Monday, April 18, 2016
Friday, July 03, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Janet Street-Porter was particularly vicious to Leanne Wood for no discernible reason.
She also seemed to think that as she has a Holiday home in Harrogate she "lives" oop North.
You could pick Harrogate up and put it down next to Bath or Hampstead and no-one would notice!
Monday, March 16, 2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
Monday, February 09, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
I was sexually abused by an old bloke when I was a kid.
It only happened once - I knew it wasn't on and told him to pack it in before it went any further, and he did. I hardly ever think about it - but I am starting to wonder if the effects of it have been more significant than I realised.
No idea what to do about it.
Dunno if there is anything I can do.
I heard a chap on the radio last year who was much more seriously abused by Cyril Smith - he said he can't stick at anything or concentrate on stuff - that struck a chord.
I'm not angry with him or about it - and I guess he's long dead now, this was 40+ years ago.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
One reason I did this was that I wished to test my own arguments and refine (and maybe even change) my opinion.
Not for the first time, another blogger has a well written and cogent post that expresses my sentiments perfectly, and it's here.
After I read that, I came across a tweet which had retweeted one from Beatrix Cambell, who had come across a blogger and tweeter calling himself BallsTheCat -
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
It was running Vista but it kept hanging, no explanation and no way to mend it.
I installed Ubuntu just to get the thing going and back up my music and photos, but aside from the occasional hiccough it's behaving quite nicely.
I am 99% sure the hard drive's on the way out but Ubuntu once again came to the rescue.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Unfortunately, the Co-op has a different issue - the offer looks good, but you can't buy any of it because there isn't any -
I spoke the very nice woman on the checkout about it - but she didn't seem to be able to help. Then I was collared by a woman doing a survey on the way out - I gave the appropriate rating for stock levels.
When I got home I thought about how far we've come with social media and so on, maybe I could drop them an e-mail to complain, so I did.
The response was about as redolent of East German Communism as the empty shelves -
"We currently have a high volume of customer queries, and this has caused a delay in our response times. Our current response time is between 7 - 14 days.
If your email concerns a store based issue, please provide the following:
1. The address of the store concerned
2. The name or names of the staff involved if applicable
3. Your full postal address and a contact telephone number
If we do not receive the above required information or hear from you within three weeks of this email, we will consider the matter resolved and take no further action."
I may have to go back to ASDA after all, it's cheaper, has full shelves and I'll try and go at times when I can avoid the crappy self-service tills.
UPDATE: Called in to the Co-op again this morning on the way past. It looks a bit less like East Germany but no sign of meatballs. I spotted the manager and asked him about it. He was remarkably frank - it seems that sales of meatballs have plummeted during the summer, so they've stopped ordering any. It was nice to get the truth - but bless (don't) the Co-op for putting up details of the meatballs offer, knowing full well no-one could make use of it. I thanked him, and decided to visit our local ASDA instead. No Meatballs.
Update - after less than 3 weeks I get this -
Customer Careline Team
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
"I've stopped buying Anchor butter. The reward scheme is incredibly mean in my opinion. These things ought to be an incentive to buy the product. I have switched to Co-Op own brand."
Monday, August 11, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
I logged onto my account today to find they've been stolen. It seems that unless you earn more or spend some within a certain period, they just wipe out all you had.
Well stuff that - whatever these schemes were supposed to reward, they all end up leaving a bitter pill when you are prevented from spending them because the thieving swines don't honour the promise made when you sign up.
Is there actually no-one left you can trust?
Not quite the same, but this bloke had his stolen and his loyalty rewarded in a similar manner -
Update - I have a Shell "Loyalty" card - they have been merrily informing me that points earned from spending on fuel have been converted to Avios. Except they haven't. I still have zero Avios.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
In just one of many stunners, the Clerk of the Court told the dead man's disabled mother off for having the temerity to have a bottle of water in court.
