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Monday, 29 October 2012

Tory tossers: Sodomised drivers: PGI bangers: Private speed cameras Dahn Unda: Flock orf Madrid: and a Blonde moment.

Lack of warm, less solar stuff, oodles of atmospheric movement and nary a drop of skywater at the Castle this morn, just returned from the stale bread, gruel and his Maj’s food run dahn Tesco, they have “improved” the fruit and veg sections, mainly by moving everything about and increasing the prices.


 Too many on middle-range incomes are being dragged into the 40 per cent tax rate, and the Piss Poor Policies Millionaires Club Coalition should respond by increasing the rate at which the higher rate begins, and linking the threshold to earnings. That could take more than a million people out of higher-rate tax.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the MP for Spelthorne, and Priti Patel, the member for Witham, are worried that the tax system discourages enterprise and hurts the party’s appeal to middle-income workers.
Their report, ‘Motivating the Middle’, comes as Tory strategists debate how best to present the party as on the side of people who want to improve their lot in life.  

Another couple of Tosspots with their heads up each other’s arse...


The rest of the fuckwits infesting the left hand side of the bit next to the leaning tower of Westminster are considering a new “two-tier” road tax system as part of a Government review of transport funding, it emerged yesterday.
The scheme would see drivers who only drive locally and stay off major roads paying a lower rate of Vehicle Excise Duty than those who use motorways.
Ministers are reviewing the future of VED as the sums it raises for the Treasury fall. The tax is related to the engine emissions of cars, and the move towards smaller, greener cars is reducing tax revenues.
The two-tier tax system is understood to be one of several options that have been considered as part of that review. Insiders insisted that no decisions had been taken and that ministers remained unconvinced by the proposal.

If son of a B.....aronet George (alien reptile in disguise) Osborne hikes up the cost of go-juice by another 3pees per pint and a bit it would cost the economy at least £1 billion - substantially more than the £800 million in tax it would bring in.
Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow and petrol campaigner, believes the rise due for January next year will cost families £60 a year in petrol costs alone.
But it will also inflict wider, damaging effects on the whole economy, according to the new report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
The NIESR economists found there would be a drop in household spending, leading to lower national income and around 35,000 job losses.
The cost to the economy could reach as much as £2 billion and cause 50,000 job losses, if the additional pressure on inflation causes the Bank of England to raise interest rates.

No scare mongering there then...


The MoT rules have changed for 2012, with the Department for Transport adding in new tests and standards to reflect more modern cars.
From 1 January 2012, new technologies such as Electronic Stability Control are being tested, rules on lighting have been updated to reflect new features, and even tests to check exhausts have been brought up to date.
The new MoT rules also help the UK meet new European legislation that’s aimed at standardising vehicle testing rules across the EU.
To help motorists get up to speed with the new rules, the first three months of 2012 will see new failure points marked as advisories only. After this, however, any compliance issues with the new test rules will result in a failure.
Click on the link over the pic to see them all...

Sausages made in Suffolk have been granted a special status which puts them alongside the likes of Parma Ham, Champagne and Melton Mowbray pork pies.
Newmarket Sausages have become the 50th British food product to be awarded the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) from the European Commission.
It means only local companies can call their produce Newmarket sausages.
Grant Powter, from Powters Sausages, said it would protect the "reputation and quality" of the sausages.

Worth every penny of the tens of billions we pour into what is left of the bits over the channel.

Queensland’s peak motoring body has condemned moves to outsource speed camera operations as a "shameless grab for cash at the expense of driver safety".
The Courier-Mail revealed extra speed cameras would be rolled out across Queensland and operated by civilians instead of police in State Government changes aimed at cutting costs and boosting revenue.
RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy Paul Turner said the State Government had lost sight of the purpose of the cameras.
"The Queensland Police manage speed cameras as a way to improve road safety and outsourcing their operation to a private company can only mean that profit is the number one priority,'' Mr Turner said.

It seems that ripping orf drivers is a world-wide phenonmen, phinominum......thing...


