An Endless Economic Crisis

Interesting comments from shopkeepers in Rome in this news story. Worrying how the feeling that politicians and politics are disconnected from reality is increasing globally. Easy to say it’s time for a new politics but if politics isn’t seen as an answer then all kinds of dangerous alternatives might seem attractive and fill the vacuum….

Burning Our Future

There’s cheap coal in them thar hills. Well out there somewhere. Probably imported. Apparently it’s undermining our pollution and climate change targets (what? They haven’t abolished them yet in the name of the great economic recovery?) as cheap coal means higher electricity generation profits or at least commercial viability in the short term. So Britain’s…

Shed Flat Shed

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo Apr 11 2013 It would seem that Northampton council have been using a council flat to store tools for eight years. Makes a mockery of the bedroom tax somewhat. Only discovered due to a freedom of information request seeming. Source

Grumpy DG Double Take

Glanced at the headline announcing the BBC’s new DG and did a quick double take as I thought it said they’d appointed Terry Hall as Director General. Mind you if they had I bet he still wouldn’t have looked happy about it. Image by DerekL under this creative commons licence

Flash-Mob Meets Bait And Switch?

There’s a news item on the Beeb about a European scheme to encourage mass energy supplier switching. I have to say I’m not convinced by these schemes. To me it’s a bit like a lemmings flash-mob running head first into a bait and switch scheme which will always be funded by other consumers paying over the odds….

A Setting Sun For Paper News

As Newsweek calls it a day for paper editions and even The Guardian newspaper in the UK contemplates a day when they’ll be digital only it surely won’t be long before today’s fish and chips are wrapped in yesterdays e-ink screens. Image by sameold2010 under this creative commons licence

No More Nuptial Deadlines (Maybe)

In other ‘tinkering at the edges’ type news the British government (for want of a more accurate description) has announced an change to the hours during which people can get married. Traditionally this marryin’ lark had to happen between 8am and 6pm. Only ‘traditional’ religious institutions don’t have to offer anything other than the old hours…