Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21st November, 2017

Blimey, wonders will never stop.

Wonders … 

Or possibly revelations.

You’ll know, of course, that both Hollywood and Westminster have seen allegations of various shades of sexual misconduct.

Something that — as far as I knew — hadn’t hit the technology world.

Until I saw the news — on the BBC’s news site — that hacking legend, and original phone phreak, John Draper — better known as Captain Crunch  — has been accused by several people: of unwanted sexual behaviours.

The man’s role in creating the Blue Box, that let you make free phone calls?

Made him a legend.

But finding Draper’s involved in this sort of behaviour?

Will tarnish that reputation.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20th November, 2017

You know, we could be looking at the end of the world.

Charles Manson’s died, Robert Mubage is — or isn’t — standing down as Zimbabwean president, and Angela Merkal’s not been able to form a government.

Obviously, it’s not.

If you’re reading this, later on this evening, the world is quite assertively still around.

It’s not been blown up by Vogons, in other words.

The reason I mention this?

Is simply that it’s my way of telling you I’ve got the news on.

And that the bit that’s caught my eye?

Is this.

It seems that up until about 1947, MI6, the UK s espionage organisation, had a secret slush fund.

Funding all sorts of shenanigans.

Personally?   I’m really not surprised.

Somehow, MI6 having black funds so secret that not even MI6’s finance section knew about?

Seems very in character.

And is a very good way of explaining Le Carré’s phrase, reptile fund.

You have to love a reptile fund, don’t you?


Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Strain — Series 4: Episode 6 and 7 — Tainted Love and Ouroboros.

19th January, 2017

*Mild Spoiler*

You know … 

I’m actually feeling vaguely grate that I’ve had the day off, today.


It means I’ve been able to do the basic food shopping I usually do on a Friday — but couldn’t due to work commitments — today.

Granted, it’s a chore. it’s use up quite a bit of remaining money … 

But it’s done.   And bagged me a few extra Nectar points.

Oh, And a voucher that bags me five times the points … if I spent more than £40 in Sainsburys!

I don’t think I have that much spare shopping money in the week!

Never mind, hey … ?   Maybe after Christmas!


At ANY rate … ?

At any, I’ve also had an evening off: which, if you hadn’t guessed by, now?

Means I’ve had time to sit down with an AppleTV, a television … 

And the next too episodes of Series 4 of … 

The Strain … !


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-11-2017: The Lottery

Right … 

It’s Shopping Day … !

Which actually sounds a bit more exciting than it actually is.

Basically … ?

It means it’s the first chance I’ve had, since payday, to go shopping.

And check my lottery ticket.

Teabags may be involved, at some point.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18th november, 2017

You know, I can’t help but think the government is incompetent.

Or, at least, capable of inspiring incompetence in others.

The reason I mention this?

I saw a news report, yesterday: that told us many on various illness related welfare payments had been underpaid.

This was being corrected: albeit slowly.

In other news: and going by news on the BBC’s Moneybox programme, those of us claiming Universal Credit, and on weekly pay, could lose their money: and have to reapply, in January.

Apparently?   It’s — in part — where some months have five Fridays: and others had four.   Friday is payday, so you know.   In other words, I’d not get Universal Credit because I have too many paydays, rather than the amount of hours I’m actually working.

I’m weekly paid and on Universal Credit.   And worried.

Up until now?   Up until now, occasionally, I’ve not been paid by the Benefits in some months because of this.

But then had payments restored, automatically, a month later.

I’m worried: especially if I have to reapply for the thing …