“There are many underhanded ways of making your conker harder. The best is to pass it through a pig." World Conker Champion – Charlie Bray. The World Conker Championships are on this weekend. All the action
from last year. previously  
In other news, a cure for bleeding canker
has been found, with a welcome side effect, leaf miners don't like having garlic breath.
"A cowboy who had gone out on a jolly"
British soldiers talk about surviving friendly fire, and call for the US pilot who attacked them to be prosecuted for manslaughter.
How To Say Yes (Or No) To British Food:
Apart from the language barrier (ably demolished by Mike Etherington
's magnificent online dictionary
), British food has a dreadful reputation
all over the world. Yet people who try it, whatever their nationality, often find they enjoy it. If it's properly
made, that is. Enter Helen Watson
's impeccable and ethnically correct recipes
. And those who can't be bothered to cook can always plump for the many ready-made goodies
(and some real stinkers) now offered by internet mail order firms. The most promising has got to be, with over 2,500 goodies, the FBC Brit Shop
. Unfortunately it's based in Japan and will only start delivering in September. The best of the rest is probably yummy British Delights
. My mother's English so I'm obviously biased, but aren't a lot of people missing out on the unique gastronomic charms of the good old United K? Oh yes
![FBC link pilfered from the Boing Boing larder.
Pip Tattersall is the first woman to win the Green Beret of the Royal Marines
, but she still can't fight in combat
Is the British army ignoring thousands of years of history
, or is Martin van Creveld