Monthly Archives: October 2003

Better to light a candle

As usual my seasonal affected disorder (undiagnosed, but—koff koff—i swer 2 u im dying ddoctor) has been getting steadily worse since mid-September. I’ve felt my body wanting to go out of phase with the slowing cycle of mornings, arriving later … Continue reading

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Spitting blood money

Sick of the way that the Said Business School was set up in order to wash clean Wafiq Said’s commercial soul of the blood of everyone who died as an indirect result of his arms dealing? Spit on it. Spit … Continue reading

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Cycling up Headington Hill (beginner)

The combination of steepness and poor driving that constitutes the road up Headington Hill makes cycling up it difficult and stressful. As a beginner it’s best to be deferential to the morons in cars who take the hill at forty … Continue reading

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A little ignorance goes a long, long way

In the G2 yesterday there was a small piece about how a nobody called Tom Metcalfe overshadowed Oliver Letwin with a rabble-rousing speech which, both literally and figuratively, consisted almost entirely of “bring back the birch!” ideas. Metcalfe said of … Continue reading

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Who needs cameras?

It’s longstanding practice among have-a-go Daily Mail readers (or at least columnists) to advocate destroying speed cameras, often with the defence that they are an infringement of civil liberty. Doubtless CCTV in town centres, along with being useless voyeurism that … Continue reading

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Something memorable

The Radio 4 broadcaster just managed to avoid the normal tautology of “PIN number” in return for saying “personal, four-digit, personal identification number or PIN”. I don’t think that counts as an improvement. Quite how PINs on credit cards are … Continue reading

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