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January 31, 2005

Mind the Gap

London Underground : The Song Not work safe - unless you are allowed to play loud songs with rude words at work.

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Can Europe turn the Corner?

Power Line posts:

Yesterday, I speculated about the future of Europe in a post called "Can Europe Turn the Corner?" In doing so, I referred to a piece in the February issue of Commentary (not yet available online) by Arthur Waldron. The portions of Waldron's piece on which I relied dealt with the economic situation in Europe. But Waldron also suggested that Europe seemed to be turning the corner in its attitude towards combating terrorism. The key event, Waldron thought, was the murder of Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh by a Dutch Muslim as retribution for his film Submission about the abuse of women under Islam. As I read Waldron's argument, it occurred to me that the Europeans were just as likely, Spanish style, to respond to van Gogh's murder by curtailing works of art offensive to Muslims as by becoming more resolute. But what I do I know?...

Well it seems the answer is here:

Michelle Malkin

Chris Ripke is a Rotterdam artist. His artist studio is close to a mosque in the Insulindestraat. Shocked by the murder ... of fellow artist Theo van Gogh, Chris painted an angel on the exterior wall of his studio with the text "Thou shalt not kill" ("Gij zult niet doden").
His neighbors in the mosque found the text "offensive" and called the Rotterdam mayor, the Liberal Ivo Opstelten. ..(ON) 4 November, the mayor ordered the police to erase the painting from Mr. Ripke's wall, because it was "racist."
When the police and the men from the town service arrived to erase the "racist" painting, Wim Nottroth, a television journalist, positioned himself in front of the painting in protest. The police arrested him.

I think that says it all...

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Quote of the year so far..

Chase me ladies, I'm in the cavalry

Having testicles is like being chained to the village idiot

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The Primrose path

Neil Herron quotes:

Euro-integrationists pursue a well-tried four-stage strategy. Stage One is mock-incredulity: "No one is proposing any such thing. It just shows what loons these sceptics are that they could even imagine it." Stage Two is bravado: "Well all right, it's being proposed, but don't worry: we have a veto and we'll use it." Stage Three is denial: "Look, we may have signed this, but it doesn't really mean what the critics are claiming." Stage Four is resignation: "No point complaining now, old man: it's all been agreed."

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Laws - who needs them?

Telegraph | Money | Backdated tax 'would trap unwary workers'

The Inland Revenue's new powers to tax workers retrospectively, without recourse to Parliament or the courts, could leave thousands of taxpayers facing bills they did not know about.

The move, which would sweep away centuries of legal precedent going back to the Magna Carta, would enable the Revenue to act unilaterally in deciding whether someone has paid the "proper" amount of tax.

Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General,"should pay the proper amount of tax and Nics". It is this "wide-ranging" statement that worries accountants.

It could mean that legal schemes subsequently deemed illegal by the Revenue would generate a retrospective tax bill that it would be impossible for workers to be aware of.

We decide, you pay, we tidy up the law later..Bastards. How about letting me decide the "proper amount" of tax I ought to pay....

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Eurocreep

The Home Office has angered the Commons European scrutiny committee by disclosing that it is not opposed to the principle of the police executing a search warrant in connection with conduct that would be legal in Britain.

The European evidence warrant follows the principle of the European arrest warrant, which came into force last January.

One of the most controversial aspects of the arrest warrant was that it generally abolished the principle of "dual criminality" - the rule that someone could be extradited only for conduct against the law in the country seeking extradition and against British law.

Telegraph | News | EU warrants 'undermine British law'

"The application of the principle of mutual recognition to orders to obtain evidence is fundamental to improving the existing mutual legal assistance procedures, without resorting to extensive harmonisation of procedure."
Yeah yeah yeah - what that actually means that is that the Rozzers will be able to break down your door in connection with activities that aren't illegal in this country - but might be somewhere else in Europe. Calling Chirac a crook for instance or wearing a swastika to a private party or making beer with additives ...
So no point in even pretending Westminster makes the Law of the Land.

(Of course there is the good point that some bent Spanish Magistrate will sign an arrest warrant for Tony Blair - illegal war or what ever - and he can get shipped off to The Old Jail in Grenada to be Big Miguel's special friend...)

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January 29, 2005

Police State?

Here is an interesting quote from some one who isn't a swivel-eyed loon blogger in a paper that is also not member of the VRWC:

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Britain 'sliding into police state'

Mr Churchill-Coleman, who headed Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist squad as they worked to counter the IRA during their mainland attacks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, told the Guardian: "I have a horrible feeling that we are sinking into a police state, and that's not good for anybody. We live in a democracy and we should police on those standards.
He added: "I have serious worries and concerns about these ideas on both ethical and practical terms. You cannot lock people up just because someone says they are terrorists. Internment didn't work in Northern Ireland, it won't work now. You need evidence."

It seems that the present government has forgotten how real the Irish terrorism was - No 10 was attacked with mortars for instance. But now the Republicans are forgiven - and they do have some fantastic tunes we can all hum along to - the new threat we face is so much worse it justifies anything....

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January 28, 2005

Token Black

BBC SPORT | Football | FA apologises over England DVD

The Football Association has apologised after a DVD celebrating the best post-war England internationals failed to feature any black players.
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But the FA withdrew all copies after complaints and will make a new edition including several black players.

So how will that make the lucky Black players who will be now included feel? "Sorry you didn't make it because you were a great footballer but we needed a few dark faces so we have now included you...
And I didn't notice any female names, or Asians or one legged players - include them all....

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No courts needed...

UK Commentators - Laban Tall's Blog brings us this:

In a Scotsman interview, an MP of whom I've never previously heard, Stephen McCabe, floated an interesting refinement.

Speaking after the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, announced new laws to control the movements of terrorist suspects, Mr Clarke's adviser, Stephen McCabe, told The Scotsman he saw this extending to other groups suspected of using violence to further their ends.

The Labour MP said: "We can envisage this applying to animal rights extremists and the far-Right, for example.

"These people are locked up because we believe they are a genuine danger based on what we think is pretty reliable evidence, even if it cannot be divulged in a court of law."

That is so much easier isn't it - a bunch of lard-arsed Ministers think they have "pretty reliable evidence" but it wouldn't stand up in a Court of Law; No problem, now they can just jail people they don't like anyway.

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First they came for the Suspected Terrorist and I did not speak out because I was not a Suspected Terrorist.

Then they came for the Animal Right Nutters and I did not speak out because I was not a Animal Right Nutter.

Then they came for the Nazi Pondlife and I did not speak out because I was not a Nazi Pondlife.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

(Hat tip to Pastor Niemoller)

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Scottish Parliament "Waste of Money " - Official

Scotsman.com News - Scotland - Holyrood worth 80m less than it cost

IT'S official - the Holyrood parliament building is not worth anything like the 430 million the taxpayer paid for it.

Expert valuation of the completed building has discovered that it is worth 350 million - a full 80 million less than the cost of construction.

The parliamentary authorities reacted stoically to the news that they are sitting on what is effectively the biggest piece of negative equity in the country.

A spokesman said managers had always known that delays and problems with its design meant that the parliament had cost more to build than its value would be on completion.

Opponents of the project claimed that the valuation proved what an enormous waste of money the building had turned out to be.

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Tsunami Joke

I apologise for not noticing this story before:

Scotsman.com News - Indian Ocean earthquake - City hunts worker over sick jokes

A COUNCIL worker is facing the threat of disciplinary action after being caught searching the internet for sick jokes about the Asian tsunami.

An investigation has been launched after the operator of an internet blog site complained to the city council.

The operator said his site, which contains a variety of news items and internet "funnies", received a hit from someone at the authority who had used the Yahoo! search engine to look for "tsunami joke".

Council officials believe it could take days to identify the individual involved as they have more than 20,000 employees.


The webmaster, on www.freedomforall.net wrote: "Somebody working for Edinburgh District Council [sic] thinks it would be fun to have a few "tsunami jokes" to tell. If the sickness of what was being done is not bad enough, they are using the council's computers and their work time to find them. I felt it was good form to give them a call and let them know. They called me to say it is being raised as a "security incident", will be investigated and result in action."

A council spokeswoman said: "We are investigating and will take appropriate action if necessary."

- A website called "Freedomforall" acting like a Gestapo informer.
A Council spending days searching out an employee to take "appropriate action".
WTF is going on?
I presume the poor sod who was trying to find a funny joke about the tsunami (all the ones I have seen have been pathetic) is going to marched off to some camp for "re-education...
Sometimes I feel there is a parallel universe out there which everyone else is living in.

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January 27, 2005

Bath Spa Farce - an update.

BBC NEWS | England | Somerset | MP slams Bath Spa project delays

"The ill-fated Bath Spa project is four years overdue is still not open, with no opening date in sight," he said.
"It's 20m over budget and is costing every one of my constituents the equivalent of 116 in waste."

A pub petition demanding the project be halted is gaining backing, with shops in the city also running the petition.

Funny how it is only a bunch of Pub regulars who are talking sense in this whole sorry mess.

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Is this the BBC EU bias?

BBC NEWS | Politics | Tracking Blair's EU comments

May 2003: "I see no case for having a referendum on this"

17 October 2003: "There will not be a referendum. The reason is that the constitution does not fundamentally change the relationship between the EU and the UK."

April 2004: "Our policy has not changed and if there is any question of it changing I can assure you we will tell you."

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"institutional mindset"

BBC NEWS | Politics | BBC 'must improve coverage of EU'

The inquiry said it had found an "institutional mindset" at the BBC when it came to the EU and a tendency to "polarise and over-simplify issues".
It also claimed there was a "measure of ignorance of the EU on the part of some journalists" and "a failure to report issues which ought to be reported, perhaps out of a belief that they are not sufficiently entertaining".
"Whatever the cause in particular cases, the effect is the same for the outside world, and feels like bias," the report concludes...
there was a "widespread perception" of "certain forms of cultural and unintentional bias" which had to be corrected.

OK, so the report is more robust than I thought it would be - interestingly the BBC report on it doesn't mention which way the "unintentional bias" runs; I think I can guess though....

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Tanks lottery

BBC NEWS | England | Dorset | Tank museum scoops 8.5m funding

Backers of a military museum in line for a 15m redevelopment have been awarded a 8.5m lottery grant.
The money will go towards building a new display hall and preserving the hundreds of vehicles at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset.

One of the best days out - I'm glad it is going to get even better.

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January 26, 2005

SNAFU

Kim du Toit - Daily Rant has changed URL - blogroll the new one!
(Login doesn't seem to be working at the moment if tech support sees this.)

Neil Armstrong - has gone anonymous - so has been struck from the Roll. Jees, he is worried about his Mum finding out he blogs, imagine my grief if the present Mrs Englishman finds out what I'm doing on the computer - she thinks I'm looking for porn or something harmless not blogging......

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Fairy Tales

Some time ago I believe there was Blog set up to cover Fairy Tales - I wonder what ever became of it?

In its absence I present Little Miss Red Riding Hood.

There once was a young person named Little Red Riding Hood who lived on
the edge of a large forest full of endangered owls and rare plants that
would probably provide a cure for cancer if only someone took the time to
study them.

Red Riding Hood lived with a nurture giver whom she sometimes referred to
as "mother", although she didn't mean to imply by this term that she would
have thought less of the person if a close biological link did not in fact
exist. Nor did she intend to denigrate the equal value of nontraditional
households, although she was sorry if this was the impression conveyed.

