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October 18, 2009

I stopped updating this blog 3 years ago when I no longer had the time to keep posting regularly. Since then I have created and abandoned many other blogs but always intended on coming back to this, my first venture into the blogosphere.

I have decided to give it one more try and see what happens. Wish me luck.

Quote of the Day 05 – Radio Five Live

September 27, 2006

Bryan Robson“He was a dead man walking… he didn’t have a leg to stand on.”

Local broadcaster Malcolm Boyden on BBC Radio Five Live, reacting to the departure of Bryan Robson from West Bromwich Albion.

“I just wish Heather was here”

September 26, 2006

Darren Clarke

She was Darren, she was.

Her presence was there from the moment Tiger hit his tee-shot into the water on Friday morning to the Guinness fueled celebrations on the balcony on Sunday.

Surely never before has a tournament between nations been so much about one person who wasn’t there.

~ TranceFixed

The Plus Side of the Hamster Crash

September 25, 2006

Richard HammondOn Wednesday, Top Gear presenter Richard ‘Hamster’ Hammond had an accident driving a jet-powered dragster, and suffered severe brain injuries. Thankfully, he is making good progress, and has every chance of making a full recovery.

It was uncertain for a while as to the full extent to his injuries, but he appears not to have suffered any permanent damage. He is lucky to be alive, and owes a great deal to the dedication and professionalism of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service and Leeds General Infirmary’s neurological unit.

The level of support Richard and his family have received has been generous in the extreme, with thousands of flowers, cards and letters being sent from members of the public from around the globe.

Donations in excess of £150,000 have also been made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity which airlifted him to the hospital, and has enabled the charity to ‘bring forward’ plans to buy a second helicopter in the near future.

After a near tragedy such as this, it restores your faith in human nature to see the kindness and generosity, and I’m sure it is a great comfort to Richard.

Fellow Top Gear co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson wrote in Saturday’s The Sun:

“All we ever hear about the NHS is that it’s rubbish. But anyone who ever experiences the emergency care it provides always notices just how un-rubbish it is in reality.

Leeds General Infirmary is a no star hospital. According to the bureaucrats it’s terrible. But trust me on this. From where Richard Hammond is lying, it was about as terrible as Angelina Jolie’s left breast.”

I’m not entirely sure how Richard could see Angelina Jolie’s breasts from his hospital bed (probably best not to ask) but I agree the NHS is nowhere near as bad as everyone complains it is. Within minutes of the accident, he was in mid air en-route to hospital, which is as good as anyone could hope for and better than most parts of the world.

Having said that, the transport was provided by a completely donation based charity rather than a government funded health service which is outrageous but unsurprising. The funding of these very necessary charities is permanently contentious issue, but hopefully as a result of the Hamster crash, at least one will get a much needed boost.

~ TranceFixed

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Picture of the Day 12 – Naked Spiderman

September 25, 2006

Naked Spiderman

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Either he’s doing some new extreme nudist climbing sport I’ve never heard of, Spiderman’s outfit is still in the wash, or somebody’s husband came home a bit earlier than usual…

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Soapbox: Microsoft’s Poor Imitation YouTube

September 22, 2006

SoapboxMicrosoft has decided to keep up their policy of having a finger in every pie, and have launched a beta version of Soapbox, a new online video-sharing service.

The rapid rise of YouTube has turned a few heads, and seems to have unleashed the MS green-eyed monster.

The idea of anyone having a product or service that Microsoft doesn’t have a rival for is apparently an alien concept to the MS Boffins.

Identify a growth area 6 months after the competition, throw money at creating a poor imitation MS version or just buy the competition, seems to be the reoccurring theme.

YouTube may feel flattered at Microsoft deciding them worthy of it’s attention, but shouldn’t be too worried at the competition.

” Soapbox is exactly what you’d expect from a Microsoft service — late to market, imitative and uninspired. “

A sharing service is only ever as good as it’s content, so the crunch will be how many users Soapbox will be able to attract since it appears to not offer anything new.

Time will tell, but this could be another expensive MS misadventure, that will do little to the competition and even less for the hollow MSN empire.

~ TranceFixed

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