Miscellaneous - Archive Articles

Dishwasher tablets

I had an odd thought this morning (well, more odd than usual) as I loaded up my dishwasher and put the detergent into the container.

That was unpleasent

Just sitting at my desk this afternoon, working as normal – and all of a sudden my heart starts pounding like mad and my whole chest felt very “odd”. It stopped after just a few seconds, but has left me

Bring back the Penny Black

As a web campaign has (alledgedly) encouraged Cadbury’s to relaunch the Wispa chocolate bar – I am starting a campaign for the Royal Mail to reissue the Penny Black postage stamp (although I guess the price might be a bit

A wander around the London 2012 site

Spent a rather nice Sunday with a group of fellow Thingboxers getting a tour of the site for the London Olympics just a few weeks before most of it is sealed off for construction work. We were guided by the

The enviromental impact of instruction manuals

Not something I usually lose a lot of sleep over – but I just installed a new printer at home, and I was struck by the size of the instruction manuals (note the plural). The main manual is 24 pages

Poor quality sales message

I am currently ordering a new webserver for my commercial sites to cope with traffic growth. Just to be sure I understood things correctly – as I am not really a hardware sort of guy, I posted a message comparing

Free gym makeover?

My local newspaper is running a “competiton” for 4 guys to get 12 weeks free tutition at the local gym, along with nutrituion advice and general makeover stuff. You just need to write a weekly diary of your experiences. I

London art project

I was wandering around the South Bank yesterday waiting for friends as we had tickets to see a recording of Have I Got News for You – and saw a small plastic bag sellotaped to one of the lamp posts

Ding dong! Avon calling…

Just writing a little article about the cosmetics firm, Avon and doing a bit of research. According to Wikipedia: Avon is a “sin of lust or uncontrollable emotion” under Jewish Halakha law. …no wonder all those 1950’s housewives liked it

Will posterity read your emails?

I read this morning on the BBC News website that some 5,000 letters and notes written by Charles Darwin are to be published online. As I also have a hobby researching history, I spend a lot of time reading other

Trapped by the London Marathon

Today’s the day I am “jailed” inside my flat as the London Marathon snakes through Docklands. It’s only one day a year, but I do usually need to get out of the flat at least once a day, even if

Matt Cutts – hacked?

One of the more high profile blogs around – written by Google staffer, Matt Cutts seems to have been hacked overnight. It could be an “April Fool” – but unfortunatly, it looks legit. Hopefully he will get it back online

Tower Bridge “Salutes” Slavery Ship

Today, London’s iconic Tower Bridge “saluted” the arrival of the replica slavery ship, The Zong which passed through for a visit to London for the next ten days. Typically, when a ship passes through Tower Bridge, the roadways are lifted

Tall Sailing Ship in London!

This coming Thursday, a replica of 18th century Square Rigger, The Zong – an infamous slave ship will moor near Tower Bridge and remain there for 10 days. According to the MoD website, it will go through Tower Bridge at

Clever Spam – or is it?

Had a really odd email this morning from a Chinese firm claiming that they have been approached by another person to register the chinese variants of my own domain names – and asking me to verify that I do not

Annual Returns

I know this is going to be “bread and butter” to accountants etc., but I just filed my first annual return, and I feel oddly chuffed about it. Did it myself and all online. Will get an email in a

Bored!

Resigned from my job last week to work full time for myself. Over the past few years, my working pattern has been something along the lines of: 6am – work from home for a while, then leave for office 8am

Walk across Ribblehead Viaduct

The Settle-Carlisle Railway has confirmed that they expect to be doing walking tours across the famous Ribblehead Viaduct on Sunday July 22nd while the railway is closed for repairs. An original idea to take a train trip on the Saturday

Don’t forget the pancakes on Jif Lemon Day!
Don’t forget the pancakes on Jif Lemon Day!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, better known as Pancake Day – or in the UK, in irony – often referred to as Jif Lemon Day.

Ribblehead Viaduct

I am advised that the famous Ribblehead Viaduct will be closed on the 22nd July, and it “may” be possible to walk across it. An odd mix of train anoraks and architecture fans – on that day, there will be

No coffee

I have been banned from drinking coffee for 2 days after I had my teeth cleaned. I am not sure how I will cope. I am also banned from red wine and curry. I might just end my life frankly.

Bath, Bristol and Concorde

Finally got round to uploading a load of photos from last weekend’s little jaunt down to Bath and Bristol. Clikie on the “photo gallery” link on the sidebar to see them. It was a nice little weekend break, half a

Has the Royal Mail taken over the USA Embassy

It seems so according to Google Maps. If you do a search, the sidebar address is indeed, correct – however, the marker on the website is not lurking over Grosvenor Square, but planted firmly on top of the Royal Mail

US Visa

So, today I went to apply for a Visa to visit the USA. Despite holding a full UK passport, I am deemed SO dangerous that I have to make a special application for a full Visa. It’s quite amazing to