The recent report by The Guardian about the Judicial Review into the Digital Economy Act seems to be little more than a whining board for those proponents of the legislation who are annoyed by the prospect of the review. The comments after the article say as much. This is my brief (ish) summary of how the DEA came into being & how supporters of the legislation are behaving. I don’t know if The Guardian has forgotten to mention some of the other salient facts or just missed them out for a word limit so here they are.
I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie James Dio.
I cried when Cozy Powell passed away and I freely admit to shedding tears at Ronnie’s passing.
Now the classic Rainbow reunion won’t happen.
Ronnie leaves behind him a fantastic legacy. Songs and albums that brightened up lives, enthused and lifted flagging spirits and told wonderful stories. I don’t think there ever be an album that touches the greatness which Rising achieved. There certainly will never be a song that nears the power and glory of Stargazer.
Along with millions of fans I grieve at Ronnie’s passing. My thoughts are with Wendy and his family.
Travel well Ronnie. Your music will live on forever.
In tribute to Ronnie the blog header image shows some of Ronnie’s work.
No you haven’t. Not this time.
I’ve written before about recruitment agencies, their many flaws and questionable manners but this one takes the lamb kebab.
Recently I was sent on a two week course of which only one afternoon taught me anything of use. Exceptionally poor (I’d say it was unprofessional) IT provision didn’t help a course that was as demotivating as anything I’ve ever experienced. However, the course provider had a dedicated recruitment department and I made sure to take time out and touch base with them.
Regular readers may be ahead of me here but please be patient, this one is a real belter…
2009 nears its end and I for one won’t be sorry to see the back of it. There have been some very enjoyable high points including the Ashes win, the test win this morning, a wedding in my family and Phorm being all but forced out of the UK but overall 2009 will be a year I remember as a year in which far too many people lacked Clue, balls and ethics.
Some might accuse me of being a Grumpy Old Man. According to the series I am now in the age bracket for being a Grumpy so there may be some truth to the suggestion. My response to that is that I’m not grumpy, I’m a realist and some of what I see is less than pleasing, often lacking in Clue, ethics, common sense and the other attributes I used to expect from those in positions of power and influence. Now I just expect self centredness, obsession with protecting the vested interests and the status quo and control freakery trying to interfere in areas where the state has no right to.
I’m not the only one. Guy Aitchison has written his review of the year. It’s well worth reading; it highlights other areas where government and authorities have failed or fell victim to control freakery or halfwittedness.
In a branch of B&Q on the hunt for some bathroom supplies, we had no idea of the horror that would give us all nightmares.
B&Q’s crack monster… (Be warned dear reader, this isn’t for the faint of heart)
The question is how much ass crack are you allowed to show before it becomes illegal?