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

The sun is, most likely, still gonna shine in November

After a massively high-spending recall campaign, a controversial Republican state governor has held onto power with a slightly increased majority (while losing control of the state senate). Naturally, the oh-so-left-wing US media are spinning this as Terrible Democrat Defeat, Disaster Due for November, etc. To highlight the fact that this spin is absolute dingoes' kidneys, it's … Continue reading The sun is, most likely, still gonna shine in November