Thursday, December 27, 2007

Henry is Having a Short Break

Blogging will return in the New Year

I see that my most popular global post is the one I did about Baileys Irish Cream.

All I can say is that Mere alcohol doesnt thrill me at all.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Afghanistan Moustachistan


The members of 40 Commando in Afghanistan are holding the final of their moustache competition in Helmand province today.

Its about keeping a stiff upper lip after all.

Enjoy Boxing Day

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Tag

Sorry about the tardiness but I figured it wouldnt be right to do it until Christmas morning so here goes having been tagged by the Poet Laura-eate

When People Say 'Christmas' You Immediately Think

O for fucks sake why do the shops start thinking about it in September? Merryhill is a consistent offender.

Favourite Christmas Memory

1978 listening to Mary's boy Child by Boney M and the house decked out for Christmas, the full works, nice presents everything traditionally done and getting premium bonds attached to the tree with my name on them.

They aren't made like that anymore.

Favourite Christmas Song

Here I have to agree with Laura Mariah Carey it is.

Favourite Christmas Movie

Sound of Music (I saw that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on yesterday and avoided it)

Sound of Music is a classic but CCBB does get a bit cloyingly sweet on the umpteenth viewing

Favourite Christmas Character

The Ghost of Christmas Past. Nuff said

Favourite Christmas Object

If I could manage a real tree about 10 foot high then I would have one. The smell alone is worth it.

Plans for Christmas

I never plan for Christmas.

Not these days anyway

Is Christmas your favourite Holiday?

No in fact one of the best Christmases I had was when I worked. It was simply so peaceful and easy.


To all a Merry Christmas

And no I don't think you are strange by being on the net to read this today.

Jingle Bombs

All I want for Christmas

Well I suppose I had to mention that, plus Mariah Carey, it simply wouldn't really be Christmas without a few tunes from the Devil.

Anyway here we are on Christmas Eve anxiously awaiting the 2007th rebirth of Christ, in a manger and whats going on in the UK, politically and medically and just by the by stuff.

A quick scan on the papers today shows that Portuguese police are trying to find a blue gym bag which used to carry tennis stuff for Gerry McCann which disappeared at the same time as Maddie.

There have been massive personal data losses from the NHS, from 11 trusts (makes you wonder why the name Trust is used!)

The fog last night screwed up many a flightplan for those trying to escape Britain for warmer or colder climes for Christmas.

Petrol prices well the protests were rather small, why does no one bother is everyone being apathetic again? but more protests are planned for the New Year.

I have also heard that other people have had terrible times this year and I blame it on the year of the Fire Pig... Yes that old chestnut of I ching and the four pillars.

and now just to lighten the mood a bit of Mariah Carey. Look out for the 3 fat ladies!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sluts and the City

A valuable resource for Sex and the City...




Normal blogging will come back soon but to get you all in the festive mood here is something a little x rated to cheer you up.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Bit Of Light Relief



Well its not funny, but it is ironic and a little harsh but I enjoyed it.

Normal service will resume soon. One has to rest as its all getting a bit much at present. Xmas comes and the fucking world just goes crazy and its cold outside and I need to sleep a bit more.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tasers for the Metropolitan Police Force



From Monday 10th December 2007. Announced like all bad news these days at 1 or 2 am in the morning to bury bad news.

This is another fence post as Roger Thornhill would say

We are rapidly becoming a police state worse than Australia, and New Zealand.

What next? Axes in bundles of wood carried by guards when public figures are out on display? (by the way thats a historical reference)

In Roman times when the patricians (thats the rich people) went out on procession there would be guards with bundles of wood with axes in them to mow down the opposition, or to deliver a swift beheading if there was opposition.

These bundles were called fasces, and this is where we get the term fascist from



I never thought I would see another fascist state in my lifetime but I know from having been arrested (yes I have been there too) that had there been tasers when I got arrested that I would now be dead because of the medication I take.

This is wrong, morally, another nail in the coffin for civil liberties and a total out and out assault on our way of life to keep us in fear so we can be controlled more easily by the government.

You all need to write to your MP and get them to pass a bill making Tasers illegal in Britain. After all your sons or your daughters or any other relative could be the next one to die.

Is that what you want? You have a choice I suggest you use the vote that we have and get better representatives the next time a general election comes round because if your current MP does not campaign for the tasers to be removed they are tacitly approving them.

Do people have to die before these things are removed?

Its a wonderful life


Enjoy

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Terror detention announcement expected

Jacqui Smith our new Home secretary is about to announce that the terror detention laws are about to be renewed and that the period of detention without trial is going to be 42 days. That's six weeks to you and me.

Personally and politically I find this to be abhorrent and unnecessary.

You don't need six weeks unless you are an incompetent bureacracy laden, lawbreaking Government who cant even register proper donations to your own political party properly.

This is playing on what fear? For Christ's bloody sake even the IRA and internment didn't work in Northern Ireland. Has everyone forgotten so quickly. History will say that you have repeated the same mistakes and caused untold damage to intercultural relations. This is a massive blow for civil liberties.


PS I know I wasn't going to post but this little snippet of fuckwittery by the government came out at 2am this morning.

Blogging will return on Sunday

Sorry but events have caught up and I need to go outside and get a life so blogging may not occur till Sunday. There may be a post here and there but not until Sunday will there be anything substantial.

I would like to thank my regular visitor from Hong Kong who comes here at three in the morning and my other regular visitors from the USA and the UK and Europe and the rest of the world for being regular supporters and readers and will look forward to your next visits.

Thanks

Henry

Blessings to everyone

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Alpha and Omega

Today Im going to ask you to go and see my other blog posting

I think its important enough, politically, culturally and emotionally to be one of the most important things you'll ever read or will ever have read in your life.

This post is life changing if you take it onboard. It certainly means Im going to have a changed life and so will you.

Here's music for you to listen to while you read

Monday, December 3, 2007

If you go down to the woods today

You better not go to Sudan.

Gillian Gibbons has been pardoned

Anyway to get you in the spirit here is the song

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For ev'ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev'ry teddy bear who's been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There's lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Cause that's the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home.

For ev'ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;

At six o'clock their mummies and daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little teddy bears.


Dm Am Dm A7
Dm A7 Dm
Eb Bb7 Db Bb7
Eb Bb7 Eb
Fm7 Edim Fm Bb7
Eb
Ab Eb Ab Eb Bb7 Eb

chorus:
Eb
Eb Edim Fm7 Bb7
C# Bb7 Edim Bb7
Eb Edim
Eb
Eb
Eb Ab
Ab A
Edim
G7 Fm Bb7
Eb Bb7-Eb-Bb7-Eb

Background:

Jimmy Kennedy (1902-1984) from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, was a world-famous songwriter. He composed such songs as "Red Sails in the Sunset," inspired by a sunset over Portstewart strand in Co. Antrim, and "Teddy Bear's Picnic." The music was originally called the "Teddy Bear Two Step". It was written by American composer J.W. Bratton. Irishman Jimmy Kennedy later added the lyrics that have made this song famous.

Donations



Made me laugh anyway!

Euthanasia, Italian style

A man of pensionable age shot his 82 year old wife who was suffering from dementia ( Alzheimer type) three times in her hospital room. Two shots to the head and one to the chest.

