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Tuesday 12 August 2008

2008 - The Counterfeit Olympics

Fake Fireworks Fake Singer Fake Crowd Fake Rain There were many who thought the Bejing Olympics would become the Counterfeit Olympics when Chinese produced counterfeit Olympic merchandise flooded the city. However, it appears that the authorities have at least...


Thursday 31 July 2008

Naked sun-seeker impaled by spike

A 34-year-old man has suffered minor injuries after becoming impaled on an eight-inch rusty spike while sunbathing naked on a beach. Ouch!...


Wednesday 28 May 2008

Two Miles to Tynecastle

A good friend of mine has published a book about growing up as a football fan.



Wednesday 2 August 2006

Advice on buying a dog

Don't....

Tuesday 21 February 2006

Subway Sandwiches

Mental note to self (again): Cucumber does not belong in a hot Subway Sandwich. Jalapeno Chillies, Pepper, Pickles and Lettuce - Yes. Even olives if you're that way inclined (I have to be in the mood myself). Cucumber just spoils...

Wednesday 25 January 2006

John Walker Lindh

Do you remember John Walker Lindh? Nope? Me neither. How about the "American Taliban"? A little more familiar? Me too. Remember what happened to him when he was taken back to the US from Afghanistan? Well you should. It's a...

Wednesday 26 October 2005

What's your favourite recipe for Crisp Sandwiches?

I have no idea why, but for the last few weeks I've been rediscovering a long lost love of crisp sandwiches. Crisp sandwiches were a snack I used to have regularly as a kid, second only to peanut butter on...

Wednesday 19 October 2005

Whiff Fecal Deodorizer

I think we can categorise this as "stuff we never knew we needed". Are you worried that your poo is too smelly? Do you wish your farts were less fragrant? If you answered "Yes!" to these questions then you really...

Thursday 13 October 2005

Another Tornado in King's Heath

For the second time this year a tornado has hit the area immediately around my office, King's Heath and Moseley. And for the second time the tornado has completely failed to hit the office and give me a day off...

Thursday 1 September 2005

Give the guy a break....

I dislike George W. Bush and many of his policies But it think the uproar I've been reading in US blogs today simply because he allowed himself a smile at a time when people are dyeing is a bit much....

Wednesday 31 August 2005

Coca Killer

Large multinationals are accused of many evil things but it's rarely as clear cut as that. McDonald's is criticised for ruining the dietary habits of children but it also employs a much higher percentage of unskilled workers than many other...

Monday 29 August 2005

How to open a Coconut

Because I needed to know. So far I've found 4 alternatives. Using a cleaver. Unfortunately I don't have a cleaver.With a hammer, an ice pick and a strong garbage bag.In an ovenWith several carrier bags....

Thursday 28 July 2005

Tornado! In King's Heath, Birmingham, UK!

Apparently a tornado has damaged buildings and injured pedestrians just a mile or so from where I am at the moment in King's Heath. OK, so it's only a "mini-tornado" and nothing compared to the real stuff some of you...

Tuesday 19 July 2005

Stress Relief

According to the BBC the most popular ways of relieving stress are: A sea view: 42% A walk in the park: 33% Hearing bird song: 14% The smell of cut grass: 10% I don't know who they interviewed for that...

Friday 15 July 2005

Writing University Essays

I always hated writing University essays. I couldn't be bothered with the research. I didn't have the inclination to set the essays out in the required University style and order. I was useless at remembering where I read something so...

Thursday 28 April 2005

I may just have to vote conservative....

I'm still having difficulty making my mind up who to vote for. And it's the first time I've every really tried. I've been eligible to vote for 15 years. That's 3 general elections that have completely failed to motivate me....

Tuesday 19 April 2005

How to make money at home

It's everybody's dream to be able to make decent money by working from home. There's a thousand websites out there that will tell you they can change your life by showing you how to make money from home. And you...

Friday 15 April 2005

Cork Placeholder

Note to self. These could prove useful....

Thursday 14 April 2005

Who do I vote for?

I know I should vote but I don't have a clue who I should vote for. I don't agree with the more than 50% of the policies being promoted by any of them. http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com helps you decide which party most...

Thursday 17 March 2005

Job Interviews

I've been that busy of late that my list of things I want to Blog about but not had time (especially 'net links) has grown beyond control. I'm probably going to have to cull those that I don't want to...

