31 August 2005
30 August 2005
Mr Krol said he was especially keen to find members of Holland's small Roma gipsy community after a recent attack on two gipsy families in the city of Enschede.
Under the scheme, photographs and short biographies of the volunteers will appear in the library, and on its website. Library users who wish to take a person out can apply for an appointment. Mr Krol said he had not cleared the scheme with his municipal bosses."Oh, I never ask the council before I do anything," he said.
There aren't many Mr Krol's in the UK I suspect, more's the pity.
28 August 2005
"The crocodile's immune system is much more powerful than that of humans, preventing life-threatening infections after savage territorial fights which often leave the animals with gaping wounds and missing limbs.
"They tear limbs off each other and despite the fact that they live in this environment with all these microbes, they heal up very rapidly and normally almost always without infection," said U.S. scientist Mark Merchant, who has been taking crocodile blood samples in the Northern Territory."
The statement "taking crocodile blood samples" begs a few questions does it not?
If you read the rest of the story you won't get too excited - it doesn't look like they'll be selling phials of croc serum down at Boots next week, but one day you might just be grateful for these amazing creatures.
27 August 2005
"the right wing in america are nuts, but that unfortunately comes as no surprise.
they believe that the world was created in 6 days and that teletubbies are evil and that bare breasts on tv are more offensive than dead iraqi's and that kids reading 'harry potter' will end up as witches and that good christians support war and guns and assasinations and that pregnancies resulting from rapes should be rejoiced over."
More here. Fabulous stuff and I agree with virtually every word. Of course, we have right and left wing nuts here in the UK but it is good to see them getting it in the neck elsewhere.
26 August 2005
"I hope this battle with hair bleach isn't a slow, subtle, self-destructive way of lashing out at her life; that never seems to end well. I don't want her to end up knocked up by a bearded greasepole, living out her days as a puffy, vaguely dirty, walking grisly train wreck we can't stop staring at in case we spot something that we will then wish we'd never seen. Sound familiar?"
Marvellous stuff. Thank you Jessica and Heather, on certain days you make life worth living.
24 August 2005
1. In the New World what you see is what you get.
2. In the Old, Overcrowded World, what you get is sometimes the stuff that is hidden.
3. Or something.
20 August 2005
In fact, writing this post, if anyone out there wants to create a site which simply links to the homepages of hotels throughout the world and for which you pay a small subscription, let me know when you are up and running and I'll be your first customer.
Now, as you were.
16 August 2005
15 August 2005
"Another G&T Andy?"
"Don't mind if I do Bob."
"How much did we lose to pirates last year Andy?"
"How the s***e should I know Bob, but I bet it wasn't shy of £11,000,000,000 when I write the publicity for the Anti-Piracy event next weekend. You still driving that Audi....?"
Listen here Bob, and listen good Andy - we've seen you fursuiting - you can't hide!
13 August 2005
I received this email a while ago and thought perhaps one
of my more business savvy readers might advise - shall I
send Mr Peter my bank details? I thought perhaps I might
also pass him my credit card number in case he needs it.
In truth, though, I feel kind of sorry for Mr Peter.....
> I plead for your indulgiance if this messive of mine
>comes to you as a surprise. I am Mr. Peter the
>Managing Director Of Crossword Continentals SARL.
>We are into major contacts with the government of
>republic of TOGO. On the 21th of December 2003 ending
>of last year, my president(a Japanese citizen) was
>involved in a ghastly motor accident in Accra Ghana
>while going to Ghana international airport to travel
>to Japan for Christmas holidays and he died.
> As the managing director, all the company banking
>documents was in my perusal. Couple of weeks ago,
>relatives of my president obtained a court order
>restraining any of his workers from making any
>withdrawals from our companies account.
>Meanwhile, I thank God enough that I removed the
>contract file worth eight million three hundred
>thousand united states million(US$8,300.000.00)
>executed with the CIMTOGO which is owned by the
>Togolaise government. As the second in command to my
>president in his company before his death, the
>government invited me last week to endorse the payment
>voucher for the said amount.
