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A short time ago, Alex Salmond called a Ric Bailey, the political advisor to the BBC, a Gauleiter. The name calling was in response to the fact it was because of this poor BBC chap that Salmond’s place as a pundit during a certain Rugby match had been withdrawn, supposedly because… Continue Reading Gauleiter — Alex Salmond’s Bland Failure

When I was in school I was functionally clever, but I was not as smart as some of my classmates for whom passing exams was a passtime. This meant that, in order to avoid replicating the slow-motion train-wreck which was my AS levels, I had to take some pretty extreme… Continue Reading A Mediocre Student’s Guide to Not Failing Exams

Birmingham – I strolled down from the Paradise Forum along the walkway to the War Memorial, a central structure encircled by a pavement; directly ahead a huge building site completely obscures the peace garden adjacent to it, so my first visit to the Occupation was also my first visit to… Continue Reading Occupy Birmingham – Interview and Discussion

A few days ago, in Cannock town centre, I was asked to stop by a street fundraiser. I looked back at her, and said: ‘No, sorry; thank you, cheers.’; as if I could help the fact that I had not stopped and talked if I accompanied the refusal with polite… Continue Reading The Impermanent Street Fundraiser

In the most recent episode of Sherlock on BBC 1, Sherlock Holmes, when confronted with Moriarty’s plan, jumps from the top of St Bartholomew’s hospital. If he didn’t, the assassins would have taken out Watson, Lastrade and Mrs Hudson. My sister Emily has a theory as to the way in… Continue Reading How Did Holmes Fake His Death?

On March 17th 1988, The Apple Computer corporation filed a law suit against Microsoft, accusing the latter of copying its idea for a graphical interface. Since that point the technology and software market has never been divorced from its attending patent battles and law suits which seem to be declared,… Continue Reading Technology Realpolitik

Guy Ritchie has made a very descent adaptation of the more than famous detective in this sequel to the 2009 outing. I must admit (to my personal detriment, I know) that I have neither read the books by Doyle nor seen the first of the films which have been made… Continue Reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows