Archive for November, 2008

Do you hate the Scots and the Welsh?

Whereas I used to like people from Scotland and Wales in general and treated them the same as I did we English, I have to admit I am slowly beginning to dislike them, nay – in fact – loathe them.

This is sad because the problem is in no way their fault. As usual it is the fault of the Westminster politicians.

I have always been a strong Unionist and flown the flag of Great Britain but I am slowly coming around to wanting a split-up of the Union, and to see Westminster become a 100% English parliament. As for Gordon Brown, even the Scots don’t like him as they keep voting in the SNP at most of their bye-elections!

Take a look at what Fred has to say in this English Political Broadcast as it may open your eyes to what has happened to this great country.

The English Democrats, of which I am not a member, seems quite active – but take a look yourself and come to your own conclusion.

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Are Swedish cars really so unimaginative?

This is the opinion of so many media critics and Volvo drivers, in particular, are singled out for the worst insults.

But I would be proud to own and drive a Swedish car. The idea of a top speed of 254 miles an hour admittedly doesn’t thrill or interest me in any way. However, the acceleration of this particular Swedish car does interest me. Driving isn’t about driving at the top speed, it is about getting away fast at traffic lights and keeping out of the “bunch” and getting quickly out of trouble. The standing start up to sixty miles an hour is listed as 2.9 seconds and that is fast enough for anybody.

The 0-30 mph speed will be approximately a second so you can get away quickly and still be legal in the centre of London – as quick as a wink. The car’s engine is powered by a mix of eco-friendly ethanol and petrol so it produces far less emissions than its supercar rivals.

Koenigsegg CCGT

Mind you, it may be some time before I actually purchase one. Not with a price-tag of £1,500,000. Unless one of my readers would like to buy me one for Christmas! (And another, a little better off, volunteers to pay for the insurance?)

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Interesting sites in Google.

I have mentioned some of these in a previous blog but I have now got them all together. Also there is one very good bonus, you use the same user name and password on each site. This means that if you think your password has been compromised, changing it once will change it on all websites.

Google Reader. I use Google Reader to read the morning newspapers, I also have the latest additions to a lot of sites about Linux and a lot of political information. Every morning when I look in, I see a one liner for every addition that these sites have added. I can, for instance, run my eye down the newspapers and in two minutes or less I know everything that is happening in the world. This is usually all I need to know. If I wanted to know more about a particular item, I click on it, and it opens a paragraph about it. If I want to know more I click on the link and go directly to the full article – I rarely do that as I don’t really need to know such detail unless it affects my family or my business.

Google Trends. I use Google Trends to look to see which item is generating the most news on the Internet. I just type the names, separated by a comma and it shows me. Type in “Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera” and in the first graph it will show you that users of Google are more interested in Firefox, followed by Opera and finally by Internet Explorer. The second graph shows the amount of news from media websites on each item.

Google Finance: I use Google Finance to keep track of my shares. I have just looked up my shares and 60% of them are worth more than when I purchased them a year ago, and I am only losing on 40% of them which is better than many people I know! Google Trends show some stock-markets in real time instead of the 20 minute penalty most have to accept without payment. They intend to cover all shares instantly, eventually.

Google Analytics. I use Google Analytics on my websites to track visitors to my websites. I used to pay for this but now Google offer the service free and give me far more information. For instance, I can see that my blog is read all over the world, even in Japan and Indonesia!

Google Docs. I use Google Docs when I am producing a report with others so we can all work on the report together, and spreadsheets. I can also use the presentation manager to build up a presentation and if I am in someone’s office, just go into the application on my client’s browser and pull it up and run it for them.

Google Mail. I have been using Gmail for years now and when abroad I find it so very useful to have every email I have ever written immediately available anywhere in the world. The alternative if I needed an address I know was sent to me three years ago, would be to keep my PC on burning electricity whilst away, so I could log on from abroad – and if I were a Windows user, I’d be hoping it hadn’t crashed.

Google Calendar. I use Google Calendar because of its versatility. Although when working, my wife and I sit in the same room, we allow each other access to our Google Calendars. If I click on her tag, her appointments are immediately superimposed on my calendar in a different colour (of my choice) I also have a weather calendar superimposed which shows me today’s weather and the next four days. I write for different magazines and one of them has a production calendar available so I can immediately see last dates for articles. My wife uses Outlook and Windows, and I use Evolution and Linux but we can both incorporate our Google Calendars in these program’s calendar pages.

Google Talk. I use Google Talk and it is much better behaved than Skype. However, I still have to use Skype as so many more of my contacts are on that.

Google Maps. I am certainly an avid user of Google Maps and I have an add-in with my Firefox browser which allows me to highlight an address on the web, right click on “show in Google Maps” and see an instant map of where it is.

The most useful thing about these web based applications is that you have all your information at your fingertips, no matter where you are. At work, at home, in a client’s office, in a friend’s or relation’s home, in an Internet café in London, Paris, Texas, Australia or even Timbuktu (an oasis in the Sahara Desert). This is not so important if you don’t mind keeping your computer on 24/7 whilst away from your home or office, or you have complete faith that Microsoft Windows won’t crash! If you do… no, I won’t go there… a good blogger doesn’t insult his readers!

There are more Google applications but the above are the ones that I, use most often..