One day her mother asked her to take a basket of organically grown fruit
and mineral water to her grandmother's house. "But mother, won't this be
stealing work from the unionised people who have struggled for years to
earn the right to carry all packages between various people in the woods?"
Red Riding Hood's mother assured her that she had called the union boss
and gotten a special compassionate mission exemption form.

"But mother, aren't you oppressing me by ordering me to do this?" Red
Riding Hood's mother pointed out that it was impossible for women to
oppress each other, since all women were equally oppressed until all wormy
were free. "But mother, then shouldn't you have my brother carry the
basket, since he's an oppressor, and should learn what it's like to be
oppressed?" And Red Riding Hood's mother explained that her brother was
attending a special rally for animal rights, and besides, this wasn't
stereotypical women's work, but an empowering deed that would help
engender a feeling of community. "But won't I be oppressing Grandma, by
implying that she's sick and hence unable to independently further her own
selfhood?" But Red Riding Hood's mother explained that her grandmother
wasn't actually sick or incapacitated or mentally handicapped in any way,
although that was not to imply that any of these conditions were inferior
to what some people called "health".

Thus Red Riding Hood felt that she could get behind the idea of delivering
the basket to her grandmother, and so she set off. Many people believed
that the forest was a foreboding and dangerous place, but Red Riding Hood
knew that this was an irrational fear based on cultural paradigms
instilled by a patriarchal society that regarded the natural world as an
exploitable resource, and hence believed that natural predators were in
fact intolerable competitors. Other people avoided the woods for fear of
thieves and deviants, but Red Riding Hood felt that in a truly classless
society all marginalised peoples would be able to "come out" of the woods
and be accepted as valid lifestyle role models.

On her way to Grandma's house, Red Riding Hood passed a woodchopper, and
wandered off the path, in order to examine some flowers. She was startled
to find herself standing before a Wolf, who asked her what was in her
basket. Red Riding Hood's teacher had warned her never to talk to
strangers, but she was confident in taking control of her own personhood,
and chose to dialogue with the Wolf.

She replied, "I am taking my Grandmother some healthful snacks in a
gesture of solidarity."

The Wolf said, "You know, my dear, it isn't safe for a little girl to walk
through these woods alone."

Red Riding Hood said, "I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme,
but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from
society, the stress of which has caused you to develop and alternative and
yet entirely valid worldview. Now, if you'll excuse me, I would prefer to
be on my way."

Red Riding Hood returned to the main path, and proceeded towards her
Grandmother's house. But because his status outside of society had freed
him from slavish adherence to linear, Western-style thought, the Wolf knew
of a quicker route to Grandma's house.

He burst into the house and ate Grandma, a course of action affirmative of
his nature as predator. Then, unhampered by rigid, traditionalist gender
role notions, he put on Grandma's nightclothes, crawled under the
bedclothes, and awaited developments. Red Riding Hood entered the cottage
and said, "Grandma, I have brought you some cruelty free snacks to salute
you in your role as wise and nurturing matriarch."

The Wolf said softly "Come closer, child, so that I might see you." Red
Riding Hood said, "Goddess! Grandma, what big eyes you have!" "You forget
that I am optically challenged."

"And Grandma, what an enormous and fine nose you have."

"Naturally, I could have had it fixed to help my acting career, but I
didn't give in to such societal pressures, my child."

"And Grandma, what very big, sharp teeth you have!"

The Wolf could not take any more of these specist slurs, and, in a
reaction appropriate for his accustomed milieu, he leaped out of bed,
grabbed Little Red Riding Hood, and opened his jaws so wide that she could
see her poor Grandmother cowering in his belly. "Aren't you forgetting
something?" Red Riding Hood bravely shouted. "You must request my
permission before proceeding in a new level of intimacy!" The Wolf was so
startled by this statement that he loosened his grasp on her. At the same
time, the woodchopper burst into the cottage, brandishing an axe.

"Hands off!" cried the woodchopper.

"And what do you think you're doing?" cried Little Red Riding Hood. "If I
let you help me now, I would be expressing a lack of confidence in my own
abilities, which would lead to poor self esteem and lower achievement
scores on college entrance exams."

"Last chance, sister! Get your hands off that endangered species! This is
a Police sting!" screamed the woodchopper, and when Little Red Riding Hood
nonetheless made a sudden motion, he sliced off her head. "Thank goodness
you got here in time," said the Wolf. "The brat and her grandmother lured
me in here. I though I was a goner."

"No, I think I'm the real victim, here," said the woodchopper. "I've been
dealing with my anger ever since I saw her picking those protected flowers
earlier. And now I'm going to have such a trauma. Do you have any
aspirin?"

"Sure" said the Wolf. "Thanks." "I feel your pain," said the Wolf, giving
a little belch, and said "Do you have any Milk of Magnesia?"

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Others will cover this better but it deserves repeating at every opportunity:
Telegraph | News | Blair's asylum switch gives Europe the key to Britain

Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, last night stuck to the Government's line that the constitution did not threaten Britain's national sovereignty. "Britain will not have to relinquish control of its borders," he said.
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Tony Blair was forced on the defensive over immigration last night after the Government admitted it had signed away to the European Union the right to limit the numbers of asylum seekers coming into the country.

Despite repeatedly promising to maintain control over immigration and Britain's borders, the Government has opted into a common European asylum system.
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The extent to which the new directives limit the Government's right to impose national immigration controls emerged when The Telegraph disclosed that the European Commission was threatening to block the Conservatives' plans to set a maximum annual limit to immigration into Britain, including a quota for asylum seekers.

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That's the question..

BBC NEWS | Politics | EU referendum question unveiled

The question to be asked in the referendum on the EU Constitution has been unveiled by the government.

And to save time I will reveal the answer - NO

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Causes of Hot Air

BBC NEWS | Scotland | MSPs search for climate answers

An inquiry into the impact of climate change is to get under way at the Scottish Parliament.
Business and environmental experts will be sitting round the table with MSPs to search for ways in which Scotland can cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

Not siiting around talking arse would be a good way.

This follows on from earlier news:

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Scots urged to use kettle caution

Tea lovers in Scotland are being urged to refrain from filling their kettle to the brim when pouring a cuppa.
The Scottish Executive's Do a Little, Change a Lot campaign is encouraging Scots to be more energy conscious with their kettles.

Don't you love this profligate waste (the campaign not the kettles that is - has anyone done an energy audit on the campaign?)

And of course it is bollocks - For my American friends I should explain over here we use Man's electricity 220 volts not the Yankee lite version so we can actually boil water. And unlike coffee where you want luke warm rusty water for tea you need it boiling. That is why you warm the tea pot or mug, so the water stays hot. And of course the kettle needs to have a decent amount of water in it to keep the water boiling while you faff around pouring it out.
Tim - off for his second cup of PG tips this morning (as Stott would say).

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January 25, 2005

A361 GIGO

Not everyone is familiar with the "magical" UK Road A361 - they don't know what they are missing.
Recently I took the piss out of MSN mapping for route planning in Norway - today I tried to find out the distance up the A361 from Frome to Devizes. Simple - not according to Multimap - join the numbers on the map I got from them (I put via Seend to try and keep it on the A361.) Garbage in - Garbage out.
a361.jpg

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The Holocaust and the technology of ID Cards

IBM and the Holocaust excerpts

When Hitler came to power, a central Nazi goal was to identify and destroy Germany's 600,000 Jews. To Nazis, Jews were not just those who practiced Judaism, but those of Jewish blood, regardless of their assimilation, intermarriage, religious activity, or even conversion to Christianity. Only after Jews were identified could they be targeted for asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and ultimately extermination. To search generations of communal, church, and governmental records all across Germany--and later throughout Europe--was a cross-indexing task so monumental, it called for a computer. But in 1933, no computer existed.
When the Reich needed to mount a systematic campaign of Jewish economic disenfranchisement and later began the massive movement of European Jews out of their homes and into ghettos, once again, the task was so prodigious it called for a computer. But in 1933, no computer existed.
When the Final Solution sought to efficiently transport Jews out of European ghettos along railroad lines and into death camps, with timing so precise the victims were able to walk right out of the boxcar and into a waiting gas chamber, the coordination was so complex a task, this too called for a computer. But in 1933, no computer existed.
However, another invention did exist: the IBM punch card and and card sorting system--a precursor to the computer. IBM, primarily through its German subsidiary, made Hitler's program of Jewish destruction a technologic mission the company pursued with chilling success.

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Sorry..

Error Message Generator gives me this:
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Education Education Education

A year ago a post here - An Englishman's Castle: Chavs - was one of the first reporters on Chavs - the entry still gets comments - such as this gem today from, presumably, a Chav:

uz lot r jst sad god ur disin ppl ryt n u probz dnt even no ne chavz dat wel ne wayz. go get a lyf n stop getin involvd wiv stuf dat dnt mata. u no if u spent as much tym finkin bout wot ur doin dan wot uva ppl r doin u myt not al b snobby twats.

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Burglary in the UK

Clive Coleman writes in Times Online - Newspaper Edition about a real burglary and what happens in the UK.

I ALMOST tackled a burglar this week. Well, he wasnt actually burgling my house, he was burgling my holidaying neighbours house four doors down. ...It started with a call, late at night from my neighbours alarm company, asking me to meet the police outside his house. After five minutes .. I recovered his front-door keys, and proceeded bravely down the road, with my significantly taller wife beside me. Outside we found no police, so decided to go in. Id just put the key in the lock when I saw a flashlight upstairs and a figure run into a bedroom....We decided to rush back home, dial 999, tell the police that there was an intruder in the house, right there, right now. We returned to the street, alerted several neighbours, and waited a safe distance from the house. And we waited. We waited for about half an hour, breaking our vigil only to call the police once again. After around 40 minutes, we heard the sound of breaking glass from the house and saw a hooded figure emerge with what looked like a computer box in a bag.
All five of us looked around anxiously for the police car...
Ten minutes or so later the police arrived. No real explanation for the delay, but once Id let them in it triggered six police man-hours of checking the premises, calling out two SOCOs (scene of crimes officers) who dusted for prints around the broken rear window, and actually found plenty. Unfortunately they were all glove prints; damn clever burglar no wonder he wanted the computer.

It was all rather depressing. If the police cant catch a burglar who stays in a house for 40 minutes under observation, its pretty bad. If five middle-class neighbours cant confront a burglar, thats pretty weedy too. Seven years ago I was caught up in a bank robbery... on that occasion, I did intervene. I dont know why, but I did. This time and a spate of knife crimes later, I didnt, and I feel bad. If I and my neighbours are any kind of barometer, a corrosive fear of crime is certainly rising.

Well that is London for you - pathetic all round. Try that in Texas.

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BBC - how not to read results

The BBC presents a glib and useless summaryof a Poll on the Global Economy.

A majority of people surveyed in a BBC World Service poll believe the world economy is getting worse.
Most respondents also said their national economy was getting worse.

Might be factually correct but when it varies for instance from 8% of Chinese believing their Economic conditions in their country are getting better to only 7% of Labanese, an average is pretty useless.

It would be more interesting to look at the differences and try and explain them.

Maybe " Countries which are economically free or unfree are fundamentally different, and these differences are important.

We hope that the information collected will enable research on the role economic freedom may have in economic growth and prosperity."
FreeTheWorld.com would be a start - though China doesn't score well.....


