Showing posts with label sharks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sharks. Show all posts

Friday, 8 March 2013

Scraping the bottom of the barrel: Another Ronery Lunatic: Fermented sawdust: Topless feminists: Loads of Sharks: and a Great white with a blonde.


Usual lack of warm, quite a lot of ex skywater, no atmospheric movement and endless amounts of misty stuff at the Castle this morn, after it chucked it dahn Wednesday dark thing and Thursday light thing the interweb thingy went tits up-again which gave me the time to back up the computers and uninstall some no longer used programmes.
 
And Blogger is doing some really strange things with the formatting.

 


The word is that “they” are thinking of even more ways to make us poorer, this time it seems that we old farts may be the next target for the Piss Poor Policies of the Millionaires Club Coalition.
Allegedly the ex Eton Wall Game gang may be thunking about freezing not up rating by 1%, all benefits for two years, including disability living allowance and pensions to raise around £9bn, and another idea that has been worked on is taxing benefits. Official Treasury numbers seen by Newsnight show that taxing child benefit would raise £1.5bn, taxing DLA £800m and if you taxed the Winter Fuel Payment (which Vince Cable advocated on Thursday), you would raise £200m.
 

DAVID CAMERON'S PLEDGE TO PENSIONERS
The Government I lead will make sure that older and retired people are treated with dignity and given the quality of life they deserve. This is my pledge to support pensioners.

My Government will:

Increase the value of the basic state pension for all pensioners and help to stop the spread of the means test by linking pensions to earnings. You won’t get a repeat of Labour’s mean 75p rise with us.
Freeze council tax for the next two years, in partnership with your council.
Make it worthwhile to save for a personal pension and get rid of the rules that force people to get a compulsory annuity.
Help people protect their home rather than have to sell it to pay for care.
Take all family homes worth less than £1 million out of inheritance tax.
Increase spending on the NHS every year, which is our number one priority.
Cut paperwork so we get more police out on the beat fighting crime.
Our opponents are trying to scare older people by telling deliberate lies about our plans. So here is a personal promise, from me, about the things we will protect.
I will protect your Winter Fuel Payment.
I will protect your free bus pass and your free TV licence.
I will protect the pension credit.
These vital benefits will not be cut under the Conservatives. You have my word on it.

If he wins the election, Gordon Brown wants to introduce a number of measures which will hit pensioners. A Conservative Government will not penalise pensioners, as Labour are planning to do:

We will NOT introduce a ‘death tax’ of up to £50,000.

We will NOT cut attendance allowance and disability allowance for the over 65s.

 
Discuss...

 


Apparently Kim Jong-Un is following in his father’s footsteps, and has vowed to scrap all peace pacts with the South after the United Nations imposed tough new sanctions on the country.
The news agency KCNA said he talked of "all-out war" during the visit - and quoted him as telling troops to "make the first gunfire" in response to any attack.
He said the slightest provocation would result in his immediate order for a "great advance" along the frontline, the agency reported.
China, North Korea's only major ally, said it wanted the sanctions to be implemented in full. It agreed to the restrictions after three weeks of negotiations.
 

The ronery little madman went on to say:

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) will make a strike of justice at any target, anytime as it pleases without limit.
"(We) have everything - including lighter and smaller nukes.
"The US imperialists and their allies should not forget even for a moment that they are standing at the crossroads of their life and death.
"(We) will exercise our right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressor.
 

Still not taking the tablets then....

 

 

The latest thing to make your irradiated skin glow is fermented sawdust baths, As your body is engulfed in sawdust at a temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius, the body is warmed from the core. This activates your internal organs, apparently optimizing metabolism, increasing your immune strength, and improving circulation. It’s also great for easing constipation and even insomnia. The dry sawdust also promotes the release of sweat without clogging your pores where excess dirt and sebum from your skin is also washed away.”
 

Lovely-wouldn’t want to be the second, or third, or fourth sucker to get in... 

 


Ukrainian feminist group Femen are taking their topless protests around the world, "This year we hope to cover North Africa and South America," said one of Femen's leaders, Anna Gutsol.
The group, which was founded in 2008, came up with the idea of its topless protests almost by accident.

