Thursday, 24 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Now it appears that Gareth Thomas has actually reinvented rugby as a gaysport (and therefore right on) because he has admitted to being a gayer and because he's a homosexualist he is therefore sitting on the right hand of Barrack Obama according to organs like the BBC. Big deal. Rugby = groping men and sharing showers and baths and singing mysogynistic songs. Who ever thought that rugger buggers (as we non 1stXV types called them) were not predominantly Mandelsonian in their outlook? Certainly the "work" of the part-time solicitor and full-time cauliflower-eared rugby player who spent months on the conveyancing of a house I was selling could best be described as buggering up.
What if a female PE teacher or a male interior designer came out as heterosexual? There would not be the same frisson of interiest amongst the mediarati. Indeed, the story would be spiked. It's the same when someone famous or related to someone famous or known to a journalist announces they are converting to islam. Big news story because it's naughtily different and fills up the empty white spaces. The Gareth Thomas "story" reveals more about the narrow, juvenile minds of the mediarati than it does about the World of Sport (what a desperately, boringly sad Saturday afternoon that dire splodge of electrons was).
However, genial Arran-wearing, pipe-smoking "Gerry" Adams has recently been forced to admit that he knew his brother sexually-abused his neice over a long period and his republican gangster father had similarly perverted appetites. Now, Special Branch and MI5 were especially effective in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner and I doubt very much that they were unaware of such dangerous information (certainly people were murdered by terrorists for knowing or appearing to know much less). Which raises the question, did Tony Blair shake hands with someone he knew had who helped cover up child abuse (like the Irish Bishops) in order to build a political Potemkin Village in the Province? TB is a very religious chap, certain of His Goodness so he would not have doubted for a moment that what he did was wrong. Besides, His conversion was accompanied with confession that absolved Him of any sins (just as the kiddy-fiddling priests did for each other, no doubt). But the whole affair stinks of hypocrisy and realpolitik.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
So I have no sympathy for ""the clunking fists" of our over-promoted, sociopathic, inadequate Prime Minister. Why doesn't he make proper use of the secretariat staff at 10 Downing Street? A handwritten message of sympathy on the death of a son must be right first time so it must be checked and double-checked before posting. In a way it's the closest, an MP will get to making safe a booby-trap, except that if he gets it wrong there's only a day or so of embarrassment.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
The quote from the Daily Mail article that made me chortle was:
"'My problem with the Australian economy is I earn all my salary in sterling and the Australian dollar has gone crazy,' he said.
'It's (worth) 55p. It was 38p a couple of years ago. As someone earning sterling living in Australia, I'm b*****ed."
Ben, Ben, Ben. If the Aus$ bought 38p a couple of years ago and now buys 55p, that means that the Aus$ has appreciated against the £ by about 50% or the £ has fallen by about 30%. O Level economics before Nulab dumbed it down. How could that happen to the currency of the economy best suited to weather and recover from the Global Recession? Answer, because Gordon Brown ran deficits and John Howard ran surpluses, And no Australian bank failed, was nationalised or needed funny money from the Bank of Taxpayers.
Your name's Ben Elton. Good Riddance!
PS Is today's Times headline connected?
Friday, 6 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
I've blogged before that one should never argue with an idiot as bystanders might not be able to tell the difference. Why politicians are debating amongst themselves about the rights and wrongs of appearing on the Question Time panel with Nick Griffin MEP is beyond me. I don't like the man nor his party's policies and don't feel a need to beat him in an intellectual argument because his politics do not function on an intellectual level. If I was in a pub and someone began spouting BNP nonsense I would take my drink elsewhere. No point rebutting his claims other than directing him to this website. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Now these chaps are worth listening to - and buying a drink!
