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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 10:49:01 AM EST
Nicolas Sarkozy revives ceremonial hunting party to win friends and influence - Times Online

Had he returned to Chambord, the great château on the Loire, yesterday Louis XIV would have recognised the scene: a gaggle of dignitaries shooting boar, attended with pomp by the palace guard and ending in a torchlight ritual and banquet.

But this ceremonial hunting party was not the revival of the ancien régime. It was President Sarkozy's latest wheeze to reward today's courtiers and cultivate French and foreign VIPs of value to the Republic.

However, the presidency has been thrown on the defensive this week after the media rumbled the regal battues, or game shoots, which Mr Sarkozy quietly revived in December.

The chasse présidentielle was dropped by President Chirac in 1995 as unfitting for modern democracy. During the 1970s and 1980s, Presidents Giscard and Mitterrand used the chasse to bestow favours and cultivate foreign leaders, including the late Shah of Iran and the late Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Republic.

by Fran on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 01:28:12 PM EST
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Times:
But this ceremonial hunting party was not the revival of the ancien régime.

Er, actually...

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 09:35:21 AM EST
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Austrian count claims small underpants breached his human rights - Telegraph
A multi-millionairre Austrian count has claimed that his human rights were abused in a British jail because his prison issue underpants were too small.

Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, who owns a palace in Austria and a house in London's affluent Sloane Square spent seven days in jail as part of a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) fraud investigation into a BAE arms deal.

He was eventually released after BAE struck a deal with UK and US authorities over alleged bribery and corruption charges.

After returning to his palace in Burgenland, Austria, he said: "In the UK human rights are not exactly respected like they are in Austria. I wasnt given underwear that was my size despite asking for it several times. And they didnt give me a comb."

The 56-year-old also complained that the prison issue disposable razor had been used before, saying: "I found stubble in it - so I demanded and was given a vaccination against Hepatitis B."

by Fran on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 01:30:41 PM EST
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That's gonna be a fun one to see argued.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 05:15:03 PM EST
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On the grounds of a man's biggest fear medical evidence?

Twist and Shout: A Clinical and Experimental Review of Testicular Torsion
Links to the pdf file of a paper in the Korean Journal of Urology. And yes, joke aside, real testicular infarction is a medical emergency.




You're clearly a dangerous pinko commie pragmatist.
by Vagulus on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 07:21:03 PM EST
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Indeed!  (From the article):
Purpose: This review addresses different aspects of testicular torsion from
the clinical perspective as well as the basic cellular and molecular events
responsible for the post-torsion testicular changes and pathology, including
tissue ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Take-away: If you get your underwear in a knot, make certain your testicles are not in them.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 11:25:45 PM EST
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ARGeezer:
tissue ischemia-reperfusion injury.

is that medicalese for a kick in the nuts?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 04:29:09 AM EST
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AKA "Lucky Gypsy Kick In The Crotch, Sir?"

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 05:14:29 AM EST
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I would read it as a cut-off of blood flow to the testes and the problems with getting it restarted. Sorta like the equivalent of an ischemic stroke, angina or a "heart attack" in one's testes. It can seriously adversely affect one's sperm count.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 09:34:19 AM EST
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I first heard about testicular torsion in the context of sports injuries, but I don't know if this is the most frequent type of occurrence for it.

Testicular torsion

Twisting of the testis on its cord causes intense ischaemic pain localized in the testis. Usually there is localized tenderness and vomiting (which may be the sole presenting feature) but no significant swelling. These patients require urgent surgery to salvage the testis and must be transferred immediately to hospital.

Greaves et al. (eds), Emergency care: a textbook for paramedics (1997)


For those interested in words, and where they come from: ischemia, or ischaemia, was introduced into medical language by the German physician, scholar, and politician, Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902).

Among Rudolf Virchow's many research interests was his fascination with the ways in which disease affects arteries, veins, and their contained blood constituents. He elucidated the principles of embolism, thrombosis, and leukemia and invented the words to describe them. Seeking a term to designate the mechanism by which cells and tissues are deprived of their blood supply, Virchow seized (this word is chosen advisedly) upon the Greek ischano -- 'I hold in check' or 'I quench' -- derived from the Indo-European root segh, which refers to 'seizing' or 'holding' or 'causing to pause'. By combining it with aima, or 'blood', the Greeks had created the word ischaimos, to signify a holding in check of the flow of blood. Ischemia was chosen by Virchow to designate the consequences of diminishing or totally stopping blood flow to some structure of the body, whether a small as a cell or as large as a leg or a section of heart muscle.

S. B. Nuland, How we die (1994)



You're clearly a dangerous pinko commie pragmatist.
by Vagulus on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 11:50:43 AM EST
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Greaves et al? I thought it was Jones and Gascoigne :)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 11:59:51 AM EST
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Well spotted! Brings to mind the old saying, 'Football is a gentlemen's game played by thugs and rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen'.

You're clearly a dangerous pinko commie pragmatist.
by Vagulus on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 12:48:34 PM EST
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Ammann wins first gold medal of Games | NBC Olympics
Switzerland's Simon Ammann has won the ski jumping normal hill gold medal for the first Olympic title awarded at the Vancouver Games.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 02:49:04 PM EST
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Richard Hamilton: A masterclass from the father of pop art

Richard Hamilton invented the term 'pop art' 53 years ago, and, from his 60s Swingeing London series to Tony Blair as a cowboy, he has been ahead of the curve ever since.


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 03:41:12 AM EST
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Part 104

Football (of a sort) in knee-deep snow

Time once agin for the annual Snow Soccer World Championships. Forget Vancouver, Hyrynsalmi in Eastern Finland is where the action is.

Women's third division football team FC Niin Ookoo ("So OK") from the western city of Vaasa have also set their sights on winning the whole thing.
      "We came here with victory in mind", confirms Johanna Tamsi.
      "We have prepared carefully. We trained not once but twice."
      Pushing the team minibus back on the road from an excursion into the ditch the previous night also served as a last-minute fitness test.
      It seems to have helped: FC Niin OoKoo breeze through their qualifying group undefeated, scoring eight goals without reply.
      But they fall in the semi-finals and can hope for no better than bronze.


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 at 09:16:50 AM EST
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