So last night around midnight what sounded like a car alarm went off – but it was a continuous noise. It went on for a while and even had me wondering if Du Cane had a fire alarm system we were unaware of! So then again there was a noise and a bit of crashing, it was just outside Matt’s room – a car outside – the horn went and i thought it was an alarm again and then it kind of died so i got up after about 10 minutes of it and looked out to see the car was on fire.
So I thought woo hoo you know what happens with fires. The fire brigade turn up 😉
So then the fire engine arrived and four nice firemen came out and put the fire out. Then a police van and a few nice policemen and then a police car.
They put it out and then all stood around chatting for a while. If you were into uniforms then you would have had trouble getting back to sleep!


okay so for the past few months a few of us with Macs in the office have been sharing our music with iTunes. Today Apple announced iTunes for Windows. So our little walled garden is soon to be invaded by the rest of the office. I wonder how long it will be before our IC department lock it down 🙁
Link: iTunes

VeriSign, internet body declare truce

VeriSign and an internet-over-sight body have reached a ‘truce’ after
disagreeing over VeriSign’s new service that exploits errors users make
when typing web addresses. VeriSign has temporarily halted the service,
called SiteFinder, that steers users who type an incorrect address to a
VeriSign search engine. This comes after a formal demand from the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers a non-profit group that
oversees the internet address system. The trouble began when some critics
claimed VeriSign’s service was disrupting normal functioning of some
internet applications, a claim the company denies. VeriSign executive VP
of the naming and service group said, “clearly there are those who think
the network is sacrosanct and you can’t do anything with it”.
Actually I think you’ll find that most people were outraged at the abuse of power and that instead of simply using it to provide a ‘sorry this domain does not exist’ 404 style error page they marketed it and sold advertising and gambling.


I should just go home and go to bed. Today has not started at all well 🙁
I was supposed to be in at 9 this morning and I missed my train at
Balham and then again at Clapham Junction and finally arrived later than if I had come in for the time I would normally be in. Wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t been a meeting with the MD, CFO, CTO my boss and a few other people about a new project I want to be involved in 🙁


Oh and I’ve spilt coffee all over myself. Sent emails to the wrong people and generally nothing is going right so far this morning.

Bootle Earthquake

A major earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale has hit Bootle in the early hours of Friday morning

Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly muttering “Fuckin Hell” “Bollocks” and where?s me fags.

The earthquake decimated the area causing approximately ?35.00 worth of damage, and several priceless collections of memento?s from Blackpool, Llandudno, and Tallaca were damaged beyond repair. In addition, three arrears of historic burnt out cars were disturbed.

Many local residents were woken well before their Giro arrived.

The local rag reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered and still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting has happened in Bootle.

One resident Tracy our Sharon Smith, a 15 year old mother of three said “It was such a shock that my little Mercedes Chardonnay came running into my bedroom crying and my youngest two Tyler-Connor and Kylie Megan-Morgan slept through it all. I was still shaking when I was watching Trisha on Monday.

Apparently though looting and muggings and car crime wasn’t affected and carried on as normal

The British Red Cross has so far managed to ship in 4000 crates of lager, 1.2 million ciggies to the arrears most stricken. Rescue workers are still searching throughout the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, which include benefit books, jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos and fine bone china from Poundstretcher

How can I help I hear you asking

This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing for those unfortunate to be caught up in this disaster, Clothing is most sought after

Items most needed include

Fila or Burberry baseball caps
Kappa tracksuit tops (his and hers)
Shell suits (female)
White Nike or Reebok socks
Rockport boots and any other items sold in Matalan

Remember! 22p buys a biro for filling in compensation forms
?2.00 buys a bag of chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a family of 6 and just ?5.00 will pay for a packet of Benson and Hedges and a lighter to calm shattered nerves of those affected.

Please do not send tents for shelter as the sight of this posh housing will be unfair on the population of Kirby and Kirkdale.

Oh if only we had a gripe sheet too!

Airlines have a thing called a gripe sheet, its where pilots report niggly little problems about the plane when they land it goes to the engineering departent who then fix it and report back. This is some of the ones from Quantas:

Pilot: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
Service Engineer: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
SE: Suspect you’re right.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
SE: Live bugs on back-order.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
SE: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
SE: That’s what they’re there for.

P: IFF inoperative.
SE: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
SE: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
SE: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
SE: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
SE: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
SE: Took hammer away from midget.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
SE: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
SE: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
SE: Evidence removed.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
SE: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

gay marriages

Well over at Jonathan’s they are celebrating 11 happy years together. Which is sweet. Really heart warming stuff.
In the meantime though religion is striking out and John Howard is making a fool of himself again.
So basically the catholic church (never known for it’s ‘christian’ compassion) is saying that men and women who are in love and want to spend their lives together should be frowned upon. In fact actually more than frowned upon they should be abhorred. Although perversely it seems to be fine for members of their own clergy to abuse children. So how do they justify this stance? Oh that’s right they don’t. With one in three marriages ending in divorce you would think that they would be opening their arms (if not their hearts) to the gay population. Let’s face it religion is going down the pan. Numbers are dwindling and those in power seem to have lost touch with the world whilst they sit in their ivory tower Vatican city.
In the meantime over the other side of the globe Australia’s Prime Minister is referring to marriage as a bedrock institution and has been traditionally seen as between a man and a woman. Well Mr Howard Slavery was once an institution and was commonly between a white man and a black man. It doesn’t mean it should remain that way. People evolve and cultures do to. Discrimination on grounds of colour or race or sexual orientation or sex or ability is wrong. For a man in his position to even attempt to justify discrimination is morally reprehensible.
I’ll end my rant there I think…

“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet” – Napoleon