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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Interesting Facebook post I read.

I was sent this interesting post by James Delingpole on his website which has enraged a good many people. If it enrages you, then please do not return to my website.

"Ich bin ein Berliner."
JFK's words (which actually mean "I am a doughnut", but never mind) have been popular since the latest terrorist atrocity - as of course they inevitably would. We all know well enough, by now, the standard operational procedure that all right-thinking people adopt whenever someone from the Religion of Peace commits another mass murder.
First, the snappy hashtag phrase of solidarity: #jesuischarlie #prayfororlando #ichbineinberliner
Then the decorating of your Facebook/Twitter profile in the colours of the flag of the latest victim country. So: red, gold, and black are this month's red, white, and blue.
Then the candlelit vigils.
Then the hipster playing "Imagine" on a wonky piano in an impromptu and entirely unexpected gesture near the scene of the atrocity.
Then the visit by politicians vowing that the people will remain defiant in the face of this outrage.
Then the good news story about some Muslims who were brave and/or nice - usually members of the persecuted Ahmadi branch of Islam - which proves that it is a Religion of Peace really.
Then the caravan of grief moves on. Till the next atrocity. And so on and so on ad infinitum.
We've all noticed this stuff, many times over. And most of us find it properly sick-making. But there's one other element in the standard left-liberal playbook response to these terrorist atrocities which, I think, hasn't been widely noted yet. And I think it should be because it's as least as disgusting and lame and feeble and hypocritical and dishonest and cowardly and succour-to-the-enemy-giving as any of the responses I've listed above.
I'm talking about the Blame Nigel Farage response.
We saw a perfect example of this in the immediate aftermath of the Berlin atrocity earlier this week when the chattering classes on social media very quickly made up their hive mind who the guilty party was in the Christmas market massacre-by-truck.
Was it, perhaps, the ISIS-inspired terrorist who killed a Polish truck driver, commandeered his vehicle, drove to a crowded Christmas market in the centre of Berlin, turned off the headlights and then accelerated into the crowd of men, women, and children, killing at least a dozen and maiming many more?
Of course not!
The very worst, most evil and culpable person in the world the day after the Berlin massacre was - in the view of progressive types on Twitter and on the BBC and in The Guardian - Nigel Farage.
But what could Nigel Farage possibly have done wrong that was worse than killing lots of people going about their shopping in a Christmas market in Germany?
Well, he'd done the terrible thing of saying this in a tweet:
Terrible news from Berlin but no surprise. Events like these will be the Merkel legacy.

You might be wondering what the problem is here. Me too. I think it's perfectly arguable, indeed entirely reasonable, to suggest that Angela Merkel's bizarre experiment to invite over a million "refugees" of mostly Muslim extraction into her country was primarily responsible for this terrorist attack. Thinking this doesn't make you a bad person or an "Islamophobe". It's a simple numbers game: the more Muslims you invite in the greater the likelihood that among them will be unfriendly ones bent on doing great harm.
But to appreciate this basic, obvious truth is to think clearly and logically - which is not something the liberal-left likes to do. What it much prefers to engage in is emotive demagoguery, dubious moral equivalence and cynical smearing of the type we see expressed in this response to Farage's tweet by a left-wing activist called Brendan Cox.
@Nigel_Farage blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That's a slippery slope Nigel.

Cox is keen to promote the idea that extremists from the "far right" are just as big a threat as "Islamist" ones.
On the day after the massacre, he tweeted:
Far right &Islamist extremists share same hate driven psychology, intolerance towards difference& tendency to violence. We must defeat both

Well, it's a point of view, certainly. But if you ask me it's a crass, ignorant, and irresponsible one. What on earth does the "far right" have to do with a mass murder of innocent shoppers committed by a follower of Islamic State? And how does the comparison add anything useful to the debate? It doesn't: it does the exact opposite. It's a classic piece of liberal-left "whataboutery", of intellectual evasion, of progressive smearing.
"Right wing extremists are just as big a problem as Islamist terrorists," it seeks to tell us.
And: "Let's not seek to point the finger of blame at any ideology in particular."
And: "But do let's blame the kind of people who think mass immigration is a bad thing because their 'intolerance towards difference' is what's really causing all this violence."
So I'm really not surprised that Nigel Farage chose to take Cox to task on LBC radio.
Hours after the Twitter exchange between the two, Mr Farage went on LBC radio and said: "Well, of course, he would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox, he backs organisations like Hope Not Hate, who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means."
What does surprise me - though it shouldn't: I've seen often enough how these people roll - was the speed with which the news cycle shifted its attention. One minute we were being invited - quite properly - to focus on the latest appalling atrocity committed in the name of the Religion of Peace. The next - ooh look, a dickie bird! - everyone from the BBC and The Guardian, to various rentaquote Labour MPs, plus the usual suspects on Twitter had decided that the real story of the day was how disgusting and culpable people on the right were, especially Nigel Farage.
MP Tracy Brabin, who replaced Mrs Cox in her Batley and Spen constituency, said: "Beggars belief... A new low for Farage."
Chris Bryant, the Rhondda MP and former shadow Commons leader, said: "The sheer nastiness of Farage sometimes takes my breath away."
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins added: "When your entire career has been built on hate, not hope, it perhaps shouldn't shock me, but Farage still sinks lower than I'd have believed."
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, wrote on Twitter: "I hope Farage never ever feels the pain we feel about Jo, because unlike him I am not a monster."
Again, it's worth asking: what had Nigel Farage done or said wrong to justify phrases like "sheer nastiness" and "monster"? And if Nigel Farage is a "monster", what term would you use for the Tunisian guy who murdered that Polish truck driver and then deliberately ploughed the vehicle into a Christmas market full of kids?
I think we need to be absolutely clear here: these people have no claim whatsoever to the moral high ground. They are stupid, wrong, and evil.
In December 2016, as throughout this year and last and the one before, innocents have been butchered by a merciless creed which deliberately sets out to kill and maim by whatever means. And instead of facing up to this threat and asking important questions like "how did this come about?" and "how can we deal with it?", all these left-wing virtue-signallers in the Labour party, at The Guardian, at the BBC, and on Twitter want to do is duck the issue by pointing in the direction of their favourite bugbear "the far right" instead.
Here is Owen Jones playing the game in The Guardian:
No more pussyfooting around: Nigel Farage and his associates have poisoned our country’s political culture, and it’s time to push back. Their offensive – in every sense of the word – has been so swift, so devastating, that we risk normalising it.
Here is the left-wing comic Mark Steel trying it on in the Independent with some satire which works really well if you're a doctrinaire left-winger and Hope Not Hate fan who believes Brexit was a disaster and that what Europe needs right now is more unchecked immigration, from the Middle East and North Africa especially.
What has fuelled their moral indignation is the fact that Brendan Cox is the widower of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered in the streets during the EU referendum campaign by a loner with neo-Nazi sympathies called Thomas Mair.
I have never spoken to, read, or met anyone on the Brexit side of the argument who was any less appalled by Jo Cox's murder than people on the Remain side were. Yet ever since her senseless death at the hands of a vile individual, elements in the Remain camp have sought to pin her murder on the "rhetoric" used by the Brexit camp, especially by people like Nigel Farage.
(This is a common trope of the regressive left - and has been since at least the 2011 shooting of Arizona Democrat politician Gabrielle Giffords, which the liberal media also did its best to blame on right-wing rhetoric rather than on a sad, confused, angry nut-job.)
Probably the most egregious example of this was a piece by David Aaronovitch in The Times, which I wrote about under the headline "Aaronovitch: Brexit campaigners kinda, sorta killed Jo Cox MP"
Few people have pushed this notion more assiduously than Brendan Cox himself - who donated a large chunk of the memorial fund raised in Jo Cox's honour to the dubious charity Hope Not Hate, whose speciality is to promulgate this same misleading line - that the "far right" is an equivalent threat to fundamentalist Islam.
No doubt in doing so Brendan Cox believes he is honouring his wife's memory.
The problem is that the "good work" Brendan Cox believes his wife was doing before she died is anathema to over half the country - and indeed to millions of people in Europe whose countries have been swamped by the kind of mass immigration that the Coxes believed would be good for them.
That's why the Remainers lost the referendum: because, contrary to the assertions of campaigners like Jo and Brendan Cox, British people had had quite enough of unchecked immigration and could not see the benefits of remaining shackled to a sclerotic, anti-democratic, supra-national bureaucracy within the European Union.
However, the response of the losing Remainers (the 48 per cent) has not been to accept with good grace the democratic will expressed by the Brexiteers (the 52 per cent). Rather it has been to fight, fight, fight the result with whatever means, fair or foul, come to hand and to try to ensure that Brexit never happens.
Among the fouler means the Remoaners have sought to use to get their way is to try to blacken the motives and character of anyone who voted Brexit, while claiming for themselves the moral high ground as ordinary decent people who represent the "British values" of tolerance and fairness and who are appalled by the supposed outbreak of post-Brexit "hate crimes" in a country they claim not to recognise anymore.
It goes without saying that this is pure propaganda based on the flimsiest of evidence, most of it anecdotal or simply made up.
But it's a line that has caught the imaginations of the losing Remain camp and their friends in the media, not least thanks to Brendan Cox himself.
Whatever phrase you use to describe Cox's activities since
his wife's murder, "maintaining a dignified silence" wouldn't be one of them. This was especially noticeable in the tense days before the referendum vote, when he invoked his late wife's memory to promote this popular Remain trope: that the language being used by the Brexit camp was inflammatory and dangerous and somehow unBritish.
"I think she was very worried that the language was coarsening, that people were being driven to take more extreme positions, that people didn’t work with each other as individuals and on issues, it was all much too tribal and unthinking," Mr Cox said.
"She was particularly worried - we talked about this regularly - about the direction, not just in the UK but globally, the direction of politics at the moment, particularly around creating division and playing on people’s worst fears rather than their best instincts."
He has continued to promote this view ever since - taking advantage of the significantly higher media profile which he gained as a result of his wife's death and finding a ready audience at parti-pris, pro-Remain media organisations like the BBC for his left-leaning, pro-immigration, anti-Brexit opinions. This Christmas he has been given still more space to promote his views by Channel 4 which has chosen him to broadcast their Alternative Christmas Message.
Is there, perhaps, some special rule whereby if you have been tragically widowed, you get a free pass to spout unchallenged whatever views you like in public - even if the cause you are supporting is potentially very dangerous and certainly very offensive to well over half the population?
Brendan Cox's many admirers in the Remain camp - on the regressive left and in Hope Not Hate most especially - would seem to think so.
I got a small taste of this myself when, at the height of the Farage/Cox spat, I tweeted:
"When are we allowed to say that Brendan Cox is a total arse?"

