Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Return

Ok, after a couple of years experimenting with a different website (that I also left to rot), I’ve decided to return to the blog format with most of the old content still intact. I’ve tidied up some posts that were no longer relevant and updated where necessary.

The graffiti art photo posts have moved to their own subdomain, which can be found here:

The music content posts will also be moved to their own sub-domain in due course.

Cake – A Political Nightmare.


At my place of work, pretty much like other places of work I imagine, it is customary to take cakes into work for everyone on your birthday. I do not, however. And i’d like to take a little time to explain why.

Many moons ago, while I was working for the same company (but a different department), I used to adhere to the cake tradition. And all was well. One year however, I did not. Now I can’t remember the reason why, whether I was skint, or I forgot, or I just didn’t pass the cake shop on the way into work that day. It doesn’t matter – the upshot was that there was no cake from me on that particular day in September. And nothing was said. Well, not much anyway. There might have been a couple of questions about the missing cakes but certainly not enough for me to remember. So the day passed without incident.

A few weeks later, there was another birthday. This time too, the birthday boy did not supply cakes. This time however, I did hear the complaints. Boy, did I hear the complaints. My fellow co-workers whinged and whined about the lack of cakes for a full day, but never to his face. A full fucking day. Like they had been denied the cure for cancer. Or that he had broken the (hitherto unknown) 11th commandment. Or that he had murdered a small puppy. With a cake.  Or that they had some god given right to eat cake on someone else’s birthday.


It got me thinking: Did this happen when I didn’t take the cakes into work? I imagine so. I’m not so conceited to think that I would be immune to the bitching and backbiting when I dared to defy the almighty law that states ‘You must take cakes into work on your birthday’. So I imagine that I got a lot of stick (behind my back) and got slagged off rotten (behind my back). It got me thinking, what would happen if I forgot to take cakes in again? Or what if I was ill on that day, or skint? Or what if I just exercised my own free will and chose not to take cakes in on that particular birthday? Would I lose friends? Be ostracised? Would I wake up to find a horses head on the pillow? I am joking for effect of course, but I still consider this to be an important issue. I’m sure that there are evolutionary reasons for the reaction I got (or didn’t get, as it wasn’t within my hearshot) to do with the human desire to be part of a group, or ritualistic reasons, but it still fucking annoys me.

So I took myself out of the birthday cake game. And for this reason I also do not eat cakes that other people have supplied on their birthday, out of principle. It was such a mountain out of a molehill that I resolved to no longer be part of it. I know a few people think that I don’t partake because i’m tight (and now that I have a family to bring up, that’s a little more accurate than it was), but it’s not. And I know people still whinge about my lack of cake supply, but I don’t care. Honestly – you should see ‘cake day’. It’s like some people have never seen a fucking cake before.

If I ever decide to buy a cake again, it would be this one.

Outlook error when adding .pst

File access is denied. You do not have the permission required to access the file .pst

Had the above error when trying to add a PST data file to Outlook. Brand new machine, joined to the domain. I had copied the file across the network to the new machine. I tried moving the file into different locations, I tried taking ownership of the file, I tried setting the domain user as a local administrator, check that the ‘Read Only’ flag was not set, I tried moving, instead of copying the file (this has bitten me in the past, believe it or not) etc. After some searching, Google came up with the answer:

icacls file /setintegritylevel L

I found this here:

I ran the icacls command from a command window, however I needed to open that command windows as an administrator, otherwise I got a similar ‘Access Denied’ message. One thing I did not check, which probably should be the first thing to check, was running Outlook as an administrator. However, as I usually add PST’s from the Mail option in control panel, this did not immediately occur to me.