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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year Honours

Glad to see that Jon of the Rogers has been given an MBS he clearly deserves this for the work he has done avoiding revolution and rebellion. The MBS (Member of Banana Society) was also given to me last year I have of course filed the document and ate the banana.




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Sunday, 29 December 2013

360 days to Xmas!! lol..

Well Christmas is over its official. We have the Queen to tell us that so anyone questioning the role of the Monarch should stop doing so!! So only 360 days to next Xmas then!!





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Friday, 27 December 2013

Near 2014

Can't believe how quick this year has gone yet we all say the same thing every year. And we always say this was an eventful year. 2013 saw me move house twice a process I would not recommend to anyone in a hurry. The legal side of doing things right takes so long but worth it at the end I guess.

Hoping that 2014 will be a good year.


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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Xmas


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Sunday, 22 December 2013

RSPCA campaign

Letter from RSPCA ( sample letter )

Dear Tim Waggot,
Following the resumption of live animal exports through the Port of Dover, I call on Dover Harbour Board to accept the offer from RSPCA inspectors to monitor the trade.
Unfortunately, the animal transport industry has frequently shown violations of UK and EU regulations and with Animal Health Officials only inspecting approximately 30% of animals at Dover, an RSPCA presence would bolster public confidence that animal welfare issues are being fully addressed within the port environment.
The welfare of farm animals is of great concern to me, so I hope the RSPCA will be present for the next shipment from Dover to inspect the animals and vehicles in same manner as they have done at the Port of Ramsgate.
I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Simon Montefiore

Great documentary by Simon Montefiore on Istanbul and the Byzantine empire but he could have done a bit more research on the subject and avoid mixing up a few concepts? Perhaps it all goes wrong when you rely on those who claim to be historians to get your facts. It is a well known fact that some of these people put their own spin and interpretations on what constitutes history.

Saying all of that I don't want to be negative. He managed to cover a vast subject area and maybe a 3 part series does not give one enough time to deal with the debate as to whether Byzantium was Greek or not. He did, however, and on a few occasions manage to make references to the strong link between Hellenism and Byzantium.

I don't blame Simon Montesori for not taking sides on the debate but if the Byzantines spoke Greek, were Greek Orthodox, and their emperors came from mainland Greece then they were more or less Greek? Or were they Croatian or perhaps Swedish? Historians will always disagree with each other and offer different interpretations but SM did a reasonably good job covering such an interesting subject. The breaking point with the Roman past came at the schism in 1250 anything Latin was expelled. My own opinion is that the country called modern Greece today is in fact more Byzantine than anything else. The Byzantine flag is flown in more villages and buildings across Greece than the modern Greek flag. The 'Akathistos Ymnos' which starts on the 25 March every year and goes on for 5 weeks in remembrance of the Virgin Mary who saved Constantinople from invasion is the biggest event in the Hellenic calendar so I am saying what is known as modern Greece should in fact be the continuation of Byzantium.


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Byzantium on BBC4

The third episode of this interesting programme on Byzantium or Istanbul as the title says was quite interesting although on balance I preferred the one done by Ragi Omar.

The new documentary was very careful about what key words to use and it had a complex way of explaining historical events. The one contradiction that comes out of the whole series was the one to do with whether Byzantium was Greek. So the presenter would throw in comments like 'The Greek Prince Michael would come back and claim his throne'' there were other instances where he also tried to explain that Byzantium was in fact a Greek empire. They spoke Greek, they were ( still are ) Greek Orthodox and at least the last two dynasties which lasted more than 350 years  ( The Paleologos being the final one ) were Greeks who came from the South of Greece. Constantine the 11th was the Prince of Mystra in the Peloponnese. So this total evasion of the truth is somewhat disturbing? They were Greek they spoke Greek they were and still are Greek Orthodox but some commentators are still obsessed with going on about the Roman Empire. Byzantium after the schism in 1260 was no longer Roman in fact anything Roman was outlawed?? And the Latins, many of them anyway, were thrown out? How Roman is that?

So although this was a good attempt to show a city it failed to cover the real issue of what was Byzantium. A similar programme on England would perhaps conclude that the English are Normans? The fact that the Normans were assimilated and became English would never be questioned but the Greeks assimilating and creating a Byzantine civilisation is being ignored?? Shame on the historians who fail to explain this! There are in fact more Byzantine flags being flown in Greece and Cyprus that the modern Greek flag. Modern Greece is what remained of Byzantium so perhaps the argument should be that Greece is in fact Byzantium. A trip to Hellenic territories will show anyone how Byzantine this country still is.



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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Brianist Convention 2013 in SW2

The first Brianist convention took place in Tulse Hill on Friday 13. Member delegates met to prepare to celebrate the birth of Brian ( not Brian Tilsley of Weatherfield but Brian of the Life of Brian) The movement was formed by myself last year. Members believe that Monty Python misinterpreted the teachings of Brian and that he did not say 'don't follow me or anyone else' He in fact said 'don't follow me on a Friday as I do my hair on that day' a significant variation from the truth!! So Monty Python were in fact revisionist heretics. We also believe that Incontinetia and Bigus Digus were in fact Maoists and not Romans. We aim to put all this right by meeting every now and then and looking at the bottom of a glass of wine or six! 


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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Byzantium

The debate about what Byzantium was and whether it was Greek has been going on for many years and it will no doubt continue.

The facts are there to be looked at. The Byzantines spoke Greek, were of the Greek Orthodox faith ( they still are ) and the emperors that ruled the Empire for the last 400 years of Byzantium's existence were all from the Greek mainland Dutchies. So the Paleologos dynasty which dominated the scene for  230 years before the collapse were the Despots of Mystra in the Peloponnese.

The question should not be whether Byzantium was Greek but whether modern Greece is what survives of the Byzantine Empire? The culture, the language and much of the laws still have a Byzantine origin. Modern Greece is still the last part of what was the Byzantine Empire. All one has to do is travel through out Greece to see the Churches and the monasteries that dominate the country.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Can Labour win?

I covered this subject on a number of occasions before. I don't think that the selection of so called 'leaders' on the Labour front bench will inspire middle England or middle of the kitchen for that matter. They are a bunch of hot air merchants and unfortunately it looks too obvious so no PR management company will be able to hide this. Saying that Labour have got some talented people but they are, as it is usual with organisations dominated by male bananas, pushed aside. Labour can expect to go in coalition with the Libs and if they don't they will stay in opposition. Make Caroline Flint the leader and then we might have a chance!



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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Animal abuse

At the Imperial College of London, undercover investigators discovered rats being beheaded with guillotines and having their necks broken after experiments. This animal cruelty is bad enough. But even worse, because of Britain's secrecy laws, countless other instances of abuse may be taking place with no one the wiser.

The Freedom of Information Act, which was passed in 2000, should mean that Brits get access to exactly what their tax money is paying for. But many people don't know that there are secrecy clauses that make it a crime to talk about animal experimentation -- no matter how disgusting it is.

Thanks to Section 24, a clause embedded within the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, anyone who talks about the details of animal experiments, even to Parlia ment, risks two' years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. Meanwhile, it's perfectly legal to give brain damage to a monkey or force-feed chemicals to dogs until they become sick and collapse. We need to get our priorities straight.

Tell the government to review "Section 24" and allow the public and Parliament to hold labs accountable for their animal cruelty!














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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tom Daley

Tom Daley's decision to 'come out' ( a phrase used on the Fiji islands I think.. ) was a brave and personal one. I was happy for him and what he does or who he is is something very private. Had society been different he would not have felt the need to go on u tube and spill the beans ( a phrase used in the north west Bahamas..)  Many of course assumed he was gay but again whether he is or not is his business. The press should leave the guy alone, they should remember he is still 19!


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Monday, 9 December 2013

Spitting in Enfield

Glad that Enfield Council has made spitting in the streets illegal. There are a lot of disturbed individuals who go around spitting everywhere and it don't look good! They should definitely be fined!



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Sunday, 8 December 2013

MPs pay

The argument as to whether the hot air producers and career politicians in Westminster ( not all are I know..) should be paid more has come back.

Hot air producers have come up with another trick. They get a so called independent body, IPSOS ( Greek for height ) to review what they do and they have returned saying that they should get £7,600 more. That way they can claim that the pay rise has been forced on them. This is in contrast with independent review bodies that have reported previously on public sector workers. When the reviews for them came back saying they should be paid more the government of course rejected the recommendation! Two fucking standards  for different people. What utter hypocrisy.

