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X Factor Totally Not Made Up Shocker

September 14, 2010

Millions of X Factor fans around the country were in shock today as a leaked document from an ITV exec proved X Factor to be completely real and not at all made up. It was commonly believed that the show was loosely scripted, tightly edited and the “contestants” chosen from thousands of application forms and [...]

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The iPhone 4 Debacle

July 19, 2010

Oh go on then. I’ll join in. By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the iPhone 4 drama which started with a small percentage of customers reporting dropped calls or reduced signal strength when touching the metal band that runs around the phone and culminated in free ‘bumpers’ being offered for all affected handsets. Before [...]

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The light at the end of the world

July 14, 2010

As a teen I wasn’t above the odd bout of existential angst. I often wondered what my purpose was as an individual and what our purpose was as a race. Why did we exist? Are we destined for some greater good or are we just organic matter that figured out that the stabby end …

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Camping at Hunstanton

June 7, 2010

Things change when you have children. The idea of laying under a thin sheet of man made fabric in a field had never appealed before but as Luke gets older, the desire to do varied activities grows. Spurred on by a bargain tent – the Sahara 6 man tent discounted to £199 proved all the [...]

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Blackpool

June 1, 2010

We recently returned from another trip to Blackpool and its fast becoming a favourite destination for a short break. It is of course the epitome of tacky seaside resorts but if you’re willing to put aside prejudice you’ll be seduced by her charms. On my last visit, I took some pictures of the gritty side [...]

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A short “Street View” tour of my childhood

March 11, 2010

Today Google ‘unlocked’ their street view mapping for 95% of the UK. Like thousands of other net users, this morning I spent a little while viewing personal landmarks. I grew up in Gosport, a small town on the south coast near Portsmouth. I still go down occasionally to visit family but I haven’t seen many [...]

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Moody Bishop Bashes Christmas Carols

December 1, 2009

Debbie tweeted the link to the source article at the BBC and my thoughts were too verbose to be contained in a single tweet. Popular Christmas carols contain “nonsense”, and adults who sing them should be embarrassed, the Bishop of Croydon has said in a book. The Rt Rev Nick Baines criticised adults singing Away [...]

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X Factor Wrap Up #4

November 9, 2009

It’s getting close to Christmas and Panto season is gearing up. All over the country minor celebrities and past X Factor contestants are slapping on outrageous make-up, outlandish costumes and practising their “It’s behind you!”. Just like their careers. No surprise, then, that the X Factor’s Panto is already in full swing. As usual, the [...]

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X Factor Wrap Up #3

October 26, 2009

Yes, it’s Monday; it’s the X Factor result show wrap up blog post! If you were the talent booker for the X Factor and had to book two big names to perform on the result’s show who would you pick after crazy eyed Robbie and dead eyed Whitney spun almost as many column inches as [...]

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X Factor Wrap Up

October 19, 2009

Another Sunday, another episode of our favourite car crash TV program. This week’s result show had a lot to live up to. Last week’s show had Alexandra in a dress made entirely of chocolate gold coins and Robbie Williams attacking the stage like a mad man on Halloween. We weren’t disappointed. Let’s be honest. No [...]

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