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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Article 2 of the Human Rights act allows for legal execution

The article mentions:

“Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law.”
 The emboldening is mine.

This should be repeated to politicians whenever they bleat that we wouldn't be allowed to re-introduce the death penalty.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011

A harrowing take of finances in Middle America from a woman of enormous sense!

I wrote the following to a lady friend in the USA:

Hi S.

Take a look at http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/broke-10-facts-about-the-financial-condition-of-american-families-that-will-blow-your-mind

I don't want to put it in my blog if he's not totally honest in his assumptions.

Incidentally my blog has moved again, this time permanently as I have given it a personal name: www.ampers.me.uk

Look after yourself,

Andrew

I received the following reply:

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Growing old with modern technology - A South African's experience.

From my friend in South Africa. Enjoy...

When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I used to run with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter.

I signed up, under duress, for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

Myna, from Stellenbosch talks about the power within us all. (Part2)

Mirna van Wyk is an educational psychologist from Stellenbosch. She taught at several schools, amongst others Stellenbosch High School, Bloemhof Girls’ High and Jan Kriel School for learners with barriers to learning. She is a mother, loves art, the ocean and children.


Choose how to react - part 2

I have been sharing with you the dramatic change that a client of mine achieved within one year from a smoking, overweight, over-emotional loner who had too much debt - to a fit, smoke-free, debt-free young woman who is in a stable relationship.

Is the Norwegian killer mad? Or is he completely sane?

First of all, I am not a qualified psychologist so it will be difficult for me to comment on this reliably.

However, there are signs which suggest to me that he could be sane. Let me explain.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Belarc Advisor - A "must have" utility for Windows users


This is a small utility you can download from the Internet. The Company is big on security and this is the free introduction to what they have to offer.
It is a superb little utility and will show you what hardware you have, the manufacturer, the model and the drivers. For example, here is a snapshot of my then computer...

Monday, 25 July 2011

German company moves 10,000 desktops, notebooks and servers to Ubuntu

LVM Insurance

This company, with three million customers, 4,200 employees, 2,200 agents and 10,000 desktops and has a turnover of 2.5 billion Euros have now switched to Ubuntu Linux for all its desktops, notebooks and servers.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A good guide for the young if they want to succeed in life

There's a bit of an emotive article in the Saturday Mail today. I won't repeat it all here, there's a link at the end if you want to read a story of a father slowly dying and preparing for death. I didn't, and haven't copied it here.

However, these are so similar to the rules I have tried to follow, never always succeeding, during my life,  that I really wanted to share them with you. I remember my mother saying "The definition of a gentleman is someone who never knowingly hurts anyone's feelings!" Afterwards, my father took me aside and said "The real definition of a gentleman is one who takes his weight on his elbows" but that's another story! I've always remembered both definitions!

But I digress, this man's legacy for his children is well worth the read. This is something to cherish and I have a belief that the father was a throwback from the times when we treated people with respect, gave back to society rather than take, take, take. A few of my readers might even be old enough to remember those days.

Anyway, here's the list of rules he left for his children.

Friday, 22 July 2011

An incredible photographer in Hawai whose pictures sell for upwards of $4,000 a time.

Waive Bay shore-break surfing pioneer, husband, and father of two, Clark Little has gained nationwide recognition for his photography on National Television.

It all started in 2007 when Clark 's wife wanted a nice piece of art to decorate a wall.

Voluntarily, Clark grabbed a camera, jumped in the water, and starting snapping away capturing the beauty and power of monstrous Hawaiian waves from the inside out.



" Clark 's view" is a unique view of the ocean that most will only be able to experience safely on land while studying one of Clark 's photos.

Now with a camera upgrade and an itch to get that better shot, Clark has taken this on full time and has moved his office from land, to the inside of a barrel.

Many more photographs below...

Why do people pay up to £300 for something they can get for nothing?

From City A.M. this morning:
MICROSOFT posted a 30 per cent rise in its fourth-quarter profit yesterday, smashing market forecasts, as sales of its Office software and Xbox games consoles continued to soar.

Revenues hit a record high of $17.4bn (£10.8bn), up eight per cent from the same quarter in 2010, while net profit was $5.9bn, up from $4.52bn in 2010. 
 The emphasis is mine and concerns something that I find very difficult to understand.

Some 2,000 year old advice for Cameron by someone who knew!

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refiled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt, the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence."
 

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

A company should be praised when they do something right!

