Thursday, May 26, 2005

BBC 1 Oxford?!

Why does Oxford have its own BBC1 channel variations and news programme when BBC North covers Scarborough to Cumbria - not local at all!

How to lose most of your radio audience

By Jeremy Vine, Radio 2.

"Let's have a feature on the football match last night and get some Liverpudlian supporters to call up"

The collective sound of several million 'off' switches clicking accross the UK apparently made a gaggle of Geese in Stroud fall over.

Jezza - this is why we have TALK SPORT.

Today's Thought

From my friend Rohit:

Whenever you feel low, depressed or useless, remember that you are the same sperm that won a battle against a million others.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A A Gill - Comment on Celebrity Love Island

"I never cease to be astonished and embarrassed by the overweaning vanity and capacity for self-absorption of the over-sexualised and under-employed young. None of this is particularly edifying."

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sony Awards

I mentioned Primetime Radio on this blog months before they won the Sony Award for digital station of the year, then I mentioned Capital Disney, which has since won the same award this year!

Who's next?

Blogs in general

Just flicking round all these blogger blogs, 90% are a load of old cobblers. Either full of gobbledegook key words or "Ads by Gooooogle" or in Spanish!

I think mine's really good in comparison - no long rants (only short ones) and lots of nice pictures for people to nick.

What more do you want?

I even allow anonymous comments.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough is a pretty immersive experience - if you ignore the ceiling tiles and colour-free backgrounds. Who on earth would send this postcard?!?! Yes, I know I bought it, but that's not the point!


Sunday, May 22, 2005

Eurovision Tactical Voting

Isn't it funny that the 4 largest economic powers in Europe come last in Eurovision? The UK, France, Germany and Spain were the bottom 4!!! Yet they are the countries who give the most money to the whole event.

Wouldn't it be funny if we all withdrew?

I don't know why we bother - it's shite.

The flower again, now with fly. Not McFly! McFlllllllyyyyyy!!!!!!


Same flower, without flash. Looks totally different, dunnit?


Flower macro with flash - luminous pollen, and you can see little bugs!


Saturday, May 21, 2005

82525 - The Music Solution?

I started receiving unrequested premium texts from 82525 that couldn't even be displayed on my basic phone. Upon enquiring, I was given the customer services number of this supposed "The Music Solution" company (whose number is the same as Ericsson's) 0207 490 8191 to call. I did and was asked to type in my mobile number to unsubscribe it. The voice told me I'd receive a free text to confirm my unsubscription.

This is all wrong - why should I have to chase after companies to stop them sending me £3.50 texts that I didn't request in the first place?

Let's see what happens.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Free Flowing Fogger!

Robin of Sherwood should be around here somewhere! If only we could see him through the fog! Today I was at my very good friend David C. Evan's mountain hideout to do some air flow testing on his workshop extractor fan. Using a 2.2kW hand portable smoke machine from Pea Soup Ltd., we filled the workshop with fog - so much so it was difficult to find the door! Great fun. and with a constructive outcome.


No Boy Racers in Rome

Has anyone else noticed that there are no boy racers in Rome?

And few accidents?

Maybe if we all drive like the Romans with their lack of speed limits, road markings et al, we'd be better off. And certainly not be so prissy about scratches and dents on our precious cars!!!

I know I'm not.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

What Ned Flanders prayed for

"Dear God, thank you for Ziggy comics, little baby ducks, and 'Sweatin' to the Oldies' volumes one, two, and four."

Mad bee in Sleights!


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

O2 Pay-as-you-go credit

I bought a PAYG mobile a year ago and put £10 of credit on it. Because I didn't make a call within a 6 month period, the SIM card is deactivated and unless I buy a new SIM card, they will not return the money.

O2 are shits.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Les Recettes de Madame Loik!


Friday, May 13, 2005

Guineafowl. Sadly we knocked a few down, but the awful thing was that they weren't quite dead so I had to go and finish them off with the jack.


Tuesday, May 10, 2005

ITV1's Deep Jungle

Cost per episode?

A mere £650,000.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Sjömanskyrka - use it in a sentence today.


The Bridges of Middlesbrough County - l-r, Newport (the second steel suspension bridge in the world, the first being the Brooklyn Bridge in New York) and the Transporter.


