Singin’ In A Puddle

In this video Peter tries to cheer me up as I wait for an engineer to come and fix my central heating, which is dribbling hot water onto the walkway…

After we had the genuine spur-of-the-moment shots of him dancing, we wondered what else could we add…

My heating's broken and Peter tries to cheer me up as I wait for an engineer

I like it when we brainstorm and videos develop in this way. There’s a funny behind-the-scenes out-take too, which I’ll put up in the next few days.

TRIVIA

‘Jollywood’ was the nickname of Mancunian Films, which had its studios on Dickinson Road in Rusholme in the 1940’s.

 

Rhode Island Coffee, Bolton

Update: 3 April 2009

The original post had been up for three years and I’ve decided to take it down. No one asked me to do that.

Two of us didn’t have a very good experience at the coffee shop. When I got home I was furious and wrote about it here. But it’s a long time ago and eventually the staff posted some apologetic comments under the article, which I appreciate.

At the time of writing this update, the article is at number three on Google for a search on the name of the company. In fact both of us who were in the cafe that day run websites for a living and are clued up about search engines and we had met there to discuss business.

So in that sense the shop had a lucky escape as only one of us wrote about our experience online!

There’s an obvious moral to the story for all businesses: you don’t know which of your customers might be a blogger and search engine expert, so be nice to all of them…

 
 

British soldiers to face life imprisonment for desertion

So many soldiers are absconding from the British Army due to the war in Iraq that the Government is planning to change the definition of ‘desertion’.

Under The Armed Forces Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, ‘soldiers could now face life imprisonment if they refuse to take part in the occupation of a foreign country’.

As usual with Tony Blair, the answer is not to tackle the root of the problem — which is that he lied, the invasion of Iraq was illegal under international law and has been a total disaster. Not to mention that moral has been low because soldiers have sometimes lacked essential equipment such as body armour.

No, instead, Blair punishes the soldiers. Like so many other people, they see through him and have no faith in his leadship. So the only way to stop them running away is to theaten them with life in jail!

If I was in the armed forces I would be looking to get out as soon as possible, one way or another.

This is the twenty-first century and, when a soldier is being asked to put his or her life on the line, they should be confident that it is for a cause that is just and legal (and not just inside Tony Blair’s twisted head).

POST-WAR PROFITEERING BY US COMPANIES IN IRAQ

BBC Newsnight has a must-see report on how billions of dollars of Iraq’s money was directed to American companies to rebuild the country and much of it is now unaccounted for. Download it here while you can.

 
 

Theft of cash more serious than taking the life of a father of four?

The justice system in Britain is messed up.

Last year three teenagers (currently aged 17-18) beat a man to death because he refused to give them a light for a cigarette:

‘Richardson punched the 43-year-old victim in the head outside a pizza restaurant on Oldham Road after he refused to give them a light in June last year…

One of the youths then smashed a metal peg from a BMX bike into his face, knocking him to the ground. As his friends ran to help him, the gang kicked and stamped on the kitchen fitter as he lay on the ground.

Witnesses described them kicking his head as if it were a football…

Mr Sutherman, who had four sons and was originally from Singapore, was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital but later died from a head injury.’

All three admitted manslaughter. One has been sentenced to six years, one to four years and one got nine months! Bear in mind they will probably serve only half their sentences.

Meanwhile, a bank cashier who helped conmen steal £279,000 from comedian Harry Hill has been convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to four years in prison!

Her defence counsel said she had never received, been offered, or asked for any financial reward for her actions and that she did it because the gang threatened her family.

So here we see what is looked on as being really important in Britain today — money, not a human life. I feel so sorry for that man’s family.