I just purchased another digital camera from UK Digital Cameras. It is the fourth one I have purchased from them over the last few years.

They have lent over backwards to be accommodating.

I ordered yesterday morning at 9am. I was told it would be despatched that evening. I elected for standard delivery rather than pay the cost for next day delivery.

But read on, their efficiency doesn't stop here.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Too Big To Fail?: 10 Banks Own 77% of All U.S. Banking Assets - is this the case in Britain?

Back during the financial crisis of 2008, the American people were told that the largest banks in the United States were too big to fail and that was why it was necessary for the federal government to step in and bail them out.

The idea was that if several of our biggest banks collapsed at the same time the financial system would not be strong enough to keep things going and economic activity all across America would simply come to a standstill. Congress was told that if the too big to fail banks did not receive bailouts that there would be chaos in the streets and this country would plunge into another Great Depression.

Since that time, however, essentially no efforts have been made to decentralize the U.S. banking system. Instead, the too big to fail banks just keep getting larger and larger and larger.

Back in 2002, the top 10 banks controlled 55% of all U.S. banking assets. Today, the top 10 banks control 77% of all U.S. banking assets. 

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Cellphone to help curb farm crime in South Africa - spots an intruder 3 miles away!

Inventor Kenneth Miya says he has designed a special cellphone that can help fight crime in remote areas, especially farming communities.

Miya, 27, from Buffelspruit near Komatipoort, says his cellphone sends the owner a message or alarm signal within 20 seconds of detecting someone about 3miles away from their home.

The English may be surprised how we mix together in South Africa

And, we are quick to pick up new ideas from Britain. Here is a terrific example of a "flash mob" in a supermarket in Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, hasn't the guy at the beginning (in blue overalls) got a terrific voice?

Enjoy the video...

Brussels launches plan to scupper UK Coastguard

Here the Mail comes up with an excellent article illustrating how the Commissioners of the EU are marching relentlessly forward whilst their ships are sinking all around them.
Britain's coastguards would be replaced by a new pan- European fleet under 'harmonisation' plans which would see their life-saving work being taken over by an EU coastguard corps emblazoned with the Brussels logo.

Can anyone tell me whether our Government wastes private enterprise money like this?

I have read this in an American blog and it is truly stupidity gone mad!

The story concerns how the Government inspects a one man business to ensure, as the boss, the owner has a drugs inspection plan in place, and as an employee (himself) he is tested in "surprise tests" regularly. And also, he holds seminars for his employee (himself) on how to stand up for his rights whilst being subjected to these surprise tests. Remember, this is a one man business!

I kid you not, this was read out in Congress and I show the video to prove it!

Friday, 15 July 2011

I have a theory that most of the Tory Eurosceptics aren't...


I have a theory about Tory Eurosceptics which has been sitting at the back of my mind for rather a long time, now and again I imagine that it is a correct theory, then at other times I am not too sure.

What do you, dear reader, think? You can comment on this article below.

Anyway, let me explain...

Should we allow smoking in pubs?

I am an asthmatic. Not a heavey one, but my asthma is caused by smoke rather than dust and for years I couldn't go into a pub to socialise with friends.

When the new law came out I was delighted to be able to go into pubs again, although - in the summer - I can never enjoy a pint outside in the sun because I would be surrounded by smokers.

But, as a Libertarian, I am totally against government interference in our lives.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

It's Quiz Time, ten taxing questions on British Politics. How well did you do?

Try the "Ampers' Quiz", answers on a postcard to Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Milliband, c/o The Houses of Parliament.

There are only ten questions and they really aren't all that difficult, although many may find the answers unpalatable.

If you have savings, they're seriously at risk.

There were two schools of thought on the Gold Standard and the school which won the battle ended with Britain coming off the Gold Standard in 1931 and thus Fiat money was born.

Investopedia gives a concise meaning of Fiat money as follows:
Currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, despite the fact that it has no intrinsic value and is not backed by reserves.
Historically, most currencies were based on physical commodities such as gold or silver, but fiat money is based solely on faith. 

15 Examples showing how much Americans have become so desperate"

The following are 15 examples that show many Americans have become so desperate that they will do just about anything for money with a link at the end for an analysis of what this is meaning in the USA.

Number 1 In Utah, one unemployed 28 year old man is offering to be "human prey" for hunters for the bargain price of $10,000.  For an additional $2,000, he will let people hunt him down while he is running around naked.

