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  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 20, 2014

    06/20/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 227 replies
    Free Republic | June 20, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Boardgaming is fantastic!

    02/06/2014 10:20:41 AM PST · by olepap · 78 replies
    Vanity | 2/6/2014 | Your old Pappy
    My friends, I have been playing board games with my geeky friends for the past 2 years and it has opened up a whole new dimension in my life. These are real, physical games with real people. Twilight Imperium is the best I have found so far, but other great games are Warparty and Avalon: The Resistance. Sometimes I leave a gaming session and my BRAIN is working overtime, planning strategies, reviewing critical moments of the game. This is my top recommendation for you, my unknown friends: get into gaming. You can find gamers on meetup.com -Pap
  • ANTI-HUNTERS GO NUTS: Hysteria Ensues as Huntress Posts Pic of Her Lion Hunt

    11/24/2013 4:15:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    cashdaily ^ | November 24, 2013 | Doug Giles
    ďIf some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting.Ē - Aristotle Last week the animal right activists went into full doofus mode when the happy huntress, Melissa Bachman, posted pics on Facebook and Twitter of a lion she shot on her recent safari to South Africa. Being the most unhinged bipeds sucking air right now on Godís green earth, the anti-hunting lunatics, in a full-on hissy fit, demanded that Bachman be banned from South Africa for legally hunting a lion and stimulating their needy economy. In addition, they...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 36 SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

    09/06/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 319 replies
    Free Republic | 9/6/2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Thousands Flock to Train Lady's Massive Train Garden

    07/03/2013 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Shery · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07.02.2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Elaine Silets is a train lover like no other. Not only did she make a career out of building model train displays but her expansive estate is an homage to the locomotive. And over the weekend, Silets did something she does but once per year: she opened up her gardens to the public and something like 6,000 curious train lovers descended on her home. With10 acres of gardens, waterfalls, lakes, trestles, bridges, and replica towns and pastoral scenes, her Glorťe & Tryumfant Garden Railway in North Barrington, Illinois, itís no wonder they call her the Train Lady. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2354273/Thousands-flock-tour-Train-Ladys-massive-model-train-filled-estate-garden.html#ixzz2Y0XtGBOq
  • Utah Man Sets Snoring Wifeís Pants Ablaze

    04/02/2013 3:43:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | April 1, 2013
    A 60-year-old Salt Lake City man has been charged with aggravated arson after he set his wifeís pants on fire. Bryce Whitaker and his wife had been arguing about her snoring, which led Whitaker to take a pair of pants and set them on fire with a candle when she wasnít looking. Whitaker later woke up his wife when the fire grew out of control. No injuries were reported.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 13 MARCH 29, 2013

    03/29/2013 2:17:42 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 166 replies
    Free Republic | March 29, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 12 MARCH 22, 2013

    03/22/2013 12:30:03 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 168 replies
    Free Republic | March 22, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 47 NOVEMBER 23, 2012

    11/23/2012 10:54:50 AM PST · by greeneyes · 47 replies
    Free Republic | Nov, 23, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD

    11/02/2012 11:55:57 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 47 replies
    Free Republic | Nov 2, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 43 OCTOBER 26, 2012

    10/26/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 55 replies
    Free Republic | October 26, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 42 OCTOBER 19, 2012

    10/19/2012 10:42:12 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 59 replies
    Free Republic | October 19, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 41. OCTOBER 12, 2012

    10/12/2012 12:03:02 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 57 replies
    Free Republic | October 12, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD, VOLUME 40 OCTOBER 5, 2012

    10/05/2012 10:11:55 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 66 replies
    Free Republic | October 5, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD, VOLUME 39, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

    09/28/2012 10:17:11 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 68 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 28, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 38 SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

    09/21/2012 10:12:37 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 35 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 14 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 37 SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

    09/14/2012 11:18:57 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 56 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 14, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 36 SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

    09/07/2012 10:09:42 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 45 replies
    Free Republic | Sept. 7, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOL. 35 AUGUST 31, 2012

    08/31/2012 10:10:05 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 56 replies
    Free Republic | August 31, 2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Advice Requested: AR-15 To Purchase

