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.

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Homo-sapien!

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.

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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.

Andrew

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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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The secret powers of time

10 minutes and nine seconds of an amazing, captivating lecture that goes a long way to explaining why governments don’t really understand the transition that our young are going through.

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University loan schemes

First of all, let me declare myself. I didn’t go to university and over the years I always resented paying for other people’s children to go to university through the tax system.

We need children to be better educated, but at present this is not happening.

We need to take the decisions out of politicians’ hands for a start. Perhaps to create an organisation to set the standards, the curriculum and the educational requirements of teachers. It will be up to this new organisation to work to a longer time-frame than five years so we have continuity of education rather than chopping and changing every five years.

This new organisation will need to structure education so we have schools which cater for the brightest children, the average children, and children with lesser abilities. Then we need to have a structure so that kids who don’t go to university have a further education which will provide for their role in society. This could be education in the trades (building, wood and metal working and other similar skills). And, of course, technical colleges. Then there could be an expansion of apprenticeships.

The cost of education for university and technical colleges should be paid for by loans and repayment by the student. But in not quite the same way as it is done at present.

When you go to a bank for a loan or mortgage you are quizzed on how you are going to pay it back and your salary is taken into consideration. There should be a body that supplies “bank manager types” to interview the student. Asking questions like what is their ambition, what do they want to do, what do they need to study etc. Then they should be assessed on their ability for choosing a discipline which will pay high enough salaries to be able to pay the loan back. Suudents studying to be a Doctors, lawyer, scientist, computer scientist or other top paying position should therefore have a better chance of getting the money than those who want to do, as an example, media studies – very, very few journalists ever make it to the Nationals or television.

Those students who aren’t sure of what they want to do should be encouraged to work for a year or two to see what they really want to do in life. We should have more mature students at university, ones who know what the big bad world is really like.

Those who choose a path where they will be unlikely to be able to repay the loan should have the opportunity to have a wage earning adult to guarantee the money will be paid back in a reasonable period. They should be a householder and willing to put up their property to cover the debt.

Going to university is not a God Given Right! And students shouldn’t go with a begging bowl to poorer tax-payers to help them earn a lot more money and then look down on these people in society who have made this possible for them.

I feel better now!

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Never say never again

Last night I watched a lot of the opening concert for the World Cup and watched Bishop Tutu clowning around. To many – and indeed me – in the early days thought he was an idiot but since the “Truth and Reconciliation” trials, realised that he was the true hero of South Africa. His idea was alone responsible for a lack of bloodshed immediately after the change of government in 1994.

However, with over 3,000 white farmers having been killed since then (1994), I have to take issue when he says “Never again will this beautiful land  see a repression of one people by another.” Has he not heard of the African youth leader,”Julius Malema”?

Here is an extract from a recent Daily Mail article:

The firebrand youth leader of South Africa’s ruling party, who has been tipped as the country’s next President, has praised Robert Mugabe’s land grab policy  in Zimbabwe and compared himself to Nelson Mandela in an outspoken interview.

Julius Malema, who was disciplined by President Jacob Zuma  for being ‘out of control’ by repeatedly singing anti-white songs and embarrassing the African National Congress, sought to defend his behaviour after being ordered to attend anger management classes and carry out community  service.

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There’s something about Joanna Lumley…

This was taken from today’s Electronic Telegraph.

In what looks like a shrewd way of winning round the Duke of Edinburgh to the idea of restoring Harrods’ royal warrants, his old friend Joanna Lumley is to open the store’s summer sale.

“I am not a spokesman for the Royal family, so I am not really the one to talk to about the warrants,” the actress tells Mandrake, diplomatically.

Which part in particular do you think warms me to her?

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Foxes in London

Over the last five years we have found that foxes have multiplied in London at an alarming rate. Why has this happened? Why now and not a decade agao? There must be a really good answer that can explain this, can anyone enlighten me?

Over the last decade there have been three instances recorded of foxes coming into homes and biting people. Surely we should put this into perspective?  As my story of how kids survived in the 30s, 40s and 50s mentioned, kids grew up without all the molly-codling that goes on today.

The cry now is, kill the foxes! How do you propose doing that? Shooting them? But haven’t you just called for all guns to be banned and only the police and the army being allowed to own them? Do you want thousands of police to go around shooting foxes instead of policing London?

Gassing them? I believe cyanide is mooted for this. I wonder how many pets, and perhaps children, might also end up dead if we do this?

There must be a better way to keep the fox polulation down. What did we use in the past? Can anyone enlighten me?

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The cuts won’t affect me!

Cameron is preparing the ground for a massive cut in public services and hopefully a reduction in our bloated state in order to reduce the deficit that 13 years of a psychotic Labour gave us. Bring it on I say. It will affect every man, woman and child he says, perhaps for decades. No it won’t. Not me.

