Monday, 30 March 2009

The home internationals.


The striker (wearing the red shirt) is past th...Image via Wikipedia

Bobby Charlton wants a return of the Scotland England matches so the fans can see a proper match. I among many agree with him and think it would go a long way in the improvement of both teams when they are trying to qualify for the European and world cups. There has been a noticeable failure in both teams to qualify for these competitions since the games between the auld enemy were banned so we should all rally round Sir Bobby Charlton and help him in his cause to bring this fixture back. It was because of a few stupid yobs that the home internationals were banned preventing the majority of fans the pleasure and fun that the fixtures originally generated so if they are ever allowed to restart these idiots should think again on the damage it has caused both teams and either behave or keep away as there is no place in football for trouble makers.
Other factors did come into it but the benefits outweight the negitives so let the associations get together and work something out.
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Friday, 27 March 2009

Why do M.Ps. think they are entitled to claim expenses.

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On question time last night I listened to the ramblings of a disillusioned M.P. as he tried to justify the need for claiming expenses on his second home in London.
The poor soul has to travel 37 miles to the houses of parliament meaning he has to get up early to arrive on time even after a long session in Parliament that might leave him with only four or five hours sleep.
Does he think that all the other workers in their various professions who work long hours and have to commute to London (some a lot more than 37 miles) warrant an expense account from their employers? Thousands of workers all over Britain have to commute to work with long tedious journeys hampered with road congestion at their own expense, so why do M.Ps. think that they are entitled to claim expenses or buy lavish houses at the tax payers expense when their need is no greater that anyone else.
Another question that needs to be asked is, if they only need the second houses for two or three hours sleep why do they have to have luxurious accommodation with so many rooms to furnish (at our expense again)with every mod con available when a simple bedsit would suffice? Also as I have said before, when the houses paid by us are no longer needed and are sold the money should go back into the coffers and not to the rip off M.Ps.






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Thursday, 26 March 2009

Sold down the river.


Scottish fishing boats moored in Fraserburgh.Image via Wikipedia

The E.U. is still trying to decimate the Scottish fishing industry by altering the rules and regulations so rapidly that the skippers and crews just can't keep up.
They spent £10,000 to £30,000 on new regulation mesh size and dimensions only to be told weeks later that they don't comply anymore and will have to go to the same expense to renew the nets bought only recently. Their days at sea have been cut so severely that it is imposable to meet the expenses incurred when at sea plus the expenses of lying tied to the quay that include insurance,berth fees,hire of wheelhouse equipment etc.not forgetting the loans that have to be paid back for the building of their crafts never mind changing expensive nets every few weeks.
Once again the British representatives in the European Parliament have stood back and watched as other countries, envious of our efficient but conservation wise fleet chip away at the regulations until soon there will be no Scottish fishing fleet.
Thousands of jobs will be lost on land as well as the sea by allowing a once proud and flourishing industry be decimated in this way and all to benefit countries that have already emptied their once rich fishing grounds by catching and landing fish of all sizes to the point of no return.
They now want to turn their attention to our waters and by destroying our fleet they will gain licenses and flaunt the laws to decimate the rest of the seas.
It is time our politicians woke up to this fact and carried out the job they are getting paid for by fighting against this vendetta that will benefit no one and really put paid to any chance of replenishing the seas.



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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Freeloading off sons expenses


Tony McNulty has poured £60,000 into his parents house over four years in the pretence of it being his second home. I wonder how he could justify spending that amount on a first home never mind a home his parents live in. Does his parents not contribute anything to the upkeep of their house and just freeload off the taxpayer? It is not the kind of situation I would put my parents in even if I was in the position to rip off the British public and I certainly would not like my son to leave me in that situation if he was a politician. Think of the shame when you had to go out and face a public that knew you were a freeloading off your sons expenses.
It is not just Tony McNulty or Jackie Smith that are guilty of ripping us off there are plenty more doing the same thing and although it is supposed to be legal it proves that when this system was thought out by politicians it was to line their pockets more than anything else. These people have proved that they come first and their electorates come second, also leaving us in no doubt why they do not want their expenses made public.