I suppose it could only happen in Italy. Link here

Sunday, December 2, 2007

USA says it has the right to kidnap UK Citizens

That's right, you read it correctly. The link to the Times aricle is the headline of this piece.

Who the hell do they think they are? Have we lost our sovereignty because of Bush's so called war on terror?

In anycase its a bad day for us. The prospect of emigrating to another part of the EU is getting stronger by the day.

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Three Wise Monkeys

Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey (her husband)
Priminister, Leader of the House and the party treasurer.
Police are to launch an enquiry into the donations scandal. Link here

Honestly speaking you would have thought that with all the fuss about donations and the laws that Tony himself put through government to make sure that donations to political parties were not secretive that someone would have taken note of it especially the party that brought the laws in, in the first place.

Instead they seem to be attracting attention to themselves. It seems the labour spin machine has now become a fan and the brown stuff has hit the fan.

Tony must be laughing his socks off at the ineptitude of his successor.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Book Review: My Boyfriend is a Twat


My Boyfriend is a Twat.

I have been reading this book and I have to say that Zoe's trials and tribulations of daily life with her boyfriend are funny, erudite and downright hilarious.

It is the book of the award winning blog of the same name.

I have to say I haven't laughed this much since I was a kid, and went into complete giggles ending up with me almost having an asthmatic attack halfway through
Even if you are happy with your life you need to buy this book as there are gems nearly on every page for your delight. A well presented and delightful trip through a relationship with a twat.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sorry I have been busy....


Bacardi
Originally uploaded by Screaming Bertha.

And no the bottle in question is still sealed but its my bottle of rum rather than anyone else's....


I apologise for the lack of blog posts. I had rather a lot of paperwork to do including writing a 20 A4 page synopsis of my troubles over the last three years. I tell you writing things that have happened to you in detail is something I never want to do again. More will be disclosed later on later next year about that.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Something for the weekend




Im not feeling up to swearblogging today. I think I overdid it on the first post yesterday

Click first post and see, in the mean time enjoy your Friday night.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

All that Glitters is Definitely Gold


Here is a faultless couple.(Javed Miandad's son and his wife (Dawood Ibrahim's Daughter).........

It made me laugh anyway... ( tip click on picture to see large version)

And yet more Doctor Bashing

Heard on the news today. Consultants get more money but do less work. What tosh , what fucking rubbish. More government crap and where the hell did they get that average £110000 salary. Most consultants don't get that they get £78000 after working their arse off for 7-10 years.

Heathrow Airport

A proposed sixth terminal is touted for Heathrow. Link here

They are planning to destroy the village of Sipson.

Hypocrites! They bang on about carbon emissions and global warming yet because its good for business they have to enlarge Heathrow Airport.

Gordon Brown and the Incompetents

Sounds like a pop group, or a band of musicians who can't play very well.

In fact its our government, and the standard of people they employ and the uselessness of our education system.

Two computer discs were posted in the regular mail with no record of posting, no nothing and they went missing. Thing is they contained highly confidential details of all the bank accounts of those who receive child benefit. Now who is to blame?

The person who posted it who has probably done it in a rush. No aforethought of how sensitive the material and not intelligent or educated enough to think , "oh this stuff is important it shouldn't get lost", and without the presence of mind to think I better send this a better way such as recorded delivery or some other such stuff.


Of course someone has got them and thinks they are shiny or worth something or they've been put somewhere and been stolen or taken to be hacked into.

Its not confined to this area of government either and that is what is so wrong with our society and our education.
Link here
The DWP regularly sends back the originals of household bills and driving licences and passports, the statements of your ISAs and your premium bonds, need I go on?, in the second class post after you apply for benefits or anything else a
They don't give a monkeys after they've seen it and sorted your benefit.

No covering letter, no nothing, and it is a miracle that your identity and your stuff doesn't get pilfered by someone.

I've had it happen to me and I was upset and my father pointed out to me that he was upset about how they had sent my stuff back.

Why is the question we should be asking? Why when the government is so fucking concerned about terrorism is it so lax in protecting its own citizens?

I wouldn't trust the government to organise a vertical urination in a brewery ( that's a piss up to you and I).

They have dumbed down the education system through successive governments and created an underclass who can't think through things properly and who are terrible at managing things and then they put up posters for the likes of you and I who are educated and say no abuse or we'll prosecute you.

Well I say you bastards, you fucking bastards why the fuck can't you deal with us properly and why the fuck aren't the standards higher, then you wouldn't even risk the possibility of abuse you ignorant bastards.

Our education system is in meltdown and our infrastructure rapidly crumbling and our governmental offices filled with the lowest ignorant people because they wouldn't get a job anywhere else.

I remember vividly asking my dyslexic rather slow witted and ignorant relative where he worked and he told me that he was working in Lambeth for the civil service, and I thought.. uh oh this isn't right what the fuck is he doing there. Would I trust him to take care of my pension? The answer is no.

The government wants slaves and people who take orders but what it fails to realise is that in order for that system to work you have to have constant supervision by someone who knows what needs to be done and how it should be done, you don't leave them to make their own decisions or there will be chaos.

The government have hidden this from us for 18 months.. they say they were posted 18 months ago.

If it were not so outrageous it would be cause for a general election. How dare they play with us and half the population is affected, and will be affected for years

I'm surprised there aren't demonstrations going on but of course these days you just can't go out and demonstrate you have to tell the police in advance which makes it impossible to just protest when you feel like it and this in what we call a free western democracy.

India has a better democracy because at least there any kind of protest is valid and no one dare break it up for the fear of rioting.

Of course this is just another feature of a dumbed down populace, the inability to even go out there and protest for our rights. Apathy rules ok and the sheeple just baa and get on with eating.
It makes me sick and it is a terrible day.

Over the channel the French strike and protest because their education is better than ours, and this is shown by how many expatriates from Britain live there and get their children into those schools.

It is a sad day because we have been cheated and lied to for years and given bad service and what do we do when we vote? we don't even fucking bother to change the sodding people who cheat us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Into each life some rain must fall

D DM7 D6 Gdim D9 Em7 D9
In - to each life some rain must fall

G D F#m B7 Edim B7 Em7 A7
But too much is fall - ing in mine

Em B+ Em7/6 Cdim Em B+ Em6
In - to each heart some tears must fall

Em7 A7 Em7 A7 Edim D Cdim A7
But some day the sun will shine

F#7 Gdim F#7 C#m7-5 B7 Cdim B7
Some folks can lose the blues in their hearts

Bm7-5 E7 Cdim E7/9 E7 A7 G/B Fdim A7
But when I think of you an - oth - er show - er starts

D DM7 D6 Gdim D F#m B7
In - to each life some rain must fall

Cdim G G/F# Em7/6 Fdim A7 D
But too much is fall - ing in mine.



D DM7 D6 Gdim D F#m B7
In - to each life some rain must fall

Cdim G G/F# Em7/6 Fdim A7 D
But too much is fall - ing in mine.



“There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together”

From another famous Henry namely Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and this one too,

“It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.”

Henry is feeling the tiredness and the exhaustion that comes with trying to do too much over the last few days and it shows


The Rainy Day
The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.

Monday, November 19, 2007

First Royal Diamond Wedding Anniversary



Only the fifth time a double portrait on the Coins...