I stated this before and I will repeat it again, MP's should be put on average pay which currently is around £25,000 a year they do very little and they don't need any qualifications and as one of the few Job Evaluation senior officers in the London region I can categorically say that when a job is evaluated, skills knowledge are main factors plus the need for qualifications. Producing hot air and saying what people want to hear is not an expertise that should be rewarded. Pay them £25,000 a year that way we will see who wants to do and and why!!


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Friday, 6 December 2013

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nigela Lawson

Why the hell is the media so interested in whether Nigela Lawson used cocaine or not? If she did then the only person she may have damaged is herself and she is def registered as the owner of herself she has the right to do what she likes. She looks so beutiful in the pictures leave her alone! Media should be more cocnerned as to whether her husband was nasty to her not anything else.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Domestic violence against women

It is ridiculous that in Britain, a mature and civilised country, we allow the continuation of domestic violence and abuse against women. More than 50% of those questioned recently admitted knowing of households where this happens but not reported. This isn't right and I would like to see the main parties make dealing with this endemic problem their priority! Is it not a vote winner?? Total disgrace!



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South Korea unions

South Korea's railway workers are about to launch a strike -- but based on their experience last time around, they're worried.
Their anti-union government used tactics such as criminal charges, imprisonments, suits for damages, dismissals and other disciplinary actions in retaliation against a similar strike in 2009.
The union has decided to ask for worldwide support for their campaign demanding the legal right to strike this time around and I'm writing to ask you to sign up to back them:
Their campaign is being supported by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), which is calling for a day of action on 10 December to support the Korean railway workers. 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Boris Johnson

Boris is a banana from another planet but he is clever enough to catch headlines when he feels lonely. His comments about Inequality and the link to intelligence were made to get people talking about him? Is that difficult to understand? We should pay him less attention otherwise he will seize the headlines all the time.






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Friday, 29 November 2013

New hair cut for Greek economy

Rumours are rife about a new way to deal with the Greek economic crisis. It has been said that the Troika will be imposing a new bail in meaning peoples savings will be used to finance the deficit. They tried it in Cyprus and got away with it so they will now extend it to Greece and Portugal and maybe even Spain!


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Thursday, 28 November 2013

X Factor 2013

Haven't been watching it that much this year but was interesting to see my favorite contestant, the beutiful Tamera, forget her words the other night when she was singing a song. The judges, two of whom have very little cmusic related charisma, were critical about this but they should remember that she is only 16 and she is facing a massive challenge. Sharon 'fuck knows why she is there' Osborne said this wasn't her time?? I think Sharon is wrong on this. The fact that the public and the United Left did not vote her out shows how good Tamera is. Don't listen to Sharon our kid!!



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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Barbaric acts against animals

It makes me sick when I see pictures of Innocent little rabbits being placed in a situation where all sorts of toxic chemicals are used on their eyes for testing. I can accept that men have to eat and eating animals is unfortunately part of this but to inflict such pain to defenceless animals so that some fat ass hole can put cream on his or her face is totally unethical and unacceptable.


















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Monday, 25 November 2013

Can the BBCcome to terms with accepting reality?

Can the BBC come to terms with the fact that more than half of the population on this planet are women and can they ensure that at least half of those presenting programmes using my licence fee are female? Should someone consider taking them to court under the Equalities Act? I will..






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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Miliband on desert island something

My dad will be happy to hear that I bothered to listen to the old dessert island disc whatever on radio. He is a frequent listener but then again he still insists that there is cheese on the surface of the moon!

Anyway Ed of the Millibands was told by his cheap PR team what to select to make an impression but he went wrong ( again ) and chose stuff that my mother and her lady's of Christ circle of friends would like. He should have stuck with something more glamorous and chose 'Am a plastic girl in a Barbie world.. '( which is by the way my all time favourite!!) He should swallow his pride and ask me to manage his PR team they are as exciting as having to spend a night looking at William Hagues bold bloody head! I hope am not being too personal??

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Is Balls a liability?

People of Clapham are asking whether Balls is a liability to the Labour party. The actual truth is that he is one of the new breed of hot air merchants who are! Get Caroline Flint in to lead the party and then we can talk!

Friday, 22 November 2013

The Butler

A great film with Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitikaer about the lives of a Black American family during the civil rights movement. I hope that both Oprah and Forest get an Oscar. They both deserve it! You must go and see!!





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Thursday, 21 November 2013

United Left

I understand that the departure of the led officer/activist for the United Front, Jon of the Rogers, means that the 'organisation' is searching for a new name. So I am suggesting that the Peoples United Front of Judea and UK could be an alternative? Call me old fashioned but more people will then be able to identify with them and join when they have very little else to do?




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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Greek team qualification

The Greek national team, European Champions in 2004, have qualified again for the world cup despite the hardships and the constant attack on their moral from the international press due to the euro crisis. The team is one of the best amongst the international elite of football teams qualifying.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, 17 November 2013

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

President Clerides

Dedicate this page  to the memory of President Clerides of the Republic of Cyprus who died today age 94. He was a practical politician and a major brain amongst those with very little common sense. He nearly resolved the Cyprus problem but the people unfortunately did not re elect him.  A mistake that future generations are paying for. May he rest in peace.




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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Jeremy Kyle

I admit I spend years criticising those who watch Jeremy Kyle. I watched his programme a few times and I found it vile, but then having watched it again I realised he wasn't the one to blame but the type of people he has on these 'shows'. They are either puting it  on and they want to have their 10 minutes of fame on telly or we are seriously in big trouble they all seem to be totally uneducated and out of touch the type that insist that the earth is flat and that there is Edam cheese on the fucking moon?

Saying all that I was also infuriated when I contacted the producers and asked them to have me on because I wanted to find out through a DNA test whether the purple sox I found on the floor of my bedroom were mine? They are still refusing to reply so I will have to take my complain to Weatherfiled Council and persuade them to put pressure on them? What is wrong with wanting a DNA test on a pair of sox? Are they real or what??

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The political class

They are a special breed of animal. Most spend time looking around when younger to see what easy options there are for themselves. They are attracted by easy fixes and a comfortable lives, who wouldn't be. They have no skills or talent to become good lawyers or surgeons. But these people are simply experts in hot air. They know what to say and when to say it. Most have very little to no real life experience yet they make decisions that will condemn future generations to poverty.

The worst thing about them is that ordinary people who do not belong to this elite group go and vote for them! A movement is needed to encourage voters not to vote for career politicians. Jack bloody Straw finds it an easy trick to apologise for mistakes his government made. Easy way out. You make the error then wait for everything to go wrong and 10 years later you publicly say it was a mistake. What utter ass holes!!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remember those who died in war and conflict..

Never forget those who died in war and conflict defending our right to exercise freedom of expression and the right to exist. I specifically remember the 700,000 young soldiers and civilians who perished in Greece figting on the side of the allies who then forced them into a civil war after WWII We should never forget!

Friday, 8 November 2013

The BBC

Time to have a go at the BBC again. They seem to have taken on board to some extent the fact that the majority of the population of the country are women and have, on some occasions, made an effort to have more females on panels like Question Time. They continue, however, to allow the mostly male dominated presenter line they have. One such example is Andrew Neil being on almost every political show there is. He is on Thursday night, during the day over the lunch period and sometimes on Sunday? It is surely the BBC's responsibility to allow more chances and create the opportunity for newer and younger presenters?? Why can't they bloody see that?

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Career politicians

I am glad that Tony Blair and Lord Digby have come out and declared what we all know and fear. They are right to say that career politicians are a different breed to what democratic systems need. These are people with no life experience who simply happen to be somewhat good at spinning hot air but know very little about real life. They have not had any other jobs before entering politics. I will go further than Tony Blair and Digby and say that the world is in danger from these type of person. Their only interest is to preserve their positions and further their careers. This is not good news at all!! Never vote for a career politician!! There should be a campaign to stop them being elected.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Stop killing ex service dogs!!


Dogs who serve in the military are often expected to undergo a lot more stress than a dog who lives in a neighbourhood. But they're still incredibly loyal. They put their lives on the line to protect their human companions and ask nothing in return except for meals and a warm place to sleep. After their duty is done, they should be retired in peace -- too often, though, they're euthanised.

