Archive for March, 2009


Monday, March 23, 2009 12:30 19 Comments

Note to mate from the pub over the weekend. Should we be watching highlights of the Six Nations Rugby on the telly in the pub, and discussing how well the respective teams have performed in the tournament, and you aren’t quite sure what I have said, it would seem more logical to assume that I [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities

The Amateurs: Golf, Swearing & Comedy

Monday, March 23, 2009 0:16 3 Comments

I had really, really hoped that I would like the novel The Amateurs, by John Niven, as I’d been given a copy in exchange for a review on the blog. Fortunately for me, the comedy was strong with this one. On the one hand, it was a book about golf, which isn’t generally my kind [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews

Test Your Personality

Sunday, March 22, 2009 9:30 25 Comments

I found Steve over at Very True Things had taken a personality test to see what sort of person he was. So natch, I had to give it a go. I failed, I only got 37%, so apparently I’ve not got a personality. Naah, just joshing chief, apparently I’m an ENTP, a visionary, although it [...]

This was posted under category: Memes

My €5 Ray-bans were fakes!

Saturday, March 21, 2009 9:30 27 Comments

I don’t have a category for stupidity, but it’s things like this that make me think maybe I ought to have one. Particularly since I could put my post about my previous post about the cocaine smuggling girls in it. Anyway, back to the new idiotic travellers. Found over at The Telegraph, Telegraph Travel — [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, Travel

…for your right to say it

Friday, March 20, 2009 7:30 4 Comments

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.Evelyn Beatrice Hall (Wikiquote) I was invited to join a Facebook group called “muslim protesters fuck off out of britain if your not proud of OUR SOLDIERS”. I declined. I presume that the rationale behind this group is [...]

This was posted under category: Politics

Disabled Sex

Thursday, March 19, 2009 18:22 28 Comments

I was going to save this one for the Goldfish’s BADD, but as that is usually in May, and it’s only March now, I didn’t really think that I’d remember about it. A few days ago, I noticed an article on the BBC News which was about someone with Down’s syndrome: Otto Baxter is 21 [...]

This was posted under category: Disability, Equality, Media

Sonny’s Delight

Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:35 29 Comments

One of the things about the restaurant reviews you see in newspapers and magazines is that they are always for places like The Fat Duck which, while I would quite like to give it a go were I to become somewhat rich, are somewhat out of my price range at something like one hundred and [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Reviews

LGA Expose: Blue-sky Bastions of Beaconicity Bollocks

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 17:30 43 Comments

The Local Government Association (LGA) would like to see some of the above words (‘blue-sky’) etc banned from council use, having sent out a list of 200 words and phrases to councils around the country that they would really rather they didn’t use. For the most part this appears to be because they are in [...]

This was posted under category: Language, Public Sector, Standards

Me, Twitter, Stephen Fry and the Twitalyzer

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:15 6 Comments

Thanks to Mike Pickard for correctly identifying that this is the sort of thing that I would be interested in and pointing me in the direction of twitalyzer. Can you hear me say Yay! Pointless statistics about twitter! Twitalyzer breaks down your Twitter feed into five categories: Influence, Signal, Generosity, Velocity and Clout. Influence is [...]

This was posted under category: Technology, The Pickards, twitter

JackP for MEP?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 20:35 40 Comments

I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve talked myself into a corner on this one. Am I now morally obliged to stand as an MEP? Read on… One of my most frequent complaints about the government of the country is the fact that people are not so much disillusioned with politics, they are disillusioned with party [...]

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