Entries by graham

Fitness First, inept management, and transparent bastardy

In which I discuss a situation at my local gym where FF employs the wrong people, ignores stupid decisions they make, and manages to piss off the people they shouldn’t which ends up being detrimental to their future customers (especially if they read this) and also their brand.  Makes you wonder if they’ve taken note […]

The Millennium Series

Every now and again there will be a special offer that pops up offering usually the first book in a series for a very low price in order to entice the reader into purchasing the rest.  So it was that I purchased The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2015.  And promptly left it sitting […]

Stockport (Sunday 6th May 2001)

”It was the best of times it was the worst of times”. When Charles Dickens wrote those words I doubt he was thinking that one day they would probably apply to all Crystal Palace supporters who went to Stockport for this game. There was pain there was joy there was ecstasy there was agony and […]

Not the Alan Smith Interview

Written after the first run of six consecutive losses that (2000-2001) season and inspired by our (then) manager’s ability to provide non-stop soundbites it first appeared in the ‘One More Point’ fanzine. Rather than go for a career in journalism which seems too much like hard work I went to work for ‘The Sun’. My […]

Scummy in-app purchase practices

I write software for a living.  I also go to the pub.  There’s probably a strong correlation between those two things.  On a recent visit to my local one of the bar staff there spotted the MacBook I was carrying and asked if I ‘knew about computers’.  Anyone with any computer knowledge has suffered this […]

Send documents to Kindle

Out of all the devices available for reading I find the Kindle Paperwhite the best.  It’s a good size to carry and the non-reflective screen means it can be read in broad sunlight.  The iPad has many benefits but the way it reflects bright light means it’s not really good for long sessions of reading. […]

Download your data from Facebook

Sometimes you may want a copy of all of the data you have added into Facebook.  This will include all the posts you have made as well as the photos and videos you uploaded.  Below is the easy way of getting a copy of that data. Step 1: Open your Facebook account in a desktop web browser.  Click […]

Home-brewed Guinness

My dad has been making home-brewed beer for a number of years.  He’s quite good at now*.  In a lot of cases people tend to prefer his lagers over the commercially available brews.  That no doubt has a lot to do with the fact that he is not only the maker but also the barman and […]

Play-Off Final in Sydney

This was written for ‘Palace Echo’ about how we watched the Crystal Palace / West Ham United play-off final in 2004 on the other side of the world. It’s a pub rammed to the rafters, there’s more cockney accents than you can shake a jellied eel at and the majority are there to watch the […]