The RCA shop

As anyone who’s known me for slightly more than 5minutes has probably heard me say, I attended the Royal College of Art.

It was an unusual place.

One time I was buying something quite mundane from the art shop, and in front of me in the queue was a guy who was about late thirties, now this was quite unusual for students at the RCA, most were early twenties, and this guy was a student.

Anyways, this guy was clearly a student, and had a Scouse accent. He spoke in a very notably camp way and I got the impression I knew him, and this bothered me because I thought he was too old to have been someone I knew from school, but was notable enough for me to have remembered from anywhere else.

Perhaps the waters had been muddied by me meeting a student in Product Design from the year above me who turned out to be Nick from the year below me from back in Blue Coat.

Anyway, I digress. After returning to the IDE studio I was still trying to work out who the hell this guy was. I eventually shared the experience with fellow studio members, and was helped solve the conundrum.

Chris McG told me: “Yeah, that’s probably Holly Johnston, he’s in PrintMaking now.”

Mystery solved, I did know him, he was lead singer of Liverpool’s 1980’s supergroup, Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Aside from that, and using the urinal next to Paul Weller, I don’t know of many other celebrity RCA stories.

Published in: on 05/25/2013 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Facebook adverts and phishing scam.

I’m fed up of Facebook. I’m getting emails from “Santander” about my bank account.

Trouble is I don’t bank with them.

Even if I did, I’d know this is fake because it has been sent to the wrong email address.

I know for a fact the only place this phishing email could have originated from is a Facebook advert.

Facebook should be more careful who they sell advertising space to.

Do Facebook really want to be involved with criminal activity?

Published in: on 04/19/2013 at 6:13 am  Comments (1)  

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Not a Fairy.

If I hear one more person say or refer to a “Fairy on top of the Christmas Tree” I will seriously kick off!!!

Its not a Fairy, its an Angel.

I don’t care if you are the most dyed-in-the-wool atheist, there is no excuse for deliberately trying to rewrite culture.

Have you ever been to California and visited Los Fairies?

Unless you believe in Fairies but not Angels there is no logic to it.

I’d suggest if the person makes the comment believes in neither, then their statement just becomes ignorant. They believe them both to be fictional characters.

Would it be acceptable for them to confuse other fictional characters?

Try talking to someone about Shakespeare and mention Macbeth’s speech “To be, or not to be…”

You would be branded an idiot for confusing fictional characters that have entered popular culture.

Regardless to whether you believe in Angels (or Fairies) its pretty stupid of you to confuse the two.

Happy Christmas.


Published in: on 12/13/2011 at 9:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Father Christmas and the Naughty List

Being an active parent has its moments.

Last week I asked my two young daughters if they knew what they were going to ask Father Christmas for.

Jasmine, my 3 year old said “I want a REAL dinosaur, one that will eat Daddy.”

Just when I thought things couldn’t get better my 5 year old daughter commented “Don’t be silly, dinosaurs aren’t real, ask for something Father Christmas could really bring you, like a Parrot!”

I told them straight that there are no Dinosaurs or Parrots at the North Pole.

Published in: on 12/09/2011 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love your SAK

I love my SAK, and most men like me would love their SAK too.

Bold Red coloured, fits in the palm of your hand perfectly. It’s ergonomical and practical.

For the last fourteen years I’ve been aware of playing with it whilst talking, in meetings etc. and I always make sure I use it once a day.

Mine is a Victornox Huntsman, and not surprisingly, the Main Blade sees the most use, problaby followed by the Bottle Opener/Large Screw Driver, Can Opener/Small Screw Driver, Scissors and Corkscrew. The blades show the wear of their use. I’ve managed to break the end off my Bradle, and there are chips out of the plastic handles, but worst is the main blade.

It is far more than a pocket knife, it is a multitool. It is my preferred can opener, easy to use, quick, safe, easy to clean and very simple.

Wenger and Victorinox recently merged, but continue to operate as seperate companies, personally I prefer Victorinox, it just has a better form to it.

There is a lot of misguided information about SAKs out there.

There are a few places where they are not allowed to be carried, e.g. Airports and sensitive areas, but as a general rule SAKs are fine to be carried around in public.

The general rule is if the blade is 3″ or less (the sharpened bit only), isn’t locked out (so as to be considered to act like a fixed blade knife) requires two hands to open (not a flick knife, gravity knife or spiggoted knife that can be opened with skill by one hand) you are ok to carry it. There are exceptions to rules, e.g. longer blades or locking blades are sometimes permitted if you have a legitimate purpose for them, though I always make sure I comply with the two hand rule, slip joint rule and 3″ rule and have a “purpose”  just to be safe.

As I’ve said, I’ve had this blade since 1996, and I’ve carried it almost every day (I’m an engineer and I constantly take things apart, open packages, cut my lunch, remove stones from horses hooves, etc).  The blade has seen better days. I was even considering replacing the blade recently: It’s mis-shapen compared to the new profile, and I’d broken the tip (taking a hard drive out of a set top box), and was having trouble sharpening it.

I felt quite stupid when one of the guys in our workshop told me I’d been doing it wrong. Apparently Stainless Steel is hard to sharpen and can’t be sharpened on a normal sharpening stone. Yesterday I was introduced to a Diamond Lap, and within a minute my blade was restored to its former glory. I was so impressed I bought a set online straight away.

My knife is now sharp enough to circumcise gnats, though I’m not sure if there’s ever a reason to do that, at least I have a tool capable of doing so!

I’m hoping this knife will last me another 14 years, it’s worth its weight in gold and helps me do everything from fixing a computer to opening a bottle of wine or beer.

Do you have a Swiss Army Knife? 

On Wednesday I used it as a deposit on a Locker Pass I had to borrow from the Gym.

What did you use it for recently? What is the most unusual thing you have used it for?


Published in: on 07/10/2010 at 10:52 am  Leave a Comment  

How old are you?

My friends say I should act my age, what’s my age again?

It’s easy to calculate someone’s age, it’s date of death minus date of birth. Unless they are still alive, or believed to be alive, on which case its today’s date minus date of birth.

So in Doctor Who, when Amy tries to vote in the episode the beast below, she is told by the computer that she is 1300 years old.

Did the computer assume because she was standing there she must be alive? Or did it have no record of her death?

I’d assume it had some logic in place that would mean it checked there wasn’t an impostor trying to vote.

So the question is does Amy Pond get abandoned on the future, on an alien planet or die on her travels?


Published in: on 06/17/2010 at 12:47 pm  Comments (2)  
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Test blog from my hero.


I’ve just downloaded WordPress for Android, another free app from the large Market Place collection.

The keyboard ain’t great, but it will do!



Published in: on 04/09/2010 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

My First Blog.

Why did I start a Blog?

I don’t know.

Given an election started just days ago everyone will be tired of the blah blah blah of opinionated self-righteous idiots.

That said, please oust Gordon Brown. I can’t stand that idiot, and I never could.

I’ve got no idea what I’m going to put here in the future. Hopefully something more interesting than “I’m in a lift” in 140 characters or less.

I get the feeling this experience will be better through Linux/Firefox, as I am a terrible speller.

One thing of interest: I’m currently using this on a desktop PC that I’ve Tethered through a smart phone: certain smart phones and service providers frown on this, but this one can pretty much do it out of the box.

I’ll tell you how at some point.


Published in: on 04/08/2010 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hello world!

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Published in: on 04/08/2010 at 4:53 pm  Comments (1)