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Monday, 29 February 2016

Here's the only way to escape the EU's clutches if we vote Leave.

I have recently read an excellent book, by London’s MEP, Gerard Batten. In it, he explains exactly how we can escape the hidden traps of the EU if the Leavers win the referendum on the 23rd June (2016).


The 'blurb' on the back cover reads thus:

The Road to Freedom

As Britain moves towards Exit from the European Union, the author warns of a trap laid by the EU and how to avoid it. “The route to Brexit is a Gordian Knot of a problem that requires an Alexandrian solution,” he writes. Brexit (British Exit) from the EU is moving up the political agenda, but few have looked at the mechanism by which it might be achieved and the problems involved. The European Union's process of 'ever closer union' is fashioned like the jaws of a shark. The teeth slant backwards. Once inside the mouth the only route is onwards down the gullet to digestion. Membership of the EU has been deliberately constructed over six decades and six treaties in order to make exit from the EU near impossible. The author argues that the only real route to freedom from the EU is by means of unconditional and unilateral withdrawal.
There is a forward written by Professor Tim Congdon and Pavel Stroilov was Gerard' researcher on the project.

The book can be purchased here.

The paperback version is £7.99, but I paid more as it was offered with Gerard's signature at a recent event.

However, if you are a Kindle user, you can get the Kindle version of only £3.67.


Less money for UKIP I'm afraid

I have other priorities, forgive me.


Sunday, 28 February 2016

101 Politics - an hilarious lesson on how to handle the media.

An American version of Pat Condell, as humorous, but a tiny bit less abrasive (but not that much)! An hour and a quarter long, and most of you will think: "No way, I'll just listen for ten minutes".

Wrong. Once five minutes have gone by, you'll be glued to your screen. I promise you. A glass of water nearby might be useful as laughing too much can make you thirsty.

OK, it concerns Donald Trump but it is more about media misrepresentation, and how to handle it, than it is about Trump. So it matters not whether you like or dislike him, look for the media lessons, especially if you are a budding politician.

Every budding politician should watch this, but only the courageous will be able to carry it off.
Stefan Molyneux is the founder and host of Freedomain Radio, and claims that Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophical show in the world. With more than 3,000 podcasts, 10 books and 100 million downloads, Stefan has spread the cause of liberty and philosophy to listeners throughout the world.
If any member of UKIPs NEC watches this, you might gain some lessons from this video. Those people should watch it all.


Friday, 26 February 2016

We need to consider what to do with MPs who vote to remain.

Here's what I suggest.

We need to take drastic action, but only if they have been proved to be wrong.

First of all we need to make a list of all MPs who vote not to leave the EU.

Then, if the referendum vote turns out to be that we leave, and we leave quickly, without taking the Norwegian or Swiss option which would be harmful to us, we do nothing. This is not that they don't deserve to suffer for being traitors to our Nation and its Peoples, but that we have lifes to lead, so it would be pointless.

However, if (a) the referendum vote is to stay in the EU, or (b) that Parliament decides to fuck up the country and its peoples by not leaving - they do have that ability - or by choosing the more punitive (to us) Norwegian or Swiss option then we need to take the following action.

If the MP is a Tory MP, then we campaign for either the Labour or the UKIP candidate for that constituency party, whichever one has the best chance of winning. No matter whether we detest either Labour or UKIP. Our aim is to get the traitor out of Parliament.

If the MP is a Labour MP, then we campaign for either the Tories or the UKIP candidate for that constituency party, whichever one has the best chance of winning. No matter whether we detest either the Tories or UKIP. Our aim is to get the traitor out of Parliament.

What do we do if the other candidates are pro EU? Well, I think we can be sure that the UKIP candidate isn't, but no matter, our aim is to get the voting MP out, so it doesn't alter anything in this article.

But we have to spread this message far and wide on Facebook, on Twitter, and all the other groups on the Internet, in pubs, clubs, caf├ęs, shops etc. And amongst our family, relations, friends, and Joe Bloggs who lives down the street!


Saturday, 20 February 2016

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The GO rally at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre last night, the right camera to use.

Did you see those huge cameras with massive lenses, with one old guy (nearly as old as me) with one so large he needed a monopod to use it?

Well, I use the Lumix TZ70. It really is extremely tiny.

This is what it looks like in your hand...

 But it really is very powerful, with a 30x magnification with image stabilisation. Here are two photographs, both taken from my seat in the GO auditorium. The first one with the lens in the normal position, and the second one in the fully 30x extended position. 

