November 16th, 2006

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Red Rain Gives Clues to Our Alien Origins

Interesting article courtesy of the BBC News Service. Basically a mysterious 'Red' rain that fell over southern India in 2001 is believed to have actually been alien in origin after a study of the biological microbes in the rain is found to be unlike anything on Earth.

This discovery has renewed the debate and theory that life on Earth actually originated from the stars.

Searching For 'Our Alien Origins' (BBC News Online; Tuesday 14th November 2006)

Coloured Rain Falls on Kerala (BBC News Online; Monday 30th July 2001)

The Scientific Report : Cometary Panspermia Explains The Red Rain Of Kerala (PDF by Godfrey Louis & A. Santhosh Kumar; October 5 2003)
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Invader Zim - Curse You!

F**King Indian Call Centres!


I got transferred from a UK office to a Call centre in Dubai (I know it was Dubai because I ended up asking where they were) for a simple question about my barclaycard account.

All I needed to know was what my Minimum Payment was this month, when it was due and if I had already paid it.

To say there were communication problems between myself and the Call Centre Guy is an understatement. He seemed to think I was asking about everything other than my actual question. I kept my calm and finished off the phonecall getting my information but not actually being sure if it was correct because he still seemed confused.

Que me phoning the British branch of barclaycard again, getting through to a someone whom I could understand and could understand me. Was very sympathic to my experience and logged the complaint (by the sound of things they get quite a few complaints) and then answered my question straight off.

The short of it was that I'd actually paid it off last month and didn't owe anything at present.

Why did such a simple enquiry become such a drawn out, complicated and annoying experience???

I really wish companies wouldn't sub-contract to companies based in countries where English isn't the first language. I should try and draw up a list of the companies I use who have overseas call centres and then start looking at winding up my contracts with them and looking for UK based ones instead.
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This months bills...

...I seem to have either been really efficient last month or else a fairy godbanker has come and paid all my bills. If I was efficent then I've also completely lost my short term memory as all the banks I've rung today to pay my monthly bills have already been paid up and have been since last month?

Well I'm not going to complain. Just glad I seem to have been on top of things last month. Wonder what else I was up to?

Mond you, I'm also glad to have found that most of this months bills have been paid as my mobile bill clocked in at over £160 this month courtesy of lots of calls from when I was in Germany and also a massive increase in texting. At least I know the German calls won't be on next months billsand I'll just have to be ruthless with my texting fingers in the future.
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Gameforce: London - THIS SUNDAY!!!

The GameForce Network Presents:

Next London Meet: Sunday 19th November (And every third Sunday of the month)
Time: 2pm to 9pm
Venue: The College Arms, 18 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7DH
Price: £2 members; £3 non-members
Nearest Underground: Goodge Street (Northern Line). Also close to Warren Street (Victoria & Northern Lines) or Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern Lines)
Games Played: RPGs, Board and Card Games, TMG and CCGs
This months Tournament & Demonstration Games: Star Wars Starship Battles Preview by Wizard of the Coast + Battlelore Preview by Days of Wonder!! Also a Horrorclix Tournament by WizKids!!!

GameForce: London is a brand new games club in Central London catering for Board & Card Gamers, Roleplayers and CCG/TMG players!

Taking place every third Sunday of the month the club aims to provide a regular meeting place for gamers and a friendly environment to play games both familiar and unfamiliar.

For further information please contact Angus Abranson on or phone 020 8346 2327 (9.30am to 6pm) or join Gameforce Community on Livejournal (!!

Alternatively join the Gameforce Yahoo Group by sending an email to

Grab a game and Come and play!

Future Dates:
December  - DRAGONMEET 2nd December @ Kensington Town Hall January 21st 2007 – Ultimate Fighting System CCG (Street Fighter, SoulCalibur 3, etc)
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Scrye Magazine Acquires

I've used Gaming Report for years as it is the primary source of RPG news on the internet. I was amazed this morning to discover they have now been taken over by Krause Publishing (the publishers of Scrye Magazine amongst others).

I'll be interested to see how this effects things but have a sneaky suspicion they may try and not only keep it a primary source of news but also try and make it into the RPG/CCG equivalent of the brilliant BoardGames Geek. Atleast, that's what I'd try and do if I'd just purchased it.
Gloomy Bear - Munch

Possibly the grossest game published...?

OK, I don't go 'ERG' easily but I am right now.

One of this years new games is called "The Really Wild Bug Eating Party"  by a company called Upstarts (who have actually had some good games in the past like the brilliant Really nasty Horse Race Game and also the UK editions of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Board Game).

What gives this game the ERG factor?

It contains real edible bugs such as Ants, Crickets, Meal Worms and even a Scorpion!

I guess it's also a one-play game unless they sell replacement parts somewhere...

The game itself retails for £19.99