This was the case with Brus and Blade, two security dogs who protected Prince William during his tour in the Royal Air Force. Instead of trying to rehome them or, even better, adopt them out to a loving family, after the prince completed his run, both dogs were put to sleep.

Though the RAF claims that it tries to rehome dogs "when practicable," surely they could try just a smidge harder for dogs who are literally risking their whole lives to protect the country. Tell the Royal British Military to stop killing service dogs when they finish their active duty.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

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Various

I have been away for a few weeks so was unable to get on line and spew out my usual stuff on blogsphere. Not sure I was too bothered to be honest but I am returning now to ensure that the thousands of people who never read my blog get the opportunity to continue with this splendid tradition.

So lets cover some subjects of interest then?

Cameron tells us that the way to deal with the fuel rate rises is to stay in one room all winter and avoid turning the heating in other rooms! Great stuff coming from some trolley who probably has his heating on in his 10 bedroom house all the time. But then that's the Tory philosophy for you!

Managed to watch part of Question Time on Thursday night and was impressed to hear the views of Owen Jones. He will not stand for parliament because he feels that UK politics is dominated with career politicians. Totally agree. These are people with no real life experience who couldn't make it as lawyers or doctors who excel in the dispensation of hot air. Easy way to make money. Most of them are a waste of space and joining their ranks will bring you down I admire people like Jon of the Rogers who could easily get elected but will not ever stand as he knows that he would have to sell his principles. Good for you our Jon.




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Friday, 11 October 2013

Women on BBC programmes

Was glad to see for a change 3 women on BBC1 Question Time last night. This is very unusual but very welcome. It appears that the BBC have finally accepted that there are enough interesting women out there to have on panels! About time!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ed Milliband on D Abbot

Diane Abbot is well known for being outspoken but she also makes sense most of the time. Ed Milliband's decision to have her removed for the career politician gang running the shadow cabinet was a big mistake and it shows that he is not up to the job the sooner the Labour party replace him the sooner people who left will consider coming back!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Scottish seals

In the past few years, the death rate of seals has increased steadily in Scotland's coastal waters. Reports have found that many of these deaths have been caused by ship propellers. After getting trapped between the propellers' blades, seals die slowly from painful, deep gashes to their bodies.
In order to stop these deaths, we need the Scottish government to investigate which industries are responsible for them.

Half of the seals getting killed are harbor seals, one of Scotland's rarest wildlife species. The harbor seals population has already declined by 90%. Unless we act fast to protect these seals, the population will disappear completely.

These killings will continue to go unheard and unaccounted for, unless the public stands up against them. Join us in demanding an end to these seal slaughters before it's too late.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Extreme right in Greece

The rise of the extreme right in Greece and in any other country for that matter is asociated with extreme disatisfaction with mainstream party politics. In Greece we had a succession of incopetent governments both of the left and the right that had policies that simply encouraged the borrowing of vast amounts of money to keep the population happy. Greeks have benefited to a large extent from the policy of high employment with good benefits in the last 20 years and excellent standards of living. But it was all done by borrowing, followd by borrowing and more borrowing. The bubble had to burst at some stage.

The negligence shown by the main parties in the last 20 years is criminal and those responsible should be dealt with in court. The electorate and those who can least afford it are being punished now with major austerity measures. As a result some have shifted their vote to the extreme right but I do not believe that Greeks are that way inclined. They are, however, inclined to get very angry and they have outbursts when consumed by huge anger. The other problem is that the parties on the 'real left' are as useless in organising as the major parties you therefore have a vacum that is filled by the extreme right. I don't think this will last.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Golden Dawn in Greece

The Golden Dawn party in Greece has managed to get more than 17% of the vote so far. I put that down to the dissolution and mistrust of Greek voters towards the major parties that have betrayed the ordinary man on the street.

Greek voters have not been known to swing towards the extreme right or favor the politics of hate so this is a new phenomenon and makes me wonder whether this right wing extreme party is supported by external forces that wish to see a further deterioration of modern Greece? It does not make sense that the leaders of Golden Dawn are publicly against everyone and everything. No credible party would have such daft policies?

The Ottomans on BBC2

Great and very interesting new series on BBC2 about the origin and the expansion into Europe of the Ottomans. The Ottoman empire was as large as the Byzantine and lasted for a period of 700 years but has been ignored largely by historians of modern times. The Ottomans were of course a small tribe  in what is today modern Turkey but modern Turkey did not come into existence until 1912. Very interesting programme with Ragi Omar who approaches the subject with care and attention to detail worth watching!

Is the Greek coalition government handling the crisis correctly?

The coalition government in Greece between the Conservative, Socialist and Real Left parties is of course incapable of making a halloumi sandwich in a coffee bar. Everyone knows this. The collection of weirdos that make up the cabinet is enough to confirm this.

First of all the so called government takes its orders from Berlin. We now have a situation where the old country should be called as the German Democratic Republic of Greece. The Troika is making this ass holes cut more and more and making ordinary people poor. In addition there are instructions to remove all defence industries from Greece. This makes people think that they are preparing for the final submission of the once proud country and some are unfortunately moving to the far right. The 'Golden Dawn' party has got around 20% of the vote more than any other country in Europe. People are simply angry and they are expressing their frustration by moving the the extreme!

On the other hand there is no real opposition as there is very little to oppose! Not much is left the old political elite have moved their money abroad and don't give a fuck!

The solution is for those who are members of the Trades Union movement to form a party of salvation and non political party that will deal with issues in a practical way.




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Friday, 4 October 2013

Animal cruelty

A harbour seal named Larry who's gone blind. Two sea lions named Baker and Sandy who have had to spend two months in dry cages because of eye damage from questionable water. More than a dozen whales who have mysteriously died in the last ten years. It's all allegedly happened at Marineland -- and now, they're trying to cover it up.
After an investigative report by the Toronto Star last year revealed horrifying conditions at Marineland according to former employees, the marine mammal park sprang into action -- but not to improve the lives of their animals. Instead, they're suing the Star, as well as at least two protesters who have demonstrated outside the park itself. They've also bought land around the park so that protesters outside of it will be considered "trespassing."

These are cowardly, evasive maneuvers that are just distracting from the real issue at hand: the safety and health of the whales, dolphins and sea lions that live at Marineland. They deserve better than to be ignored while the park tries to silence their critics. Sign the petition to tell Marineland to clean up its act.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Party conference season

How relevant is the party conference season to Tom Dick and Harriot? The answer must be its not it just reminds people of what idiots are either running the country or trying to get our votes. This explains why there has been a major fall in membership for all parties. The only party of interest to most people I know is the one taking place every Saturday night in Clapham at the Rose and Bananas!!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Alistair Campbell and the dirty politics of Britain

It is correct for the Labour party machinery and the PR people they have to react to the nasty story printed in the Mail about Ed Milliband's father. Bringing in the memory of someone who is dead is not morally right.

On the other hand the Labour party lost an opportunity by bringing in Alistair Campbell who appeared on Newsnight last night presenting a pathetic attack on the editor of the Mail. The way he handled things makes him look like a bully and reminded people how disliked he is. Did he therefore mess it all up? I think he did and that's what the people I know are saying this morning. He belongs to an ere of spin doctors who were able to manipulate the media. I am hoping that Milliband is not looking at AC as his saviour because he will achieve the opposite.

Ed Milliband. What did the Mail want to say?

I am not one of Ed Millibands greatest admirers in fact I think he was the wrong choice of Leader. But it is unacceptable for the Mail or anyone else to bring in the memory of his father as he is dead.

There are of course those who think ( not saying I am agreeing ) that the Mail is choosing to make this into an issue to remind the electorate that Ed isn't a WASP? I of course wouldn't think they will sink to such a low level but there are those who say the Mail isn't interested in EM's father but his origin. They forget that Di Israeli made a reasonably good PM and that we live in the 21st century. I hope all who think the Mail is up to no good are wrong! Alistair sleazy Campbell coming to ED's defence is not good news either. The Labour PR machinery should have selected someone with a better reputation to defend ED!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Greece. Golden Dawn leaders arrested

The Greek state ordered the arrest of some of the leadership of right wing Golden Dawn party. The leader, Michaloliakos and spokesperson, Kassidiaris were arrested for being associated with an organisation involved with violent activity. Some cynics say that the state only acted when GD seemed to be gaining 20% in popular support.

