Sunday 28 June 2009

what were they thinking?

I know Newcastle United have been relagated to the Championship (old divison two) but their new Away kit. Takes the biscuit.

I'm no self appointed style guru but even I can see this one is a bit of a fashion mistake.

It bloody awful!!!!!

The strip, described on the club's own website as a "stylish new change kit", but Newcastle fans might be wishing the club had retained their unobtrusive plain blue second kit, from last season even if they didn't score in it.

I can't see the 'TOON AMRY' walking around Newscastle city centre or god for bid an away teams city. I wonder if the police have had anything to do with it so the Newcastle fans are easier to spot.

So Newcastle this season will be either deck chairs or banana. So I can see them chanting "Bananas in pyjamas are going down the league; bananas in pyjamas are trying to look like Leeds!!!"

The Mirror has written an article on other bad away kits with photos

Friday 26 June 2009

Steven Wells - RIP

On Tuesday we lost an import figure in my life, a visionary and poet like the world will not see again. Steven Wells aka SWELLS.

His words inspired a generation and brought music to the masses. When I first met Steven I knew him as writer, director and partner in GobTV the man who help make one of the music videos that changed my world forever, "Little Baby Nothing by the Manic Street Preachers.

James McMaon said probably my thoughts when I started to write this piece.

"I’ve been a fucking disgrace. I’m thoroughly ashamed of myself; the sheer weight of articulating what his words meant to me, let alone at least two generations of NME readers, has almost ruined me. I’ve made cups of tea, I’ve smoked cigarettes, I’ve been for an obscenely long lunch. I’ve done anything I could do to avoid writing something on page. Even in death, the unique talent, spirit and flair of Steven Wells has left me questioning everything I’ve ever believed."

Its 2.35am and I've been trying to write this for hours.
So here I go... "I FUCKIN HATE YOU SWELLS, you CAPS LOCK loving arrogant cunt of a man!" and why because I'm jealous! Fucking Jealous of a man who got cancer. Of what you saw what you could articulate and put down on paper. My dyslexic brain could only hope to do a tiny piece of what you've said to people. You've turn people into journalists, inspired kids to form bands and have careers in music. You've done something very few people do, I hope your proud of your yourself!

Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006, he died in the US on Tuesday 23rd June 2009. Steven was the one who said i could do what i wanted and inspired me to work in TV. Swells your going to missed. Rage in Peace.

From The Quietus "Swells Dies. Caps Lock Buttons Sigh In Relief "

GOBTV channel on Youtube

Friday 19 June 2009

Thursday 18 June 2009

Privacy Alert

A new telephone directory of peoples mobile numbers is being launched. This means that accesss to your number will not only be available to the people that you have given it to, but to anyone who knows your name. They do not give your number out directly but forward messages from the enquirer to your mobile. This means that you can be pestered as you won't be able to block people, and whilst te charges for individual enquiries might limit this, it is likely that bulk discounts will be given to companies who buy access to thousands of numbers, and will use it for advertising or "informercial" purposes.

If you do not want to be listed in the directory, you have to opt out NOW before it is published. Go to this link and enter your mobile number. you will get a text with a code which you then enter into the site immediately to confirm that you have the mobile and are not entering someone elses number.

Lyn Brown expenses

On the 22nd of May I blogged about my local MP, Lyn Brown (West Ham) and her expenses claim for a 2nd home in Westminister when the people who she represents are 8 miles away from the house of commons. Post is here

Now all the expenses have been put online you can see the claims in detail at

Update:Telegraph's entry for Lyn Brown

Tuesday 16 June 2009

Ryanair the Business of how not to do it.

On May 16th May I blogged about Ryanair insisted that all new bookings would require online check-ins. If you don't print your boarding pass from the company's website, you're charged an extra £40.Nice, Well Ryanair have done a IT classic and now announced that for ten hours next week, its website will be completely unreachable.

The Ryanair site will be closed from 7pm (Irish summer time)* Wednesday June 24 until 5am Thursday June 25 due to "an essential upgrade maintenance."

*Does Irish Summer Time even exist as a time standard?

