Saturday, 9 April 2011

Speed it up: Pay as you go: Robbing Peter to pay Paul: No frills fight: Flower pot Numpty: Political brains: and Lower the law.

Looks like another wondrous portion of warm sunny stuff at the Castle this morn; the kitchen is empty of broken thingy’s and I still haven’t washed the windows…….or the rover.
The garden needs a bit of maintenance, the hedges need hedging, the borders need bordering and the shrubs need shrubbing, the shed needs clearing out and the eight legged hairy things need evicting, the mower needs a service and me spade needs polishing, on the other hand there is the F1 qualifying on the box and I have dragged the sun lounger down from the big walk in cupboard up stairs, now what shall I do……….?

Apparently the fuzz have adopted new speeding rules that allow drivers to do up to 86mph and avoid points on their licence.
The guidelines mean motorists can pay to do a speed awareness course instead if they are caught at up to 10% above the limit plus 9mph.
Police leaders said 37 out of 44 forces had signed up to the new framework.
Previously, only those travelling at up to 10% above the limit plus 6mph could be offered one of the courses.
But the amendments were agreed by chief constables at a meeting of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) in January.
For a 30mph zone, the upper limit for a speeding course would be 42mph.
This would rise to 86mph for motorways and other major roads, although the official limit remains the same.
Acpo said the figure at which a course could be offered was a decision for individual forces, and not all would make it available for higher speeds.
Drivers can only attend one speed awareness course in a three-year period.

Far too complicated for me, think I’ll just stick to the speed limits.

Allegedly Private companies should be brought in to build a network of toll roads and high speed lanes to tackle congestion, a leading business figure has said.
Neil Bentley, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, made the plea for outside investment as he accused the Coalition of lacking a “strategic vision” for the country’s road network.
He dismissed the £200 million pledged by the Government to fix potholes as part of a strategy of “make do and mend”.
Congestion, he said, was estimated as costing British business £8 billion a year, rising to £16 billion by 2025, when traffic is expected to increase by a third.

And the cause of most of the congestion-lorries, here’s an idea-why doesn’t “industry” do away with all the slow moving, wide, polluting juggernauts and use the railway system to move goods, or even the canal network then charge foreign “transporters” to use our roads which we have paid for over and over again.

When Sean Collins wasn't sure how he'd come up with the cash to pay his court fine, he turned to a bank. The problem is he didn't ask the bank for a loan. He robbed it, instead.

The Scottish man confessed to holding up a banking building in the city of Glasgow in the hopes of stealing enough cash to pay off the £2,000 fine he'd been ordered to give his victim after being convicted of assault in June.

Collins told a court today that his conviction had lost him his job and said he was struggling to pay his mortgage, according to STV News in Scotland. So on December 7, Collins entered a Glasgow banking society armed with a 12-inch knife and a can of tuna fish designed to look like a bomb.

Then, the 28-year-old man -- whose disguise that day included swimming goggles and a bright pink scarf -- approached a teller and demanded she give him money. When she asked him if he was "having a laugh," Collins threatened to detonate what employees thought was a bomb, according to the BBC.

Tuna is dangerous stuff, especially if it comes from the sea near Japan…

What started out as an attempt by a man to shoplift chicken by stuffing the bird down his pants took a violent turn in Peterborough, Ontario last Saturday.
Police said an employee watched a man place four packages of chicken down his pants and walk out of a No Frills grocery store.
When a security guard at the store tried to stop him from leaving, the man turned violent and punched him, police said.
Jessie Adam Johnson, 31, is charged with theft, assault with intent to resist arrest and breach of probation.
He is to appear in court April 21.

No chicken….shit.

