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There Can't Be A Winner In Football Unless There's A Loser

I didn’t do much on Sunday night but I did watch Sky One’s The Match:

Shocks aplenty on The Match, as Graham Taylor announced the squad of 22 celebrities that he will take to St James’ Park next month for this year’s big encounter with the Legends. No Nick Pickard from Hollyoaks, no Dave Jones from Sky Sports News and (here’s the real bone-shaker) no Philip Olivier from Brookside [Source: Times Online].

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On this day…

2006: There Can’t Be A Winner In Football Unless There’s A Loser
2004: Weekend In Britain's Smallest County
2004: Weekend In Britain’s Smallest County
2003: Gay Teens Right To Privacy
2002: Fast Food Nation

On this day…

2006: There Can’t Be A Winner In Football Unless There’s A Loser
2004: Weekend In Britain's Smallest County
2004: Weekend In Britain’s Smallest County
2003: Gay Teens Right To Privacy
2002: Fast Food Nation

What’s The 20th Most Complained About Show On UK TV?

Occasionally you are required to browse the information super-highway for things related to work. And, more often than not, on that journey you get side tracked by something in the way. A little like driving to Abergavenny and being stuck behind a caravan for most of the time on the A40. Which is interesting as I suspect that caravan owners are the biggest group of people to complain to the BBC about Top Gear. And it is the fact that, according to Ofcom, Top Gear is the 20th most complained about show on TV that stopped me in my tracks today. The BBC has – apparently – been forced to make a statement, “We acknowledge some viewers do not appreciate the Top Gear team’s sense of humour but their provocative comments are an integral part of the programme and are not intended to be taken seriously,” [Top Gear: 0 to offensive in 6.5 seconds from Guardian Unlimited: Organ Grinder] said Auntie.

The thing is I, John Plunkett (who wrote the article for The Guardian’s website) and, I guess, millions of others love watching three blokes talking about cars on the telly. And I am not interested in cars that much. I’m not sure Jeremy Clarkson and I would get on very well (mainly because I wouldn’t be able to stop laughing at him) but that doesn’t stop me enjoying every word that he speaks. Richard Hammond is, of course, there to be both amusing and the totty to watch. And then there’s James May. You couldn’t have Top Gear without him but one of the great mysteries is why not. Ultimately, I love the banter between the presenters more than anything else. Except the bits about racing fast cars. I like that too.

I am not surprised so many people complain. It’s often rude, politically incorrect and responsible for a large part of the hole in the ozone layer. It’s also funny, self-deprectaing and addictive television. It is, also, television made with passion. And that’s what makes it stand head and shoulders above much of the dross on the box at the moment. When somebody loves what they do, how can that enthusiasm not be infectious? Sunday nights. BBC2.

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2002: The Taxi Cometh

On this day…

2002: The Taxi Cometh

And We're Back

Yes indeed. Here I am again after a short time away. And I am back with this piece of news and information from The Guardian. Speed Cameras are ‘costing the UK £109m a year while bringing in £120m a year in fines’.

And that’s a lot less than I thought.

On this day…

2006: Bye Bye Juan Pablo
2006: And We’re Back
2005: Yummy
2004: My Data
2002: I Like Yahoo!

On this day…

2006: Bye Bye Juan Pablo
2006: And We’re Back
2005: Yummy
2004: My Data
2002: I Like Yahoo!

Truth? I Can't Proof!

And so it remains true that I am unable to proof read my own work. This is a sad fact but, for those of you who missed But What Was The Year? (and I know there are many of you) – I have undertaken a small amount of corrective work to make it read better. You can thank me another time.

On this day…

2006: Truth? I Can’t Proof!
2003: Football

On this day…

2006: Truth? I Can’t Proof!
2003: Football

It's Nearly Australia Day In W1

It’s Nearly Australia Day In W1. What fun. Walking round central London this morning I see that we are getting into the spirit of Australia Day too – although The Glassblower is off by 24 hours and probably the same number of degrees colder.

From Flickr: Today is the day all Australian’s celebrate ‘what’s great‘ about their country: Australia Day. Central London appears to be celebrating tomorrow. Shame it won’t be the as warm with an ‘Aussie BBQ’ on the beach. Now, if Gordon Brown gets his way, can I be in Sydney when they celebrate British Day?

So, who’s going to be the Home & Away special appearance?

On this day…

2006: It’s Nearly Australia Day In W1
2005: Google Usenet Timelime
2003: Tube Train Crashes

On this day…

2006: It’s Nearly Australia Day In W1
2005: Google Usenet Timelime
2003: Tube Train Crashes

Flickr Christmas: Santa's gathering in Liverpool 4

Santa's gathering in Liverpool 4 - Advent Flickr: Santa’s gathering in Liverpool 4, originally uploaded by Contrived.
How confusing could this be to some people? Thousands of people dressed as Father Christmas have run through Liverpool in a record-breaking charity bid [BBC News]. I love this. There are many interpretations of Christmas but Santa must be the one that makes the most people – across the world – smile.

