment, they should get 60% of what it would have cost the NHS to put towards it. The example used was a hip-replacement. This would cost the NHS £5,000, so they would get £3,000, while the NHS would still have £2,000 to treat those who can’t afford it. Ten people treated privately and enough to treat 94 on the NHS. Voila, everyone’s happy. Wrong. Read more ›››

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