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Foreboding

From the Guardian: “Tories unveil US-style ad campaign“. Quote: The full-page advert in the Daily Mail, titled: “Reduce the Pressure”, contains the line: “Proper controls on immigration so our public services can cope. The Conservative party chairman, Caroline Spelman, said: “We believe this campaign shows the Conservatives’ commitment to new politics. Our posters, advertisements and […]

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What, this scar? Well, it’s a long story.

So I managed to injure myself today. Oddly I’d just been reading about Dave’s accidental self-harming in Siberia when Hunter decided to start prowling around my feet in a needy kind of way. This is par for the course on a weekend and so, despite still being half asleep, I decided to attempt one of […]

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Guitar Heroics

Having written almost 5,000 words this weekend, I finally cracked, went mildly insane and bought a copy of Guitar Hero III. I’m not proud, but it turns out that mashing the fretboard on a small plastic guitar in time with songs that you’d (mostly) never normally listen to is almost indecently amusing. On mentioning my […]

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Like, duh

From the WSJ, a quote attributed to Michelle Obama: “Barack,” she interjected, “Feel — don’t think!” Telling her husband his “over-thinking” during past debates had tripped him up with rival Hillary Clinton, she said: “Don’t get caught in the weeds. Be visceral. Use your heart — and your head.” Because, as we all know, the […]

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It’s an affliction

Strangest comment spam, ever, reproduced for your bewilderment: Author : genital herpes (IP: [redacted]) E-mail : [redacted] URL : http://[redacted] Whois : http://[redacted] Comment: <strong>genital herpes</strong> genital herpes And this was on a post about call centres. Somebody needs to tune their spam-bot – I think it’s caught something.

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Calls for Concern

Some people like to get in a strop about foreign call centres. These people are idiots. Proof, courtesy of the two calls we had to make this morning: 1) Helen calls bank to advise them that she’ll be using her credit card in Russia. Phones UK-based call centre, and explains that she’ll be in Russia. […]

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Flicked off, again

(Image by net_efekt, some rights reserved.) In light of Microsoft’s recent offer to buy Yahoo!, I’m thinking about leaving Flickr. Not because of the possibility of new ownership, you understand, but because of the entirely predictable and utterly histrionic outcry. The thing is: I really like Flickr. I have somewhere around 1,200 photos there. I […]

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The lives of others

The former Stasi headquarters in Berlin – above – is one of the creepiest places I’ve ever visited. It’s been mothballed, and now functions as a museum – not a very popular one, so after paying the lady at the door Helen and I were left to wander around the corridors, which still smell vaguely […]

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