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A man from Morecambe believes his dog has found a rare piece of whale vomit while walking on the beach. Ken Wilman said when Madge the dog "started poking at a rather large stone" he realised it was unusual. He left the ambergris on the beach but "something triggered in my mind" and, after doing some research, he went back to get it. The substance, which is found in the digestive system of sperm whales, is valuable and used in perfume.

Mr Wilman said: "When I picked it up and smelled it I put it back down again and I thought 'urgh'.

"It has a musky smell, but the more you smell it the nicer the smell becomes."

He is now waiting to get the 3kg (7lb) piece tested and said he had been offered 50,000 euros (£43,000) for it by a French dealer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-21254718

An 8 year old found a lump of it last summer as well, also in the UK.
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So far this year

Umbrella by Will Self, a turgid interior novel set mainly in the mind of a psychiatrist and a patient who has been confined in an asylum for over 50 years. A hard read as a lot of the story was stream of consciousness and jumped from character to character.

Superman The Highflying History of Americas Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye. A history of the inception, birth and commercial exploitation of Superman. Quite good also read Marvel Comics The Untold Story by Sean Howe last December highly recommend both of them.

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman the trials and tribulation of one man's quest to get laid, well very over simplified but a very humours read I haven't laughed so much in years.
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Is that one of your goats, Geoff? Whereabouts in NSW are you?
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Is that one of your goats, Geoff? Whereabouts in NSW are you?

In Canberra hence the goat.
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In Canberra hence the goat.

Worst part of NSW, mate smile.gif . When we went to Selwyn for 9th grade trip, we did the obligatory pilgrimage to Canberra. A rather uninspiring capital city.

Also, one of our PE/rugby coaches was, IIRC, a Brumbie reserve, or second division, something just on the cusp.
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The Future Of Life (Edward O. Wilson)


how is this? his textbook, Sociobiology was interesting as he explained how social behavior in humans and animals has evolved

 

I finished God; the failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger.  Many people and scientists have always put getting to the truth of religion and God as being "outside" of science's ability to conduct tests. This book shows plenty of scientific evidence to conclude there is not God.  if you have concluded this along time ago you already know most of his arguments, but it is great for the person on the fence with an open mind.

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Just finished the Man in the High Castle by Phillip K Dick. It's an alternative history of the Axis powers winning WWII
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Just finished the Man in the High Castle by Phillip K Dick. It's an alternative history of the Axis powers winning WWII

That's on my list. How was it?
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That's on my list. How was it?

Good
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Good

Thanks for the lengthy and well thought out review
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I was at a bar. It's a good read. Very psychological but also interesting because it takes place at the time it was written, in 62'. You get a good slice of life of that time even though it didn't happen.
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Anthony Burgess - Earthly Powers

 

Pretty great to have been in the middle of this when this week's papal weirdness hit the wires.

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The Accident by David Plante.
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