Sunday, August 07, 2005

Short Film

If you haven't seen the film Farm Sluts yet, you really ought to. Not what the title would make you think it is, it's a hilarious cautionary tale about what can happen if you click on unknown hyperlinks in the office. Lasts about 15 minutes, but well worth the time.

Nostra who ?

Astonishing game today - I've worn a groove in the lounge carpet from all the pacing up and down during the last half-hour.

Our scraping through means I'm two for two on my Ashes predictions. I predicted England by 20 runs before the game, but didn't put my money where my mouth was in the department pot and now I've missed out on a tidy sum.

Still think Warne will be too much of a handful at Old Trafford, but the way both sides are batting, I think its unlikely there will be any draws unless the weather intervenes. If there are going to be results, I'd tip the Aussies in Nottingham and England at The Oval...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Licensing Laws

The Last Ditch has a very good comment piece on Teenage Drinking.

I'd add two further comments.

1..Before drinking was permitted all day in 1987ish (previously pubs had to close 3pm-7pm), similar dire predictions about increases in drink-related violence during the day were raised. Not only did they fail to materialise, disorder actually dropped, as those who wished to drink all day were no longer forced out onto the streets. This had been a real problem in my town, and it practically vanished overnight.

2..Even if things do get temporarily worse, we have to change the culture. A foreign commentator, it may have been PJ O'Rourke, once observed that while the Americans drink to relax and enjoy themselves, and the Europeans to be sociable, the British drink like someone's going to take it away from them. That's because they do ! It's unrealistic to expect us to adopt a cafe culture overnight, but perhaps over time people will no longer feel compelled to to pour as much beer down their necks as possible before eleven o'clock.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Working Hours

Anyone else spot the obvious flaw in this study ?

Ananova - Staff 'Work Better After 6am Start'

Yep, I get more work done if I get in at 6am too. However, if everyone got in at 6am, I reckon it'd be about the same as 9am is now.