Friday, 30 December 2005
Thursday, 29 December 2005
Saturday, 24 December 2005
Monday, 19 December 2005
Wednesday, 14 December 2005
Monday, 12 December 2005
Thursday, 8 December 2005
Wednesday, 7 December 2005
Monday, 28 November 2005
Friday, 25 November 2005
Monday, 21 November 2005
Sunday, 20 November 2005
I thought that we played pretty poorly - especially the first half. Against a better team, we would have been punished. But Rangers are dire. I actually felt sorry for Eck. The game confirmed two things: (1) Barry is a ned; and (2) Chick supports Rangers.
It was a vital game for both teams. We win, it's game over for Rangers; they win, it's game on. Fifteen points is a big gap - too big I think for Rangers to catch up. Hearts are still in there. The bookies appear to have made up their minds.
Here is a BitTorrent of the entire game in case you missed it.
Thursday, 17 November 2005
The problem with BitTorrent is that it's a little complicated compared to a centralised system. Using BT involves chosing a client program, downloading and installing the program, and then search for a "torrent" on the Internet. A torrent isn't the actual file that you're looking for - but it contains all the information that the client program needs to locate and download it.
I use the uTorrent client which is small and simple to use. There are lots of websites where you can search for torrents. I use FileSharingPlace.
I recently downloaded Noam Chomskey's Manufacturing Consent (thanks Billy)which was great.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005
Thursday, 10 November 2005
Wednesday, 9 November 2005
We were as far ahead of Rangers as any team we've played this season.
I've slagged Camara quite a bit this season but I thought he was great tonight. I also thought that Nakamura looked the good player I think he is. He strolled around, looked stronger, tackled, made nice passes and was cute. I think Maloney, McGeady, Beattie and Wallace are his type of player. I think we will see even better football in the coming months.
I also need to say that I'm really happy with Gordon Strachan. This is the best football we've played in a few years and I also think that his humility and humour during interviews makes him a good ambassador for the club.
Having watched John Hartson's interview at the weekend and Sean Maloney's tonight I think Strachan's outlook on life is spreading throughout the club. Too many palyers were getting too arrogant in the past couple of seasons.
Boruc - 8 (a couple of bad kickouts, but very confident)
Telfer - 7 (no real pressure)
Balde - 8 (Prso is a good player and didn't do anything tonight)
McManus - 8 (Prso is a good player and didn't do anything tonight)
Camara - 9 (Best game for us)
Nakamura - 9 (Cool - reminds me of Dalglish if only he could score more)
Petrov - 8 (good game)
Lennon - 7 (strolled throughout most of game but made a couple of boobs early on)
McGeady - 7 (looking confident again)
Maloney - 8 (also looking good - needs to thank Klaus for goal though at least he shot)
Hartson - 8 (good game)
Kyrgiakos should never have been sent off but even with eleven v eleven we were much better.
I thought we made Rangers look a poor team tonight. That is as bad as they've looked in a couple of months despite their results.
Sunday, 6 November 2005
Saturday, 5 November 2005
I suppose you have heard the recently reported conversation between Bestie and his consultant? George, there is good news and bad news. Tell me the bad. You only have one hour to live. Well what's the good news? It's happy hour!
That's nearly as bad as the overheard conversation between two Erskine women walking along the street. They see their husbands approaching and one is carrying a bunch of flowers. Oh well I suppose that means I'll be on my back with my legs open for the rest of the weekend says one. To which her friend replies oh come on don't tell me you don't have a vase.
Monday, 31 October 2005
But I don't think that Rangers are out of it. Any team that can blow a five point lead in four games, can blow a 10 point lead in 24 games. But the bookies disagree.
Sunday, 30 October 2005
Friday, 28 October 2005
Its US show hosted by John Stewart which takes a look at the news that day in US.
As US shows go its liberal, poking fun at the Government.
It can be patchy as a lot of it refers to US politicians that a UK audience might not know, and some of the skits are lame, but the reason to watch it is the way it lampoons Bush and his cabal.
