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Two years

Hunter and Ralph, July 2006: Hunter and Ralph, July 2008: Complete photographic history here.

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Oh I do like to be, etc.

It’s hot in London – hotter than our office air conditioning and public transport can comfortably cope with. The tourists have come out, too – big groups of them, marching around Charing Cross behind some berk with a flag, standing on the left on the escalators, stopping abruptly to stare agog at Planet Hollywood (yes, […]

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How to disappear completely

I tried to upgrade to WordPress 2.6, but the only result was a completely broken website – nothing on the WordPress upgrade page, and nothing appearing from index.php. That’s progress for you – maybe they introduced a “pointless drivel” filter that decided to delete the whole thing and have done with it. I’ve restored to […]

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Fact x Importance, and all that

I know, it’s not really a newspaper, and this is not really news. But still, this could be the single laziest way to fact check anything, ever: I’ve found people on Google and Youtube who think they’ve invented a perpetual motion machine and create videos titled “DAVID ICKE: TOP BRITISH HERO“. I guess it’s all […]

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“We regret the omission”

This is very old news, but I only found out yesterday: in 2004 the Lexington Herald Leader printed a formal correction notice: “It has come to the editor’s attention that the Herald-Leader neglected to cover the civil rights movement. We regret the omission.” My first reaction was to blow coffee all over the papers (all […]

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How to communicate?

Businessweek has run an article on Communicating with Twentysomethings. Ignoring the truly awful term “EmpowerME generation” for one second (at least the author didn’t use “iPod generation“, I suppose) it lays out five rules for effectively managing those of us born between 1978 and 1988. Four of the rules are essentially cleverly named (“Don’t assign, […]

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“Kiss those sausage McMuffins goodbye”

Check out boycottmcdonalds.com, a treasure trove of stupidity, illiteracy and, er, McMuffins. The comments are all kinds of dumb. There’s mathematical genius: “3 kids 2 adults will now go to a competitor. If we all do this, the numbers will add up.”* Moral relativism: “No Big Mac is worth the moral compromise of agreeing with […]

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NOTHING

Screaming capital letters in a statement from the usually sombre Bank of England? Really? The complete statement presumably read: “There’s NOTHING we can do to stop prices rising!!!111!!!!!eleven OMGFGPONIES”. Muppets.

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Lewisham: thinks different

The Telegraph’s Shane Richmond decided to get his new iPhone in Lewisham: I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived at Lewisham shopping centre, in south east London, at 6.15 in the morning, but it certainly wasn’t to find the centre deserted, barred and locked. I started wondering how embarrassing it would be to […]

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