Now all the Queen and Prince Philip have to do is a Diamond Jubilee and a Platinum wedding anniversary plus a Platinum Jubilee and then she'll be virtually unbeatable

She is after all only six years away from Queen Victoria's record of 61 years on the throne

Friday, November 16, 2007

Achmed and Jeff

History of Baileys Irish Cream



Historical story

In 1971, a committee of senior managers in Gilbeys of Ireland had the idea for a uniquely Irish drink reflecting Ireland’s heritage and agricultural and distilling traditions.

Baileys first appeared in a ten gallon milkchurn by accident in 1974 because they had been trying to get the whiskey to mix with the cream.

The whiskey is a grain whiskey, and then is blended in with about 50% cream. Back in the old days, a way to handle an upset stomach was to mix whiskey and cream together. It would soothe your stomach. The problem was that the two would not mix well together for long - but Bailey's found a secret way to get the mixture to stay.

No one had managed to blend cream and whiskey before and it took years of patient work, plus a little chocolate and vanilla, to create the truly amazing taste.

Finally, on November 26th 1974 there was an almost magical accident and a new type of drink was born: the cream liqueur.

What actually happens is that they mix the chocolate mix, ( cocoa nibs and vanilla )add burnt sugar( caramel),sugar and then whiskey with the cream to make the famous drink that has a shelf life of 2 years.

So you may think its easy to make but it took them three years to make it.

If you pay peanuts....




I have been reminded by reading the Daily Brute that the NHS is going down the tubes

It also has management monkeys. Enjoy the video

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Day at the Cathedral



This is the first time in two years since I was at St Paul's Cathedral and on that occasion on 1st November 2005 I was lucky enough to exit through the big central West doors along with some fellow KCU members.

They charge now for entrance so I didnt go in but it was good to see St Paul's again

Diamonds are Forever


Sparkling round my little finger...

Well not this one its too big at 84.37 carats.

Bought by the founder of Guess Clothing in the USA on the 1st of October 2007 in Geneva at Sotheby's

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Langham Freed

The actor put in jail for downloading pornography has had his sentence cut and will be out later today. As Rachel has said just being in possession of things doesn't necessarily mean that you are wicked and vile and I would agree with her here.

Full story in Metro

St Pancras Opens to International Travel




Finally you can get on a train and get to the south of France in less than 8 hours.


Edit: French railways are on strike! Typical!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

It could only happen in India


A man who was cursed with a disability after he stoned two dogs to death has married a a female dog.

Link here

Normally you'd expect the bride to be human but in this case his wife really is a bitch.

And his wife is the daughter of a bitch.

Well I suppose it takes all sorts.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Mobile Updates by Text

This is now live.

If you are sweet enough to live in the UK and wish to follow this blog by your mobile phone then if you feel that you would like a subscription please follow the instructions in the right hand column under the 1 party for all banner.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Coming soon... Mobile feed by text message

This will be a text subscription service for the atom feed. There is no need for you to text 88999 but if you wish it then it will happen and yes you will be charged as described.

I am forced to do this because I don't think I'll be pan-handling as described in a previous post as I'd rather die before spending a day on the pavements of London begging.

Anyway the choice is yours and yours alone.

More tomorrow.. Enjoy your Saturday night.

Fools and their Money

I talk of course about the Iphone...Link here

Of course if you wait another month you can go over to France where it will no doubt be cheaper and completely unlocked and capable of receiving updates from Apple with no problems later on.

Plus my father remarked quite sensibly that it would be an act of complete folly to buy one just now.

Why? Because every mugger, drug addict, rapscallion rascal, pickpocket out there on the street if they see you using one will target you. They are the new must have thing and I'm sure the criminal fraternity is checking out who bought the damn thing to see who they can nick it off.

After all why pay for something that's so easily nicked?

Edit: BBC review here

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Oh dear, On the road to Totalitarianism

Department of Transport is looking into plans to give six points for being flashed by a camera. Link here

This is exactly what Australia has on double jeopardy weekends leading to two offences meaning that you can lose your licence for two offences.

This is a serious slap in the face for civil liberties and a tightening vice grip of laws.

Imagine the knock on effect if people cant move freely with their cars. Yes they'll be moved on to public transport. You guessed it its a subtle plan to stop us using our cars through fear of losing our licences.

At first I thought the double jeopardy weekends in Australia were a joke and then I realised they weren't and I was horrified.

OK I lied... here is a post to keep you going

I thought up a post whilst I was commenting on someone elses blog Zinzine if youre interested... wander over.

It was to do with my financial situation and the abject poverty and misery that I now find myself in having not been in work since the end of April.

At one point I considered the antiquated artful life of a pan handler as I had been told by my clients that certain areas of London provided rich pickings.

That and selling the Big Issue for drugs as some clients confided to me

One time I came upon a beggar in London and gave him tuppence and he rejected it...

It was only later when I realised that pan handling can earn enough for your drug fix that I realised he was not a genuine beggar but a drug fucked one... courtesy of course of working with the homeless drug addicts of Westminster for five months.

Of course now I am going to have to panhandle being as the DWP only give me 245 pounds a month as incapacity benefit and my outgoings and lifestyle demand ten times that amount at least.

A good day's panhandling in Knightsbridge once a week and me and my dog should be quids in.

I shall have to do some research for it too. But as I was reliably told by my drug addict clients

You can get upto £200 an hour there

I looked at them and thought mmm Im in the wrong game here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Blogging will return after Diwali and Tikka

Sorry folks but there'll be no fresh posts until after the Indian New year.
There's plenty in the archives and I suggest you start with January 2007 as a very good starting point as to why I started this blog in the first place.

Also Musings will give you a more personal account of how I've been feeling recently.

Happy Divali and Happy New Year and Happy Tikka

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

On Ludicrous Laws that still exist

There are still some ludicrous laws in place out there.

Pity that the Queen's speech couldn't have mentioned repealing them.

I repeat the list for those unwilling to go to the link.

The UK's top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:

# 1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)

# 2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen's image upside-down (7%)

# 3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

# 4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned(5%)

# 5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter (4%)

# 6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet (4%)

# 7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen (3.5%)

# 8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (3%)

# 9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour

# 10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)

And for others?

The top 10 bizarre foreign laws as voted by those polled:

# 1. In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)

# 2. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)

# 3. A male doctor in Bahrain can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror (7%)

# 4. In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm (6%)

# 5. It is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama (6%)

# 6. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed (6%)

# 7. Women in Vermont must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (6%)

# 8. In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits (5%)

# 9. There is no age of consent in Japan (5%)

# 10. In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Woolgathering

To indulge in idle daydreaming....


I think I shall be doing this in future.

Guy Fawkes Day

Well what can I say, the politicians want to raise their salaries, a stupid woman who wouldn't have a blood transfusion after having twins has died, Pakistan is in a state of emergency ( but since when has that been news) Condoleeza issues imperatives from Washington D.C. and gets frankly ignored and the school leaving age rises to 18.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Times Repeats itself

Today in the Times Newspaper page 17 and page 33. The same story by Tim Reid in Washington about Scott Parazynski. The two stories are almost exactly word for word.

Why has the Times repeated this in the paper version? Did someone have a brainstorm sorry brainshower?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy

No escape from reality...

As the famous song goes. I haven't been able to keep up with the politics as I've just been too bloody busy with my own reality.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fast Friends (2)



As promised here is the infamous photo. Apologies for quality but then that's 35 mm film that's been stored for a while, for you.

