Thursday, July 31, 2003

Ananova - Beckham scores vote for his picture on the money 

Apparently: a third of Britons say they would like to see David Beckham's picture on their money as the Charles Dickens £10 note ceases to be legal tender. reports Ananova.

They didn't ask me for my opinion. By my reckoning that means two thirds don't want to see his picture on our money. For God's sake, don't we see enough of the publicity puppet in the everyday news as it is? Some of the other choices are mental to say the least. I mean 30% want to see Kylie Minogue on the back of a £5 note. She's not even British.

The State Of British Roads 

It never seases to amaze me what can be found on the internet. Take Chris's British Roads Directory for example, a whole site dedicated to roads in Britain, their histories, descriptions, guides, there's even a motorway simulator now called simulator to give you the the thrill of the driving experience online.

Other links direct the browser to sites such as SABRE a website for the Society for All British Road Enthusiasts. Can anyone get so excited about a road that they become an enthusiast? Apparently they can SABRE has discussion groups and even live chats on the subjects of roads. The UK Roads Portal gives access to other road related sites.

Possibly my favourite link was the one to Wet Roads or fords as we all know them. I have first hand experience of a number of them on this page, namely: Battersby, Boggle Hole, Bolton Abbey, Commondale, Gayle, Grosmont, Hob Hole, Malham, Middle Rigg, Reeth Low Moor, Staithes, Stokesley, Westerdale and Wheeldale.

I've even submitted one wet road for inclusion myself, one which wasn't mentioned on the site. The ford in question is in the hamlet of Rickford near Burrington, Somerset & Avon. My Pot-holing club used to start our Mendip caving trips in the pub at Rickford many years ago and frequently drove through the ford to get to the pub. I can't recall the name, but it was a real pub, selling real beer and faggots & peas, it might have been the Rickford Arms, sadly I believe the pub landlord (Reg), from those days, has now moved on and the pub is more a yuppie weekend hang out now-a-days.

Inspector Clouseau Strikes 

I had a run in with the local boys in blue last night and the more I think about it the more the whole incident strikes me as a farce:

I arrived home at around 21:15 last night to find a note pushed through my letterbox asking me to ring the local police station regarding a moped and a motoring incident which occured, about a half mile from where I live, earlier in the day. I thought odd, I've been at work all day and no one else has been home.

Anyway I ring the number on the note and give the reference number to the officer, who isn't the officer investigating the incident. He tells me there isn't a lot on the log, but whatever it is, it's a minor motoring offence at which a moped driver failed to stop. The rider was seen to head towards my property and then disappeared. After a lot of key-clicking in the background I was told that the officer in charge was currently at another address regarding the matter and would either ring back, before he went off duty, or on Saturday when he was next on duty. Fine I said explaining that there was no way anyone at our house would have been involved as there was no one of the household in the village at the time of the incident.

As I put the phone down there's a knock at the door, it's my neighbour who describes in great detail how someone on a push bike came hammering down our close in a frenzied manner, throws his cyclist helmet to the floor angrily and demands where the motorcyclist has gone, and had anyone seen someone hiding a bike in the garages. The neighbour had assured the guy that no one had come down the close in the last half hour as he could see everything from his garage where he was cleaning his fishing gear. Unperturbed the angry man hung around for about half an hour before leaving.

Next up says the neighbour, a police car turns up within 10 minutes of 'angry man' leaving, he starts hammering on our door, not just knocking but really hammering it, I bet that hurt, as the doors are the security type with steel plates just under the wood. Obviously getting no answer he starts asking our neighbour if he has keys either for the house or garage. he hasn't and actually said look there's no one home, and no one has come this way, what's it all about. 'Cluoseau' answers to the effect that a motoring incident took place up the hill and the drive away moped owner headed in this direction. It turns out 'Angry man' is the father of a girl who's car was involved in the incident. At that point I explained that I had a note and had already phoned the police, blah blah, blah. Neighbour says 'if you need any witnesses to say no one came this way, let me know, etc.'

Phone rings again as I'm going in, it's a local policewoman this time, ringing to tell me that 'Clouseau' is going off duty and won't contact me until Saturday, but she thinks that the offender has been found as they had registration details of the bike involved and had attended the registered owners address that night. Fine says I, but then I explained about angry man and ended: I don't want some steamed up parent hammering on my door thinking we had something to do with the incident, when we actually hadn't. She said that they'd contact angry man and update him on progress. To give her her due, she rang back later to tell me angry man had been contacted and told that we had nothing to do with the incident. It's still not over as 'Clouseau', I presume, will contact us to tie up loose ends.

