Banditry

Sorry about this

I really want to steal the bust of Aneurin Bevan, the inventor of the NHS and all-round excellent Welshman, that's currently installed in the the House of Commons. Partly that's because I think it'd make an excellent decoration for my house. But it's also partly because I could lift it high in the air and … Continue reading Sorry about this

Why do browser cookies expire?

So, if I log into Gmail, Twitter, eBay, or my own blog on a computer, and opt to have my user information saved, then obviously I'll want to log in using that information whenever I use those sites, for as long as I use the site and the computer is my computer. If it stops … Continue reading Why do browser cookies expire?

When Good Contrarianism Goes Bad

So, I come up with a contrarian view on the BP issue that I don't 100% hold, but which is a genuine aspect of the story and which has been completely neglected in any of the coverage I've seen. I mention it on Twitter, I spend a couple of days thinking about it, and then … Continue reading When Good Contrarianism Goes Bad

On helping Americans to steal your pension

Let's assume that, like most UK workers, you have a pension fund with a substantial part of its investment in FTSE companies, usually weighted by value. What should you care more about: 1) the fact that the US government is attempting to steal a sizeable proportion of your money? 2) some fucking cormorants? Clue: if … Continue reading On helping Americans to steal your pension

Jealous petulant snipery and the Labour leadership

There seems to be a fair amount of grumpiness and sarcasm going on around the Labour party leadership election. Much of this is for sensible reasons (broadly "the only one of the candidates who isn't a dull clone has no experience of managing anything ever, and David Miliband is a war criminal"). However, there's also … Continue reading Jealous petulant snipery and the Labour leadership

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-06-06

#ebz The Stolen River that flows into the Unterzee - the one they used to call the Thames - passes thr... http://fallenlondon.com/c/98148 # I wonder how many of the people fulminating about Laws are aware that if he'd come out and claimed for sharing with partner, he'd've been... # ...entitled to *more* money than he … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-06-06

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-30

Haha, enjoying @BPGlobalPR - this is why having a real social media presence of your own is important... (via @Rooney83) # I'm officially bored of factors driving premium product consumption. And it's bloody 9PM, and I'm not done for today yet... # "The war may be staged, but the murder is real" #classicHoratioquotes #CSIMiami # … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-30

Fear and West Lothian

It occurs to me that a major reason why a Lab/Lib coalition was a complete non-starter is simply that it would not have commanded a majority of seats in England, and the regional parties it would have required for support don’t vote on England matters. Hence, it couldn’t have passed any domestic English legislation without … Continue reading Fear and West Lothian

Quiz time, wahey!

OK, so what links The Pit And The Pendulum, Richard Dawkins, and the Botswana national football team? The usual prize of a Simply Red album and a broken wireless router to the winner. Extra bonus points to be gained from suggesting the fourth clue. Unrelatedly, which punk song contains the lyric "I'm looking for you, … Continue reading Quiz time, wahey!