Archive for June, 2010

Royal mail costs

I have recently received a leaflet detailing the Royal Mail’s efforts for automating the sorting of letters. The next stage should surely be to look at the wage bill of postmen.

I think, if they tried, Royal Mail could not only make life a lot easier for their postmen, but could also save on the time taken to deliver the mail.

For example, if people have a gate to their property, they could fix a lockable postbox to their gate or to the gate post. There could be a charge of £100 if they don’t do this but want letters delivered to their door. This would help compensate for the postman having to open the gate each time.

There could be a similar charge if the postman has to walk from the pavement to the door. Over five metres, £50 per annum and over ten metres, £100 a year.

These charges are not enormous but would encourage people to put in a lockable mailbox.

Packages would be rather difficult to make a ruling on, so these could be taken to the door for no extra charge, especially when they are “signed for” packages.

In addition, each town or suburb could have postboxes for hire at a low rate in sorting offices for those who don’t want to have posy boxes attached to their gate. Even less for the postman to walk.

Exceptions could be made for blocks of flats which have all the postboxes on the ground floor, but if they don’t, then each flat has to pay the price if over five yards from the street.

This could mean that the Royal Mail could stop hiring postmen until natural wastage reduced the staff by, probably, around 50%.

My ideas which I put on my blog are not meant to be taken up! They are meant to initiate discussion. Perhaps show a different way of looking at things.

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English Football

I have the answer for the reason why our National football team play so badly.

Try as the authorities may, sack and hire as many managers as they like, they won’t sort out the problem that way.

Footballers are paid too much money. Let me explain.

When a youngster starts to play football before he is recognised by the big teams, he is poor and dreams of making the big time and earning all that money.

Then he is “discovered” and moves up a notch and starts earning money. He still plays well and starts to make a name for himself. Apart from earning more money than he has ever seen in his life, he attracts sponsorships and the big money starts to roll in. He buys a Porches, or Ferrari, or if he has real taste a Lamborghini. He starts going to nightclubs, meeting glamorous girls, then starts drinking too much, the big boys introduce him to white rows and rolled up twenty pound notes, then football starts to be hard work, the drink saps his energy, the cocaine his will.

To ensure we win more matches we need to put them on £500 a week, with £1000 every time they win a match, and a £50,000 bonus every time they win the World Cup. All sponsorship money is kept in escrow until they retire from Football. Any moneys they are paid over these amounts are also kept in escrow until they retire from football.

I will finish up with a home truth. This will never happen and we will never dominate the world game.




Here is something being sent around for the umpteenth time as a joke, although it is part fact and part fiction. A full explanation can be found here, on Snopes.

In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew,
homosexuality is for her an abomination according to Leviticus 18: 22, and cannot be
condoned under any circumstance.

The following response is an open letter to Dr Laura, penned by a US resident, which was
posted on the internet.  It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law.  I have learned a
great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.

When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle for example, I simply remind them
that Leviticus 18: 22 clearly states it to be abomination … End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and
how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25: 44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they
are purchased from neighboring heathens.  A friend of mine claims that this applies to
Mexicans, but not Canadians.  Can you clarify?  Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21: 7.  In this
day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her
period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev. 15: 19-24.  The problem is how do I tell?  I
have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev. 1: 5-9.  The problem is my neighbors.  They claim the
odor is not pleasing to them.  Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.  Exodus 35: 2 clearly states
he should be put to death.  Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask
the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination, Lev. 11: 10-11, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.  I don’t
agree.  Can you settle this?  Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21: 17-20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a blemish in
my sight.  I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.  Does my vision have to be 20/20,
or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair
around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19: 27.  How should
they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11: 6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but
may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm.  He violates Lev.19: 19 by planting two different crops in the
same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread
(cotton/polyester blend).  He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot.  Is it really
necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?
Lev. 24: 10-16.  Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we
do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20: 14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy
considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal, imperative and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia

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Cameron, BP and Obama

Sub-titled: If I were Prime Minister

I would state in Parliament the following

We cannot interfere with Obama, he is President of his country and we have to presume he has a reason for his anti-British comments. However, I think he is ill-advised and if he has any advisors who know the difference between an English company and an international company they should quickly put him in the picture.

Whereas I cannot interfere with his actions, I am aware that his comments are affecting the lives and pensions of 39% of Americans and just over 40% of British pensioners.