The second picture is of her, not of the screen above her. I tried taking the shots of the larger screen  but they came out too wishy washy.

Kate Hoey
I used to carry a haversack, with two DSLR bodies, two powerful flashguns, four lenses up to 300mm, and all the other paraphernalia that photographers have to carry.

Now I have the TZ70 which, apart from the powerful flashguns, handles about 90% of what that lot did! And the TZ70 can also work, without flash, in nearly dark situations. Last year, in Kinderdijk, I took photographs inside a dark windmill but wasn't allowed to use flash. They came out beautifully.

Two items I must have in any camera is a viewfinder as the back screen isn't always conducive for certain types of shot. The other thing is, I love to work with RAW, as you can do so much more when you are back on the computer. The TZ70 has a viewfinder at top left, and handles the RAW format.

Am I totally sold on the TZ series? Put it this way, I have had TZ models since the TZ10, and, no doubt, when they bring out the TZ80, I'll sell this and buy the later one.

Here's information on the TZ70 from Panasonic.


Thursday, 18 February 2016

A little presentation if unsure about Brexit

There's a lot of misinformation about whether we should leave the undemocratic EU, or whether we should sacrifice the 1,000 years of freedom, and our historic Magna Carta, and throw in our lot with the EU.

I have created a slide show here to help you see some of the arguments from the "Leave" position.


Slides move every five seconds which may be too fast for you, so go through them one at a time using the second 'right arrow' button. Alternately, you can view on full screen and use your 'space-bar'.

Slides 13 & 16 refer to our local Finchley [London North] fighting team. but the rest are all general to wherever you are.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

This brought tears flooding to my eyes and my heart went out to her.

If you really want to know the hell that French residents are going through in Calais, spare fifteen minutes listing to this French woman. I have no idea who she is, but I am willing to swear her mother was in the French Resistance in WWII. Fifteen minutes may seem a long time, but once you start, you'll be held spellbound to the end.


Friday, 5 February 2016

Can a webdesigner help please?

I used to build my own websites but at 76 my memory is not so good.

I want to put my own html home page up in Firefox with links to about 40 websites I use regularly.

A skilled designer could get this wrapped up in five minutes.

Heading: white Helvetica wording on a black background panel. Wording: "Ampers' Websites",  in <h1> bold. Panel to stretch right across the page, about two inches above and below the wording

I need two columns so maybe tables is not the complete answer?

I'd like a subheading between collections of websites. <h4> bold. I like to group then along the lines of Banking, Shopping, Utilities etc.

Please populate two under a sub heading of sub1 in the left hand column and two under a Subheading of sub2 in the right hand column. About 10 point helvetica.

Underneath, a footer also white letters on a black background with the words "Ampers home page" in <h5> bold Helvetica. Panel to stretch right across the page, about an inch above and below the wording

If you can help me, please leave me a message in the private email form on the left.

If you know any Web designers, please pass this on.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

How to eliminate someone in Gmail.

It's really very easy.

Click on the offending email.
Click on the More box, on the right, just under the Google search box.
  1. Click on “Filter messages like these” (one before the bottom of the list)
  2. Click on “Create filter from this search”, (bottom right). If it is a company and you don't want messages from anyone there, go to the From field at the top of the page, and remove the left hand part of the email address up to the @ sign.
  3. Click on “Delete it” (the 6th box down.
  4. If you want to delete all emails on your computer from this exercise, click on “Also apply filter to ? matching conversations”. (? will be the number of messages in Gmail).
  5. Now click on the blue box stating “Creat Filter”.
As I said, in a previous blog, if it is a company which you might want to deal with in the future but they won't stop emailing you, send them this message, preferably to the Sales and/or the Marketing Director.

Please remove me from your mailing list.

You may elect to ignore my request. However, I use an email program which allows me to delete all emails from a specific address (or domain) sight unseen. So your emails would disappear for ever if you choose to go down this route.

Also, there may be other consequences. I may want to deal with you in the future. But I would never see your reply and may end up dealing with a competitor.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The dangers of introducing National ID Identification Numbers

Ordering A Pizza - Soon
Operator: Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your... Customer: Hi, I'd like to order... Operator: May I have your NIDN first, sir?

Customer: My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's 6102049998-45-54610.

Operator: Thank you, Mr Smith . I see you live at 1742 Meadowland Drive, and the phone number's 01494-232766. Your office number over at Lincoln Insurance is 020-7745 2302, and your cell number's 0799-662566. Which number are you calling from, sir?

Customer: Huh? I'm at home. Where did you get all this information?

Operator: We're wired into the system, sir.

