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July 30, 2004

News to us

Guardian | London 2012: International Olympic Committee still open to bribes, says BBC
Also: Bears make alfresco toilet arrangements in arboreal areas, Pope is not a Lutherean and Dolly Parton tends to sleep on her back....

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A little German Joke

London Underground Map translated into German | Londoner U-Bahn-Plan ins Deutsche übersetzt

Morgentonnencriossant! You vill laugh, nein?

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Where is a Daisycutter when you need one

As Plastic Gangster says:

And they say you only ever see bad news these days...

Joe Cahill is dead. At the ripe old age of 84. One can't help but feel that his being found face down in a ditch with a bullet in his head and his arse on fire, preferably a few decades ago, would have been a more satisfactory passing, but hey, dead's dead.

Other media has been kinder to him and the thousands that turned up for the funeral. Even the Irish media is less fawning than the BBC, for instance; Corks 96fm
A former Irish Prime Minister provoked outrage tonight after he lavished praise on the man who helped direct the IRA's 30 year campaign of bloodshed in Britain and Ireland.

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A monopoly threaten..

Times Online - Newspaper Edition

TEACHERS called for tighter controls on home education yesterday with figures showing that parents were increasingly rejecting formal schooling and teaching children themselves.
Up to 170,000 children are being taught by their parents in England and Wales. While it is "in the main very successful", some children are being denied a proper schooling and are in danger of being exploited,...

Can't let parents decide what is best for their kids, it might show up the professionals!

And remembering a proportion of home schoolers have various problems they don't seem to be doing bad a job of it..

In 2002 Dr Rothermel interviewed more than 100 families and found that 64 per cent of the home-educated four to five-year-olds scored more than 75 per cent in tests known as PIPS Baseline Assessments as opposed to 5.1 per cent of children nationally. Among those aged seven, 80.4 per cent of home-educated children scored within the top 16 per cent band.

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July 29, 2004

Water under the Bridge

Excuse me commenting on US politics but I noticed this:

BostonHerald.com - DNC 2004 Coverage: Teresa's Ted K tirade

Teresa Heinz Kerry, years before becoming a Democrat, railed against the party's ``putrid'' politics, said she didn't trust Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and angrily called the liberal lion a ``perfect bastard.''

Kennedy's office dismissed the comments as water under the bridge and said the two get along famously now

Well if anyone knows about "water under the bridge" it would be Teddy Kennedy, pity Mary Jo Kopechne can't be with us to back him up...

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BBC hot air

The BBC is busy pushing some programs about Climate change and polluting their news site with cod stories about it, including the results of a survey..BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Britons unsure of climate costs

Yet despite the levels of knowledge and concern that the questioning revealed, 43% of respondents said they expected climate change to have not very much effect on them personally, with 9% saying it would have no effect at all.
Perhaps this goes some way to explain the frustration of those convinced that climate change is a huge threat.
Until we believe it will make a difference to us and to our children, we are unlikely to take it seriously enough to do anything very much about it.
On this showing, more than half of us still expect it will leave us largely unscathed. So it remains a problem for someone else to worry about.

With any luck the sun will be shining and I can sit out on the terrace at my tropical hardwood table drinking something long and cold with out having to worry about what is the television, though if it chilly I might have to get a "Patio" heater. That is the way to deal with climate change.

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A reader writes...

When meeting refugees in war torn Croatia, little did I realise that, in a
few short years I would join the burgeoning ranks of Britons, fleeing to France,
forced out of their homeland by property prices (ie the direct fruit of money
laundering out of corruption on a massive scale).

I have spoken to hundreds of small to middle income earners - yes, people who
still have to pay for their prescriptions - terrorised out of the homes they
they worked hard to pay for - Now having to buy a (hopefully) peaceful new
home in rural France.

Who speaks for them? UNRRA!!! - NO it should be this site.

Write here and SPEAK OUT

Simon

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July 28, 2004

Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies - Homepage

If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, your common sense and instincts will usually tell you what to do. However, it is important to:

Run.
Really, really fast.
Follow the advice of the emergency services, unless that advice is something other than "Run".
Try to remain calm and think before acting, and try to reassure others. Or, trample them in a desperate attempt to flee as the building you're in is consumed by a radioactive cloud.
Check for injuries. Here's a hint: if it's painful, it's probably injured. However, hurting when you pee is probably not an injury related to the incident. But get yourself checked out anyway.
If you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is:

Run.

