26 March 2006
On the subject of BST I read a very fascinating piece from the BBC reporting on a Private Members' Bill that was read on Friday in the House of Lords. Basically it proposes a three year experiment with the clocks staying forward an hour in October (so our winter remains GMT+1) and then next March going forward a further hour to GMT+2. It would gives us much more daylight in the evenings during the summer (what's the point in the sunrising at 5am in Edinburgh in July?) and save an estimated 100 lives on the roads. Of course the former Tory-boy and ex-greengrocer "Lord" Sainsbury, you know the guy who gave a massive donation to New Labour and then became their adviser on science. The very same one who went on to promote multiple GM crop trials despite farmers protests, having previously invested bucket loads in GM food when in charge of Sainsburys, that one. Well he said roughly "we tried it in '68-'71 and people didn't like it so we never need to try it again". Can't fault his logic, after all the generation of 30 years ago is still the current generation isn't it? *Anywho*, fingers crossed and with the support of the Idiot Protection Society, I mean the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents this bill may just become law. It also means no more putting our watches and phones forward when we go to Europe!
25 March 2006
Sad News Everyone :-( PhillG.com is to Close!
It is with a very heavy heart I bring you this sad but inevitable news. This days was always coming and almost one year into my most recent online adventure, here we are. This site has evolved significantly over the past year and while I do like the interaction with people who read it, it has strayed away from what it should really be about. The "phillg" you see on this site is not really me, it's a projection of what people expect of me, it's not who I really am. To that extent I take the decision to close phillg.com for good rather than continue pretending I'm someone I'm not.
The great news is that I'm opening a new site, starting today, that is far more in tune with what I originally wanted out of a website. No more giving in to demands from friends for new content, this new site just be about expressing what's really on my mind. Now I have great pleasure in inviting you to join me for this weekend's launch of my new website...
Best of luck, in all your future endeavours.
Phill G (for the last time here)
31st March 2006
24 March 2006
21 March 2006
20 March 2006
Updated: It seems the info gave out by Billy West on Futurama returning to TV is in fact wrong :-( Instead the previously announced four Futurama straight-to-DVD movies is the resurrection he was thinking about. Ah well, at least it's back on one medium.
19 March 2006
14 March 2006
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4 March 2006
The driving conditions were quite dangerous, the BMW in front of me slide every time he moved from a standing start to try to hit 5mph. It may have been just poor driving on behalf the BMW as the idiot had no rear wiper and didn't bother to wipe the snow of the rear window – I'm adamant (no, I'm really Phill G) that they couldn't see through it. Couple that with two drivers behind me who couldn't be bothered to turn on any lights at all even though every one else was driving with their main headlights on (and even fog lights if they had them). Even having fools to the front of me, fools to the back of me, couldn't spoil my child-like enjoyment of the snow. Our brand spanking new Michelin Energy tyres made short work of the snow – not one single minuscule slide thanks to the superior tread. I managed to grab a few pictures of the Meadows where kids were sliding downhill on sledges and the great effort by the kids in the block opposite (snowman with a mini clone). Finally I topped it all off my getting a few snow balls hurled (and hit most of my targets) but also kept one back that is now sitting in my freezer, waiting for summer!
3 March 2006
2 March 2006
The BBC has two excellent pages about Ming, notably this one explaining why his name is pronounced Mingis (it's to do with a letter that doesn't exist anymore, a yogh) and this one analysing what the collective name should be for his backers. If anybody doesn't get the joke in the final line of that article, visit this site the OED's BBC Word Hunt page.