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Friday, 30 April 2010

Gordon needs to put down that shovel.

He can't seem to stop digging the hole he's in, deeper.

Gordon Brown has insisted he branded a pensioner a "bigot" because he thought she had called for all foreign students to be kicked out of Britain.

It seems he's now resorting to the "Lets smeer the other side", tactics.

Remember the bullygate affair?

The "Downfall" of Kerry McCarthy.




Shamelessly knicked from The Lone Voice

Damn. Missed.

Voting fraud rears it's ugly head again.

I'm sure we all remember the scandals concerning postal votes at the last general election. Well it looks like it hasn't gone away.

POLICE are examining a series of claims of serious electoral fraud across London.

That's good then.

Well no.

Scotland Yard confirmed it is examining a number of complaints from residents and political groups in the borough. On a wider scale, police are looking at claims of electoral fraud in 12 boroughs but have yet to launch any criminal inquiries.

I suspect they'll get round to it in time for the 2015 election.

Read More about postal vote fraud here.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Dangerous offender has sentence overturned.

Do you remember the case of Joan Higgins who was convicted for selling a goldfish to an underage youth during a council sting operation?

Where her conviction resulted in a ten week curfew complete with electronic tag?

Well the good news is that Judge Adrian Smith decided that was an inappropriate sentence and has given her a conditional discharge.

Full story


Did the earth move for you?

Jen McCreight  (The Blag Hag), carries out an experiment to ascertain whether "Boobs" can trigger earthquakes.

What turned into a viral media extravaganza began as a humorous science experiment. On Monday 19 April, I had just read Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi's assertion that "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes." Amused and annoyed by his ludicrous statement, I suggested on my blog that women dress immodestly on 26 April to test his claims. Tongue-in-cheek, I dubbed the project "Boobquake".

Read it all here

Was global warming affected at all? You can never be too careful.

Final Downfall?

H/t to fidothedogster. -

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

IPPC wrong again?

Surely not? I was going to headline this post as Bangladeshgate but it's too much of a mouthful for anyone to pronounce.

it would appear that for all the much hyped part of the IPCC, on rising sea levels which would swamp Bangladesh are not quite correct.

Now comes a study from the Dhaka-based Center for Environment and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) that says the IPCC forgot to factor in the 1 billion tons of sediment carried by Himalayan rivers such as the Ganges and the Brahmaputra into Bangladesh every year.

CEGIS director Maminul Haque Sarker told AFP that "studies on the effects of climate change in Bangladesh, including those quoted by the IPCC, did not consider the role of sediment in the growth and adjustment process of the country's coast and rivers to the sea level rise." Even if sea levels rose according to IPCC predictions, Sarker says, natural sediment deposits would cancel the effect of any rise.


Apocalyptic changes forecast by climate change alarmists, according to Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Morner, former head of the International Commission on Sea Level Change, are not in the cards. Despite fluctuations down as well as up, "the sea is not rising," he says. "It hasn't risen in 50 years."

If there is any rise this century it will "not be more than 10 cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10 cm."

He also states that in Tuvalu which was supposed to be inundated in a few years, the sea level has actually fallen.

They really should give up with this global warming shite before it's too late.

Then again there is the money.............






Our Gordon's sly remarks after being asked about East European immigration.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Now I do like a bet. But......



I had to laugh when I read this.

Bookies opens sponsored confessional


Must be April 1st over again I thought. But no.

A firm of bookmakers today opened the world's first sponsored confessional box in a church.

Paddy Power has paid £10,000 to have its name on the box — now called a sin bin — in Our Lady and St Etheldreda Catholic church in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Jockey Frankie Dettori, who was married in the church, performed the opening ceremony.

The deal was arranged after the priest contacted the bookmakers. The firm's communications director, Paddy Power, said: “We hope people might pop in on their way to a race meeting here. Perhaps their prayers will help them pick a winner.”

At least they could have told me before I went to the races last saturday.

H/T to the London Evening Standard.

Monday, 26 April 2010

I've become a reactionary.

Well almost.

Since last year I have written more letters to my MP in one year than I have written in the last thirty years. (Alright,three).

Each reply I have received has been bland or just plain passing the buck. The usual "They had the majority".


John Stanley. MP for Tonbridge and Malling. You have lost my vote.

Reason 1.

Voted strongly for the smoking ban.

Reason 2.

Moderately voted to stay in the EU.

Well then "John". I'm voting UKIP. I would say, put that in your pipe and smoke it. But see reason 1.

A plague on all of them.

*frustrated voter*

The Lurgie struck.

Apologies to the many one readers who flock to this blog for enlightenment.

I have just been struck down recently with Bird, Swine, Asian, flue, a cold.

The ramblings of this madman may get better when I recover. If I don't make it through I bequeath all my wordly goods to no-one in particular.

Somali pirates move hostage Britons

Militants from Somalia's al-Qaida-linked insurgent group have moved into the northern region where Somali pirates operate, forcing the gang that is holding a kidnapped British couple to flee, a self-proclaimed pirate chieftain and residents said.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were bundled into a car early on Monday after militants neared the town of Haradhere, said Maslah Yare, who leads the pirate gang that is holding the Chandlers............

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Pat Condell says it all.

He's right. You need to vote for a candidate who will further your interests rather than a large party wanting power for power's sake.

A day at the Races.

No foxes were killed in writing of this article.

A simple pleasure in my household is the spring pastime of going to a Point-to-Point. This is amateur Horse racing run by the local Hunt.

I've always found these quite quaint, considering the people who frequent these venues.

Started of by me having to dash to the supermarket to get french bread for the Lunch. Came back with French Bread, beer, copious bottles of wine, and a bottle of whisky. (Needed the whisky for the evening, like now).

As usual we met up in a State enforced antismoking  pub. After we had all obeyed the drinking laws we drove off to the course.

The weather couldn't have been better. Sun was out with not a cloud in the sky. (It must be that damned global warming).

Apart from one race when my jockey parted with his horse at the first jump, the afternoon went well. FE made a slight profit over the course of the day.

A simple tale of country folk.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The Leaders debate.

Turned it off before I threw something through the screen.


Turned it back on.

Did anyone notice that Nick Clegg was allowed more time than the other two?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Contingency planning.

I read with interest, stories of people caught out by the ash cloud that  partially enveloped us.

I travelled the world for over forty years and the one thing that was drummed into me was, SHIT HAPPENS.

My three rules of travelling are:

Have $100 of cash in your wallet. Everywhere will accept dollars.

Keep a credit card in your wallet that is empty. Only use it occasionally to keep it extant.

