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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Are you constantly blaming the wrong people?

Unfortunately, most folk don't look beyond their nose to apportion blame.

Immigration for example. It is totally unfair to blame Europeans coming here looking for work. Can you really blame them, especially since they are allowed by not only our almost entire Parliament, but by the EU Commissioners as well.

Take belonging to the EU for example. Don't be hoodwinked by the “great Common Market lie”! Why, when Edward Heath was interviewed on television – after the Common Market had morphed into the European Union – he was asked this question: “Did you know the Common Market was the forerunner to a political union”? His very words in answer was: Yes, of course I bloody did”!

Political Correctness? Not at the Tower of London!

Do not watch this if you are Politically Correct as you will be sorely offended.


William "Bill" Callaghan is a Yeoman Warder at HM Tower of London and became famous after this video was taken.  

His sarcastic and dry style is very unpolitically correct and jovially mocks everyone from the Royal Marines, French, Elderly and Hollywood actor Mel Gibson. 

You won't like: "History is nearly always written by the people who win. This explains all the empty pages in the French history books." if you are French, and Italians may be up in arms over one particular sentence!

But I thoroughly enjoyed it and don't mind hanging my colours to the mast!

Ampers.

Flawless Male Logic at its best ........

Woman:
Do you drink beer?

Man:
Yes

Woman:
How many beers a day?

Man:
Usually about 3

Woman:
How much do you pay per beer?

Man: 
£3

Woman:
And how long have you been drinking?

Man:
About 30 years, I suppose

Woman:
So a beer costs £3 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at £270.

In one year, it would be approximately £3,240 correct?

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A free website with no hidden gotchas

I have just built a website using Google Sites. It is at www.ampers.uk and took me only two hours to build the framework and a few of the initial pages. Naturally one expects it to take longer writing the material on the website, proof-reading it, and correcting it before loading it to the page.

However, for a seventy-five year old, a couple of hours is something to be proud of.

There could be a cost, however. I don't like the long Google Sites' name, so went to my domain holder at 123 Reg and purchased ampers.uk – .uk is a new domain head, and is shorter than .co.uk. I subscribe to the old marketing adage of K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid). The shorter your name, the better.

The cost for my new name for two years? Circa £7.

Whilst we are talking about marketing, there is another adage I respect. The seven P's which are as follows:

Thursday, 27 November 2014

You don't have to be a bum. Get out of your comfort zone!

There are rich people and there are poor people. The poor people aren't stupid, they just haven't reached their true potential. They differ as Conservatives to Socialists. Those that say, “Yes, I can do it” and those that say, “No I can't possibly”.

One of the more debilitating reasons for not progressing is remaining in your “comfort zone”. Unless you stretch yourself and leave this zone, you will have very little chance of bettering yourself.

When I was in the army, right at the beginning, when we had to fill in huge questionnaires to see where our leanings were, I met this guy who was a dustman (now termed a refuse collector) in civvy street. After his questionnaire and tests, they sent him on a nine month electronics course. I kept in touch with him and found he travelled the world, repairing cypher machines at our embassies.

When I was a district surveyor (salesman) for Rentokil, I thought one of the servicemen, who put down the poisons to kill rats, mice and cockroaches, could do better for himself. So I took him under my wing and helped him learn about selling. He became a salesman, then went out to the Middle East and sold luxury yachts, then rose to become a sales manager, and finally married his long time girlfriend. A nice upper-class girl whose parents wouldn't entertain John but changed their mind when they saw how he had bettered himself.

Both these guys moved well out of their comfort zones. And, in doing so, became successful.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Labour has ruined British education, and the Tories have not rectified this monumental error!

My ideas on Education for Britain

A thought on our university education fees. But I'd like to talk about school education first.

Personally, I think that tax-payers should only have the responsibility of educating our children up to A Level - except in exceptional cases.

School

The idea of UKIP bringing back Grammar Schools is excellent. The old communist Soviet Union had a two track education where they gave priority to brighter children – so we should bring this up if the left get too excited.

Two other “new” methods should be terminated.

First of all I'd like to abolish entire exam papers being multiple choice. However, there is merit in having some multiple choice as it helps indicate where pupils have the knowledge but can't express it at their age.

The first half of the paper should be worth 75% and have normal questions. The last half would be only be worth 25%  and be multiple choice. Pupils could only pass if they had at least a modicum of ability to express themselves.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A medium size charity where nobody gets a salary and everyone pays their own expenses.

I met a lovely lady by the name of Sue Dykes in London a few years ago. She had met her husband at university and married him and moved to South Africa.

Sue, my wife and I were chatting around a drink in a fashionable watering hole in Holborn and we learned that apart from bringing up two children, she worked for a charity in Johannesburg. What immediately interested me was that it is run by a score of ladies married to doctors, lawyers, bankers and, not only do they not take any salary from the charity, they do all the work themselves, so don't employ staff. In addition to this, they pay most of their expenses out of their own (or their husband's pockets). Here is a charity where all donations go direct to the “sharp end”! This intrigues me as it was at a time when I was researching all the huge salaries directors, of all the major British charities, were earning.

Many people think I am callous when I refuse to donate money to these huge conglomerates calling themselves charities. But I am not mean as I regularly send money to BHCC. I am perfectly happy to help people who cannot help themselves but am extremely uncomfortable paying for petrol to go into a director's Rolls Royce or Bentley.

Here's a little about the BHCC organisation:

BHCC stands for the “Baragwanath Hospital Comforts Committee”



Their opening statement on their website reads:
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 strives to provide for the needs of destitute inpatients and outpatients in the Greater Johannesburg area in the following ways.  
Hundreds of patients arrive daily at trauma facilities in Johannesburg hospitals. Thousands more are admitted for medical conditions and procedures. The State provides very cheap, or free, medical care. What it can't provide is more than the basic bed and treatment.  
Their opening statement on their website reads:Many, involved in serious accident, assaults or abuse, have their clothes cut off so doctors can clean them up and, in may cases, operate. BHCC can then supply them with replacement shoes and clothes collected from kind donors. 
Public hospitals are always working on the breadline and can only supply medicines and treatments, not the basic necessities. BHCC then move in with toothpaste and brushes, flannels, deodorants, and sometimes even towels. With over a hundred babies delivered daily with the mothers discharged between four and twelve hours, they often need baby goods and clothes which BHCC supply for the more needy ones. BHCC are often called upon to deliver occupational therapy aids, recovery aids, educational games and activities. 
We, in Britain, complain about waiting two or three hours for being processed through. Patients in the Baragwanath Hospital may have to leave home at dawn and by the time they are dealt with, it is well into the night. That is a long wait, especially as you can't leave your place in the queue for fear of losing it. BHCC come to the rescue here by supplying packed meals to ensure a full stomach so they can be fed before taking their medicines.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Text messaging by the elderly will have you in convulsions!