I've had to deal with this petty-fogging little Hitlers and their mega-Hitler bosses in the past. There is almost none of my tax money I resent being spent more than propping up this corrupt, nasty, self-serving gang of self-satisfied gits (I am talking about Judges, Lawyers and all their hangers on).
The "Victim Statement" written from the heart by the victim's daughter was re-written by the lawyer (because nothing is allowed to stand in the way of the "majesty" of the law - especially not stuff like actual feelings and certainly not everyday language). The family felt the driver who killed their loved one was a coward for not facing up to his actions, and for leaving the scene without offering any assistance - but that bit was left out of the victim statement - I mean heaven forbid the family might say anything bad about the guy that did that eh?
The senior Lawyer who was wheeled out to face the gentlest of BBC criticisms pathetically bleated about "lack of resources" as if that was an excuse for a lack of basic human decency.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Of course, there is always advertising.
Yet having no advertising is one of the characteristics that people most value about the BBC.
It’s not just the interruption that people dislike.
The BBC is full of repetitious, disruptive, interruptive adverts for its own programmes and services.
Advertising would also narrow the range of content on the BBC. And by taking advertising money away from ITV and Channel 4 it would make public service broadcasting much worse across the board.
Some critics of the BBC who reluctantly accept this case for the licence fee, or at least see that others accept it, have started to make a different argument.
They say the licence fee is a dinosaur from a pre-digital age, doomed to inevitable extinction in an on-demand world where you don’t watch live TV.
The facts just don’t bear this out. Around 90% of all television viewing is still live. Well under 2% of households consume only on-demand TV content. And this number is growing only slowly.
Well count me in - I am one of your 2% I stopped paying my licence fee and I have disconnected my aerial (and sky dish incidentally). Since I stopped just flopping down to watch whatever happened to be on, my life has improved no end. Increasingly, the BBC offers me very little of interest, and I am buggered if I will pay for any more London-centric media luvvies lifestyle programming (and fat payoffs when they leave).
Funding by licence fee therefore remains practical and sustainable.
Yet one of the advantages of the licence fee is that it’s flexible and has adapted over the years. It started as a radio licence. Then TV. Then colour TV. And then the relatively simple change to the regulations in 2004 to cover the consumption of live TV on new devices such as computers. When it’s adapted itself so well over the decades, why would you suddenly give it up?
When and how best to take the next step is, of course, a matter for the Government. Our view is that there is room for modernisation so that the fee applies to the consumption of BBC TV programmes, whether live on BBC One or on-demand via BBC iPlayer.
Even though I only watch online, I don't watch live stuff- because it's against the law. Clearly you realise that by allowing me to legally watch an occasional (and it really is occasional) BBC programme on iPlayer, you are missing out, and despite the fact that I'm part of the 2% (and rising slowly) you feel you need to take your bat home.
That is fine - I get the argument that says I shouldn't watch it if I'm not paying for it. I just hope your "enforcement" regime is able to distinguish between genuine offenders and people you or Crapita don't like the look of, because the record so far is not encouraging.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Do I have any sympathy? I'm afraid not - there has apparently been an explosion in the numbers of Criminal Lawyers in recent years. Like almost all the rest of us (with the exception of MPs, CEOs etc) they are now feeling the pinch. Well Boo Hoo.
They can try and dress it up as a threat to our wonderful justice system which is the envy of the world. This presupposes one accepts that's true - and I don't.
Pardon? What the actual flip? Gen Sir Barney White-Spunner - what next, will the Russians start questioning the Chinese Human Rights record?
I have nothing against the RSPCA or the Countryside Alliance in general, but there are aspects of each that could fit the dear General's description, in my not at all humble opinion.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
*Mansfield is considerably North of Watford, and even Watford Gap.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
*This may not be verbatim.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Not pleased about his great good fortune, just meekly accepting of it.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The recruiter was from Telford as even the most casual enquiry establishes.
