Archive for August, 2007

My England Squad

Friday, August 31, 2007 17:52 15 Comments

I was disappointed to see McClaren bring David Bentley into the England squad. For me, David showed that he was more than willing to put himself ahead of his country when he decided against taking part in the U21 tournament last summer, because he wanted a rest. What about all those players who did put [...]

This was posted under category: Sport

Like Shaggy said…

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 23:31 4 Comments

It wasn’t me.

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

Flipping Heck! He’s Injured Again!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 22:42 6 Comments

Yes, that’s right, the medical marvel that is Kieron Dyer has managed to last a good, ooh… several minutes… of a game before being stretchered off with a suspected broken leg. What is it with the lad? Is he cursed or something? Seriously, I wish him all the best, hope he recovers well from his [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United, Sport

Hi, Barry Scott here…

Friday, August 24, 2007 1:27 15 Comments

Well, after watching another really crap advert which has leapt to prominence on YouTube as part of some BBC report this morning (the Flea Market Montgomery one) where the awful crapness of the advert is relieved somewhat by the fact that it is entirely amateur, a bit silly, and probably cost an awful lot less [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities

Abusive Messages and Commenting Policy

Thursday, August 23, 2007 20:56 11 Comments

I just thought I’d write a few thoughts about some of the abusive messages I’ve been receiving on my site recently, let you know what was behind them, how I feel about them, and what my thoughts are regarding different sorts of comments on my site. …If I was you I would climb down off [...]

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

Another Spam Selection

Thursday, August 23, 2007 19:42 31 Comments

As it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve updated my site, my spam filters have been doing their usual job of allowing pretty much all the non-spam comments to get through unmoderated (with a couple of exceptions, which I’ll come to in my next post); immediately recognising about 90% of the spam and dumping [...]

This was posted under category: Scams & Spams

Stop Demonising Mothers

Friday, August 10, 2007 0:47 5 Comments

I was watching a TV programme the other night — I only caught a few minutes of it because it was annoying me so I exercised my incredible ability to change the channel, but it was still enough, when coupled with another thing to inspire this rant. Basically, the program was looking at some people [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Media, Politics, The Pickards

Christopher Brookmyre’s Book Signing

Thursday, August 9, 2007 1:36 5 Comments

I went to a book-signing in Waterstones in Newcastle yesterday. It was, as you may possibly have speculated from the title of this post, a book signing done by Christopher Brookmyre. He’s written a number of books that are generally classed as ‘Crime fiction’, but that’s too simplistic a view: you’ve really got to stir [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Faith & Forteana, Thanatophobia, The Pickards

Accessibility and .NET

Thursday, August 9, 2007 0:47 143 Comments

I’m somewhat of an accessibility evangelist; I am passionately in favour of ensuring that websites are available to all, irrespective of disability. I include in this people using different platforms and different browsers, because I tend to think it’s unprofessional to design a site which only works properly half the time. Yet my development platform [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Standards, Technology

Sweariwordum Est Maximus Et Sapiens

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 0:34 8 Comments

For those of you who can’t translate the pig latin above, it’s the motto of Roger’s Profanisaurus — self-described as “the ultimate swearing dictionary” — and it translates approximately to: Swearing is big and clever Which obviously is a parody of the oft-told parental advice that sets out precisely the opposite. I swear sometimes. I’m [...]

This was posted under category: Language, Life