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Month: June 2009

A Challenge To Ian Livingston: Back Up Your Words With Proof

The BT Corporate website has a section entitled “The Way We Work”. It makes interesting reading. It’s good, solid stuff I’d expect to see from companies determined to show that acting ethically is inherent in everything they do. It’s the kind of stuff I’d expect to see from the Co-Op, an organisation I have come to know and respect over the years.

But this is BT we’re talking about.

The company that has secretly and illegally tested Phorm’s technology on their users. The company that has repeatedly denied the testing until confronted with the evidence. The company that has banned any discussion of Phorm from its support forums.

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World Twenty20 Afterthoughts

Congratulations to Pakistan for winning the mens’ World Twenty20 competition and to England for winning the womens’ World Twenty20 competition.

Pakistan’s heartwarming triumph comes despite the stupidity, insensitivity and general antics of the Pakistan Cricket Board, who are probably the most unfit for purpose of the national cricket boards.  Given how bad some of them are that really is an indictment of the PCB.

So let’s push Mr Insensitive, Ijaz Butt, out of the way and celebrate the mercurial Pakistan team.  I’ve always had a lot of time for Younus Khan as a player.  As a captain he’s managed to do what only Imran Khan did for Pakistan cricket and mould a team which won a major prize.  He has given Shahid Afridi back his confidence.  Afridi’s man of the match performances in the semi final and final show a cricketer who has matured.  He is a livewire, a match winner and cricket is the better for his presence.  Note also that no Pakistan player played in the recent IPL.  Does that tell us something?

Never doubt the talent that Pakistan has available.  Quite why Pakistan can produce 17 and 19 year old international cricketers who are ready for that level of cricket and England can’t I don’t know.  It’s a joy to watch.  Just think what Pakistan cricket could achieve if they had a sensible, well constructed administration overseeing the game.  Again we’ve seen excellent support for Pakistan, India and Bangladesh here.  If Pakistan isn’t to host home test matches, why not bring host them here in England?

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Honourable Recruitment Agencies (2)

Latest bullshit tactic appears to be to e-mail and say they’ve left a message on your voicemail when they haven’t. Phoning back gets a “the person you need to speak to is out, I’ll get them to call you back”. Of course, the call never comes, e-mails don’t even get read, never mind replied to (return receipts are a wonderful thing) and phone calls go straight to voicemail.

If you’re not interested at least have the balls to say “Sorry Jamie, you’re not quite what we’re looking for.” It seems that adherence to honesty and professional standards isn’t in demand any more.

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The Nightjack Verdict

I’ve had little confidence in the judiciary since my university days when we found out just how hard it was (and maybe still is) to sack a judge. Damn near impossible (if memory serves) even if all that judge’s marbles have fallen out of his pockets and rolled down the London sewers.

I’d be interested to know just what Mr Justice Eady knows about blogging and the internet in general. One can only make an informed judgement when one understands the contexts of the case. It Mr Justice Eady doesn’t know that much about blogging and the internet then could it be argued that his judgement wasn’t fully informed?

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