Whoops that isn't the real one - this is
Preparing for Emergencies - Homepage which is nearly as funny.

I think I prefer the first one, especially as this was received within twelve hours of the site going online:

Dear Mr Scott,

Regarding your website, www.preparingforemergencies.co.uk

We run the Government website for the Preparing for Emergencies public information campaign, on www.preparingforemergencies.gov.uk, and are very concerned that the material on your site will confuse people about the sensitive advice and information that we are giving to the public.

This is a very is [sic] serious campaign that should not be trivialised. In the interests of helping people to cope in the event of a crisis or a disaster we would ask that you to take down the site, immediately, and not put it up again in another guise.

Sincerely,

[name removed]

I think my preparations are coming along, what else do I need?

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July 27, 2004

Advice for kids

Bad News Hughes as updated his advice for children...

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One to watch

The Salisbury Pages
Governments should do nothing, for where they do anything they invariably get it wrong." Lord Salisbury, British Prime Minister 1885-86 1886-92 1895-1902 A site dedicated to the virtues of small government, democracy, the market place and the ancient rights of the freeborn English Yeoman.

Sounds like my sort of site - looks good and the writer is an NHS theatre nurse so some interesting stuff on the NHS from behind the lines.

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Filthy NHS hospitals

I notice the MRSA epidemic, 5000 deaths pa (minimum) is now the fault of the patients for bringing too much stuff in and wanting their dirty relatives to visit at all hours.

Nothing to to do with not one of the legions of management that infest the NHS actually having the balls to insist the places are kept clean..
The Adam Smith Institute Blog
puts a different spin on it.

MRSA is entirely a disease of our state health system. Compare BMI Healthcare: it runs 47 private hospitals, treating a million patients a year. How many of them have left with MRSA in the blood? None. Ever.

I would be interested in knowing how many cases of MRSA occur in Forces hospitals - I would bet not many!

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July 26, 2004

More on Mandy in Brussels

The reason why I think Blair has blundered, from his point of view in appointing Mandy to be an EU Czar is summed up by William Rees Mogg in Times Online - Comment

The whole future of Mr Blair's European policy depends on trust, a commodity in short supply in his administration. The referendum on the constitution, if it ever happens, will be decided by trust. Will we all trust the assurances the Prime Minister is bound to give that the new European constitution is a minor administrative adjustment that will not damage or destroy the independent democracy of Britain?
When we read the constitution, we see that it transfers major powers from Britain to Europe, but does not transfer any powers back from Europe to Britain. It is a one-way street. Mr Blair will tell us that this does not matter, that he can be trusted as the protector of British interests. Will we believe him? Will the appointment of Peter Mandelson as a European commissioner make any of us more likely to trust the Prime Minister?

And can you imagine Mandy oiling himself across our screens saying "trust me, it is all going to be alright, it won't hurt a bit and I won't come in.." While he is a clever and able politician he is the wrong man to sell a distrusted entity like the EU. Which is good news for Eurorealists.

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Revolting

Recently there has been an increase in "travellers" causing problems in rural britain - to find out more go to Middle England in Revolt

Well, Cottenham is where Middle England has drawn a line in the sand - and we are inviting other communities to join us in a mass revolt against the blind, deaf and dumb bureaucracy of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

On interesting snippet unconnected with travellers but symptomatic of Nu-britain is this..

A police officer told a packed meeting of Cottenham residents that several hundred traveller-related calls, with incident numbers, had been made to the Police between February and November 2003. Almost none were investigated and therefore did not appear on the Home Office crime statistics.

We are told that Home Office crime statistics only record crimes with a crime number and the only way to get a crime with a crime number, is for the Police to investigate an incident with an incident number. In other words beware of Police Forces massaging rural crime figures to make themselves look good with the Home Office!

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July 25, 2004

Good news

MT-Blacklist has won the MT Plugin Developers Contest Grand prize

Spam comments are out of control (400 today advertising porn) so I turn commenting on and off as I spot attacks (sorry). With mt-blacklist I had no problems with the MT (movabletype) 2.6x. Unfortunatly I upgraded for various reasons to MT 3 and Blacklist isn't released for it yet. But it should be soon I hope and pray.
Until then bare with me if comments aren't working when you try...

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July 24, 2004

WTF from?

