September 30, 2003
I don't know which one
I don't know which one should be strung up first the rapist or the Judge - Lord Reed - who thought a five year sentence was appropriate. My blood runs cold at the this, I'm sure you could think of a more appropriate judgement.
ic Berkshire - Crown appeals baby rape sentence: "The prosecution service in Scotland has lodged an appeal against the sentence imposed on a man who raped a 13-month-old baby girl.
In a brief statement the Crown Office said it was appealing against the five-year sentence handed down to James Taylor, a 43-year-old from Stirlingshire, who pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including raping the baby.
Scotland's most senior legal officer also asked for a report into whether the sentence given to Taylor was 'unduly lenient'.
Lord Reed sentenced Taylor to five years for the sex attack on a 13-month-old baby when he appeared at the High Court in Dunfermline on September 3."
News 30 September 2003An uncompromisingTony
News 30 September 2003
An uncompromisingTony Blair today told his party conference: "I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear."
As the great Andrew Rawnsley once said:
"One of the legacies of Margaret Thatcher was the blackening of the idea that a politician should be allowed to change his or her mind. 'You turn if you want to, the lady is not for turning,' she boasted. John Major's weak government gave U-turns an even worse name. Tony Blair has played up to the image, misleading though it is, that he is unyieldingly Thatcheresque. 'Back bone, not back down,' he once told his party conference when he was trying to imitate the Iron Lady.
I appreciate why Ministers are so coy about conceding that they have done the U thing. They fear that it will be taken as evidence of either blithering incompetence or terminal feebleness - and sometimes it is. But I reckon there's something to be said in favour of the U-turn. "
Posted by The Englishman at 4:38 PM
Probably the most fun you
Probably the most fun you can have with a
hoover Dyson - without risk of personal injury!Dyson Telescope
[the girlie matters] tips and
[the girlie matters] tips and tricks: ie6 table centering bug
"One day, I viewed my blog from work - where I have IE6 - and found that all my table content was centered! I found the solution at evolt.org - eliminate the URI portion of the doctype declaration.
So I did and it cured the sidebar width problem ( I think) - does it look all right to you?
BBC NEWS | England |
BBC NEWS | England | Fuel protester calls for stoppage: "Motorists across Britain are being asked to 'stop for one minute' in a protest against increases in the cost of fuel duty. "
Just one minute? - I was stopped for bloody twenty minutes trying to drive into Newbury yesterday because of the appalling road system.
For my American friends there are 3.78 litres in an American Gallon ( 4.54 in an Imperial Gallon) - 80 pence per litre = $5 a Gallon and what are you paying? The difference is TAX
I cant do a full analysis but a rough calculation shows that based on International and Domestic Petrol and Diesel Price Comparisons in Singapore you can buy Petrol for 10 pence a litre before Tax..
Oh for the heady days in 2000 when we had a real fuel protest - maybe it will happen again.
September 29, 2003
Great stuff, I especially like
Great stuff, I especially like the first piece I read about Forest Management for several reasons, firstly I have an MA Oxon in Forest Management so I know a bit about it (oh and agree completely with what you are saying) but to have it so well researched and referenced is wonderful . Secondly apart from my home my favourite (that's how we spell it) place is up in Colorado and I saw the battle between the beetles, the econazis and the foresters going on. And thirdly I live near Salisbury Plain Military Training Area - so apart from big bangs and the gentle chatter of machine guns also has the best natural chalk downland in the world. And in a dry summer like this one a lot of it burns. And no one goes to put it out, partly because would you want to when there is a lot of ordnance lying about and secondly it is the best way to manage grassland. And fourthly I look forward to going through the rest of the site.
Just added a search button
Just added a search button - which includes searching the blogs I read. Clever stuff. Adding a 'Blogs I Read' Search to Your Site
Joy! High heels may prevent
Joy! High heels may prevent arthritis: Study
No more excuses for them not to be worn.
Let's ban sensible shoes as being bad for health - well, I know there is nothing like watching a pair of unsensible ones to make me feel better (As long as I don't have to wear them; though the Missus appreciates it when I wear the cowboy boots!)
I suppose I'm living up to a stereotype :)
In these shoes?:
"Then I met an Englishman
'Oh' he said
'Won't you walk up and down my spine,
It makes me feel strangely alive.'
I said 'In these shoes?
I doubt you'd survive.'
I said 'Honey, let's do it.
Let's stay right here.'"
BBC gets all touchy because
BBC gets all touchy because a TV programme is a tiny bit critical of Blair
Well thats a surprise - I saw programme, I thought it was unfair as well because it was too bloody kind to Blair!