They are haveing a laugh aren't they if your entire operation can only be accessed through a website, you'd better make dam' sure that website is 100% reliable. With online shopping, the risk is less - as you retain the stock if people can't buy it. Businesses like airlines and hotels deal in a very perishable commodity: one that ceases to exist, once it's day has passed. It was once joked to me by an IT Manager I asked how did he know his internet connected was up he said he wrote a little script to ping I asked why playboy he said the servers were always up 100% of the time as they didn't want ot lose a single cent of revenue so he could always tell it was his connection at fault and not them.

Therefore for an e-commerce site to be down is bad news for the retailer, but it's a total disaster for an airline that has put all it's eggs in one, online, basket. Especially if they think they can charge people £40 to get their tickets at the airport. You think like any good airline Ryanair would waive the fee for one day. but no in their statement.

"Ryanair will review the number of passengers who fail to check-in online and make a decision at that time."

Which I think we can all take as they will charge you!

Saturday 13 June 2009

What a wonderful day

limehouse basin, originally uploaded by akira_kev.

Well I had a wonderful birthday last week and had a great meal at The Narrow in Limehouse. I'd thoughly recommend it, great food and wine next to the river watch all the boat come up and down the thames while the odd one popped in and out of the basin. I took a few shots while there. The pub has very good pub priced beers too.

Monday 8 June 2009

Strange old world phising

For the last few days I've been recieving a variation on a old phising style were people try to get you to respond to a fake order and then as part of the data protection process they get you to give them your card number again which they say they have already but just need you to confirm. Its a simple confidence trick and done probably many times a day. Well the IP comes back to which traces back to:

inetnum:[whois][trace][reverse ip] -[whois][trace][reverse ip]
descr: FiberCity
descr: ISP
descr: Makati, Philippines

Here are the email messages from the scammer:

from Customer support Colon Pro
date 7 June 2009 15:09
subject Call regarding CP92246


Thank you for your call regarding:

Order ID

We have cancelled your subscription and you will NOT be billed for any future orders effective 6/06/2009

We have also noted your feedback:
you called and updated you refund... you received again another charged.. you requested for refudn.. you will return the bottle..

We have forwarded a copy to the appropriate department for review. You will have a response via email in the next 24-48 hrs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact customer support at the following email:

Thank you
Customer Support

fromCustomer support
date8 June 2009 18:10
subjectRe: Call regarding CP92246


Thank you for your email.

As part of our policy, a cancellation of the original purchase can only occur after you have received the order, and sampled the actual product itself. This is the entire purpose of the trial order.

As such, should you wish to cancel your order beyond the first sample, please email us when you have received your order, and do state the reason then that you are not satisfied with the product.

If you are satisfied with the product received, please do nothing, and we will only charge you for the bottle received in a few days thereafter.

If you have however changed your mind about your order, then the original package of 30 capsules must then be sent back in its unopened form (since we are assuming you are changing your mind about the entire order given that you are contacting us prior to receiving the shipment).

To do so, please simply advise us via return email that you wish to return the package, and we can provide you with a RMA# and address, and once you give us the tracking number for the return package, we can cancel your order accordingly.

Thank you for understanding our try first, pay later trial policy (which is not meant for abuse of the ‘trial’, which I am sure you can understand many unscrupulous customers attempt to do).

We trust that you will indeed be delighted with the product and will choose to keep it, in which case you will be billed only for the item received.

We will however cancel ALL future bills after that, so only the original package of 30 pills will be charged to your card.

If you should have any further questions, please also feel free to let me know.

Best regards,

Shane West

Customer support


fromCustomer support
date9 June 2009 03:44
subjectRe: Call regarding CP92246

Dear Customer

Thank you for your email and inquiry

Please let me know:

1. The amount that was deducted from your card

2. The charge descriptor that appears on your card's statement

I will be most happy to assist you on this matter thereafter

Thank you and best regards,

Victoria Carols

Customer Support

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Thank you for your call regarding:

Order ID

We have cancelled your subscription and you will NOT be billed for any future orders effective 6/06/2009

We have also noted your feedback:
you called and updated you refund... you received again another charged.. you requested for refudn.. you will return the bottle..

We have forwarded a copy to the appropriate department for review. You will have a response via email in the next 24-48 hrs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact customer support at the following email:

Thank you
Customer Support

Thursday 4 June 2009

The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

Oh how many times have i seen people try to pull this one.

Wednesday 3 June 2009

Fuck me I love London!

Taken from my iPhone @ the Serpentine, Hyde Park on the 02/06/2009... more iphone camera shots are on link