Why say "Up North" anyway? - if you need to refer to location, just name it!
At that point it was either say something or move carriages so I moved.
What an oxygen thief.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
At least I suppose he's no worse than Tony "I hate ID cards when in opposition and love 'em when elected" Blair, or Mrs pro and anti Europe Thatcher.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Suddenly, because she (as she says herself, a person of a type not usually found inside) has been to prison, she has noticed that we are sending loads of people (notably women) to prison when we shouldn’t.
Her arrogance is staggering.
In the interview she dodges all the difficult questions – like her ridiculous defence, and concentrates on her amazing “findings” from her time in prison. She refuses to answer questions about her ex-husband or the offence she committed.
Victoria Derbyshire (who I rate very highly by the way – unlike the Daily Mail) gave Pryce an opportunity to say she was sorry for what she had done, which Pryce pointedly refused to take, preferring to say she was sorry that her old life was gone. The clear implication was that she didn’t think it was important not to tell lies about driving offences, or in related court proceedings, and she was only sorry she got caught.
If she honestly feels so keen to reform the judicial system, perhaps she could do volunteer work working with other offenders – quietly and away from the radio.
As for the BBC, I am more pleased than ever that I no longer contribute to the coffers of that organisation which is so very keen to talk to “celeb” criminals but gives hardly any airtime to the people Pryce claims to have suddenly discovered.
Monday, September 09, 2013
It's inexcusable when banks do it, but even worse when it's funded by a universal licence for anyone who wants to watch live broadcast TV.
The top brass and former top brass getting asked about this seem completely unrepentant.
In protest at this, and other BBC excesses and failures, I won't be renewing my BBC licence this year. I am going to stop watching live broadcasts, and stop recording stuff as it is broadcast, so I will be within the law.
I urge you to do the same - send them a signal that they have to stop this crap right now - because so far they aren't listening.
I can't in all honesty criticise you for having an affair (having had one myself once), but I can do so for all the lies you have told, including the money you have taken from my pocket by doing so.
You don't get it, do you? What you did was wrong, and just because the Murdoch press has no standards and decency, it doesn't excuse you for having none either.
Update - I'm not alone - as usual Longrider says it better than I could.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
It was fantastic visually and looked an intriguing story, but after 7 minutes it went all pixellated and packed in. No amount of persuasion would get us past the 7 minute point.
We gave the disc back.
So this week I bought my own copy for the thick end of 16 quid. It also refused to play nicely. According to Sharp, via Google, I needed to update the firmware on the BD player. Duly done, the player refused to play the disc at all, no trailers, no menu, not even 7 minutes.
So I tried my laptop - quite recent and fitted with a Blu-Ray drive. It kept asking me if I wanted to Update the AACS License [sic] but it didn't matter what I answered, it just repeated the message and refused to let me see my film. Google found some people suggesting I needed a software update. That took a while (and quite a chunk of my download quota) but produced the exact same outcome.
So I have downloaded some software that will allow me to "rip" the content. All this, I remind you, because I was stupid enough to try and put money into the pockets of the film's producers. Well, stuff you and your, frankly, wanky copyright protection Entertainment In Video.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
But I gave up. I can do the job, I'd quite like to, judging by what it said, but I'm not filling in pages and pages of Taleo-based nonsense in a pointless information grab just to see if I entered enough suitable keywords to pass the automatic sifting process. Forget that - I don't want to work at Cognizant. I thought I did, but I don't.
A recent report (can't find it now) suggested that even posting bad reviews of consumer products or services (however justified) might hinder your employment chances. I may need to work for an outfit that has this kind of stupid mentality at some point, so I post my reviews under an assumed name.
My personal opinions are just that. Work is what I do to support my family and get some cash to do the things I really like.
Linkedin doesn't. Most of the useful functions are missing from the mobile site and the App. When I try to get around this by choosing the helpful "full site" link at the bottom of the mobile site, it loads the full site, but any time I click a link or icon for another page or part of the site, it loads that using the mobile site, complete with all the missing functionality.