There are worse insults in the English lexicon than calling someone a "total arse" - as I was reminded by the large number of responses I got from Hope Not Hate virtue-signallers telling me as I was a "c***". My view on this remains as it was when I tweeted it: that if you're going to express suspect opinions in the public arena, then you should expect to be called on them, no matter how tragic your personal circumstances. Of course, Cox deserves sympathy as a widower; this does not, however, give him carte blanche to promulgate - uncriticised - the kind of political viewpoint which, unfortunately, goes a long way towards explaining the wave of terrorism we are experiencing in Europe today.
For about 24 hours, I experienced what Nigel Farage has to put up with pretty much every day of his life - and has done for the last 25 years. Wave after wave of self-righteous lefties pouring vitriol, wishing death on me, calling me the worst names they could think of in their limited imaginations.
I'm perfectly OK with the insults. I'm used to it. It's a technique popular with the regressive left known as "point and shriek" and "isolate and swarm". The purpose - as Vox Day explains in this SJW attack survival guide - is to frighten you, isolate you, and silence you. And the key thing is to recognise it for what it is and not be upset by it - and definitely not apologise.
But what I cannot tolerate or forgive - and nor should you - is when these scum-sucking regressive types think they have the right to judge and to take the moral high ground.
Farage was absolutely right when he said in that tweet that the massacre in Berlin was a direct result of the Merkel legacy.
John R Bradley puts it well in the Mail:
The undeniable reality is that Europe’s breathtakingly reckless open-door immigration policy has provided a perfect cover for Islamic State to further its bloody, anti-Christian agenda.
Undeniable and real it may be - but the regressive left shows, as yet, absolutely no sign of accepting it or engaging with it.
This is why I have a very special Christmas message to all those people who attacked Nigel Farage for telling the truth about the Berlin massacre, and to all those who called me a "c***" for being rude about Brendan Cox.
You are the reason Donald Trump won the US Presidential election; you are the reason 17.4 million people voted for Brexit; you are the reason the European Union is collapsing. You are hateful, bigoted and - for all your hypocritical pretences to the contrary - fascistic.
You are an intellectually spavined, moronic, self-righteous and disgusting losers who have been shown by the events of 2016 to be on the wrong side of history. There is nothing noble or worthy or decent about your ranting rage: it is the fury of a vampire stuck with a stake, realising as he shrieks his last that finally the good guys have ended his reign of terror.
I leave you, as a treat, with the delicious words of Owen Jones in the Guardian - as demented a case of psychological projection as it has ever been my amused privilege to witness.
We face a great danger, and not even those who will suffer because of it have realised just how grave it is. Intolerance and hatred have been legitimised across the western world. Dissent is becoming treason. That is bad enough. But there are other violent extremists who are being both radicalised and legitimised across the west. If we don’t take a stand now, new dark chapters are soon to arrive.
No, Owen, my fluffy little ephebe. It's not my side that is guilty of any of that. It's your side that has been doing this for decades - closing down free speech, demeaning people who dare to speak out, promoting hatred and violence while pretending to preach tolerance (so long as it's tolerance of things you think it's OK to tolerate).
You are unconscionable scum. Your philosophy has been responsible for causing untold misery across the world for over a century. The idea that any of you are able to take the moral high ground on anything is as risible as your threadbare arguments.
Still, the great thing is that you guys finally lost in 2016. Happy 2017 everyone - it can only get better from here on in.
 Happy New Year to all Brexiteers.

Ampers.

Monday, 19 December 2016

How this old geezer would reform the NHS


We need to reform the NHS, comment if you agree or object. If objecting, please say why and what you would do instead.

