AlisonW - The .com test site

This site is currently being redeveloped. Although it will work fine it will continue to look terrible for a while yet. Sorry!

2008-11-02 - 13:53:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Meta: Silly season |

Some recent stories and articles which have grabbed my attention:

• A great article in the New York Times about the creeping friendship nature of Web 2.0 social networking (cf. my post last week on the same subject )

• The Telegraph reports that some (very silly, imho) local Councils are banning the use of Latin phrases - such as ex officio, ad lib and pro rata because, according to Bournemouth Council – one of the offended – "Not everyone knows Latin. Many readers do not have English as their first language so using Latin can be particularly difficult..

• The Mail on Sunday leads with this week's data loss by HMG. Hands up anyone who thinks they have any information about themselves which is still private!

• And finally, as one should always end on a note of levity, Sarah Palin demonstrates to an adoring world – or in this instance Marc Antoine Audette (one of the "Masked avengers") pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy – that she has absolutely no idea. Johnny Hallyday as French ambassador to the United States, indeed! (Reported by the BBC



Recent posts:


A Future in Europe
Mrs May
The cult of personality
Clinton v Trump looking more likely
Dangerous stuff!
Who do you trust with your life?

Latest tweets

Today at 19:28 »
@Ring_Sheryl So they are perfectly happy with big men walking into the girls' locker room without warning or excuse? Yeah, unacceptable.
Today at 18:24 »
No, she's a 'victim' of her own crass stupidity and unacceptable behaviour. All nasty sorority girls and boys shoul…
Today at 11:23 »
RT @PhilKerry6 :
@PhilKerry6 : @KATPOOH Statistically 6 out of 7 dwarfs aren't Happy
  • 1
Today at 11:20 »
@calandamountain ♥️ SBB CFF FFS RhB
Today at 11:18 »
@nickreeves9876 But as "Democratic People's Republic" etc rarely means that maybe stick with Progressive.
Today at 11:13 »
I probably want them to run away scared of what would happen if they stuck around, so maybe Trump?
@cmclymer : Okay, the aliens ask for only one representative to meet with them. Who do you want representing all of us and why?
Today at 11:08 »
@GarethDennis If you're going to bury it then might as well do the job properly and create a through station to sou…