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pussy riot Russia

Pussy Riot have only tweeted 24 times, but so far they’re pretty damn good at it

They’ve done wittily captioned photos:

Obligue political commentary:

Or innocent observations about the nature of learning foreign languages, take your pick.

And even self-depreciating Borat references:

We’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. If you are too, follow them at @pussyrrriot.

them robins birds science radio

Radio 5 Live is playing real-life Flappy Bird with robins

The AM radio broadcasts of the station could be screwing up the migratory birds’ sense of direction

Robins, and other birds that travel north and south with seasons, use the Earth’s magnetic field to figure out where they’re going, and it turns out that blasting the atmosphere with BREAKING NEWS and LIVE SPORT and MARK KERMODE is slightly confusing for them.

Pretty much everything we do with electricity has some kind effect of the magnetic field of the Earth, but AM radio is particularly bad news if you’re a bird

Researchers from the University of Oldenburg have just published a report in Nature about how they figured this out by putting birds in cabins - even stuck indoors, birds will ‘migrate’ by jumping in the appropriate direction.

Except that the birds initially didn’t aim in anything like the right direction. However, when the cabins were shielded from Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire, they immediately locked onto where they were meant to go.

Of course, the other possible explanation is that they can actually pick up the *content* of the broadcasts - we once accidentally tuned in to the Nicky Campbell Breakfast Show on the way to work and the next thing we remember we were in an airport in Zambia

them rev jeremy hunt

Is Jeremy Hunt really the Archdeacon from Rev.?

@JonnElledge brought this theory to our attention, and the evidence is certainly compelling:

There’s something in this.

Still not convinced?

They’re like two frames of the same wonderful GIF.

They must be, at the very least, twins

It’s uncanny.

This has had the unfortunate effect of making us like Jeremy Hunt a little bit more - he seems like he’d make a fun pantomimesque comedy villain, if he wasn’t too busy shutting down actual hospitals.

BTW, we really enjoy Rev., which is surprisingly good for a gentle but ever-darkening sitcom about a vicar having a breakdown - a genre it pretty much only shares with The Vicar of Dibley.

melvin bragg fish local news

Finally, some good news!

All of our fish-related worries have been assuaged

Image via Adam Devlin.

Thank goodness for that


"That lovely strangled cat sound" - great review of 70s Led Zep show


It looks like a drawing of the Four Musketeers but, no, it’s actually a review of a Led Zeppelin gig in Birmingham in 1970. A glowing review of what sounds like a tremendous night:
Fans cheered wildly, danced in the aisles and even their seats last night to give Led Zeppelin one of the most fantastic receptions ever witnessed at Birmingham Town Hall.

*Insert pathetic envy of everybody who got to be there*


them pies petitions

Are we being cheated out of GOOD, honest pies by EVIL capitalists?

There’s now a government e-petition to stop people from calling things that aren’t pies ‘pies’

There’s long been debate whether it’s acceptable to call a casserole with a pastry lid a pie - and now there’s a petition on the government’s e-petition website to ban the practice entirely.

The petition states:

For too long customers in pubs and restaurants have ordered what is described on the menu as a pie only to be served with casserole in a pot covered by a puff pastry lid. This is not a pie and is also curiously difficult to consume. A pie is defined by the OED as “A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry.” This petition urges the implementation of criminal sanctions upon the owners of food outlets that serve items described as pies without a pastry base. Exemptions will apply for Shepherds, Cottage and Fish Pies.

Currently the petition only has has 226 signatures, but if it can reach 100,000, this hot issue could be discussed in parliament and finally put an end to the pie debate!

Until then, let us know what you think in our PIE POLL, below.

Is a casserole with a pastry lid a pie, or a LIE?