Monday, April 24, 2006

Local elections

This is what happens when I try to email Haringey council:

<council.tax@haringey.gov.uk>:
Connected to 213.48.201.4 but sender was rejected.
Remote host said: 550 This system has been configured to reject your mail (B)

which pretty much sums up what a heap of shit it is. If an email ever does get through it seems to be council policy not to reply.

The local elections are coming up and while I shall definitely be casting my vote, after all if you don't vote for change then essentially you're voting for things to continue as they are, I'm decidedly sceptical as to what the effect will be on council services should the Lib Dems take control. After all, the same people will be working for the council won't they? And they're the ones who can't be bothered to reply to emails.

They've sold off Ally Pally (after millions of pounds of residents money was spent refurbishing it - and will be for the next 10 years), installed stupid 'Slow down - 30mph' flashing warning signs all over Muswell Hill and still haven't made Crouch Hill a red route so the W3/W7 takes years to get up and down it because of cars parked along the whole length of it. Whereever buses go there should be a proper bus lane, that no one's allowed to park in, even just to use the cashpoint (I'm talking about Highbury corner here, you inconsiderate fucknuts) and it should actually be wide enough for a bus to get through.

They only useful thing they've done is update Park Road Leisure Centre. What they don't say is that the prices went up 2 weeks after this article, and that residents don't even get a discount. Haringey council workers do though! Presumably to counteract all that sitting around on their arses all day doing fuck all.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

London Marathon

Rob sails past with a mere seven more miles of nipple-chafing to go.

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The London Marathon

Irrefutable proof that my friend and yours, Mr Robert Kluger, did this day the twenty-third of April, take part in a little race known as the London Marathon. Well done Rob, I suppose you'll be wanting that fifty quid now?

Seriously I was quite impressed, this was 19 miles in and he looked in a much better state than I'd imagined him to be. And certainly less delirious than most around him.

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Starbucks II

Flush with success from the last Starbucks challenge I was contemplating what a normal cup of coffee from Starbucks actually tastes like - only ever having had a cappuccino, latte or mocha. So on my way in to work this morning I asked the friendly Barista at London Bridge for a cup of normal coffee, of the Fairtrade variety.

It didn't start well when she couldn't really understand that I just wanted a cup of coffee, not something with a stupid sounding faux-Italian name. I nearly ended up with a grande milk. God knows how. And seriously, what's wrong with 'small, medium or large'?

You know, everyone who works in Starbucks is Italian. I wonder if they realise that it's not actually an Italian company. Maybe Starbucks is highly valued in Italy, like us drinking Lavazza or something. Anyway, this girl wasn't quite as clued up as her predecessor and palmed me off with a 'it's not brewed, so you can't have any'. I asked if she could brew some - her reply 'we only serve what's brewed, would you like to taste? It's nice, from Guatamala'.

She wasn't really getting the point. It's not about how good it tastes (although Fairtrade 'supposedly' tastes better than normal coffee), why would I be stipulating Fairtrade when I could be so easily dazzled by a smooth Guatamalan blend? Fairtrade isn't a country, is it?

Not sure if it fits with the challenge or not, but I told her that she was supposed to brew up a cup on request - to which she replied that they didn't have any - so that's that. I headed to Pret instead, and while I know they're owned by McDonalds now, their coffee is all Fairtrade, as is all the sugar, and the milk's organic. Have some of that for ethical consumerism.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Here kitty, kitty

Most sane people know that animal testing is a necessary evil when it comes to medical research so I'm not going to get into the debate here, but if you want to show your support for continuing this vital work, and voicing your disapproval for the ALF and other morons of that ilk, just go here.

Bee zarre

Whenever I've got Acrobat open and I hold down the mouse button my CPU usage goes up to 100% and the fan sounds like a mosquito in my ear. I can't for the life of me figure out why this is so. Sometimes computers are just completely strange. They're like people - in general most people are sane, but every now and again you come across a complete lunatic whose behaviour cannot be explained by rational terms.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Starbucks

Due to feeling antagonistic this morning rather than posessing a sense of ethical justice, I took up the Starbucks Challenge that a friend mentioned in her blog some time ago. Venue of choice was the Starbucks stand outside London Bridge station. In fact they make the worst double latte of all Starbucks I've ever been to, but they're on the way to work. Yes I know there's one in Hays Galleria, but that's not on my way is it?

Anyway, much to my disappointment, they'd happily provide me with an Estima coffee, and had it already brewed. There is a major flaw with this though - I didn't want a normal coffee, I wanted a latte - and apparently they can't make espresso out of the Estima. At least that's what the barista chap said. If it's a guy does that make him a barist? Or a barrister? Or just the boss?

Anyway, it's all pretty pointless as far as I can tell. Who knows how much they're paying for their coffee? Who says it is or isn't a fair price? You can be damn sure the Colombian farmer isn't getting anywhere near 2 quid a cup. But just because it's got the fairtrade stamp on it we can carry on exploiting the third world with a smug glow in our chests.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Coral Bay

We didn't get too many photos of Coral Bay as we spent most of the time swimming or drinking. This was the sunset over the Indian Ocean though, very nice. We meant to go whale shark snorkelling but our boat broke down after the first reef snorkel, and we had to go back :( I was most disappointed, but I swear I'll be back.

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It's a goanna

Much loved of Steve Irwin.

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Ahh, more wildlife

I'm still trying to find out what lizard this is, it was very nearly a squashed one.

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I love this photo. I was more impressed with the pelicans than the dolphins to tell you the truth (see below). I thought this guy was suddenly gonna swallow my camera, or my head.

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Monkey Monkey Mia

As nice as it was to see some dolphins in the wild, the Monkey Mia resort was a little disappointing. The fascist scientists don't let you go into the water when they're being fed (3 times a day - that's why the dolphins keep coming back) yet they can happy splash around in it. Apparently someone got nibbled once. There's always someone that spoils it for everyone else.

Also it's strange that other scientists/conservationists maintain that you shouldn't feed the wild animals as it upsets their equilibrium, but they happily fed them for the tourists here. Presumably it might have something to do with the ten bucks they get for everyone entering the national park....

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I told her to go faster, but she didn't want to dent the car.

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Check out my thongs. Pretty sexy huh?

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We're gonna need a bigger boat

This is the Murchison River, and the first time it's flooded in like 60 years. All that land behind Alison is not supposed to be under water. A cyclone up north was to blame for this. I can't remember the name - Larry, or George or Fiona perhaps.... who knows.



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What's that? Five Australians and One Englishman? In the blistering sunshine. I make that Pimms O'Clock.

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Perth

This is the view from Kings Park. Think Hyde Park but an awful lot bigger. Everything seems to be bigger in Australia. Especially the people.

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The Pinnacles

You're not allowed to sit or climb on the Pinnacles, so what did I do? I climbed up one and sat on it.

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Either sunrise or sunset, I'm not entirely sure....

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Alison's got a good eye for photographs, much better than my scattergun approach. Here I am in the tingle forests.

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This was just a really sweet view

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Pretty awesome landscape huh? This is the south coast of Oz.

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This is a much better view of the Mandalay shipwreck.

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Hello spidey

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Hello young grasshopper....etc etc Posted by Picasa