Mixed messages ?

Spotted by Lesley on a jewellery site

Diamond solitaire rings are the perfect jewellery piece for asking your loved one to take your hand in marriage. This dazzling diamond ring is sure to make it impossible for her to say yes!

Artificial Intelligence

So we were sitting in the pub and Lesley and I were talking about something – I don’t know what, but we needed to check something so I picked up my iPhone.

Siri comes up with “What can I help you with ?”

Not really thinking, I said: “Go away, Siri!”

To which she responded: “What did I do to deserve that?!”

Laughing about it, I said: “Sorry, Siri…..”

and immediately got the reply:

“It’s alright Rowland. Really.”

Priceless!

Communication Breakdown……..

BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Former art student millionaire (and Led Zep guitarist) Jimmy Page is also a huge fan (and owner) of Burne-Jones tapestries. The somewhat awestruck/sycophantic interviewer attempted to infer a link between the subject matter of the tapestries and the lyrics of Stairway to Heaven – a source of inspiration, perhaps?

“No“ says Page “I didn’t write the lyrics!“

No pretention there, Jimmy! Well done!

Self in name …….

It never ceases to amaze me how skilfully (and frequently) Will Self can turn any topic into a moment of self aggrandisement. In commenting on the death of Anthea Bell, the translator of Asterix as well as many other works including those of Freud and Kafka, Self chooses to use WG Sebald as an example claiming that his ’eminence in the English reading world’ would not be as great if not for Bell’s ‘magnificent translations’. I am sure they are. I am also sure that the selection of this example as opposed to a better known author is designed as ever for ‘Self promotion.’