Spanish shepherds led a flock of more than 2,000 sheep through central Madrid on Sunday in defence of ancient grazing, migration and droving rights threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices.
The right to use droving routes that wind across land that was open fields and woodland before Madrid grew from a rural hamlet to the great metropolis it is today has existed since at least 1273.
Every year, a handful of shepherds defend the right and, following an age-old tradition, on Sunday paid 25 maravedis - coins first minted in the 11th century - to city hall to use the crossing.
Shepherds have a right to use 78,000 miles (125,000 kilometres) of paths for seasonal livestock migrations from cool highland pastures in summer to warmer and more protected lowland grazing in winter.
The movement is called transhumance and in Spain up until recently involved close to a million animals a year, mostly sheep and cattle.

Not quite so baamy then...

 And finally: 
A pic to wind up those who are not of the brunette or redheaded variety


And today’s thought:
Highway Code


Monday, 27 August 2012

Another fine mess: Flying pig dogs: Monkey see-monkey picnic: Unconstitutional tits: and go faster Kia.

Calmish, dryish, warmish and just a hint of solar activity at the Castle this bank holiday morn, I’m orf to Tesco when it opens and his Maj is now bringing me frogs during the light thing and very, very large moths when the dark stuff descends.

Councils have lobbied the Government for the right to fine drivers who make illegal turns, encroach on yellow boxes or drive in bus and cycle lanes.
Ministers indicated they were “sympathetic” to the plans amid growing concerns from motoring groups that councils would use them as a “cash cow”. The Coalition had promised to end the “war on motorists” when it came to power.
Local authorities already have the power to fine motorists for parking illegally. However, they now want the same powers as authorities in London to fine motorists for other offences.
It is understood the Department for Transport has been in discussions with 20 councils about giving them the new powers. They include Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading, Salford, Sheffield and Southampton.
In London, local authorities used their extended powers to fine 800,000 motorists last year, raising at least £50 million. The revenue was on top of at least £250 million in parking fines.
Motorists already pay more than £330m in parking fines to town halls, which has spawned a lucrative enforcement industry for wheel clampers.
In 2003, London councils were given the right to fine motorists for traffic offences. The Local Government Association is lobbying for the powers to be extended to the rest of the country.
Peter Box, chairman of the LGA’s Economy and Transport Board, said: “Very little is currently done to stop the minority of inconsiderate drivers who block cycle lanes and bus lanes, pull up in cycle boxes at traffic lights and clog box junctions causing long tailbacks in rush hour.
“Not only do these needless infringements cause frustration to responsible motorists, they can also put cyclists at risk by forcing them into busy traffic

Oh dear, oh dear.....

At the Richmond county fair on Staten Island pigs have been replaced by flying dogs in order to minimise the risk of swine flu.
The ‘Labor’ Day weekend festivities this year will scrap pig races -- a decades-old tradition at the fair -- in favour of an act showcasing talented local pooches running down an elevated plank and diving into the water.
"It's like the doggy Olympics. These are amateurs. They will dash down a raised dock, leap into the air, and they are judged on a variety of different ways: They can catch things, on distance, height," said Ed Wiseman, executive director of Historic Richmond Town.
The canine spectacle will be hosted by Ultimate Air Dogs -- a national travelling show owned and emceed by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox.


Barking mad-or pigging crazy?



In a quiet area of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, you can picnic in a bear grotto and climb inside abandoned monkey cages. If you have ever wondered what you appear like to the animals in the zoo, this abandoned LA zoo is your chance to find out.
The site of the first Los Angeles zoo, the zoo opened in 1912 with 15 animals. Many of the enclosures were built in the 1930’s by Works Progress Administration crews and were made in the iron bars/pacing animal style that was standard for zoos of that era. The zoo was abandoned in 1966 when the current zoo opened.
Today the cave enclosures have now been outfitted with picnic benches and grills. A trail leading up from the caves gives you a zookeeper’s view of the lion’s den and leads to ever more abandoned cages, and giving one an eerie feeling of what it is like to be on the other side of the bars.

 Very appetising...


Some two dozen topless women protested in a New York City park on a hot, sweaty Sunday as part of what they called "National Go-Topless Day" to draw attention to inequality in topless rights between men and women.
The topless women drew crowds of onlookers who took pictures and video with their cell phones.
"We say there is nothing wrong with the female nipple," Karen Heaven, an organizer of the event, told the crowd that quickly formed around her in Manhattan's Bryant Park. She was wearing white pants and not much else besides a purse over her shoulder. "My dog has six, I have two, but I can be put in jail for showing my nipples. It's 2012 -- what are we thinking?"