Well I started to put my own scenario together then and came to the conclusion that 'Clouseau' couldn't detect a piss up in a brewery.

Picture this:

Some motoring incident occurs in village centre and moped rider high tails it in a possible panic down the main road hill. Girl complains to dad, who grabs his push bike and helmet and takes chase. How far ahead has the moped got at this point? Angry man turns left off into our estate, then turns right into our cull-de-sac, did he actually see the moped rider turn at this point? Personally I don't think so, I don't think he could have kept up, our cul-de-sac is the first turn off in the estate. I think angry-man has asked someone if they have seen a moped come into the estate and has been pointed in the direction of our house, because my step-daughter has a Suzuki scooter, which incidentally has been off the road for over a month, she happened to be at her friends house 12 miles away at the time anyway. So Mr Angry says to the police that the bike had been seen heading towards my house and it has the following registration number, blah, blah, blah, one which isn't registered at our house.

Police follow-up assumes evidence from angry-man is correct, but don't check registered address first etc. etc. Unreasonable door hammering and demands for keys follow. Neighbour says 'Clouseau's' attitude was over the top, and his best mate works for the local police.

I've a few questions for 'Clouseau' when he contacts me on Saturday:

  1. Why was it assumed that we were harbouring an escaped fellon?
  2. Why were keys demanded from neighbours, I thought warrents were needed for that sort of thing, not that I have anything to hide?
  3. Why did he hammer on the door as if in a way to knock it down, the bell is pretty loud and can be heard from anywhere in the house?
  4. Why did he not get follow up on the registration plates of the owner quicker?
  5. If it was a minor motoring incident and I mean minor (the words used by the first officer I spoke to), why the seemingly heavy handed approach?
  6. Finally, why did they not respond at all when someone put a huge dent in my car 2 years ago, I phoned and gave details of the car that did it and where they were headed, unfortunately I didn't have a registration number at the time? But we've seen in the above example that that isn't taken into consideration on the first sweep.
  7. Who exactly said that they saw a bike heading into my house when quite clearly they didn't?
  8. Oh and why did it take 6 hours to respond to a buglary at my neighbours a couple of years ago, when the neighbour gave full descriptions of the suspects and into which estate they were seen carrying the fishing gear, and why were the suspects never found or charged?

I expect it to all blow over by Saturday, but it left me a little angry myself, notwithstanding my fish and chips had gone cold and had to be microwaved. Ugh soggy batter.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Four Bananas Make A Bunch 

And so do many more....... Or so the song went. Do you remember it? The La la la song, otherwise known as the Theme Tune to The Banana Splits a childrens TV program, hosted by a dog, a gorilla, a lion and an elephant. It ran from July 1968 to May 1970.

Thanks to quarzan for pointing out the site in these comments on zoe's site.

The Beano Is A Pensioner Today 

Britain's favourite comic reaches pensionable age today. To celebrate, Leo Baxendale, the creator of some of its most famous characters, recalls how the exploits of Dennis the Menace and co were dreamt up during games of office football reports The Guardian.

My parents bought me loads of comics when I was a child, I loved reading and still do. I have to say that the Beano was my favourite comic of them all.

WMD = Weapons Of Mass Distraction  

I just love this story.

Google Strikes Again 

I wonder if this searcher found what they were looking for? It seems like a strange request to me.

Blake's 7 Set For Hi-tech Return 

The late 1970's cult Sci-Fi series, Blake's 7, the one with the wobbly sets, is set to return to our TV screens in 2005 as a new mini-series. Of the original cast, only Avon will make a return.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

And It's Good Night From Me..... 

Well having downed and enjoyed a couple of bottles of Marston's Pedigree (the Co-op didn't have any Waggledance or Riggwelter for that matter), I think it's time for bed.


How Indie Are You? 

i am open-minded!

How indie are you?
test by ridethefader

You're pretty knowledgeable about music in general. You like indie music, sure, but that's only part of it.
You'll listen to any old shit as long as it sounds good to you. You're not snobby about music at all, you
just like what you like. How boring. Curiously, this makes you popular with the opposite sex.

Speeding Pensioner Blasted By North Wales Police Chief 

Sky News reports:

A police chief has hit out at a pensioner who complained after being fined for speeding.

Retired bank manager William Shaw was clocked driving his BMW at 39mph in a 30mph zone through the village of Acrefair, north Wales.

