Showing posts with label libya. Show all posts
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Friday, 29 April 2011

THE big day: PPP Dave C is upping the game: “Companion Animals”: Noosa bums: Fishzillas: and …bless.

It is finally here, the day that the world has been waiting for, the weather is perfect-slightly cloudy. Not too hot or cold and calm.

All the preparations are made, the crowds have been gathering for days in anticipation, the barriers are up, the police cordon is in place and the worlds press are ensconced in temporary towers with cameras trained on the “arena”.

The excitement is building and you can feel the electricity in the air, and with military precision at exactly 10.59am on this Friday morn………………..I will step into the courtyard and begin washing the Honda.

Well……….there’s not much else going on… there?

In an interview broadcast on US TV network CBS last night, U-turn Cam was asked whether he could envisage arming the rebel forces "in a more significant way".

He replied: "I wouldn't rule that out, but what we have done so far is we've helped the rebels, in line with the UN resolution 1973, to protect civilian life by giving them better communications equipment."

Downing Street stressed that there were no current plans to arm Libyan rebels.

Yeah right.

Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting.

Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.

Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.

The call comes from the editors of the Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.

I no longer have an “animal companion” but when I did she didn’t care what I called her as long as her food bowl was full, and there was a nice warm lap available.

The Nude Olympics is on this weekend on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, with about 500 people expected to compete.

The annual event at Alexandria Bay Beach in the Noosa National Park was due to be held in March but had to be postponed due to floodwaters damaging the walking tracks to the beach.

Organiser Dean says the emphasis on Sunday's event is having fun rather than winning gold medals.

"We do a lot of beach sprints, egg-throwing contests, conga lines, marathons, tug of wars," he said.

"There's a whole bucket load of stuff we do, but like I say, the emphasis is more on fun and camaraderie than out-and-out blood and guts glory.

"As in most events the umpire's decision is final, but when we get down to events like the men and women's 'best bum' or the 'magnificent mums' we usually have to fight the judges off with a stick because everybody wants to get involved with presenting those medals."

What a crack!

A man has been accused of illegally importing nearly 4,000 snakehead fish, otherwise known as 'Fishzillas'.

The Brooklyn seafood importer has been accused of illegally importing the predatory freshwater creature that has been outlawed in New York State since 2004.

Yong Hao Wu, a co-owner of Howei Trading, Inc., of Brooklyn, faces up to four years in prison if convicted on charges of felony commercialisation of wildlife and importing fish dangerous to indigenous fish populations.

Snakeheads are air-breathers and can travel short distances over land, writhing their body and fins until they reach a suitable aquatic habitat, according to prosecutors.

That’s handy-a fish that eats its own chips.

And finally:

After discovering a teeny tiny baby rabbit abandoned by its mum in their garden, an American family realised it was paraplegic and set about crafting it an appropriately small cart-type contraption to help it get around.

Meals on wheels.

And today’s thought: "We have a firm commitment to NATO; we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe." - Dan Quayle


Friday, 8 April 2011

Fuelled off: Harry’s crack: Piss Poor Policies Dave C U-turns again: Enigmatic exhumation: 'Wonderfully rude' Craigievar Castle: and is the Big Apple an Onion?

Yet another wondrous day at the Castle this morn, mainly because I didn’t wash the windows yesterday, usual problem-broken computers, but I did splash out on a curry last eve which was very tasty and very hot and has left me with fluttering sphincter syndrome this Friday am, hence the lateness of this post-that’ll teach me.

Still looking for a classic car as a summer project, prices are very high at the moment and just to add to the difficulties the cost of petrol has wiped out the tax cut kindly given to us by that son of a B…..aronet George Osborne.

Drivers are now paying an average of 133.5 pence a litre for unleaded, the same price as it was on
March 21.
Diesel, meanwhile, has reached 140.13 pence a litre just 0.13 pence short of the record set on March 23.
With oil hovering around $120 a barrel on the world market, another three pence of prices are in the pipeline by the end of the month.
Meanwhile Adrian Tink of the RAC added. "The volatile oil market has meant that drivers have seen very little benefit from the duty cut. Prices are continuing to spiral upwards with no end in sight to the high prices.
"The Chancellor made a great deal about the 'Fair Fuel Stabiliser' but it's only stabilising government revenue – motorists are still going to be hit by the rising cost of fuel.”

