Archive for May, 2007

I’m still here.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 0:00 23 Comments

For those of you who are wondering, I’m still here. I’ve not had much to say lately. Or rather, I’ve got a big pile of things to say and I don’t know what order to say them in. So hang on in there boys and girls and I’ll get back to you soon…

This was posted under category: Blogging

I’m Not A Racist, But…

Thursday, May 17, 2007 21:55 41 Comments

It’s one of those phrases that makes you wince, isn’t it? As soon as someone says, something like “I’m not a racist, but…”, you know the next words you hear are going to be something like: But those Muslins have got a lot to answer for… And yes, they quite often would get the name [...]

This was posted under category: Disability, Funnies, Language, Politics

Big Bad Sam

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 19:15 20 Comments

With many, many apologies to whoever wrote “Big John”. Big SamBig Sam Every morning at the ground, you could see him arrive. He palyed 4-3-3, he played 3-2-5. Kind of broad at the shoulders, broader the hip. And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big Sam Big Sam Big Sam Big Bad Sam [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Working in an Art Gallery

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 16:48 37 Comments

I don’t normally write about work here, and when I do I’m somewhat circumspect about what I say, but — and following my usual policy of not naming names — I do have something that I wanted to share. For the last week or so, I’ve been working in an art gallery.

This was posted under category: Life, Local Interest, Public Sector

Cheats Sometimes Prosper

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 16:29 19 Comments

So, despite the fact that Carlos Tevez played a part in 26 of West Ham United’s 38 Premiership games this season, when, according to Premiership rules, he wasn’t eligible to play for them, and scored 7 goals which directly led to West Ham gaining 5 league points (and that’s excluding assists etc). (Stats from Hammers [...]

This was posted under category: Sport

Heralding Natural Disaster: Again

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 0:21 8 Comments

Hmm. It appears that after initially predicting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions — which there obviously were, my crack about the next one being weather related came true again, what with the tornados in the US. Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymoreDorothy Okay then, I’m going to keep making natural disaster predictions until [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, The Pickards

The Medium Is The Message

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 0:04 14 Comments

As some of you may have read from earlier posts, I came across a medium called Marcel Cairo, who has a blog called I done thunk and hosts his professional dealings on a site called after life medium. I highlighted that aside from his obvious interest in the duality theory of mind, is scathing on [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana

Accessibility In My Own (Foreign) Words

Monday, May 7, 2007 15:36 6 Comments

I noted earlier today that Mike Davies from Isolani has picked up on a piece I wrote in October last year called Be Accessible, Don’t Meet Guidelines, in which I tried to argue that WCAG was not infallible, and that it was more important to recognise the real-world accessibility needs of website users than it [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Language

Toon: The Candidates (2)

Monday, May 7, 2007 10:48 5 Comments

Just over a year ago, and exactly one manager ago, I considered the Toon managership candidates. At the time, I wanted O’Neill or Ottmar Hitzfeld. As we all know, O’Neill went to Aston Villa, where with a large pot of money to spend, he’s been a resounding mediocrity, so I think that was a useful [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Bye Bye Glenn

Monday, May 7, 2007 10:27 No Comments

It is with a certain amount of sadness that I wave goodbye to Glenn Roeder as Newcastle manager. Glenn has always struck me as a nice man, an honourable man, a man with a great deal of dignity, who afforded opponents and referees respect that they didn’t always deserve. The game is a poorer place [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United