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I’m no expert in the forced removal of judicial buildings, but I think that this is somewhat unlikely. And with the court still firmly in place, there’s even time during a murder trial for a whimsical reference to that cookbook:

But there’s good news from Andrew Harding:

Meanwhile, Wayne Derman says you need a dollop of butter in that. Probably.      

So many meanings we could read into this. But I think it’s just that Lucy wants to get home before 3Talk with Noeleen begins.

Of course she does, because we should never – NEVER – underestimate the travails of the courtroom journalist:

Also there are communal showers. And each evening you have to sleep with 65 TB-riddled criminals. Or something…

The prison reference? Yes, it is.


So you can choose your own teatime tomorrow… Enjoy!

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This. This. A million times this.

It’s like he’s reading from the (as yet unwritten) 6000 miles… manifesto.
Chas Newkey-Burden has nailed it here. Completely.

If you don’t like Facebook, why don’t you just leave?

Yes. Why don’t you? And here, I’m already beginning to repeat Chas’ thoughts, but if you don’t like that recent change they made to their UI, why not just delete your account? No-one is forcing you to be there. It’s not mandatory.

Just go.

The fact that a lot of complaining about Facebook takes place on Facebook has always had a dash of irony about it, particularly for those of us who still quite enjoy the platform and do not smash our fists against the screen if it slightly changes the hue of its background colour.

He’s talking about me there. I am always amused by people raging about Facebook… on Facebook. I tell them to demand a refund from Mark Zuckerberg. They seek revenge by sending me invites to Farmville.

People complain about Facebook as though it was a service they were forced to use, or were paying over the odds for. Nobody is making you use Facebook and humanity survived for thousands of years without it – so if you are that angry with it, why not just leave?

Ouch. That’s going to ring painfully true with some of my “Facebook friends”. You know who you are. Possibly, anyway.
All of which brings up another question, namely: Why am I still “friends” with these people? Well, the answer to that is that I’m not anymore. I’ve grown old, tired and cynical and I’ve memorised the quick route through to the ‘Unfriend’ button. It’s a pleasingly cathartic process.


Personally, I still enjoy a lot about Facebook… the site is like my office water cooler, somewhere to congregate for a bit of energising banter a few times a day. And if my office managers changed the colour of the water cooler, or used the water cooler for a bit of market research about its consumers, I imagine I would soon get over it, just as I have yet to feel like crying my eyes out over any of the ways Facebook has evolved over the years.

What have any of us got to fear from leaving? Being out of the loop? Good grief – wouldn’t you pay to be out of the loop of a fair amount of what’s on your Facebook feed?
Because let’s be honest: some Facebook posts are as annoying as hell. And no Facebook posts are more annoying than those that complain about Facebook.

Like I said, Chas Newkey-Burden has nailed it here.


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Making A Difference

Here’s a happy story. A positive story. A nice story.
And I’m all for happy, positive, nice stories right now.

This story is from the Telegraph and is about a train dispatcher at St. Albans station in the UK. His name is James Allen, and despite the somewhat mundane job he has, he makes a difference in people’s lives by just being happy, positive… nice.

Very early on the morning of October 7, 2013, James Allen walked along Platform Three of St. Albans train station. For most of the commuters waiting, the day was not looking promising: it was Monday, it was cold, the sky was grey, and it was beginning to rain. Smiling graciously, he lifted his speaker and in a soft and quintessentially English voice, said:

“Hello, my name is James. It is lovely to see you all here this morning. I understand that Monday mornings are a difficult time for you all, but can I just say how happy I am to see you today. I truly mean that. I wouldn’t do this job if it wasn’t for all of you.”

Various nameless faces grinned at one another and after a few seconds some began to clap; soon most of the platform joined in.

See? Doesn’t take much, does it?


James’ backstory is fascinating: he was a butler, he was an alcoholic, he quotes from the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Do go and read the article linked to above.
But it’s his philosophy and attitude which is really so refreshing. For him to be able to be able to make a difference – however small – in so many people’s lives is a wonderful thing.

The world needs more James Allens.

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Quota Monochrome

Just this tonight.

From the Groote Schuur Estate a couple of weeks back.

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Ah yes. We return, following a month or more of psychological assessment for the defendant. And the first and most important order of business is, of course, that psychological report… Right after we’ve dealt with the Pistorious family’s scent choices, that is:

It’s like some sort of twisted reunion:

And we’ve missed your insane ramblings too, Charl. Almost as much as we’ve missed Barry “Oscar gives me followers” Bateman and his incisive and detailed commentary:

Not everyone in the class can concentrate that hard and that long though.
There’s always that one class clown, isn’t there, ruining things for everyone else?

It’s your own time you’re wasting, Phillip. *teacher sighs*
Why can’t you be more attentive, like David?

Was this ring binder the blue file? Why didn’t Bateman tell us about the highlighting? What colour was the pen? What model is the iPhone?

Find out all this and more, tomorrow, in the next thrilling installment of PistoriusBalls!

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