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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.