Archive for December, 2009

Russell and David

Sunday, December 13, 2009 7:20 20 Comments

I know that I’ve been critical of Russell T. Davies before, particularly in relation to some of the Doctor Who plots before — I’m not going to rehash old ground — but just because I think he’s not done everything right certainly does not mean I think he’s done everything wrong. The new Doctor Who [...]

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

An End To Lineker’s Wimbledon-Watching

Saturday, December 12, 2009 7:20 186 Comments

And that’s it: the end of an era. Teletext’s news and information service is switching off on December 14/15. “Untitled Page” For readers outside the UK, teletext is — was — a text based service available through the telly. It had TV listings, news, sport and stuff all available to read, in chunky 1980s [...]

This was posted under category: TV/Film, Technology

Extreme Weather Warning

Friday, December 11, 2009 7:26 22 Comments

I am much indebted to the delightful @ciderlass for pointing me in the direction of this one (and also her friend in Belfast). It would appear that up in Newcastle next week, it is going to be a bit windy. And when I say a bit, I mean that, if measured against the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Oddities

O (you @#€&ing pain in the %&@#) Christmas Tree

Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:25 4 Comments

Here’s the theory: get an artificial christmas tree. It won’t drop needles all over the floor, it doesn’t create waste as you don’t have to chop down trees every five minutes, over the course of a few years it works out considerably cheaper, and of course you don’t need a bucket of soil and all [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Ranting

Data Recovery Disasters

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7:20 30 Comments

As usual, Kroll Ontrack have produced their annual report of the top 10 data recovery disasters. It’s one of those things which can be interesting when you want something vaguely IT-related to read at work on the run up to Christmas but you can’t really be bothered to actually, you know… work. Obviously the stories [...]

This was posted under category: Technology

The News You Didn’t Hear

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 13:20 2 Comments

(Thought I’d published this about two weeks ago. Turns out I hadn’t: so it’s a little later than previously anticipated) Let’s see… what’s been happening in the last couple of weeks? Well… there was something of a selection of weirdness… The Prague Daily Monitor reports on activity ‘experts cannot explain’, although they seem to think [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Oddities

Police Crackdown…

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 7:20 25 Comments

I saw a headline on the BBC the other day which seemed to suggest that the police were cracking down rather heavily on something which up until then, I had not actually realised was an offence. Guilty of handling … goods? I had been previously under the impression that handling goods was not in itself [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Oddities

City Of Cultcha Revizzed

Monday, December 7, 2009 16:47 4 Comments

Back in the day, when I was working for a Local Authority, I was very keen on NewcastleGateshead winning the bid to be City of Culture 2008. In some respects, I can already imagine the jaws dropping at the idea Newcastle and Gateshead are paragons of culture, but let’s face it, I remember Glasgow being [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Branding, Life, Oddities

The Other 12 Days

Sunday, December 6, 2009 2:13 25 Comments

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a Christmas poem, specially commissioned by the Radio Times for its festive edition. [...] The poem begins: “On the first day of Christmas, a buzzard on a branch. In Afghanistan, no partridge, pear tree; but my true love sent to me a card from home.BBC News My heart [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, Life

Chrissy Hughton’s Black and White Army

Saturday, December 5, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

Also known as ‘a number of rambling thoughts relating to the on-field activities of Newcastle United’. I’m deliberately excluding the off-field activities as it appears that Ashley and Llambias are attempting to replicate, entirely by themselves, the Millwall chant “no one likes us, we don’t care”, and as well as being somewhat depressing, retreading the [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United