No thanks to Linkedin, I've now found a way to "fool" it into thinking I am using an ordinary computer when I use the HTC now.
What was I doing? Well, linkedin, helpfully sends me jobs I might be interested in. I've even applied for a couple. Except the button marked "apply for this job" isn't present on the mobile site or app.
Linkedin appears to be trying to become a site for recruiting. It needs to be a lot better.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I can live my brand easily enough. I am sometimes nice, ocasionally nasty. Mostly decent - occasionally rotten and so on.
I read and hear platitudinous crap like "if you can't say anything nice..." and "hate is such an ugly word" all over the place. Now of course I realise that prejudice isn't great and bigotry never served to englighten much, however, things can go too far in the direction of the santimonious puritans of the new internet age.
In this light I was somewhat cheered by reading a passage in "how to be good" by Nick Hornby. It doesn't really work out of context, but it did make me smile "...a life without hatred is no life at all, ....my children should be allowed to despise who they like. Now, there's a right worth fighting for."
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I was (and am) shockingly bad at football and was therefore ridiculed by the Sports Teachers and other kids and picked last for that and then other team games.
Being tall helped me get in the way when playing rugby and gave a small advantage in basket ball (although that was offset by my lack of hand/eye coordination).
Somewhere along the way someone taught me that pushing other people out of the way, jumping queues etc., was wrong. The effect of that is that I get disproportionately annoyed with that kind of stuff.
Everything seems to be geared around the apha population - so I say stand up (or at least sit down and look annoyed) if, like me, you're part of the beta also rans.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
On the train was a gang of young men singing and chanting obscene songs and swearing very loudly.
The Train manager was understandly reluctant to intervene (when asked by another passenger) as were the rest of us.
I want to know if you are prepared to adopt and enforce a zero tolerance policy to this kind of thing or am I just expected to accept that it is normal for travelling by train and you will take no action?
Then a warning I can only use this number to reset my password. Then a recording asking me to state what my enquiry is - why? you just told me I can only do one thing! Then the stuff about resetting online if I have a card again - doesn't anybody think about this stuff?
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The idea (as explained on Easi Drive's website) is that they organise repairs and a loan car whilst the repairs are being done. They claim the costs from the person at fault (in this case that person was too busy running their business from the front of their Range Rover to deal with piffling trivia like not ramming the stationary car in front).
I should have smelt a rat when within a few minutes of agreeing to use them and giving the OK for the dealer to pass on my phone number, I was bombarded with phone messages. They are clearly desparate to sign people up for their "service".
Unfortunately, the delivery of that "service" evaporates once they are required to actually do anything.
The other thing that should have made me suspicious is the fact that Easi Drive cannot send or recieve e-mails. At all. Ever. This seems very odd - and I suspect the reason why they insist on trying to do almost everything by telephone at all times is to avoid leaving a written record of anything (except of their hire form of course)
Recent highlights of their "service" have been-
Supplying a loan car with a tax disc that expired 5 months ago.
Requiring me to sign a form for the loan car with the greatest amount of small print I have ever seen.
Incorrectly estimating the repairs so that the repairer had to do a revised estimate and is now waiting for parts they could have ordered.
Not giving me any updates on progress of repairs at any stage.
Sending me another copy of the same form, but with most of the information missing (duration of hire etc) with a demand that I sign and return it. (hmmm why would they need a blank version of a form I already signed ?).
Never replying to any complaints. Ever.
I strongly advise anyone offered this "service" by their dealer or anyone else to avoid it - and these reviews show I'm not alone.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
As Ollie mentions on his own blog, it's the product of a huge amount of work, which is apparent in every tightly-crafted line. Hard work, whilst it may be rewarding in itself doesn't guarantee anything is necessarily any good, but I was truly stunned by the originality of the book.
