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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

Sunday, 16 February 2014

The fable of the porcupine - Lessons in life # 142

I never knew porcupines were so cute as babies. A good story with a great message.

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine?


Fable of the Porcupine  

It was the coldest winter ever.

Many animals died because of the cold.

The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their  companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others.

This way they were able to survive.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Tax-Payers, You'll be so happy to learn of this

Where do all our taxes go?

UK 'helps dictators buy Paris homes'

African leaders accused of stealing millions in aid

By Peter Allen of the Daily Mail on 29 July 2011
Link to original article which also contains photograph and a piece on Zimbabwe.

* Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Congo owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in Paris

British taxpayers are funding the multi-million-pound Paris property portfolios of a African dictators, it has been claimed.

Scores of luxury houses and flats in the French capital are now owned by men who regularly receive vast charitable hand-outs.

It emerged yesterday that Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in the French capital.

Nguesso is one of a number of African politicians said to have built vast overseas property empires using public funds – including the proceeds of foreign aid – from their countries’ treasuries.

Ali Bongo, president of Gabon, owns at least 39 properties in Paris, while the portfolio of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, includes an entire six-storey period building on the prestigious Avenue Foch, alone worth £15 million.

The details are contained in a report compiled by the anti-corruption groups Transparency International and Sherpa, and handed over to Paris prosecutors.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

On the terrible actions, unreported in the news, of LibLabCon

The Press, UKIP and Nigel Farage

This is a small extraction of a great article in the Daily Telegraph - follow this link for the full article.

... We have been pretty hard done by in the last two weeks, but the slip-ups of junior party members have been very benign when compared to those of the three old parties.

Just look at the Liberal Democrats, where a series of allegations of sexual assaults on women by Michael Hancock and Christopher Rennard have rocked their leaders.

The super-sanctimonious Lib Dems even had Chris Davies, an MEP, belittling pinching women’s bottoms. Last summer John Larsen, a Lib Dem councillor, and former Mayor of Denbigh, was convicted for planting 14 bombs in his home town. Have you ever heard his name? I bet not.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

How to improve our unemployment by helping small companies hire more and faster.

Here's my take on the matter

First of all, we need to get out of the EU for many reasons, but this blog is about business so I will restrict myself to this subject. As a caveat, everything below is on the assumption we have left the EU but are still a nation within Europe.

First of all, we must look at business and the EU. 

The EU is our biggest negative trading partner. What does this mean? It is simple. It means we import more goods from the EU than we export to it. This, in turn means, although it helps our shops sell more goods, it damages our manufacturing and damages our balance of payments.

The rest of our business area is the Commonwealth, the USA and the rest of the world, including South America, China and India. 

We would like to help Africans build up their trade in Africa but can't at present because we are forbidden by the EU. Mainly because a lot of trade with Africa would include food, and the French want to restrict that as much as they can.

If we left the EU we would be able to increase our manufacturing as we could then trade more with the rest of the world. We already export more of our goods outside the EU than we do within it.