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10th September
Reading Hokkaido Highway Blues right now... it's well worth a look.

BBC - 'Church sorry for role in 'dirty war'.' 'Argentina's Catholic Church has made a historic apology for its mistakes during the last military regime from 1976 to 1983. '
Also take a look at the Vanished Gallery, dedicated to the 'disappeared' of Argentina. It happened before, so it could happen again.

Splendid edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune weblog, which is maintained by Gael of Pop Culture Junk Mail. It's all about alternatives to 'big-name' sites - Dealtime instead of Amazon, or Modern Humorist instead of the Onion. Two suggestions of my own - try Bibliofind for books, and Just So for literary e-cards.

Sunday Times - 'Giant telescope to look for alien life.' 'The United Nations is drawing up plans for a giant radio telescope that will scan more than a million stars for signs of intelligent life.'
BBC - 'Bright future for glowing bugs.' 'Glowing bugs that diagnose pollution could be the "canaries" of the future.'
BBC - 'GM apples could fight tooth decay.' 'GM technology could transform the humble apple into a cure for rotten teeth or a saviour of Britain's ailing fruit-growing business, claim industry scientists.'

9th September
The Big Brother Generator is quite funny.

Poptart - a good weblog.

Last night I stayed in a hotel in East London , and as I got back to the hotel from dinner, I couldn't help but notice a large group of happy celebrating Liverpudlians near the bar area. Yes, it was the family and friends of Craig off Big Brother UK.
Craig is quite funny, and I like Darren too, but I do hope that Anna wins. To find out why, take a look at the Anna Lovers' Page.

Guardian - 'Ancient palace found in jungle.' 'Expedition stumbles on 'most incredible Mayan find for a century'.'

BBC - 'Tree rings challenge history.'
'Could a comet hitting the Earth 1,500 years ago have triggered a global disaster in which millions of people lost their lives? '
'It is an old claim that historians say has little evidence in written records to support it, but now a tree ring expert has said the idea must be re-examined.'

BBC - 'Experts sink teeth into goat-sucker.' On the chupacabra, a vampiric creature of Central American legend. A Nicaraguan farmer claims to have shot one. The zoologists at the local university, on the other hand, think it's a dog.
BBC - ' 'Gender bender fish problem widens.' 'The entire male fish population of some European rivers show feminising effects from so-called "gender-bending" chemicals, according to new research.'
The economy of the Roman city of Aperlae (in modern Turkey) was built on slime. Via Ancient World Web.

Onion - 'Christian Right lobbies to overturn second law of thermodynamics.' Tee hee.
Reuters - 'Drug-running submarine seized.' 'A Russian-designed submarine in the process of being built to smuggle drugs out of Colombia was confiscated on Thursday outside Bogota, authorities said.'
Reuters - 'Grumpy town declares 'Olympics-free zone.' '

Castle of Spirits - good ghost site. Don't forget to check out the ghost stories and haunted Australia.
Check out Robots Factory. Pretty! Via GMT+9.

An essay on weblogging by Rebecca Blood.
Day 17 - nice Aussie weblog.
I've just noticed that the View from Here is posting fine linkage once more. Take a look.
The Nutlog is pleased that Poet Piet's Eco Acres USA site found this lovely picture of a 1500 year-old cherry tree through it.
Dutch Courage has much discerning linkage to prominent webloggers in Dutch and English (including the Nutlog).

6th September
Busy with visitors. The next update will be on Saturday.

BBC - 'Meteorite records early Solar System.' Story about a 4.5 billion year old meteorite that has been found in Canada. 'This meteorite is unique," said Michael Lipschutz, Professor of Chemistry at the university. "The Tagish Lake meteorite is a sample of the pre-solar nebula, out of which the planets formed. We have never before had a sample of this material." '

Reuters - 'When fairy tale ends...divorce magazines step in.' Story about the new (for Britain, anyway) phenomenon of 'divorce magazines.'