Thursday 3 March 2005

Brian Jones

Wow. Sean seems to nail the problem with single, 30 something men and women with a comparison to Bridget Jones. Genetics are to blame, naturally. There werenít many thirty-seven year old female ad executives on the African plains, so our...

Sunday 27 February 2005

Screeeeech!

It sounds like a hoax, but I so hope it' not.... but equally, if it's true it's such a let down. Firstly comes the news that someone has produced a line of candy shaped like road kill. Then, disappointingly, is...

Thursday 3 February 2005

Intentional Accidents in Advertising

Andrew Teman is convinced that McDonalds have made a complete f*ck up (pun intended) in their latest US based marketing campaign. He thinks that McDonalds have gone that one step too far to try to use some hip, cool urban...

Friday 28 January 2005

My birthday is officially the most depressing day of the year

I was going to mention this on Monday, but to be honest I couldn't built up the motivation for anything at the start of the week (a self-fulfilling statement?) Apparently I have the misfortune to celebrate my birthday on what...

Friday 14 January 2005

American Gay Bombs

2 months ago, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, I linked to a Weekly World News article suggesting that Al-Qaeda was developing a bomb that would turn entire American cities into homosexuals (quite an exciting prospect if you're a...

Thursday 13 January 2005

Hand Made Cumbrian Fellbred Rump Steak Burgers

Hand Made Cumbrian Fellbred Rump Steak Burgers. They'll be arseburgers then........

Sunday 12 December 2004

Digging to Australia

It's common knowledge (for Brits) that if you went into your back-garden, dug a hole in the ground and kept going and going eventually you would arrive in Australia. For the US apparently it's China. Only you wouldn't. Wendy Carlos...

Friday 12 November 2004

Snatched from the mouth of greatness...

Head Wide Open has a less than fashionable view of the passing of Yasser Arafat. My own view, based on what little I know of his life, is that he was a once great man who missed his opportunity and...

Wednesday 3 November 2004

Aw bugger!

Damn! But you know what? I almost really don't care any more provided everyone will just shut the f**k up about it!...

Friday 15 October 2004

This is not politics

OK, yes it is. Itís ironic that immediately after a post eschewing the plethora of political blogs I feel compelled to make a political post myself. Feel free to shoot me down in flames. However, Iíd fully understand if you...

Monday 27 September 2004

NTL Gets Honest

According to Ananova, NTL (a UK cable, phone and broadband internet supplier) was a little more honest than usual on its customer services line. The message said: "Hello. You are through to NTL customer services. We don't give a f***...

Wednesday 15 September 2004

UK Parliament to decide on hunting ban

The UK Parliament is to vote today on a law that would ban hunting with hounds; in my opinion a rather barbaric sport carried out in many parts of the country. Many people oppose the hunting ban and, as you...

Wednesday 11 August 2004

Dungeons & Dragons - An introduction to Satanism

According to chick.com - Dungeons and Dragons is one of Satan's sneakiest tactics, leading a long parade of unsuspecting souls down the stairway to hell. Wow. Boy am I glad I never used to play D&D! I was just fine...

Thursday 15 July 2004

Bush v Kerry Batman v Spider-Man

Just how far can you push an analogy. Surprisingly far it would appear from Pab Sungenis'The Politics of Superheroes a comparison of the 2 US presidential candidates to everyone's favourite superheroes, Batman and Spider-Man. Two generations, two heroes, two different...

Friday 9 July 2004

Facing your past

Imagine you were raped when you were 7. What would you do if you came face to face with the perpetrator 25 years later? Stalking the Bogeyman is one mans tale of how he planned a murder and what happened...

Monday 28 June 2004

The Peanut Butter Killer

Noooooo Tell me it can't be true! Dean's World has destroyed my after-work snack. Apparently Peantus and Peanut Butter are deadly*. It can't be! I love my peanut butter. Only the crunchy, obviously. Smooth peanut butter is the work of...

Wednesday 23 June 2004

No Moore Michael

Go Dan! Go Dan! Go Dan! Extrasonic links a good old slagging of The Fat Hypocrite's Fahrenheit 9/11 and adds his own comments for good measure:- "If you agree with his sentiments, then you are exasperated by his self-serving, systematic...

Tuesday 15 June 2004

Aardvark Aardvark

A lot of people visit this site looking for information on aardvarks. I myself have a fascination with them stemming from my use of the word in my business and online names. I recently came across an excellent information page...