First of all, there are too many layers of authority between the Government and the surgeries & hospitals at the end of chain.

Once we are out of the EU, we need to get back to the “county level” of running things.

Ministry: there should be an NHS Department in charge of all purchasing and payments. Now that the NHS is fully computerised, both sections could be run with no more than a staff of 100 for each section, although this would have to be greatly increased whilst setting up.

Purchasing: senior executives of Amazon should be approached to set up an Amazon style operation. Not to run the supplies department but to advise in setting it up. And to inspect (but not oversee) it on a regular basis.

Payments: the department should be responsible for two areas. And two areas only, everything else should be handled at the local level (surgeries and hospitals).

First of all they should be responsible for the payment of all salaries which are paid into the bank, and the issue of all payment instructions to the surgeries and hospitals for weekly cash wages.

Secondly they should be responsible for the payment of all purchasing incoming invoices.

County Council: There should be no other levels of management until we come to Country Level in the local Country Council offices. This is where they decide whether hospitals should work individually or in groups, and the number of surgeries required for the local demographics. Nothing else. The Council themselves can make those decisions, but perhaps a manager (one only) could be based there, using the council’s secretarial services when required?

Surgeries should be responsible for the running of their surgeries, other than the actual payment of salaries, equipment or medicines. They already have a practice manager so would only need one extra member of support staff.

Hospitals: should be responsible for the running of their hospitals, or hospital groups, other than the actual payment of salaries, equipment or medicines. They already have a managerial staff so would only need to expand their support staff.

Ampers.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Only two of you for Christmas Lunch, here's what to do.

Pam and I are looking forward to Christmas day.

There's just the two of us, so we don't have Turkey as we don't want to be eating it at the end of January, or February perhaps?

We have roast pheasant, or used to until this year as we like to spend as little time in the kitchen as we can. We've discovered Pheasant breasts at Ocado. And cooking is easy - we cook at 65° C in a sealed plastic bag for a couple of hours, then just before serving, fry it in butter for a minute or so each side so it is a golden colour. As long as it is at 65° C you can cook it for 90 minutes or as long as you like so we don’t have to keep checking it. So it’s on at 11am and forget! And, no, the plastic doesn’t melt at that temperature!

Yes, it is costly, but it is only once a year! And, we thoroughly enjoy it...

We make a day of it with every course on the hour, starting at noon

Our menu is as follows:

First Course:
A smoked salmon salad with quails eggs.
No “French” stuff here, English sparkling wine to wash it down

Main Course:
Pheasant breasts, Asparagus, Tinned minty potatoes and petits pois (peas).
Washed down with a top Rustenburg South African Pinotage.

Dessert:
Pecan & Toffee Roulard (Waitrose)
A great dessert wine, Royal Tokaji wine completes the circle”

Cheese:
Mature Stilton on French bread tingles the palate
Old Port washes it down superbly and great for the toast to Her Majesty.

Coffee:
But with the finest chocolate, washed down with a great Van Ryn Cape Brandy.

* Computers, phones and tablets banned from noon.

Ampers

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Have you visited the UK Column website? It's very interesting.


This has been taken from their "About Us" page.
The UK Column story began with local residents in Devonport, the historic Royal Navy dockyard area of the city of Plymouth in South West England.

Fighting against corruption within Plymouth City Council, and motivated by the increasing interference in their community by government backed ’Quangos’, as well as the political charity Common Purpose, local people were unable to get their concerns published by the local press.

Research suggested a collaboration between Plymouth City Council, South West of England Regional Development Agency, the Government Office of the South West, Common Purpose and local newspapers. The simple objective appeared to be to hide the truth.

In response a small Devonport group decided to print the truth themselves.

The first edition of the Devonport Column was published in January 2006. A4 sheet size and with an initial distribution of just 500, the effect of the Column on the streets was amazing. Whilst residents, and the Plymouth public demanded more, local Councillors were bullied to try and shut the paper down, and even the Chief Executive of Plymouth Council used his public office to try and prevent future editions from being printed. Individual members of our team were threatened and some local advertisers intimidated.

We knew we were onto something special, and we were greatly encouraged as an increasing number of telephone calls and letters of support arrived.

The fledgling team worked hard to produce a monthly newsheet, boosted articles to cover a hefty four A4 pages, and increased distribution to 1500 copies per month. All work was voluntary and funded by local donations.

Deeply researching links between Common Purpose, the inner reaches of government, public sector fraud and corruption and the EU, our volunteers were also motivated to form “The New Battle of Britain Group”, a campaign group to raise money and help others become more effective in spreading the truth about EU driven criminal activity in UK, and fighting it. This initiative was later to help create and fund the British Constitution Group, which has now achieved so much in its own right.

As our readership grew, the Devonport Column was renamed, first to the Plymouth & Devonport Column, and then the UK Column.

From that tiny spark of free speech, demand for the paper rapidly increased, and with the help of a few very generous start-up donations we were able to expand to 20,000 copies per month, rising to 75,000 in December 2007. To date the UK Column team has printed well over 1 million copies and has worked very hard over the last 9 years to greatly expand efforts on many different fronts. 

Alongside the hard copy papers, our website, ebooks, research groups and forums, we have also given hundreds of public talks across UK and overseas and produced thousands of hours of internet video presentations, documentaries and live weekday news programmes.

The UK Column remains the work of a small core group of volunteers, and we are only able to do what we do due to the generosity of those who donate and subscribe. If you like what we do we very much hope that you will also give what you can to help support us.

Visit their website for more

Ampers.

Parliament works against all decent citizens in the UK.

This is a comment a colleague left in the Daily Mail, it will be interesting to see whether it will be published:
"The biggest job we in Britain have facing us today is getting rid of the corrupt politicians from Westminster who it seems may be in the majority.
"They argue and work constantly in favour of unpatriotic and often treasonous acts often using a form of double speak and coded language to disguise their actions and motives when referring to them. Michael Fallon is one of many such wreckers of the UK and is often reviewed on UK Column, a must watch for people who want true news.
 

"Giving away taxpayers' money against taxpayers' wishes is one of the worse acts that all the traditional parties and politicians including the Greens practice.

"One of the terrifying aspects of these criminal politicians is that they are putting together an aggressive police force to impose a police state, something our BBC and main stream media refuse to report."
My colleague mentions Fallon, but I sincerely doubt if there is more than a small handful of MPs who really have this countries interest at heart. But please don't ask me to name them as I haven't a clue who they are.

Readers old enough to remember Yes Minister will know how easy our MPs are manipulated into "doing what is expected of them".

Ampers.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

$350 paid to ALL demonstrators by George Soros for a one day's demonstrating against Trump

US and French media highlight anti-Trump demonstrations in various cities. This dispute is not spontaneous. Protesters are paid ...

On Craigslist, a website for classified ads very popular in the United States for his job search ads, sale and rental of housing, etc., one can easily find ads offering a job of a special kind "show against Donald Trump ".

The benefit is paid on time. From one city to another, protest against Donald Trump reports between 10 and 35 dollars an hour.

During the election campaign the protesters were already paid to protest against Trump ... but no "official" media ever spoke of it. All obediently showed images of anti-Trump protesters without saying anything about the evidence that they were being paid to demonstrate.