I've long been in awe of Ollie's abilities with the English language. Sure, he's served his apprenticeship by writing hundreds of thousands of published and yet to be published words, but he's always had that rare combination of talent and originality and a refusal to give up. This is a guy who ran a struggling comedy club that gave a start to household names and yet received little recognition, and undeterred, decided to try his hand at running a regular poetry get-together.
In an age of celebrity trash books and misery memoirs, this is a brilliant and truly stunning piece of work that did what the greatest work always does - transported me away totally from the mundane and every day and put me back in touch with joy of language and story telling.
Gozzard plays with us and plays with language too - just for the joy of it and it really is a joy.
I'm off to place my order on Amazon right now.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A friend and business associate told me this morning that he was annoyed to find his wife had posted details of their (unexciting) family life at the weekend. When he arrived in work, the usual "how was your weekend?" was replaced by "we know x y and z happened to you at the weekend"
Monday, October 18, 2010
I have mixed feelings here - I bet (know) people have said some pretty awful stuff about me when I'm not there. I remember someone of my acquaintance saying "I don't care what you say about me as long as you say it to my face". I feel the reverse - if you are going to say something bad - I'd rather not hear about it - or maybe second best, I'd rather not know who you are.
There seems to be a growing concensus in the media that online anonymity is a bad thing - I don't agree. Anonymity allows one to say stuff one wouldn't dare to -for a variety of reasons - say if one's identity was known. Of course this leads to unfair and unjustified abuse. But it also allows me to say what I really feel without fear of upsetting employers, colleagues, friends etc. In this way, it is a realisation of free speech - something I hold very dear, and which fewer and fewer people give a damn about.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The writer and director Shane Meadows grew up and lived in my neck of the woods and much of the stuff in the film made me smile (and wince) in recognition.
This is a hard film to summarise - but it does have some fabulous dialogue - in particular it was a reminder to me that here in England, everyday life has a fabulous vocabulary. I hope that doesn't sound patronising - but having watched some good (and bad) US TV recently, it's noticeable that the popular trend there appears to be towards a minimal vocabulary.
It's a cheap shot, but I laughed out loud at the "Thatcher is a twat" graffiti in one scene.
Monday, September 13, 2010
recently she got this -
Sent: 27/08/2010 13:41:13
Subject: Over and out
Your 30 days of free email on your Nokia has come to an end.
If you find you miss it, all you need to do is get in touch with Orange and ask us to reactivate the service for you. Then you'll be able to enjoy unlimited* push email again for just a few pounds per month, or included in certain plans.
For more information
Getting email on your Nokia should be trouble-free, but if you do have a problem, let us know. Call Orange Customer Services on 150 from your Orange phone if you're a pay monthly customer, or 345 if you're a business customer.
* Subject to fair usage, UK use only
Long Story short - Orange say she signed up for a trial (she didn't) and must now pay if she wishes to continue. They promised to call back and haven't - hopeless.
I once again tried to make a legitimate purchase online which was denied recently. The transaction was (or rather wasn't) for *****with John Lewis. I didn't receive a call from your fraud department until after John Lewis had called me and I'd paid with a different card. According to the lady in fraud there is nothing you can do to prevent this type of thing as your payment systems are so insecure. As a minimum I would expect a credit of the Hilton points value for this transaction - ideally I would like you to improve your extremely insecure systems as well so you don't keep denying my transactions
Update: I had a letter saying sorry (but it's not our fault) - yes you can have your points, but in "response" to your point about our systems (we can't bring ourselves to utter the word "insecure") here is a load of meaningless twaddle which insults your intelligence and cheapens the name of the person who signed it (although they probably don't exist anyway).
Monday, February 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I had no idea that the creation of new drugs was essentially an empirical process.
They showed a huge robot testing samples against known diseases.