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Reviews | The Deal proves unfair to Blair: "Namely that Mr Blair was, on arrival in Westminster, an irritating, fresh-faced little squirt who had to be brought into line by a dour intellectual Scot rooted in Labour lore.
As a result, Michael Sheen at first plays Blair in the style of Spitting Image's David Steel puppet: bounding along next to his far superior colleague like an over-eager puppy.
The actor later transforms Blair into something more sinister and cynical - cruelly betraying the man who did so much for him with swept back hair and a glint in his eye. Think Rik Mayall's Alan B'stard.
The deal sees Tony Blair portrayed as a 'flighty careerist'
Indeed, much of the film is deeply unfair to Blair.
It underplays his own rise through the Labour ranks, insinuating that any success he had was all down to Brown anyway.
It credits him with almost no intellectual rigour of his own and is often deeply simplistic. "
September 27, 2003
Bruno updateIt is so rare
It is so rare that Britain produces a boxer who approaches world class status, and appears to be a nice guy as well, so the news that Frank Bruno has suffering from a breakdown has been concerning us all so I was pleased to see the following release:
A spokesperson for the mental home where Frank Bruno is staying said "He's
as good as gold, he's been absolutely no trouble, at least he was until
some idiot rung the dinner bell."
September 26, 2003
Fox hunting in the UKSomething
Fox hunting in the UK
Something I don't understand - a huge number of people are immensely pissed off with the likely forthcoming ban on fox hunting and destruction of the livelyhoods, lifestyles and liberty.
So where are the protest blogs? It is equivalent to the gun control argument in the States ( and there is no shortage of blogs that argue that point back and forth), or is it just that the UK is way behind the US in the art of blogging?
Living in the country I know the deep resentment that is building up and the fun and games that will happen when a ban is imposed - but I'm not knowledgable enough to write the stories.
Here's a good site from the US that is a starting place:
Animal-Rights: Foxhunting in Virginia
September 25, 2003
The MR-D Doctrine applies. *
The MR-D Doctrine applies. *
BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Prodi rules out EU resignations: "European Commission President Romano Prodi has said there is no need for any senior members of his team to resign over alleged fraud at the European Union's statistical agency, Eurostat.
Mr Prodi was addressing a committee of European Parliament leaders at a closed-door hearing in Strasbourg.
'After careful thought and in full awareness of the issues, I consider there is no reason to ask any Commissioner to assume the political responsibility and resign,' said Mr Prodi "
- Snouts in trough the lot of them, we should invest in piano wire futures for the forthcoming revolution.
* Mandy Rice-Davis once famously said: "He would say that wouldn't he?"
A labour politician speaks sense
A labour politician speaks sense - shock horror
I am growing to like Kim Howells - the man who called British contemporary art 'conceptual bullshit' when he was Minister for Culture. He yesterday told the truth about Railway financing as Minister for Transport - and in doing so he has upset the Trainspotters -
ic Wales - 'Trainspotter' jibe riles rail campaigners - I hope he takes over from the hapless Hoon as Minister of Defence next and starts telling the truth there!
Essential reading from WiltshireNumberwatch's September
Essential reading from Wiltshire
Numberwatch's September 2003 article is yet another fantastic demolition of the eco-nazi and scaremonger's scare stories.
Climate change, BSE / CJD, Cancer and Michael MEacher are all covered in depth and detail that the main stream press refuses to - and it is an easy and funny read. Sit down with a carceniogenic cup of coffee and enjoy.
September 24, 2003
The day I became a
The day I became a Libertarian - 19th January 1973
I remember clearly watching Top of the Pops and the first perfomance of The Sweet "Blockbuster". It starts with an air raid siren and embarrassingly I recall wondering, in that priggish way that the young have when they are trying to be grown up and serious, - "gosh, wouldn't people who have suffered from real air raids find that hurtful to their feelings - how was that allowed - surely it should be banned.."
And then I remember the next day thinking that was a stupid thing to think, trying hard to be offended on behalf of other people. And so I became a libertarian..
(And this story has not been improved or changed because of who I now know....)
September 23, 2003
Concrete them over(Apologies for the
Concrete them over
(Apologies for the formatting - blogger is crap and the preview isn't what it looks like in the real world - I have spent all evening trying to implement some cool stuff in the sidebar and have given up - so I done't have the energy going through removing the foreign accents that blogger has put in. - sorry - I have another blog on a proper system and when I'm rich and famous I will put this one on it as well.)
