Monthly Archives: January 2014

Scottish Independence: Fantasy or Farce?

As an Englishman who has only visited Scotland once and never felt the desire to return i don’t really much care whether Scotland remains part of the UK or goes Independent. I do however care when some nationalist muppet like Alex Salmond and his bunch of SNP buddies in Holyrood start claiming that they can go independent and have the UK that they so desperately want to leave, underwriting an independent Scottish economy.

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Banking: IT Systems Not Up To The Job!

Were you one of the poor souls who on Sunday tried to use your debit card or ATM and had the transaction refused as the IT Systems at Halifax, Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and TSB went into melt down?

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Banking: Arrogance reigns supreme…

It seems no sooner than things quieten down after the Reverend Flowers/Co-Operative Bank fiasco then another UK bank finds another way to disgrace the banking industry and this country even further. This time it’s it’s HSBC… what a surprise!

HSBC has admitted to the BBC it secretly implemented a policy of demanding proof  about what people wanted to withdraw money from their accounts for… and if they were not satisfied with the proof the customer couldn’t get their money.

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I’ve been converted…

From what and to what? you may ask. I’ve always been wary of big technology companies.. i was where Microsoft was concerned in the late 90’s and more recently where Apple, Google, Facebook and a whole host of others are concerned. Not because i’m a particular believer in conspiracy theories, but because i get wary of large companies with massive monopolies in a particular market sector. With Microsoft it was the seemingly never ending releases of the newest version of Windows that supposedly was the ultimate operating system that would cost a small fortune, when i had just purchased the version before a couple of months earlier because it was… you guessed it, the ultimate operating system and for a small fortune!

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Maybe the internet should have a cooling off period…

Why do people suddenly become more aggressive or even simply abusive when connected to the internet?

This is a complex question i know and many far better qualified than i will i’m sure have many technical and medical answers for this, But as a normal everyday guy i’m noticing it more and more in everyday life.

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The Presidential Bunk Up

So President Hollande of France has dumped his girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler after having being caught red handed sneaking out of an apartment block after an illicit meeting with his mistress Julie Gayet.

What i don’t understand is why the media is so obsessed with this story?

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