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Friday, 30 December 2011

Rupert Murdoch is still making billions whilst the Guardian loses £1M a week.

The following blog is from Guido Fawkes' Order-Order.com. I left out some telling information as it is only fair not to reproduce someone else's blog in full without opening up a path back to the creator. There, you will find information on his other assets including top films from his studios!

Media Analysis You Won’t Read in the Guardian

Today is the last trading day of the year on the New York Stock Exchange, barring any dramatic surprises shares in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation will end the day near the year’s highs. If you are lucky enough to own News Corp shares you will have benefited from a rise in value of nearly 10% this year, well outperforming a stockmarket that has flatlined.

Not that you would realise it if you only listened to the BBC or read the New York Times and The Guardian. The latter in particular always slants financial stories about News Corp as if there was widespread shareholder unrest with the Murdochs. Story after story on the media and finance pages of The Guardian quotes shareholders and financial advisers with doom laden sentiments about the Murdochs. Most of those quoted turn out to be activists with political rather than financial priorities…

Sara Tavares - I know where she comes from, but I wish she would come over here - what a voice!

Wikipedia states that Sara Tavares showed great musical promise from a young age, a potential that was cultivated and bore fruit while Tavares was still in her teens.

Winning the Endemol song contest Chuva de Estrelas, followed by a victory at the Portuguese Television Song Contest in 1994, earned Tavares a slot in the Eurovision Song Contest, all at the age of 16. Her song, "Chamar a Musica," was featured on her debut single release,

Personally, having just listened to it on YouTube, it is no wonder she won it. If they held a contest of just the winning songs played in the history of the Song Contest, this number would shine amongst the dross!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Happy new year and a very short video of surfing a 90 foot wave

Ampers wishes all his readers a happy new year and a EU free Christmas next year. And now for the video:


It seems that Garrett McNamara just broke the world record for largest wave surfed by successfully navigating this 90-foot wall of watery death in Nazaré, Portugal. The previous record—77 feet—was set by Mike Parsons in 2008.

The Song is Ricochet by David Michael & Lee Pomeroy.

Ampers.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Australian navy has moved me up the intelligence scale in Britain

From today's Electronic Telegraph

Australian Navy eyes British sailors facing axe in defence cuts 
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By Jonathan Pearlman and John Bingham
7:52PM GMT 27 Dec 2011

The Australian navy plans to recruit up to 1,000 Royal Navy sailors facing redundancy under the Government’s defence cuts.

The Royal Australian Navy has sent a delegation to Britain to investigate the plan, which would look to recruit some of the 5,000 Royal Navy personnel due to lose their jobs over the next four years.

Critics of the defence cuts, including prominent retired officers, said that the Australian desire to take on British sailors exposed how “foolish” the cuts are.

It follows warnings that Britain might now be unable to fend off a new invasion of the Falkland Islands, which have recently come under renewed pressure from Argentina, or mount an force to retake them without an aircraft carrier.
The more brighter people leaving the UK means that my IQ (142 on the Mensa scale) is probably increasing as less intelligent people replace our brightest!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Dan Hannan explains, at length, the real problem with keeping the Euro.

I think Hannan and Farage would make a great team, they both have impeccable logic. Whilst Hannan is non-confrontational, Farage is a Firebrand and would be an excellent Prime Minister, it would be a joy seeing him up against Ed Milliband in Parliament!

Hannan, with his clear thinking would make an ideal Chancellor.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

I am full of Christmas cheer after an excellent five hour lunch.

My wife and I do without family and friends on Christmas day because we like to treat ourselves to a nice long leisurely meal together.

Our courses are designed to minimise kitchen preparation time and cooking. There is a 45-50 minute gap between each course. This way the food is digested making room for more, and the wine doesn’t go to one's head.

First course: A smoke salmon and quail's egg salad, with a glass of Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc (from South Africa).

Second course: Roast Pheasant (now did I put an 'h' in that?) small new potatoes, asparagus and carrots, and a glass of Rustenberg (special blended grapes - too long to list them all here) Also from South Africa.

Wishing all my blog readers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar (Merry Christmas and a happy new year) to all my readers. At the last count I have readers in 96 different countries around the world although I don't have the high thousands that some bloggers have.

I blog for myself, and am pleased to just attract like-minded people who share my love for South Africa and the DA or my hatred of the three stooges and their love affair with the EU. And, of course, the few who subscribe to both of those thoughts.

I did say on one blog that I hope someone would blow up Brussels, and one of the other commentators said to me: Amps, if you consume enough brussels, you can blow up anything you want!

Anyway, have a great time with you and yours today.

Ampers & Mrs Ampers.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Bob Crow, The Boxing Day strike and the recording of two doctors at a London hospital

First of all, who is this Union Leader who loathes and despises Londoners with every fibre of his being?, The next part describes the singers in the Video, and last but not least, a song about a striking London Underground. Hilarious!

WiliPedia has this to say about him:
Robert Crow (born 13 June 1961, Shadwell, London), The son of a lavatory attendant, who is better known as Bob Crow, is a British trade union leader, the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and a member of the General Council of the TUC. He describes himself as a "communist stroke socialist" and is regarded as part of the so-called "Awkward Squad" - the loose grouping of left-wing union leaders who came to power in a series of electoral victories beginning in 2002. Since he became leader RMT's membership increased from around 57,000 in 2002 to more than 80,000 in 2008, making it one of Britain's fastest growing trade unions.

How important is it to behave yourself when in foreign lands?

I will give you two examples.

I am well disposed to people from the Philippines and the reason is that, in 1959 when I joined the Army, there was a Filipino in our hut of 30 soldiers. Whenever, after training, we went to the NAAFI for a drink, he wouldn't join us until he had written home to his wife in the Philippines and posted the letter. Every day for months.

Now whenever I meet someone from the Philippines, I automatically feel warmth towards them.

Charles de Gaulle was on the British side when he refused us entry to the Common Market - Here is proof!

Charles de Gaulle refused Britain's application to join the "Common Market" (sic),  but not because he hated us. Granted he hated Churchill, but not the English people. No, he refused us entry because he knew us, and knew we weren't the sort who'd sit confortable with what they were planning.

When he vetoed our application to join the Common Market in January 1963, he said:

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Wishing you a happy Christmas from Ampers, Mrs Ampers, Kirsty McColl and the Pogues

Wishing all our readers a happy Christmas and a skilful time treading through the morass which will be caused as the EU collapses.


Ampers and Mrs Ampers

Monday, 19 December 2011

The success story of a Single Mother's child, born in Tottenham

I am not often impressed by modern singers, but have to admit, when I first heard "Someone like you" by Adele (Adele Laurie Blue Adkins) I went into a trance.