During a demonstration in 2009, Femen activists decorated their backs with slogans and bared them at photographers.

The pictures were a hit, leading the women to come up with an even more outrageous way to get their views across.
Since they turned to face the cameras, the international media - always keen on eye-catching stunts - has given them lavish coverage.
Femen's first moment of glory came in 2010 on the day of Ukraine's tense presidential elections.
Four young women boldly undressed in a polling station just before the arrival of presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych.

Recently the group has shifted its activism to Western European countries.



Wonder when they are coming to Blighty...I could do with a day out...



  



Beaches along the south Florida coast have been shut after thousands of migrating sharks were spotted close to the shore.
Swimmers were ordered out of the water after the sharks - mostly blacktips and spinners - moved into the area as they head north during their annual migration.
Craig Pollock, a lifeguard supervisor in Palm Beach, said: "We don't have a sandbar. A lot of times when we have a sandbar the sharks stay off of the shore a little further.
"Every year we expect annual shark migration to come through this area."
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University said they have counted 15,000 sharks - many as close as 
200 yards from the shore.

Need a lot of chips for that lot...





And talking of big fish that predate




Ocean Ramsey, a shark conservationist based out of Honolulu, swam up to a great white shark to caress the creature and even grab hold of its fin to take a ride through the water. 

An advocate for shark preservation, she released the footage on Valentine's Day as her expression of love for the creatures she fears is misunderstood and at risk of extinction.

She described her dance with the massive animal, saying how in the beginning she watched 'the shark acknowledge and observe me, while I peacefully and calmly allowed it to swim towards me, and then experiencing it accepting my touch, allowing me to dorsal and tail ride,' in her description of the experience. 


'The connection felt as I repeatedly pet and hitched a ride on several of these sharks reminded me of my experience with horses.




Whatever floats you boat-or eats it...



That’s it: I’m orf to shove my Smartphone in the freezer




And today’s thought:






Angus

Monday, 4 March 2013

“Unmanageable” medics: ‘Orse Hotel: Honey Badger mints: Are You a Cynic: and a really big fish.


Middling lack of warm, moderate atmospheric movement, missing skywater, massive scrapey, scrapey stuff and believe it or not but the Sun has got his hat on, hip, hip, hip hooray, the Sun has got his hat on and he’s visiting for the day.
Just returned from a very nice weekend with friends up in Cheltenham, at least I think it was ham could have been ‘Orse for all I know, spent the time walking, lunching at public houses and getting my arse kicked by their pair of sadly un-fat teenagers on something called an X-Box.
 
And two minutes after I staggered in the portcullis the God-Botherers arrived this time in the guise of “people” who witnessed Jehovah.
The pair of old farts tried to convince me that we don’t have a soul, when we die that is it, there is no heaven or hell, and when Jehovah returns all the dead people who have been buried will rise up and take over the world.
Which is a bit of luck for those who have been cremated because they won’t have to put up with all the rotting undead lurching about mumbling “bollocks” I was quite happy in my grave.

Not a very happy “religion” then...
 

 
And if she has the Norovirus she will probably infect the rest of the nurses, doctors and patients in the ‘Orspital.

Bet she isn't laughing now....

 


According to the Torygraph an “alarming” threat to patient safety is being posed by the “unmanageable workload” that hospital doctors have to deal with, according to a worrying report published today.
The situation needs to be “urgently addressed” if frail elderly patients are not to be put at further risk, according to the report by the Royal College of Physicians.
Matters are worst in England’s provincial hospitals, according to the College, because they struggle to recruit and retain hospital doctors. It found a “worrying correlation” between low consultant staffing levels and high death rates.
The report comes shortly after Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, announced a review to examine high death rates in 14 hospital trusts. None are in London. Ten of the 14 are in the midlands or north- west England. Experts are due to meet next week to agree a plan on how to tackle the problem.
The Royal College found medical registrars - the grade below consultant level - were being excessively overworked.
 

No change there then, bet her Maj doesn’t have knackered medic....

