About me
Archive
About me

Good luck to A-Level students

close

Warning: This post was published more than 9 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might have changed in the 9 years since I wrote this post.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Many thanks for your understanding.

I wish everyone who is receiving A-Level results today the very best of luck. However it turns out, don’t let anyone belittle your achievement – the media pump out ridiculous lies about the exams every year, and every year I get annoyed. Congratulations to those who get good news. Those who didn’t do as well as expected shouldn’t get too disheartened – after all, you tried your best – but you may find the Guardian’s clearing site useful, as it’s chock full of useful info and will have a live adviser to answer questions later this morning.

On another topic entirely, I’ve not been great at posting this month. Sorry about that. I’ve been in Canada for two months, and thought I did quite well on keeping up the blog – for the first six weeks… I’m back now, so normal service will resume shortly. đŸ™‚

This 1,197th post was filed under: News and Comment, Notes, University.






More posts worth reading

What I’ve been reading this month (published 4th March 2017)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 6th February 2017)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 31st December 2016)

Photo-a-day 81: Kitchen clock (published 21st March 2012)

Photo-a-day 266: Wadds (published 22nd September 2012)

Re-inventing the email newsletter (published 21st July 2013)

Site design: You want it? You got it. (published 7th April 2007)


Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 03:58 on 17th August 2007.

Simon, are you going to stay a Limey or become a Canuk?
Perhaps I should invite you to my new home in Alma, Michigan.
And now I tell you the story of an old man’s reaching out for his youth.
A few days ago I was driving around by the Pine River when I discovered a narrow, winding, tree lined road. I followed it to where it ended and found-better then a pot of gold- and some forty years too late- the perfect make out spot.
A lovely Pine tree covered stretch of secluded beach on the pine River away from everything and perfect to either park or lay a blanket on the ground.
All I needed now was a lovely maiden to share it with.
Now that I am too old to enjoy the thrill of “making it” in the back seat, I have a large Mercury Grand Marquis-but I might just as well have an old VW-because I have no one to join me in my love trysting spot.
I took my wife to to the seductive place and suggested we forget our age and go to it like teenagers.
“Forget it. We have to go grocery shopping, ” said my wife. “Besides if anyone caught us naked in the woods I would never live it down at our age. And don’t forget the pains from curling up in cramped positions in the back seat. I hurt enough in the king size water bed.”
Why didn’t I find this place when I was a teenager?
Even though in those days I had an old compact car and could not afford a full size big new car, I still managed to make good use of the fold down seats in my Fiat.(I even had a sign on the inside roof which read-“No Taka Da Pill)
Now that I have the big fancy car I have no one to snuggle in the rear seat with.
It is not fair.
I may be old, but I am not dead.
Perhaps one of your female readers will have the same nestalga for the old teenage make out times and volunteer to join me.
Or perhaps my wife is right when she says I might get a crick in my back and not be able to drive home.
She may be right.
But it sure would be fun to find out.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 22:53 on 17th August 2007.

Before my wife hits me over the head (the one on top) for suggesting i would Make out with someone else, let me say I was only commenting about how I found the spot when it was too late to enjoy it.
If some nice lady were to take me up on my offer I would be glad to show her the spot, but she would have to provide her own friend to make out with.
Even if she won’t go to the make out spot-I still love my wife.


Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 03:04 on 18th August 2007.

For some time now the Financial Times has had a first rate news ticker and pop up alert service available free on the Internet. It is one of the better providers of serious news, especially business news.
For some reason, which they have not mentioned, the service is scheduled to close on Sunday, August 20.
The Skinkers powered news and information the Financial Times provides is often not given by other desk top alerts.
I have enjoyed it while available and will miss it.
Perhaps if other readers also made use of this service we can scream at the FT and demand (or we can ask them nicely) to continue it.
Reuters,BBC, The Telegraph, The Guardian, news.co, au (Australia) CNN, The Toronto Star (Canada) and the Mail and Guardian (South Africa) all provide desk top and ticker news alerts and all are quite good, but they do not replace the FT alerts.
I suggest anyone who is a real news junkie or who is on a news desk trying to keep up with the work (as I used to do)subscribe to one or,better yet, all of them.
The combination of those resources and the sjhoward news links provide a better variety of world news then I used to have available at the old New York Herald Tribune and at KWGN TV2 news in Denver.
Most of the great news and information which we used to listen to from around the world on shortwave radio is now streaming on Internet, as is TV news.
The combination of the above and a good scanner radio for police and fire local coverage should satisfy just about any newshound.
NASA even provides feed from the space missions on Internet.
When I had my news operation in Denver it cost several thousand dollars for the special antennas and radios need to hear what I now get streaming .
Even most local BBC and CBC radio stations are on lin e as are the NPR American news radio stations.
While I am writing this I am listening to music have customized for my taste via Pandora Radio, an Internet free offering.
They and several other services provide just about any type of music you can ask for (in my case Old Country and Western and 1940’s big band and some classical)
I still have shortwave radios, but I don’t use them, or even my FM radio as much as I used to.
The only problem I have with all this is wired radio, which was what people used before cable TV, was first used widely by Hitler and Stalin. They told their people it provided clearer reception, but actually used it to block BBC,VOA and other programmes with news and information from the free countries.

We should enjoy the variety of news, information and entertainment the Internet provides. But never forget-Big Brother Government giveth but can also taketh away. Keep an old shortwave radio at home. In a real emergency it may be as necessary as food,water and a flashlight.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 17:49 on 18th August 2007.

The comments about the make out spot remind me of a time about a dozen or so years ago.
I used to frequent a favourite restaurant when I lived in the Denver, Colorado area.
Whenever I ordered my meal with coffee the wait staff would often forget to bring a spoon for me to add sweet and low and cream and stur it up.
We finally came up with a solution-which ever of the wait staff forgot the spoon would have to do a romp in the hay with me- this was before I married my current wife.
This was fine with me as I envisioned enjoying the charms ofone of the good looking well endowed waitresses.
A few weeks later the trap sprung and my wait person forgot the spoon.
Lou accepted the blame and offered to pay the price.
I turned it down.
Lou,the person who forgot the spoon turned out to be a gay waiter.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 01:26 on 26th August 2007.

Hi Mort, sorry it’s taken me so long to reply!

I’m definitely going to stay in the UK for now… Whilst Canada’s great, and I really enjoyed myself, I think it has it’s own set of problems which aren’t all that different from those in the UK – It’ll certainly always be an option for the future, though.

Glad to read your clarification on the make-out spot… I was worried for your general health at the hands of your wife when I read the comment about finding a young reader to try it out with you!

As for the news ticker situation, have you tried the Guardian’s version recently? It’s fully customisable, and will alert or ticker itself based on any RSS feed. And thanks for the kind comments about the toolbar, I’m glad you enjoy it.

I particularly enjoy the NASA space shuttle coverage on ‘NASA TV’ – the launches and landings are always covered in much more depth, and with much more sense, than any of the news networks.

And as for the waiter deal… now that was just bad luck!


Compose a new comment



Comment

You may use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> .

If you would like to display a profile picture beside your comment, sign up for Gravatar, and enter your email address above.

By submitting your comment, you confirm that it conforms to the site's comment policy. Comments are subject to both automatic and human moderation, and may take some time to appear.



The content of this site is copyright protected by a Creative Commons License, with some rights reserved. All trademarks, images and logos remain the property of their respective owners. The accuracy of information on this site is in no way guaranteed. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information provided by this site. This site uses cookies - click here for more information.