In my younger days, well not that young actually, I was passing a record shop and heard Melanie (Safka) singing and stopped in my tracks, totally bewitched, and went in and bought the vinyl LP on the spot. Although Adele is nothing like Melanie at all, somehow I was drawn to it in the same way as I was drawn to Melanie. I presume Melanie had just as tough life as Adele as she was bought up in Queens in New York. And Adele was brought up in Tottenham, North London. I would be very surprised if any reader agrees with me that there is any similarity between the two.

Wikipedia states: In the United Kingdom, 21 has been certified 14 times platinum for shipment of 4.2 million units. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the US, selling 352,000 copies in its first week. The album has charted at number one in 24 countries, including several charts across Europe, Australia and the United States.

Adele has sold 18,000,000 albums world wide altogether. I have added the lyrics after the video below, I hope you enjoy this fantastic success story and song as much as I have.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat

By Daily Mail Reporter 1st July 2008

A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims. 

Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.

The choice of image on the Tayside Police cards - a black dog sitting in a police officer's hat - has now been raised with Chief Constable John Vine.
Poster

 
Tayside Police caused uproar in the Muslim community after they released this advertisement featuring police puppy Rebel sitting in a hat.

Are we at war with France?

I thought it might be a good time to include a little reminder about who we can justly hate.

It is not the French people. Or, indeed, the people of any country in the world.

It is the political classes we can legitimately hate whether ours or any other nation. I mean, let's face it, if we hate the French politicians, we are not doing any more than that which the French people are doing. The more intelligent ones hate theirs as well. And, probably ours too!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

If you've heard of Blaster Bates, enjoy (Cesspit episode) - if not you'd be best not to see this one, especially the fair sex.

First of all, Wikipedia's description of Blaster Bates - then a video of his famous "cess pit" talk.

Blaster Bates was the name used by Derek Macintosh Bates (5 February 1923 – 1 September 2006), an English explosives and demolition expert and raconteur, who was born in Crewe. 

He made a series of sound recordings from the 1960s to 1980s, recounting bizarre and funny experiences from his long career, and tales of his hobbies of motorcycling, hunting and shooting. He was much in demand as an after-dinner speaker. His tales feature coarse language and their content is equally strong stuff: once, for instance, he was hired to clear out a farm's septic tank using explosives, an episode Bates described as "The Shower of Shit Over Cheshire".

Bates served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as a Handley Page Halifax bomber pilot, and then learned his explosives skills as a bomb disposal specialist. After the war he returned to his previous employer Rolls Royce, hoping to resume his old job, but was told "We're cutting down, you know". Bates then started his own demolition business, drawing on his wartime expertise. He later noted that it was a good decision, as "over the years I've managed to do all right while they've [Rolls Royce] gone steadily bust".

Specially for my English readers who want to know the difference between the ANC and the DA in South Africa

The ANC person is in the first part, and the DA person is in the second part, it is under three minutes. He has the equivalent of a GCSE in woodwork and she has a university degree

and

Ampers

My money is on Lindi Mazibuko being President of South Africa within fifteen years.

Her name is Lindiwe "Lindi" Mazibuko and she would be thought a beauty in African traditions. If I were back home, I would vote for her and her DA party.

The Democratic Alliance has grown from nothing in 1994 to over 25% of the votes in 2009. The next election will be in 2014, and then by 2019 their percentage, if not at the 50% mark, will be very close and they should be in power by 2024.

I think this is the best explanation of this "veto" business I have heard todate.

And, the interesting point here is, we won't see it on British Television or a link in British newspapers.

It is on Russian Television. The video is shown lower down on this page.

Now make no mistake, Russian Television (Sky 512) tends to be truthful or they would lose credibility and nobody would believe them. However, I do believe the reason why they put what they do on their website and television is to make pure mischief to governments of various countries.

It is also the same with Al Jazeera (Sky 514). Truthful but mischief making.

However, I do look at these programs now and again because I like to hear the sort of news that our "official" television, radio and newspapers tend to keep from us.

Friday, 16 December 2011

When America sneezes, the UK catches a cold” Or an appraisal of our two countries.

This blog is written for our American cousins.

There used to be a saying in Britain “When America sneezes, the UK catches a cold”. Well, right now, it seems to be the other way around. A lot of your problems have applied to the UK for years.

I have a phrase to describe our leaders. David Cameron of the Conservative Party (Right) David Milliband of the Socialist Party (Left) and we have Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats who I am of the firm belief, and many events prove it so far, is left of the Socialist Party although they try to hide that fact – I am also beginning to believe that Milliband, as a person, is more right of centre (center) than Cameron.

Older American readers might remember a comedy threesome, who were slapstick, called The Three Stooges. This is my, and many other Brits, apt phrase or description of our leaders.

Your problem, which is the same as ours, although we have an added negative called the EU, is that both your left and right have run down your country, through wars and welfare on the one hand, and huge government on the other.

Not satisfied with a cradle to the grave philosophy we, in the UK are now building a huge army of outworkers to call in to people at home to help them do the things they have forgotten, or can't be bothered, to do for themselves.

In addition to this malady in both of our countries, we have to bow down to unelected Commissioners in the EU. The EU is not democratic.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

“Anti-racism” is an authoritarian view and is not the same as being opposed to racism

By Ed West

Ed West is a journalist and social commentator who specialises in politics, religion and low culture.

Yesterday, after I wrote that “the EU, multiculturalism, the Equalities Act, anti-racism, hate crimes, bastardised human rights, Marx, Marxist feminism, Marcuse and Gramsci” all belong in history’s dustbin, lots of people screamed: “If you’re anti-anti-racism that means you’re pro-racism!”

So I thought I’d help your deprogramming with a little explanation.

OPINION: What "Financial Services sector" donating over 50% of Tory Party income could mean.

I read, today, that over 50% of Tory Party income is now coming from the Financial Services sector. No doubt this is cheering up the Conservative Party but there are interesting considerations for David Cameron here.

First of all I am fairly certain that, at half past two in the morning, all the leaders around the table were over-tired (most of them are no longer young) and when Cameron put his request on the table, he was probably less diplomatic than he meant to be, and sweeping his proposals away are probably already being regretted by the others who were all tired as well. But the French and the Germans could never admit to the English that they were wrong, which is why we now have an impasse.

I think Cameron also regrets it and would be willing to make amends. However, now a massive number of English people are hailing him as a hero, which although he rather likes, he still knows he has instructions to keep us in the EU and he is spelling this out, most forcibly, whenever he can.

