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I have been over zealous with political comment lately so have now accepted the offer to assemble and write for two blogs on the WatchingUK website. The "Good News" blog is for items where we have benefited from the Brexit referendum vote and the "Bad News" blog is where others have tried to damage our chances of leaving the EU.

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Monday, 27 February 2012

HTC's new smartphone using the Tegra 3 chip, in fact there's three of them.

HTC have become the first to announce their new superfast phones using the Tegra 3 five core chip, clocking at 1,5megs

Below is a video of it, and the full specification.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Although I keep chopping and Changing, this proves the blog is a success.

I started out with my blog with Google Blogger and for some silly reason I moved over to Wordpress and lost most of my readers in, then, 96 different countries.

I then became disillusioned with Wordpress and moved back to Blogger, only this time I was determined not to lose my readers for a third time so I registered ampers.me.uk for my blogging. This way I can chop and change as much as I like but my address will always remain the same. This is worth £2,95 a year, believe me!

I now have readers, since last July, in 105 different countries, here they are as I obtained the list from Google Analytics:

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 
Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guernsey, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

The Haircut - this illustrates the problem with our country. And yours!

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a policeman comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The policeman was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen doughnuts waiting for him at his door.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Do you eat out a lot and want excellent service?

When you go to a new restaurant, take a very small notebook, and place it just on the right hand side of your plate, with a pen on top, and keep on making notes.

The waiter will notice it, and mention it to the manager.

If they ask you why you are making notes, say very distinctly, you are making notes for yourself, it is nothing to do with the newspaper. (make sure you say "the" newspaper and not "a" newspaper).

You should get excellent service and may even get a brandy afterwards, "on the house".

It works for me...

Hello Sailor, Has the EU influenced your working life? Of course it has!

The Royal Navy is proud of its new fleet of Type 45 destroyers. Having initially named the first two ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, the Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from Brussels , renamed them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence. The next five ships are to be named HMS Empathy, HMS Circumspect, HMS Nervous, HMS Timorous and HMS Apologist.

Costing £850 million each, they meet the needs of the 21st century and comply with the very latest employment, equality, health & safety and human rights laws.

The new user-friendly crow's nest comes equipped with wheelchair access. Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims. Stress counsellors and lawyers will be on duty 24hrs a day and each ship will have its on-board industrial tribunal.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Your next Ubuntu desktop could be a phone - things are moving in the smartphone arena

Why carry two devices, when you could carry only one? 

Your next high-end smartphone has far more horsepower than you’ll need on a phone, and more than enough for a laptop. So we’ve brought Android together with Ubuntu, the world’s favourite free operating system, to give you a full productivity desktop that fits in your pocket. Android for the phone experience, Ubuntu for the desktop, all on one device, running at the same time.

When Nigel met Angela - "... what do I want waiter? By God, I want some of what he had!"

Nigel Farage in fine form talking about his meeting with Amgela Merkel. A terrific hard hitting and humorous speech to a British audience.


Ampers

Osborne’s lucky escape on the deficit. Ed Balls, eat your heart out!

As much as I detest all three main parties, the following pleased me, if only to see Ed Balls reaction!



FOR once, and I can barely believe that I’m writing this, George Osborne has reason to be happy. The budget deficit for this fiscal year to date (April 2011-January 2012) was a still horrendous, Greek-style £93.5bn, but this was down £15.6bn from a year earlier, a very non-Greek development. This is a much better performance than expected by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR): it was hoping for a decline of just £9bn for the whole year (from £135.8bn in 2010-11). Unless the situation worsens drastically over the next two months, it looks as if Osborne’s deficit reduction plans have moved slightly ahead of target. 

Monday, 20 February 2012

Ampers Humour: A very topical funny story, enjoy!

This has been published here some time ago, but it is even more topical now!

 
Hans, a middle-aged German tourist on his first visit to Orlando , Florida , finds the red light district and enters a large brothel. The madam asks him to be seated and sends over a young lady to entertain him.

They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she gasps and runs away! Seeing this, the madam sends over a more experienced lady to entertain the gentleman.

They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear, and she too screams, "No!" and walks quickly away.

Gerard Batten MEP gives £31,000 a year back to tax payers.


Gerard Batten is paid the same salary as a UK Westminster MP at £64,766 per annum. A compulsory contribution of 11% is taken for the UK Parliamentary Pension Scheme.

As a re-elected MEP in June 2009 he had the option of taking the increased salary of €91,983.72 per annum (about £83,622) to stay on the old salary scale. The new salary was compulsory for new MEPs but optional for returning MEPs. The decision of returning MEPs to choose either option is irrevocable under the rules.

Gerard Batten opted to remain on the old lower salary saying, “in a time of economic crisis when many of my constituents are in fear of losing their jobs, and when politicians’ reputations have never been lower, I did not feel it would be justified to take an increase in salary of almost £19,000 per annum."

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Argentina are slowly laying claim to the biggest natural resource in the world, illegally.

 This is a most frightening article and, as I know the author, I believe every word he writes. I can't recommend enough that you read his full article.

Ampers


J P Floru: The Falklands are small fry compared to Antarctica

DSC_0877The Falklands are small fry compared to Antarctica. Antarctica hides vast mineral deposits under its icy carpet and its continental shelf. Emotional and human interest keeps the Falklands in the news, while far more important Antarctica is quietly forgotten in the UK. This is strange, as we have the oldest claim on its territory. At present, Antarctica belongs to nobody, even though seven countries claim parts of it. The claims of Britain, Chile and Argentina overlap and include the most hospitable part of it: the Antarctic Peninsula

Both Argentina and Chile have been increasing their military and civilian presence in the Antarctic Peninsula for many years; while Britain has been decreasing its presence and has been cutting back on the Royal Navy. And yet, militarising Antarctica is expressly forbidden by Article 1 of the Antarctic Treaty 1959, of which Argentina is a co-signatory. President Cristina de Kirchner, who is currently accusing the UK of militarising the Falklands, stated in July 2008 that she was keen on militarising Antarctica. Two months ago the Argentinian Air Force bought Russian helicopters for use in Antarctica.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

A couple of sayings I have always remembered over my 72 years!