As they say... its a real classic photo....

Jab We Met

Film review: You have to go see this film. No matter that you haven't ever seen an Indian film, or even a Hindi film. For a little over two and half hours ( with it has to be said a ten minute interval "Hallelujah a toilet break")you will be transported literally on a journey that entices,amuses,and entertains you.

It is out this week and I beg you to go see it before the distributors pull it on Thursday.

That old chestnut of a film called Brief Encounter looks staid and positively flat in comparison to this film.

There is such counterpoint and interplay that I even want to go and see it again.

No other film save Return of the Jedi has had a repeat viewing in the cinema from me in the recent past.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

My head hurts...

I shall blog after Monday.. right now I have a headache. There is so much that is flying around with the full moon just gone and other stuff that comes with this time of this particular month including the clocks going back on Sunday morning (if you didn't remember then this is your chance to get an extra hour of time for sleeping and the rest...)

For me personally it means that there are now five months of dark evenings but I don't care.. I have a lightbox so summer is always present if I need it.

Apologies to regular readers.. there are some... but Henry is catching up with some decent quality time and trying to catch up with friends, listen to music and generally heal so there isn't going to be some sharp witty comment here for a bit because well Sunday signals the herald of it getting dark before you go home in the evening from work.

I try to think of it as governmental induced jetlag twice a year to put it into a different perspective so I guess this does have a political slant in some respects.

Anyway there is always Musings my other blog for you to read and digest if you feel the need to probe further...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Zinzine is back!

Zinzine is back. New website address can be found with the other blogs above the scorched earth lot.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Highlight of my Day.... Not

BARRISTER ABDULAHI DIENG & ASSOCIATE
(Ivory Right Chambers)
SOLICITORS & ADVOCATES, NOTARY PUBLIC
Head Office: NO 45 Clegg St,
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Our Ref: JUSTICE/FG2006


Dear Good Friend,


I am Abdulahi Dieng {ESQ} a solicitor at law. I am the personal Attorney to Mr. David Moussa, who lived in Dakar-Senegal, Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 20th of Dec 2000, my client was involved in a car accident Along Place Independence Road Rue Lamine Guaye Dakar-Senegal, All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated by the Security Company where this huge deposit was lodged.


Particularly, the financial insist where the deceased had an account valued at about $19.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account Confiscated within the next twenty official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating relatives, I now seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the Proceeds of this account valued at 19.5 million dollars can be paid to you. If you agree, we can share the fund in a ratio of 50% to you and 50% to me. I have all necessary Legal documents that can beused to back up any claim we may make.


All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement. That will protect you from any breach of the law. I will like you to send me your full name and address, private telephone and fax number for easy communication.


Best regards,
Abdulahi Dieng (Esq.)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Blogging on a Saturday night

Oh dear its got to this has it? Everyone else in the universe is watching the rugby on tv ( I assume they are) but I'm firmly square eyed on the laptop.

Lots of political intrigue and machinations this week , the Eu treaty in Lisbon, than you very much Gordon ....Not.., 2 suicide bombers in Pakistan almost getting rid of Benazir Bhutto who survived even though she was just two feet away and Dumbledore has been outed by JK Rowling.

What a week.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Anti social Networking sites (2)

In my never ending quest to find rip off pages I have found this today (link)

Funny for a little while but just pure advertising as usual

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

England in the Rubgy World Cup Final again!

Score last night 14-9 to England.

The final is going to be one hell of a fight I should imagine.

Ramadan in Space

The first Muslim Astronaut who is due in space during Ramadan has been given special dispensation.

Interesting because I was having a discussion with Mark Wadsworth about how you could keep Ramadan in the Arctic or the Antarctic.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Adonomics

More Facebook related trivia.

The Hermes Project: Hatebook

The Hermes Project: Hatebook

I see its already been discussed here

Apparently in the last 24 hours there has been a spike of people adding it to their facebook account and using it

Enemybook

Remember Arsebook? well now there is a Facebook user that has created an application called Enemybook.

God knows why but its there. Main page link here

Edit and Update:

Enemybook is an antisocial utility that disconnects you
to the so-called friends around you.

Enemybook is a Facebook app that allows you to manage your enemies as well as your friends. With Enemybook you can add people as facebook enemies, specify why they are your enemies, notify your enemies, see who lists you as an enemy, and even become friends with the enemies of your enemies. Ever wanted to "enemy" somebody instead of friend them? Finally you can. This app remedies the one-sided perspective of Facebook.

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Slaughter of the Lambs

One quarter of a million lambs to be exact. Link here

Why can't they be delivered to the shops? Why do they have to be made in to biodiesel?

This concerns me.
There is a lack of cheap meat out there and they are just wasting this food. Indeed it is pure and total waste, bit like the government eh?

Lamb is a nutritious meat, why can't the public have some?

One is highly racked off....geddit?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fast Friends on the M1 Motorway

Yesterday the M1 was closed between junctions 25 and 26 in both directions. Link here

I was caught up going south about a mile before the actual accident, and we all dutifully stopped on the motorway and were stationary. I switched off my car and got out and took my camera with me because I happened to have it in the car and I took a few photos. Then the persons in the two cars in front of me started to have a chat the first one saying to the person immediately in front of me that it was her 45th birthday.

So I went over wished her a happy birthday we both sang Happy Birthday to her and we introduced our selves and we started to chat as if we had met each other after a long time. I then got birthday girl to take a photo of me standing in the fast lane by the Subsidence sign.
The traffic then started to move. So we said our goodbyes and went on our merry ways.
Amazing! I will add the photo to this post when I get it back from the developers....( yes I used my film camera yesterday!)

It was a totally good experience.

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Zealand wants its Maori's back

This is a follow up story to yesterday's post. Link Here

15 percent of Maoris live outside of New Zealand their ancestral home.

I hate to say it but if you up sticks and leave your ancestral home there has to be a reason. 15% is a heavy percentage.

It brings me back to New Zealand's laws and ways of life. If you ain't sheeple there you give your self problems. That is truly sad is it not?

Plus you have to pay to see your GP about $40 NZ a pop, Welfare ( ie benefits) are only about $140 a week so you can see why healthcare in the primary sector is rubbish unless you are not poor. The poor are generally Maori.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ship of Fools

You might be wondering why I have chosen this title. I was passing by the television seeing the news reporting on the 200000 Britons who leave every year for new shores.

Fools! Do they not realise that Australian and New Zealand driving laws are more draconian and more punitive and more databased than the English system?

New Zealand always says it needs more skilled workers and it actively encourages stupid Britons to go there. Why do I say stupid?

Here is a question for those people emigrating. Why do you think there is a lack of skilled workers out there? Have you looked into why there are so many New Zealanders and Australians in London? Do you realise that New Zealand would not be able to cope if all those with a New Zealand passport or heritage came home to those islands? Do you know that there are more New Zealanders living outside New Zealand than there are in the mother country.


Do you not know the reasons why they have left? One very switched on New Zealander told me when I worked there briefly that New Zealand has two main exports.

Sheep and Children!

Plain fact of the matter is that both Australia and New Zealand are police states.

They have a small enough population for it to be very easy to database everyone and cross reference them to their cars and any other purchase. They even limit how much you can spend every day. Sorry I don't like that. Its too much nanny and mothering by the state and it really grates when you have a windfall because you have to spend a week spending it rather than one day.