Giant extinct Australian animals. From the BBC. 'A flesh-eating kangaroo and a crocodile that jumped down on its prey from the trees are drawing the crowds in Sydney, Australia.'

Lavarand - '...harnessing the power of Lava Lite lamps to generate truly random numbers since 1996.'

Cooking with chemistry - 'the first Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream page on the Internet.'

Spooky photos from a group of ghost-hunters in Wisconsin. Lifted from GMT+9.

5th September
The Nutlog has been featured as weblog of the day by the wonderful and shiny Big Fat Radio. Thanks, guys!

Updates may be sparse over the next couple of days as I still have visitors... but keep reading. I won't be gone for long. I hope these links keep you well-fed, and if you like you can always email me -

Meow Mail - an email service for the feline community.

Guardian - '19-year Greenham Common campaign to end.' This marks the end of an era. RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire gained notoriety in the 1980's, when the Thatcher administration allowed the US Air Force to store nuclear weapons there. This led to some of the biggest demonstrations in Britain for many years, as well as the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp vigil on the site of the air base. The last missile left Greenham Common in 1991 but the protestors stayed to ensure the site was given back to the people.
The BBC also covers the closure of the camp.

The Nutlog would like to commemorate the English cricket team's first series victory over the West Indies since 1969.

Reuters - 'Orwellian suit socks 'Big Brother'.' A lawyer in Chicago (who happens to own the film and TV rights to George Orwell's novel '1984') is suing the US version of the 'Big Brother' gameshow, claiming that the producers have 'intentionally created a show that viewers will believe is connected to or approved by the owners of Orwell's novel.'
Speaking of which, I am still enjoying Big Banana, a very funny spoof of the British Big Brother.

The Exploding Dictionary looks very useful. Via Robert Brook.

Check out these jewels of the web :-
Pylon of the month.
Erik's chopsticks gallery.
Fun with grapes - a case study.
Automatic complaint generator.
Illustrated guide to breaking your computer.
Webcam of a cornfield in Iowa.

Guided tour of ancient Wessex - includes many pictures of standing stones, stone circles, etc.

4th September
BBC - 'Heroes and villains.' 'People vote for politicians as if they are soap opera characters or figures in a western, according to new research on American electors by psychologists in the US. '

There is a webpage devoted to Ukrainian bus shelters.
There is also a webpage all about derelict shopping trolleys of Milton Keynes.

Take a look at kitsch postcards of the 60's and 70's. Thankyou, GMT+9.
Collection of postcards connected with the California Gold Rush.
Why not send someone a UNESCO e-card?

Boopaholics Anonymous. Betty Boop fanpage.
The evolution of Mickey Mouse.

Ancient Chinese mirrors found in Japanese burial mound. Via Ancient World Web.
More on robots that can design and build other robots (see entry for 31st August) - this time from National Geographic. Thanks to Honey Guide for this link.
Also from Honey Guide - chimpanzees from different parts of Africa have different ways of greeting each other.

3rd September
Thanks to Darren of Linkmachinego for setting up this handy list of recently updated UK weblogs.

Don't miss the Official French Fries Page.

Guardian Unlimited has a nice little collection of quizzes. Apparently I'm abnormally optimistic, could work on becoming a spin doctor, but couldn't hack it as a rock chick.

Reuters - 'In Palermo, it rains mice.' 'Residents of the Sicilian capital say mice, which leap from rooftop to rooftop in the run-down city center, have grown too fat to jump and are plummeting into the streets, often hitting passers-by below.'

The International Cartoon Gallery - well worth a visit.

BBC - 'Scientists test sex-change bears.' Apparently, more than one in every hundred polar bears from Svalbard in the Arctic are hermaphroditic. Their condition is being blamed on chemicals which were originally manufactured for use in electrical equipment.

We all need more Hello Kitty merchandise. Thanks to Jemima for this one.

San Jose Mercury - 'Spirits spook Santa Clara County inmates after ouija-board session.' Has to be read to be believed.