In addition to these web based programs, there are some other superb free programs from Google. I use Picasa v3.0 for my digital photographs. This program allows me to organise all my photographs on my computer and to edit them. Crop them and use special effects with them. I used to use Adobe’s Lightroom when I used Windows but Picasa is nearly there, and I would think, by version 4 it will be at the same level. But Picasa is free and Lightroom is nearly £200.

And I spend hours on YouTube all sorts of short videos. Political, musical, amusing, wild life, and so many more types. My Panasonic Vierra TV allows me to plug in my notebook and watch my YouTube videos on the large screen.

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Credit card debt

– or “I want it now”!

I use my credit card more than most. In fact I clock up so much that, at the end of each year, my wife and I manage a three day weekend in Paris when the money I earn on spending on the card (a penny in the pound) is paid. The commission pays for EuroStar rail tickets and the hotel bed and breakfast charges.

But, my friends ask, how much do you pay each year in interest. The simple answer is “nothing” as we pay off all our cards by direct debit each month. I have a pathological hatred on paying interest in any form. However,” interest on savings” interests me greatly and I really hate all the people causing all the debt as it means my earnings on my savings are deteriorating as the Bank of England reduces interest rates. In fact we pay all regular bills by direct debit in case we are on holiday when bills fall due.

I didn’t always have savings because a decade or so ago I had credit card debts and bank loans and the interest before I left the house each month was enormous. But somehow I managed to remove all the debts and started saving the interest I used to pay. One thing that helped was that I wasn’t afraid to tell my friends: “I’ll pass – money is a little short at the moment”. After all I could live without that money in the past, so why not save it in the present, for the future.

The wise readers here will use any rebates from the government to pay off their debts rather than going out spending the money. Don’t worry about the economy, there will be millions of people, stupid enough to say “To hell with it, let’s have a great Christmas!”

Those of you who read yesterday’s blog and have completed the “crash course” which Chris Mortenson has produced will know that now is the time to take stock of everything and start to reduce debt everywhere you can. Although I don’t agree with all his summing up at the end, in essence he is right, and up to the end of chapter 18. Chapter 19 is pretty straight forward but in Chapter 20 I am not 100% convinced (I “believe” but not completely). However, he has spent four years in research on this matter, he received his PhD as a scientist and has had extensive experience in the financial world. From this we can deduce that his reporting of facts will have been strictly researched.

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A course on 21st Century finance

Chris Martenson PhD has taken four years off to produce a twenty lesson crash course on the ills of the western world based on its financial ails, its growing population and ever diminishing resources. He has managed to tie all this together to show our overall position. It is very educational and I have to confess, just a little frightening. The link to the crash course is at the bottom but first of all, Chris Martenson’s credentials…

Executive summary: Father of three young children; author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business and finance.

He is not an economist. Chris was trained as a scientist, having completed both a PhD and a post-doctoral program at Duke University, where he specialized in neurotoxicology. His job was to gather data, develop hypotheses, and continually seek to accept or reject any hypotheses based on the evidence at hand. He believes in letting the data tell the story.

Chris started teaching at the college level as he enjoys the challenge of explaining difficult or complicated subjects to people with limited or no background in those subjects.

Because of college politics where an “effective teacher” was pretty much near the bottom of the list of characteristics that factor into tenure review, he switched gears, obtained an MBA from Cornell (in Finance), and spent the next ten years working his way through positions in both corporate finance and strategic consulting.

The most important thing for you to know is the impact that the information that he has now placed on this site had on him.

Before: He was a 40-year-old professional who has worked his way up to Vice President of a large, international Fortune 300 company and lived in a waterfront, 5 bathroom house in Mystic, CT, which is mostly paid off. His three young children were either in or about to enter public school, and his portfolio of investments was being managed by a broker at a large institution. He did not really know any neighbours, and many of his local connections were superficial at best.

After: Now a 45-year-old who has willingly terminated his former high-paying, high-status position because it seemed like an unnecessary diversion from the real tasks at hand. His children are now home-schooled, and the big house in Mystic was sold in July of 2003 in preference for a 1.5 bathroom rental in rural western Massachusetts. In 2002, he discovered that his broker was unable to navigate a bear market, and he’s been managing the family’s investments ever since. Since that time, their portfolio has gained 166%, which works out to a compounded yearly gain of 27.8% for five years running (whereas the broker, by keeping him in the usual assortment of stocks, would have scored a 38% return, or 8.39%/yr). He is a keen gardener preserving food, and brews their own beer & wine, and raises chickens. He has carefully examined each support system (food, energy, security, etc.), and for each of them he’s figured out either a means of being more self-sufficient or a way to do without. But, most importantly, he now knows that the most important descriptor of wealth is not dollar holdings, but the depth and richness of their local community.

He is helped by his wife and four others who are volunteers and who believe in everything he is trying to do.

You can visit the site and take the course as often as you need to get it right, and there is never any charge. You can donate but only if you physically click on the donate button. It is entirely optional. I am not rich, but will give a small contribution as I believe in what he is trying to do.

The biggest weapon those who would keep us down is the fact that we are ignorant of the bigger picture. By understanding the larger picture we are half way to enlightenment and, as such, reduce the powers of the politicians and others to keep us downtrodden.

So, go now and start the course…

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Socialism explained


Before you try to pigeon-hole me, I am not a supporter of any political party. There isn’t one which supports a Libertarian so I tend to vote for the best person standing in my constituency – whatever party they belong to.