An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their new cell phones.

The wife was a romantic and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon while shopping the wife decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:
"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you."
The husband texted back to her:
"I'm on the toilet. Please advise!
Ampers

Monday, 10 November 2014

How to make your home totally secure and your wife and children 100% safe for about £20

This came in from a friend in Yorkshire, all you need to do is to buy five flags!
I was fed up with being burgled every other day in my neighbourhood. So, I tore out my alarm system & de-registered from our local Neighbourhood Watch. 
I've planted a Pakistani flag in each corner of my front garden and a large Flag of ISIS in its centre.
Now, the Yorkshire police, the National Security Bureau, Scotland Yard, MI-5, MI-6, the CIA and every other intelligence service in Europe are all watching my house 24x7x365. 
My children are followed to school every day and my wife too, when she goes shopping. I'm followed to and from work every day.  So no one bothers me at all. 
I've never felt safer. 
All Thanks to Allah
Ampers.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

One song which always reminds me of England

I can't imagine any Englishman who loves this song ever voting for any party that doesn't have the best interests of our islands at heart. YouTube removed my first choice but this is even better for those who remember the spits.


Ampers.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Young girls like this give me faith of Africa.

In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow, Fred Swaniker, looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future. Here is just one of the examples he gave.
Laetitia.Laetitia's a young woman from Kenya who at the age of 13 had to drop out of school because her family couldn't afford to pay fees for her.  
So she started her own business rearing rabbits, which happen to be a delicacy in this part of Kenya that she's from. This business did so well that within a year, she was employing 15 women and was able to generate enough income that she was able to send herself to school, and through these women fund another 65 children to go to school.  
The profits that she generated, she used that to build a school, and today she educates 400 children in her community. And she's just turned 18.
If a young, barely a teenage girl, can do that, the sky is the limit for others to turn Africa into a thriving continent

Watch for yourself, it's well worth it.

Ampers

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Religion – a terrible thing or a blessing but is atheism the answer?

As I grew up, I was brought up in an Afrikaans boarding School and we lived in the Afrikaans capital in the Cape Province (as it was in those days). So I was brought up as a God Fearing protestant in the “Dutch Religion – a terrible thing or a blessing?

I first started to question religion at the age of ten when our lovely black maid, who looked after me in the school holidays, wasn't allowed to enter the church to pray because of her colour.

When I came to England at 15, I studied the various types of religion and they all seemed to have one thing in common. They ruled their flock by fear and seemed to revel in wars. I came to the conclusion that I'd have no truck with that sort of God so I became an atheist.

As I grew older, I realised that there must be a power which rules the earth. Nature, for example, has so much order in it. It protects the species, it culls a specie if it overpopulates, and even tries to cull man by disease, wars and famine.

I then heard of Deism, and to me, this began to make sense. The Deism website states:

Friday, 24 October 2014

Have the socialists got their priorities right?

The number of underaged girls groomed and used for sex in Rotherham under the eyes of the Socialist Council there is roughly one thousand four hundred of these poor little girls.

The council and the police did nothing as the perpetrators were Muslim and they did nothing because of political correctness.

The socialists have been very quiet about this, as they have about Harriet Harman's connections to a paedophilia organisation which, in the past, she is alleged to approve of.

But they were not quiet about a humorous song put out by former Radio 1 disk jockey and UKIP member Mike Reid. This was sung with a fake Jamaican accent as how else do you sing a calypso? With a Yorkshire accent???

UKIP were immediately accused of being politically incorrect and of being racist.

So, according to labour, it is permissible in modern England to rape 1,400 underaged girls, but not to sing a calypso in a Jamaican accent.

Some people on Twitter have called these socialists ignorant. However, those who have are probably unaware of just how ignorant these socialists really are.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Why immigrants should vote for the UK Independence Party (UKIP)

This blog may appear a little selfish but when you consider the facts you'll discover it is just common sense.

Let's take this in stages. First of all you are here and no doubt are wondering whether UKIP might repatriate you should they get into power. Apart from the fact they would be flying against the United Nations charter, they are not wicked people. They don't hate you. It is not your fault you have been allowed in. The more intelligent (the leadership and many ordinary members) hate the successive governments who have allowed this to happen. We do not hate our newcomers.

If you came here legally, you are entitled to make Britain your homIf you came here legally, you are entitled to make Britain your home.e. We will deal later with the politicians who have allowed this tiny island to be swamped with millions of people.

Those, however, who have cheated and are here illegally, will be sent back. There is nothing in the UN Charter to forbid this, and dishonesty should be treated firmly.

OK, you are now settled in Britain. Either a Tory Government or a Labour Government let you in. Why shouldn't you vote for the one who did, rather than UKIP?

Friday, 17 October 2014

National Health Service Waste

What would be wrong with the following?

Sack all the many tiers of NHS managers who do not actually work in hospitals, clinics or surgeries.

Directly under the Ministry of Health, have a small team with computers setting out, and paying money directly to hospitals, clinics or surgeries.

For working out the figures to pay these people, it should be strictly £x per doctor and £y per nurse. However, it should be high enough to also pay towards the buildings, ancillary staff, local management and all running costs. Therefore this team need not comprise more than a manager and five staff.

Monday, 13 October 2014

A most exciting political manifesto

The following statements represent highlights of UKIP's policy announcements as made at the Doncaster Conference. More detailed announcements will be made in the run up to the 2015 General Election.

What a UKIP Government will do


Protecting jobs and increasing prosperity

- We would review all legislation and regulations from the EU (3,600 new laws since 2010) and remove those which hamper British prosperity and competitiveness.

