Friday, 15 July 2011

Revolting Osborne: R.I.P. C of E: No news from Auntie: Diving Mum: Old Au pairs: and pluck a Duck Shark.

Not a bad start to the day at the Castle this morn, sunnyish, warmish, calmish and dryish, the study is empty of anything resembling a computer, I managed to do some serious vandalism to a very large “Mock Orange” shrub, his Maj is in the garden and I have just returned from the stale bread, gruel and cat food run down Tesco.

I see that George, son of a B.....aronet (and reptilian alien in disguise) Osborne is facing a revolt over his pledge that no family should get more in benefits than the average wage.
A Liberal Democrat minister has become the first member of the Government to openly question Mr Osborne’s plan to cap benefits at £26,000 for workless families.
Sarah Teather, the Families Minister, said she was “extremely worried” about the cap which will apply to all households where no-one works from 2013. Her concerns are known to be privately shared by a number of Conservative ministers as well. 

Should be interesting...

And according to Anglican leaders The Church of England will cease to exist in 20 years as the current generation of elderly worshippers dies.
The average age of its members is now 61 and by 2020 a “crisis” of “natural wastage” will lead to their numbers falling “through the floor”; the Church’s national assembly was told. 

Built in obsolescence?

It seems that Journalists at the BBC have begun a 24-hour strike in a row over compulsory redundancies.
Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) voted in favour of industrial action last month because a number of World Service journalists are facing compulsory redundancy.
The NUJ has warned that the strike will cause "widespread disruption" to radio and TV programmes.

Can’t say I’ve noticed....

A mother and her 2-year-old child were hospitalized after the toddler fell out of a fifth floor window in southwest Seattle Thursday afternoon.
The accident happened at an apartment complex in the 10600 block of 14th Avenue SW.
Commander Dick Malo with the North Highline Fire Department said a 2-year-old boy was on a couch next to a window on the fifth floor when he fell out of the window. The boy fell onto the fourth-floor balcony below, hitting his head.
The mother, seeing her child fall out the window, jumped out of the window to save him. She also fell onto the fourth-floor balcony and broke her ankle.
Malo said both mother and child were conscious and alert. The child suffered a bruise on his head. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Centre for evaluation.  

Where’s Spiderman when you need him?

Germans are ditching student child minders for senior citizen carers, with the country's army of fit and healthy pensioners preferred to gap-year students.
Child care recruitment agencies are saying that families now prefer them to young women.

"Family living in Australia with two children aged four and two seeks German replacement granny for three to six months," is one recent advert.

"Older women aged between 50 and 70 are often better than young ones because they have more life experience," says Michaela Hansen, 50.

He runs an agency Hamburg called Granny Au Pairs.
Sociologist Martha Berger, in Munich, said: "This use of older people is a trend we have seen in Germany for some time and I am not surprised families are seeing single senior women as a valuable resource for them.

"BMW has opened a factory designed for the ageing worker. There are openings for 400,000 skilled workers in Germany. Neither apprenticeships nor immigration can plug these gaps so people who felt the world had stopped turning for them are finding a new value that is good for their mental and physical wellbeing."

 Just what you want, a motor built by some drooling old fart......

And finally:

Swimmers have been unable to venture into Evandale Lake, off the Gold Coast of Australia, since a member of the public reported seeing a fin moving through the water last weekend.
Viewers were watching live on the Today programme in Oz as resident fishing expert Paul Burt reeled in the much-feared monster.
Burt was sat in wait on the saltwater expanse for the predator, which he was hoping to catch live on TV.
But unfortunately for him, he caught a rather more anti-climatic creature - a duck - and he desperately tried to get the cameras to stop rolling as he realised the catch wasn't the 'lake monster' after all.

'I got a bird! I got a bird!' Burt said. I'd go to another shot.'

 So who’s got the orange sauce.....

 That’s it: I’m orf to probe Vesta 

And today’s thought: For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.



James Higham said...

I was waiting for the relevance of Spiderman to be revealed. ;-)

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Angus said...

I get there in the end James-sometimes......