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Tax give-away on Monday

I shall be tuning in to the Statement on Monday afternoon but suspect the news will not be good and that the Chancellor will make some daft decisions, based on his boss’s criteria.

For example, it will probably be tied up in red tape so that it can be channelled to the poorest. Personally I have no problem with that, other than for the red tape!

But it will not do what the government want. It is obvious (to me) that the people most in debt are the poorest in society, many of whom have incurred large credit card debts and, those lucky enough to own their own homes, high mortgage debts. These people are extremely worried and will want to cut down their debt, and more importantly, their interest charges. They will, on the whole, use the rebate to pay off some of their debts. So people won’t go out and “spend for England”. Rather they will sit at home and “save for their families”.

As I said, I have no problem with that. But, if I were the Prime Minister and desperately needed to stimulate the economy, I would give the rebate to the better off who would be more likely to “spend for England”.

There is also talk about lowering the VAT rate for a token period. This will not stimulate the economy enough, unless the decision is made to really reduce the VAT down to 5%. 10% may stimulate a little but I really cannot imagine a reduction of more than 2.5% or at the most 5%. The government just doesn’t have enough imagination.

The main underlying problem is that nobody is addressing the root cause of our monetary problems. Everything is based on Keynesian Economics. This just doesn’t work and there will be heartbreak for decades to come if we continue along this dangerous path.

I am a firm believer of Hayek Economics which is a stalwart of the Austrian School of Economics. This school, since WW2, has been based in the United States of America. They don’t believe in printing money, or increasing the National Debt at every little opportunity. To switch over to Haydek now would admittedly cause hardships, but would put our country on the right path so that we would all benefit in the longer term.

What school do you belong to? If you have no credit card debt, or indeed any other debt other than a mortgage which, when taken out, was for an amount with repayments no higher than you could easily repay, you might probably follow Hayek. However, if you are ladened down with debt, or haven’t yet realised the king is naked, you could well favour the Keynesian school.

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You need to know there is a recession.

Many years ago, probably mid to late sixties, I received a printed story which allegedly came from IBM. They had prepared it for their sales force as the country was approaching a recession (again).

Fred ran a little pit-stop drive in for motorists and truck drivers along Route 66 in America. Business was good. He built an extension for his café, then he erected a big billboard 400 yards from the drive-in advertising his café. Business was good. He employed two more waitresses and an extra kitchen hand. Business was good. Just before the entrance he employed a man with a megaphone to remind drivers to “pull-in” Business was good.

They had scratched and saved to send their young son to Harvard where he was taking his MBA (Masters of Business Administration).

That day his son came home for his vacation and was aghast as he walked in through the door. “Dad” he hissed, “Don’t you know there’s a recession on?” He cancelled the Billboard advert, sacked the guy with a megaphone, got rid of the extra kitchen hand and the two waitresses and, within a few days, the customers had all but disappeared.

One night, lying in bed, Ma turned to Pa and said “Aren’t we lucky we decided to send junior to university?” Pa thought about it and answered: “Yes, we would never have realised there was a recession!”

I am sure there is a moral there somewhere – see if you can spot it?

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YouTube

I have got caught up with this phenomenon and when I have time, spend a most enjoyable hour or two watching videos.

I have a wide screen Panasonic television in the lounge which has a socket at the back for a computer monitor cable and have set it up with my Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook – I can now see my computer screen on the television.

I now need to connect sound up as well, and I should soon be able to play my YouTube videos through my huge television screen.

According to the YouTube section in Wikipedia, they say that few facts are available about YouTube but they do say:

Few statistics are publicly available regarding the number of videos on YouTube. However, in July 2006, the company revealed that more than 100 million videos were being watched every day, and 2.5 billion videos were watched in June 2006. 50,000 videos were being added per day in May 2006, and this increased to 65,000 by July. In January 2008 alone, nearly 79 million users had made over 3 billion video view.

We are now over two years down the line so I guess all these numbers have dramatically increased.

I am not sure of the legality, but there are two websites that offer extra facilities for the YouTube fiend. Both these websites work without downloading any software to your computer – always a better way of going about things.

First of all we have “KeepVid”. This website allows you to enter the URL address of the YouTube video and it will then collect it and download the video to your computer so you can watch it and show it to your friends at home. However, YouTube does allow you to click on a favourites button if you like a video to make it easier to go back to it later. I currently have thirty-seven favourites.

The second website is “Vixy”. This website allows you to enter the URL address of the YouTube video and choose between video formats or MP3 sound files. It then loads up the software, converts it, and then downloads the converted file to your computer. One particularly good use for this is to take a music video and strip out the sound to play in your Zen or iPod.

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Think before you speak

I don’t think there will be many of my readers who won’t get a tiny feeling of “serves the bugger right” feeling after watching this thirty second video.

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Baby P

The strangest point about this case is that nobody seems to know why it is happening. Care services are having busy-bodies examine everything they do, hampering them getting on with the job, all because nobody is looking at the bigger picture.

The Socialists, and to a lesser extent all parties in the House of Commons, have a lot to answer for as they have been responsible for the “dumbing down” of society. Aided and abetted by the BBC who have dumbed down the television waves, it is no wonder we see our society sinking to the lowest depths.

Everybody seems to want to bring the population down to the “lowest common denominator” rather than to raise the populous to the “highest common denominator”.

