Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

I’m not going to ignore PZ’s advice

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

In a recent post on Pharyngula, well known atheist blogger Professor PZ Myers asked his readers not to link to some ScienceBlogs posts about Robert Lanza (MD, Scientist, Theoretician, Genius and Renegade Thinker) in case they might increase the likelihood that Google will return those links in searches for Robert Lanza. So I’m not going [...]

Mad dogs and Englishmen

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Are we so starved of sun in this country that people go crazy at the merest glimpse? Although my Dashboard Weather Widget says it’s 17°C outside, the wind makes it feel a lot cooler. Yet I’ve just been walking through the city centre and from the way most people are dressed, you would be forgiven [...]

And they wonder why we hate them

Monday, March 12th, 2007

So, those lovely people at the Inland Revenue have issued me with a nice big tax bill for the year ending 2006. Not only that, but they waited until the bill was overdue before sending me written notification of this nice big tax bill (I could have found out sooner if I had logged into [...]

Please, make it stop

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

I am already so fed up of seeing football everywhere; TV ads for everything from Argos to Pringles featuring footballers, managers or commentators; football related gewgaws and frippery given away with every soft drink or breakfast cereal; bloody cars with those bloody ridiculous bloody England flags flying from each bloody side of the bloody roof! [...]

I see no links missing

Friday, March 17th, 2006

On GMTV this morning, a big deal was made of a documentary to be aired tonight about a family of quadruped humans discovered in Turkey: Researchers believe the five brothers and sisters, who can walk naturally only on all fours, may provide new information on how humans evolved from four-legged hominids to walk upright. Two [...]

Flying high on TV

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

My favourite thing on TV at the moment is the “What Did You Want To Be?” advert for the new Ford Focus ST. It’s a hideous car, but I love the guy in the superhero costume. The way he takes to the air in response to a distressed scream is just superb. Watch it, then [...]

I’m not liking the like

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Why is it that so many, like, people these days seem to need to, like, use the word “like” all the time when they, like, talk? It, like, drives me, like, nuts! And if I hear someone how overuses “like” (or “right”, or “y’know” or any other sentence padding flummery) and uses that damned rising [...]

Bird brains

Friday, February 24th, 2006

So, a few French ducks have got the flu, and now frightened UK pet owners are dumping their parrots and budgerigars. The National Parrot Sanctuary in Lincolnshire has had to take in 23 abandoned birds in a week, more than they usually receive in a year. These pet birds are caged, indoors. Do the owners [...]

Eeny, meeny, miney, no!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

The Register reports on a leak which indicates that Windows Vista will be available in eight variations. Eight variations? I’ve always considered the “Home” and “Pro” versions of Windows to be a huge con; both a sign that Microsoft can’t build an easy to use OS if they have to strip out features for the [...]

Fingers crossed for a full smoking ban

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

MPs are to decide in a free vote whether to impose a ban on smoking in all England’s pubs and clubs. I really hope that parliament has the guts to back a full ban on smoking in public places in England. I recently spent a night in Dublin, attending the Digital Media Awards with a [...]