A woman who tried to 'improve' a rare Chinese vase with a hammer is having to face up to the knowledge she has knocked £200,000 of its value.
The Qing dynasty porcelain vase would have been worth £250,000 in good condition but is now expected to sell for about £50,000.
The vase already had a chip in its rim when the woman, who has not been named, knocked the rest off with a hammer to "even it out".
The woman was so unimpressed with the vase after her "improvements" she gave it away to a friend to put daffodils in.
Years later, she returned to her friend's house and saw it in her garden. Taking a new liking to it, she asked for it back.
She kept it on her windowsill and was about to throw it away when she remembered seeing a similar vase that had fetched almost £200,000 at a recent auction.
She sent a picture of it to Salisbury auction house Woolley and Wallis with an email saying: "Is it worth hanging on to or, because of the damage is it worthless and should I just bin it! It came from my great grandparents."
Clare Durham, an auction house spokeswoman said: "She emailed us with a photograph and we instantly told her not to bin it, as she was planning to do."
The vase, otherwise undamaged after the unusual re-modelling, was subsequently dated from the Qing dynasty, between 1821 to 1850.
Woolley and Wallis are now selling the piece with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000 but expect it to reach double that amount.

A spot of DIY can be very expensive.

Liberals have more grey matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study today in Current Biology.

"We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased grey matter volume in the anterior cingulate
cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala," the study said.

Other research has shown greater brain activity in those areas, according to which political views a person holds, but this is the first study to show a physical difference in size in the same regions.

"Previously, some psychological traits were known to be predictive of an individual's political orientation," said Ryota Kanai of the University College London, where the research took place. "Our study now links such personality traits with specific brain structure."

 Study links personality traits to brain structure
 Liberals' brains linked to greater tolerance
 Conservatives' brains "more sensitive to fear"

I suppose the most surprising conclusion of this “study” is that politicians have brains at all.

And finally:

With the sun out and temperatures rising, the young women of the City law firm Allen & Overy decided it was time to do the same for their hemlines.

Unfortunately, the sight of dozens of trainee solicitors arriving for work in “very short skirts” did not fill senior partners with the joys of spring.
After several complaints about the amount of flesh on show, an email was sent to the company’s 105 trainees reminding them of the sartorial standards expected by their employer — one of the five leading firms in the City known as the “Magic Circle”.
Women were told to increase the lengths of their skirts and reduce the height of their heels or face “uncomfortable discussions” with the human resources department.
“We’ve been asked to draw your attention to the fact that HR has received numerous complaints about the way female trainees have been dressing around the office,” stated the email from Allen & Overy’s trainee solicitor liaison committee.
It went on: “The main problem seems to be very short skirts and high heels and generally looking like we’re going clubbing instead of to the office. HR would like this to be addressed ASAP so they don’t have to have uncomfortable discussions with individuals about it, especially as we’re now getting into summer and are more likely to be wearing less as it gets hotter!”

I wonder who complained.

And today’s thought: "Let's make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008


Bernard said...

Ha, ha!
I couldn't read that bit (short skirted solicitors) in the Torygraph this morning. It kept telling me "page not found". Am I on their "black list" I wonder? I'll go back later as I may 'pull' Foody's leg about it. (solicitor you see).

On this speed issue thing.
I was always led to believe that there was a 10% leeway on either side of any limit because of speedo inaccuracies. I haven't tried this but I believe they won't prosecute for 33mph in a 30, or 44 in a 40.
In my car the needle on the speedo is so wide that it covers a whole 2mph segment on the dial.
In this neck of the woods we have these flashing speed indicators at the roadside. I have been testing them out and sure enough they don't
trigger until you reach 34mph.

Have a nice weekend - ideal day for clearing Tesco trolleys out of the moat. :)

Angus said...

Just tried the link Bernard the World Wide Webber-works OK must be you:)

We have those blinky things all over the place Dahn 'ere in 'Ampshire, bloody nuisance and no one seem to take any notice of them.

Nice weekend intended Bernard, same to you, and the butler can clear out the moat....

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Love the tuna story and I'll take your advice and never do DIY!

Angus said...

The world would be a much sadder place without Numptys Welshcakes:)