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What is Lorem Ipsum?
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Why do we use it?
It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for 'lorem ipsum' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Where can I get some?
There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words which don't look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet tend to repeat predefined chunks as necessary, making this the first true generator on the Internet. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate Lorem Ipsum which looks reasonable. The generated Lorem Ipsum is therefore always free from repetition, injected humour, or non-characteristic words etc.

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March 23, 2012

No thank goodnesses for Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of billionaire John Goodman   I have followed the trial of John Goodman with great interest in recent days and today’s verdict was not surprising given his lack of recollection of the tragedy that he caused.     On the 12th February 2010, Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 … Continue reading “No thank goodnesses for Goodman”

March 16, 2012

K&C’s £50 grifter

by Matthew Steeples

The nuisance conman who pounds the streets of Kensington & Chelsea   When an old man approaches you in the street complaining he’s lost his wallet or can’t afford a bed for the night, no decent person would disbelieve him or begrudge him a few pennies.   On the streets of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea, … Continue reading “K&C’s £50 grifter”

March 13, 2012

The horse has already bolted

by Matthew Steeples

My thoughts on the arrest of Charlie and Rebekah Brooks   Whilst growing up, at home, when my family spoke of “hacking” we were talking about taking the horses out into the countryside. Now, sadly, this term has become more associated with Rupert Murdoch, News Corp and a bunch of bleating celebrities than with a … Continue reading “The horse has already bolted”