Showing posts with label tv license. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tv license. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Olympic License: Capone’s Cadillac: Calcio Storico Fiorentino: Wishful thinking: Eucharistic ice cube: and Men only parking.

Same again at the Castle this morn-wet, windy and wobbly, still waiting to fettle the garden but I did have a close up of a Wellington bomber, a spitfire and something that was very, very loud and moved so fast I couldn’t recognise it as they flew under the low cloud cover yesteraftermorn.

The ears have stopped bleeding now.....

The TV Licensing body has launched a campaign to remind businesses of the need for a TV licence if they allow staff to watch the Olympics at work.
If employees have devices such as mobile phones or laptops plugged into the mains at work, their workplace will need to have a licence.
Catch-up TV services, such as iPlayer or ITV Player, are not subject to licence requirements. However, live streams of sports events, press conferences and news channels are.
Most employers will only need one licence per premise, although it depends on the type of business and how it operates.
People at 2,800 business addresses were caught watching TV without a licence across the UK during 2010 and 2011.

You have been warned....

Gangster Al Capone's green 1928 Cadillac is up for sale.
With bulletproof glass and 1,360kg (3,000lb) of steel armour, the mobster’s customised car was painted like the police cars of the time and even had a flashing light, siren and the first police-band radio in private hands.
The 1928 Cadillac V-8 has inch-thick windows with circular holes for machine guns and the rear screen could drop down quickly during gunfights.
It will go under the hammer in Monterey, California, next month.

Sounds like they will need more than a hammer......

Direct Google “translation”-There is an ancient game, a game without rules, where the companions are blood brothers, sworn enemies and opponents.
Four teams, four colours, they play for their women, they win their district. Many men, only one desire; to conquer fear, self-discovery, including fists, caresses and fireworks.
Or just an excuse to beat the crap out of anyone in range-and if there are no rules why is there a referee and linesmen?

The science behind sunburn- When our skin cells are exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, a specific  form of RNA, called micro-RNA, is damaged (RNA is similar in structure to DNA, which makes up our genes.)
This damaged RNA is then released as a signal of solar injury, and prompts neighbouring, healthy cells to stimulate the production of factors that promote inflammation, the researchers said.

Just thought you would like to know what happens if the sun ever comes out again...

The congregation at Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, were undertaking the Eucharistic prayer when they heard a “massive explosion” which left them “trembling”.
Father James MacKay, who was leading the Sunday service, described seeing slate and white ice falling from the roof, damaging the structure and beams.
An usher who inspected the damage believed it had been caused by a block of ice falling from above, which could have come from an aeroplane, he said.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the body received about 30 reports of ice blocks dropping from aircraft in a year, but said they were frequently caused by natural weather conditions.
Fr MacKay told the BBC he was trembling with shock after hearing the collision, but had continued with the service.

Him/her upstairs was probably having a glass of Pimms while watching Wombledon and dropped an ice cube....

And finally: 

To the small German town of Triberg.
Mayor Gallus Strobel hit the headlines this week after unveiling the new car parking plan for motorists.
Under the new system, each space in the town's main car park been painted with a male or female symbol, depending on its difficulty rating.  
While female drivers have been assigned wider and well-lit spaces located closer to the exit, male drivers will need to pull in at more difficult angles and avoid cement pillars.

The 58-year-old mayor wants to 'challenge political correctness' with his new policy, claiming the tight spaces will be an 'attraction' for ambitious drivers.

 'Men are, as a rule, a little better at such challenges,' the 58-year-old told German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

 Oh dear......

And today’s thought:
110 metres hurdles 2012 London Olympics


Sunday, 19 April 2009


Would you trust Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to light a camping stove? Of course you would but it seems that it is too dangerous for the BBC News

While filming an adventure show for the corporation, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston were stopped from firing up the stove unsupervised in case they had an accident, it was claimed.

They were given a "huge" document warning them about hazards such as tripping over while filming in Afghanistan, Cape Horn and the Canadian Arctic, Sir Robin said.He continued: "Ran and I were told we could not light a Primus stove unless we were supervised.This young man came in and said he was going to supervise and we told him to clear off… or words to that effect."

