No Relation

The thoughts and opinions of Andrew Nixon, someone who sometimes gets pissed off with modern life.

Monday, July 31, 2006

New address

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How did that get there?

In one of those stories that makes you say to yourself "what the fuck", the Beeb are reporting that a piano has been found buried on Ben Nevis, Britains highest mountain.

In case you don't believe me, here's a picture.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Hypocrite of the month

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the head honcho of the Catholic Church in England, recently said the following:

Homosexual people are first of all persons, and have the same entitlement to legal rights as anyone else.”… and …“The Church has consistently spoken out against any discrimination against homosexual persons, and will continue to do so.

Which surprised a lot of people, as the Catholic church usually come across as complete bigots in their treatment of homosexuals.

But, as GALHA reports, things have returned to normal after the Cardinal fired his press officer for being gay.

I wonder if we will see O'Connor speak out against this dismissal, saying that homosexuals deserve equal rights? I highly doubt it.

Taxi Driver becomes Apple "expert"

Digital Spyreport on a very funny situation at the BBC recently.

After the Apple Corps v Apple Computers case was concluded recently, Guy Kewney, an expert on music and the internet, was waiting in the recption of the BBC to be interviewed about the case.

He was understandably shocked then, when he heard himself being announced as being interviewed at that very moment.

He looked over to find his taxi-driver giving the interview. The interviewer, Karen Bowerman, was puzzled as to why her "expert" seemed to know very little about Apple Computers, on-line music or the Beatles. Indeed it appeared English was not even his first language.

I do not know. I is not sure what I is doing here

He said, on live TV. A BBC spokesman did apologise.

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Kids are alright

From The Times, who report that the Church of England has done it's own research into the "spirituality" of young people ages 15 to 25. I'm 26 so I guess that means I'm not young anymore, but I digress.

The quotes from those surveyed on the second page of the article are heartening. Even the one religous person quoted says that his hapiness is more important than his religion.

The authors of course, say that the kids have got it all wrong:

“We live in an instant culture, which cannot be reached by instant missionary tactics.” And the desire for happiness is valid and should not be criticised by clergy. “It can only be outclassed by a Christ-like way of life, for in him alone is true happiness to be found.”

A Christ-like way of life eh? So that's do pretty much nothing until the age of 30, then start telling people what to do, piss off the authorities, then get crucified, which your Dad wanted to happen all along. Oh, and probably to never have existed at all. Sounds great doesn't it kids?

I'll leave the last quote to the Archbishop of York, who is often good for a laugh.

The research suggests young people are happy with life as it is, that they have felt no need for a transcendent something else and regard the Church as boring and irrelevant.

People find the church irrelevant? No shit Sherlock.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Election decided by drawing the longest pencil

According to this article from the BBC, an election has been decided by getting the two candidates who tied to draw the longest pencil.

Now you may expect this to be in some sort of Banana Republic, but this was in the UK, in St Albans to be precise.

This is why we need to change the voting system in this country. If voters were able to give a second choice, this tie would have been able to be resolved without some silly pencil test.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Pete Doherty disapears up own arse

According to Digital Spy, Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty has said he is this generation's most important rock star, and is the new John Lennon.

No you're not Pete. You're an over-rated druggie who people only know about because you're shagging Kate Moss and taking ridiculous amounts of drugs. 90% of people probably can't even name one of your songs.

Someone really needs to give him a good slap.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

I Fought The Law

According to the BBC, a phone salesman was reported to the police after requesting London Calling by the Clash to be played during a taxi journey. The offending lines were the following:
London calling from the faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down.

London calling to the underworld, come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls.

This isn't the first time a Clash song has caught the attention of the police. In June 2004, Mike Devine from Bristol was questioned by police after he sent a text message including some of the lyrics to the song "Tommy Gun". Ths song includes the words "gun" and "jet airliner".

Harraj Mann, who is the phone salesman who was questioned, said the following...
I mean obviously the political climate these days is like walking on egg shells, but I mean there's caution and then there's taking it to the point where it's absurd and ludicrous.
One wonders what Joe Strummer would have made of it all.