Archive for December, 2010

Sprouts on!

Look, it’s WAY too late to be making the Christmas Pudding for Christmas 2010. Seriously. My recipe takes 12 months minimum to mature, 18 to 24 for best results.

SO if you’re bored this weekend, it’s a good time to make next year’s puddings.

Details on Mac’s most excellent Nibblous site, click here.


Domain scam

Another company has started playing the game of sending you a “renewal” invoice for your domain when your domain is NOT registered with them. This one comes by email to the domain admin and the hyperlink it gives you for payment is “”. Don’t give these people any money. Contact the company through which you HAVE registered the domain and check it’s being renewed OK.

The good news for Wizards customrs is we lock your domain to prevent it being hijacked so your domain won’t move, but you might still be out $75.


OMG I’m rich!

I have an account with a certain building society, who have merged with this, bought that, and shagged the other, and are now standardising their Ts and Cs.

And so I have here an email saying that there is “good news” about my account.

Colour me sceptical but I didn’t rush to spend the riches.

Reading carefully, I now find that the reaosn they are emailing me is to tell me that whereas previously, had I made a withdrawel from the account, I would have been credited with interest up to the daybefore, I will in future be credit with interest on the funds up to the day of the transaction.

So until the day I can afford to stash a couple of billion quid with them, that makes a difference of… oh, let’s say (taps calculator) less than the money I could’ve earned in the time it took me to read their flippin’ email!!

Hard to believe

I wish that I could say “this is so stupid it can’t be true” but sadly it is, and sadder still, I have no trouble believing it. Pls read this, and sign the petition linked at the end.


At 63, still rocking out.

Joined in with 10,000 other folk at Wembley last night to appreciate the latest tour from the big man. You know you’re in for a good session when Bat Out Of Hell comes third in the set! Patti Russo back with the team too. And free copies of the album.

If you havn’t caught the tour,  scope for tickets now. Bought ours six months ago via Planet  Rock’s website but there were spaces so I guess you might still find some on sale.  Tour dates here.

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BBC get the wrong guy again.

On the same day James Naughtie stepped on his rick and tripped over his tongue, the BBC have once again interviweed the wrong person on air. World at One attempted to interview Mike Crockhart and ended up speaking to someone without a clue. Here’s the Guardian‘s article.

I propose them for this year’s Guy Kewney award. Given the way things are going, maybe it should be awarded monthly…


Political honesty (lack of)

I have a brand new bee in my bonnet.

Two classes of people seem determined to fail to understand how coalition government works. I can’t tell if it’s stupidity or they’re deliberately doing it because they think it’s a reasonable form of “opposition”.

1) The Lib Dem voter

These people keep cropping up as commentators on radio and TV or vox-pops, saying “we didn’t vote for XXX so the LibDems shouldn’t be doing it”. The latest offender is Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on Radio2 today. She’s having a go at Vince Cable as it is announced that he may abstain on the vote on his OWN proposal.

But even a ten year old should be able to realise that as SecState he has to put forward the policies of the government. The coalition agreement then permits him to not have to vote for it! If he were a tory minister this would be hypocracy. As he’s a Lib Dem, it’s a realistic result of the situation, and the LD voters should be glad that he is able to abstain in the vote, and isn’t forced by whip and party policy to support it.

In summary, Dear LibDem voter in the street, take note, that election we just had? YOU DIDN’T WIN! If we had a majority LD government every compaint I’m hearing would be valid. Go out and get your mates and family to vote LD next time and just maybe…

2) The opposition.

Hey, see above, the nature of the coalition government is clear enough, it isn’t even secret, it’s available here for all to see. As such, you’re not fooling anyone when you cast about suggesting that LD members are behaving oddly with respect to their manifesto and stated policies and preferences.  Stop wallowing around in your “it’s so unfair” gloom, get over the fact that you (entirely deservedly) lost the last election, and start being a proper opposition who point out real flaws and put forward realistic alternatives. Or resign yourselves to not getting back into government for some time – the main reason you were in as long as you were is because the other lot never got the hang of being a half way credible opposition. Learn from them, or flounder.

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