Archive for March, 2008

Scottish Police Stop Broken Bottle Riot

Saturday, March 22, 2008 0:34 3 Comments

…or something. A football club has criticised police for banning them from drinking champagne to celebrate a title win. The bottles were produced at East Stirlingshire’s Firs Park after East Fife moved to an unassailable 24-point lead in the Scottish Third Division. Directors were warned that having alcohol in glass containers was illegal in football [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities

Olympic Shames 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008 0:09 8 Comments

If you were planning to watch the Olympic Games this year, or purchasing any Olympic related products, remember that by doing so, you’re tacitly supporting and condoning the Chinese action in Tibet. If you know of anyone who was due to compete in the Beijing Olympics this year, ask them to consider what is more [...]

This was posted under category: Politics


Thursday, March 20, 2008 0:06 22 Comments

What I’ve learned about the Paul/Heather divorce is some useful information that I’m going to take away with me and store for future reference. If, at any point, you see a link that is going to take you a “full legal judgement” of anything, don’t follow it. Only boredom can come from it. Of course, [...]

This was posted under category: Media

Web Technologies Scotland

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 1:18 5 Comments

On the 12th of March, I was up at the Web Technologies Scotland gig in Edinburgh, where I was representing the PSWMG. As chair of the event, I didn’t really have a lot to say (“come and join the PSWMG, go on, it’s great” was, I think, about the size of it) so most of [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Standards, Technology

Religion Is Good For You

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 20:34 13 Comments

A belief in God could lead to a more contented life, research suggests. Religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a job or divorce, claims the study presented to a Royal Economic Society conference. Data from thousands of Europeans revealed higher levels of “life satisfaction” in believers. BBC News Of [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Oddities

Nerd-dom Meme

Monday, March 17, 2008 0:02 22 Comments

As spotted on aka R’acquel’s site, the question is, What Be Your Nerd Type? Aside from the fact that the construction “what be” makes it sound like it’s been put together by yokels, that sounds interesting… Turns out I’m a literature nerd (closely followed by being a gamer/computer nerd). Presumably because one of the questions [...]

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Overheard On A Train

Sunday, March 16, 2008 0:13 30 Comments

Did you know my mother shares the same birthday as the porn star Ron Jeremy?Mr Talking-Loudly-On-The-Train …um, no, as it happens. Given that I didn’t know when either your mother’s birthday or Ron Jeremy’s birthday was. Do they usually have a joint birthday do? And why choose Ron Jeremy as the one — out of [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Oddities

Baby Steps with B.C.

Saturday, March 15, 2008 0:33 16 Comments

I’ve criticised the way that SOCITM have handled accessibility in their better connected report a couple of times before. But while it is still very important, I feel, to stress the problems with using WCAG 1.0 as a simple measure of accessibility, and I feel that myself and others have been right to criticise SOCITM’s [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Standards

Of Illnesses and Imps

Friday, March 14, 2008 0:19 2 Comments

Over last weekend, the GLW has been poorly. On Saturday, she was working through the “feeling a little under the weather” stage which basically meant that as long as things were nice and quiet, and nothing too demanding was required, she’d be perfectly all right. Of course, the slight problem with this plan is that [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards

This Is The Page Of The Train

Thursday, March 13, 2008 0:10 6 Comments

(aka getting to Web Technologies Scotland) There’s something peaceful about travelling by train. Of course, you have to sit on a cold and draughty platform on an uncomfortable metal seat for twenty minutes while you watch a barely coherent and barely vertical — but still somewhat belligerent — gentleman gets manhandled of the train before [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Travel