Make sure that you have at least a dual band mobile phone.

All these have got me out of trouble either singularly or all together. Don't rely on other people. Be prepared for the worst.

Girl with gun at her back forced to hand over £40m Graff gems

Jurors today watched CCTV footage as a robber held a gun to the back of a jewellery shop assistant and forced her to empty £40 million of gems out of display cabinets into a black bag.........

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

And now comes the climbdown

You only have to read the weasel words.

"The major barrier to resuming flight has been understanding tolerance levels of aircraft to ash," the CAA said. "Manufacturers have now agreed increased tolerance levels in low ash density areas."


Lord Adonis said safety was the "paramount concern" but research into the effects of the volcanic ash had led to a "better" understanding of the implications.

The whole debacle is what I expect in this, " Oh god. I'll be sued" mentality that has a hold on the UK today.

Full article


Charity Appeal.

Cold Steel Rain is doing a parachute jump in aid of the charity, Combat stress.

Do pop over to his blog and give him support either financially or just reassuring words.

I will never forget my first jump.

The jump was to be from an ageing Cessna at 2500 ft.

Now that was a very small aircraft and they managed to cram the pilot, the jumpmaster, and three first time parachutists into it. To get us all in they removed all the seats (except the pilot's), and forced us to kneel on the floor. Oh and to save on weight they removed the door.

One hand at all times had to be over the reserve chute to prevent it from being activated, the other hand was white knuckled clutching a strut. For the plane to get to height it had to circle upwards due to the load. Have you ever knelt by an open doorway with the ground disappearing at an ever increasing rate? If I'd known what that was like.......

Before we got to height the jumpmaster makes you take the hand, that is stopping you fall out of the door, to check your static line. Bearing in mind that you are kneeling next to an open door it is a tad scary. Especially as the plane is circling and the door next to you is on the downward side.

At 2500 ft and heading straight and level I was informed that I had to assume the position. Sit in the doorway with just the left buttock actually in the plane, and grab both sides of the doorway with my hands.


Well I don't think that I remember actually hurling myself from the plane due to the sheer terror.


It was the most fantastic experience of my life. I went on to do many more jumps until I got married and had kids. But that's another story.

Do give him your support.

There are flights over the Uk

Just watched an easy jet flight land at Standsted.

Check it out here

H/T to Old Holborn

Six. Why do I need six?

The conservatives must be really flush with money. Six election flyers through my letterbox today.

That's six more flyers for the shredder then.

I'm getting there.

Monday, 19 April 2010

And if you are interested in "gates"

I will pass you over to the guest post at Subrosa's blog

Thanks Subrosa.


I'd be interested to see the models that NATS use. I'm sure they were influenced by NO Win, NO Fee lawyers.

If we can predict AGW to the Nth degree 50 years in the future.How can we not know, with our precision measuring equipment (hollow laugh) what is happening over our small country?

I've had a blue jumper on the washing line for the whole debacle. Guess what? It's covered in volcanic ash? Nope.

We really do live in a scaredy cat world.

And do read Passing the buck.

The war of the cats may be avoided.

My daughter and her husband are stuck in Dubai. Because of this I have been tasked with picking up their cats, from the Cattery, and bringing them back to chez FE.

One slight problem. The FE household has two cats. I remember the last time we brought a stranger cat to live with us. Our three cats (one of which is now deceased) ganged up and refused to allow her through the cat flap. In the end she ran away. The worst bit was after a year a best friend of ours turned up at our house with a dying cat which she had witnessed being run down. Horrifyingly it was our runaway.

So I'm relieved to read this.

Flights will finally start again in the UK on Tuesday after air traffic control company Nats lifted restrictions for Scotland and part of northern England.

And this.

Flights will finally start again in the UK on Tuesday after air traffic control company Nats lifted restrictions for Scotland and part of northern England.

It's little things like this that strike a chord with most people. It's called compassion. Pity it is in such short supply amongst career politicians.

Slightly topical

Actual  exchanges between pilots and control  towers


"Delta  351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6  miles!"

Delta 351: "Give  us another hint! We have digital watches!"


"TWA  2341, for noise abatement turn right 45  Degrees."

TWA  2341: "Center,  we are at 35,000 feet.. How much noise can we make up  here?"

Tower: "Sir,  have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it  hits a 727?"

From  an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff  queue:

"I'm bored!"

Ground  Traffic Control: "Last  aircraft transmitting, identify yourself  immediately!"

Unknown  aircraft: "I  said I was bored, not  stupid!"

O'Hare  Approach Control to a 747:

"United  329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock,  three miles,  Eastbound."

United  329:
"Approach,  I've always wanted to say this...I've got the little Fokker in sight."

A  student became lost during a solo cross-country  flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on  radar, ATC asked,

"What  was your last known  position?"

Student: "When  I was number one for takeoff."

A  DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an  exceedingly long roll out after touching down. 
San  Jose Tower Noted:


"American  751, make a hard right turn at the end of the  runway, if you are able.. If you are not able, take  the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at  the lights and return to the  airport."

A  Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in   Munich , overheard the following:

Lufthansa (in  German):

"Ground,  what is our start clearance  time?"

Ground  (in English):

"If  you want an answer you must speak in  English."

Lufthansa  (in English):

"I  am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany .  Why must I speak  English?"

Unknown  voice from another plane (in a beautiful British  accent):
"Because  you lost the bloody  war!"



"Eastern  702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on  frequency 124.7"

Eastern  702:

"Tower,  Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way,after  we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the  far end of the  runway."


"Continental  635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact  Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that  report from Eastern  702?"

Continental  635: "Continental  635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern. We've already notified our caterers."

One  day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the  tower to hold short of the active runway while a  DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned  around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some  quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the  radio and said,

"What  a cute little plane. Did you make it all by  yourself?"

The  Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by,  came back with a real zinger: "I  made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like  yours and I'll have enough parts for another  one."

The  German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are  renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only  expect one to know one's gate parking location, but  how to get there without any assistance from them.  So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747)  listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt  ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign  Speedbird 206.

Speedbird  206:

"   Frankfurt , Speedbird 206! Clear of active  runway."

Ground: "Speedbird  206. Taxi to gate Alpha  One-Seven."
The  BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a  stop.


"Speedbird,  do you not know where you are  going?"

Speedbird  206:

"Stand  by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location  now."

Ground  (with quite arrogant  impatience):

"Speedbird  206, have you not been to Frankfurt  before?"

Speedbird  206 (coolly):
"Yes,  twice in 1944, but it was dark --  and  I didn't  land."

