January 16th, 2006

Frying tonight!

In 'ecological catastrophe day' in The Indy, we have James Lovelock on the subject of 'we are doomed, doomed, I tell ye' (a puff for his new book 'We Are Doomed, Doomed, I Tell Ye' (aka 'The Revenge of Gaia')). He suggests that Hari Seldon and a few brave librarians retreat to islands in the far North with their Encyclopedia Galactica, printed on nice acid free paper, to preserve important information e.g.
1. The earth goes round the sun
2. Diseases are caused by bacteria / viruses
etc.

Clearly The Independent journalists should do the ecologically responsible thing and stage a mass suicide - 'Save Energy, Drop Dead With A Friend, you know it makes sense'. If they do it by lots then I will personally be prepared to dispatch the last one with my patented Club Of Rome (TM), fashioned from compressed copies of Limits To Growth.

Then again they could just club together and buy a personal Jet aircraft as puffed in one of the supplements over the weekend.

The Indy has become rather silly lately, if I wanted a silly newspaper The Guardian has Doonesbury and Steve Bell in it, so I think I may give up on daily papers for a while.

Meanwhile...

... whilst we wait for the end of life on earth ...

I notice that the income tax form has a section on it

"Disclosure of tax avoidance schemes - if you are a party to one or more disclosable tax avoidance schemes
you must complete boxes 23.5 and 23.6. Give details of each scheme (up to 3) on a separate line. If you are
party to more than 3 schemes give further details in the 'Additional information' box, box 23.7, on page 10."

The box for the tax avoidance scheme reference number is 7 digits, suggesting there are enough digits for every income tax payer to have a few of their own.