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Special advisors

September 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Special advisors · 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 on Not just bloggers · 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 on So that’s what happened to Hoon · 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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One for Lynne Truss

February 22nd, 2010 · 4 Comments · Life

I was just wondering.  If your wife has two brothers who share a house, or a brother who lives with his civil partner, how do you apostrophise their house?  Is it “My brothers-in-law’s house”?  I reckon that is right, but it does sound pretty clumsy.

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Should of known better

February 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Life

One of pet hates is when people write “should of” instead of “should have”.    While the targets of this site‘s ire are all worthy enough (and thanks to Damian for bringing it to my attention on Twitter the other day) the author should have ((see. Not too difficult was it?)) made some room for “should […]

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The fog of (price) war

December 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on The fog of (price) war · Life, Technology

I think I have found the year’s least readable newspaper story.  It is from the Guardian and all about Vodafone’s forthcoming deals on iPhones.  The first section is OK, and Vodafone will be happy that their PR line about it not being a price war but a network quality war got included.  After that it […]

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Cameron on faith

November 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Life

I’m always a little worried about politicians having strong beliefs in god: you really want those in charge to make decisions based on logic rather than faith after all.   But what caught my eye in this story about David Cameron’s beliefs is not what he says about religion but what he says about psychology: Politicians […]

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Unusual song titles

November 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on Unusual song titles · Music

I have been listening to a couple of artists today who have not real common ground musically, lyrically, or any other way, but both of them do seem to specialise in song titles that are out of the ordinary in their own way.  The two artists are Morrissey and Nile.

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The Deep Freeze Mice

September 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Music

I have been doing some random listening on Spotify this evening.   Sometimes, when the list of new additions is published I have a look down it and choose some tracks based on the criteria that I have never heard of the artists and they have an interesting name.  Tonight it was Xyra, Jazz Sabbath, Bullet […]

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Boisterous

July 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Boisterous · Life

There was a funfair along Worthing seafront today. When you see a sign that says “Warning – this is a very boisterous ride” it is very hard to resist…   so I went on it to keep Chrystal company while Jayne minded the bags and camera. Boisterous is not a word I have heard to describe […]

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