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Did Barack Obama get the Nobel Peace Prize for having Roman Polanski arrested? That's reasonable as far as I'm concerned because it's annoyed the Frogs. By the way, why don't the pro-Polanski chatterati support another guilty sex-offender and film-maker? Please could someone brighter explain the difference.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
photo thanks to the Daily Mail
No really. It appears that the brother of Wendy Alexander is helping to fund a major part of the Indian Space Programme, which announced the discovery of water on the moon by its moon probe. Wee Dougie is the Secretary of State for DFID which has given India £200 million annually since 2001 according to this booklet. Admittedly, British taxpayers' money is actually spent on schemes to alleviate poverty, but why doesn't the Indian government give that a higher priority than space technology? How many British moon probes have there been? In return, Tata Industries is planning to close either the Solihull (LandRover) or Castle Bromwich (Jaguar) plants despite receiving subsidised loans. I reckon Dougie should pilot the next Indian moon probe so he can plant his saltire where the sun doesn't shine (the far side). The plain fact is that international development allows countries to continue playing at empires after they granted independence.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Not allowed in Tesco
A Jedi Knight was asked to leave a branch of Tesco' because he was wearing a hood - like any Jedi would. I take the view that all religions are equally daft and so my reaction is obvious. But why don't Tesco treat women who wear headcloths appropriate for 7th century Arabia the same as people pretending to be from a galaxy far far away a long time ago?
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
So perhaps Jack Straw should exercise that same royal prerogative of mercy and tell Obama bluntly that Gary McKinnon isn't leaving Britain for Wild West Justice.
Friday, 4 September 2009
* the risk of being muddrrrrd in Scotland is about 50% higher and, ironically, the murder rate in Northern Ireland rose after the peace agreement, so it did.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009
Isn't it ironic that the closest friends of War on Terror America (Ireland and Israel) are the result of terrorist campaigns? I remember hearing some years ago that the CIA had started the Troubles as payback for Harold Wilson refusing to get involved in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. It was something that would adversely affect Britain's freedom of movement and pin us down close to America at a time just after the French chucked American forces out of France and left NATO. Such a pity as the withdrawal from East of Suez had taken place and 1968 was the first year since the end of WW2 that no British servicemen had been killed on active service.
You can watch the RTE One programme If Lynch Had Invaded that prompted the Sunday Times article online.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
And then the Rockall Secretary for Defence, A. Gannet MRP, can announce the immediate withdrawal of UK forces from Afghanistan for re-equipment and training. No responsibility for the decision could be traced to our own dear Defence Secretary, Wig Arsewipe or whoever, who knows rockall about defence. Simples.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
One thing that both strawbs and rasps like is horse manure so I'm putting as much of the stuff in the ground as possible. Fortunately, there's a paddock nearby that offers it free to take away (because horses and ponies don't stop making it). Unfortunately, when I went this morning with three old compost bags and a fork, the gate was chained shut. The alternative was to climb over the wooden post and rail fence with pig netting on one side and a strand of barbed wire on top. So I put the bags and fork over and stepped up onto the first rail preparatory to lifting my leg over when I notice the proximity of the barbed wire to my groin. One false move... and the fun of carrying the full bags thirty yards to the fence, lifting them over and risking pulling my back. I do not want to sustain an injury for the sake of free horse shit. And then I thought why on earth are we fighting in Afghanistan when unmanned drones do a perfectly good job of squashing potential malfeasants (which is where the UK's national interest there starts and finishes). I'll go back another day and hope the very nice pony owners are there and have unlocked the gate.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Dave Cameron could prove that he harbours not a trace of "homophobia" (literally, fear of the same and not dislike of homosexualists) by sacking the twat and letting him quietly reflect on his puerile behaviour on the backbenches.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
This statement of the bleeding obvious from a Judge and the "British" Council's proposal to outsource 100 jobs to India has got my little grey matter working on a modest proposal to solve the immigration problem and, coincidentally, improve the welfare of deserving foreigners.
I propose a pilot scheme of Offshore Immigration. People wishing to migrate to Britain for economic or asylum reasons will instead be located in parts of Africa or Asia rented from the local kleptocracy and managed by a charitable trust without government funding. Favourable leases will be granted to companies wishing to establish manufacturing factories using locally-sourced raw materials and taxation will be kept to a minimum. Compulsory English language and culture training will be provided and after ten years' satisfactory service all migrants will be eligible to apply for British residence conditional on the availability of long-term jobs. Migrants will be able to return to their countries of origin at any time and remittance of salaries to boost their homeland economies.