While  taxiing at London '

s Airport,  the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft.  Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose  with a United 727..
An  irate female ground controller lashed out at the US  Air crew, screaming:
"US  Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you  to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right  on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult  for you to tell the difference between C and D, but  get it right!"

Continuing  her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now  shouting hysterically:

"God!  Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever  to sort this out! You stay right there and don't  move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive  taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want  you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you,  and how I tell you! You got that, US Air  2771?"

"Yes, ma'am," 
the  humbled crew responded.
Naturally,  the ground control communications frequency fell  terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air  2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate  ground controller in her current state of mind.  Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was  definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot  broke the silence and keyed his microphone,  asking: 

"Wasn't  I married to you  once?"

Sunday, 18 April 2010

My breath is bated

I sent this very simple E mail to all my local parliament candidates yesterday. I wonder if any will reply?


Dear Sir.

Please give me details on how you will address the following issues.

The vile smoking ban
The shoddy/non-existing "science" surrounding AGW/Climate Change
4.2 million CCTV cameras
Flogging our gold off at the worst time ever
Sharia Law
The National Debt
The "requirement" to pass one new statute per day
ID Cards
Loss of liberty
Loss of habeas corpus
Loss of jury trials
Loss of presumed innocence
The illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The treatment of our servicemen and women


A voter

I live in hope. Haaaaaahaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaa.

My first.

I've just had my first political flyer through the door today. This was the most pathetic piece of utter shite I've seen for awhile. It was from the green party. Apart from a small paragraph about giving me some cavity wall insulation (Not much use to me as my house has not got a cavity to be seen) the rest could have come from the communist manifesto circa 1950.

Oh well. Time to oil the shredder in readiness.

And this bag is his wife.

Hazel Dawe

Hazel Dawe lives in Tonbridge, Kent with her husband, fellow Green campaigner Steve Dawe and their dog. She is Chair of Kent Green Party and campaigns officer for West Kent Green Party.Hazel Dawe

Hazel is active in Transition Town Tonbridge, Haysden Country Park Users' Panel and Tonbridge Line Commuters. She supports UNITE the Tunbridge Wells multi-cultural organisation.

Hazel is a senior lecturer in Law, at London Metropolitan University. She teaches Contract Law, Consumer Protection and European law.

She does not drive a car and uses public transport, cycling and walking. She commutes to work by train.

For a Low Carbon Kent

  • Opposition to a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent
  • Opposition to expansion of Lydd and Manston airports and to an airport in the Thames estuary
  • Support for Transition Town groups in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.

No Coal Fired Power Stations or Airport Expansion for Kent

Hazel is resisting the building of a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent. She marched from Rochester to Kingsnorth and visited the Climate Camp.

Hazel does not believe that airport expansion in the South East is necessary. She particularly objects to expansion at Manston and Lydd in Kent. She is also opposed to Boris Johnston's proposals for an airport in the Thames Estuary

Hazel spoke at the march and rally for peace in Gaza in Tunbridge Wells organised by Stop the War.

Hazel Dawe

Hazel Dawe at Heathrow Climate Camp


Another barking idiot trying to drag us back to the stone age.

In laws



Just been for lunch with my future son-in-law's parents. I've been dreading meeting the stepmother after all the stories I'd heard. She was supposed to be a cross between Cruella de Vil and Hyacinth Bucket. However she was a charming woman who cooked a superb lunch. All in all, a good day out.

Moral of the story: Don't believe everything you hear.

On another note. Why does the M25 go slower on a Sunday? I driven round their faster in the Monday morning rush hour.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

More drones required.

And I thought we had enough spongers as it was.

The Campaign against Climate Change is demanding one million climate jobs, by the end of 2010, or within one year. This is one of the most important of our CLIMATE EMERGENCY demands - see more here.

And of course this keynsian idiocy.

Many in government will tell you we need to be making cuts - but the lesson of previous recessions is that it was not cuts but well targeted spending than lifted us out of recession. We need a massive investment in a green economy - and the planet we live on - now !

Here's the link. I'm off to slash my wrists.

Oh and Moonbat is involved of course.

I don't believe it.

I can't understand how people can be so naive. One latest poll would suggest the Limp dems are ahead in the polls. All this because of one rather boring TV programme.

There is more evidence of a huge surge in Liberal Democrat support - with one poll suggesting the party has taken the lead in a General Election campaign for the first time in living memory.

Research by BPIX for the Mail on Sunday put the Lib Dems on 32% - a bounce of 12% over the past week. The Tories were down seven points on 31%, while Labour dropped three to 28%.

I suspect that all those who contributed to this farce have not actually read the Limp dem manifesto.

I just hope they do, and quick. Then they'll realise, that they are going to vote for a party, that is shaping up to be further to the left than labour.

Some 53% of those quizzed by ComRes said they were looking more favourably on the Lib Dems as a result of the General Election debate.

I give up.

Damn and blast

The wife's been called into work.

Now who's going to lift those bags of compost out of the boot?

UK flights ban extended to Sunday


Restrictions on flights in and out of the UK will remain in place until at least 1am on Sunday, air traffic control company Nats said.

That's my daughter and her husband stuffed then. They're due to fly back from Dubai.


That was quick

A man is thought to have become the first person in the UK arrested on suspicion of possessing mephedrone since it was banned on Friday.

The arrest, at an address in Bewdley, Worcestershire, came just hours after the party drug became illegal.

West Mercia Police said the man, believed to be in his 20s, had not been charged and was released on bail.

Inspector Clive Eastwood said: "We think this may be the first arrest since mephedrone was banned."

They must have been waiting outside the House.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Breaking financial news.

Goldman Sachs accused of fraud

The US government's financial watchdog alleges that Goldman Sachs misled investors by failing to disclose conflicts of interest in mortgage investments it sold as the housing market was faltering.

The SEC announced it had lodged civil fraud charges against the company and one of its vice presidents - news that sent stock markets worldwide reeling.

London's FTSE 100 Index plunged 1.4% in reaction, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average in America fell more than 160 points at one stage.



Stop press. Heath scare alert. Panic

Remember swine flue? Now we are all going to die due to the attack of the killer volcanoes.

People with lung conditions like emphysema and asthma should stay indoors if volcanic ash starts to settle, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation said.

I wonder if they have shares in face masks ? You're more at risk in my opinion, of the fumes from public transport belching out those black clouds of unburnt diesel.

A spokesman for the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the UK said Mr Epstein's advice was in line with its own. He said the situation was being monitored closely and could change but that regular updates were being sent out.