Given the huge advances in computer aided-design in engineering applications, I am surprised - I know I probably shouldn't be, but I am. I am reminded of something I read about the development of the Boeing 777. Before the 777, designers had to create mock ups of (for example) the toilet areas and test their servicing with real people. They would make a full-size wooden model and then get engineers to try out the servicing tasks.
One of the development tasks turned over fully to computer modelling for the 777 was this very one. The 777 is old hat these days - a great aircraft, but technology has moved on. I'm therefore a bit surprised that drugs can't be developed in this way.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
At the time, (and since) since I move in mainly cosy complacent "we're all friends here" Tory circles both in work and often out (and I don't often choose to rock the boat) I heard people saying that the CND folks should be jailed and hosed down - and if they like the Russians so much why not piss off and live there.....and other brilliantly informed arguments.
So now I see a band of similarly commited people wishing to send a message to the government. But I have a big problem. I have turned into a fat complacent old git of the type I used to hate, and I see a flaw in travelling halfway round the country and trying to shut down other people's power supplies in the name of reducing CO2 emmisions (I bet anyone can see it really).
I also, with the benefit of age, see where the sale of infrastructure like power generation leads when you flog it into the free market. You get the (in my humble opinion of course) Tesco and ASDA version of electricity supply - as in "what's the minimum we can get away with doing to look responsible whilst we screw as much cash as possible for ourselves and the shareholders?" I don't even blame them - it's their job, it's a legal requirement. I didn't ever vote for it and I stand by that - I don't subscribe to the view that Thatcher saved Britain.
However, I now have a (small) family. I try my best within limits of what I can afford and what comforts I think are reasonable not to do any more to destroy the planet than any other ordinary chap in my shoes would (hopefully even a bit less).
We try not to waste water, gas electrcity and so on, but I know we do to an extent. I am painfully aware that our lives are still unbelievably profligate in comparison with many (most?) in the world. I have always been in favour of renewable energy. I argued in favour of an application for wind turbines at our local parish council in the face of plenty of objectors. My problem with climate change protesors is that I'm not sure what they are offering me as a future.
I watched their video http://www.blip.tv/file/2733089 but I'm still not much the wiser.
Monday, August 10, 2009
There are two things that slightly worry me:
I'm not in favour of positive discrimination - that said we all need to make an effort to give everyone a fair crack at every opportunity and it's clear that women still aren't in some areas.
I'm not in favour of that sorry brand of female-supportive humour that relentlessly takes the piss out of men. If mother-in-law jokes and quips about women drivers were awful (and they pretty much were), then gags about how crap men are aren't any better - and nor does the "we had to put up with for years" excuse cut much ice with me.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
sedate pace when I noticed (in my mirrors) a car approaching from
behind at speed. As it drew closer and then passed I saw what turned
out to be a Police car following suicidally close behind it. I
expected the police to pull the car over, but they didn't - very odd.
those I have mixed feelings about as I approach the end. On the one
hand I look forward to reading more; on the other hand I don't want to
finish it because I've enjoyed it so much. I have dug out a load of
old Joe Jackson recordings, and will be digging out many more. Often
I'm dissapointed when people who are famous for one talent try
another, but Joe is a really gifted writer in my none too humble
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The author selectively quotes research, but it is intermingled with unsubstantiated claims that justify his central thesis that outsourcing your snooping and prying into the backgrounds of anyone who was the temerity to work for you is an essential part of the business of any modern day employer.
I won't go through the whole thing, as I don't have time, but just a few examples;
The author quotes some research, but then goes on to say "80 per cent of UK jobseekers now search online, but this growth is mirrored by a huge rise in CV fraud" He doesn't say what "huge" is in this context, or what his definition of fraud is - I seem to recall a fairly high percentage of people owning up to a little artistic licence and similar on their CVs but there's nothing here to distinguish people trying to cover up a gap year or a period of unemployment they'd prefer to forget from those who are keeping quiet about the time they served for embezzlement. Just an alarming and entirely unjustified claim about CV fraud - whatever that is.