Your next home?


Friday, May 06, 2005

Now, you see, to me, if the owner of a small clothes shop in a small town drives around in a Bentley with personalised reg plates I just can't help but think the clothes are over-priced. Long live Matalan, George and Primark!!!


Which came first? Spongebob Squarepants or the Portrack Lane Bed Centre's "Mr Mattress"???


Busted split.


Letterman baulks at the news he's no longer on the bastion of UK television entertainment, ITV2.


The boys in blue, flying high for you. Yes - another quiet summer evening in Middlesbrough. Who needs to visit downtown Los Angeles for this kind of excitement?


There he was...gone!

The case of the missing Letterman.

If ITV2's scheduling of The Late Show with David Letterman at continually changing hours wasn't enough, he was absent from the channel last night, tonight and seemingly will be for the forseeable future. Why? I don't know. But Married With Children is underrated! Hey Peg!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Curious Statistic

In 2004, UK troops in Iraq ate 47,000 Pepperamis.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Spaceship Earth - Epcot, Script



Journey with us now to the dawn of recorded time as we explore the amazing story of human communication.

Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time. And for a brief moment, we have been among its many passengers. From the very beginning, we have always sought to reach out to one bridge the gaps between communicate.

Across a lonely, hostile planet, our early ancestors spread out in search of food and shelter.

With the development of language came a vital key to our survival. For the first time, we could share and learn from one another. We bonded together in small tribes and prospered, no longer isolated, no longer alone.

Ages later, the Egyptians invented the first written communication - a complex language of hieroglyphic pictures and symbols. With the creation of papyrus scrolls, came the world's first piece of paper. Now, without ever leaving their palaces, pharaohs could deliver proclamations and decrees to subjects across the land.

Phoenician merchants established the earliest commercial highways trading goods and information at distant ports of call. To aid in record keeping, they created the first common alphabet and shared this new tool across the Mediterranean.

In ancient Greece, the spoken word was elevated to a fine art. Philosophers debated with one another in plazas and storytellers found a new forum for personal expression. The theatre was born.

The mighty Roman empire bridged three continents with a vast system of roads - the fastest information highways the world had ever known. East, west, north, and south - all roads led to Rome. But these same roads were turned against Rome by invaders whose destruction left ages of knowledge and wisdom in the ashes that would become the Dark Ages.

But all was not lost. For far across the land, from Cairo to Cordoba, Jewish teachers and Islamic scholars continued the quest for knowledge. In libraries of wisdom, they debated ideas and shared new discoveries with all who would listen.

In Western abbeys, monks toil endlessly in lonely isolation copying ancient books of wisdom and revelations for future generations.

Finally, from the depths of the Dark Ages came the Age of Enlightenment - the Renaissance. And with this era, came a powerful new invention - the moveable type printing press.

Scientists, explorers, and scholars spread their discoveries in books and essays. Poets, musicians, and artists fuelled by the passion of the age created timeless works of beauty and majesty.

On this wave of inspiration, we sailed into a bold, new era of communication bringing an explosion of tools and technologies which would bridge people around the world as never before. And as our appetite for information and knowledge grew, the world began to shrink.

Today, we possess the ability to connect with one another instantly anywhere on the planet.

A new communications super-network is being built before our eyes. Spaceship Earth glows with billions of interactions carrying news and information at the very speed of light.

But will these seemingly infinite communications become a flood of electronic babble? Or will we use this power to usher in a new age of understanding and co-operation on this, our Spaceship Earth.

Physical distance is no longer a barrier to communication. Today, the entire world is our next door neighbour. Our news is their news, their news ours. We share our hopes and concerns with the whole planet. We truly live in a Global Neighbourhood.

Wondrous new tools will help us learn more about ourselves, each other, and the planet we share. Spaceship Earth will become our virtual classroom.

As we greet the 21st century, yet another revolution in communication is upon us - as profound as all the progress that has come before. By using our new communication tools to build better bridges between us, we will discover we all share the common bonds of hope and sorrow, dreams and joys.

Since the dawn of recorded time, communication has revolutionized our lives and changed our world. We now have the ability and the responsibility to build new bridges of acceptance and co-operation between us; to create a better world for ourselves and our children as we continue our amazing journey aboard Spaceship Earth.