Friday 28 May 2004

Ordered Chaos

Entropy is inevitable and it brings with it Chaos. The laws of physics state that everything will tend toward chaos. Ordered systems will break down and energy, currently clustered in clumps such as stars, planets and people, will eventually spread...

Monday 24 May 2004

Liquorice Hazard Warning

A while ago I spouted forth about the health benefits of liquorice. Well, as with most things, it appears you can have too much of a good thing. Don't say I didn't warn you. Now, if I could just find...

Thursday 20 May 2004

The "All New Chicken McNugget"

McDonalds have just started an advertising campaign on TV promoting the "All New Chicken McNugget". Apparently they're now made with "Chicken Breast"! So what the f*ck were they made from before? Fish feet? Cows Testicles? How many years have I...

Tuesday 18 May 2004

I remember your face....

I have the world's worst memory for names and faces. I can forget someone's name before I've finished talking to them. What I need is an automated system that photographs everyone I ever speak to and records their name. The...

Friday 7 May 2004

Bowling for Truth

This website is here as a recourse to expose the distortions and dishonesty in ... Michael Moore's Oscar winning documentary, Bowling For Columbine. The point of this website IS a lot of things, but here are some that it is...

Saw. That. Coming. A. Mile. Off.

(Warning - mini rant coming) The whole of blogdom erupted in righteous indignation recently over the news that Michael Moore's new film was being censored by Disney who were afraid that friends of George Bush would pull the plug on...

Monday 3 May 2004

All drugs shipped via overnight delivery

"When you see industrial complex defined by, it means that garbage can over gypsy leaves.bubble bath living with toothache starts reminiscing about lost glory, because rattlesnake toward tr to seduce cleavage around hand.blithe spirit over light bulb organize behind salad...

Thursday 29 April 2004

theBoom

I want a theBoom, Noise Cancelling Headset. But I'm not sure I want it $149.99 (£85) worth....

Sunday 18 April 2004

Arseburgers Syndrome

If you want some touching blog reading, you should go check out Lynn's recent posts about her son's and her family's struggle to get his school and education authority to recognise the possibility that he has Asperger's Syndrome (a neurobiological...

Thursday 1 April 2004

The Archers to get remixed theme tune

The long running agricultural soap opera on Radio 4, The Archers, is to get a new theme tune remixed by Brian Eno. The Archers, about life in a small rural village, has become a national institution and its theme tune...

Wednesday 31 March 2004

Left Handed Mobile

Sony Ericsson and Virgin Mobile, it appears, have announced their new phone the LH-Z200. The phone has a keypad designed for left handed people with all of the keys reversed left to right. I myself am left handed and welcome...

Saturday 27 March 2004

Pedal Powered Wow!

If I was to buy a bike in the near future, not that it's very likely, it'd be the Schwinn Sting-Ray. Unfortunately, it would appear that it's only available in the US and only in sizes suitable for kids aged...

Thursday 25 March 2004

Free Freecell

A short while ago I posted a quick review of several versions of Freecell for the Palm OS on my Handspring Treo. At that time I hadn't yet tried Freecell from Freecell.com. I have now played it and, I'm afraid...

Friday 12 March 2004

From Science Fiction to Fact

It's starting to look that the battle field of tomorrow may indeed look like an extract from Terminator or The Matrix, although hopefully not a battle for the survival of humanity against its AI oppressors. DARPA is a branch of...

Thursday 4 March 2004

Processed Cheese

I have no idea why, but whilst making my cheesy beans on toast for lunch I got to wondering why it's called "processed" cheese. What "process" has it been through that makes it different to normal cheese. Cook's Thesaurus and...

Speed Camera Proliferation - Have your say

I posted a couple of times recently, here, here and here, about the apparent use by Government and Police af Speed Cameras as means of raising revenue as oppose to means for increasing road safety. As you drive round Britain...

Wednesday 3 March 2004

A sad indictment of our times

Ditched bride gets hitched after finding late stand-in -or- "Slapper settles for Ex" A bride-to-be ditched four days before her wedding found another groom in time and married him instead. Alison Innes, 20, from Arbroath, Scotland, was eight months pregnant...

Sunday 29 February 2004

Freecell on Palm OS

When I bought my Handspring Treo 600 one of the motivations was the ability download software. I was particularly looking for free (because you don't want to pay for anything you don't have to) versions of Freecell. First I tried...