– We would negotiate a bespoke trade agreement with the EU to enable our businesses to continue trading to mutual advantage.

– UKIP would not seek to remain in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) while those treaties maintain a principle of free movement of labour, which prevents the UK managing its own borders.

– We would reoccupy the UK’s vacant seat at the World Trade Organisation, ensuring that we continue to enjoy ‘most favoured nation’ status in trade with the EU, as is required under WTO rules.

Repairing the UK Economy 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Problem with Britain's political arena

One of the major problems is the EU. Not just because of open borders which is enabling the spread of Ebola into the EU, but because of the structure which makes over 75% of our laws. As every reader no doubt knows, the Liberal Democrats love being in the EU, but even their leader has admitted that over half our laws are made in the EU. This is the only way he could tone the amount down without actually lying. The figure is nearer 75%.

The problem also with the EU making our laws is, that MPs have 75% less work to do in the law making sector and have little better to do that working out more and more elaborate fiddles to steal from the hard working tax payer. And, we have seen from the Telegraph in the past, they are extremely proficient at that.

The Labour Party is supposed to be for the ordinary man, but more and more the elite clique of Labour MPs who, in the main, are extremely rich people, cannot understand the average voter.

The only thing that can save the UK is jobs in the private sector. More and more jobs are needed. Jobs in the public sector are paid with money obtained in taxes from workers in the private sector.

I often hear people claiming that people in the public sector also pay taxes. But do they? Yes, it's called tax but they are merely returning some of the private sector taxes back to the government.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The Brits are bleddy marvelous - this is unbelievable.

Here is a recent body of a press release.

Come back Heath Robinson, we're 21st Century now. Follow the links to see just how "Heath Robinson" we are.
A British team, sponsored by the fastest database in the world, EXASOL, is taking a 3D printed rocket to space – the first time anything like this has been attempted. 
It will be launching later this year from the home of Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America. Their mission is to launch the space plane into the stratosphere at three times the cruising altitude of a transatlantic jet.

We invite you to meet the British team behind this audacious mission, in London on 10th October, and offer you the opportunity to see the rocket first-hand before it goes into space.

Do let us know if you’re interested in attending or in setting up other interviews. The mission has been ongoing for many years and will be a breakthrough in the amateur space race. 
You can find more images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/registerparis/
I'll let you know more later.

Ampers


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fear is a useful weapon to subject the meek and the less intelligent.

For example, take religion. Priests, Imams and Rabbis find fear a useful weapon in their armoury to keep their flock “on message”.

Examples include: You won't go to heaven, you will burn in hell, you won't qualify for your seventy-two virgins.
(Mind you, if you add up the hundreds of thousands of Muslims killed in the last 50 years and multiply that by 72, that's an awful lot of virgins. But I digress.)
Take politics. Labour telling their people, “Don't let the Tories in” and the Tories telling their voters “If you vote UKIP you'll get Labour”. And, Clegg telling his voters, “If you don't vote for me I'll cry!" Then, Nigel telling us, ”Vote for the others and you'll get a United States of Europe and no England”!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Selling your Android mobile? Are you living dangerously?

Naturally, before you part with your mobile, you'll go into Settings/System/BackupAndReset to reset your phone so that it has had all the information, apps and passwords deleted.

However, if the new owner has hacking software, he can get all this sensitive information back from your phone, as easy as reciting “That stupid idiot” three times.

But there is a way to foil the hacker, safeguard your sensitive information and passwords, and feel safe.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Just got your 'A' levels, here's some timely advice by an old geezer!

Just got your “A” levels? Did well? Now is the time to draw up your “Lifetime” goal.

Here's what to do. [Section One]

1. First of all choose the age you want to retire.

2. Second, draw up a list, leaving six lines between, working from the age you want to retire, backwards, in five year intervals.

3. In the lhe last five years or part, list in one year segments.

Now comes the hard part.  [Section Two]

1. Decide what material assets and wealth you want when you retire. For example, a large house, a new car, maybe a yacht, and a holiday home in Gaza?

2. Then plan what you need for each five year stage to keep you on the ladder to successfully reach your goal.

3. Now fill in the one year steps to see how you can achieve your first “five year goal”.

Now the most important part. [Section Three]

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Melanie Phillips talk entitled "Islam in Europe".

This video is from a recent talk by Melanie Phillips, the "Fleet Street" journalist. In addition, Ms Phillips has a blog which you can view here.

Ms Phillips gave a talk entitled "Islam in Europe" and I reproduce the video below.


Ampers.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Proposed changes to the salary structure of Members of Parliament in the UK

Members of Parliament proposed changes to salary.

Some say MPs earn too much, others say too little. Perhaps it is a little of both.

I have an idea of a simple salary structure which might appeal to both sides of the divide.

First term of five years.

We presently pay a salary oFurther termsf £67,060 for a backbencher at the present. I propose we raise this to £100,000 but no longer pay for second homes, subsidised meal and food purchases.

But to get high flyers I also propose the following.

If a future MP has been earning at least £150,000 a year for at least twelve consecutive months in commerce, we pay him £150,000 a year during his first term.

I also want to do something about weeding out those who don't make the step onto the ministerial ladder. And there are many in parliament who have served three or more terms who haven't made it.

Further terms

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Ampers' Humour: The £50 note

The £50 note!

In Parliament recently, a Tory MP related the following account in praise of the Prime Minister


"There was a father who gave £50 to each of his three sons and told them to buy something that would completely fill up a room.

The first son bought a load of hay for £50 -  but couldn't fill the room completely.

The second son bought a load of raw cotton for £50 – he also couldn't fill the room completely.

The third son was wise and bought a candle for 10p – he lit it and the room was completely filled with light."

The proud MP declared: "Our Prime Minister, David Cameron is like the third son. From the day he has taken charge of his office, our country has been filled with the bright light of prosperity!"

After the applause from the Tory bench died down, Nigel Farage's voice from the public gallery asked:

"So, where is the remaining  £49.90?



The whole country is asking this same question!!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Ampers Humour - be careful of your diet when you retire.

