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Everybody here is fired…

Friday, May 30th, 2003

The Accident Group, the UK’s largest personal injury insurer, fires 2,500 staff via text messages sent to their mobile phones, the BBC reports.
Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer the “here, put all your stuff in this plastic garbage bag and get the hell out now” method

Who, US?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

“Every day in British newspapers, on television and on the radio, I hear the same tedious stereotypes about loud and stupid American gunslinging bullies.” — the BBC’s Gavin Esler, writing in the Independent. I know how you feel, buddy. Thanks to another Gavin for the pointer.

Bob the Builder scooter!

Friday, May 16th, 2003

Here’s Charlie with his new Bob the Builder scooter. It was a Christmas present from our friends Morag and Damien, but owing to mix-ups and other confusions, he’s only just got his hands on it. He absolutely loves it, but we will definitely be getting him a bicycle helmet (and maybe knee and elbow pads) [...]

Chinese takeaway

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

The grep of the day from the www.ridey.net web server logs: 61.187.156.253 – – [14/May/2003:20:42:29 +0100] “GET http://www.yahoo.com/ HTTP/1.1″ 200 7740
which resolves to: China Telecom: Hunan Province Network .
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