Archive for July, 2008


Thursday, July 31, 2008 0:03 37 Comments

Does anyone else remember revels? [Edited photograph: original on Fanboy 30's Photostream; used with permission] Yes, the chocolate sweeties. Well, not only do I remember Revels, but I even remember the peanut revel, which has long been replaced by the raisin one for some reason like not wanting to kill people via massive allergic reactions [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Oddities

Have you got a phishing permit?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 0:55 20 Comments

I was reading the blog of that nice chap from Sophos recently, and came across an article about phishing, once more recounting the story of someone who has supplied their bank account details to fraudsters and had their account cleared out. …29-year-old mother from Wigan, England. Sarah has been left with thousands of pounds worth [...]

This was posted under category: Scams & Spams, Technology

Hadrian’s House

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 0:57 14 Comments

…steads. The old Roman fort of Vercovicium stands at Housesteads on the Roman Wall, and is sometimes known as ‘Housesteads Roman Fort’. The fort was built around 124 AD (only a couple of years after Hadrian’s Wall itself was built and was occupied by the Romans until around 400 AD. Oh, and they were back [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, The Pickards

Of Aliens & Abominable Snowmen

Monday, July 28, 2008 0:03 22 Comments

Some oddments from the meedja this week… Firstly, it appears Edgar Mitchell, former astronaut and one of the few people to have walked on the moon, believes that we are being visited by aliens: Apollo 14 astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, said he was aware of many UFO visits to Earth during his career with NASA [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Media

Toon Barmy

Sunday, July 27, 2008 0:31 37 Comments

<rant> It’s only a few weeks until the new football season starts. As yet, Newcastle have signed only two players: Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Guthrie. Now I have no objection to signing either of these players, but given Mark Viduka’s injury problems and chronic lack of fitness, and considering how Newcastle’s good start and good [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

I Blame The Parents…

Saturday, July 26, 2008 0:41 7 Comments

A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated – Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Judge Rob Murfitt said that the name embarrassed the nine-year-old and could expose her to teasing. BBC News Parents called their child Talula Does The Hula [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Oddities

The Pickards Radio Roadshow

Friday, July 25, 2008 0:15 3 Comments

Well, not exactly, but I did receive a phone call from a nice lady at the BBC who had read my post on thanatophobia. For those of you who haven’t read that, and can’t be bothered to read it, here’s a one-paragraph recap: I suffer from thanatophobia. That’s the fear of death. It’s not a [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Thanatophobia, The Pickards

Domination over the media

Thursday, July 24, 2008 12:38 4 Comments

World motorsport boss Max Mosley has won a legal action against a Sunday newspaper over claims an orgy he took part in had Nazi overtones [...] Mr Justice Eady said he could expect privacy for consensual “sexual activities (albeit unconventional)”. BBC News Then, on Radio 5 Live (my very favourite radio station), I heard some [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Media


Wednesday, July 23, 2008 23:06 2 Comments

…didn’t post today.

This was posted under category: Life

I have a dream…

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 0:56 28 Comments

Rather, I did have a dream, which seemed to be quite a long dream and a lot of the detail remained with me, so I thought I’d relate it here. After careful analysis of dream meanings, I have arrived at the conclusion that the meaning of this dream is I had cheese just before bedtime. [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, The Pickards