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Monday, 30 December 2013

The EU by numbers

No words can describe my anger



Ampers

Saturday, 28 December 2013

A brave English woman fighting Lord Kitchener over his inhuman concentration camps.

A woman fighting inhuman odds for justice of a people

Although she was a British citizen, Emily Hobhouse has become an honorary South African through her selfless and courageous actions, which exposed the inhumanity of concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer war (1899 - 1902). She was born the 9th of April, 1860 and raised in the tiny village of St. Ive near Liskeard in East Cornwall. Her father was rector of the Anglican church for fifty-one years.

In 1876 Emily was sent to a finishing school in London but as there was no money she did not complete her schooling. She was, however, able to get some music and painting lessons in Liskeard. By the time Emily was twenty her mother died. For fourteen years Emily took care of her father who was often unwell. She occasionally visited her uncle, Arthur, Lord Hobhouse who had a seat in the House of Lords. Her father died in January 1895 after a painful illness.

She started to work in the Women´s Industrial Committee, becoming very familiar with methods of investigating needs on a large scale. When the war between Britain and South Africa broke out in October 1899, she was invited to join the South African Conciliation Committee. Her work as secretary was to organize meetings such as the women´s protest meeting in London on 13 June 1900.

"It was late in the summer of 1900", Emily later wrote, "that I first learnt of the hundreds of Boer women that became impoverished and were left ragged by our military operations… the poor women who were being driven from pillar to post, needed protection and organized assistance." The result of this was that she obtained permission from the government to start a non-political, non-sectarian South African Women and Children´s Distress fund "on the broad basis of pure and simple benevolence towards those deprived of hearth and home by the war" be they Boer or British. A national committee was formed, money was appealed for and subscriptions sought from all over the country. Only then did she announce to her family that she intended to go to South Africa and supervise the distribution of the fund.

Years ago the USA had a much loved Emperor, not many people know that!

Monarchy In The USA

This precis was written by a South African called Pat Conlon, who owned and ran a South African restaurnat in San Francisco, he has done his homework well and, although there are more links at the end of the article, unless you are really interested, there is no reason to travel further. This is an amazing story and is not an Urban Myth! It is a true story. 

The Story of Emperor Norton

Joshua Abraham Norton, America´s first and only Emperor, was born in London, England on February 14th, 1819. Details of his early life are rather sketchy--almost all that´s really known is that his family moved to Algoa Bay in South Africa during his infancy, where his father prospered as a merchant. It isn´t until his arrival in San Francisco aboard the Dutch schooner Franzika in 1849 that the record begins to fill in.

Norton came to America with a nest egg of thirty thousand dollars, with which he opened a business selling supplies to gold miners, and set about buying up the land that would eventually become San Francisco´s Cow Hollow district.

By 1855, Norton was one of the most respected businessmen in San Francisco, having rebounded from the fire of 1853 and profitably diversified his operations. Already his friends were referring to him as "Emperor".

Friday, 27 December 2013

Belated Christmas message from Edward Snowdon in Russia

A Christmas Message From Edward Snowden

I couldn't download the video, so here's a link.

Ignore the above link. The bastards have banned that site for British viewers as well - probably many other countries have banned it as well.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance programmes organised by the US and other governments, gives this year’s The Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4.

Six months ago, Snowden, a computer analyst turned whistleblower, brought to global attention top-secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leading to revelations about widespread United States surveillance on phone and internet communications.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Do you buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Here are 101 other uses for it around the house.

Merry Christmas to all my readers who are bored on Christmas day :-)

Here is an excellent blog from the Robbins Family Farm in Los Osos, California. Robbie Robbins has kindly allowed me to publish it in full.

I should mention, in the ideas below, that EVOO stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I already use olive oil for shaving - even at 74, it leaves my face as smooth as a virgin's breast, or should that be a babies bottom? I find two tablespoons in one's bath a little too much, and now use one only, but this is a personal preference, you might prefer three.

My suggestion should you cut and paste this into a document, is to add my web address at the bottom. Then you can delete all those you are not interested in but have my link should you want the whole list again, or to direct a friend to it.

Finally, do NOT be rude and add the 102's use of Olive Oil, Johnson's baby oil is best for that!

