When I got out of hospital (more on that later) I discovered that my PC had given up the ghost. I think the power supply has gone, but my repairer doesn't open until Monday next, so until it is fixed, I have put my on line shops at Etsy etc in 'vacation mode'. I'll post more when I get sorted. I can't access my e-mail either, so apologies for any unanswered messages.
I've just subscribed to Sky, after much resistance over the years on my part. Idly skimming through the hundred's of channels now available I was struck by a number of things.
First (and the reason behind my reluctance to date) is the huge quantity of plain crap.
Second, the large number of channels devoted to property. I don't mean creative or useful programmes like Grand Designs or Property Ladder, or mildly entertaining like the many variants on Location Location. The ones I mean seem to have no purpose other than promoting envy - 'this house is huge, way out of your price bracket and you are never ever going to get anywhere near it."
Are people really interested in the grotesque ego trips of some unknown rapper, or the often hideous monstrosities erected in sunny locations across the world? I know I can turn these programmes off, but the poor unfortunates who have to see these things every day don't have that luxury.
Third, the huge quantity of plain crap (yes I know I have said this already, but there is just soooo much of it...)
Nomic is a game in which changing the rules is a move. In that respect it differs from almost every other game. The primary activity of Nomic is proposing changes in the rules, debating the wisdom of changing them in that way, voting on the changes, deciding what can and cannot be done afterwards, and doing it. Even this core of the game, of course, can be changed.
I did a craft/art fair on Saturday that was over an hours drive away
(in Cheddar). Attendance was very disappointing, with long periods when
no-one came in. Everyone was puzzled by this, since previous events at
this venue have apparently been well attended. All was revealed late in
the day however, by one visitor who quite openly admitted that because
her local church was having a Christmas Bazaar on the same day, church
members had been going around taking down the small posters publicising
the fair, in order to reduce competition. It became clear that of the
130 signs erected, only 30 were left, when the organiser went to remove
them at the close of the show...
So - thank you whoever you are, I'm sure you would like to know that
thanks to your Christian charity, most of us made a thumping loss on
An extraordinary — one might almost say unbelievable — industrial tribunal case in Manchester in March gave a rare insight into how attempts to accommodate “multicultural” religious needs at work actually appear only to apply to Muslims. It developed around a spat between Muslim employees at the Royal Mail and a member of the Odinist Fellowship (a group that apparently worships the old Nordic gods).
Just to let you know, I've added a widget that supposedly adds links to Amazon automatically from relevant text. I'm not convinced it is working properly, so if you see any gross errors let me know - and if it gets too annoying!
Disclosure: I'm an Amazon Associate, which so far hasn't brought me a penny! However clicking on the links to buy will bring me a small sum, that will I hope go some way towards my blogging subscription and ISP fees.