Friday, January 20, 2006

Spam, music & being British

Do you get as pissed of as we do with the amount of spam email messages you receive each day? We don't have an answer and to be honest the Yahoo filters get rid of the junk but why do the spammers assume that my 'equipment' is too small, my bank account in dire need of a lottery win or that I want to change my phone provider (again)?

Come the day of the revolution....

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Alias @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Bleedin Hartz @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Martha's Vineyard @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Jongleures @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Mid Life Crisis @ Hardy's, Bridport

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Jester Jones @ The Westgate, Taunton
That'll Do @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Cross Fire @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater (so there are either two bands playing or someone made a mistake!)
Gold Blend @ Beam Bridge Hotel, Well
Nikki King @ Monkton Inn
34FF @ The Pen & Quill, Taunton
Jive/Rock'n'Roll @ Taunton R'n'R Club

Recently our glorious Chancellor (always with his hand in your pocket) has made lots of noise about what it means to be British. There has been lots of comment on this but we saw this follow on the Telegraph Newspaper web site and thought you might enjoy it!


In an attempt to assist him (Gordon Brown) in his quest, then, here are a few experiences of modern life that might help us define what it means to be a 21st-century
Briton:

• Being sent e-mails that say you have won £341,000 on a lottery you didn't enter, and all you need to do to claim the prize is to forward your bank details.

• Endowment shortfalls.

• Arriving for the 6.45am train, which is delayed until 7.01am and being told by the station customer services manager that bikes are banned from
trains after 7am.

• Yo-yo diets.

• Your MP doing an impression of a randy tom cat on national television.

• Never being more than five miles from a Body Shop branch.

• The entire country grinding to a halt at the first hint of snow. Or sniff of bird flu.

• Receiving an unsolicited call from someone in India calling himself James who says you could be paying nothing for your phone calls from now on.

• Calling back to India a month later on discovery that you are in fact paying three times what you did before only to be informed that James no longer works for the company.

• People saying "yeah, no, no, no, yes" when they just mean "yes". Or "no".

• Learning that the Government spends more on consultants than on sports rovision.
• Perpetual Sofa Kingdom sales that "must end noon Friday".

• Sitting on the bus listening to white youths with Jamaican accents calling each other "blud". That's what I'm saying, innit.

• Wondering who Mark Oaten is. And Chris Huhne.

• Learning Polish to communicate with your plumber. Or hairdresser. Or GP.

• Watching the brilliant political satire The Thick of It and realising that is how most government policy is really made. Including this one.

• Thinking that, in the end, the British are too modest a bunch to start waving flags in annual self-celebration.

Have a very British spam free day!

The Editor

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