BBC NEWS | UK | UK troops 'ready to go to Sudan'

The UK would be able to send 5,000 troops to Sudan to help ease the humanitarian crisis, the Army's most senior general has said.
Chief of General Staff Sir Mike Jackson told the BBC's HARDtalk programme: "I suspect we could put a brigade together very quickly indeed."

Whilst I think we should pick up "The White Man's Burden" in Sudan I can't believe the sheer nerve of suggesting we can find a spare brigade to do it just like that the day after Tony has decreed we massacre the forces - see this for details,

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Oh for God's sake

BBC NEWS | Politics | Why Blair brought Mandelson back

If Tony Blair wanted to end the parliamentary session with a defiant show of strength he could not have chosen a better way of doing it than by giving Peter Mandelson a job.

A show of strength? What planet do the BBC live on? Mandy is one of the last people who still fancy Tony and so he takes the fawning as a sign of intellignce. Simple management nouis tells you "don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things" - and Mandy is as sweaty as they get.

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July 23, 2004

Today's work

Where is a Gray Monk when you need one?

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Image taken on 23/7/2004 11:41

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July 22, 2004

EU - a home for failed politicians (again).

Reuters

Prime Minister Tony Blair's old friend and ally Peter Mandelson is set to resign as a parliamentarian, clearing his way to become Britain's new European Commissioner, a government source says.
"No one doubts Peter Mandelson's abilities or his commitment to Europe, but the nomination of a man who has twice been forced out of the cabinet would be a gift to eurosceptics," said Chris Davies, leader of the British Liberal Democrat MEPs.

Oh no - I'm off for a strong drink - I actually agree with a Lib Dem MEP, I don't think that has ever happened before.

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Not German Jokes

As a break from the ever popular German Jokes here are a few oneliners from goodness knows where.

I met a Dutch girl with inflatable shoes last week, phoned her up to
arrange a date but unfortunately she'd popped her clogs.

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly; but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

So I said "Do you want a game of Darts?" He said, "OK then", I said
"Nearest to bull starts". He said, "Baa", I said, "Moo", he said, "You're closest".

You see I'm against hunting; in fact I'm a hunt saboteur. I go out the night before and shoot the fox.

The other day I sent my girlfriend a huge pile of snow. I rang her up, I said "Did you get my drift?".

So I went down the local supermarket, I said, "I want to make a complaint, this vinegar's got lumps in it", he said, "Those are pickled onions".

I saw this bloke chatting up a cheetah; I thought, "He's trying to pull a fast one".

So I said to this train driver "I want to go to Paris". He said
"Eurostar?" I said, "I've been on telly but I'm no Dean Martin".

So I said to the Gym instructor "Can you teach me to do the splits?" He said, "How flexible are you?" I said, "I can't make Tuesdays".

But I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack
myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.

So I went to the Chinese restaurant and this duck came up to me with a red rose and says "Your eyes sparkle like diamonds". I said, "Waiter, I asked for a-ROMATIC duck".

But I'm in great mood tonight because the other day I entered a
competition and I won a years supply of Marmite......... one jar.

So this bloke says to me, "Can I come in your house and talk about your carpets?" I thought, "That's all I need, a Je-hoover's witness".

You see my next-door neighbour worships exhaust pipes, he's a catholic
converter.

So I rang up British Telecom, I said, "I want to report a nuisance
caller", he said "Not you again".

So I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov and there was a check tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass me the salt.

He said, "You remind me of a pepper-pot", I said "I'll take that as a
condiment".

Now did you know all male tennis players are witches, for example Goran, even he's a witch.

And I've got a friend who's fallen in love with two school bags, he's
bisatchel.

So I was in Tesco's and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said, "Are you two an item?"

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Smart Weapon, Dumb Pilot?

Source

24 hours ago, at 16:03 precisely, having flown for 8 hours non-stop from Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska, a USAF B-52 bomber made a precision, high speed, low altitude pass down the centre line of the main runway of
Blackbushe airport. He was on time to the second.

This achievement would have been somewhat more impressive if he hadn't been supposed to be performing a precision, high speed, low altitude pass down the centre line of the main runway of Farnborough airport.

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July 20, 2004

When the SHTF

According to the Telegraph

Every home should store emergency supplies, including tinned food, bottled water and medication, in case of a terrorist attack, Hazel Blears, the minister for counter-terrorism says today.