 


A new “horse hotel” scheme has been launched by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) offering “quality assured bed & breakfast” accommodation near the Queen’s Balmoral estate for horses, accompanied by their owners.
On arrival at Mar Lodge Estate, near Braemar, the equine guests are shown to their holiday paddocks to settle in and meet new friends before enjoying days of off-road riding on the estate and on hill tracks including Glens Quoich and Lui.
The idea was the brainwave of horse lover Fiona McCulloch, estate secretary on the trust’s property in the Cairngorms National Park, who realised the acres of land offered opportunities for riders to bring their horses with them.
 

Spiffing-wonder where the nearest Tesco is.....

 

Well know you can indulge your whim, from the Neato Shop comes:
Honey Badger Mints
  • Got bad breath? Honey badgers don't care ... but he'll help!
  • Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g)
  • Amt: about 100 mints per tin
  • Tin size: 2-1/4" dia. x 1/2" (6 cm dia. x 1 cm)

 
Enjoy....

 

Did you know that being a “cynic” originally meant you thought the purpose of life was to live virtuously in agreement with Nature, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex, and fame; living a simple life free from all possessions. 

That lets me orf the hook then...
 

And finally:
 
 
In a research vessel stationed off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., members from OCEARCH captured and tagged another Great White shark Sunday.
She's 14.5 feet long and weighs nearly 2,000 pounds. Her name is Lydia, after Lydia Moss Bradley, the founder of Bradley University and long-time friend of Caterpillar, who is sponsoring OCEARCH for three years. Lydia is the first great white captured, satellite tagged and released in an area south of Cape Cod, Mass.
Researchers found the 2,000-pound shark at the mouth of St. Johns River, which is near the popular surfing spot of Mayport Poles near Jacksonville.
Lydia makes the third great white shark tagged off the East Coast of the United States by OCEARCH. The research group also tagged and is tracking Genie, a 14-foot, nearly 2,300-pound shark, and Mary Lee, a 16-foot, nearly 3,500-pound shark. Both were tagged with a satellite tracking device in September.

 

Couple of things; sod that a lot and I don’t think I will go surfing at Mayport....

 
 

And today’s thought:
Well bugger me-or, him, or him, or...

 

Angus

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Elfandsafety NHS: Gaucho Rivero: There’s an app for that: Solar Sanno: Whitburn shark: and Nessie’s back....


Normal “summer” wevver at the Castle this morn-damp, dark, dingy, decidedly dodgy and a dearth of warm stuff, finally managed to load up the Honda with oodles of stuff for the ‘recycling’ centre yestermorn, now I am too knackered to drive dahn there and unload it...
And it seems that “we” are not doing too badly at the sporty thing in the Smoke-thanks to the Ladies...




Manchester NHS Trust officials to stop the use of metal paperclips after a member of staff cut their finger using one.
In a memo to staff, it was warned that the use of metal fasteners was 'prohibited' and the offending clips must be 'carefully disposed of immediately'.
'Due to recent incidents, NHS Manchester has decided to immediately withdraw the use of metal paper fasteners,' explained the memo featuring an accompanying picture of a paper clip - just to avoid any confusion.
'Please ensure any that remain in use be replaced by similar plastic fasteners.
'The use of metal fasteners is prohibited and must be carefully disposed of immediately. Thank you for your co-operation.'
The clips have been banned from the city's GP surgeries, clinics and offices in favour of a plastic alternative.


Is it April 1st?  So what are they going to do about scalpels, scissors, pens and needles?




Allegedly any vessel sailing under the British flag has been banned from “mooring, loading or carrying out logistical operations” in Buenos Aires ports.
The bill was brought forward by Patricia Cubría, a deputy belonging to President Cristina Kirchner’s Front for Victory coalition.
It was nicknamed ‘Gaucho Rivero’ after Antonio Rivero, nicknamed the ‘Gaucho’, an Argentine cowboy who led an uprising in the Falkland Islands against the British in 1833.
The law is designed to hinder British ships involved in oil exploration in waters belonging to the islands and will be seen as the latest in a series of provocations in the run up to the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
Last year the South American trading bloc Mercosur – which includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – decided to shut its ports to ships flying the Falklands flag.


Didn’t intend to go to Sarf America anyway.....