The first is anonymous but well worth acting by:


Excellence can be obtained if you:
  • Care more than others think is wise
  • Risk more than others think is safe
  • Dream more than others think is practical
  • Expect more than others think is possible


My second was by Calvin Coolidge 30th president of US (1872 - 1933)

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Ampers

Friday, 17 February 2012

Poor Nigel is looking a little battered as he continues to hit his head against a brick wall...

... The EU brick wall.

I am conscious that I might be overdoing it with videos and politics. When I started this blog many years ago it was for all sorts of eclectic subjects, from humour, through strategies for success, to interesting snippets gleamed from here and there.

Now it is politics, but we are in troubled times, and it is so important for people to realise this fact.

The Royla Mint must know something that we are not aware of yet. They have released a £5 coin. The interesting fact here is they have an engraving of the Titanic on one side. Are they trying to warn us about something?

But to Nigel Farage's speech in the EU video...

Hannan in America, reminding Americans of their great traditions.

I have to admit, I always have my suspicions that every single British politician will always put their party before the good of their country when the chips are down. Hannan might well be the same when the time comes to make a stand against David Cameron.

However, this 27 minute video can be counted as one of the greatest speeches I have heard for many a year.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Asus Transformer Prime upgrade in Q2 - the TF700T


The following is an extract from PCMag in the US and confirms my previous note about an upgrade coming.

Ampers.

The Transformer Prime TF700T will bring a few key upgrades to Asus’s flagship line of tablets.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Ron Paul is playing the Republicans at their own game and is winning the race. Unbelievable.

Watch this twelve minute video and learn how he is doing this.

The Republicans have set up their rules so they can override the publics wishes if needs be, Ron Paul has discovered how it is being done, and is making full use of the loopholes in the system.

For example, in the recent Causus, or was it Primary, where Ron came second, thirteen delegates were on offer, and by using the method described in the Video, Ron Paul got all thirteen delegates backing his claim for the leadership.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Politics explained in one easy lesson

... or rather, this saying by John Cleese which I found on Twitter probably explains why (a) politicians are so useless, and (b) why they really think they are doing a great job.

Ampers.

"To know how good you are at something requires the same skills as it does to be good at that thing.

Which means if you're absolutely hopeless at something you lack exactly the skills you need to know you're absolutely hopeless at it.

And this is a profound discovery, that most people who have absolutely no idea what they're doing have absolutely no idea that they have absolutely no idea what they're doing."

Sunday, 12 February 2012

A Brief Argument for English Independence

An interesting article by Doctor Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance.m here is a link to it in case you want to see more of his articles, many well worthy of a read.

A Brief Argument for English Independence
by Sean Gabb
The normal English response to Scottish nationalism is to ignore it, or to see it as an irritation, or to try shouting it down with reminders of all that shared history, or to point out the value of English subsidies and to wait for common sense to win the argument. None of these, I suggest, is an appropriate response. None takes into account that England and Scotland are different nations, and that the loudest and most energetic part of the Scottish nation has decided that the current union of the nations is not in Scottish interests. This does not make it inevitable that the union will be dissolved. It does, however, make this desirable. Scotland may or may not have suffered from the union. But the union has done much to bring England to the point of collapse, and it strikes me as reasonable to say that England can never be safe while there are Scottish members in the Westminster Parliament.

Why Ampers was put off Fox Hunting - not what you might expect!

Please don't misunderstand me, I am not for or against the sport, but when I heard Sonny Terry play his "Fox Chase" it did turn me from being very pro fox hunting to totally indifferent.

The screaming rabble of the left chasing member of the hunt didn't do it. The politicians and the newspapers railing against it didn't do it. Here is what did it for me.

A tribute

"One Moment in Time" is an Emmy Award winning song written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, and recorded by Whitney Houston for the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Paralympics held in Seoul, South Korea.


Anthony Robbins, the self-performance coach introduced this song to us when I attended  an "Awaken the Giant Within" long weekend (Friday to Monday) at the Alexander Palace, in North London, over twenty years ago.

Although her "The bodyguard" has inspired others, this will always be the song of hers I love. So sad she died in the early hours of this morning. My eyes are watering, the keyboard is blurred, I hope there are no errors in this post.

Ampers.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Nigel Farage on Cameron's duplicity

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video is worth a million words, or more!

In the early days - or how the Internet was born!

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?" And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Monday, 6 February 2012

Testing the official Blogger app on my Transformer Prime

I have had a lot of problems using some of the other blogging apps on Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, Blogaway being terrible, kpt on crashing whenever I tried to load a photo or video.

So, first of all, lets take a photograph.

Well, I took the photograph, and can see it on the bar, but when I touch it, the only option I have is to delete it :-(

Now to try to load it from the SDCard.

It looks like I am going to have to spend some time on google here, the photograph I clicked on doesn't even appear on the bar below!

So let's try the link button: Here is a link to Amazon - no it's not, or at least it doesn't show in draft mode. I will publish it as we'll see.


Sunday, 5 February 2012

This poor woman, her children, and her parents are being cast aside by the miserable coalition. She needs our help.

Watch and listen for yourself. Labour would help her if they were back in power.


Ampers.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Ampers' Humour: Colonoscopy Journal - keep your coffee away from the keyboard!

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.
      
A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.

Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.
  
I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'He's going to stick a tube 17,000 feet up your behind!'

I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven...  I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of  America 's enemies.