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Sometimes, there is no justice…

Sometimes, there is no justice...

Some thirteen years ago when flicking through Ceefax (remember that, children?) and the television listings I would come across a series based on the Internet industry – so I thought I’d give it a go. Called Attachments, it would focus on the weird lives and somewhat twisted loves of the characters involved in an Internet start-up called SeeThru. It would feature a number of characters that would themselves not be very interesting, but who would gradually acquire a cult status among a small group of random people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sainsbury’s: Shame on you.

Sainsbury's: Shame on you.

OK, it has been a while since I last posted… Real work, other projects on the go, no time, blah blah blah. Also, just too many interesting news stories, which has this curious affect of making one not want to say anything at all. I have for example been tempted to say something about the situation in Syria, and stop short for fear that it will turn into an encyclopaedic rant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Al-Jabba, or a silly tale from Austria

Al-Jabba, or a silly tale from Austria

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to all of you who might be reading this. To explain my not writing anything for months, I blame a combination of winter writing malaise, real life and there being just so many stories to potentially write about – so many in fact that one ends up not writing anything at all.

2013 begins with a silly story coming from Austria – or rather a group that calls itself The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria (Die Türkische Kulturgemeinde in Österreich) – where toy manufacturer Lego has been accused of “inciting racial hatred and insulting human dignity” (yes, that old chestnut) with its release of a Star Wars series model of Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Accidental Journalist

The Accidental Journalist

Balpreet Kaur, a religiously bearded Sikh female student at Ohio State University, was minding her own business at an airport when some passer-by noted her somewhat strange appearance – yes, admit it, we’ve all laughed at the bearded lady jokes – and rather than just having a silent chuckle and getting on with his life decided to post it on the social media site Reddit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Toiletiquette

Toiletiquette

Finding an available toilet cubicle at work can be a bit of a mission at the best of times, but having just returned to my desk I had to write something – if just to prevent my wanting to give the next available person a dunking.

Not all of the cubicles were actually occupied, so you curious readers must be wondering what the hell I am going on about – well, here we go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Silly Sausages

Silly Sausages

Just a short one today.

The growth of online journalism has seen a massive increase in the number of articles out there, and with it the number of journalists, commentators and contributors. Some of it is excellent, some of it utterly pointless – for this, just check out the Daily Mail’s infamous sidebar of shame – and some of it downright awful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Up in flames…

Up in flames...

OK, so Government minister Francis Maude probably put his foot in it a wee bit when he took it upon himself to warn the public about the impending tanker drivers’ strike – and suggesting that we fill a jerrycan or two with spare fuel. Unlike the morons in the Labour Party, I took this to be little more than a simple heads-up Read the rest of this entry »

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Meddlers

Meddlers

One might have thought that the West might have learned its lesson by now, but no. Even after the disastrous attempt to saddle a couple of cows in Iraq and Afghanistan – for that, read “install a democratic government in a country that neither desires no cares for such a system unless it happens to benefit a gangster political elite” – they are still at it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Workfare, or work-shy?

Workfare, or work-shy?

The recent week has witnessed the simmering row over Workfare – the scheme introduced by the Government to encourage the otherwise unemployable back into employment. Given the state of the economy and the current employment figures, any attempt to grease the cogs at their lowest level would be helpful in getting things moving – but it would be appear that some people are simply determined to get in the way of things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dizaei Rascal

Dizaei Rascal

Some people just cannot escape the headlines, and one such individual is former Metropolitan Police Commander and race-card player Ali Dizaei, aka the “Dizaei Rascal”. Now, some of you may remember my last comments on “Criminal Ali”, made some two years ago when he was handed his first sentence for his dodgy activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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