Daily Archives: Saturday, 14th Jun 2008

Google feeling insecure?

I had an email from Google suggesting I have a look at the improved features of Adsense for Search. It appeared to be real, so I clicked the link, and was taken to the UK Google site. Well, I would have been but Firefox 3 is a bit more proactive about dodgy SSL certificates, and wasn’t at all happy that a site identifying itself as google.co.uk was using a certificate that’s registered for google.com only. Silly Google….

Google, not Google

Google, not Google


Britain’s honours system is a funny thing. All those silly titles that sound like they’re relics from the 14th century[1] which turn out to have been invented much more recently. The ones that seem to get dished out the most are the various ranks of the delightfully named The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, despite the fact that the British Empire disappeared a long time ago. But I suppose that’s better than making up some “modern” award with a name that would sound just as dated in six months, never mind a few decades.

All this wittering is leading on to me being, subject to the usual reservations about silly titles, being quite pleased that Russell T Davies has been awarded the OBE (that’s Officer of the Most Excellent, etc, etc), which is the second level from the bottom, and therefore much more important than the MBE (Member of etc, etc) awarded to lesser people. The award is for “Services to Drama”, as they like to put such things.

BBC News on honours to people in Wales

[1] Or some such arbitrary point in time