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So

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Life

The last few months have seen the regular annual influx of new graduate joiners at work, which means two things: a temporary tendency for the building to smell of Lynx and a permanent increase in the number of people who start every answer to a question with the word “so”. This habit used to be […]

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Being a pioneer

April 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Life, Politics

I don’t usually join the Daily Mail/UKIP  rant about political correctness gone mad or nanny state health & safetyism. As Stewart Lee says, political correctness is basically just being polite and respectful, and as far as H&S complaints are concerned I always want to ask the complainer whether it is safety or health that they […]

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Terminology

August 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Technology

Quick question: what to you call one of these? I have captioned it as a USB stick, but they are also called flash drives, pen drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, USB memory cards, and various combinations of those names. How is it that a device can become so ubiquitous so quickly and we can’t even […]

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It isn’t even a real word

July 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Life

In these austere times I’m sure we all find ourselves leaning away from brands a little bit and towards supermarket own label foods. One thing I’m eating at the moment is ASDA ‘Wheat Bisks’ but seeing the box something struck me: the name doesn’t actually mean anything officially. Look up ‘bisk’ inthe dictionary and all […]

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Guid tae see ye

December 7th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Life

I love the fact that, amongst all the different language versions of Wikipedia, alongside French, Spanish, Russian, German, Finnish and all the rest there is a Scottish version of Wikipedia. This is not in Gaelic or anything like that, but written in Scottish dialect. Of dubious actual value, but that is why it is so […]

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National stereotypes

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life

Being amused by national stereotypes can be a bit of a minefield, and ethnic stereotypes even more so, but I do like it when I come across something that I had previously though was just a staple of bad impressionists. Today I had to call BT’s Glasgow call centre and spoke to a Scotish bloke […]

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Black boys rape our young girls?

March 1st, 2011 · 5 Comments · Politics

There is a bit of a stink over a supply teacher in a Crawley school allegedly using a dubious mnemonic to teach the colour coding of resistors.  The teaching method in question is a device for remembering the colour sequence black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, grey, white by using the catchy phrase […]

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Special advisors

September 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off · Life

With all these stories about William Hague floating around I keep getting confused by headlines, but that is mainly because the term SPAD keeps getting used.   Due to the six years I spent working for London Underground the term SPAD will always mean a train going through a red light (signal passed at danger).   This […]

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Not just bloggers

July 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off · Life

Good advice here from Problogger, but it applies a lot more widely than bloggers and should be mandatory reading for commenters on blogs and newspaper sites and email authors and writers of memos and reports at work. But only after the list is extended to eleven items and a new number one is inserted to […]

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So that’s what happened to Hoon

April 24th, 2010 · Comments Off · Life

Geoff Hoon has been low-profile since his attempted overthrow of Gordon Brown and here is the reason – it looks like he has been down under, and in the process has performed some sort of agamogenesis and reproduced himself, judging by the start of the story: Intimidating bikies and packs of hoons who cram into […]

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