Why is it that every bit of news these days has to have it's own scare story. Could it be that they are trying to justify their jobs before the GREAT CULL that will happen after May 6th?

Crowds cheer bomb disposal experts

They heartily deserve it. I've worked alongside a Royal Engineers Bomb disposal group and have the highest respect for what they do.

Thousands of people welcomed home 200 bomb disposal experts lauded as heroes for their work in Afghanistan.

The soldiers from the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Task Force (C-IED) were cheered as they marched through the streets of Didcot, Oxfordshire.

The small town came to a standstill for the parade, with shops closing their doors and local firefighters standing outside their station to pay silent tribute to the returning soldiers.

The unit has suffered heavy casualties, with the loss of seven men on this tour.

I wish them all well.

Whole article here

There is some justice then.

After reading about Tilern DeBique in the media and her ludicrous claim for over £1 million in compensation I must congratulate the Tribunal for their common sense.

A single mother soldier who won a claim of race and sex discrimination against the Ministry of Defence was awarded £17,016 by an employment tribunal today.

Tilern DeBique, 28, who was reported to have been seeking £1 million in a row over childcare, had argued that she was expected to be available for duty “24/7, 365 days a year”.

The payout was £17,016. about 6 months of her annual army pay.

It (The panel) found that Miss DeBique was “unreasonable” to reject the “unique” offer of a five-year posting to the Army's Blandford garrison in Dorset that had childcare facilities.

Can we have some more commonsense from tribunals in the future?

Robert Green and Holly Greig. Latest Update

Robert Green has been released on bail.

Quote of the day

With reference to the Icelandic erruption.

As somebody quipped on the radio.

'Dear Iceland, we said send CASH'

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Come on admit it.

I've just seen that the lack of posting in the last 30 mins in my google reader has slowed to nothing.

I bet you are all watching the leaders debate.

Shame on you all.

Next you'll start believing what they say.

Robert Green and Holly Greig. Update

I wrote some while ago about the astonishing Robert Green and Holly Greig affair in this post.


Have a read of that post first and then watch the video below.

The stench of rotting fish gets stronger still.


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Teenage soldier hailed for rescue

These are the people that matter now. Forget the Politicians.

A soldier rescued under enemy fire in Afghanistan has hailed his Military Cross-winning colleague as a lifesaver.

Captain Andy Bell, 26, paid tribute to the bravery of his teenage comrade after he dodged the bullets to stop the bleeding from two machine gun shots to his legs.

Private Alex Kennedy, 19, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, was awarded one of the UK's highest wartime honours for his heroics during the Helmand province firefight on June 8 last year.

Read it all here

Brown rallies troops for battle

Gordon Brown told Labour activists they had 22 days to persuade voters their party was "the greatest force for fairness" in Britain.

At a small campaign rally in Leeds, the Prime Minister sought to energise his party's rank-and-file as the polls showed the Tories' lead over Labour narrowing to as little as three points.

Where have I heard that sort of talk before. Oh yes. Wasn't it something like we've only got 50 months to save the planet from Anthroprogenic global warming?

I just hope that in twenty two days time the labour party and that idiot , snot gobbling, cunt,* Brown are swept from power, preferably for ever.

Specially after this quote:

He added: "Labour has been, is and will be the greatest force for fairness in our country.

It's never been fair to me and my family. We've been taxed almost to the edge of extinction and never received any of those state benefits that are heaped on the feckless. What's fair with that?

*I'm in a cross mood


So they've said sod it to one of their own.

You really must be careful of what you post on the internet.


A candidate for the UK Independence party who has already been reprimanded for posting racist remarks on a website was today forced to quit after launching another abusive tirade online, this time aimed at the Queen.

I suspect the Queen has had a wry smile over this.




Watch for yourself. We are really in a Police state.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Time to say goodbye

No, No, not from blogging. (as much as some of you might wish that I did stop blogging. After all, you can only stand so much from a senile, dribbling, pensioner in his dotage).

No. Just to round off today, with a bit of culture. You know you need it. Yes I mean you at the back. Pay attention and stop ogling that bird's boobs.

More Brown Bollocks

Labour MPs awarded legal aid to fund their court battle against charges that they fiddled parliamentary expenses will have to pay the money back, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

Oh yes and how is he going to get them to do that, I wonder? Appeal to their better nature I suppose?

"I think the evidence is that people in their position will have to pay back the money - or most of the money - they get in legal aid.

"We have actually abolished this free legal aid from the end of June, so it has to be means-tested from the end of June and they wouldn't have got it in these circumstances. The law has changed, so I think the money will have to be paid back."

That really is a load of bollocks. It is being phased in and not all courts have carried it out yet. The usual soundbite politics from the deluded, monocular twat.

Sugar donates £400,000 to Labour

He's changed his tune now. Or at least showing his true colours.

Enterprise tsar Lord Sugar has donated £400,000 to the Labour Party, he announced.

The Labour peer said he gave the boost to the party's coffers to assist with its running costs during the General Election campaign.

Lord Sugar, star of BBC show The Apprentice, said he had donated cash during previous campaigns.

In a statement released to the Press Association, he said: "I can confirm that I have today agreed a donation of £400,000 to the Labour Party.

When he was ennobled he publicly proclaimed that he would be politically neutral. That didn't last long did it.





The telegraph is having an online debate about reform of the smoking ban. Worth going over there to register your protest.

Telegraph debate

Early days but the voting is 38 to 8 in favour of reform.


You really wonder why people have no shame.



The Davey family's £815-a-week state handouts pay for a four-bedroom home, top-of-the-range mod cons and two vehicles including a Mercedes people carrier.

Father-of-seven Peter gave up work because he could make more living on benefits.

Yet he and his wife Claire are still not happy with their lot.

With an eighth child on the way, they are demanding a bigger house, courtesy of the taxpayer.

Oh and there are more hell spawn on the way. She wants 14. FFS.

She's earned the right though. No she hasn't. She's never had a full time job in her life. *spits*

And of course they have to live frugally. Nope.

At their semi on the Isle of Anglesey, the family have a 42in flatscreen television in the living room with Sky TV at £50 a month, a Wii games console, three Nintendo DS machines and a computer - not to mention four mobile phones.

And they have contempt for the hands that feed them.

'It doesn't bother me that taxpayers are paying for me to have a large family,' added Mrs Davey.

'We couldn't afford to care for our children without benefits, but as long as they have everything they need, I don't think I'm selfish. *spits again*

Go and read the rest of this depressing story. Over in the Daily Fail.

Former Royal Navy seaman who swears at politicians on TV gets Asbo.

