An interesting side-effect of the EU Referendum (well, interesting to me at least) is the way it highlights the use of emotive language. Even when trying to scare us, the Remain people talk in measured tones,  using well-constructed, syntactically correct sentences, and avoid clichés. Most Brexiteers, on the other hand, don’t do syntax. They prefer […]

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This is about the EU Referendum. As David Cameron pointed out the other day, it’s really important; more important than a General Election. You elect a government for 5 years and if you don’t like them you vote them out again. But a vote to leave the EU is a one-way trip; you don’t get […]

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The “debate” about Brexit makes for an interesting study into the use of language, and maybe also into the intellectual capacity of many of those advocating it. Here’s my observation on how the Brexit camp uses emotive clichés to support its case rather than engage in sensible discussion. Please note that one of my favourite […]

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In this world there is a country ruled by a bland, single-minded politician who demands ever-mounting sacrifices by the population in order to keep in place a privileged oligarchy. The daily needs of ordinary people are mostly ignored while huge expenditure goes into maintaining a military presence completely out of proportion to the size of […]

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Last week I wrote a short history of media and promised to describe a set-top box you won’t find in the shops but which does pretty well everything associated with a TV set; audio, photos, video, live TV and internet. So here it is. Above is my TV set, underneath which you can see a […]

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Once upon a time we had 3 TV channels, a “wireless” set, a Dansette record player and no computers or mobile phones because they were still the stuff of science fiction. That was then and now is now. A visit to any electronics store or supermarket reveals a huge array of baffling items, many of […]

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This article isn’t about technology. Well, I did warn about the odd excursion and I just felt this subject was interesting enough to pursue for a while. According to Wikipedia, a Black Swan event is one “that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the […]

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If you’re still using POP3 you should consider the advantages of changing to IMAP, as it’s the most effective way to handle email. If you only use Gmail you may still find this article interesting if not relevant to your needs. Why I wrote this My computer recently started to show signs of age – […]

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In the news yesterday was the volte-face by Facebook, whereby they are caving in to popular demand and introducing a Dislike button to go alongside the Like. “At last!”, I hear the massed chorus. After all, if I can Like something then why should I not be able to Dislike something else? Facebook is so […]

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We all do it; we really want that new smartphone, designer jacket or whatever but need to reassure ourselves that we’re doing the right thing in making the purchase. This isn’t just a matter of “Can I afford it?”; no, there’s a moral judgement going on in here. We seem to have a strange need […]

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