It may be argued that it is unfair to migrants to disallow their residence in England's green an pleasant land but they would still obtain considerable security and economic advantages. Just don't call the offshore economic areas colonies.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
What's wrong with accepting that the majority of people in Afghanistan and the Third World in general are content to live in the seventh century, just as many people in the west read the bible literally or have no greater cultural desires than X-Factor or Emmerdale? Why can't large tracts of the world be established as cultural protection reserves* where indigenous peoples can live out their lives free of western liberal enlightenment, science and technology? Without that care the particular knowledge of societies handed down through hundreds of generations will be lost for ever. The reserves would be sustainable because a lack of modern medicine, electricity, etc would limit population growth. Should anyone wish to leave and live in the west they must agree to accept our values and renounce theirs.
* Yes, just like the Savage Reservation in Brave New World.
Monday, 27 July 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
One thing made me laugh, however. The original dozen children abducted by the alien 456** species to act as drug implants (ugh) were secretly provided by the British Government of the time in return for a virus antidote. It was clearly stated several times that the handover took place in 1965. 1965! When was Harold Wilson's Labour Government*** in office? 1964-1970! So the BBC is accusing Labour of perpetrating the most ghastly crime against the weakest members of our nation, not only that the children were from a Scottish care home. Could Torchwood be evidence that the BBC is attempting to curry favour with its next licence setter, the Tory Party? After all, changing the original abduction date to any time between 1951 and 1964 would have been easy for the set dressers and costumiers (because no changes were needed).
* Why "Captain" when he wears RAF Group Captain / ROC Observer Captain rank slides on his greatcoat?
** Why did an alien civilisation capable of interplanetary flight use a radio wavelength to communicate with earth instead of the much better DAB? Probably because DAB is crap, by and large.
*** Which promoted the "white heat of technology" ie cancelling TSR2 and AW681. Still, the Open University is excellent and Harold kept us out of Vietnam and Europe.
As is made clear in the excellent explanatory booklet for the layperson, the owner must serve either one or two months' notice on the neighbour before starting works. Of course, with the neighbour's written consent, work can start earlier. But, here is the flaw in the Act. Although it states in the Act that the owner must serve notice, the only recourse for the adjoining owner in those cases where the neighbour fails to serve notice is to obtain an injunction to cease work until the PWA procedure is carried out. Failure to obey an injunction is contempt of court which may result in a fine or imprisonment. However, injunctions cost about £1,000+ and one may have to return to court to have one enforced - more expense and bother. Compare this arrangement with the duty of the adjoining owner to allow the neighbour's surveyor and builders unobstructed access onto his land for working and placing foundations. Refusal to comply is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1,000 (s.16 PWA, 1996).
My modest one clause amendment to the Act is the creation of the offence of failing to serve proper notice on an adjoining owner. The punishment will be on the same level 3 scale as obstructing or hindering.
And yes, if you are wondering, our delightful neighbours attempted to foist a ten day take it or leave it otherwise any damage is your responsibility letter on us back in May. Their PWA surveyor apponted by their solicitor, they are really that nice sort of people, was still waiting to be formally appointed last week. Their builders dug out a trial pit on the boundary to assess foundation depths on Wednesday (still not filled in) without notice - I thought works were starting prematurely, to be blamed in reply by the husband for causing a three month delay to works. My advice to any neighbour of property developers is to read the links, and consult a RICS PWA surveyor as soon as possible if you think your neighbour can't be trusted to treat you as they would expect you to treat them. The building owner pays for both parties' survey costs (indeed with reasonable neighbours a single PWA surveyor is sufficient) so you have nothing to lose.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
It is about time that all public servants are required to park their religious beliefs at the door before they start work just like the no communism or fascism rule when I joined the Civil Service. They would then be able to give their employers the same care and attention when dealing with them. Money would be saved by not having to accommodate prayer rooms (go outside with the smokers if necessary), for example. And for those people who claim that faith makes people more honest than atheists or humanists, look at the religious affiliations of our allowance-sponging "Honourable" Members. They run the whole gamut of holy hypocrisy.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Compare the ongoing case of Suzanne Breen in Northern Ireland with the outing of Nightjack, the serving Detective Constable by Partick Foster of the Times. It appears that the ethics of the dead tree press learned at journalism colleges only stretch as far as their fellow chapel members. If only Nightjack had sold his information to a newspaper to increase its circulation and preserve hacks' jobs instead of blogging it himself he would still retain his anonymity. Triples all round!
