4 December 2011

Good morning to you all. Only 21 days until Christmas!

With December comes the end of my Movember initiative raising money for research into prostate cancer, of course, and although I hope I’ve mailed everyone I did want to thank again all those who contributed so generously. Amazingly, I raised more than the £15 which had been my original expectation; indeed folks kindly donated more than £1000 and I am very grateful. I am also grateful for the many kind words of support which were posted on my Movember space (http://mobro.co/GregStragnell) and in the many personal messages I received. If you missed the photos of the “goat’s” development, you can catch a few photos there as well.

The GoatAs of Saturday morning, there were 852,983 registered participants worldwide and the amount raised so far came to £65,894,908. In the UK there were 252,904 registered participants who had raised £15,527,584 including one individual, Martin Broughton, who had raised, so far, £41,688. Goodness he must have a lot of friends!

You’ll be pleased (?) to know that it (the goat, that is) has survived so far. As I’ve related in the past, Penny seems to find it tolerable (actually, I am guessing that she is enjoying waking up next to a “new” man each morning) but I am not convinced. It’s not that I mind it particularly – after all, I don’t see it most of the time! And one bonus I had forgotten from my beard-fur days – it’s amazing how much food and, especially, soup one can collect in one’s chin hair for consumption later. We’ll let you know when it goes.

It’s not often that the Befouled Weakly News gets to say “You read it here first” but, on this occasion, it’s true. I saw an article with a related video on the BBC web site this week which sounded suspiciously like a story we had back in February about new technology in the gentlemen’s lavatory. See if you can spot the similarity:

… coming to a Men’s room near you: The SEGA video company’s Japan division began test-marketing its new “Toylets” game in January, designed for men’s urinals combining men’s obsession with video games with their perennial inability to aim straight. With sensors in the basin and a video screen at eye level, men score points based on the strength and accuracy of their streams. Among the suite of games: sumo wrestling (squirt the opponent out of the circle), graffiti-erasure (strong streams wipe out more graffiti), and skirt-raising (the stronger the stream, the higher a woman’s skirt is “blown” upward).

And this week’s article:

When men use a public urinal they are cruelly left in full view, with nothing to do as they answer nature’s call.

Until now.

British company Captive Media thinks it has developed a product that fills a gap in the market – a urinal mounted, urine-controlled games console for men.

The article on the BBC site is also accompanied with a video demonstrating the “toylet” in action. Go on, you know you want to look – you can get it here.

And finally, I found the following mildly amusing, largely because of Molly’s propensity for greeting everything and everyone she runs across but also because she frequently “talks” with us in a very quiet growl. It’s from The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside.

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Love to you all,




2 thoughts on “4 December 2011”

  1. This is definitely in the “what will they think of next”. One advantage of our plumbing is realized at large events such as concerts where the line at the mens room is quite short in comparison to the ladies – can you see it now! Perhaps the upside will be that we start drinking the types of quantities of water we have always been told to!

  2. Greg,

    We thought “viagra” was some kind of miracle drug – wait till they come out with the one that enhances your “stream” , “shoot straight and hard, should that stream last for more than ___ , call your physician” First it was video games, then it was the WI and now it is the WIWI OH happy day!

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