Thanks George……

It seems that Prince Harry is stranded by crack-s; all flights out of Borneo Ice Airfield - about 200 miles (320km) from the North Pole - have been cancelled while the runway is rebuilt.
The prince was due to fly home on Thursday, but Clarence House said it could be 48 hours before he can leave.
Expedition spokesman Alex Rayner said airfield crews were working round the clock to rebuild the runway.
"It is a feat of engineering to build a runway on what is effectively a floating piece of ice on the Arctic Ocean.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have Prince Harry back on dry land within the next 48 hours."

Ah… the old “cracks in the runway ploy”.

He is “actively engaged” in a reassessment of Britain’s military capabilities and planned reductions in equipment and manpower, sources have disclosed.
The rethink has raised hopes that some of the cuts to military aircraft and ships in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) could be postponed or even reversed. Insiders said it was not too late for a change of mind on the decision to cut the number of RAF Tornados and scrap surveillance planes. Some Royal Navy frigates could also be spared, or have their retirement delayed.
In the first sign of compromise on defence cuts, Mr Cameron has ordered the Treasury to give the Ministry of Defence a reprieve on its overspent 2011-12 budget. The £800 million climb down will spare the Armed Forces further cuts this year. Senior government figures admitted that the Libyan conflict has raised questions about the wisdom of cuts that will leave Britain facing a “dip” in its military capabilities for several years

Dave must be tired of changing direction by now-I know I am.

Researchers will attempt to identify the woman who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, by digging up the remains of an Italian noblewoman.
Art historian Silvano Vinceti believes that by locating the remains of Lisa Gherardini, he can prove whether she was the artist's model.
A recently discovered death certificate suggests she died in 1542 and is interred in a convent in Florence.
The excavation will begin at Saint Orsola later this month.
The mystery behind the Mona Lisa and her enigmatic smile has baffled art experts for five-hundred years.

Bet she isn’t smiling now……

A waterspout at a castle has been described as "unexpected" and "wonderfully rude" by staff who has documented the property's gargoyles.
Believed to be a female fertility symbol, it was among stone carvings that decorated the upper walls of Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) made a study of the carvings.
Images taken of them have been uploaded onto the RCAHMS' website.
A book about the stonework and the study made during a major restoration of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property has also been published.
Records of the Craigievar carvings join data the RCAHMS has gathered on rock art, sculptures and also Pictish carvings found across Scotland.
Commission staff carried out its work at Craigievar in partnership with NTS between 2007 and 2009, recording the 17th Century carved cannons, waterspouts and gargoyles fixed to the castle's walls.
The waterspout listed as number 394 is thought to be a fertility symbol.

Spiffing…there are a few rude things at the Angus castle as well.

And finally:

 A political battle is under way in New York – over whether the onion or the sweetcorn should be made the official state vegetable.
While New York counts the apple as its official fruit, the rose as its official flower and even the beaver as its official animal, a vacancy exists for the vegetable that best sums up the empire state.
A bill that would see the onion victorious has been proposed in the state senate by David Carlucci, an independent Democrat from Rockland County.
Mr Carlucci's constituency contains the "black dirt" region, which produces half of all onions consumed in New York. His bill states: "Onions are one of the most important vegetable crops in New York in terms of crop value".
Meanwhile Michael Nozzolio, a Republican from Seneca County, insists that the honour must be bestowed on the sweetcorn. He has quickly gained the support of several Republican colleagues.

So is the Big Apple an onion or a tin of sweetcorn? Send your choice Here.

And today’s thought: "A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist." - Franklin Jones


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

‘Worrying times’: Lansley does a half U-turn: Easter’s orf: Fast jobs: Life’s a beach: and a second hand TV.

Cold, wet and windy at the Castle this morn, the kitchen is empty of any sort of electronic adding machines and I didn’t cut the grass or wash the Rover, it’s a hard life.
I received my Local Elections and Referendum leaflet through the portcullis yesterday which I started to read but by page three I gave up after seeing “You show your choice by putting a cross (X) in the “Yes” or “No” box on your ballot paper”

Engineers struggling to stem radiation leaks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have dumped 11,500 tonnes of radioactive water into the sea in their ongoing battle to restore control over its crippled reactors.
The low-level radioactive water was released into the Pacific Ocean on Monday to create space for more highly contaminated water.
"We have no choice but to safely release water tainted with radioactive materials into the ocean as a safety measure," said Yukio Edano, Japan's chief cabinet secretary.
Engineers were also planning to build a giant silk curtain in the ocean to contain contamination, the latest in a string of increasingly desperate measures.
Powdered bath salts were also being used to turn the water a milky white in order to help trace the source of radiation leaks.

That’s the last tin of Pacific Tuna I will buy.

Silly Billy Hague has told Parliament that the UK is not involved in arming Libyan rebels but that non-lethal military equipment such as telecommunications infrastructure to Libya’s interim transitional council may be provided to support them.

Yeah right……

The UK faces a fragile economic recovery, with a worrying overall picture, a survey has suggested.
The latest quarterly survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said firms faced cash flow constraints.
The survey suggested that in the first quarter the economy returned to growth.
But the BCC said "the upturn in Q1 is likely to have been only slightly larger than the decline of 0.5% seen in Q4 2010", when the severe weather caused disruptions.
That would mean output levels were only "marginally higher" than they were before the weather took its toll, the BCC said.


As usual the Piss Poor Policies Coalition has decided to “delay” their latest attack on the NHS, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, has announced that the Government's controversial plans to reform the NHS are to be delayed to allow more time for consultation.
Mr Lansley told MPs there were ''genuine concerns'' with the proposals, which would see primary care trusts abolished and GPs handed responsibility for commissioning health services.
And went on-"We want to continue to listen to, engage with and learn from experts, patients and frontline staff within the NHS and beyond and to respond accordingly.
"I can therefore tell the House that we propose to take the opportunity to take a natural break in the passage of the Bill - to pause, to listen and to engage with all those who want the NHS to succeed and to subsequently bring forward amendments to improve the plans further in the normal way."

Shouldn’t ‘listening, engaging, and learning’ be considered before the bill is rushed through, not during?

A School ditched the word Easter from its Easter Hat Parade to try to teach students about religious "tolerance".
Bondi Public School principal Michael Jones wrote to parents about the decision, saying Easter was just one of many religious celebrations at this time of year.
"As we are an inclusive community which celebrates our diverse range of cultures and beliefs, I have not called it an Easter Hat parade," Mr Jones wrote in the school's latest newsletter.
"Many religious celebrations occur at this time of year but we want to include all students in any celebration at school. Teachers will talk to students about the different celebrations and the emphasis will be on tolerance and understanding."
However the ruling on Friday's fundraising event was overturned yesterday, after parents from the school in Sydney's east expressed anger.

Christians 1, all the rest 0.

McDonald's unwrapped Monday a Big Mac-sized hiring event, saying it hopes to add up to 50,000 employees in the United States in a single day this month.
The McJobs blitz will be April 19, when nearly 14,000 restaurants will seek new crew and managers for both full- and part-time positions, the fast-food giant said.
"Our national hiring event is an opportunity to invite more people across the country to join our team, and learn that a McJob is one with career growth and endless possibilities," said Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA, in a statement.
The company noted that Fields began her career in an entry-level restaurant position.
Stressing the chance for employees to move up the corporate ladder, McDonald's said that more than 50 percent of its franchise owners and 75 percent of restaurant managers started as crew.
McDonald's USA serves more than 26 million customers a day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 US restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women.
The Illinois-based company has more than 32,000 restaurants in 117 countries, and a global workforce of 1.7 million.


A Swedish lifestyle magazine is looking to hire a 'beach tester' to check out seaside resorts around the world.
Duties will include receiving full-body massages, drinking wine at local taverns, and reading books on the beach.
Women's lifestyle magazine Amelia posted the advertisement with the Swedish National Public Employment Service.
Candidates will be expected to spend four weeks testing beaches in four different locations around the globe.
"Included in the job assignment is going on outings, lying on beach chairs, drinking wine in local taverns, and other ordinary assignments found in a commercial beach and tourist environment," reads the ad.
"In certain areas, receiving a full-body massage, testing drinks, snorkelling, and book reading may be required."
Candidates must be able to swim, be willing to work late nights, as well as "have the capacity to rest/do nothing for long periods of time".
"The response has been huge," said Amelia's editor-in-chief, Asa Lundegard. "The announcement went up a few hours ago and we've already received hundreds of applications."
The successful candidate will be invited to travel to four different destinations - Corsica, Cape Town, and two locations in Asia - and will be expected to blog about their experiences.