A former Royal Navy seaman has been given an Asbo – to stop him swearing at politicians when they appear on his TV or on the radio.

Martin Solomon, 64, has already spent the past two weeks in prison waiting to be sentenced after admitting he had breached a previous Asbo by shouting and swearing loudly in his home in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and disturbing his neighbours last month.

Read more

I'm waiting for that knock on the door.............

Bevanite Ellie does U turn.

A young Labour supporter who helped launch the party's manifesto has explained why she criticised Gordon Brown in a blog written two years ago.

Ellie Gellard, 20, called for the Prime Minister to quit in the 2008 blog, following Labour's by-election defeat in Glasgow East.


Monday, 12 April 2010

The Stillettoed Socialist: Brown introduced by glamorous Labour activist... who didn't even want him to be PM.


The glamorous activist who introduced Labour's manifesto has previously called for the violent death of Margaret Thatcher and for Gordon Brown to be removed as Prime Minister.

Ellie Gellard has over 3,000 followers on Twitter and includes Ed Balls, Sarah Brown and Alastair Campbell among her fans.

But the decision to ask the 20-year-old student to introduce Mr Brown at such as high profile event risked backfiring today.

Miss Gellard - who goes under the name 'Bevanite Ellie' on her website - last year suggested that she would like to see elderly Baroness Thatcher fall down the stairs on a skateboard.


READ it all and weep

Legal aid for expenses Troughers.

I bet that if I was due in court, I would be turned down. At least The conservative peer hasn't claimed for aid. Yet.



Three politicians accused of fiddling their expenses have won a bid to get the public to pick up their legal bill.

Court officials confirmed that the trio of Labour MPs will receive taxpayer-funded legal aid.

David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine are due to go on trial later this year accused of theft by false accounting.

They are accused of stealing almost £60,000 in allowances through false mortgage applications, rent claims and invoices for services.



Lib Dem candidate David Murray stands down amid police probe

A Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate who is facing "serious" criminal allegations has been forced to stand down, it emerged today.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said David Murray had "done the right thing" by withdrawing as the party's candidate in The Wrekin, Shropshire.

Whole article here

Tom Mendelsohn: Official - the tabloids have lost interest already

We are exactly one week in to Election 2010, and already the tabloids have got bored. They tried for the first few days: they gave plenty of pages to the coverage, they wheeled out their big shot columnists and they amped up the tribal invective. Sadly though, seeing as interesting events have so resolutely failed to occur, this early barnstorming gusto has swiftly tapered away into nothingness.

read on

Why's Mandy backing the history man?

The once feared political operator Lord Mandelson - whose strategy backfired spectacularly when he attacked business leaders who opposed Labour's hike in national insurance - has blundered again.

Labour caught out over NHS petition e-mails

Doctors fear that they are being used.

A doctor has complained that senior Labour figures are trying to pressure her into publicly backing the party against her will.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

The Devil's minions have left.

Yep. The kids have gone.


The fridge is empty.

The beer has all been drunk.

Ditto Gin.

Ditto every other intoxicating beverage.

And they conned me into paying for their Sunday Lunch at the pub.

Excuse: Must dash. We've got a cruise ship to catch in Dubai.

Excuse: The cats need feeding.

Excuse: I've got to run excuse No.1 back to their house so that they can get packed in time.


Saturday, 10 April 2010

The hellspawn are back

The Kids and their Boyfiends/girlfiends, have returned from their night out.

Refer to my previous post


I spent a lot of the evening cleaning the Kitchen, carting the empties out to the garage. Relief.

They're back!

And what's more they are drinking what's left of my booze.

Rum. Gone

Gin. Gone

Whisky. Nope. I'm clutching it to my chest in the kitchen. However I hear the baying hounds of hell are at the door. How long can I last? The first hammer blows against the door have started...........

Could the next Gate be Goldgate?

Listen to the clip below and make up your own mind. In it, it  would appear that some banks are playing footloose with the amount of Physical Gold they have in their vaults. As little as 1% compared with what they have sold to their clients on paper.

Seen anything about this in the MSM? I haven't.

If this is true then we would be looking at a complete melt down in the banking world. It would make the subprime fiasco look like a child's game.


Hell has returned.

My kids have descended on FE towers.


The Kitchen looks like the Municipal waste tip.

They've taken over the living room.

And the worst is.........................

They're drinking all the BEER FFS!

Have they no shame?

Contains bad language

Prodicus reckons this is the new Labour Leaders 2010 song. Replacing the Red flag.

I, however, think that it reflects my view of all the 646 thieving, sanctimonious, troughing swine that have been recently inhabitating  the House of commons.

I'd rather see the place emptied for good and put up for sale.

Friday, 9 April 2010

1+ 1 doesn't equal 2

I was in employment for 44 years. It still makes me shudder to think about that.

What I would like to set out is the inequalities in our tax system.

I was recently musing with a friend on how much we pay and what we get in return.

In my case the following:


Income tax and NI removed from my earnings was about 33%.

I smoke. Nuff said.

I drink. Ditto

I drive. Therefore I'm taxed for the privilege. Road fun licence, Fuel duty, VAT.

Council tax.

Shopping has Vat added.


I haven't used the NHS for at least 15 years. Where have MY NI contributions gone?

I'm likely to be denied proper medical care because, Shock, horror, I drink and smoke. And of course because I was out of the country for long periods serving the crown, I am now no longer entitled to NHS dentistry.

Where has all the money I have paid in motoring taxes gone. Believe you me, the state of the roads in Kent, make some of the third world look like road bliss. (And before anyone gets started, I have seen most of the third world).

Council tax seems to be a No No for me. I have never used any of the emergency services (Except the Polis who bravely gave me a crime number for insurance purposes). (Don't forget the pot holes).

It just seems that I'm a middle england cash cow to be used by governments as they see fit.

I even, a couple of years ago went on the DHSS(or whatever they call themselves nowadays) website, to see if there was anything  that I was entitled to. The website almost exploded in telling me to fuck off you spoilt middle england taxpayer.

Where has my money gone?

We are really seeing a once great nation head into a Mach 5 death spiral.

I just feel cheated. Do you blame me?

Come on you wankers that want my vote. I'll need an awfully lot of assurance before I vote for you. And don't expect that I'll  believe you.

Am I bitter? You tell me.

I may not return......

No I'm not stopping Blogging. It's time for the DENTIST.


Oh, and just to make it worse. He'll try and castigate me for the evils of smoking.

Water off a duck's back.


UPDATE: I survived.

Jeremy Clarkson would love this.

