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Rupert Murdoch and Other Shit… Literally

20120222 Hatchet Bristol Toilet Door 150x150 Rupert Murdoch and Other Shit... Literally

Kimberley from Bristol sent in this photograph taken in the toilets at the Hatchet Pub in Bristol.  Just like the stench of a dirty toilet lingering in your nostrils, Rupert Murdoch just won’t go away.

You know when the dog takes a crafty shit in the back seat of your car?  I don’t own a dog, but I have a vivid imagination.  Every time you turn on the air conditioning, the circulating air picks up the whiff of rancid turd every so often and then it goes away again.  You crane your neck, sniff, shrug it off… and repeat.  It’s … Click to read more

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I See Faces and so does Greg James

20120211 Crying Baboon Face Bathroom Door 150x150 I See Faces and so does Greg James

Dan from Cornwall sent in a picture of his bathroom door, showing a face of a crying baboon.  It’s a beauty and the story behind it is equally intriguing and totally insane, you wouldn’t believe it.

On Tuesday last week I was on my way from Bristol to Cornwall on business, passing through Hayle.  Sometime earlier in the day I had noticed an email notification come up on my phone as I was driving.  The sender was Dan and the email subject read “Crying Baboon”.  I thought it was a friend of mine sending me a funny link – you … Click to read more

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HS2: An Alternative Business Case

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Here is a picture of a couple of coin slots from a set of electronic scales.  It eats money – money, money, money.  That’s what it’s all about.  Or is it?

About two weeks ago the UK Government gave the green light to HS2 (High Speed 2), which promises to cut train journeys between London and Birmingham by a whopping 30 minutes.  Yeah, “whopping”…

Business people usually measure the success of a project in terms of profit and a business case will include a cost/benefit analysis, looking at discount rates, Net Present Values and other such nonsense.  Whilst there is … Click to read more

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Happy Thoughts and Inconvenient Truths

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Gideon sent in this picture taken on an international train in The Netherlands.  Look at its smile! It is happy!  And a happy new year to you too!  As we entered the new year, David Cameron tried to force a smile too.

In his New Year statement Cameron attempted to “big up” the UK in 2012 and force happiness against a backdrop of numerous murder stories in the last couple of weeks and, of course, more pending economic doom and gloom.  He attempted to make us feel positive by focusing on the opportunities ahead.  After all, 2012 is the … Click to read more

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A Fat Cat in 3D and a Happy New Year

20111230 Urinal Pig Face 150x150 A Fat Cat in 3D and a Happy New Year

Nick sent in a photograph of a urinal that looks like a pig (or something similar) with a big grin.  As long as paper IOUs are pushed around as legal tender it will be the top 1% of pigs that will be grinning – and stinking of liquid gold, or piss.

As we approach the end of the year and a new one beckons there is always a sense of hope and optimism on the one hand and nervousness on the other.  The period after the festive season is often seen as the most depressing time of the year and … Click to read more

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A European Spat

20111219 Gluten Free Beer Packaging Face 150x150 A European Spat

This is a picture of some packaging from a four-pack of gluten-free beer.  Smashed beer bottles are always a good way of resolving disputes and could have come in handy last week as war of words broke out in Europe.

In my last article I said politicians were boring and I fabricated an entire story about a CaMerKozy love triangle and likened Cameron to a wannabe bully schoolboy falling off his bike after a bluff too far.  This absurd image almost became reality, as cross-Channel politics took on a bit of an air of farcical schoolboy taunting.  The dialogue can … Click to read more

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Nein Fräulein, Non Monsieur

20111210 Handbag Fastener Face 150x150 Nein Fräulein, Non MonsieurKim sent in a picture of her handbag and at an EU summit it could have been handbags at dawn when David Cameron told the European Union to go “do one” after asking for too much.  But politicians are way too boring for that – or are they?

Earlier this week Merkel and Sarkozy (affectionately dubbed Merkozy) had another hot date in Paris.  It was Bunga Bunga Berlusconi who had famously called the German Chancellor an “unfuckable lard-arse” but clearly tiny Sarkozy begged to differ.  At this stage in their relationship you would expect them to limit their physical contact … Click to read more

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Economic Doom and Gloom: A Starbucks Dystopia

20111203 Massage Chair Face 150x150 Economic Doom and Gloom: A Starbucks Dystopia

This picture of a massage chair was sent in by Tim. If only it had been framed a little lower it would have been perfect.  Are you sitting comfortably?

There was more economic doom and gloom this week and about a week ago I tweeted a story about the OECD predicting a double-dip recession for the UK in 2012.  The mainstream media reported the story two days later.  In George Osborne’s Autumn Statement growth for 2011 was slashed to 0.9% and the pension age raised to 67 –  fifteen years earlier than planned.  Public sector workers went on strike over … Click to read more

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Accountability of the Bullying Class

20111126 McDonalds Cup Lid Smiling Face 150x150 Accountability of the Bullying Class

This picture was sent in by Nick and it shows a McDonald’s cup lid.  In this post- (or inter-) recession era there has been a heightened awareness of corporate greed and lack of accountability, which spawned the Global Occupy Movement.

It has become popular to lay into what is termed the Banking Class or the 1%, but meanwhile there has been an ongoing battle between what I call the Bullying Class.  Unions can have as much bullying clout as corporations and this coming Wednesday could see some two million public sector workers go on strike over an ongoing pension … Click to read more

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With Extreme Wealth Comes Extreme Responsibility

20111123 DVB Freeview Box Face 150x150 With Extreme Wealth Comes Extreme Responsibility

Anna sent in this photograph of a DVB Freeview set top box – or is it a Virgin Media box?

Last Thursday it was announced that Virgin Money would buy state-owned Northern Rock for the bargain basement price of – wait for it – £747m.  Hooray!  At first glance this appears to be some much needed good news, as reprivatisation would increase competition.  The run on the troubled bank in September 2007 (partially accelerated by the BBC’s Robert Peston) signalled the start of the Credit Crunch, or rather, it was the first manifestation of the looming Great Recession, which according … Click to read more

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