Best songs by women poll

Comments from British daily The Guardian about the song performed in this video:

I’m Gonna Be an Engineer Peggy Seeger 1973

Avoiding the aggressive dogma and ranting soundbites that dulled political doctrines in later eras, Peggy Seeger constructed a folkie story song of such cogent morals and lyrical wit it proved the perfect soundtrack for the march of feminism and a telling anthem for the international women’s movement. Beneath the jauntily engaging narrative about one woman’s quest to break into a man’s professional world, she takes a scathing scalpel to society’s sexist indoctrinations. CI

From the Resistance Facebook group in Newcastle, Australia:

Poll – Hottest 100 songs of all time by female artists (for IWD 2010)

In 2009, radio station Triple J ran a poll to find the Hottest 100 songs of all time… Only 2 of the songs in the final list were sung by female guest vocalists, and only 3 bands had females in them.

Come on people – we can do better than that!

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re calling for a poll of YOUR Hottest 100 songs by female artists of all time, and we’ll hold a listening party on IWD to celebrate!

So vote now, and pass this along to all your friends.

Anyone can vote, for up to 25 songs each, but vote only for each song once.

Songs can be by a female artist, a female vocalist in a band, or a band with at least two female band-members.

Email your votes to or post them on the comments section on this page

Check out the Triple J list here:

I have just found out that someone awesome ran an alternative poll last year, so if you’re curious to check out the results.. go here:

International Women’s Day is on Monday 8 March 2010.

Check out info about IWD here:


thanks for voting, and if you’re in Newcastle, come along to our listening party – Monday 8 March, Resistance Centre, upstairs, 472 Hunter St… from about 7ish.

Poll results: here.

This music video from the USA is called Joan Jett -Bad Reputation.

Plesiosaur bone discovered in English garden

This video is called Plesiosaur Tribute.

This article in the Daily Mail in Britain wrongly calls plesiosaus dinosaurs. They were not; though living in the age of dinosaurs:

You old fossil! Odd-shaped rock found in garden is dinosaur bone from 135m years ago

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 2:35 AM on 27th February 2010

To John Ruggles it was just an odd-shaped rock.

After it turned up in his rockery he moved it around his garden as an ornament for nine years, before eventually settling on a place for it in the greenhouse.

But the rock nagged away at his curiosity until eventually he gave in and sent it to experts at his local museum to be identified.

Their reply left him staggered – his lump of stone turned out to be a dinosaur fossil from 135million years ago.

The startling discovery of part of a Plesiosaur‘s paddle bone from the Jurassic period was described as ‘very rare’ by experts, who also said it was in ‘stunning condition’.

It has been so well preserved that blood vessels are still visible in the sandstone-like rock, which measures 12in by 8in.

Mr Ruggles, 75, who lives with wife Eileen, 70, in a bungalow in Downham Market, Norfolk, said it was lucky he never threw it away.

‘When we moved in I thought it seemed different to any other rock I had seen but I didn’t know what it was so I just left it in the garden,’ he said.

‘But we were curious about it for a number of years and I thought, “I’m going to find out about it”. When my daughter read out the letter from the museum we just couldn’t believe it, and the age of it as well – you just can’t think of something being that old.

‘To think it was just sitting in the garden for all those years!’

Mr Ruggles, a retired British Gas meter reader, sent the rock to Lynn Museum in King’s Lynn in December. They passed it on to experts at the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Science in Cambridge for testing.

He returned from a holiday in Florida with his family to find the letter with the experts’ verdict. Mr Ruggles now plans to donate the fossil to Lynn Museum’s permanent collection.

But first the father-of-two says he will let granddaughter Emily Ruggles-Brown, seven, take the rock to school for a show-and-tell. …

When it goes into the museum people will be able to go and see the bone but not touch it,’ Mr Ruggles said.

‘But it’s the beauty and excitement of something so old that makes it really special. I have been handling it for nine years or more but other people haven’t had the chance – but I’d never sell it. It belongs in the museum.’

A spokesman for Lynn Museum said: ‘You can still see the blood vessels on the bone itself which is very rare. Usually it’s just bone that is preserved rather than fleshy parts.

‘It was a chance in a million that he found it in his garden and it’s a very nice specimen indeed – we will be extremely pleased to have it in the museum collection.’

Extinct mega-predators: Kronosaurus: here.

For one of the most impressive seagoing predators of all time, Kronosaurus queenslandicus did not receive a very auspicious introduction in the scientific literature. Today the creature’s name immediately conjures up the image of a massive marine reptile with a cavernous maw arrayed with big, conical teeth, but in 1924, when Kronosaurus received its formal name, the nature of this beast was only briefly outlined in a note by Queensland Museum director Heber Longman in a note given the thrilling title “Some Queensland Fossil Vertebrates”: here.

A hunter in northeast Montana has uncovered what paleontologists believe is the fossil of a plesiosaur, a carnivorous marine reptile that lived about 75 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, officials said on Friday: here.

Think less sea monsters, more doting parents: the long-necked plesiosaurs that roamed the seas during the dinosaur era gave birth to live young. They probably cared for their offspring and may even have lived in large social groups, like modern-day whales: here.

Fossil ‘suggests plesiosaurs did not lay eggs’: here.

Polycotylus – The Good Mother Plesiosaur? Here.

Reassessment of the Lower Cretaceous (Barremian) pliosauroid Leptocleidus superstes Andrews, 1922 and other plesiosaur remains from the nonmarine Wealden succession of southern England: here.

Dorset pliosaur: ‘Most fearsome predator’ unveiled: here.