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How much will it cost you to vote Green in May 2015?

by Marrick on January 21, 2015

I’ve just had a read of the Green manifesto. It’s just a trite wish list, full of contradictions and non sequiturs. Most of it reads well and gets nods of approval from any right (as in left) thinking person, but behind their policies hides a basic truth – going Green will cost a lot. And […]

What do we do about parking on pavements?

by Marrick on March 31, 2014

Playing devil’s advocate here. I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard a proposal to stop people parking on pavements, because parked cars represent a hazard to disabled people, especially those with sight issues and those in wheelchairs. My first reaction was one of approval, but as I was driving down Lougher Road […]

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by Marrick on September 27, 2012

I learned something today. Few writers use the semicolon properly these days, mostly because they don##Q##t know how or why it should be used. It##Q##s frequently confused with the colon and used as is as the grammatical equivalent of an equals sign, which is how you use a colon. By that, I mean what follows […]

Wales and the Red Zone

by Marrick on September 12, 2011

I just watched the Wales vs South Africa game again and I have to say that when we got into the red zone, we were almost completely ineffective. It was either smash it up the middle or rumble through the forwards. South Africa dealt with both easily. They never look flustered in defence. Not once […]

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 […]

Harris Avenue – The Movie

by Marrick on September 16, 2005

Robin Williams once said that getting divorced was like having your balls ripped off through your wallet. My divorce was a similarly cathartic experience: after everything was paid for – solicitors, estate agents, other assorted robbing bastards and ex-wife, I was left with £12,000 of my pension and barely any of the equity in the […]

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 […]