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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

What did a Brit, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle MD say about the Afrikaners in the Boer War?

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book "The Great Boer War, he describes exactly what makes an Afrikaner tick, in the first paragraph of Chapter 1 of his exciting and fascinating work of the Boer War.

Sir Arthur wanted to attend the front lines as a writer but the Army wouldn't allow it; however, they did allow him to practise as a field doctor and from the stories of the injured, he pieced together his story of the war.

I hate war books but just couldn't put this book down until the very end.

It is now out of copyright and you can download it from the Gutenberg Project free of charge and read it on your computer, phone or tablet. The link above goes right to the download page.

Here is his statement:

Topical Humour

Thanks to Twitter for this joke, and to Terri who sent it to me.



Suitable hash tags are #funny and #frightning - unless YOU know of a better one!

Sent from my phone whilst relaxing at the Union Jack Club.

Ampers
posted from Bloggeroid

Monday, 21 October 2013

Wat Afrikaners regoor die wêreld dringend nodig het om te doen.

Dit is goed om op trots te wees nie, maar trots moet word getemper met praktiese sin. Afrikaners is trots is, is dit 'n goeie "trots", maar wat hulle nodig het, nie te verwyder nie, maar om te toon af in die "hardkoppige" deel. Daar is 'n ou storie dat drie Afrikaners vergadering saam beteken daar is drie verskillende standpunte. Dit is nie 'n slegte ding in sy pad, maar moet word getemper met 'n bereidwilligheid om kompromie.

Dit is goed om trots te wees, maar om hardkoppig trots te wees is nie prakties nie. Darr is 'n ou storie dat enige drie Afrikaners saam is, sal daar altyd ook 3 standpunte wees, miskien nog 3 politieke partye ook.

Ek is lief vir die Afrikaanse ras. Ek is grootgemaak as 'n Brit in 'n Afrikaanse skool uit my vroeë kinderjare dae. Dit het my 'n jaar van die daaglikse gevegte om aanvaar te word nie, maar in die einde was dit die moeite werd. In werklikheid, het ek nie regtig Engels praat totdat ek dertien was. Ek dink my reddende genade was dat ek moes ook Vlaamse bloed in my are van my ma se kant.

Ek is baie lief vir die Afrikaners. Ek is grootgemaak as 'n Brit, in 'n Afrikaanse skool. My vroe kinderjare was gekenmerk deur 'n ewige stryd tot aanvaarding, maar aan einde van die dag was dit uit en uit die moeite werd. In werklikheid het ek nooit regtig engels gepraat in die eerste 13 jaar van my lewe nie. Miskien was my Vlamse bloed van my moeder se kant my reddende genade.

I have had an idea for many years and would like to write about it here. However, it is 57 years since I spoke Afrikaans so I have had the help! Dit was die beste in Afrikaans.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

What did Vladimir Putin really say?

There are a lot of rumours floating around the Internet about Putin laying down the rules to minorities.
If minorities prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law. Russia does not need minorities,. Minorities need Russia and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change their laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'.
                                             Vladimir Putin
However searches in archives show it is highly unlikely he said this. However, Putin is on record as saying:
We must create the conditions for immigrants to normally integrate into our society, learn Russian and, of course, respect our culture and traditions and abide by Russian law. In this regard, I believe that the decision to make learning the Russian language compulsory and administer exams is well grounded. To do so, we will need to carry out major organisational work and introduce corresponding legislative amendments.
If only Cameron would combine the two examples above and lay down the law thus:

An excellent insight into Hollande's France of today. Sad reading though.

This is part of an excellent article on France today, in the Daily Telegraph. There is a link to the full article at the end of this excerpt. Well worth following, believe me.

You are not going to believe it was written by Anne-Elisabeth Moutet. On second thoughts, as the English in this article is so much more superior to any TV or Fleet Street Journalist, you probably will believe it! Well done Anne-Elizabeth. Rather long sentences for a newspaper though.