I am hoping that the justice system will find anyone guilty of crimes guilty and that they are sentenced but the political class in Greece that are totally responsible for the downfall of the country have a lot of answering to do. They should also be arrested and charged for crimes against democracy and the state. They have allowed a once proud and creative country to become a satellite of Berlin and other foreign powers. Those responsible should be tried for treason!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Help to buy scheme

The Help to Buy scheme is meant to do the same for Cameron and Osborne as the Right to Buy for Thatcher only the Help to Buy doesn't make sense. It gurantees 15% deposits for property up to the value of 600k as long as the buyer can find the 5%

The scheme goes wrong when you consider the fact that banks will not dish out more than 3 times the annual salary of a potential buyer so it will still be very difficult for an ordinary buyer to get on the property ladder. The scheme will help those who are earning more than 35k a year in other words not many Labour party voters or am I being cynical again!


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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Can X Factor make a difference?

X Factor and similar competitions have been criticised but then at the same time and looking at the evidence the shows have produced major stars like Leona Lewis, Will Young, One Direction and JLS so whatever the United Left have to say the truth is it gives some people a break. Not the right principles to be aspiring to but hey we live in a shallow world!


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Cruel X Factor tactics

I know its television and sensationalism makes it more exciting but the new tactic used in X Factor 2013 where contestants are selected for a place then can be removed and substituted for another act is not fair on those put in that position. You can clearly see the stress and agony this method inflicts on those taking part. Its not fair or nice!

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Liz McDonald to return

It looks like Liz McDonald will be coming back to run the Rovers Return in Weatherfield. Totally unreliable rumours have also confirmed that the UL AGM which was meant to take place there will now have to look for a new venue. Deidrie Barlow Rashid has agreed to try and find them another place.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

East Enders sage continues

Unfortunately and following my announcement this morning that 4 characters will be removed from the series I received some hostile comments from 4 people with the same style of writing complaining about my lack of understanding.

I said it again and will repeat it now East Enders has failed to cover real time issues that affect people so their failure to deal with the problems faced  by those suffering from ear wax within  the Fijian population makes them incapable of running a condom machine in a brothel.

East Enders, good and bad news

The good news is that 4 characters have been removed the bad news is that the so called 'show' has not been dropped. Unfortunately East Enders will continue with its totally dire and stupid story lines perpetuating stereotypes and increasing the amount of rubbish on telly!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Ed Milliband and his government

Ed -career politician- Milliband gave a long speech yesterday which apparently lasted for an hour. I honestly feel sorry for those who were unfortunate enough to be in the hall. Anyway Mr excitement ( I didn't watch it but..) promised all sorts of things like freezing gas prices and not putting vat on top of cream cakes ( something like that) the truth is he did not sound like a leader or a PM in waiting and as the only way he will ever form a government will be with the Libs his strategy should be to try and appease them. That will be more productive and it will help his career! To be honest I feel that we are in a dark period of politicians with zero to no charisma! Most of them are as inspiring as a pack of condoms on mouth Athos!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Downton Abbey

You either love or hate it. Downtown Abbey is to me an attempt to perpetuate and glorify the idiotic out of date system that allows descendants of cattle thief's to continue with having hold on the power they took from others. There are those who will say that this very system has allowed the country to thrive or win the war ignoring the fact that had it not been for the USA getting involved we wouldn't have. Anyway don't want to get too deep not on Monday morning!

As far as the programme is concerned I find the story lines very boring and weak ( ok only watched it twice) and the acting is actually appalling. I always remember Acorn Antics by Victoria Wood when I watch the acting in Downton Abbey, now that is a fantastic comedy seriers! Not at all surprised that the Americans did not award any EMY's there is no quality involved with Abbey and those who watch it do it instead of knitting. Allows them to fantasise about Lady Banana and Brigadier Asshole. Total nonsense am afraid!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Are the Modern Greeks unstable?

The answer to the question of whether modern Greece is unstable or not should be looked at in context. Greece, Spain and Portugal went through an interim stage of development after the dictatorship regimes they had fell. Greece was the first to shake off the junta in 1974 followed by Spain and Portugal.

Greece and Portugal are of similar size and have more or less same volumes in terms of economies and growth. The difference between the two is that whilst Greece had suffered from devastation as a result of WWII Portugal was not involved. One could therefore argue that given that Portugal did not face the destruction that Greece had to face due to the German invasion and occupation they should be doing better.

Spain was also affected by the civil war but there is no point comparing Greece with Spain as the second is a larger country with more resources. So a comparison with Portugal is more relevant.

We then had the rapid growth of the Greek economy. Greece became the 10th member of the EEC Britain having been the 9th. So they were not doing too bad.

Things went wrong with Portugal and Greece when Germany and France encouraged both countries to adopt the Euro. This was a disastrous mistake given the conditions needed to have a functioning currency. Portugal and Greece were wrongly thrown in the deep end because of the Euro project. Both countries will either have to learn to function with the prec conditions that are necessary or get out of the single currency. So the answer is that neither Greece or Portugal are unstable they were just not ready for fiscal union. If they want to stay in they must make supreme sacrifices and change the way they think and operate.

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The problem with Syria

A lot has been said about the situation in Syria. The truth is that the issues that should concern us all are to do with the tremendous hardship faced by innocent civilians and children who are clearly suffering.

Another major problem is that the generation of politicians who are in place today are incapable of showing any real leadership and are thus unable to resolve what is becoming a humanitarian catastrophe. The situation in a region that is quite volatile could explode and get other countries involve. So we could have a repeat of the pre conditions that led to the first world war that then gave rise to the second. Reality is that the alternative to the dictator Asad could be an Al Quida led or influenced government. People like William Hague are unfortunately in charge of foreign policy which makes me feel uncomfortable and fearful!

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ed Milliband

It would appear that Ed Milliband has achieved the obvious and has made himself to be one of the most unelectable of all Labour leaders. He is closely ranked behind Michael Foot as far as I can tell, only Foot had a personality.

Unfortunately Ed has made a complete paklava of the opportunity to lead the Labour party and has managed to surround himself with more idiots than himself. So Balls et al plus him make for a sorry state of affairs. If the Libs did go in with Labour to form a coalition then Milliband will be constantly upstaged by Vince Cable and Nick Clegg. Career politicians are not good for this or any other country!

Nick Venedi

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Liberal Democrats more on the left than Labour?

I was amazed when following some of the deliberations at Lib national conference to hear that some if not most of the speakers sounded more on the left than the so called new Labour rubble. This is astonishing and also sad. Leaders like Miliband, Balls and Umuna can't inspire a gold fish left in a pond never mind the ordinary Labour member. What have they done to the party of Trade Unions? Time for the TUs to drop Labour? End the hegemony of career politicians who simply sat down one evening in pub in Clapham South and decided to join Labour hoping that they would get a job for life!! What a paklava!!

Nick Venedi

Independent Scotland?

The referendum to decide whether the Scottish nation becomes independent will take place one year from today. It is good that 16 year olds will also be allowed to vote. I think everyone over 16 should be allowed to within the UK.

It is of course up to the Scottish people themselves to decide which way to go. From a South European perspective, which is where I originally come from, I would say that Scotland has always been seen as a separate entity from England and indeed many make the distinction. In other words the rest of Europe already sees Scotland as an entirely different nation. There are benefits to staying within the UK but an independent Scotland will also be able to take its rightful place within a United Europe.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Lab Lib coalition?

It would appear that the great and not that good from both parties are working towards a Lib Lab coalition although some think that this will end up being a Lab Lib one instead. Anyway thing is if they both remove the completely ludicrous and unfair bedroom tax then it might be worth putting up with the miserable Milliband being the PM but I draw the line at having Balls and Umuna being in any cabinet! Will be a disaster!

Monday, 16 September 2013

X Factor 2013

The start of the winter season is marked by the beginning of X Factor. This year it seems to be a little better with apparently more than 1 million new viewers switching on. This could be because the panel are better than the last two years. Nicole Sherzingham looks absolutely gorgeous and its a good enough reason for me to occasionally watch it in between saving the world and its oysters.

Vince Cable

Not at all surprised to hear some of the Liberal Democrat activists at conference sounding more socialist than Labour. Unfortunately these fine collective of people like Vince Cable will most probably end up in a coalition with Labour at the next election as Labour is quite obviously incapable of forming a government on their own. What with failed policies from Milliband, Balls and Umuna, there is just little to no hope! They are as exciting as a condom machine on moounth Athos!!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Coronation street and Carl

Must say that the latest story in Coronation stret which involves that creep Carl is quite exciting. He was responsible for killing Sinita who died in a fire in the Rovers Return. He then managed to get away with it but it looks like his luck is running out.

