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Being dead breaches Paypal’s contract terms

It would appear that all of us with a Paypal account should live forever. Presumably Elon Musk’s old firm has some idea as to how this should or even could … (read more)

Posted: 14th, July 2018 | In: Key Posts, Money, News, Technology | Comment

Britain’s 35th place in international broadband speeds – simply appalling

It appears that the UK is 35th in a listing of countries by the average speed of the broadband enjoyed there. This is appalling, a condemnation of all that is … (read more)

Posted: 12th, July 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

Free speech powers the baby Trump blimp flying over London

Owen Jones is such a wag really, isn’t he? Apparently flying a hot air balloon that looks like a caricature of Trump over London during his upcoming visit is going … (read more)

Posted: 8th, July 2018 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Don’t mess with ma – US woman shoots son dead for trying to put her in a rest home

The combination of the general availability of guns and ‘ornery old women hasn’t worked out well for one man in Arizona. He suggested that perhaps, at the age of 92, … (read more)

Posted: 4th, July 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Yes, let’s legalise cannabis – but not for tax revenue

One of the long running shouting matches out there is over the legalisation of cannabis. It’s worth remembering that it’s only just over a century since it was actually legal. … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2018 | In: Money, News, Politicians | Comment

Donald Trump’s right: the European Union was created to hurt the United States

It is possible – gosh, it might even be – that Donald Trump is a little over the top in his rhetoric and beliefs. It’s also entirely true that he … (read more)

Posted: 28th, June 2018 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

Gender Pay Gap: Haim fires agent over male band getting 10x the cash


There is indeed a gender pay gap out there. Some of it is – whisper it gently though we must – entirely justified. Women do tend to take career breaks, … (read more)

Posted: 27th, June 2018 | In: Key Posts, Money, Music, News | Comment

Indonesian man killed by own mother’s coffin falling on him

It’s quite clear – snigger – that we shouldn’t – gurgle, snort – laugh at this – tee hee – but a bloke in Indonesia – guffaw – has just … (read more)

Posted: 19th, June 2018 | In: Strange But True | Comment

The financial crisis is over; US Fed raises interest rates, ECB ends QE

Most of us have noted that the past decade hasn’t been all that hot on the economic front. That grand and resounding crash back in 2008 has led to government … (read more)

Posted: 18th, June 2018 | In: Money, News | Comment

Food banks – a stain on our society or a godsend?

We’ve another of those reports – from the Joseph Rowntree folks this time – telling us how appalling it is that so many live in poverty in a rich country … (read more)

Posted: 14th, June 2018 | In: News | Comment

Kim Yong Un can’t pay his hotel bill

This is an amusing little story which illustrates how the absurdity of economic sanctions can worm their way into the society at large. Kim Yong Un – you know, fattie … (read more)

Posted: 8th, June 2018 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

England’s World Cup kit made by starving waifs in Bangladesh

The headline is roughly the story from the Telegraph, that the workers who make the England replica kit over there in Bangladesh are starving helots who deserve very much better. … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, June 2018 | In: Money, News, Sports | Comment

Russian damages painting of Ivan The Terrible in drunken rage

The one great finding of all the social sciences is that there’s a truth in a stereotype. There has to be, for no one would believe it, or even make … (read more)

Posted: 30th, May 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Are people richer In London?

We all know that wages in London are higher than they are in the rest of the country. When we start talking about inequality then that’s as far as people … (read more)

Posted: 29th, May 2018 | In: Money, News | Comment

We don’t want more trains are useless; we want 21st Century technology

We have another of those calls from people who would spend our money for us. They’d like lots of it all to be spent upon trains. Lots of ’em, to … (read more)

Posted: 29th, May 2018 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment

Morissey’s Right You Know – Hitler Was Left Wing

This isn’t fashionable to say these days but it is actually true. Hitler was, by any economic at least standard, rather left wing. As was the BNP in fat, you … (read more)

Posted: 27th, May 2018 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment

The NHS needs £2,000 more per household

There’s a report out insisting that to keep the NHS angels treating our woes we’ll all have to stump up £2,000 more a year. Or at least, we need more … (read more)

Posted: 25th, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

England’s going to run out of water says the Environment Agency

It’s a pretty good indication that someone, somewhere, is doing something wrong when one of the rainier places on the planet is warned that it will run out of water. … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

New Look charges the fat more for their clothes

This is being trailed as something of a scandal but it’s actually just great, the way the system should work. Some people should be charged more:
High street retailer New Look … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, May 2018 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment

English fans told not to celebrate St George at World Cup

The police are telling England fans that they shouldn’t try to fly St George’s Cross – you know, the national flag of England – at the World Cup in Russia … (read more)

Posted: 21st, May 2018 | In: News, Sports | Comment

Chinese corruption crackdown screwed Cartier watches


These aren’t things you’d really think would be connected. How much corruption there is or isn’t in the Chinese economy and the profits of a Swiss watchmaker. But there is … (read more)

Posted: 19th, May 2018 | In: Key Posts, Money, News | Comment

Stephen Hawking’s time travel proof – none turned up to his funeral

Time travellers are invited to come to Stephen Hawking’s memorial service in June. We expect – as he himself would have expected – none of them to turn up. There … (read more)

Posted: 13th, May 2018 | In: News, Technology | Comment

The scandal of Motorway coffee costing more


The Daily Mail has noticed that a coffee at a motorway services station costs more from McDonalds, Costa or KFC than it does from the same outlets not at a … (read more)

Posted: 8th, May 2018 | In: Key Posts, Money, News, The Consumer | Comment

Breast Cancer Screening – Why Should Jeremy Hunt Resign For Something Done Under Gordon Brown?

The National Health Service has never been very good at dealing with all this complicated computer technology stuff. The attempt, nuder Blair, to rewrite the computing system for the whole … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, May 2018 | In: News | Comment

Age of Abstinence: Tesco makes bottles smaller to charge more for your wine

It’s not exactly a surprise that food portions are getting smaller. Public Health England is insisting that we should all be eating less, drinking less. We should all be having … (read more)

Posted: 1st, May 2018 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment

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