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Monday, 23 March 2009

cook your meat properly

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With so many cooking programs on T.V. now (of which I enjoy) it has come to my attention on the way meat dishes are being served to the public now.
We were told years ago to make sure our meat was cooked through to prevent food poisoning but now the new trend all chefs seem to be copying is to serve it raw in the middle. They sear it on the outside in a pan to seal in the flavours then cook it in the oven for a short time before serving it with the blood running from it as they slice into it. I wonder if this trend has started with the limited time some T.V. programs allow to cook their ingredients (like ready steady cook in Britain i.e.) and during tasting decided that the rawer the meat the better the flavour.
Surly this is setting a bad example to the public and could lead to food poisoning cases springing up because of this. I for one will never follow their example because when I cook my meat through it is still tasty and tender without being raw in the middle.
Chefs do tend to copy each others new fads and ideas but once a few cases of food poisoning starts cropping up they will go back to their old ways and cook the safe way we were taught.
Just look at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant that had to close down because of customers feeling ill after eating in his place (The Fat Duck) and nothing was found in the food but did they ever think it might have been under cooked meat that was the cause.
WATCH THIS SPACE!










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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Alter the ridiculous E.U. human rights law

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This being the 21st of march makes it human rights day so let us all think of the victimized people it was meant to help and how they must feel watching criminals of every kind abusing a system that they have no right to.
It is time to alter the ridiculous E.U. law of human rights that so far has not only benefited vermin but has allowed them to make a complete fool of our judicial system.
The government is rushing through a law to prevent slopping out claims going too far back but now they have the opportunity to amend it, they should amend it altogether and bar all criminals from abusing a system that was meant to be used by their victims not them. Or perhaps the government and judicial system in this country want to look the fools they have been deservedly taken for allowing the lawless, legal rewards for crime.





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Thursday, 19 March 2009

"If it aint broke don't fix it"


B.A.A. Are being forced to make a choice of which airport to sell between Glasgow or Edinburgh because they are monopolizing the market. Most customers questioned feel no need for this as B.A.A. are running these airports without fleecing their customers and any new buyer coming on the scene could be inexperienced and let the efficiently run business go to the dogs causing concern for regular users. In other words "if it aint broke don't bother to fix it." Its a case of interference where it is not needed. On the other hand we have the power companies ripping us off at every cut and turn ignoring the competitive market that their existence was supposed to create.
The regulator and government should be looking at them instead of interfering in a firm that has only the public's interest in mind and unless they begin to take advantage of their position should be left alone to generate the much needed business and jobs they generate for the country during these difficult times.
These government officials, if doing the job they are highly paid for would see the benefits B.A.A. are providing and let them be, then attend to the more urgent task of regulating the power companies. In saying that, the government reaps the benefits thanks to V.A.T. of every penny we are over charged in our power bills which makes it less likely that they will do anything about it.
The sale of the airports is just to make it look as if they are earning their salt but "you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" and all their con tricks and errors will come home to roost at the next election.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

prevent criminals profiteering

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Now they are trying to rush a law through for a time bar on criminals claiming against slopping out why don't they go the whole hog and rush one through to prevent criminals profiteering from an E.U. ruling they should have no right to.

This action proves the laws can be changed so there is no excuse for allowing our money to be wasted on this scum.