I have no sympathy for Mr Shaw, but does it need a Chief Of Police to speak out against this man, perhaps you'll understand why he did so when you realise that Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom is chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Road Safety Committee. He also heads up the Arrive Alive campaign against speeding in North Wales, which one MP has described as alienating normally law abiding citizens against the police.

What the topics fail to disclose is the crime statistics for North Wales in April 2003, namely 4200 speeding tickets issued (netting £250,000 in fines), opposed to burglary detection rate of 6.1%, that is 18 out of 296 burglaries solved. A home office spokesman claims that this is the lowest known recorded crime detection rate. The stories also fail to show that North Wales police solved only 41 out of 693 vehicle crimes.

Add to this, the call from Manchester's police chief telling his officers, to stop targeting speeding drivers and start catching hardened criminals and I think you'll agree it paints a disturbing picture of law enforcement in the area.

Mr Brunstrom is no stranger to controversy, in the past he had admitted that he would buy heroin for addicts to stop them stealing and has called for the legalisation of drugs, claiming many of the drug problems are caused by the legal system.

So who's got the green light in North Wales then? It isn't the motorists. It's little wonder that law-abiding citizens are in despair. It's time Richard Brunstrom was put on a performance related salary scheme that has no connection to speeding tickets issued.

Are You Stupid? - No Just Another Tourist. 

Thanks to Lyle at D4D for pointing out this stupid tourist site courtesy of The Times.

Going back to Lyle's site, I particularly like his rail rant, other rants worth a read are: Oxford and Stun Guns. Boony might wish to comment on the Oxford rant at some point.

Protect Your Privacy - Go Naked! 

I suggest you all take some time to read the following, word for word lift, from Raised By Chaffinches, a blog I have started to read on a regular basis.

Shop at Tesco's? Benetton? Do you buy Gilette products? Do you like being spied upon?
Please take the trouble to read this article. It is one of the scariest things I have seen for some time.
Then go to here.
The here at the Guardian.
And here....the CASPIAN SITE.
Then put it on your website. Now. And ask others to do the same.
I'm cutting up my "loyalty" card now...

Monday, July 28, 2003

I'm Monoceros - Which Constellation Are You? 

You are MONOCEROS!! Monoceros, is the great unicorn
of the sky. He's a free spirit, and likes it
that way. Odds are so do you! You like being
alone sometimes, but you still have your fun.
Your not chained to anything, and plan to keep
it that way! Your a regular Free Spirit!!

What Constellation Are You?
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Weird & Wonderful Complaints By Tourists 

I read an article in the Daily Mail on Saturday regarding ridiculous complaints made by tourists to holiday firms, in an attempt to claim compensation. Unfortunately I was unable to find any online references to point to, so the following is a list painstakingly typed in, with credit to reporter Graham Grant for producing the copy in the first place:

Finally from an idiot holidaying in Spain:

Which one is your favourite, or perhaps you have some better ones of your own?

Friday, July 25, 2003

UK workers talk favourite revenge tactics 

More than half of UK workers would take revenge against a former employer if they were unhappy about losing their job reports The Register

Why would any company think that someone they had made redundant, under dubious circumstances, wouldn't think about revenge is beyond me?

A Quarter Of Caramac 

Mmmmmm, I've just scoffed a Caramac today, it's ages since I had one of those, I thought Nestle had stopped doing them. I also recently had a bag of Sports Mixtures those wonderful hard fruit gums that I used to buy from our local corner shop @ 1d (old Penny) for 4.

You can find more of those great sweets from yesteryear at A Quarter Of. Ahhh sweet memories. Brilliant.

Nigerian Scam Baiting 

How many emails a week do you get from the Nigerian scammers asking for your help to release millions of dolllars, of tied up cash, from some Nigerian bank vault? If you're anything like me then at least five per week hit your inbox. Well it's nice to know that someone has the time to fight the scammers with this new internet bloodsport.

Thanks to Miel at Offscourings for flagging this one.

Vandals On The Rampage - Police Respond 2 days Later 

Why does this not surprise me?

At least this time the police didn't blame a lack of resources due to traffic duties, Police told the Free Press that technological problems on their non-emergency telephone line were to blame., oh that and teething problems with a new state of the art call centre system:

"We are introducing a new state-of-the-art system at the moment, but there are technological problems so users will have problems contacting us. We just ask that people are patient while we work on a solution."