Quiz programmes on television for instance are ridiculous. Programmes like “Eggheads” and “Who wants to be a millionaire” have multiple choice questions with the contestant choosing from a number of possible answers. Hell, I left school at under fifteen and I can score over 80% with Eggheads. And I don’t know all the answers, I just know which are not, and often choose one that sounds more feasible. But when I watch the real quiz shows like “Mastermind”, “University Challenge” and “15 to 1” I have a real problem scoring more than one correct in six or eight questions. Which brings me to GCSE and ‘A’ Levels. A lot of these are multiple choice so we are producing “scholars” who haven’t really got a clue. Ones who, like me, are just clever in spotting the easy path to the correct answer.

Then we have the “I’m a celebrity” and programs like the “X Factor”, not to mention all the mindless soaps. I am not saying we shouldn’t have them, but we should not have anything like as many. We need more programmes such as historical interests with plays based on Bronte, Dickens, Shakespeare. We need to bring the British heritage back with biographies of our greatest writers, poets and yes, even military. We need programmes explaining what is going on in the world. Take a country at a time, give a geographical picture, its relationships with its neighbours, its history, its economic position. The CIA do this in written form. If we did 12 of these a year, it would take a lifetime to cover every country. I think BBC 2 should in the first instance, be restricted to these educational programmes. In addition, the BBC should only be responsible for two television channels to ensure real quality. It has become too large and too unwieldy.

These are just ideas, but we need to look at everything in context. The care service definitely can do with more advice, but they are not solely responsible for the problems they have. And, they are definitely not responsible in any way for the breakdown in society.

The cause, which includes the cause of knife crime, and many other problems we are going through all boils down to the “dumbing down” of our society!

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When the music stops

Here are a few quotes from eminent people in the world of politics, banking and philosophy who can explain our system much better than I can. Any emboldening is mine.


‘Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.’

Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom (1913)

“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”

Mayer Amschel Rothschild, International Banker

“The process by which banks create money is so simple the mind is repelled.”

John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist

“I am afraid that the ordinary citizen will not like to be told that banks can and do create money …And they who control the credit of the nation direct the policy of Governments and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people”

Reginald McKenna, past Chairman of the Board, Midlands Bank of England

“If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash, or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless situation is almost incredible — but there it is.”

Robert Hemphill. Credit Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

One thing to realize about our fractional reserve banking system is that, like a child’s game of musical chairs, as long as the music is playing, there are no losers.”

Andrew Gause, Monetary Historian

“’The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented.

Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again…

Take this great power away from them and all great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for then this would be a better and happier world to live in. But if you want to continue to be slaves of the banks and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let bankers continue to create money and control credit’.”

Sir Josiah Stamp Director, Bank of England 1928-1941
(reputed to be the 2nd richest man in Britain at the time)

Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal, that there is no human relation between master and slave.”

Leo Tolstoy

None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

Goethe

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What I am learning by playing poker

My desktop when playing poker at Pokerstars
– as you can see, I am chip-leader

I mostly play in five seater sit&go tournaments with nine players per table. This makes a total of 45 players who start the game. Games last between ninety and a hundred and twenty minutes.

The main lesson I have learned by playing these games is patience. Some people are more lucky than others. I am definitely not a lucky person when it comes to games of chance. This means I can’t afford to be brave, and have to play a careful considered game. I usually play around one hand in every twenty and have to keep tight control of my patience as it is so easy “to take that gamble”.

There is no such thing as a professional gambler. By the very nature of playing often and earning a living by it normally means that you don’t gamble but play the odds. Not caring whether you win a particular game but knowing that, by playing the odds, you have to come on top in the long run.

Texas Hold’em poker is very much a game of skill, much more than other poker games such as stud or draw poker. As an example, bridge is far more complex than draw poker, but Texas Hold’em is more complex than bridge. To give but one example, the value of your hand can alter depending on how many are sitting on your table and your position, in terms of number of players, from the dealer. So all through the game you have to have a mental shift according to your position from the dealer, and this shift has to occur on every hand. On the last table, you have to shift attitude depending on how many players are left on the table.

So, as I do not get many good hands, I have had to learn the patience of waiting to seize the moment and, when I do, have to figure out how to get the other players to part with their money.

It trains your memory as you have to memorise how each player plays depending on whether they have a good hand or not. You also have to remember the exact way they have played the hand you want to bet on. Now, you may begin to understand my problem as, growing old, I notice my short term memory is all shot to hell. So, to sum up, no luck and no memory.

The tournament pays the top seven winners with the first prize being $31,500 (which I have just won) and, I might add, have won many times before.

Before you all turn green with envy, this is for what they call “play money”. It is not real but a good way of scoring success. I play as Ampers on Ladbrokes, and Ampers_ZA on Pokerstars.

I never play for real money.

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Celebrating Remembrance Day

Before I go into my “rant” I would like to play you a song sung by Holly, a young seventeen year old girl with her heart in the right place, and written by Eric Bogle. Very moving and very beautiful!

As an ex-soldier I naturally take note of Remembrance Sunday and I observe the two minute silence on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. But I do not celebrate it!

