Friday, 29 February 2008

Bought yet another domain today - - hadn't even heard of the top level domain .name before this morning but apparently it became available in January 2002. So I was quite surprised that my name was still available. I've got it pointing at this blog at the moment - doubt I'll do anything clever with it.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

No, I'm not going nuts - that really was an earthquake I felt at about 00:58 this morning.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Hidden CityChuffed to bits to finally find a web reference to a movie that's been at the back of my mind for a while. I could only remember that it starred Charles Dance and had something to do with the London Underground or some kind of air raid shelter. Via wikipedia, I managed to find this page on the movie, which was called Hidden City, was the directorial debut of Stephen Poliakoff, was made by Channel 4 TV and released in 1998 (which did surprise me as I thought it was about 10 years before that). It appears that it may have only even been shown once on TV and has never been made available on either VHS or DVD in the UK.

KMi and Greensand Trust

KMi and Greensand Trust
KMi and Greensand Trust,
originally uploaded by hockeyshooter.
A small group from my office did some voluntary environmental work for the Greensand Trust yesterday, moving and assembling a boardwalk (or rather part of, since its probably a week's work to do the whole thing).

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Regulations flatten pancake race

"Regulations flatten pancake race
A traditional pancake race has fallen flat after it was cancelled due to health and safety regulations. Every year, children and choristers take part in the Shrove Tuesday race in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The event was revived 10 years ago and is usually started by the ringing of Ripon Cathedral's ancient Pancake Bell. But this year's event has been shelved, with organisers blaming the mountain of risk assessments that must be carried out before children can take part.

We have got to stop all this health-and-safety, nanny-state, political-correctness crap that is ruining the traditions of this country.

BBC NEWS | England | North Yorkshire | Regulations flatten pancake race

Monday, 4 February 2008

"EU 'should ban inefficient cars'

The EU should ban the sale of cars that do under 35 miles to the gallon, the ex-chairman of oil giant Shell says. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart told BBC News the motor industry would adapt to cope with stricter environmental rules.

The UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders opposes the idea, saying drivers of the most polluting cars pay extra through road tax and petrol duty. But Sir Mark said this simply let rich people avoid taking responsibility for tackling climate change.

I agree with this proposal entirely. The motor industry has gotten fat off the freedom to pollute and its about time they woke up and smelt the smog. The continuing trend for bigger cars with bigger engines, more power and absurd top speeds has got to stop.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | EU 'should ban inefficient cars'

Sunday, 3 February 2008

...and went on to cover a Northampton Motocycle Club enduro event at Whaddon in the afternoon.

Braved a bone-chilling wind to cover OU Vets' 5-0 defeat of Lee Transport at Leon School this morning.