Don't do this at home folks

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Selling property

As the occasional visitor to this blog will know, I'm in the process of settling the affairs of my deceased Uncle.

It's a far more convoluted process than I could have ever imagined.

However it has opened my eyes to the duplication of effort foisted on us by the Government.

Last week I commissioned a company to carry out a Home information pack report. This entailed filling in six pages of data. I'm not sure why I had to fill half of it in. After all I'm paying them.

Interestingly I had a letter from the Estate Agents handling the sale, enclosing a document marked Property Misdescriptions act 1991 Trust form which I have to fill in.

Guess what. Both forms ask for identical data.

We really have been taken for mugs. I feel a letter to my MP coming on. Oh wait, there is more important things for him to be doing. He's got a seat to win in the GE.

Politicians. How to avoid them.

This is very much required in the run up to the general Election. Read carefully. There may be a test at the end.

Once you have identified a Politician and their groupmates, it is important to avoid them at all costs. People have been known to survive a direct Politician attack, but it is inadvisable to tempt fate. There are Politician defence classes available at some locations throughout the country if you are interested.

There are a number of ways to avoid a Politician, depending on your situation:

  • Turn back

    This is the easiest and is simply effected by performing a simple 180 degree turn and walking in the opposite direction. This is not useful, however, if you were actually trying to get somewhere.

  • Take an alternative route

    This manoeuvre involves taking a route around the outside of the affected area. This removes all danger from the observed group of Politicians, but opens you to the possibility of running into a different group on your revised route.

  • Make them think twice

    A Politician is less likely to approach you if he or she feels they may either put themselves in danger by doing so, or else just not get any sense out of you. Techniques such as muttering or singing to yourself, talking to someone who isn't there or swatting at invisible flies may achieve the desired result, but with the more experienced Politician more imaginative techniques must be implemented.

  • Implement a Corby

    This is the most difficult of avoidance techniques and is of most use when your intended destination is within the affected area. 'Corby' is the name given to a route that follows the rules as outlined in the next section.

  • Combine two or more of these tactics

    Sure to fox even the most dedicated Politician, a combination of any number of the tactics listed here is an excellent way to ensure safe passage, particularly the Corby combined with muttering or talking to yourself: this has the added bonus of occupying your mind enough for you to not succumb to the temptation of making eye contact.

The Corby

The route is at all times equidistant from the closest two members of any pack of Politicians. As anyone who has done up to GCSE geography or mathematics will know, a route which is equidistant from two given points is a straight line. When considering more than two points, only the two closest to you at any given moment should be considered. As a route brings you closer to an additional Politician, this person replaces one of the other 'points' and the process is repeated.

The reason for staying equidistant from the two closest Politicians is simple: Each Politician has a certain 'dragnet' area which extends out to his or her nearest partner, and only one Politician will attack any one person as it is inefficient to do otherwise. If you are equidistant between the two, then you are on the border of both of their 'dragnets' and the resultant confusion will give you time to pass through to safety. If, however, you make the unfortunate mistake of making eye contact with one of the Politicians, this will upset the balance and you will probably be caught by the dragnet and reeled in.

Part 3: Counterattack

What to do if you are caught by a Politician

Being caught by a Politician is most people's worst nightmare, but if the worst comes to the worst there are a number of things you can do to escape:

  • Ignore their pleas and smiles and walk straight past as if you never noticed them. This is surprisingly difficult and can usually only be achieved after months, sometimes even years of brutal training.

  • Bring up a subject which even more boring than the one you are supposed to be parting with your soul for. This is possibly even more difficult than the previous tip, unless you are a clipboarder.

  • Pretend that you don't speak English. Pretending to be a foreigner will almost always reward the interviewee. Only the most hardened Politician will attempt the foreigner intervention.

There are two methods in the 'feigning a foreigner' counterattack:

  • Learn 'I don't speak English' in a foreign language and shout it loudly at the Politician. This is generally effective, but can backfire if the Politician is over-enthusiastic and/or speaks the foreign language in question

  • Be an 'interested foreigner.' This involves beating them at their own game. Speak very slowly in heavily-accented English (think about the time when you went on a school trip to Germany and needed to ask where the bathroom was, but couldn't remember the word for toilet). Ask lots of questions, particularly ones unrelated to the subject of the Politician

The most fun that can be derived from method two is when the Politician actually backs off. This may be due to a Latvian demanding that Scottish Power hook up their shack in deepest darkest Latvia with a gas supply cheaper than that of British Gas.

In Conclusion

Armed with the knowledge you've just been given, it should now be possible to conduct your business without fear of a Politician-based attack. Whether you're going to work or on a shopping trip, either a native of the British Isles or a visitor on holiday, be prepared - the Politician is a resourceful and intelligent foe. They are constantly developing new techniques of harassment, and any counterattacks we might use may in turn be countered themselves. Be ever vigilant, be resourceful. Mix and match the methods used above, and in time you may even produce your own.

Most of all, be safe and enjoy hassle-free shopping and commuting.

And God help me if they finally find out how to use the Internet.

A real life hero.

And I'm not denigrating our armed forces in any way. Every man jack of them are heroes in my eyes.

This is the story of an ordinary man doing without thinking, an heroic act.

This is the dramatic moment a two-year-old girl was plucked from an icy river after being rescued by her father and a total stranger.

Two-year-old Bridget Sheridan had fallen 20ft into New York's East River after slipping off a gangplank at the South Street Seaport museum.

French tourist Julien Duret immediately jumped into the water to rescue the little girl before she sank beneath the water and handed her to her father David Anderson, who had dived in after him.

Bridget Sheridan

Heroic: French tourist Julien Duret, right, hands Bridget Sheridan to her father David Anderson after they both dived into New York's East River to save her

Mr Anderson, who was visiting from California, spoke of his relief after his child was brought back to safety and opened her eyes after appearing to be 'lifeless' in the water.

He said: 'She was laying on her back, looking up at me, terror in her eyes. The fact she was crying I knew she was fine.'

Meanwhile Mr Duret simply walked off after his selfless act of heroism and was eventually traced by the New York Daily News.

Mr Duret, 29, from Lyon, said he didn't think twice before diving into the chilly waters
on Saturday.

'The emotion took over,' Duret told the Daily News. 'I didn't think at all. It happened very fast. I reacted very fast... I've never done anything like that before.'

Shocked: Mr Duret was amazed to find he was the hero of New York 
after he dived into a river to save a drowning toddler

Shocked: Mr Duret was amazed to find he was the hero of New York after he dived into a river to save a drowning toddler

Duret, an engineer on vacation, was walking with his girlfriend on the pier when he spotted something falling into the water.