When I think of this, I think of our brave soldiers dying for our politicians. Occasionally they die for our country, but that is more the exception than the rule. I think of the evil politicians who are willing to send the bravest of the brave into battle, more often than not with sub-standard equipment, the wrong equipment, or sometimes no equipment for the job at all – all to save a few extra coppers so they can increase their own pay and allowances, sitting in the relative safety of parliament. I was sickened when I saw Gordon Brown at the Royal Legion evening. And, on the following morning at the Cenotaph. He had no right to be there after starving soldiers of the equipment they so desperately need.

The left like to bleat about the officer class sending the working class to their deaths. In actual fact a second lieutenant in WW1 had an extremely high mortality rate. They don’t like to blame their politicians who were the real cause. Generals run the army but they are not in charge of policy. Policy is strongly dictated by the government and if a General goes against their will he is quickly removed. A more pliant officer is very soon appointed in his place.

However we can gain some facts from the present war in Iraq and Afghanistan and this is that we are still producing heroes and our young are not as pathetic as the older generation like to make out. Mind you, in the great scheme of things the percentage of soldiers is, I would guess, lower than the combined percentage of the young on drugs, obese, muggers or members of gangs. And as for the officer class, may I remind you of the recent story of a captain, mortally injured, asking the medics to patch him up so he could rejoin his men. He died moments later. I am reminded of a book I read in the past where officers were described as “go-on officers” or “come-on officers”. This captain was definitely a come-on officer! One I would have been more than willing to have served under.

And, for those against the officer class, may I mention that the forces have little corruption. The newspapers, who like to smell out stories of corruption whenever they can, seldom find such cases in the armed forces. Yes there are a few, but considering the size of our armed forces this is a very low percentage. The police force do not have an officer class.

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Remembrance day

Did you watch the Remembrance Day parade this morning, and the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance last night?

I watch this every year but this year I was sickened to see the Prime Minister at both locations. This is the man most responsible for the majority of our troops being killed and maimed both in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is by not supplying our forces with the equipment they need, from protection equipment in aircraft, through the wrong vehicles which are susceptible to road mines, to soldiers having to share and take turns in using body armour.

But apart from this, I did enjoy both the festival on Saturday night and the parade on Sunday morning

This is a good time to remind all of Joanna Lumley’s Gurkha petition which closes on the 14th November. Please go to their website and sign it. It is so important for us to honour their bravery and to allow these British soldiers to end their lives in our country if this is their wish. The Gurkhas have served in the Army for around two centuries, and only receive a monthly pension of about £131, compared with his British soldier counterpart, who receives £1,000 a month. Is that fair?

I hear that the Metropolitan police want to recruit Gurkhas but I am not so sure this is a good idea. First of all, Gurkhas won’t be willing to serve unless they can wear their kukris (original name Khukuris) on their belt. This is their traditional weapon, a knife with a wide curved blade. It is almost a religion with them – and they have to draw blood whenever they remove the knife from the scabbard. This is why a Gurkha’s thumb is a mass of scars. They prick their thumb after taking out the knife to sharpen and clean it. This may not go down well with senior police officers, but it will put the fear of God into London street gangs.

There is another reason why they may not fit in. Gurkhas, by tradition, are steeped in honour. They would never accept a bribe, neither would they “bear false witness” or, in other words, fit someone up for a crime they did not commit. In addition, they wouldn’t bully innocent citizens. It is for this reason that I strongly advise the Met to drop such an idea. On rereading this paragraph I am aghast. How can I, a respectable citizen who has come to the aid of the police three times in the past, have such a low opinion of the present police force? I’m not even a motorist. Could it be anything to do with the politicisation of the police force?

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Project Notify

This is aimed at people who are aware of the terrifying way that money is created, not by governments, but by banks, out of debt.

If you are not aware of this, or that the Rockefellers and the Rothchilds are trying to steer us all towards a world government please don’t read on as what I am about to say will be meaningless to you.

You may like to come back to this as it is all well documented on the Internet. Here is an extract from one speech:

We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost 40 years.

It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years.

But, the world is more sophisticated, and prepared to march towards a world-government.

The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination [national sovereignty] practised in past centuries.

David Rockefeller in an address to the “Trilateral Commission Meeting” in 1991.

I would like to set up a process aimed towards producing a website aimed towards a gradual enlightenment of what really is happening in this world.

I am very conscious that this has to be accomplished in “layers” with the story of who is really behind the running of this planet to come at the very end. Herbert Marshall McLuhan, C.C. (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar — a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communications theorist. He once said:

Only the small secrets need to be protected,
the big ones are kept secret by public incredibility!

Which is why we need some of this information off the website.

We should think along the lines of a small website explaining what our planet’s problems are really about. Perhaps a page of those five YouTube videos showing how “debt money” is formed.

Then the next two pages on other areas of what is happening in the political and economic arena.

Finally a form to reply to saying that there are more lessons which will bring you up to the position where you will know as much as top politicians and economists without having to study any detail. This needs to be sent by email as they will need to do the “ground work” before we hit them with stories of the Rockefellers and Rothchilds.

These are all very loose ideas in my mind at present.

My proposal

Initially I would like to get together half a dozen people to help formulate the idea into a plan. It will nit be a final plan as such but a carefully thought out one that we can use to get a private group on Google, on a much wider scale, so we can open up the idea to wider ideas. At this stage we need to get researchers, web design experts, writers, people who are experts in gorilla marketing, and any other expertise that may be needed. This project was started yesterday and already there are three knowledgeable people in the team.