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January 24, 2005

Tsunami Aid

The Diplomad presents a fact sheet laying out what the USA has done (as of January 18) to aid quake and tsunami victims in Indonesia; (They) haven't yet received read outs on our aid to Sri Lanka, Maldives, East Africa, or Thailand.

Compare for instance with Indian Ocean Tsunami - The EU Response"

This web site provides information on the measures which the European Commission has put in place to meet the needs in the countries concerned.

Top Story:

Intervention in Plenary session of European Parliament on aftermath of earthquake and Tsunami.

All talk and no trousers.....

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No Warrant Needed

Hunting Act 2004

Search and seizure

(1) This section applies where a constable reasonably suspects that a person ("the suspect") is committing or has committed an offence under Part 1 of this Act.

(2) If the constable reasonably believes that evidence of the offence is likely to be found on the suspect, the constable may stop the suspect and search him.

(3) If the constable reasonably believes that evidence of the offence is likely to be found on or in a vehicle, animal or other thing of which the suspect appears to be in possession or control, the constable may stop and search the vehicle, animal or other thing.

(4) A constable may seize and detain a vehicle, animal or other thing if he reasonably believes that-

(a) it may be used as evidence in criminal proceedings for an offence under Part 1 of this Act, or
(b) it may be made the subject of an order under section 9.
(5) For the purposes of exercising a power under this section a constable may enter-

(a) land;
(b) premises other than a dwelling;
(c) a vehicle.
(6) The exercise of a power under this section does not require a warrant.

Well it is a serious crime and so old fashioned niceties have no place in a modern society....

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Discipline

I'm please to see that new Opus Dei supported Education Secretary Ms Kelly trails new school discipline power. She "is expected to announce her plans on the issue in the next fortnight".

I wonder if it will include Corporal Mortification, Cilices and "Disciplines" - or will it be more caring sharing mumbo jumbo?

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Dear Mr President

May I and the English people congratulate you on securing four more years as president of the United States of America. I, like many others watched on television being sworn in as President and the commitment that you gave to continuing the global fight against tyranny and oppression and giving less fortunate countries around the world some basic rights such as Liberty, Freedom and democracy.

As you know and have stated on many occasions, the relationship between England and America is so cemented that we are more like members of the same family than different countries. Over the years, one another has come to one another's aid in times of strife and hardship, our peoples are so alike, we almost share the same handshake and we, like you look upon freedom, liberty and democracy as an absolute minimum that a country and its peoples should
expect.

Therefore, I offer you and open invitation to come and invade Britain and free the English people from tyranny and oppression. Because, today we do not have the basic rights that you and the American people have or the basic rights that you want to instil on countries around the world who don't currently have these ideals.

Mr President, did you know that -

England is the world's largest democracy to be governed by foreigners.
In England, we the peoples of England do not have basic rights such as
Liberty.
We the peoples of England do not have the right for Self-Government.
We the peoples of England are refused the fundamental right of Democracy.
We the Taxpayers of England are being drained of over 30 billion every year to subside countries outside of England.
We the peoples of England are not allowed a voice and if we try to voice our concerns, we are called Racists or Extremists.

Therefore, Mr President, seeing as though you have told the world that you will champion the causes of Liberty, Freedom and Democracy and where the peoples of countries demand these basic rights, voice these demands, you will, with the full force of the American might, enforce these countries to give their peoples liberty, freedom and democracy. We the people of England look forward to you invading Britain and giving the English people these basic rights that the modern world enjoy.

I ask you one final question, I know that you are passionate and patriotic, do you consider yourself a racist or an extremist for having these virtues.
Perhaps you should ask Mr Blair what he thinks, as he labels us English with these tags because we are proud and passionate of who we are and all of what England stands for.

Any problem with directions, then let me know, we are the little island that stuck in the North Sea, just of the coast of Europe, you know the one, the one who's given more to this world than any other nation in history.

See you soon

Ed Abrams
Regional Chairman
North West England
English Democrats
(On behalf of the English People)

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40 Years Ago

Forty years ago my Brother was having a birthday party, I was aged 3 and a half and I was placed in front of the old 1952 405 line Bush Television for the day. This never happened - Television was for half an hour Watch with Mother and then the Six o'clock news. I can remember my confusion and also I couldn't work out why my Mum and Dad were upset when it didn't seem to be anyone of our family that they were talking about on the Television. So this is my earliest dateable memory - I'm pleased to be able to see the video clips:
BBC ON THIS DAY | 30 | 1965: Last farewell to Churchill

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My email is on its way!

Index www.stengun.dk

This site deals with the Danish WW II production of STENgun copies, which took place during the German occupation of Denmark 1940 - 1945.

Do you find interest in this matter?

Send us an e-mail - soe.ras "at" mail.dk
and we will work even harder to create an
English version!

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January 23, 2005

Kennet Council - Again

Kennet Council has for years being trying to revive shopping in Devizes - as their report says:
In the twenty-first century, shopping and leisure habits are changing. The retail
environment is ever dynamic and those towns and cities that have embraced change have
captured a good share of shoppers disposable income. Conversely, some towns and
cities are stuck in a time warp, with declining trade leading to empty shop properties and a consequent gap in the retail offer. This downward spiral can have disastrous long-term effects unless arrested in time.
Devizes is an historic market town which is popular with local residents and those from
further afield. The shopping ambience is relaxed but there are signs of decay and the
term faded elegance springs to mind. In recent years, reports have been commissioned
by Kennet District Council (KDC) to investigate the reasons for this decline and to try to find solutions to resolve this issue.

So this week thay have come up with a cunning plan to actually do something rather than commission yet another report - they are going to abolish free parking in the centre - that is really going to attract the shopper!

Twats - if they stopped pissing money away on consultants then maybe they wouldn't need to mulct the motorist.

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Bravo!

This jolly Onion Seller seems to be doing the right sort of thing - getting up the Gallic Nose of the local Mayor - good for him, there should be more of it and thank God we haven't got a common European Arrest Warrent yet...

MonPuteaux.com (Puteaux 92800): J'ai t "interpell" sans motif par la police municipale de Puteaux. Je porte plainte pour abus de pouvoir

As explained by:

Loic Le Meur Blog: A French blogger arrested by the Police because of his blogging

Christophe blogs on monputeaux.com. He is a citizen of the city Puteaux that is close to Paris.
Christophe does not like the way the city mayor manages the city, spends the public money and says it on his blog, every day. He has been very successful doing that, with hundreds of inhabitants of Puteaux reading and commenting his blog everyday and many national newspapers that talked about his blog.
Christophe criticizes the city management so much that they have tried to stop him for months, the city mayor has even sent him threats over the phone that he recorded and blogged, of course.
Today, he has been stopped in the street by the Police Municipale (the local French Police) who tried to arrest him for his blogging. Fortunately for Christophe, the National Police arrived immediately as they found what was happening weird, and let him go.

Hat tip to: Campaign to protect bloggers via The Bish

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Gun Culture in the UK

Telegraph | Opinion | There's only one way to protect ourselves - and here's the proof

Long article - draw yourself up a comforting glass and go and read it...

Before the First World War...the prevalence of firearms had a stabilising influence and a deterrent effect upon crime. Such deterrent potential was indeed acknowledged in part in Britain's first Firearms Act, which was introduced as an emergency measure in response to fears of a Bolshevik upheaval in 1920. Home Office guidance on the implementation of the Act recognised "good reason for having a revolver if a person lives in a solitary house, where protection from thieves and burglars is essential". The Home Office issued more restrictive guidance in 1937, but it was only in 1946 that the new Labour Home Secretary announced that self-defence would no longer generally be accepted as a good reason for acquiring a pistol...


Hat tip to an Email - thanks.

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Jury's under attack

Thanks to Laban Tall's Blog for pointing out this latest idea on Juries:

Only enlightened people with correct views should serve. This initiative is a valuable first step towards that end.

The source?

BBC NEWS | UK | Jury deliberations may be studied

Deliberations of juries in criminal trials could be studied, under plans being considered by the government.
Research could look at the key factors behind a verdict and whether there was any evidence of gender or racial bias.

So if you get sent down - get your brief to claim you was discriminated against by the Jury and suddenly a bunch of Human Rights Lawyers take over from the "Ordinary People".
I also expect that Juries will be required to make an undertaking that they aren't racist, homophobic etc etc before being allowed to judge. This the thin edge of a very large wedge.

This ties in with an interesting book I was sent the review copy of.
WHY THE D'ESTAING CONSTITUTION IS THE ANTITHESIS OF DEMOCRACY. by Kenn d'Oudney

He lays out the importance of Juries and "the special virtue of Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution: they emplace Trial by Jury to protect citizens for all time from unjust laws and arbitrary government." And how the EU referendum threatens this.

I wish I could cut and paste a lot of his interesting arguements but I can't - you need to contact him to get your own copy - for a reasonable amount - I haven't got a website or email or even a phone number to give out (if he reads this please give me one) so it is snail mail to:
SCORPIO RECORDING COMPANY (PUBLISHING) LTD.,
MONOMARK HOUSE,
27, OLD GLOUCESTER STREET,
LONDON WC1N 3XX,

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Students today - huh!

attempting escape: Student Life - Party shows the depravity of the young.
No one smoking, not even a cigarette - let alone a monster five paper spliff. No offensive posters on the wall. No Nazi armbands. Nothing smashed. No girl crying in the corner. No sick. For God's sake man, what the hell are you playing at? Start behaving like a proper student.

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January 22, 2005

I said turn left!

MSN Maps & Directions - Get Directions

Then follow these instructions ...

Change the "Address in" box to Norway. In the first "City" box
enter: haugesund

Change the End "Address In" box to Norway . In the "City" box
enter: trondheim

Click "Get Directions"

(Now do it again, choosing "shortest" instead of "quickest").

Um - I think I will stick to my trusty old Atlas..

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Swindon Boys at it again

BBC NEWS | England | Wiltshire | Speed camera cut down and stolen

"What they don't realise is that speed cameras are not put up for the fun of it," she (Miss Hissy the Police spokeslady) said.
"We have revenue targets and crime detection figures to reach and speed cameras enable us to do it while we sit on our lardy arses and eat donuts, Sorry.. They are there because an area has a history of speeding casualties."

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Uneasy

BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Super-crane in Eden granite task

The crane arrived last week on more than 30 lorries and then took a week to put together.... Sculptor Peter-Randall Page will spend a year turning the stone into a giant seed which will be the centrepiece of the new education building at the Eden Project.

I have been to the Eden Project and a fine morning out it is (and having an MA in Agircultural Science - I find crop plants from around the world more interesting than most) So why am I unhappy that I have an uneasy feeling that the cost of this huge crane and the rock botherer will be paid for by the tax payer...

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Fore!

BBC NEWS | England | Merseyside | Birthplace of Englishness 'found'

The Chronicle recounts how the English advanced and began pursuing the invaders up what is now the fairway of the par 4 11th hole at Brackenwood Road golf course.

I'm not a golfing man but I presume they would have beenusing an "iron" or something.

Hat tip to the CEP

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January 21, 2005

Comments

Sorry - didn't notice that comments died yesterday - email if you want to say something! I will see if I can prod them back into action but I suspect a massive spam attack has caused the host to disable them.

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Talking about me sunshine?

