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Monday, 30 December 2013

The EU by numbers

No words can describe my anger


Saturday, 28 December 2013

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

A woman fighting inhuman odds for justice of a people

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

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

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

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

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

Monarchy In The USA

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

The Story of Emperor Norton

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

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

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

Friday, 27 December 2013

Belated Christmas message from Edward Snowdon in Russia

A Christmas Message From Edward Snowden

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olive oil can:

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

Monday, 9 December 2013

Ampers' Humour - Wanna buy a toothbrush?

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

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

"Very good," said the teacher.

Little Jenny was next:

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

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

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn.

The teacher held her breath ...

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Children's Sports Coach sacked for honesty.

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

Full lengthy article here.


Friday, 6 December 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 5 December 2013

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

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

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

Ampers' [favourite make of car]

Read the full article

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Cold winter days

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

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

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

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The best Cape Malay curried prawns in the world, from South Africa.

Cape Malay Prawns (for 2 people)

250g prawns
½  tablespoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/8th cup raisins
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 mild red chilli, finely chopped – without the pips
½ tablespoon ginger, grated
½ chicken stock cube
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
½ cup coconut milk
2 spring onions, chopped

1 cup rice
1 banana, sliced (preferred) or some chopped mango.
Chutney (Mrs Balls if possible) on the table

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Food for thought. An open letter on what is happening to the UK's detriment.

Dear Reader,

I write to you today to discuss the present predicament we are in, in Britain.

First of all, I'd like to start up with business. The reason I have added this before politics is because it is the politicians who are crippling British competiveness.

There are three major categories of business.

Friday, 15 November 2013

How I reduced half an hours supermarket shopping to twelve minutes.

How I reduced half an hours supermarket shopping to twelve minutes.

I used my smartphone phone!

It wasn't easy. There are many apps to assist you in shopping, but most of them took more time than they saved, After discarding them, one by one, I was left with one last app, which took longer than the others for the initial set-up, but once done, was very fast in execution.

The app is the “Shopping List Manager” by Valuaphone. It is available both on the Android (Google Play) store and the Apple App store.

There is some good news and some bad news. The bad news is you have to type in everything you buy into the shopping list. The good news is that you can do this on your web browser, using your full keyboard, and then sync to your phone. But if you follow my instructions below, you will see this is the best way of shopping if you rely on a weekly shop.

My supermarket has aisle numbers so the following suggestions are a good one to follow if yours does as well.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

So you're new to Twitter? This can be great if you use it properly. Here's how I use it.

What Twitter can do for you.

First of all, it needs to be looked at, either as a hobby, or a good way to spend time in your business for marketing.

I started out on Twitter as my wife has been unwell for over a year and I need to be with her constantly. As a voter for UKIP I thought I would concentrate on politics.

A basic terminology to learn is 'RT' means you have retweeted someone else’s. In other words, you have posted someone else’s tweet to your own followers. If you make changes to a tweet, maybe to correct a bad spelling or reduced superfluous words, then change the 'RT' to 'MT' to signify this.

The reason I mention 'RT' above at this stage is so I could explain what I actually do on Twitter.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

If you use an upmarket Android phone you may like some of the apps I use.

Apps I have found useful (Android) however, I will offer a caveat here:

I do use a more powerful version smartphone (Galaxy S4) and some of these apps may not appear as fast on smaller models, if they work at all).

Anyway, make of them what you will, and if you have some of your own favourite apps, feel free to add them under Comments below.

They have all been used for some time now.

Monday, 4 November 2013

How the British Public have been totally betrayed. (30 min. video.)

If you are a friend or contact of mine and can vote for the Conservatives, Socialists or Liberal Democrats after watching this video, I ask you, extremely sincerely, to take yourself far away from our friendship or association.

I have known for over twenty years of all of this, and people have smiled and treated me as an eccentric. I no longer need your company. I have many friends of similar knowledge. 

If you don't want to know of the truth of our traitors in parliament, leave this webpage now. You will only unsettle yourself. For those who strive for truth, read and watch on.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Sometimes a dog really is a man's best friend and vice versa

Please bear with me as I am not too well at present, and haven't the strength to copy and paste a long article with photographs.

