Tuesday, August 20, 2019

No Disney+ In The UK (Yet?)

Disney has revealed the countries that will get to view its Disney+ streaming service when it launches later this year. A conspicuous absence on the list is the good old United Kingdom.

According the news site I read yesterday - the USA, Canada and the Netherlands will be able to subscribe on the launch day. This will be November.

On November 19th, customers from Australia and New Zealand will have the opportunity to sign up.

The same report states that the plan is to have more countries added within the first two years.

I kind of had a feeling Great Britain would not get it at launch, which is a pain as I really want to see the Star Wars TV series that's going to be on it.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Looking Out For The Spurs/Newcastle Result

I'll be looking out for the Newcastle United .vs. Tottenham Hotspur score this Sunday.

A few weeks ago - when Steve Bruce was appointed Magpies boss - I placed a wager on Newcastle to lose the first three games of the season.

The odds were 6/1 and I put a little over £2 on it.

The team lost 1-0 to Arsenal in week one and were battered 3-1 by Norwich over the weekend.

This leaves me with one game to go, And this one is a trip to Spurs.

I'm not stupid, though.

Knowing I'll only win with a Newcastle lost, I've placed a small bet on them to win against Spurs and I've also covered myself in case of a draw.

Everything to gain. Nothing to lose.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

How Newspapers Should Really Do The 'An Apology' Thing

I have just been looking through the a newspaper's website and came across - right near the bottom of the page - an article with an apology to a person.

I didn't bother reading it, but I assume the paper had written a story that alleged something untrue and the paper was forced to issue an apology to the person - or persons - it wrote about.

This happens now and again, but there's something that irks me about the entire thing.

The apologies - whenever they're published - are hidden away. Oh, they for sure can be seen, but only if you dive deep inside the content.

I believe the fairer way for these apologies to be made is for them to be made on the same page - or position of the website - where the initial story was published.

So - for example - if a story is printed on page seven, the apology should be issued on page seven.

Same goes for front page stories.

Maybe it's me, but that would be the best way to put a newspaper to task for writing stories that lead to apologies down the road.

It's all well and good delivering the apology, but what use is it if a portion of the readers don't see it?

Saturday, August 17, 2019

If True...

I read a really interesting fact about The Wizard of Oz movie the other day.

Apparently, the wardrobe department bought a coat from a second hand shop. The coat was worn by Frank Morgan, who played The Wizard in the movie.

Well - while filming, the actor found something inside the pocket of the coat and it confirmed the identity of its previous owner.

It was none other than L. Frank Baum, who wrote the Oz novels.

Baum had passed away in 1919 and the movie was released twenty years after that, so - IF TRUE - this is quite a crazy coincidence.

Friday, August 16, 2019

An Idea

I have had some funny business ideas popping up in my head over the past week or so.

Some have been insane and I don't even know how viable they can be, but I think it COULD be fun to try.

I am not giving anything away. 

Not yet, anyway.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Unicorn Spread

Look what I've had on my toast the past two mornings.

Asda Raspberry Flavour Unicorn Spread

It's from Asda and it's called 'Raspberry Flavour Unicorn Spread'.

I saw an article about it on a newspaper website a number of weeks ago. I decided there and then that - as soon as it became available in my nearest store - I'd buy a jar.

But, I forgot something.

When I started to munch away, a popping in my mouth reminded me that there was popping candy pieces in it.

It was a surprise. I can't state for sure whether it was a welcomed surprise, but it was a surprise nonetheless.

I tastes okay. Not something I'd go out of my way to buy again, but it isn't something I'd avoid.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Thoughts On The Asda Strike

Asda workers are on strike today.

They're doing so because their employers have put pressure on the staff members to sign new contracts. Should they not agree to the new deals, they have been threatened with the sack.

This isn't right. I'm glad to see them sticking up for their rights.

Ironically, Asda likes to 'rollback' their prices. The company sure is trying to roll back to a time when employees didn't have rights.