Not indicative of wider trends in society

Pension age workers on the rise says ONS
BBC News: Pension age workers on the rise says ONS

A couple of fabulous tweets this evening from my work colleague @doctorvee about this page on the BBC News website with the title “Pension age workers on the rise says [Office of National Statistics]”:

Even by the standards of BBC News, this is a totally weird photo to use […] as though the experiences of Bruce Forsyth dancing with Tess Daly is indicative of wider trends in society.”

(Source and source)

Wise words.

Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on

The BBC on their Magazine website in February asked if this was “the greatest motivational poster ever”.

Apparently, 2,500,000 copies were printed but weren’t distributed; at least not widely.

The Keep Calm and Carry On “motivational poster” was created in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II as a last case scenario to be used in the event of the Nazis succeeding in invading the UK.

It’s the stuff of good old, stiff-upper-lip British resolve. Keeping the chin up in the face of adversity.

Updated for web developers

Which got me thinking. This would be a perfect companion to .net magazine‘s Bring Down IE 6 campaign.

Bring down IE6

The premise is simple: Internet Explorer 6 is antiquated, doesn’t support key web standards, and should be phased out.

But what if it’s not? What if Internet Explorer 6 carries on being supported for years and years to come. What if companies, and schools and universities don’t drop it for something better, something newer? What do we do then?

Well, that’s where my new A4 poster comes in:

Keep calm and debug IE6

We just keep calm and carry on!

Download


Creative Commons Licence

Creative Commons License
Keep Calm and Debug IE6 by Gareth J M Saunders is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland License.
Based on a work at www.garethjmsaunders.co.uk.

The LibDems safeguarding your money

It’s the European Parliamentary election on Thursday so we’ve been getting the usual steady stream of political party leaflets through the door.

Liberal Democrats flyer showing man putting card into cashmachine.

I was just about to throw into the recycling this one from the Scottish Liberal Democrats when the photo of Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Iain Smith MSP standing at a Royal Bank of Scotland Cashline (ATM) machine caught my eye.

Here it is enlarged:

Sir Menzies Campbell with man not using cashline machine properly.

Can you spot what the problem is with this photograph?

It would appear from this photograph that our local Member of the Scottish Parliament doesn’t know how to use a Cashline machine. He’s trying to poke his bank card into the slot that the money comes out of!

Look! According to this illustration from the RBS website there’s even a diagram on the machine to show you where to put your card, along with the written instruction “Insert here”:

ATM
(Source: RBS MoneySense for Schools)

I’m presuming that the Liberal Democrats’ policy for introducing international action to safeguard your money doesn’t simply rest on their inability to use the machines that would help them get the money out of the bank again!