The chilling thing is that Bush comes across as a bigger idiot than before (which is saying something). There was one clip where it showed Bush interviewing US invasion soldiers in Baghdad, he could hardly string two words together. It was cringingly embarrasing. The icing on the cake was that they showed another clip of one of his aides before hand, rehearsing the dialogue whith the soldiers, even down to anticipating the "off the cuff" joke by the C in C.
I know that if the show made any difference the network would pull it, and I agree with everything Chomsky says on ways of manufacturing consent, but its good to see some opposition.
Did anyone see Morgan Spurlock's documentary last night about living on US minimum wage for 30 days?
Tuesday, 25 October 2005
Monday, 24 October 2005
Best British film EVER is Dead Man's Shoes
It's a small film in terms of budget and setting but deals with large themes - justice, culpability, guilt...
Paddy Considine gives a chilling performance (he out Bickels Bickel).
Watching it in the cinema left me very emotional and when I spoke about it to Eve (I saw it alone in London) I would well up with emotion.
Sunday, 16 October 2005
But I thought that we played well too. Camara was excellent and Sutton and Beattie played well together for most of the game. But Telfer was poor and Denis may be right about this guy. It was good to see Thompson and Lennon substitued - something MON never did. Nakamura continues to disappoint. He seems like a luxury that we can't afford and playing him feels like playing with 10 men.
It was a bonus that TFOD dropped two points today. The combination of Celtic and Rangers being weaker than usual and Hearts being considerably better than normal should make it a close league. Any one of the three teams could win it.
Tuesday, 11 October 2005
Friday, 7 October 2005
Skype is free between Skype users (anywhere in the world) but you can also call land-lines for a small fee. The international dialling charges are a fraction of the large telecomms companies. The rates are also good to UK land and mobile numbers. But the best thing about it is the call quality. Skype-to-Skype is outstanding. Skype to landline is the same as an ordinary telephone. And it supports conference call (including a mix of Skype and landlines) for up to four people.
Skype also supports a number of extensions to make calling from Outlook or Internet Explorer very simple (turning every telephone number into a Skype link).
Skype solved a problem for me. My telephone bills were astronomical a few months ago so I took drastic action and barred out-going calls. But Skype allowed me to give the girls telephone credit (I give them 10 Euros at a time) so they now use Skype to phone their friends - and I get to control my phone bill.
My Skype username is "bobbyelliott" or you can call me using the button below (leave voicemail if I'm not online).
Monday, 3 October 2005
We spent the time swimming, golfing, walking and drinking.
The place is beautiful...
Diggy's hospitality was fantastic but he took it too far...
We didn't feel too good on Sunday morning...
Sunday, 25 September 2005
Saturday, 24 September 2005
Wednesday, 21 September 2005
Sunday, 18 September 2005
Wednesday, 14 September 2005
Sunday, 11 September 2005
Monday, 5 September 2005
Saturday, 3 September 2005
Monday, 29 August 2005
Zurawski looked like a player but Nakamura again wasn't in the game much. But there was a legion of 3 Japanese supporters in the stands so his money spinning attributes are starting to pay off. Good to see we are ahead of Rangers who I think have to make some more buys if they are to have a chance of winning the league. I think they won't be half the team they are without Prso. I am hoping for a Prso injury.
Monday, 22 August 2005
According to Belief-o-matic I'm 28% Catholic, 44% Quaker, 88% Buddhist and 100% Secular Humanist.
Maria and I went to the Edinburgh Festival yesterday and saw a couple of shows: Screw Machine and Apocolypso Now. I enjoyed Screw Machine but was a little disappointed with Apocolypso Now. It was not bad but not as funny as I'd hoped although there was a great sketch about Bob Dylan whoring around corporate America.