"Fight Agenda Trump! We are hiring full-time activists. "Washington Can! "Is the oldest and most deeply rooted nonprofit political association of our state. For more than 35 years, we have been fighting at the local and national levels on issues such as race, social, health, immigrant rights, and tax fairness. We are looking for motivated people, whether part-time or full-time. We offer permanent positions. We offer medical assistance, paid holidays, paid sick days. The average salary is between $ 15 and $ 20 an hour "

The suspicious announcement was published by Washington CAN! - an acronym for the Washington Community Action Network - is part of a network of nearly 500 undercover associations all over the United States, grouped under the name USAction, founded in 1999 and currently run by the African American activist William McNary.

The vice-president is Heather Booth, a historical figure of American feminism. USAction was born out of the ashes of Citizen Action - headed for years by Heather Booth - which had activists and affiliated associations in 34 states before turning into public support for the Democratic Party and then President Bill Clinton. The organization was involved in the Teamstersgate scandal due to illegal financing given to Ron Carey and his re-election as the Teamsters union, which now represents public and private sector workers.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Efficient meal planning for the busy family

Efficient meal planning for the busy family

OK, we’re retired, so we can hardly call ourselves busy. Mind you, keeping interest in the Good News and Bad News blogs at watching.org.uk does take a lot of time each day.

First of all, we decided on a revolving weekly menu we call them simply Menu A, Menu B … Menu E. These we set up in a word processor and we have a printer with duplex on (prints both sides of the page). On one side we have the menu and on the reverse side we have headings of the three main places we shop (Ocado/Tesco/Local) with all the items for the menu week listed with check boxes.

We have a large A4 folder with 62 clear pockets we bought from Amazon for only a fiver (not the one with animal fat of course) where we list each of the weekly menus followed by the lunch and dinner menus for each dish.

We chose five menus, and are thinking of increasing them to six so there is more separation and don't have the same meals near the same date of each month.

We have a large list of foods we buy from Ocado and, on a Sunday, I get my tablet where I keep a database of the foods stored in our garden cabinet. Once I mark them in a column of the Ocado list, I then go down the back of the weekly menu adding all the items we need for the weeks menus. I then mark them off the shopping list. Finally, we include other items such as cleaning materials, spices, vegetables and fruit.

We fire up the Ocado website and quickly enter all the items on our four page shopping list.

The whole operations including printing takes less than an hour and we book the shopping slot for early Monday morning – and it is done. Occasionally we pop into the local shops or Tescos for items that Ocado doesn’t sell in small quantities.

The folder is just for advance information, it plays no part in the ordering procedure.

Each week, we tick one item which we feel isn’t up to our standards, and search the billions of recipes on the net for a replacement. Mostly we are happy with our choices. But in time may get bored. Six menus will give you 42 different lunches and 42 different dinners. Surely that is enough for most families?


An added bonus is, we have more space in our fridge/freezer/cabinets.

Bon Appétit.

Ampers.

Afrikaners get a bad press, what are they really like?

Ek onthou 'n voorval op 'n plaas waar die taai Afrikaans voorman toesig oor 'n groep swartes tot 'n groot leivoor te grawe.

'n Oproep deurgekom hom en ek is gestuur om hom te roep om die huis. Onmiddellik het hy weg is, die swartes gestaak en verlig sigarette.

Ek het teruggekeer na die huis en die voorman het die oproep klaar en hy het gaan staan by die venster kyk die swartes. Ek het gevra of hy gaan hulle ophou rook, Nee, het hy gesê, sal ek tot hulle klaar wag. Wat het hy gedoen. Toe het hy na die groep skree op hulle weer aan die werk te kry.

Hulle het, maar hulle was glimlag, weet hulle ...

(My taal nie te goed nie, ek was in Engeland vir 61 jaar!)
Translation:

I remember an incident on a farm where the tough Afrikaans foreman was supervising a group of blacks to dig a large irrigation ditch.

A call came through to him and I was despatched to call him to the house. Immediately he had left, the blacks downed tools and lit up cigarettes.

I returned to the house and the foreman had finished the call and he stood by the window watching the blacks. I asked if he was going to stop them smoking, No, he said, I’ll wait till they have finished, cigarettes cost much money. Which he did. Then he returned to the group shouting and screaming at them to get back to work.

They did, but they were grinning, they knew…
Ampers

Friday, 2 December 2016

Send this man a Christmas Card

Big Al, sent to prison for, what was it? Ten years. What for? For something they let Muslims off with practically nothing in the UK.

A soldier who lost it for a second.

The politicians do not mind Muslims raping our children, killing our citizens, but one soldier, trained to kill and make split seconds decisions, lost his sanity briefly, gets ten years in prison.

If you feel this is unfair, send this man a Christmas Card. I am going to.

And you can, as the Americans say, "take that to the bank!"


Ampers.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

This is a very amusing, and serious suggestion, we should take on board.

Stefan Molyneux is my favourite Canadian. I watch a lot of his videos as he puts his serious points across with immense humour. In this video he asserts that the American huge national debt is not the people's responsibility.

It really doesn't matter which civilised country throughout the world you live in, this also applies to you. It's 14 minutes of serious/humour.


If you click on the link you will be taken to his "Freedomain" website where he has hundreds of videos on all subjects, ranging from a few minutes to over an hour. Most have a right hand side where he illustrates his talk with references so (not for this one) but many of his videos are best watched on a PC or Notebook in full screen so you can read the references.

Ampers.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Search Google more efficiently

How to search for stuff on Google that most people don't know about

Some excellent tips from the Independent, slightly abbreviated, but click here for the full article.

Some more tips here from Motto Time

And even more here from Life Hack

1. Find your favourite pages again

Feel like re-reading one of your favourite indy100 articles but can't remember the exact wording?

If you search for the parts you can remember and include 'indy100.com' in the search, Google will search the website for you.

2. Search with synonyms

By adding the ~ symbol before a word, Google will look for results for its synonyms.

It will bring up topics on a subject matter rather than ones relevant to a specific word.

This should produce a greater variety of results, and stop them being narrowed by the fact you can't think of another word for it.

3. Asterisk it

If one of the search terms is on the tip of your tongue, add an asterisk '*' into the search and Google will hazard a guess at it.

4. Missing words

If you’re looking up a particular phrase but can only remember a few key words from it, this tool is the one for you.

In between the first and last parts of a search phrase, type the instruction ‘AROUND’ and in brackets the approximate number of missing words.

For example:
‘Now is the AROUND(7) discontent’

5. Add parameters

Sometimes narrowing your search is useful, especially when you want to do it in a particular way. If what you're looking for can have numerical limits, use them.

If you want results that refer to a specific date, or things produced in a certain era (such as car models) add the date range separated by an ellipses.

Same goes for things in a specific weight, age, or size range.

6. Exact phrasing

Another tool that's useful for quotations or lyrics is searching for exact phrasing. By putting your search phrase in "" quotation marks, you can limit the search to that word order and collection of words.

7. Remove certain types of results

Skint but want to search for something that normally returns shopping results? You can remove categories of results by negating words from the search with a minus sign " - ".

For instance searching for good books, you can type "books -buy".

