A week-ending round-up before I head off to sunny Wales for my first live rygbi of the season:

Birmingham is on Second Life, having launched its presence at the city’s Hello Digital event.

Reaction so far has been mixed, or should that be underwhelmed?

Like my view of the new-look Birmingham Post, I’m reserving judgement until I have a proper look around and find out a bit more of what it is for and what it aims to do.

I was put off SL by a speaker at an event a while back who revealed how his company held virtual team meetings. For all his enthusiasm and the painstaking way he took us through a typical virtual meeting, I didn’t get it.

Dave Harte’s explanation of Birmingham in SL is a very useful starting point.

In the best traditions of Python, we now move on to something completely different.

Fart gas could be good for you.

Medical boffins have found that small amounts of hydrogen sulphide – the toxic gas generated by bacteria living in the human gut and responsible for the foul odour of flatulence – is also produced by an enzyme in blood vessels where it relaxes them and lowers blood pressure.

So blowing off is part of a healthy lifestyle.

I’m sure the blood pressure of quite a few people in Leeds went skywards when local council contractors decided to do this:

There is something about the bloody-mindedness that I can’t help but admire.

But there is also something in the lack of common sense that is frankly alarming.

Another cause for concern is the street in Stourbridge where 50 cats have gone missing in the last five years.

There is no explanation for the Bermeowda Triangle – (c) graphiquillan via Twitter – with local residents and the RSPCA stumped by the disappearances.

Do you know where your cats are at night?

Our inactive feline is usually taking up a stupidly large amount of space on our bed, blowing off silently and snoring loudly.

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