I was forever being stopped in New Zealand because I had not purchased and databased myself with a computer referenced driving licence and therefore when I bought a car using my international driving licence the police could not cross reference the car with its driver on its database so I kept on being pulled over. Is that fair? NO

Now our government talks of bringing Identity cards and I hate the idea. Why? Probably because I know how it will be used. You will be tracked and cross referenced everywhere you go.

If they are not able to do that with you then they will stop you and ask you why you do not have so and so card or why you are not on the database etc.

I intend to leave also before that happens but to a place where all these concerns are not even going to happen

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Facebook and its alter ego

We've all heard about Facebook now haven't we. Well it has an alter ego called Arsebook

Made me laugh anyway. Facebook seems to be taking over my life because there is so much to do on it and because my usual haunt is off limits (long story).

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sheeple

Sheeple of the world
Line up for your slaughter
Your bell has tolled
and you are used for barter

Your DNA is databased
Your identity can be erased
You follow blindly
and baa- baa kindly

Your wool will be shorn
Your hooves will be torn
Yet you shall follow
Being so shallow

It is Google's Ninth Birthday



Happy Birthday Google


Without google there would be no free blogger and no blogspots now; so Many happy returns of the day from this Blogger

Never discuss Politics on the first date

That's my thought for the day. It comes from me watching Brothers and Sisters last night.

On a separate note I had a weird dream this morning, I had gone back to visit my old school and I met four of my old teachers who were exceptionally happy to see me.

Mr S, Mr W, Mr F, and Mr C and two of them were going to do a parachute jump.

Like I say it was a weird dream.

Thankfully I have realised what it means. It means that whatever you do in life, if you put your heart and soul into it, it is worthwhile and part of your life. Seeing them in my dream has given me the courage of my convictions.

Its like they are cheering me on and that from your original teachers is a good portent of things to come.

On another note I see Jack Straw is to review the Self Defence law Link here
This is probably needed but I have a proviso for Jack.

Make sure that the level of reasonable force is appropriate. If you injure and hurt someone who burgles you, or think that because you are using self defence you can let rip and be overly nasty then that is wrong. That will only escalate the situation for as we know injured animals are the most dangerous.

There is also the old adage. Do as you would be done by.

Be careful Jack. Don't put people in danger with this and what's more don't make them into pseudo-police officers either or you risk bringing the fascist state a little bit more closer to full reality.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Lord's Prayer meets Dodi Al-Fayed

Our Dodi Al-Fayed, who art in heaven,
Dodi Al-Fayed be thy name.
Thy time has come,
thy will be ignored,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our Daily Express.
And forgive us our French Underpasses,
as we forgive the driver who crashed and killed us.
And lead us not into another tunnel,
but deliver us from Henri Paul.
For thine is the Mercedes Benz,
the power and the glory. remember me for ever and ever.
Amen

Kindly supplied by John Hirst

In homage to Zinzine which is no more

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Posts maybe infrequent

Posting may be infrequent. Apologies to the regulars. One is having a semaine horribilis

Monday, September 17, 2007

Northern Rock loses 2 billion pounds cash

Savers have been pulling out their money.

Now that's economics at work

We are all German now

Blog anzeigen, Im einem neuem fenster?

Blogger has been having a little joke perhaps with us all recently

All the instructions are in German

This is the case with all Google blogs which is funny really.

I understand quite a bit of German but for other people it can be a little foreign

For example:Tastaturkürzel: drücken Sie Strg zusammen mit

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Between a rock and a hard place

I talk of course of Northern Rock's debacle, of its crisis over the last few days.
Should you take your money out? and further worsen its position or leave it in and worry yourself to death? Last night on BBC News 24 I was stunned to see someone I knew complaining about their inability to access their online account with Northern Rock. I've walked my dog with her many a time and she's looked after my dog too overnight.

Strange how the whole world becomes very much smaller sometimes

Friday, September 14, 2007

All the Zeds! Zopiclone, Zaleplon, Zolpidem?

Reports in the newspapers that Madeleine was sedated and overdosed. I saw them in our local Co-op proclaiming it on the front pages of the Wail and maybe the Excess aswell

Question is which Zed made her and the twins sleep so heavily? or was it our favourite Z the benZodiaZepines? Zzzzzz Snore.

Catching Zeds is one of my friend's euphemisms for sleep. It also happens to be the first letter of no less than three hypnotics (generic names)

Gerry and Kate have dismissed these claims.

Question is did they or didn't they? We don't know. Worrying times ahead folks.

I will not point a finger at anyone. At this current time nobody knows exactly what happened.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Swiss being racist

This isn't new news, Most of us enlightened people knew that getting a Swiss passport was the preserve of the right wing white middle class in Switzerland and having been there for generations doesnt automatically give you the right either. Its like the myth that there is no Swiss Navy.

Edit: Has anyone else seen the film called The Swissmakers? Die Schweizermacher?

Thatcher meets Brown?

This is just the first step? We knew that Tony was her natural successor but it seems it was the one eyed man all along.

Madeleine McCann with sonic screwdriver



Is it me or is she holding a sonic screwdriver? Is she a timelord in disguise?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The taxman cometh

Taxes and Death the two most bitter truths of life

Am I bovvered?

The revenue is a churning machine

Monday, September 10, 2007

Disgusted of d' advocates

Lawyers, well what can I say . They are one bunch of ( insert rude word of choice)

its enough to make me sit the CPE and go and earn £200 an hour plus vat and do the relevant articles.

Im fed up today and it shows.


I warned you that blogging would be infrequent didn't I?

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Blogging likely to be infrequent over next week

I say likely but you never can tell.

Im going to be busy with certain things and this may prevent me from just sitting down and spewing blog content with witty repartee and political comment.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Galloping Beaver: One of life's little monsters walks free

The Galloping Beaver: One of life's little monsters walks free

Edit Update

He was sacked at the beginning of this month and no longer has his job

Small comfort for his soon to be exwife

Creative Juices not flowing so

I'll post up the start of what I thought might be a novel but is going nowhere fast and let the public that do come here decide whether it should be McCanned or McStarted again

Colvin's Story ( I dreamt the name up)

Sitting at his window Colvin yawned deeply and sighed. He was bored, bored stiff having been there three months in the deep countryside with nothing to do and no inspiration had come to him about his new writing project. He had had many false starts and he was now thoroughly fed up of all his poor efforts. He could not understand why his writer’s block should be affecting him this way.

It had been a cool summer, with lots of rain and lots of time spent indoors, and it seemed that since the ardour of the summer had cooled so had his writing abilities.
He resolved that he must start a new type of writing and to experiment with characters and story plots.

Sunday had started early and he needed provisions from the local store before making his return to London later on that week, the summer let had come to an end and it was time to go back and face the rat race, the noise and smells of North London.

Summer was over and autumn was beginning and Colvin’s mind was turning to other things.

Colvin was annoyed he had spent three months here in the Lake district searching for inspiration and none had come, He had certainly enjoyed being here but it had proved a fruitless exercise and one that had not actually involved him in writing a jot and his agent would be on the phone in a few weeks asking him when his next book would be ready.

Sighing Colvin got in to his car and drove to the supermarket with a heavy heart.

Inspiration was a fickle thing, and he had had plenty for his first book, drawing on his dreams and his wild imagination which had wowed the critics and the reluctant literary agents who are loath to take on a book unless they think it can really sell and are prepared to pay for its self promotion.

