Danger! Men On Trains

Jeremy Corbyn has said he might consider creating women only carriages on trains. Apart from the fact that the man has no chance of ever being in a position to implement such a policy and that fact that it's a regressive step back to the time when "ladies" needed to be shielded fro the real world it addresses a problem that, despite the hysterical, overwrought ramblings of some commentators, is insignificant in any case. 

Here are the FACTS, you know, those awkward things that get in the way of people's silly prejudices and misrepresentations:
There were 1,399 reported cases of sexual assaults (that includes inappropriate speech etc) on the UK public transport system last year. There were well over a billion journeys last year on the London underground system alone. If all the reports were limited to the underground that would represent just 0.0001399% of journeys. But, of course, we have to add the 1.16 billion train journeys and 4.7 billion bus journeys (of which 2.28 billion were in London).

The total number of journeys in excess of 7,300,000,000. 

The total number of journeys on public transport per annum is in excess of 7,300,000,000. Even if you add all the crimes reported on public transport, including robbery, racial harassment etc it still comes to under 0.00015%. Hardly an epidemic. Hardly evidence of hoardes of violent, sexist, racist men rampaging on buses and trains, is it?

PS: Rod Liddle is very concerned about it. 


Good old Blog, we knew him well...

Eulogy for a Blog.  A must read over at Copyblogger

Blog’s life was tragically cut short at a very young age. I’m saddened to say, he never really hit his stride or had the chance to grow up to enjoy what might have been his prime.  When Blog was born he was full of hope and vigour. He dreamed of being an educator. He loved having an audience, though our friend Blog had to settle for a very small one...

 

If this, then that.

"If this, then that"  shortens to ifttt, and that's all you need to remember because this amazingly simple yet powerful service can automate just about anything else, from backing up your photos on Facebook to sending you text message reminders of upcoming appointments. 

Use ifttt to create "recipes" of automation—no code or scripting required—and kiss your worries goodbye...It's a free website and service that lets you automate simple tasks in your digital life...

The most amazing thing about ifttt is how simple it is to use. You might assume that these commands... would require some programming know-how—but they don't.

Logging On!

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It turns out that thousands of years of chopping wood was a waste of time. The amazing Spruce Stove burns an entire tree, a little bit at a time, to keep your home warm. It’s brilliant design allows you to slide a tree slowly into the stove cylinder and close a circular door around the log keeping the flames in and the burning controlled. As as each section of the log burns, you push a little more in the fire.

You'd need a BIG house and a few burly guys for this log fire. I'll stick to my gas central heating.  

Source

Great design. Shame about the lighting.

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How many people does it take to change a light bulb in the roof inside Heathrow airport's Terminal 5? Nobody really knows because it has never been done. The departures concourse of the £4.3 billion terminal, which was designed by British architect Lord Richard Rogers, has become increasingly dark since it opened in 2008 as 60 per cent of the down lights fitted to the ceiling have blown.

But none have been replaced yet because of an incredible oversight meaning there is no safe and easy way to get up to change the bulbs

Read the rest here

Blog Revamp

Having a major revamp here. I've been using Squarespace 5 since early 2004 and I need to get to grips with the new Squarespace 6 platform. I've chosen the "Five" template, by Eric Anderson, as a starting point.  

I know single column sites are all the rage at the moment but I'm going back to sidebars.  I think they are much more useful for a blog. And they look good on this template. The search link isn't working at the moment because of the way I had to set it up previously. I'm in no great rush. After prolific blogging for several years I more or less gave up a couple of years ago and used Twitter a lot.  I hate Twitter now. It is so different from when it first appeared and I need to rethink just how I want to use it, if at all. 

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 There is an opening for a different sort of social network. Facebook stinks, Tumblr is mostly a giant porn site and Twitter is full of celebs and idiot trolls abusing people. Pinterest is good, if you don't mind that it's stuffed with recipes, fashion and home-making tips; but then it is overwhelmingly used by women! 

On with the redesign...