8. Find related sites

For websites that are almost, but not quite like the one you have in mind, put the word 'related:' before your search term.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Are these people nutcases? Or is cholesterol good for you?

 I read the following on this website, can we believe it, are we being foxed?

Read on...

The media, the medical and drug sector, the food industry, and many other sectors have teamed up to sell the masses a pack of lies. And like lab rats the masses believe what they are being force-fed, instead of taking a few seconds to do one simple thing, they instead opt to do nothing, but swallow the blue pill they have been given, instead of opting to question everything. A simple question leads to some research, and research provides alternative viewpoints. A brain that is not exercised is a worthless instrument, and the longer it is not used the more useless it becomes.

We stated several times before that the war against cholesterol was total rubbish. In fact, cholesterol is good; it’s a healing agent, and when levels are high it is trying to protect the organism from allergenic or inflammatory agents. Just like the drug industry once fooled people into believing eggs were bad for health, they continue to pump the nonsense that cholesterol is bad when there is no real credible evidence to support this claim. If you read the research studies they cite you will find that at the very best they are employing something called faulty logic or they are downright lying to support these wild assertions.
 
The real danger is the crap they call beneficial oils that they are trying to push the public to buy and like lab rats the masses willingly oblige.  Any form of seed oil (other than Coconut and olive oil when pure) is dangerous to your health.  Butter is also very good and can be used as an oil substitute.  Do your research on the critical of PUFA and seeds oils. PUFA equals polyunsaturated fats.   Fish oils also fall into this dangerous category. What you think you know could very well end up hurting you seriously. To make things look good, they have created outlets such as prevention magazine and a host of other publications (many of them operating as non-profit) whose sole purpose is disinformation.  If they can make it look like it’s the drug industry versus the so-called toxic health industry it creates the illusion of good versus evil, thus one group can be sold drugs and the other so-called healing agents which are just as dangerous. The end game is to have a host of sick patient’s line up for treatment.

Dr Uffe has clearly debunked the crap that medical industry pushes out re cholesterol. He has published numerous books and the link below clearly illustrates how cholesterol is good for you and that in general higher levels as you age are associated with a longer lifespan.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=uffe+ravnskov

The second link takes you to Dr Uffe Ravnsov’s website and is loaded with useful information. Again this directly confirms our assertion that those at top look at the masses as nothing but a good source of cannon fodder and why not. The masses are gullible and stupid; they fall for the same ploy over and over again, regardless of whether it comes to learning the real history of the world, investing or regarding their health and welfare. [Ed: The same in politics]  This will never stop; the only thing you can stop is to make sure you are not part of the herd. The masses never have and will never win; the only time they stand any chance of moving up the rung is if they change their way of thinking. To the early bird comes the worm; to the late bird if lucky, the crap, otherwise it is more likely to get shot.

http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Have to admit, I cry when I watch this, even at 77.

Well, not actually cry, but the tears do well up...

It is about South Africa and is in Afrikaans, but I can assure you, you do not need to know the language to feel the despair.

There are various amounts of murders to farm owners and workers so it is hard to ascertain the truth, but it is generally acknowledged that farm murder rates are 50% higher than the rest of South Africa, and although farmers have it tough, killing of white non-farmers in South Africa has halved since the end of Apartheid, whereas black on black killings have swelled enormously.

I've been away for 61 years but still feel the pain.



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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Two schools of thought. Which do you espouse?

A favourite American saying is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". This is the route to complacency and enables your competitors to catch up.

Around the time of the second world war, W. Edwards Deming tried to push his idea which was "If it's working well, sit down and work out how you can make it work better". This way you'll be continuing to strive for perfection and your competitors will have to be pretty good to catch up as, every time they match your product, you are bringing out an updated one.

But Americans in business laughed at poor William so he packed his bags and moved to Japan after the second world war ended. He pushed his idea to the Japanese bosses -- those readers old enough will remember the trashy, shoddy goods the Japanese were pushing out in 1945-1950.

The Japanese listened to him politely, talked a lot amongst themselves, invited him back for numerous meetings and finally took on board what he said and as you all know, dear readers, Japanese goods are far from shoddy and are some of the best in the world.

The highest award in Japanese award is the Deming Award and Wikipedia states:
"The Deming Prize is a global quality award that recognizes both individuals for their contributions to the field of Total Quality Management (TQM) and businesses that have successfully implemented TQM. It is the oldest and most widely recognized quality award in the world. It was established in 1951 to honor W. Edwards Deming who contributed greatly to Japan’s proliferation of statistical quality control after World War II."
The end of this story? William returned to America where the natives, who had lost out in a big way to the Japanese, fortunately realised their short-sightedness as Deming was invited to speak and lecture throughout the United States and there is now "The Deming Institute".

How shameless remainers lie to the Brish Public

Andrew Neil totally destroys this Remainer, James McGory, a director of the pressure Group, "Open Britain", a self-important liar who has absolutely no shame whatsoever.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million




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Sunday, 20 November 2016

What, exactly is the "WatchingUK" website about?

The website at www.watching.org.uk is a website formed by a chairman of  a Grassroots out section in Barnet running street stalls informing the public about the evils of the EU and persuading as many as possible to vote for Brexit.

He is in his seventies and would love other Brexiteers to supply him with good news and bad news items on how we are faring now we voted out  Good news for the former, and how powerful people are forcing the government not to leave the EU for the latter.

The contents of the website include:
  • a list of powerful remainers against Brexit
  • a list of Theresa May's choice for her first cabinet, with photographs and whether they voted Leave or Remain,
  • a list of links to relevant websites such as news, politically parties, bodies etc.
  • a list, with links, of over twenty other groups who, like us, are also watching the politicians carefully.
  • a blog of good news about what is happening in the UK since we voted for Brexit
  • a blog which lists items which show things will not be plain sailing for us.
Click on the link above and see for yourself.

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It's happening in the USA, when will it come to the UK?

Or has it already. Is George Soros the money behind Common Purpose. Watch this video and be horified.

If YouTube removes this video, and they might, send me a message and I'll send you a copy. or download Firefox and you can download any YouTube video straight to your computer using one of the add-ons in Firefox.

Now for the most terrifying video you'll ever watch - and remember - all this is just by one very rich man.


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Friday, 18 November 2016

Are our politicians pulling their weight?

Facts first and then the blog:

People
USA 318.9 million
UK      64.1 million

United States
Upper House 100 Senators Min 30 years, In USA 9 years
Lower House 435 Reprs       Min 25 years. In USA 7 years

United Kingdom
Upper House 460 Lords Minimum 18 years old
Lower House 450 MPs Min 18 yrs old and never bankrupt

Land Mass
USA 3,796,913 square miles
UK         94,057 square miles

Voters covered per politician

USA
Upper House 3,189,000 voters *
Lower House    733,103 voters *
 
UK
Upper House      84,342 voters *
Lower House      98,615 voters *

Area covered by the politicians

USA
Upper House 37,969 square miles
Lower House    8,728 square miles

UK
Upper House      204 square miles
Lower House      209 square miles

According to  Viviane Reding, a European Commissioner from Luxembourg, 74% of all UK law emanates from the EU

* This doesn't include illegals

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So, considering, our MPs workload for lawmaking has now reduced by three-quarters, and taking the above figures into question, the question we have to ask ourselves is, how lazy are the bastards in Westminster and taking into question their expenses and how they milk them, how honest and hard-working are our politicians. Bear in mind they have offices and staff provided for them.

