Why smoking celebs are no role model

According to today’s news reports, doctors want film censors to be more rigorous with their certificates if actors are smoking.

Experts believe that seeing someone such as Brad Pitt or Uma Thurman smoking, for example, is likely to encourage young, impressionable kids to start smoking.

Oh cobblers! There are many reasons why kids take up smoking and probably bottom of the list is seeing Uma Thurman puff away on a cigarette in Pulp Fiction. Get real!

The view from the provinces

BoxesC’s mum has been down for a few days and gave me an insight into life in places such as Shrewsbury.

She’d made a special visit to this posh chocolate shop, to buy something for C’s birthday and was greeted by a ‘Back in 5 minutes’ sign on the door.

Given that she’d made the trip especially, C’s mum happily waited the couple of minutes for the owner to return and re-open the shop.

Shopowner: I’m sorry… we’re in a bit of chaos at the moment, because we’re in the middle of relocating.

C’s mum: That’s OK, I was happy to wait. So, where are you moving to?

Shopowner: Oh, I can’t tell you that, it’s a secret

… now correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it help to tell any prospective future customers where you’re moving to, if you’re relocating.

Maybe it’s just a Shropshire thing!

Mysterious vowel movement – bacn

The grammar police have been called following the mysterious disappearance of the letter ‘o’ in a new Web 2.0 definition.

Over the weekend, the word ‘bacn‘ appeared in various emails and feeds. Used by the so-called netheads, it describes “low-priority” e-mail that is not important enough to reply to immediately, but is not spam – examples include Facebook notifications.

The Web 2.0 authorities are looking into this new vowel movement, as there is mounting concern that soon all the ‘a’s ‘i’s and ‘u’s will also disappear.

Early start-ups such as Flickr were blase about dispensing with the ‘e’ and this has become a common deletion, but this new dropping of the ‘o’ has provoked widespread condemnation.

Reports that the term ‘ssg’ being introduced to describe a mish-mash of different Web 2.0  products are unconfirmed!