No argument from me....

And finally: 

An Iowa woman whose accelerator got stuck as she drove up Interstate 35 in Missouri managed to control the vehicle even as speeds topped 110 mph and she was forced to the median several times to avoid other drivers, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Patrol spokesman Sheldon Lyon praised Lauri Ulvestad, 47, of Ames, Iowa, for not crashing her 2011 Kia Sorento as she weaved through traffic and a construction zone with no way to slow down.
"Not only to drive fast, but to go into the median, pull back up into the passing lane and hit that asphalt lip -- and not overcorrect -- it was really amazing to see her do that repeatedly," Lyon said.
Ulvestad was driving north on the interstate near Bethany, Mo., on Sunday when she realized her accelerator was stuck. Panicked, she called 911 and soon two state troopers caught up with her. One pulled in front of her to alert traffic ahead, while the other stayed behind her.
Lyon said the three cars covered 59 miles in 35 minutes before the woman's vehicle suddenly slowed and came to a stop on the inside shoulder near Osceola, Iowa, about 40 miles north of the state line.
Ulvestad told KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, that as she passed Osceola she was told to lift up the accelerator and push on the brake.
"And so I did that, and it slammed me from 119 mph to like nothing," she said.
Irvine, Calif.-based Kia Motors America Inc. issued a statement Friday afternoon saying it has inspected Ulvestad's vehicle but hasn't been able to identify the problem that caused her accelerator to stick.
"Our technicians have been unable to duplicate the issue and this appears to be an isolated incident. KMA will continue to investigate and analyze the facts of this situation and will work with the customer to resolve the matter in a timely manner," the company said.
Kia said it has provided Ulvestad with alternative transportation and is working with her to resolve the issue in a timely manner.


Note to self-do not buy a Kia Sorento...



And today’s thought:
Slap a ticket on that...


Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Water, water everywhere: Fine crime: Paint your manhole: Sheep bunny: Flip-flop lawn: and Paper cities.

Cold as the coldest thing you could think of at the Castle this morn, left at 4 of the am yestermorn and arrived home at 10 of the pm, met some people I didn’t like that much, was presented with an offer I couldn’t live with and had a lunch that was expensive and poorly “chef’ed”. 

I hate France...

It seems that the tosspots at Ofwat (or Orftwat) have decided that the foreign owners of our water will be allowed to increase prices by 5.7% from April to about £376 per household on average.
The regulator said that the average rise was made up of November's retail prices index of 5.2%, plus 0.5%.
"Inflation feeds through into water bills, and this is driving these rises, the twat at the top of Ofwat” Regina Finn, Ofwat's chief executive, said in a statement on Tuesday.
"We understand that any bill rise is unwelcome, particularly in tough economic times. We will make sure customers get value for money," she said.


Old fart Ken Clarke has come up with punning clan to screw motorists even more.
Drivers could see standard £60 fines increase by almost 70 per cent to compensate victims of crime even though there is no direct victim in many motoring offences.
Those who go to court to challenge speeding tickets or for more serious driving offences could pay up to £120 in to the programme.
The fines for motorists come as part of a huge expansion in the Victims Surcharge scheme, which currently levies just £15 on top of fines issued by courts.
Half of the additional revenues from speeding fines will be used to compensate victims, while the remainder will be used for road safety schemes or be used to boost Treasury coffers.
Ministers hope to raise around £30 million a year just from fixed penalty surcharges.

Fuck off....

Apparently “artists” have been painting their manholes.
Go on click on the link; mind you once you have seen one manhole.....

On a farm near Käl, in Sweden there is a new shepherd-Champis the dwarf rabbit has made himself indispensable around the farm he lives on - by taking on the role of resident sheep dog.


An Australian footwear company has reported ‘amazing’ sales after launching a new pair of flip flops made of fake grass.
The company’s website shows sun seekers walking along the beach in the grass slippers which occasionally need to be fluffed for added comfort.
The KUSA website explains: ‘Love the feeling of bare feet on freshly mowed grass?  Why not have that feeling anywhere, anytime. KUSA flip flops give you the opportunity to do just that. 
‘Where would you rather be? What would you rather be doing?  Close your eyes and you are there!’

The bizarre footwear seems to have been a hit with customers across the globe, appearing on various trendsetting and fashion websites.

