Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. Usually when you retire from work people often take up new hobbies to fill their days with. Some people take up golf as it is a nice relaxing pastime and it doesn’t cost a fortune to play. But what if you are the richest man in the world earned as a wage? What do you do if money is no object? That is the prospect now facing are favourite executive; Steve Ballmer. Well it looks like the former Microsoft boss has only gone and reached a deal to buy his favourite basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers, for a potential record $2 billion.
It is that time of the month again when we ask everyone who visits Jammy Toast to just “Talk Shit” for the day. We just ask that people leave comments on just about any subject they choose. Funny or sad, true or false, real or fake; we don’t give a shit as long as it is entertaining and doesn’t really hurt anyone. We usually do this kind of thing when we are too busy to post anything else – and everyone seems to like the freedom to whine and bitch. The rules are pretty simple to explain – basically, anything goes!
If you cast your mind back you will no doubt remember the time when George Michael was injured in a car crash when his black Range Rover was in collision with a Snappy Snaps photo-processing shop. He caused some damage to the store in Hampstead, North London and was jailed for eight weeks for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of Cannabis. He was a naughty boy and it was only right that he had his knuckles wrapped for the crime. However, we can now reveal the real truth following an in depth Jammy Toast investigation.
We have been waiting with baited breath for the latest update to our WordPress theme “X” as it was promised to be a big one. Version 2.0 has now been released and sees two major areas of improvement; firstly there is a new stack available and secondly “X” now includes megamenus. There are also many areas of improvement and much of the theme’s code has been “minified” and the way scripts load improved to offer quicker loading times for our readers. In additional there are many updates and bug fixes that have greatly streamlined the way many processes are handled by “X”. Although many of these have more to do with the backend, they do go a long way to improve the way “X” loads and works.
For many years, Razzi and I have driven around the Wirral and quite often pass the Wirral Hundred Pub in Noctorum. It has often struck me as being a funny name for a pub as most pubs are called something from the history of the area in which they are situated. Quite often if you see a pub called The King George II it is because that member of the Royal Family stayed there or had ties with the building – no matter how tenuous. The other day I discovered there is also a pub in Ellesmere Port called The Old Wirral Hundred. This had Razzi and I bemused as to what all these hundreds were. Time for the pair of us to investigate.
Our good friends Brad and Dan have released another of the infamous adverts, this time thrashing some girlies at Beach Volleyball. Far from their normal laid back attitude to life, the boys are well up for the game of Volleyball against the girls. We have no idea why they are taking the game so seriously – they are only playing some Sheila’s. This is the latest in Foster’s “Good Call” commercials and following on from the recent “Paddle of Rebuke”.
Jammy Toast has become a second home to Tony Hancock this past week after we reported he has had a British Heritage Blue Plague erected outside his former London home. Then, after a number of our younger readers said they had never heard of him we posted The Blood Donor. Needless to say this didn’t please everyone as some of you – you know who you are Daniel – wanted us to also post The Radio Ham. To keep him, and few other requesters happy, we thought we would post The Radio Ham for your delectation today.
As we already know from his Great Uncle Bimbo Remembers column our Uncle Bimbo has a great memory of past events. However, what you may not know is he also has other gifts. One of those gifts is making up stories to help young bears get to sleep at night. Bimbo likes to make up ghost stories to frighten everyone into sleep. After one of Bimbo’s stories there is not a bear in the house who dares to get out of bed to ask for a drink of water. However, because Bimbo is getting on a little he does sometimes get confused and mixes up true stories he has heard over the years with the stories he has made up. So there is always a little bit of confusion as to if Bimbo’s stories are true… or maybe there is some truth in the story he is telling!
Play School’s iconic Humpty found himself a new home yesterday after he was sold at auction in Oxford for £6,250. Humpty was one of the stars of Play School which ran for more than 20 years from the mid-1960s. The show also starred Jemima, Hamble, Big Ted and of course our favourite; Little Ted. Humpty was originally based on Humpty Dumpty from the nursery rhyme and first appeared on the programme in April 1964 and was then in nearly every programme. Bonham’s, who had originally valued him at £1,000, called him; “an important member of the Play School cast, taking part in almost every single episode and even receiving his very own fan mail.”
The other day, we told you all that Tony Hancock has been remembered by English Heritage after they placed a Blue Plague outside his former London home. It then became apparent that some of our younger reader did not know who Tony Hancock was or the massive role he played in British Comedy. So, for those of you who have never seen or heard him, we thought we would share our favourite Hancock episode; The Blood Donor, from the comedy series Hancock, the final BBC series featuring Tony Hancock. It remains one of the best known situation comedy episodes ever broadcast in the United Kingdom.