Lose the Delusion: In your English faces

One of the things that I really dislike about your typical Eurosceptic is that they appropriate a notion of 'Britishness' as a cover for what really amounts to parochial Englishness. While I am prepared to accept that there are Eurosceptics in both Scotland and Wales, the loudest and most vociferous opponents of the EU are most usually to be found in England. You can see this clearly in the blogosphere. Apart from the dedicated Eurosceptic sites, it is interesting that a number of the other 'British' blogs that rant and rave about Europe seem to have the word English prominently displayed in the title.

Other "English" blogs have mentioned this post with reasoned arguement but I suppose I ought to make my position clear and absolve myself of the charge of hypocracy.
I was proud to be a British Subject and yield to no one in my admiration of what each of the constituent nations has contribuited to the Union.
And while I continue to be proud of our shared history of Britishness we have been forced in to a hopefully amicable divorce. "If you love them let them go". So Dear Sweaties and Taffs if you want to plough your own furrow, please go with my blessing but don't expect me to subsidise you or let you continue to rule me. And if you wish to to continue to feed at the European Swill trough that is your choice. You left us, now leave us alone.
I make an exception in talking about Ulster where the majority of people are being sold down the river by our leaders.

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January 20, 2005

Institutionalised

Only one entry today - been busy discussing "schooling provision" for our four year old with earnest women in sensible shoes - I tried an experiment - Getting a child "institutionalised" for school is a positive thing in their view. The ONLY benefit of going to a mainstream school that was mentioned - and mentioned repeatedly was that of "socialisation with her peers". Mrs Du Toit has written much sense on this (though her search engine seems to let her down and I can't find her last jewel about what she thinks of this argument).

I think we will continue to look at alternatives.

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January 19, 2005

AntiSpam move

MT-Blacklist Massive weblog anti-spam initiative: rel="nofollow"

(Cutting out) the rotting flesh that the (spam) maggots sought out in the first place.

If you run an MT powered blog go and do this easy step - if you don't ignore this post. If you owe me a pint you know who you are!

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Shock Horror! Drunk Tory with Gun and Smoking !

torygun.jpg+

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There goes my chance of becoming a Tory MP

The Sun Newspaper Online - UK's biggest selling newspaper

A GUN-TOTING Tory was last night axed as a Parliamentary candidate after The Sun exposed him posing like Rambo with a deadly arsenal.
Robert Oulds was dumped by party leader Michael Howard within minutes of him seeing our photographs.

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Boot him out

A Tory MP speaks

"If tax cuts were needed - and I see no demand for them among the public..."
Robert Jackson MP for Wantage.

Well there should be no place for people like him in the Tory party - boot him out I say!

What do you mean, he has already gone?

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Shagger Blunkett's revenge?

BBC NEWS | Politics | Child access law shake-up planned

Parents who refuse to allow former partners contact with their children could be electronically tagged under plans being considered by ministers.
Curfews and community service orders were other options which could be used if court orders to allow parental access were defied

Of course a Tag-happy Shag-happy "refused access" Blindman would have had nothing to do with this...

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Worse accounting than the EU!

Telegraph | Money | Ministry 'fraud and error' cost 3bn

The national Audit Office has again refused to sign off the Department for Work and Pensions' accounts after an estimated 3billion was lost through "fraud and error" for the third consecutive year.

The Government's financial watchdog has not accepted the department's accounts for the past 15 years.

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No Health'n'Safety Bull here

Telegraph | News | Bulls kill 13 at Indian harvest festival

The deaths from goring or trampling during the four-day festival have caused concern, but organisers and police said "all possible precautions" were taken for the event.
Four people died and 200 were injured in one celebration in a temple at Alaganallur, 15 miles from the city of Madurai when some 600 beasts, led by the ferocious white temple bull, were released into the crowd.
Bull owners pride themselves on making their animals as aggressive as possible either by baiting them or feeding them large quantities of arrack, the local firewater.

Fair enough - bit of concern, but these things happen....

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January 18, 2005

Gardening tips

I am distressed to learn that the British are punishing America by inflicting upon them Ground Force America

Ground Force, the exciting garden transformation show, comes to the USA to turn neglected backyards into brand-new beautiful and lush spaces.

Please don't take these quick change merchants with "water features" "decking" etc as real British Gardening. It takes time and neglect to make a real blowsey beauty of a garden.

I can pass on the advice I believe Lord Rothschild offered : "No matter how small your garden is, you should aim to have a minimum of a quarter of an acre of natural woodland in it."

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A Golden Opportunity

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Jersey | Island sand could power vehicles

A Jersey-based scientist says sand from the island's beaches could be turned into hydrogen and used to power cars.
Dr Anthony Hayden-Taylor's company has bought the technology development rights which may provide an alternative energy source to fossil fuels.
He believes his firm will be in full commercial production turning silicon to hydrogen to be used to power cars.

So Silicon into Hydrogen, wow! Not Lead into Gold?
Either the BBC has got it wrong or too many years being a leading light in the environmental movement has soften his brain.
I have his address:
Recycled Refuse International Ltd (Head Office). Address, PO Box 188, Jersey, JE4
9RT Channel Islands. Telephone, +44 153 4498123. Facsimile, +44 153 4498124
Now to see if he is interested in Brooklyn Bridge..

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January 17, 2005

Its Trigger Time!

Of course I refute Mr Laban Tall's suggestion:

"Mr Free Market and the Englishman are already as close as two men can be without having to sign one of Mr Livingstone's civic unions."

However, I did spend some time yesterday with Mr Free Market ....
Sunday Trigger Time

Well it made me smile- large download.

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King Billy - The Answers

King Billy questions

"Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis, ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est."

Continue for the Answers.


1 1 - Rockall (wreck of Norge); 2 - Oseberg ship; 3 - Charles Rennie Mackintosh (the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow); 4 - Sisavang Vong of Laos; 5 - Anton Chekhov; 6 - Madame Butterfly; 7 - Royal Horticultural Society; 8 - St Louis (third Olympic Games); 9 - Fire on paddle steamer General Slocum in New York harbour; 10 - launching of TrSS Manxman

2 1 - Francis Davey (Daphne du Maurier - Jamaica Inn); 2 - The Vicar of Bray; 3 - Rev Sam Weech (The Titfield Thunderbolt); 4 - William Collins (Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice); 5 - Mr Chadband (Charles Dickens - Bleak House); 6 - Mr Roundhay (Conan Doyle - The Adventure of the Devil's Foot); 7 - Mr Brocklehurst (Charlotte Bront - Jane Eyre); 8 - Dr Daly (W S Gilbert - The Sorcerer); 9 - Rev John Laputa (John Buchan - Prester John); 10 - Rev Josiah Crawley (Anthony Trollope - Framley Parsonage)

3 1 - Walker Art Gallery (George Stubbs); 2 - the Boswells (Carla Lane - Bread); 3 - Sir John and Cecil Moores; 4 - Wellington/Waterloo Monument (Melville Monument); 5 - Carl Bernard Bartels (Sculptor of the Liver Birds); 6 - Mersey Rail Tunnel (1886); 7 - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1856-7); 8 - Adelphi Hotel; 9 - Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas (1810); 10 - Custom House (Jules Verne - Around the World in Eighty Days)

4 1 - Mary Wilson; 2 - Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen; 3 - Dr Edward Pritchard; 4 - Dr Neill Cream; 5 - Frederick Gordon Radford; 6 - Lady Frances Howard, Countess of Essex; 7 - Dr Henry George Lamson; 8 - Graham Young; 9 - John Armstrong; 10 - Major Herbert Armstrong

5 1 - Deal pier (1873); 2 - Cromer pier (1993); 3 - Bangor pier (1914); 4 - Southend-on-Sea pier (1908); 5 - Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth (1859); 6 - Penarth pier (1947); 7 - Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) pier (1876); 8 - North pier, Blackpool (1897); 9 - Saltburn pier (1924); 10 - Skegness pier (1919)

6 1 - Vasa Loppet (Swedish long distance ski race); 2 - Glacier Express; 3 - Offa's Dyke Path; 4 - Pennine Way; 5 - Leighton Buzzard Light Railway; 6 - Wuppertal Schwebabahn (monorail); 7 - E20; 8 - Hadrian's Wall; 9 - Channel Tunnel; 10 - Barcelona Metro

7 1 - James I to Anne of Denmark; 2 - William I to Matilda of Flanders (Eu); 3 - Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou (Titchfield Abbey); 4 - Edward IV to Elizabeth Grey nee Woodville (Grafton Regis); 5 - Henry VIII to Jane Seymour; 6 - Edward I to Eleanor of Castille (Las Huelgas); 7 - Richard I to Berengaria of Navarre (Limassol); 8 - Charles II to Catherine of Braganza (Portsmouth); 9 - William IV to Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen; 10 - Edward III to Philippa of Hainault

8 1 - William Tell; 2 - King William IV; 3 - Williamsburg (Virginia); 4 - Williamanmary (Sellar & Yeatman - 1066 And All That); 5 - Sir William Hardy (Rainbow Warrior); 6 - Prince William Sound (Exxon Valdes, 1989); 7 - Father William (Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland); 8 - William the Lawless (Richmal Crompton); 9 - King William II; 10 - Sweet William

9 1 - Yes Tor (Devon); 2 - Ben Lomond (trad. Scottish song - Loch Lomond); 3 - Snowdon (John Betjeman - A Bay in Anglesey); 4 - Bredon Hill (A E Housman - A Shropshire Lad); 5 - Brandon Mountain (Co. Kerry - St Brendan); 6 - Plynlimon (Lewis Glen Cothi in George Borrow - Wild Wales); 7 - Leith Hill (Surrey); 8 - Black Combe (William Wordsworth - View from the top of Black Combe); 9 - Ben Bulben (W B Yeats - Under Ben Bulben); 10 - Malvern (Lord Macaulay - The Armada)

10 1 - Leonard Bernstein; 2 - Sir Jacob Epstein; 3 - Helena Rubinstein; 4 - Frankenstein; 5 - Wallenstein; 6 - Albert Einstein; 7 - Sergei Eisenstein (The Battleship Potemkin, 1925); 8 - Karl Bechstein 9 - Sir John Rothenstein; 10 - Field Marshal Fritz von Manstein (operation to relieve Stalingrad)

11 1 - White's Club, 69 St James's Street (1733 - Hogarth); 2 - Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (356BC - birth of Alexander the Great); 3 - Rome (AD64 - Nero); 4 - Reichstag, Berlin (1933); 5 - Matilda (Hilaire Belloc); 6 - Harrods (1883); 7 - lesund, Norway (1904); 8 - Argyll Concert Rooms, London (1830); 9 - Great Fire of London (1666); 10 - Chicago (1871)

12 1 - Jonathan Edwards (triple jump world record, Gothenburg, 1995); 2 - Cambridge University VIII (Boat Race record time, 1998); 3 - Jim Laker (England v Australia, Old Trafford, 1956); 4 - Greg Norman (record four round score, Open Championship, Sandwich, 1993); 5 - Arsenal (unbeaten Premiership record, 2003/2004); 6 - Jack Hobbs (career batting record); 7 - Bjrn Borg (v John McEnroe, Wimbledon Final, 1980); 8 - Paula Radcliffe (Marathon World Record, London, 2003); 9 - Roger Bannister (four-minute mile, Oxford, 1954); 10 - John McGuinness (outright mountain circuit lap record, Formula 1 TT, Isle of Man, 2004)

