What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-14

Halifax UK are the most annoying bank, out of all banks. "Try to transfer money to another UK account from abroad -> suspend account" - garr # Delighted that the best film I've seen in the cinema in about five years won at the Hoscars, much as that reflects my cinema-going # Coke Zero is … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-14

Advertising policy

When it comes to blog promotions, Diamond Geezer is a purist. I'm not. If anyone fancies sending me a bottle of Jameson's in exchange for a blogpost, it goes live the minute the grog arrives (and, using my Viral Drinks Marketing Analysis Skills, there is absolutely no way the grog being marketed in DG's post … Continue reading Advertising policy

The joule in the crown

An excellent piece from the generally excellent Metric Views on food energy content labelling. A calorie is a nonsense unit that means nothing; a joule is a real unit that makes sense. One of the things that I very much like about moving to Australia is that, for all its stereotyping as backward, the country … Continue reading The joule in the crown

We love Admiral Scrumptious

Lord Adonis's retort to Boris on the Tube Lines PPP arbitration is quite superb: Under devolution, it is for the Mayor and TfL to deliver the Tube upgrades within their generous budget - not for me to bail them out if they fail to do so. If Boris wants me to take charge of TfL … Continue reading We love Admiral Scrumptious

Being shouted at is your goddamn job

I never shout at customer services people. Literally never. Occasionally I mute the phone and scream; on very rare occasions I excuse myself from the physical situation and scream; but I've never shouted at a customer services person of any kind and hope never to do so. In most cases, this is because they don't … Continue reading Being shouted at is your goddamn job

Disappointing bureaucrats

In general, the New South Wales drivers theory test is a Bumper Book of Common Sense. However, I'm disappointed by question FD035: FD035 - Fatigue and Defensive Driving RUH You are driving an older relative for an appointment and are running late. They ask you to go faster to get there on time. You should … Continue reading Disappointing bureaucrats

Back to the coal face

Holiday over; new life commencing. As the twitter updates might testify, I now have an Australian flat, bank account, enormous selection of IKEA furniture, etc (not quite a driving licence yet, due to bureaucratic stupidity, but it's on the cards). This should (both in the moral sense and in the predictive sense) mean a return … Continue reading Back to the coal face

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-07

Shocked by the price of books in Australia - UK-published paperbacks with gbp8.99 printed on the back go here for $25, over 2x as much # ...possibly this explains certain highly unfair local stereotypes about learning / culture...? # Reading UK blogs for the first time in several weeks, people seem to be seriously considering … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-03-07