Archive for October, 2010

Bad PR: Marriages Go Stale After A Decade!

Bad news for married couples today, as researchers have shown that marriages go stale after 10 years 11 months? From the Mail (amongst others):

Couples may feel relieved to make it past the ‘seven-year itch’ without marital strife.

But it seems their problems may only just be starting.

Married couples begin to grow bored with each other after ten years and 11 months, according to researchers.

Researchers indeed, but who funded the survey? Read the rest of this entry »

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Caption Competition #14

Last week we showed you this picture of a man apparently being attacked by a cherub. You should never trust those things. Three words: Valentine’s Day Massacre…

As always, we got some great responses. There are two winners this week. One is this one, from the always reliably funny Karl Mamer:

For the last time, we don’t tuck in our t-shirts in geek heaven!

And the other is this one from Nick T, a special gift for the die-hard Doctor Who fans among you:

Damn Dr Who fans, why won’t you just blink?

So well done to Karl and Nick!

This week’s picture is in honour of the recent TAM held in London. It’s from last year’s event, but that’s okay because humour does not recognise the boundaries of time. Or something.

Anyway, here goes. What should be the caption for the picture below?

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Bad PR: How To Be A Modern Journalist

Have you ever wanted to be a journalist in today’s fast-moving, exciting, cutting-edge, new-media, buzzwordy-buzzword age? I bet you have! You can’t fool me – I know you used to watch the New Adventures Of Superman as a kid and quite fancied the Lois Lane lifestyle: hunting out bad guys, tracking down sources, breaking big stories (admittedly while usually ending up somehow embroiled in those stories to a depth that only a super-powered alien could extricate). It’s OK, you’re not alone, we all wanted to be Lois Lane, myself included. I had the shoes and everything.

Usually, to achieve this lofty ambition I’d suggest that your options were fairly limited – either plug away at blogs and other self-funded and often-largely-unread outlets, and hope to get picked out of the crowd Little-Orphan-Annie-style by some benevolent throwback of a newspaper magnate (good luck in finding one); or you work your way through the tried-and-tested system: take a journalism course costing thousands of pounds, hope it’s one that the newspaper you’re applying to actually respects/recognises, secure a bottom-rung position and begin covering ‘man bites dog’ stories for the ‘Weird News’ section of your local rag until the will to delve has been so beaten out of you that you’re as unwilling to achieve real depth as an asthmatic scuba diver, and then return to the office to file 300 words of copy only to spend the day watching it getting trimmed back and pruned until your day’s work is a 20-word stub just before the classifieds. I’m joking of course, this doesn’t really happen – you’d not have left the office to do any of that: that’s why phones were invented.

Still, that’s what I’d usually offer as advice (not that I’ve been a journalist myself, you understand, so my advice is purely pithy conjecture and semi-satirical commentary). However, today I’m feeling a little more generous, so I’m going to let you into a little secret: there are simpler solutions, easier paths to tread. In short, there are shortcuts. And I’m going to share those shortcuts with you right now: Read the rest of this entry »

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #033

Live from TAM London. Mike and Marsh record a show in the hotel bar at the Hilton Metropole during TAM London 2010.

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Caption Competition #13

Last week we showed you these pictures.

The winning captions are this from Michael Gray for the first picture:

“Herbie, the love bug, experiences puberty.”

And this from Blair Donaldson for picture number two:

“An embarrassed Phil temporarily confusing haemorrhoids with asteroids.”

Well done to both of you!

Without further ado, let’s move on to this week’s picture.

What should be the caption for the picture below?

By the way, if anyone feels they have a picture worthy of the caption competition, feel free to send it to us (well, me) at: colin.harris@merseysideskeptics.org.uk

I can’t guarantee it will be used, but you never know…

This week’s picture comes courtesy of Richard Wiseman’s blog.

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Skeptics in the Pub: Hayley Stevens

I’m a Ghosthunter; Get Me Out of Here!

by Hayley Stevens
When: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines (aka the Big House), 81 Lime Street, Liverpool

Summary

Ghost hunters across the country commit a multitude of sins while looking for ghosts in haunted buildings, but it’s all harmless fun, right? Wrong!

Join Hayley Stevens, the founder of the British Anomalistic Research Society, as she takes you on a terrifying tour through the British field of paranormal research and unleashes several skeletons from several cupboards. From fraudulent hauntings and paranormal politics to sham ghosts, outright fraud and the dreaded paranormal curse…
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