He goes on:
"Historically, it’s true that employers have preferred to invest in IT, data and premises security whilst overlooking or neglecting what’s possibly the greatest risk of them all – the internal risk of employing wrong or ‘rogue’ staff. To be fair, that’s probably because the technology to outsource independent staff screening procedures has not been widely available until recently. " Or maybe to be fair, it's because, as he says it is only possibly the greatest risk of all. As in not actually.
There's more - apparently, you can't even trust people you know who you have worked with for years:
"Get your outsourced screener to verify signatures and addresses of directors and cross-reference against dates of birth. Check against photos on annual reports or social network sites. It’s amazing how many don’t tie up!"
My Facebook picture is of two old cars - and I never, ever sign up for social networking sites using my own name or date of birth - so how's that going to look when I'm screened?
"Think for a moment about the corporate manslaughter risks of not checking the validity of something so basic as a driving licence – if an employee with a fake or invalid licence endangers a customer or fellow employee and the employer hasn’t even bothered to undertake simple verification screening with the DVLA, then company insurance will be invalid and any claim will rest with the negligent directors. "
I used to work in the insurance industry - and I can't recall a single case of this type. Nor can I recall a prosecution for corporate manslaughter on the grounds an employer didn't demand to see the driving licence of every employee and then pay someone to check with the government agency renowned for its faultless accuracy that it was valid. I can't recall that because it hasn't happened - and it isn't likely to.
My point is that whilst there are bad people out there, the problem may be overstated (certainly no hard evidence is put forward in the article - it's all about the terror that comes from not snooping into everything and everyone). People and organisations like this are (in league with civil servants) trying to create work for themselves on what, in my opinion, is a largely false premise. If most people weren't basically honest, society couldn't function - shame on those who want to suspect everyone on the basis of a few bad eggs.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Like Joe, I tried to learn the violin at school and was roundly abused for it and accused of being "posh" a "puff" etc. Unlike Joe, I never did master the violin. Niether have I trimuphed in the same way as him by writing such a brilliant account of the experience, but I've always enjoyed his music, and now I'm enjoying his writing too. He's inspiring me to try and do better at stuff too.
Monday, January 26, 2009
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Thursday, December 04, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Monday, August 04, 2008
Mrs Urko has an Ipod touch. She downloaded the latest version of iTunes. This in turn allowed her to download applications - iPint took her fancy. Unfortunately, she could find no way to get iPint from iTunes on to her iPod.
At first, neither could I, but after a bit of Googling it appeared that in order to install applications on her iPod, she needed an upgrade to the 2.0 Firmware, for which Apple wanted £5.99. Apple could have made this a bit clearer, but they obvoiously assume everyone knows their porducts.
She decided to make the purchase through iTunes but we weren't out of the woods yet. Her work lappy uses a VPN connection and wherever iTunes gets it's firmware updates from is blocked by her employers. This manifests itself as the download appearing to start then disappearing. Something that iTunes warns may take 30 minutes took (apparently) 3 seconds. No error message but no firmware update either. Can't really blame Apple for this.
Not being enough of a technical whizz to get around the block (I reckon it should be possible) I opted to use my laptop instead. The thirty minutes turned out to not far off. Connected up the iPod and asked it nicely to sync the firmware at which point it said that it couldn't due to an "unknown error" it then appeared to hang. After waiting a while and resetting the iPod, iTunes reported that a poorly iPod had been connected and a restore would have to be done - OK.
After quite a time, it claimed to have restored factory settings. In fact what it had done was wipe all the music and photos, and in spite of all the confusing messages, had installed the firware upgrade. So in only a few hours and for six quid, she was able to pull a virtual pint on an iPod.
I want to like Apple stuff, but it ain't easy. And my Mum's iBook has decided to fry itself now it's just out of warranty, having had to be retured under warranty once already.