My application is already on its way.

And finally:

Britain's oldest working television set, which was manufactured by Marconi in 1936, is expected to sell for more than £5,000 at auction.
The machine was bought for almost £100 three weeks after television transmissions began. But Mr GB Davis of Dulwich, south–east London would have only been able to able to watch it for a few hours.
The nearby Crystal Palace and its transmitter burned down three days after Mr Davis bought the Marconi type–702 set on November 26. The area could not receive pictures again until 1946.
The 75-year-old set comes with a 12-inch screen and is contained in a walnut and mahogany case with the picture being reflected onto a mirror that opens from the top.

Think I’ll stick to my LCD…….

That’s it: I’m orf to send a letter to my ISP.

And today’s thought: Dogs think they're human. Cats think they're gods.


Friday, 1 April 2011

Universal pension: April fool: An apple a day: Golden Numptys: Nice Baps: and Sitting on a rich deposit.

Just a short-ish one this warm, damp morn, went to the dentist on Wednesday, had a tooth pulled (big one at the back of the top jaw), there was a lot of nasty stuff beneath it and I swallowed most of the content.
Spent the rest of Wednesday and yesterday stoned out on industrial strength antibiotics and painkillers, have just woken up and before the drugs kick in again here we go.
Apologies for not visiting or replying to comments too knackered to care……

Hundreds of people evacuated from towns and villages close to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are being turned away by medical institutions and emergency shelters as fears of radioactive contagion catch on.
Hospitals and temporary refuges are demanding that evacuees provide them with certificates confirming that they have not been exposed to radiation before they are admitted.

Nice to see they are “all in it together”.

Piss Poor Policies Dave C has told the House of Commons that Britain has not ruled out providing arms to rebels in Libya, but has not yet taken the decision to do so,
PPP Dave was asked at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons whether Britain was considering supplying arms to the rebels, Mr Cameron said that United Nations resolutions ''would not necessarily rule out the provision of assistance to those protecting civilians in certain circumstances''.

Here we go again…..

Allegedly plans to reform the state pension will be unveiled next week - with a new flat-rate scheme to start in 2015 or 2016, the BBC understands.
The flat-rate pension could be worth at least £155 for new pensioners.
Detailed plans are expected to be published next week, outlining how the system would be introduced.

I won’t hold my breath.

Labour party members have been urged to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton with street parties, trifles and bunting, according to a secret memo seen by The Daily Telegraph.
The email, which was sent to various Labour councillors, asks party members to mark in their diaries May 27th as a "red letter day", which should be enthusiastically celebrated.
The email sent from Flora Lopi, a Labour Party official, who is understood to be one of Mr Miliband's closest advisers, said: "As you will now all be aware, Britain will be celebrating an event even more important than the Royal wedding in London on April 29, namely, the civil ceremony uniting Ed and Justine, on May 27.

I don’t think I will be joining in.


A U.S. trucker was saved from choking to death on an apple by slamming into a median.
Richard Paylor, 55, blacked out and smashed his tractor-trailer into a concrete barrier in Reading, Penn., on Tuesday as he choked on a piece of fruit, police said.
The impact is believed to have dislodged the apple chunk from his throat.
"I guess I have to thank the wall," Paylor told the Reading Eagle.
Police recovered a chunk of apple on the dashboard.
Paylor, a 23-year truck-driving veteran, was taken to hospital with minor injuries

He should have done the lottery….