There are three types of laws emanating from the EU and the reason you get four sets bandied about is that different politicians mention the different type of their choosing, Nick Clegg mentions the lowest type at 7% for example. Viviane Reding added them all up which is why her EU figure of 74% is accurate.

I'll leave you to study the above figures and ponder. Don't forget to take the differences between the area USA politicians have to cover and the piddly areas our UK politicians cover.

E&OE

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

How to avoid hiring lefties.

I was chatting to a fellow South African businessman some time ago and he told me of his secret of not hiring lefties.

He had never hunted but, in his reception, when interviewing future staff, he put up a painting of him standing with one foot on a dead lion at his feet, and holding a very long rifle, he had especially commissioned. If a lefty hadn't been put off by this, he had pictures of bawdy nearly naked women hanging on his office wall (with very large... eyes) together with a notice on his desk "Help us make money for the Conservative Party" etched expensively in brass. He had never given them a penny, nor any other political party. The result is, he had  200 hard workers and made a lot of money.

Once staff had been employed, the props were carefully stored for the next time.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

It's appropriate to remind Americans of the US Elections today

The teacher said, "Good Morning, Class, let's begin by reviewing some History. Who said: 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death'?"

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Little Akio, a bright foreign exchange student from Japan, who had his hand up: "Patrick Henry, 1775,"  he said. "Very good!" said the teacher,

"Who said:  'Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth'?"

Again, no response except from Little Akio: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863."

"Excellent!" said the teacher continuing. "Let's try one a bit more difficult.
Who said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?"

Once again, Akio's was the only hand in the air and he said: "John F. Kennedy, 1961."

The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Little Akio isn't from this country and he knows more about our history than you do."

She heard a loud whisper: "Fuck the Japs."

"Who said that? I want to know right now !" ...she angrily  demanded.

Little Akio put his hand up, "General MacArthur, 1945."

At that point, a student in the back said, "I'm gonna puke."

The teacher glared at the class and asked, "All right! Now who said that?"

Again, Little Akio says, "George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991."

Now furious, another student yelled, "Oh yeah? Suck this!"

Little Akio jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouted to the teacher,
"Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!"

Now with almost mob hysteria reigning in the class, someone said, "You little shit! If you say anything else, I'll kill you!"

Little Akio frantically yelled at the top of his voice, "Michael Jackson to the children testifying against him, 2004."

The teacher fainted.

As the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, "Oh Crap, we are finished."

Little Akio said quietly, "Americans, if Hillary gets elected.

Ampers

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Why have an electronic WiFi and bluetooth wristwatch?

I succumbed to the idea of an Android Wear watch a few weeks ago. I researched the market and decided I didn't want any of the first generation watches as most companies said their next watches would be out in November and December.

After narrowing the choice to LG and Samsung, I took fright in learning that the Samsung watch didn't need the phone and it would work over the Internet. One company in the States said that they would charge $10 a month for the watch to work through their aerials, so that could possibly mean £10 a month in the UK! So I bought the LG's G Watch R and it was delivered the day it was released.


I hasten to add, this is not meant to be a review, just a few things I found useful on using the watch.

One thing I liked that a friend had with the earlier LG watch was it vibrated three times if you were out of Bluetooth signal. Ideal if you had left your phone on a bar or café table. Or, in my case, leaving home without it. For me, it was worth £232.20 (but already slightly reduced on Amazon) just for that one thing. My phone cost over £500 and would be an expensive loss.

There are two dozen different watch faces and you can buy from a greater choice on Google Play. If you go to settings, you can arrange for the face to go blank after a few seconds, thus preserving battery life.  At the end of a long day, before placing the watch in its power cradle, I still have around half of the battery life left. Also, when I brought the wrist up at the usual angle to check the time, it automatically turns on. Neat.

The watch is round, and isn't small. However, I have a wiry build which means my wrists aren't that large, but the watch sits on it comfortably. Slightly larger and it would have been awkward.

All notifications come to the watch. There is no sound but you always notice the vibration on your wrist. Using the Android Wear app on your phone, you can choose which notifications if you don't want them all. You can also choose to turn off all notification sounds on your phone when the watch is connected.

I always liked a drink in my younger days and one problem which arises in later years is the short term memory is affected. I sometimes think of an idea, and a few minutes later it has been completely forgotten. Now that doesn't happen. I use "Google Keep" on my computer and my phone.Now, all I do when I get an idea is to bring the watch up, say "OK Google" then "Take a note". I then record my note and, when I return to my study, all I need to do is to check my notes on my desktop. That is, when I remember to!

Finally, here is a list of commands you can speak into the watch for further action.

Take a note
Remind me to (at 6 pm)
Set an alarm for xpm
Set a timer for x minutes
Start stopwatch
What does my day look like (tomorrow) (Thursday)
When is my next meeting
(Send a message = text message) or
Text John Smith's mobile – wait a second for the command and send message
Send email to John Smith
Navigate to 15 Smith Street N3 1BY
Directions to Jean Smith's home
Find the Westminster BrG Watch R idge
Where's the nearest pub
John Lewis stores in London
How far is Costas from my home
When is the next Springboks game
How did the Springboks do
Weather in Stellenbosch?
What's the weather in London tomorrow
What time is it in Cape Town?
How do you say "hello" in Zulu?
What does xxx mean
How many calories in a banana
What's Greene King's stock price
What's 500 grams in pounds
Convert 12ozs to gramsG Watch R
What is the sq root of 2209
When is sunset?
When is Good Friday
When was AlbTake a note
Remind me to (at 6 pm)
Set an alarm for xpm
Set a timer for x minutes
Start stopwatch
What does my day look like (tomorrow) (Thursday)
When is my next meeting
Send email to John Smith
Navigate to 15 Smith Street N3 1BY
Directions to Jean Smith's home
Find the Westminster BrG Watch R idge
Where's the nearest pub
John Lewis stores in London
How far is Costas from my home
When is the next Springboks game
How did the Springboks do
Weather in Stellenbosch?
What's the weather in London tomorrow
What time is it in Cape Town?
How do you say "hello" in Zulu?
What does xxx mean
How many calories in a banana
What's Greene King's stock price
What's 500 grams in pounds
Convert 12ozs to gramsG Watch R
What is the sq root of 2209
When is sunset?
When is Good Friday
When was Albert Einstein born
How tall is David Cameron
How tall is St Paul's Cathedral
How old is David Nuttall
How hot is the sun
Show me my steps
Settings
How tall is David Cameron
How tall is St Paul's Cathedral
How old is David Nuttall
How hot is the sun
Show me my steps
Settings

Of course, since I wrote this article a little while ago, Google Android have probably increased the amount of commands!

Ampers.

Friday, 4 November 2016

The One Minute Manager meets the monkey

During my life when running businesses, or managing sales teams, I was an avid reader of books on management, sales and self performance. In my time I have owned over a hundred such books, and now want to tell you about the very best book.

