“But they also said there was a strong anticlerical movement in Poland, one that was unique to this nation and not tied to the sex scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church elsewhere. It is more closely linked to an almost genetic predisposition to rebel against authority, many people here said, as much as the church’s often heavy-handed intervention in national politics and debates over social issues, particularly in vitro fertilization.”—Religious Poland Sees Rise in Secularism - NYTimes.com
“It’s a very sad day,” Leonardo said from his cellphone. “But at least I can still earn a living.”
During an 11-year run at an OTB parlor in Midtown Manhattan, Leonardo said, he cashed in nearly half a million dollars in winning tickets without placing a single bet. In racing parlance, he is a stooper, a person who picks up discarded betting slips and feeds them through a ticket scanner in the hope that someone else might have tossed out a winner. He said he brought home more than $45,000 a year for his wife and two teenagers, paying taxes all the while.
Let’s get the obvious out the way. The main train company websites were completely useless. So ill informed as to be totally redundant. This one just says the “live departure boards are currently unavailable”. And look at the horrible vague language “most Southern services are currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions”. And then they feel the need to tell you this is an important annoucement in words as well as a whopping great exclamation mark road sign thing. In, er, a yellow lozenge. As a side note just look at that as an example of a ‘digital strategy’ gone wrong. Bookmark the site on StumbleUpon - tick! Share with your friends on Facebook - tick! Compare this redundant, vague information with this deep, rich information from Twitter.
“I’ve lived just about the most perfect life,” Ms. [Elaine, of Elain’es] Kaufman said in 1998. “I’ve had the best time. If I wanted to do something, I did it. Designers designed my clothes and did my apartment. I had house seats for the theater. I was invited to screenings and book parties. I’ve had fun. What else can you ask in life?”—Elaine Kaufman, Owner of Elaine’s, Dies at 81 - NYTimes.com