Store bosses created a gold-plated car to promote a new sales gimmick - and it was towed away by police.
The motor had been parked on the street to stop shoppers in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, eastern China, in their tracks.
But sharp-eyed police towed the gold vehicle away when they spotted it had been parked on a public road without a licence plate or road tax.
"The owners have 10 days to pay their fine. If they don't it will be sold or crushed," said a police spokesman.
Police were called when angry motorists complained that the streets around the store were blocked by cars and pedestrians trying to get close to the car.
"I just wanted to get close to touch all that gold," said one shopper.
"They were causing a public nuisance and had no permission for a public show. Then when an officer noticed the car was unlicensed, it had to go," added the police spokesman.

Gold plated Numptys.

Residents in a historic Bedfordshire village are up in arms about Nice Baps, a new bakery opened last week by John O'Toole.
A petition and letter of complaint about the 'trashy' establishment were given to dad of three John by Henlow's miffed locals.
'I tried to explain to them that I do small Baps and big Baps and they're nice and firm,' quipped the 42-year-old.
'Since I came to Henlow I think 90 per cent of the people think the shops great on the whole.'
According to John, it was his wife who came up with the name for the outlet: 'I've got another shop in Caddington called the same and I've had no complaints there.'
The aforementioned letter, written by a teacher from a local school, voiced her worry about the 'effect' the name Nice Baps could have on impressionable youngsters.
What a load of old doughnuts…I can’t see what the problem is……

And finally:

A geologist sitting on a bush toilet in a remote part of the Northern Territory has discovered a potentially lucrative mineral deposit.
Rum Jungle Resources chief executive David Muller said the company was already looking for phosphate on a site near Barrow Creek, north of Alice Springs, but it was not expecting to find anything of value where it had set up its camp toilet.
"One observant geologist was sitting on it one day and kicking the rocks around and he suddenly identified some nodules and he thought, 'Oh we better assay this'," he said.
"And they put the hand-held spectrometer over it and sure enough it was full of phosphate, which is what we were looking for - and we thought we were on sterile ground."
Mr Muller said the discovery of phosphate under the toilet encouraged the company about the size of the phosphate deposit.

Mind you all the hard brown “rocks” did confuse him a bit….

That’s it: I’m orf to have a look at gravity.

And today’s thought: If you have to choose between two evils . . . pick the one you've never tried before.


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Shrinking growth: Up the “Big Society”: Shark bait: Wal-Mart strangler: Canine crims: and spot the fish.

Cold-ish and damp-ish at the Castle this morn, the kitchen is filling up nicely with ex computers, the butler is down in the dungeon filling up the furnace with fat teenagers and the dock has been built to accommodate the Ark Royal on the moat.
Orf to the dentist at nine this am, think I have an abscess under a molar at the back, not looking forward to the appointment, I keep asking him to pull them all out and give me a plastic set but it seems there is more profit in “repairing” them, and more pain…

Japan's prime minister has declared a state of "maximum alert" over the country's nuclear disaster after highly toxic plutonium was found to have leaked into the soil from the plant.
Mr Kan's comments came after the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the operators of the Fukushima plant, confirmed that plutonium had been detected for the first time in two out of five soil samples.
"Plutonium is a substance that's emitted when the temperature is high, and it's also heavy and so does not leak out easily," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
Tepco said the levels of plutonium were not harmful to human health, but experts said the discovery raised concerns that the reactor's containment mechanism had been breached.

No shit……another load of Pillocks who couldn’t organise a piss up in a sak√© factory.

Apparently “intelligence” officials have identified "flickers" of al-Qaeda among the Libyan rebels seeking to overthrow the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Not even a flicker of surprise about that.

The UK economy shrank by less than previously thought in the last three months of 2010, revised figures show.
Gross domestic product (GDP) slipped by 0.5% in the period, according to fresh data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
A previous revision by the ONS said GDP had fallen 0.6% in the quarter.
Separate ONS figures showed a worsening in the UK's trade balance with the rest of the world, with a deficit of almost £27bn in the final quarter of 2010.
The figure was the biggest since the second quarter of 2009. The £10.5bn deficit in physical goods was the largest since records began in 1955.
The latest GDP figures from the ONS said that output from production industries, which include manufacturing and mining, had been higher than previously estimated.
Its initial estimate for the quarter suggested that the economy had contracted by 0.5% - with heavy snow blamed for the slump.

Good news at last……….