In contrast with the producers of East Enders Coronation street is full of exciting stories. The actors in the soap are well liked and do well with viewers. The only thing I disagree with is that the producers have not turned Deidrie Barlow into a Ms Marple type of a detective. It would be more exciting if they did. Hope that Carl will be caught tonight and that he is punished for what he did to Sinita! Sinita is of course brown bread and wont be coming back but Weatherfield will be a more safe place.

Barbara Windsor on East Enders

Barbara Windsor is critical of the soap operas decision in 2012 to kill off Pat Butchers character. She thinks it was a mistake. I  and many others on the other hand feel that the producers should have got rid of everyone in this 'programme' it has become incredibly boring and full of ridiculous stories. I am particularly angry that they have not yet managed to cover a story which involves the plight of those who live on the South West part of the Fiji islands facing ear wax problems every other day. This is negligence and needs to be dealt with. Get rid of East Enders!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Polar bears

Polar bears are being forced to travel further and further to find food as their habitat vanishes at an alarming speed. As a result, many of them are dying of starvation.

The polar bears' plight is horrific - but it's only a preview of what will happen if drilling in the Arctic continues.

The Arctic sea-ice is melting at an incredible rate due to climate change. Last September, sea-ice cover retreated to its lowest levels since scientists began keeping records. But companies like Shell are still trying to use the melting Arctic for their own greed. Drilling in the Arctic is putting our entire planet in jeopardy.

It's time the Arctic is declared off-limits to industrial exploitation forever.Join the global movement to protect the Arctic.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The world media on Greece

The Greek world has seen a major attack by the media in the Western counties. The financial crisis  has been blamed on what some call 'the lazy Greeks' whilst others have tried to undermine the spirit of a nation that is well used to fighting for its integrity and survival. The attacks have ignored historical factors that have contributed to the destruction of the country. Some one somewhere is trying to break the spirit of the nation but Greeks have been around longer than others.

Greece was involved in two major world wars in the last century. They were also forced into a civil war immediately after the second world war without much help or support from the West. The media ignores the fact that the country did not get any financial help or reparations from Germany. The gold reserves around 900 billion for example that were stolen by the Nazis was never returned. The civil war was fought for 4 years and it was engineered by the USA and Britain who did not want Greece to be part of the Soviet block. So although all the other countries involved with the devastating war were given help and support to rebuilt Greece was in fact thrown into a nasty conflict to preserve and protect Western interests?? And what the fuck for?

Despite the 2 wars and the civil war Greece managed to rebuild most of its infrastructure and become the 10th member of the EEC before Spain or Portugal in 1980. This was a major achievement. So instead of the media in the West trying to undermine the confidence of a proud nation they should remember the struggles the Greeks had to go through and congratulate them for doing a lot without help. Greece will no doubt survive the current crisis and will prevail. A proud nation second to none will rise again and will take its rightful place on the world stage. Greeks are very resilient and they will remember who their friends were in times of crisis. Saying that I have noticed that the British press has been fair and more supportive than others. I thank them for that!

Nick Venedi

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Dave Prentis on Milliband

The great leader Dave Prentis is right to be critical of Ed Milliband but I have to say that he was warned many times before he gave the Unison vote to Ed. There are no surprises, not to me that Ed Milliband is a major disappointment.
Nick Venedi

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Will Cyprus default?

Maybe and maybe not.. who knows..

Nick Venedi

Romanian bears

Thanks to its wide variety of geography and climate, Romania is home to many protected and endangered species, including the brown bear. In fact, more than half of Europe's brown bear population lives in the country. But those bears are frequently targeted by hunters from all over the world, and the problem just keeps getting worse.
The government issues about 350 hunting licenses annually to try to "control overpopulation" among the bears. There's growing evidence, however, that the actual number of bears slaughtered for their paws, meat and fur is much higher. Some companies have even allegedly advertised Romanian hunting trips that "guarantee" bear kills.

Romania's pristine environment has allowed wildlife to prosper. Without stronger government protection, though, those animals could soon be wiped out for good.

Ask Romania’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change to make the protection of the brown bear and other endangered native species her top priority.

Nick Venedi

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Against animal cruelty


A totally barbaric and cruel habit...

Nick Venedi

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Heading towards world war 1 in 21st Century?

The situation in the middle East can not get worst. The factors that contributed greatly to  WW1 and WW2 are at play right now. Militarisation in the east end of the Med is similar to what happened in the Balkans pre 1914 only the weapons that will be used this time will devastate the planet. Other factors such as the humiliation of nations like Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal remind me of the humiliation of Germany post WW1. Is history repeating itself and we are just turning a blind eye?

Israel forms a military alliance with Greece, Turkey wants to play the superpower in the region, Russia wants bases in Cyprus only the US and UK will not allow this to happen. A recipe for war?!!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Buogiorno Mu

Beware of this company called Buongirno Mu they obtain money from you via deceptive ways. I have just looked at my mobile phone bill and there are 5 entries under Buongiorno Mu for 85 p each time for something I have never asked for or wanted. I don't even know who the hell Buongiorno Mu is. Their charge is at the very end of the bill, under the outside plan costs. Buongiorno Mu should be reported for this activity. I have asked my provider to blog them but will also be raising this issue with my local MP and will campaign against them. Total disgrace! Stop Buongiorno Mu from this practice check your phone bill carefully!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

X Factor 2013

The start of X factor signifies the end of summer as the programme takes us to Xmas. This year won't be different to any before it and I am sure we will watch some good and many not so good singers performing. I often thought that the programme was a waste of time but then changed my mind when realised I actually like Leona Lewis and Will Young so there is some value in having this kind of telly imposed on us. Shame Deidre Barlow isn't a judge though she would be a good one!

New story lines in Coronation st..

I have written to the producers of Coronation street and explained that they need to change their approach and bring the way they introduce new stories into the 21st century. I have suggested that Deidrie Barlow, Rashid, Langton starts a campaign to raise awareness for those living in the South of the Fiji islands affected by Ear Wax. This is a major issue that they have not covered yet. Get real and deal with this or face the consequences.

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US NATO attack on Syria

The US government are trying to convince the world and themselves that the atrocities committed against civilians in Syria are the reasons for which they want to attack the country. I accept that the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and immoral but the US needs to find a better way to get us to accept that their involvement is because they want to preserve international rule of law. How about they get their ally Turkey to observe international law by withdrawing from occupied north of Cyprus? Not only do they not do this but they continue to arm the Turkish army to perpetuate the illegal occupation??

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Animal cruelty

Some sports fans will go to extreme measures to give their team good luck. But the team itself sacrificing an animal in the corner of their stadium is going way too far
Last week, a Kazakh football team called "Shakhter Karagandy" murdered a sheep in the corner of their home stadium before a game. As if that weren't bad enough, the manager of the team says that killing an animal for good luck before matches is "tradition" before every big game.

Murdering an innocent animal for the sake of a few match points is barbaric, and it has no place in modern society. Ask the Union of European Football Associations to ban ritual animal sacrifice before games.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Oil spills

Shell owns almost all of the oil wells in Nigeria. That means it's responsible, at least in part, for the thousands of oil spills that have occurred there since the 1970s. But Shell is refusing to pay for much of the devastation its wells have caused.
Thousands of Nigerians' lives have been destroyed over the years by the wells' pollution. Now, some of those people are suing the corporation to ask for justice.

So far, though, Shell is having none of it. It's continuing to argue about just how much damage it's liable for, claiming that sabotage is behind most of the spills.

Since the corporation has raked in vast profits at the expense of Nigeria's people and environment, it should, at the very least, provide compensation to the victims.

Tell Shell that it can't keep ignoring the devastating consequences of its actions.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Martin Luther King

It was 50 years yesterday since that famous speech that we all know made by Dr Martin Luther King. 'I have a dream' is perhaps the most brilliant speech made in the last century but have things changed since then?

Well the law has of course been amended but attitudes remain pretty much the same. Racism is around us, it can be seen and can be felt. It hasn't gone away but those who isnist on judging people by the colour of their skin have become better at covering it up. The only hope is that we can change attitudes by improving the way we educate our young. Education is the answer!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Is NATO a waste of space?

