A Letter to my MP
June 18, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Crime, politics | Tags: , , ,

Dear Angela Smith,

I was pleased to see that the cabinet office has published a report
that proposes “monthly crime information should
be published to include … details of crimes committed”. [1]

Could you tell me what format these statistics will take, more
specifically if they will be in a format that members of the public can
easily use.

I really hope that this information is published in an open, and free
format such as XML, or even just plain CSV, publishing the data in a
closed, proprietary form such as a PDF file would not encourage the
re-publication of that data in a form that is easier for more people to


Yours sincerely,

Stuart Grimshaw


IM Shortcuts for my Mum
June 12, 2008, 2:36 pm
Filed under: howto, mail, tutorial | Tags: , ,

Here’s a quick post for my Mum, who has recently retired and discovered instant messaging.

Shortcut Meaning Real world usage
\o or o/ A wave, hello or goodbye Matthew & Hannah waving from the car.
:-) Smiling You’re happy about something
;-) Cheeky wink Yes, of course I’ll fill the car up with petrol.
:-( Sad The bar has run out of Gin & Tonic
:-| Not impressed The look you give me when I swear
>:-( Cross Like when I carry on swearing
:-D A big grin, more than smiling, but not quite laughing You realise on a Monday that you’re retired, and don’t have to go to work.
:-P Blowing a raspberry Like I apparantly did to that old lady when I was in my pram all those years ago.
:-O Suprised Stuart’s gone home, and we still have cake in the cupboard :-O
LOL Laugh out loud Laughing, like when I fart at the dinner table (You do find that funny don’t you?)
BRB Be right back When you nip out to the shop, you’ll be right back.
np No problem Mum, can I have £10 … No problem
o_O A bemused look The look I gave j-lappy when he suggested I used banging the Queen as a situation where o_O would be appropriate

Feel free to add more in the comments, but keep it clean, my Mum will be reading ;-)

Man City sign Mark Hughes – A Rovers Fan’s thoughts
  • bugger.
  • Mark Hughes has signed a 3 year deal to follow Sven as Manchester City’s new manager, and all the best of luck to him, one of the best managers we’ve had in a long time.

    Who’s going to follow him? The managers that spring to mind are:

    1) Big Sam
    2) Steve McClaren
    3) Alan Shearer

    I really hope it’s not McClarren, he was a great #2 at Manchester United, a good #2 to Sven in the England camp, but dire when he was at Middlesborough, and who can forget his tenure as England manager? Not many of us with some kind of therapy unfortunatly.

    I wouldn’t be too sorry to see Sam Aladice as the next manager at Ewood, he doesn’t have a reputation for attractive football, but he was almost as succesful at Bolton as Hughes has been at Ewood.

    Alan Shearer on the other hand, the fuss that went on when he was linked with Newcastle shows he’s keen to get into management, but either didn’t want to spoil his reputation with Newcastle fans, or didn’t want to be #2.

    At Ewood he’ll have neither of those problems, a stable board to back and help him develop both himself and his squad.

    Just as long as it’s not McClarren.

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