Customer: (Sighs) Oh, well, I'd like to order a couple of your All-Meat Special pizzas...

Operator: I don't think that's a good idea, sir.

Customer: Whaddya mean?

Operator: Sir, your medical records indicate that you've got very high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. The NHS won't allow such an unhealthy choice.

Customer: What do you recommend, then?

Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it.

Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that?

Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion.

Customer: All right, all right. Give me two family sized ones, then... What's the damage?

Operator: That should be plenty for you.

Customer: What do you recommend, then? Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it. Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that? Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from 

Customer: What do you recommend, then?

Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it.

Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that?

Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion.

Customer: All right, all right. Give me two family sized ones, then... What's the damage? 

Operator: That'll be enough for you, your wife and your four kids, sir. The 'damage,' as you put it, heh, heh, comes to £19.25.

Customer: Let me give you my credit card number.

Operator: I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay in cash. Your credit card balance is over it's limit.

Customer: I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash before your driver gets here.

Operator: That won't work either, sir. Your cheque account's overdrawn.

Customer: Never mind. Just send the pizzas. I'll have the cash ready. How long will it take?

Operator: We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be about 45 minutes, sir. If you're in a hurry, you might want to pick 'em up while you're out getting the cash, but carrying pizzas on a motorcycle can be a little awkward.

Customer: How the heck do you know I'm riding a bike?

Operator: It says here you're in arrears on your car payments, so your car got repossessed. But your Honda's paid up, so I just assumed that you'd be using it.

Customer: @#%/$@&?#!

Operator: I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already got a July 2006 conviction for swearing at a policeman.

Customer: (Speechless)

Operator: Will there be anything else, sir?

Customer: No, nothing. oh, yeah, don't forget the two free bottles of Coke your ad says I get with the pizzas.

Operator: I'm sorry sir, but our ad's exclusionary clause prevents us from offering free soda to diabetics.

Can't get off a Commercial Mailing List?

Sometimes, one gets ignored when one asks to be removed from a mailing list. It's easy to totally delete them, but I find sending them this paragraph more useful, especially if I may want to do business with them in the future:

 Please remove me from your mailing list. You may elect to ignore my request. However, I use an email program which allows me to delete all emails from a specific address (or domain) sight unseen. So your emails would disappear for ever if you choose to go down this route. Also, there may be other consequences. I may want to deal with you in the future. But I would never see your reply and may end up dealing with a competitor.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Making your own salad dressing

My recipe makes a little over a litre of salad dressing, so my first tip is how to get the right size container to store it in.

1. Go to Tesco.
2. Buy their own brand aged whisky, about £25 in a 1.5 litre bottle.
3. Drink it.
4. Wash out the bottle.

Presuming it may take you a little time to drink it all, either start the process long in advance, or invite all your friends around for a drink.

This recipe presumes you have an electric blender holding a litre and a half or more, or a very strong right [stirring] hand.

3 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Tabasco
3 tbsp Worcester Sauce
1 tbsp Paprika
5 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
3 tbsp Lemon Juice

1.0 cup Rapeseed Oil
1.5 cups Olive Oil
0.5 cup Honey
1.5 cups Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Salt
12 med Cloves of Garlic


1. Grind or cut the garlic very finely.
2. Rub the salt into the mixture.
3. Add to the blender last so the salt can do its job.

4. Now pour everything into the blender/mixer, adding the garlic mixture last, and blend for at least a minute, preferably two if your blender isn't very fierce. If you are stirring by hand, use your imagination!!!

5. Grab the whisky bottle and a funnel and pour it in.

6. Make a salad.

Breathing for energy

Just completed a 30 day, 30 CD course: Anthony Robbins "Personal Power" ($199), mainly for my wife as I had previously attended his long weekend "Awaken the Giant Within" and already practice a lot of it.

I have to admit, it was the best £160 I have spent for a long time. I only wish it had been available back in 1955 when I came to England.

On his CD covering our ability to energise yourself, he told us about the 1-4-2 principle.

Our corpuscles in our blood stream need cleaning on a daily basis. This is done by the lymph in your blood stream but it needs your help to do the job efficiently.

The 1-4-2 principle is very simple but very effective, and the oxygen flows in and out of your blood stream rapidly and removes all the dirt and dead cells.

When you are out walking, but not in heavy traffic, try to do this, ten times, three times a day. Within a fortnight you will begin to see the change in your energy levels.

I am seventy-six, I get up just after my 6:30am alarm, and am busy throughout the day, and am often sorting out my computer problems until midnight. And no, I have never slept in the afternoon!