Will keep this simple. NATO is trying to get member states to take action against Syria like they did in Iraq but at the same time it has proven to be incapable to resolve disputes the so called allies? Spain and Britain are arguing about Gibraltar and Greece and Turkey over Cyprus? What the fuck is the purpose of having this?? Sort it out!

Elysium

Just come back from the cinema watched Elysium with a few mates. We all thought that the concept and the idea behind the story were strong but the intense over baked action sequences a bit over the top.

The world in 2140 something is divided by those who live on an over populated planet ( the poor, mostly Spanish speaking ) and then a new thing that orbits the earth, called Elysium ( Greek for paradise ) by the rich and powerful. In other words something similar to the security gated developments in South Africa patrolled by guards 24 hours a day where rich white people live. So not much difference there. Was surprised that in 2141 we would still have helicopters with propellers?? Not very forward looking then?

As I said the story and concept can be powerful if correctly interpreted but not sure the producers wanted us to derive any messages from this film? The only message was lets make a lot of money? Anyway we all gave it 5 out of 10. Must say would have preferred to have stayed in and watch Coronation st..

NATO strikes on Syria

It seems that NATO would want to strike against Syria even though there is no UN resolution on the situation there.

I don't know whether any possible military strike is being promoted because of concern for civilians but it appears strange to me that NATO can take action against a country because one of its members is being threatened. What happened when two of its key members were at war with each other in July 1974 in Cyprus? All mighty NATO was incapable then to prevent that?? The word double standards comes to mind?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Greece 2013

Visit Greece in the summer of 2013 and enjoy the experience..

Monday, 26 August 2013

Syria

A lot of debate is taking place about the tragic situation regarding the death of civilians in Syria.

We are constantly seeing the death and destruction of a once proud country. It seems that evil forces, mainly from outside,want  to create chaos in the region that serves their own interest.

The militarisation of the area reminds me of the situation before the start of the first world war only if a new war breaks out the entire region will go up in flames so a solution that embraces the need to stop the blood shed and help the civilians caught in the war games needs to be found soon. But unfortunately we are at the mercy of weak and uncharismatic politicians like William Hague and others who are as inspiring as a condom left in a monastery on mouth Athos! How tragic!!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Coronation street to be removed?

The rumours about finishing coronation street have started. It is interesting that the discussion begun on one of the BBC programmes I think BBC 26 or something?

I hope this is not true as I watch the street and I find it very English and thoroughly real and entertaining. I wouldn't want to lose Deidre or Tracey Barlow. They have been an inspiration. Corrie is funny and has become a habit. Its a must for Monday, Weds and Friday nights!

The producers  have to be careful with what stories they use. The latest one about the race argument was idiotic and it trivialised the issues they were meant to be dealing with. They must be careful with how they approach these subjects. Its fine having a lesbian couple in the middle of Weahterfield but they should also think of dealing with the issues of those from the Fiji islands who have problems with ear wax! Its a subject that is often neglected! Get the picture?

C Big brother 2013

Well it turns out that my totally unreliable source was right and Deidre Barlow is not in celebrity big brother. The use of the word 'celebrity' is a strange one in this instance as I don't know anyone in the new show apart from Janice ( don't know her real name)

So we now have this dose of bb we will then have the start of X Factor on the 31st of the month followed by Xmas a few weeks later. You get the picture. And of course there will be the 'I wish I was a celebrity get me out of here' rubbish in between. But like the Gladiator fights in Rome it keeps the crowds happy and away from starting a revolution!! Seems to work??

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Coronation st to go?

I am hoping that the rumour put about by negative people are not true and Coronation street will not be brought to an end. It will be a great shame not just because Deidre Barlow will never be able to get another job but because many of us grow up with this most English of institutions! Keep your hand off Corrie!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Deidrie Barlow on celebritty big brother

I have been told by a totally unreliable source ( they are the best) that Deidrie Barlow Rashid will be on the celebrity Big brother thing which starts on Thursday. Apparently she has agreed to appear in order to get away from Tracey and Gail Tlisley Platt etc. Hope she wins it!

Big brother 2013

Well big brother 2013 has come to an end. I wasn't able to watch more than half of it but from what I saw the decision by the 5 people who watch it to award the winning price to Sam was the right one. He was young, nice and was definitely not arrogant. I have faith in the British public who rejected the likes of Dan who appeared arrogant and seemed to bully Dexter. Sam's victory was a victory over arrogance. Well done Sam. At the same time don't understand how someone like Dexter came 2nd? He was the underdog but at the same time seemed rather weird?? Ah well..

Yvette Cooper for labour party leader

Looks like the Labour party is afraid of women as they have been unable to elect a female leader. This is astonishing given that the talent right now is not with the men in the party. In fact the male part of what they have is a disaster. At the same time there is a plethora of female talent around. Yvette Cooper or Caroline Flint will do much better and Tesa Jowel, Hariot Harman and Margaret Hodge are better at what they do than the likes of Miliban, Umuna or Balls! What a sad state of affairs!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ed Milliband

Ed Milliband should reschufulle his shadow cabinet and get rid of the likes of Balls, Chucka and Barnham. He should then resign and let one of the female MPs like Caroline Flint take over if he wants the Labour party to progress. Career politicians should not be encouraged to become leaders.

Fracking

The process of fracking involves the destruction of the surrounding areas and it is simple about the politics of greed and destruction. I am glad that people in the country side have resisted the latest attempts to devastate their environment. Good that Caroline Pigeon has been involved with the demonstrators. Will the rich and powerful never stop until the planet is totally destroyed? Stop them!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Big brother 2013

I have to confess that I have stopped watching it. Haven't bothered since last week so no idea if they are still all in? I have been critical of the 'programme' before but I must confess that since I have been partially watching it I am as guilty as anyone else for encouraging its promotion.

What I am not comfortable with is the fact that the producers of the 'programme' manipulate participants and force them into situations where they bully each other. I don't think that is ethically right and I am looking forward to the first contestant who takes the producers to coourt for ruining their lives?

New US air base in Kalamata Greece

I have no idea why the Greek governement has signed a new agreement with the USA allowing them to use the airforce base in Kalamata for military purposes. The Greek press reports that Prime Minister Samaras agreed this at a meeting with Obama last week.

The press also reports that the Americans are interested in using Kalamata as a base for military operations in Syria?

I don't understnad why Greek governments since 1912 have done everything to accomodate Western interests. Greece got involved with two world wars which destroyed its infrastructure but received no help after that, it then allowed the CIA to impose a military junta in 1967 and it was then directly involved in allowing and encouraging the invasion of Cyprus in 1974? We now have the EU further destroying the country.

Why the hell is Greece continuing to be this 'reliable ally' to a collective that keeps undermining their interests? Why is Greece full of fucked up pliticians who have as much brain power as Winnie the Poo?? They are taking the country for a ride. If Greece is in such a great military and strategic position then let others who will put money in and help come in. The highest bider should be brought in either that or the West should show some serious comitment to supporting the country.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Stalking

Many of us have experienced how it feels to be stalked by someone. They are usually people who may look and sound ok on the outside but have serious problems with who they are and what they are about.

I think the main problem with on line stalking is that search engines like google and others allow these people to post idiotic unfounded comments on and when you raise the concnern with them they say they can not stop anyone from posting their opinion? That is surely wrong and needs to be investigated. I have stopped, for example, posting comments received from hostile sources on my blog ( although I kept the originals ) but google should have a method through which it can stop this? Anon comments can be send in by anyone and can be s defamatory as anything. This must stop.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Greece and Israel a real alliance?

Greece and Israel have been getting closer together and have formed a new alliance. This has been going on for the last 2 years. But how dangeroous or good is this for the region? It is obvious that the balance of power has shifted now with Greece, Israel and Cyprus forming closer links which extend to joint military exercises. I think that both Greece and Cyprus should be careful with how far they take this 'marriage of convinience' it could easly backfire on them..

Friday, 9 August 2013

Union mergers

The idea that a number of unions representing a small number of employees in the public sector is one that needs to be looked at again. It is ludicrous that you could have 3 to 4 unions chasing a shrinking number of potential members in the public sector. The competitiveness between Unison, Unite and GMB, for example is not helping us organise and promotes the employer side ideal situation of divide and rule.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Gibraltar in Merkel's united Europe

This is a current and controversial subject and it is one about who should have rights over the territory. Geographically the area is part of mainland Spain but then a certain treaty sometime in 1700  gave this rock to Britain.  If this went to an ordinary court the judge would have to take into account the circumstances at the time and whether international law at the time is binding now?