This story is about a German Shepherd (Alsatian) who was awarded the canine equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

Here's the link.



Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Here is his statement:

Topical Humour

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

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

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

posted from Bloggeroid

Monday, 21 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 20 October 2013

What did Vladimir Putin really say?

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 19 October 2013

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

Websites, the customer and the designer/creator

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

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

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

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

Here are ten excellent tips to improve your writing.

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

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Paul Nuttall on the BBC Bias

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

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 6 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further Education

Saturday, 5 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 4 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 3 October 2013

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

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


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Forget "Article 50" - it will cripple us. This is the only way to get out of the EU

The Road to Freedom
How Britain Can Leave the European Union
Discussion Paper by Gerard Batten MEP
March 2013 © Gerard Batten
UKIP was founded with the objective of bringing about Britain’s unconditional withdrawal from the European Union. If withdrawal is not unconditional then someone will have to set the conditions, and it will be the European Union and not a sovereign British Parliament.
There is a school of thought that says Britain can only leave the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Article 50 says, “Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”. It then sets out a lengthy, complex and costly procedure for doing so in accordance with Article 218 (3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The withdrawing Member State is not allowed to participate in the discussions or decisions of the European Council (Heads of Government) or the Council (Government Ministers) on the terms of withdrawal. The whole process may take up to two years.
This procedure would obviously be unacceptable to a sovereign nation such as the United Kingdom. Therefore the UK Independence Party should reject this humiliating and dishonourable course of action and this pamphlet sets out the legal basis of unconditional withdrawal.

An ANC Member of Parliament discusses apartheid in Israel

I am neither for Israel, nor against them. But I am very much for South Africa. Hear what a black South African MP says about Israel and Apartheid.

No need for more words, the video is self-explanatory!


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

If I were king... What the UK would look like!

If I were Dictator of the United Kingdom.

1. We would increase our armed forces.

2. We would supply them with the finest equipment that money could buy.

3. We would increase training from present, to half way towards special forces training.

4. We would double our special forces personnel and supply fast transport for them capable of reaching anywhere in the world.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Testing an Android app for this blog

I will be attending the 20 year anniversary Autumn Conference of UKIP on Friday and Saturday. I hope, afterwards, to let you all know how it went.

Meanwhile, here is a picture of two of our loyal members who sre standing for high office. The one on the left as an MEP and the other as an MP.


posted from Bloggeroid

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The elephant in the room with a vengeance!

This video is from a person, and a party, which, although I don't approve of, is about something that really needed to be said. I am a little unhappy bringing it to you as Hitler was Austrian, and listing to Mr Stadler brings back some very unpleasant memories. We need the right in power to cease the communistic EU, but how much better we are for having Nigel Farage and UKIP, rather than Ewald Stadlet of the BZO. 

But, you be the judge.

Now Ewald Stadler from BZÖ 
Mr federal minister, I want to make a request – and knowing that this debate will be followed closely at the Turkish embassy I will give it in the exact wording: 
The federal minister for European and International Affairs is requested to declare the Turkish ambassador Kadri Ecvet Tezca‚ persona non grata’ and demand his immediate dismissal

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Terrific support guy - they aren't all bad

We often berate useless support centres but I feel credit should be given when it is due.

I had a very helpful guy whose name was Mujibar. He took me through my problem step by step with infinite patience until my problem was solved.

I got talking to him on a more personal nature and asked him how he got started in his job. He told me that when he went for his interview the Personnel Manager told him: "Mujibar, you have passed all the tests, except one. Unless you pass it, you cannot qualify for this job."

Mujibar then replied, saying: "I am ready." The manager said: "Make a sentence using the words Yellow, Pink, and Green ...."

Mujibar said he thought about it for a while and replied: "The telephone goes Green, Green, I Pink it up, and say, Yellow, this is Mujibar."

The personnel Manager said I got full marks for creativity but I didn't understand. But was pleased to get a job.

