The Hunting of the Snark

25/07/2012

Cycling: Carbon Neutral?

Filed under: Snarky — Jeremy Irish @ 20:15
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Today at the park and ride, I saw a man struggling for quite some time to secure his bicycle to his car, with the engine idling all the while. I thought that rather undermined his efforts to be environmentally friendly.

– The Snark

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01/04/2011

Summer time, and the waking ain’t easy

It did its job back in World War I. But why, oh why, have we still got it?

I heard a rumour that the UK government might consider scrapping summer time (or daylight saving time, for my fellow Americans still in America). And what a fantastic move that would be! I always really, really dread the spring time change.

Here we were, just starting to get a reasonable amount of daylight, able to go to work after dawn, that sort of thing. Then WHAMMO. A week of thinking, ‘I’m not tired yet… I don’t really need to go to bed now.’ Then the next morning, ‘It can’t be 6 yet. It’s really only 5.’ You keep losing that hour day after day.

And for what, again? More outdoor activities at night? Doesn’t seem to work that way. Saving energy? No, not really. I snapped a couple of photos out the front door, the first around 6:00 in the morning and the second around 8:00 in the evening. You just sort of change which time of day you have to use the electric lights:

View of garden, around 6am, with almost no light whatsoever

Day?

View of garden, around 8pm, with enough light to distinguish features

Night?

Now, from past experience, I don’t recall that there is ever sun at midnight or anything. At midsummer here, it gets completely dark by, what, 11:00?

– The Snark

11/05/2010

At last we know whom we can trust

Filed under: Snarky — Jeremy Irish @ 16:05
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This just in:

Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 15:01:03 +0300 (EAT)
Subject: SCAM ALERT…
From: “DR. DAVID IKENNA”

NIGERIAN FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATION AGENCY
ANTI- TERRORISM
CLEARANCE/FRAUD UNIT
FALOMO OFFICE COMPLEX IKOYI
LAGOS-NIGERIA.
Motto:Security watch

FROM THE DESK OF :
DR. DAVID B. IKENNA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FORIEGN PAYMENT AGENCY
CABLEGRAM: NAPTCOR

Good Day,

RE: FRAUD ALERT/FINAL NOTICE

Based on our findings in this investigation department we wish to warn you
against some Miscreants, Hoodlums and Touts who go about scamming innocent
people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image
of this wonderful country. We were informed that some Hoodlums are
contacting you in respect to the collection of your fund which was long
approved in your favour with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As a matter of fact we have been on this investigation assignments for
some time secretly known to no one but the Presidency and some top
government official who are in support of this investigation team to help
stop fraudalent activities in this country and as well restore the image
that has been tarnished by the below listed group of people.

Although we have been able to come up with some good result about the
people that have extorted money from you illegally and I wish to list them
so that you will personally indicate them by writing back to us with the
name of whom scammed you among them as we want to make sure your payment
is routed to you without any further delay and note that we will surely
deal and bring to book the names of people below if only you will
cooperate with us by co indicating correctly any of them.

… (etc etc etc) …

Finally, we are expecting to hear from you today unfailingly so as to
enable us serve you better and wire your funds into your Bank account as
nominated. Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation and
understanding while we wait for your urgent response.

Yours sincerely,

DR. DAVID B. IKENNA.
(Director, Nigerian Foreign Payment Investigation department)

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