Sunday, 21 August 2005
Saturday, 20 August 2005
It tells its own story that I was a little relieved to be told that Rangers were only winning 2-0 with 10 minutes to go. I feared worse before the game. This Celtic team are there for the taking against a decent team. Fortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a decent team in the SPL.
The new signings aren’t working. Not one could be called a success. The two “big name” signings (I hadn’t heard of either of them) – Nakamura and Zurawski – look a bit light-weight. I really hope that Nakamura is more than a part-time showman.
I like listening to Strachan since he talks sense and it’s too early to judge him. But so far, so bad.
Friday, 19 August 2005
Thursday, 18 August 2005
Thursday, 11 August 2005
President Bush thinks that intelligent design should be given equal prominence in the curriculum as evolution. On Tuesday, Kansas Board of Education passed a vote to do exactly that. But a powerful lobby argue that the Spagetti Monster created the universe.
This podcast asks if evolution is compatible with religion. Darwin didn't think so. He buried his Origin of Species for 10 years believing that it would destroy faith in God.
Wednesday, 10 August 2005
Monday, 8 August 2005
Wednesday, 3 August 2005
Strachan's problems are the same today as they were yesterday: the squad is a mix of jaded experienced players, hot-and-cold young players, and unproven new players.
I really hope that Strachan turns out to be a good coach. But, the fact remains, he's made a dreadful start.
Tuesday, 2 August 2005
Sunday, 31 July 2005
When we met after the Scottish Cup Final, Dennis suggested that we should get rid of most of the first team. I disagreed, argueing that we need some continuity. I was wrong. The experienced players are simply not performing. I'm not sure if its because they're past it or maybe they don't like Strachan. But not one of them has kicked a ball.
And that leaves the new signings - none of whom has played well and one of whom should be shot - and the young Celtic players - who, as we know, flatter to deceive.
I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. It's like re-run of the Macari days. We stagger on for a while with Strachan, wasting money on useless players, only to eventually sack him and begin a process of rebuilding. I really hope I'm wrong.
Bye the way, Artmedia are a good bet on Tuesday.
Wednesday, 27 July 2005
All aspects of the team were awful. Could we score 5 to get into extra time? I am not giving up hope - early goals could change the tie. But it is a dreadful thought to have no European football at all this season.
Monday, 11 July 2005
Sunday, 10 July 2005
Thursday, 7 July 2005
Monday, 4 July 2005
Friday, 1 July 2005
Tuesday, 28 June 2005
Monday, 27 June 2005
Sunday, 19 June 2005
Friday's show had The Magic Numbers and Antony and the Johnsons. I was already listening to The Magic Numbers album, but hadn't heard of Anthony & the Johnsons. They played Hope there's someone on the show which I liked so I got hold of their album (I am a bird now).
Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Monday, 13 June 2005
A couple of weeks ago, The Sunday Times published a Cabinet Office memo from July 2002, from which the above excerpt was taken. Initially ignored by the media, the story is slowly beginning to gain momentum. There is now a website dedicated to the memo. Yesterday's Sunday Times carried another story about it.
When Saddam didn't rise to the bait, we dropped more bombs on him.
This war will not go away. I think that Blair will go first, followed by Bush. Not tomorrow. But eventually.
Sunday, 12 June 2005
I think what needs to happen is that you tell me when to delete last-post.blogspot.com. You then grab it.
Note that the-last-post.blogspot.com has already been taken. I have last-post.blogspot.com
This help file then explains about linking sites which means you should retain the history.
Do you think this will work? You must have gone through a similar exercise when moving from The News Today to May22.
Let me know when you want me to delete Last-Post.blogspot.com.
Thursday, 9 June 2005
The interesting part of the programme was the insight into the lives of Goldman Sach's executives. They thought nothing of running up a $30,000 wine bill. Joyti was the person responsible for paying the bills so had a unique insight into the incredible life-style of these people.
She was also treated like a slave. She was on-call 24/7 (in spite of having a husband and child) and was responsible for organising the business and personal lives of her bosses - including covering for her boss when he sneaked away in the middle of the day for sexual liaisons.