A Japanese electronics company has unveiled a 4m super-robot that can be controlled by an iPhone.
Kuratas" is fitted with a futuristic weapons system, including a Gatling gun capable of shooting 6000 BB bullets a minute, which fires when the pilot in its one-man cockpit smiles.
The four-tonne robot is going on sale for a mere £900,000 ($1.35 million).
The robot can be operated either through a pilot, who mans the controls in a cockpit in its chest cavity, or remotely using the touch screen of any Smartphone connected to the 3G network.
It comes in 16 colours, including black and pink, and for an extra $90 they will sort you out with a cup holder.
Engineers Wataru Yoshizaki and Kogoro Kurata were saluted in front of Kuratas with their pilot, Anna, when they showcased the robot at the Wonder Festival in Chiba, suburban Tokyo yesterday.
The team has been working on the robot since 2010.
The robot's four-wheeled legs ensure that it is easy to transport and the pilot will be able to drive it at a top speed of just under 10km/h.


Wouldn’t want to dial a wrong number then.....




Sanno, a small village in Hyogo Prefecture, has gone “all solar” after installing 216 solar panels, supplying energy to about 11 households.
Only 42 people are said to be living in the area, and the average age is 60 years.
The solar panels were installed by Sanyo Engineering and Construction, using funds that the municipality has kept for several decades while Kansai Electric Power bought the electricity and provided the village with extra income. Through this renovation, the villagers hope to bring the costs for maintaining facilities down to zero by next year.


Cost effective old farts?




Fishermen have hauled in a porbeagle shark measuring seven feet in length off the coast at Whitburn.
The shark was already dead when it was caught in the fishing nets by the Star Devine boat.
Local fishmonger Robert Latimer heard about the catch and was immediately interested in bringing it in to his café at Latimer’s Seafood Deli.
"My only guess is the shark was hunting wild salmon and trout, which are migrating, to their home rivers at this time of the year.
“We are totally against discarding any fish – this shark was dead when it was hauled on board, or else we would not have taken it, as it should have been returned alive to the sea.”
Porbeagle sharks are an endangered species with catches dramatically declining over the last 30-40 years.
The shark has been attracting local tourists who have come to Latimer’s to take a peek at the unusual catch, and shark meat is also for sale.


Geordie grub?


And finally:



Nessie hunter George Edwards has waited 26 years for this sight, and he now believes he has the best picture ever taken of the Loch Ness monster.
He spends around 60 hours a week taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV, and has led numerous Nessie hunts over the years. But this image has convinced him that there really is a monster - or monsters - out there.
It shows a mysterious dark hump moving in the water towards Urquhart Castle. After watching the object for five to ten minutes, Mr Edwards said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced. 

Maybe Nessie is on the way to the Smoke to take part in the sporty thing going on dahn there.




And today’s thought:
Unemployed get free tickets Olympics




Angus

Sunday, 17 July 2011

It’s Mine!: Fleeing millionaires: Stony Stratford: Creation competition: Marilyn’s in Chicago: Dog fish: and Calling all drinkers.

Dull, damp and dismal at the Castle this morn, the big shiny yellow thing came out at about six last pm, I let his Maj out the first thing he did was to climb to the top of the flowering cherry tree, ten minutes later I rescued him using the ladder, and after a bit of a rest he did it again...


I see that Royal Naval divers will make a second attempt later to blow up a live World War II mine which was dredged up off the Essex coast.
The 2,000lb (900kg) German parachute mine was found on Friday eight miles off Clacton.
It was due to be detonated on Saturday but became detached from its markers in 90ft (27m) of water.
Severe weather and poor visibility hampered divers trying to move it. They are expected to try again at 0700 BST.
 

Its Essex- let it float into shore.....



More than half of the UK's millionaires have fled or are thinking of fleeing the country's economic "storm clouds", according to a new study.  

Taxation, perceived better living standards abroad and the weather mean that only 44 per cent say they are certain to remain here. But the survey of more than 500 UK-based millionaires, carried out for investment firm Skandia, found that only 2 per cent were thinking of moving to a tax haven. Preferred destinations included the US and Spain.  

Jo Rimmer of Skandia said: "It seems to indicate that the UK's wealthiest will seriously consider moving to sunnier climes in either economic or meteorological terms."
 