You will only “suffer” if:

  • You cannot play a game of football without astroturf or floodlights, courtesy of the Council and a £3m pitch to keep da Yoof happy. In every town and village up and down the land.
  • You really liked having an Olympic pool in your town, even though you never used it.
  • You need everything translated into Somali
  • You have decided Poles are the right people to pick carrots whilst you are the right person to sit on the sofa all day claiming benefits
  • You are so incapable as a parent, you need an army of hairy lipped sandalistas to do the job for you.
  • You are incapable of taking responsibility for your own behaviour and actions
  • You demand your child has one on one tuition at my cost because it’s easier than teaching him not to stab anyone at school
  • You bought things to impress other people and can’t make the payments
  • You got your job because you are unemployable in the private sector
  • Your lifestyle “choices” make you unemployable
  • You believe that astral gems and aromatherapy are really needed in remote Welsh villages
  • You are fat and demand I buy you a mobility scooter instead of hitting the salads
  • You think it is your right to be treated equally even though you are a convicted thief
  • You think it is the States job to feed you, house you and clothe you
  • You are a Communist and expect everything for nothing, like in the 70’s.
  • You are Welsh or Scottish and used to living on handouts whilst drunkenly shouting abuse at the English, the ones paying for it all.

This has been unashamedly lifted from Old Holborn’s blog which I receive through RSS feeds every day.

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What makes a Socialist?

Is it envy? Is it meanness? Is it spitefulness?

The following example has been taken from a Daily Telegraph article yesterday:

Gordon Brown’s failure to turn up for the State Opening of Parliament may well have been because he couldn’t look David Cameron in the face. Mandrake hears that one of Brown’s final acts in the Downing Street bunker was quietly to organise a pay cut for his successor which he must have known would leave him out of pocket to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

On Brown’s orders, the Prime Minister’s remuneration package was cut from £194,000 to £150,000, but this was done with such stealth that no formal announcement was ever made.

I think that this is a typical example and readers can make up their own minds. I have merely given a few ideas above.

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War, famine and homosexuality

I think most of us know, from our earliest years, that Nature abhors imbalance and everything in Nature has a purpose. If we think about it, Nature also looks after the planet for us.

Have you ever thought why most wars seem to occur in areas where the inhabitants tend to have lots of children and the race tends to multiply so quickly? And, of course, this applies to famine and disease as well. I often wonder whether this is because Nature is trying to redress the balance. This is probably why, with all the facilities of medical science there are still 29 million Africans dying of AIDS each year and 40 million have H1V at present.

Let me explain. We plunder the earth’s resources and ore and oil is costing us more and more to extract from the earth. Then our planet is doubling its population on a linear scale which, at present, means that our six and a half billion Earth inhabitants will expand to twelve billion by 2047. Where are we all going to live, What are we all going to eat? Where are we all going to work?

If I am right prepare to see much more imbalance and more famine and wars in the third world as the years progress.

In Western Europe, we have not had any wars since 1945, thanks to the organisation of NATO. Some misguided fools tend to think the European Union is the reason for no wars, but, believe me, it is NATO.
And, of course, because of the efficiency of the Europeans and the more temperate climate, we have not had any famine. But until recently, we have had smaller families and Nature has given us a miss.

However, we now have mass immigration to Europe from the third world and these people continue with their large families and Nature has become concerned at the looming imbalance.

Homosexuality has been around since the Ancient Greeks, but have you noticed how Homosexuality has increased at an enormous rate in Europe over the last decade or two? Could this be Nature addressing the balance.

I would like to see a society where we come to accept Homosexuality so that people like David Laws can get on with their job without feeling they have to hide themselves. Personally I have always treated Homosexuals the same way as I have treated Roman Catholics. I believe in live and let live, and as long as they don’t try to sell their religion to me I am happy to befriend them, after all they are just “people” in my book. and they don’t have children!

The more wars, famine, disease and homosexuality we have, the more room there will be on the earth to sustain the rest of us. I know this may seem heartless but, you know, Nature is heartless. After all, part of their plan is that different “races” of animals and insects must eat each other so that no species becomes too large on the planet.

And if a homosexual is upset because I haven’t called you “Gays” I apologise but I really do deplore the hi-jacking of one of the most lovely words in the English language and cannot bear to use it in this context.

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Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end…

If you are reading this and were born in the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s this will bring back some lovely memories which children born later have probably never known, the poor souls.

First, we survived being born to mothers who 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 streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

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 Play stations, 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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Jump on the “money-go-round”

The Australians have produced a video to help the British understand the European economy.

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An interesting observation

I read the following comment to a blog at the Adam Smith Institutes‘s website and found it rather thought-provoking:

Libertarians on the right of the political spectrum have an uphill battle as socialism appears to be derived from intuitive thought rather than rational thought and as most people tend to be intuitive and subjective and not rational and objective socialism is far more appealing to the majority.

I have always thought that most people in England were, by their very nature, right of centre, and I have always been bewildered at how Socialism seems to attract so many voters.

Perhaps the “right of centre” parties should take note of this and start changing their tactics.

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