Competitive sport shouldn’t be at odds with non-physical or non-competitive activities according to our CIXen, but how do we make allowances for the smaller in the class who don’t match up to the physical stature of their classmates? The debate covered the idea of ‘minor’ sports, as well as the problem of bullying. Should PE be streamed like Maths is? Should variety of one-on-one sports or even tai chi be introduced to cater for a more diverse range of students than football or athletics does?
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Bribe of the month
If our political elite seem to promise the earth and deliver nothing, then turn your eyes to Uruguay, where the once and future president is promising a free tablet to all resident pensioners. Vazquez is credited with a passable job at post-2002 economic recovery and used to be the nation’s number one oncologist.
I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue host Jack Dee threatened to quit this week after complaints about innuendo on the show. Dee maintained that innuendo was a common part of the show and if he was told to rein it in he wouldn’t stay with the show. CIXen agreed that the great thing about innuendo is it only means something to the already corrupted. But then perhaps any outrage is simply a nice bit of coverage before the new series starts.
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Books bound by… what?
A recent discovery of a book bound in human skin at Harvard University is not as uncommon a tale as you would think. Covering books in human skin, known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, was common practice in the 19th Century and in the UK, Bristol records hold a book covered in the skin of John Horwood, hanged for the murder of Eliza Balsum. The cover of the book was
embossed with a skull and crossbones, with the words “Cutis Vera Johannis Horwood”, meaning “the actual skin of John Horwood”, added in gilt letters.
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I had to call the AA the other day as my car wouldn’t start. The AA man said that the starter motor wasn’t engaging with the flywheel. I asked whether that meant I needed a new starter motor, he replied, “Maybe, maybe not. It’s all a matter of a pinion”.
Luis Suarez banned from any football-related activity. Arsenal are reportedly showing immediate interest.
An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings currently on display. “I’ve got good news and bad news,” the owner replied. “The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all fifteen of your paintings.”
“That’s wonderful!” the artist exclaimed, “What’s the bad news?”.
With concern, the gallery owner replied, “The guy was your doctor.”