This highlights some very poor planning by those responsible for commissioning the new system. Didn't anyone think of a setting up a backup/fallback position before introducing a state of the art system that doesn't work? What happened to the idea of parallel running, the new system alongside the old, whilst the new system bedded in?

Patience in the face of poor implementation planning is not enough when crimes are being committed and seemingly ignored.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Making Music Fun 

I was rooting around amiright.com today which is describes itself as Making fun of music. One song at a time. and came across the Song Parodies section with huge lists of parodies of famous and not so famous songs of the past.

A couple of parodies relating to current affairs that I found amusing were: I Fought The War and Dubya Is Brainless a take on I Fought The Law and Suicide is Painless. Both parodies were written by William Tong a webmaster for an anti-Republicam Website, I'm sure that you can find better one's if you look long enough.

Another section worth exploring is the Misheard Lyrics section, which provides some amusing entries in it's own right. Take the following:

'The Corrs', "Breathless"
Misheard Lyrics:
Go on, Go on leave me breakfast
Correct Lyrics:
Go on, go on leave me breathless

Take a look at the site, I think there is plenty there to keep you amused for hours.

Commenting Host Changes 

The Blogout commenting system has been so hit and miss lately that I've decided to bite the bullet and make changes. After looking around at a few options, I decided to use Haloscan to host my comments. Consequently all the old comments to blogs have been lost. They weren't available for a lot of the time anyway.

Ananova - Tightrope walker must wear hard hat at work 

Ananova reports:

Goussein Khamdoulaev, a performer with the Moscow State Circus, wore the hat for the first time in Folkestone.

The 48-year-old is accustomed to somersaulting on his wire 50ft above audiences and usually wears a Cossack hat.

But he's been ordered to change because he was breaching European regulations covering health and safety at work, reports The Times.

Whilst I agree there is a need for workers to be properly protected in the workplace, I think this is taking things too far. What next, film stunt men? I can see it now the James Bond look-a-like wearing a hard hat in the next blockbuster. For goodness sake, it's part of their job, they understand the risks, they wouldn't do the job if they didn't like the odds against them, they're paid well for the risks they take. That's opposed to those of us who have to take whatever mundane job comes along to make ends meet.

It's the nanny superpower going too far, whatever happened to the concept of taking personnal responsibility for ones own actions?

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Garbage Pail Kids - Make A Comeback 

After 15 years in the wilderness, the gross toilet humour kids sticker series, The Garbage Pail Kids, is due to make a come back this August. As a taster of what's to come here is Harry 'Potter' Potty as you've never seen him before.

Memories Are Made Of This 

I've been thinking of doing a blog regarding music I like for sometime, but that's been done by a number of people, so in the way of trying something different I decided to produce a list of songs and/or albums that, no matter when or where I hear them, bring back a specific memory to me. The memory might have been of something good, bad happy, funny, sad or even suicidal at the time, the only criteria for the choice is that it brings to mind a memory without deeply searching for it.

Now the strange thing about the list is that I don't necessarily like some of the songs, but they were relevant, in some way, at the time of the memory. Even the memories aren't necessarily particularly significant, in some cases, they just surface when I hear the song. At this stage I won't list the memories I associate with the songs, or albums, I'll leave that for you to guess.

The songs are listed near enough chronoligically in order of memory, not necessarily in order of release. The first memory is circa 1957 and the last is October 1998

Post your answers in the comments, or if they are down, as they seem to be on an increasing basis, send an email using the link in the right hand column.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Template Change 

I'm not sure if I'll stick with this new style yet, and the comments links availability are hit and miss lately. I'll give it a few days and see it it grows on me.

The other thing that seems to be giving me some trouble is my hit counter, the image doesn't show properly though I think the counter is working.

What A Pants Day! 

Don't you just hate it when this happens?

New Antisocial Behaviour Bill 

The governments proposed new antisocial behaviour bill has caused some waves in various areas of society:

Sections of the government’s proposed Antisocial Behaviour Bill could contravene both the Children’s Act 1989 and the Human Rights Act 1998, according to an independent report commissioned by an alliance of charities.........

We fear that the effect of the bill will be to alienate children and young people from their communities, to scapegoat children and young people and reinforce negative stereotypes,” said a joint statement from the group, which also raises concerns about the lack of consultation on the bill’s measures..........

In all the Governments I've lived under, I don't really know any that have worried too much abut alienation and scapegoat issues, especially if it means more having control over it's people.

