Archive for the 'General' Category


Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

The government has cut benefits to those without children under 36 so that they are no longer eligible for sufficient Housing Benefit to pay rent on a 1 bedroom flat. They have to live in a shared house. The BBC doesn’t mention this. It talks about a benefit cap for those getting over £26,000. There […]

War news

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Reading the BBC news website just now I was left with the slight feeling that I had been reading the war news. There were about 4 news stories about war, 4 of a riot, 1 of a diplomatic incident another of a torture camp and some about the stock market slide. Admittedly we are involved […]

Are new workhouses on the horizon yet?

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The changed date in the reduction of housing benefits merited a small mention on the BBC news tonight. Over the last few months cuts to housing benefit and other payments that help the poor must have been given far less than a 10th of the coverage of the child benefit cuts. The housing benefit cuts […]

Impartial reporting?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

It looks like two Labour MPs who are on the way out sent a text message to every other Labour MP. The media including the BBC seems to have managed to turn this into a story. For a while it was the main news item on the BBC. The BBC call this batch of text […]

Self service checkout

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

There is an article on the BBC website about self service checkouts. Personally I try to avoid these as I can imagine a dreadful future where there is one low-paid, very bored shop assistant per supermarket and banks of self service machines. The BBC article seems to think I want someone to speak to. Maybe […]

I’m left wondering

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Supermarkets check to see what sells and then replace it. At least that is the theory. If it were true why would they ever run out of the stuff that we want? I was reminded of this when I tried to buy semi-skimmed filtered milk the other day. It was the only sort of milk […]

If anyone hasn’t noticed

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Today is the 25th aniversary of the Bhopal disaster It is estimated that 20,000 have died since the accident from gas-related diseases. Another 100,000 to 200,000 people are estimated to have permanent injuries

Local travel

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I’m lucky to live in a town with excellent buses. The bus company recently won UK Bus Operator of the Year. One of the reasons this company is so good is the real time bus information provided at an increasing number of stops. Now you know how long you have to wait. Not all stops […]

Media’s self obsession

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The Philippines have just suffered a major flood and Samoa has experienced a tsunami. Labour are having their party conference. Why then is the BBC main story ‘Brown loses Sun newspaper backing’? Who cares about this tabloid’s carefully planned campaign? Why is that the most important news item and why is it more important than […]


Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Slightly baffled when I saw a dog wearing what looked like a 10 year old child’s stripped t-shirt. I was just thinking how unusual that was, especially given it was one of the hottest days we have had this year, when I overheard the owner talking to another woman: “Anyway SHE should be ashamed of […]

Expensive Expenses

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

William Hague was on the latest Question Time and I have just noticed the headline on the BBC website “Hague warns MPs of ‘fraud risk’ “. That made me laugh. People have a right to be represented by their MPs. It seems to me that failure to represent us is far more serious than an […]

Talkng the economy down

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

The Tories have spent the last week indignantly spreading dirt about one of Labour’s ‘Advisors’ spreading the same stuff. I wouldn’t mind too much but the Tories have a long and ignoble tradition of doing the same thing; the infamous demon eyes poster, for example. It is just slightly surprising that most journalists don’t want […]

Free – why are people afraid of free?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Many Content Management Systems (CMS) are free. That is, they are open source. That means free to everyone I know. People like me develop them for fun. Some people develop them to do something meaningful. Others because then they become very employable. These CMS aren’t branded with anything other than your branding; they don’t have […]

Optimism and poverty

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

It may just be what we see because of some the European press bias but a striking difference between the Obama election victory and the first Bush near win is that after Bush claimed the victory we had many news reports about a ‘not in my name’ site which contained some funny images . Obama’s […]

This year’s sensible theory

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Each year people start getting the ‘flu about the same time that they start putting up Christmas decorations. Are Christmas decorations responsible for the influenza epidemic sweeping the nation? Does handling all this mangy years old tat scattered around shops, homes and workplaces spread germs? As a person who coincidentally hasn’t yet got the ‘flu […]