13 1 - Wight (French name); 2 - Irish Sea; 3 - Hebrides (Overture); 4 - Trafalgar; 5 - German Bight (Heligoland until 1956); 6 - Dogger; 7 - Bailey; 8 - Fisher (Bud, cartoonist); 9 - Lundy; 10 - FitzRoy (Capt Robert Fitzroy, first director of Met Office)

14 1 - Brown Hairstreak butterfly; 2 - Brown Clee (Shropshire); 3 - Father Brown (G K Chesterton); 4 - brown sauce; 5 - Thomas Brown ("I do not love thee Dr Fell"); 6 - Brown's Hotel (London); 7 - John Brown (militant abolitionist - 1859); 8 - Walnut Brown (Sherry - Williams and Humbert); 9 - Brown on Resolution (CS Forester); 10 - Brownshirts (SA)

15 1 - The Peach State; 2 - On Blueberry Hill; 3 - gooseberry; 4- International Date Line (Kiribati, 1994/5); 5 - Pears soap; 6 - Canaan Sodindo Banana (Zimbabwe, 1980-7); 7 - Harry Lime (Graham Greene - The Third Man); 8 - cherry-picker; 9 - Mark Lemon (founder and first editor of Punch); 10 - Plum Warner (MCC in Australia, 1932/3)

16 1 - Duntisbourne (Gloucestershire); 2 - Hemingford (Huntingdonshire); 3 - Manningford (Wiltshire); 4 - Lillingstone (Buckinghamshire); 5 - Ashford (Shropshire); 6 - Kibworth (Leicestershire); 7 - Carew (Pembrokeshire); 8 - Cropwell (Nottinghamshire); 9 - Pillerton (Warwickshire); 10 - Itchen (Hampshire)

17 1 - foxtrot; 2 - Edward Fox; 3 - The Red Fox (R L Stevenson - Kidnapped); 4 - the quick brown fox; 5 - The Fox and the Goat; 6 - The Foxglove (William Withering); 7 - George Fox (Society of Friends); 8 - The Springfield Fox; 9 - Uffa Fox (Flying Fifteen yacht); 10 - Fox Glacier (South Island, New Zealand)

18 1 - Kelly Holmes (Olympic gold medals at 800 and 1500 metres); 2 - Crystal Palace (Hollioake relay world record for CHASE); 3 - Calayan Rail (previously unknown bird in Philippines); 4 - King William's College General Knowledge Paper (motto); 5 - Mike Ruddock (six Joneses in Welsh Rugby XV); 6 - Geoffrey Rees-Jones's (former headmaster, King William's College); 7 - Princess Alice; 8 - Eurostat Yearbook (map on cover omitted Wales); 9 - Charley (hurricanes/Florida); 10 - Fred Dibnah (steam tractor at his funeral).

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Your usual Sir?

Telegraph | News | Microchip to allow wallet-free drinking

A Scottish nightclub is about to become the first in Britain to offer its customers the chance to have a microchip implanted in their arm to save them carrying cash.

The "digital wallet", the size of a grain of rice, guarantees entry to the club and allows customers to buy drinks on account. Brad Stevens, owner of Bar Soba in Glasgow, said his customers had responded enthusiastically to the idea.
The VeriChip is inserted by a medical professional and then scanned for its unique ID number as a customer enters the bar.
"There are a number of advantages, from instant access, to not having to carry money or credit cards, to letting bar staff know a customer's name and favourite drink," said Mr Stevens. "By the time you walk through the door to the bar, your favourite drink is waiting for you and the bar staff can greet you by name."

I think I prefer to go to a Pub where the Bar Staff actually know my name - though it is a pity the old account system no longer works. In the old day with Foul Mouthed Gary at the Bar I just gave him a blank cheque once a month and he sorted it - saved the pain of seeing the amount! He could even forge my signature to make life even easier...

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There should be a law against it!

BBC NEWS | Wales | AM wants Nazi symbol law review

Welsh Assembly nobody culture Minister Alun Pugh has written to the Home Office requesting a review of the law concerning the display and wearing of Nazi regalia. He added the only "legitimate place" for displaying Nazi memorabilia and symbols was in museums and history textbooks.

Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb also join in..

The Liberal group in the European Parliament says all of Europe suffered because of the crimes of the Nazis, so there should be a continent-wide ban.

Sorry, that must be a meaning of the word "Liberal" I'm not familiar with. No recognition that if nasty little shits want to fly a particular symbol then that is their right.
And of course Buddhists still use it to symbolise the feet or footprints of the Buddha.

I won't hold my breath waiting for a similar call on a ban on the Hammer and Sickle - which I believe represents a movement that also may have caused a modicum of discomfort across parts of the EU - or come to that, the Battle flags of Islam ....

I'll just quietly go back to my books with this on the cover:
kipswas2.jpg
(explanation).

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January 16, 2005

BBC - spit

EU Referendum brings us this from the BBC.

"The Asian tsunami has provided a perfect example of the need for an effective UN under an activist Secretary General. This time Kofi Annan was quick off the mark and America's independent efforts soon looked superfluous."

I suppose I should expect it from the BBC but it has made me so angry I can't think of what to say. Bastards. And I pay for them!

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January 14, 2005

Lazy to spend longer in prison

BBC NEWS | Politics | Minister defends fines means test

The prisons minister has defended plans to make wealthier offenders pay higher fines than their poorer counterparts for the same offence.

So it only makes sense that Lard Arsed Benefit Scrounging Layabouts should spend longer in prison than busy Middle Class types. For your LABSLs prison isn't that different from their dear home life whereas for your workaholic busy family man the gulf is huge. Therefore to make the experience of prison "fairer" LABSLS should spend twp or three times the amount of time banged up for the same crime - No?

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Badger Badger Badger

Down on the farm we rarely talk of much else apart from TB and Badgers - the theory is that Badgers spread TB into cattle who then can give it to humans. So cull the badgers! No. Because they are cute! More Research is needed! And of course when research is tried in this country it is sabotaged by Bunny Huggers. So the news from over the water is interesting and the reactionas are predictable.

Google Search: badger TB

Countryside Alliance urges Government to use Irish badger research
Politics.co.uk, UK - Jan 11, 2005
Following the publication of the new research into badgers and bovine TB undertaken by University College, Dublin, for the Irish Government, the Countryside ...

Republic's badger cull 'not effective'
Belfast Telegraph (subscription), UK - Jan 11, 2005
... Dr Elaine King, chief executive for the National Federation of Badger Groups said ... badgers but 6.5% of Irish cattle herds were still under TB restriction while ...

Study 'proves case for badger culls'
Telegraph.co.uk, UK - Jan 9, 2005
... will come under pressure to rethink this position in the light of findings that show the effectiveness of badger culling in ridding cattle of TB in Ireland. ...

Let us cull badgers, farmers urge ministers
Telegraph.co.uk, UK - Jan 9, 2005
... Dr Elaine King, the chief executive for the National Federation of Badger Groups, said: "This trial suggests that badger culling only reduces TB in cattle if ...

A time to cull
Telegraph.co.uk, UK - Jan 9, 2005
... that reducing the badger population is the best way to contain tuberculosis in cattle. Every year, the Government spends on bovine TB compensation as much as has spent on the tsunami crisis. Ministers could save themselves this sum, and relieve our farmers from a nuisance, simply by allowing them to cull badgers, whose numbers have anyway hugely increased.
...

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Pay more or Else

Times Online - Britain

The Budget Commissioner believes rich countries must pay more to save idea of Europe

THE European Commission warned Britain yesterday that it must pay billions of pounds more into its coffers each year or jeopardise the future of the Union.
Dalia Grybauskaite, the European Budget Commissioner, told The Times that unless Britain and other big EU countries increased their payments to Brussels over the next seven years, the EU would be unable to provide the skills, technology and infrastructure required to compete in the global market. That, she said, could kill the idea of Europe.

In a clear challenge to the British Government, the former Lithuanian Finance Minister also said that for the greater good of Europe Britain must give up the multibillion-pound annual budget rebate that Margaret Thatcher secured in 1984.
The Commission is increasing its pressure on Britain as part of its demands for just over 1 trillion (700 billion) in member state contributions for the next seven-year budget period which starts in 2007...

Sometimes choices are easy - They want a Trillion or the EU will die. They want lots and lots of dosh or else the EU won't create competitiveness in the Global Market and the "idea of Europe" will be killed. (Remind me how much competitiveness the EU has created up to now.) I think keeping the handbag firmly closed is a good idea.

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Compare and contrast

BBC NEWS | Politics | Tougher intruder laws ruled out

Liberal Democrat spokesman Mark Oaten welcomed the government's decision, ...
"What we would not want to do is extend that so you actually feel it's your responsibility to go down the stairs and actually attack the burglar,"

"The only thing necessary for evil
to flourish is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

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Prosperity for all

Telegraph | News | Give us third term to bring prosperity for all, says Blair

"By prosperity I mean both the income and wealth of individuals and their families, and the opportunity and security available to them through radically improved public services and a reformed welfare state," he said.

Ah! Now I understand "Personal Prosperity" doesn't mean more cash for me to spend on what I want, it means more cash being spent on my behalf by the Government. Of course - silly me to think otherwise....

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That explains the spending plans then..

Telegraph | News

Tony Blair's vanity could end up costing the taxpayer millions of pounds.

The Prime Minister admitted yesterday that his reluctance to wear his reading glasses when making speeches resulted in him getting numbers wrong - mistaking millions for billions...

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FFS where is the real news

BBC NEWS | UK | Duchess says Harry row should end and I agree with her for once - is a royal gaffe really the most important news story to be leading with for a couple of days? Still it provides smokescreen for our real leaders to operate unseen behind...

Harry row should end

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January 12, 2005

Self-defence

BBC NEWS | Politics | Tougher intruder laws ruled out

The law on the amount of force householders can use against burglars will not be changed, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has announced.

I could blog some sulky comment on this but the sun is shining, I have sneaked off work early and the "new to me" Lee Metford hasn't been tested yet. So I'm off to the field. And annoyingly the Bayonet I bought on eBay doesn't want to snap on to it - must investigate....

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Blatent Bribe

Telegraph | Money | Child trust 250 is no bribe, says Brown

Gordon Brown denied yesterday that distributing vouchers worth at least 250 each to millions of parents, months before the election, might be seen as a bribe.

Gordon might not see splashing other people's money around as bribery but he cannot say that others may not differ...

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Thousands 70 to die

BBC NEWS | Health | 'vCJD timebomb' fears discounted

High numbers of future deaths in the UK from the human form of mad cow disease are unlikely, researchers have said.
The Imperial College team calculate there will be around 70 future deaths...

Which of course has upset other researchers such as:

The CJD Surveillance Unit said predicting the extent of vCJD was very difficult, but said the more research was carried out, the more secure their jobs would be accurate predictions could be.

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January 11, 2005

The view from The Castle this morning

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It's on

The Hunt is meeting on the Castle Lawn this morning at 11:00 - hopefully pictures later - if you can make it come along.

Before I make the Mulled wine I have to pop into the shop to check in two dozen mink and seal skin coats we have coming in for sale.

And of course I'm feeling a bit politically incorrect today because the 50 Horse Chestnuts for planting arrived yesterday - and we all know they are dangerous and should be banned.

