Meanwhile, England gets ‘Jerusalem’

The reason why I don't mind singing the UK national anthem, is that it's asking a ridiculous and more-or-less imaginary entity to save another. Santa save the Defender of the Faith. Santa save Dr Manhattan. Santa save Optimus Prime. Send them all supermega. Send them all awesometastic. Long to kick lots of arse. Santa save … Continue reading Meanwhile, England gets ‘Jerusalem’

Why the G4S Olympics screw-up proves that outsourcing is good

Everyone seems very upset about the fact that private security firm G4S has not delivered as many guards as contracted to police the white elephant that is Sports Day 2012, with many people suggesting it's an example of why outsourced contracts are terrible . I'm not sure they should. Let's rewind on what's happened here... G4S … Continue reading Why the G4S Olympics screw-up proves that outsourcing is good

A template for non-spammers sending ludicrous PR emails

As someone who works in social media marketing, my definition of 'spam' isn't aligned with the definition among techie purists. This is mostly because I think "talk to someone unless they tell you to go away" is a completely legitimate way to behave, in life as in work, whereas techie purists tend to think "don't … Continue reading A template for non-spammers sending ludicrous PR emails

The future of News: from one oligarch to the next?

In the wake of a punch to the face from phone-hacking-Leveson-scandalous-British-naughtiness, and a kick to the balls from shrinking print revenues, News Corporation is contemplating splitting its TV assets from its print ones. The plan would be to remove the newspaper drag from the share price, and hopefully bypass some of the regulatory fallout from … Continue reading The future of News: from one oligarch to the next?

All open letters are pathetic in the same way

Inspired by the "send a letter to the Government of Ecuador" left-meme, here's my letter to the Government of Ecuador: Dear the Government of Ecuador. You've got a slightly disturbing Cuba-light personality cult going, and Julian Assange is an autistic pervert who I wouldn't let within a hundred yards of any female friends or relations. … Continue reading All open letters are pathetic in the same way

If we had the same sports, we might properly fight

List of significant winter sports and the teams who play them seriously who are from English-speaking countries American Football (USA) Australian Football (AUS) Ice Hockey (CAN, USA) Rugby League (AUS, GB[ENG],NZ) Rugby Union (GB [ENG, IRE, SCO, WAL], NZ) Soccer (GB [ENG,SCO,WAL,NI], IRE) List of significant winter sports and the serious teams who play them … Continue reading If we had the same sports, we might properly fight

A man of genius makes no mistakes

"[Great Blasket] island was inhabited until 1953, when the Irish government decided that it could no longer guarantee the safety of the remaining population. It was the home of three noted Irish writers: Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Peig Sayers and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin" - some slightly ropy web slideshow. It's a fair call. There is absolutely no … Continue reading A man of genius makes no mistakes