Archive for August, 2010

mudguards and clampers

August 29, 2010

It is illegal to remove a wheel clamp, because it invariably involves physical damage. Politicians are reluctant to legislate against the exploitation of this law by ruthless thugs, who have terrorised and intimidated respectable members of the public, who have unwiitingly trespassed on private land. Recent case have involved nurses making house calls and cases where the public is being duped into thinking that parking is permitted.

I previously made mention of mudguards on lorries that cover up the wheel to prevent spray blinding motorists on motorways. These same style of mudguards would foil Clamper gangs, through the same legislation that protects them. Even quite flimsy mudguards would have to be subjected to criminal damage, in order for clamps to be fitted and whilst the real villains would have no qualms about doing so, it would, at least give members of the Public some measure of leverage to try and get the Police to provide assistance. (Apparently a threat to attack the thugs sometimes elicit police aid, as they know that it is easier to get a conviction against the sort of person who would seek their aid.)

Vacuum pumps

August 29, 2010

I have a small electric pump that cost £5:00. It’s not much cop but that’s beside the point.

The point that I wish to make is that  it should be possible top manufacture a small domestic vacuum pump that could prove very versatile around the home.

I do not feel the the domestic vacuum cleaner, which is really a fan blower in reverse, is either efficient enough or versatile enough.

What uses?

How about filtering wine etc. or sieving smoothies or fruit for jam, or baby food.  All that’s needed is a double neck bottle attachment, that would allow air to be drawn out one side, while the filtered/sieved material entered on the other. (see earlier item on the pooter)

Attachments could include:

a small tub, in which could be placed small damp items of clothing that needed a quick drying.

a small tub for meringues, which need to be dried out rather than cooked (and burned).

a small tub for making biltong and other dried foods.

a small tub for setting solvent based glues or painted items.

a plastic bag sealer, so meats can be vacuum packed, to avoid freezer burn.

If there was such a vacuum pump, I’m sure that other attachments would come forward, just as they have done for the Power drill and the home computer.

August 29, 2010
I would like to know why Asil Nadir thinks that the political climate has changed sufficiently to warrant his coming back.
He fled because he was caught up in tales of Tory sleaze and corruption. 
Possibly Labour would have seized on him for a showcase trial, to deflect attention from themselves.
Is it that he just believes that The Tories are now considered un-sleazed, in the eyes of the electorate, or has he, as a past donor to Tory party funds, been given a nod and a wink by someone in power.

Andy Burnham

August 29, 2010

Saw Andy Burnham on TV last night. I missed what he was blathering about, because I became fixated on his right ear. It stuck out twice as far as his left ear. I don’t know how I missed it before.

Considering his remuneration, when he was cabinet minister and considering that he was in charge of the NHS, I’d’ve thought he would have had it pinned back a bit.

He’s vain enough to wear eye make-up and he has aspirations of becoming leader of the Labour party (possibly P.M. in 13 years time, when the Tories are kicked out for excessive corruption.) and somebody must have commented on it before, so why hasn’t he done something?

quick law changes

August 29, 2010
The recent story, about how the present legal definition of an ambulance has put an ambulance driver’s livelihood in jeopardy, points up how cumbersome our present law-making machinery is.
I appreciate that the review process that is involved, in having bills pass through both Houses of Parliament, three times, is important in preventing ill-considered law-making but surely there is room for a faster procedure involving amendments to existing legislation, which is apparently sensible, acceptable and socially justifiable.
In this case, it seems that it would be sufficient to add a short phrase, referring to the transport of viable organs for transplants, to the present definition of an ambulance. I can see that the phrase offered might need some qualifiers but how many hours of debate would need to be taken up if the actual phrasing was previously discussed at committee level?
We need some process, whereby such legislation could be processed much faster.
An enabling law passed through the usual lengthy processes, could allow such matters to be enacted much more speedily. Something along the lines of requiring a 90% vote in favour, followed up by a further 90% vote for its continuance, after one year.
Such legislation could also be of benefit, where strictures have obviously created a Social injustice.
The case that I have in mind is the report of the ex-soldier, fitted with a prosthetic leg, who has been denied a disabled parking badge.
Such people can not be treated as though they are on par with some of the more shiftless members of our Society.
In fact it would be better if new legislation was drawn up to give ex-service personnel (and others) special status, in recognition of their placing themselves in danger to protect the rest of us.

Ceramic knives—- Yoshi

August 22, 2010

I found an advert for ceramic knives in my junk mail and was intrigued. Partly because of the exciting future of ceramics we were told about in The Tomorrow’s World program, back in the ’80’s, which never materialised. Partly because I had to surrender my perfectly good electrical screw-driver, when going through airport security. (not all offensive weapons can be detected by an induction field.)

I thought “diamond hard edge?” and clicked the link.

“https” came up, so safe, but let’s google “yoshi knives” coupled with “scam”.

Soooo glad I did !

 Apparently, you get what the advert says but your credit card is debited huge sums for P.&P.  ( shipping).

Takes Ebay idea into rip-off tactics. 

Beware of a new (to me, at least) tactic

will you still love me when I’m 76?

August 22, 2010

Now we have a Policy Group recommending that payment of the State Pension should be postponed until people reach the age of 76.

That’s six more than the Bible’s allotted span.

Ah-ha! But, thanks to modern medicine,  people are living much longer and we (?) can’t afford them.

This is not true. People still start losing their near vision at about 45 and they still start noticing painful joints at about 60.