Ampers.
Down and out: the French flee a nation in despair 
The failing economy and harsh taxes of François Hollande's beleaguered nation are sending thousands packing - to Britain's friendlier shores 
By 2014, France's public expenditure will become the world's highest, at 57 per cent of GDP Photo: Howard McWilliam 
Englishman welcoming Frenchman on a Map of England and France
By Anne-Elisabeth Moutet
7:00AM BST 20 Oct 2013 
A poll on the front page of last Tuesday’s Le Monde, that bible of the French Left-leaning Establishment (think a simultaneously boring and hectoring Guardian), translated into stark figures the winter of François Hollande’s discontent. 
More than 70 per cent of the French feel taxes are “excessive”, and 80 per cent believe the president’s economic policy is “misguided” and “inefficient”. This goes far beyond the tax exiles such as Gérard Depardieu, members of the Peugeot family or Chanel’s owners. Worse, after decades of living in one of the most redistributive systems in western Europe, 54 per cent of the French believe that taxes – of which there have been 84 new ones in the past two years, rising from 42 per cent of GDP in 2009 to 46.3 per cent this year – now widen social inequalities instead of reducing them. 
This is a noteworthy departure, in a country where the much-vaunted value of “equality” has historically been tinged with envy and resentment of the more fortunate. Less than two years ago, the most toxic accusation levied at Nicolas Sarkozy was of being “le président des riches”, favouring his yacht-sailing CEO buddies with tax breaks and sweet deals. By contrast, Hollande, the bling-free candidate, was elected on a platform of increasing state spending by promising to create 60,000 teachers’ jobs, as well as 150,000 subsidised entry-level public-service jobs for the long-time unemployed and the young – without providing for significant savings elsewhere. 

Saturday, 19 October 2013

How to set up a website for someone but avoid lots of hassle.

Websites, the customer and the designer/creator

One of the problems with companies, who are too small to employ an in-house website manager, is updating the content of their website.

If they don't keep it up-to-date, their business suffers. If they don't make fairly frequent changes, people aren't encouraged to revisit. A news page is always useful to attract new visitors into the business, and for previous customers to return.

Another problem is, if a friend has set up the website, they'll soon “unfriend” you if you go back to them every week. If they are commercial, they'll love you as they create invoice after invoice.

However, there is an answer, and this is to set up a website with both html pages and shtml pages. The reason for this will unfold as you read further.

Here are ten excellent tips to improve your writing.

Here are ten excellent tips to improve your writing. Because of copywrite, I only include five here, you will have to go to the authors website to read the last five. But it will be worth the trip.
As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing. 
When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need--such as the 10 included in this post: 
1. Just: The word "just" is a filler word that weakens your writing. Removing it rarely affects meaning, but rather, the deletion tightens a sentence. 
2. Really: Using the word "really" is an example of writing the way you talk. It's a verbal emphasis that doesn't translate perfectly into text. In conversation, people use the word frequently, but in written content it's unnecessary. Think about the difference between saying a rock is "hard" and "really hard," for example. What does the word add? Better to cut it out to make your message stronger. 
3. Very: Everything that applies to "really" applies to "very." It's a weak word. Cut it.
4. Perhaps/maybe: Do you want your audience to think you're uncertain about what you're saying? When you use words like "maybe" and "perhaps," uncertainty is exactly what you're communicating. 
5. Quite: When someone uses "quite," he or she either means "a bit" or "completely" or "almost." Sometimes the word adds meaning; sometimes it's fluff. Learn to tell the difference--but, when in doubt, cut it out.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Paul Nuttall on the BBC Bias

UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP wrote the following article for a British newspaper, which I reproduce below in full because this is something those who think the BBC lie need to understand.
As a historian, I am familiar with the works of Ed Miliband’s father, Ralph. Yes, he was a Marxist, and yes, he had some very odd left wing views. However, I don’t think the fact that Ralph Miliband was a Communist is any reason to attack his son. After all, we can’t choose our parents. 
But I’m also bored by this mock outrage from the left wing press. They claim it’s out of order to criticise the dead, but let’s not forget that these SAME people rejoiced at the death of Margaret Thatcher. I feel uncomfortable with the attacks on Ralph Miliband, just as I did those on Margaret Thatcher when she passed away. However, the real story to come out of this sorry saga is that the BBC has again shown its true colours – and it’s RED to the core. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Manchester debate between Bill Cash & Nigel Farage (warning - long video)

Bill Cash, as you will hear, is a great orator, and leaves one almost believing his lies. Fortunately Nigel Farage spoke second, and defeated, with aplomb, all of Cash's debating points solidly, and believably.

The third speaker, Peter Oborne, also not a completely honest speaker, as he is evidently a Conservative, did not go down too well with the audience.