Thou shalt not eat lobster

Recently many conservative Christian groups have been campaigning against gay marriage, homosexual priests and against homosexuality in general. Many quote parts of the bible such as Leviticus 20:13 that appear to outlaw or make an abomination of gay sex...

Wednesday 25 February 2004

Dead Late

Roll up ladies and gents. I have here a once in a lifetime offer. This is the genuine article. A cast iron, use once, can't be beat, get out of jail free, guaranteed excuse for getting to work late. "I'm...

Monday 23 February 2004

Recreational Grief

After the death of Diana I was appalled at what I perceived to be a massive over reaction by the British public at large. Whole sections of the community seemed as grief stricken and devastated as if they had lost...

Friday 20 February 2004

Liquorice Imps

Join me on a meandering tour of the associations in my mind. Yesterday, one of Sharon's friends from London came up for the day with her son (well, actually the night before but there was too much alcohol involved their...

Questioning Inequality

Women are the oppressed disadvantaged sex and men get all the breaks. That's the line often peddled and widely believed. So, ask yourself these questions. I dont agree with the point that some of them are making, but there are...

Monday 16 February 2004

Mr & Mrs Fatboy

In a society where celebrity marriages and relationships can be measured in hours, it's nice to see on genuinely likable couple appear to get it back on track....

Saturday 7 February 2004

Food additives and children's behaviour

It has long been known that some food additives (often referred to as "E Numbers" can have a detrimental effect on children's behaviour. We've never really monitored what our children eat too closely. As long as they eat all their...

Friday 6 February 2004

Interesting factoid # 375

Percy L. Spencer invented the microwave oven after standing in front of a RADAR transmitter and noticing that the chocolate bar in his pocket was melting. WTF was it doing to his insides at the same time? Half his body...

Thursday 5 February 2004

So who represents me?

So, I still believe it was the correct decision to go to war but I believe the Government overstepped the mark in its presentation of intelligence. I believe that Dr Kelly gave an unauthorised briefing to the BBC so the...

Saturday 31 January 2004

I believe in the BBC

The BBC is facing a double peril at the moment. It is currently undergoing a charter review, an examination of the role that the BBC plays in the UK and world media. Many think that there are elements in...

Thursday 29 January 2004

Mildly poor weather misery

Once again, a single day of snow, and a night of sub-zero temperatures has brought the country to a stand still. Well maybe not the country, but certainly large parts of it, including the Midlands. Last night it took me...

Friday 23 January 2004

Beyond the pale

Maher Arar is a Canadian. He was born in Syria. His family left Syria when he was 17 and moved to Canada. Maher was reasonably successful, setting up his own telecommunications company and consulting across Canada and the US. He...

Wednesday 21 January 2004

Is there a place for sick humour in a modern society.

I was sent the following Harold Shipman related jokes recently: What have Gareth gates and Harold Shipman got in common? Neither of them can finish a sentence. Shipman's last meal was a curry. When asked afterwards if he enjoyed it,...

Monday 19 January 2004

It's happening again?

Remember the Davezilla v Toho spat last in 2002? Mike Rowe is a 17 year old student from Canada. He does website design for a hobby, and quite good it is too from the look of his portfolio. Not surprisingly,...

Saturday 13 December 2003

Just a thought....

Outkast, "Hey Ya!" - What The Monkees if they'd grown up as Gangsta Rappers. Not sure Outkast would thank me for the comparison, but hey. Hey ya! is one of the few hip hop tracks around at the moment that...

Wednesday 10 December 2003

Scotland the Rave

I'm Scots. And proud of it. I got married in a kilt. I gave my son a Celtic name (albeit an Irish Celtic name but they're pretty interchangeable). I support Scottish teams, even when they're doing poorly (which is pretty...

Sunday 7 December 2003

GloFish Glo....

I know the ethics of it are a little questionable, but I'm still taken with the idea of a GloFish to go with our goldfish. Unfortunately it would apepar that they're only available in the US. Anyone fancy picking one...

Tuesday 2 December 2003

Calvin & Hobbes

I've always been a huge fan of the Calvin & Hobbes cartoons. I have loads of the books. Cleveland Scene has an article about their creator Bill Watterson and his decision to give it all up and become and shun...

Thursday 27 November 2003

Haggis Hunting

There is a stereotype of American that portrays them a stupid and entirely unable to grasp irony. It doesn't help to disperse that prejudice when a reported one third of all American visitors to Scotland believe a haggis is an...

Wednesday 26 November 2003

So intellectually challanged....