However, the Financial Industry, which accounts for over 50% of his party's income will fade away very quickly if he allows the EU to regulate London's financial sector. Which they are already announcing to do.

According to City A.M.
"BRITAIN’S veto of a new European treaty to tighten fiscal oversight of states will not stop Europe regulating the City, Olli Rehn, the European Union’s [German] economic and monetary affairs commissioner, said yesterday."

That's enough about politics for now, here's Ormie the pig - no it's not a politician!

Hey! Dear Reader! It's fun time... Enjoy this funny and well thought out and presented cartoon...

17 Signs That The European Financial System Is Heading For An Implosion Of Historic Proportions

The following is from Michael's "The Economic Collapse" blog. You can see the foll article from here and its worth taking a look!

On the Titanic towards Economic and Democratic Disaster - Nigel Farage at his best

I am running out of superlatives to use about Nigel Farage. The YouTube videos of his speaches in the EU Parliament just get better and better.

Even if you are from a party run by the "Three Stooges", having Nigel Farage in our Westminster Parliament making speeches would at least hamper your own Prime Minister from his excesses. And let's be frank, they all are guilty of doing silly things at times and it would be good to have a voice bringing their high faluting ideas down to earth.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ampers prefers Google Plus: Here are eight Quick Tips and Tricks

Getting started with Google's new social networking service? We have a few quick tips to get you oriented.

Google Plus (aka Google+), Google's new social network, might offer the right mix of sharing and privacy to woo you away from your Facebook account.

If you don't know how to use it, though, it's just a confusing mess of circles and contacts. So we've assembled a few tips to help you get started.

I would vote for this man for Prime Minister whatever party he represented in Britain

Watch this video, this is one very amazing man and I have been following his progress for five years.

They will never vote him in though, the last thing people want is someone who goes around sprouting "common sense" I mean, who is this guy?

Janet Daley of the Telegraph describes the veto very succinctly.

9:00PM GMT 10 Dec 2011

 So we are isolated, are we? Cut off, locked out of the room, left on the sidelines, cast out of the inner core – and any other baleful metaphors you can think of. Well, Britain has stood alone before, as I recall, and we defended the idea of democracy in Europe then, too.

But we need not get romantically heroic about it. We just have to ask ourselves: what is it exactly that we are outside of? A burning building? With only our triple-A credit rating and our competitive financial industry to console us?

Sunday, 11 December 2011

A terrific Video from Pat Conlan - who really should be in Parliament!

Warning, before you watch this video. Pat Condlan is a very, very opinionated and outspoken man. The difference between his self-opinions and others' opinions are that his are more convincing as he always speaks the truth, at least in my eyes. His humour makes listing to it enjoyable as well.

Tragically, the EU is now isolated from the United Kingdom and they may well suffer for it.


When I first heard the news that Cameron had actually exercised his veto, I said to my wife; "Ignore everything and only think about it after Christmas."

And that is what I am doing!

There is so much absolute rubbish being aired in the newspapers. And did you hear the "Lord Haw Haw" approach by the BBC afterwords, exercising that doom ladened voice they always use when they talked about white South Africans? Yes folks, it has been resurrected for Cameron.

Friday, 9 December 2011

US lawmakers look to block IMF 'bailout' to the EU


WASHINGTON — US Republicans on Friday denounced any US-funded International Monetary Fund "bailout" of debt-stricken Europe and ramped up efforts to scrap a $108 billion line of credit to the IMF.

"Forcing American taxpayers to bail out bloated welfare states in Europe is unconscionable and immoral," Republican Senator Tom Coburn said, warning that "a bailout will prolong, not ease, Europe's burdens."

A new website for serious business users and their engineers of Ubuntu

The website in question is http://odm.ubuntu.com/

This is a gold mine not only for Ubuntu Engineers and Systems Analysts but company executives investigating whether Ubuntu is suitable for their business can see a list of serious business software "Ubuntu ready". At present there is a round hundred on the list and it is expanding all the time.

Nigel Farage telling us all that Cameron has achieved at last night's Brussels meeting.

A picture is worth a thousand words? A video must be worth much more!



Ampers

Captain Ranty says "jump" so I "jumped" and this song deserves wide coverage.

As an ex-soldier, although a very long time ago, this has touched me very deeply.

Enjoy.


Ampers.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

UKIP Trip to Luxemboarg, see the HQ before it goes belly-up

My wife and I were a little aprehensive, but last year we went on a five day coach trip to Brussels. We were aprehensive because we had heard of terrible experiences, brawls, and bad-tempers on general coach outings.

However, we needn't have worried as these were all UKIP members and we got on really well with all of them as naturally any UKIP member would.

The trips are organised by Lyndda Robson, Gerald Batten's Researcher and she does an excellent job; we go from one sight-seeing extravaganza to the next, apart from scheduled breaks to catch our breathe, there is never time wasted hanging about.

This is also a chance to get some of our tax-payers money back from the EU as if, during our five days, we spend three hours in the headquarters, we get a sum of money, per head, back which subsidises our trip. For example, we got a reduction of £75 a head when we visited Brussels, this year we got a whopping £150 off when we visited Strasbourg, and next June, when we visit Luxembourg, our trip price is reduced by £100.

The trip next June to Luxembourg filled up within three weeks and there is such a long waiting list (25 people) that Lyndda has decided that we should try to get twenty more UKIP members to make a second coach. So, if you have a UKIP membership card and would like to come, email ampers@gmail.com and I will send you further details and put you in touch with Lyndda. I'm doing it this way in case you might like to ask me questions as I am in no way connected with the organisation of these trips.

I have to say, I think their (EU) authorities dread it when we visit. We are polite but we do let them know how we feel and put them right when they make any mistakes with their propaganda!!

The trip next June is listed in full, after the two previous trips, listed to you can see what you have missed! After the two previous trips you will see a full itinerary for next June's trip.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Do-it-yourself Christmas cards.

My wife and I prepare our own Christmas cards. We have found a charity where everyone is an unpaid volunteer and all of them work from home, all the funds go to the "sharp end", so we double or card and postage saving and send the money to B.H.C.C. in South Africa.

Unlike most Internet cards which stay on the computer, ours can actually sit firmly on the recipients mantelpiece.

Now for the instructions on how to do this.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Photos of protest of SA Secrecy bill in Trafalgar Square

To English viewers, the ANC Government of South Africa has passed a bill protecting sensitive state information, making it illegal for journalists to publish.

Unfortunately, the bill has been badly prepared and a journalist can now go to prison for a good number of years if he exposes government corruption. Beware the three stooges don't pass a similar bill in the UK.

