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From that guy on Coolsmartphone

The Black Countraaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy

There’s a show on BBC2 about the M6 through Birmingham and the Black Country. These two fine gents are from Bloxwich. They’re moaning about the big motorway that’s been outside their houses since the early ’70s (which has now been improved to include a break-down spot even closer to their homes after the managed motorway scheme went live). Anyhow, I live local but still, the accent and his turn of phrase resulted in a drink spillage ..

(Here’s a map if you’re interested in this sort of thing. Personally I find it quite fascinating that back in the 70′s the Government could just plough a stonking great road within inches of peoples homes like this and basically stuck two fingers up to everyone)..

A water powered car. Really?

As much as I hate to link to the Daily Mail a car that runs on salt water looks set to arrive on European roads. It’s super powerful, super quick but, unfortunately, extremely expensive.


Carrying water in two 200-litre tanks, it’s good for 373 miles and has 920 horsepower. This all works thanks to something called electrolyte flow cell power system, which is a bit like a hydrogen fuel cell, but here it’s saltwater that stores the energy.

Let’s hope the oil companies don’t squash this. ore details here.

Hello Black Countrayyyyy!!!

I live a few miles from the M6 Toll. Well, actually it’s about 2 miles. Either way, this crash would’ve been all dramatic and wot-not if it was filmed in the USA. Here in the UK, the Black Country accent kinda takes the shine off it a bit.

Oh, by the way. The car coming the wrong way down the Toll was driven by a 77 year old man with dementia. As you can see from the last portion of the video, there was traffic heading towards him on the correct side of the road, so the cops had to take quick and decisive action to stop him.. Fair play.

London Grammar – Hey Now (Arty Remix)

It’s getting to a point now where most radio edits are pretty poor, with the remixed versions being far superior. Here’s the new London Grammar one, mixed by Arty. Possibly the best version..

Let one go

If you’re constantly singing THAT song from “Frozen”, this is a rather childish version ;)

What’s happened to my internet?

At one point the internet was either a brilliant global forum for free speech or a dangerous, uncontrolled network lacking regulation.

Sadly the Governments of this world took the second view and, here in the UK especially, we’ve seen the major ISP’s getting strong-armed into implementing firewalls, warning systems, blocks and policing their users.

It’s not porn or disturbing images they’re trying to block, but instead our great UK Firewall seems to be blocking sites that upset Copyright holders. You know the sort – torrent sites etc.

Previously it was a rather ham-fisted block on certain domains, which – at a DNS level – meant that if you tried to get to a site such as the Pirate Bay, you’d instead see a warning message from your internet provider. Most people have easily worked around this with a proxy server though.

Now, as detailed in this BBC News item, they’re trying a different approach which will kill the revenue stream of the website owner. It works by replacing adverts which appear on sites that advertisers may not be happy with.

Currently anyone can put any ads on their site, but the Police and Government seem to be of the opinion that having “big name advertisers” on a torrent site will give the user the impression that it’s legit, and they’ll assume it’s legal.

To be honest I’ve absolutely no idea where the Government gets its ideas from, but let’s go with this for a moment.

The system works by replacing those ads with Police warning messages telling the user that the site is illegal. It basically rewrites the internet page at the ISP level, adding and replacing content as they see fit.

This is pretty scary when you think about it. If adverts can get rewritten, what else will be changed to fit their needs? Will we see popular websites getting text altered? Will forums have images swapped and changed? It’s the start of another cat and mouse game by the Government, who is seeking to control the people of the land by adjusting what they see. I guess it’s been happening for years in a way, with our media getting certain “leaks” and “comments” fed down so that headlines appear as and when necessary.

Sky TV gets on my babs at times

So, I want to record the latest episodes of Family Guy. I whack on “Series Link” on Sky and, just a few weeks later, I’ve got about 58 episodes. From BBC3 to Fox HD, there’s old episodes, slightly newer episodes and, for some reason, three copies of each episode.

Checking the episode number is no clearer either. I can’t make sense of it and finding when newer episode are being broadcast is a mess.

Sky have made some half-assed attempt at showing new episodes by putting the word “New” in the title, but it’s still not good enough.

Retentions departments

This is why a lot of people don’t move to new providers…

I know everyone has seen this by now, but this is just terrible. What an awful company.