Archive for October, 2009

A misplaced joke

The following was sent to me as a joke, but I almost cried when I think what “Political Correctness”, mollycoddling and “Health and Safety” have done to the present generation. Read and contemplate!


Congratulations to all my friends who were born in the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle..

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because… we were always outside playing!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms…

We had friends and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

Rugby and cricket had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on merit.

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully’s always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all!

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Do you use Linux?

A lot of people do. I have the new Amazon Kindle, and that runs on Linux, I also have an HTC Hero phone – and that runs Linux as well,

Look down the list below my sign-off and see if you do.

My point here is, Linux may not be in the main stream with home users, but manufacturers are quickly beginning to see how well-behaved the product can be.

A quick rule of thumb for changing over to Linux from Windows on your PC is as follows.

If you only use your PC for writing letters, email, and Googling, and you don’t need to interact with “state of the art” gadgets, then changing over to Linux is a doddle. Your operating system and software is not only free, but there around 18,000 free programs out there which you might like to play with in the future.

Heavy gadget users where you need to interact with your computer, heavy games players and those who use complex programsm such as Adobe’s Creative Suite should not move over until they can find out whether there is Linux software which will do the trick.

Linux can also bring to life older computers which have trouble running on Windows.

Linux is getting better every year and if it is not for you today, it could be in the future.

The simplest and easiest Linux to use is Ubuntu.


Linux machines:


Aleutia · Eee Box · fit-PC · Lemote · Linutop · ThinCan · WE Appliance · Zonbu


Aspire One · Averatec Buddy · Classmate PC · CloudBook · ECS G10IL · Eee PC · Elonex ONE/ONEt · Gigabyte M912 · HP Mini 1000/2133 · Inspiron Mini · MSI Wind · Nanobook · Noahpad · OLPC · One A110 · OpenBook · Skytone Alpha-400 · Tianhua GX-1C


Actiontec MI424WR · Asus Routers · BT Home Hub · Buffalo AirStation · Junxion Box · Linksys WRT54G series · Netgear FVS336G · Picotux · Killer NIC


Buffalo LinkStation / TeraStation · Linksys NSLU2 · Synology · WD My Book


Chumby · CrunchPad · Gumstix · Palm Foleo · Beagle Board · SheevaPlug
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DBox2 · Dreambox · Hauppauge MediaMVP · Neuros OSD · TiVo · Wizpy


Amazon Kindle · Archos PMA400 · ILiad · Nokia 770 / N800 / N810 · N900 · Pepper Pad · Zaurus · Sony Reader · Zipit


HTC Dream · HTC Magic · HTC Hero · HTC Tattoo · Motorola ROKR Z6 / RAZR2 V8 · Neo 1973 / FreeRunner · Nokia N900 · Palm Pre · Samsung I7500


GP2X (Wiz) · mylo · Pandora · Dingoo


What does "unlimited" mean?


adjective not limited or restricted; infinite.

Broadband and mobile phone companies should take note. It does not mean unlimited up to a certain amount.If you use the word “unlimited” to mean a limited offer you are guilty of deceiving your customers.

I made this point to Virgin who said “Everyone’s doing it”. A good excuse I told them. Does this mean that if half the people in your street go shoplifting in Harrods, it means it’s OK for you to go in and steal an iPod or something?

“Everyone’s doing it” is no excuse for dishonesty and crookedness.


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Why people like Helen Rimmer are idiots

Tesco have come up with a way of helping people save on perishable goods. It is not a be all and end all of green but it is just one contribution. What it is is not really part of this blog.

However, Helen Rimmer, food campaigner with Friends of the Earth, said it was “staggeringly hypocritical” for companies like Tesco to claim the high ground on environmental issues. She said that if Tesco really wanted to help the planet it will take more than replacing ‘bogofs’ with ‘bogofls’.

I know what she is getting at, but I think it is an unproductive way of going about achieving her aims.

The difference between Helen and myself? If I had her job, I would say, “That is a good idea, and is a start, what else have Tesco got in mind to really make a difference?”

It is all a matter of terminology and approach. Helen’s approach will never really achieve anything, other than annoy the very people who might be able to make a difference. Helen is surely related to a character in Red Dwarf!


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Liberty. Where art thou?

Senaca, the mid first century Roman philosopher once said “He, who is brave, is free!”

Here is a video that is well worth a few minutes viewing time.


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For my friends from Africa

WARNING – if you have left the country to make a life elsewhere, play this video with caution.


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Hague gives Brown a list….

Taken from Dizzy Thinks website

William Hague certainly trumped Gordon Brown’s conference speech list of Labour “achievements” last week with the following list of Labour’s legacy.

– £22,500 of debt for every child born in Britain
– 111 tax rises from a government that promised no tax rises at all
– The longest national tax code in the world
– 100,000 million pounds drained from British pension funds
– Gun crime up by 57%
– Violent crime up 70%
– The highest proportion of children living in workless households anywhere in Europe
– The number of pensioners living in poverty up by 100,000
– The lowest level of social mobility in the developed world
– The only G7 country with no growth this year
– One in six young people neither earning nor learning
– 5 million people on out-of –work benefits
– Missing the target of halving child poverty
– Ending up with child poverty rising in each of the last three years instead
– Cancer survival rates among the worst in Europe
– Hospital-acquired infections killing nearly three times as many people as are killed on the roads
– Falling from 4th to 13th in the world competitiveness league
– Falling from 8th to 24th in the world education rankings in maths
– Falling from 7th to 17th in the rankings in literacy
– The police spending more time on paperwork than on the beat
– Fatal stabbings at an all-time high
– Prisoners released without serving their sentences
– Foreign prisoners released and never deported
– 7 million people without an NHS dentist
– Small business taxes going up
– Business taxes raised from among the lowest to among the highest in Europe
– Tax rises for working people set for after the election
– The 10p tax rate abolished
– And the ludicrous promise to have ended boom and bust
– Our gold reserves sold for a quarter of their worth
– Our armed forces overstretched and under-supplied
– Profitable post offices closed against their will
– One of the highest rates of family breakdown in Europe
– The ‘Golden Rule’ on borrowing abandoned when it didn’t fit
– Police inspectors in 10,Downing Street
– Dossiers that were dodgy
– Mandelson resigning the first time
– Mandelson resigning the second time
– Mandelson coming back for a third time
– Bad news buried
– Personal details lost
– An election bottled
– A referendum denied

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