Olive oil can:

1. Make your arteries more elastic – Two tablespoons daily makes you more resistant to strokes and heart attack.
2. Reduce bad cholesterol levels. – Olive oil contains polyphenols, which help to keep your levels of LDL cholesterol within healthy ranges.
3. Make you less hungry – Olive oil makes you feel sated and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings.
4. Reduce the risk of stroke in the elderly through yet another mechanism – Older people who ate diets rich in olive oil consumption, which contains plasma oleic acid, had fewer strokes in a 2011 study.
5. Lower the risk of coronary heart disease in women – Mediterranean cultures have long revered the olive and its oil, with good reason. An Italian study found that a diet that included olive oil along with plenty of leafy vegetables and fruit resulted in reduced rates of coronary heart disease in women enrolled in the study.
6. Cure or reduce acne – Although it sounds counterintuitive to use oil to fight pimples and blackheads, using an olive oil and salt scrub helps some types of acne.
7. Protect your red blood cells and therefore your heart – Over time, cells oxidize, leading to the common effects of aging. A specific polyphenol in olive oil is especially effective at protecting your red blood cells from oxidation. A 2009 study identified this component as DHPEA-EDA.
8. Treat sunburn – Olive oil soothes the pain of mild sunburn by helping skin retain its moisture. Use equal parts olive oil and water in a tight-lidded container. Shake well, then apply to mild sunburn. Shake the mixture often during application to keep it from separating.
9. Help fight breast cancer – Olive oil contains phytochemicals, and a 2008 study found that they are effecting at killing cancer cells and suppressing cancer genes.
10. Improve your memory – Some research has shown that olive oil can prevent and possibly even reverse the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Ampers' Humour - Wanna buy a toothbrush?

The kids filed back into class Monday morning: they were very excited.  Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off: "I sold girl scout cookies and I made £5," she said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success."

"Very good," said the teacher.

Little Jenny was next:

"I sold magazines," she said, "I made £8 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."

"Very good, Jenny," said the teacher..

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn.

The teacher held her breath ...

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Children's Sports Coach sacked for honesty.

This guy, Justin Byrne, was the football coach for Chalfont St Peter's Football Club. He was sacked for writing this email:
I am only interested in winning. I don't care about equal play time or any other communist view of sport. Those who are not as good need to work harder or demonstrate more during training, or change sports. 
As someone who spends a huge amount of time working with graduates trying to find their first job I can safely say you are not doing your son any favours by suggesting the world is fair or non-competitive. 
Everything they are likely to do in life will be competitive so my view is, get them used to it. 
I do think that the 'A' side has the better players. Fact. Better may mean more skills, or more dedicated, or more determined. We have about 25 registered players. If we don't have a 'B' team, the majority of the squad 'will not get to play' in competitive matches. 
Finally, if some of the boys are saying “I prefer rugby”, that is great. Rugby is a far better sport. It produces well-disciplined young men who are respectful and team focused. It rarely gets political and rarely involves supporters beating each other up.
My Byrne sent parents of the ten year old children an email saying he was only interested in winning as life will be competitive for the players when they grow up so they should get used to competition now.

Full lengthy article here.

Ampers

Friday, 6 December 2013

If you have two fingers available, show them to the Royal Mail this Christmas!

Here's how to save money: be professional, do not upset relatives and friends (too much) and be charitable at the same time.

Most people detest the sort of Christmas cards you send links to. They don't want the card on the computer, they want to put it on their mantelpiece!

You will need a desktop publishing program. I use “Scribus” which is free, Opensource, and available in Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

Here's how to do away with postage, cards, addressing envelopes, but still give your friends what they want.

Pam, my wife, paints a snow scene and I scan her painting in. I then design a card so that, when it is printed out, it can be folded in four and placed on the recipient's mantelpiece. Care should be taken to ensure everything is the right way up when the card is folded. See immediately below

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Amper's Page 3 photo. She's totally naked but is so beautiful. Feminist warning - don't look


Italian carmaker Lamborghini has ended production of its top-selling Gallardo sports car, closing down a 10-year career, while keeping its upcoming replacement under wraps.

Since it was presented at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, just over 14 000 Gallardos have been sold worldwide, making up almost half of Lamborghini’s total output of 30 000 cars since the company’s foundation in 1963.

Ampers' [favourite make of car]

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Cold winter days

On a bitterly cold winter morning a husband and wife in  Dublin were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, "We are going to have eight to ten inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the Snow ploughs can get through. "So the good wife went out and moved her car.

A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, "We are expecting ten to twelve inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snow ploughs can get through. "The good wife went out and moved her car again.

The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting twelve to fourteen inches of snow today. You must park...." Then the electric power went out. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, "I don't know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow ploughs can get through?"