The book I favour most is in Ken Blanchard's "one minute manager" series. Alas it was the only book in the series I really rated. But not to worry, as this is the best book I have read and it is still available, is inexpensive, and is only 155 pages long.

The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey

This book has two areas where a manager can better himself. The first is how to avoid taking on people's problems. The monkey is that invisible animal your member of staff has on his back. As soon as you accept his problem to deal with, then the monkey leaps from his back to your back.

The first half of the book deals with ways of dealing with this.

The second half of the book deals with your junior staff. The problem here is, from the time a school leaver obtains his first job he may use his initiative once, and then gets shouted down, and that's it. He or she keeps their head down and just does what is ordered. Often getting shouted at as he goes along.

Then, perhaps, he gets a job in your company. The book explains how you can grow that punch-drunk kid into a reliable member of staff who might even rise to be a junior executive or more.

The book is available on Amazon UK for only £5.99 (at the time of writing this review).

I no longer have many of my management books but still have this one in my bookcase.

Ampers

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

How much time do you spend searching for a web address? I don't!


One of the benefits of using Firefox is the possibility of having your own opening page. There are dozens and dozens of web pages I want to access, once a month, once a week or even many times a day.

So I am slowly building up a start page system for Firefox. Alas, Google don’t make it easy to insert your own start page, which is why I moved to Firefox.

It hasn’t been prettied up yet, and there are still dozens of sites to enter.

Here is the opening “start page” screen. Every title in each box is a link to another page, and by the time I have finished, there will be at least two more rows in the table.


I have split up the Google sites into two. Under Google Drive I have the Drive apps, docs, spreadsheets etc as I am on G Suite for Business (ten bucks a month with unlimited storage in the cloud)*** and I get to use my own domain instead of @gmail.com. In addition, this gives me access to everything, whether on my desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone. In addition, it allows access to any computer anywhere in the world which I have access to.

Once I click on the subject link in the above illustration, I go into the links page for visiting any website in that particular group.

Here is just one of the many pages of links. Some of my pages are short, like the below Google page and some of them are in two columns. These are also within a table but with the borders hidden.


So with a couple of clicks of my mouse I can get straight into a hundred or more websites without typing a single letter.

If you know how to do this within the Google Chrome browser, which comes up automatically when you fire Google up, please add a comment so everyone can see. Also any comments on whether this can be done in IE, Safari or Opera would be useful.

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*** They have a referral plan and if you use this link then you get 20% off your first year's bill. I get a tenner, which I will use to support a Brexit Watching Group.

Computer efficiency tip to speed up web loading


One of the benefits of using Firefox is the possibility of having your own opening page. There are dozens and dozens of web pages I want to access, once a month, once a week or even many times a day.

So I am slowly building up a “start page” system for Firefox. Alas, Google don’t make it easy to insert your own start page, which is why I moved to Firefox.

It hasn’t been prettied up yet, and there are still dozens of sites to enter.

Here is the opening “start page” screen. Every title in each box is a link to another page, and by the time I have finished, there will be at least two more rows in the table.



I have split up the Google sites into two. Under Google Drive I have the Drive apps, docs, spreadsheets etc as I am on G Suite for Business (ten bucks a month with unlimited storage in the cloud) and I get to use my own domain instead of @gmail.com. In addition, this gives me access to everything, whether on my desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone, or any computer anywhere in the world.

Once I click on the subject link in the above illustration, I go into the links page for visiting any website in that particular group.

Here is just one of the many pages of links. Some of my pages are short, like the below Google page and some of them are in two columns. These are also within a table but with the borders hidden.

Xxxx

So with a couple of clicks of my mouse I can get straight into a hundred or more websites without typing a single letter.

If you know how to do this within the Google Chrome browser, which comes up automatically when you fire Google up, please add a comment so everyone can see. Also any comments on whether this can be done in IE, Safari or Opera would be useful.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Thinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - what an amazing chap.

Harry Beckhough who died in 2015 aged 101, was a colonel in the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War, a code-breaker at Bletchley Park, and later a Colonel in the Secret Intelligent Service.

During his lifetime he enjoyed secret chats with Winston Churchill, studied briefly under the philosopher Heidegger, intercepted personal messages between Hitler and Rommel, hung out with the Beatles in Carnaby Street, and even set up fashion guru Paul Smith with his first shop.

Here he talks about subversives in Britain and America, and the fact that every leader in Britain from Heath onwards were traitors to Britain. And - as a MI6 Colonel - he should know.

The first hour is his fascinating speech, without notes, and the second half, is a question and answer time. If you don't have two hours to spare, I implore you to watch the first half.

His autobiography is available on Amazon UK for £18.94 and has only been produced on paperback. I'm saving up!


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Are you thinking of opening a new shop?

Before signing the lease, walk the area; what side of the street do the majority walk on? How busy is it between 9am and 12noon, 1pm to 2pm, and 2pm to 6pm?

Does your business depend on people coming from out of the area? If so, where are the nearest parking areas? An added plus if your shop is near a bus stop!

The weeks before you open, deliver 10,000 leaflets. Offer a very large discount voucher for all who turn up between 5pm and 7pm at the opening party. Preferably  the night before opening the shop. Keep the leaflet simple, The type of shop and the date of the party.

Have music playing in this party so people coming home from work will hear and make a note of your shop. Curiosity may bring them in over the coming weeks. Invite the local Councillors and any other notaries.

Naturally not all will be able to get in, but make sure they all get a voucher when turning up. Have a time limit of three months on the discount voucher. Mention this in the leaflet.

You are now off to a fine start, but it’s up to your service, and the quality and price of your goods, whether you succeed.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Now that the cold Autumn nights are drawing in...

I thought of food! I'm not really into menus on my blog, but when I find an excellent dish...

Not sure where, on the net, I found this menu, but today we made this slow cooked beef stew and it was the best we'd ever tasted.

Although not in the instructions, I added a tablespoon of Schwartz Piri Piri herb and spice blend. But chilli should be added to cover the weakest palate at the table.

We had recently purchased a multi-cooker and made it in that. Using the Slow Cooker instructions which were really only about temperature.

Here it is, enjoy.

Slow cook beef stew


Ingredients

600ml boiled water
1/2 a swede,  into smallish chunks
2 carrots, cut into chunks
300g mushrooms, thickly sliced
400g diced stewing steak
1.5 tbsp olive oil
75g flour
1½ tsp dried parsley
1½ tsp dried thyme
3 beef stock cubes
Black pepper to taste
2 tsps Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Marmite
1 tbsp of tomato puree
* Cornflour standing by, just in case


Directions
Prep:30min  › Cook:5hr  ›  Ready in:5hr30min

Prepare vegetables and put into dishes.

Put oil & beef into a large bowl, coat beef with oil.

Then, in another bowl, add the flour, herbs, pepper & stock cubes. Mix thoroughly. Then add beef to flour mixture (keep the rest of the oil separate, you’ll need this later)  coat oiled beef with flour.

Then put into slow cooker, on a high heat and brown thoroughly, adding the Marmite and Worcester Sauce,  five to ten minutes to seal in the flavour.

Now add the vegetables to the rest of the flour mix in the bowl. Pour boiled water onto vegetables a little at a time and stir to mix in flour.