The M25 cost about Â£7.5m per mile - lets allow Â£10m a mile. The cost of just maintaining the UK rail network is estimates at about Â£30 BILLION - that is the equivalent to 3000 miles of new motorway. I'm not sure how many milof mainlineine track there are but I reckon 3000 would cover most of them. (I gather they claim 21,000 miles of track - but I'm not sure if a two line railway counts as two tracks and basically I can't be arsed - the figures are still horrendous either way)
Two points - one lets just concrete them over - buses, lorries,cars and taxis are far more efficient and allow individual freedom ( which is why the libdems hate them so much.
secondly if it really costs as much to maintain some iron rails on an existing network as it does to build a motorway from scratch there is something seriously wrong with the railway maintainers - probably no competition.
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Â£5bn Network Rail cuts delay track work: "Today's revised Network Rail business plan was expected to reveal that the not-for-profit company will spend Â£24.6bn over the next five years, rather than the Â£29.5bn announced in June.
The June figure had already been reduced by 20% from the original figure of Â£35bn, which was announced in March 2003. "
September 21, 2003
Help - I think the
Help - I think the cat has done for me (and the French)!
Long article in The Sunday Times today ( which you can't link to ) about how a parasite in cats alters the cats behavior, which I knew about, but it also seems that when the filthy moggies shit everywhere they also infect us and there may be an insidious behavioral change caused by them. To quote "
"He found the women infected with toxoplasma spent more money on clothes and were consistently rated as more attractive. We found they were more easy going, more warm hearted, had more friends and cared more about how they looked," he said. However, they were also less trustworthy and had more relationships with men. By contrast, the infected men appeared to suffer from the "alley cat" effect: becoming less well groomed, undesirable loners who were more willing to fight. They tended to be more suspicious and jealous. "They tended to dislike following rules," said Flegr."
(Hey that's me)
Berdoy said: "The fact that a single-celled parasite can have such an effect on the mammalian or even human brain is amazing."
One startling fact to emerge from research is the great differences in levels of infection. In France and Germany, for example, about 80%-90% of people are infected - nearly twice that in Britain or America.
"I am French and I have even wondered if there is an effect on national character," Berdoy said.
Dr Dominique Soldati, a researcher at Imperial College in London, is studying ways of blocking toxoplasma from getting into cells. "Once you are infected you cannot get rid of this parasite and the numbers of them slowly grow over the years, she said. "It's not a nice thought."
So that explains the French national behaviour.....
Times Online - Home
September 19, 2003
Twats of the week.I feel
Twats of the week.
I feel the old Tourette's syndrom about to break out again reading this heap of euroweeny rubbish How Europe sees the Bush Administration But then thank God that I'm an Englishman not an Urinepean.
Europeans who want to see
Europeans who want to see an economic recovery will have to watch it on TV'
EUobserver: "The euro zone is set to grow five times slower than the US this year, according to new projections from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in their latest economic report - released yesterday in Dubai.
Whilst the US economy, with expected growth of 3.2 percent this year, is dragging the World economy out of its present slump, the euro zone, with a sluggish 0.5 percent growth projection this year, is dragging it back down.
Moreover, recovery in the 12-country zone is expected to be slower than expected. Presenting the report, the IMF's Chief Economist, Ken Rogoff, said, 'for the moment, most Europeans who want to see an economic recovery will have to watch it on TV'. "
September 18, 2003
Big Brother plans on UK
Big Brother plans on UK Internet usage.
Where do I start.
The plan by the Govt to "retain every email and web page accessed" for a year.
The ISP opposition to it based on only on its utility 'The government has not satisfied the industry that the data they wish to retain is of use to law enforcement agencies"
The oh so obvious reference to kiddie porn and drugs.
Just read it and get angry.
MediaGuardian.co.uk | New media | Web firms rubbish ministers' email plan: "Web firms rubbish ministers' email plan
And then The Register: comes up witha story as well "Kids charities demand ID parade for pre-paid punters" and you dont even have to read it to know the contents.
UK child protection charities yesterday called for the mandatory registration of pre-paid mobile phones amid concern that paedophiles could use untraceable mobiles to access the Web.
The Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS), a group of seven leading UK charities, wants to extend the safeguards that apply to establishing an Internet account to mobile phones. They want service providers to compile a register so that paedophiles are not able to shelter under the cloak of anonymity in accessing chatrooms or to visit illicit Web sites.
"Mobile operators are going to have to change their policy with regard to pre-paid phones," Jon Carr, Internet Director of children's charity NCH, told the FT.
Blah de blah
CHIS' proposals on the mandatory registration of pre-paid mobile phones are an extension of its manifesto about self-regulation of new content on mobiles, published last month, and available from the NCH Web site here.