I then asked if he could send me a photograph of himself and was very pleased when it arrived two weeks later.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Are all colours black in the South African rainbow?

I have received emails which are aimed at keeping us all informed about the new South Africa, post Apartheid. The second is more optimistic than the first but, strangely enough, they don't really contradict each other than much.

My own views are simple. I left South Africa, my home and my parents and came to England alone when I was fifteen, because of the political situation there. Yes  I was a political animal even then!

However, I am now extremely concerned about the huge amount of corruption in the present ANC party, which is why, if I were back living in that country, I would vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance).


Here is the first letter. Naturally I have withheld names and addresses
I'm a fairly qualified 28 year old, “middle class” citizen. Yet for some reason I read I must apologise and pay for the sins of apartheid, an era I wasn't around to benefit from, nor contribute too.

I went through government schooling all my life, and from grade 1, our class was a mix of White, Black and Indian students. Blissfully playing on the fields, and seeing no colour, we were all friends.  
 This only changed when we got to high school, and main stream media started making us aware of the fact that the colour of our skin made us different in some way. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Watch an Awesome and Jaw-Dropping Visualization of Every Protest Since 1979

I saw this recently on Twitter. It is scary. I went to an Astrology talk in the eighties by a Mundane Astrology (Mundane means the ones which work on countries rather than people) who accurately forecasted the earthquakes at the end of the century, he also told us that, in the early millennium, the people's of the world would revolt against the way they are governed and the end result will either be total destruction of everything we know, or a new age of enlightenment and real democracy. From the business in the Middle East and the Moslem slow takeover of the West, it seems very much that we are in the endgame. I find it almost unbelievable that an astrologer could be so accurate! Or was he just wise beyond his years?

Now watch a Jaw-Dropping Visualization of Every Protest Since 1979

250 million protests worldwide, from 1979-2013, visualized in one time-lapse image

Penn State doctoral candidate John Beieler has created a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979. And it is jaw-dropping, and I mean that in a real way, not in a BS blogger-overhyping-this-incredible-amazing-thing way. No, this is truly amazing, because what you’ll see is tiny blips popping off here and there in the 1970s—a time we think of as highly politically charged—and nearly eclipsing the world starting with the late 90s anti-globalization protests and the second Iraq War up till our present moment.
Go to the actual website for more details

Saturday, 10 August 2013

An interesting exercise, not recommended though as banks will be wise to it!

 You can read the original with photographs at the RT (Russia Today) website.

A Russian man who decided to write his own small print in a credit card contract has had his changes upheld in court. He's now suing the country's leading online bank for more than 24 million rubles ($727,000) in compensation.

Disappointed by the terms of the unsolicited offer for a credit card from Tinkoff Credit Systems in 2008, a  42-year-old Dmitry Agarkov from the city of Voronezh decided to hand write his own credits terms.

The trick was that Agarkov simply scanned the bank’s document and ‘amended’ the small print with his own terms.

He opted for a 0 percent interest rate and no fees, adding that the customer "is not obliged to pay any fees and charges imposed by bank tariffs." The bank, however, didn’t read ‘the amendments’, as it signed and certified the document, as well as sent the man a credit card. Under the agreement, the bank OK'd to provide unlimited credit, according to Agarkov’s lawyer Dmitry Mikhalevich talking to Kommersant daily.

UKIP's view on immigration. and this video is to start the debate.

UKIP have prepared this video to open the immigration debate and welcome comments on any part you feel is untrue. If you use the comments below, your comments may be deleted if you do not say why it is untrue and what you think should be done instead. Attacking the messenger was tried in ancient Rome and was seen not to be a useful thing to do. So, to put it in a nutshell, comments are only invited by those able to debate in an honest and reasonable manner.

Sorry to lose you... :-)

This is unlike any video you will see from the Conservative Party, The Liberal Democrat Party, or the Labour Party, in that there are no lies within it!

Have you ever noticed how no politician or journalist has ever managed to trip Nigel Farage up? He has a terrific gimmick, and employs it every time to defeat his enemies. I won't give his secret away, but it is a five letter word beginning with t and ending in h.


