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 important. The first is the positive one. Your value is in what you are good …

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 intended for someone else because of misspellings. I also get a lot of email intended …

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, although there’s no trace of that in the IPO’s trademark database. This despite the fact …

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 names for all the streets within it. We do, however, have to stick to some …

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 from the British Legion, the scouts, the guides, the cubs, the brownies, councillors, distinguished guests …

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 them? The London Olympic Games And Paralympic Games Security, Control And Marketing Regulations 2009 gives …

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 she’s not old enough yet to realise that when I promise a day out and …