Sunday, 22 May 2011


This may surprise some people but I was never unfaithful to my ex-wife. Fact is, I loved my house and kids too much!

One of the worst kept secrets of recent times has now been made public. Earlier this month, it was reported in non-UK media sources that the identity of CTB in CTB v News Group Newspapers was a Premiership footballer who had applied for and obtained an anonymised gagging order in relation to an alleged extra-marital affair with Welsh model Imogen Thomas. The footballer – aged 37 with two children - had subsequently taken legal action against the social networking site Twitter after his identity was revealed by a user who had previously stated the identities of other individuals that had taken out so-called "superinjunctions". A blogger for Forbes magazine remarked "he [the player] has not heard of the Streisand effect"*, observing that mentions of his name had significantly increased after the case against Twitter had been reported in the news. Yesterday, the Scottish-based Sunday Herald, published a barely disguised photograph of the player on its front page, with the word "CENSORED" covering his eyes. Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker stated that the London High Court ruling had no force in Scotland, unless copies of the Sunday Herald were sold in England or Wales.

Q: Ryan, why didn’t you just keep it in your trousers, mate and spare yourself a shed load of grief? [CENSORED]

*The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her Malibu residence inadvertently generated further publicity.
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Sunday, 8 May 2011


The jackpot for the first ever EuroMillions lottery this Tuesday is a staggering £85m. That’s a lot of money! Some people dream and fantasise about winning an amount such as this to give them opportunities to travel, seek early retirement, pay off debts and basically have the financial security they have always longed for. That’s why we do the lottery, isn’t it? When lottery winners declare:- “Winning £20m won’t change me/us?” – you have to ask the question -
Why did you bother in the first place, then?”– for that’s exactly why I do it...
There is little doubt that the £2.00 you will stump up for your ticket this Tuesday will not be the best investment you will make this week. It’s not creative accounting, is it?

But, it could be you...     

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Monday, 2 May 2011


Bank Holidays in the UK – like London ‘buses you wait for one to turn up and three come along in quick succession!

In reality the number of holidays in the UK is relatively small compared to that in many other European countries. There are laws that allow the dates of bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special occasions.

There will be a special bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The 2012 late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will be on Tuesday 5 June 2012.

The May Day bank holiday could be scrapped and replaced by either a St George's Day break on 23rd April or a Trafalgar Day on 21st October under UK Government plans to boost tourism. Why not have both? Tourism Minister John Penrose said moving the May Day holiday could bring benefits for the economy.

By switching the break to St George's Day on April 23rd the tourist season would get off to an earlier start - while pushing it back to the October half term would elongate it (the tourism season). Why scrap the May Day bank holiday – when a better solution is to add an additional bank holiday in October? Trafalgar Day... why not?

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