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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

That stripey Spanish shirt...

I see that there has been a row over a children's shirt, which the Spanish retailer Zara have now withdrawn from the market.

The shirt is said to resemble the striped uniforms that Jewish concentration camp inmates were forced to wear during the 'Holocaust', which occurred during World War II...

SPAMpaigning: beware of those online petitions...

One of the things I do from time to time, is sign online petitions.

Experience shows that to be a completely pointless exercise most of the time, as the 'powers that be' don't listen. Once their decision is taken, usually behind closed doors so potentially subject to all sorts of influences that we don't know about, the 'powers that be' direct all of their subsequent energy towards defusing the inevitable protests and petitions. In doing so, they use whatever spin, dodgy statistics or bullshit they feel is appropriate to pacify the disaffected section of the population....

It's the way our system of 'democracy' seems to work in the UK, so petitions are pointless. Particularly on the major issues of the day.

But I still do it because a petition with a million signatures is a lot harder to dismiss than a petition with only a hundred. It makes life just a little bit harder for the 'powers that be'...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

First contact with Capaldi

Thanks to BBC iPlayer I caught up with the most recent episode of Dr Who last night, where the twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi is properly introduced to us.

I don't use iPlayer very often, because it is quite hard work downloading TV shows using a conventional phone line. An hour long programme takes almost as long to download at 3.3Mbps, or it feels like it. Only when there is something exceptional that I particularly want to watch will I invest any time fiddling around with it. Naturally if I don't watch it on iPlayer, I don't watch it at all.

So I was most disappointed when, after all that trouble, the first episode of the new Dr Who proved to be not very good....