Archive for September, 2008

Twenty is Gone

Twenty Major has retired.  I miss Dirty Dave already. More from Mulley.

xkcd: Time for a Palin Update

This needs updating for the reality that is Sarah Palin.

Places You’ve Been To Blowing Up – Part I (Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan)

At least three places I’ve been to regularly have blown up in recent months – all of them places I felt (relatively) safe in while I was there.  I’m sure this isn’t something many readers will relate to particularly.  But not many readers have the travel background I have. Back in November last year was […]

Investment Strategies

A great bit of advice from Vitis in today’s Business & Finance: If you had purchased £1,000 of Northern Rock shares one year ago, it would now be worth £4.95.  With HBOS earlier this week, your £1,000 would have been worth £16.50; £1000 invested in XL Leisure would now be worth less than £5.  However, […]

Republican? Eh, no – Freedom please

NISUS: Next. Crucifixion? MR. CHEEKY: Ah, no. Freedom. JAILER: Hmm? NISUS: What? MR. CHEEKY: Eh, freedom for me. They said I hadn’t done anything, so I could go free and live on an island somewhere. NISUS: Oh. Oh, well, that’s jolly good. Well, off you go, then. MR. CHEEKY: Naa, I’m only pulling your leg. […]

Sense in Airport Security

Bruce Schneier is talking sense again (as always!). At the moment, airport security will do one of two things when they catch you with something you’re not allowed bring on a plane: a) take it off you and let you go on your way; b) arrest you and charge you with terrorism. The latter is […]

Commission to Reduce Roaming Text Rates to 11c

Great news.  11c per text when roaming. I hope this will apply to domestic text rates too, because I’m currently paying Vodafone 12.7c per text (plus VAT) even when I’m not roaming. Of course, I just use Pat’s MAXroam when I’m actually roaming, which is what the telcos should really be trying to compete with.

Q&A – Out of Guests Already?

Questions & Answers is only two shows into its new series, and apparently they’re already out of non-political guests.  Last week, we had Fergus Finlay and Alison O’Connor, both of whom had been on one of the last shows in the Spring series (Alison & Fergus were both on twice last Spring, in fact!).  This […]

USA -v- Ireland

This story, about a staffer on a US senate campaign who used a fake name to sign up to the opposition’s press releases, and was suspended without pay for her troubles, raises a few causes for thought. In Ireland, someone who did that would probably be promoted in most parties (FF & SF anyway) for […]

Bartlet & Obama

The New York Times somehow managed to get Aaron Sorkin (creator of the great The West Wing and Studio 60) to write a Bartlet/Obama short script.  Obama goes to Bartlet for advice on how to win the campaign. Here’s the nutshell version: OBAMA: What would you do? BARTLET: GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s […]