Sauze d’Oulx

Ok, in half an hour most of this company will be off to Italy for skiing. I shall be snowboarding, or mostly sliding downhill on my backside. The place is called Sauze d’Oulx and around 35 of us have crashed a hotel with capacity for 44 and aimed at “romantic weekend break” couples. Boy some customers are going to be unhappy!! Don’t know much about the place so I’ll leave it here and update you when we’re back.

Work is great at the moment, the ongoing company-setting-up project has a really interesting side-project that seems to have fascinating potential for unusual usage. And I don’t mean just the Adult industry, although that aspect will alwayd be explored, so to speak.

Meanwhile, Bush literacy

…will make America what we want it to be — a more literate country and a hopefuller country.
–George W. Bush

It certainly needs to be a more literate country, eh?

Useful in the office

We were talking in the office about using the phonetic alphabet to spell your name down the phone. I remembered I had posted a funny alphabet on these very pages, so I went to look for it.

I found the entry, as well as Ioannis’ comment on the 17th of October 2005.

“Very useful in the office”- he wrote.

Mosquito told to Buzz Off

Staying with the animal theme, has anyone noticed all the ruckus about this Mosquito device.

I shall explain: The Mosquito is a small speaker that when activated emits a high-pitched noise that’s very irritating and disorientating to kids, but doesn’t affect adults cause they can’t hear it. Shopkeepers are using it to disperse gangs of young hoodlums congregating outside their premises.

As you may know if you frequent these pages, I of course will not be giving you an insight into the intricacies of this debate. I merely noticed that the campaign protesting against the use of the Mosquito is called Buzz Off.
How Deliciously Ironic!
I would’ve thought Buzz Off accurately described the use of the Mosquito!!

This is another example of the British love for the pun, the same love that causes newspapers to write headlines that, rather than explaining the gist of the news article, make puns on someone’s name. (You’ll notice my headline is both pun-chy and informative. Pun intended).

Of course I’ll give you some example headlines! Chinese President Hu Jintao is a good one.

Hu wants to be a millionaire

Hu’s your daddy

Knock, knock. Hu’s there

It takes Hu to make a thing go right

Look! Hu’s talking

Hu’s on first

If not us, Hu? If not now, Wen?

Who’s Hu in Chinese politics?

Guess Hu’s coming to dinner


What chance of success does an hour-long programme on amphibians have?

But yesterday there was some amazing wildlife telly from the BBC, with Attenborough leading from the front.

I learnt how the male African bullfrog can build canals with his back legs and how baby blind worms eat their mother’s skin to gain ten times their body weight.

And there was some brilliant footage of red-eyed tree frog tadpoles developing in a cluster on a leaf and wasps raiding them for food.

Next week on Life in Cold Blood: Lizards!

Taking the High Horse along the Low Road

Yesterday I was talking some nonsense down the phone about an “egg in the black box” solution. Bush has another mixed metaphor

“The senator has got to understand if he’s going to have — he can’t have it both ways. He can’t take the high horse and then claim the low road”.

–George W. Bush
Florence, SC
on Sen. John McCain, speaking to reporters

The EU Treaty? What’sthatthen?

Apparently there might be referendum held on the EU Treaty in Bolton West, which is Secretary of State Ruth Kelly’s constituency.

A television crew went out on the streets of Bolton to survey the public’s concerns.

This is what a butcher said live on evening news telly – “I’ve heard about the EU, but not about the treaty”