De-Laurey started small, signing cheques for small amounts of money to pay for her debts. But she grew in confidence when she got away with signing hundreds of cheques - for increasing amounts of money. Eventually her audacity and greed got the better of her and she was caught cashing a cheque for $3½M to pay for a house in Cyprus.
It's hard to believe that you could fail to spot millions of dollars going missing but when you earn $100M a year, I guess a few million here or there are easy to miss. As a former director of Golden Sachs said: When you're making £60m a year, a few million missing is like a regular person not remembering the last penny on their account.
Saturday, 4 June 2005
Tuesday, 31 May 2005
Gordon Strachan held his first press conference at Celtic Park today. I was impressed. He talked a lot of sense. He reminds me a little of MON - straight talking, enthusiastic -- and smart. I particularly like his emphasis on fitness. BBJ must be crapping himself. And contrary to some media reports, most Celtic fans are behind him.
My favourite Strachan quote:
He saw John Terry's goal and said he was impressed that Terry goes up expecting to score. He contrasted this to Claus Lundekvam the Saints central defender who goes up for every dead ball and never ever looks remotely like scoring. He said if there was a dead body lying in the penalty area the ball would hit it on the head several times a season which he said is more than Lundekvam can manage. He said referees should book Lundekvam for timewasting every time he goes up for a corner. [Sky Sports]
Sunday, 29 May 2005
I deliberately didn't drink much last night. I drank a lot last weekend (at a wedding) and felt crap the next day. So I was determined not to repeat that - and I feel fine this morning.
It was MON's last (competitive) game in charge. I'm sorry to see him go. I appreciate that we have been watching a truly dire Celtic team but I believe that he could have rebuilt the team and taken us to new successes.
Thursday, 26 May 2005
A few week's ago, MON declared that he was looking for new players and was looking forward to spending a £15M budget. Then, last week, he stated that there was a 50/50 chance of him being here next season. Then, two days ago, he's off. It doesn't make sense. I sincerely hope that the Board did not play a part in this odd sequence of events.
MON has brought us five happy years. The highlight was Seville (maybe the semi against Boavista - what a night I had!) but there were lots of great results along the way. He almost created a genuinely great team.
So Gordon Strachan has a hard act to follow. I have mixed feelings about GS. At the same time that MON had Leicester City sitting fourth in the Premiership, GS was relegating Coventry. But, on the other hand, he did a decent job at Southampton, appears to be as passionate about the game as MON - and The Forces of Darkness are worried by his appointment (just as they were by MON's). Time will tell. I don't feel as optimistic as I did when MON was appointed but I'll give Strachan a chance.
Still, every cloud has a silver lining.
Monday, 23 May 2005
We were three minutes short of winning the league. But, in truth, we are six players short of a decent team. I don't buy the "if only we had scored a second goal" argument. We were watching a team implode - a team capable of losing any sort of lead.
Even the mediocre bunch that wear the Hoops these days should have taken care of Motherwell - but many of the players didn't even have the will to win this single game. The second half was surreal. 45 minutes from winning the league and seasoned pros like Sutton and Lennon do a disappearing act. Only Petrov looked like he gave a shit. The rest looked like their mantlepiece didn't have any spare room for another medal.
O'Neill isn't blameless. He's made mistakes this season. But the players must shoulder most of the blame. They're among the most highly paid footballers in Europe - and they're beaten by a mob whose entire first team is paid less than Neil Lennon.
It's a pity that the same players who gave us so much pleasure two years ago should finish by letting down the fans and their manager.
Tuesday, 17 May 2005
He should have suggested Coleman repeats the accusations outside the senate so he could sue him.
Tuesday, 10 May 2005
Monday, 9 May 2005
Sunday, 8 May 2005
Saturday, 7 May 2005
He supports "Celtic and Dundee United" so who will he support at the Scottish Cup Final? But we know who the linesman will support.