OK, assuming you want to at least give this a try for a couple of weeks (I have been doing it for years) here's what you do.

Breathe in for one count, hold your breathe for four counts, and breathe out for two counts. That's all there is to it. Well, nearly all!

It is ideal to do this when walking. Assuming you walk two paces a second, breathe in for two paces, hold your breath for eight paces, and breathe out for four paces. The secret is to breathe vigorously, and after holding your breath, breathe out equally vigorously.

I now breathe in for four paces, hold my breath for 16 paces, and breathe out for 8 paces. Still keeping to the 1-4-2 principle.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Moving from Microsoft Windows to Linux

Subtitle: Moving from expensive to totally free

Many years ago, I moved from Windows to Linux. Yes, it was a learning curve, but when I think of all the money I saved, it was very much worth it. I recently moved from my “flavour” of Linux to Linux Mint as I heard the way they set it up was to make it easier for Windows folk to make the move.

I have been running it for a week and have had one or two Windows users to look at it and they were amazed at the ease with which they found their way around.

Stage One
Most PCs come with Windows installed whether you want them or not. I objected to this and found a company in Bedford who ship hand built computers around the UK.

They have a foolproof method of allowing you to choose the inside parts. Once you choose the casing then, as you go along, only those items which will work with all the others you have previously chosen will appear on the screen. A list of your choices appear on the right of the screen with the total so far showing. So, if you find it too high, you can go back and choose less expensive options.

The company is called PowerC.

Stage two
Once I receive my new computer, usually within a couple of days, and delivered free with a two year warranty, I go to the Linux Mint website to download their version of the Linux operating system. If you have a new, or reasonably new computer, you will need the 64-bit version so ignore the 32-bit one as this is for computers many years old. This comes as an ISO file.

Burn this onto a blank DVD. “Burn” is the computer parlance and means “copy”.

Put this in your computer's DVD drive, turn off your computer and turn it on again. The Linux operating system should load up, if it doesn't, turn off your computer, and press F2 or Del half a second after you turn it on again. You should go into the xxx where you can get it to load CD/DVDs before the hard drive, exit and save. Turn off, then on again, and Linux should load up.

At this stage, it is not on your hard drive but still only on the DVD. But it will give you a chance of playing with it before making any decisions. But bear in mind that it is awfully slow as it is only on the DVD. If you decide you like it, don't load it at this stage, there are other things you have to do. Come out, and load Windows again.

Stage 3
Make a list on a piece of paper of what programs you use.
If you use Microsoft Office, there are office programs in Linux which will read and save to the Microsoft Office formats on Word, Spreadsheet and Powerpoint. Two spring to mind are LibreOffice and WPS Office. Both these also have Windows versions, so you can download them and test them.

If you use CoralDraw, then Inkscape is a good alternative. Scribus is an excellent desktop publishing program. The Gimp will do most of what Adobe Photoshop does, and Digikam handles photographs, (not quite the way as Adobe Lightroom though) but will do most of what it does.

Two things to mention here, 1, all these programs are free. 2, There are 74,200 free Linux programs in Linux Mint.

If you have any programs you really need, see if they have a linux program.

Google Is there a [NameOfProgram] version for Linux,
if not, Google Is there a Linux alternative for [NameOfProgram]. 

This should help most of the time.

Once you have carried out your research, comes the easiest part. Load up the Linux Mint DVD and click on the “set up” button. It's then all straight-forward. It is best to be on line to the internet and if loading on a notebook, have the mains lead plugged in. If you have a friend who uses Linux, ask him to help set it up so you have a separate partition for your data. If not, don't worry too much at this early stage. Better still, a six year old child will think it's a doddle, they're amazing!

Stage four
Once you have finished, remove your DVD (you'll be told when) and load up your new operating system. You should notice how much faster than Windows it takes to load up. At the bottom of your screen, on the left, you'll see a menu button, in the same place as in Windows. Click on it and a menu of all your preloaded software will show in folders. They can be removed if you don't need them, or added to if you want more. Click the second button down in the row on the far left; put your password in, and you will see all the 74,000 programs available to download.

Stage five
Finally, if you have Windows software which you can't do without, go to the CodeWeavers website where you can download a trial version which will run for 14 days. They offer this so you can test that your favourite Windows version works. Some do, some don't. For example, Microsoft Office 2010 works but 2013 doesn't. If you are happy and it works, the full software is only £38.00. The good thing is, if it doesn't, you've not paid anything

I keep an eye on the comments, so if you have any problems, leave a message there and I will try to help.