Good for you.

Top Gear seems to have lost its way Cost forces Top Gear to slam the brakes on Italian Job TOP Gear has pulled out of a daredevil stunt that would have re-enacted the final scene of iconic 1969 film The Italian Job, saying the cost would have been "massively prohibitive".

The scene sees the robbers stuck at one end of a coach with their stolen gold precariously balanced at the other – hanging over the edge of a mountain after sliding off a road.

A spokeswoman for the BBC show said: "We thought it would be brilliant to recreate the Italian Job scene, so we were disappointed when, having spent a lot of time researching all the options thoroughly with the Royal Society of Chemistry, we found that the cost of the stunt was massively prohibitive."

The Society said the bus was to be hung from the lip of a Midlands quarry and it had found volunteers to act as the robbers.A statement from the Society said: "Our volunteer chemists were happy to board the bus in order to push the frontiers of human knowledge.

“Push the frontiers of human knowledge”? More like get yourself on the telly so you can brag to your mates down the pub, and anyway WTF has a coach full of gold hanging off a cliff got to do with cars?

Python fans are in for a treat Something completely old THE Monty Python team is reuniting in a documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of the BBC show.

Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) will see the Pythons tell their life stories. The Monty Python's Flying Circus troupe comprised John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and the late Graham Chapman.
Something to look forward to.

A man who says he doesn’t watch (and only uses it for watching DVDs and videos) TV made 885 offensive calls to the BBC over license fee letters News A MAN with a "massive grudge" against the BBC bombarded it with 885 offensive calls over six months.

Edward Elliot admitted telephoning a call centre using offensive, indecent and menacing language while under the influence of alcohol.One day, he called Capita in Glasgow, which provides a BBC information service, 157 times.

Elliot, 45, who lives in a remote cottage near Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, used sexually explicit language if the calls were answered by women and was abusive to men. A previous hearing was told Elliot was angry at receiving demands for a television licence fee despite claiming he has not watched television for six years.

Asked to explain his behaviour, Elliot claimed he had not watched television for six years and had not had a licence for six years, but had received demands for £1,000 for not paying his licence fee. He said he only used a television to watch DVDs and videos.Elliot's lawyer Rory Bannerman said the calls were made when his client was under the influence of alcohol.

He added: "He expresses remorse and realises his conduct was wholly unacceptable."Sheriff Kevin Drummond sentenced Elliot to 100 hours community service.He had sentence deferred for six months for good behaviour after admitting disorderly conduct and breach of the peace in Hawick High Street on 9 January.

Yeah and I only use my TV for DVDs and Videos too, can I have a refund?

And finally:

From Canada Homes selling for less than new cars WINDSOR, Ont. - Real estate prices in Windsor-Essex are dropping lower than what it would cost to buy a new car.

Mark Imeson, president of the Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board, says he has seen houses selling for just $25,000.

He blames the low prices on the rising number of so-called power-of-sale properties, which have been taken back by the bank and turned over to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. for sale.

Imeson says some houses are selling for what the lot alone is worth.

He says last month, the majority of real estate sales in Windsor-Essex were for less than $100,000.

But he also says the lower prices could be a catalyst for people thinking of moving into the area.

Maybe something else to look forward to.

"Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view." Anon


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Saturday, 14 March 2009


From Yahoo! News UK Ryanair passengers were shocked last month when Michael O'Leary threatened to "put a coin-slot on the toilet doors so that people might have to actually spend a pound to spend a penny, but all is OK, Ryanair spokesman for Germany, Anja Seugling, told the Ostthueringer Zeitung daily, "it was all just a gag," adding that O'Leary was probably just thinking out loud.

Oh only a joke; and I thought he was just taking the piss; and anyway he wouldn’t be able to fit it on the plane (see above)

Don’t try this at home: if you want to see tomorrow.

