Archive for September, 2008

What’s that doing here?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 16:38 3 Comments

It’s not new, exactly, having originally been made in 2005 (but obviously added to since, as some of the clips were filmed after that), it’s just a little homage to how often the phrase “what are you doing here?” crops up in Doctor Who. For an added bonus, true Dr. Who geeks can play ‘spot [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Science Fiction

War! What is it good for?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 0:53 2 Comments

…online gaming, as it rather surprisingly turns out. The British Red Cross have launched a website called Traces of Hope, which they say is the first “charity Alternate Reality Game”, in order to: …raise awareness about victims of war, in which the object is to help a displaced Ugandan boy find his mother.BBC News: Internet [...]

This was posted under category: Gaming, Politics, Technology

Sharing The Blame

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 0:53 21 Comments

I was intrigued to see thad Shadow Chancellor George Osborne saying that the financial sector must share the blame for the current financial crisis. Shadow chancellor George Osborne is to tell the City it must bear part of the cost and blame for the current financial crisis affecting the UK.BBC News Share the blame? Well, [...]

This was posted under category: Politics


Monday, September 29, 2008 0:24 17 Comments

Well, I talked about the MPI, so now that we’ve had an HPI too, I thought it was only faiir to mention that. We’ve had a problem with our home phone for some time. It’s fine for making outgoing calls, but there’s been a teensy bit of a problem with incoming calls. At some point [...]

This was posted under category: Life

Delightful Durham

Sunday, September 28, 2008 0:23 No Comments

Well, I needed something to take my mind off of the football team… There’s a guy turns up at Newcastle’s training ground and says “Hi! I’m your new manager. I’m Joe Kinnear.” Nicky Butt responds “I bloody well hope you are…” Anyway, what’s been taking my mind off this since wednesday is Durham. On Wednesday, [...]

This was posted under category: Sport

When you don’t really want to stay, but can’t think of a good reason…

Saturday, September 27, 2008 1:00 No Comments

Watching CITV with my kids the other weekend, I discovered they were fans of something called Captain Mack. As kids TV goes, it’s fairly bog standard; caricatures in big bright costumes with a pantomime villain. However, at the end, when Captain Mack had saved the day — by finding the baddie who had taken the [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, TV/Film

Creative Writing 1: What do you read? What do you want to write?

Friday, September 26, 2008 0:22 25 Comments

Down the left hand side of a sheet of paper, list all the types of book you can think of (such as Crime, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Biography, etc). If films or plays are what interest you, then try the same exercise with you video or DVD collection. Go through your bookshelves and make a note [...]

This was posted under category: Fiction/Writing

No Heroics – just Being Human

Thursday, September 25, 2008 0:26 2 Comments

Every now and then you see a TV show which seems destined to fail, but yet you personally enjoy. One such was a rather unusual one-off comedy I saw early this year on BBC3 called Being Human, about a vampire and a werewolf who flatshare — and then discover that their house is haunted by [...]

This was posted under category: Reviews, TV/Film


Wednesday, September 24, 2008 0:50 4 Comments

There’s been a lot of stuff recently about so called ‘suicide websites’. The premise is that… people searching for information on suicide are more likely to find sites encouraging them than offering supportBBC News: Crackdown on ‘suicide websites’ Hmm.. reminds me of that old Samaritans poster… Depressed? At the end of your tether? Feel there [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Politics, Technology

This Is Not An Emergency…

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 0:13 22 Comments

This is a list of reasons why people have spoken to the police after dialling 999 (that’s like 911, only with more 9s and less 1s). Surprisingly enough, the police weren’t best pleased about this, as 999 is for the emergency services. Similarly, if you’re filling in a computer system that requires you to supply [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, Oddities