I have said time and time again they are in prison to be punished and should be made to accept their punishment with no rights whatsoever to the much abused human rights law.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Mr Ms Mrs Miss

I can't believe that with the law on human rights lying wide open to abuse WE are paying some halfwit thousands of pounds to look into and change trivial matters like name titles. Instead of wasting time and money on these futile causes its about time the disastrous loopholes in the human rights laws were sown up to ensure the victims they were meant to help get the benefits and justice they were introduced for, instead of the criminals they were meant to be protected against abusing these laws and reaping the benefits.
The more this is allowed to continue the more ridiculous and worthless the E.U. becomes and it is time the British public started doing something about it as the government seem quite happy to squander our money in countless ways rather than heed the electorate who at one time had enough faith in them to put them there but have long since regretted this action.
How much more money is going to be wasted on trivial matters before the E.U. is taken by the throat and made to concentrate on serious matters and worthwhile laws?
Perhaps it is time to ditch it altogether if this is all it can achieve.
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Friday, 13 March 2009

Taliban

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I have written in this blog before of the dangerous results the goody goody brigade achieve when instigating sympathy for terrorist and criminals and through them pardons and rewards have frequently been the outcome. It beats me why anyone would listen to this minority especially NOW when we see the results of these stupid decisions. Thanks to these headcases a number of the freed inmates of Guantanamo Bay are back fighting alongside the Taliban killing our soldiers with one in particular an expert in bomb making.
These men were put in that prison for good reason and deserved everything they got and all the shouting for their release by sympathisers will only lead to more of our troops being slaughtered thanks to them. I wonder how they felt when they heard the news that the main bomb maker for the Taliban was back doing the very things that rightly put him in Guantanamo Bay and how they will feel when the next slaughter of our troops is reported. SHAME AND REGRET should be the answer because it is thanks to them that many more of our soldiers will be killed and women and children raped and murdered at home and abroad before criminals,Al-Queda,the Taliban and the goody goody brigade are stopped. There are 250 men left in Guantanamo Bay; do they still want to release them to reinforce the Taliban and Al-Queda or have they now seen the error of their ways?
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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Could this explain the countries problems?

XUZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 9:  A pet cat plays w...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

The Four Cats




Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were.




The first man was an Engineer,
The second man was an Accountant,
The third man was a Chemist, and
The fourth man was a Government Employee.




To show off, the Engineer called his cat, 'T-square, do your stuff.'




T-square pranced over to the desk, took out some paper and pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle.




Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.




But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said,
'Spreadsheet, do your stuff.'




Spreadsheet went out to the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies.




Everyone agreed that was good.




But the Chemist said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, 'Measure, do your stuff.'




Measure got up, walked to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 8 ounces into the glass without spilling a drop.




Everyone agreed that was pretty good.




Then the three men turned to the Government Employee and said, 'What can your cat do?'




The Government Employee called his cat and said, 'CoffeeBreak, do your stuff.'




CoffeeBreak jumped to his feet.......









Ate the cookies........




Drank the milk.......




S**t on the paper.......





Screwed the other three cats.......




Claimed he injured his back while doing so........

Filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions.......

Put in for Workers Compensation................and




Went home for the rest of the day on sick leave............









AND THAT, MY FRIEND IS WHY EVERYONE WANT'S TO WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT!!
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judicial idiocy.

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Once again I have to return to the subject of human rights for convicts thanks to incapable, lazy judges allowing payouts for the sanitary conditions within our alleged prisons. Would insurance companies pay out if you walked into a lions den and were mauled to death? NO! Is the answer to that so why can the useless judicial system not come up with a reasonable ruling to deny these chancers the ridiculous sums of money being paid out to them. These prisoners knew what was in store for them when they committed their crimes so why can the judge not throw their case out on that basis after all they were also expecting punishment so are we going to compensate them for that too? 11.2 million has already been paid out with 64.7 million on standby for further claims proving the government and courts would rather give in than find an easy way round this stupid E.U.law that only the criminals seem to get any benefit from. The law abiding British public's human rights are being denied by not getting any justice in this country so perhaps its about time we jumped on the bandwagon and claimed some of this money for OUR victimization.
The whole judicial system needs gutting out and rid us of useless judges who seldom give the victims any satisfaction when passing sentences by being far too lenient on all criminals.
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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

