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Tuesday May 4, 2010

Wednesday April 7, 2010

Friday November 27, 2009

Monday May 4, 2009

Wednesday April 8, 2009

Tuesday April 7, 2009

Friday March 20, 2009

Tuesday December 23, 2008

Wow, rock stars ask for some stupid crap...

The Smoking Gun has the Foo Fighter's tour rider...

Tuesday December 16, 2008

Sexy secrets of the Syrian souk

Welcome to the world of musical knickers and remote controlled bras...

Friday December 12, 2008

Thursday December 11, 2008

Wednesday August 27, 2008

Tuesday August 26, 2008

The world's most prolific bicycle thief arrested

And he owned a bicycle shop. Hmm.

Thursday April 24, 2008

Monday April 7, 2008

Wednesday April 2, 2008

Friday March 21, 2008

Wednesday March 19, 2008

A City That Sat on Its Treasures, but Didn’t See Them

Chandigarh throws out Corbusier's furniture as junk, finds out too late it was valuable junk.

Thursday March 13, 2008

Wednesday February 27, 2008

Sunday February 24, 2008

Sunday January 27, 2008

Drought could force nuclear shutdowns

Mother Nature has a strange sense of humour...

Thursday January 24, 2008

Tuesday January 22, 2008

Solving a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a cookie

Is the fortune cookie really Chinese... or is it Japanese?

Tuesday December 18, 2007

Federal Reserve shrugged as US subprime crisis spread

Alan Greenspan was first warned about sub-prime mortgage mis-selling in 2001.

Thursday November 22, 2007

Wednesday November 21, 2007

Monday November 19, 2007

Thursday November 15, 2007

Friday November 9, 2007

In a growing world, milk is the new oil

In parts of the United States, milk is more expensive than gasoline...

Thursday November 8, 2007

Paramount and Warner Bros sell DVDs for $3 in China

So how much is a new DVD really worth? £3?

Wednesday October 17, 2007

Last rites for a marine marvel?

The bluefin tuna heads for extinction.

Sunday October 7, 2007

Saturday October 6, 2007

Thursday September 27, 2007

Sunday September 16, 2007

Wednesday September 12, 2007

Wednesday August 22, 2007

Number of blacklisted Britons to reach 8.6m by 2011

That's about a quarter of working Britons...

Saturday August 18, 2007

Tuesday August 7, 2007

Friday April 20, 2007

Friday April 13, 2007

Tuesday March 27, 2007

The Album, a Commodity in Disfavor

Record labels are struggling to adapt to music buyer's increasing preference for singles rather than albums

Monday March 26, 2007

Cheap - but not so cheerful?

The Guardian sticks it to Lidl...

Tuesday February 20, 2007

Monday February 19, 2007

Scientists call for an end of deep sea "plunder"

The fuel subsidies that allow bottom trawling fishing fleets to "plunder" the deep seas should be scrapped.

Friday February 9, 2007

Brought to book: the poo lady's PhD

The Guardian reviews Gillian McKeith's 48 page pamphlet PhD.

Friday January 26, 2007

Air-freighted food may lose "organic" label

The UK's main organic certification body is concerned about the "food miles" involved in importing goods by air

Tuesday January 16, 2007

Monday January 15, 2007

Large retail chains move out of Manhattan and onto the surrounding streets

And compete with local merchants and make some commentators antsy about the sameness that's potentially in store for the other New York boroughs

On the mend

Three Guardian writers try to find someone - anyone - to put their broken gadgets back together again...

Friday January 12, 2007

Pizza promotion met with death threats

Only in America, the land of the free and the utterly immature.

Thursday January 11, 2007

"Shock" as UK rates rise to 5.25%

Only a muppet would be surprised by an interest rate rises when house price inflation is still rampant...

Mr. Noodle

Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Give him ramen noodles, and you don’t have to teach him anything.

Hot Stuff

The joys of silicone in the kitchen.

Tuesday January 9, 2007

Turbo-consumerism is the driving force behind crime

Failed consumers will lie, cheat and steal to gain the trappings of success so that they can be regarded as normal

Friday January 5, 2007

Singles chart set to go retro

Chart will now include all single sales, not just those of "recent" releases.

Thursday January 4, 2007

Sunday December 31, 2006

Britons 'not ready to drink less'

Britons are incapable of emulating the European drinking culture because they "enjoy getting drunk"

Thursday December 14, 2006

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Tuesday December 12, 2006

Saturday December 2, 2006

Saturday November 25, 2006

Friday November 17, 2006

Give me back my GOOGLE

Google results without all the bloody affiliate links [no kelkoo, pixmania, dealtime etc.].

A one-way street to postcode madness

An up-to-date list of addresses is vital for local authorities - but they have to pay for the data they created themselves...

Thursday November 16, 2006

Wednesday November 15, 2006

You don't always die from tobacco...

You could call it anti-smoking, or you could call it true.

Tuesday November 14, 2006

Monday November 13, 2006

Check in, log on, fork out

aka the high cost of hotel WiFi.

Sunday November 12, 2006

Piracy losses fabricated - Aussie study

A draft study commissioned by the Australian Attorney General's office finds that the music and software industries attributes sales losses to piracy without any evidence to back their claims.

Thursday November 2, 2006

'Only 50 years left' for sea fish

More than a third of sea fisheries already in 'a state of collapse'...

Monday October 30, 2006

Tuesday September 12, 2006

Saturday August 26, 2006

U.S. rice supply contaminated by GM rice

U.S. commercial supplies of long-grain rice have become "inadvertently" contaminated with a genetically engineered variety not approved for human consumption. Thank you Bayer CropScience.

Saturday August 12, 2006

Marginal Revolution: Why is the UK so expensive?

Because the UK doesn't believe in price competition. Then add inefficient land markets, the food price premium caused by the Common Agricultural Policy...

Tuesday August 8, 2006

Tuesday July 25, 2006

No superstores 'means prosperity'

"Shops, employment and the countryside in England all flourish if plans for superstores are refused, a report says". Summers probably warmer too no doubt... er, hey...

UK imports over 100,000 AK-47 rifles in just three months

Does make you realise just how big the arms trade really is...

Wednesday July 5, 2006

Thursday June 29, 2006

Tuesday June 27, 2006

Friday June 23, 2006

Monday June 5, 2006

Sunday June 4, 2006

Apple nixes off-shore support in India

Great news if true - I have had to deal with Apple 'support' in India three or four times and they were appalling each time -

"Your power supply is not working but we won't repair it as it might not be a hardware problem"

"You'll need to buy AppleCare if you want us to repair your Powerbook, would you like to buy AppleCare?" "No, I don't need AppleCare" "You need to buy AppleCare if you want Apple to fix your computer" "Do you mean that you're refusing to repair my machine even though it's under warranty?" "Oh."

They can't cope if you don't follow their script and frankly it's clear that they don't care if they can't/won't help with your problem.

Saturday June 3, 2006

The Register's guide to buying HD TV in the UK

So let's look at the big questions. Do you need an HDTV? Well no, not really - not yet, anyway.

Saturday May 27, 2006

Friday May 26, 2006

The BBC examines the rise of the UK's "Confrontation culture"
Ben Page, chairman of the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, says there is certainly a common perception that we're losing our manners. And he has a phrase to describe the shoppers having childish tantrums at the checkouts - these are "masters of the me-niverse", who expect the world to revolve around the axis of their own ego.

Sunday May 21, 2006

Shell UK stops accepting chip-and-pin payments after £1m fraud
Ah, the fallibility of technology... aka the best laid plans etc...

Saturday May 20, 2006

Monday April 17, 2006

Never Mind the Gap: how the retailer's clothes got so dreadful

Saturday April 15, 2006

Companies In The Crossfire
Business Week discovers that "the politically passionate" are avoiding businesses they see as "repugnant". Shock, horror.

Sunday April 9, 2006

Why women are changing their minds about men
As a woman's financially independence increases, so does her preference for physical attractiveness in potential partners, says a new survey: the New Scientist recommends that "men who aren't already there get down to the gym, and moisturise".

Saturday April 8, 2006

How to pour Ketchup (Catsup). The full technical explanation.

Friday April 7, 2006

The groom bought stamps
"You bought stamps and almost killed a clerk. I've been scheduling a church, a reception site, a caterer, a florist, a photographer, a hair stylist, a makeup person, a dress, fittings, bridesmaids, church music, the band, our rings, limos, hotels, save the date cards, invitations, directions, photography permits, our registry, our wedding website, who sits where and who says what, and during that time I've probably almost committed roughly a hundred homicides," she said. "But you bought stamps. Attaboy."

Monday April 3, 2006

Grups - The Ascendant Breed of Grown-Ups Who Are Redefining Adulthood
And apparently killing off the generation gap while they're at it...

Wednesday March 22, 2006

Tuesday March 21, 2006

Monday March 20, 2006

The war over Julius the monkey
Paul Frank vs. Paul Frank Industries...

Sunday March 19, 2006

Mutiny at the Cafe
When baristas strike back...
Coke 'drinks India dry'
Critics claim beverage giant's bottling plants are interfering with irrigation in drought-ridden regions
The culture of dissatisfaction
How much of what we do is a reaction against things we're dissatisfied with?

Saturday March 18, 2006

Wednesday March 15, 2006

Monday March 13, 2006

The Donut Burger [via double viking]
This makes the deep fried pizza look like healthy eating...

Sunday March 5, 2006

You're nicked ... now please follow me through ladies' lingerie
London's Metropolitan Police to build police cells in Selfridge's Department Store.

Saturday March 4, 2006

No Work and No Play [via apartmenttherapy]
James Surowiecki on the non-appearance of the leisure economy of the future: "In the American model, then, you work more hours and use the money you make to pay for the things you can’t do because you’re working"

Friday March 3, 2006

The Middle Class on the Precipice [via 3quarksdaily]
How the American Middle Class's safety net is being whittled away.

Monday February 27, 2006

Saturday February 25, 2006

Thursday January 26, 2006

Wednesday January 25, 2006

A "music, movies, search engine and discovery engine", apparently.

Saturday January 21, 2006

Monday January 16, 2006

Poor diet link to rising cases of depression
Fruit may be good for you after all...

Saturday January 14, 2006

Friday January 13, 2006

Starbucks' wee secret
How to get a cheaper, better cappuccino...

Thursday January 12, 2006

Or how to turn off that bloody MiniStore.

Friday January 6, 2006

Luxury and inconspicuous consumption
Where (the culture of consumption) intersects (more money than brains).

Saturday December 24, 2005

8 Tips From A Last Minute Christmas Shopper
I love it when people's cynicism shines through...

Friday December 23, 2005

Saturday December 17, 2005

Saturday December 10, 2005

Online hotel rating sites driving anxiety into the hearts of many hotel managers
"On these sites, disgruntled guests are free to use their own words to describe the horror of their stay; totally free to alter the facts without comment, explanation, or remedy from the hotel"

Friday December 9, 2005

Wednesday December 7, 2005

Monday December 5, 2005

Friday December 2, 2005

Wednesday November 30, 2005

What's hurting the middle class - the myth of over-consumption
Over a generation, average mortgage expenses have increased by 69 percent in the US, and house prices are directly linked with the quality of local schools.

Friday November 25, 2005

Oatmeal From '70s Still Tastes OK
Not an excuse to not clean out your cupboards though...

Tuesday November 22, 2005

Wednesday November 16, 2005

UK firms accused of 'ramping up online prices'
Online retailers charged higher prices for electronic goods than store-front retailers, allegedly.

Sunday November 6, 2005

5th generation iPod reviewed
Better battery life, better audio quality. No more Firewire support. Ah well...

Saturday November 5, 2005

Monday October 31, 2005

Sunday October 30, 2005

Cheaper homes [i.e. trailers] hit harder by hurricane Wilma
Apparently Americans have just figured this out. In other news, water still wet.

Monday October 24, 2005

Friday October 21, 2005

Scotland's murderous heart
A new report claims Scotland has a higher murder rate than America. The UN says it's the 'most violent place in the developed world'. How did it come to this? Irvine Welsh on the dark heart of his beloved homeland...

Friday October 14, 2005

The Best Burgers in NYC
And who says I never post anything of vital importance??

Friday April 8, 2005

Card companies offering credit to homeless young people
A study by the homelessness charity Centrepoint found almost a quarter of young homeless people surveyed had been offered credit via unsolicited promotional literature from credit card companies and other lenders sent directly to their hostels.

Friday April 1, 2005

Retail sales slump to worst level for 12 years
It's beginning to feel a lot like... a recession.

Tuesday March 29, 2005

The Most Expensive [Rock] Album Never Made
The NYT on Guns N'Roses' long [and still...] awaited "Chinese Democracy".

Tuesday March 8, 2005

Saturday February 5, 2005

Girls sued for delivering cookies
What's that saying...? Oh yes, Only in America...

Friday February 4, 2005