However as he browsed through the supermarket aisles not thinking about anything in particular his eyes wandered over to a father with a small child, who was being rather difficult. Colvin passed them and thought nothing more of it.

However thoughts were forming in his head so that by the time he had got to the checkout a plot line had started to form.

The father was called Richard and the son Danny, they lived in London and Danny went to a special school however Danny wasn’t really progressing and Richard being a thoughtful soul was keen to understand why, but had not got a proper explanation from the teachers, nor had he had any joy when he had gone there and taken a week off work to sit and see what actually happened.

It was time for Richard to take things to the next level and to install a little spy camera in the classroom, working in the IT industry he had already installed web cams at his home and he figured it would not be too much of an invasion of the school’s privacy as he was indeed desperate to find out what really was happening there and he figured that a week or twos footage would accurately tell him exactly what the real story behind Danny’s lack of progress was and the way he used to hate going to school and leaving Richard behind and would often be red eyed and irritable when he came home though Danny had never told Richard why he was like that.


Richard was suspecting either that the teachers were not bothering to give Danny any attention or that the other kids were being beastly or worse still something else was happening but he didn’t really want to think more about that possibility.


Colvin smiled at the checkout lady, and numerous beeps later he left with bags full of provisions and a thin plotline that he hoped would start to flesh out more as he began his preparations to leave and to tackle the M6 down to London.


Needless to say its copyright so if I see it in any novels prepare for battle

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Its time to tell

What happened to James and the reason this blog started 18 months since July 7/7 and the bomb blasts that killed 52 people and injured hundreds more and silently injured a lot more.

I'll say it here cos I know this isn't going to be read that often( my blogstats for visitors aren't that great after all) but James had both his legs blown off and his arms below the knees and at the elbow.
He was the man, one of the rescuers describes as trying to get up but not being able to( which I found on the BBC website by accident hidden away in somebody's account though haven't been able to find since) though the official line is that he died instantly. God alone knows what exactly happened. He was in the tube until July 9th in a pool of his festering blood and guts.

He was barely 28. He would have borne no resemblance to the curly headed, freckled young man with a few extra pounds that I knew, as his hair and features would have been burnt off by the force of the explosion.

He was very near to the explosion in fact he would have been standing less than two feet away from Jermaine Lindsay, and he got on at Kings Cross on the first carriage
at the set of double doors that Jermaine had.

Rachel would have been standing less than 12 feet away from him but as she describes on the first post of her blog it was less than standing room only it was, as I describe it often when I travel on the tube, as Sardine time.

A very promising young man, with a Politics degree no less got blown apart and the ripples have only just subsided in my head because I can type this without getting tearful and without getting sad. I have as they say come to terms with it, its taken a lot of time and a lot of medication or maybe its because I have taken a benzodiazepine this afternoon and I can do this and not scream with anger at God or life or fate or destiny and am able to describe James's final moments on the tube that day.

What prompted this post?

Rachel's account of what happened to Danny Biddle, I tripped by it by accident today and thought mmm thats the guy that was on the telly the other day.

I had had no idea what had happened in fact I was rather ignorant but it seems he was in the same position as James though he survived and James did not

Talking about an ex lover in the way that I have only serves his memory. I hope that James is watching and reading from the ether and I hope it is a fitting memorial that I alone of the many people he met can actually crystallise what happened to him and post it up for whomever reads this blog post.

This post is dedicated to the 26 people who lost their lives that July 7th 2005

May our thoughts never forget them.

Henry

Leisure

"LEISURE"

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

By Wm. Henry Davies.
(Wm. Henry Davies (1871-1940)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Book Review

Its not often I recommend a book on just reading a little article but in the case of
A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianization of Europe
by Paul Belien
I have to wholeheartedly recommend it.

It seems that Belgium is on the point of splitting apart and surprisingly for those of us of a certain age that it is a relatively young country having only been in existence for 166 years.

I certainly didn't know that nor that the first King of the Belgians was Queen Victoria's father in law

I knew that Victoria did exactly what Leopold did and tried to get all the monarchies on board by having nine children and marrying them off to the crowned heads of Europe such that when she died she had no less than nine monarchs and two emperors as relatives following her on the gun carriage on which her coffin rested.


It seems Leopold was the Tony Blair of his day except he wasn't the poodle rather all his lovers were

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

If the earth were only a few feet in diameter

I f
the earth were only a
few feet in diameter, floating a
few feet above a field somewhere,
people would come from everywhere to
marvel at it. People would walk around it
marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between the pools.
People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the
holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin
layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in
the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures
walking around the surface of the ball, and in the water.
The people would declare it precious because it was the
only one and they would protect it so that it would not
be hurt. The ball would be the greatest wonder
known, and people would come to behold it, to be
healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and
wonder how it could be. People would love it,
and defend it with their lives, because they
would some how know that their lives,
their own roundness, could be nothing
without it. If the earth were
only a few feet in
d i a m e t e r.


I have reproduced one of my favourite poems for today, the day that all the Hindus in India celebrate the birth of Krishna

Monday, September 3, 2007

Light Pollution




London 4th February 2003

No wonder I can never see the stars at night

Best place to go stargazing is on a small boat in the middle of the sea

You'd be surprised at how bright the stars are at night

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Three day tube Strike

Sure enough the tube people want to strike and cripple London.

Story here from BBC news

The roads will not cope with this and there will be massive traffic jams

The only way to get round this is to use a scooter/ motorbike

Praise be that Im not going to be in London to witness it

Friday, August 31, 2007

Two days in Paris and other good news

I went to see a very interesting and funny film today. Its called Two days in Paris.

I haven't laughed so much since I went to see Death Becomes Her in the cinema in the early 1990's when it first came out. Then I was recognised as being in the audience by some of my fellow medical students because of my laugh which is quite distinctive and according to one psychiatrist at our medical school should be canned.

I was giggling for half this movie, and boy I needed cheering up today. It delivered.

There is enough smut, dirty looks, flirting and dead animals to satisfy anyone who has ever had a relationship because that is what it is about.

Its partly in French with subtitles but if you can speak French you still need them as there is a lot of colloquial slang in the film.

The New York Times reviewed it here

The other good news? My favourite video is on Youtube finally. It is the 1986 preview video from Yugoslavia featuring the beautiful Doris Dragovic singing her bittersweet love song Zeljo Moja ( My Desire/Fire/Passion)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Toad

 



This little fella appeared yesterday in the garden so I had to take a photo of him. They are usually nocturnal so I was very lucky to see him/her in the day time
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I have been politically active today

I have been growing vegetables from seed and transplanted them into pots today

Why is this being politically active you say? 80% of our food is now controlled by the supermarkets and their lorries dependent on computer generated barcode readings at the checkout and the price of diesel to move food from their depots to the stores.


True the vegetables I am growing are much cheaper if grown by the supermarket but the taste of them I can control and I can get them from pot to mouth in ten seconds.

Haplessly though I have sown them very late but it means that the peas and the beans and all the other veg will be in season the moment the temperatures rise and the days grow long again.

There are other things in the news, Diana's ten year death anniversary, the legal challenge of the 7/7 survivors and relatives for a government inquiry into the bombings.

Both today and tomorrow there are funerals for friends' mothers.

