Why I will spoil my ballot

I will be expressing my feeling in next week’s election of Police and Crime Commissioner by spoiling my ballot paper.

It’s the only way I can think of to protest –  albeit in a pretty futile way – against this ridiculous election. I’ve never spoilt a ballot paper before, and have always voted as I believe in democracy, so this is a big step for me.

And here’s the reason why: have you had or have you heard anyone else having a conversation which has included something along the lines of: “what we need is a new way of managing the police, something more parochial and linked to political parties”? Continue reading “Why I will spoil my ballot”

I felt robbed by 2 little Molluscs

Scallops on a bed of grit!

I went out to dinner last night to a restaurant that I’d used years ago, I had fond memories of the place run by its owners, serving great beer and wonderful food. How things change.

When we arrived, we found that all the real beer was “off”. Actually there’s was only a choice of one anyway!

We then ordered our meal and for a starter I choose Scallops. I like scallops, nuggets of juicy, sweet, fresh marine heaven. Sometimes with Roe, sometimes not. I don’t mind either way.

Sometimes I get them from Cardigan Bay – wonderful and large. Last night in Gwent they were “Brixham Scallops” which translates to small (the size of a 50p coin) and not particularly flavoursome. They came with something I can only describe as Grit and Black Pudding (actually pretty good)

And 2 of the little darlings cost £11.50, bloody robbery!

Broadband priorities, where we are going wrong

I live in Cardiff, so logically should welcome the recent announcements about making the city a leading performer in the broadband stakes. But in truth I don’t and the reason is simple: the Cable internet service I already have is really slick and I can’t but help feel that the public money being injected into the broadband networks is being spent for the wrong reasons and with the wrong motives.

Here’s the results of s speedtest this morning in Cardiff:

Over 34 Mbps down load speed:

That’s the headline that all users want and there can be little doubt that this is a great performer.







And here’s the result of a speedtest carried out yesterday in Ceredigion:

This is a pathetic performance at less than 1MBps download on what was sold as “upto 8 Mb”.








So if you wanted to make a difference to the economy, where would you spend the money to make improvements to the country’s broadband infrastructure?

Poor Broadband in Ceredigion

I’ve not seen faster upload than download speeds until tonight in Ceredigion. Makes a mockery of the plans to boost speeds in Cardiff and other well supported cities.

We need Broadband to be ubiquitous and delivered to the standards of Universal Service of telephone services

How many passwords to you need to buy a Daily Deal?

Like many, I subscribe to daily notification emails about Daily Deals and I suspect that like most people I ignore them a lot of the time. But today was different: I noticed one that caught my eye.

It was for a restaurant in Cardiff, one I’d had some great nights in and one I’d not been to for many, many months, so I thought I’d buy the Deal. Continue reading “How many passwords to you need to buy a Daily Deal?”