Wednesday, 27 February 2013

More Worry About Profits

A few weeks ago there was much indignation because some firms were reporting either no profits, or very small profits, and thus avoiding Corporation Tax.

Today  complaints that Centrica has increased its profits, are not accompanied by any gratitude for the extra tax it will therefore pay.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Minor Success

I've decided to find our more about dynamic web sites, and have therefore installed server software (Apache) and php on one of my computers so that I can test php scripts without connecting to the Internet.

I actually works !!

I've also installed SQL, but haven't tested that yet; I'm saving it up for a later boast.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Fizzy Fallacy

I've recently heard demands for a 20% tax on 'fizzy drinks' blaming them for obesity.

Fizzy drinks fizz with carbon dioxide, which is unlikely to produce obesity in anything except a chlorophyll carrying green plant.

I gather that the objection to fizzy drinks is that many of them are also sugary, but not all are sugary, and many sugary drinks, and indeed sugary non-drinks, are not fizzy. However the self righteous do not condemn sugary drinks.  I suspect they concentrate on the fizziness because it make a big contribution to the drinkers enjoyment, and the real target may be not obesity, but enjoyment.

Puritanism about sex has become less popular so puritans have taken to pontificating about diet instead.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Senior Railcard Holders Beware

There seems to be a new scam.  I've just had an email from

It claims that there are 'only a few days' left on my railcard and bids me visit a website.

In fact my railcard has months to run.

I hate to think what would happen if I visited the indicated site.