He approached the water and looked down. He thought it was a doll; then realised it was a child. He stripped his coat and jumped into the water.

When he reached Bridget, she appeared lifeless, he said. He scooped her up and gave her to her father. David Anderson then lifted his daughter out of the water and she opened her eyes.

Anderson said his daughter slipped through guardrails when he stopped watching her so he could adjust his camera. He spirited her into an ambulance, said Duret, who was handed dry clothes from onlookers. Duret caught a cab shortly after.

It was the final day of Mr Duret's first trip to the city. He said he didn't realise his tale of heroism had captivated New York until he was leaving the next morning.

'I don't really think I'm a hero,' he said. 'Anyone would do the same thing.'

Makes you feel proud of some of the Human race. Mind you if that had been a couple of PCSOs'......


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

I failed.

I tried to do this test but I got so depressed that I couldn't finish it


And FFS why does the NHS have a guide to safer barbecues? Christ on a crutch. It's the NHS. Not a cookery programme.

Message from Simon Singh: “A big step for me, a small step for libel reform, and what you can do to help today.”

Just received this in my Inbox and felt it needed airing.


Dear Friends

Sorry for the silence, but it has been a ridiculously hectic (and happy) time since last week’s victory at the Court of Appeal. However, I urgently wanted to get in touch to update you on the status of my case, the latest news on libel reform and what you can do today to push libel reform up the political agenda.

BCA v Singh

April Fool’s Day 2010 was a day to remember. The Court of Appeal gave a ruling in my libel case with the British Chiropractic Association. The ruling strongly backs my arguments and puts me in a much stronger position when my trial eventually takes place. At last, after two years of defending my article and my right to free speech, I seem to have the upper hand and can breathe a small sigh of relief.

Moreover, the judges made it clear that they did not want to see scientists and science journalists being hauled through the High Court. In particular, they endorsed the view that a so-called comment defence should be adequate for scientific and other articles on matters of public interest. As well as the legal technicalities, the three wise, charming and handsome judges quoted Milton on the persecution of Galileo and directed that the High Court should not become an “Orwellian Ministry of Truth”.

Libel Reform Campaign

This is a small step forward for libel reform, but there is still a huge battle to be fought over the issues of costs, libel tourism, public interest defence, balancing the burden of proof, restricting the ability of powerful corporations to bully individuals (e.g., bloggers, journalists, scientists) and so on.

The General Election was called yesterday and the manifestos will be published in the next week, so we need one last push to persuade the major parties to commit to libel reform. Although we have already achieved a huge amount (from editorials in all last week’s broadsheets to the Commons Select Committee recommending libel reform), we must keep up the pressure!

Both the Labour and Conservative parties have made encouraging sounds about libel reform, but now is the time for them to make commitments in their manifestos.

What you can do today to pressure politicians

I have spent over a million minutes and £100,000 defending my article and my right to free speech, so I am asking you to spend just one minute and no money at all persuading others to sign the petition for libel reform at

The last time I made this request, we doubled the number of signatories from 17,000 to 35,000. Can we now double the number from almost 50,000 to 100,000?!

You could ask parents, siblings, colleagues or friends to sign up. You could email everyone in your address book. You could blog about it, mention it to your Facebook friends and twitter about it. In fact, I have pasted some possible tweets at the end of this email – it would be great if you could twitter one, some or all of them.

You could forward all or part of this email to people or just steer them to . Or you could persuade people that English libel law needs radical reform by using some of the reasons listed at the end of this email.

Remember, we welcome signatories from around the world because English libel law has a damaging impact globally.

Please, please, please apply maximum pressure to the politicians by encouraging as many new signatories as possible. Please do not take my victory last week as a sign that the battle is over. My case is still ongoing and the campaign for libel reform is only just starting.

Thanks for all your support – it has been incredibly important for the campaign and a real morale booster personally over the last two years.

Simon Singh.

The Digital dissolve



It had me thinking. Why does the Prime Minister have to go to Buckingham palace in order to dissolve Parliament?

In this digital age, wouldn't it be easier by E-mail? Or even that fairly modern thing called the Tel-E-Phone?

Then again we all know what Gordon does with Nokias.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Like two peas in a pod.

This vid below really shows that Cameroon really is the heir to Blair.

Very Tongue in cheek. Especially the cheek.


Oh and by the way, try and spot the wide mouthed frog.

Neglect us at your peril

Don't forget we are 22% of the population



If you want to ignore us so be it. Just don't expect me to vote for you.

Nursery Rhymes won't die out if we keep them updated.

The future of nursery rhyme

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall 
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall 
The structure of the wall was incorrect 
So he won a grand with Claims Direct. 


It's Raining, It's Pouring 
Of's Global Warming


jack and jill  
Jack and Jill went into town 
To fetch some chips and sweeties. 
He can't keep his heart rate down 
And she's got diabetes. 


Mary had a little lamb 
Her father shot it dead. 
Now it goes to school with her 
Between two chunks of bread..


Mary had a little lamb 
It ran into a pylon. 
10,000 volts went up its arse 
And turned its wool to nylon. 


Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie 
Kissed the girls and made them cry.. 
When the boys came out to play 
He kissed them to cause he was gay.


Jack and Jill 
Went up the hill 
To have a little fun.. 
Jill, the dill, 
Forgot her pill, 
And now they have a son.


jill teeth  
Jack and Jill 
Went up the hill 
And planned to do some kissing. 
Jack made a pass 
And grabbed her ass 
Now two of his teeth are missing. 


Mary had a little lamb 
Its fleece was white and wispy. 
Then it caught Foot and Mouth Disease 
And now it's black and crispy.

Alright the rhyming is crap. But this is what will happen if you vote labour in again. You've been warned

Monday, 5 April 2010

Greenpeace. Give me a break.

It would now appear that Greenpeace are now showing their true colours. Now that AGW is being shown up to be no such thing they are resorting to threats.

These two chilling lines sum it up.

We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work.

And we be many, but you be few.

Not very peaceful to me

The whole article is here. The backpedalling has begun

Do read the comments

Witch wanted

I was given the task by my Boss, (Mrs FE) to organise getting ten people to a wedding at Lake Garda in Italy. Simple you think. That's what I thought.

Here comes the problems. Firstly they all want to come out at different dates and stay for different lengths of time.

Seeing that lake Garda is a popular destination in July, trying to sort out hotels was almost impossible, but was achieved in the end. I've yet to tell everyone that they now have to pay the cost of 4 star hotels. Every time I thought I'd got the right number of rooms in my sights I found at least one had gone. I truly believe, there's a hotel booking stalker, after me.

