Archive for December 5th, 2004

I apologise in advance…

… if I tend to harp now and again on Politics.

I came across the following – quite a while ago – can I hope you will like it as much as I did.

I hope also that you will see how this applies to our politicians who have sold our children’s inheritance to the EU. If we think about it, it probably describes a Commissioner or MEP rather well!

If ye love wealth better than liberty,

the tranquility of servitude better than the animating conquest of freedom,

go home from us in peace.

We ask not your counsel or arms.

Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.

May your chains set lightly upon you,

and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams, speech on 1st August 1776.

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We can choose our friends…

But, alas, we can’t choose our relatives.

Many years ago, back in the days of the Commodore PET, I had the computer, double disk drives, and a printer. It was the state of the art in those days!

I was helping my cousen who had offices in Bond Street and bought the computer in so that he could evaluate such a new-fangled system for his business.

Unfortunately he locked me out, changed the locks on the office door, and I was minus one very expensive computer system.

So that night a friend and I broke the door and reclaimed the computer.

He called the police, physically hid the note I had left him saying what I had done and that I would be happy to pay for the damaged door, so the police would start an investigation..

So he called the police in, I was arrested and, to cut a long story short, when it came to the “day” the magistrates laughed it out of court. And told the police to remove all data taken about me.

Needless to say, this worthless cousen of mine lied to his family and I was the villain of the piece because I had the audacity to “steal” my computer back. He also lied to many of my friends. Funnily enough nearly all his “friends” were ones who I had introduced to him. That went as far as his live-in woman who, I believe became his wife afterwards.

After this, I reappraised all my relatives in my mind and when I took stock I immediately cut out all of those on my mother’s side – right out of my life.

And, you’ve guessed it, life got decidably better.

Blood is thicker than water, but only if you bring physics into the equation.

There is no need to have anything to do with your relatives if they are hateful, dishonest or bastards/bitches and try to pull you down. It is different, of course, if your relative is also your friend.


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The Queen’s English Society

I belong to the Queen’s English Society who try to ensure that all the rules of our lovely language are followed 🙂

One very nice perk of belonging to this society (for an annual fee of £12 a year) is that one becomes an associate member of the “New Cavendish Club” near Marble Arch.

This is a nice quiet club with lounge, bar, meeting rooms, and rooms for the night. As an associate member one has full access to everything other than rooms for the night. If you require this facility you have to become a full member which will cost you £150 to join and also £150 a year.

The club also has a restaurant with a menu where you can choose a two or three course meal. The three cource meal is £16.70 a head and the menu is changed every month. About ten choices per course, and very exciting choices they are, with fruit used a lot in their cooking and presentation. Full silver service as well! The most expensive bottle of wine on the menu is around £17 and you can get a very good bottle for a lot less.

Last night my wife had swordfish for the first course and pheasant for her main course and we shared an excellent South African bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Why so reasonable I hear you ask. I thought that as well, but then they make their profit on membership fees and room charges so I guess that, by offering low bar and restaurant prices, they encourage more people to join.

A nice place to do a little paperwork in between appointments, or for a cuppa with your friends if you are on a shopping spree.

Follow the link below to their website.


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