Eric Sykes 1923 - 2012

Eric Sykes CBE died yesterday at the age of 89.

Sykes was one of Britain's comedy aristocrats who came to prominence on leaving the Army after the war. Part of the set that included the Goons, Galton & Simpson, Frankie Howerd and a whole host of comedy actors, he is indelibly associated in the public's mind with the great (in every sense) Hattie Jacques. Best knows as a TV actor he was also an actor, writer and director for stage, TV and radio. He was a founder member of the legendary Associated London Scripts.

Eric Sykes



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It Wasn't A Glitch

A little over two weeks ago, the news media started to carry stories about NatWest customers having trouble accessing their accounts. The stories nearly all took the line that a “glitch” in the bank’s computer systems had led to some accounts not being updated correctly. Over the next couple of days it became apparent that the problem was widespread and continuing.

The media eventually realised that the problem was not confined to NatWest, but also RBS, Ulster Bank and several others. It became apparent that the problem centred on the RBS clearing system, which is housed in Edinburgh.

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The news reports mostly changed the name of the bank involved, partly because it allowed them to keep whipping RBS; since Fred the Shred’s day the bank has become a hate figure for the media.

However, they all continued to call the fault a “glitch”. In the IT industry this wasn’t being referred to as a glitch. A glitch is an annoyance – this was a full-scale, industrial-strength, grade A disaster.

This is a long post – grab a coffee.


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Darling Is A Charlie (Pt 1)

Sorry for the rather obvious headline to this post, but I'm just getting back into the swing of things after a lay-off and the inspired prose is slightly, errr, sticky just now.

Anyway you will have noticed the major news event that was the launch of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK (AKA "Better Together" or, more accurately, "No"). What, you missed it? Oh noes!! Well, just for your benefit those lovers of democracy at the Grauniad have captured a typically highly detailed and objective report of this star-studded jamboree here. Even more impressively they have recorded verbatim the main item of the event - a speech by the Right Honourable Alistair Darling MP: a failed Chancellor of the Exchequer from a failed UK Government.

It's rubbish. What follows is the text of his speech (in black) and  a few pithy comments from a talented political commentator (in green). Links are from the Graun article.


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Election 2012

This page will act as a compendium for all our posts relating to the 2012 elections. We would very much like you to vote for at least one Independent candidate and these articles will help to explain why.

This article will appear as a menu item for the next few weeks. All the links are below the page break.


Lynn Filshie's Manifesto

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Lynn Filshie's Manifesto

We reproduce below Councillor Lynn Filshie's letter to prospective voters, asking for an extension of the trust that the people of Avondale and Stonehouse have shown in her.

We think that Lynn has been an excellent councillor in difficult circumstances, and is a great asset to South Lanarkshire Council.

Please click through to read Lynn's letter.


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