Feel inadequate by the names conjured up by your imagination? Stunned by the exotic-sounding contributors to your daily intake of spam? Try using the Random Name Generator
, Behind the Name
or Chris Pound's Language Machines
. These were all culled from Lisa Napoli's piece 'Adding spice to spam?
Phony names pique interest' in the IHT
. The piece uses quotes from me-fi
, I think - fast becoming a journalistic stand-by for useful argument-supporting opinions.
We visited the Batu Caves
last night, in the final few hours of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam
- an extraordinary experience, and one which photos, while spectacular, don't really do justice. What's missing is the noise - of thousands of people, amplified music and chants - and smell of people, flowers, food, etc. Thaipusam
is famously the festival of ritual piercing, as Vels
are pushed into the fleshy bits of the body by devotees seemingly oblivious to pain.
Big page of images of the splendour of Moscow Underground
, in the wake of this morning's bomb attack. In other global news, a good lady in Tennessee is sueing Janet Jackson
(although she's not doing it just for herself - it's a class action: 'Although the exact number of class members cannot be ascertained, they are so numerous and geographically dispersed that joinder
of all class members is impracticable. Plaintiff believes that there are over eighty million members of the Class.'). You can probably guess why.