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Get Viper

Of course, when we got to the Big Brother house, Channel 4 had other ideas as the clip suggests....!

(Now there's 8mb internet speed running off real broadband Britain, good internet TV speed is now a reality.)

Big Brother Says BB Bullies Out!

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I never thought I would watch Big Brother, let alone play a minor role in the publicity. We've been sitting above the Big Brother house this afternoon in the Airads aircraft towing a banner saying "BB Bullies Out." Sky News appear to have mixed up their schedule and the Sky "copter" left short of fuel before we arrived but a constant loop has been running on Sky News and the BBC picked it up too.

Sky News reports that Jade saw the banner from the hot tub which explains her behaviour with Shilpa later in the day. Can't say that I noticed her though!

However, on Sunday, Jade denied Big Brother producers warned her that she had become an international figure of hate and advised her to apologise to Shilpa.

She said: "I wasn't briefed about what was going on outside. Big Brother can only be Big Brother - he's not allowed to tell you anything.

"But I knew a story had broken out because of the aircraft that were over the house. I said I thought it w…

After the Devil

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With what appears to be the rapid decline of our legal system or at least its shambolic and unholy mess, I was reminded of the Thomas More speech from actor, Paul Scofield, in the classic film, "A Man for All Seasons."

In conversation with William Roper - Perhaps today it should be Tony Blair instead, it goes like this:

William Roper: "So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!"

Sir Thomas More: "Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?"

William Roper: "Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!"

Sir Thomas More: "Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give…

The Beria Principle

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Back in the good old days before every bus, train and lamp post carried a CCTV camera and RIPA (the Regulation & Investigatory Power Act) was a twinkle in Home Secretary, Jack Straw's eye, Silicon asked me to comment on another crazy-sounding scheme, connecting all of government’s citizen information into a single giant database.

“You don’t have to worry about government until it’s joined-up” quipped my friend ‘J’ in the coffee lounge of the Institute of Director at the same time. ‘J’ was what the BBC calls a ‘spook’ and had an office overlooking the Prime Minister’s garden.

At the time, I described the giant database idea as ‘The Beria Principle’ after NKVD security Lavrentiy Beria, the executor of Joseph Stalin's ‘Great Purge’ of the 1930s. Now while we have an Office of Constitutional Affairs, we don’t yet have a Combined State Political Directorate and that’s where I fear the idea for a "A huge Whitehall 'super-database' of people's personal details” mig…

Gone Quiet

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If I seem very quiet of late, then my apologies. I'm a little tied-up with work; a research project for Microsoft to finish, the e-crime congress now moving into overdrive and last of all, I've booked in on a Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL) course at Cranfield.

The latter, CPL, I'm doing by CBT and distance learning with ground school work before the exams and with twelve of them to do in the next twelve months, my brain is already hurting and Jack here is in danger of becoming a very dull boy!

The flying time isn't a problem, I've already more than enough hours - just under a thousand - with my Airads business but how I'm going to manage to study in the summer season, when I spend more time in the air than on the ground, I don't quite know.

I was never much good at maths and physics and thirty or years after leaving school I've got to apply myself in earnest to engines and aeronautics.

Maybe I'll qualify as an airline pilot just as everyone else i…