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Bongo Bongo Land - was Godfrey Bloom right or wrong? Read it all here.

The following rough précis has been taken from this article in the Daily Mail. This is what Bongo Bongo Land does with your hard earn money. I hate to say it but those British readers who vote for this outright thievery are not the brightest sandwich in the picnic basket. Don't blame me, I vote for the UK Independence Party.


South Africa
President: Jacob Zuma
Purchased an estate of over 25 houses, underground quarters, Helepad, top security
Purchased £40,000,000 road improvements leading to his estate
British Aid: £17,000,000 last year

The Congo
President: Denis Sassou Nguesso
Purchased over a dozen properties in Paris.
British Aid: A total of £258,000,000 by 2015.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Useful information if you worry a lot or suffer from anxiety

Here are two documents assisting my wife who suffers from high anxiety problems. They have been issued by our local council's help group. They're part of a 2 hours a day, two days a week, session (over a five week period). There are many other documents but these two are the best to help normal people who feel anxiety quite a lot of the time. According to the news, this is a far higher proportion of the population than one would imagine.


Challenging Negative Thoughts

Negative thinking is unhelpful and prevents us from feeling and thinking that we have control to make changes in our lives.

It is helpful to understand the characteristics of our own negative thinking patterns so that we can learn to challenge the thoughts we have.

Negative Thinking Characteristics

  • Automatic – thoughts that just pop into your head
  • Distorted – thoughts that may not fit the facts
  • Unhelpful – thoughts that make it difficult to change
  • Plausible – thoughts that can be made to fit what you see and it doesn't occur to you to question them
  • Involuntary – thoughts that you do not feel you choose to have and they may be difficult to switch off

Sunday, 4 August 2013

We didn't have "the green thing" in our days.

The Green Thing

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the ...environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Monday, 29 July 2013

A young South African girl's words of wisdom

A Twitter pal in South Africa, Phumzile van Damme, recently reached the beautiful age of thirty and presented us with these wise words of wisdom which are appended below.

Phumzile is an active participant in the DA (the new South African "Democratic Alliance" party) formed to fight for all the races in South Africa rather than just a section of the country.

They were formed after the Apartheid system fell in 1994 and although it is more complex, we can state the DA has 77 seats in the overall parliamentary seating.


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

So you have, or you're thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone?

I have had my Galaxy S4 for a little time now so I would like to share some of the apps and hardware which has made my computer more useful. Let's face it, it's a computer which allows you to make phone calls.


The very first thing is to purchase the “AVG” app for just under £10. This will keep your phone clean of malware, check all email attachments, and check every app you download for dangerous code. It is a must.

The app which comes with the S4 from Samsung is “S Health” and this counts your exercise steps, whether walking, running or using stairs. You set yourself a daily target. I have started on a low one of 5,000 steps, and you can't cheat, and you get a sense of failure if you don't get an average (of the week of your daily average times 7). And, you can't cheat, unless you strap it to your arm when you are...

Whilst we are on health, I'll mention “AlcoDroid” this registers how much you have drunk and you can get an accurate unit count to two decimal places. You have to put the alcohol content in and the amount of the liquid. It also gives a fair idea of your alcohol/blood content but stresses this fluctuates from person to person. My target is 24 units (we are advised to keep to 28 units now for me) and I never reach more than 80% of target. More like 75%

These two apps have over three weeks, cut my drinking down by 140% and I feel fitter from the exercise.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

UKIP Deputy Leader takes EU to task over Royal Mail privatisation

The Post Office Union is going on strike because they love the EU who are destroying their members' jobs. 

The Post Office Unions will be disbanded within a few years as the Royal Mail goes down the chute. 

In addition to this, many of the loudest voices of protest love the EU who are destroying their mail.

Ironic isn't it? And tragic!


now read on...

The UK Government will be helpless to prevent huge job losses and a looming pensions disaster when the Royal Mail is privatised, due to EU regulation.  

Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP Deputy Leader points out that Westminster will be hamstrung by the same EU regulations that forced it into privatisation.  “It was of course three successive EU Postal Services Directives that created this mess, and under the same law the Government will be banned from giving the Royal Mail any state aid if it catastrophically fails.  

The Postal Services Directive made it clear that the market for mail delivery had to be opened up to competition. 

As a result, the more profitable services such as business mail were forced to compete with cheaper foreign competitors while Royal Mail was lumbered with the costly hand-delivery and sorting processes. On top of that, as life has moved progressively online we are sending fewer and fewer letters. 

The Royal Mail was doomed.

“Now the final nail is in the coffin and the Royal Mail will become fully privatised, it’s going to really struggle to compete in the market place. In order to survive there will have to be closures. There will have to be job losses. 

These employees’ shares that are being championed by the Prime Minister will be completely and utterly worthless. 

But under EU state aid rules the UK Government will be strictly forbidden from helping the Royal Mail with taxpayers’ money.  It will also be forbidden to help plug the £9 billion pension pot deficit.  

We will be left with a completely destroyed Royal Mail, once a proud British institution that did so much more than just deliver letters. We can thank the EU for that, and we can also thank the EU when Westminster finally wakes up and realises there’s a disaster in the post.”

Monday, 8 July 2013

A soldier tells Captains of Industry "This is what you get if you employ someone like me".

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC very kindly gave me permission to republish his article after I said I thought it should get the widest publicity.

5 July 2013

"Last week I invited a hundred major employers to an event at the Tower of London as part of the Veterans’ Transition Review I am conducting for the government. The aim of the day was to discuss what more can be done to ensure that those leaving the Armed Forces have the opportunities they deserve when embarking on the next stage of their career, and to make sure businesses take advantages of the phenomenal skills, talents and experience they have to offer.

One of the problems we have found is that most employers simply don’t understand what most military jobs involve, and so find it hard to picture what former service personnel could bring to their organisation. For that reason, I asked a young serving soldier, Corporal Lee Davidson of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, to come along and tell us what he does all day.

His talk was the highlight of the event and achieved its purpose of showing the kind of responsibility even a relatively junior commander has to handle. Lee was thoroughly engaging and utterly unfazed at addressing a room full of CEOs – indeed during the question and answer session two employers stood up and offered him jobs on the spot! The Army retains his services for now, I am pleased to report, and he is safely back in Cyprus. Here is what he had to say:"

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Avoid the pain at airport security when travelling by air with these few tips.

Until recently I was one of the many who refuse to travel by air. However, as my wife and I want to travel on the Viking River Cruise from Holland to Budapest, via the Rhine and Danube, we found the fare included a return air flight from Budapest to London.

I have given this some thought and have come up with the following tips to take all this pain away, completely.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

UKIP's weekly newsletter which private forum members receive.

Dear Ampers,

Over the last few days, there have been a few negative news stories about UKIP.  Much of today’s forum newsletter is about setting the record straight.  Firstly, there has been a big story about UKIP’s vote ‘dropping by 6%’ in an opinion poll.  This poll is produced by ICM and is a monthly opinion poll.  In April, they showed us at 9%.  In May, this increased to 18% and in June it is now 12%.  ICM’s methodology is one of the least favourable to UKIP – not only do they not include UKIP in the list of choices, but they also assume that voters who say ‘don’t know’ are likely to go back to their previous parties and include them to an extent in the figures.

The 18% result, from a company like ICM, was always likely to be a one-off result.  Polls claim to be within +/-3% of the correct result 95% of the time – but even this is only true so far as they’ve got their methodology right.  In other words, one poll in every 20 will be outside that ‘margin of error’.  But the sequence 9%, 18%, 12% suggests that perhaps it’s last month’s poll that was out of line.  There is a saying with political polling – “If a result is interesting, it’s probably wrong”.  The 18% was unusual, a long way out of the ordinary for a company which gives such low UKIP vote shares.  This astonishing change in a single month might suggest that there was some correction likely to follow.