Most people in Britain are unwilling to get involved in their community despite wanting to engage more with local issues, research suggests.
Only one in ten definitely intended to do voluntary work in the next two years, Hansard Society's post-general election poll of 1,200 people found.
While interest in politics was up, civic participation levels - key to the PM's Big Society - were not, it said.
It said the Big Society must avoid "political associations" to succeed.
David Cameron has described his flagship idea, which seeks to mobilise community-led initiatives in a range of areas, as his "mission" amid criticism that it is too vague and merely an attempt to paper over damaging cuts in public services.
The Hansard Society's findings come from its annual Audit of Political Engagement, for which nearly 1,200 people in England, Scotland and Wales were interviewed.
While 69% of people said they were interested in how things worked in their local area and 51% felt getting involved could make a difference, only one in 10 said they were certain to do so in the next two years.

Maybe because we are all too busy trying to survive the tax increases and the public service cuts, no carrots just a big stick.

Jason Kresse, 29, of Freeport, and two crew members had been fishing for red snapper about 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and were dumping fish guts into the water about 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard two big splashes in the distance.
"All of a sudden something hit the side of the boat," Kresse told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "He ends up landing on the back of the boat."
The Mako shark had apparently been in a rush to feed. It began thrashing around, and Kresse said he and his crew couldn't get close to the 375-pound fish to toss it back in the water. It damaged the boat before dying several hours later.
The crew didn't have a permit to catch sharks, so Kresse contacted federal fisheries officials on shore to get one. Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said there's no violation because the shark's death was an accident.
The shark is on display at a seafood business in Freeport, about 55 miles south of Houston.

I’ve seen “Jaws” and I may be a bit dim but doesn’t dumping chum in the water tend to attract Sharks?

Police say a pregnant woman and her mother were arrested after the older woman choked a 71-year-old Wal-mart greeter while leaving the store in Elyria Ohio.
Elyria police say 49-year-old Toni Duncan, of Elyria, was asked to show a receipt Saturday and responded by pushing a cart into the greeter, grabbing his throat and choking him. She was charged with assault.
Her daughter, 21-year-old Ashley Jackson, of Elyria, was charged with aggravated menacing and inducing panic. The (Lorain) Morning Journal reports that she's accused of saying she would blow up the store and that the greeter would be dead when her boyfriend learned of the incident.

New research commissioned by food manufacturer Bakers Complete found that nearly a quarter of the UK's dog population, representing around two million animals, are no more than thieves.
The canny canines most frequently steal underwear from their owners - 74 per cent of pet lovers reported that their dog had nicked their knickers.
However, around 11 per cent of the nation's pooches have more expensive tastes, regularly pilfering high-value items, such as cash and jewellery.
While the research shows that dogs are competent thieves, frequently stealing items outside of the house, their owners are not much better.
As many as 41 per cent of dog owners keep their pet's loot when they find it, rather than return it to its rightful owner.
Animal behaviourist professor Peter Neville believes that dogs are not natural pilferers, so much depends on the values instilled in the canine and how easy it is for them to get hold of items.
He goes on to say that stealing is often the action of a bored dog looking for entertainment.

So that’s what “dogging” means…..

And finally:

Click on the link above and spend a while spotting the fish.

And today’s thought: I maybe a lonely schizophrenic . . . but at least I have each other


Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Rectangular Bananas: Harry goes north: Bridge under troubled water: Ark Royal-make your bid: Willie-or won’t he: and Flushed with success.

Some sort of weather at the Castle this morn, too dark to see because we are now in “British Summer Time” which means that it doesn’t get light till later in the am.
Went to Cobham yesterday pm to have a look at my very rich git of a mate’s DB5 which was only running on five out of the six cylinders-duff plug on number four, but I did get very rich git of a mate to hold onto the plug cap while I turned it over and watched as several thousand volts dc shot up his arm and made him jump four feet in the air-joy.

Nuclear officials in Japan caused confusion and worry on Sunday by admitting that radiation readings at the stricken Fukushima power plant were inaccurate.
Initially, levels of radiation in the water at the plant were said to be 10 million times above normal. But officials later retracted that calculation and said the level was 100,000 times normal. The embarrassing admission is the latest in a series of missteps that has undermined the credibility of authorities’ attempts to deal with the plant.

Only 100,000 times normal-oh well that’s alright then…….