On this day…

2005: Disturbing half-naked men in the doors of Abercrombie…
2005: Flickr Christmas: Santa’s gathering in Liverpool 4
2005: Civil Partnership: It's In The News Today
2005: Civil Partnership: It’s In The News Today
2004: the Da Vinci Code

On this day…

2005: Disturbing half-naked men in the doors of Abercrombie…
2005: Flickr Christmas: Santa’s gathering in Liverpool 4
2005: Civil Partnership: It's In The News Today
2005: Civil Partnership: It’s In The News Today
2004: the Da Vinci Code

Civil Partnership: It's In The News Today

Countdown to civil partnership: According to today’s Independent reports that Sir Elton John is to “marry” his partner David Furnish in St Petersburg this month have sparked outrage among Russian nationalists [Independent].

Also in today’s Independent: Roger Lockyer and Percy Steven have been waiting 40 years for this moment. At eight o’clock in the morning on 21 December, the pensioners will become one of the first gay couples in Britain to formally register their relationship as a civil partnership. In contrast, television presenters and property designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have been together for 20 years and plan to stay together for the rest of their lives.

In The Observer, Ben Summerskill says changing the law on same-sex relationships is the easy part. Changing the culture is harder [The Observer].

Finally, The Scotsman has a nice summary of the changes in the law: The introduction of the Civil Partnership Act on Monday is expected to see 16,500 Britons register as “civil partners” by 2010. That will grant gay and lesbian couples identical rights to married, heterosexual couples, including recognition of a civil partner as the next-of-kin, rights under the rules of intestacy, if a civil partner dies without a valid will, and adoption rights – as well as the same financial provision on any dissolution.

On this day…

2005: Disturbing half-naked men in the doors of Abercrombie…
2005: Flickr Christmas: Santa's gathering in Liverpool 4
2005: Flickr Christmas: Santa’s gathering in Liverpool 4
2005: Civil Partnership: It’s In The News Today
2004: the Da Vinci Code

On this day…

2005: Disturbing half-naked men in the doors of Abercrombie…
2005: Flickr Christmas: Santa's gathering in Liverpool 4
2005: Flickr Christmas: Santa’s gathering in Liverpool 4
2005: Civil Partnership: It’s In The News Today
2004: the Da Vinci Code

Civil Partnership: It's Not Just Romance

Countdown to civil partnership: “We are not concerned that we are missing out on wedding presents,” says Jonathan, a graphic designer. “It is the financial and legal issues that are important to us, but we would like to know all the pros and cons before we go ahead.” [Times Online]

On this day…

2005: Flickr Christmas: Snow Monsters Come Out To Play
2005: Civil Partnership: It’s Not Just Romance

On this day…

2005: Flickr Christmas: Snow Monsters Come Out To Play
2005: Civil Partnership: It’s Not Just Romance

Civil Partnership: What's It All About?

Countdown to civil partnership: The Civil Partnership Act 2004 received Royal Assent on 18 November 2004. The Government announced on 21 February that the Act would come into force on 5 December this year. This will allow the first civil partnerships under the standard procedure to be formed on 21 December. 10 days to go and you can read all about it at the Women and Equality Unit.

On this day…

2005: Boxes Everywhere
2005: Civil Partnership: What’s It All About?
2004: links for 2004-11-25
2004: Celebrity T-Shirt Auction
2003: Coolest of 2003
2002: Stuck On Me

On this day…

2005: Boxes Everywhere
2005: Civil Partnership: What’s It All About?
2004: links for 2004-11-25
2004: Celebrity T-Shirt Auction
2003: Coolest of 2003
2002: Stuck On Me

Most people don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?

I’ve just come across Bruce Schneier’s fascinating article at Wired News about the Sony copy-protection scheme which, essentially, installed malware on your PC without you knowing anything about it. And, the story suggests, because a Mega Corp did this other Mega Corps (or Wanna Be Mega Corps) colluded with them by not issuing security warnings from their software which is designed to protect your privacy and your PC. According to the article, Sony BMG’s president of global digital business said, ‘Most people don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it? [article].

The arrogance of big companies always astounds me. Where is the respect for the consumer in all of this? In many ways it doesn’t surprise me that people look for ways to get music without the money going to these guys. Why not work with people in an open way to find solutions that work for everybody? In the end, it’s going to be the only way. And as for the security and software producers who turned the other way, I don’t think they should be surprised that people are running into Apple’s arms. Do you?

Sadly, I think companies should do the right thing rather than go for short-term profit. I believe that for long term stability and revenue growth any company should be doing the correct thing; be that correct mistakes, trying to stick to standards or just be good guys. For some companies this works. Unfortunately, real world business isn’t like this.

On this day…

2005: Most people don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?

On this day…

2005: Most people don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?