Archive for March 8th, 2007

Talking of Scotch

March 8, 2007

On the theme of things beginning with ‘scotch’, I had a very enjoyable vegetarian scotch egg for my lunch today. This was a new experience for me, although some will probably say that a vegetarian scotch egg misses the point completely. Other items that I would put in this tag cloud include veggie haggis, black pudding and kebabs – which all exist.

As far as the haggis goes, there is a well-known variety of this from Scottish firm Macsween, but if you fancy making your own, here is a recipe from the Vegetarian Society (if you do try it, please let me know how it goes).

Scotch Spam

March 8, 2007

Unkind people have been known to make jokes about a Scotsman and his wallet, but what about his email in-box? According to spam activist group, Scotch Spam, Gordon Dick, a marketing specialist from Edinburgh, has successfully sued an email marketing company for sending him unsolicited spam. In a story that was first picked up by Associated Press, Mr Dick won £1,368.66 (plus interest) in the Edinburgh Sheriff Court. To achieve this, Mr Dick made use of the UK’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.

I think this interesting because, according to Scotch Spam, if all the thousands of recipients of the same spam message had also sued, then the total bill would be more than £54 million. Despite many technical innovations spam still remains a huge problem for the Internet – perhaps resorting to the law, and the power of the crowd, is the answer.