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Month: February 2004

Outsourcing Inside

Scaryduck talks about the BBC/LandSec outsourcing deal in passing:

The sale of BBC Technology killed of the illusion of St Greg in some quarters, as did the outsourcing of property management and the construction of the Grey Lubyanka in White City, where jobs would mysteriously disappear en route from other locations.

It’s interesting to view the deal, which saw developer Land Securities effectively become the BBC’s property manager and partner, from the inside, because from the outside, or at least the property industry, it’s viewed as a roaring success and a model for the future.

Animal Rights: Deadly games of childish politics

Why do people choose to put animal lives before human ones? What sort of person thinks it is just fine to publish the home addresses of scientists and their families

Well, as it turns out, people who have no respect for the law:

Animal activists target judges

Once, when I was driving home from Suffolk, I heard a show on Radio 4 where they quizzed animal rights activist on why they thought it was acceptable to publish scientists' home addresses on the internet. Then the journalist, quite rightly, challenged the interviewee on why she wouldn't reveal her real name, and why she wasn't prepared for the BBC to publish her name and address on the website. Her answer was, of course, that she was afraid of attacks from the scientific community. Boy, she hasn't spent much time around scientists has she?

Interestingly, the activists fell back on a similar excuse for the publishing of judges' family details on the web:

But Greg Avery, a spokesman for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, said the animal rights movement was not interested in judges' personal details. He said: "Somebody involved in the industry has set this up. I don't believe that it is anything to do with the animal-rights movement."

So, let's get this straight: the scientists are publishing the family details of the judges who are protecting them? Uh, yeah, of course.

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Mucus Trooper, Lights Are Gonna Find You

For anyone who like words, The Word Spy is an invaluable read, giving you a feel for the linguistic zeitgeist.

More importantly, it has given me a new phrase to describe my wife at the moment: mucus trooper. These are the noble souls who troop into work every day, carrying their flu and cold germs along with them as happy little passengers. These germs are promiscuous sorts, and before long we have a whole new load of mucus troopers to keep the clan going.

If I get another cold, it's straight to bed for me.

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