From the sound of the cheers and clapping throughout, points should be given as Nigel 9, Cash 7 and Oborne 3.

See for yourself, and tell me if you like the lighting :-)

Ampers


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A race to be exterminated with extreme prejudice! - Did President Jacob Zuma give this order?


I have had permission to republish this article on Ampers' Rants. Please bear a little with the Grammar as it has been translated from Afrikaans, by an Afrikaans speaker. But the story is real, and horrifying.

Apartheid was wrong, and two wrongs do not make a right! The ANC are not much different to the Apartheid government. In fact the only difference I can make out is the Afrikaans Apartheid government wasn't as corrupt. Both are evil, in their own way, and neither should be tolerated.

Remember two things. Where ever you go in the world, the government is usually bad, and the people's of the country are mostly good. As for the statement that all the Afrikaners were for apartheid, examine how quickly they eagerly gave up those beliefs and tried to make a go of the new South Africa. That, alone, should give you an answer.

As a domiciled Brit, I can work out where the British £17M aid to South Africa went. Present Jacob Zuma recently spend £19M on his own palace.

Now for the article Veroni (@Vonaqu2 on Twitter) sent me from the Farmitracker website:

Sunday, 6 October 2013

What should we do that's fair about tuition fees?

At present, the system of charging university fees is very hard on students. They have to repay tens of thousands before they are able to save up for a deposit on a house because of the huge debt saddling them.

But we can't have 50% of our young going for University places when we need more artisans going for apprenticeships. The country needs both so we have to "make a plan".

I would like to see a points system where only the brightest get discounts on university education.

Initial Education
Those that get, say six GCSEs, with at least four at the A+ rate get 2 points.

If they then get three A levels, at least two at the A+ rate in the sciences, they get a further 3 points.

This makes a total of five points. But only applies if they choose one of the following three degrees, otherwise nil points.

These figures can be tweaked to give points ranging from 3 to 5 depending on the number of good marks.

Further Education

Saturday, 5 October 2013

The establishment know they dare not attack UKIP on their ideas and policies, hence the smear tactics.

The following article appeared in Trending Central on October 4th and can be seen in full at their website.


It is a truism that politics can be a nasty “game”, but it seems to be particularly so when it comes to how the old establishment parties and much of the press are reacting to the rise of UKIP.

Rather than address the issues that UKIP is connecting with the local electorate on, such as High Speed Rail 2, immigration, European Union membership, NHS and welfare reform, unequivocal support for our armed forces, grammar schools and a host of others, certain individuals, media outlets and groups have decided to resort to base “smear” tactics, libellous sneering on social media outlets and even in electoral literature that we have seen distributed across the country in recent elections. 

In one way this is a compliment. The cosy complacency of the parties that have controlled this country for decades has been shaken to the core, and they clearly fear that their dominance will be further eroded, or even over-turned, in the 2014 European elections, the 2015 local elections and of course the next General Election. Their fear is palpable.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Nigel Farage telling us how it is, we cannot leave just the ECHR.

Nigel Farage: Tell the truth, Mr Cameron. Your EU strategy is doomed to fail


High-ranking EU politicians say the Prime Minister's 'renegotiations' are futile – we should listen to them, writes Nigel Farage.

By Nigel Farage Daily Telegraph 10:38AM BST 04 Oct 2013

"We have won allies to get powers back from Europe," said David Cameron on the last day of the Conservative Party conference.

Yet even as he spoke these words, José Manuel Barroso, the President of European Commission, was asked by the Telegraph in Brussels about the possibility of renegotiation of competences at EU level. Barroso’s response was a straightforward snub to Mr Cameron and a wholesale rejection of the very idea. Any fundamental discussion about the renationalisation of EU competence “was doomed to failure”, Barroso said. "What is difficult, or even impossible, is if we go for the exercise of repatriation of competences because that means revising the treaties and revision means unanimity. From my experience of 10 years, I don't believe it will work."

I admire Mr Barroso’s frank honesty. Yet again, we see European politicians telling the truth about the realities of the EU while the Prime Minister tries to mislead.

Which part of "No" does Mr Cameron not understand?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The most frightening answer to any question I have heard asked at a seminar

There are about five questions and answers to this Q&A video at Bloombergs. The last question's answer by Nigel Farage is chilling.


Ampers