Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

29 July 2012
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Danny Boyle’s Olympic Programme Notes – full text

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I’ve noticed that I’m getting hits on this blog for my short extract from Danny Boyle’s programme notes for the Olympic opening ceremony. Since there appears to be a demand for it, this is the full text: ‘Be not afeard: … Continue reading

29 July 2012
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Twitter joke trial: it’s not just about free speech

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Plenty has already been said and written about the Twitter joke trial, so there isn’t really a huge amount I can add to it. But one thing did strike me as I was reading the full text of the judgment. … Continue reading

28 July 2012
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An interesting bit of government non-communication

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About a month ago, Channel 4 News carried a report about the Communications Data Bill which mentioned that the Home Office has held meetings with the UK’s largest ISPs and mobile network operators, and has given them information about the … Continue reading

28 July 2012
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Olympics, industry and the NHS

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I wake up this morning to Twitter and Facebook still going off on one about Danny Boyle’s tribute to the NHS in last night’s Olympic opening ceremony. There have been a lot of comments about how it seemed to support … Continue reading

14 July 2012
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Olympic linking lunacy

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In another of my occasional series of articles about organisations who mistakenly think they can control how you link to them on the web, there’s a great example on the London 2012 website. Here’s the relevant paragraph: Links to the … Continue reading

13 July 2012
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Evesham bridge closure – traffic options

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I blogged a few days ago about the alternative designs for the new Evesham Abbey Bridge that weren’t adopted. But the FOI request which obtained that information also provided the options considered for traffic management while the bridge is closed. … Continue reading

11 July 2012
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M&S to return to Evesham?

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I received an email today. I’m presuming it isn’t confidential since it mentions a public meeting and has been sent to a large number of people as well as myself: I am writing to let you know that M&S Simply … Continue reading

7 July 2012
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Evesham Abbey Bridge: What might have been (and why not)

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Update: I’ve edited this article as I originally got the images of the bridges incorrectly assigned to their respective designers. As anyone who lives in or near Evesham will know, the Abbey Bridge is going to be replaced over the … Continue reading

6 July 2012
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How British are you?

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The Home Secretary has announced plans to revamp the Citizenship Test which immigrants wanting to qualify for a British passport need to take. Whether you’re already British or not or not, here’s a simple test to see whether you qualify:

5 July 2012
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Some good news from the EU

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Straight bananas notwithstanding, sometimes Eurocrats do make the right decisions. Two excellent examples have emerged this week: the ruling by the EU Court of Justice that if you buy software, you own it and the decision by the European Parliament … Continue reading

3 July 2012
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Bob Diamond resigns, talks tosh

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So, Bob Diamond has resigned from Barclays. That wasn’t really unexpected, except possibly by Bob himself. It would be interesting to know exactly what it was that triggered his change of mind, after initially being so determined to stay on. … Continue reading

2 July 2012
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The Minister of State’s Plain English Tips

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Alan Duncan, the Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID) was widely reported in the media as having issued a memo regarding the correct use of English by his department. The Daily Telegraph report linked to above … Continue reading

1 July 2012
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Olympic Flame

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The Olympic flame came to Evesham today. I was there to watch it, along with other members of the town council and assorted dignitaries, from our position in the VIP viewing area. Although, actually, we didn’t really use the viewing … Continue reading