In an interview with The Telegraph, she says the Government plans to issue guidance on what to do if al-Qa'eda attacks.

No news if she thinks it is sensible for every househlod to have a little something to ensure survival - silly me, personal responsibility only goes so far, tinned beans and aspirin fine, big bad firearms no.

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July 19, 2004

One for Mr Free Market

As he relaxes into another hard week at work I thought hew might enjoy this article..Mike S. Adams: How to collect guns and irritate PETA

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Ooty Hunt News

With Tony "a pox on him" Blair likely to play the Ban Hunting card to try and rally traditional Labour supporters this autumn it is worth remebering it isn't only call centre jobs we can outsource to the Subcontinent -

Telegraph | News | Opening meet finds India's only hunt in the pink

"The hunt was formed by the 74th Highland Regiment in 1835 to chase sambur deer, bison, wild boar and the odd tiger. It has hunted every year since, with only a brief pause for the Indian Mutiny of 1857."

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July 17, 2004

Mr Brown he came to town..

The Spectator(free registration required)has an article by Simon Heffer on Mr Browns call to patriotism in the name of Britain...

The English may not be very sophisticated, but they are now well aware of several key facts in their political life. First, they were not asked whether they would like their own parliament, in which English representatives dealt with solely English issues, in the way that the Scots (and, to a lesser extent, the Welsh) were. Second, they were not asked whether they minded continuing to subsidise the Scots to the tune of around £9 billion a year. Third, they are beginning to realise that the regional assemblies some of them are being offered as a means of "devolution" are fraudulent in their conception, since they will have few powers other than to act as a talking shop. Fourth, they are aware that the job opportunities available to Scots in England " such as a significant proportion of government posts and prominent positions in the media " are not available to the English who choose to go to Scotland. It is vital to Labour's continuance in power that the English are conned, by arguments such as Mr Brown's, into believing that they are still first and foremost British.

Refuge of a scoundrel etc. it doesn't wash. It is part of the great EU con that we are a community of regions, so Wales and Scotland get their recognition but England is too dangerous a concept, we have to broken down into regions. I'm glad the concept of England as a nation frightens the usual suspects, it is going to get rougher from here on in.

(Oh and one of the things I love about England is its ability to absorb, prosper and be enriched with new immigrants unlike the knuckle dragging Celtic fringes of these Islands.)

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July 16, 2004

My parking.

(bigger) I had to look through some old pictures on the hard drive and came across some from when we had a company pic-nic out at my place. For reasons that are a little hazy to me now, I got my Caterpillar D6 out for a play - this is one of the pictures from when I was trying to park it close to an old Lada Pickup.
Next time I am clamped I will be very tempted to get the old girl out again..

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Tractors

I popped into my local tractor repair man to chew over about upgrading my 1965 Massey 65. He looks after and rebuilds these mineclearance machines Close_up_of_orange_325.jpg
- so I got to sit up in a couple of them - (in the safety of Wiltshire, I'm not sure I would want to drive it where they go.) Interesting site - especially the news from Iraq. MineTech International - Gallery

MineTech teams found large quantities of ordnance ranging from stored ammunition to abandoned Explosive Ordnance (EO). The EOD clearance teams have faced a wide range of challenges, due both to the scale of the project and the state of the explosive materials, often rusty and corroded and sometimes buried up to a metre deep. Latest estimates suggest a further 1,000,000 tonnes of ammunition scattered over Iraq, equivalent to more than half the stockpile of the entire US military machine.

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Tories are against it.

I asked my MP.

Dear Rt Hon Michael Ancram QC,
I gather delegates of the EPP-ED European Parliamentary Group to which the Conservative MEPs are affiliated have adopted 'The Budapest Declaration'.
I was wondering if you agree with these statements from the declaration: 'Our Group reaffirms its commitment to the European model of social market economy' and 'the EU should become an ever more coherent, united entity ' and 'The new Constitution, .., must first be ratified and then implemented.'
Your reply will most interesting.

He replied today - "The British Conservaties do not support and are not signatories to this declaration" "Conservatives oppose the European Constitution." And the oppose the "European Social Model".

Well that clears that up then.

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Out to lunch

According to The Times

The average British worker's lunch hour has shrunk to a mere 27 minutes, nine minutes less than in 2000, and one worker in five takes no lunchbreak at all,

Well in that case Mr Free Market and I had about a fortnight's worth yesterday. No loud noises or bright lights for me this morning please, and I'm still aching from my little nap on the floor at Paddington Station...
Anyway - thanks.

