Friday, 3 December 2010

What a week this has been.

England misses out on hosting the 2018 World Cup, which is a great result for the taxpayer, who'd probably end up paying for it. If the Panorama allegations are true or have some truth in them, and the tone of the press conference and media reporting afterwards have any bearing, then it looks like the winners are the countries most likely to offer a bung. 

Also this week we finally got to see a troughing piggy get his comeuppance. Hopefully we'll see more get theirs and our politicians might for once get the message that they work for us, not the other way round.

It finally snowed here in Pompey and timed itself to fall on my day off from work. Cue lots of driving around to check out the sights. I visited the legend that is Mick's burger van and it was still open (it never seems to close) on top of Portsdown Hill for breakfast, peered through the blizzard but couldn't see much of the City below, then drove to Hayling Island to check out the eerie sight of a Seaside town blanketed in deep snow.

This weekend I've Christmas lights to put up, so probably a trip to A&E is in my near future....

Monday, 29 November 2010

Wikileaks: The Beginning of Internet Censorship?

Maybe the intent of the Wikileaks organisation is noble, maybe it's not. There are plenty of people on the internet alleging collusion with various anti-American organisations. I can't comment on that much except to say they sound like the usual unproven underground conspiratorial rantings.

What I can say is that this could be the start of serious internet censorship. As benign as Wikileaks seems, the effect of dumping masses of sensitive American documents into the public domain can have only one result: the tightening of restrictions on the internet. I'm sure the highly embarrassed political elite in the US is right now drawing up plans to stop something similar happening in the future.