A Twitter colleague, @Battsby kindly allowed me to post this in full, the story was first published on his website today.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ampers

PS Don't read further if you don't know what colour "Cheesy Wotsits" are.

Friday, 8 August 2014
A Change of Pace

Norman worked at the chemical plant for all his life, from the age of fifteen until he retired, earlier this year upon unexpectedly reaching the grand old milestone of sixty-five. Fifty years of breathing in noxious fumes, half a century of wading through deadly, impossibly-named solvents and still he clung on, determined to see his dotage through in peace and tranquillity, unlike the dozens who had fallen beside him over the years.

He had seen many an accident in his time, even after the intrusive attentions of the Health and Safety Executive; people succumbing to respiratory difficulties, a number of alarming, unexplained rashes which developed into hitherto unrecorded episodes of dermic trauma and a higher than normal incidence of premature hair loss and liver spots. At the plant they still spoke in hushed whispers about the time that Dave – nobody remembered his last name – drowned in the acid bath and all that was recovered was a single white wellie.

But Norman had outlived them all, so it was with some concern that a few months into his salad days he found himself seeking medical attention. The doctor was perplexed and more than a little cautious as he surveyed the gruesome spectacle of Norman’s bright orange wedding tackle. He’d never seen the like and after a cautious examination from behind the prophylactics of face mask, apron and latex gloves he was close to admitting defeat. Nervously backing away from Norman’s incandescent knackers he began his research.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Ampers' Humour: Sometimes one is completely finished!

Here is a lovely story, one almost wishes it to have been true, from my friend Audrey in Jozi (Johannesburg).


Completed or Finished?

No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between "complete" and "finished".

However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world. Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to make that very distinction.

The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: “Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’  Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.”

Mr. Balgobin’s response:

“When you marry the right woman, you are ‘complete.’ If you marry the wrong woman, you are ‘finished.’

And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are ‘completely finished.”

His answer received a five minute standing ovation.

Ampers.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Auditors put price tag on EU Parliament 'travelling circus'

A disgusting article, those with high blood pressure should avoid reading further.

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Roughly €114 million is spent every year to move the European Parliament between its Brussels and Strasbourg seats every month, according to a new assessment by the European Court of Auditors. EurActiv Germany reports. [That's £1092 million p.a.]

"Finally the Court of Auditors is sorting out the mess of numbers,” said MEP Inge Gräßle, a German Christian Democrat MEP from the European People’s Party (EPP) who chairs the Parliament's Budgetary Control committee.

Gräßle praised the release of concrete figures on the cost of having three EU seats for the European Parliament (Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg).

Members of the European Parliament, their staff and files, regularly move between Brussels, which hosts committee meetings and Strasbourg, where plenary sessions are held on a monthly basis. Meanwhile, Luxembourg houses the Parliament's administrative offices.

Conducted at the request of the European Parliament, the Court of Auditors' report showed that moving all employees from Luxembourg to Brussels, alone, would save €80 million over 50 years.

Relocating the Strasbourg seat to Brussels would cut costs even more, saving an estimated €2.5 billion in the next 50 years. That amounts to €113.8 million per year, the Court of Auditors calculated.

Until recently, there were no reliable numbers outlining the additional costs and certain costs were arbitrarily included or excluded in calculations.
You can read the rest of the article here.
The debate over consolidating the Parliament’s offices has been going on for years but now, with qualitative data to back their arguments, MEPs are speaking more loudly than ever.

“The calculations finally clear the most horrific sums from Strasbourg-opponents from the table," said Gräßle.

At the same time, €113.8 million per year in doubled costs is a considerable amount, said the chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Is your telephone company treating you with respect, or are they taking you for a ride?

When writing my blog on Voice over the Internet, I came across Voipfone during my travels. I include a link to their main website here.

The web page on scams was most interesting and I asked, and received, permission to reproduce it here.

Although I don't mind my blogs copied, you cannot copy this one without permission from Voipfone as it isn't mine, so please take note.

Scams of the Telephony Trade

When making calls to any destination other than the UK please remember to include the international dialling code for the country you wish to call.
You shouldn’t choose your telephone company just because you think it has the cheapest calls.
There are several reasons for this:

1. Not all telephone companies are the same - they all offer different levels of service, features, options, packages and contracts.

2. Very cheap calls often mean bad calls – particularly to mobiles and international destinations. Operators can send calls over poor quality routes, the public internet, omit CLI (Calling Line Identity), drop calls randomly and use qasi-legal methods of termination; to name but a few of the tricks.

3. You’re not being told the full story - telephone companies use all sorts of tricks to trap you into thinking that their calls are cheaper than everyone else’s. Usually they’re not; here’s why:

The Headline Price

This is the one in big print shouting at you. It’s the draw, the hook, the snake oil, the scam.
It says something like, “mobile calls 5p per minute!”

Here’s what else you need to know to decide whether that’s a good deal or not.

Is VAT Included?

If it’s a business site you’re looking at, VAT is usually excluded - but it won’t always be obvious and it’s always a bad sign if the telco isn’t telling you.

Call Set-up Charges

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Who are the Palestinians real enemy?

Half the world think it is the Israelis and I wonder exactly what Israel would do if the Palestinians threw Hamas out of their country.

Once Hamas was out, and the Palestinians started rebuilding and living peaceful lives, hands up all those who think Israel would alienate the entire world by continuing to bomb them out of existence?

I just find that scenario too difficult to believe.

I have met Palestinians in Britain, when I was a salesman with Bayswater as my patch. They're great people and, on the whole, in those days, not at all aggressive. I don't believe they are aggressive now!

We must remember, when we see this violence in the West End of London, that all moderate Muslims are terrified of their radical wings and Imams, and if called upon to march, it would be a brave and foolish Palestinian to refuse. The violent jihadists amongst them are the ones making the real fuss.

I am beginning to read in the press that many of the moderates in Palestine are beginning to make noises which indicate they are beginning to realise that their real enemy is Hamas.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Please excuse me, I'm being an absolute racist. I can't help it.

I am not going to name this racist, but perhaps Pat might in this video? But let's face it, he won't, as he doesn't need to. We know who we are.


