Intranets. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

Reading time: 2 minutesYesterday about thirty Intranetters (thanks to Andrew for pointing me towards the yahoo group) got together in central London. It was a really good event – a kind of intranets anonymous. Big thanks to Simon Hill and Rod McLean for their warts’n’all stand-up routines. It certainly seemed quite a cathartic experience for all involved. Intranutters. […]

Never can say goodbye

Reading time: 1 minuteHave you noticed that on the radio very few, if any, presenters and guests say “goodbye” at the end of an interview or phone call? More often than not they say “thank you” instead. I was just wondering if this is conscious and deliberate.

Where did escalator etiquette come from?

Reading time: 1 minuteDo you stand on the right on the escalator in John Lewis or your local shopping mall? Did “Please stand on the right” originate on the London Underground? Like Pavlov’s dog, we’ve been gradually conditioned to do this. And why is it the opposite to our roads in the UK, where we drive on the […]

Automatic accents

Reading time: 1 minuteDo you have a lift at work? Does it have a male or female voice? Who decided that? Does a lift in Belfast have a different accent to a lift in Manchester, Falmouth or Glasgow? Should the automated announcements on trains change accent depending on which part of the country you’re in?

Sounds like it should be a blast

Reading time: 2 minutesIf you’ll pardon the pun. I’ve just been sent this info about an event taking place in July. I’ve added in the link showing where the venue is on Google maps. Title: Gas Organ exhibition Venue: The Sassoon Gallery Location: Blenheim Grove, Peckham Rye, London SE15 Date: 16th – 18th July Time: Midday – 9pm […]

Running track question

Reading time: 1 minuteWhy do we run in an anticlockwise direction on a running track? Has it always been anticlockwise? Is it clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere? [No, actually scrap that] Does it mean top athletes’ descendants will have shorter left legs than right? [Actually scrap that one too]

Norwegian wood or fake plastic trees?

Reading time: 2 minutesA good excuse for a musical reference, but this isn’t to do with choosing between the Beatles and Radiohead. I was just wondering what kind of Christmas tree we should be buying this year. With all the recent mention of carbon footprints, are we doing more for the environment buying the traditional Norwegian Spruce or […]

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