Then add the vegatables and liquid to the slow cooker. Turn heat to 180C to boil, then turn power down to 100C and leave for five hours.

Taste throughout cooking to check if too thick; then add more water. If too liquid; then thicken with a cornflour and water mixture.

Note:
This recipe should have enough salt from the ingredients listed, however if you prefer you may add more towards the end of cooking to add more flavour.

However a warning, this meal, which my wife and I thought was the best beef stew either of us had tasted, left us bloated and unable to move, so unless you have South African style appetites - and my English wife doesn't - the above quantities are really for three people. Or even four!

Enjoy.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Common Purpose explained

On the cpexposed website, the following is taken from "Understanding Common Purpose" Follow this link to their extensive website.

Common Purpose is a political charity using Behavioral Modification

Common Purpose (CP) is a Charity, based in Great Britain, which creates ‘Future Leaders’ of society. CP selects individuals and ‘trains’ them to learn how society works, who 'pulls the levers of power' and how CP ‘graduates’ can use this knowledge to lead 'Outside Authority’.

Children, teenagers and adults have their prejudices removed. Graduates are ‘empowered’ to become ‘Leaders’ and work in ‘partnership’ with other CP graduates. CP claims to have trained some 30,000 adult graduates in UK and changed the lives of some 80,000 people, including schoolchildren and young people.

But evidence shows that Common Purpose is rather more than a Charity ‘empowering' people and communities’. In fact, CP is an elitest pro-EU political organisation helping to replace democracy in UK, and worldwide, with CP chosen ‘elite’ leaders.

 In truth, their hidden networks and political objectives are undermining and destroying our democratic society and are threatening ‘free will’ in adults, teenagers and children. Their work is funded by public money and big business, including international banks.

It is important for researchers on this site to realise that the majority of Common Purpose 'graduates' are victims, who have little if any understanding of the wider role of Common Purpose within UK society, nor of its connections to higher government and the European Union.

Drawn into CP training by a flattering invitation, or selected by their company or organisation, this recruitment is normally carried out by a previously trained CP person - now recruiting for the cause. Candidates are screened and selected (or rejected) by CP Advisory Board members in their area.

Both candidates and 'trained graduates' will have no real understanding of Common Purpose's wider role to help achieve a political and social paradigm shift in the UK. The real objective, would appear to be to replace our traditional UK democracy with the new regime of the EU superstate.

On 17 November 2013 Brian Gerrish wrote 

"Many people are now aware of the British political charity Common Purpose and its work to create a network of common purpose across politics, public and private sectors, and throughout society. Many people now understand the sinister role CP played in creating the furore to drive the Leveson Inquiry into the press, using their own Media Standards Trust and the Hacked Off Campaign. Their ultimate goal has been to assist the British State to take control of the Mainstream Press using a Royal Charter with the power to impose draconian penalties should the press fail to live up to State imposed guidelines.

We should remember that CP is a secretive and duplicitous organisation that has already been caught breaking the Data Protection laws by collecting data on individuals lawfully asking questions about CP by means of the Freedom of Information Act. CP is terrified of the public gaze and discovery of its real  work to undermine democracy and impose a quasi secret network of state control by means of a network of CP graduates in positions of power and influence. The plan is for a communitarian dictatorship and a conrolled press and media is essential to this.

Mr Gerrish went on to state:

We can be confident that the charity CP was designed to be the Trojan Horse in British Society with the primary objective of getting the first CP 'future leaders' into place, from where they could open many doors to many more of their own. But alongside infiltration by the political charity CP comes the wider socio political agenda of common purpose; an agenda which is being promoted by a host of different organisations and initiatives.

These include Diversity Courses, Community Empowerment, Leadership, Visioning, Community Activism, Social Entrepreneurs and Disupters - in fact there is now a vast web of these 'vehicles' which are primarily working to promote the change agenda to destabilise our historic organised society.

The turbulence of deliberately created change allows the new intended socio political agenda to be established more softly than if there was a sudden onslaught of the new politics in a quiet orderly and stable society. Alongside the common purpose 'vehicles' I have just mentioned comes another 'change agent' web using networks of Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP. Via a myriad of different consultancies boasting everything from self empowerment to powerful management change in global corporations, NLP practitioners are creating a mass of 'reframed individuals' with boosted belief in their own ability as change agents and leaders, and a low-empathy view of those simple individuals who are left to rely on the 'inferior' mind that God gave them.

Another article states:

Common Purpose infects all mainstream political parties including the Conservatives.

The diagram below shows the influence of Common Purpose to the top of the Conservative party with key figures such as David Cameron, Francis Maude and Chris Patten. The diagram also shows the incestuous CP links to Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Civil Service and the BBC. Francis Maude MP conspired with others to prevent the public seeing details of the contracts by which the Cabinet Office Leadership Committee, attended by Sir David Bell Common Purpose Trustee, awarded contracts to his own charity CP to train the Top 200 Civil Servants.


Despite legitimate Freedom of Information requests and Maude's boasts of Conservative transparency, the Cabinet Office is fighting to withhold the information. Why? Because details will clearly show insider dealing and that Common Purpose is key to the Conservative party machinery. The Tories are now the Emperor with no clothes. Corruption, abuse of Freedom of Information rules and dirty deals with Common Purpose hidden from the public.

We suggest that more people should investigae just how Common Purpose is an organisation dedicated to change the British way of life into something else. The something else will be up to you to work out. We have done our bit in starting you off here. Visit cpexposed.com and be prepared to be horrified if you are a normal, well-ajusted human being. If you aren't, you are probably part of Common Purpose.

Ampers

Monday, 19 September 2016

How Firefox saves me hours of time

I used to use Chrome and, to be fair, liked it enormously. But I can't have an opening page as I do in Firefox.

There are many reasons to choose Firefox. Security, it is opensource so you can check the source code for any trap doors is one very good reason.

However, my main reason is you can devise your own starting page, unlike the others.

To make an opening page requires a limited knowledge of HTML code. This is not as daunting as it seems as you can use the WW3 web site at http://www.w3schools.com/ which has a huge range of tutorials on web programming--but you only need to use the first one on their list “Learn HTML”.

My opening page has over 60 links in three columns grouped under various headings with descriptions, which open in another page so it is always there on the left. Every time I fire up my browser, Firefox's home page shows me the sixty most used sites of mine so I can get to where I want with one click!

Over the last year it must have saved me hours of my time, not to mention the wear and tear of my fingers as I punch my hapless keyboard into smithereens.

Ampers.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

A letter explains why Ampers' Rants has been quiet this month.

Dear Followers,

(and according to Google Analytics there have been nearly 600,000 since I started this blog.)

First of all, my apologies for being a little tardy this month but I have been busy altering my new website (built for me) for those interested in all the Brexit Good News, and all the Bad News, coming from our dishonest and crooked government.

There are also photographs of every MP in Theresa May's first cabinet, a list of people who tried to browbeat us to remain, and a list of relevant links, and our action page.

I will now return to Ampers' Rants with a slightly less garish look to it. But I do like colour although the new political website is neat, smart, minimalistic and in black and white.

Should any of you take a look, I'd appreciate it if you fill in the form on the Action page and let me know what you think of it.

Regards,

Ampers.