Ampers.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What is VoIP? A simple explanation

VoIP stands for “Voice over the Internet (Protocol)”. It can be an excellent way to cut down the bills. There are plenty of mobile apps for Android and iPhone. The mobile apps are either free or cost a few pounds; the computer programs are free for the basic product only.

I think the best way to write this article, is to write it up as a case study. I have chosen my case!

Home voice number

I have an office number which is a London 020 number, but if I lived in other parts of the UK I could have chosen a different 'local' number. I bought this from AQL at a cost of £2 a month and a penny a minute for outgoing calls, incoming calls are free.

I also bought a physical Cisco phone to allow me to make VoIP calls.

My real appreciation of the phone is, I can press one button and the “Do Not Disturb”sends all incoming calls to the answer phone.

However, it developed a fault and I had to return it. This was when I learned of other ways to skin the Voip rabbit.

My real appreciation of the number is simple, if a caller leaves a message on the answerphone, it is saved as a '.wav' file. This is immediately sent to my mobile. There is no charge for this providing you have a VoIP app loaded into your mobile. More of these apps later.

Home fax number

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Banking blues, my journey with Santander plc

I have been having a lot of trouble with a guy in the Santander fraud Office. And, because of it, he seems to have had it in for me.

I wrote the following letter to the Santander CEO towards the end of June and hoped it would sort things out.
Ms Ana Patricia Botin-Sanz de Sautuola O'Shea
Chief Executive Officer,
Santander plc
PO Box 1125
Bradford BD1 9PG 
Dear Ms Botin, 
I have attached a letter of complaint which the very able Ms McManus at my Finchley branch is looking into. However, since I wrote that letter the Santander Fraud Office has blocked three attempted to pay a £1400 amount, initiated by me to the Bank of America. In addition to this, he has blocked an attempt from my wife on her card as well. 
I am becoming convinced that the tiresome person I mentioned is carrying on a vendetta because I complained at his stupidity – details in the attached letter. 
My wife suffers from High Anxiety Syndrome and I do tend to become very protective where she is concerned. 
I am not sure of the exact amount I have in Santander, but am pretty sure it is below £100,000 at present. 
If this problem persists, I shall consider closing the account and moving my money to one of my other banks. 
Knowing you received your degree at Harvard, and having lived for many years in the USA myself, I feel sure you will take my complaint more seriously than someone who has only worked in the UK. It is because of this that I am not, in this instance, contacting the Banking Ombudsman. 
Yours sincerely,

I received a letter from their Executive Complaints manager and you can see from my fax to him in reply, that, as usual when writing to “Corporates”, they never really get it:

The Canadians are the only media people who have sussed out what is really happening in the EU.

The Canadians talk about the power of the press to hide information from the public as they are now part of the Establishment who have vested interests in hiding news from the people.

The following video illustrates this fully by taking the previous EU Elections as an example. Of how the peoples in many countries of Europe said "No" to the EU and in one particular case (the UK) actually came first.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, how many words does a moving picture paint?


Ampers

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pros and Cons for encrypting your Android phone.

Those who use Android will have seen, under settings, the provision of encrypting your Android mobile phone and even your external SDCard if you use one.

This can have some good benefits, but seems to have more disadvantages than advantages. But things often are not as they seem! I encrypted my phone and have had no regrets, I'll explain later.

If, after reading this article, you decide against encryption, there is still one case where it really is handy.

When you sell your old phone.

If, before selling your phone, you do a “factory reset”, you may think that all your data has been destroyed, but a determined hacker can reclaim all your deleted files and passwords!

There is a way to forestall this. Simply by encrypting your mobile phone and immediately doing a “factory reset”. After the reset, the encryption is immediately turned off and you can sell your phone (in normal unencrypted mode) knowing if the new purchaser tries to read your deleted date, he can't as all the deleted files were, and still are, encrypted and it would all be meaningless.

Now for encryption for daily use.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Ampers' Humour. You can't pull the wool over an old Chief Petty Officer's eyes


Here's a nice one sent to me by a UKIP Local Election candidate.
Retirement Bonus, Navy Style  
The Ministry of Defence decided the Royal Navy had many officers and decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer in Portsmouth who volunteered for retirement a bonus of £1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points in his body.  
The officer got to choose what those two points would be.  
The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of £72,000.  
The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked out with £96,000.

Monday, 9 June 2014

The ultimate Bobotie (Cape Malay) recipe.

I have now fine tuned our (South African) Bobotie menu. Remember, the secret is making half of it the day before. In fact you can make the final day a few days afterwards.

The baking of the dish tends to take away the heat of the chilli. I tend to put two or three times the amount I would put in to most other dishes.

Enjoy.

Ampers.

Friday, 6 June 2014

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, has fooled and tricked the British public.

... if the following is true...

I saw the following extremely long tweet on Twitter and publish it in full. I have not verified it owing to pressures on my time so would welcome any comments below.

WE CANNOT LEAVE THE EU AFTER JAN 2017 !  
Camerons 'Referendum' is a farce!!  
On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval, by majority vote of the lying undemocratic and unelected bastards fronting the EU.  
They call it QMV, Quality Majority Voting, which translates in English to: You'll do what we tell you, or else.  
Heath – Thatcher – Major – Blair – Brown, are all, by allowing this, acting in High Treason, but as every important Government post is now held by an EU Common Purpose trained thug, waiting to take over from elected local government officials from 1st November 2014, there seems to be little we can do about it.  
Below, are the 43 areas of "competences", areas we British have been declared incompetent to decide for ourselves.Make a note of the last one because it says we cannot leave the EU unless the other members allow it.  
On 1st November 2014 the following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:
(43) Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon:  
QMV

Ampers' Humour: A sad case of growing old.

A group of chaps, all aged 40, discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the waitresses had big breasts and wore mini-skirts.

Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because the food and service was good and the beer was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Uxbridge because they could dine in peace and quiet and it was good value for money.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder - a nasty disease which comes to us all in time.

I've recently been diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. (Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder) It manifests itself this way...

Last Saturday I decided to wash my car. As I pick up my car keys and start toward the garage I notice there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, separate the junk mail from the invoices, and put the junk mail in the rubbish basket under the table. I see the basket is full.

I decide to put the invoices back on the table and take out the rubbish but then I think, since I'm going to be near the post box when I take out the rubbish, I may as well go ahead and pay the invoices now.

