30 Jul 2011


"We know that you’re too busy fighting off your biological urges and being l33t hax0rs to Get Involved, but politics is cool, m’kay?Nobody ever seems to do anything for The Kids! All the decisions are made by suits, man. That’s so lame!!! We know you think of yourselves as responsible citizens, but what you wanna do is turn that thought into an action, dudes.

Get involved – to the extreme!
The BBC politics for kids/teens site is, like, totally wacked! Ditto for theParliament education site, which even has a section for younger yoof. Fanta-stick!
YoungGov is totally the business for having your say, and there are even wicked Youth Parliament sites for the UKScotland and Europe.
(Hey, chill with the anti-Europe vibes already! You totally won’t be able to wear the word ‘fcuk’ on your shirt anymore if we break our connection with France, y’dig? ROFFLE!)
So, cut it with the bling bling and do something for the community, man. Join in and take action with any of the groovy sites we’ve listed, or just drop Tom a linefor a quiet rap by the electronic e-mail. Tom’s well-up on the Interwebnet, and he won’t harsh your buzz or dis you down the line."
From the 'Teens' section of the Tom Watson MP's website.  Awesome.

28 Jul 2011

17 Jul 2011

I Don't Know What To Think Of This

Shower Review - Violent Bank Road

Since my last shower at Violent Bank Road, there have been changes worth noting.  The old shower that was installed there was, admittedly, better than my own shower (mine being one of them plug-into-the-taps types, which is great is you have amazing water pressure, but I generally regard as 'dribble showers').

So it was with a sense of excitement that I entered the bathroom to see what great leaps forward have taken place.  Naturally I went to towards the shower unit:

Hmm.  That doesn't look like a cracking new shower to me.  In fact, that cabinet and box of magazines would only really hinder the enjoyment of the experience.

A quick scan round revealed that the new shower unit has been installed over the sizeable corner bath - good move.  Its like the best of both worlds - a large bath to move around in combined with the convenience of a shower.  Here's what the control centre looked like:

No turning to switch it on here - a straight push button.  I liked this very much.  'Ker-spimp! Shhhhhhh!' for on, and 'SHHHH Ker-spimp! Shhhhh-tt' for off.  A tip for future users: Probably worth turning it on before you have disrobed as it does take a bit of time to get up to temperature.  But my, when it does, excellent!

I notice that the brand is a Triton.  When I lived in Nether Edge, I remember my Auntie Eileen returning from our bathroom cooing 'Ooh, you've got a Triton!' as if it was some kind of designer brand.  We then told her that the shower was disconnected and hadn't been used for around 11 years while we waited for my dad to retile the bath.  It was baths or sink washes for us, that's if the whippet wasn't in there being scrubbed, or we weren't eating our diet of coal.

Let's talk about spray patterns:  The 'default', as I found it, was through all of little holes in the shower head, but a turn anti-clockwise will give you another 4.  My favourite was the 'concentrated through the outer-rings' setting, which has a slightly massaging effect.  The fire-it-through-the-middle-holes setting seemed a bit pointless, as did some of the others.  I did make a point yesterday of trying to memorise all of the spray settings, but unfortunately, some of the others obviously didn't make enough of an aqueous impact on me.  I would say that many of these were just an afterthought or empty marketing.

But all in all, very enjoyable and would recommend, and a streets ahead of the former model:

6 Jul 2011

Murdoch Lulz

I love seeing News International suffer.

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