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I know EU

Here's a quiz for journalists (a serious and sensible one) to test how much one knows about the European Union. I got 6 out of 10, but then I'm not a journalist.


Posted on May 13, 13:01 | Permalink
Techno Insanity

The Wall Street Journal shows ten clips of movies featuring programming and the internet, so that we can have a good laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. My particular favourite is the Mac-compatible alien spacecraft in "Independence Day". Don't they know Macs can't get viruses?


Posted on May 07, 11:11 | Permalink
Electronic Vandalism

This is a fine development, as travellers on Toronto's train network were treated to the message Stephen Harper Eats Babies. It follows in the old English tradition of writing on toilet walls and Culture Jamming.


Posted on May 03, 12:12 | Permalink
Grandstand

Ner Ner Nu Ner Nee Nur Nur BUM BUM!

The passing of Grandstand is not something I shall mourn greatly, except that the theme tune by Keith Mansfield is a great British classic (and that the unused remix proves you can't improve on it.) Stand by for the inevitable newspaper-sponsored "Save Our Grandstand" campaign.


Posted on Apr 24, 20:08 | Permalink
Everybody Dan Chung Tonight

I love Dan Chung's work. I'm overjoyed he's now got a blog, which is going straight on the blogroll. Not only does it show off random bits of work which probably won't make it into the newspapers, but he seems to be responding to the commenters and offering handy little photographic tips.


Posted on Apr 21, 19:07 | Permalink
Historical evidence?

Rolling Stone Magazine uses historians to set out what we all already know - GWB is the worst president in history.


Posted on Apr 21, 15:03 | Permalink
Dilbertblog

Scott Wilson does a marvellous job of winding people up. Some of his theories are way off beam, but it doesn't stop people from getting upset in the comments section. Worth checking regularly!


Posted on Apr 21, 15:03 | Permalink

Thursday 8 June 2006

England Expects



I must stop eulogising about Dan Chung, otherwise people will start to think my interest in him is unnatural. In any case, this photo today draws an (I'm sure) unintentional parallel with the Guardian's latest TV ad campaign, where all the players in a training session are being taught how to dramatically feign injury.

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Friday 26 May 2006

You know you're getting old when ...

... the leader of the Tory party - the TORY party - cites 'This Charming Man' as one of his favourite songs.

Right. I'm off to buy some slippers.

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Tuesday 23 May 2006

Brunswick Square

Old Red Phone Box by Brunswick Square
Out wandering in London yesterday evening, and I resolved to take more pictures as I found things of interest. This is Brunswick Square, which is in the centre of town and was originally the site of the first hospital for treating children, particularly the poor and orphaned. At that time, it was on the edge of the city, with only fields separating it from the villages of Highgate and Hampstead. Now of course it's slap bang in the centre of town, but still represents one of those fabulous oasis' of calm that you regularly stumble across in the middle of London.

(Is it me, or does "Brunswick Square" sound like a 1930's Double Bass player?)








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Wednesday 17 May 2006

Hold Your Nose

You know how some news stories smell a bit fishy? Like a crazy mysterious news story is dreamed up by a PR firm to draw attention to something, or indirectly promote something? U.S. universities seem to regularly come out with a discovery or piece of research that coincidentally backs up a far-out theory used in the sci-fi blockbuster that's in cinemas from Friday, for example.

Well, this one honks of kippers.

I just can't work out what it is that's being promoted.

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Registering a complaint

I've always found The Register to be a fine source of information on all things technical. Where, for instance, would I be without the insight provided through their story about Deloitte's eerie view into the future, detailing how we'll live in 2010? I shudder to think how we'll cope with the change. No, scratch that. I shudder to think how much money Deloitte makes churning out idiocy like that. I can say that. Some of my best friends are Deloittes.

Anyway. I think editing standards may have slipped slightly - they missed the subheading on this story about BT's worthy attempts to introduce more Wi-Fi City zones around the UK.

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Tuesday 16 May 2006

Confused.com

Can anyone explain this to me?.

For the avoidance of doubt, the URL is i-am-asian.com and appears to mean Asian in the sense of continent of origin rather than the usually applied American Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese definition of origin. I only say that because of the reference to Diwali and a couple of the featured staff. No idea what I'm talking about? Well, I'm not sure either.

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Sunday 14 May 2006

Baishaki Mela


Today was the annual Baishaki Mela, to celebrate Bangladeshi New Year. Because their day starts at Sunrise, it's impossible to say exactly when New Year's Day is, but (according to Wikipedia) it's more or less 14th April. So this celebration was about a month late. The day was grey, but coloured by the kids in the procession.

To be honest, it all felt a bit limp, especially as the usual food stalls on Brick Lane had been banned this year on "health and safety" grounds.










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