If a South African journalist discloses an MP has been corrupt, his sentence could be twice as long as the corrupt politician.

You need to decide whether this was bad drafting, or intentional. We South Africans instinctively know the answer to this. Photographs follow...

Friday, 2 December 2011

The EU are making treaty changes, is a referendum on the cards?


I guess not...


"They have promised they will not harm us, I have this piece of paper to prove it!"

The government itself leaks information to a hand-picked elite of the wealthiest investors

The following article was written by

Regular readers know that ever since 2009, well before the confidence destroying flash crash of May 2010, Zero Hedge had been advocating that regular retail investors shun the equity market in its entirety as it is anything but "fair and efficient.

Frontrunning for a select few is legal, in which insider trading is permitted for politicians and is masked as "expert networks" for others, in which the government itself leaks information to a hand-picked elite of the wealthiest investors, in which investment banks send out their "huddle" top picks to "whale" accounts before everyone else gets access.

Hedge funds form "clubs" and collude in moving the market, in which millisecond algorithms make instantaneous decisions which regular investors can never hope to beat.

Daily record volatility triggers sell limits virtually assuring daytrading losses, and where the bid/ask spreads for all but the choicest few make the prospect of breaking even, let alone winning, quite daunting.

 In short: a rigged casino.

Read the rest of the article

The UK Government throws itself behind OpenSourse

UK government open source procurement toolkit


Tools to help public administrations procure open source were published by the UK government yesterday. The toolkit is part of the cabinet's ICT strategy to "create a level playing field for the use of innovative ICT solutions". 
 

According to the introduction, the six documents are intended "to ensure that there is a level playing field for open source and proprietary software and that some of the myths associated with open source are dispelled. It is intended for those who need to consider, evaluate or procure open source solutions as well as anyone just wanting to know more about open source."


Open source software is underused across Government and the wider public sector, the toolkit explains, "despite the current and previous administrations intention to promote its use".

This will put the fear of God into every Englishman

This is a statement by Dr Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance.

Quick Statement on Emma West

Emma West is a white working class woman who got into an argument with some black people in a South London Tram. You can see the two minute video here:
Miss West has now been arrested for her opinions and locked away, and her children have been taken away by the social services.

Of course, if she had been wearing a headscarf and screeching about the
"kuffar" who were killing her brothers and sisters in Iraq/Afghanistan,
the authorities would have looked the other way.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A man who really cares - a different kind of candidate.


UKIP CHOOSES BY-ELECTION CANDIDATE

Thursday, 24th November 2011
UKIP has announced its candidate for the forthcoming Feltham and Heston by-election to be held on Thursday, December 15.
Andrew Charalambous,  UKIP's Housing spokesman, has been selected to fight the seat.
Thirty-nine year-old Andrew is a property developer who has spent much of his career helping reduce homelessness in London through an innovative social housing scheme that allows poorer tenants to avoid paying rent and deposits.   
Dubbed "a different kind of social entrepreneur" by the Financial Times, he is also founder of Club4Climate, a global environment organisation that launched the the world's first ecological nightclub. The bar, based in King's Cross, features a piezoelectric dance floor that produces electricity by harnessing the movements of people. 
Andrew has also served 15 years as a special constable in the City of London and served in the Honourable Artillery Company. He is a patron of the Leukaemia Society and studied Law at London University before qualifying as a barrister.

How the British Establishment think about England

Borrowed, without shame, from the English Democrats website.

Here are a few quotations which show how the British Establishment think about England:-

Have a slightly different Christmas with these mouthwatering South African recipes

Click on the above for more recipes.



These recipes come from Peter Jasie's South African recipies CD - I also get his monthly newsletter called "FunkyMunky" - google for it as it is a great read. If you like it, don't forget to sign on for it. I met Peter recently on his trip to London and he is even older than me, and that's saying something :-)

Click on "read the full article" and enjoy all the recipes.

Another horror story - Cathy's newsletter from Zimbabwe

I receive Cathy's letter once a month and keep posting it here as it brings in one of the largest numbers of readers I receive for practically all my articles.

Dear Family and Friends,

The saying it never rains but it pours, was never more true than this week. After another round of scorching temperatures, punishing water shortages and bone dry days, a storm brewed up very rapidly early one evening. Very strong winds were followed by a spectacular half hour of continuous sheet and forked lightning and then the heavens opened.

Fifty millimetres (two inches) of rain pounded down in an hour and a half over areas of Mashonaland East and left us like drowned rats floating on the detritus. Areas of Harare had eighty millimetres in an hour and huge pine trees fell like matchsticks in many places.

I thought I’d had it bad when about two litres of rain streamed in through a hole in my roof soaking everything in its splash range below. It was nothing compared to a neighbour whose roof leak caught twenty litres of rain – it was like someone left the tap running he said. We both laughed at the insanity of that comparison because our taps only ever have water for a couple of hours a day if we’re lucky as our town continues to suffocate in a never ending water crisis.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Einstein's theory of politics

I sent this to Max who used Photoshop with devastated effect!


Ampers

The real reason why we are ruled by shoddy politicians - who are trying to keep it a secret!

Let him that would move the world
first move himself.

Socrates

Vernacular:


If you spend your leisure hours in front of television and at the pub, then you are going to continue to get the three stooges ruling you.

Wake up, look around you. The Conservatives, and the Socialists, over the last fifty years, have been grinding you into the dust. The Conservatives are secretly happy with the LibDems as they are enabling the speeding up of our demise.

The Labourites and the Tories, at the helm of their parties are seemingly singing from the same Hymn sheet.

Why We Could See An Economic Collapse In Europe In 2012 - here are 22 reasons to be getting along with.

The following comes from an American website which, can sometimes be a little pessimistic, but they do come up with some interesting posts. Take a look for yourself!

Will 2012 be the year that we see an economic collapse in Europe?  Before you dismiss the title of this article as "alarmist", read the facts listed in the rest of this article first.  Over the past several months, there has been an astonishing loss of confidence in the European financial system.

Right now, virtually nobody wants to loan money to financially troubled nations in the EU and virtually nobody wants to lend money to major European banks.  Remember, one of the primary reasons for the financial crisis of 2008 was a major credit crunch that happened here in the United States.  This burgeoning credit crunch in Europe is just one element of a "perfect storm" that is rapidly coming together as we get ready to go into 2012.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Facts, decisions and research - don't just restrict good practices to the office!


One of the most important thing to remember whether in your business life, or – as importantly – in your home life, is that the quality of the decisions you make will be in direct relations to the amount of research you do and the amount of facts you gather.

