Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Spot the Difference

Phil Jones, his usual calm, stoic self.
Like most football fans who watch the Premiership, I've been cheered by how quiet Manchester United fans have been so far on social media this season.

The usual cries of 'Come on you Reds', 'Glory Glory Man United', 'That's why we're champions' and the like had faded away even before the season started. Since then, my Twitter and Facebook timelines have been noticeably absent of the usual Man United fans crowing at how successful they are.

Except for Van Persie giving them a 1-0 win over Arsenal, it's like this season hasn't even happened for them. They've been talking, when finally putting their head up above the footballing parapet, about Southampton, Suarez, and the Spanish league.

That was until, of course, #MoyesOut.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

How to Flirt - the UAE guide

In a country where boys and girls go on separate school trips, where you can't even shake hands when introduced to a member of the opposite gender and where all dates are chaperoned, you'd wonder how and where young people here find the time to flirt.

You have to wait for December 2nd each year, evidently, as National Day comes around. This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the formation of the UAE after it ceased to be a British Protectorate.