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“Hailing Frequencies Closed”

By , 6 July, 2011 3:46 pm

I seem to be at a crossroads with this blog thing. After 7 years of blogging, I seem to be using it less and less. I look at other people’s blogs than updating my own.

So, time to put the mothballs on the blog, and decide what I want to do next.I may create another blog; I still have to make my mind up.

It’s been fun, and thanks for joining me, and even visiting the site (including you people looking for Katherine Jenkins pictures. You know who you are.

See ya!

Life’s Sometimes Like That

By , 26 June, 2011 8:18 pm

Small Wookiee

By , 20 June, 2011 9:29 pm

They are amongst us…


Question Of The Day

By , 17 June, 2011 11:43 am


The Facebook Thing

By , 13 June, 2011 11:22 pm

I remember reading the original magazine article last year, and I’ve re-read it now. And it still scares me. I hardly ever use Facebook now. I have a look occasionally, but I don’t spend too long on there. Yes, true I may send the occasional message, but I don’t spend my internet time on there.

After what has happened over the last few weeks with the privacy/tagging that Facebook were planning to bring in, this brings it into focus: every new thing that Facebook includes, you have no choice, and they do not care.

I suppose thery’re happy, ‘cos they’re making loads of money, aren’t they?

Hippy Cat

By , 9 June, 2011 10:48 pm

[Insert Caption Here]

I Like My Job. It’s The Customers I Don’t Like

By , 26 May, 2011 8:39 pm

I don’t cope with stress very well.

In fact, and this is the first time I think I’ve mentioned it here, I am being treated for mild stress by my doctor, who realised the symptoms I was getting and the way I was feeling, meant I was, and still am, suffering from stress. I have the prescribed tablets, and they have worked.

But, the day I have had today, feels like they are not working, and the amount of stress I have has gone up a notch. I have had a crappy day (hence the Twitter post earlier on). I work in a very customer-centred environment, and as a result, every word we say needs to be dead right. Sometime, of course, this can go wrong, as what happened today. I know I have nothing to worry about. I was just doing my job.

But sometimes you are just doing the job you were trained to do, and it can go all very seriously wrong. All because you have to ask people questions and take their replies with a pinch of salt (which you are trained to do.)

At the end of the day we’re all human…well most of us, anyway.

I’m going to kill a hamster now…(KIDDING!!!!)

Memories of The Internets #1

By , 22 May, 2011 9:49 pm

My internet days started early, when the internet was still being dubbed the “information superhighway”. I’d bought a book, “The Complete Idiots Guide to the Internet” and read through that, and then decided to sign up to Compuserve. We were on there for a good few months, and then Mosaic appeared as the first real web browser, so we decided to sign up with Demon. We were on there until broadband came along.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. In 1994, there was a collision of a comet with the big planet Jupiter. As we had access to some Nasa e-mails at the time (one of the first mass-mailing facilities available), they sned pictures of the impact. Quite low-res, but they were something similar to this.

It caused quite a stir around, showing them to people, because the papers hadn’t published them yet, and wouldn’t do so for the next day or so. Those days, the papers were playing catch-up, as news travelled a bit slowly than it does now.

The point I’m making, what with the hoohaa about a certain footballercelebrity…sportsman, is that news travels faster than ever, especially if you throw Twitter into the equation. But you just have to question, where do theĀ  papers stop reporting the news and start making the news. I know it’s known as the “evil paper”, the Daily Telegraph fell into the same trap when they bugged Vince Cable a few months back. They were making the news, rather than reporting it. I bet they lost quite a lot of readers based on that escapade (including this household).

Wouldn’t this imply that there is no news out there worth reporting on it’s own merits. They’ve lost the meaning of the distinction between news being “in the public interest” (i.e. expenses scandal) and “of public interest”. What an individual does in their private life is of no concern of mine, unless they’re breaking the law.

But if it was like that, no newspapers would be sold, would there?

What? No end?

By , 21 May, 2011 10:48 pm

So, the end of the world hasn’t happened then.

But, thinking on, is the whole thing on US time or GMT time? It should (have) happen/ed at 6pm.

There’s another 1 hour left of the day. There’s time yet.

I only hope it’s not all true. I have a library book to take back on Monday, and I don’t want to accrue a huge fine.

“Well, I’m Back”

By , 20 May, 2011 5:38 pm


My 6 week self-imposed exile is over.

My advert of the moment has to be the VW Star Wars ad. I think it’s brilliant. Note that this one seems to be the full version, slightly different to the one you see in the UK. I first saw this on holiday in Spain..

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And for the sake of completeness, just like every good DVD should have, here’s a “Making of” and “blooper” reel”

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