I pick my cheque book up off the table, and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking earlier.

I pick up the Coke to move it aside so I don't accidentally knock it over and notice that it's getting warm, so I decide to put it in the refrigerator.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke a vase of flowers on the bookcase catches my eye--they need to be watered.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My brother-in-law built this - a jet plane at 1/6th scale !!!

My brother-in-law, Richard Johnson, has been flying model planes for years. He has a huge workshop in his back garden where he disappears for hours at a time.



His most ambitious undertaking to date was this massive model!



The Plane, a D H Venom, is massive, at 1/6th scale. After nearly three years of research, planning, building and testing, the maiden flight of the venom took place at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon Airfield, on Friday 11th of April, 2014.

The flight was successful, but a few modifications will be made before its next flight.



Ampers.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How the British Public are going to be stitched up by Cameron, Clegg and Miliband.


Dear Reader

I have produced this booklet to try to ensure that the British people and Northern Irish people do not -  yet again - have the wool pulled over their eyes by the British establishment.

All the evidence - including regular opinion polls - suggests that over half of us want to leave the European Union. Even more of us want a referendum to give us the chance to have our say. But the British and EU elites do not share that view.

As co-president of a political group in the European Parliament, Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD), I know how they operate. They only want referenda which produce the ‘right’ result - the outcome that suits them. So, faced with what for them is a real dilemma, I believe they are going to try to pull off an old trick.

In 1975, the British people were led to believe that they were voting to stay part of a “Common Market” or free trade area. They were not. They were voting to remain in a customs union - what the Germans call a ‘zollverein’. In the nineteenth century the establishment of the Zollverein was the first step to German unification which in turn led to two world wars.

In the same way, the “Common Market” - always an unofficial name - was very simply a step towards a far larger and, to me, more sinister goal: European economic and political union, the creation of
a United States of Europe. The British people were not getting - and have never got - what we were led to believe we were voting for.

I already have evidence that the political class, covertly backed by its EU counterparts, are trying to mislead us again. There are calls that a straight ‘in or out’ / ‘yes or no’ question should be replaced by a complex question which appears to offer a third way: continuing as part of the Single Market without full political union. In short, a recycled version of what we thought we were getting in 1975.
I
But just like then, there is no third way. This booklet explains why it - and any apparent renegotiation of terms whilst we are still a member - is, and can only be, a mirage, designed to mislead.

It tells you how and why the way the European Union is constructed literally makes such an arrangement impossible. It sets out the fact that we remain committed by Treaty to make progress towards an ever closer union whose currency is the Euro.

It explains how the British establishment are taking the steps to try to cheat you once again. I believe that you the public - the people who really matter - are entitled to be told the truth.

Yours sincerely

Nigel Farage

Read the entire document here (long)

A political résumé of the Times journalists behind the dishonest articles on Nigel Farage

Who are the Times journalists trying so desperately to undermine UKIP?

Who are the Times journalists behind the constant attacks on Nigel Farage and UKIP? Perhaps it will not surprise you to know that most have family or personal connections to the Conservative Party and that the majority are from immensely privileged backgrounds that have enabled them to prosper as part of the “chumocracy” run by David Cameron. Here is our rundown of the main players:

Baron Daniel Finkelstein: Privately educated former senior official at Conservative Central Office. A key columnist on the paper known for his particular closeness to Chancellor George Osborne. Recently made a Lord by Osborne and Cameron. He has in the past been embarrassed by claims that he has written speeches for Osborne while simultaneously working as Times chief leader writer.

According to the Spectator in September 2013, “what Danny writes today George thinks tomorrow”. He was once overheard on a train boasting to his mother on his mobile about writing Osborne’s conference speech. George Osborne also admitted at the Leveson inquiry that the journalist helped him with "one-liners" for his speeches and once reportedly remarked that he spoke to Mr Finkelstein more often than he did to his wife. Furthermore, Danny Finkelstein was named by David Cameron as one of the six journalists whom he sees “so frequently” that he could not be expected to list the meetings, on account of their sheer volume.

Matthew Parris: Privately educated former Conservative MP whose partner Julian Glover worked as a speechwriter for Cameron and now works as an adviser to Conservative Cabinet minister Patrick McCloughlin, who is coincidentally the MP who took over the seat of Mr Parris when he stood down from Parliament. Parris makes frequent and virulent attacks on UKIP for example in June 2013 he wrote an article for the Spectator article entitled “Why UKIP is a party of extremists” and another for The Times in October 18 2013 called “England loves winners, so UKIP must lose”.

Friday, 4 April 2014

How much is the ideal amount you should walk each day, The answer might surprise you!

I was sent this in a spam email but as it was interesting I have removed all the links and print the text below for your interest.
Benefits of Walking
The human body is made to walk!
Walking 30 minutes a day cuts the rate of people becoming diabetic by more than half and it cuts the risk of people over 60 becoming diabetic by almost 70 percent. 
Walking cuts the risk of stroke by more than 25 percent.   
Walking reduces hypertension. The body has over 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Those blood vessels are more supple and healthier when we walk.

Walking cuts the risk of cancer as well as diabetes and stroke. 
Women who walk have a 20 percent lower likelihood of getting breast cancer and a 31 percent lower risk of getting colon cancer. 
Women with breast cancer who walk regularly can reduce their recurrence rate and their mortality rate by over 50 percent.   

Monday, 24 March 2014

A birthday party at the Union Jack Club in Waterloo

My wife has been rather unwell with “High Anxiety Syndrome” over the last two years. Her birthday is in March and last year she was seventy, and wasn't up for the usual seventy year celebrations, so this year we decided to pretend she was 70 and hold a party of some of our oldest friends at the Union Jack Club.

To ensure my twenty friends lost their “cost” inhibitions, I told them to do their best to get my bill over a thousand pounds. They failed. The restaurant bill came to £551.70 and our bar tab came to £139.70. But they did try, honest! But I'll hasten to add, everything at the club is exceedingly good value for money so I had set them a difficult task.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

What are your views on Geocaching?

I have flirted with the idea of joining the tens of thousands of people who indulge in the pursuit of geocaching.