Personally I'm more worried about the wholesale buggery and perversion that goes on in Children's homes run by such charities - If my kids were suddenly orphaned and destitute I would prefer thaty were handed out to the first stranger than get in to such hands - the odds would be better they would have a wholesome life.
September 17, 2003
Kim du Toit kindly notes
Kim du Toit kindly notes an email I sent him and being the gentleman he is only hints at my horrific tales of the NHS - when I have the time and the anger I will relay them here.
Inward Investment into the UK
Inward Investment into the UK - and the effect of staying out of the euro.
So Britain in Europe say its collapsing based on 2003 figures-
"no" says its not - but base that on 2002 figures
The figures are on:
UK is down, Germany is down more, Sweden is up from the USA - in fact I
can't see any pattern that links to the euro or pound. And all you need is
Vodafone buying a telco and it tilts it all another way.
So a pox on both their houses
Great news from "Adam Smith""Today
Great news from "Adam Smith"
"Today (yes, today) we launch our new Adam Smith weblog. A first among UK
think-tanks, it is a fast-moving forum for comment and opinion, bringing
free-market, free-society ideas to a new -- and large -- blogging world.
We've some good pieces up already, so post your comments (just click on the
'comment' buttons); suggest new topics; be outraged; but above all, think.
Visit the blog now at
This is definitely a daily visit one. Well done.
An email from a europhile
An email from a europhile friend....
Some good quotes here. My favourite is:
Pascal Lamy, the EU's trade commissioner and a
French national, this month rebuked Jean-Pierre
Raffarin, the French prime minister, for
ridiculing the Commission for doing its legal
duty to uphold the EU's stability pact.
"Characterising Brussels as a heartless Scrooge,
obsessed with accounting and punctiliously
enforcing rigid rules, is a bit facile," he said.
So that's what the FRENCH prime minister thinks
Philippe de Schoutheete, former Belgian permanent
representative to the EU and now an adviser to
the European Commission on the constitutional
negotiations, believes the Swedish result is not
"We do not want people in [the euro] who are
half-hearted," he says, "or who are there for the
"The plague of Europe for 30 years has been that
Britain and Denmark joined on false assumptions:
[they believed] it was all economic and not
political. It is better not to have countries in
the eurozone [that] are there reluctantly."
But that is the lie we are told all the time by our leaders - "it is just economic there is no political side to the euro"
September 16, 2003
$7.5m to set up a
$7.5m to set up a dope farm, no hassle from the cops and they still can grow a decent smoke - thats the government for you...First Patients of Canada's Government-Approved Marijuana Demand Their Money Back - from Tampa Bay Online
Worth supporting, though His Toniness
Worth supporting, though His Toniness wont allow a referendum which he might lose and this one he would!
"The Rally for a Referendum : will be held on
Friday 7 November 2003 at Church House, Westminster. Its purpose is to examine and publicise the constitutional and legal significance of the EU Constitutional Treaty and to press for a referendum of the British people on its ratification. "
Briton's dash from Spain beat
Briton's dash from Spain beat mother's ambulance to hospital 10 miles away.
I was going to comment on this but Kim du Toit has already said it better than I can.
Living in England nothing surprises me about the NHS anymore.
Several years ago my then wife and I were staying in an NHS hospital with the son and heir in intensive care after an horrendous accident - my wife suffered a miscarriage through the shock and even though we were in the room next door to the A&E entrance they could not find her a doctor - I had to put her in the car and drive across the city to another hospital where we failed to get any treatment or diagnosis either.
She became stoical about this as the baby was obviously dead by the end of that day - let's worry about our child on life support. Once he was home we got the gungy bit happening.
So we pay for the NHS and then anyone who can afford to pays again for a private system.
September 15, 2003
An apologyFor years I have
For years I have mistaken Sweden as being the archtypical socialist euroweeny nanny state. I now realise I was wrong and it is fact the home of a grand people who are brave defenders of national rights against the fascist tendancies of the Eurocrats and a crony government.
( Oh and did you notice that they have a "Don't know " option on the voluntary ballot - and 2% went to the booth to register that they didn't know what they were doing there!)
September 12, 2003
Here's a story about a
Here's a story about a great Cornishman ( I expect he would prefer that to being called English ) - just read it.
Mudville Gazette: 911 Remembered: Rick Rescorla was a soldier
September 10, 2003
Further to the entry below
Further to the entry below I have finally found a simple explanation.
THE BRITISH -: "THE BRITISH - CITIZENS OR SUBJECTS?
One of the most enduring myths in the area of nationality is that British people are 'subjects' rather than 'citizens'. It is not true, and hasn't been true since 1948.