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Pig News

Please excuse me - I have been lax in not posting any pig news for a while, to make up for it here is an item from Japan.
Mainichi Interactive - Top News

KOBE -- A 70-year-old lawyer lost her finger and a 56-year-old housewife sustained minor injuries to her buttocks after they were attacked by a rampaging wild boar here, police said.
The boar suddenly appeared out of the woods near a housing estate in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, and attacked the women as they walked home from a shopping trip.
It bit the finger off the older woman, slammed its head into the buttocks of the housewife, then rushed back into the forest area from which it had come.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night. (Mainichi Shimbun, July 15, 2004)

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July 14, 2004

ID Card trial

ID card Trial

On Dec 9 2003 I sent Melanie Briere an email volunteering to take part in the trial - I got a reply today ! Reproduced below and for some reason they address it to "Sue". I had already made my own arrangements to go to Blind Lemon Blunkett's trial scanning tomorrow...
Full text below.

I will report back on my fingerprinting as and when, I'm off to Free Market Penthouse Offices for a quick snifter after the ordeal so may not blog straight away.

Atos Origin

Rail House

Crewe

Cheshire

CW1 3NU

14 July 2004

Dear Sue,

Thank you for expressing an interest in participating in the UK Passport
Service biometrics enrolment trial. The UK Passport Service (UKPS), with its
partners Atos Origin and MORI, are conducting a comprehensive survey to test
the process that may be used when recording biometrics as part of the
procedure of issuing a passport. The trial will simulate the enrolment and
verification of facial, iris and fingerprint biometrics.

There has been a very high level of interest in the trial from people
throughout Great Britain, and the trial has now commenced in four locations,
London, Leicester, Newcastle and Glasgow. In addition, a mobile unit will be
visiting these following locations; Peterborough, Sheffield, Middlesborough,
Macclesfield, Birmingham, Swansea, Taunton, Torquay and Belfast. In order to
ensure your participation at one of the fixed or mobile sites we have set up
a manned hotline number (below), which we ask you to call to make an
appointment for you to take part in the trial.

HOTLINE NUMBER FOR APPOINTMENTS 0161 601 8088

As a result of taking part in the biometrics enrolment trial you will NOT
receive a valid form of identification. You will receive a sample biometric
smartcard specific to you but this can not be used to replace your current
passport or as proof of your identity. Once the trials have been completed,
all of the biometric and personal data collected will be destroyed.

Thank you again for expressing an interest in this exciting and important
project. We look forward to making contact soon.

Yours sincerely,

Atos Origin Project Team

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BBC reports good news from Iraq

BBC NEWS | Magazine | Rebuilding Iraq, brick by brick

"We've built up a great rapport with the instructors and all the recruits and I think it's been a real success.
"I didn't ever imagine when I joined the Army 13 years ago that I would be building a training school then watching recruits we'd helped train graduating from it. It's brilliant to see such tangible results from our time here in Iraq."

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July 13, 2004

Chavs at play

Chavs like to show off - if you have broadband these clips have a certain cruel humour to them:

http://www.tacky.se/bilder/14879.mov

www.kl0wn.com/sweet3.wmv

Now that hurts...

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The Big Tory Question

EU Referendum asks it:

"What makes Mr Howard think that people will vote Conservative if there is no clear message on Britain's relationship with the European Union, that is, in effect, this country's constitutional future and if Prime Minister Howard will, just like Prime Minister Blair, send British troops all over the world, without allocating proper sums for recruitment, training and equipment?"

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July 11, 2004

Happy Holiday ( to some of our readers).

Twelfth of July

On the Twelfth of July, the Protestant community celebrates the momentous events towards the end of the seventeenth century, often referred to as the Glorious Revolution. This Revolution laid the foundations of our constitutional monarchy and our parliamentary democracy. It is a thanksgiving for the triumph of civil and religious liberty for all.

(For the fire lovers amonst us hundreds of bonfires are lit across Ulster usually at around midnight on the 11th .)

No date in Irish history is better known than 1690. No Irish battle is more famous than William III's victory over James II at the River Boyne,The battle was fought on 1 July 1690 at a fordable river bend four miles west of Drogheda. The Battle of the Boyne is rememebered each July in the celebrations of the Orange Order and Protestant ares of Northern Ireland, not on the first day but on "the Twelfth", for eleven days were lost with the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1752.

