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EnolaGaia

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And you can't download a Barbie. (Waits for someone to tell me you can download a Barbie, with a 3D printer).
I doubt anyone can (yet ... ) offer 3D printable Barbie-clones without Mattel and its lawyers stomping them.

However, the Barbie accessories market is already flooded with 3D-printable products. For example:

http://www.yeggi.com/q/barbie+doll/
 

GNC

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Brings new meaning to Pirate Barbie (there is a pirate Barbie, isn't there?!).
 

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12 year old girl saves many lives on Pacific Island

At 6am, 12 year old Martina Maturana felt tremors on isolated Robinson Crusoe Island in the Pacific & noticed boats bobbling & crashing together unusually in the harbour.

She ran to to town square & rang the emergency bell to rouse the fishing community from their sleep. Martina did not know the emergency codes for ringing the bell – two rings for fire, three for landslides – but her prompt actions nevertheless prompted other islanders to flee to the safety of high ground.

The warning gave them the opportunity to follow the evacuation signs set up for such an emergency and escape the massive incoming wave triggered by the earthquake off Chile. A few minutes later, waves crashed on to the land and swept 300 metres into the village, destroying homes, schools and killing up to eight people.

Eight others were seriously injured and evacuated from the island – but many more were grateful for the intervention of the young girl. "We took off and three minutes later the sea rose 20 metres high, and a large wave came and destroyed my house," one man told Chilean television as he stood among the splintered wood and debris of his home. "I heard all the wood creaking and then this part collapsed and the sea carried away the whole house."

The story filtered out from the island yesterday, a rare piece of warming news four days after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that killed about 800 people predominantly on the mainland of south-central Chile. Robinson Crusoe Island, the largest of three in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, was named in honour of a Scottish mariner called Alexander Selkirk who is said to have inspired Daniel Defoe's classic tale.
 

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Whilst the "Growing Old" thread is morphing into the Monty Python / Yorkshiremen sketch, I'm reminded of something I've not heard since the late 70's.

Have any northern English forumites heard today's kids say "thou" - often pronounced "thu"?

There were a few such when I was a boy. I think they had moved here from South Yorks mining towns or the North Yorks dales.

It's really intimidating being threatened by a kid who says "thou" or "thine" [your]. Akin to being bullied by a junior Sean Bean.

"Thou's gonna get thine head kicked in"..
 

JamesWhitehead

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It just occured to me today that one schoolkid habit seems to have died out almost completely. A few years ago, most of the girls' exercise books would be adorned with the pale and gurning visages of Dustbin Bleeder and Cloned Erection etc. Boys would more often opt for their sporting heroes. These days, nothing much, apart from the odd insult scribbled on someone else's book, out of spite.

The last time I encountered any wholesale decoration of exercise books was in a school which encouraged a sort of fridge-magnet approach to self-expression for the littluns in their first week at big school. It was mainly a chance to show off their pets.

Have I been living in an untypical sector of the modern world or has the exercise-book lost its appeal as a personal statement, now everyone is on social media? :thought:
 
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