    07/31/2012 6:14:16 PM PDT · by usconservative · 67 replies
    Self ^ | 7/31/12 | Self
    Ok, gotta admit I've wanted an AR-15 for awhile, and now the State of Illinois is looking to ban "assault weapons" and trying to make political hay out of the Aurora, Colorado shootings last week. I'm opposed to government gun control, and I'd like to add a nice AR-15 to my collection. Problem is, I'm not well versed on them, and my budget is about $1200 for one. I've looked at the Smith & Wesson AR-15 Sport and think it's "ok" but I'm interested in something a little more.
  • You Cant Buy Olives in California

    10/14/2011 3:49:12 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 9 replies
    Friday, October 14, 2011 | Me
    I apologize for the vanity posting, but I am at the end of my rope on this. And that leads me to ask this question to the smartest people in the world, the people that read and post articles to the Free Republic website. You cant buy fresh "off the tree" olives anywhere, that I can find, in California. And they are everywhere. I was up in Napa and Sonoma Valley last week, and there are olive trees everywhere. We drove all over the place, to every produce stand we could find. Nobody sells uncured olives. The thing is, I...
  • You Cant Buy Olives in California

    10/14/2011 3:49:19 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, October 14, 2011 | Me
    I apologize for the vanity posting, but I am at the end of my rope on this. And that leads me to ask this question to the smartest people in the world, the people that read and post articles to the Free Republic website. You cant buy fresh "off the tree" olives anywhere, that I can find, in California. And they are everywhere. I was up in Napa and Sonoma Valley last week, and there are olive trees everywhere. We drove all over the place, to every produce stand we could find. Nobody sells uncured olives. The thing is, I...
  • The Goat Portrait: Taking Pictures to Sell Livestock

    08/25/2011 9:43:02 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 31 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | August 25th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    If I had tried to get this same image by trying to pose the animals, it never would have happened. The best pictures of livestock and pets come from the moment. Animals have emotions, but they do not provide them on a command. Looking at Rita's face, the strength and love of this animal shows.
  • Swede held for building nuclear reactor in his kitchen

    08/02/2011 1:54:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 45 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/02/2011 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    Swedish police have detained a 31-year-old man in ńngelholm in Western Sweden who was discovered after he sought advice from authorities on the legality of building a nuclear reactor in a domestic kitchen. The man began his experiment some six months ago and has reportedly been open about his plans to construct a nuclear reactor in his apartment in the small Swedish coastal town, maintaining a blog of his nuclear adventure. The man, who explained that his interest in nuclear physics was awakened as a teenager, ordered some radioactive material from overseas and acquired more by taking apart a domestic...
  • EU bans Egypt seed imports after E. coli outbreak

    07/05/2011 8:10:18 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 1 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | July 5, 2011 | MARIA CHENG
    BRUSSELS ó The European Union says it is temporarily banning the import of certain seeds from Egypt after some were linked to a deadly outbreak of the E. coli in Germany and France. The EU said Tuesday member states also have to ensure that all "seeds imported from one Egyptian exporter between 2009 and 2011 are withdrawn from the market, sampled and destroyed." The bloc's Safety Authority said earlier Tuesday that the fenugreek seeds blamed for the recent outbreak are still on the market and were shipped to more countries than was previously believed, including Austria, Britain and Spain. ........snip...more...
  • Stockholm isn't Miami

    09/01/2010 4:26:59 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 7 replies
    09/01/2010 | WesternCulture
    Why waste your money on a 2006, used-up Maxum 4200 SY? Or yet another boring Lexus that lets you down? Over here in Sweden and elsewhere in Scandinavia, a lot of people are crazy about restoring old (wooden) yachts and veteran cars of the 1930s-1970s, even if nurturing such projects often set them back way more than buying new cars and boats would. Why is that so? Perhaps life was better around 1950? Or perhaps not. Personally, I'd say life always has involved hardship and seldom been carefree, but that didn't exactly bother people like Virgil Exner, did it? (Click...
  • Crisp Packet Fan Boasts 9,000 Empty Bags in Her Collection

    08/17/2010 6:09:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Metro ^ | 8/17/2010 | Ross McGuinness
    It seems collecting empty crisp packets is quite a popular hobby. Last week Metro reported on Dave Valentineís impressive 500-pack archive Ė but this obviously opened a can (well, a packet) of worms. Hannah Conduct has come forward to reveal a whopping 9,000 empty bags in her collection, which she has gathered over the past 30 years. The marketing manager, who insists she is Ďnot a big crisp eaterí, said her pastime began during one of her regular family holidays on a canal boat. ĎWe were sitting at a pub on the canals one day and I was eating pork...
  • Your grandpa's car is taken good care of!