Gatorpilot had a link to a Reuters news story that has to be the most ridiculous, petty and tenuous example of political correctness gone totally loopy. Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms...

Scientific "Facts" I can't verify, Pt 1

Over the period of a lifetime you build up a small reservoir of interesting facts that seem to be unverifiable. Even this new fangled, fount of information, the interweb thingy doesn't have the answers. Two that have bugged me recently...

Monday 24 November 2003

You show me yours.....

I don't link this story for any particular reason. Honest....

Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex!

Instapundit.com and VodkaPundit have good posts about sex and peoples attitude toward it. This is something I've always found fascinating and I think, extremes aside, there's room for most views. I've never had much time for the overly puritanical view...

Saturday 15 November 2003

How to build a UFO pt 2

Further to my post about 5 months ago, some more information on building UFO style "Lifters". The "pt 1" in the title of the original post was meant as a joke. I never honestly thought there'd be a part 2....

Wednesday 24 September 2003

More Lemming than Buffalo

I think wKen is a little depressed, but I can't disagree with his current view on life and humanity. I would possibly change the animal analogy. I'm thinking that we're maybe more Lemming than Buffalo. There is no Men on...

Tuesday 23 September 2003

The end is nigh!

No, really. It is. It really is. Doom prophesy courtesy of Lisa....

Friday 19 September 2003

You can dance with the Devil Google...

...but the Devil don't change. Not so long ago I was a little chuffed that I'd managed to get my employers website to rank #2 on Google for our chosen search terms. This week I decided to capitalise on that...

Monday 8 September 2003

Scientific Progress

The progress of science marches endlessly on, debunking old myths and explaining ever more about the workings of our universe. In general this is a good thing. There is some stuff you wish they would leave alone though, some times...

Friday 5 September 2003

That's why it's called "Jackass"!

Duh!...

Friday 22 August 2003

Nothing's sacred on the net.

Cameron Diaz is apparently suing a photographer for whom she posed before her fame. He offered to sell her the photographs instead of selling them to a newspaper. Blackmail or legitimate business deal? Cameron's lawyers stepped in and before you...

Thursday 21 August 2003

As thin as a pole....

The video for the new release from The White Stripes has Kate Moss pole dancing. It's kicked up quite a storm. MTV.com has it as a streaming video. Can't say it's all that special to be honest, but then whatever...

Its It's reached it's its end.

Both The Daily Telegraph and Radio 4's PM Programme today carried reports on the possible demise of the Apostrophe. Supposedly that bastion and documenter of the English (UK English that is) language, The Oxford English Dictionary has completed research showing...

Wednesday 20 August 2003

In danger of ex-stink-tion!

Ha! I nearly giggled decaf out of my nostrils! Herald Sun: Whale flatulence stuns scientists [14aug03] Childish toilet humour I know, but that's me....

Friday 15 August 2003

New York, New York No Work

And we thought we had it bad. I empathise for anyone stuck in a major city without power. It truly is not until it really happens that you realise just how much of the infrastructure and network around you depends...

Friday 8 August 2003

Jab, parry, thrust, JAB!!

This whole furore about the MMR vaccination really gets my goat. It's a typical case of a media fed paranoia whipped up by certain sensational newspapers under the pretence of a "public interest" story. Somebody alleged that the MMR vaccination...

Monday 4 August 2003

Money for nothing

I post this here for anyone who happens across this weblog searching for details about the Burntwood power cut. But it's also the only place I know I can put it where I won't lose it. Aquila Networks comment: 1:00pm...

Tuesday 15 July 2003

Need to know basis

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrn drobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the longest place name in Britain. It has 58 letters and translates from Welsh to English as "The church of St Mary in a hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and near St Tysilio's church...

Saturday 12 July 2003

I turned off my genius 18 Months ago.

Creative genius and crime express themselves early in men but both are turned off almost like a tap if a man gets married and has children, a study says. Says it all really....

Thursday 10 July 2003

How to build a UFO Pt 1.

Now here's something I'd never heard of. Antigravity Engines. Of the sort that supposedly power UFOs and are being developed at Area 51. Except you can build one in your living room if you so desire. All you need is...

Tuesday 8 July 2003

Stranger than fiction

I don't wish to make light of the situation in Liberia but.... Monrovia has always sounded like a made up name from a 1950s SciFi movie or a really old novel....