At the end of the day the debate should be about whether the people who live there want to be independent or whether they wish to be part of something bigger? The best solution, in my opinion, is to allow Gibraltar to be independent and for the two EU partners to have some protection rights? It is ridiculous that Spain and the UK are part of Merkels United States of Europe yet they are in dispute. Britain is behaving in an imperialist way and Spain needs to tone the hostile gestures down a bit?

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

MPs pay

Got some criticism lately following my views on MP's pay. Some find it offensive that I am advocating the reduction of their pay as a means through which we can ensure the exclusion of those who come into politics and see it as a career move. I don't agree with those who object and insist that paying someone a standard normal rate like 35k annually is wrong. This rate is more than enough to make sure that MPs get a fair wage and are not attracted to the 'job' for the wrong reasons. Local Councillors do a much better job and they are on less pay ( they get standard allowance) so I don't see why MP's should get much more!!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

MPs pay way to control

I am returning to this one of my favourite themes as I insist that the way to ensure that we do not suffer from career politicians who contribute very little to nothing to our democratic system is to bring their pay back to what they should be on. I don't agree that these people are worth as much as a doctor gets paid. They should of course be paid a reasonable rate but that to me is at PO level 2 0r 3 of the local government scales or Senior Executive Officer level if we look at government rates. Meaning they should be on around 34 to 36k not more. This is how you stop attracting those who think  they are making a career out of it. Pay them real money and put them through a job evaluation scheme that's fair!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Are we safe in the hands of politicians?

We obviously have no choice other than continue using our existing democratic system of government. But the current system attracts those who are experts in spinning stories and those who can sound good and tell us what we sometimes want to hear. This creates a major problem as we are the prisoners of orators who are in it because they couldn't make it in any other profession. How safe do we feel for example knowing that someone with the low intellect of William Hague is making massive decisions on the foreign stage in our name? We should look at what we have again and one way to avoid having those who are experts in hot air is to reduce the MP's salaries by at least half!! These people will soon be working for Sainsburys instead!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Eric Pickles and parking

I agree with Eric Pickles who says that local authorities should not be using parking regulations as a means through which they can make money. Their obsession is hurting local economies. I also think that allowing drivers to stop near a shop for short periods of time will assist small retail outfits in what is a difficult time financially so lets relax the regulations and stop punishing drivers!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Greece and the West

Modern Greece is very much part of the West. Western civilisation developed from Greece and the links are strong. But I am thinking that there isn't much to talk about in terms of the relationship between the Western allies and Greece. It looks like it is very much a one way street with the country getting involved with wars and disputes that destroyed its infrastructure in order to support others with very little benefits coming back.

The recent financial crisis has given the Greeks the opportunity to re examine this one way relationship and the debate is very rightly going on about whether Russia is first of all a more natural ally ( for cultural reasons ) and whether a new relationship with them will benefit Greece more. I am in two minds about this but if things continue the way they are then the Hellenic world ( includes Cyprus) should look at a new marriage of convenience!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Slug poison levels

A recent study by England's Environmental Agency (EA) showed that between 2009 and 2011, a slug poison called metaldehyde was found in 1 of every 8 rivers and reservoirs used for drinking water. Levels were highest when wet weather created runoff and ideal slug breeding conditions.

Get slug poison out of our drinking water!

There's no technique for stopping the runoff that contains the slug poison, so that means the EA needs to find another way to control slug problems. A non-toxic, natural method of pest control would benefit the environment and the public.

Sign the petition urging the EA to use non-toxic slug control methods and get poison out of our drinking water.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Consultation periods

The coalition government is determined to help their industry friends ensure that things get better for them. There has been a number of changes designed to help companies manage change and the most severe one is the reduction in periods for consultation from 90  to 45 days for outfits where more than 100 employees can be affected. There will be more of these changes coming in soon so watch out!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Help to buy scheme

The help to buy scheme could be a good idea if there were more controls attached to it and the government had the funds to underwrite the programme. But as it happens what is being done is a repeat of what thw USA did a few years ago when banks were encouraged to lend on houses up to 100%

The housing market is extremely volotile and what is a solid investment today will be a useless one in a few months time. Governments that put themselves in a position where they gurantee mortgages will have to find a way to pay out the debt when a lot of people will be in nagative equaty and lose what they have. A repeat in other words of what happened in the USA in 2007 which led to the world recession??

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Big brother 2013

I think those who put themselves forward to take part in the big brother parade are either very brave or desperate wannabes. They allow the producers of the 'programme' to force them into situations where they will have to fave major stress, become the victims of bullying or be the bullies themselves.

From occasionally watching the 2013 series I would say that  Dan, who was correctly evicted from the house last night, is a spoilt wannabe who ends up bullying people and this was shown clearly during the 6 or 7 weeks he managed to be in there. I don't know if people who put themselves through such an ordeal deserve a medal or need therapy. At the end of the day a fraction of the population watches channel 5 and a smaller number big brother so these people will not be remembered in a few months time...

Thursday, 25 July 2013

East Enders in trouble

The producers at the BBC has just realised that the formula they use for East Enders isn't appealing to many. Anyone could have told them that years ago. I used to occasionally watch it but haven't for at least a year. The only story they have not covered yet ( am sure they will) is the affect of ear wax on pink flamingos from the Fiji islands! They must do more to cover this!

The reason people are switching off is because the stories they use are absolutely ridiculous. They try to bring in every aspect of every possible connection in society and they use boring writers to support what they are trying to show.

People are tired of the 'lets try and fit in everything and everyone in the story line' formula. There is nothing natural or entertaining about what East Enders are presenting. I have no doubt the bosses at the BBC will switch the whole none sense off soon and if they did they will be doing us all a great favour! What a lot of total rubbish!! Get rid of it.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Big brother 2013

Delighted that that  Dan is up for eviction and doesn't even know it. He should start being nice to people in the house and not show how fake he is we might then like him more? Hope he is voted out and faces the reality he can then decide whether talking down to people like Dexter is acceptable? I hope he didn't behave like that when I was paying for his salary to be a police officer??

Royal baby

Great news for the parents its always fantastic when a couple give birth to their first baby so well done the mum and dad. On the other hand the media frenzy is not justified and they will do well to remember that all men are born equal none are more equal than any other! Royalty and what comes with it is part of fantasy and we have evolved away from all that.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Royal baby

First of all congratulations to William and Katie hope that the baby will be healthy and they are all happy.

The media have gone in a frenzy making statements such as the whole country and the world is celebrating etc. This is of course part of the fantasy and the fiction. I know more than 200 people and not many of them are out celebrating. This does not mean that the birth of a child is not an important event. It is to the parents, their family and friends.

At the end of the day the majority of people in this country want to have a Royal family and whilst this is more to do with the need to have a permanent soap opera the fact remains that the PR men and women driving the fantasy have won the argument. I have no objections to having a few royals who are a substitute to the vile politicians we have but at the end of the day all men are born equal none are more equal than others.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Job Creation: Lessons from Abroad

 Touchstone Extras pamphlet
This Touchstone Extras pamphlet looks at the international experience of
employment change since the recession, at how the British experience compares
with other countries and at the lessons we can learn from this comparison.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/economy/tuc-22389-f0.cfm

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy

The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy and the City of Rochefort are being faced with an important decision. They can either allow Lhoist Industrie to deepen their limestone quarry and expand their operation until 2045, or protect the purity of their water. Sign the petition asking for a solution that will preserve the quality of the water and Trappist beer!

The Abbey is internationally recognized for their Trappist Rochefort beer, which is produced with water from the very aquifer that would be disturbed. The aquifer also supplies drinking water to the town. The worst case of this operation would mean the draining of the aquifer, and putting the town and the abbey in a terrible position.

Please sign Care2 member Victor's petition to protect the purity of Rochefort's water and the integrity of a world-renowned beer.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Big brother 2013

I wonder whether it is good for our democratic system to allow for appalling programmes that deliberately provoke situations and turn people who are put in a controlled environment into figures of hate? This is the formula with the big brother series.

People from different walks of life, all wannabes, are brought in and provoked into the extreme so that their fellow house mates start bullying them then the public starts to hate them which is followed by their eviction?  Very Gladiator in the Coliseum arena situation! This is surely not acceptable or civilised? Democracy should allow us to express ourselves and say and do what we want but it should also come with a degree of personal responsibility!!

