Monthly Archives: July 2004

No mean feet

A lot has been made of Paul Foot’s contribution to British journalism. For people who aren’t in on the political columnist circuit, it’s often hard to explain why he was so effective. But his skill lay in the suppression of … Continue reading

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Do not panic, citizen

The government’s po-faced Preparing For Emergencies website was almost immediately lampooned by a site which the civil service, displaying its usual lack of any sense of humour (a lack shared by most customs officers: a tip for you there) immediately … Continue reading

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Profit and loss

When you buy books at a charitable bookshop, some of the money will go straight to the charitable causes; some of it will go to the charity’s internal costs. Every single charity spends some of the donations on administrative fees: … Continue reading

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Constructive criticism

This morning a workie, accelerating past the nursery (yes, really), gravelled himself to a halt at the pinch point that I was already passing through. He may have been doing double the speed limit—well, 150% anyway—but was he driving unsafely? … Continue reading

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Shop shop shop shop shop shop

Getting my shopping to and from Sainsbury’s is made so much easier by either panniers or the elastics on my bike: but not both. Unfortunately I’d bought far too much on Sunday, and had to put some in the panniers … Continue reading

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Spelling mistake

Case in point: I received some spam today with the subtitle: A.’mer-`ica Me`~ds & Next,^day Del`iver V’ ia-`gr~ a, anyone?

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To the manner bourne

Friday evening was spent in East Hagbourne, a small village on the eastern border of Didcot and home to sone of my schoolfriends. The local pub, the Fleur de Lys, is what might generously be called quaint or, less generously, … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now, without the natives

Two of the perks of being in a medium-sized startup are that there’s enough of us for a good party and not so many of us to make hiring two boats and chugging down the Thames prohibitively expensive as a … Continue reading

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Wheely not on

You. Yes, you. The chap in the Ikea-orange mac who smacked his front wheel into my back wheel this morning, before pedalling off towards the quarry. Let’s get this straight. I don’t mind you overtaking me. I do mind you … Continue reading

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If you’re not with us

George Monbiot, decidedly one of the angels (and a lovely chap and resident of Oxfordshire, so many reasons to appear here), has written a “review” of Fahrenheit 9/11 that’s interesting for a couple of reasons: firstly he’s willing to be equivocal … Continue reading

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