Let me give you one example. Going to the uSwitch website and changing your gas and electricity supplier or suppliers if they are separate. But bear in mind that this is the sort of exercise you need to handle for many other items. 
Do you know how much a mile your car uses? Including depreciation, loss of trade in price, cost of servicing, insurance all spread through out the year, average amount of miles done each year? Do you know how to tell when your car is "sick"? Easy to tell if you record mileage and amount of petrol every time you fill up. If your using much more petrol per mile and you have kept to the same style of driving, your car is "sick" and needs servicing.

However, before we continue further, I stress that this is just one area where research before action is necessary in the family home. Just out of curiosity, how many of you have a sit down meeting at home with the family each month? Pam and I did this for thirty years and this is why, although not that well off by politicians standards, we have never been poor.And even if things aren't going too well, spouses get on better for the sharing of information - children help more if they can really see times are tough.

If you go straight to uSwitch and change, you have no real way of knowing whether you have chosen the best supplier. However, if you gather research so you have some facts at hand you may well make a more accurate decision.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Incredible view inside the space shuttle - 360 degree view.

Incredible photograph inside the Space Shuttle, you can use the mouse to turn left or right all around 360 degrees, and raise the view up or down. Looks very impressive in full screen mode with my 22 inch monitor.

What are the worse WMDs? Easy, these are the weapons of mass deception ! -- [Long]

I came upon this page, in an interesting website that copes with a lot of other matters, including a page on how the ordinary citizen can retaliate against these powerful families. However, there are some distasteful items there and the people who wrote it were total believers of conspiracy theories.

I don't want to give a link publicly but will give a link if anyone writes privately to my email address you can find on the blog. I will add a small part of how you can retaliate at the end of the article. I have edited about 1% of the article, correcting grammar and spelling from the American idiom and removed some of the things which are over the top.

My advice is, there is a lot of truth here but take a lot of it with a pinch of salt.

Read on and enjoy...

Friday, 25 November 2011

TV commentator giving the one-finger salute to Obama.

Tatiana Limanova, an award-winning journalist and host of a Russian national news show on the REN-TV channel, reported on the APEC summit in the United States, giving the one-finger salute a moment after mentioning Obama. The station’s owner is close to Vladamir Putin, Tatiana has now been fired. The video is less than half a minute. However, one copy has already been removed from YouTube so if it gets removed, I do apologise.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I think it may be time to re-evaluate the Open University - what do you think?

You are about to see a video called "How the English Language was developed".

Web2Literacy states:
"A fantastic series of ten 1-minute video clips outlining the evolution of the English language from Anglo-Saxon times to the  Internet and Global English.

"Brought to us by the Open University Learn You Tube channel and humourously narrated by Clive Anderson, The history of the English language in 10 minutes amounts to a gem of video material for English language learners.

"Over the next ten posts you will find the ten 1-minute videos with activities for lessons. My main aim with this work is to use video resources to develop speaking in the classroom. Furthermore I think the video resources and activities posted could be used as part of a project on the History of English or a learners’ language histories project. I hope you and your students enjoy the videos and activities. Any suggestions of your own would be very welcome."

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Bentek Energy, marketing analysts in the energy sector have come up with some damning comments on wind farms

Wind turbines increase carbon!
Written by Eamonn Butler and published on the Adam Smith Institute website 
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:56

Now here's an interesting mini-point.

We all know that wind turbines don't work when the wind isn't blowing, which can be pretty annoying if you want to cook your Christmas dinner and the country is beset by an eery calm.

So you need to maintain other methods of generating electricity to step in when the blades aren't turning. Right now, that generally means fossil-fuel generation – gas or coal.

You turn it on when the wind isn't blowing, and off when the turbines are making juice. Simple and efficient, eh?

Not quite.

Monday, 21 November 2011

My vote for Android's Killer App goes to Auto Task, read what it will do for you!

Auto Task, for me, is one of the most useful apps on my Andoid smartphone.

It is a program that changes how your phone rings at certain times of the day. When you are in meetings, on a plane, or even in a restaurant.

The application works with Google Calendar or your company's Outlook through Microsoft Exchange.

For example, if, in your calendar's To: field you add a keyword which you have programmed in Auto Task, the App will pick up your instructions for the time you put in your Calendar for the start time and the stop time period.

The best way to show this is with an example.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Earwig's essay (long) on how we may change the British political system for the better.


A New Model For Democracy
by a member of Max Farquar's blog known simply as "Earwig".

I have lifted this in total, unashamedly from Max's blog of which Earwig makes a lot of telling comments. The above link will take you to the article on Max's blog. However, it is exceedingly long and you need to be in a quiet place, and in a quiet frame of mind to read it and take it all in. I am not saying I agree with everything in Earwig's solution but have to admit, I found it very interesting reading and whatever one's views are, I think we already instinctively know that "something has to be done".

Ampers.

It’s been over 4 months now since I published an article by Earwig, a regular commenter on my Max Farquar blog. It caused quite a stir at the time and with good reason. So, if you’re not one of the many thousands that have already read his piece, entitled ‘God Cursed Me With X-Ray Vision‘, you can find it by visiting the above link. I know quite a few regular readers of this blog, and other sites beyond, have been eagerly anticipating Earwig’s second article. Well the wait is over. So you may want to switch off the phone and settle down with a drink or two before you read Earwig’s latest essay … A New Model For Democracy :

Max Farquar.



Over the last ten years, my general despair and disbelief at the way the world is being run has increasingly given way to outright and exponentially rising alarm. I don’t wish to appear a sensationalist, but it’s no exaggeration to say that if something pretty drastic isn’t done pretty soon to change the way we’re governed, then we’re all going to die. You can take that literally or metaphorically, but it makes very little difference in practice, for if we remain alive as slaves – the direction in which we’ve been headed – we might as well be dead, anyway. This might sound like the beginning of just yet another cheerless, dispiriting rant, of which there are no shortage on the Internet but rants alone achieve very little other than raising the blood pressure of the reader. This article, it is hoped, moves beyond mere rant and goes on to provide a foundation for offering a real and lasting solution to the many grave problems we face courtesy of the established system which has consistently failed to address these severe difficulties for many decades now.

Are you one of the 64,238,159 people who have watched this incredible YouTube video?

What a battle in the South African Kruger Park. Most of you will have probably seen this video as at November 20th 2011, just over sixty-four million hits have been recorded on this website.

This is an eight minute video of a pride of lions picking out a baby Cape Buffalo from the herd for their lunch. Without wishing to spoil this fantastic story, should you be one of the very few who haven't actually seen this, I'll say no more and just show the film. Enjoy!

