Sunday Roast: I shaved my beard for you, devil woman!

For some reason I was under the impression that this week had been a light week with regard Roast-able material, then I open up the folder have my usual 20+ tabs. Bugger, just when I was wanting a short one because my wrist and RSI are playing up again. Ah well, since your wish is my command and y’all seem to enjoy the Roast, I will just suck up the pain and get on with it.

A while back I pondered why I had Antarctica listed in my server stats as a place people could possibly visit my blog from – I mean, Antarctica. Just a lot of penguins, right? A few months later I was proven wrong and had a merry time looking through lots of blogs written by people having fun in the snow with the penguins. One of the blogs I keep reading is that of Phil Jacobsen. He has a wonderful sense of humour and a great writing style that is always interesting, even when he is talking about stock inventory.
I recommend to you his post on outsourcing jobs in Antarctica as an example that you never know where being a humble dishwasher will take you.

Well done to Rebecca Holdcroft for speaking up over discrimination about her tattoos. I can see both sides of the story here – a company has a right to institute a dress policy and that level of tattooing can seem intimidating, but on the other hand she isn’t dealing with members of the public and appearances really shouldn’t be that important compared to how well you do your job.

Part of the problem I was having with comments last week came when I was playing around trying to get trackbacks to display differently. If only Paul had written his how-to on showing text for trackbacks a few days earlier! I’ve yet to institute this, but I will be playing today – be prepared for the entire site to die again!

Top of the Pops has ended! This is sad, sad news indeed. Not that I watch it any more – if music and TV are combined it’s normally TMF here at Meadow Towers (the videos are just so preeeetty!) – but it’s always been a big thing for a band to appear on TOTP. At least in this country. As I said, a sad day 🙁

I don’t care if it is true or not, this story about how knitters are making jumpers for Little Penguins caught in oil-slicks is just too brilliant for words.

I haven’t tried to boot Windows on my Mac in a good six months – I just don’t have to any more. When I did, I had to use Virtual Desktop which always made my poor PowerBook seem on the verge of falling over and dying. New IntelMac owners though, can experience the joys of Parallels for Mac OSX which lets you run Windows in a window, like any other app. How great is that?!

Every so often I come across a story I just don’t have a pithy come-back too. This is one of them. A Theatre critic calls for performances attended by disabled people to be flagged so he can avoid them.

I remember the last time Moose went to London and came back to tell me the front of St. Paul’s had looked a little odd as she crossed the Millennium Bridge. As she got closer she realised this was due to the front being swathed in fabric to cover scaffolding – on the fabric they had drawn the bit of the building that was obscured! I never did get a chance to see what the frell she was talking about, so I’m glad I stumbled on this photo yesterday. Not only is it an amazingly pretty picture, it is pretty much the exact same view that Moose got that fateful day.

Time breakdown of modern web design. LOL. In fact, maybe even a RAOTFLMAO

David Cameron wants to scrap the Human Rights Act (and replace it with something else). Bad Conservatives, bad!

Shoppers want longer Sunday opening hours. Yes, yes I do. I rarely go shopping on a Sunday, but I would like the option to. It always threw me whenever I was in the States or Canada, that shops were open all day on Sunday, and nobody thought anything of it.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: I shaved my beard for you, devil woman!

  1. A sad day to know TOTP has ended. It is hip enough to be licensed in other countries, so I wonder if those satellite editions will continue. Or is TOTP simply joining all those other British institutions into oblivion, like Rover cars?

  2. It looks like it’s just an end of the weekly shows (definitely in the UK. As for the rest of the world, I’m not sure). There’s some blurb saying that TOTP2 will still be going on, and they aren’t ruling out special editions, or the website.

    Watch this space I guess. And tune in on 30th of July for the last edition 🙁

  3. Due to evil server issues most of yesterday, Jack’s next comment didn’t make it through to the blog. It did, however, make it through to coComment so I know he said something! The next comment is what he said:

  4. Special editions would still be worthwhile. I just don’t like the fact that the musicians who appear will be short of a venue that many of them probably enjoy. And before these pop stars became overpaid icons, they used to like performing … (Sixth attempt at getting this comment through … and counting …)

  5. When Sunday hours started up in Britain my dad was up in arms over the poisoning of culture by commercial interests, and the fact that the one day where pretty much everyone had off was being taken away.
    When I returned a couple years ago I was quite shocked at how heavily Britain has been taken over by American corporations and business practices. Its perhaps not so easy to see when you’re in the thick of it, but when you’ve been away for 17 years it becomes quite obvious.
    I would encourage you to ponder more what the relaxing of sunday hours truly means. Do you really want your country to be an empty, consumerist shell like the U.S.?

  6. Old Surly, you are quite right. While not having been back to Britain since 2003, I have seen the Americanization of culture clearly in New Zealand. It does not take too much imagination to picture the country in the early 1980s, when Sunday shopping was next to impossible, and indeed advertising on telly on Sunday was illegal. People tended to work till around December 18 before things got quiet and they ventured home to their families, not returning in any great way till the New Year. The family was the core, not the individual, and it is that shift that has happened in Britain, too, over the last 50 years.
       Now, most places are open every day, with Easter Day and Christmas Day remaining sacrosanct, and even Anzac Day is a half-day now (to the shock of our Australian neighbours, who still observe a full-day closure). Consumerism and its church—the mall—are worshipped on Sundays, with people spending what they do not have (for every $100 earned, $130 or $140 is spent, I believe). Britain needs to restrain itself.

  7. I do remember when I was younger that you just didn’t go shopping on a Sunday because you couldn’t – I also grew up in a small town that still had half-day hours on a Wednesday (not sure of the why of that though). It’s still like that back home, though it is getting a bit more commercial with all the tourists (mainly American) who are seemingly incapable of just wandering and taking in the beautiful scenery.

    I should also say that I rarely, if ever, go shopping on a Sunday unless it is for essential groceries like a pint of milk. The main reason for this it still seems wrong to go shopping on a Sunday. Not for religious reasons but because Sunday, for me, has always been the one precious day I could laze around the house in my PJs all day. I used to have school on a Saturday which is where I think this impulse comes from.

    Working 8.30 till 5.30 throughout the week however, it does mean that when I have to go shopping (and even the most frugal person has to occasionally buy new underwear), I have to brave the horrors of the town centre on a Saturday. As someone who has a mild fear of crowds this is NOT a pleasant experience. So one extra day (Sunday) when I could get the shopping done? Not such a bad thing in my book.

    As someone who’s had to work in a shop serving people on a Sunday though, I can admit to constantly feeling “Why the frell aren’t you out having fun with your family?! Why are you shopping?!” I’ve had to work Boxing Day and New Years Day before – those are two days I really resent having shops open on.

    Then again, vivid memories of having to entertain the Evil Step Gran over the Christmas period – having the local shopping centre open on Boxing Day meant we could get her out of the house (and our hair) for a bit…

    I can see both sides of the argument. As I said in the post, I’d like the option.

    (Anyways, Sunday ain’t a traditional day of rest for everyone out there).

  8. As a retail worker, I’d personally like to have an increase in Sunday trading hours, if only for an hour or two.

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