Flights were also difficult to arrange due to geographical location. Trying to get connecting flights that weren't absurdly far apart or unfeasible was interesting to say the least.

That's why I need someone with occult knowledge of trying to organise a ritual sacrifice. That's what my Nephew's wedding is.

.22 calibre phone anyone?

Most of us see airport security as a pain. Some of us even feel violated. 

When you see the pictures below, you will understand why they want our mobile phones through the x-ray machine.  If you get asked to test your mobile phone at the airport, this is the reason.


mobile phone guns have arrived.  And they are real.
Beneath the digital phone face is a .22 caliber handgun capable of firing four rounds in rapid succession using the standard telephone keypad. European law enforcement officials are stunned by the discovery of these deadly decoys. They say phone guns are changing the rules of engagement in Europe .

Only when you have one in your hand do you realize that they are heavier than a regular mobile phone. 
Be patient if security asks to look at your mobile phone or turn it on to show that it works . They have a good reason! Wake up to our NEW WORLD!! We shouldn't complain about airport security invading your privacy.


Sunday, 4 April 2010

Sell, Sell, Sell



From another Fuckwit  journalista who is trying to  discuss sell the science of  Climate change, comes this:

He's not interested in the Truth as He has seen the Light. (And a gravy train).

How has this happened? The furore last week over the accuracy of claims made in the government’s ACT ON CO2 ads masked more fundamental flaws in climate change communications. Successful advertising follows the simple principle of offering a more aspirational life. Yet those who seek to inspire low carbon behaviours have been selling hell, not heaven.

It's all about marketing. Bugger the science.

How has this happened? The furore last week over the accuracy of claims made in the government’s ACT ON CO2 ads masked more fundamental flaws in climate change communications. Successful advertising follows the simple principle of offering a more aspirational life. Yet those who seek to inspire low carbon behaviours have been selling hell, not heaven.

Well matey. I've reserved some of my piano wire for you.

P.S bring your own lampost. If JC can do it so can you.

If you really wish to slit your wrists the full story is


Saturday, 3 April 2010

Wind them Up

Over at this blog is a link to Drinkwise wales. On it they have an interactive drinking guide. Do go over there and wind them up. I'm probably dead according to them. I scored 486 units of alcohol/day. Only because my clicky finger got tired.

There's also an interactive quiz. They do require an E mail address. I'm not sure if mine will work though.

 Pleasegive meabreak@Donshenkerisacunt.fe

Friday, 2 April 2010

Head Teacher re-instated. Commonsense prevails

Remember the tale of Marcus the sheep. It would seem that the majority opinion over his fate has prevailed.

A head teacher who resigned after a row about the slaughter of a school lamb is to return to her post, Kent County Council has said.

Andrea Charman stepped down as head of Lydd Primary School in Romney Marsh in February for "personal reasons".

She was criticised in September 2009 after sending Marcus the lamb - who had been hand-reared by pupils - to slaughter, despite calls to save him.

Kent County Council said she had the community's support and was returning.

'Overwhelming support'

Kent councillor Sarah Hohler said: "I am very pleased that Andrea Charman is returning to Lydd Primary School.

"The community has spoken and made their feelings known loud and clear. There is overwhelming support for her.

"Under her guidance the school made tremendous progress and I know she will relish the opportunity to continue that work and do her best for the children and staff.

"Welcome back Mrs Charman."

Well done for showing the Kids where their food really does come from.

And on a lighter note

Stevie has difficulty with his stutter.

A Retired Engineer

How more satisfying life is now that I've retired from Marine Engineering.

When I first went to sea we had to work a watch system, day in, day out. If you were unfortunate to be appointed to the "12 to 4", this meant that you had little or no social life. Midday to 4pm and Midnight to 4 am was a killer. Bearing in mind that in those days the work/leave ratio was 9 months ship/3 months leave. By the end of the 9 months you were nigh on barking.

Things did change for the better later on when the leave ratio to appointment time reduced to 4 months on and two months off. (Before someone comes in and says that's a fantastic leave ratio. Don't forget the working hours were 10 hours a day, seven days a week. And bank holidays).

By this time ships were becoming highly automated and watchkeeping had gone by the board. The machinery spaces could be left unattended during the night time. Sounds good doesn't it? But no. Every three days you would become the Duty Engineer and were responsible for the whole works for a 24 hour period.

That could be hell. Imagine doing your 10 hour day and then being on call for the rest of the 24 hour period. Trying to sleep, hoping the machinery alarm box in your cabin was not going to scream at you at 2am. Knowing you only had 3 minutes to get up, get dressed, and get to the control room to acknowledge the alarm. If you failed it got every man jack out of bed to look for you in case you were injured.

And of course you were expected to have expertise in all disciplines and be able to fix anything. (Including 30mm weapons, General purpose machine guns.Sa80's,etc, as a sideline.) Oh. And Officer in charge of a fire brigade bigger than most Towns have.)

This was never meant to be a moan. Just telling it how it is.

Now I don't have to work to any regime apart from my own. Get up when I want, blog when I want, read the paper when I want, etc.

I am at last free.

Except for the Bloody state of course.

Metro poll puts Conservatives 10 points ahead of Labour

The Conservatives are ten points ahead of Labour and on course to win an outright majority at the general election, a Harris poll for Metro suggests.

Tory leader David Cameron would move into Downing Street with a 12-seat Commons majority if voters went to the polls now, our survey found.

His party are on 37 points, while Labour have 27 and the Liberal Democrats are on 19, the poll showed.

It is the first time the Tories have enjoyed a double-digit lead – the differene between a hung Parliament and an overall majority – since Harris began polling for Metro in January.

The latest figures would give the Conservatives 322 seats in Parliament, Labour 240 and the Liberal Democrats 56, with 14 going to

nationalist and minority parties. The Tories have gained two percentage points in a week, while Labour have dropped one and the Lib Dems have lost two. Ukip, the BNP and the Greens have all dropped points since last week’s poll.

‘Perhaps a combination of a pending new tiny addition to team Cameron and increased militancy from the unions has served to widen the political playing field in this latest week of polling,’ said Caterina Gerlotto of Harris Interactive. Meanwhile, one in four people said they thought Samantha Cameron’s pregnancy would give the Tories an election boost.

Half of people asked said it would have no effect but 28 per cent said the news will give the Tories a poll boost compared to just two per cent who said it would see them losing votes.

Harris polled 1,133 people nationwide online between March 23 and 29.

Source: The Filthy Engineer