Wonder if that includes the Piss Poor Policy Millionaires Club Coalition?





About 200 people have attended a protest against plans to ban smoking in open places in a Buckinghamshire town, according to organisers.
Councillor Paul Bartlett has proposed a new by-law to outlaw smoking in any public place in Stony Stratford.
Among those who spoke against the ban was UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who said it could stop people coming to the town, affecting local businesses.
Town councillors will be voting on the proposal on Tuesday.
If the plan is approved, smokers who light up in public in Stony Stratford could face on-the-spot fines.
Mr Bartlett has said the town, near Milton Keynes, is "blighted by cigarette butts". 

I’d join them but I can’t afford the go juice to get there, and as for Niggle Garage-I hope he isn't going by plane....


Tech nerds gathered in Brooklyn recently for a creation competition that yielded such inventions as a human hamster wheel and a wedgie-powered bicycle for Red Bull's third Creation Challenge.
They worked with welders and grinders for 72 hours straight to build contraptions out of stuff they found in a junk yard.
This year's mission was to build something, anything, which can transport a person.
Teams competed to build an invention that would be judged by others just like them.
Whoever wins will walk away with $10,000 and a pretty big title.
"It was really impressive to see what these crews came up with. They were some of the most creative people in the country, and we brought them all into one place, and the inventions that they came up with were all brilliant, but all incredibly, incredibly, diverse," he said.
The winner of the competition was team 1.21 Jigawatts, with a giant, human-sized hamster wheel that leaves behind messages on the ground as it moves.
"I mean the idea behind this event is to really inspire people, and especially young people, that instead of going out and buying things, that they want or need, that they can make these things," the Red Bull Creation Project Manager, Jeff Naumoff said. 

After they go out and buy the things they need to make them I presume…..

A Marilyn Monroe statue has been unveiled in Chicago and visitors will hardly be able to miss it - as its 26ft tall.
The huge sculpture in a square on Michigan Avenue features the late actress in her famous pose from The Seven Year Itch, standing above a subway grate with her skirt billowing up.
It proved an immediate hit with sightseers and local office workers, who gathered to have their photograph taken with Monroe.
Perhaps predictably, the most popular snap involved male fans gazing up the sex symbol's skirt at her lacy underwear.
It took a team of people to decorate the sculpture, with one worker given the job of going up in a cherry picker to spray-paint her knickers on. 

If you want to see Marilyn’s knickers hurry up because it will only be there until spring 2012.

Dog bites shark.


 And finally: 


Villagers angered by the ­loss of their only pub have turned a disused phone box into a tiny new local – thought to be the smallest in the world.
They clubbed together to open The Dog and Bone after buying the red call box for £1 from BT, adding a wooden “bar” where pints can be pulled from a barrel.
And the 3ft by 3ft venue in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire – where regulars are ­backing the Sunday Mirror’s Save Our Pubs campaign – could end up in the record books.

The Dog and Bone is less than half the size of The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which is in the Guinness World Records book as Britain’s smallest pub at 16.5ft by 6.5ft.
Alistair Janson, who ran The Plough pub in the village, which has now closed, said: ‘We believe this to be the smallest pub in the world and are looking to seek recognition from the Guinness adjudicators.
“Anyone who thinks that a pub isn’t viable in this village should think again.
“We just want to demonstrate how ­thoroughly we need a pub in the village by using one of the only facilities here. And while we may be small, we are proud to be getting behind your campaign.”
The Plough closed down after being turned into a restaurant and ­villagers are now campaigning to stop it being converted into ­housing. They want ­planners to rule that the ­building, popular with pilots based nearby during the Second World War, must only be used as a pub.
A shocking six pubs are shutting each day in the UK. The Sunday Mirror is calling on PM David Cameron to honour his election promise that his ­Government would be “pub-friendly” and take urgent action to protect them.


Don’t care-don’t drink and anyway even if I did I would have to stand in the garden to have a smoke....



And today’s thought: "It's so bad being homeless in winter. They should go somewhere warm like the Caribbean where they can eat fresh fish all day." - Lady Victoria Hervey.

 Angus