Friday, 18 November 2011

At last, a charity where ALL the donation goes to the sharp end. No premises, no salaries, no expenses!



A few years ago, my wife and I found out, through a friend, of a charity in Johannesburg where all the workers work from home, are voluntary and not only work for no remuneration, but pay most of their expenses out of their own pockets. 
 
The fact that all my donations were going to the “sharp end” and were not wasted in expensive offices, general expenses and high salaries appealed to me greatly.

Each year we send them £50 on my wife's birthday and £50 on my birthday, and have cut down our celebratory meal drastically from around £125 to £75 to pay for it. We both feel a lot better this way. 

The following copy has been lifted from various pages of their website and cut and pasted together to give you a short explanation of what they are all about. Their website is at www.bhcc.org.za. Should you wish to donate, you can do so on the “Greater Good” website by using the button below.
Button to donate

General
Patients at State hospitals and clinics in South Africa are typically destitute, malnourished, as well as being very sick or injured. Many are jobless, many are homeless, many have no loved-ones to provide the basic needs for them for a hospital stay or for a visit to the clinic.
BHCC (Baragwanath Hospital Comforts’ Committee) is a charity started in the early 1950s by doctors’ wives from the then Baragwanath Hospital, aimed at providing basic necessities to destitute patients. It has since grown to cover all State Hospitals and the majority of State Clinics in the Greater Johannesburg Region. We are a registered NPO and PBO with Section 18A tax exemption status.
Consisting of a group of volunteers, we strive to allocate donors’ funding to reach the maximum of patients with the most desperately needed help. We now have four main missions.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Humour: An amazing tramp who actually does take the piss!

At a wine merchant the regular taster died and the director started looking for a new one to hire. A drunkard with a ragged, dirty look came to apply for the position.



The director of the factory wondered how to send him away. They gave him a glass to drink. He tried it and said, "It's a Muscat , three Years old, grown on a north slope, matured in steel containers". Low grade but acceptable.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Nigel Farage on the removal of publicly elected leaders

How they must fear the wisdom of Nigel Farage when he gets up to make a speech. My Gawd, but doesn't he rub their noses deep into the mire of their own making.

That's enough from me, let's enjoy the two minutes and thirty-nine seconds of the following video!

Monday, 14 November 2011

How good is University food? Would you believe as good as a top London restaurant?

Last weekend my wife and I travelled up to Cambridge to see an old friend from the sixties with whom we still keep in touch. The journey to and from Cambridge was a nightmare, absolutely packed out with very noisy youngsters and when we walked around the city there were literally thousands of them wherever we went. Not just students, but people coming up to see friends, or just to see Cambridge. To go anywhere for a coffee, or to eat lunch was a nightmare, long queues and no available seats.

However, there was one oasis of quiet as on Saturday evening we went to the Riverside Restaurant at the University Centre, described as the University’s (all of them) Meeting Place. You need to be a student, don, staff, retired staff or alumni to access most of the facilities, but the Riverside Restaurant on the first floor is open to all.

Nigel Farage on a BBC panel with all pro-EU panellists

Everyone here, apart from Nigel, seemed to be living in cloud cuckoo land!

The problem, and this is a dangerous problem, is that these people at the head of the EU "have a dream" and because of this they will soldier on until they destroy everything they have. Having a dream tends to take people away from reality!

We need to get out now. The longer we leave it, the worse it will be for the people of Britain. Of course we will suffer if we pull out now, not nothing like how it will affect us if we are still in it when it all goes belly up.

The soldiers poem - and a reminder of how some of the public treat soldiers

 A soldiers poem with the usual "send this on" message which I have stripped out. There were also a few photographs at the end, two  of which I append above and below the poem.

It arrived on Remembrance day but, alas, I was away from home over the long weekend or I would have put it up on Friday.



THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Details of the new Asus Android Pad, running (and details of) Tegra 3 and new Samsung S3.


Asus to Launch First Quad Core Tablet – 

the Eee-Pad Transformer Prime


Published by  on Nov 10th, 2011

Interested in a Android tablet? You might want to hold out a little. December cannot get here soon enough – the tablet world is about to be shaken up with some real processing power. You know that powerful quad core processor you might have in your PC? Well expect it in your tablet soon enough.
While sporting a quad core processor, the Asus Transformer Prime will a have thinner and lighter chassis than the iPad 2, while also using aluminium for the casing. See Samsung? It can be done.

Very short video explains why I prefer Google+

My advice to the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (London UK)

We have, for too long, favoured the criminal over the victim.

So if anyone has the email address of the new commissioner, would they please send them a link to this blog.

Without further ado, I present a short 52 second video to show how the Spanish police handle terrorism.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Don't be too proud, there are many ways of stretching the pound in your pocket!

When I were a wee lad my father had a habit of looking at little sayings and where he felt they didn't have enough punch, he'd change them into something a little more meaningful to a young impressionable lad. One such saying was "Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves". "Rubbish" he thought! What would that mean to a wee lad, so he gave me the following advice which, in my 72 years (64 actually as I was eight when he told me) I have never forgotten. This was "Take care of the pennies and you can have fun squandering the pounds".

So I have always been looking for ways to save the pennies and always have fun spending the pounds. Especially when I was out of work - and in those days I never sought benefits from tax-payers.

Mirna van Wyk, from Stellenbosch on how you can make a difference.

Mirna comes from Stellenbosch in South Africa where I was brought up as a child. This particular article of hers got through to me as, at 72, I can not remember a time in my life when I have been other than cheerful and optimistic, even when I was hospitalised in 1970 for three months having my helmet and head bashed in when involved in a motor cycle accident. Also my Army discharge book stated that: "This soldier smiles and whistles under all difficulties."

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Sky news has just boiled my piss!!!

First of all, my apologies for the coarse language but I have just been watching, on Sky news, an interview with some of the students on the 2011 Jarrow march to London.

First of all, they were complaining about a government who has stopped the tax-payer funding education and they say working class people can no longer afford to go to University.

Apart from this being a load of bollocks, in that students with penniless parents can go to university and won't have to pay a penny until (a) they have left university, (b) they are [probably] in full time employment and (c) they are earning in excess of £21,000 a year, they want to oust this government and presumably put back in the government who (a) started the idea of charging students, (b) destroyed our economy and (c) by bailing out the bankers, gave them the courage to pay themselves large bonuses rather than helping businesses, knowing they will be bailed out if things go belly up again.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November

Come back, Guy Fawkes, all is forgiven...

... providing you do better next time!

... enjoy the short video - well under two minutes.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The EU - where did it all go wrong?