Wednesday, 4 May 2005
Sunday, 1 May 2005
I'm hearing some serious calls for MON's head for the first time. I'm not one of them. Although he is very blinkered at times and makes some strange tactical decisions, he has brought us fantastic success during the last five years. Maybe we should manage the team?
I still don't know how to vote on Thursday. It's fairly academic in my seat so it will be little more than a protest vote. But it won't be Labour. So it's either no-vote or Lib Dem.
Saturday, 30 April 2005
Saturday, 23 April 2005
Tuesday, 19 April 2005
I don't know if best albums make much sense. I sometimes buy albums or compilations just for one song. Now I suppose you can collect through downloads all the best songs from one artist or group without going to the albums. Albums though hold memories and I suppose that is a factor in making it difficult to judge between them. They bring back emotions rather than allowing aesthetic judgement. However in saying that I thought some people in my work liked shite.
Monday, 18 April 2005
Some people thought that pornography would turn men into sex-crazed animals but this article argues that it kills men's interest in ordinary women.
Sunday, 17 April 2005
It clashes with Heysal - Requiem for a Cup Final which is also on at 9pm (BBC2). The new series of The Simpsons (Friday, Channel 4) is very good (last week's episode was brilliant) and Friday also has a good movie: Event Horizon at 12.15am (BBC1). Doctor Who continues on Saturday. Excellent special effects and (mostly) good acting don't entirely conceal so-so storylines and highly derivative characters -- Davies has plagiarised from TV (Buffy), movies (most of the special effects) and video games (such as Doom). Still, it beats most TV.
Friday, 15 April 2005
Wednesday, 13 April 2005
Who should I vote for?
Your expected outcome:Labour
Your actual outcome:
|Liberal Democrat 64|
|UK Independence Party -20|
You should vote: Liberal Democrat
The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.
Take the test at Who Should You Vote For
Sunday, 10 April 2005
Saturday, 9 April 2005
Sunday, 3 April 2005
This week's TV highlights include two good movies. The Man with Two Brains is on tomorrow night (BBC1 at 11.45pm) and Vanilla Sky is on next Saturday (Channel 4 at 9.10pm). You get the chance to compare Hollywood's version of the movie with the original Spanish version (Friday, Channel 4 at 12.25am). Both movies are excellent although I preferred the US version.
Here [WMV] is the best description of golf that I've heard [NSFW].
Thursday, 24 March 2005
I enjoy reading Gore Vidal and he was recently interviewed for CityPages. He also appeared on TV last night in "Why we fight" on BBC4 which has been described as the "Thinking man's Fahrenheit 9/11". Here's a radio interview with the producer.
Sunday, 20 March 2005
Thomas Duignan. Born 8 January 1944. Died 7 March 2005.
Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Sunday, 13 March 2005
Saturday, 12 March 2005
Lets make poverty history but I don't think I can watch it again. Cele(brat)ies with over inflated egos moralising at us all. Just show us the injustice do we need to be entertained (?) before putting our hands in our pockets? Or can we not just raise taxes?
I don't know how you can be writing the blog whilst travelling on the bus. Also how do you make the web links in the prargraph and with different titles to the web link. I've tried to make a link but it probably won't work.
Wednesday, 9 March 2005
I use the time to read. I'm currently reading Who Runs this Place? which explores the people who control the UK. I also scan the Metro newspaper which is usually lying around the bus. It's trash but it keeps me in touch with the Great Unwashed. I see from today's edition that Natasha Kaplinski has won Newscaster of the Year. Now Natashi is many things but a great newscaster is not one of them.
Most of the people on the bus sleep, stare out of the window, read pulp fiction or chat. Given the usual topics of conversation (TV, horoscopes, diets etc.), it might be better if they read. The young man sitting opposite me is reading Zoo. The story that he's reading is headlined: "Being shot isn't a big deal". Maybe they should just sleep.
