Monday, February 01, 2010 

Does she know something we don't?

One of those slightly strange not quite spam messages that very occasionally falls into your inbox:

Hi there,

I visited your website for the first time last night ( ) and I noticed that you had some condolence/sympathy and funeral related resources within it. You've done a great job of organizing and listing helpful information and I was wondering if you would consider listing my website as a resource for your visitors?

Obituaries Help is a completely free resource for a person looking for condolence/sympathy and funeral related examples and resources.


Melanie Walters - Webmaster

There aren't too many who feel much sympathy for Gordon Brown. Does Melanie Walters then know something we don't on the funeral score? I think we should be told. Mel, do get back in touch. Unless you're going to send the same message again, in which case don't.

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Monday, April 07, 2008 

Same old Tories, always spamming.

Like everyone else, I'm the regular recipient of emails advising me that my pathetically average penis can be magically enlarged in both girth and length via pumps/pills/injections/the power of the mind/weights/specialist DVDs/Peregrine Worsthorne. It's not often however that I get spam from the Conservative party. In fact, it's the first time:

Football clubs can transform young lives

Hey there,

David Cameron recently visited a school in Dudley, where Wolverhampton Wanderers are offering young people the chance to improve their football skills, while also teaching them life skills. It’s a really good example of the huge ability a football club has to use its brand and its people to transform young lives.

There is much debate on how to get children off the streets and into doing something positive for themselves and their local communities. It’s a great 2 minute video that demonstrates local private firms (such as football clubs) aiding and enabling youngsters to meet and socialise constructively.

This footage is available at (link removed) it is available for you to embed on your blog Obsolete, if you wish. The embed code is available on the video player in the bottom right symbolized ‘<>’ –

I hope you can spread the debate.

Thanks for your time.

Kind Regards,


Digital Communications Officer |

Conservative Campaign HQ | 30 Millbank | London | SW1P 4DP |

Tel: 020 7984 8081 |

This email and any attachments to it (the "Email") are intended for a specific recipient(s) and its contents may be confidential, privileged and/or otherwise protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient or have received this Email in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone or email, and delete it from your records. You must not disclose, distribute, copy or otherwise use this Email. Please note that email is not a secure form of communication and that the Conservative Party ("the Party") is not responsible for loss arising from viruses contained in this Email nor any loss arising from its receipt or use. Any opinion expressed in this Email is not necessarily that of the Party and may be personal to the sender.

Join us and make change happen –

Promoted by Alan Mabbutt on behalf of the Conservative Party, both at 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4DP

Now, I have received a few unsolicited invitations to link to videos before, from Vice magazine, but that was on a documentary they had made in North Korea, which at least had the potential to be somewhat interesting, even though I didn't link to it. I'm not on any Conservative mailing lists to be forwarded their press releases, so I was a little miffed when this floated in. One would have thought that I'm hardly going to be receptive to the Tories' propaganda, but then maybe this suggests that they're getting truly desperate. A little consultation with some fellow bloggers confirmed that they hadn't received this, so it's not a mass mail-out. Not to come over all self-pitying, but why little old me?

Still, I'm sure that Graham "Hardly" Wild will appreciate that I took the time and effort to reply to his due diligence by "spreading the debate":

I consider this unsolicited spam and would be grateful if you fucked right off.

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