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BBC on US Asia Help

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | An opportunity but no guarantee

(Colin Powell's) reference to "American values" is not unusual or unexpected. It fits in with the American neo-conservative view that there is no contradiction between US foreign policy as carried out in Iraq and elsewhere and its readiness to help in disasters.
President Bush himself sprinkles his speeches with references to extending "liberty" around the world.
He regards an American "helping hand" to the needy as part of that effort. Mr Powell, though not one of the ideologues of an administration he is about to leave, shares that position. In his book, America is one of the good guys.

Note the "sneer" marks and general tone - and the whole "in depth" coverage on other webpages is about UN, EEC, conferences, committees, with barely word about Grunts actually getting there and doing the job when it is needed - now.

For other views examples are at:
EU Referendum
and The Diplomad

..the very low opinion The Diplomad has of the UN and its wasteful, cynical "relief" agencies, in particular the notably odious UNICEF. The Diplomad has tried to give our readers a taste of just how truly obscene these agencies are and how they feed off the misery of the world's poor and the money of world's rich. The Diplomad also has been and remains very critical of the response of local people to the tragedy that has befallen their compatriots.

That said, The Diplomad does not want to get a reputation as just a bearer of very bad news. There are some people out there doing a lot for the victims of the December 26 quake and tsunami. We've already repeatedly mentioned the Australian and American militaries, and we can add the armed forces of Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand to that list.

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Not the Govt's fault?

LATEST: New study blames government policies for fuelling anti-HIV discrimination.
BBC NEWS | Health | HIV discrimination 'rife in UK'
...called for the Crown Prosecution Service to rethink its policy of prosecuting people for reckless HIV transmission.
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It is not often that I don't blame the Government but not in this case. People don't like ill people, it is not Homophobia; walk into a Pub with a streaming cold and people quite rightly discriminate against you.

(On HIV there are interesting Questions On The HIV-AIDS Hypothesis over at Dean's World.)

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January 9, 2005

Silly Laws

Serious question - why is it that the people who are the readiest to dismiss Leviticus as being a bunch of silly laws, that no one should dream of respecting nowdays; tend to be of the same mindset that accepts and promotes the silly laws that Brussels, Health'n'Safety etc foist upon us?

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Rachel's Back and Blogging

Blue-Eyed Infidel - blogroll it now!
And it is treat for the troops today!

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January 8, 2005

No story here - please move along.

BBC NEWS - Search Results For "Dino Rossi" Gregoire

There are no pages about ""Dino Rossi" Gregoire" from BBC News .

For the non-wonks among you this is about Washington State :GUBERNATORIAL RESULT
Democrat Christine Gregoire becomes governor after beating Republican Dino Rossi by a margin of 129 votes out of 2.9 million ballots cast. And there are allegations of fraud and mistakes. Whereas the Ohio allegations were well aired (the close vote went GWB's way) this one is being ignored.

If you are feeling that there is story there may I point you to Sound Politics

1) King County alone counted 3,539 more votes than the number of people who actually voted.
2) King County "discovered" additional ballots 9 different times.
3) King County disenfranchised some soldiers in Iraq who never received their ballot.
4) Poll workers fed many provisional ballots directly into counting machines, commingling them with legal ballots and circumventing the process of keeping thm out of the count if they proved to be illegal.
5) Elections workers "enhanced" more than 55,000 ballots, but contrary to state law, they permanently obscured the original marks on many, preventing a review of their decisions.
6) In a recent KING 5 poll, a majority of voters do not view the results of the election as legitimate and believe there should be another election.

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Undermining the NHS

Fast-track surgery centres are treating people up to eight times quicker than other NHS providers, a government report says.

..they have "contributed to the lowest waiting list figures since records began".

Figures released on Friday showed in November last year the waiting list stood at 844,000 - a fall of 13,000 since October and the lowest since data was first collected in September 1987.


SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Doctors condemn treatment centres

Dr Paul Miller, chairman of the British Medical Association's consultants' committee, said parts of the NHS have been undermined by the treatment centres.

And that is a bad thing? Only if you think the NHS should continue to be run for the benefit of the Doctors and Staff rather than the poor bloody patients!

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Criminalised

BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Police say IRA behind bank raid

In a New Year's message in An Phoblacht, a republican newspaper in Dublin, the leadership of the IRA, the main Catholic paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, rejected "recent attempts to criminalise our volunteers".

Naughty nasty Policemen "criminalising" those volunteers by suggesting they maybe involved in a robbery - when every one knows they are murdering protection-racketering extortioning left-wing violent bullying scum but that we don't mention that in case it upsets them. If you don't want to be "criminalised" don't volunteer to become a criminal!

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January 7, 2005

What about England's Indigenous People?

I can't find which blog I saw this on, so sorry for that:

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Mixed views on UN indigenous decade

After 10 years of hard work, the UN's decade for indigenous people ended this month without a bang.
In 1994, hopes were high that the agency could fight their cause and secure a declaration on the rights of indigenous people, to stand alongside the universal declaration on human rights.

"Indigenous peoples are the third-class citizens ... in virtually every country they live in."
Their land has been taken away, their sustainable use of land dismissed, and their cultures have been denigrated, he says.

"People need to realise that there are different ways of living and these people shouldn't be seen as backwards," says Stephen Corry, director of Survival International...

For societies that survive on hunting, gathering and fishing, the loss of legal rights over land they may have lived on for centuries is particularly hard.

UN: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

...For indigenous peoples all over the world the protection of their cultural and intellectual property has taken on growing importance and urgency. They cannot exercise their fundamental human rights as distinct nations, societies and peoples without the ability to control the knowledge they have inherited from their ancestors...

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More EU rubbish rules

Times Online - Britain

IT'S humble, inoffensive, excellent for plants and eminently biodegradable. But householders in Cardiff, having drunk deep of the recycyling message, have been ordered to keep their used teabags well away from the city council's compost collections.
An EU directive of the straight banana variety has obliged officials in the city of Cardiff to classify the teabag, a simple assembly of paper and dried leaves, as an animal by-product, and therefore the potential source of a future foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The reason, according to the EU's Animal By-Products Order 1999, is that teabags, and indeed used coffee filters, could have come in contact with contaminated milk.

Cardiff has the backing of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where a spokeswoman said: Home composting is no problem, but when it comes to commercial or municipal composting, because you cant guarantee the teabag hasnt come into contact with an animal product, namely milk, you cant technically put it in. It needs to be treated as a by-product.

No, you need to get your pompous heads out of your fat jobsworth arses and try recall a concept called "common sense".

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Personal Responsibility on the Road

Wiltshire County Council has tested removing white lines from the centre of urban roads and found that accidents fell by 35 per cent

Times Online - Britain

...research from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany has shown that traffic lights and road signs deter road-users from taking responsibility for their actions. A driver simply looks at the colour of the light rather than at people wanting to cross. Far from making junctions safer, the array of signs and markings on modern roads distract road-users from the task of safely negotiating a route past other people.
The concept of "shared space" was pioneered in the Netherlands, where traffic lights and signs were removed from several junctions. Despite widespread predictions of chaos and carnage, the approach has reduced the number of crashes and made car journeys quicker.

Outragous; letting people take personal responsibilty - surely it is the job of the Council to tell us what to do every time, all the time!
When I worked in Newbury there was a large roundabout where I had to join the main road to start driving home. Some nights it would take 20 minutes to get through there. The lights on it were dodgy and so regularly they would fail and it was a free for all - without fail the traffic flowed quicker and safer in those cases!
One of the first, if not the first, experiment was in Devizes where I now work and it works really well, both as a driver and a pedestrian. But even though removing white lines cut the number of accidents they were being pressured to replace them in case they were sued for the lack of them after an accident...

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January 6, 2005

Say Hi to the new Girls

Finally I have picked them up:
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my British Lee Metford MkII converted to a .22 trainer and
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Marlin Model 1894C in .357 Magnum/.38 Special caliber.

Thanks to Kim for helping choose them (do I get my Welcome to The Nation of Riflemen Badge now?) and Mr FM for the time he will spend in the future with them...
35 for 100 .357 ouch!
I'm out of here; I have better things to do for the rest of the day.

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Millions

The comments are already comparing the amount of money governments are giving to Asia to the amount they spend on a frigate/stealth bomber/insert evil weapon of choice - I have not seen anyone yet comparing it to the cost of The Saville Inquiry: 150m - which doesn't include costs the MoD etc. have incurred; I wonder why not?.

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Tory Sense

BBC NEWS | England | Kent | MP condemns three-minute silence

The three-minute silence for victims of the Asia tsunami is "the worst kind of gesture politics", according to the Conservative Party vice-chairman.
Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet in Kent, said the UK public did not need a "state-imposed" silence to express their feelings.
His comments came on the day a missing family from his constituency were found to be safe and well in Indonesia.

It needed saying - but of course Mr Howard is too frit to endorse anything as robust as this..

And the family found safe - poor bloody kids - especially the one named Zurubbabel, aged nine.

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January 5, 2005

Concrete them over. Pt. II

I have mentioned it before that the best thing to do with the railways is to Concrete them over.

Looking back I noticed this comment -


What makes you think that road transport can carry more people per hour, is less polluting and safer than rail? None of these things is remotely true. And have you any idea how many coaches would be needed to replace trains (for example, to carry a quarter of a million people into London every day), and what they would do to our already congested roads?
Bit late for an April Fool suggestion.
Posted by: Goswell Frand at April 5, 2004
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Well dear old Gossie the answer is here - ( I hope you still drop by to read this) Transport Watch UK - Road/rail comparisons across the uk

Very much against public and political sentiment roads managed to avoid congestion would offer 3 to 4 times the capacity to move freight and people at one quarter the cost of rail while using 30% to 40% less energy and reducing casualty costs suffered by rail passengers by a factor of 2.

The problem with the proposition is that (a) it is so very much against expectation (b) the numbers are so overwhelming as to inspire disbelief rather than belief (c) few people have ever seen a motor road managed to avoid congestion - the UK road network is (with the exception of motorways and some modern single carriageways) a collection of access roads never designed for motor traffic (d) rail is so romantic.

The primary proposition is expanded below. Nearly all the statements were tested at the Public Inquiry into the West Coast Main Line Modernisation Programme. There, Railtrack's immensely expensive Inquiry Team could do nothing in the face of the research presented. Any person who doubts that may have copies of the relevant closing statements in PDF Format. Additionally, the whole is supported by a series of facts sheets also available in PDF format, list appended.

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Wessex revolt - not long ago. - Repost

IN the 1940s, George Raymond Walden, a British farmer, aged 65, was shot and killed by British police officers who were supporting members of the War Agricultural Committee in dispossessing him of his lawful property at Itchen Stoke in Hampshire

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During both the First and Second World Wars the need to produce as much food as possible was paramount. In an attempt to increase food production, County War Agricultural Executive committees were set up to supervise agricultural production in their local areas. In practice the "War Ags" were the local arm of national government, especially in the over-seeing of the ploughing up land and the achievement of production targets.

The farmers were evicted - often without warning - under the Defence of the Realm Act, by the all-powerful County War Agricultural Executive Committees (the 'War Ags').

Professor Brian Short (CCS), a geographer whose research interests embrace the activities of these committees and their impact on rural communities, was able to provide vital information using newly available material obtained from the Public Record Office and via oral history.

