Archive for August, 2009

Why I Love The BBC

Monday, August 31, 2009 10:14 41 Comments

The BBC have come in for criticism from James Murdoch of News Corporation, who said: …a “dominant” BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK. [...] “The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision,” he told the Edinburgh Television Festival. The scope of the BBC’s activities and ambitions [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Politics, TV/Film

Doctor Who Trailer Maker

Monday, August 31, 2009 7:20 40 Comments

This has been around for quite some time — indeed Stephen blogged about it over a year ago, but for one reason and another I never got round to playing with it before today. Basically, it allows you to choose from a series of clips, intros, pictures and sounds from David Tennant era Doctor Who [...]

This was posted under category: Science Fiction, TV/Film

Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics

Sunday, August 30, 2009 11:24 19 Comments

There comes a time in any holiday when pick up the obligatory holiday book and rifle through a few pages while you sit by the pool. Well, you do that if you’re not me, anyway. I tend not to read by the pool for one simple reason: you won’t find me by the pool. I’ll [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews, Sport

Corfu Part 1 – Travel

Saturday, August 29, 2009 9:56 1 Comment

It had that ‘long day’ feeling about it from the outset. At six p.m., we were heading out for a meal. At two thirty a.m. our taxi would arrive to take us to the airport to begin our holiday. And as at six p.m., we hadn’t finished packing. Nor had we even begun to check [...]

This was posted under category: Travel

This Week, I Have Mostly Been On Holiday

Friday, August 28, 2009 7:20 3 Comments

[a little Fast Show 'Jesse' reference there for you.] No, if you’ve noticed some interruption to the normal flow of spam hammering; if it seems that a few more spam comments have made their way through to the website proper than usual, this is because I have been on holiday for the last two weeks. [...]

This was posted under category: Reviews, Travel

This Is A Holding Post

Thursday, August 27, 2009 7:20 3 Comments

This is simply a holding post because I couldn’t think of anything proper to say today, but I wanted to continue my posting every day schedule. So instead I decided to waffle on for a little bit and fill a few hundred words with pure garbage instead. It’s also important to differentiate what this is [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging

Brits Abroad

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:20 22 Comments

It would appear that British Embassies abroad have been complaining about the problems people are bringing to them… British embassies around the world are getting “frustrated” by travellers wanting weather reports and advice on how to deal with unruly children. Consular staff have also been asked to help make jam, pack suitcases and find lost [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Ranting, Travel

My Fifteen Books and Films

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

I was recently tagged by one of my friends on Facebook with a kind of a memey sort of a thing where I have to name fifteen books that I have read that will always stick with me, and also do the same thing for films that I’ve seen. In each case, we don’t have [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Memes, TV/Film

Kids Questions

Monday, August 24, 2009 7:20 15 Comments

I came across an article on the BBC Magazine website the other day entitled ten of the best kids questions which were apparently ten of the best questions asked by kids. Earlier the article intimated that parents don’t necessarily know enough science but as you’ll see, not all of the questions are entirely scientifically based. [...]

This was posted under category: Life

Doors Open Review

Sunday, August 23, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

I’m quite a fan of the writer Ian Rankin and the Inspector Rebus stories, so when I saw that his new book Doors Open had hit the paperback shelves, I had to pick it up, as much as anything else because I wanted to see what he would do in what I presume is intended [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews