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Exchange rate watch

1 GBP = 2010.8367 KRW
1 GBP = 1.141 EUR
1 GBP = 1.5936 USD

2,300,000 KRW = 1143.0745 GBP

Bonus Exchange Rate

1 GBP = 72.9084 Bhutanese ngultrum

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

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Categories: Money

The evil in our relationship [with animals] remains a paradox. If you plot ‘Number of animals abused’ against ‘What makes people cruel’ versus ‘Intelligence of either party’, the pattern is so unreadable you might as well draw in a chain of fox heads on sticks. And if you do that, an interesting thing happens: the word ‘cruel’ starts flashing.

Brass Eye, episode 1: ‘Animals’.

Categories: Humour, Quotations

Getting friendly with facial hair

I stopped shaving a few short weeks ago and grew a full beard. Last Tuesday I took a razor to this new growth and shaped it into the facial hair style known as friendly sideburns. I have a strip of beard running from my ears all the way down my jaw but stopping short of the chin. At that point it turns upward and joins my moustache. I also have an imperial. Other notable friendly sideburns wearers include writer Kim Newman and rock gods Lemmy and – most importantly – James Hetfield.

According to the Wikipedia entry, the word ‘sideburns’ is a corruption of ‘burnsides’ – for Ambrose Burnside, an American Civil War general.

Categories: Miscellaneous

션의 한국어 일기

Or, in English, Sean’s Korean Diary, which is the name of a new blog I recently set up. I haven’t posted on it much – nor have I worked all that hard on learning Korean, but it’s better than nothing. About a year ago I added a Korean Vocabulary page to this blog, but then deleted it as I hadn’t used it. Well, that lexicon now has a home and a little substance.

My next task, assigned by my language exchange partner, Ji-hyeon, is to write some instructions for something. I am considering writing how to make a cup of tea (what else, really?), but I can see myself relying almost entirely on Google Translate. My next language exchange session is in a couple of weeks – plenty of time to forget everything I learnt last week.

Putting the ‘cat’ into ‘Elite catching skills’

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Categories: Humour

Good Ida

This video from BBC News shows the famous 47 million-year-old lemur-monkey thing (the technical term is Darwinius masillae) called Ida. It gives you a good idea of the fossil’s size, as well as showing it in some detail. The really surprising thing is that it was discovered 20 years or so ago, but has only just been unveiled because it was in private hands. Whether or not she (the fossil) is important in evolutionary theory, she’s certainly a wonderful remnant of a creature.

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Categories: Miscellaneous

Exchange rate watch

1 GBP = 1937.3162 KRW
1 GBP = 1.1353 EUR
1 GBP = 1.5477 USD

2,300,000 KRW = 1187.2094 GBP

Bonus Exchange Rate

1 GBP = 348.2433 Icelandic kronur (singular: krona) ISK

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

Categories: Money