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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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