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I knew that China had been funding the US economy by buying dollars but 265 billion?!?

That is completely ridiculous. The US's trade deficit has doubled between years ending Dec 2002 and Dec 2005.

The numbers for US debt are staggering. Thousands of billions of dollars.

How could Bush possibly win votes a second time?


Super Size Me?

I just sat and watched the last half of "Super Size Me" on channel4.

I was eating "Revels" chocolate and drinking a can of pepsi. I wasn't even hungry.

I don't eat well and I don't do enough exercise, or any at all at the moment. I weigh about 150 pounds. That's 70kg. I'm 5 foot 9 maybe.

A working day is fueled with breakfast cereal and then coke at some point in the morning - just(!) enough sugar to get me to lunch. If I have a big lunch I crash completely after thirty mins or so. If I have a small lunch I spend the whole afternoon eating. Chocolate most likely.

I often get headaches early in the day at the weekend - probably because I don't start the morning with coke.

I can not go two days without chocolate.

I am getting older.

I think I need fewer of these:

and more of this:

I didn't finish my pepsi or my chocolate.

The Boat Race 2006

Cambridge were so soft. Complete bollocks.


What wasn't on the coverage is how scary Oxford's coach "Bowden" is. Very. That helps.
Also... good work on broadcasting Oxford cox's call to his crew "let's fucking take them down" or words to that effect :)


In fact I was reminded of when my mate rowed for Isis a couple of years ago, and won. He said they'd gone out on the water "to destroy the tabs". That's what happened today. Oxford



From Channel4 News' "Snowmail":

Blue is the colour
Oxford have won the boat race and it wasn't just their team colours that were dark blue.

They got off in fiery form, what with their cox swearing loudly on nationwide teatime TV about the supposedly inadequate manhood of their opponents.

As our chief sub, Felicity Spector (Somerville 1985-9) observed, what was wrong with a rousing hurrah of "Good luck chaps"? We'll have the flavour of the day, courtesy of a well placed bleep.

A shorter show tonight so don't be late. See you at 7.45pm


Oh April 1st...

isn't it the best day of the year now? Google has moved on from GMail with "Google Romance" . . .

1. What is Google Romance?
Google Romance is a place where you can post all types of romantic information and, using our Soulmate Search, see search results that could, in theory, include the love of your life. Then we'll send you both on a Contextual DateTM, which we'll pay for while delivering to you relevant ads that we and our advertising partners think will help produce the dating results you're looking for.

2. That’s the exact same copy you used on the Google Romance landing page.
Ah, so you noticed that, huh? It’s true, this general question and answer probably don’t belong in an FAQ to begin with. Please don’t tell our boss.

3. What is Soulmate Search?
Here on the Google Romance team, we follow the philosophy "Don't be medieval," so we brought only the latest psychographic and search algorithms to bear on the problem of hooking up our users. First you fill out an extensive personal profile carefully designed by a team of both married and single Google engineers for the express purpose of gathering and analyzing romantic information. Then you fill out an equally obscure and elaborate profile describing various attributes of the person with whom you wish to spend the rest of your life and click ‘Search Romance.’ It’s that simple.