So where are UKIP at the moment?  Firms like Opinium and Survation have shown us at above 20%, whilst ICM and now MORI say that we’re on 12%.  It’s hard to say where the Party’s support is overall, but the polls showing us on the lowest figures still group us in with ‘others’ despite the fact that we’re ahead of the Liberal Democrats in almost every poll.

Looking at all of the polls across all polling companies, comparing ‘like with like’ is the best way to see whether our support is going up or down.  The elections gave us a huge boost, and most of that boost has lasted – but we may have slipped one or two percentage points from last month’s peak.  This is unsurprising outside of an election period, and it is certainly not a cataclysmic loss of 6% in a short period of time.

Party Director Lisa Duffy issues call to arms in Aberdeen

With the Aberdeen Donside by-election coming up, the feeling on the ground is that - whilst Scottish elections are more difficult - there has been considerable progress and we should obtain our best ever by-election result in Scotland by quite some margin.  Party Director Lisa Duffy has asked for help from UKIP activists – whether they can get there in person, or are able to donate to help:

Monday, 10 June 2013

RECIPE: "Socks blowing" Baked Beans on Toast

We use Chilli quite a lot in African cuisine and I have designed "Baked Beans on Toast more the African way. I would advise care in using my quantities of ingredients, other than the baked beans of course. The following recipe will make two portions


1 onion (medium to large) I prefer large
1 Chilli (the hot kind) I prefer Scotch Bonnet
4 cloves of Garlic (large cloves)
1 piece of Ginger (1.5 cubic inches)
1 heaped teaspoon of Turmeric
1 tin of baked beans (420 grams) Use cheapest you can buy*
Olive Oil
2 slices of bread.

* If you buy cheapest, you'll get tasteless beans. You want tasteless as you will be making your own taste.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The insidious world wide enemy to freedom.

Those of you who read my blog about the advance of Marxism will know I have been concerned with this for some time.

However, a Russian defector to America has Indicated that this is now very critical.

Please don't watch the video below if you prefer to keep your head buried in the sand.

It should be noted, however, that this defection was in 1984, and we have heard nothing since then

This doesn't mean it's untrue though


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Only for the hard and the tough, a trip of a lifetime.

These guys run some fantastic trips into the bush, all based on fishing.

One particular trip to Kapirinengu, was a fantastic trip, here are the hardy tourists on their way... the roads, incidentally, weren't always so brilliant!

You can get the full story further into my blog and it is really worth reading.

Here is their latest advertisement for their new venture. If you are brave, tough, and not mollycoddled by the 'political correct' brigade, then it'll be the experience of a lifetime.

full story further into my blogfull story further into my blog


Sunday, 7 April 2013

David Cameron's promise to the British People, you've guessed it, broken! Again!

As I have said so many times before, a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand pictures.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Who'd be a UKIP party leader at election time?

Over the next two weeks UKIP Leader Nigel Farage is touring the country to spread the party's Common Sense message and host a punishing series of thirty-five public meetings. And, as many as seven in one day!

Here's the itinerary, which is subject to change at short notice.

Tuesday, April 2


Wednesday April 3

Thursday, April 4


Friday, April 5


Saturday, April 6


Monday, April 8


Tuesday, April 9


Wednesday, April 10

St Ives

Thursday, April 11

Stoke Mandeville
South Heath

Friday, April 12

Tunbridge Wells


An explanation of Islam in one easy lesson.

Your teacher today is Pat Condell


Thursday, 28 March 2013

My home made salad dressing

Salad dressing is expensive but over the years I have designed my own dressing.

Here is the formula. I make approximately 70cl at a time which lasts for quite a long time, even though we have salads around five times a week.

First of all, get a bottle twice the size as you will need to shake it vigorously every time you fill up your tabletop bottle. I use a 1.5 Ltr whisky bottle, if you haven't got one, buy a full one, finish it off over the next week or two and make the dressing then!

You will need a large bowl to mix the ingredients, as you will need to mix it all up with a whisk, preferably an electric one.  You will also need a large measuring jug as it will be easier to funnel the finished results into the bottle afterwards!

Into your large bowl, add:

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

UKIP's coming of age at the Exeter Spring Conference 2013.

