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The recession: it could have been worse says ONS

by Marrick on May 25, 2012

Yesterday’s revelation by the Office for National Statistics that Britain was indeed back in recession, confirmed the announcement made earlier this month that growth had stalled and gone into reverse, but added the sting in the tail that things are worse than previously thought. It might seem that the jump from two tenths of a […]

Clegg won’t go to war over Lords reform

by Marrick on April 23, 2012

Nick Clegg has sent a clear warning to his party that he is not prepared to put the Coalition at risk to force through reform of the House of Lords against opposition from Conservative sceptics. The Independent He really is an arse. Is there anything he won##Q##t abandon in his headlong pursuit of power? Those […]

Why has Labour taken a significant lead in the polls and can they sustain it?

by Marrick on March 28, 2012

Has Ed got it right? Can the man who the Conservative media are at great pains to paint as a poor leader be manoeuvring Labour into a winning position? Or are the Tories shooting themselves in the foot now, then hoping they can reap the benefits later?  As of today Labour are ten points clear […]

REVIEW: Rugby World Cup 2011 on PlayStation 3 (version tested) and Xbox 360.

by Marrick on August 25, 2011

As with every other major sporting tournament, the Rugby World Cup has brought on a slew of merchandise. From grossly overpriced polo shirts and baseball caps, to key rings, magnets and other tat, the IRB, just like every other sports governing body, uses the opportunity of a World Cup to sell all sorts of merchandise […]

Why skinny people should STFU

by Marrick on March 4, 2010

I##Q##m not thin. In fact I##Q##m what some would call a BHB – big handsome bloke. That doesn##Q##t include me, because I don##Q##t like being big. My bigness is more to do with genetics than diet – I eat moderately and do a certain amount of exercise, including visting the gym twice a week. Still, […]

How to create an unbreakable password

by Marrick on June 15, 2009

Jay sat in my living room sipping his cooling cup of tea. Had we passed in the street I would probably not recognised the tall, almost gangly, bespectacled figure, his loose blue cotton shirt flapping around him like the sails of an improbable yacht, mast thin legs striding in that peculiarly purposeful way that spoke […]

Pity About The Fish

by Marrick on September 20, 2008

Landing at Goa airport was one amongst many adventures facing us. The airport isn’t a commercial facility in the truest sense; it’s a military base that has loaned its strip to the charter companies. The only problem is; the Goan military hasn’t woken up to the fact that they’ve lost the war. Goa is full […]

Ibiza: the best you can say is it’s warm

by Marrick on August 4, 2005

I’ve been in Ibiza since Saturday. It’s changed a lot since my last visit in 1985. If you can imagine a Sluts’R’Us convention in Chav Central you’ll be somewhere near the unique ambience of this little jewel in the Med. Did I say jewel? I meant it in the tackiest possible way. If it weren’t […]

Neo-Corporatism: Early Signs

by Marrick on April 25, 2005

Digital Rights Management is more than just a software device to maintain the copyright of published material. It is a reflection of a new philosophy that will ultimately lead to a society in which consumers own nothing, where the nightmare of the dispossessed comes true and corporate bodies own everything. The logical extension of this […]