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language

Ariel

You don’t have to be stupid to work for Radio 1. But it often helps.

Someone called Dom, writes on the Chris Moyles show blog:

Now then – the BBC has its own in-house magazine called Ariel. This
name is very clever as it can relate to a TV ariel or a radio ariel.

Two basic mistakes here. Firstly if you’re talking about a TV or radio antenna, then the correct spelling of “ariel” is “aerial”. Secondly, the BBC magazine is called “Ariel” after the Eric Gill statue of Shakespeare’s Prospero and Ariel on the front of Broadcasting House.

Makes you wonder what they teach them at school these days.

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life

Tombstoning

I’d never heard of “tombstoning” until yesterday. Apparently it’s an “extreme sport” and involves diving off rocks and cliffs into the sea. Sounds bloody stupid to me.

It seems that it’s also something of a craze in the town where I grew up.

A middle-aged man drowned and another was seriously injured when they jumped into the sea off a pier in Essex, in a stunt known as “tombstoning”.

The two men – both believed to be in their 40s – were found face-down in the sea by lifeboat crews after jumping off a pier at Clacton, Essex, on Saturday.

Man dies after ‘tombstoning’ jump

Natural selection in action.

Update: More details on the story. It seems that the man who died was a former soldier who had moved to Clacton to escape his drink problem. Not sure that was the brightest of moves. As long as I can remember, there’s always been a big drinking culture in Clacton.