Sunday, 20 February 2005
On another note I was surprised by those recent turnover figures where Celtic were earning more than Rangers. Is the business being run correctly? Was there not a case for some investment? Anyway you don't get games like that in Kenya. 25 years where did it go?
Saturday, 19 February 2005
I got back from Kenya last Friday - but it's taken me a week to find my feet. It was harder than I thought to go from winter to summer and back to winter again. That and my body clock being totally screwed-up after 2½ weeks of early rises (I'm talking 6am every day) and early to bed (sometimes as early as 9pm).
I'm still working through my photographs. Digital photos are great but it takes a long time to do your own processing (download, review, edit and finalise). I'm just about there.
I maintained a (paper) journal while I was there and I'm currently turning this into a photo-and-story blog. It will take a while to complete.
Internet access is dire in Kenya so I had some catching-up to do when I got home. The Net feeds your brain and I missed some of the more celebral sites that you come across while surfing.
Friday, 4 February 2005
The safari was great. We visited four lodges and saw lots of animals. I've got loads of photos some of which I'll post when I get back.
We're currently staying in the Indian Ocean Hotel just outside of Mombasa and it's beautiful. Our house is 20m from the sand and 50m from the sea. It's absolutetely boiling. Around 35C today (and I'm already sunburnt from the safari).
Good news on the transfer front. I'm way behind with the news but I gather that Bellamy signed. I spoke with a Newscastle fan who was glad that he was away. She said he was very talented but disruptive in the dressing room.
Most Kenyans follow the Premiership (I saw last weekend's goals this morning on a TV in the hotel) and most follow Man Utd or Arsenal. The only thing they know about Celtic is that we want into the Premiership!
It's very expensive to go online here so I have to go.
Tuesday, 1 February 2005
This looks like a brilliant move even if the bloke is a nutter. Racial assaults are a bit worrying. But now that Bobo is staying there may be no more of them. I think this move could win the league and at £45k a week it may be worth it. Especially with Ferguson back at Rangers and the other buys they have made. I think Celtic have looked a bit jaded in the past couple of games. I thought the Henchoz move was good given Balde's recklessness and lack of distribution which we talked about in the European games. But then I started to think about the presence he must have and what it is like physically to play against him. So I'm ok with him staying but with Henchoz also there I wonder what will happen, he may go at the end of the season. I don't fancy a return to three centre backs. Getting rid of Camara was also a good move but what about Juninho. Is he the new Stuart Slater? ( I think that was his name).
Saturday, 29 January 2005
These blogs are great things, you can blog from anywhere, even the hospital. I did a stupid thing to end up here. I was making myself a cheese sandwich and sliced up a daffodil bulb instead of the onion I meant to have with it. But there's no long term damage and the doctors have said I can expect to be out in the Spring.
Sunday, 23 January 2005
While the movies are very different, they both pass comment on American domestic and foreign policy - although in the case of American Psycho, Hollywood probably didn't realise this.
While it's true that some articles cause problems, occasionally resulting in pages being suspended, most of the time the quality of the information is very high - much better than official sources. And because anyone can add information, it's incredibly up-to-date.
The irony of the established media complaining about the rigour and accuracy of Wikipedia is lost on them.
Friday, 21 January 2005
Laura Bush's entry in the 50 Most Loathsome People in America. I also liked Tom Cruise (no. 39), Ronald Reegan (24) and Michael Jackson (22). And I get a mention at number 3.
Friday, 14 January 2005
But it's the "secret history" of ordinary working men that is fascinating. Most old film relates to royalty or (at best) the middle classes - but this stuff shows ordinary people going about their business. It made me realise how we have politicised the teaching of History. Kids know more about Archduke Ferdinand than they know about their own grandfathers (my grandfather is named on the Loos Memorial).
The BBC has made a series about the material (Friday at 9pm) and it's soon to be available on DVD.
Wednesday, 12 January 2005
But Apple users acted like Steve Jobs announced the Second Coming. They're fanatical about Apple products.