The bill also plans to give police powers to return a child to their home after 9pm in certain circumstances, which Jennings condemns as a “nation-wide curfew on young people under 16”. The clause giving police powers to disperse groups of two or more immediately, “contains some breathtaking provisions”, and breaches several parts of human rights legislation.......

Whilst I agree that something needs to be done about gangs of youths that hang about street corners causing trouble, I fear that lots of innocents will be 'punished' because they will be easier targets. Not all groups of youths are troublemakers. Not only that, I wonder how long it will be before the bill is extended to to allow the police to disperse all groups of two or more people?

Meet Your Burglar 

Offenders could avoid being taken to court if they agree to meet their victims face-to-face and witness the distress they have caused.

Government proposals unveiled by Home Secretary David Blunkett acknowledged that using so-called "restorative justice" schemes as an alternative to prosecution was a "radical" idea.

Maybe I would agree to meet a burglar, but only if I had the right to cut off his hands with a blunt stanley knife.

Mr Blunkett said: "Restorative justice means victims can get an apology from their offender, but it is about more than 'saying sorry' - it provides the victim with an explanation of why the crime was committed. This is something a prison sentence on its own can never do and can enable victims to move on and carry on with their lives."

We know why they do it, it's because they want something we have but they don't, or they want something to sell, to get money which they aren't willing to earn legitimately for themselves.

Pizza Prevents Cancer 

If you ever needed an excuse for eating pizza then here's a good one: Eating pizza can cut the risk of developing certain types of cancer by between 26% to 59%. Twelve foot pizza anyone?

Cherie Blair Sings For Chinese Students 

So let me get this straight: A group of Chinese students ask the Prime Minister to sing a song, so up steps Cherie Blair to serenade them with 'When I'm 64'.

Hmmmmm? The truth will always come out in the end.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Muses Restaurant, Ireland 

I've had a couple of hits from people looking for Muses Restaurant in Ireland, well folks if you are still looking, perhaps this site will help.

Reasons To Be Thoughtful: 

Several other reasons why Dr David Kelly, whether guilty or not guilty, should not have been named in public can be found here.

Beverly Hillbillies' Jed Clampett Dies 

I know it's probably old news to you, but I've only just heard the sad news of the death of Buddy Ebsen who played Jed Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies. It was one of the few TV shows that I made sure I was at home to watch, in my childhood.

How Old Are Your Socks? 

Male owner, decent feet. Suddenly realised all my socks have the consitency of cardboard.

Some of them i have owned for sometime, probably too long. I am now considering recycling the whole lot and buying loads of new ones.

How long do your socks live?

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Friday, July 18, 2003

IraqGate Update 

Middle East On Line reports:

"The body matches the description of Dr Kelly. The clothes do match the description of Dr Kelly's clothes, but we have not yet formally identified the body," a police spokeswoman said.

So is the government heading for a crisis? They certainly deserve one.

IraqGate And The Missing Mole 

So the fall guy, Dr David Kelly, refuses to take the fall and a few days later goes missing, now a body is found five miles from his home, but as yet no details have been released.

The MOD are adamant, that Dr Kelly is the mole who passed details, of the 'sexed-up' Iraq dossier, to the BBC and have put the scientist under enormous pressure, since he admitted meeting with the BBC's defence correspondent, Andrew Gilligan.

If the body of the man turns out to be Dr Kelly, who will be held responsible for hounding the man to his death?

Let's face it the pressure from both the media and his employers could have driven him to suicide. Conspiracy theorists might hint that, there's always the chance, the government could have had him silenced, after all 'Tory' Blair has been described recently in the press as a psychopath by his own labour rivals. Even if the death is through natural causes, namely a heart attack, then surely the extra stress and pressure could take a large part of the blame.

Now obviously this is all conjecture, the police haven't even confirmed if the body is that of Mr Kelly, but I really wonder how far the Government would be prepared to go, to cover their own sorry backsides. Just a thought.

Remember one thing, Mr Blair tells lies. How do I know? It's obvious, he's a lawyer. Lawyers will twist any truth to get the outcome that they ultimately want.

Blog Template Change Time? 

I've noticed that something has happened to the layout of this blog since blogger changed over to the new system. The blog description now runs into the main body of the text. I think it's time to look for a new layout.

Big Brother Contestant On Shoplifting Perks 

A former big brother contestant, Federico, is claimed to have said that being able to shoplift is a perk of having been on Big Brother. Apparently store security guards are kept so busy trying to control idiots that mob Fed', they are unable to detect that this thief is lifting goods from under their noses.