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Update on RSPCA rights

On 7 June 2004 the RSPCA signed a written agreement with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to allow them to perform the functions of an “approved prosecutor” under the Protection of Animals (amendment) Act 2000. This agreement will come into effect on 1 September 2004. The area of jurisdiction applies to England only. The final model written agreement can be found on the DEFRA website at:
Defra - Farmed Animal Welfare: On-Farm together with the updated guidance notes.

Now that is an interesting and worrying idea, a charity being empowered to order investigations, issue entry warrents (I believe) and run prosecutions. DEFRA point out that other bodies can apply to be "Approved Prosecuters" as well so we could have a whole host of them running about...

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Unborn rights

More from Times Online - Newspaper Edition about the new proposed animal welfare laws.

Anyone owning a pet, farm or exotic animal will have a statutory "duty of care" towards it and could face having it taken away and being banned from looking after another. Unborn animals will receive the same protection.

So no abortions for our furry friends then. Is it me or is there something wrong with this picture?

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RSPCA Gestapo

From Times Online - Newspaper Edition

Kill a snail and go to jail?
By Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor

PEOPLE who mistreat animals will face fines of up to £20,000 and year-long prison sentences under welfare laws to be announced next week.

I have no problem with that, real cruelty should be reponded to in kind.

RSPCA inspectors will be given powers to enter premises without a warrant, even by using force, to rescue animals believed to be suffering or at risk of harm.

Sorry? the RSPCA is a becoming a radical campaigning charity, what next? War-on-Want having the right to raid my wardrobe to get jumpers for cold Sudanese babies?

Remember some of the RSPCA is not just against hunting, they embrace all the wackier animal right mantras - do you want them to have the right to storm your house to free your goldfish?

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July 10, 2004

Frankly my dear

IMAO enters a third year of blogging...

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July 9, 2004

Another for the Earl.

The EU Referendum Blog brings "The Budapest Declaration" to my attention - well I think my fax to my MP explains it all. I use FaxYourMP.com

To:
Rt Hon Michael Ancram QC
MP for Devizes
House Of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

Friday 9 July 2004

Dear Rt Hon Michael Ancram QC,

I gather delegates of the EPP-ED European Parliamentary Group to which the Conservative MEPs are affiliated have adopted 'The Budapest Declaration'.

I was wondering if you agree with these statements from the declaration: 'Our Group reaffirms its commitment to the European model of social market economy' and 'the EU should become an ever more coherent, united entity ' and 'The new Constitution, .., must first be ratified and then implemented.'

Your reply will most interesting.

Yours as ever.

PS - I sent a fax about four weeks ago enquiring about who Flying Lion Ltd were, I never got a reply so I wondered if you received it?

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Useful advice

From my three year old daughter "Don't put your finger in THAT hole!"

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Image taken on 9/7/2004 11:45

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One for the wishlist I think.

Amazon.co.uk: Books: How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter

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July 8, 2004

Pig Victory

I covered this story when it first came out so here is an update:

this is derbyshire - news, entertainment, jobs, homes and cars

An historic statue of a wild boar is to be reinstated in a Derby park in a move that has been hailed a "victory for people power".

The decision to put the Florentine Boar statue back into Arboretum Park follows months of public outcry.

Controversy was sparked after it was suggested by a Derby City Council committee that the statue should be put elsewhere for fear of upsetting Muslims, who regard pigs as unclean.

The council had always hoped, as part of a £5.6m heritage lottery- funded project to restore the park to its former glory, to replace the statue with a replica.

But in March the council's minority ethnic communities advisory committee, chaired by Liberal Democrat council leader Maurice Burgess, instead recommended putting in a statue of the park's architect, John Loudon.

This prompted a tide of anger from residents in the area and from those who regard the boar as an integral part of Derby's history.

More than 2,000 people signed petitions to retain the boar, which had stood in the park from 1840 until it was damaged in a Second World War air raid in 1942.

And the groundswell of public opinion has now forced the council to decide that the boar should be returned%2

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It is worse than I imagined..

