internet

Hackers ‘R’ Us

When M16 use GCHQ computer experts to hack into Middle Eastern computers and replace bomb making instructions with a recipe for cup cakes, it’s a bit of a giggle, What Ho! Boys, just a jolly jape. When US and Israeli computer experts infected Middle Eastern industrial computers with the Stuxnet virus and wiped out the […]

June 3, 2011

Journalists Do It Eloquently.

An object lesson in parting words as you fling open the door to that harsh, cruel world. Tantrumtastical. Richard Peppiatt leaves the comforting embrace [Ed. Are you sure?] of employment with the Daily Star, and sets forth on the choppy seas of self employment where making a name for yourself is sooo important. Welcome to […]

March 5, 2011

This is the Mourning of the Age of……

Seven years after the death of Princess Diana sparked a national outpouring of grief in floral format, tightly bundled in the non-biodegradable ‘wrap’ that florists use, rather than true cellophane, the ‘future compost’ tributes were still being placed outside Kensington Palace. It took volunteers three weeks to clear the original mountain of soft toys and […]

March 1, 2011

The Blog Society

Did you hear it? Friday night, around tea-time? The crunch of gears engaging, the whine of engines turning over. Perhaps you smelt the noxious diesel fumes as Sandwell Borough Council revved up their engines, lowered their gun turrets and reversed their tanks off the front lawn they have been parked on for the past 136 […]

October 10, 2010

Blogger v Journalist VI

Alan Rusbridger, editor of London’s Guardian, said at a 2007 meeting of the Organization of News Ombudsmen at Harvard: “Since a free press first evolved, we have derived our authority from a feeling – a sense, a pretence – that journalism is, if not infallible, something close to it. We speak of ourselves as being […]

July 7, 2010

On-line Identity and Free Speech.

One of the patients I used to visit long ago was a lady of around 40 who had long retired from contact with the human race. She was diagnosed as Autistic, a highly intelligent woman. A previous visitor had arranged for her to have a computer in an effort to keep her in contact with […]

July 1, 2010

Intimidation and Coercion.

This afternoon Sandra Barr published an ‘Important Press Release’ from Robert Green to his Facebook group members. As with so much of the information which emanates from Robert Green, a kernel of half truths have been nurtured into a forest of conspiracy theories and defamatory lies. Since those defamatory lies concern myself and have now […]

June 5, 2010

Robert Green – Hollie Greig

I apologise for the length of this piece. There are a lot of facts to be laid out. I would also ask before you tell me that I have left this or that fact out that you refer to my original blog post on the subject – I have tried not to repeat myself here. […]

May 31, 2010

Save the Whale!

Greenpeace would have been proud of the BBC last night. Caught between the rock of trying to report on one of the day’s hottest story – that of the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau at the Orlando, Seaworld by a killer Whale – and the hard place of their own commitment to liberal values which […]

February 26, 2010

The Final Curtain.

Those of you who know me well, will be aware that I have not been well in recent months. Thanks to the excellent French medical service, which is second to none, I have undergone a battery of tests in record time, no waiting, no messing, outstanding courtesy and efficiency at every turn. Hopefully they have […]

November 27, 2009