They’re Making It Up

From a BBC article about a shooting at Harvey Nicks: Also in the restaurant was Bristol University student Natasha Horsey, 20, who said: “My friend came to join us at 8 o’clock and she was not allowed upstairs so I went down to get her. “They just evacuated us. We were in the middle of supper.” Bristol University? Natasha Horsey? “supper“? Why not just call her Alice Sloane and be done with it… Also this…

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Not Good For My Blood Pressure

What a day so far, and still anything could happen. In the absence of a TV anywhere near my desk, I have had the BBC’s Test Match Special in one ear for most of the day. Actually I haven’t dared put the headphone down during play since the only time I actually did that today, when Glenn McGrath took two wickets with consecutive balls (and was almost getting a third by the time I returned…

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Pleasing Some of the People…

Inspired by today’s Warming Up, I have been amusing myself with some casual work avoidance tactics by perusing the various reviews of the shows we saw at Edinburgh on the official fringe website. As Richard himself points out, the reviews of his own show are somewhat polarised, and as such there is plenty of amusement value to be had in reading the reviews that give him the lowest ratings (rather like that game you can…

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Sal and I returned late last night, coughing, sniffing, and in need of a good lie down, from a thoroughly entertaining weekend up in Edinburgh. We can’t quite blame the city for our colds–I’m pretty sure we had those before we went–but I’m sure our activities over the weekend can’t have helped in their slow gestation. On the way from the airport to our hotel, I realised that I’ve clearly been living in the south…

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As you may know, I do seem to spend rather a lot of my time hanging around with Australians, for some reason, so if England do somehow manage to win the Ashes this year, then I will be a very happy man. Of course it’s not as if I’ll actually have watched any of the games: I’ve mostly been following the series on a small auto-updating Firefox window secreted at the bottom right of my…

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Now I know that the first rule of the affiliates program of a certain well-known, large international online retailer, is that you don’t talk about the affiliates program of said well-known, large international online retailer, but just this once I’m going to make an exception. I’ve been signed up to said program for a couple of years now, so that if anyone clicks on the links in the books and music lists over there on…

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New Old News

– Apparently attractive 18 year old girls have done well in their A-Levels this year (via Rhodri). – Apparently David James isn’t very good. – Apparently listening to loud music for a long period of time will damage your hearing. – Apparently working long hours is bad for you. Yep. It’s definitely August…

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Last night’s “Britpop Night” on BBC4 was entertaining, but a little repetitive. I suppose that’s rather appropriate, actually, but even I was getting bored on hearing Inbetweener for the fourth time in the space of a couple of hours. I think the problem was that much of what John Harris’s new documentary had to say was repeated in the film that followed it, Live Forever. Both interviewed a member of Blur in the Good Mixer,…

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Not With Real Intent

As I mentioned earlier, but have so far failed to blog properly, Sal and I headed off to Barcelona the weekend before last. Ostensibly visiting to see U2 play the Nou Camp on the Sunday night, we also had the chance to eat tapas, drink, and enjoy the sunshine. By the time we reached our posh, plush hotel bed on Friday night, barely a few hours after arriving in the city, we’d already been ripped…

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Couldn’t Give a XXXX For Public Sector IT Projects?

One of the main reasons why I’ve been such a staunch supporter of ID cards is that the government has such a fantastic track record on large-scale IT projects. Look at what EDS did for the Child Support Agency, for example. I have every confidence that, once they find a suitable large American corporation to outsource the project to, it will all be well managed, and your and my private and confidential data will be…

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