SUBSCRIPTIONS:
If you like what you see, why not subscribe to the blog? You can follow Ampers' Rants by adding your email address in the box below (left) Notifications are also shown on my Twitter account: AmpersUK.

PERMISSIONS:
You may link to my blog but if you want to copy my article to your own blog, please give the following credit: From "Ampers' Rants" at www.ampers.me.uk. Thank you.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Is your telephone company treating you with respect, or are they taking you for a ride?

When writing my blog on Voice over the Internet, I came across Voipfone during my travels. I include a link to their main website here.

The web page on scams was most interesting and I asked, and received, permission to reproduce it here.

Although I don't mind my blogs copied, you cannot copy this one without permission from Voipfone as it isn't mine, so please take note.

Scams of the Telephony Trade

When making calls to any destination other than the UK please remember to include the international dialling code for the country you wish to call.
You shouldn’t choose your telephone company just because you think it has the cheapest calls.
There are several reasons for this:

1. Not all telephone companies are the same - they all offer different levels of service, features, options, packages and contracts.

2. Very cheap calls often mean bad calls – particularly to mobiles and international destinations. Operators can send calls over poor quality routes, the public internet, omit CLI (Calling Line Identity), drop calls randomly and use qasi-legal methods of termination; to name but a few of the tricks.

3. You’re not being told the full story - telephone companies use all sorts of tricks to trap you into thinking that their calls are cheaper than everyone else’s. Usually they’re not; here’s why:

The Headline Price

This is the one in big print shouting at you. It’s the draw, the hook, the snake oil, the scam.
It says something like, “mobile calls 5p per minute!”

Here’s what else you need to know to decide whether that’s a good deal or not.

Is VAT Included?

If it’s a business site you’re looking at, VAT is usually excluded - but it won’t always be obvious and it’s always a bad sign if the telco isn’t telling you.

Call Set-up Charges

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Who are the Palestinians real enemy?

Half the world think it is the Israelis and I wonder exactly what Israel would do if the Palestinians threw Hamas out of their country.

Once Hamas was out, and the Palestinians started rebuilding and living peaceful lives, hands up all those who think Israel would alienate the entire world by continuing to bomb them out of existence?

I just find that scenario too difficult to believe.

I have met Palestinians in Britain, when I was a salesman with Bayswater as my patch. They're great people and, on the whole, in those days, not at all aggressive. I don't believe they are aggressive now!

We must remember, when we see this violence in the West End of London, that all moderate Muslims are terrified of their radical wings and Imams, and if called upon to march, it would be a brave and foolish Palestinian to refuse. The violent jihadists amongst them are the ones making the real fuss.

I am beginning to read in the press that many of the moderates in Palestine are beginning to make noises which indicate they are beginning to realise that their real enemy is Hamas.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Please excuse me, I'm being an absolute racist. I can't help it.

I am not going to name this racist, but perhaps Pat might in this video? But let's face it, he won't, as he doesn't need to. We know who we are.


Ampers.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What is VoIP? A simple explanation

VoIP stands for “Voice over the Internet (Protocol)”. It can be an excellent way to cut down the bills. There are plenty of mobile apps for Android and iPhone. The mobile apps are either free or cost a few pounds; the computer programs are free for the basic product only.

I think the best way to write this article, is to write it up as a case study. I have chosen my case!

Home voice number

I have an office number which is a London 020 number, but if I lived in other parts of the UK I could have chosen a different 'local' number. I bought this from AQL at a cost of £2 a month and a penny a minute for outgoing calls, incoming calls are free.

I also bought a physical Cisco phone to allow me to make VoIP calls.

My real appreciation of the phone is, I can press one button and the “Do Not Disturb”sends all incoming calls to the answer phone.

However, it developed a fault and I had to return it. This was when I learned of other ways to skin the Voip rabbit.

My real appreciation of the number is simple, if a caller leaves a message on the answerphone, it is saved as a '.wav' file. This is immediately sent to my mobile. There is no charge for this providing you have a VoIP app loaded into your mobile. More of these apps later.

