Archive for August, 2008

The BBC’s sweet, innocent fantasy world

Friday, August 22, 2008 0:02 3 Comments

Ah, bless them. The BBC have commented on the fact that it appears Internet Explorer 8 may contain new privacy features in the browser, to make it easier to clear your browsing history, to reduce the amount of data you leave behind on sites you visit, and so on. Why could anyone possibly want to [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Technology

My Plastic Pal

Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:49 2 Comments

My Newcastle season ticket has arrived (and so, fortunately, has BTP’s). This season, season tickets at the club are different to what has gone before. Previously you’d be issued with what was effectively a book of vouchers: you’d tear out the relevant ticket as you approach the ground/ bar area and then either hand it [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United, The Pickards


Thursday, August 21, 2008 0:40 16 Comments

Tom Shakespeare is an academic based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is also a person of restricted growth. He was travelling on the city’s metro recently when he was verbally humiliated and intimidated by a group of schoolgirls. Was he a victim of a disability hate crime? BBC News Magazine It might seem obvious that the answer [...]

This was posted under category: Disability, Equality, Life

Mantel Piece

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 0:01 18 Comments

Hilary Mantel’s highly original and very odd novel received much praise when it was published in 2005. Somehow it has managed to escape my attention until nowStephen Lang: Booked Out My fellow blogger Stephen Lang wrote the above in March of this year. At the time, I commented that I’d picked the book up a [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews

Bad, Bad, Bad-Linking Beeb

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 21:35 24 Comments

I read with interest that the BBC news site was trialling… linking from within the body of news stories to related background materialBBC Editors Blog: New ways of linking Well, that’s nice, I thought. The BBC have finally worked out how everyone else has been using the internet since 1995. You know, when you find [...]

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

Not the 1913 show

Monday, August 18, 2008 11:17 1 Comment

Sorry, too busy for that post today. Hopefully tomorrow night…

This was posted under category: Blogging

The Season Ticket

Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:22 2 Comments

In about October 2001, I wrote into Newcastle United at St James’ Park and asked to be put on the waiting list for a season ticket. In July 2002, I received a letter saying that the club had some season tickets remaining for sale and would be allocated to people on the waiting list on [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United, The Pickards


Saturday, August 16, 2008 23:17 23 Comments

We’ve booked our holidays for 2009. For the first time since our honeymoon, myself and the GLW will be heading for pastures abroad. We’re taking the kids to the location of our 2002 honeymoon — we’re off to Corfu again. In many ways, it’s an ideal holiday location for us. It’s small, and while parts [...]

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

Blog Cop-out

Friday, August 15, 2008 20:13 18 Comments

Haven’t got anything to say. Haven’t read any new books recently (although I am currently reading Ian Rankin’s Exit Music). Haven’t seen any new films. Well, apart from the X-Files: I Want To Believe, which as far as I can tell is only the first part of the title. It should really be I want [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Life


Thursday, August 14, 2008 9:51 26 Comments

Here’s a puzzle for you: when a “think tank” stops thinking, does it just get called a “tank”? Or a “thunk-tank”? And when they start talking nonsense, does that make them a “drunk tank”? Or do they just “think wank”? I find myself in the unusual position today of wanting to say something positive about [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Politics