    06/25/2010 5:01:20 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6NjsMqka9o ^ | 06/25/2010 | WesternCulture
    Each year, around 10 000 cars of America's past flood the streets of Swedish VšsterŚs. I'm not an owner of such a vehicle myself (although I plan to be - the future of my economy is looking good!), but I happen to love these cars and can't help but feeling somewhat proud, as a Swede, over my country hosting such an event (regardless of what Buford T Justice has to say about it). Greetings from Volvo Land to America/one nation of car lovers to another! (Links to clips below, enjoy!)
  • Top 10 Most Expensive Antique Roadshow Items Ė Including the Million Dollar Appraisal (VIDEO)

    05/05/2010 12:17:12 PM PDT · by wrrock · 10 replies · 1,317+ views
    Video ^ | Antique Secretary Desk
    Here is the current top ten list of the most expensive items to ever appear on the show ĎAntique Roadshow.í These 'national treasures' are in the hands of some very lucky people. SEE TOP 10...
  • 45 Manly Hobbies ("Ham radio"...one day, Lord, one day..!)

    01/07/2010 9:16:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 191 replies · 5,227+ views
    The Art of Manliness ^ | January 6, 2010 | Brett & Kate McKay
    - The Art of Manliness - http://artofmanliness.com - 45 Manly HobbiesPosted By Brett & Kate McKay On January 6, 2010 @ 4:32 am In A Man's Life | 80 Comments Welcome to The Art of Manliness. Make sure to sign up for email updates [1] or subscribe to our RSS feed [2] before you leave.Back in the day, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to ‚Äúveg out,‚ÄĚ but as opportunity to pursue one‚Äôs passions and interests, an outlet for the sides of a man that were not stimulated in one‚Äôs career. Unfortunately, we now often spend our...
  • Catapult hurls obsolete projectiles

    10/26/2009 4:19:17 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies · 4,354+ views
    upi ^ | Oct. 26, 2009
    HUGO, Minn.- Four Minnesota friends fashioned a medieval catapult to fling a variety of objects -- such as wheelchairs and obsolete appliances -- into the sky, they said. The men, all in their 30s, built a trebuchet -- a catapult originally designed in the Middle Ages to hurl objects at castle walls -- the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported Sunday. The trebuchet was built by Kurt Modert, of Hugo; Roger Bacon, of White Bear Lake; Ryan Krueger, of Maple Grove; and David Proehl, of New Hope -- all municipalities in Minnesota -- the newspaper said. They're catapulting items like...
  • He has build his own submarine!

    09/13/2009 4:01:01 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 13 replies · 1,085+ views
    09/13/2009 | WesternCulture
    What to do with your Scandinavian pay check? Why not get yourself a hobby like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WizfFg2Kjnc That was great fun, now let's dig a real Swedish sub, one that Kremlin doesn't fancy that much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khaa3y0i87s We can do so much more than ridiculing your cute national ice hockey team in a nice little rink. —ć—ā–ĺ —Ā–Ķ—Ä—Ć–Ķ–∑–Ĺ–ĺ!
  • Amateur Radio

    09/11/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 93 replies · 2,297+ views
    Vanity | Sep 11, 2009 | Self
    Getting your ham radio license is an idea well worth considering if you think comunications might be restricted under some circumstances.
  • Man Claims Arsenal Of Weapons Is A Hobby

    08/11/2009 4:29:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 40 replies · 1,468+ views
    wftv.com ^ | August 11, 2009 | unattributed
    A man, who was one of four people arrested in connection with having an arsenal of dangerous weapons hidden inside a Poinciana home, said the weapons were just a hobby. The four suspects in the case face some very serious charges. The incident started with a discovery made behind a medicine cabinet and a secret compartment full of weapons. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) will help Osceola deputies determine what laws may have been broken. Jett Cramer, his fiancťe Gayle Justice, and their friend and roommate William Scott Clark all made appearances on drug-related charges before an Osceola...
  • Where do old cars go when they die?

