All apologies

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all work and no play is making marilyn’s shampoo a very dull blogger.

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Beware the savage pearl

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an iteresting item popped up on the daniel pearl’s editor’s blog this week concerning interaction between the bbc and the ‘blogosphere’. amongst other things he raised the issue of (percieved) prviacy and anonymity in blogging:

“…often people who write blogs, or contribute to them, somehow think that they are involved in a private forum.
I recently came across a comment claiming Jeremy disliked recording his weekly podcast. I posted a response and the blogger seemed appalled – “the BBC’s watching us – spooky” was his reply. But if you write something about us on the internet surely I have every right to read it and respond – that’s not spooky.
I had to confront this the other day. We often have students with us on work experience. Twice in the last 6 months I’ve come across blogs in which people trailing the programme have written things about the team. When I approached one of these people, her reponse was that the blog was supposed to be just for her and her friends!
It wasn’t the confidentiality issue that bugged me, but that anyone would think that we as programme makers don’t have as much right as everyone else to read what you’re all writing, especially if you are writing about us.”

once i started to read the comments i was astounded to discover how many people actually do believe that their blogs are or should be private. i posted this (rather legnthy!) comment in response.

A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound

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i’ve been watching with interest (no puns intended) the office of fair trading’s persual of banks and credit card companies for excessive and unauthorised charges. The OFT said that in the future, credit card late repayment charges in excess of £12 would be considered unfair and likely to be challenged in the courts. Charges, the regulator argued, “should only reflect the administrative costs of dealing with the default”.

my bank has particularly brutal charging policies (£38 pounds per default with a further charged applied every day that you remain over your limit) and it is encouraging to see that this issue is being looked into. nick cambell commented on the bbc site that: “… I expect to pay some sort of charge when I have exceeded my balance, what I object to is the high amount and the sheer aggressiveness of the charges that has come about over the last few years.”

which is exactly how i feel. the all too familiar cycle of ‘direct debit is refused due to lack of funds, charge is applied, charge takes you over limit, further charge is applied because of this – ad nauseum’ is a bit much. i am usually very easy going about these things, and not someone who doesn’t expect to pay my way (i have no issues with council taxes, t.v licenses etc..) but i do feel that banks are really pushing it.

i find myself, increasingly alf garnett-like, wanting to just shove all my money under my matress and live cash-only. as far as possible, i do but your wage has to go somewhere, the insurance will only accept direct debit, etc.. etc…

showed my age with this post, didn’t i?

I don’t pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do

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went to see pirates of the carribean – dead mans chest last night. i had heard mixed things about it and my feelings on it are similarly mixed.

plus points:
the make-up, cgi, costume and sets were fantastic. it was really hard a lot of the time to see where the cg finished and the make-up began which is exactly the way it should be.

the action was superb. the set pieces were extremely well coreographed and perfectly executed. the ‘big wheel’ in particular was brilliant

naomie harris, who was the biggest scene stealer of the film. i couldn’t take my eyes off her.

johnny depp.

minus points:
the plot was a strange combination of overly complex and non-existent. sort of like old star trek episodes. lots of plot exposition that even the characters don’t really seem to care about.

not as funny as it should be.

too much keira ‘put your best rp forward’ knightly.

not enough johnny depp..

so, all in all more worth seeing than not. 3.5 out of five and still looking forward to the next one.

(image of francesca dani by Labrys Media Photolab©)

Strange things you find whilst google trawling : part 2

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after lycra lady-darth i really thought i had seen everything but, well, apparantly not!

Love Labs iBuzz
£27.99
A super-fun marital aid that plugs into your iPod! The music-activated vibrating bullet stimulates you in time with your favourite music. And you can listen to your songs while you’re enjoying the vibrations…
Use the his-and-hers attachments to add extra excitement. Turn him into a vibrator with the stretchy ring and use the soft sleeve for sensitive stimulation.

Supplied with all the wires you need to use with any iPod or music source. Plug into any music player to let you enjoy your music like never before!

Compatible with all iPods
Length: 2 inches
Batteries sold separately – requires: 2 x AAA
Not waterproof – do not get it wet

i find that last specification particularly distressing.