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
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Whoever's responsible for updating the Sky News webpage might be looking for a job with Law Dallan tomorrow. Surely everyone knows the difference between "Nice" Nick Clegg (LimpDims) and "Nasty" Nick Griffin (BNP and Eastenders)?
With thanks to Sky News.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
"I've come only because I was tempted by a link from Higham's site but the more I read of your self-serving whining the more I am persuaded that you are unable to take responsibility for your failings and exist by blaming others.
I've no idea, and absolutely no interest in, what your 'disability' is but I'm certain that you are an emotional and intellectual cripple.
If you want shoes that are not worth selling, do as I do and seek them out, and stop whining that no one is prepared to give them to you.
You demand 'equality' yet prove yourself inadequate for it."
(my green ink for emphasis)
Quite apart from the fact that the writer's criticisms relate to what he believes he read rather than the actual words of my post, the commenter banned me several weeks before from commenting on his blog after I rebutted another ad-hominem attack on me by him. I respect his freedom of expression, however distateful. It's that distate that has prompted this period of detoxification.
I don't think Sir Tim Berners-Lee had characters like him in mind when he invented the interwebby thing. Anyway, thank you all for all the comments you have left on my blog over the past five hundred odd posts. I hope you enjoyed reading at least some of them. I may be back on this blog or another one in the future, but I will continue to read your blogs.
Thank you and best wishes.
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Damian McBride went incommunicado.
The Daily Telegraph publishes the contents of a diskful of MPs' expense claims obtained from an anonymous source. The newspaper is evasive about any payments it may have made.
Am I right in seeing a possible link between the events? Did 10 Downing Street have access to the parliamentary expense claim details as a means of ensuring the loyaly or acquiescence of MPs? I don't believe that anything as outrageous as this could happen because even Brown and McBride wouldn't sink that low and hope that it is never shown to be true because that would utterly destroy my confidence in the whole political system and where would that leave us.
What has prompted this rage is a letter, one of a series, that I received from Prudential this morning telling me that the endowment policy I purchased in 1989 was likely to significantly undershoot its target on maturity. Just what I wasn't told in 1989 when endowment policies were sold as winning premium bonds and they wouldn't merely pay off one's mortgage but would take a sizeable bite from the national debt. Alas, it now appears my monthly payments, like those for my AVCs have gone towards subsidizing the bonanza payouts of people whose policies matured in the 1990s and earlier. And MPs get free money when I'm effectively feeding mine into a shredder. Arrrrrgh!
Friday, 15 May 2009
I propose that all MPs and PPCs are required to pass a comprehension test on the Green Book as a qualification for sitting in the House of Commons.
I further propose that the current Parliamentary Fees Office staff are posted out to other jobs and replaced by disabled servicemen and women whose injuries were suffered as a result of inadequate equipment that was ignored on a bipartisan basis by the vast majority of MPs. It would be a delight to read of "Honourable Members" forced to buy at Ikea or secondhand or simply make do without.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
1 If MPs are moaning there isn't enough work for them to do then the number of MPs must be reduced to say 400 as a reasonable first step. There only needs to be a maximum of 100 members of the House of Lords. Lords and Ladies would only be allowed to sit for a maximum of ten years before retiring or being renominated. And why not elect the Upper House on a two members per county PR basis?
2 MPs should be given written job descriptions with agreed performance targets. Their performance should be independently assessed annually and failing MPs should be given a year to improve. Two failures in a row would be published.
