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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 12:41 am - - FOI 5 Comments »

Since July 2008 I have been in pursuit of the Liverpool City Council’s crappy IT outsourcing contract which has delivered several hundred million pounds of local money into a pockets of large multinational company whilst spilling barely a crumb of business to the local IT sector that certainly has the capability of providing a cheaper, home-grown, more beneficial service.

On 20 May 2009 I got first sight of a heavily redacted copy of this bloated contract.

Here, for example, is Clause 22:

(For reference, you can get this copy from someone else’s FOI request where the files aren’t zipped.)


Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 1:48 am - - Cave 1 Comment »

A couple of months ago I videoed Becka and friends in Large Pot, Leck Fell, doing old fashioned tape, compass, clino surveying. Through a series of tortuous routes, this cave is connected to Ireby Fell Cavern, so there’s pressure from the Misty Mountain Mud Miners to designate this whole thing as the Large-Ireby System, because false adjectives are fun.

I’m quite pleased with this video.


Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 2:51 am - - Cave

Not much product occurred in the rest of December. The Julian and Becka household experienced an episode of what was possibly swine-flu, which was going around the Northwest at the time. This was particularly frustrating for some people who wanted to go caving on some long sought after trips.

Becka slowly recovered over the course of the first week, then had a sudden relapse just before we were due to see the end of year show put on by the local pole-dancing class over in the fifth floor attic of the warehouse opposite the Cains brewery. This city keeps giving me surprises. I went on my own and brought back some sleazy-looking videos.