28 Sep 2009


Charlie Brooker writes an article about Windows vs Macs.

He must be a bit short of ideas, as he wrote almost exactly the same thing before in 2007. For someone I used to vaguely admire, he seems like a one trick pony these days, spouting the same thing over and over.

Stick to TV perhaps.

23 Sep 2009


I chatted to some anarcho-types today, and they gave me this and told me about a new social centre somewhere in Shef (the last one was the Matilda, which was good while it lasted).

I mentioned my idea to fly the red and black flag at the Last Night of the Proms, and that seemed to go down well with them. I like the use of Emma Goldman on this sheet, and the tone is less Dave Spart than the other ones I've picked up.

The Social Centre opens on 1st October, but the location is (not surprisingly) not published yet.

20 Sep 2009

Cutz Tipz - A Manifesto

-Abolish ID cards
-Get rid of trident
-Cut military spending
-Abolish academy schools - reclaim economies of scale by having education run through local authorities
-Stop subsidising the arms trade
-Extend universal benefits by saving money on means-testing
-Tax on air and carbon-heavy travel
-Cheap public transport to stimulate economy
-Stop bailing out failing banks - push co-operative and mutual societies to take on role of failed institutions
-Reform Common Agricultural Policy to encourage local sustainable production, rather than protection of inefficient and unfriendly industries
-Massive investment in transport infrastructure to stimulate economy
-Measure success of economy based on quality of life NOT GDP per capita.
-Devolution of state control to local councils, reduce central government, cut civil service, extend control of public services closer to local people
-Raise allowance for low earners, introduce graduate tax, abolish tuition fees for students
-Introduce Tobin Tax for foreign currency speculation

19 Sep 2009

As Yet Unused Hairdresser Puns

Perm Bank


Beehive Yourself

Skinhead O'Connor's

Hair Hitler

Most of the ones involving 'dread', 'dreads' or 'dreadlocks' have previously been used by ska bands.

16 Sep 2009

Dull Looking Books

(An occasional entry devoted to really quite dull-looking books, usually belonging to my Dad).

While Rod Hull was dealing with a different sort of emu, and no one had decided on the name of the Euro (European Monetary Unit), Colin J Marsden wrote this helpful guide on Electrical Multiple Unit trains. Its part of a series also including books about DMUs. Colin is also the author of 100 Years of Electrical Traction, and the party classic The Diesel Shunter: A Pictorial Record.

14 Sep 2009

Hydrogen Is The Answer Pt. 2

A new religious battle is taking place, this time in an inbox of mine at work. It begins:

The Director / Head of Institutions

Associations of Doctors / Scientists / Schools & Colleges

Respected Sir,

I borne in 1956 and not seen the independence of India or other things. I visited all parts of India and not visited aboard, Hence the following details are of India.

Everyone knows that the best way of sounding mental is through punctuation - this is no exception:


In the World all religion has females & male. How to identify peoples by religion or country wise??? Why all these religion has been created????? Think about a child, whether one boy or girl is there on one side and rest world is on other side, think that who will die for kids, then among those people, the persons who want to save kids should think & educate children in schools. World should be full of thinking like Swami Vivekananda & Buddha because they give education on truth / developments. You may also think always for the better / the best.

I think the writer doesn't like modern education:

At present crime done by illiterate persons are criminals & other crime are literate crime which is done under the word God / religion based on education of shastra’s / ethics. Why the word God & other words like Brahma, Bishnu, Mahesh, Atma, Permatma, Deowata (Man), Devias’ (Females) etc. in Hindi are there it can be cleared by educators of Shastras’ Or can be seen in temples of India, which is harmful for children. It is like Animals as we eat. The day people will think for children about the educational crime and it can be simplify for children by educated persons like education in schools / colleges by theory with practical only.

Education of Shastras’ / Ethics should be simple to know like 4+4=8 by everybody through competitions in schools and should be added in world educational curriculums to think always for children / others. Education should be crystal clear for life in schools so that a child whether Boy or Girl can have smooth life i.e. free from obstructions or hurdles by simple & direct education of shastra’s / ethics like 4+4=8 as well as politics. A Specialized school may be there to think always about best future of children / others with the interactions of other schools & children in all areas like other activities. Not 1 or 2 may be 5000 or more students and teachers can think & ask / discuss this in Schools as a supreme power or prime ministers does.

Nice and simple eh? At the end of our lesson its summed up in true mentalist style:




I should put them in touch with Claude really...

11 Sep 2009

Maybe If You Worked A Bit Harder You'd Enjoy The Benefits...

Come on you lazy fucks - what the hell is up? If you want a reward you'd better pull your socks up.

Directors of the top companies in the UK enjoyed a 23% increase in their pension arrangements last year, averaging around £250,000 per year. This works out at around 30 times that of the 'average' worker, compared to 25 last year, according to the TUC.

Obviously, the real issue we need to look at now is to cut the 'Gold Plated' pensions those greedy fucks in the public sector enjoy. Damn those public sector fat cats. Ooh hang on... maybe we are being fair. Sir Fred Goodwin had his pot sadly culled to £342000 after RBS was part nationalised. At least the blow was softened by a £2.6m lump sum he also received. Who's up for some window smashing. Anyone?