> As it stands now, all is set to release this money to
>Crossword Continentals account. Though I have
>instructed the paying bank to stay action on the
>release of the money into the Crossword Continentals
>account pending till when I will produce another
>account where the money will be transferred into.
> Now my good friend, i would like you to provide an
>account where the amount will be transferred into.
> I don't want to keep this money in my private account
>because it will raise some questions that will lead me
>to jail, that is the most reason why a foreign account
>is needed to receiving the money. More, I intend to
>resign and proceed to your country where I will use my
>share of the money to establish any viable and
>benefiting business you may introduce me into . Please
>note that after the successful transfer of the money
>you will part away with 30% of the total money.
> You should urgently respond to this business proposal
>through this email I am writing you with, or you reply
>through this my alternative email:=
>Expecting to receiving your impressive response as
>soon as possible.
12 August 2005
11 August 2005
9 August 2005
8 August 2005
In the meantime, have you seen this? Quite interesting but Mr Lawson labours the point about Tim Berners-Lee being somehow "responsible" (which of course he isn't) for pr0n on the interweb. I like the idea that something is evolving the future shape of which we can have no conception of, if that isn't to mangle my grammar too badly.
7 August 2005
Based on what he saw, he wrote that the British Army had trained the local police to shoot straight but not to pledge their loyalty to the State instead of Islamic religious or tribal leaders. In conversation he would accuse the British of having turned a blind eye to the rule of the radical Islamists.
“The British stand above the growing turmoil, refusing to challenge the Islamists’ claim on the hearts and minds of police officers,” his last weblog ran. “This detachment angers many Basrans. ‘The British know what’s happening but they are asleep, pretending they can simply establish security and leave behind democracy,’ said the police lieutenant who had told me of the assassinations.”
If this perception is true, it bodes terribly ill for the future of Iraq as the mad mullahs inevitably strengthen their sour hold on the country. (What) were the neocons (Blair / Bush et al) thinking? Had they no post-war plans at all?
And what of faith schools in the UK - is our beloved leader still in favour of these? Even if he is too dumb to understand the connection between them and the above story, you would have assumed he'd heard of a little place called Northern Ireland that has had a few local difficulties in the past. They may get quite a bit wrong, but the French government at least have a basic grasp of the need to separate church and state - maybe Tone should take a cue from them.
6 August 2005
OK, so far, so understandable. Except. Except that they came sometime during working hours. And they will only come during working hours. 9 to 1 Monday to Friday. Or 2 to 5. I could arrange an alternative address, they said. Great, except my work has banned such deliveries owing to the huge demand (I know, I know, not very worker friendly but that is the way it is). So, do I ask someone else to stay in for 3 or 4 hours so that DHL can deliver? Who won't do so without two forms of ID from me for the person who is waiting in... Perhaps I should take a morning off.... but for a bottle of wine?
I feel cheap even mentioning these difficulties given the fact that the wine is free. Except that the internet and the new meme being propounded are meant to be about something different, a more flexible approach...
2 August 2005
2nd August 2005
Charlie round the corner from work.
I am glad I didn't live in the Victorian era - the beards, the dark satanic mills, the repression.
Give me the future any time.
Actually, rereading that, do the beards, references to satan and repression remind you of anyone? Hint: think Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia.....
That said, though we in the West are more free than we used to be, do you think that with freedom comes an unwillingness to do the dirty work of actually producing goods? Sure, we can "value add", but what do we actually make?
1 August 2005
when I'm confronted with a request for headshots, say, I can't just stop there I have to start experimenting. I mean, you wouldn&...
Having spent Friday night in prison in Oxford I wanted to recuperate a little yesterday and so took the time to visit the Ansel Adams exhibi...
You're probably sick of reading Niemöller's quote but here it is again - why not have another butcher's': "First they...