29 Jun 2010

Carpenter and Technology

"Our locomotives, machinery, telegraphic and postal systems; our houses, furniture, clothes, books, our fearful and wonderful cookery, strong drinks, teas, tobaccos; our medical and surgical appliances; high-faluting sciences and philosophies, and all other engines hitherto of human bewilderment, have simply to be reduced to abject subjection to the real man. All these appliances, and a thousand others such as we hardly dream of, will come in to perfect his power and increase his freedom; but they will not be the objects of a mere fetish-worship as now. Man will use them, instead of their using him."

Edward Carpenter - Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure, 1893.

22 Jun 2010

Fuck Eton

Dear Osborne,

I feel it would be somewhat amiss if I didn't let you know at this point that there will be a lot of angry sarcasm in the following words.

VAT is a regressive tax that hits the poorest hardest. I was taught about indirect taxation in year 9 ("Each extra pound you earn is worth less than the previous one, so a fair tax would increase as you earn more. VAT has a flat rate, so it represents a higher percentage of total earnings for those on lower incomes"). I can get you my GCSE teacher if you want it explaining. What? You do understand? Ahhhh, you're just a Tory cunt.

Bank taxes are an awesome populist move. What a shame we can't charge them for *their* crisis. Oh, hang on, I see you've got a levy for banks, so that's good...oh... and building societies? WTF? Building societies are mutual societies, give 'em a fucking break. It was the Tories that allowed greedy shitbags within building societies to become banks in the first place - the Carpetbaggers fucking Charter, courtesy of John Major (that grey one from the 1990s). Remember Northern Rock? That was a building society. Remember Nationwide? No, you don't need to remember, as its still standing.

Our awesome 'euro-style' coalition means that the image of the Tories as Cut-Happy Ballbags is moderated by the influence of the Lib Dems. The NEW POLITICS. YESSSSSS. Either that, or the LibDems are the ones that are going to be the Cuts-Fuck Bitch. I know where you can get a gimp mask, Nick.

I agree with Nick
I agree with Nick
I agree with Nick

George, can you ask Nick why he allowed £105m of projects to be cut for the constituency he was proud to bang on about during the 'Prime Ministerial Debates'? The £80m for Forgemasters was what's called a loan. i.e. If they can buy stuff and make more stuff, the treasury will see some more tasty receipts, WITH INTEREST.

Sheffield got fucked over in the 1980's where projects ground to a halt, and we were left with building sites that even the most optimisitic found difficult to spin as local charm. I look forward to seeing how the Retail Quarter (currently rubble) will be spun to the local artisans.

Best wishes,

PS Give my regards to the financial sector and the South East.

20 Jun 2010


One of my colleagues is leaving for more money elsewhere. Whilst in residence he frequently re-applied cologne to himself. It was however, more frequently known as his 'horn' (see above).

19 Jun 2010


The flag of St George may not be a particularly interesting design, but its easy to draw, and easily recognisable:

As opposed to say, the detail inherent in Cambodia's:

So why in a period where it seems to be important to wave an England flag are more people not bothered about it being sullied? The most frequent example is this one:

So you're so into your patriotism that you require a reminder of what the flag means? Or is it for the benefit of those unfamiliar? I would say the worst version is this one:

For some reason, few people seem to appreciate the irony of the flag of England being sponsored by a Danish brewery.

Football pricks.

8 Jun 2010


"Creator-Innovators are usually imaginative and good at initiating new ideas or concepts.

They are future-orientated. They tend to work in intensive
bursts and during these times are prone to absent-mindedness. Typically, they do not like to be held to deadlines but prefer to pursue their own curiosity in their own way. They can be difficult people to manage not because they are argumentative but because they are difficult to predict and control.

They are usually searching for the "new way" and often may feel misunderstood as they work in areas which are on the edge of the unknown.

Usually they do not care to work within a formal system. They prefer to work at their own pace in their own way and very often in their own time. They do not believe new ideas and creativity can be turned on. While they may work hard they search for the "flash" which will give them the insight they need for a sustained burst of energy."

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