Dont support your local high street

I read two shop chains gave up the fight yesterday a toy retailer who had corrupt accountants* and a huge pension ‘hole’  while not selling star wars toys (my blog) along with everybody else.

The other was a electronics shop come mobile phone shop that was  not particularly good whether rude staff or high prices caused there demise is something you would have to ask an actual customer and i was not one.

Anyhow let me tell you the tale of …

Snobby shops are interesting places who do not fit the charity shop filled local high street (my blog) after being told to visit them by charity shop makeover persons like comrade Portas – these snobby shops tell you to go else where.  Good examples being interior decoration and bathroom retailers.

queen of the charity shops mary portas

I guess comrade Portas do not want to sell item and prefer those large retail warehouse and online plumbing firms.  After all you got to have to whinge at something.

Anyhow what do i know ?

Online would have been easier best not tell them that – you can keep a secret right ?

*free holidays and houses

Bluetooth and its patents

I was looking at headphones and amazed to find bluetooth things are still a horrible price. Not that i had much luck with bluetooth (my blog) to start with.

By bluetooth i am speaking of bog standard bluetooth not apple enhanced versions – i guess i could also still blame Microsoft for the sad state of bluetooth but since it is not priority in life i will forgo the pleasures in rediscovering the delights of bluetooth.

Another ten years sounds a good time.

Governments not paying there pfi bills

Jimmy and Tony

Carillion is an outsourcer who is not being paid by governments and when the money stops people who profited both ways like Tony to your right mean we will all probably be paying twice while Comrade Blair laughs at you.

That is not to say that there are no problems with pfi’s the London Underground scheme collapsed, schools in scotland had blown over walls* and since most of the deals are commercial the details are very much kept between governments and the outsource firms who have old government chums like lord reid (left) who worked at g4s who fucked up the security for the london Olympics (my blog) and non delivered and is a chum of Tony Blair .

It appears or being told the saudis are not paying there bills but whether that is correct or not is a matter of trust after all when Tony and Reid have both sold and consumed the item perhaps its time that these pfi contracts have served them well and there failure is assured and as a long term means of doing stuff is not there problem any more.

*wolf and three pigs (my blog) had nothing to do with it – joke

Cancer charity scams

Meet Wendy Watson MBE (not here) of National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

Since 2012, the charity’s accounts also show that as little as 2.8% of annual donations has been spent on “charitable activities”, such as running the helpline

No wonder there is no cure for any cancer, its a nice little owner for Wendy Watson and ilk for the pink trademark as well, after all if you cure something you dont need scam artists like Watson MBE.

Think about it.

Adults in the room,Yanis Varoufakis

irony from mills and boom

isbn:9781847924452 is by Yanis Varoufakis somebody i have read before and like (my blog) this on paper should be a boring book but instead the pages whiz by in one day and i have 250 pages read.

Despite being about Greece and its economics a tale of how the eu works is told and it is not pretty in fact it might be classed as satire.

Varoufakis is an economist turned politician and is once again an economist.

This is no boring read but a blow by blow account of a few eurocrats torpedoing reform with the help of other greeks and co conspirators.

5/5 bananas



The zoo spare part (or the unresponsive supplier)

a wishbone bracket

a wishbone bracket

The monkey house needed a genuine spare part rather than a copy which do not seem to last as long* – buying the same item twice is a waste and no saving is really made.

So i went shopping online for one from a evil conglomerate, and the same part from a small supplier but slightly more expensive.

I was prepared to spend the extra, but the smaller supplier did not have it in stock and did not reply to my email and i was in no hurry to buy this widget , so i bought from elsewhere a week later.

Shipping was eventually free as well after a number of clicks and traps to avoid falling into.

So next time you hear somebody rant and rave about supporting smaller enterprises remember it is hard to buy something not in stock and if you do not want to respond to the zoo fine then what would you have done.

What more could i do ?

*not printer ink where the opposite is true (my blog)

The econocracy,Joe Earle,Cahal Moran & Zach Ward Perkins

isbn: 9781526110138 is a book about how economics has become full of technobabble and ‘brainy’ people (my blog) who most of the population happily ignore (as in brexit) with evasive answers* which it appears is beginning to piss off certain economic figures.That is the foreword more or less.

The contention is economics does matter and as long it seems to work for a thousand or so economists the rest of you can piss off – a bit like a science experiment on a colony of fruit flies most whom will die.

There are some enlightened economics types but either there dealing with reality say Greece (my blog) or failed to become wall street speculators and i can name names (my blog) if you want.

There is a partial sjw element to this thought but overall it appears so far to be of more value than those who will try an hijack it for there sjw cause.

As a non economist i rate it 3/5 bananas as it points out the bullshit

*will it rain would probably answered with several paragraphs of ‘not telling you but we have an idea which i still cannot tell you about’

Weapons of math destruction,Cathy o’Neil

social justice warrior

social justice warrior

isbn: 9780241298113 is written by a ‘sister’ ** who made many bad choices after being fired from a wall street bank in 2008 (my blog) after a year.

A confessed math nerd then ‘joined’* occupy wall street where the products of her education (my blog) where used for ‘education’.  I suppose if she cant be rich like George Soro’s then nobody else should be so there is a logic here.

A lot of the stories are well known, washingtons schools use of math to fire ‘bad’ teachers when the data is wrong {really fraudulent) and reoffender math which gets a mention here (my blog).  One valid point made is the use of trade ‘secrets’ to hide how these models work is problematic.

Being an ex-academic and ex-banker there is a naivety here that the stack ranking method is used at microsoft much like the Washington schools model but that gets a free pass.

Not a lot of math here.

Employment is discussed, but the conclusion to all this is dont give data to companies, and install an advert blocker in your web browser although that conclusion was one i came to and oddly not mentioned by our saint of maths.

1/5 bananas

*an informal grouping so make a guess as to what joined means ** greed is good

blink and its gone – adventures in ebooks


no ebooks here

Bananas was reading one day that another local retailer of books had stopped selling ebooks which of course had drm.

Now i don’t own an ereader which i have explained my logic (my blog) before.

It will be interesting to see what rights the consumer* has after all the copyright industry hates the idea of consumer rights.

So if you ‘bought’ ebooks i guess you really did not.  So you better buy it again suckers.

When Copyright does not create (AEPI )


greek and proud of it

Copyright is supposed to make creative stuff pay, patents too have there issues (using a hyperlink) so i was amused to hear about AEPI  which is an organisation that collects fees and issues them to artists in Greece (my blog).

AEPI (not here)  made some greek’s rich, but as to paying copyright owners there in debt to €42 million euro’s

So copyright it seems does not promote creativity, you shall be glad to hear that the organisers collected the money but then gave it to themselves because who gives a stuff about to artists.

So next time somebody says copyright works (and they will be a politician) please remember our Greek friends to aiding culture.