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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Who Is Paul Henry?

Okay, I admit it. This blog hasn't got the fastest sense of humour. It's been a while since anything satirical, silly, or even jocular was posted here. Heck, it's been a while since anything got posted here. So the gang at BIRMINGHAM: IT'S NOT SHIT have well outpaced and outranked us in terms of creative contributions to the cultures and aesthetic sensibilities of Brum. (hangs head in shame)
But that doesn't mean Jon and his cadre of culture mavens know how to do a decent ripoff of some Pop-Art knock-off. (Well, give them credit anyway for having the nous to steal someone else's idea rather than do something original.)
Look, lads, it's all well and good to have Noddy Holder and Paul Cook near the centre of town, and I'm quite pleased that Barbara Cartland is nearby, but you've gone and left Matthew Boulton and Joe Priestly somewhere near Bilston, a place that probably didn't even exist in their lifetimes! They really ought to cluster around Soho. (So what if that's not very original? It's where you'd want to find them!) You've also left Joan Armatrading in Parkfield, which is okay if she's going to visit Brendan and Pamela, but one suspects she'd prefer to be busking at the footbridge between the Central Library and Centenary Square. What's worse is that you've gone and left the Tipton Pie Factory off the map altogether! How could you?

How Did We Get So Green?

Here's the list of UK companies regaled as among the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world. It includes such environmental luminaries as Severn Trent and Slough Estates. Not to mention BP and British Airways, of course.

Read it and, erm, emote.

Alliance Unichem PLC Health Care Providers & Services
Aviva PLC Insurance
BAA PLC Transportation Infrastructure
Boots Group PLC Food & Staples Retailing
BP PLC Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
British Airways PLC Airlines
British Land Company PLC Real Estate
British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC Media
BT Group PLC Diversified Telecommunication Services
Cadbury Schweppes PLC Food Products
Centrica PLC Multi-Utilities
Diageo PLC Beverages
Glaxosmithkline PLC Pharmaceuticals
GUS PLC Internet & Catalog Retail
Hbos PLC Commercial Banks
Land Securities PLC Real Estate
Marks & Spencer Group PLC Multiline Retail
Mitchells & Butlers PLC Hotels Restaurants & Leisure
Pearson PLC Media
Sabmiller PLC Beverages
Scottish & Southern Energy PLC Electric Utilities
Severn Trent PLC Water Utilities
Slough Estates PLC Real Estate
Smith & Nephew PLC Health Care Equipment & Supplies
Smiths Group PLC Industrial Conglomerates
Taylor Woodrow PLC Household Durables
Unilever PLC Food Products
Vodafone Group PLC Wireless Telecommunication Services
Whitbread PLC Hotels Restaurants & Leisure
Yell Group PLC Media

Then again, with US companies like Bank of America, General Electric, and Alcoa on the list, we're not doing too badly.