Home fax number

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Banking blues, my journey with Santander plc

I have been having a lot of trouble with a guy in the Santander fraud Office. And, because of it, he seems to have had it in for me.

I wrote the following letter to the Santander CEO towards the end of June and hoped it would sort things out.
Ms Ana Patricia Botin-Sanz de Sautuola O'Shea
Chief Executive Officer,
Santander plc
PO Box 1125
Bradford BD1 9PG 
Dear Ms Botin, 
I have attached a letter of complaint which the very able Ms McManus at my Finchley branch is looking into. However, since I wrote that letter the Santander Fraud Office has blocked three attempted to pay a £1400 amount, initiated by me to the Bank of America. In addition to this, he has blocked an attempt from my wife on her card as well. 
I am becoming convinced that the tiresome person I mentioned is carrying on a vendetta because I complained at his stupidity – details in the attached letter. 
My wife suffers from High Anxiety Syndrome and I do tend to become very protective where she is concerned. 
I am not sure of the exact amount I have in Santander, but am pretty sure it is below £100,000 at present. 
If this problem persists, I shall consider closing the account and moving my money to one of my other banks. 
Knowing you received your degree at Harvard, and having lived for many years in the USA myself, I feel sure you will take my complaint more seriously than someone who has only worked in the UK. It is because of this that I am not, in this instance, contacting the Banking Ombudsman. 
Yours sincerely,

I received a letter from their Executive Complaints manager and you can see from my fax to him in reply, that, as usual when writing to “Corporates”, they never really get it:

The Canadians are the only media people who have sussed out what is really happening in the EU.

The Canadians talk about the power of the press to hide information from the public as they are now part of the Establishment who have vested interests in hiding news from the people.

The following video illustrates this fully by taking the previous EU Elections as an example. Of how the peoples in many countries of Europe said "No" to the EU and in one particular case (the UK) actually came first.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, how many words does a moving picture paint?


Ampers

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pros and Cons for encrypting your Android phone.

Those who use Android will have seen, under settings, the provision of encrypting your Android mobile phone and even your external SDCard if you use one.

This can have some good benefits, but seems to have more disadvantages than advantages. But things often are not as they seem! I encrypted my phone and have had no regrets, I'll explain later.

If, after reading this article, you decide against encryption, there is still one case where it really is handy.

When you sell your old phone.

If, before selling your phone, you do a “factory reset”, you may think that all your data has been destroyed, but a determined hacker can reclaim all your deleted files and passwords!

There is a way to forestall this. Simply by encrypting your mobile phone and immediately doing a “factory reset”. After the reset, the encryption is immediately turned off and you can sell your phone (in normal unencrypted mode) knowing if the new purchaser tries to read your deleted date, he can't as all the deleted files were, and still are, encrypted and it would all be meaningless.

Now for encryption for daily use.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Ampers' Humour. You can't pull the wool over an old Chief Petty Officer's eyes


Here's a nice one sent to me by a UKIP Local Election candidate.
Retirement Bonus, Navy Style  
The Ministry of Defence decided the Royal Navy had many officers and decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer in Portsmouth who volunteered for retirement a bonus of £1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points in his body.  
The officer got to choose what those two points would be.  
The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of £72,000.  
The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked out with £96,000.

Monday, 9 June 2014

The ultimate Bobotie (Cape Malay) recipe.

I have now fine tuned our (South African) Bobotie menu. Remember, the secret is making half of it the day before. In fact you can make the final day a few days afterwards.

The baking of the dish tends to take away the heat of the chilli. I tend to put two or three times the amount I would put in to most other dishes.

Enjoy.

Ampers.

Friday, 6 June 2014

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, has fooled and tricked the British public.

... if the following is true...

I saw the following extremely long tweet on Twitter and publish it in full. I have not verified it owing to pressures on my time so would welcome any comments below.