The first step of around half a dozen people should be free to meet up once a month in central London. Preferably on a Saturday afternoon. I say this as most people are watching sport and many central London pubs are less full. The one at Paddington Station for example have larger tables and I have held many a meeting there. The one in Euston Station is also ideal and there is also a coffee shop almost empty at that time there. And the Westfield shopping mall is gigantic and has fifty cafés and restaurants – sure to be room there.

Anyone London based or within easy access of London who would like to take part? Email me now!

The project name for this exercise will be Project Notify and we can use this until a suitable name can be found when we go public.

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The new Westfield Shopping Mall.

This is the new mall, the largest in Europe, that has recently opened at Shepherd’s Bush in West London. Pam and I took the tube there on Friday afternoon and were surprised just how near it was to the Shepherd’s Bush Central Line underground station. Out of the front entrance, turn left, and there it was after only a few yards.

Two models demonstrating the furniture offerings in the gigantic Marks ‘n’ Sparks store.

We only went for a look and to suss out the complex, but ended up spending in three figures! It was so easy to do – be warned.

One point which really amazed us was the fact that the management of Westfield’s had attracted stores from all over Europe and the world. One young lady in a New Zealand store told me their branch was the first in Europe. There was an Australian store selling the Ugg brand.


Although there were many of the old well known stores, the majority of the stores were totally unknown in this country, and all selling some rather nice, and exclusive clothes and accessories.

If you drive there, they have valets who will park your car for you, and people to carry your shopping! But be warned, these services will cost! We did not avail ourselves to their facilities!


A lot of money had been spent on the complex and even the roof was a work of art. In addition, the hallways were large with plenty of room for the crowds even though there were lots of stalls scattered all over the complex.


The stores were open until 9pm, 10pm on some days, with the outside restaurants open until after midnight. Finally, when my legs were aching, and my credit card was melting through the heat of being over-used, we made our way home, passing a surprising shop on the way out!


So if you want to buy a friend a five caret diamond ring, don’t be surprised if the staff look down their noses at you. “Five Carets! Really sir, have you tried H Samuel?”

Conclusion. The Westfield Centre is well worth a visit and, if you want to make a day of it, there is a choice of 50 cafés and restaurants where you can have lunch and even dinner. And, if funds are not too much of a problem, my suggestion is to buy a three ton lorry as you will easily be able to fill it!

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A closely guarded secret

If there is one thing in this world I cannot stand, it is “instant coffee” If I am offered coffee, no matter how thirsty I may be, if it is instant, I politely refuse.

It has been decades since we have had instant coffee in our household.

A lot of people buy it because they think it is easier, or they think it is cheaper. We use a beans to cup machine which is, I grant, expensive. However, we also own a Cafetiere jug. Apart from having to wash it out afterwards, which is pretty easy to say the least, a Cafetiere jug is just as easy to make real coffee as instant coffee.

A good coffee in Tesco for a Cafetiere is £2.79 per 250 grams or £11.16 a kilo. I may accept that, at these prices, “instant coffee” may seem a little cheaper. But there is another way.

Providing you don’t live too far away from an IKEA furniture store, you will find, near the checkout, a small Swedish shop area. There you can buy a very strong and excellent coffee for £4 a kilo. This is only £1 per 250 grams. The coffee is excellent and we have used it for years. And this tastes better, and costs less than instant coffee. They do one a little costlier for £5.40 a kilo but we cannot really tell any difference so never buy the more expensive offering. There is a red flash on the package to denote strength. The packet with a green flash is for medium coffee if you prefer it at a weaker strength.

They dare not advertise their coffee; they can’t cope with the sales they are already getting. But you, dear reader, are my friend. So I will tell you – but please don’t pass it on!

Whilst on the subject of Tesco may I mention their marketing strategy? When you look for food items, the most expensive is at eye level so if you a man, or perhaps a woman who doesn’t care about price, you grab what you want and move on. But the top level and the lower levels will have cheaper equivalents, and the lowest shelve will probably have Tescos own brand which is even cheaper. Why are Tesco own brand labels in striking blue and white? This is to make you ashamed when you are at the checkout so you won’t buy the cheapest labels. Read the book “The Undercover Economist” by Tim Harford, it will open your eyes to how we are fooled, these last ideas were taken from memory after reading his book.

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I may have been wrong about the assassination

On listening to Ron Paul on the Alex Jones programme, I feel that perhaps things are progressed too far towards a world government, and it seems that it will be the bankers (not your local Barclay’s Bank manager but the Rockefellers, Morgans and Rothchilds) who will be running the world.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) once said: “

“I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply.”

“Ron Paul on The Alex Jones Show” Prepare!!” – first video

If the above video has grabbed to your attention, you can watch: “Ron Paul on The Alex Jones Show” Prepare!!” – second video on YouTube.

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Will Obama be assassinated?

I think there is a possibility. Before I go any further, I would like to show you a short quote by Marshall McLuhan:

Only the small secrets need to be protected, the big ones are kept secret by public incredibility!

For those who haven’t heard of this gentleman, I show an extract from Wikupedia:

Herbert Marshall McLuhan, C.C. (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar — a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communications theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and the “global village.”

McLuhan was a fixture in media discourse from the late 1960s to his death and he continues to be an influential and controversial figure. More than ten years after his death he was named the “patron saint” of Wired magazine.