By 1946 more than 1,800 farms in England and Wales were still held by the 'War Ags'. Astonishingly, farmers were graded A, B or C by other locals and those graded C might in some cases be evicted.

Brian said: "Families were made to feel like pariahs in their communities, although some War Ags took their roles more seriously than others." In one notorious 1940 case, a Hampshire farmer was shot dead by police for refusing to leave his life-long family farm.

"The case of George Walden was most incredible," said Brian. "When he refused to leave, police dropped gas bombs down his chimney. But he had his gas mask and refused to move. In the end they came back armed. The coroner's report described it as 'justifiable homicide'."

While it could be claimed that with wartime food-shortage emergencies, the 'War Ags' were basically successful in their aim to ensure continuity of food supplies, the social cost - arising from the sometimes callous treatment of farmers - is still felt today.

In 1952 A G Street wrote a novel "Shameful Harvest". This is the best study of how petty local bureaucrats for the best of reasons end up acting like the Gestapo and how sometimes the honourable thing to do is fight them.

Update - I have now found the inquest report, reproduced below. It tells the full story of the clash between an Englishman in his Castle and the government taking our freedom and liberties in the name of defending them. How resonant that sounds today.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail

The Itchen Stoke Shooting Tragedy
George Raymond WALDEN

Verdict of Justifiable Homicide

From the Hampshire Chronicle archives 1940, with kind permission.

The adjourned inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Guildhall, Winchester, on the death of George Raymond Walden, the 65 year old farmer of Borough Farm, Itchen Stoke, who died on Tuesday week following a siege of his farm by police officers. Mr Walden, who was a bachelor and had lived all his life at Borough Farm (which his father had farmed before him) had resisted the attempts to evict him from his home after his failure to comply with the cultivation directions of the Hampshire County War Agricultural Executive. The inquest was conducted by Mr Theo E Brown (Winchester City Coroner) sitting with a jury. There were also present Mr R Knox (Deputy Chief Constable of the County), Mr W G Stratton (Head Constable of Winchester), Mr C G Hickson (Deputy Clerk to the County Council, representing the police), Mr D C M Scott (representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Hampshire County War Agricultural Executive), Mr S A Pettifer (representing Sir Anthony Tichborne – the landlord – and Messrs James Harris and Son agents for the Tichborne Estate), Mr R R Geech (representing members of the deceased’s family), Supt Fielder, and others, Police constable Draper, who was shot during the incidents at Borough Farm, attended the court on a stretcher.

William Roland Meads, 82 High Street, Winchester, Cultivation Officer for the County War Agricultural Executive Committee – the Committee responsible for carrying out the Defence General Regulations under powers delegated by the Ministry of Agriculture, said that after due consideration, the Committee made a Cultivation Order in respect of property owned by Mr Walden – an order dated April 17th, 1940. The order directed the ploughing, summer fallowing, and preparing for cropping in 1941 of two areas amounting to approximately four acres. That order was not complied with. The matter was further considered in connection with both the landlord and the tenant and an order for taking possession on July 20th was issued. That was nothing to do with the landlord, but the action of the County War Agricultural Committee under authority from the Ministry of Agriculture.

John Reginald Morton, the Carfax Hotel, Winchester, Assistant County Land Officer, employed by the Hampshire County War Agricultural Committee, said he prepared a schedule of Borough Farm, in support of the application to the Ministry. He corroborated that notice to terminate the tenancy on June 20th was served on the deceased. On June 24th, Mrs Roskilly, the sister of Mr Walden, came to see him and he gave her some friendly advice, the following day and explained the position fully to him. He was not successful in persuading Mr Walden what the real position was. Notice of intention to take possession on July 20th was then served upon him. Arrangements were made with the Chief Constable of the County that two constables should be present at Borough Farm at 11.20 am on July 22nd to see that there was no breach of the peace. He was instructed to carry out the taking possession, and when he got there the police were already there. He tried the doors and found them locked. They found it necessary to break open the back door and the inner door. As they went though the inner door one of the two policemen with him call out to him, saying that Walden was inside with a gun and advising him to go outside. He went out and Walden re-fastened the outer door.

Police constable Draper, stationed at Ropley, said that at 11.30 am on July 22nd he went, on instructions, with Police constable Cripps to Borough Farm. He saw Walden standing at the back of the farmyard. Cripps went first and said “Good morning, Mr Walden, I want to speak to you” Walden said “No!” and something else which he could not catch. Walden then closed the door and bolted it top and bottom. Cripps shouted to him but there was no reply. The position was explained to Mr Morton (who had arrived) and then he and Police constable Cripps got through the back door into the scullery. They went on through the door into the kitchen (which was fastened on the inside) and Cripps then said “Look out. Here he comes with a gun.” Neither he nor Cripps had any firearms with them then, so they withdrew out to the yard. Cripps went off to inform the Police Superintendent, while he remained to watch Walden’s movements. At about 12.50 he was standing at the entrance to the cow pen yard when he heard the back door open. He stepped behind a board fence and he peeped over. He saw Walden about 12-15 yards away, so he said “Well, what are you going to do now?” Walden raised the gun and fired with one barrel of a double barrelled gun. He was struck in both legs and one arm. Walden said nothing to him at all then or at any time. A roadman and field workers came to his assistance. There were 15 pellets in the left leg, two in the right leg, and two in the left arm. He was taken home and later to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

Police constable Cripps, stationed at Preston Candover, said he was with Police constable Draper on July 22nd. He corroborated what Police constable Draper had said about the occurrences that day. He said that when he was in the kitchen he saw Walden creeping down the stairs with a gun. He went off to inform the Superintendent, while Draper remained. On his return he heard that Draper had been shot. In the afternoon he tried to get Walden to come out, but without success. He went away and returned about midnight with other officers under Inspector Hatcher. He and other constables threw four tear gas canisters into the house; they then heard movements and he and another office stood by the side of the door to arrest Walden as he came out. The door opened a little and Walden fired twice through the partly opened door without hitting anyone. Then a third shot was fired, presumably from another gun as he had not had time to reload. The door was shut again and barricaded from the inside.

A half an hour later they forced the house and at the foot of the stairs they found an empty civilian gas respirator case. The witness said he lifted the latch of the door at the bottom of the stairs but heard a movement on the stairs. He withdrew quickly and just got out of the way when another shot rang out. Later he went across the farmyard towards the front door and he was shot at again, this time receiving some of the shots in his right arm, right leg and chin, and Inspector Hatcher, who was with him was also slightly wounded in the left hand. He remained on duty outside the premises until 7 am the next morning, keeping out of sight of the house. Then he left and when he returned Walden was being carried out of the house suffering from severe injuries.

Inspector Hatcher, of the Hants Constabulary, stationed at Basingstoke, said he saw Draper after he had been shot at his home at Ropley. The same afternoon police officers were stationed all round Borough Farm. His intention was to arrest Walden on a charge of attempting to murder Police constable Draper. Tear gas canisters were thrown into the farm with the intention of making him come out and from this point on he corroborated Cripps evidence. Later additional police officers were brought to the farm and the house was surrounded. Shortly before 7 am both the outer doors of the house were forced and wedged open. Walden fired at the officers then.

Sgt Longman together with three constables entered the scullery by the back door and Sgt Longman called to Walden to surrender assuring him that no harm would befall him. Walden did not comply and said “You are going to kill me or I am going to kill you; I am not going to give in” The scullery door was forced and he heard several more shots fired the last in fairly close succession. He went in by the front door and found Walden lying on the floor of the kitchen in a kind of sitting posture and with a severe wound on the right side of his head. By his right was a double barrelled gun, which he did not have hold of but which was pointing towards his head. He searched the premises, and found, in addition to the double barrelled 12 bore gun by the side of Walden, a single barrelled 4.10 gun and a certain amount of ammunition for both guns, some of which had been fired. He gave evidence also of the shot marks which were on the walls of the premises, and said that there was no mark anywhere of any shots in the ceiling. Both the guns used by the police and Walden’s double barrelled gun were firing No. 6 cartridges.

Police sergeant Longman, stationed at Basingstoke, spoke of the final attack upon the house. He entered the scullery with three constables, and found that the door to the kitchen was secured. He forced the door open and saw the barrel of a gun pointing towards him from the stairs. He pushed the door to, and shots were fired. He called out to Walden, and said “Put your gun down and surrender.” Walden replied “I am going to kill you like you are going to kill me; I am not going to give in.” He said “Don’t be a silly man, put up your gun and come out.” Walden, however, fired and taking a gun which one of the constables gave him he fired back twice towards the stairs. He called out again to Walden telling him to come out, but Walden only fired in reply. One of these shots struck him in the neck, so he gave the gun to Police constable Cole, who also called on Walden to surrender and later fired. Hearing a groan he went into the kitchen and at that moment Inspector Hatcher came in at the front door with other constables.

Police constable Cole corroborated Sergeant Longman’s statement up to the time when the latter was hit by a shot and he took the gun. He then said to Walden “Come out and put that gun down.” And Walden replied “No, I am not coming out; I am going to shoot.” He looked out of the door and saw Walden standing on the stairs pointing the gun directly at him. He could see what looked like this elbow and he fired at that. Walden’s gun was then withdrawn and after a short time he heard a groan. He then went into the kitchen with Sergeant Longman and found Walden in the position that Inspector Hatcher had described.

Dr Charles Hall Wrigley, Pathologist to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, said that the deceased man died on the same day as that on which he was admitted to Hospital suffering from gun-shot wounds. He made a post-mortem examination, and found a gun-shot wound on one side of the head; there were 30 pellets there in a circle about 4 inches in diameter. One pellet went through the right eye and it was that one pellet which caused his death. There were no signs of scorching or powder marks. Death was due to injury to the brain, following gunshot wounds.

Howard Albert Davies, 6 Southgate Street, Winchester, a gunsmith, said that there were approximately 280 pellets in a No. 6 12 bore cartridge. He said that if such a cartridge had been fired at the head of a man from 2 ft range, there would certainly be some scorching. Moreover, if a man had fired it at himself from such a range there would be a total wound of the head; he did not think there would be much of the head left. At such a distance also one would find not also the pellets but the wad.

Summing up the case, the Coroner said that it had aroused some notoriety but when one came to boil it down there was really very little in it. Going shortly over the facts, he said that this man, George Raymond Walden had been ordered by the County War Agricultural Committee in the execution of their duty, to do certain acts upon his farm. A good many attempts were made to induce him to carry out what had been ordered; but he disregarded the order; in fact he flouted it, and he did not attempt in any shape or form to do what he had been ordered to do. In consequence, the War Agricultural Committee had applied to the Ministry of Agriculture, and they had been authorised to take a certain course, which was they if they failed to get their orders carried out they were to evict Walden from the farm. That eviction, as the evidence had showed, had nothing whatever to do with the landlord, Sir Anthony Tichborne, or his agents. That was the position of July 22nd. Eviction at all times was a somewhat difficult process of law, and the War Agricultural Committee, in their wisdom, made application to the Chief Constable of Hampshire for two police officers to accompany their representative to see that there was no breach of the peace. That was a very proper and very ordinary proceeding, and the two officers – Police constable Draper and Police constable Cripps – together with Mr Morton, went to the house, and made a peaceable approach to take possession of the land. He pointed out the significance of the answer given by one of them to his question to the effect that they were not armed at the time. One of these officers remained behind while the other officer went to report that Walden was armed. Then, without warning Walden shot at the constable who was left in what we could only describe as a murderous manner.

