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Friday, 17 February 2012

Bedroom tax: Read it: Titanic lawsuit: Tiger snake ball biter: Blue Calcutta: and Charlie Thornstein.

Non weather again at the Castle this morn, the butler has returned from his well earned rest and is once again stuffing fat, carbon friendly teenagers into the furnace and his Maj has discovered the joy of sitting on top of my bladder at four of the am. 

The foreign flu is still running its course-I have this urge to colonise an African country and borrow a nuke or two...

Despite the defeat in the arse of Lords the Piss Poor Policies Millionaires Club Coalition is to press ahead with their 'bedroom tax' on under-occupied council housing.
The Lords had originally backed an amendment postponing the housing benefit cut until an offer of alternative accommodation had been refused.
But the ‘government’, which expects 85% of those affected will not be able to move elsewhere because of a shortage of housing, restored the measure - dubbed a 'bedroom tax' by campaigners - in the Commons.
Welfare reform minister David Freud responded by acknowledging that the government did not expect all of the 670,000 affected people to move house. He said claimants had a number of options to try to "make up any shortfall and stay where they are" before housing benefit claimants lose £14 a week if they have a spare room.

Allegedly a DWP spokesperson said.

"The majority of the public agree with the Government's welfare reforms and we look forward to delivering on these radical proposals that will make our welfare system better and fairer."

Yeah right.....

The Duckess of the bit next to Devon reckons that she loves being able to “forget about everything else” and immerse herself in a novel.
“I spend my life reading to my grandchildren, trying to get them to concentrate. It takes you completely out of yourself.
"You can forget about everything else and bury yourself in a book,” said the Duckess, who is Patron of The National Literacy Trust, the Wicked Young Writers' Award, Booktrust and First Story.

Do stop horsing around...

An Imperial Beach woman named Princess Samantha Kennedy claims the script of the movie Titanic unlawfully draws from her unpublished biography and family history, and last week filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement.
For the alleged infringement she wants all copies of the movie destroyed, and to be awarded all money made by the movie. The second highest grossing film ever, according to Titanic made $1.8 billion in worldwide box office sales alone after its premiere in 1997.
Kennedy claims the family history and biography was written between 1990 and 1992 and covers generations dating back to the 1800s.
Kennedy claims she only recently saw the movie on television within the last year.
The complaint also requests a preliminary injunction against the studio benefiting from the movie while the matter is being disputed.

 I do like an optimist...

A Blighty tourist was bitten "down under" by a killer snake while answering a call of nature in the bush.
The reptile sunk its fangs into Jackson Scott's testicle as he squatted in the dark.
Jackson, 29, of Glasgow, said: "I went into the garden at four in the morning after a night in the pub to save flushing the toilet because water is precious in the outback.
"Just as I finished and was about to tuck everything safely away, it bit me. I had my pants around my knees when I hobbled into Roddy's bedroom. My heart was racing and I was hallucinating.
But when he begged best mate Roddy Andrews to suck the venom out, his pal refused, reports The Sun.
Instead he drove Jackson on a 40-minute life-or-death dash to Hobart where doctors gave him an antidote to the deadly tiger snake poison.

One way to find out whom one's friends are...

Allegedly Calcutta will be painted blue, a local minister has said.
Government buildings, flyovers, roadside railings, and taxis are going to be painted in light blue colour, a minister in the ruling Trinamul Congress government said.
Owners of private buildings will be also be requested to paint them in the same colour, the minister said.
The capital of West Bengal, Calcutta is home to over 14 million people.
"Our leader [chief minister of West Bengal] Mamata Banerjee has decided that the theme colour of the city will be sky blue because the motto of the new government is 'the sky is the limit'," Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim told The Indian Express newspaper.

Says a lot doesn’t he....

And finally:

Back in the days when men were men and bras remained un-burnt, MI5 investigated whether Charlie Chaplin was actually a Frenchman called Israel Thornstein, previously secret files on the Hollywood film star have revealed.
Intelligence officers could find no trace of the actor's birth in Britain despite Chaplin always claiming he was born in London in 1889.
The mystery surrounding his origins emerged when the US authorities asked MI5 to look into the comic actor's background after he left America in 1952 under a cloud of suspicion over his communist links.
But British officers could find no birth certificate and the earliest official record was a passport issued in 1920.
They investigated suggestions he was born in Fontainebleau, near Paris, or nearby Melun, while the Americans claimed his real name was Israel Thornstein and raised the idea he may have been a Russian Jew.
Despite extensive searches, MI5 could find no evidence of any of the claims leaving his true origins a mystery to this day.

A funny Frenchman..........Nah...

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