Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

27 June 2015
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Killing the golden goose

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I installed Adblock on my computer the other week. I’m well aware that this opens me up to charges of hypocrisy, given that online advertising is an essential part of how I earn a living – both in my day … Continue reading

3 April 2015
by Mark
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Zero Thought

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One of the subjects that cropped up in the Leaders’ debate yesterday evening was zero hours contracts. Ed Miliband wants to effectively abolish them. David Cameron’s response was that Labour have a “zero jobs” approach. In the double-header interview previously, … Continue reading

2 September 2014
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When did the word “cash” stop meaning cash?

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I have long been irritated by the Coinstar scam machines in supermarkets, which proudly proclaim “Coins in. Cash out” on the front. Their website gives the impression that they have even registered the phrase “Coins to Cash” as a trademark, … Continue reading

19 July 2014
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Evesham town centre retail – a few thoughts

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At last Monday’s town council meeting, we were given a brief report by Shawn Riley, of the Evesham Market Town Partnership, about the town centre retail areas. The MTP has recently gone to the effort and expense of obtaining a … Continue reading

10 July 2014
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Don’t spoil my enjoyment

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I’ve just finished reading the script from the first episode in the new Doctor Who series. It’s pretty good, actually, apart from a rather large and pointless MacGuffin that initially threatens to derail the plot and a tendency (which, frankly, … Continue reading

18 June 2014
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British Values: Ebenezer Cobb Morley and the Laws of the Game

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Most people, other than the historically uneducated, will have heard of the first two names in my series, even if they don’t necessarily associate them with the same topics that I have. But today’s source of British values is far … Continue reading

16 June 2014
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British Values: Josiah Wedgwood and Philanthropic Activism

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If you ask someone about the abolition of slavery in the UK, most people will come up with the name of William Wilberforce. To be sure, Wilberforce had a central role in outlawing slavery in Britain and beyond, but, of … Continue reading

15 June 2014
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British Values: Simon de Montfort and Representative Democracy

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“British values” have been in the news recently. I was going to write a blog article listing my own choices for what British values consist of. But, instead, I thought I’d write about a few people that I think have … Continue reading

6 June 2014
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A few random thoughts about the Newark by-election

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Reading the runes from a by-election result is always problematic. The local nature of the event means that it’s hard to draw national trends, while protest votes and tightly focussed campaigns by all parties have an effect that won’t be … Continue reading

28 December 2013
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Information doesn’t just want to be free. It needs to be free.

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Floods have been in the news a lot recently. We got away with it here in Evesham, where the highest level reached by the Avon just managed to creep over lower sections of Waterside but without closing the road or … Continue reading

28 July 2013
by Mark
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Abusing Twitter

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What do you do when someone successfully campaigns to have a woman featured on the next edition of the ten pound note? Well, if you’re a semi-moron with all the social skills of a decapitated earthworm, you threaten to rape … Continue reading

23 July 2013
by Mark
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Google Maps, where orange is the new blue (and also the new green, and red)

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Google Maps is going through a bit of a makeover at the moment. There will, sooner or later, be an entirely new version of the web-based maps (which you can see in preview if you switch to the beta option), … Continue reading

18 June 2013
by Mark
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More retail development in Evesham?

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Well, well, well. Hot on the heels of last week’s news about the possibility of Waitrose coming to Evesham, we now have another proposal in the air. Earlier this evening, I received an email from a PR firm, Polity Communications, … Continue reading

13 June 2013
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Waitrose coming to Evesham?

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Waitrose could be on its way to opening a store in Evesham. Continue reading

30 April 2013
by Mark
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Stop the lies from Stop43

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I blogged yesterday about the “orphan works” section of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, and explained why I think it’s generally a good thing. Of course, not everyone agrees, and people are free to disagree if they want to. … Continue reading

29 April 2013
by Mark
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The copyright orphanage

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act may not sound like the most exciting of laws, but it contains a section which will make some significant differences to the way copyright is applied to photos. And, since a lot of people … Continue reading

10 April 2013
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Evesham Abbey Bridge – closure delayed

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Probably not unexpected, but this press release has just been sent out by Worcestershire County Council: Temporary bridge to increase pace on vital Abbey Bridge replacement work delayed by severe weather Flooding, snow and prolonged freezing conditions this winter has … Continue reading

18 March 2013
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Evesham voluntary sector – a plea for help

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I’m trying to compile a comprehensive list of all the voluntary, charitable and civic groups that are based in, or work in, Evesham. I’ve already got a basic list, so I’m not starting completely from scratch, but I suspect that … Continue reading

28 February 2013
by Mark
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Lies, damned lies and infographics

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There’s a meme currently doing the rounds of Facebook and Twitter, purporting to show that benefit fraud is pretty much too trivial to care about. Here’s the infographic: It’s pretty obvious what we’re intended to perceive here. Big blue circle … Continue reading

3 February 2013
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Nationalising marriage

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Same-sex marriage. What do I think about it? The executive summary, for the benefit of those who can’t be bothered to read the entire article, is that I’m in favour of same-sex marriage per se, but I’m not entirely convinced … Continue reading