3 MPs should be subject to a call back by-election if 10% of their constituents sign a petition.
4 MPs' salaries should be pegged to the Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1. Employment terms and conditions should be as per the Senior Civil Service, ie fixed 5 year renewable contracts. If MPs do their jobs properly they are easily worth the top of the pay band.
5 MPs must demonstrate in-depth understanding of the constitution and parliamentary system. They should undertake a minimum of two months' shadowing or internship in the public and private sector each year. Members of Departmental Select Committees (DSC) must have practical experience of the areas and issues covered by the committees. Given this expertise, DSCs will take on the task of confirming candidates for ministerial posts. The will become more like US congressional committees.
6 MPs must rediscover the sublime joy of being awkward bastards for whom every penny must be accounted for as being well spent and all alternative courses of action examined.
7 The Speaker must rediscover her historic role of upholding the independence of MPs against the executive and setting the tone for the House of Commons. You noticed I said "her" : I propose that Kate Hoey is made the Speaker as soon as possible.
8 Voting at elections should be made compulsory. A box should be added to each voting slip for "None of the above are satisfactory". Postal and proxy votes should only be available for certified medical conditions and holidays.
Just a quick email to ask if you can supply these shoes in size UK13 black 4E width as the web page only offers a standard medium width fitting. http://www.milletsports.co.uk/productmore.php?pid=26425 . Provided the price is reasonable I would order two pairs.
I bought a brown pair of these shoes from the States and have to say they are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.
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If anyone knows where I can get a couple of pairs of these shoes at a reasonable price, please let me know.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Saturday, 9 May 2009
According to the caption underneath the picture Guy Gibson is stroking the dog. As I explained in my email to The Times the photo:
"does not show Wing Commander Guy Gibson stroking his dog since the airman stroking it has a Warrant Officer badge on his tunic sleeve."
Here is a photograph of Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, RAF.
This is his wikipedia biography.
And that dog definitely isn't a labrador.
Perhaps The Times ought to change its masthead motto to "Near enough is good enough". I haven't seen a correction in the paper yet.
Update: 16 May The Times corrects itself :
Readers too numerous to mention, including more than one retired group captain, have queried the archive photo that accompanied a May 7 report on a new Dam Busters film and purported to show Guy Gibson with fellow crewmen plus his dog. Most pointed out that the airman in question was displaying a warrant officer's badge on his sleeve rather than a wing commander's, and some even doubted the identity of the dog.
The photo was firmly captioned as Guy Gibson, but long experience tells us that if just one Times reader indicates an error they're probably wrong, two or three and we start to worry, and six or more are almost certainly right; so we have erred on the side of caution and taken it down from Times Online. "
Why not put everything on a level playing field and put burglars in charge of rewriting the Theft Act and judging each other so that they keep their business "within the rules"? Wasn't "it was within the rules" rejected as a defence at Nuremburg?
Friday, 8 May 2009
Before the herd of troughing swine rush off to buy coproxamol and penknives on expenses to save themselves the indignity of signing on after the next election because the regulations they agreed amongst themselves (MPs being experts in rubber-stamping EUdiktats) are soooo difficult to understand and they can't be expected to fill out forms and hold the government to account - that's Joanna Lumley's job, may I take a breather..... and propose that in future no claims will be accepted without proper receipts and a biometric ID card. And they must immediately advise any changes in circumstances.
Two messages to MPs:
1 Paul Murphy - if your hot water is too hot adjust the boiler or turn on the cold tap.
2 Gordon Brown - if you claimed £6,000 to clean your flat how much will it cost us to clean the whole country of twelve years of Labour filth? And why the hell do Labour MPs make so much mess? Mr Pig meet Mr Hoover.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Now, as Aleksandr the Meerkat might say, compare Carol Ann Duffy, "Mrs Lazarus" with Pam Ayres "Oh I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth". Simple, squeak. Surely Pam Ayres can capture the nation's spirit just as well as any other poet and she could produce bettter rhymes for William an' 'Arry, for example. "When the wedding banns are posted" is a phrase almost made for Miss Ayres' Oxfordshire accent as is "Doing right by the Gurkhas". So come on and make Pam Ayres the English Poet Laureate and help cheer the country up.