For sale: nagging wife, very high maintenance A British man fed up with his wife's complaints advertised her for sale -- and got a number of offers:

“Nagging Wife. No Tax, No MOT. Very high maintenance -- some rust," wrote Gary Bates, 38, in a small ad in Trade-It, more usually used to buy and sell cars or household goods.”

Bates, a self-employed builder from Gloucestershire, southwest England, snapped after his wife Donna on got on his nerves while she was watching television and decided to place the ad as a joke.

"She was nagging me for doing something small, while she was watching some rubbish on TV. So I just thought I'd put an ad in to get rid of her.

"I didn't think anyone would ring up but I've had at least nine or 10 people calling about her. It's gone mad. There was no one I knew -- just people asking, 'Is she still available?'"

The couple only married last year.

Any bets on the second anniversary?

You vill pay.

AnanovaA German mathematician who died 450 years ago has been sent a letter demanding that he pay for a TV licence.

Germany's GEZ sent the bill to the last home address of algebra expert Adam Ries, who bought the property in 1525.

"We received a letter saying 'To Mr Adam Ries' on it, with the request to pay his television and radio fees," said Annegret Muench, who now heads a club honouring the mathematician, which uses the house as its HQ.

Miss Muench returned the letter to the GEZ with a note explaining the request had come too late, as Ries had died in 1559. But she still received a reminder a few weeks later

Don’t forget-you’re on the database.

A nice cup of tea.

Ananova A psychologist says tea and coffee really do taste better from your favourite cup or mug.

Dr Tom Stafford, of Sheffield University, says our brains are trained to believe the daily ritual of making coffee or tea should be done in a certain way.

"Drinking tea and coffee is very ritualistic and people become very addictive to the way they want their brew made," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"Caffeine is very much a drug of reward and like any addict, people develop passions on how the drug is delivered. Wherever there is drug use then rituals will always develop

According to research, 65% of Brits have a favourite cup or mug.

I knew it!

This is my contribution to the “chocolate” tax debate.

Ananova A Devon woman who eats 30 bars of chocolate a week has just celebrated her 100th birthday.

Peggy Griffiths, of Abbotsham, has scoffed an estimated 70,000 Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars in her time.

Her lifetime chocolate consumption has been estimated at an incredible four tonnes, reports The Sun.

Peggy said: "When I was young I could buy a bar of chocolate with my pocket money. It only cost tuppence and tasted exactly like it does now."

Her daughter Eileen Osborne, 69, said she ran a sweet shop in the 1930s but it went bust because she ate all the profits.

Eileen said: "When mum was a little girl, her mother told her that sweets were bad for you but chocolate was good.

"She absolutely loves it. She's a chocoholic and her diet agrees with her."


Ananova A parrot has caused chaos at a football match.

The parrot, Me-Tu was accompanying owner Irene Kerrigan to a game between Hertfordshire Rangers and Hatfield Town.

Ref Gary Bailey, 45, told the Daily Mirror: "I've never known anything like it. This woman was standing right by the touchline and suddenly unveiled this big green parrot.

"Every time I blew my whistle the bird made exactly the same sound.

"The players all stopped so I had to ask her to move the parrot."

He added: "I've never sent off a parrot before."

Apart from his whistling, Me-Tu also shouted "pretty boy" at the players from his cage on the sidelines.

Good job it didn’t know the “ref is f……..”

Oh yes we did

Baseball 'invented in Britain' Local historians in Surrey have confirmed that baseball was played in the UK more than 20 years before American independence.

A diary that documents a game being played in Guildford in 1755 has been verified by Surrey History Centre.

William Bray, a Surrey diarist and historian from Shere, wrote about the game when he was still a teenager.

Julian Pooley, Surrey History Centre manager and William Bray expert, said the diary showed the game was a well-established sport in the 18th Century and was played by men and women.

Mr Pooley said: "He kept lots and lots of diaries that we have in the Surrey History Centre but last year a new one was discovered in a garden shed and it contains his diary from 1754 to 1755.

"It contains a reference to him playing baseball. What intrigued me is he is playing it with a load of young ladies."

Rounders anyone?

That’s yer lot.

“I married beneath me; all women do. Nancy Astor


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