Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

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

14 November 2012
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Debt Advisory Line: Fun with an SMS spammer

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I got an SMS spam this morning: Are you struggling with debts of over £5k with 2 or more creditors? Reply CALL for a no obligation call from an advisor of STOP. The sending number was shortcode 60601, in case … 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

14 February 2012
by Mark
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If the world’s richest 10 people renounced their wealth, it wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans

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There’s a meme going round Twitter at the moment, which reads: If the world’s richest 10 people renounced their wealth, the world’s 1 billion hungry human beings can be fed for 250 years with the money. I can’t find any … Continue reading

3 August 2011
by Mark
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Points mean….?

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I don’t normally go in  for the Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells approach, but the answer to this Freedom of Information request very nearly had me heading into Daily Mail territory with my reaction. The question asked was fairly simple: The … Continue reading

7 July 2011
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The media, the NotW and the trade in illegally sourced information

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So, the News of the World will be no more after this weekend. I can’t say I’ll miss it, although I do feel a little sorry for the staff who will be losing their jobs while the senior executives who … Continue reading

23 May 2011
by Mark
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Shrinking violets hiding behind injunctions

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There’s a quite astounding comment attributed to a footballer who has managed to gain an injunction preventing the press reporting his off-field activities. No, not Ryan Giggs, the other one. Well, one of the other ones – it seems that … Continue reading

21 May 2011
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Scoring an own goal

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I’m not particularly a Man Utd fan, but I have to admit that they deserved to win the Premier League this year. Of their main rivals, Arsenal still can’t find the bottle to go with their undoubted skills, and Chelsea’s … Continue reading

19 February 2011
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Olympic Visa Boycott

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If you want to go to the London Olympics in 2012, you won’t be able to buy tickets using any credit or debit card other than Visa. While you’re there, you won’t be able to use any other card to … Continue reading

25 November 2009
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DNA, CCTV, IMP, FUD and other TLAs

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If the civil libertarians, the conspiracy theorists and the Conservatives had their way, Abdul Azad would probably never have been caught. Azad was convicted of a brutal stranger rape in Stafford in July 2005 after fragments of his skin were … Continue reading

11 November 2007
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IQ in negative figures

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I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this news story. Apparently, it’s already done the rounds of the net and I’m picking up on it a bit late, but this quote from someone who has difficulty with … Continue reading