WE CANNOT LEAVE THE EU AFTER JAN 2017 !  
Camerons 'Referendum' is a farce!!  
On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval, by majority vote of the lying undemocratic and unelected bastards fronting the EU.  
They call it QMV, Quality Majority Voting, which translates in English to: You'll do what we tell you, or else.  
Heath – Thatcher – Major – Blair – Brown, are all, by allowing this, acting in High Treason, but as every important Government post is now held by an EU Common Purpose trained thug, waiting to take over from elected local government officials from 1st November 2014, there seems to be little we can do about it.  
Below, are the 43 areas of "competences", areas we British have been declared incompetent to decide for ourselves.Make a note of the last one because it says we cannot leave the EU unless the other members allow it.  
On 1st November 2014 the following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:
(43) Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon:  
QMV

Ampers' Humour: A sad case of growing old.

A group of chaps, all aged 40, discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the waitresses had big breasts and wore mini-skirts.

Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the food and service was good and the beer was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because they could dine in peace and quiet and it was good value for money.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder - a nasty disease which comes to us all in time.

I've recently been diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. (Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder) It manifests itself this way...

Last Saturday I decided to wash my car. As I pick up my car keys and start toward the garage I notice there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, separate the junk mail from the invoices, and put the junk mail in the rubbish basket under the table. I see the basket is full.

I decide to put the invoices back on the table and take out the rubbish but then I think, since I'm going to be near the post box when I take out the rubbish, I may as well go ahead and pay the invoices now.

I pick my cheque book up off the table, and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking earlier.

I pick up the Coke to move it aside so I don't accidentally knock it over and notice that it's getting warm, so I decide to put it in the refrigerator.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke a vase of flowers on the bookcase catches my eye--they need to be watered.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My brother-in-law built this - a jet plane at 1/6th scale !!!

My brother-in-law, Richard Johnson, has been flying model planes for years. He has a huge workshop in his back garden where he disappears for hours at a time.



His most ambitious undertaking to date was this massive model!



The Plane, a D H Venom, is massive, at 1/6th scale. After nearly three years of research, planning, building and testing, the maiden flight of the venom took place at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon Airfield, on Friday 11th of April, 2014.

The flight was successful, but a few modifications will be made before its next flight.



Ampers.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How the British Public are going to be stitched up by Cameron, Clegg and Miliband.


Dear Reader

I have produced this booklet to try to ensure that the British people and Northern Irish people do not -  yet again - have the wool pulled over their eyes by the British establishment.

All the evidence - including regular opinion polls - suggests that over half of us want to leave the European Union. Even more of us want a referendum to give us the chance to have our say. But the British and EU elites do not share that view.

As co-president of a political group in the European Parliament, Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD), I know how they operate. They only want referenda which produce the ‘right’ result - the outcome that suits them. So, faced with what for them is a real dilemma, I believe they are going to try to pull off an old trick.

In 1975, the British people were led to believe that they were voting to stay part of a “Common Market” or free trade area. They were not. They were voting to remain in a customs union - what the Germans call a ‘zollverein’. In the nineteenth century the establishment of the Zollverein was the first step to German unification which in turn led to two world wars.

In the same way, the “Common Market” - always an unofficial name - was very simply a step towards a far larger and, to me, more sinister goal: European economic and political union, the creation of
a United States of Europe. The British people were not getting - and have never got - what we were led to believe we were voting for.

I already have evidence that the political class, covertly backed by its EU counterparts, are trying to mislead us again. There are calls that a straight ‘in or out’ / ‘yes or no’ question should be replaced by a complex question which appears to offer a third way: continuing as part of the Single Market without full political union. In short, a recycled version of what we thought we were getting in 1975.
I
But just like then, there is no third way. This booklet explains why it - and any apparent renegotiation of terms whilst we are still a member - is, and can only be, a mirage, designed to mislead.

It tells you how and why the way the European Union is constructed literally makes such an arrangement impossible. It sets out the fact that we remain committed by Treaty to make progress towards an ever closer union whose currency is the Euro.

It explains how the British establishment are taking the steps to try to cheat you once again. I believe that you the public - the people who really matter - are entitled to be told the truth.

Yours sincerely

Nigel Farage

Read the entire document here (long)

A political résumé of the Times journalists behind the dishonest articles on Nigel Farage

Who are the Times journalists trying so desperately to undermine UKIP?