lottery money and wastage

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So Scotland has to suffer at the hands of the English again; this time taking away our heritage money to fund their Olympic games. The excuse of the lottery takings being reduced because of the credit crunch is a feeble attempt at hiding the real truth.
England have been too ambitious from the start and as France breathes a sigh of relief after losing the games the so called victors are left struggling to raise the finance to fund this burden. They wanted the games so let the funding come from their resources alone, as should Scotland pay for their coming Commonwealth Games which will most likely be the case anyway. The English politicians are so sure Scotland cannot stand on their own two feet but they have to depend on our money when they get into financial difficulties and prove they cannot or do not wish to stand alone so is this the reason we are being refused a vote on the referendum. With the cost settlements in contracts never being adhered to these days the final expenditure always escalates by ridiculous amounts by the time the building projects are finished so whatever happened to penalty clauses and fixed prices. The way contracts are dealt with nowadays leaves plenty room for outside contractors to skim extra money and no questions asked. Money is handed out all too readily now by companies and government. Jane Moore in her program on government money wastage proved just how much better off by billions this country (Britain) SHOULD be if it were not for them dishing out money hand over fist for worthless causes. The main worthless causes being the government who like too feather their own nest first then squander our money elsewhere.
The so called financial gains from the Olympics will be in and around London with none coming to Scotland so why should our heritage suffer?
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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

teaching

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This idea that you can train someone to teach in six months sounds far fetched to me.
In the first place they are always complaining about teachers already in jobs being under trained after spending years in college trying to get acceptable grades so what makes them think that a six month course will achieve more than full college training.
Having relations and friends in teaching and others qualified who cannot get a posting it appears there are already too many teachers for too few posts so why go down this road at all as each year fully qualified students leave college will little or no chance of starting a career in the profession they have trained long and hard for.
Is this just another plan to shuffle the unemployment figures to suit?
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Monday, 9 March 2009

Dancing on ice.

As much as I love Coleen I think she has gone far enough if only to be fair to the other contestants. The last two weeks the skaters voted off were far superior to Coleen and all the improving they have done in comparison to Coleen must have left them feeling a bit miffed. It has come to the stage where the judges and Torvill and Dean are hinting that they think so too, as their comments and facial expressions show their disappointment when the better skaters are leaving.
Although much improved this week she is still weeks behind the rest and Coleen herself must be feeling guilty when the results are called and she has to stand beside better skaters who by now must be getting worried that their skills and progress are going to be wasted by a popularity vote. I don't think it will go that far but as long as Coleen is still there the shades of John Sergeant will hang over this program.
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Sunday, 8 March 2009

referendum for Scotland.

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The only reason I can think of for denying the Scottish public a referendum on independence is the fact that the parties preventing it are running scared.
Excuses like "its the wrong time because of the credit crunch" does not wash as that has and never will have any bearing on the outcome. I will give it serious thought if and when we get the chance to vote on it but it should be up to the Scottish people to decide and not feckless politicians from parties who have no claim on Scotland and do not even have a foothold where constituency's in Scotland are concerned.
Are they afraid they will lose the revenue from our oil? OIL that has kept this so called Great Britain afloat during other times of crisis including this one.
If England thinks that they carry Scotland then this is their chance to be free of us so enough of the nonsense and get the referendum up and running, then we might see if England can stand on it's own two feet.
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Thursday, 5 March 2009

I.T.V. Struggling

The recent news about I.T.V. having to make drastic cut backs came as quite a surprise owing to the fact that more air time is given to commercials than ever before.
If you watch good morning T.V. and are able to stay on the channel for any length of time you realise just how many adverts are shown in comparison to the actual news or topical subjects they deal with. The presenters on these news programs have an easy time compared to the B.B.C. as they have plenty long breaks between items giving them more time for preparation or anything else they need to do, whereas the B.B.C. presenters are on continuously from early morning till after nine. It would be interesting to compare the wage packets to find out pound for pound,or time on air who is really worth their salt and perhaps savings could be made in that department.
It used to be the commercials were the main source of income for I.T.V. but with all the phone-in competitions and reality programs with their (suspect) phone-in voting systems they must have increased their income by a tremendous margin, so why are they struggling financially? Could it be the public are not as gullible as they were when these phone-ins started and have realised how big a rip off they really are, or is it indeed just a sign of the times?

