Miscellaneous

In The Style Of

Snippets from current events (with a dash of pop culture)

Brexit conversation

UK: We want to leave the EU!

EU: Bye.

You say Brexit, I say going full retard.

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The presidential candidates as characters on Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire

Hillary Clinton: And now it begins.

Donald Trump: No, now it ends.

A frantic attempt at sub-space communication

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An advert in national paper

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Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson waiting for the results on election night

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From Time magazine issue November 21, photograph by Dina Litovsky

So nice of him to lend her his jacket so that she’s not cold. He’s a good boy at heart.

A horror story I sent to my brother on Halloween night

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But hey, don’t despair, humanity. In times like these, always remember

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And keep a towel ready. Just in case.

Like Hagrid said at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It had ter happen. Well, now it has, an’ we’ll jus’ have ter get on with it. We’ll fight.

Here’s one of my November pictures

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And a quote from the peerless Tyrion Lannister which may or may not be relevant

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In The Style Of

Miscellaneous

Numbers

Let me tell you about number Four.

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Why do I think number 4 is significant?

Firstly, it’s nicely symmetrical. 2+2 and 2×2 and 2^2. Human beings like symmetry. Symmetrical objects are usually considered beautiful and symmetrical features attractive.

Now let’s have a look at how many things there are four of:

Four seasons

| spring | summer | autumn | winter |

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Four cardinal directions

| north | south | east | west |

Four elements

| air | water | earth | fire |

Four states of matter

| solid | liquid | gas | plasma |

Four arithmetic operators

| addition | subtraction | multiplication | division |

Four card suits

| hearts | spades | diamonds | clubs |
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And corresponding tarot versions

| cups | swords | pentacles | wands |

Four basic tastes

| bitter | sour | salty | sweet |

Google always uses the same four colours in their logo – red, blue, yellow and green

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Four Renaissance artists (or Ninja turtles if you wish)

| Leonardo | Michelangelo | Donatello | Raphael |

Examples from pop culture include Fantastic Four, the four hobbits from Lord of the Rings, four members of Beatles, four women on Sex and the City and four Hogwarts houses.

Examples from sports are the four tennis grand slams and the big four sports in America.

Also, every four years we get an extra day. The leap year, such as this year for example, is dividable by four.

Every four years, on a leap year, we get Olympic Games.

And every four years, also in the same year, a US Presidential election takes place. Better not talk about the current one… anyway, I only realised about two weeks ago that not only was I born in the leap year, my brother was too and so were my two nephews by marriage, whom I love very much.

So that’s it.

And here are four red tealights.

 

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Bonus: the main male character in the Divergent series, Tobias Eaton, is nicknamed Four, because he only has four fears (whereas average is between ten and fifteen).  Played by Theo James in the movies.

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Numbers

Animals

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I have blogged about my Pepper before.

She has given me a lot. Most importantly, she made me realise I was a cat person. I didn’t know I was a cat person for 33 years, until she decided she was going to live with us. Imagine had she never decided to come to live with us, I would have lived and died not knowing I was a cat person. That is quite something.

Also, if it wasn’t for her, I would not have known what great creatures cats are. Because they’re out of this world. Almost.

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You’d better love me unconditionally. Or else…

Though I have to disagree with people who claim that cats want to take over the world. There’s no need for cats to plot world domination, because they already have it. They domesticated themselves on their own terms and they pretty much do what they want. Humans feed them, love them, pet them, take pictures of them and post them on the internet. We are practically their slaves. So there.

Some quotes about cats from Goodreads:

I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.

Neil Gaiman

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Robert A Heinlein

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Mark Twain

What greater gift than the love of a cat.

Charles Dickens

Finally, let me throw in some Star Trek:

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Meow!

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