How The Brits are Cheated

Thursday, 17 December 2009

[Picture of ruler with inches and mm]BRITS are hard-done by when it comes to software. This is a constant annoyance to me because I use a lot of software all day long. The problem is down to the difference between the USA and the UK — the so-called American English and British English. Read the rest of this entry »

How Words Manipulate Part 2

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

[Picture of PM interview with Jeremy Paxman]IN a previous article posted on this blog, I attempted to show how easily we are manipulated by the wording of copyright restriction notices (see How Words Manipulate of January 2007). I wrote that article because it had become annoying enough in my mind and I needed an outlet.

Recently I have been getting annoyed by the rhetoric of the gutter press, magazines, web sites, radio and television — especially when journalists interview serious professionals who cannot resort to quips or soundbites, or when politicians are involved!

That is why I have returned to this subject. This time I want to concentrate on how we are manipulated by the spoken word — by what is known as Read the rest of this entry »

Why Consumer Choice is Not Good

Saturday, 9 February 2008

[Picture of cigarette packs]I AM going to argue here that things have gone wrong, and that responsibility has become misplaced. It seems to me to be the case that things are no longer what they once were, that things are no longer simple.

Allow me to illustrate: Bread is no longer just bread, there Read the rest of this entry »

What is the Best Form of Government?

Thursday, 6 December 2007

socialism.gifALL today’s politics and ideologies are in fact pretty new. It’s odd that we just take for granted ideas like Capitalism, Democracy, Communism, Socialism, Trades Unions, insurance, banking, and even parliaments as the norms.

However, the truth is that they are all experimental ideas — all of them are man-made, designed, thought up, devised, planned and contrived — and they are not very old, so they have not had a lot of time to iron out the wrinkles. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Is the Quality?

Monday, 1 October 2007

[Picture of Winston Churchill]WE LIVE IN A BLAND WORLD. Devoid of personality, free from character and lacking in wit.

We have created a world of political correctness, of feminine sidedness and equality, an irrational and fundamentally dishonest world. A good question would be “why?” — but I suppose no-one is allowed to ask that! Read the rest of this entry »

How Men Have Been Conned

Saturday, 21 July 2007

[Picture of Bay City Rollers]WHAT is it to be a man these days?

This is clearly a problem; something seems to have gone wrong — and I suspect it has something to do with selling products.

Take pop music for example, and compare this with an earlier time. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Politicians are Not Good for Us

Thursday, 12 April 2007

[Picture of Black Rod]POLITICIAN is a job title; it is paid employment.

And who pays the politician’s wages and expenses? — That’s right, WE DO.

So what does the job entail? In other words, what do we get for our money?

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Why Bicycles Are An Anomaly

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

[Picture of a bicycle lane]THE UK’s traffic and transport system is not cohesive and makes no sense.  I aim to show here that bicycles are neither understood nor taken seriously, and that their primary role is merely as a blunt weapon — mainly against the car. The car is the target of hatred by many for all sorts of reasons, even though it is extremely popular (see Why The Car is Best).

Public transport these days tends to be in the hands of private companies, and while there are calls for improved services, the government has already taken action. Very expensive action. This action has two effects: it targets cars and it appears to promote bicycles! (see How To Stop Traffic Jams & Save Lives). Read the rest of this entry »

Why The Car is Best

Thursday, 8 March 2007

[Picture of off road car]THE car is not perfect, but it is still the best. It really is — and to deny this simple truth can only lead to unhappiness. Facts are facts, and facts have to be faced. What I shall attempt to do here is explain for the record why the car is best (as completely as I possibly can). Read the rest of this entry »

Who or What is God?

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

[Picture of Charlton Heston as Moses]WRITING about God is always going to be controversial, that’s a given, but everybody seems to be doing it on the web, so I thought I would contribute to the debate in my own small way.

I ask you to consider God from a whole new point of view. Try it and see what you think. First of all unburden yourself for the time being of your prejudices and beliefs, just for the sake of argument. Read the rest of this entry »