The Gray Monk points out:

Figures released yesterday show that the Ministry of Defence employs 102,000 soldiers, and 102,600 civil servants. Guess where the cuts are proposed to fall? Right, it isn't among the papershuffler Brigade.
The Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue now employ between them more Tax Collectors than the total manpower in the Navy and the Airforce, yet the Civil Service is growing at a rate of 511 new civil servants per week! This is an increase on last year's 444 new civil servants a week which saw the "service" grow to 5.6 million. Other statistics on this are equally frightening - the Health Service appoints three new managers for each new nurse OR doctor appointed.

Unfubeckinglievable, one day the ballon of theis growth must pop, mustn't it?

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Tagged, Branded etc.

Having had no luck on getting onto the ID card trial through my original attempt on Mr Free Market's advice I rang 0161 601 8088 and got an appointment for my Biometric scanning on Friday 15th 9:45 am - very strange conversation, I gave him my name and the only question they asked was did I have a nickname? (He didn't think I was Mr Free Market did he?) No other details were asked for. So off to London for a Friday out, wonder if I can find a pint anywhere?

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July 7, 2004

Jonny we need you

Some bloody Simian Yank :)is nearly winning the monthly online Wednesbury Rugby kicking competition - there are ten sovs in it so come on chaps, show him how it should be done!

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Your Britain

Inspired by Blognor Regis and his use of old posters I thought I would dig out a digital version of the one that is on the wall behind me in the office:

Bigger please!

Nuff said I think.


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Local Councillors

This is Bath is starting to be critical over the Bath Spa project - "Costs of the project were originally estimated at £13m..
The latest reports say that it is impossible to put a final figure on the project, but a worst-case scenario, with legal wrangles over the peeling paint crisis taken into account, would be in excess of £35m."

As someone said:

"These people are incompetent. They could not manage their way out of a paper bag."

And there is more - Consider the other Mowlem built Millennium Project - The Plymouth Portsmouth Spinnaker:
"We are close to £11m over budget. It is a complete disaster.

"There are major problems with it. It is half finished. We don't even have a date so far when it will be finished. There are problems now with the concrete and with steel things.

"The integrity of the thing is now in doubt. Who goes up towers if they think they're not going to stand up?"

Source

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July 6, 2004

Twat

A weird comment appeared on one of my posts which I didn't understand - it wasn't the usual Spam and it was being rude about Raging Dave so off I go to Four Right Wing Wackos to find the answer. Seems like Michael J Ross has been busy posting stuff all over the blogosphere. This blog is my private property, I pay for it, I don't want it to be used for your crap, so Michael piss off and don't come back.

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This week's reading.

The book has arrived from John at Number Watch:

The epidemiologists

Have they got scares for you!
By John Brignell

A quick skim and I already want to throw things at the Bogusmongers. I am not sure why the papers still print the rubbsih scares as everyone now disbelieves them don't they? Go and have a look at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk and then discuss the Government's anti-salt anti-fat anti-passive smoking anti-fun campaigns.

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July 5, 2004

Also 50 today

BBC ON THIS DAY | 5 | 1954: BBC launches daily TV news

1954: BBC launches daily TV news
The BBC has broadcast its first daily television news programme.
The 20-minute bulletin was read by Richard Baker and was introduced as an "Illustrated summary of the news... Followed by the latest film of events and happenings at home and abroad."

Annoying, biased etc. but still the first choice for television news in the UK.

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Happy 50th Birthday

As far as Elvis Presley songs go, "That's All Right," his very first record, wasn't among his biggest hits. In fact, the 1954 song wasn't even a hit at all.
Yet today, July 5, 50 years to the day after it was recorded, media and fans are converging on Memphis for a blowout celebration to commemorate the song, which has been labeled by the city as the tune that started the musical and cultural phenomenon known as rock 'n' roll. more

Of course other records and recordings could be considered as the first but this has as good a claim as any - and it is one of my favourites.

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Beams and Motes

BBC NEWS | Politics | Doctors urge public smoking ban

Letters from 4,500 doctors calling for a ban on smoking in workplaces are being delivered to the prime minister.

How about a petition to tell Doctors and Nurses to wash their bloody hands and make sure their hospitals are clean - other news today " John Reid, the Health Secretary, has announced a fresh drive to combat the superbug MRSA which is estimated to kill 5,000 people in the NHS annually. ..."