Friday, August 17, 2007

I am Poor

Yes its finally here. Crunch Day. I am now looking at my Nectar card and thinking I have £138 of shopping on this card if I redeem the points.

( info Nectar card a card which you get points on for shopping at certain places and gives you money off vouchers for the points you collect. 500 points for £2.50 off your shopping at Sainsbury's a supermarket; here in Britain)

Desperation yes, however I shall remain calm I can survive on Breakfast cereal for over three months on the above amount I figure. I shall lose weight and look good despite not having an income.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wonder where this got buried

Psychiatric wards are at crisis point. This has been the case for more than ten years and gets worse every year.

It is about time that something got done but it takes a murder for a doctor to speak out

Story here

Wonder where this got buried

see above

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Summer Holiday

I will be taking a short break from posting. Mostly because I want to start on my first novel and I keep getting ideas and not acting on them because I think about the blog first.

I will post from time to time but there should be plenty in the archives to keep you busy.

Back in about two weeks

Thursday, August 9, 2007

More woes from Pirbright

More woes in Pirbright today after it was found that someone working there had contracted legionnaires disease and there are strains of legionella at the laboratory. Pirbright are already denying any leak from the vaccines for foot and mouth.

This is one right royal F*** up, and what did the government think it was doing relaxing the animal transportation regulations so that the carcasses could be moved to incinerators? Surely that increases the likelihood of spreading the virus?

Another example of how government cannot organise a vertical urination in a brewery.

When will the spin end?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Snakes and Ladders

In Lancashire health and safety inspectors are cracking down on those people without ladder qualifications. I.e. in order to install a speed camera using a ladder you have to have a certificate to use a ladder reported by the Times Newspaper here

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sign the petition to repeal the awful liquids rule

Sign the petition at the PM's website to get rid of the stupid liquids ban

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Air-security/

Fun game

Foot and Mouth came from Lab

Well well well what can one say a strain of virus that hasnt been extant for forty years suddenly infects a herd of cattle three miles from where it is being used to make vaccines against the disease.

I know that there will be several statements by the corporations involved saying that their procedures etc were watertight but its not rocket science to reason that if its the same strain that it came from there. After all it didnt magically apparate or come through the floo network now did it?

More pie in the face for Gordon.

Edit: as Zinzin would say; Gordon puts his foot in it!

Friday, August 3, 2007

El Gordo comes back from Dorset

Foot and Mouth found in Surrey. Gordon has to break off his holiday.

Well that lasted a long time

Tant pis.

El Gordo goes to Dorset

Gordon Brown and family are holidaying in Dorset. I'm suitably impressed and happy that he is in Britain for his hols.

There is a ironic side to this. There is no way a family with children under a certain age can get through airport security without tears. Even Gordon's wife would have to eat her baby milk in front of the security bods.

Anyway to all those having holidays have fun I don't envy you at airport security though

Friday, July 27, 2007

All around the world

I'd like to take a brief moment to welcome all those readers from as far away places as the USA, Estonia, France, and Yokohama and Nigeria and South America. The only continent which has not been reading is Australasia.

I'd like to say thanks as I didnt start this blog in any big desire to get a readership but I thank people for coming and lurking.

There may not be many posts in the week from today but I promise normal service to be resumed as soon as humanly possible.

With thanks and love

Henry

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

After the Wedding ( Efter Brylluppet)

Is a film I have spent watching after eagerly awaiting its arrival on DVD, It actually arrived with Out of the Tunnel and I have been gripped and had to watch it as I need to practise my Swedish/Danish as they are phonetically similar though they are written differently.

It is a most entertaining bittersweet film that cannot fail to cause emotions to fully express themselves from both men and women. I say that with absolute conviction and full marks to Susanne Bier for making the film exactly 2 hours long. It stars Mads Mikkelsen better known for his role as Le Chiffre in the Casino Royale Bond film and I would urge you if you if you have not seen it to buy a DVD and watch it.

I shall not post any spoilers but shall quote very badly from the New Testament instead, What does it serve a man to gain the whole world but to lose his life. Apologies for any mistakes in the quote but I feel that it is an excellent one.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The value of Nursery Rhymes

Dr. Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again.

Short Disruption

Henry is having a Harry Potter Day and Out of the Tunnel day.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Floods, weather warnings

The parched even scorched earth pictures of last years summer are now well forgotten by those suffering the flood this year.

God did say he wouldnt flood the wicked but it seems its a wicked world out there and lots of people have been affected and have even died in the floods.

More people have died from flooding than from terrorism this year in Britain and yet there is no war on Flooding oh no None whatsoever and I do believe that the Thames water hosepipe ban has still not been taken off in some places... crazy or what!!

Food prices are shooting through the roof and are running at 6% well above inflation and is the government doing anything No they are burying their heads in crap and promising more flood barriers by 2010 well thats a great lot of help to the pensioners who are finding their weekly shopping bill rising by the week and bread prices becoming worse by the week.

It used to be that the only place you could buy a loaf of bread over a £1 was the Channel Islands, not so now I guess it must cost about £2 for a loaf in Jersey now.

Edit There is a fabulous article here which I urge everyone to read and I thank Ranting Stan for finding it

Friday, July 20, 2007

Labour wins in the Bye Elections

Yes that is a deliberate spelling mistake , put there specially for TB who said bye bye to Sedgefield pretty damn quickly.

Amazingly Labour have held on to these two constituencies. I wonder why... Could it be that the Tories and the Lib Dems have no real policies? No one talks about education and health anymore as we know they are going swiftly down the tubes?

Shame on the other parties for doing so little and for Ealing becoming a laughing stock by election with the parties all scrambling for the ethnic vote.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I am thinking of running away 2

France... well I figure it might be worth it as I speak the lingo.

Nice climate too plus not that many CCTV cameras. Nice and quiet retirement to write and do nothing apart from gardening and the dog.


Edit: Could cross the channel like this

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Second Anniversary

Today is the second anniversary of James's death.

Before finding out about his death I had thought och the bombs don't affect me, they're something that happened to central London nothing to do with me. How wrong I was.

The rest of 2005 was a journey both to connect with the other people in that tube train that morning one of whom was Rachel and the KCU group that she set up which helped greatly to assauge my feelings of guilt and shock and also to find out the details of his last journey.

Life changing stuff and a realisation that everyone is affected by terrorist bombs as people who knew me from before suddenly realised that even they had a connection to those bombings through me, the ripples do indeed get to the farthest shores.

I am indebted to a certain family liaison officer for helping me to move on in the May of last year such that the first anniversary came and went without me even realising it as I was so busy with work I didnt have time to even think about it much.

It is only now that I feel able to write about it and share it with an unsuspecting world.

Life goes on and with it we remember our memories and take comfort and move on.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Tennis

Wimbledon to be exact. There have been some stunning matches today.

Politics can take a rest today.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Eight Random Comments

Seems I was tagged from Rachel's blog so here goes with eight random facts about me

1) I am acquainted with both a fatality and survivors in the 7/7 bombings
2) I have met someone who worked with several people who died in 9/11
3) I have Dale Winton's autograph
4) I have seen the Queen twice close up, when I was 7 years old and 35 years old
5) I have covered J28 of the M1 to J 1 of the M18 in 17 minutes one morning by car
6) I have met Margaret Beckett MP at a wedding party and on Question Time
7) I narrowly missed sitting next to Gordon Brown on a Bmidland flight from Edinburgh to London in December 1994 Had I taken the seat number 1 next to him maybe things would be different....
8) I knew the 9th Earl of Brooke and Warwick and his two irish wolfhounds from 1997-2001

Im not going to tag anyone as that would be unfair...