What I am about to impart may seem a little far-fetched to many readers. Many of you have heard me mention the Bilderberg Group which hold secret conferences without notes or agendae, each year in different cities across Europe and America. Participants at these meetings are bankers, politicians, chairmen of huge conglomerates and other important persons of note including leaders of the “free” press,

I have mentioned these meetings to people in the past and have been laughed out of court. In addition to the Bilderberg meetings, there is the Trilateral Commission headed by similar people, including American presidents, the Rockefellas and other important bankers.

Here is what one of the main participants had to say about these meetings.

We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost 40 years.

It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years.

But, the world is more sophisticated, and prepared to march towards a world-government.

The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practised in past centuries.

David Rockefeller in an address to the “Trilateral Commission Meeting” in 1991.

Next I would like to talk about money. Our entire production of money around the world is based on, and created from, debt. For those who don’t understand how this works, and you need to before reading any further, there is an excellent series of five videos totalling about 45 minutes.

It is important to understand the underlying principles so if you are not aware of the phrase “money as debt” or what it means, you need to go over to YouTube and play this video. After you have played it, click the first video mentioned on the right to go to the next one. The title should be Money As Debt 2 what money is & why we are bankers’ slaves (Only the number changes – 2 to 5)

Have you looked up the Bilderberg Group? Have you looked up the Trilateral Commission? Have you played the videos – or already know what money as debt means?

Then I’ll begin.

I believe that the present collapse of the corporate world (banks, insurance and soon many other businesses throughout the world) has been orchestrated by the bankers. I believe that the reason for all this is to create fear and despondency. I also believe that the terrorist threat has also been orchestrated to bring gloom and despondency to the general public.

I am not saying that 9/11 was orchestrated by the American Government but if the President had learned about it, I doubt whether he would have stopped it! The added “security” we have to endure when travelling will get worse and worse so that many will no longer think it worthwhile going on holiday. That will cause despondency!

This, to me, seems to be part of the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberg Group’s long term plan to steer us towards World Government. First of all, look for movements between the EU and the US to form a closer alliance. Then amalgamate. Look then to see Japan making noises to join the group and, once this happens, the rest of the world will know that if they don’t join such a powerful group, they may well perish.

You may also find the following quotation from Robin Cook, a former British Foreign Secretary, who is acknowledged by both Labour and Conservatives, as an honourable man:

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qa’ida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity… The country behind this propaganda is the US”

If the scenario I have painted above is what is planned, and you only have to read the part of Rockefeller’s speech to the Trilateral Commission where he says:

The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practised in past centuries.

you will see exactly who will be running a new “World Order” – the Bankers.

So if the plan is to bring gloom and despondency to the proletariat, what better way would there be than to assassinate Barack Obama? Let’s look at what will happen. First of all there will be disbelief. Then horror. Finally there will be anger.

The black population will falsely imagine that he has been assassinated because he is black. Failing to realise that he is as much white as he is black (perhaps more as his body was formed in a white womb and his blood came from the owner of that white womb, but semantics won’t matter here) many blacks will take this as a personal affront to their colour and go on rioting.

Police will have orders to go “easy” on them to make sure this isn’t nipped in the bud. There will be riots in every state across America. Whites will lose loved ones and material property. At the last moment when the riots start to subside, the police will receive orders to go in “hard” and then most black families will also lose a loved one. At the end, when peace once more reigns, there will be despair amongst both whites and blacks.

Remember the phrase Cui bono? Or “Who Benefits”? Ask yourself, if my predictions come to pass (and I sincerely hope they won’t), who benefits? Would it be the organisations who want to lead us towards accepting a world order?

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The Gun Law.

What a stupid episode this turned out to be. I was a keen pistol shooter back in the sixties and seventies but hung up my guns in the early eighties so the legislation hasn’t affected me.

Back in those days I had a Walther .22 hunting rifle with a 6x scope and a silencer. I also had a Smith&Wesson .357 magnum revolver, a .32 Baby Browning, a Walther .22 pistol, a Walther 9mm PPK and a Desert Eagle .44 magnum pistol. I was glad to give them all up, they were costing me a fortune in bullets, visits to Bisley and other clubs, and membership to one in the City of London. People would mutter their score after each shot. I would mutter “10p, 20p, 30p…”.

But the legislation affected many of my friends and I really feel for them.

Many of us come into the sport for various of reasons. I first came into contact with guns when I was in South Africa.

Between the ages of thirteen and fifteen I used to saddle up a horse and spend the entire weekends in the bush, right up to when I left to come to the Northern Hemisphere! A local farmer gave me a small .32 Czech pistol he “won” in WWII to protect myself. I also had a hunting rifle with which I would shoot small game, and then skin and cook for my meals.

I loved guns, not because of what they could do, but because of the way they were made.

I love any item that has been finely engineered. Because a bullet releases so much power, the weapon has to be made with so much precision, and to me, the end product was this very accurately, engineered precision and therefore, feel, of the weapon.

Anyway, shooting is a respectable hobby and before my reader points out Hungerford and Dunblane let me add that in both cases the problem can be laid well and truly at the local police’s door. Both killers should never have been issued with a firearms certificate as they had previously been found to be unbalanced. It was criminal. The only people who benefited by the deaths were the police and politicians who have wanted shooters to give up their guns for years! The shootings gave them this opportunity. Come to think of it, I wonder if….. No, surely not?

