Monthly archives: August 2003

I am the assassin, with tongue forged from eloquence

What’s a boy to do.
Courtesy of the nice ladies on the Friends of the Earth stall and PocketPM. I had a little Tony Blair hanging on to my bag.

But I was bored, so we headed over to the funfair, where there was one of those air rifle stalls. “If I pay for the pellets, can I shoot the Prime Minister?” I asked, holding up Tony.
“Errrr. Yeah. Of course you can.”
So Tony went into the little place holder for the paper targets, and I lined up my shots.

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One just below the heart (well he is a politician, it’s a very small target) and one through the tie. “Shoot him in the nether regions.” the stall holder suggested, great minds thinking alike.
Then I started aiming for the grin, but it magically deflected the pellets and the next three shots went through his left eye.

The pocketPM people want you to send in pictures of your Tony, but I think this one would just get them in trouble.
And the Armed Response Range Rover seemed to be following us around after that as well……..
Marillion, Assassing


Iraqi blogger Riverbend does some maths on the big numbers being quoted to rebuild Iraq. The gist of it is- American contractors are going to charge 100+ times more than the locals would. rebuilding Iraq isn’t just about putting structures back up, either, it’s also about kick starting the economy. If the figures in here are correct it would be cheaper, and better in the long run, to pump the money directly into the local economy. this would also mean fewer Americans dying, as they wouldn’t have so many contractors (targets) in country, troops wouldn’t have to be deployed to defend these contractors and the occupation could just melt away.

Of course, Halliburton et al wouldn’t be making any profit then, so that’s not going to happen.

via Burnt Toast

They Started It!

The US intelligence agencies are catching on- several months behind the rest of us- to the fact that Iraqi defectors told them what they wanted to hear about WMDs. One theory is that Saddam Hussein had agents deliberately spread misinformation abot the scale of operations, though the reasoning behind that one is as dubious as all their other arguments.

Automatic for the people

To describe Shop 24 as a big vending machine doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a vending machine the size of a small shop. This is the kind of innovation you’d expect from Japan, not Darlington (and the idea originally came from Belgium). I want someone to open one of these near me as soon as possible.

UPDATE: The BBC version of the story is here and the company that make them are here.

REM for our referral pimp.

You do have to be mad to work here

Mike Judge’s movie Office Space is getting a UK DVD release. If you’ve never heard of the movie it’s not surprising. It was released in the US in ’99 and only just made it’s $10m budget back so the studio didn’t bother releasing it anywhere else. Since then it’s gone on to become a big seller on DVD and video. If it hadn’t been for an article in today’s Guardian I would never have heard of it. As an office worker who reports to three different bosses (plus another two seem to think I report to them) I had no choice other than to order it straight away.

There’s more viewer comments on IMDB.

World Heralds Coming of Spinneyhead.Com – Investors Anticipate Increased Demand is now transporting surfers over to!!!

Market Analysts predict Spinneyhead could treble market share overnight by moving the main site over to the .com domain and auto-forwarding from the one. It remains unclear whether the Senior Management team can come to grips with modern day marketing techniques.

It is about time the Spinneyhead brand went global…