Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

15 March 2017
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Happy Ides of March!

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Today is the 15th of March, the nearest equivalent in our calendar to the Roman Ides of March, the date on which – as we all know from our Shakespeare – Julius Caesar was assassinated. Everybody knows to beware the … Continue reading

25 November 2016
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Clickbait

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I was idly browsing some clickbait linked to on Facebook by a friend of mine, and came across this one: It made me stop and think. Because there are two completely different messages here, and yet both are really, really … Continue reading

27 May 2015
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American Idiots

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I was an early adopter of Gmail, so I have a fairly short and simple Gmail address. Unfortunately, that means it’s only a typo away from plenty of other short Gmail addresses, so I get a fair amount of email … Continue reading

8 March 2015
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Soft soap – a lessen on misreading statistics from the BBC

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If you take the BBC’s website at face value, you might think that hardly anyone – or, at least, a minority – uses soap in solid bars any more. As the article puts it: How do you like to scrub … 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

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

20 March 2013
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Road to nowhere

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One of the things that the Town Council are responsible for is coming up with street names for new developments. Normally, the idea is that we come up with some kind of overall theme for a development, and then individual … Continue reading

12 February 2013
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Contemporaries

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The announcement by the Pope that he is to resign prompted me to do a little bit of research, since I can just about remember who was Pope when I was a teenager but I wasn’t sure how many Popes … Continue reading

11 November 2012
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Remembrance Day

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It was a bright, crisp autumn morning as we assembled in the Marketplace for Remembrance Day. The mayor in his robes, the band’s instruments gleaming in the sun, the sea, air and army cadets in their uniforms, the old soldiers … Continue reading

12 August 2012
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This used to be my playground

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When I was a child, this was where I went when I wanted to be on my own. A walk along the edge of open fields leads to a track which crosses the railway line and gives access to an … Continue reading

9 August 2012
by Mark
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TPS complaints – roll of dishonour

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I got an unsolicited sales call this evening. Since we’re registered with the TPS, that’s illegal. So I decided to report them via the online complaint form. In the course of filling in the form I noticed that when it … Continue reading

3 May 2012
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The London Olympic Games And Paralympic Games Security, Control And Marketing Regulations

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Someone asked a question on Usenet: Supposing the Army wanted to station missiles on my roof to shoot down Olympic miscreants, what powers and legislation would they be relying on to enable them to do this? How might I stop … Continue reading

31 December 2011
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Disco 2012

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I went shopping today. Decided to hit the sales, and came back with a new suit and a deep fat fryer. Exciting, eh? No? Oh well. I’d taken Ellie with me, mainly because I’d promised her a day out and … Continue reading

5 November 2011
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O2 comprehension failure

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As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been getting a lot of SMS spam from one particular number. You can read that article for some background, but it turns out to be possibly more weird than that. According to … Continue reading

11 August 2011
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A Shakespearean commentary on the riots

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This just seemed rather apposite to me. The middle section (“This blessed plot”, etc) is very well known, but in context it has a very different meaning. Methinks I am a prophet new inspir’d, And thus, expiring, do foretell of … Continue reading

6 July 2011
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Vivit Post Funera Victor

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Last Sunday evening, I went to the annual John Martin Commemoration service at St Andrew’s church, Hampton. It’s one of the things that local councillors are expected to attend, so I dutifully turned up. I know very little about John … Continue reading

30 May 2011
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Morrisons customer service fail

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I dropped in to Morrisons this afternoon to grab a few things. Not much, just enough for what I’m planning to cook tonight. One of the things I wanted was plain, uncooked peanuts. I’ve bought them before from Morrisons, so … Continue reading

16 May 2011
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First council meeting

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Just got back from my first council meeting, having stopped off for a kebab on the way. Apparently, they don’t always go on this long, but this was a bit unusual as it was the first proper meeting after the … Continue reading

23 February 2011
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Silence

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It’s rare that I’m at home on my own with absolutely nothing to do. To be accurate, this isn’t one of those times either, as there’s plenty I could do (and, at some point, need to do). But the reason … Continue reading

19 December 2010
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Think of the children

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The spectre of Internet censorship has reared its head again recently, with reports that the government is planning to hold talks with ISPs over the creation of an “opt in” system for allowing customers to access pornographic material on the … Continue reading