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Weekly Musings: Twitter, Michael Jackson, and a little bit more

What Catch Seventy7 learned after another week wondering when the wedding season begins, or ends… 

Twitter: Narrate your life, in 140 characters or less...

Twitter: Narrate your life, in 140 characters or less...

Twitter opens another window to the world

Whether Twitter is simply enjoying its extended 15 minutes of fame or is around for good might be debatable, but what cannot be denied is that while it is here it has it uses.  The mainstream media for one have certainly embraced it, catapulting Twitter into the public psyche thanks to the spotlight many national newspapers have put on the micro-blogging site’s coverage of the Iran elections. 

You get the feeling no one, least of all the Twitter honchos, know exactly how the site can carve itself a niche as a breaking news website, but many newspapers were happy to use it nonetheless — even if it meant quoting from Twitter feeds that had not been verified, say, for instance, a certain David Miliband’s comments on Michael Jackson’s death. Unfortunately for the Times, it turns out David Miliband doesn’t even have a Twitter account. Which, for those who think Gordon Brown should quit jabbering on about Susan Boyle and actually do some proper political work, is probably a relief.

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June 28, 2009 Posted by | Weekly Musings | Leave a comment

Weekly Musings: The Recession Scuppers Innovation, Twenty20, and more…

What Catch Seventy7 learned after another week wondering whether their budget can extend to an iPhone…

Anonymity: Can be both a defence, and a weapon

Anonymity: Can be both a defence, and a weapon

Times win anonymity case over police blogger

Much has been made — and even more written — about the potential implications of The Times court victory over the publication of the identity of previously anonymous bloggers.

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | Weekly Musings | Leave a comment

Weekly Musings: Ronaldo Saga, The Apprentice, Twenty20 Cricket, and more

What Catch Seventy7 learned after another week wishing they’d concentrated on football as a kid…

Ronaldo spots a mirror in the crowd...

Ronaldo spots a mirror in the crowd...

Cristiano Ronaldo + £80m = A deal too good to refuse

Has anything else happened this week apart from the potential of transfer of a certain Portuguese poseur to a certain Spanish side this week?

Didn’t think so.

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June 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized, Weekly Musings | , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Musings: Twenty20, The Apprentice, FA Cup and more…

What Catch Seventy7 learned after another week secretly enjoying Gilmore Girls…

Trent Bridge: One of three venues for the pointless World Cup

Trent Bridge: One of three venues for the pointless World Cup

Twenty20: Fun, for all the TV audience

I’m not one to stand in the way of progress (mainly because if I did, progress would doubtless mow my insignficant self down without so much as a second thought) but I am not convinced by Twenty20 cricket.

Sure, on TV it fits the medium perfectly. The pace of the game is brisk and eventful, and it’s all over within an agreeable three-hour timeframe. But live, at the ground, Twenty20 just cannot compare with the 50-over or Test match versions.

Everything is over too quickly, and the frequent musical interludes quickly begin to grate. It might have been because I was watching Middlesex/Hampshire at Uxbridge, but I’m really not a fan. The World Twenty20 can’t be over soon enough.

The Ashes is all that matters. 

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June 5, 2009 Posted by | Weekly Musings | | Leave a comment

Weekly Musings: The Apprentice, and the Champions League…

What Catch Seventy7 learned after another week of soul-destroying job searching…

The Apprentice: Beauty averse, and risk averse

The Apprentice: Beauty averse, and risk averse

The Apprentice: In an economic downturn, the risk averse need not apply

This week young Howard Ebison was despatched from Sir Alan Sugar’s minimalist board room. Coming the week before the remaining candidates have their CV’s hung, drawn and quartered in front of a national audience, that might not be the worst thing in the world from the likeable pub chain manager.

But the reasoning behind Howard’s departure might irk him for a few months to come. According to Siralan, Howard was too “risk averse”, and in the current economic climate Amstrad need people that take risks. Because, of course, it wasn’t brazen risk-takers that landed the economy in this mess in the first place…

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May 29, 2009 Posted by | Weekly Musings | , | Leave a comment