Discount travel

So…  The Tories are proposing to scrap the third runway at Heathrow and instead build high speed rail links between London, Leeds and Manchester?  This should, in theory, be fantastic news for those of us that live “oop north”.  I have one problem with it though – travel from London to the North by train is so ludicrously expensive; my last long haul flight (from Leeds/Bradford to Nairobi) was cheaper than an open return from York to London by train.

Until the way the franchises for the rail network is sorted out we will continue to have the daylight robbery of the likes of National Express, and any amount of high speed rail network will be stymied by the worst type of lack of competition.

And that’s a FACT!

Fascinating (and rather disturbing) piece over at Bad Science about the MMR scare; he unflinchingly places the blame for the whole MMR/Autism thing at the feet of journalists and the Blairs.

After her MMR booster number one daughter showed some symptoms of Measles.  This is not uncommon.  What freaked me out was the reaction of health professionals who simply assumed that we had not had her immunised and that she actually had measles. Seeing that take up of the vaccine has dropped to 73% makes their reactions make sense.  Eyes rolling, sighing, and a general air of “you twat” must be the only way they can deal with it, I guess.

SqueezeCenter 7.2

Just upgraded to SqueezeCenter 7.2 at home (having previously been on the 6.x Debian package).  The improvements are fantastic, except… In Firefox 2 on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) my CPU got pegged for a couple of seconds every time a new page loaded, making the interface unusably slow.

I’ve fixed it by disabling the “Ubuntu Firefox Modifications 0.5” FireFox Add-on, but I can’t find much information about what that extension does and what I’m missing by disabling it. Or why on earth it breaks it in the first place.

Now it’s time for a Boom 😉