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October 31, 2006

Valuing Wine

This looks pretty cool acutually. A way that you can value your wine (no, not that way silly, drinking it is easy). By collating all of the results from auction houses around the world you can check out how much what you have in the cellar is worth or, if you''re feeling a bit more adventurous, think about what you'd like to buy and whether you can afford it. WineAuctionPrices.com does all of this for you and lists historical prices for each wine, which auction house it was sold at, the condition of the bottles and so on.

If you're looking for information either on the wine you own or the wine you'd like to,  WineAuctionPrices.com appears to be just the resource you need.

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Barnum's Proof

Not, not as in proving to be correct but in the older sense, of testing Barnum's contention:

A German woman won a lawsuit against a "love witch" who failed to induce her ex-boyfriend to come back with rituals under the full moon designed to cast a spell over him, a Munich court said Monday.

"The witch lost," said Munich district court spokeswoman Ingrid Kaps. The 'love witch' was ordered to return her 1,000 euro ($1,300) fee and pay "several hundred euros" in costs.

Well, certainly she was a fool to begin with in hiring the witch in the first place but it appears that she woke up once money was being discussed. I wonder what she would have done if she'd got hit with Barnum's favourite: 'This Way To The Egress'.

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MyEclipse: $3k of Functionality for $30

For those of you working on the Eclipse platform here's some good news about software development environments. In fact, this might be, if you're looking for an Eclipse Plugin , that last one you'll ever need.

MyEclipse works to solve efficiency problems, provides a low cost solution and yet still high quality tooling.

Most comparable products, with the same functionality, are in the $3,000 to $10,000 range, yet this Eclipse Plugin is only $30. Very much worth checking out.

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DE LOTERIE ROMANDE Program International

Same old lottery scam under a new name.

There is no lottery, there are no prizes.

You'll have to pay them something in advance of getting your prize. Whatever you send will just be kept by the criminals and no prize will ever be sent to you.

It's a scam, a fake, a fraud.

Ignore it.

De Loterie Romande
Rue Marterey 13
1002 Lausanne
Reference Number: LR/19-CH/4310
Batch: LR/05/0018
From:Mrs. Marylyn Nadal
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual draws of the DE LOTERIE ROMANDE Program International  held on the 29th of october, 2006.
De Loterie Romande draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 60,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked  by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every
year. No tickets were sold.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial number 25-6565 drew the lucky numbers 6-13-18-24-33-39 which consequently emerged you as one of first fifty (50) lucky winners in the second  category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of €2,000,000.00 (Two Million EUROS) in cash credited to file LR/19-CH/4310.
This is from a total cash prize of €50,000,000 (Fifty Million) Euros shared amongst the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for De Loterie Romande. The estimated €50 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in Europe history. The biggest was the €363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a Febuary 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.

Your funds is now deposited in an offshore bank with a hardcover insurance. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we advice that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by the general public.

Your winning Prize of €2,000,000.00 (Two Million Euros) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in Europe.
The paying bank will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with them.
For immediate release of your cash prize to you, please kindly contact our Paying Bank .
[Friesland  Bank, Amsterdam.)
Send them the following:
(i). Your names,
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Contact Address
(iv) your winning numbers
(v) Quote amount won.
Contact person:
Gordon Collins.
Friesland  Bank,
Amsterdam.The  Netherlands.
Customer Service Dept.
E-mail : frieslandbk@aim.com   
Tel: 31 633-705-260
Fax: 31-847-137-590
The paying bank will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds into your designated bank account.

Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than two weeks.
After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your Reference (LR/19-CH/4310) and Batch numbers (LR/05/0018)
in every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform the paying bank as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for being part of our program.

Yours faithfully,
Marylyn Nadal (Mrs)
(Lottery Coordinator)

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Lasik Eye Surgery

This is a subjct I've been interested in for a long time: Lasik. It's a method of using laser surgery to correct problems with eyesight. My interest isn't just from the fact that I've been considering it for some time for myself....when we lived in Russia we were in fact right next door to the hospital being built by the Russian innovator who had popularised the whole proceedure.

The most difficult thing about this sort of surgery is making sure that the doctor you're going to get it from is fully competent. USA Eyes.org is a non-profit that tries to give full information about Lasik, the doctors who are qualified by them to offer it, the procedure itself and so on. I'd say that anyone considering Lasik should indeed have a look at this site: it's comprehensive and I'd certainly recommend it to a friend.

You do want, they are your eyes, after all, to have a certifying body and these guys look serious enough that yes, I do think you'll want to make sure that anyone operating on your eyes is certified by them.

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Microsoft Outlook Award Lotteries

Just another name for the same old lottery scam.

