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  1. I just don't get some people's sense of entitlement and where it comes from.


    That general attitude really does annoy me.


    The Giveaways are open to anyone who is signed up to these Forums and takes part.

    It is free to register.

    We are not asking for any money.

    The only info you need to register is a valid email address, and furthermore that is not shown to other members and we do not use it for anything at all whatsoever.

    You do not need to divulge any other information.

    If you really do not want to take part properly in the Forums, you can get around it easily by simply posting a few totally anonymous - but non-troll-like - comments on the Forums, after which you will be able to enter the Giveaways.

    That's hardly in the spirit of the thing though.


    This is spot on.


    Even if someone wants their freebies but doesn't want to 'join in' for whatever reason, they can easily post some stuff up here and get the ability to enter very easily.

  2. Here it is without the clicky effort


    Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, seen as an early Olympic gold medal favorite ahead of the 2014 games, died on Thursday from injuries sustained in a training accident in Utah last week, a family spokeswoman said.


    Considered one of the leading half-pipe athletes in the world, the 29-year-old was airlifted to Salt Lake City last Tuesday after falling during a half-pipe run in Park City, Utah.


    "Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved. In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others," family spokeswoman Iris Yen said in a written statement released to Reuters.


    Burke, who was married to fellow skier Rory Bushfield, had surgery last Wednesday at the University of Utah hospital to repair a tear in her vertebral artery, the hospital said.


    Yen said that Burke had suffered a ruptured vertebral artery in the fall on the Eagle Superpipe at Park City, which led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage.


    "After the operation, numerous neurological examinations, electrodiagnostic tests and imaging studies revealed that Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," Yen said in the statement.


    "While early reports in the media stated that Sarah's injury was a traumatic brain injury, it is important to note that Sarah's condition was the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during cardiac arrest," she said.


    Yen said Burke had been training for upcoming winter events at the time of the accident.


    "Our hearts go out to Sarah's husband Rory and her entire family. It's difficult for us to imagine their pain and what they're going through," Peter Judge, chief executive of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, said in a statement.


    "Sarah was certainly someone who lived life to the fullest and in doing so was a significant example to our community and far beyond," Judge said. "She will be greatly missed by all of us at the CFSA and the entire ski community."

  3. The headline made me laugh



    The deeply competitive world of downhill skiing is being rocked by a heated dispute about plastic underwear and whether wearing such garments on the slopes gives racers an unfair aerodynamic advantage over their rivals.


    The row erupted last week when the Slovenian skier Tina Maze finished second at a major Austrian event only to be accused afterwards of wearing banned plastic undergarments which might have given her an edge over her competitors. The charges prompted the Swiss Skiing Federation to lodge a complaint with its parent body, the International Skiing Federation (FIS).

    Maze tried to make light of the affair – "My underwear is obviously too sexy for the Swiss," she retorted – but her underclothing was subjected to a rigorous examination all the same.

    Yet the FIS verdict was by no means conclusive. It ruled that Maze's undersuit met the strict air permeability rules for such garments laid down in the regulations. But FIS added that the garment also contained a membrane which "could be considered a form of plastic", a material banned under the rules.

    The body concluded that, although Maze's suit was permissible, "it is recommended that the one-piece undergarment not be used by any athletes in competition." However, it added that the ruling was based on evidence that her garment might be bad for the skin.

    The row is the latest dispute to cloud the ultra competitive sport, a discipline in which winning is often a question of a hundredth of a second. Speed suit fabrics and wax types are already constantly modified. Now underwear appears to have become the new battleground for racing regulators.

    Beside health concerns, there are suspicions that as some air passes through a skier's outer clothing, underwear that further reduces resistance could deliver an advantage. "The question is: is it the underwear?" Sasha Rearick, the United States men's ski team coach told The New York Times.

    Last weekend, Günter Hujara, the men's race director for FIS, chose the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel, where a World Cup skiing event will be held shortly, for a meeting with skiing coaches at which he waved a piece of blue plastic skiing underwear around in the air. He is then reported to have said: "If we see something like this, we will not hesitate to disqualify immediately."

    It has since emerged that Mr Hujara was brandishing a men's skiing undergarment consisting of a full-bodied plastic neoprene hybrid sheath which can be worn under a standard speed suit.

    These kind of undersuits, which are slightly different from Maze's garment, came to the attention of FIS officials at a race in Italy in December when members of the Italian team were seen wearing them. However, the race was cancelled because of bad weather and the Italian coach insisted that his athletes never competed in them.

    Competition ski coaches were meeting in Kitzbühel yesterday in an attempt to resolve the dispute and obtain a conclusive ruling from the FIS.

  4. Angry Birds has its own board game, plushies, cookbook and even a knock-off attraction in a Chinese theme park, but now the massively popular mobile game is getting an official line of playground equipment and parks.

    Two Finnish towns, Rovaniemi and Espoo, will be getting the world's first official Angry Birds playgrounds next year, according to a press release


    The playgrounds are the byproduct of a global deal signed with playground equipment manufacturer Lappset. The company will make 20 different pieces of play and activity equipment as well as ready-made playgrounds, called Angry Birds Magic Places", inspired by the colorful Angry Birds characters.

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