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Puppy Dispute

It’s late, so I’m going to save myself some time and paste in my Small Claims case description. The defendant’s name has been removed to protect the guilty.

On 24th March my wife and I purchased a puppy from Mrs Smith for £550. The following week we called Mrs Smith to explain how my wife had been suffering with asthma since having the puppy in the house. Mrs Smith agreed to take the puppy back. Later that day Mrs Smith called us to say that she would only refund £400. Reluctantly we agreed and then returned the puppy on 6th April. While handing over the puppy Mrs Smith said that she would now only refund £300 because she couldn’t afford any more. Knowing that I could not take the puppy home due to my wife’s asthma I said that I would wait until she could pay the full amount. On 14th April Mrs Smith texted to say she would now only refund £200. I refused and then she offered £250. On 17th April I gave Mrs Smith the choice of refunding £400 as originally agreed or I would pursue the purchase amount of £550 through Small Claims. She replied ‘Ok take it to court’. I asked for her surname so that I could begin the claim but she did not reply. I found her details on facebook.

This is Bertie

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I’m cold but I smell burning

My office/apartment has Economy 7 storage heaters. Every morning I walk into the lounge and it’s toasty but this morning it was cooler than usual. A short time later I realised that I’d caught the faint smell of burning; no, not burning, more like a spent match. I did not relate the two events.

This afternoon, being a little chilly, I checked the main storage heater and to my surprise it was completely cold. The mains was switched on so I decided to check the fuse. Switched off all the heaters at the fusebox. The fuse wouldn’t come out due to a clump of black residue. Removed socket.


Removed entire electrical assembly from wall in preparation for buying new double pattress and switches tomorrow.


Left wiring safe; of sorts.


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Real-world bionics

Would you trade your legs and/arms for better ones? I would.

No doubt the rest of our organs will follow too.

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Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle “…a lot of people think that the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t exist…”

Excerpt from Stewart Lee on BBC2, 22nd March 2014

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Ten Commandments

Richard Dawkins

The alternative to the Ten Commandments cited by Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion is:

  • Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
  • In all things, strive to cause no harm.
  • Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.
  • Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
  • Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
  • Always seek to be learning something new.
  • Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
  • Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
  • Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
  • Question everything.

Dawkins uses these proposed commandments to make a larger point that “it is the sort of list that any ordinary, decent person today would come up with.” He then adds four more of his own devising:

  • Enjoy your own sex life (so long as it damages nobody else) and leave others to enjoy theirs in private whatever their inclinations, which are none of your business.
  • Do not discriminate or oppress on the basis of sex, race or (as far as possible) species.
  • Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
  • Value the future on a timescale longer than your own.

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