Archive for April, 2008

What Men Talk About In Pubs 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008 0:33 No Comments

For the third year, I’ve kept track on the topics talked about in the Newcastle Beer Festival (see also 2006 and 2007). There is a reason for this. It’s because we’ve all come home at one time or another and had this conversation: Wife So who were you out with, then? Husband Oh, er… Harry [...]

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Olympic Farce 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 0:08 6 Comments

Okay, a short while ago I posted about the Olympic Games in 2008, I called them the Olympic Shames (original, huh?) and suggested that people should attempt to boycott the Olympic Games, Chinese products and the like in order to protest against what China is doing in Tibet. I said that my respect would diminish [...]

This was posted under category: Politics

Dr Who: Adispose, ah suppose

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 0:29 5 Comments

So. Doctor Who. Series 4. A new companion, and a new ‘monster’. How exactly did it come off? Warning: the following contains information about the plot, spoilers etc. If you haven’t already seen Dr Who “Partners In Crime” and intend to watch it, I’d not read any further as it may spoil your enjoyment. Okay?

This was posted under category: Reviews

SEO Rapper

Monday, April 7, 2008 0:02 5 Comments

For those of you know how much I’m down with the yoof, I’ve been “home with my downies” recently*, and having recently come across the SEO Rapper**, I thought I’d share it with you. After all, anyone who can deliver the line… you use css your page’ll load quicker your clients satisfied like they’re eating [...]

This was posted under category: Music, Oddities, Technology

April Blizzards

Sunday, April 6, 2008 21:47 No Comments

Okay, so it’s not exactly the most extreme weather conditions on earth, it’s not really that hostile, but I’m not used to blizzards in April. So I took a picture of it. In case you can’t quite make it out on the picture, it’s the sort of blizzard that makes you try and face away [...]

This was posted under category: Life

Faith In Tony Blair?

Friday, April 4, 2008 8:22 2 Comments

Former prime minister Tony Blair has called for faith to be given a central role in tackling the world’s problems.BBC News What’s that, Tony? You had faith that sending the country into an illegal war with Iraq (that had — as at August 2007 — resulted in over a million violent deaths) was the right [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Politics

Ping Off

Thursday, April 3, 2008 6:47 6 Comments

I do most humbly beseech your apologies, one and all, because… well… that’s really the point isn’t it. I humbly beseech the apologies of most of you, but definitely not all. I am afraid that I have switched off by default the feature on my blog that allows it to recognise pings and trackbacks and [...]

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April Spam

Thursday, April 3, 2008 0:18 5 Comments

I’m trying to make sure I don’t raid my spam filters more than once a month, partly because 99% of the spam is dull, uninteresting and simply a list of links. However, when viewing with a carefully trained eye, you can pick out a few bits that are entertaining. And it seems I’m not the [...]

This was posted under category: Scams & Spams

A Wombat??

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 0:52 3 Comments

I know someone who’s recently gone to New Zealand on holiday. I did originally wonder what New Zealand would make of him, and how they’d cope. But I’ve discovered today that there are already things in New Zealand, which — somewhat suprisingly — are even odder than any of the stories he’s had to tell. [...]

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 0:04 8 Comments

I will be changing jobs in May. I’m going to play with the privates. Yes, after 9 and a bit years working in the public sector local authority environment for mumble mumble, I’m going off to join the jolly crew over at mumble mumble mumble. It’s one of those things where my emotions are mixed [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards