Archive for February, 2007

Lying Bastards!

February 27th, 2007

First they told us they were going in to Iraq to destroy WMD, but they were lying! It was about regime change.

Last December they told us they were putting a tax on airline flights to cover the environmental impact of air travel.

Here are some quotes from Gordon Brown’s pre-budget report:

“The Pre-Budget Report… takes further steps to tackle the global challenges of climate change, including an increase in all rates of air passenger duty with effect from 1 February 2007, in recognition of the environmental costs of flying…”

“The Government recognises the role that air passenger duty can play in tackling the climate change impact of aviation…” Erm, what role is that exactly?

“[the APD] will deliver carbon savings of around 0.3 MtC a year by 2010-11…” Erm, how exactly?

Isn’t it amazing how they glibly say something like that? “We’ll raise a tax and that will somehow magically fix global warming.”

Not only that, but the tax is applied equally to all airlines, regardless of whether a particular airline is greener or not. Some airlines have more modern planes which pollute less, yet they get hammered just as much as airlines which use older, more polluting planes.

It turns out, however, that this new tax is not actually going to be targeted at climate projects. No, it’s all going in to the general coffers.


Stupid Dads

February 27th, 2007

What is it that advertisers have against dads?

I’ve just watched an advert for Butlins which features family of four. Look out for it. Notice how everything the father does results in his looking like a fool. This isn’t the only advert like this.

There is one for KFC where the dad buys his son a drum kit but forgets to buy the sticks.

Another one for Nintendo DS shows a family playing a game but the only one too thick to understand the game is the dad. 

There seems to be a trend towards making fathers look like idiots in the advertising industry. Has it always been this way? What is the reason for it?

It pisses me off and I’m not even a dad!

I’m going to update this post each time I see another ad that ridicules dads.

List of Shame

  • Butlins
  • KFC
  • Nintendo DS
  • Orville Redenbacher’s
  • Kellog’s


February 26th, 2007

Have you seen the ads for eBay that are currently running?

The basic idea is that someone has a bunch of stuff they no longer need and their friends gather round and say stuff like “Oh, I’ll buy those from you.”

So my question is: If you can just sell all your excess stuff to your friends, why the hell do you need eBay?

Musing #7

February 14th, 2007

Geniuses are merely sharp tools to be used by the rest of us.

What have I been up to?

February 1st, 2007

I haven’t posted here in a while, so you might be wondering what I’ve been up to. Well, as far as writing goes, I’ve been focusing on my kids novel. I had hoped to have it finished by the end of January but I’ve also been working on getting the house ready for sale in preparation for the move to Spain.

I have decorators in at the moment, but the main job for me is upgrading the kitchen. I could have got tradesmen in to do the various jobs, but you know how it is when you try to get different tradesmen to co-ordinate their efforts. Anyway, it’s nearly finished and soon I’ll be back to normal.

I have been adding Tarantuman strips, so keep checking if you are a Tarantufan.