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Well, my name is Tim Ireland… and I too am an alcoholic.
I haven’t touched a drop for almost a year now – essentially since discovering the magic and purity of the word/concept ‘zero’… but I was a relative lightweight in the field, I had the luxury of looking into somebody else’s abyss, and I didn’t have the balls to blog the process.
COMING SOON: Some stores and pubs are great about stocking decent 0% beer, but others not so much. I say it’s time the non-drinking beer drinkers had more choice than Becks or that goats-piss they call ‘Kaliber’ and I’m prepared to campaign for the privilege. For the record, there are two excellent and affordable options generally available; Bavaria 0.0% and my personal favourite, Cobra Zero. Both of these are stocked by major chains Sainsbury’s and Tesco, who have (I have noticed) slowly surrendered an increasing amount of valuable real estate to their range of non alcoholic beers. Non-alcoholic wine, however, is another matter, but I need to research some products more before pushing for anything.
(*That’s an easy pun for the taking, but you might want to leave it for the next guy.)
UPDATE – I’ve been meaning to post this picture of my local off-licence for a while now, too:
Sorry about that, Threshers.
All email to bloggerheads.com has been temporarily suspended in order to keep the site stable during the clean up after an exceptional spam attack today (a coincidence that I can assure you has little to nothing* to do with Iain Dale).
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(*I say ‘little to nothing’ rather than ‘nothing’ because some people have reacted to Iain’s side of the story by submitting my email address to BNP newsletters and the like, so there’s an incremental influence, but I mention that merely to be accurate. I wouldn’t want to play it like the vicar and give a false impression of who has been doing what.)
As you may or may not have heard by now, yesterday’s editions of the Scottish Sunday Express carried no apology for the appalling front-page attack on Dunblane survivors last week.
So they’re not going to apologise for the article, but they’re not going to go on the record and defend it, either.
(The most editor Derek Lambie had to offer was an evidence-free denial of Elizabeth Smith’s claims and an attempt to end the matter there.)
Clearly there must be something about the article that the Express staff regard to be less-than-perfect, because they themselves removed it from their website.
I’m still waiting for my copy of the Scottish Sunday Express, as I need some region-specific advertiser data before my next big move.
But there may be a small feature about Paula Murray later today, regardless of what does or does not get delivered.
(Psst! On an unrelated but equally current affair; there will also be some very, very special items relating to Glen Jenvey, freelance spy/reporter released later today. I’ve found something quite magical in the audio.)
Mr Jenvey is busy elsewhere early today, but he has promised to share a statement with us later.
I’m happy waiting for that, but here are a few extras for those of you who have looked through the old magazines and fiddled with the empty play-table and are now getting fidgety:
Ignore the link if you like, and just love the headline; Arrest in Mandelson custard probe
And finally, as if some strange hand of fate were at work, I arrived at (pfft!) the Jack Straw weblog this morning to discover that is was updated yesterday with the following message:
With regret blog comment moderation has been turned on. Political argument is welcome (see posts below), but name-calling and general abuse is not and won’t be published.
So good luck bringing up any of that torture nonsense there and seeing anything substantial published; even thinking for a moment that the sainted Jack Straw would allow torture on his watch constitutes ‘abuse’. How very dare you.
UPDATE – You’re *still* bored? Tch. OK, I’ll have the nurse put some cartoons on:
UPDATE – Tut. Me and my memory. Sir Paul Judge would like a quiet word with you about the party system.
Two pretty things to kick us off:
2. While I’ve got you nicely freaked out, here’s a little sample of what manufactured pop used to sound like.
And now, to business:
I shared a direct email exchange with our Mr Jenvey last night and I expect our conversation to continue later today.
Also on the immediate horizon is a little show of numbers in the media war.
UPDATE (12pm) – It goes slowly with Mr Jenvey, who has just signed off for a time. The short version is that I’m willing to take on board all claims of ummah.com’s involvement with terrorism and listen with great interest to anything he’s got to say on the record, but Glen’s doing everything he can to avoid answering this question:
Did you register to comment on ummah.com using the profile names ‘saddam01′ and/or ‘r.tims’ ?
(I should point out that, in reply to this question, Mr Jenvey has again denied posting as ‘abuislam’. Twice.)
Some kind (and really quite true) words from Ian Appleby leading into the antics of the Indy and their bad habit of pretending to accept comments when they’d really rather you shut up and went away. It could be a simple case of poor housekeeping, but I’ve watched entire comment threads disappear from the Independent website; they’re as bad as many of the tabloids on most fronts. More newspapers have been willing to try the comments-lite solution since the public face of blogging was taken over by a bunch of comment cheats. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
The new and renewed Daily Mail Watch is about to loom on your horizon. You have been warned.
Via Carl comes news from (and of) another jolly useful site from the good people at mysociety.org:
FOI Request re: Mark Thompson’s trip to Israel for talks with Ariel Sharon
The Sun didn’t really discover Atlantis via Google Earth. I can tell by that look on your face that you’re totally shocked by that.
(So is The Sun spending most their budget on watching Jade Goody die and filling in any blank spots with stuff they found on Google Earth? It certainly seems like it. And if you don’t mind me saying so, it’s this kind of clever newspapering that makes Rebekah Wade long overdue for a promotion.)
Iain Dale’s somewhat misinformed view on Star Wars reminded me of Starcrash, the world’s greatest space adventure movie ever, ever, ever. It’s even got a hairy-chested Hoff. Watch the whole thing here, if you like.
And finally, some good news from the land of we-don’t-do-torture:
AP Newsbreak: CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes
The Times – Britain admits rendition of terror suspects
Guardian – UN attacks Britain over torture claims
Septicisle – Rendition flashback
Justin McKeating – David Miliband and Jaqui Smith: something to hide, something to fear
It’s been a year since I smoked my last cigarette. I know that I’m never going back.
2. If you’re addicted to nicotine and you live in the UK Try. The. NHS. Stop. Smoking. Service. It’s bloody brilliant.
4. ‘Zero’ is the most perfect of all numbers. There should be more of it.
OK, job done. Back to the grindstone.
PS – Yay, Tom: Government levels the playing field for Open Source … oh, and thanks again for the NHS, and for the smoke-free environments, just in case that didn’t come across. Now, can we maybe tidy up this torture nonsense? Please? I’d be able to enjoy all of these benefits a lot more if they didn’t come at the cost of some poor soul having their genitals mutilated. It’s putting me off my tea.
Put aside where Jonathan might be agreeing with me about this or that, and look at the quality of the device. Admire the smooth, sharp edges.