Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Tv for the masses

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I might be remembering things incorrectly but I saw the Punch and Judy show on UK Channel 4 at 7pm tonight and it reminded me that they used to have a news bulletin at that time. The schedule claims that they still do. As far as I could tell the stars of this contest felt […]

News or entertainment?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

I’m slightly fazed by the news today. For the most part it seems to consist of a media scrum round some terrible family tragedy and news reports about new green proposals from the Tory Party. At the end of the reports they then tell us that these are just internal proposals which the leadership may […]

Time and Management

Monday, March 12th, 2007

The first thing most managers in the West ask and perhaps too often the only thing they are interested in is ‘how long will it take’. This strange obsession with turning human endeavour into something machine like seems to have started in the cotton mills of Lancashire and become entirely entrenched in our society with […]

Amusing travel policy

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

The political party that looked very much like it was trying to close down the rail network by long term under-investment for 17 years or so, apparently, now tell us they want to build a complete new hi-tech Maglev network, even though there are better, cheaper alternatives and the Institution of Civil Engineers recently said […]

Taking over the world

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

We know that the threat from computers is not that they will suddenly start running our lives and turn us into slaves. The real threat is that we will believe all their output and act on it to our detriment, or that others who control output will use that to control the population as a […]


Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

On one BBC TV channel tonight we have an hour long program about Hurricane Katrina. They have a few minutes on the news about the earthquake in Pakistan 30,000 dead and 2 million homeless facing weather that will kill more and nothing about the terrible floods in Guatemala where a few thousand people have almost […]

Impressed by the news in the UK.

Monday, October 10th, 2005

When New Orleans was flooded many other TV programmes were taken off air to be replaced by extended news bulletins. Most of the news for 3 weeks was almost entirely about the flood. Only a couple of days after the huge earthquake in Pakistan in which 20,000 or more could have died the media had […]

Only one Beethoven

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

The Beethoven experienced has just finished. A whole week of the most wonderful music spewing out massive conflicting, overwhelming, often ecstatic emotions from somewhere above or inside us. It is impossible to know. I want to say thank you to the musicians who played it all, as well as the staff of Radio 3 who […]

Art Galleries

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Art galleries must be fun places to explore and there must be joy in learning and above all, discovery.

Advertising – is it taking over the world?

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

This blog used to be open so anyone could write comments, but I have recently changed this. Now all writings will be moderated and any that advertise gambling, porn etc will be removed. Most offending comments are from people using robots, churning out phrase book entries in an attempt to get higher search engine ranking. […]

BBC News coverage

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Whatever names are used the BBC Breakfast Show used to be the BBC Breakfast News. The news used to start on the hour, there were bulletins on the half hour and headlines every quarter hour. It was a serious and informative program. People who wanted entertaining watched something else on a different channel. Now two […]


Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Interesting comment from a spam merchant below: “Money does not pay for anything, never has, never will. It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with goods and services. ” and later s/he wrote “A spectre is haunting the world – the spectre of […]

BBC News coverage

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Impartial priorities I like the BBC news. It has the potential to be a good quality news source for ordinary people round the world, but sometimes I’m left wondering. Dumbing down The BBC breakfast time news is undoubtedly being dumbed down. Today the first news item was a rather hysterical piece about people from Africa […]

Data boxes

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

Have you ever wondered why some databases are hardly ever used while others become essential and are used all the time? Ease of use and invisibility You would think ease of use was an essential requirement. But it isn’t. See the first comment if you don’t believe me. On the other hand if you can […]


Friday, August 6th, 2004

Today is Hiroshima day. Nagasaki day is on the 9th. Every year I try hard but cannot escape thinking about these sad events. What can I say? What has not already been said? We must not let this happen again. Unfortunately we cannot put the genii back in the bottle. What we can do is […]