Where did it all go wrong?

 First of all, N.A.T.O. Was formed in 1949 for two purposes, one was to protect Europe from Russia and the other was to protect the European countries from each other as an attack on any one country in the organisation would be seen as an attack on all the countries in the organisation.
Tripod.com states: "The "North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a military alliance consisting of the United States, Canada, and 14 other Western countries [since this publication, 5 other countries have joined NATO, making 19 member states in all: see links below.] The 14 countries are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. … NATO was established not only to discourage Communist aggression but also to keep the peace among former enemies in Western Europe. In World War II, for example, Italy and Germany had fought most of the other countries that later became NATO members. In forming NATO, each member country agreed to treat an attack on any other member as an attack on itself."
So the argument by the EU Commissioners that, through the formation of the European Union, there have been no more wars in Europe can be dispensed with.

So why has everything gone belly up? 

Is it megalomania? Is it wanting to keep all the peasants in order? Is it wanting to be a bigger fish in a bigger bowl? Is it wanting to siphon off more ill-gotten gains? Or is it a combination of all four?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Andrew's Humour - The monastery of silence

Thanks to Tony C of Finchley for this little gem... I hope it gives you a good laugh.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Douglas Carswell on the crumbling Euro

This was on RT (Russia Today). Like Al Jazeera, Russia Today doesn't actually lie. What both news programs do however, is to bring news that the Government would prefer their citizens not to hear. They know that once they start to lie, people will immediately treat them as they do the BBC and they would lose credibility.

Here is Douglan Carswell in a twelve minute interview last July (2011) explaining what his views would be for a Britain out of the EU.

Why Greece is more democratic than the UK!

Papandreou said, when he announced the referendum in January:
“Citizens are the source of our strength and citizens will be called on to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the agreement. It is not for others to decide but the Greek people to decide … we have faith in the people. We believe in democratic participation. We are not afraid of it. The people will be asked whether they want to adopt or reject the deal. This vote of confidence will be a foundation stone on which we will build a new structure, a new Greece.”
Hat tip to Guido 

Further information from Citi A.M.

The Air Has Been Let Out Of The European Balloon


Link to Michael's (author) website page below.

Do you hear that sound?  It is the sound of Europe being hit with a cold dose of financial reality.  The air has been let out of the balloon, and investors all over the world are realizing that absolutely nothing has been solved in Europe.  The solutions being proposed by the politicians in Europe are just going to make things worse.  You don't solve a sovereign debt crisis by shredding confidence in sovereign debt.

But that is exactly what the "voluntary 50% haircut" has done.  You don't solve a sovereign debt crisis by pumping up your "bailout fund" with borrowed money from China, Russia and Brazil.  More debt is just going to make things even worse down the road.  You don't solve a sovereign debt crisis by causing a massive credit crunch.  By giving European banks only until June 2012 to dramatically improve their credit ratios, it is going to force many of them to seriously cut back on lending.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Google and Samsung sharing an Icecream Sandwich.

Watch the video below, but bookmark it for when you have 57 minutes to spare. It is all about "Ice-cream Sandwich" Googles new Android version 4 - now combining phone and tablet.

The video is the press announcement in Hong Kong for the new Google Samsung Nexus, which is due out in November (2011). However I have decided to wait for the new Samsung Galaxy S III (Mid-2012) as it will be more advanced - for example, the camera is 10MegaPixels instead of five.

But even so, this is truly an amazing camera - iPhone users, eat your heart out.

One of the nice things are transferability. If you have a photo or email, or in fact most things on your screen, and you touch your Android4 phone with someone else's Android4 phone and click the screen, it will transfer to the other phone. If an app, it will open up the marketplace on the other phone with the app page visible.

Ampers.

Now watch the video but remember, it's 57 minutes.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone market

I recently blogged that Samsung sales of phones in 2010 left Apple standing. This, of course referred to all phones, not just smartphones.

But now we learn that Samsung sell more smartphones now than Apple.

My contract comes to an end next April and I, for one, will move over to a Samsung Galaxy 3 phone which is due to be on the Shelves next February.

Read the article in City A.M. below.

Some poetry for the masses - we're going highbrow!

Meanwhile, with regard to our own Parliament, I was put in mind of Shelley’s words in his poem,

Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair (Words below)

"Secure Boot ON" may stop computers loading linux

Microsoft is trying to make it almost impossibleto load Ubuntu on your PC in the future, and to only load Microsoft approved software.

Fortunately, Canonical and Red Hat are working with the BIOS manufacturers to allow users to add their own "approved software" list so you can add Ubuntu.

I append an article on the Canonical blog but am still unsure if you will be able to turn "Secure boot OFF" so you can load Ubuntu if some BIOS manufacturers dont allow the user to add their own "approved software" list.

As I am not sure whether I have my facts 100% correct, I show below the full contents of the Canonical article complete with links to various other sites..

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A solution to decrease the unemployed - especially the youth.

Although I agree with the idea of making it easier to fire people, I know a lot of socialists will hate the idea, so here is a suggestion:

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

We can copy the EU, another EU referendum petition

Why not? The EU would understand the method of keeping sending a petition for a vote until we win. Fill in your details below:

Another of Cathy's newsletters from Zimbabwe which might make you ashamed.

Cathy's newsletter from Zimbabwe

Cathy Buckle is writing from Zimbabwe, her letter is below. The bold paragraph in italics has been added by me especially for Brits to take note. It makes me ashamed, does it you?

Dear Family and Friends,
 
Its been one of those weeks where we’ve been shaking our heads in disbelief all the time. A week of ship captains, torturers, deported pensioners and watching TV in the dark.

First came the interview with Zanu PF’s Patrick Chinamasa by the Independent newspaper. Asked if the 87 year old Mr Mugabe would be the party’s presidential candidate in the next election, Chinamasa said:

“We will put our best foot forward and President Mugabe is our best foot. We can’t change the captain in the midst of a storm.”

Ampers' Humour: Pondering the value of exercise.



As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's ass. It's the tortoise life for me! 

How did your MP vote in last nights EU Referendum debate?

How the MPs voted in the EU Referendum debate yesterday (24 Oct 2011)
Here is a full list of how your MPs voted, the Ayes are first and the Nays follow on, suitably marked.
Make a note and if you are upset in any way, decide how to vote at the next election. 
Remember two very pertinent sayings:
1.: If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. This can be translated to: If you vote how you have always voted, you will get the policies that you have always got.
2. In a democracy, the people always get the government they deserve.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Mark Shuttleworth, leader of Ubuntu Linux, gives his views on 12.04 LTS

Mark Shuttleworth created a computer garage in Welkom, in the Orange Free State - South Africa after University and sold it to Verisign when he reached 24 for US$ 580,000,000. He was the first man from Africa in space when he purchased a ticket from the Russians and spent eight days researching AIDS on their space station.