Monday 7 July 2003

Alternate History

Trioptimum.co.uk has today a link to Nixon's unused Apollo speech, written in the event that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had become stranded on the Moon's surface. He's not alone in finding it spooky, like peering into an alternate universe...

Italy v Europe

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi continues to pour oil onto the fire of intra-European relationships. He is to diplomacy what Danny la Rue is to subtlety. According to a short animated guide to the difference between Italy and other Europeans, their president...

Thursday 3 July 2003

Bloody Large!

Take a piece of paper. Write the number 1. Follow it with 100 zeros. This is 10 to the power of 100 (10^100) or a Googol. Take another, much larger, piece of paper. Write the number 1. Follow it with...

A horse's arse....

I'm with Lisa on this one. And, I have to say, you could see it coming a mile off. You'd think a country who has a world-wide reputation for corruption, indeed in most Western Countries is seen as the Godfather...

Tuesday 1 July 2003

Unwanted "Messenger Service" Spam

Just recently I've been getting unwanted messages. At first I thought they might be from some sort of virus, or that some spyware had managed to install itself on my system. So I ran my virus checker and two types...

Monday 30 June 2003

www.hennaworks.com

Sharon is has decided that she wishes to set up her own business. She would like to start doing Face Painting and Henna Tattooing for children's [edit: and adult's] parties. Whilst you can buy Henna Paste kits from a large...

Thursday 26 June 2003

A slow news week

It must have been a poor week for our local paper, The Burntwood Post. This was front page news....

Wednesday 18 June 2003

Lazy Genes

I always knewit wasn't my fault. I was just destined to be this way. Fight it as I will (with copious amounts of caffeine etc) I will remain sluggish and tired all day but bright and alert in the evening...

Wednesday 2 April 2003

Deja-Vu?

Deja-Vu? A nation with an oppressive regime that slaughters its own citizens. A nation that continues to develop weapons of mass destruction despite the presence of UN weapons inspectors. Members of the UN ignore the continued development of such weapons....

Tuesday 1 April 2003

Seeing red, or not

A good friend of mine is colour-blind. Not a disabling condition but one that I have difficulty relating to because I can't imagine what the world looks like to him. When he helps out on the discos that I do,...

Thursday 20 March 2003

Hypocrites

I find the commendation coming from Russia and China so bizarre that it’s almost humorous. Russia: "The military action in Iraq is being conducted in spite of world opinion, in spite of the principles and norms of international law and...

Its begun

No joy. No celebration. The fact that I support this action does not mean that I am in any way happy about it. But maybe the fact that, less than 24 hours in, Saddam launched a type of missile that...

Wednesday 19 March 2003

See men shredded...

See men shredded, then say you don't back war “There was a machine designed for shredding plastic. Men were dropped into it and we were again made to watch. Sometimes they went in head first and died quickly. Sometimes they...

Sunday 2 March 2003

Disappointment

According to The Daily Telegraph 9 out of the 11 British human shield have gone home already. Their politics are vastly different to mine and, I have to admit, I thought them rather foolish and idealistic when they set of...

Wednesday 26 February 2003

Do you have a spare ten minutes?

If so, if you're not doing anything too important, then take a quick read through Sympathy for the Devil by Dave Farber. If you don't get distracted, read it through to the end. I'm torn. I'm torn between thinking the...

Saturday 22 February 2003

It smells of music

One of the first posts I made on this weblog, on the day I started it, linked a website detailing somebody's personal experiences with synaesthesia. I was, and still am, fascinated by how a person's senses can be "crossed-wired" so...

Thursday 20 February 2003

So, just what should we do?

I fully agree that war should be absolutely the last resort for any problem. I just happen to believe that we have reached that point. If you don't believe that, then I respect your point of view. If you believe...

Tuesday 11 February 2003

Bullies

I've not been part of the big anti-microsoft thing. I tend to think that they've only got as big as they are because they made something that the public wanted. As always though, if you have any organisation that wields...

Saturday 8 February 2003

Due to unforeseen circumstances

I'm not a believer in the paranormal. The thought that any of my dead relatives are "looking over me" would fill me with dread. Especially if they don't have any censors. Can you imagine your Grandad looking in on you...

Saturday 18 January 2003

A little bundle of phun

I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I bought an Orange SPV before Xmas. It's the first phone to be released with the Microsoft Smartphone operating system sunning on it. Basically a very cut down version of Windows. As...

