Archive for February, 2009

Do Councils Need A Facebook Presence?

Saturday, February 28, 2009 2:41 215 Comments

Interesting question this. Quite a few councils can be found in what appears to be an ‘official capacity’ on Facebook, but many — I’d think most — aren’t represented on there. The questions Local Authorities will tend to ask themselves about this sort of thing are:- what costs would be involved? is this something we’d [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology

The Birthing House

Friday, February 27, 2009 18:45 6 Comments

I don’t know what specifically attracted me to The Birthing House, as I don’t tend to read much horror as a genre anymore — I will generally read whatever Dean Koontz and Stephen King produce but not much more. It might have even been my experience with the last ‘new author’ horror book that I’d [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews


Thursday, February 26, 2009 16:20 7 Comments

…for the lack of a proper blog post today. I’ll try to make it up to you tomorrow.

This was posted under category: The Pickards

Children In La-La Land

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:40 34 Comments

Apparently, some parents think that their children should live in a world filled with fluffy pink cotton wool, ethnically cleansed of anything potentially offensive, controversial, or even anything that will make their children ask questions that the parents will have to answer. And these people are cockwits. Now, as a parent I understand that it [...]

This was posted under category: Disability, Equality, Media


Tuesday, February 24, 2009 21:23 3 Comments

So, today was Pancake Day. Also known in some circles as Shrove Tuesday. Tuesday, because it’s on a Tuesday, and Shrove, because… … it’s a mediƦval word for pancake. Naah, actually it refers to receiving absolution for sins (being shriven of them) before Lent. It’s one of those things that I vaguely know because at [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Life

Thai Suicide Scenario

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 14:09 5 Comments

THE severed head of what might be a British tourist has been found hanging in a plastic bag from a bridge in Bangkok. The grim package was accompanied by a clumsily written suicide not hinting the victim was a man who had been jilted in love [...] Police said the stilted English suggested it was [...]

This was posted under category: Crime & Policing, Oddities

The Osberts 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009 20:57 24 Comments

Well, as I am sure anyone who has been anywhere near a TV in the last day or so will realise, there were some quite high-profile film awards on the other night, called the Osberts or something like that. I didn’t really catch all of the coverage, but there’s only a certain amount of times [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, Life

Repeat After Me…

Monday, February 23, 2009 11:21 4 Comments

I do solemly swear that I will not be renewing my season ticket for next season unless Newcastle stay up, prices are cut (or Newcastle go down and prices are cut by 30% plus) and significant investment is made (e.g. £25-30m net spend) in the transfer market. It’s not about loyalty– I’m not going to [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Deplorable Alcohol Statistics

Sunday, February 22, 2009 13:19 15 Comments

I was shocked to read on the BBC that: Scotland has the eighth-highest level of alcohol consumption in the world, according to statistics analysed for the Scottish Government.[...] People aged over 16 sank the equivalent of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per person. The figure for England and Wales was 9.9 litres. BBC News 11.8 [...]

This was posted under category: Life

WordPress 2.7.1 Thoughts

Saturday, February 21, 2009 8:36 15 Comments

Just a few comments on the all-round goodness of WordPress 2.7.1. What didn’t I like about wordpress? I didn’t like the PITA that it was to upgrade wordpress when a new version came out. Previously you had to back everything up, download and extract the new files, overwrite your existing files in a particular manner, [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging