Archive for October, 2006

And I thought I spoke badly

I have often been accused of mumbling, talking too fast or generally not speaking clearly.

But I would send myself back to school if I ever spoke this badly…

“I tend not to email or — not only tend not to email, I don’t email, because of the different record requests that can happen to a president. I don’t want to receive emails because, you know, there’s no telling what somebody’s email may — it would show up as, you know, a part of some kind of a story, and I wouldn’t be able to say, `Well, I didn’t read the email.’ `But I sent it to your address, how can you say you didn’t?’ So, in other words, I’m very cautious about emailing.”

President Bush in an interview for CNBC.


How happy are you?

Apparently, the people of Vanuatu should be the happiest in the world and the unhappiest are likely to be found in Zimbabwe.

The Happy Planet Index is a calculation of peoples happiness based upon 3 factors:

  1. ecological footprint
  2. life-satisfaction
  3. life expectancy

The result is that no country meets the "reasonable ideal" level of happiness (a score of 83.5 or higher). The UK is ranked 108 (scoring 40.8) out of 178 countries.

But what about you personally? How happpy are you? Take this survey to measure your individual happiness. See if you can do better than my lowly score!


Cancel your Yellow Pages

I have not used the Yellow Pages for years. The internet is a much better way to find local suppliers. Online information is more up-to-date and you can find much more about a company than its address and phone number.

So, I cancelled my Yellow Pages delivery. It's easy. Just call and ask them to stop delivering it.

  • United Kingdom: 0800 671 444, Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm GMT.
  • United States: 800 343 7390, Mon-Fri 6am-5pm PST.

The Yellow Pages is a huge waste of paper. You can visit for the same information or just Google it. Other free specialist directories can help you find local suppliers, for example this directory of property services.

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