    02/21/2009 7:21:04 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 33 replies · 1,126+ views
    02/22/2009 | WesternCulture
    My granpa over here in Sweden worked as a salesman in the 1950's. I never experienced the 1950's myself (too young, unfortunately), but I can tell people here in Sweden were thrilled over the cars coming from across the Atlantic at that time. My granpa bought a brand new Ford Customline around 1950. Not a flashy car, but a very decent vehicle for being Sweden (nearly) 60 years ago. At that time, middle class Swedes were poorer than average Americans of those days. The 1950's are gone, for better or for worse, but the spirit remains. When it comes to...
  • Ill. zoo creates ornaments from reindeer droppings

    11/28/2008 10:42:17 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies · 419+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | November 28, 2008
    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. Ė The Christmas ornaments for sale at the Miller Park Zoo's gift shop are partly manufactured by reindeer. Honest! Staffers make decorations out of droppings from the zoo's two reindeer, Ealu and Rika. The droppings are dried, then clear-coated and either painted or rolled in glitter.
  • Pilot Dead in Plane Crash in Stead (Reno Air Races)

    09/06/2008 11:36:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies · 1,633+ views
    KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe ^ | September 6, 2008 | Arash Mosaleh
    A spokeswoman with the National Championship Air Races confirms to Channel 2 News that a pilot was killed in a plane wreck Saturday morning at Reno-Stead Airport...
  • American car show opens in VšsterŚs

    07/05/2008 9:55:59 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 190+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 07/04/2008 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    The 'biggest American car show in the world' opened in VšsterŚs in central Sweden on Thursday. More than 10,000 cars are expected for the Big Meet 2008 show. The annual event started 31 years ago and was founded by Kjell Gustafsson who has seen it grow from the humble beginnings of 40-80 cars in a parking lot in Anderstorp. "Just to keep the show going over three days costs 1.5 million kronor ($252,000). 160 officials work with this. That is around the same as the Hultsfred festival," Gustafsson said to Di.se. The Big Meet 2008 show will take place over...
  • AMERICA-The Right Way! June 2 - June 6, 2008[Remember the Trade Center!]

    06/02/2008 4:07:10 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 321 replies · 186+ views
    All of Us | 6/2/08 | Various News sources and FRee Republic members
    Good morning! First full week in June, and rumors swirl around a possiblity: video of Michelle Obama giving a racist speech.For further info, check out Townhall's blog.
  • Germans lose their marbles crown

    03/22/2008 7:28:57 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 2 replies · 274+ views
    BBC.com ^ | Saturday, 22 March 2008 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2008, 11:36 GMT Germans lose their marbles crown Dave Atkin from the West Sussex Handcross 49ers plays a shot Competitors at the annual World Marble Championships celebrated long into the evening after a British team beat the Germans for the first time in years. The Yorkshire Meds took the silver trophy from reigning champions, 1st MC Erzgebirge II at the tournament in Tinsley Green, West Sussex.The German team had won for 20 years, with a break of one year in 2001. "It was very good to see the Germans beaten for once," said landlord of...
  • Pair Nabbed Trying to Smuggle Birds into the U.

    02/18/2008 8:00:41 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 148+ views
    02/18/08
    LEWISTON, N.Y. -- Border agents pulled four live birds from the pockets of a pigeon collector and a traveling companion trying to enter the United States from Canada. The pair were stopped Sunday at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge border crossing. They told inspectors they were on their way to visit an uncle near Rochester, says Customs and Border Protection spokesman Kevin Corsaro. The Uxbridge, Ontario residents, whose names were not released, were asked during a secondary inspection to remove their coats and that's when the birds were found. One man told CBP officers he is a pigeon collector who belongs to...
  • The Dragonflies' Lair~Thread XLVII

    01/31/2008 7:59:38 PM PST · by Soaring Feather · 819 replies · 1,431+ views
    The Poets of The Lair | January 31, 2008 | Soaring Feather
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Hobbies Are Rich in Psychic Rewards

    12/04/2007 8:05:11 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 47+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4 December 2007 | EILENE ZIMMERMAN
    A. Yes, and in many ways. Hobbies can enhance your creativity, help you think more clearly and sharpen your focus, said Carol Kauffman, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. ďWhen youíre really engaged in a hobby you love, you lose your sense of time and enter whatís called a flow state, and that restores your mind and energy,Ē she said. In a flow state, you are completely submerged in an experience, requiring a high level of concentration. Research shows strong correlations between flow states and peak performance, said Ms. Kauffman.
  • WOMEN IN CHESS Ė A MATTER OF OPINION

