October 2004 – posts

New 10 commandments

I had a go at creating a new set of 10 commandments, perhaps more relevant for modern life…
1. Don’t be evil (Google had this motto when they launched, it covers everything.)
2. Don’t buy from unethical groups if you can help it.
3. Don’t work for unethical groups, ever. (Where you choose to work and what you choose to buy is more powerful than a vote in an election.)
4. Try not to bore people with your views, but spread the word if you know something helpful.
5. If you need a car, don’t let vanity influence what you buy, no matter how much money you have. (Rich people, lead the way. Shock the pants off everyone by owning a small, economical car.)
6. If you don’t need a car, don’t have one.
7. Defend your heritage. Heritage isn’t just old buildings and countryside. Custard, Milkmen, Bandstands, allotments, post offices, local newspapers, icecream vans, such things are our heritage.
8. Use your library.
9. Always question.
10. Enjoy what ethical groups provide; goods, services and careers etc.
They go a bit downhill toward the end but it was an interesting thing to do.If you can think of better ones, let me know.

Published: 6 Oct 2004


Tim‘ left this comment on 12 Oct 04
What? Even used caravans?
A visitor‘ left this comment on 12 Oct 04
1a. Don’t shit on people, things, your underwear or caravans.Keith Smith


panpipes and ukelele, the instruments melodies are made forPublished: 6 Oct 2004

How to Spot a Winner

Mr Winner

Having just spent the morning listening to some of Victor Lewis-Smith’s phone pranks, two of which involving the duping of Michael Winner, I was amazed to bump into the man himself (Michael that is, not Victor) in Book Etc. Shepherds Bush.

Michael was signing his new book (pictured left) though there seemed to be no one there actually buying copies.

I was just explaining to a friend how Winner never shuts up about how he worked with Charlie Bronson when I noticed the book jacket… (see vacant chair to Winner’s right).

He’s certainly consistent. I thought about following him for a bit, to see if he’d go in The Officers Club or other high class Bush boutiques but was distracted by a book about Hitler.


Published: 9 Oct 2004


A visitor‘ left this comment on 9 Oct 04
Congratulations! You finally achieved your pilgramage of worshipping at the foot of the Director of Traffic, Orkney Isles. It must have been a sh!tter of a religious experience.Still can’t believe the name dropping descends to having a “CHARLES BRONSON” photoshopped onto chair next to him, that probably was even on the set anyway…Ben


To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level. 

Bertrand Russell,

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
Eric Hoffer

Published: 23 Oct 2004