If it's true, then it just shows the sort of idiots would want to appear on this sad excuse for public entertainment. In my view Federico show get a part in another sort of big brother, ie. a long involuntary incarceration, with a different set of contestants entirely. Though knowing how stupid the powers that be are these days, some fool will give Fed' a chance to be a presenter.

Are You A threat To Bush? 

Take the quiz and find out:

morally deficient
Threat rating: Medium. Your total lack of decent
family values makes you dangerous, but we can
count on some right wing nutter blowing you up
if you become too high profile.

What threat to the Bush administration are you?
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So You Want To Work For Ebay? 

Well you might change your mind after reading this Ebay internal memo. Thanks to John Walkenbach who writes the J-Walk blog for finding this one.

It's probably worth a trawl through other internal memos on the internalmemos.com site, the search feature allows you to search for individual companies.

This one from Jockey International highlights the potential of using your own company workforce to persuade stores to stock your product. Hmmmm?

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Would You Ever Burn Your Life Savings? 

No, I didn't think so, but Ananova reports:

A fed-up bank customer in Hong Kong withdrew his life savings of £27,000 and burned the money in the street in disgust at the bank's low interest rates.

The customer in question was angry when he learned that he had only been paid £1.37 interest by the bank for the last six months, now I agree I would be angry too if that happened to me, but I think burning your own money is just cutting off your face to spite your nose.

Luther Watch 

Some updates on the health of Luther Vandross, for those that visit the site for news on the R&B singer. On 27th June wjla.com wrote:

Things continue to look up for Luther Vandross.

His publicist says the singer is now out of the hospital - and is being treated at a rehabilitation facility......

The three day 2003 Essence Music Festival held on 3-5th July in New Orleans paid tribute to Luther with a moving celebration of his music in one of the most memorable hours of the three-day musical event.... Luther had originally been billed to appear in the event, but had to cancel after suffering his stroke in April.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Arrrrgghhhh! TV Could Get Worse! 

Just as I thought Big Brother was about the lowest that our TV schedules could throw at us, I now find that Noel Edmonds could make a TV comeback.

Haven't we suffered enough?

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Sounds Like Sour Grapes To Me 

A Booker Prize-winning author provoked controversy last night when she accused JK Rowling of lacking the skills of a great children's writer.

Cambridge-educated A S Byatt said adults who read Miss Rowling's books about Harry Potter are people of 'little imagination' immersed in a world of soap operas and reality TV shows.......

OK, she might not be the worlds greatest writer, but she does produce very readable books, and has made an awful lot of money doing so. I suspect Miss Byatt might be more than a teeny bit jealous, and effectively accusing the masses of ignorance is nothing short of snobbishness.

Despite being an opinionated pratt, aren't we all, Miss Byatt is right about one thing though, Terry Pratchett does compose some amazing sentences.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Which Happy Bunny Are You? 

you suck, and that's sad
you are the "you suck, and that's sad"
happy bunny. your truthful, but can be a bit

which happy bunny are you?
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Monday, July 07, 2003

New Labour, New Laws And The Police

How many new laws do you think the our current government have introduced since ousting the Tory party from power?

You wouldn't be far wrong if you answered around 650. Now I'm sure a fair number of those laws will be good laws and in the interest of the public, but doesn't the country have enough laws to deal with wrong doers. I mean will introducing laws to ban smoking in public places be of any use whatsoever? If you think hard and long about it, won't they be just as effective as the current anti litter laws, ie. totally ineffective.

We barely have enough police available to deal with real criminals with out criminalising even more of the population. It's my belief that using this particular sledge hammer to crack an anti social nut will result in the dilution of the already ineffective police force.

Our defenders of the law will be overrun with hitting even more soft option 'criminals' ie. smokers, just to show how many arrests they can make in a week. Real criminals such as thieves, murderers and rapists will have a field day, as the polically correct brigade shout foul every time some poor addict lights up. Will the law really be effective? I doubt it, just look at the amout of litter that blows around our streets that tells you how effective such laws are, or even will be.

Now I'm not a smoker and I certainly don't agree with people lighting up in restaurants, but I would say it's up to individual establishments to implement their own rules, then individuals can make a choice as to whether they wish to frequent public places where smokers are allowed to light up.

I say to Mr Blair and his idiot advisors, start concentrating on implementing our existing laws properly before you mess about with wishy-washy 1984 type claptrap. I could probably go on and on about this subject, but lack of time and a lack of a working PC means I have to end this mini rant here.

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