Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Joy of Schadenfreude

I’m sorry, but I cannot refrain from giving in to some feelings of schadenfreude at the news that Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned following accusations of acts of inappropriate behaviour. This is the man who has consistently demonised us. Good … Continue reading

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Microsoft Does It Again…

I see that I’ve used the phrase “open mouth, change feet” a number of times in the life of this blog to describe the continuing ability of Microsoft to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Today I came across … Continue reading

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Disingenuous, Contemptible, or Both?

I’ve commented a couple of times before on the new licensing models that Microsoft has introduced with Office 2013. The nub of the situation is that whilst with earlier versions of Office (e.g. Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010) … Continue reading

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Doctor Dream Is No More

Another influencer on my early adulthood is no more: Kevin Ayers has died. Damn. Time to listen again to some of his work: Joy of a Toy, Bananamour, and of course: The Confessions of Doctor Dream. RIP Mr. Ayers.

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Why Don’t You Govern The Bloody Country?

…instead of making asinine comments on media storms in teacups? Honestly, I despair about David Cameron’s ability to discern what is important and what is not. Hilary Mantel’s piece about Royal Bodies was a forensic analysis, flensing the media spin … Continue reading

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Parenthood Is No Place For Perfectionists

While still shaking my head over the idiocy of David Jones, who claims that two same-sex partners cannot provide a warm and safe environment for their children, I came across a new book written by Andrew Solomon: Far From the … Continue reading

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It’s a word that I use a lot in my blog posts: “Clearly”. I use it where others might deploy “Obviously” or “Without a shadow of a doubt” or “It must be patently obvious to all people with more than … Continue reading

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