There is no lottery, there are no prizes.

You will be asked to pay money to 'release' your prize. Any money you send will just be kept by the criminals.
No prize will ever be sent to you.

Ignore it.

From: Mr.Paco Gomez
(Lottery Coordinator)


We are pleased to inform you the result of the Microsoft Outlook Award Lotteries,held on the 30th Oct. 2006.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket #:83429/2 with prize  #:2/WMO555/1 drew €1,000,000.00 which was first in the 2nd class of the draws.

You are to receive €1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros).

Because of mix up in cash payouts, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your money (€1,000,000.00) has been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank.

This measure must be adhere to avoid loss of your cash prize - winners of our cash prizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by other participants.

It's important to note that these draws were conducted formally, and winners are selected through an Internet ballot system from 60,000 individual and companies e-mail addresses the draws are conducted around the world through our Internet based ballot system.
The promotion is sponsored and promoted by WORLD MICROSOFT OUTLOOK PROGRAMM.
We congratulate you once again. We hope you will use part of it in our next draws; the Jackpot winning is 2, million Euros.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days.

After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and included in the next sweepstake.
Please, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote personal and winning numbers in all correspondence with us.

Congratulations once again from all members of Internet Microsoft Lotteries.

Thank you for being part of our promotional program.

For immediate release of your cash prize to you, please kindly contact our Paying Bank (Liberty Seguros Banco E.S.Madrid,)

Send them the following Information Through the Email Address below:
(i). Your names
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Contact Address
(iv) your winning numbers
(v) Quote amount won.


Seguros Banco E.S.Madrid
Mrs. Helena J. Garcia.
Tel: +34-691-062-729
Fax: +34-940-467-196

Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
From: Mr.Paco Gomez
(Lottery Coordinator)

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October 30, 2006

Gifties and Collectibles

With the various holiday seasons approaching time to think about the presents list, don't you think? Check out this site for Elegant gifts and collectibles that might go down a treat with some on those lists. Miniature landmarks as gifts or collectibles, they look like they'd make great presents.

Ogf the ones they've got listed there my favourite is the one of Big Ben. They've actually got it right, that Ben is the bell in the tower, not the tower itself. Far too few people know that which is why it's nice to see someone getting it right. Worth checking out if you're looking for souvenirs of landmarks to add to your giving list.

Elegant gifts and collectibles

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Chinese Corruption

It's a fairly basic thing you would think. You don't let the auditors accept gifts from those they are auditing?

China bars auditors from banquets, trips, entertainment events or parties hosted by the company they are in the process of auditing.

Quite, they've got it, they don't allow it. But this doesn't stop it from actually happening:

Five Chinese power bureau officials have been dismissed or demoted after an auditor died from a series of banquet binges, the Shanghai Daily reported on Tuesday.

The death of Zhang Hongtao, 25, who worked with the Yanshan County Audit Office in northern Hebei province, was blamed on alcohol after banquets provided in April for auditors by the Yanshan Power Supply Co., the newspaper said.

Eating and drinking yourself to death at 25? Looks like he wsa doing it more than just occasionally, don't you think?

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Here's an interesting place to have a look at, a way to get into the professional side of stock trading.

The most difficult thing for the small investor is actually getting access to all of the information and tools required to be able to profit from short term movements. There often are very decent profits to be made by being properly and fully informed on such matters so it's worth thinking about how you might be able to access them.

That's what the DaytradeTeam system does. You get all the tools you need, plus the information feeds, to be able to trade stocks, indices, options and so on, all the parts that you need to make a success of day trading.

Rather more importantly, you also get the advice and help of the DaytradeTeam Live Trade Room. This connects you with market professionals and your fellow traders so that you can be right on the button with breaking news and get to hear about interesting situations in real time.

If you're interested in stock trading this is definitely something worth checking out.

stock trading

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Yoweee, this would have hurt:

Israeli doctors have removed a grapefruit-sized stone from the bladder of an Israeli woman after she left it untreated for years, possibly breaking world records.

The stone, removed in its entirety, had a diameter of 13 centimetres (5.1 inches) and weighed almost 1 kilogramme (2.2 lbs), doctors who treated the 48-year-old woman at the Western Galilee Hospital in northern Israel said.

No, not that bit, although obviously surgery isn't without pain. No, this bit:

Dehydration can often cause dissolved minerals in a person's urine to form masses inside their kidneys, ureters or bladder. Such "stones" causes abdominal pain by obstructing urine flow.

The stones usually do not grow beyond two inches and are often passed naturally.

'Passed naturally' means pissed out. A grapefruit sized stone? Thank God for surgery I think is the appropriate comment here.

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