I have extracted this article in full from the Ukipian (,com) website and you can read it, in situ, at this address. The Ukipian website has a varied amount of contributors and is well worth, not only a visit, but to book mark it if you are so inclined.


UKIP has moved beyond the EU

When David Cameron finally made his long-promised Europe speech there were some Tory commentators who suggested that UKIP would now perhaps like to stand aside at the general election in order to give Conservatives a clear run and thereby secure their long dreamt-of In/Out EU referendum.

The response from Ukipians was unsurprising: dream on!

And yet, many political observers have tended to regard UKIP as being somewhere between a single issue pressure group and a fully-fledged political party.

If that was ever true, it certainly isn’t now. At UKIP’s spring rally in Exeter over the weekend something remarkable took place; the party realised to its own surprise that it had stopped “banging on about Europe”.

This isn’t to say that getting out of the EU has ceased to be a defining and uniting characteristic of the party. It most certainly is still that. But the idea that if Britain does leave the EU within the next few years then UKIP members will go back to tending their roses and the party will wither away no longer has a shred of credibility.

Monday, 25 March 2013

An interesting but terribly frustrating problem!

Problem with my home internet

My suppliers:

Fibre unlimited broadband at 76mb speeds (£19.99 p.m.)

BT – Ordered by Plusnet
Openreach fibre modem (Huawei Technologies of China)

BiPAC 7800N four port plus EWAN Router connected to Openreach modem by Ewan ethernet.

My problem:

Since last July (2012) I have had problems with Internet connections and this has got steadily worse over the months until now, I lose Internet between five and twenty times every hour.

I can't even watch a ten minute YouTube video without it losing signal at least once, and often four or five times during that time.

The interesting point here is that it gets worse each day as the day progresses, yet Plusnet assure me that there is nothing wrong. During the evenings and weekends it is worse.

Billion kindly replaced my router a few weeks ago, but that didn't make any difference to the situation.

What do my readers think is wrong?

Please add anything you can add as comments below. I am interested in:

a} Any comments if you have had the same problem yourself.
b} Any comments if you have had adverse experiences with the above equipment.

I'll then direct my suppliers to this blog to hear what they have to say of my problems.


Sunday, 24 March 2013

This shows how easy it would be to get the UK back on its feet.

UKIP's Godfrey Bloom explains why our Government are causing misery for future generations and offers some easy solutions on what George Osborne could do to increase productivity and thus a greater income from texes to the Treasury Purse.


A fun packed day for UKIP

What a topic packed day! UKIP's attendance was up 30% on last year, and last year was packed!

Wish I could have been there,



9.30                         Film: Lost Horizons (27 mins)

10.00                       Opening: Tony McIntyre, UKIP SW

10.05                       Lisa Duffy, Party Director – Campaign
                                Report 2012-13

                                Margot Parker – The Lessons of Corby

                                Richard Elvin – Taking our Message North

                                Winston Mackenzie – Opportunities in
                                London's Black Communities

                                Diane James – The Eastleigh Experience

10.40                       Prof Tim Congdon – Europe Doesn't Work

10.55                       William Dartmouth MEP – The Truth
                                About Trade

11.10                       Coffee break

Rest of the day below:

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Bobotie, traditional South African dish.

This has now been superseded by another Bobotie recipe here.

There are dozens of recipes for Bobotie and yellow rice, and I have used many of them. Alas, the modern recipes leave out some of the ingredients for convenience, but those Boboties never taste as nice. This is the full version.

Traditionally, the recipe which was put together by Cape Malay cooks in the Western Cape and was made with the meat left over from the Saturday dinner, it was minced and prepared, half on that evening, and half the following morning. Now for convenience we use Lamb mince. (Note it's not as nice with beef mince - and you might get horse!)

To get the full flavour of this dish, the first half should be made and semi-cooked the day before. Once nice point about this is if you are giving a dinner party. Put it in the oven the minute your guests arrive, and by the time you have had drinks, and the first course, the main meal is ready.

Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Bobotie with yellow rice