Friday, January 30, 2009

Ghosts on the ward

Ghosts don't existAs a citizen of the 21st Century, it is surprising how often one has to remind oneself that we are not living in the middle ages. Hospital managers in Derby have called in an exorcist to expunge a ghostly figure who is tormenting staff and patients. Even Radio 4's Today programme saw fit to interview an exorcism expert, who answered the questions without a flicker of embarrassment. Apparently, we need only to pray to put the Roman soldier's spirit to rest; a full exorcism may not be required.

At no point, in any of the journalistic coverage, has anyone remarked that ghosts don't actually exist. The dead don't walk the earth with us and it's all a lot of gammon and spinach.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

iLife 09

The new version of Apple's iLife software is out today. The new iPhoto not only displays your photos on a map marking where they are taken, it has a face recognition feature which allows it to pick out photos from you library that all contain a certain faces. And it's pretty good at it too.

It spots all sorts of faces:


Twitter This

So now Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand are both Twitter contributors, ably abetted by the comely Jane Goldman. With Stephen Fry on board along with Barack Obama, all we need now is Morrissey, Vic Reeves and Alan Bennett.


Monday, January 26, 2009

The Whitehouse

As Barack Obama was sworn in as President, he brought with him a desire to drag the the Whitehouse into the 21st Century in terms of its IT and communications. He's only been office a week and already his adminstration has:
He was already on on Twitter. (It is becoming just about essential to be on Twitter. I wrote about Twitter nearly two years ago and discounted it as twaddle).

Anyway, Obama seems intent on honouring his inauguration promise to:

We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.

Labels: ,

Sunday, January 25, 2009


I went to Great Ayton yesterday for a run out and was amazed to find Suggitt's to be virtually unchanged since 1975.
Suggitt's Of Great Ayton
They seem to have been forced to sell their sweets in metric quantities but it is otherwise identical. They even sell those boxes of Smarties you used to get at the Odeon.
Suggitt's Price List
One look a the price list should give any former customer a frisson of déjà vu.

I got 100g of Pontefract Cakes.


Thursday, January 22, 2009


President Obama had to re-do his oath because the Chief Justice fluffed his lines first time round. Conspiracy theories were rife, claiming that he wasn't really the President because he'd put the "faithfully" at the end.

So he did it again. But he didn't use a Bible. So that's not good enough either.