government policies

First the government wanted us to stop smoking, then they wanted us to stop using our cars, then they decided to stop us drinking and their usual solution of putting up the prices came into action, now with six pubs a day closing, and the car industry in dire straights they have realised just how much revenue they gain through these so called unnecessary vices of ours. The job losses in this country, and capital loss for the government would be tremendous if the nation decided to give up all these things at once.
Having now realised how tragic it would be they are now pouring money into the car trade so, it is only a matter of time until they go back on their word again, and allow cheap drink to save the British pub, although I don't think the smokers have a chance as we all know the revenue they bring in. Remembering the old saying on the capstan packet "let capstan take the strain" I fear the stress we are going through now, might have us all looking for something to relieve the strain in the not too distant future, swelling their coffers either way.
This bad spell of weather has shown how much has to be done before we can rely on public transport.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Wind farms

Wakamatsu wind farm, Kitakyushu, JapanImage via Wikipedia

These days when one of the main concerns is climate change we are looking at new energy sources and the predominant ones seem to be wind farms and solar power.
I agree that these two sources should be utilised but not at the expense of the natural beauty our countryside has. The ugly windmills that deface our hillsides have taken away not only the beauty of some panoramic scenes but interfere with nature itself. The shear size of these monstosities also interfere with our roads because even if they start their journey to coincide with minimum traffic,by the time they are approaching their destination the commuters are already out and about and are drastically delayed by the police escorts who have to safeguard the low loaders that transport them by keeping the normal traffic at bay until they pass. This causes far too much disruption especially on the narrow country roads they have to negotiate when nearing their destination. Not only do they take up valuble police time but congest and damage the roads they have to travel and regardless of what the pro wind farm people say this is not the way forward. In a world where everything in the technical side of things are getting smaller surely research and progress could find a way to minimise the size of these things while making them more efficient, this way we might find then more acceptable.
As for solar power,here we have the perfect source of energy but we have not yet mastered how to utilise it to its full effect. In years to come the future generations will look at the rusting windmills and compare them to the efficient replacements they will have and wonder why a nation that had so many brilliant inventors could come up with these monstrosities.
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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

solve a problem........cash for the coffers.

Once again the majority are going to suffer, thanks to the mindless minority because the only answer our politicians can come up with when a problem arises is, hike more money on to it, making sure they benefit out of it rather than solve the matter.
Everything from global warming to the yob culture on our streets is taken care of by increasing prices on fuel (which bumps up the cost of everything else) to tobacco and drink. Who do they think they are kidding, and if they are so naive as to think our culture is going to change by hiking up prices then their position in government should be looked at. The drink problems of our youths who stand on street corners is nothing new but it is getting worse, it is thanks to E.U. rules that makes their parents afraid to punish them in any way for fear of reprisals. Ever since the E.U. stepped in with their ridiculous ruling on punishments we have become an almost lawless society with criminals and crimes running rings round the courts, as at every cut and turn they have a law to protect THEM instead of the law protecting the victims and the peace loving citizen of this country who, are in the majority.

Monday, 2 March 2009

C.C.T.V.

Giraffe - Game Reserve - South AfricaImage by adam79 via Flickr

On watching loose women today I was disappointed in Carol on her opinion on C.C.T.V.
as she is very much against them. I personally think they do more good than bad as tracking victims of abduction and murder have proved very useful in solving crimes.
I wonder how Carol or any other like minded person would feel if someone they treasured was rescued thanks to this system. Other Countries like South Africa have really benefited from them and proved that in the right hands and with the right sentences handed out they work.
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