Category Archives: Sightings

Back in the day

Have you noticed how people are saying “back in the day” all of a sudden? Even people that weren’t born “back in the day”. What does it mean? OK, it’s the title of a (2014) film, but surely that’s not … Continue reading

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The normalisation of abnormal behaviour

Spotted in Birmingham yesterday. I know it’s a bit of fun, but it does worry me a little.

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One for (from) the road

I couldn’t resist just one more. I guess this falls under the trend heading of ‘convenience’ or perhaps its deregulation? I’m now back in the UK but sitting in London City airport, which is, without a doubt, the easiest way … Continue reading

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It’s fruit, but not as we know it

  I’ve been at Cape Canaveral trying to make myself more interesting. However, the really interesting stuff has been littered all around. I especially liked the apples made to taste like grapes (Grapples, of course), although I was very disappointed … Continue reading

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Only in America

Spotted in Wal-Mart.

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Coming Soon – Mind Control Toys

I’m not kidding. You will be able to buy this very soon. Probably this year. A company has invented a toy called the Force Trainer that allows you to lift a ball by just thinking about it. It really is … Continue reading

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Shopping Local

A contact at the Times newspaper just sent me an email saying that at ASDA (a UK supermarket chain owned by Wal-Mart) has announced that local food sales are up 41% on this time last year in England and Wales. … Continue reading

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‘Sixth Sense’ Wearable Computers

If you’ve not seen it already check out a TED talk by Pattie Maes from MIT. The device is essentially a wearable projector and computer that allows people to interact with their external environment by projecting related information about things … Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas

In the National Library of Wales there is a self-portrait by the writer Dylan Thomas aged, I’d guess, about eight. The self-portrait is nothing special but above it the young Thomas has written the following: “I am young but I … Continue reading

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The Future of Newspapers (seen from 1981)

This is priceless – and a reminder of how even the best predictions can go slightly off the rails. The prediction that newspapers will be read mostly on computers is obviously on the money, but it’s things like likely cost … Continue reading

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