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July 4, 2004

The Sound of Freedom

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Off to the local Fair today. This isn't one of your cuddly correct council organised ones, no this one was started up by a couple of local farmers and they still run it how they want to, so lots of steam engines, tractor pulling, vintage machinery working, tacky rides, military equipment displays etc. Real rural England. The picture is of a couple of blokes who dug up a crashed wartime plane and decided to restore the Merlin engines. Now they have them on a couple of trailers and they brought them from the North of England to show them. And they work - you can see they are leaning against the wind, and they were only warming up at this point - soon it was full throttle and my three year old girl enjoyed it as much as the rest of the crowd.

(Health and Safety note - the young guy did put ear defenders on eventually.)

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Sparkie News

Sparkies are annoyed with the EU -- "standard 3 phase cables will not be Red, Yellow and Blue for the 3 phase and Black for the Neutral, Of which every single cable in the country is at the moment except for some older ones that have 1 2 and 3 on the phases.
The new Phase colours are Red is now Brown, Yellow is now Black(old Neutral), Blue is now Grey and the Neutral is now Blue(the old phase).

So what was live is now neutral and what was neutral is now live -= that sounds like a recipe for safety! (Imagine if an evil multinational had come up with such a stupid plan, the outcry.) As one of the commenters says:

It's like the fire extinguishers. They used to be easily distinguishable, now they are all red with a small label. WTF, let's think for a pico second. It's a fire, your eyes are stinging with smoke and now you have to read the f.cking thing.

Are they on drugs over there?

No wonder they are all unelected, they are all f.cking morons. The sooner we are out, the better.

Will anyone be held accountable for the corporate manslaughter that happens?

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July 3, 2004

A different set of slaves

The Gray Monk has a fascinating history of a small slaving operation:

..the slaver raids on Cornwall and the North Devon coast in the 17th and early 18th Centuries. These were Barbary Pirates who were based mainly at Salé near Rabat in Morocco. At one point they had occupied Lundy Island and flew the flag of Islam there while they made free capturing ships and crews and raiding the coastal harbours and villages for women and children as slaves.

So that is Africans coming to Britain to enslave whites, how does that fit in with the PC history we are all taught now?

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Excusing the inexcuable.

Slavery: Justification for Blacks Beating their Children to Death?

The boy's autopsy showed he had been abused over a lengthy period and had suffered brain injury, a broken neck, broken ribs, and scores of whip marks all over his body. When shown the boy's autopsy photos, DeGruy-Leary said the injury pattern "falls in the rubric" of "normal" for descendants of slaves.

Slave owners beat their slaves, says attorney Randall Vogt. Therefore, it's "justified" for black men to beat their sons. Vogt is defending Isaac Cortez Bynum, who beat his 2-year-old son to death, and says he'll use a "post traumatic slave syndrome" defense.

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July 2, 2004

Conspicuous Consumption and Global Warming

No blogging yesterday as the Broadband line went down and in the evening I went to a Public Lecture in All Cannings Village Hall to hear about the Iron Age site at All Cannings Cross. The archaeologists have produced a preliminary report of their findings but were also kind enough to come down and talk through the whole conundrum these midden sites pose. David McOmish started talking about East Chisenbury on Salisbury Plain, which is a midden of refuse so large and strange it re-defines the concept of `rubbish' and its `disposal'.

The East Chisenbury midden is a famous example of a large dump, dating to the 1st millennium BCE. Sited on Salisbury Plain in the United Kingdom, the midden mound contains discrete layer upon layer of flint, charcoal, bones, pottery and excrement. It survives to a height of 2.5m and measures 140m in width despite 2,500 years of weathering. The accumulation is believed by some archaeologists to have a ritual basis, with ritual deposition of produce and waste being suggested as an explanation for its size and longevity.

Sampling of the site suggests that it was produced in less than a hundred years and contains half a million butchered sheep remains, plus some cows and a few pigs. That is some feasting! - Look at the size of it again. My compost heap rots down to a couple of inches high very quickly - this one is still over two metres thick after 2500 years, and it covers the area of 6 football pits.

All Cannings Cross is the same, and so it seems is another one less than half a mile away from All Cannings Cross, and there is probably a third one where my house is built!

The Vale of Pewsey seems unique in containing these vast feasting sites and about 6 have been identified so far. So all very interesting with more questions than answers still.

And how could Iron Age Wiltshire man afford such extravagance? - the climate was a couple of degrees warmer than now and a bit dryer, so agriculture was more productive. When that little episode of global warming stopped and the climate went wet and cold again it all stopped!

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