Thursday, 28 July 2011

Oligopoly of IT: Less for less: Up the chimney: Bentley blonde: Resurfaced Numptys: Golf upping: and Pippa gets some TLC.

Not sure about the nature stuff this morn at the Castle-dull, dingy, dry and humid, just one last thing to fettle in the garden-sand down and re varnish the bench then I can rest on my wrinkled old arse for a while (when the varnish has dried).
The study is bereft of any sort of ICU needing computers, and if this is what retirement is like I think I will keep working, I have never been so knackered.

I see that Government departments have been ripped off by an "oligopoly" of IT giants, a damning report by a committee of MPs has found.
Some were paying as much as 10 times the commercial rate for equipment and up to £3,500 on a single desktop PC.
The public administration committee said an "obscene amount of public money" was being wasted on IT.
Committee chairman, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, said that, according to some sources, the government had paid contractors between seven and 10 times more than the standard rate.
But ministers themselves did not collect the information required to verify these claims, he added.

No surprises there then, they should have come to the Dei.

Back in June this year he saidYes, in many ways the NHS is providing some of the best service it ever has.
But we have to be honest.
We're wasting too much money on empty bureaucracy when it could be spent on the frontline.
In the past two decades, NHS spending has more than doubled in real terms from £38bn to £103bn.”

More over-stretch, more over-crowding, the NHS buckling under the pressure of an ageing population and the rising cost of treatments and the principle we all hold dear and we all want to keep of free healthcare for all who need it when they need it precious principle coming under threat.

We cannot let that happen, and we will not let that happen.

Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.
Two-thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for "non-urgent" conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs in the NHS by £20bn over the next four years. One in three primary-care trusts (PCTs) has expanded the list of procedures it will restrict funding to in the past 12 months.
Examples of the rationing now being used include:

* Hip and knee replacements only being allowed where patients are in severe pain. Overweight patients will be made to lose weight before being considered for an operation.
* Cataract operations being withheld from patients until their sight problems "substantially" affect their ability to work.
* Patients with varicose veins only being operated on if they are suffering "chronic continuous pain", ulceration or bleeding.
* Tonsillectomy (removing tonsils) only to be carried out in children if they have had seven bouts of tonsillitis in the previous year.
* Grommets to improve hearing in children only being inserted in "exceptional circumstances" and after monitoring for six months.
* Funding has also been cut in some areas for IVF treatment on the NHS.
Birmingham is looking at reducing operations in gastroenterology, gynaecology, dermatology and orthopaedics. Parts of east London were among the first to introduce rationing, where some patients are being referred for homeopathic treatments instead of conventional treatment.

Liar, liar pants on fire.......

Children should be allowed to leave school at 14 and start work to boost Britain’s economy, the former head of the Confederation of British Industry has said.
Disruptive pupils would be better off abandoning mainstream education and “earning a few bob” to encourage growth, Lord Jones of Birmingham believes.
The former Labour Trade Minister said British businesses are struggling through a lack of skilled young people, meaning employers are forced to hire workers from overseas.
Allowing youngsters to embark on vocational training and get jobs at 14 would fill the skills gap while stimulating economic growth through increased spending, Lord Jones said.

It’s a shame that hardly anyone has a working chimney anymore-loads of prospects there for illiterate children, or how about bringing back national service?

 That would solve the problem of our shrinking armed forces and I can’t see a problem with 14 year olds running around with guns.......

A fair haired lady driver turned a parade of some of the world's most expensive cars into a demolition derby when she scraped her Bentley against an $111,000 Mercedes S class.
After scraping the Benz, the driver didn't hit the brakes in time to stop ramming a $207,000 black Ferrari F430, a Porsche 911 worth $118,000 and a $207,000 Aston Martin Rapide.
Despite the fact her 2.7 tonne Bentley involved more than $1m worth of luxury machinery, the cost of repairs is expected to reach just $60,000. 

Cheap at half the blonde...

Up in Worcester.
Some caring, intelligent Council workers resurfaced a road – but left a neat, unsealed rectangle under a parked car.
Residents watched in disbelief as crews worked around the Fiat Punto. “Its madness, the road will look ridiculous,” said one local in Worcester. A county council spokesman said the patch will be filled in later, at no extra cost.
If they were 14 year old “disruptive” teens they would have hot-wired it.

A golf buggy replica of a Ferrari will set you back almost £20,000 but is guaranteed to make fellow players see red with jealousy.
All the usual extras are available for the F5 vehicle, described by its maker as ‘more like a sports car than a Golf cart’.
They include alloy wheels, a hard top and leather seats.
And its battery-powered motor can hit 32kph (20mph) and last for three rounds of golf.
And if a classic Italian sports car doesn’t appeal, a Bentley and Rolls-Royce are also available.

 Waste of a good ride........

And finally: 

Pippa Middleton is to be honoured with a special documentary Crazy About Pippa on American network TLC, after causing a stir on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mass hysteria has surrounded Pippa Middleton since she served as maid of honour at Prince William & her sister Kate Middleton’s royal wedding in April.
Such is the interest in the future Queen’s sister, both in the UK and in the US, that cable network TLC have decided to broadcast a documentary with Pippa as the sole focus.
Crazy About Pippa will air on Tuesday, 9th August at 9pm where ‘those closest to Pippa provide insight into the life and work of the future Queen of England’s sister.
The show will also reveal that her new brother-in-law Prince Harry refers to her as a ‘foxy filly’.
Pippa has been declared Britain’s most eligible bachelorette by the US network but is perhaps more famous for her pert posterior.
Despite the infamous bum being barely visible at the royal wedding underneath her ivory silk dress, it somehow garnered a mass following online, with 237,000 people joining the Pippa Middleton A** Appreciation Society page on Facebook. 

Oh great....

And today’s thought: Happiness is good health and . . . a bad memory.



James Higham said...

Disruptive pupils would be better off abandoning mainstream education and “earning a few bob” to encourage growth, Lord Jones of Birmingham believes.

Who would employ one of these though?

Angus said...

No jobs anyway James...