Friday, October 30, 2009


Quote of the Week

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Albert Camus
French existentialist author & philosopher (1913 - 1960)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009



I saw this film a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. It is one of the nicest films that I’ve seen in a long time. There are some sad and poignant moments but overall it is great fun and a lovely story. Pixar have done a great job with the characters, the voices and the animation. If you haven’t been to see it already go now! How could you miss out on an animated film that has talking dogs?

Ps. Squirrel?!? (go and see the film and you’ll understand)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Dictionary Corner # 52

Prima facie – adjective and adverb (Law)

Accepted as correct until proven otherwise.

- ORIGIN Latin

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Quote of the Week

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)


The Ice Cream Personality Test

Your Ice Cream Personality:

You like to think of yourself as a fairly modest person. And it's true that you don't talk yourself up... but you're also pretty happy with who you are.

You are incredibly cautious. You rather miss out on something than make a mistake. No one would ever call you wild... but they would call you responsible.

You are a fairly open minded person with a wide range of tastes. You are quite accepting of unusual ideas and people.

You tend to have a one track mind. You prefer not to multitask.

You are a serious and contemplative person. You definitely do your own thing in life.

The Ice Cream Personality Test

Friday, October 16, 2009


Quote of the Week

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.

Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC - 406 BC)

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Fantastic Confectionary Idea

Milka have come up with an ingenious idea, they have added Dime bar pieces to some of their Milka bars. The end result is some extremely yummy chocolate. Beware, because if you like Dime bars then you could get completed addicted to this new bar!!!

Friday, October 09, 2009


Quote of the Week

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.

John Wanamaker

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


‘Dear Economist’ Again

Another good one from Tim Hardford…

Dear Economist: Solve my good boy, bad boy dilemma

Suppose we plot my preference curve for a man as units of “good boy” traits (thoughtfulness, caring, emotional support) versus “bad boy” traits (adventurousness, sexual attractiveness).

My boyfriend, whom I’ve been dating for a year, would come up very high on the former and low on the latter. This situation was fine for me before, but now I’m having a hard time being attracted to him and I wonder if I want to continue the relationship. Has my preference curve simply shifted more in favour of the “bad boy” traits? I know the one year is a sunk cost, but I’m reluctant to give up so easily on such a nice man.


Dear Beatrice,

It is a pleasure to receive a letter that packs so much consumer choice theory into so little space – although I sense a creeping confusion in your question. You speak of a preference curve expressing a trade-off between good boy and bad boy traits. (By the way, I recommend the term “indifference curve”, both because it is technically more precise, and because it makes you sound sexy and unavailable.) Yet you do not specify your budget constraint. You act as if you can have a thoughtful boyfriend or a sexy boyfriend, but not both. I wonder why you think this is true. Perhaps you should hang around with economists more.

Let us take your problem at face value, though, and assume that you cannot simply find a man who has it all. If so, the problem you describe is familiar enough: that of diminishing returns. Only little children want to eat their favourite food for every meal, or listen to the same story again and again. For most of us, variety is the spice of life. So dump your boyfriend and find a rogue. Date him for a year. It is bound to end in tears, and then you can find yourself another ugly, tedious – yet thoughtful – man. They are not in short supply.

Friday, October 02, 2009


Quote of the Week

People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they've done.

Cullen Hightower