Wikipedia have full details of the sport (or hobby) here. and part of their page states:
For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trade items then record the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site (see list of some sites below). Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing site and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers. The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online, but then must return the cache to the same coordinates so that other geocachers may find it. Geocachers are free to take objects (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Humour: Do you know this woman?

Here's an old chestnut but still has me laughing hysterically. Hope you enjoy!


While taxiing at London’s Gatwick Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.

An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming:  “US Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta!

Stop right there. I know it’s difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!”

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: “God! Now you’ve screwed everything up! It’ll take forever to sort this out!

"You stay right there and don’t move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you!

"You got that, US Air 2771?”

“Yes, ma’am,” the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent
after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high.

Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking: “Was I married to you once???”

Ampers

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

There are lies, damned lies and EU Lies

One of our excellent speakers, William Dartmouth, speech at their UKIPSpring Conference, telling us how the insidious lies are spreading about what might happen if we leave the EU. Lies, no doubt, put about by Nick Clegg and his band of sad men.


Ampers

Sunday, 16 February 2014

The fable of the porcupine - Lessons in life # 142

I never knew porcupines were so cute as babies. A good story with a great message.

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine?


Fable of the Porcupine  

It was the coldest winter ever.

Many animals died because of the cold.

The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their  companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others.

This way they were able to survive.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Tax-Payers, You'll be so happy to learn of this

Where do all our taxes go?

UK 'helps dictators buy Paris homes'

African leaders accused of stealing millions in aid

By Peter Allen of the Daily Mail on 29 July 2011
Link to original article which also contains photograph and a piece on Zimbabwe.

* Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Congo owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in Paris

British taxpayers are funding the multi-million-pound Paris property portfolios of a African dictators, it has been claimed.

Scores of luxury houses and flats in the French capital are now owned by men who regularly receive vast charitable hand-outs.

It emerged yesterday that Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, owns 16 of the most luxurious houses and flats in the French capital.

Nguesso is one of a number of African politicians said to have built vast overseas property empires using public funds – including the proceeds of foreign aid – from their countries’ treasuries.

Ali Bongo, president of Gabon, owns at least 39 properties in Paris, while the portfolio of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, includes an entire six-storey period building on the prestigious Avenue Foch, alone worth £15 million.

The details are contained in a report compiled by the anti-corruption groups Transparency International and Sherpa, and handed over to Paris prosecutors.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

On the terrible actions, unreported in the news, of LibLabCon

The Press, UKIP and Nigel Farage

This is a small extraction of a great article in the Daily Telegraph - follow this link for the full article.

... We have been pretty hard done by in the last two weeks, but the slip-ups of junior party members have been very benign when compared to those of the three old parties.

Just look at the Liberal Democrats, where a series of allegations of sexual assaults on women by Michael Hancock and Christopher Rennard have rocked their leaders.

The super-sanctimonious Lib Dems even had Chris Davies, an MEP, belittling pinching women’s bottoms. Last summer John Larsen, a Lib Dem councillor, and former Mayor of Denbigh, was convicted for planting 14 bombs in his home town. Have you ever heard his name? I bet not.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

How to improve our unemployment by helping small companies hire more and faster.

Here's my take on the matter

First of all, we need to get out of the EU for many reasons, but this blog is about business so I will restrict myself to this subject. As a caveat, everything below is on the assumption we have left the EU but are still a nation within Europe.

First of all, we must look at business and the EU. 

The EU is our biggest negative trading partner. What does this mean? It is simple. It means we import more goods from the EU than we export to it. This, in turn means, although it helps our shops sell more goods, it damages our manufacturing and damages our balance of payments.

The rest of our business area is the Commonwealth, the USA and the rest of the world, including South America, China and India. 

We would like to help Africans build up their trade in Africa but can't at present because we are forbidden by the EU. Mainly because a lot of trade with Africa would include food, and the French want to restrict that as much as they can.

If we left the EU we would be able to increase our manufacturing as we could then trade more with the rest of the world. We already export more of our goods outside the EU than we do within it. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

An open letter to recent immigrants in the UK

Immigrants in the UK

London, 22nd January 2014

Dear Immigrant,

Have you arrived in the UK during the last decade and are uneasy about the United Kingdom Independence Party (known as UKIP)? Especially since the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, and the Conservative (Tory) Party have been saying all those nasty things about UKIP?

Before I get into my blog, I should state my position. I am an immigrant. I didn't start learning English until I was thirteen, and didn't speak it conversationally until I was fifteen, which was when I left school, left my parents and left my country and came to England to seek my fortune in 1955.

The EU officials hate the English. It could be because they remembered all the battles they lost against this tiny island in centuries past. They have flooded our country to the extent that our schools cannot cope, our National Health Service (NHS) is collapsing – have you been to an accident ward lately? Only the other day a patient was parked outside in an ambulance because there wasn't room in the hospital and after four hours he died. And, how long do you have to queue when you visit your doctor's surgery?

Our schools are failing to educate their pupils properly. This will get worse as immigrants are all having babies at a fast rate. Our midwives are finding this so difficult and cannot cope. In Hackney, London, one school had pupils who between them, spoke 71 languages as a first language.

But if UKIP got into Government, they would not send you back. Of course this won't apply to hardened criminals.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

What would happen if we left the EU?

Blown apart: 
The Top 10 myths about Britain's EU membership

The italics are my own additions.

MYTH 1. Britain would lose out on millions of jobs if we left the EU.

FACT: This is a common deceit. In fact, the EU would lose 4 millions jobs if it ceased trading with the UK, it’s biggest customer. The EU sells more to us than we sell to it. In 2009 there was a trade deficit of £34.9bn; in 2011, that deficit was nearly £50bn.

* And, can you see Germany and France refusing to sell all those cars they send over each year? Or the French banning wines to the UK?

MYTH 2. Tariff barriers will exclude us from trade with the EU.

FACT: The EU has free trade agreements with 53 countries to overcome such tariffs, and is negotiating a further 74.

* And, they will have the World Trade Organisation to contend with.

MYTH 3. Britain cannot survive economically outside the EU in a world of trading blocs.

FACT: Major economies such as Japan (the world’s third largest) are not in a trading bloc. Our best trading relationships are not within the EU, but outside, with countries like the USA and Switzerland.