Prior to 1 January 1949, British people were 'British subjects'. As were people in Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and all across the British Empire and Commonwealth. Although the Dominions like Australia and Canada had become independent nations by the late 1940s, they shared a common nationality with the United Kingdom and British colonies.
In the late 1940s it was decided that the Dominions should be able to create their own citizenships for people connected with their territory. Canada had been the first to do so in 1947. The status of British subject would remain, but would generally be held by virtue of citizenship of a Commonwealth country.
In the UK the British Nationality Act 1948 created the status of 'Citizen of the UK and Colonies' for people connected with the UK and its colonies as they were on 1 January 1949. Citizens of the UK and Colonies were also British subjects, as were citizens of other Commonwealth nations. The British also allowed some people from former British India and Southern Ireland to hold the status of British subject independently of holding the citizenshipof any Commonwealth nation.
Under UK law, from 1949 to 1982 the terms 'British subject' and 'Commonwealth citizen' were interchangeable. People from the UK were not just British subjects, but citizens of the UK and Colonies as well.
The British Nationality Act 1981, which came into force on 1 January 1983, ended the use of the term 'British subject' to refer to Commonwealth citizens. People from the UK became British citizens, and there is no reference made to British citizens being also British subjects. Britis"
Reading the essential Free Market
Reading the essential Free Market Fairy Tales I was amused ( slightly :) ) by his article on citizenship. It has always been a gripe of mine that I was born a British Subject and had citizenship thrust apon me. I want to be a Royal subject not some poxy citizen of a touchy feely republic. I think the difference is between dogs and cats - dogs are subjects and in return for loyalty they are looked after - cats are citizens and while Lib dems may share food with them, and they are allowed to work on farms, no right thinking person really cares for them. I note from Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Majority want to be citizens not subjects: " 60% of British adult voters prefer to see themselves as citizens and only 32% describe themselves as 'royal subjects' despite the fact all adults in Britain share that constitutional status. " which is what I might expect from the Guardian.
But then before I ranted at greater length I thought I had better check on whethert I was a subject, citizen or both - and the answer is far more complicted than I thought or believed possible - see if you can work it out.Home Office Page
September 6, 2003
There is so much bollocks
There is so much bollocks being talked about the bad harvest pushing up bread prices when the price of wheat is still lower than it was twenty years ago. So I started to look on the web for what is going on. The french are revolting about it as usual - bollocks to them, let them eat cake - and then I came across this snippet from Italy (the euro is being blamed as well and I think that there may be a case where euro price rises are being blamed on the bad harvest, which is the fault of global warming which is casused by Americans) - any way this guy seems to understand what is happening but the last sentence shows the ingrained state control mentality!
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia - News In English: "INFLATION: BREAD PRICE DOESN'T DEPEND ON DROUGHT, SAYS COLDIRETTI
(AGI) - Rome, Italy, Aug.19 - The price of bread depends almost entirely on items other than the cost of wheat, and it is totally unjustified to say that there could be price rises due to the drought. That's what Coldiretti asserted, pointing out that about 1 kg of wheat (800 gr. of flour) is needed to make 1 kg of bread. Wheat costs 16-18 cents per kilo, whereas bread costs 1.50 euro per kilo, with wheat representing only 12 pct of the finished product price. Hence, an improbable 20 pct increase in the price of wheat would lead to a 2.4 pct price rise of bread.
Similar situation for many other products such as pasta, fruit juices, wine, milk, cheeses, meat, fruit and vegetables: the price paid by customers is from 2 to 10 times greater than the one paid by producers for the raw material, and is often due to industrial processing, packaging and transport. There should not be unjustified price rises, reports Coldiretti. Droughts and frost are becoming a frequent alibi. That's why we need that the national price watchdogs be efficient, financed by taxpayers and consisting of representatives from all sectors, to avoid general price rises and inevitable importation from foreign markets. (AGI)"
September 3, 2003
Across the Atlantic: Things you
Welcome to a great new
Welcome to a great new blog - I was going to publish this first story myself but got distracted -Free Market Fairy Tales
September 1, 2003
Watched some of an excellent
Watched some of an excellent tv program last night about Diana Mosley - I shouldn't have been surprised that:
Oswald Mosley: "After the war Mosley and Diana Mosley established Euphorion Books in an attempt to publish the work of right-wing authors. Diana also edited the far-right magazine, The European. In 1947 Mosley formed the Union Movement which advocated British integration in Europe "
News: "'During the doctors' strike
News: "'During the doctors' strike in the 1970s, death rates fell'"
Why doesn't that surprise me..