People aren’t living longer, they are surviving longer.

I do not want to survive longer.

I do not look forward to an old-age, where The Government is hoping that if Pneumonia doesn’t get me in Winter, Heat-Stroke will get me in The Summer.

I do not look forward to lying in a Hospital bed, with catheters, drips, zonk pills and bedsores, cursing my stupidity for scraping enough off my working wages to service a mortgage. I don’t fancy the thought that my house will be seized and sold off to pay for my “care home” fees, whilst the bloke in the next bed will return to his safe tenancy in a Council House, able to lead an independent life, until his Council visitor finds him dead in his bed, at home.

I don’t care for the future that such people are wishing on me.

Keep the expensive treatments for people who can afford them (such as those on policy groups).

Just give me my N.I. contributions back and I’ll emigrate somewhere Sunny, where I can live a life of ease, paid for by the annuity that those contributions and the sale of my house, will pay for.

I might even live until I’m 76.

Nationwide has no shareholders just director’s remuneration.

August 19, 2010

Many moons ago, I switched my bank account to the Nationwide Building Society, because as a building society, its directors saw it as an organisation working for the benefit of its members, whereas my current account had been with a Bank, which considers its function as making money for its shareholders.
Having made the switch I was pleased at the service provided.
I was pleased when it opposed the scheme by the banks to charge for using ATM’s.
I was pleased, when I was eventually able to afford a holiday abroad, that they didn’t charge me for currency conversions.
Apparently, alas, the fear of demutualisation has receded and the Board of Nationwide now sees itself as a bank, although it has no shareholders to share its profits and it doesn’t provide dividends for its members.
The free currency conversion, which I may not be able to take advantage of for some time has been withdrawn because of freeloaders (apparently they have their wages paid in and then transfer most of it out straightaway. They could have prevented that by insisting that customers hold three or so utility bills, or similar).
I now have free insurance for travel in Europe, which is currently about £3 p.a. privately. I do have the free EHIC, so the proviso’s about those over 65 won’t bother me when I get that old (even if I could afford to travel in Europe.
I can upgrade it, if I wish, so presumably there must be other, unstated proviso’s.
I still have to buy separate insurance for my wife, so that doesn’t exactly save any hassle.
Various bank charges are rising, including the cost of electronic transfers between banks.
(The last one must be to cover the cost of the electricity used in pressing the “return” button on a computer keyboard!!!).
How long before I get another “Your Flexaccount is changing” telling me that ATM withdrawals will be charged for, as will for paying things by Direct Debit (forcing utility companies to charge more if you don’t pay by direct debit). These upbeat letters will presumably be accompanied by some more upbeat messages about being rewarded for my loyalty with other insurances that I don’t want or need. Things such as I will get £200, if I accidently poke my eye out with the eraser end of a 2H pencil.


August 18, 2010

I keep getting emails that warn about Islamification, particularly with respect to Sharia Law. We never seem to get any balanced discussions in the Media on the allegations made in such emails, so I’ve passed the following one on to the Daily Express. If its content is pure hogwash then it’s time this was clearly stated and acted upon. The fact that there is no discussion lends support to the perception that it is being suppressed to maintain Public Order and, in the manner of Neville Chamberlain and his piece of paper, in the hope that the problem can be handled by the next Government.


I’ve copied the text of a serial email into notepad and the onto here, not for publication as a letter but as a request for comment.
It’s about sharia law and reflects a common theme in emails that are being forwarded.
I assume that you are probably aware of such emails but as nothing is ever printed, there seems to be no support or refutation of its content that can be referred to.
What, as a National newspaper, is your take on its content?
John Shale
Muslim Women

20 years from now, I might be in Heaven –bye !!
This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.
This is not hearsay, and it will scare the life out of you.
Make sure you read the paragraph (in red) towards the end.
Joys of Muslim Women
By Nonie Darwish
In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.
The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.
To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.
The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
In the West World ( America and Britain ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.
By passing this on, enlightened American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.
Ripping the West in Two.
Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.
She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.
Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel . He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .
When he died, he was considered a “shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.
But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing.. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.
In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.
For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.
Peace and prosperity for one’s children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.
While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics – one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.
While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.
It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.
While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.
(In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. and Britain To elect the President by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA .. Dearborn Mich. Is one… And there are others…) (Britain
has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)
I think everyone in the U.S. and Great Britain Should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful.. Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam.. The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion. While America and Britain is getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on America .. (and Britain) ..
This is your chance to make a difference…! Pass it on to your email list or at least those you think will listen..
Some of those I’m sending it to WILL NOT!
Put your head back under the covers so you can’t see the boogie man!

Cleggie cloggy

August 17, 2010

letter to Daily Express, referring to  MP’s dog-fights.

So Nick Clegg is in disagreement with David Cameron on key issues. Although Labour politicians are joyful at this dissent and some Tories are angry, many onlookers, such as myself, are quietly pleased.

We are happy that Cameron is chained to Clegg and that he has to remember that, although he is leader of the Tory Party, he also represents the Lib Dem voters, who helped put him in power.

Consider how much happier most of your readers would have been, if Tony Blair had been similarly fettered.

Would we have been put in thrall to Europe or Bush with his illegal war in Iraq, if Blair had not been surrounded and supported by self-serving yes-men,

Blair deliberately took us further towards the perception of a Prime Minister being like a US President, whilst The British version is meant to be the Prime (first among equals) Minister.

Clegg is taking the role surrendered by our Upper House and by previous Cabinets.