Customers have been advised not to mow the grass to avoid damaging the product.

Thongs ain’t what they used to be...

And finally: 

Origami architect, Ingrid Siliakus, can spend up to two months painstakingly creating entire cities purely from folding pieces of paper.

About time she got a proper job... 

And today’s thought:


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

No credit for U-turn Cam: No good deed: Dodgy drivers: High tea: Pompey Penguin: and Spearmint strip.

Not sure about the meteorology at the Castle this morn-too dark to see, but I can tell that there is a lot of fast moving air about.

But the good news is that it is warm-ish.

Apparently David Cameron will today warn the British public that turning round the economy will be a long haul but he will insist that the country should not be "paralysed by gloom and fear".
In his closing speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, he will concede that the flat lining economy is in a worse condition than he expected when he became Prime Minister last year. But he will argue that the pain will be worth it, and end on an optimistic note about the future.

Mr Cameron will say: "The only way out of a debt crisis is to deal with your debts. That means households – all of us – paying off the credit card and store card bills. It means banks getting their books in order."

 Says the multi millionaire....

A couple were forced to allow fire-fighters to cut off the roof of their undamaged Rover after inviting the victim of a car crash to take refuge in their vehicle.
Natalie Brain and her boyfriend leapt to the rescue of the female driver after seeing her clamber out of the wreckage of her overturned Mini.
Fearing the car would catch fire, they invited the shocked woman to sit in their own vehicle while they dialled 999.
But when emergency services arrived at the scene, paramedics decided the driver had possible spinal injuries and insisted she could not be lifted out through the car door.
The incident happened following the crash in Blackwater, Surrey, during the evening of September 25.
Miss Brain, a carer from nearby Yateley, was heading home when she spotted the overturned BMW Mini and realised the driver needed help.

......Ever goes unpunished.

A motorist was caught driving while using a laptop, writing down the answers to a quiz on the radio and drinking coffee all at the same time, police said today.
The behaviour was observed during a crackdown on distracted drivers by Hampshire police, with other offences including a man eating a pear with a knife while driving and motorists using mobile phones.
The force hired an unmarked HGV cab for the initiative in order to get a good viewpoint from which they could observe and video offenders.
As well as the Scania lorry cab, police used two marked cars and a marked motorcycle for the crackdown, called Operation Tramline.
Sergeant Paul Diamond said: "This should send a very loud message out to motorists. If you are caught using your mobile phone whilst driving you will face a £60 fine and three points on your licence.
"Should you crash whilst driving distracted or on your phone, causing death by careless driving is punishable by 14 years in prison and we will seek to robustly prosecute anyone committing these offences

Must have been a woman-well men can’t multi-task can they.......

A Dubai restaurant has earned the world record for being the highest from ground level.
At.mosphere received a plaque Tuesday from Guinness World Records for the achievement.
The restaurant is located on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa -- the tallest building in the world. At.mosphere is 442 metres above the ground.
The restaurant boasts a grill, lounge setting and "outstanding views of the Arabian Gulf."

 Sod that.......

Day-trippers enjoying the heat wave on a Hampshire beach were stunned to spot a lost penguin frolicking in the waves.
Visitors to Southsea beach, near Portsmouth, filmed the penguin diving in and out of the waves.
Joanne Gordon, 35, of Aldershot, said: "I couldn't believe it when I saw it swimming around away just six feet from me."
Earlier, the bird is said to have been seen waddling around the harbour to the surprise of onlookers.
It's believed it was a jackass penguin which normally makes its home in South Africa, 6,000 miles away, reports The Sun.

I haven’t had a frolic in Pompey for years......

 And finally:

The boss of lap dancing company Spearmint Rhino has suggested hard-up students should consider stripping as a way to pay for university tuition fees.
John Specht, UK vice president of the company, said female students could earn good money while having "fun" working in lap dancing clubs.
His comments have sparked fierce criticism from student leaders who blame the government for forcing undergraduates into stripping to make ends meet.
Mr Specht said: "These girls earn a lot. Some of these girls are on their own and their parents can't help them or are unable to help them. 

Wonder if they are looking for daft old farts?

 That’s it: I’m orf to study the Sun-if I can find it.......

 And today’s thought: Do you have trouble making up your mind? Well, yes or no?