About a quarter to a third of guns were held by people with firearms certificates. The rest were held illegally, by criminals. Now, aprat from the police, 99,9999% of all guns are held by criminals, many of whom own fully automatic weapons including Russian machine pistols and Israeli Uzi’s.

So we now have far more illegal guns held, all over the UK, by criminals. Naturally the government won’t do anything about these, far too difficult! They pay lip-service to trying but…

And, if you want to buy an illegal gun? Easy – go to an East End or South London pub; it is only too easy to pick one up if you make your inquiries subtly.

Finally, there is one country where every male citizen, and many females, between 18 and 65, hold guns. Children learn to shoot at fairs and festivals from the age of twelve. All guns are held at home and not in gun clubs. Murder, in this country, is almost unheard of. The country has never been invaded since they took this stance centuries ago.

No – I am not referring to America! Here’s a clue, this country is in Europe and is very mountainous and they are heavily into the banking business.

Which just goes to prove the point made by shooters. It is people who kill people, not guns. People kill people, with guns, knives, blunt instrument, poison, cars – you name it, and you will find a “human” behind the weapon. And to upset Health ‘n’ Safety, it is possible to kill someone, violently, with a pencil or biro, or even a single page of the Guardian or Telegraph newspaper!

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Network Marketing

Now here’s an interesting topic. One where reason goes out of the window and people either hate it or love it. But many, both those who hate it, and those who love it, don’t actually understand it.

First of all I must nail my colours to the mast. I do not indulge in Network Marketing as such. I do not have the time or inclination. However, I may cheat a little from time to time by joining a scheme so I can buy product wholesale – but am often found out and thrown out!

On the whole Network Marketing doesn’t work in Britain, especially in England.

It has been going for nearly a hundred years. It works well in Japan where it began, and in America where the Americans seem to understand what it is about.

Network Marketing is also known as Multi-Level Marketing and Networking. In the US it is also considered a no-brainer. More of this later.

Network Marketing is not Pyramid Selling. Pyramid Selling is rightly banned in the UK. It works by the factory selling the product to its top agents. They put their mark-up on it, and sell it to the next one in the chain. Another markup is added and it passes it down, and so on. Finally the one at the bottom gets landed with an over expensive article that is very hard to sell.

Network Marketing is different in that everybody in the chain buys the product directly from the company (factory) at the same price and the company pays agents extra to run the business.

The general idea is that you sell goods and build up a team to also sell goods.

However, it should be treated as a very long term affair, with the idea of working at it part time for at least a decade before going into it full time. The other idea is that you do one thing at a time, copy the person who introduced you to the idea, and keep it very very simple.

Unfortunately, the very make-up of the British doesn’t allow for that. We are not happy doing simple things so we try to make it as complicated as we can. In addition, we think it is a ‘get rich scheme’ and because of that, either don’t get involved or, if we do, we buy lots of stock – because we want to get the maximum discount – and brow beat all our friends to join. Often, we deservedly lose them (friends).

The Americans have a good name for the business. They term it as a ‘no-brainer’. In other words, it is simple, so keep it simple – one doesn’t need too many brains to build up a business.

If you want to get involved, buy the goods and use them for a few months. Get to know all about them and then, and only then, make a decision whether to go ahead. If you have no faith in the product how are you going to encourage others with the product?

Don’t necessarily join through the person who tries to recruit you. Once you join you cannot shift your position – you are stuck with them as your upline. Find someone who you can get on with, and who is an excellent teacher. You can write to the head office and ask for the address of their nearest meeting to you. Go to it before you sign up under anyone. Learn about the system, talk to others in the break and sign up under someone who has a proven success record. Ask to see proof.

I have often found that teachers make good Network Marketeers.

People involved in selling to the general public do much better than people involved in selling ‘business to business’, however having selling knowledge in any sphere is a decided disadvantage. Impatient people and ‘get rich quick’ people often fail very early on. Timid people have a lot to overcome.

Running a network marketing operation is exactly the same as running your own business. You have to build up business acumen, keep expenses down, make marketing decisions, and train your people. If you feel you would find it difficult to succeed generally, in business, then you will probably find it as difficult in network marketing.

I am reasonably sympathetic to network marketeers. I treat the people the same as I treat those with religions other than mine, including homosexuality, and politicians of any faith. I tolerate and may even make friends with them, but only so long as they don’t try to force their religion down my throat. No pun intended!

My advice is, leave networking marketing alone, but if you want to go ahead, feel free to talk it through with someone like me on the sidelines who knows about it.

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Loss of data.

I do like the public spirited citizens who hand in computer memory sticks with government sensitive data to the police. I think it is highly laudable.
I also appreciate those who hand in the items to the newspapers to cause maximum embarrassment to the Government.
However, if I were to find a memory stick with highly sensitive information, evidently lost by a civil servant, I would not hand it in to the police, neither would I hand it into the newspapers.
I would take it somewhere most private, take a sledgehammer and smash it into a thousand pieces. And I would keep my mouth totally closed and not tell a living soul what I had done.
This would not cause our country any embarrassment but it would cause the maximum amount of fear and despondency to the department who owned the data and, because the information had never been found, the maximum punishment to the careless bastard who lost it in the first place.
My objective is to try and put the fear of God into people carrying such information around with them so they take proper care.
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Why I fell in love with Portugal

There are no need for further words, see for yourself!

Barco Negro by Amalia Rodrigues

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