Entries from May 2011

Bye bye NBH

Posted on 21 May 2011 in BBC, Radio, Television (2 comments)

I was about eight when I first stepped foot in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in Manchester. Having grown up in the area there was a tingle of excitment as we were given a tour of the building and shown the steps which John Munday and Stuart Hall walked up every night in order to watch North West Tonight. We weren’t shown what was at the top of the steps, just the steps themselves.

Don’t worry, bus fares can be just as bonkers as train ones

Posted on 19 May 2011 in Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

I have in the past written about the madness of train fares. My favourite is where a more flexible ticket that you can buy on the day turns out to be cheaper than a restrictive advance fare on the same train. It’s completely illogical. Why would anyone want to buy a ticket with loads of strings attached above a cheaper one with far less? Then I found out it’s not just train companies that are inflicted with such strangeness. You get find on the buses too.

The Oystercard website - exposing the underbelly of your technology is not necessarily what’s best for your users

Posted on 17 May 2011 in Internet, Transport (6 comments)

I’ve learned that the Oystercard website is quite bad for tracking all this stuff - a fact that amazes me.

Oui, c’est tres bonne!

Posted on 12 May 2011 in Music, Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

Step forward, and courtesy of Adam and Joe’s 6music show on 7 May, enjoy this techno remix of the SNCF jingle. Have fun!

Cheques: inefficient, costly and slow, but still a delight

Posted on 9 May 2011 in Money (No comments yet - be the first!)

Recently I received a cheque in the post. It was royalties for the two books I’ve published for the Amazon Kindle.It was all very exciting. And great. And I waved it around a lot and went “Wahoo!”. Then I put it down on the table and left it there until I had chance to pay it in.

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