According to the Daily Torygraph the RAF risks running short of pilots for operations over Libya as cuts to the defence budget threaten to undermine front-line operations,
Since the conflict began, a squadron of 18 RAF Typhoon pilots has enforced the Libya no-fly zone from an air base in southern Italy. However, a shortage of qualified fighter pilots means the RAF may not have enough to replace all of them when the squadron has to rotate in a few weeks.
The situation is so serious that the RAF has halted the teaching of trainee Typhoon pilots so instructors can be drafted on to the front line, according to air force sources. The handful of pilots used for air shows will also be withdrawn from displays this summer.

Piss Poor Policies Dave C strikes again………

The UK has rejected proposals from the EU which call for a ban on petrol and diesel cars from city centres by 2050.
The European Commission said phasing out "conventionally fuelled" cars from urban areas would cut reliance on oil and help cut carbon emissions by 60%.
But UK Transport Minister Norman Baker said it should not be "involved" in individual cities' transport choices.
"We will not be banning cars from city centres anymore than we will be having rectangular bananas," he said.

They won’t need to; by 2050 petrol will be so expensive only MPs will be able to afford to run a car-at our expense of course.

Prince Harry has arrived in the Arctic to join four disabled servicemen facing a challenging 200-mile (320km) trek across the polar ice cap.
The prince, patron of the charity Walking With The Wounded, will join the men on the first five days of what is expected to be a four-week mission.
They hope to enter the record books as the first disabled team to walk unassisted to the North Pole.
The charity aims to raise £2m from the trek to help injured servicemen.

Good for him, that should clear the stag do hangover.

An aqueduct across a highway in Guangdong province, south China, fell into the path of an oncoming bus after it was struck by a lorry.
Passengers screamed when they saw the concrete ahead but disaster was averted by the driver who brought the vehicle to a stop just feet from the fallen structure.

Typical, no aqueducts for hours then they start falling from the sky.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has the Ark Royal up for sale on an official used equipment website.
The Royal Navy aircraft carrier was taken out of service earlier this year as part of government budget cuts. It was decommissioned in Portsmouth earlier this month, and is up for sale on, a website run by the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) arm.
Individuals and organizations interested in purchasing the former flagship of the Royal Navy — which was launched by Queen Elizabeth in 1981 — have to submit their proposals for the ship to the MoD for approval.
“We need to be assured of the viability of the person or organization...including how they intend to store, maintain and dispose of the ship before the sale can be agreed,” DE&S spokesman Tim Foreman told Reuters on Monday.

I’ll start the bidding at £1.50, I presume there is no reserve……..

A West Texas prosecutor says that singer Willie Nelson can resolve marijuana possession charges if he agrees to plead guilty, pay a fine and sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court.
County Attorney Kit Bramblett told The Associated Press Friday that he recommended those penalties to Hudspeth County's judge Becky Dean-Walker. Bramblett says the judge specifically demanded that Nelson appear in court instead of pleading by mail, a common procedure in these cases.
Bramblett says, "She wants to meet Willie."
Dean-Walker did not immediately return a call Friday.
Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana on Nov. 26 at a Border Patrol checkpoint after an agent smelled an odour coming from the vehicle and decided to search it.
Nelson's spokeswoman declined to comment.

Silly Willie.

And finally:

Mr Goose, 42, was in Malawi to check on aid projects backed by his company's One projects when he rescued the forlorn animal.
He was preparing for bed in his hotel room when he discovered the struggling squirrel.
He said: 'I was concerned it was going to jump out and bite me, so I put the lid back down and left it for a minute as I wasn't sure what to do.'
When he returned shortly after to take a second look he realised it was a squirrel and set about rescuing the poor critter.
His method was putting a hand towel down the toilet which allowed the squirrel to climb up.
Once out he placed it in a laundry basket, took it outside and released it.
Mr Goose said: 'It didn't seem too much the worse for wear so hopefully it's recovered from the experience and will go on to have a happy life devoid of toilet bowl experiences.'

That’ll teach him to eat all those nuts the night before…..

That’s it: I’m orf to get some apps for the Ipad2 (if I had one).

And today’s thought: An ex footballers mentality- "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again." - Terry Venables.