Wednesday 25 December 2002

A favour from The Scum

In digging up "dirt" for their Exclusive, The Scum obviously visited my business website and made reference to it in their piece of shite article. I quote: Until recently he was a business partner of [ME], who runs a mobile...

Scum in The Sun

A very good friend of mine is gay. No big deal. I don't see why that should be a problem to anyone. My gay friend is an RAF officer. Until very recently it remained an offence for a member of...

Tuesday 10 December 2002

Cruel Justice

Near to where I live there used to stand a hospital for the mentally disturbed (yes, I know that is not how you refer to someone suffering from a mental illness, but it was when this place used to operate)....

Saturday 30 November 2002

Link and Think

Tomorrow is World AIDS day. Link and Think is asking everyone with a weblog to participate by linking to AIDS resources on the web and telling their own AIDS stories during World AIDS day. I'm not sure that I will...

Wednesday 13 November 2002

Burning Issue.

As of 6pm today the UK's fire-fighters have started a 48 hour strike. Britain has turned to the poorly equipped Armed Forces to provide its emergency fire service. As with most government employees, fire-fighters are paid poorly in comparison to...

Sunday 27 October 2002

The state of our nation's papers

Do we really crave scandal and gossip at any cost? Can we accept the fact that our "news" papers sink this low to serve up our fix of sleaze and filth?...

Sunday 29 September 2002

Mad Cow's Money.

The EU (a collection of European countries) has a "Common Agriculture Policy" which was designed to secure the ability to produce food in Europe by a system of subsidies paid direct to farmers. Unfortunately this policy is now hugely out...

Wednesday 25 September 2002

My days would be empty without it.

During my wanders around cyberspace I came across the following landmarks. Each of them makes a nice place to stop off and admire the virtual scenery.Attrition.org - An excellent gallery of over 3500 pictures, humorous and otherwise, collected from email...

Monday 23 September 2002

All shook up!

The UK experienced its strongest earthquake for over 10 years last night. At around about 1am Sharon and I were woken by a strong shaking. I thought a plane had flown very low or an extremely big truck had driven...

Thursday 29 August 2002

I want to work with animals and promote world peace

Beauties with a conscience have tried to prevent the terrible sentence imposed on a Nigerian woman found guilty of sex outside of wedlock. Amina Lawal was first sentenced in March for having sex out of wedlock - a ruling since...

He don't not talk proper

I like my English to be written correctly. Spoken English can be, and usually is, a lot less formal and I am as guilty as most of all the usual bad usage. I was brought up to believe English should...

Saturday 24 August 2002

Diamond Geezer!

Every once in a while comes a new "in-memoriam" tribute that blasts its way straight through the usual morbid weirdness into the realms of something that actually seems quite fitting. Lifegem created diamonds strikes me as one of these ideas....

Saturday 17 August 2002

Brasseye

For the last fortnight the UK has been gripped by the story of 2 missing 10 year old girls. First let me state that I feel the same way about this story as almost every other person in the country....

Wednesday 14 August 2002

Asta la Siesta Baby!

Just took a huuuuuuge nap with Connor lying on my chest. How nice is that! There is something incredibly comforting and relaxing about having a baby lying on your chest. I'm a great believer in the Siesta anyway. I think...

Tuesday 6 August 2002

I want to be Neo!

After reading the article on whether we are living in a computer simulation, I decided to look up the author Nick Bostrom on the Net. I found a whole website he wrote about his paper over at http://www.simulation-argument.com/. It is...

Sunday 4 August 2002

The Matrix was a documentary

I read New Scientist this week and was amazed to read an article about a respected Yale University philosopher who reckons we could all be part of a giant simulation being run on a computer in what we think of...

Tuesday 23 July 2002

The tip of the Iceberg.

Tipping is obviously a huge thing over in the States. I've come across 2 different points of view on this subject this week. First of all there's the point of view of the waiter or waitress, for whom the tip...

Monday 8 July 2002

Counting my blessings

The news today was full of the story of a British couple who have been receiving IVF treatment for fertility. Recently there dreams and prayers were answered when the woman gave birth to twins. Unfortunately their happy event was somewhat...

Thursday 20 June 2002

You, the jury....

Discrimination or another ridiculous law suit? You decide....

Monday 17 June 2002

Synaesthesia

I'd never heard of it before today. Some people's senses are cross-wired so that they see sounds or smell words. Somebody on 4clubbers.net has it and has an excellent little website detailing his experiences with it at www.brightness.info. Well worth...

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