Archive for April, 2007

What Men Talk About In Pubs 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007 8:04 4 Comments

Following on from last year’s beer festival list of the topics of conversation, I’ve done so again. In order to protect the innocent (and indeed the guilty) I won’t be expanding on who was talking about them, why they were talking about them, or what the specifics were, but simply providing the list. Here it [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Oddities

Moses Reconfirmed

Friday, April 20, 2007 9:40 6 Comments

Some years ago, I bought a book by a man called Graham Phillips called The Moses Legacy, which purported to use historical evidence to try and determine how accurate (if at all) the stories of the historical figure of Moses would be. I didn’t agree with all of his conclusions, but I felt he made [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Faith & Forteana, Oddities, Science

If anyone wants me, I’m in the pub…

Thursday, April 19, 2007 13:30 1 Comment

… or at least, I’m in the 31st Newcastle Beer Festival. Cheers!

This was posted under category: Life, Local Interest

Speed-Reading: A Personal Experience

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 22:45 13 Comments

I read quickly. I’ve always read quickly. Well, that’s not entirely true. There was a time in my life when presumably I wasn’t able to read, but at least as far back as the age of seven I would read particularly quickly. I remember reading the entire Lord Of The Rings trilogy — just over [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Language, The Pickards

Wiki Birthday Meme

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 18:52 17 Comments

Okay then, it’s a while since I’ve memed, so now I’m copying Stephen Lang’s Wiki Meme (which he in turn copied off elsewhere etc etc). Basically, I have to list 3 events, 2 birthdays, one death and a holiday that occurred on my birthday. Stephen tells us when his birthday is, so I will too. [...]

This was posted under category: Memes

Blogging for the Senior Citizen

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 0:45 4 Comments

Yes, that’s right, I’ve been setting up blogs for silver surfers. Well, one in particular — yes, my dad has a blog. Technically, he’s not a “senior citizen” yet, but then technically I’m no longer juvenile either. Please yourselves… Please be aware that he has different opinions to me on a number of things. This [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Life, The Pickards


Tuesday, April 17, 2007 18:47 5 Comments

WORLD CUP SUPER 8, Barbados: England 154 all out v South Africa 100-1BBC Sport Okay, so we’re not beaten yet, but probably by the time you read this post we will have been. Rather humiliatingly, we’ve managed to beat only Ireland, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh in the World Cup. All of the proper cricket playing [...]

This was posted under category: Sport

Science Is A Method, Not A Position

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 14:54 3 Comments

I had been going to reference this site a lot earlier, but unfortunately Matthew Cromer’s site disappeared at around the turn of the year and was replaced by somewhere showing me where I could obtain online pharmaceuticals. As I already knew where to obtain online pharmaceuticals from the comments I don’t allow onto my blog, [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Life, Oddities, Science

ThePickards Go Radio Gaga

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 13:58 35 Comments

While I am someone who listens to the radio regularly, I’ve never been someone who felt that… everything I had to knowI heard it on my radioRadio Gaga (Queen) …but nonetheless I was pleased when I was contacted by Charlie Charlton of Radio Newcastle asking whether they could talk to me about something I’d written [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Local Interest, The Pickards

Statistics Part 2: When is a statistic not a statistic?

Friday, April 13, 2007 0:30 No Comments

When it isn’t perceived to be politically correct.

This was posted under category: Politics, Public Sector