Who are the Times journalists behind the constant attacks on Nigel Farage and UKIP? Perhaps it will not surprise you to know that most have family or personal connections to the Conservative Party and that the majority are from immensely privileged backgrounds that have enabled them to prosper as part of the “chumocracy” run by David Cameron. Here is our rundown of the main players:

Baron Daniel Finkelstein: Privately educated former senior official at Conservative Central Office. A key columnist on the paper known for his particular closeness to Chancellor George Osborne. Recently made a Lord by Osborne and Cameron. He has in the past been embarrassed by claims that he has written speeches for Osborne while simultaneously working as Times chief leader writer.

According to the Spectator in September 2013, “what Danny writes today George thinks tomorrow”. He was once overheard on a train boasting to his mother on his mobile about writing Osborne’s conference speech. George Osborne also admitted at the Leveson inquiry that the journalist helped him with "one-liners" for his speeches and once reportedly remarked that he spoke to Mr Finkelstein more often than he did to his wife. Furthermore, Danny Finkelstein was named by David Cameron as one of the six journalists whom he sees “so frequently” that he could not be expected to list the meetings, on account of their sheer volume.

Matthew Parris: Privately educated former Conservative MP whose partner Julian Glover worked as a speechwriter for Cameron and now works as an adviser to Conservative Cabinet minister Patrick McCloughlin, who is coincidentally the MP who took over the seat of Mr Parris when he stood down from Parliament. Parris makes frequent and virulent attacks on UKIP for example in June 2013 he wrote an article for the Spectator article entitled “Why UKIP is a party of extremists” and another for The Times in October 18 2013 called “England loves winners, so UKIP must lose”.

Friday, 4 April 2014

How much is the ideal amount you should walk each day, The answer might surprise you!

I was sent this in a spam email but as it was interesting I have removed all the links and print the text below for your interest.
Benefits of Walking
The human body is made to walk!
Walking 30 minutes a day cuts the rate of people becoming diabetic by more than half and it cuts the risk of people over 60 becoming diabetic by almost 70 percent. 
Walking cuts the risk of stroke by more than 25 percent.   
Walking reduces hypertension. The body has over 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Those blood vessels are more supple and healthier when we walk.

Walking cuts the risk of cancer as well as diabetes and stroke. 
Women who walk have a 20 percent lower likelihood of getting breast cancer and a 31 percent lower risk of getting colon cancer. 
Women with breast cancer who walk regularly can reduce their recurrence rate and their mortality rate by over 50 percent.   

Monday, 24 March 2014

A birthday party at the Union Jack Club in Waterloo

My wife has been rather unwell with “High Anxiety Syndrome” over the last two years. Her birthday is in March and last year she was seventy, and wasn't up for the usual seventy year celebrations, so this year we decided to pretend she was 70 and hold a party of some of our oldest friends at the Union Jack Club.

To ensure my twenty friends lost their “cost” inhibitions, I told them to do their best to get my bill over a thousand pounds. They failed. The restaurant bill came to £551.70 and our bar tab came to £139.70. But they did try, honest! But I'll hasten to add, everything at the club is exceedingly good value for money so I had set them a difficult task.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

What are your views on Geocaching?

I have flirted with the idea of joining the tens of thousands of people who indulge in the pursuit of geocaching.

Wikipedia have full details of the sport (or hobby) here. and part of their page states:
For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trade items then record the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site (see list of some sites below). Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing site and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers. The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online, but then must return the cache to the same coordinates so that other geocachers may find it. Geocachers are free to take objects (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Humour: Do you know this woman?

Here's an old chestnut but still has me laughing hysterically. Hope you enjoy!


While taxiing at London’s Gatwick 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: “Was I married to you once???”

Ampers

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

There are lies, damned lies and EU Lies

One of our excellent speakers, William Dartmouth, speech at their UKIPSpring Conference, telling us how the insidious lies are spreading about what might happen if we leave the EU. Lies, no doubt, put about by Nick Clegg and his band of sad men.


Ampers