As we say in South Africa, Mark is a "smart cookie" but then we can see that by the advancement of Ubuntu. I have highlighted one bit below (yellow type on a purple background to make it stand out - here you will see that Ubuntu has a customer with over half a million desktops.
The title below is a link to his article so you can check that I haven't changed anything, but then, would I?
   
Ampers.
   

Ampers' Humour - Microsoft's Bulmer mocks the Android phone

This link says it all - I nearly burst a gut laughing at it.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Liam Fox, useless politicians and the Libertarian Alliance.

This post is excellent and is from Dr Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance. Although I have added a link, I have reproduced it in full. However you may well want to go and bookmark his website, or add to your RSS feed. Story here.
Free Life Commentary,
A Personal View from
The Director of the Libertarian Alliance
Issue Number 213
 

17th October 2011 

Liam Fox:
Another Zombie Falls off the Roof
by Sean Gabb

It is, I think, a year since I last wrote anything about British politics. This is not because I have been idle. During the past twelve months, I have written or published eight books. Three of these have been substantial novels, and two of the novels are overtly libertarian. This alone might absolve me from my duty, as Director of the Libertarian Alliance, to give a running commentary on the issues of the day. But the real cause is that I am, for the moment, tired of watching how this country is governed. I feel less inclined to denounce than simply to look away.

Friday, 14 October 2011

South African humour, so simple and oh! so true!

I have discovered a new website called Faceless in South Africa and whoever designs the cartoons is a very funny person. Here is a sample:

Thursday, 13 October 2011

2010: Who sold the most mobile phones? I think this may come as a surprise!

According to MobileBurn, the follow figues explain all.

Nokia shipped 453 million phones in all of 2010 and had a 32.6 percent market share for the year. Samsung shipped 280 million units in 2010 and maintained a 20.2 percent share for the year, and was trailed by LG (116.7 million units, 8.4 percent market share), ZTE (51.8 million units, 3.7 percent market share), and Apple (47.4 million units shipped, 3.4 percent market share).

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Teaching the young what politics are really about.

From Max Farquar

A good political semi rock number hoping to encourage the younger amongst us wake up to the political machinations going on in our name.

Monday, 10 October 2011

I am please Edwina was first out in Strictly Come Dancing

It's really not my type of programwe but my wife watches it and I have to admit, I am amazed at the quality of the band's singers. They are really top class and I am always amazed at how well they imitate the original singers at times.

However, We are talking about Currie.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Mail publishes a 'Knox Guilty verdict' with made up quotes

Max Farquar has a lovely scoop on the Daily Mail.

Here it is, but if you follow the link to the Mail Online you will see the lionk has been removed. But don't worry, Max has the full story on his website and I have added a link to his site after the following:

Daily Mail Knox Fail In Full

Here’s a full screengrab of that Daily Mail ‘Amanda Knox Guilty story’. Oops! Looks like they were a tad hasty in publishing that to their online website then.
Bwahahahahaha!
And note the picture caption (circled in the screengrab below) …. ‘media scum‘? Don’t they mean media scrum? Oh, maybe not … because look at these quotes from the article, that they claim the prosecution team made as soon as the ‘guilty’ verdict was announced:
Prosecutors were delighted with the verdict and said “Justice has been done” although they said on a “human factor it was sad two young people would be spending years in jail

Sunday, 2 October 2011

A different version of the Conservative Party conference advertisement!


This was redrawn in Photoshop by Max Farquar and has had me in stitches, see for yourself :-)

This ex-soldier would follow this man to hell and back!

There is a soldier in England who, if we were in the army at the same time, I would willingly follow to hell and back. This was an exceptional speech and George Bush had it framed at hung in the Oval Office.

Here is his address to his troops on the eve of battle

Saturday, 1 October 2011

There are occasions when I lie like a trouper, and you should too.

For years, I gave been giving out the details of a false persona that I have drawn up. False date of birth, false background, and a lot of other false information.

There are companies all over Britain, and probably the security services who access commercial data, who have a totally false picture of me.


When do I lie like a trouper?

12 Shocking Quotes From Insiders About The Horrific Economic Crisis That Is Almost Here

"We are getting so close to a financial collapse in Europe that you can almost hear the debt bubbles popping.  All across the western world, governments and major banks are rapidly becoming insolvent.  So far, the powers that be are keeping all of the balls in the air by throwing around lots of bailout money.  But now the political will for more bailouts is drying up and the number of troubled entities seems to grow by the day."

Friday, 30 September 2011

UK public administration's use of open source growing in importance

This may be a little difficult for our readers to understand as the real problem of OpenSource software (Free Software)  is that Politicians can't get any perks (nice dinners in top restaurants, nice visits to factories in exotic countries), if they choose softare readily available for free on the Internet.
For example I have a full "Office" style program that readers would pay well over £300 for which is available for free downloading from the Internet (LibraOffice). And I can open, and save in a Microsoft format!

Brussels threatens to sue Britain to let in 'benefit tourists'

From This morning's Daily Telegraph.

Ministers fear the move could leave taxpayers handing out as much as £2.5  billion to EU nationals, including out-of-work “benefit tourists”, a new cost that could wreck Coalition plans for welfare reform.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Cathy's latest letter from Zimbabwe


Dear Family and Friends,

The good, the bad and the ugly is a very apt description of life in Zimbabwe this week. The good has come in the form of the fast approaching rainy season. Temperatures have soared over the last few days and the first rain clouds have started to gather on the horizon.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Are the Muslims a happy people? An interesting email arrived in my email box.

People who know me know I am not racist or bigoted. Also, although I don't personally believe in any religion, I am tolerant of others who need to believe in their religion and am happy to attend church for weddings and funerals, although it is mainly the latter now that I have reached my seventies!

Here is the answer - what is the question?


Ampers

Cameron and Osborne have driven the richest American Internet companies to Ireland, WHY?

I saw the following on Guido's website at order-order.com and nearly wept in despair!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Humour: "The Balloonist" - sometimes the old ones are the best - by far!

A woman in a hot air balloon realised she was lost.

She reduced altitude and spotted a man below. She descended a bit more and shouted: 'Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don't know where I am..'

The man below replied, 'You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.'

'You must be an Engineer,' said the balloonist.

'I am,' replied the man, 'how did you know?'

'Well,' answered the balloonist, 'everything you have told me is probably technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip by your talk.'