Archive for February, 2010

Troy Government under fire from Gifts Watchdog

February 28, 2010

The Government of Troy came under immense pressure last night after it emerged that it did not declare a gift received from the Greek Army. The Government has admitted that the 30ft horse was reward for victory in the siege of Troy and that it will now re-submit their accounts to the gifts watchdog.

The Government’s admission will boost Laocoon, who has long campaigned against receiving such gifts, especially from Greeks.

Sources close to the Government have claimed that Priam has suggested that the horse may have been plot by the Greek Army to ensnare Troy in an expenses scandal.

King Priam was unavailable for comment last night.

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Of course in those days the internet was in black and white

February 25, 2010

I’d love to see Armando Iannucci get an Oscar next week for In The Loop, mainly because he’s responsible for this great bit of comedy in which he interviews a 90 year old man about his memories of, amongst other things, logging on to letsbuyit.com during the war and buying a pound of tripe and a gas mask.  Enjoy.

Inner City Life

February 20, 2010

Lets have a quick look at the top New Zealand stories. Brilliant.

They remind me of a child, someone who is treated similar to everyone else yet has no responsibility whatsoever.

…and if elected, I will not serve.. and haven’t you noticed how…

February 16, 2010

If Sen. Bayh wants to ensure people take his Shermanesque statement seriously he could always just include a racist joke when asked whether he will run.

Assorted Link

February 15, 2010

Go see these wonderful series of videos on business in China by James  Fallows and understand:

Why Dominoes failed and Pizza Hut succeeded in China

Why to never trust any facts or figures in China

How making a business deal requires the ability to be able to drink plenty of beer

How China are outsourcing their marketing to the U.S

Why even the top businesses have a 30% annual turnover in employees

How estimates of China’s population have a margin of error equal to the entire population of the U.S

How the ability to wash  fruit and veg in your washing machine proves the innovation of China

Why John Edwards could launch a more intellectually honest  campaign in China (see two Americas)

Why Sarah Palin could launch a more intellectually honest campaign in China (see Eastern  elites)

Happy Birthday Lincoln

February 12, 2010

If he hadn’t have been shot he would be celebrating his 201st birthday today

Quarterly Report

February 11, 2010

Unexpected events such as the nice little link from MR have made it a steady first three months, however, the blog has continued to bump along the bottom, and a gradual increase in quality of output may now be in prospect.

Can I just point out…

February 7, 2010

1 out of 3 so far

My favourite headline of the week

February 6, 2010

I love the BBC but if it’s just going to start anticipating people’s reaction to stories that haven’t happened yet why don’t they do it for other events as well. Here’s a few they can put up now:

‘Chelsea fans jubilant after their 2-0 win over Arsenal tomorrow’

‘Britain optimistic after Conservative General Election landslide’

‘Boredom anticipated ahead of Lost finale’

Blinded by stubbornness

February 3, 2010

‘…a certain number of people stumbled down a dark staircase that led to a twisted path. Blinded by stubbornness, they pressed on through years of such strange turns and illogical leaps that by now they find themselves speaking from a place that no longer seems to me to be part of America, or of the civilisation of the Western Enlightenment. I don’t know where they’re at, and I don’t care.’

DiA on not the viewership of Two and Half Men as I first thought, but an accurate portrayal of the supporters of torture.

Vice Versa

February 3, 2010

When I first heard of a Vice guide to Liberia, I thought it would involve the magazine pointing out how Africans are nowhere near as cool as themselves, but it’s actually pretty good.