From the Daily Excess

In the newspaper version sadly not able to find it online on how people can afford to live in Britain.

Many column inches given to the price of bread, and the price of lager. Bread it is true has gone up over 100% in three years a loaf used to be about 54 p as the Excess reports.

Already we pay more than our European neighbours for broadband access, the dollar is weak against the pound and is at the 26 year low of being 2 dollars to the pound...

Means nothing to me as Im not going to enter the USA whilst it keeps asking us for fingerprints and eye scans, the privacy element being important here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

More ID card nonsense

For once and only once today I find myself agreeing with David Cameron. Gordon Brown wants the ID cards but David wants border police.

Story here

As I have mentioned before ID cards are the route to slavery and I shall be forced to leave this sceptred isle if they come in for I wont want to live here anymore when I can be tracked by whatever I do outside my house.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Doctors' Plot

It seems from the BBC that everyone concerned with the stupidly conceived bombings were doctors or medical students.

This doesn't surprise me; reason being that there were always going to be disenfranchised doctors from MTAS and when you're bitter, you can do stupid things. Hell I should know. Demoralisation in the true meaning of the word means losing your morals as well as your morale. Morals are what keep society functioning.

Blame well that's another story but the reasons behind this effect are clear.

Causative factors are not often taken in to account. If you are going to make 10000 doctors unemployed from August consider that 10 of them( just 0.01% may be susceptible to being led astray by Al-Qaeda) ; that probably wouldn't happen if they were employed come August for they wouldn't have the time to entertain such notions.

Having said that and been prepared with my asbestos overcoat for the flaming to start I condemn the actions of these people, no matter how disenfranchised you are its not right to burn a Jeep in front of Glasgow airport.

Monday, July 2, 2007

More light relief

The Daily Mash have a wonderful story on how the bombs weren't scary enough.

This is proper encouraging reporting. The only terror I feel when I see these incendiary devices on TV is oh damn now more shoddy laws are going to be passed and my own promise to emigrate when the laws become insane is getting ever nearer.

I shouldn't have to live in fear of what the government intend to pass as laws

Now that's real terrorism for you

On a more serious note

One of the people arrested over the weekend is a Junior Doctor.

This is a worrying development a) his name should not have been released to the BBC media packhounds here and b) what ever happened to a man from such and such place is helping police with their enquiries.

Even if he is innocent his life is now ruined beyond compare as his name has been circulated on a news website read by millions.

Why can the government not realise that by disaffecting their doctors they are doing themselves a disservice.

Disaffected junior doctors from a British Muslim background are going to be ripe for the plucking for the Al Qaeda recruiters. No job , no prospects and a mortgage and all sorts of other bills to pay and highly intelligent and bitter. A lethal combination.


Yes I am blaming government policy. Everything the government do has a knock on effect on everything else

You can't make 10000 junior doctors unemployed with out a ripple like effect affecting the widest possible shores and why someone in the government hasn't understood this is beyond stupidity it falls into the moronic.

It seems the lunatics really are running the asylum.

It had to be done! Light relief needed

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Two By-Elections

Tony Blair resigned as an MP last week and the Labour candidate for Ealing Southall died suddenly also at the ripe age of 82.

This means there are by-elections taking place on the 19th of July in both Constituencies namely Sedgefield and Ealing Southall

Remedy UK are planning to field two candidates.

I would urge you if you read this blog ( I hope someone somewhere reads it) to urge your friends and mates and whoever else you know in those constituencies to vote for their Remedy UK candidates so that the junior doctors can have a voice in Parliament.
After all if 10000 junior doctors lives have been blighted by this governments' disastrous management then its about time we fought back.

Use your vote wisely!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Finally I have time

I read an article in the Times today

It hit a chord with me.

Yes I am a Hindu, and by and large we abide by the rules and we are largely invisible except for when Im mistaken for a Muslim ( God knows why I dont look like one)

Of course most white people wouldn't know the difference but I met one white person recently who could tell the difference which I have to say surprised me and encouraged me to think that somewhere out there, there is true integration.

Re rating

Online Dating

Im gutted It seems that the Anglosaxon doesnt actually do anything apart from give it a PG13 rating

More to follow folks
Update.
Lets add sex drugs and rock and roll

Oh no!

Online Dating

Mingle2

It seems my blog has become even more tamer the more I write

Well Im going to go and re rate it after the following words get added below

I am going to write on other subjects which have been piling up since I read the Times this morning and then wandered onto it online at about 6.30 pm to find that Glasgow airport had been amateurly attacked with a 4x4 bearing at least one Asian man who set fire to the petrol stained interior just after he crashed it according to the BBC eyewitness accounts

Firstly the cunt who did this is not an Asian man as he lives here in Britain ( or so we would hope) Asian applies to the whole continent of Asia so that could be any nationality from Chinese, Mongolian,Japanese,Burmese,Thai,Iranian, Iraqi or Sri Lankan or Turkestani, or even Uzbekistani right through to Siberian

Its a crap description, and wrongly applies a label to all those born in Asia with the same shit brush

You have to wonder if it was a fucking copycat from the attacks in London.

Now we can go and re rate the blog

Friday, June 29, 2007

Lord wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

With apologies to the late great Janis Joplin

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?
I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?

Everybody!
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

That's it!


TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies 5
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?


There was a bomb outside a London Nightclub last night, yet the police were unaware until they were tipped off by the ambulance people at about 1 am according to the bbc website

We were treated to suicide bombers in Afghanistan a few weeks ago and it seems that their threats are now being played out.


Its a worrying development

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Who pays the Ferryman?

The flood waters are rising here in South Yorkshire where I am currently and the reservoir that was built in 1874 is threatening to burst.

Honestly you would have thought that since last year they would have built or tried to improve things since we had a hosepipe ban but no.

Private water companies means cost cutting and who suffers? the ordinary people, first a drought and now the flood...

86000 homes in the region lost electricity and the M1 is shut less than five miles from the parents. This is the busiest section of Motorway in the country and even Meadowhall shopping centre ( Meadowhell) is shut due to flooding.

One months rain fell over a couple of days and guess what the flood defences broke hardly surprising but there was no provision for bad weather ; people were taken by surprise.

Just dont buy your house on a flood plain folks.....

Monday, June 25, 2007

Beware the wolf in presbyterian sheepswool clothing

Gordon Brown becomes our latest Priminister on Wednesday. Already the optimism and the joy of leaving the Tony Blair years behind is palpable but is it justified?

What record do we have of Brown being trustworthy? According to the Panorama programme that was shown we have no idea of how devious and untrustworthy he is.

The recent budget tax cut on the headline rate of income tax whilst removing the 10% band was actually an increase.

Proof if it were needed that Brown is a devious son of a preacherman.

Out of the frying pan into the fire is one term that I will say is relevant here. We could all tell when Tony was lying but will we be able to tell when Brown is?

The next few months are going to be interesting.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Missing my Dog

 


My dog is in kennels and I miss her especially in the now incipient dog days but I have to be without her for another four or five weeks.
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