Number 2 The Huffington Post is reporting that there has been an epidemic of air conditioning thefts all over the United States....
Across the country, in states like Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Florida, there have been reports of thieves stealing unsecured air conditioning units weighing as much as 125 pounds.
Number 3 In Corpus Christi, Texas thieves have actually been breaking into funeral homes in order to steal the embalming fluid.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ampers Humour: Every now and again a gem arrives in my mailbox!


Click on the scent bottle, relax and enjoy!

And there is a lovely twist when the doors close for the last time!

Ampers

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Ampers Humour; Don't trifle with Mexican women...


On payday, the Mexican maid asked for a pay increase.
The wife was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the raise.

She asked: "Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase
?"
Maria: "Well, Señora, there are tree reasons why I wanna increaze."  

Monday, 11 July 2011

Rescue fund not big enough for Italy: German paper



BERLIN | Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:24pm EDT 

(Reuters) - The existing European rescue fund now in place is not large enough to protect Italy as it was never designed to do that, an unnamed European Central Bank source was quoted telling Die Welt newspaper on Sunday.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Do you use the full potential of your software upgrades?


I remember a conversation I had with my wife a couple of years ago, she was working from home for a group of Management Consultants. I asked her whether, within Firefox, she bookmarked the sites she knew she had to return to. "No", she said, wondering what I was on about. “I just google them again.”

This led me to wondering why we never use the full potential of our software.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Fast food, old age and the number of pensioners

We continue to hear the government bleat that as the years go by, more and more pensioners will live many more years or even a decade longer than they do now.

What utter rubbish.

Why won't the workers unite?

Our local bus hire company is supplying private buses to run people from our local tube station up to an event by Hampstead Heath.

Three times we have walked past the bus and driver and asked for excursion leaflets. They also run excursions.

Each time the driver has said, we don't have these you'll have to write in.

Here are some delicious South African Recipes - mainly "Game".


Here are some South African Recipes I picked up from a South African site. As that is my country I thought I'd share some of our gastronomical delights with my readers.
There were many reasons why South Africans came to England in the past. The principle one was it is an ideal 'stopping off' place for Europe. Then a lot came over because of politics. 

Friday, 8 July 2011

Watched Ed Milliband on TV calling for heads to roll and Rebekah Brooks to resign.

Now, please don't get me wrong.

I will take a great delight in her resigning and a few more editors being arrested.

And each time a politician gets sent to Gaol I have another brandy in celebration.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

How to build a personalised website for £3 a year


This is very, very easy, and you don't need to learn complex HTML code to do so.

I tested this by building a website for our neighbourly residents association. The Secretary was here for only five minutes before we had the website built, and a further ten minutes before we had purchased their individual name and pointed it to the new website. 

No Knowledge of HTML code was needed at any stage.

The Long Term Unemployed - the final solution

How much do the long term unemployed (LTU) cost the Exchequer? I am referring to people who have been unemployed over two years.

A simple solution would be to allow companies special exceptions if they employ these people.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The EU and the EUro - the worm has turned

Listen to an incredible upbeat speech in the EU Parliament by one of the most feisty of all the British Politicians.
OK, I admit that Daniel Hannan might be a great speaker but he doesn't have the fire that my subject has. Hannan has a lot of intelligent things to say. But that doesn't make him an intelligent person - after all one must ask "who writes his speeches?"
He lacks the wisdom to realise that most of the Eurosceptic MPs aren't Eurosceptic and just want to ensure they are voted in time and time again by a Conservative public who desperately want to believe that they are Eurosceptic.

The real reason why I think the country is going to the dogs.

The following top twenty "not so good categories" that the USA leads the world in - see the whole sorry article here. But I just want to talk about #4 - highlighted in yellow below.

#1 The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire globe.
#2 According to NationMaster.com, the United States has the highest percentage of obese people in the world.
#3 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.

Monday, 4 July 2011

An obnoxious American on the 4th July.

Now please don't get me wrong. I have lived in the USA for three years back in the hey-day of Rock 'n' Roll in the fifties, and America and Americans were wonderful.

The politicians aren't so hot, but then neither are ours!

There are always the odd bad apple with any nationality and I want to tell you about one I bumped into a few decades ago in a pub between Oxford Street and Grosvenor Square.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

When everything is troublesome, and you feel the country is going to the dogs, sit back, relax, and listen...

A little bit of culture not only doesn't go amiss, but after reading the newspapers today I really needed something to cheer myself up.

The writer of this beautiful piece was a guy called Joe Green.