Reinforcements were obtained, and without going into the whole of the story, entrance was ultimately obtained to the house. But before that and after it and practically continuously until 7 o’clock the following morning, this man was shooting at every officer who appeared, and as a result he wounded four. They had all seen that afternoon the poor fellow who while standing there unarmed, had been fired at and badly wounded by the man who refused to carry out a lawful, command. After that the position was entirely changed. It passed from what he might call a civil proceeding to a criminal act. Walden, without any justification whatever, had fired at Police constable Draper and wounded him. The subsequent events which took place were done in the attempt to arrest Walden. If he had not been killed in this unfortunate affair he would undoubtedly have had to stand his trial on a charge of attempted murder. They Walden died of a gun shot no one would have any doubt whatever. In his humble opinion too, the evidence had entirely disposed of any suggestion that he committed suicide. The evidence, he thought, showed beyond all doubt that it was a shot from one of the policemen which caused the injury from which Walden died. If they came to that conclusion, he thought the proper verdict for them to return was that this man died from gunshot wounds inflicted by a police office in the proper execution of his duty, and was therefore justifiable homicide.

The law with regard to justifiable homicide in circumstances like these was they where a police officer was resisted in the legal execution of his duty he might repel force by force and if in so doing, without disproportionate violence, he killed the party resisting him, that was justifiable homicide. An officer was not bound to withdraw, but could stand his ground and attack a party who was attacking him – for who would submit quietly to arrest if, where resistance was offered, the police were bounds to retire. An officer in the course of the legal execution of his duty was entitled to the protection of the law and there was no doubt that they were carrying out their legal duties on this occasion. They were met by force – by murderous force – and they were entitled to repel it with force. He had no hesitation whatever in directing them in this case that, so far as the police were concerned, it was a case of justifiable homicide.

After a short retirement, the foreman of the jury announced that they found that Walden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by the police in self defence and in the execution of their duty. Their verdict therefore was one of justifiable homicide. On behalf of the jury the foreman expressed their sympathy with Police constable Draper and wished him a speedy recovery.

The same expression was made by Mr Geech on behalf of the relatives, and sympathy with the relatives was expressed by Mr Pettifer on behalf of his clients, mentioning that this unfortunate affair closed an association lasting many years. Mr Scott, on behalf of the County War Agriculture Committee, also expressed his regrets at the occurrence.

Transcribed from a report in the Hampshire Chronicle dated Saturday, 3rd August 1940
Source

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Piss Poor Policing

Others have mentioned it but here it is worth repeating and giving the link:

Crimes and Cultures

Britain has one of the highest crime rates in the developed world, and one of the most ineffective police forces, according to a new study from Civitas, the independent social policy think-tank.
In Cultures and Crimes: Policing in Four Nations, Norman Dennis and George Erdos compare the policing methods of Britain, France, Germany and the USA. All four countries witnessed steep rises in crime and anti-social behaviour following the cultural revolution of the 1960s, which broke down shared norms of acceptable behaviour. However, in spite of the fact that they have very different policing traditions, the USA, France and Germany have all made a more effective job of combating rising crime than Britain. By the beginning of the 1990s, France, Germany and the United States had begun to confront their modern problems of crime and disorder, while England's influential public intellectuals continued to claim that the 'crime problem' was mainly a figment of the imagination of the old and the ignorant. The result of this 'treason of the intellectuals' was that England, from being a society remarkably free of crime and disorder, especially from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, by the late 1990s had a worse record than either France, Germany or the United States, even though each of these nations had far less favourable histories than England's of democratic law-abiding consensus....

In 1964 in England and Wales there were 72,000 domestic burglaries; in 2003/04 there were 402,000.
In 1964 there were 3,000 robberies; in 2003/04 there were 101,000.
There are now five domestic burglaries for every one domestic burglary in 1964, in spite of a great intensification of security measures being taken by private householders to protect their own homes. However, on the streets, where a person's security of person and property depends not on his own efforts, but upon the ability of the police and bystanders to keep good order, the deterioration of the situation has been by many magnitudes still worse. There were no fewer than thirty robberies of personal property in 2003/04 for every one in 1964.

In 1955 fewer than 500,000 crimes were recorded by the police in England and Wales. By the end of the 1960s there were over 1.5 million. By the end of the 1970s there were 2.7 million.
Over the longer term, the rise in crime is so spectacular as to be difficult to comprehend.

In 1893 the annual number of recorded robberies in England and Wales fell below 400. There were then never as many as 400 recorded robberies a year in the whole of England and Wales until 1941. In stark contrast, from February to December 2001 there were never as few as 400 recorded robberies a month in the London Borough of Lambeth alone.

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Generosity

Bloomberg.com: Top Worldwide

U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair said Britain will give ``hundreds of millions of pounds'' in tsunami disaster aid,
...
Once the situation and needs have been assessed, ``we will far and away more than match the generosity of the British people,'' Blair said during a British Broadcasting Corp. radio interview today in London. Britons have donated 76 million pounds ($140 million) so far, and the U.K. government has pledged 50 million pounds.

Read that again slowly - the Government will match the money the public has given - with whose money exactly? Isn't it easy to be generous with other people's money!

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Left overs -

As we empty the fridge ready for the New Year can I recommend:
Jane Grigson's

"Pulled and Devilled Turkey" as the best left over turkey and cream dish ever!
You "devil" (make a curry like paste and marinade) the dark meat and grill it - and pull the white meat into quill like shards and cook in a butter and cream and lemon sauce - serve with the dark meat surrounding the white meat with good bread or Naans.

And to go after it - Syllabub.


(English Dishes

Syllabub:

In the seventeenth century, a milkmaid would send a stream of new, warm milk directly from a cow into a bowl of spiced cider or ale. A light curd would form on top with a lovely whey underneath. This, according to Elizabeth David, was the original syllabub. Today's syllabub is more solid (its origins can also be traced to the seventeenth century, albeit to the upper classes) and mixes sherry and/or brandy, sugar, lemon, nutmeg, and double cream into a custard-like dessert or an eggnog-like beverage, depending upon the cook. )

Yum.

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January 4, 2005

Imber

Took the brood out for a quick trip to a local village about ten miles from here:

Imber... an isolated village on Salisbury plain was requisitioned by the War Office a week before Christmas 1943. Villagers were told at the beginning of November that they had to pack up and leave. In just over a month the area was evacuated and the village literally vanished off the map.
The villagers, praised for the sacrifice they were making towards the war effort, were promised that their village would be returned to them after the Second World War.
It never happened and the villagers remained in exile.

Very poignant - especially with families and tiny children cycling up the barren street..
How it was.. A gallery of photographsof how it is now.

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January 3, 2005

First Campaign I'm joining this year

Beans

When it's blowing a gale outside and raindrops are coursing down a steamed-up kitchen window there are few culinary sights more welcoming than a bowl of Heinz Cream of Tomato soup or a generous pile of Heinz Baked Beans heaped over a doorstep of freshly toasted white bread.
These meals may not please the food fascists who appear to run this tin-pot nation... but they are our birthright and a staple food of the Englishman’s nursery. They are a culinary retreat that harks back to childhood and a time when the world was a safer place and David Blunkett wasn't waiting to give you a thick ear for not carrying your national identity card.
So imagine my surprise when, on opening a couple of cans of these products over the Christmas break, I discovered that some lentil-eating, Guardian-reading do-gooder at Heinz had decreed that a large dose of salt and sugar be removed from both products.....

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Diary Date Change

The hounds like a lot of us are feeling a bit listless and under the weather so the Meet tomorrow is off - provided it isn't the dreaded Kennel Cough it has been rescheduled for next Tuesday - the 11th.

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Blogging - the rules

The Policeman's Blog gets a nice plug from the BBC who are recycling stories about blogging today - BBC NEWS | Technology | Bloggers reveal their motives - And they include "12 Rules of Blogging" ..
3. Ask your manager if you have any questions about what is appropriate to include in the blog
4. Be respectful to the company, employees, customers, partners, and competitors. Criticise but be balanced, give opportunity for feedback, and be justifiable.

Sorry - Bollocks! if you follow that you are nver going to write anything interesting!

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The Numbies

Number Watch yet again presents the essential:
The Fourth Annual Numby Awards
Once a year and once again the Balls Pond Road rouses itself from its customary slumbering dignity. The excited crowds began to gather early round the entrance to the assembly rooms above the Takeaway Kebab. The venue was even more glamorous this year, thanks to the efforts of the Balls Pond Boys Brigade and the bulk purchase of paint from Morry's emporium opposite. Most of the cracks in the plaster have now been filled and the dcor is a uniform shade of puce with trimmings in battleship grey.
The awards committee has been afforced with new members in order to reflect the changing world. One was Roger Doffen, author of the forthcoming best-seller Man of Destiny: the Michael Meacher story. Another was the up and coming starlet Constance Exeter, who was short listed for the part of the receptionist in the forthcoming Hollywood super-hero block-buster Earwigman meets Volewoman. A third newcomer was Tracey Hirst, the well known artist, whose construction Slug in a beer bottle was shockingly overlooked by the Turner Prize panel.....

Take it with a pinch of salt but do go and read this site.

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January 2, 2005

The Dead Pool

I used to run a little Dead Pool competition, found the file the other day and dusted it off - I think all the runners and riders are still up for it. Downloadthe filefor a properly formatted version and use it as you will.

2005 Dead Pool

Choose a name and put the fee in to the pool.
First one to pass on, on or after Jan 1st 2005 scoops the Pool.

Premier League - Fee
Pope John Paul II 4
Hurricane Higgins 4
Jeremy Thorpe 4
Simon Wiesenthal 4
Daniella Westbrook 4
Margaret Thatcher 4
Duke of Edinburgh 4
Barry Humphries 4
George W Bush 4
Keith Richards 4

1st Div.
Omar Sharif 3
Pat Coombes 3
Murray Walker 3
Dora Bryan 3
Elton John 3
Dick Van Dyke 3
Doris Day 3
Bernard Manning 3
George Best 3
Mel C. 3

2nd Div.
David Coleman 2
Alan Bennett 2
Richard Attenborough 2
Dave Allen 2
Shane McGowan 2
Jim Davidson 2
Tony Curtis 2
Chris Rea 2
Ronnie Wood 2
Val Doonican 2

3rd Div.
Sean Connery 1
Max Boyce 1
Chelsea Clinton 1
Edward Heath. 1
Ann Widdecombe 1
Cilla Black 1
Bruce Forsythe 1
Tom Jones 1
Jerry Lee Lewis 1
Ravi Shanker 1

Total Pool 100

Write ins - in case any are already dead or fail to make the starting line........


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Diary Date

Place: The Castle
Time 11:00am Tuesday 4th Jan 2005
Tedworth Hunt Meet
All welcome for mulled wine etc.

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Tonay Talks sense on ID Cards

Tony Blair on ID cards

"We all suffer crime, the poorest and vulnerable most of all, it is the
duty of government to protect them. But we can make choices in spending
too. And instead of wasting hundreds of millions of pounds on
compulsory ID cards as the Tory Right demand, let that money provide
thousands of extra police officers on the beat in our local
communities."

Speech to the Labour Party Conference 3 October 1995.

UK Political Blog Feeds had this quote but I can't find it now - so apologies for not acknowledging the source.

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