    09/21/2007 1:12:07 PM PDT · by Marc Tumin · 18 replies · 252+ views
    Chessbase News ^ | Sept. 21, 2007 | Zahir Ahmadov
    21.09.2007 Ė The recently ended International Women's Chess Tournament in Baku was a great success, with sponsors and organisers promising further such tournaments in the future. Our reporter Zahir Ahmadov used the opportunity to conduct an informal questionnaire on the state of women's chess: are men better at the game, and if so why. Interesting reactions. Women In Chess By Zahir Ahmadov The Honorary President of FIDE Florencio Campomones said in the opening ceremony of the 2nd International Womenís Chess Championship in Baku that he hoped that this tournament would have an impact on the development of womenís chess in...
  • Cutting-Edge Executives

    08/11/2007 10:46:04 AM PDT · by posterchild · 4 replies · 450+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2007 | GEORGE ANDERS
    His peers buy yachts, vintage wine and high-end golf gear for fun. But for software executive Jon Ramsey, there's nothing like the deep rumble of a $2,700 Powermatic table saw. "It sounds like a jet airplane taking off," he says. The Powermatic is the centerpiece of Mr. Ramsey's basement workshop, where he turns raw lumber into finely crafted tables and dressers for his home. It's noisy, sweaty work -- and that's just fine. For him and many other senior executives like him, old-fashioned woodworking is the perfect antidote to the endless blizzards of memos, meetings and strategy shifts that define...
  • (Sweden:) Government to launch 'driving test' for boats

    08/07/2007 9:30:25 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies · 665+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/07/2007 | TT/The Local
    Swedish boaters may soon need to pass a 'driving test' before taking to the seas. Should a forthcoming government proposal gain acceptance the new requirement will apply to boats that are over seven metres long and/or have a top speed of at least ten knots. "Between 200,000 and 250,000 boat owners may need to take the driving test," said Lars HŲgdahl from the Ministry of Enterprise. A generous set of transitional rules may however soften the blow. Seasoned boaters with many years of documented experience will for example be eligible for a licence without needing to first pass a test....
  • THE LIST - Names For Collectors

    05/23/2007 8:46:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 800+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | May 23, 2007 | FACTMONSTER.COM
    THE LIST Names for collectors May 23, 2007 There are a number of special names for people who collect things: Archtophilist: a person who collects teddy bears Bibliophilist: collects books Brandophilist: collects cigar bands Conchologist: collects shells Deltiologist: collects postcards Lepidopterist: collects butterflies Numismatist: collects coins Philatelist: collects stamps Philographist: collects autographs Plangonologist: collects dolls Receptarist: collects recipes Vexillologist: collects flags SOURCE: FACTMONSTER.COM
  • In Clubs and Online, Hobbyists Embrace The Joys of Picking

    10/28/2006 12:08:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 375+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2006 | SARA SCHAEFER MU—OZ
    NEWINGTON, Conn. -- On a recent evening in this quiet suburb, Matthew Fiddler hunched over a door lock, jiggling it with a pick and poking it with a wrench. In just a few moments, it popped open. Mr. Fiddler wasn't locked out and he isn't a thief. Instead, the 36-year-old father of four, clad in khakis and a blue button-down shirt, was seated around a table with a handful of people who pick locks for fun. The group, a chapter of Locksport International, gets together monthly to poke and prod everything from padlocks to dead-bolt cylinders. They swap tips, hold...
  • Too late to give my son the Airfix fix

    09/01/2006 1:05:00 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 421+ views
    Telegraph ^ | (Filed: 01/09/2006) | Tom Leonard
    Too late to give my son the Airfix fix http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2006/09/01/do0102.xml http://tinyurl.com/h8gzw By Tom Leonard (Filed: 01/09/2006) Although he is only four, it is already clear that my older son has inherited two character traits from me: a fascination with militaria ó ships, planes, tanks and soldiers, especially soldiers ó and an unfortunate impatience, specifically a tendency to hurl stuff across the room when things don't go right. Or glue right. For if there was one area where these two facets of my personality clashed most spectacularly, it was when I turned my hand to the fiddly task of putting together...
  • Costner exposed as actor behind sex act claim

    04/25/2006 9:15:50 PM PDT · by CAWats · 47 replies · 1,605+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 25, 2006 | Lee Glendinning
    Kevin Costner has been revealed as the celebrity accused of performing a sex act while having a massage at a prestigious hotel in Scotland, after a tribunal ruled there was not a strong enough reason to keep his name suppressed. The Hollywood star was accused of taking off his towel during the massage at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Fife, in October 2004, exposing himself and then performing a sex act. An earlier legal ruling had prevented his identity being revealed, but the tribunal chairman Nicol Hosie ruled that following widespread newspaper and magazine reports outside Britain, as...