Yearly Archives: 2007


The Men’s Officer Referendum 2

First of all I think I need to explain why a referendum is happening. In the recently revised Constitution for Hull University Union, it states that Referenda decide union policy and the Open Policy Forums (that any student can attend) decide what goes to a referendum. A number of these […]


Union debates about free speech 2

The Oxford Union is a very old and highly respected debating society. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with Oxford University Student Union – people often get confused about this. In the past, they have had names such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Ian […]


An unbelievable loss

Prior to the event happening, many people would have assumed this sort of thing could never happen. Maybe you thought that there would be enough safeguards in place. Obviously, we now know that this is not true. What am I talking about? This blog entry is about the 25 million […]


BBC job cuts – oh dear

On Wednesday, October 17th, the BBC Trust approved plans to make job cuts which supposedly help the corporation become more financially efficient. The follow points are from this article: Closing 2,500 job posts over the next six years. Creating about 1,000 new jobs, many of which will be filled internally. […]


‘No pimps allowed’ 1

Wikipedia has been a valuable reference tool for many people since it’s creation in 2001. Below is a list of the number of articles submitted in each of Wikipedia’s 10 most popular languages: English: 2,025,577 German: 644, 514 French: 562, 648 Polish: 427, 910 Japanese: 417, 000+ Dutch: 361, 237 […]


The cost of blogging 2

There has been plenty of news and opinion recently about whether bloggers can be considered journalists and whether they can expect certain rights and privileges. Recently, another story in a similar vein was reported by a number of people across the internet. The following is a quote from an article […]


Gone to SEED

Taken from The Free Dictionary: “Idiom:go/run to seed1. To pass into the seed-bearing stage.2. To become weak or devitalized; deteriorate: The old neighborhood has gone to seed.” One of those two definitions is probably what you were thinking after you read that title. Well, both are wrong. I’ve actually joined […]


Journalistic standards

Following on from my post about the licence fee etc. in a previous post, I have found another reason to criticise the BBC – this article. Here’s an example of why that piece was badly put together: “A 2005 study showed that an increase of 10 mobile phones per 100 […]


OOXML fun and games 1

If you’re an average home user, then I know what you’re thinking: “I can’t wait to hear the latest news about the emotional rollercoaster that is Office Open XML.” I hope you all noticed the slight hint of sarcasm there. The fact is, no average home user (at least no-one […]