MYTH 4. The EU is moving towards the UK’s position on cutting regulation and bureaucracy.

FACT: Once in place, EU directives are highly unlikely to be reformed or repealed. Less than 15% of Britain’s GDP represents trade with the EU yet Brussels regulations afflict 100% of our economy. In 2010, Open Europe estimated EU regulation had cost Britain £124 billion since 1998.

* That's not including the £53M we pay each day.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Always cover your ass!

A man returns home a day early from a business trip. It's after midnight. While en route home he asks the cabby if he would be a witness, as the man suspects his wife is having an affair, and he wants to catch her in the act.

For $100, the cabby agrees.

Quietly arriving home, the husband and cabby tip-toe into the bedroom. The husband switches on the lights, yanks the blanket back, and there is his wife in bed with another man., both stark naked.

The husband puts a gun to the naked man's head.

The wife shouts, "Don't do it, I lied when I told you I inherited money.

He paid for the Landcruiser I gave you.
He paid for our new cabin cruiser.
He paid for your Footy and Cricket Season tickets.
He paid for our house at the lake.
He paid for our country club membership, and he even pays your monthly account"

Shaking his head from side-to-side, the husband lowers the gun.
He looks over at the cabby and says "What would you do?"

The cabby replies, If I was you I'd cover his ass with that blanket before he catches cold."

Sunday, 12 January 2014

I do NOT blame the European Union for Britains troubles.

Why do people fail to differentiate?

This blog, though written from a British perspective could easily be changed to reflect just about any nationality in this world of ours.

For example, it is ridiculous to say I don't like Americans, or I don't like the French. Perhaps it is the way the country reacts to you or your ideas? Then maybe it is their politicians you don't like?

Taking this a step further, do you like your friends and the people around you? Can you see any difference between them and the power-mad, money-mad politicians who run your own country? Of course you can! Would you want others to judge you on the performance of your politicians? Of course you wouldn't!

Have you ever considered that the Americans or the French you don't like are tainted by the way you perceive their politicians to behave?

And, in Britain, we can take this a step further. If you are a Conservative, you may have said, from time to time, that you hate Socialists. And, if you are a Socialist, you may have said, I hate Conservatives. Of course you might have used much stronger language, I know I often do!

But not all Conservatives are right wing bigots, as not all Socialists are left wing bigots. We need, once again, to start differentiating between the politicians, activists, and 'nasty dyed in the wool types' on the one side, and the ordinary man or woman brought up to view people from the other party with suspicion on the other.

I have been a floating voter in my time. I have voted for Conservatives, as I have met many ordinary good working people who have been of that party. I was even a chairman in the Young Conservatives, dammit! My first wife was a Socialist, and, through her, I had met large numbers of decent Socialist people willing to discuss their problems with me and I have voted for their party in the past.

If you must hate, then fine. But try to direct your hatred for the activists and politicians of the opposite party who have ruined this green and pleasant land. And whilst you are about it, why not hold a little of your hatred back for the similar bastards in your own party who have run this wonderful country, with so much wonderful history, into the quagmire that it is in.

It is also important to focus your ire on the guilty party. Let me take just one example of what I mean before ending this blog.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

What is your four year old daughter saying to you?

I found this on Twitter and feel sure the originator won't mind sharing this with my readers as it is so important. If you wrote it and can prove it, please let me know and I will add a link to your website.

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"I’m spending the morning waiting for my car in the repair shop. Four men in flannel (I missed the flannel memo) and I sit around smelling tires and inhaling exhaust fumes while an enchanting little fairy is in constant motion around her daddy. She climbs on him, giggles, turns around, and then she’s back to twirling on the tile.

"She’s bouncing and spinning around in her pink frilly skirt. Her black cable knit tights are sagging around her tiny knees, and her puffy coat makes her arms stand out further than is natural. To top off the ensemble is a shiny crystal tiara. It’s been tacked down to her head with what appears to be about 60 haphazard bobby pins.

"She’s probably four years old. So little, so vulnerable. She doesn’t seem concerned about it as she sings about teapots and ladybugs in her black Mary Janes. I feel myself tear up as I watch her. I tear up as I watch him watch her. She could not possibly know at four what impact this man, his character, or his words will have on her for years to come. And, maybe he doesn’t know either.

"So, to all the daddies with little girls who aren’t old enough yet to ask for what they need from you, here is what we wish you knew:"

Monday, 6 January 2014

Are there any advantages of decriminalising all drugs?

The case for decriminalising drugs – by Milton Freedman PhD.
Posted by Ampers in A Wordpress Rant, Crime, Politics on Saturday, 5 March 2011

Although I have been saying everything he says in the following video, he says it a lot better than me.watch the video and look at some of the benefits I have listed after the video…


This is  an excellent video and I have downloaded it from YouTube and put it on my phone to show others. There is nothing here that I don’t instinctively know and am amazed that everyone else doesn’t know it as well.

I hate hard drugs, I am already hooked on strong coffee and good South African Brandy. This is really too much for me as it is!

But if we took drugs out of the criminal offence bracket there would be no dealers recruiting kids outside of the school gates to get them to deliver drugs in return for payment with drugs.

Muggings and burglaries would go right down as drugs would be cheap enough from Boots or the corner shop.

A&E wings of hospitals would have less injuries to treat, every night and double on weekends because it would no longer be fashionable to take drugs. Like smoking, there would always be the few of course.

The police would be able to live with the cuts as we wouldn’t need half as many as we do now.

Tens of thousands of drug dealers all around Britain would be out of work. Now this bit pleases me!

One could go on, but this is enough, I need another coffee… badly!

Ampers

PS Have I left any advantage out? Please add them in the comments section if you can think of any.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

We can learn from all the races in this world.

Here is an example of the Red Indians of Mongolia who now inhabits the two Americas.

In the USA the politically correct name is "Native American" which I have always found amusing. Why? Because in the cold war, Mongolia was in the USSR so one could have said then, that "the Native American is a Russian"!





There is a battle of two wolves inside us all.

One is evil; it is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego.

The other is good; It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.

The wolf that survives and wins? It is the one which you feed.

Ampers