Archive - 2004
The BBC has an article about how David Blunkett thinks Labour should be radical and find new ways to "reach the people".
"Whether Iraq had ready-to-fire weapons of mass destruction should be separated from the rightness of taking action when Saddam Hussein flouted UN resolutions, he says."
Therein lies the problem: Saying you need to depose a leader because he has WMD and then saying something else isn't a good way to heal the rift between the people and the goverment. Don't even get me started on facial recognition at airports, ID cards, and the other pathetic idea that danger to libery has. Go ahead Labour, let DB speak his mind, and watch the election slip away from you.
This really annoys me. This is a waste of European resources, and makes a sham of an otherwise useful entity.
Okay kids, go and read all about it at www.no2id.net.
I've just finished trying to bleach my hair. Instead of the "extra light blonde" promised by the box, it's got a slight (brace yourself...) ginger twinge, and isn't particularly blonde (despite being on for the longest time it says you can do).
Damn it! Months of bad hair...
It looks like XMLtv has conked out again. I'd only just upgraded/reconfigured it to make it work again. It's getting to be high maintenance, and mostly pointless given that radiotimes do everything I used to do anyway. Instead, I've got slimserver to tell me what it's playing, so I'll use that as a web gadget instead. If I can find a decent music info site, I'll link artist and album to useful info.
I've just registered www.coofercat.tk for free at dot.tk. Apparently it needs visitors to keep it working, so I'm not sure how that'll pan out. Still, it's pretty neat (and just what you need if you've got a stupid hosting provider that doesn't give you your own domain). If you register, do me a favour an use 170679 as your optional coupon number - ta!
This looks like a fairly natural progression on "youth culture". It's always been "uncool" to work at school, but most kids do it because they have to. Once you don't have to, then things change. I'm sure a whole load of the charvers will take their fake designer shell suits and fail all over again at college though.
However, the idea that kids should be graded according to attitude sounds interesting to me. Keen kids in one class, charvers in another. I guess the problem is, it's going to be hard to convince anyone to be in the freaks class, if all the cool kids are in the charvers class.
I wonder if this is a slightly clumsy expression of the desire to be responsible for one's own destiny (after all, you tend to be treated a bit more like a responsible adult at college). That's something that's being successively erroded by the ever-growing government wanting a nanny state. Kids are possibly the expressive demographic on this one. As ever, a wider problem which will be whole-heartedly ignored by the broader policy makers.
I can hardly believe this is news. Sony bleating that it's not making much money, and isn't likely to rake it in over Christmas. What a shame... Better go rip off a few more artists and customers in the music division. If they buy MGM, they'll be doing the same with movies. Oh joy...
Shiver me timbers! Mad Cap'n Tom, yer Webcap'n be tellin' ye about the grand booty of "Talk Like a Pirate Day". Ye godda do it, or we'll 'ang yer from the yard arm!