Friday, 19 July 2013

ETUC: Turkish government must end repression


Replying to a letter from Faruk Celik, Turkish Minister of Labour and Social
Security, seeking to excuse recent events, Bernadette S├ęgol, General Secretary
of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reiterated her deep concerns at
the totally disproportionate use of force by the police during the events in
Istanbul in early June. She also voiced her concerns over the continuing
violation of human rights and attacks on trade unions and professional
associations in Turkey.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-22382-f0.cfm

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Visit Greece in 2013

Proud to say that 6 of my close friends have or will be visiting Greece this summer and here is why..

Sunday, 14 July 2013

MP's pay reforms

MP's are obviously needed and they do a similar job that local Councillors do. Councillor get much less than MP's but, in my opinion, are much more involved and do a better job.

I think that the number of MP's should be doubled and their salaries halved. That way they will have more time to spend with their constituents and will not be coming into the job because they see it as a career opportunity.

Friday, 12 July 2013

MPs Pay

Well the body appointed to look at MPs pay has recommended a pay rise of 11 per cent. Theses people must be from the planet zanusi given that other public sector workers doing real jobs were only offered 1% what a ridiculous situation!! Who are these people on the review body? Need to investigate and expose them!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Europe and the UK

The reality is that in an ideal world a United Europe would be something to near perfect. But practical considerations mean that the UK is not ready to embrace the massive surrender of cultural sovereignty required to achieve this goal. A non elected European court telling us that vile murderers can not be kept in prison for atrocities they have committed is just not acceptable. We have the right to decide what is best for this country and not let some Euro person dictate to us.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Jon of the Rogers and Ed Miliband

Glad that Jon of the Rogers wrote to Ed Milliband calling him a career politician. He should have gone further. I wouldn't waste the ink ( literally) in my pen so won't bother writing but it is obvious that Ed and morons like Ed Balls are simply in it for a career. They couldn't have made it as solicitors or anything else so they became experts in hot air and became MP's. They should remember that the Labour party was created by the TUs and not the bankers!!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Big brother chanel 5

I don't of course watch big brother on channel 5 as I have better things to do with my life, I have, however and on a few occasions managed to catch up with what is going on.

The latest stuff revolves around some egocentric wannabes who obviously don't have any mirrors in their house. A pathetic whimp called Dan who apparently used to be in the police force ( God help us all!) They all think they are something they are obviously not and they moderate their behaviour playing to the camera. Nothing unusual about that. But what I find disturbing is the obvious way channel 5 are manipulating these vulnerable people some of whom need therapy. I think a lot of what happens borders on psychological cruelty. The television regulator should look into this practise where people are encouraged to openly bully others ( like Dan has been doing ) for our entertainment? This is not morally right at all. Some say that if people are watching it then it must be good but that is very similar to the argument used by the Romans when they threw gladiators to the lions? Was that right?

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Cruelty to animals

White lions look gorgeous, but they are usually inbred and suffer from severe health problems and high mortality rates. But that hasn't stopped two wildlife parks in Britain from breeding five white lion cubs this year -- and charging zoo visitors hundreds of pounds to pet them.

And if the health risks from breeding them weren't bad enough, the zoos reportedly took their parents from a South African farm that bred lions specifically to be hunted.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums has ruled there is no conservation value in keeping white lions. If we must keep lions in captivity, we should be doing it to educate people about the importance of conservaton. Instead, we're subjecting baby lions to years of suffering for our own entertainment.

Tell British zoos to stop breeding white lions immediately.

Friday, 5 July 2013

MPs Pay

Another long debate on Question time last night about MP's pay. I think this dead horse has been beaten enough. It is obvious to many of us that whilst there are some good MPs around there are also many who do very little to nothing and their contribution to the development of society is as relevant as my input into what the Royal family wear to go to bingo.

One thing remains clear though there are a lot of career politicians who see the job as an opportunity to become celebrities or have a good job. They are not there because they will contribute much towards the political evolution of the country. So my view is that they should be put on 25k a year and then see how many want to do it. I don't believe that producing hot air justifies being paid 70k a year, no way!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

TUC International Development Matters Issue 123


IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues
affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements,
interviews and events.
http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-22326-f0.cfm

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Visit Greece this summer

Visit Greece this summer and experience the warmth of the country of the 12 Olympian Gods

Monday, 1 July 2013

MP's pay

The debate about how much MPs should be paid has started again and the proposal in complete opposition to what's happening with all others in the public sector is that they should get a huge pay rise! What on earth is going on and how can these people who are just experts on producing hot air ( there are exceptions to this of course) justify this idiotic idea? Put them on 25k each and the impose performance related pay if they want more. Unbelievable!!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Jon of the Rogers and Thacher

I don't know why they don't find something else to have a go at Jon of the Rogers and wonder why some waste their time trying to understand why he did not take the day off and attend M Thatchers funeral?

The truth is M Thatcher did a lot of damage to people in the north of the country and was, at the end of the day, responsible for affecting Billy Elliots entire life. I think that on this occasion Jon of the Rogers and his fellow Rogerites have the right not to be upset by her death? Why all the bloody controversy? Calm down!!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Who were the Greeks BBC2?

Another programme tonight on BBC2 about the Greeks. It seems that the British media are obsessed with the Germans and the Greeks. I would imagine that there have been more programmes made about first the Germans and then the Greeks? Or am I wrong.

Saying that the documentary tonight did not tell us anything we didn't know? The main theme was about how the Greeks invented many things and how ancient city states used slavery to run their economies. This was of course not a nice thing but the suggestion was that Greece was unique in this phenomenon? The presenter forgot of course that the USA economy dependent on the abhorrent system of forced slavery.

Hoping that subsequent programmes will tell us something new?

MPs pay

I am returning back to one of my favourite campaigns the one that says that we should change the system and make it absolutely clear that those who are elected to 'represent' us do it because they want to change the world and do not see it as an opportunity to make money or achieve celebrity status. I am not happy that MP's get such huge salaries many of them ( there are exceptions) do very little. Bring the salary down to 25k annually this will ensure that those who wish to serve do so because they have a moral mission not because they are looking for a an career which can be built on talking hot air!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Ian Brady

The debate over whether Ian Brady has the right to take his own life continues. There is no doubt in my mind that the death penalty should not return. I am totaly against that for many reasons the most serious one being that even if there is a 1% chance that the state kills the wrong person that risk is not worth taking. So that's the end of that story.

It is obvious, however, that this murderer did what he did because he enjoyed it and he should serve the sentecne he was given. Killing 5 inocent children is a vile act commited by an equally vile animal. He must stay alive and suffer he thought nothing of killing those incocent children so let him pay the price.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Russian airforce in Cyprus

The Cyprus government has agreed in principle to grant a Russian request for use of a military airbase in Paphos. Moscow has filed an official request to be allowed use of the Andreas Papandreou base, east of Paphos. The West has of course reacted with 'concern' but I wonder why they did not react with an equal amount of 'concern' when Cyprus needed a bailout and instead forced the government to tax its own citizens and destroy their economy in other words they imposed a form of punishment on what is meant to be a partner member of the EU!

I think it is dangerous to play games in what is a very volatile region but at the end of the day the Cyprus government has an absolute right to protect its interest and if the West continues to piss on them then they should consider giving the Russian fleet and air force a permanent base. Looks like the West and Cyprus are both playing a very dangerous game and with super duper idiots like William Hague running the foreign office in the UK there is no guarantee that the region will be plunged into chaos!! Fire Hague and give the job to Boris Johnson I say, makes more sense!!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Ian Brady

The debate as to whether Ian Brady should be allowed to starve himself to death has started again. I am well known for my liberal views but whilst I do not believe in the death penalty I am definitely in favour of keeping this vile person alive so that he can pay for what he did. Nothing on this earth can excuse his mad behaviour and the killing of Innocent children. Let him rot!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Visit Greece in the summer 2013




Visit Greece this summer and have a great experience..

Friday, 21 June 2013

Union mergers

Makes sense for unions to merge and of course Unite and Unison are the creations of large mergers. The reason why we have to moves that way is an obvious one. Fewer workers want to join and those who do should be catered by specialist organisations so I would argue that it will be more healthy to have one public sector union and a few others representing those in the private sector. Having too many unions competing for the small number of potential members does not make sense!