I am sure he will look after his American pensioners should his comments destroy BP – I wonder what the B stands for since they ceased to be a British company?

However, with the present economy as it is, we cannot afford to look after our own pensioners as the status quo stands. But it is our obligation to do this. So we have to find a way.

From next month we will start withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan and hope to have the entire force back in the UK within three months. We can do this more quickly if we move them in stages. Immediately out of Afghanistan to a friendly country on its border, then more at leisure back to the UK.”

I would not need to inform the Americans as this would be on the world news within minutes.

If President Obama demands a meeting then it would have to be on British soil. We are not anti-American but a majority of people in this country believe that what he is doing is harmful and, in addition to this, we are not stopping terrorism by being over there, and the money wasted in this fighting zone is as bad as the billions wasted by us being in the EU. We could, if we were out of both areas, be totally financially solvent within five years.


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The Open University

I note, in the Telegraph this morning, that more and more children are turning to the Open University as they cannot afford three years of part time study.

About the only great thing that Harold Wilson ever did, way back in the sixties, was to create the Open University.

However, the corporate world weren’t sure about the students who passed and tended to treat them as inferior to students who went to a “proper” university.

But it wasn’t more than a decade before company management began to realise that not only were these Open University graduates  as bright as their red brick counterparts, but they had showed tremendous dedication by foregoing their spare time and studied hard every evening and weekend, to get their degree.

It wasn’t long after that the employers began to put a higher emphasis on an Open University degree.

In the newspaper I read the following:

Dr Latchman said: “The Review Panel, led by Lord Browne, has already stated that it recognises that student financial support for part-time students is not sufficient, especially when compared to the support provided for full-time students.

What utter bollox! (That is Afrikaans for rubbish by the way) Yes, I agree, the students do need help, but not financial support. If they are working, they aren’t spending their money going to the pub during the evenings are they? Yes, money would be useful but not given to the students in financial support.

It can be given by opening up schools in the evening so these guys can go and study together with a bright tutor always present to give help as best he or she can. The hardest thing for a student is lonelyness. Even married students can be lonely studying if their spouse hasn’t a clue of their subject, or the agonies they go through.

(Open University student drop-out)

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Compass conference

I “borrowed” this from a fellow blogger’s post this morning. I felt I should do my bit in spreading this information.

Compass conference, which took place over the weekend, had some interesting little hints at a return for the far left. It is worth noting that Compass’ own mission is to provide “direction for the democratic left”, yet they seem to be embracing rather anti-democratic left-wing forces.

The first example is from something Compass’ Chair, Neal Lawson, wrote in the Guardian. He said:

The collapse of existing socialism, east and west, means that these have not been fortuitous times for progressives.

Mark Wallace took issue with this:

Pardon me? So the collapse of socialism in the “east” was a bad thing for so-called progressives?

Precisely which aspects of the Soviet Union do British progressives identify with? The murderous police state? The mass famines? The crushing, grinding poverty? The racism or the homophobia? The censorship? The state-sponsored theft? The privileged, hypocritical elite robbing ordinary people to furnish their own lives of luxury? The genocides and deportations? Or maybe just the rubbish cars?

You can read the whole post at the source.


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The “Officer Class”

There is a misconception that the military “Officer Class” is only for the upper class and, if someone from the lower classes makes it through the selection process, then they will never rise very far through the ranks.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The Generals want to win wars and, if someone from the middle or working classes prove that they have the ability, there is no limit to how far a talented soldier can go.

The highest rank in the British Army is a Field Marshal and it is possible for a working class boy to join the army and rise up to this very rank.

In 1860, a young, very working class, boy child was born. His name was Bill Robertson. During his 73 years on this earth he served in the British Army; in 1915 he was appointed to Chief of the Imperial Staff, and in 1919 he rose to the rank of Field Marshal. And, of course, he received a knighthood for his efforts.

Field Marshal Sir William Robertson (1860-1933) became one of our most successful soldiers of all time.

In recognition of his remarkable career he became Colonel of the “Blues and Gold Stick-in-Waiting” and held the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, the Royal Victorian Order and the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Three of Britain’s top orders of merit.

His medals include the Distinguished Service Order, the India Medal, the Queen’s South Medal, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the 1914-1919 Victory Medal, Edward VII Coronation Medal, George V Coronation Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, USA and the Croix de Guerre of France and Belgium.

This is a little bit of British history which Brown and Prescott would not like revealed to their blind followers in the North.


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