April 2006


News media27 Apr 2006 06:03 pm

Olden days journos The BBC and Reuters are conducting a joint e-survey on “the role that the media plays in fostering trust in an increasingly connected society”. It can be found on the BBC World page with the title “Media e-survey – Do you trust the media? Vote now” and opens in its own pop-up window.

Here’s how it starts:

Question 1 of 8
Who do you trust the most to work in the best interests of society?
* National government
* National media
* Religious leaders
* Business leaders
* Showbiz personalities

Now call me pernickety, but doesn’t every one of those groups work in its own interests first – the pursuit of capital, power, ego or all three – whether or not that action conflicts with the interests of wider society? Do they honestly expect this sort of loaded question to slip past unnoticed?

I never made it to question 2.

Pop culture&Self19 Apr 2006 10:07 pm

This is what happens when you attempt to make a list of a few of the most significant/most heard records in your life, like Leah and Swiss. Fifteen minutes later and you start to realise it could go on for ever… and you start alphabetising for kicks… and what’s worse is they don’t even have several of the most important titles (no Smiths debut album! for pity’s sake!), leading to all manner of frustrations and expletives. I’ll stick to the politics in future.

In the meantime, why not make your own? There’s no actual point to it but it’s a pleasant way to spend a coffee break.

Welcome to a brief snapshot of my muddled brain, with plenty of glaring omissions. It’s not entirely representative of the whole, but what the jiminy. Your Mileage May Vary. I make no apologies for the Britney content.

Create your own Music List @ HotFreeLayouts if you can be bovvered. Oh go on, you may as well.

British politics&Random life&Self17 Apr 2006 10:22 pm

Burmese marionetteA couple of people have been slightly perturbed that I vanished without notice. Sorry about that. Here are a few things I should’ve said yesterday but was too tired to remember:

1. Before my blogbreak, I suffered an extremely painful shoulder/back muscle injury which made even lifting a cup of tea with my right arm impossible, let alone typing. I was advised by my doctor to “STOP working at the computer! IMMEDIATELY! Or risk permanent damage!”, which is pretty unequivocal as advice goes. So after this episode, I felt it wise not to linger on the PC writing an explanatory pre-break blog post.

2. Some of the blogs I was reading regularly seem to have vanished, or possibly moved. If a blog has changed URL and I haven’t been told, I’ll assume this is the desired state of affairs and won’t go a-chasin’.

3. After watching the first two seasons on DVD, I have become terribly enamoured of Buffy & co. I always knew it would happen if I let it, and now it has. Damn Whedon and his Midas touch.

4. If I’d been here, I would have been writing about the government’s Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which defies all satire. It is truly the last gasp of freedom as we know it. Brits, please visit this site, or do some independent research, and arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. And let’s see if we can stop these lunatics before it’s too late.

Seasonal16 Apr 2006 08:49 pm

Happy Easter, poppets! Hope you’re all having a great one. I’ll be round to see you just as soon as I can.

By the way, I haven’t forgotten about the spring gift about 20 of you will be receiving soon, so hang in there… I’m tardy but I’m no amnesiac.

Here’s to spring!


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