In or Out ? EU or not EU?


In or Out

To be honest, initially I started off as an “in” but that was purely based upon “it’s what I know”.  I then realised I had better do some research since whilst it may not affect me so much, it will affect my children and definitely my grandchildren (I’m not ancient, and only just on the right side of 50!).   Continue reading

Feed2JS Closed

Feed2JS

Many thanks to Alan Levine for creating Feed2JS many moons ago, but I’ve decided to remove access to the Feed2JS service installed on the yaps4u.net domain.  I’ve contacted those users who had let me know they were using it and the site logs were showing only a few stragglers mainly on very old websites that hadn’t been updated in years.  If however by removing access I leave a blank spot on your site, please accept my apologies. Continue reading

Corporation Tax – Carr / Barlow Saga

Carr_Barlow_TaxEarly on today, an image popped up on my Facebook timeline and whoosh, out came my goat. Both of those incidents really got my goat up back then and still do.  Guy Martin has “Brian the Monkey”, me, I have “Gordon the Goat”.
In fact it riled Gordon up so much so, I hadn’t updated this site in almost three years and rather than post this as a reply to the innocent person on Facebook and make it look like I was flaming them, I thought bugger it, I’m going to post it here.  Gordon was on a rampage!! Continue reading

I’m back !!

Keep calm I'm back

I’ve finally gotten around to updating the website and hopefully, will find some time to post a bit more regular than I have been able to previously.Things have been a bit difficult over the past few years, but I am finally beginning to get things back under control. I won’t bore you with the details here, as I save those stories for another site of mine. (Which I must add, I’ve also updated too.  Things must be getting better if I’ve managed to find the time to update both sites !!). Continue reading

The passing of a true genius and a gentleman

This morning I learnt the sad news that Len Sassaman sadly passed away having taken his own life in an apparent suicide at his home in Leuven, Belgium.

Len was a major advocate for privacy and a great influence on some of my earlier work.  He leaves a great legacy but an even greater void in so many lives.  My thoughts go out to his wife Meredith (L. Patterson), may she have strength and courage through these difficult times.

Depression is the silent killer.

I’m coming to understand that "battle with depression" is sometimes very close in meaning to "battle with cancer."

@maryadydd 04 July 2011

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Len Sassaman (1980-2011)
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Yet more Pipex Woes

Yet another example of bad customer service from Pipex. Pipex, a once great UK ISP, now ruined by the ineptitude of Tiscali and TalkTalk. A great lesson on how to take a great company and run them into the ground.

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Pipex/Tiscali Support Is a Joke

Back around June 2009, Tiscali took over the running of my old Pipex network.  And whereas before I was averaging around 2400Kbps, it all suddenly went pear shaped and dropped to less than 600Kbps for a few days.

Upload/Download Speed Over Time

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Warm As Toast

FireplaceFinally had the chimney swept after the hammering it took last year. Couldn’t book the chimney sweep until Friday last week, by which time all the snow had gone. But saying that, the warmest it reached over the weekend was 2.5deg.

It was minus –8deg on the outside thermometer when I woke this morning, so I quickly got the fire going.  Crumpet, marshmellows and a few chestnuts tonight for supper methinks.