* verbal because poetry has to be read aloud to be properly appreciated.
Thursday, 30 April 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
I hope this scenario has been identified in the COBRA talks and that the Border and Immigration Agency is back-checking incoming passenger manifests against the original departure airports.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
What annoys me is the fact that Nulabour hands out an annual jizya of £70 million for preventing extremism yet refuses to honour a covenant of honour to very proud, loyal and brave people with a tradition of serving Britain since 1816.
Please take a look at the Gurkha Justice Campaign website. Anyone who gets on the wrong side of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Joanna Lumley had better be a bloody good runner.
* little only in stature but giants in every other respect.
Update thanks to Iain Dale: the Brown Woollas betrayal has been defeated by 60 votes in a division in the House of Commons. Ayo Gurkhali!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
The colonial government suddenly realises that English people are getting increasingly annoyed by their position at the bottom of the pile - things must be bleeding obvious when dim Harriet gets the picture. So, with the zeal of the converted hypocrit, NuLiebore wraps itself in the flag it chose to ignore and despise until the opinion polls sent it a wake-up call.
But how thumpingly inept to encourage English people to celebrate their saint's feast day in a diverse, culturally inclusive day by increasing the price of a pint of beer the very same day. I realise that Alaistair needs to find every penny to pay for his predecessor's mistakes but come on and get someone English to work in the No 10 spin sewage works.
I will celebrate St George's Day in the traditional English manner: tomorrow I will think "yesterday was St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday, oh well". The fact is that England is always best thank you very much and we do not need a special day to massage a cultural inferiority complex with cod displays of pygmy nationalism and celtic alcoholism.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
The traitors in Luton were protected by the Police because it is HM Government policy to appease our enemies. The demonstrators in London were a threat to HM Government's stage- managing of the £50 million G20 non-event (ie attempt to decrease Gordo's unpopularity).
I grew up with a Ladybird book, Dixon of Dock Green, Juliet Bravo hard-wired instinctive trust of and respect for our Police. I want to keep that respect because without an impartial Police force to uphold the law life at all levels would be rendered near impossible. But the corrosive effects of political correctness and social liberalism working in common purpose has brought policing to the stage where ambitious coppers seek to please politicians instead of serving the public good. Yes, defining that term "public good" is like stapling jelly to the ceiling, but ordinary English people have an inbuilt idea of what it isn't. Recent events in public life clearly demonstrate that radical reform of all our publicly funded bodies is required urgently. And don't think that the equally corrupt practices employed in the private sector can escape criticism and change.
We must give this government the biggest wake-up call at the forthcoming elections, a landslide defeat that even the most Stakhanovite ballot stuffer or shredder cannot alter. And then we must write to our MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates and tell them in surgeries and public meetings that we will not put up with their wishy-washy let's be nice policies but demand, on pain of voting for the nasty parties, that a complete radical excision of the Nulabour cancer is performed within one parliament. Simultaneously, the interests of England and English people must be made paramount; why, our unlected PM and many of his junta pledged the same for Scotland when they signed the Claim of Right. The United Kingdom Parliament (minus the Labour puppets in the Lords) will become the de-facto English Parliament by force of numbers. MPs from outside England will still contribute their wisdom and knowledge to debates and committees but will, out of courtesy, refrain from voting on English-only legislation.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
As a result of the recent death of Jade Goody, an expert panel will report later this year on the benefits of restoring 20 upwards testing for Englishwomen.
There is a petition to reduce the starting age to 18 in England here.
The spatula and slide technology which gave rise to the term smear (ie putting the sample on a glass microscope slide) is being replaced by a technique called liquid based cytology in which
"The sample is collected in a similar way to the conventional smear, using a special device which brushes cells from the neck of the womb. [ ] the brush, where the cells are lodged, is broken off into a small glass vial containing preservative fluid, or rinsed directly into the preservative fluid. The sample is sent to the laboratory where it is spun and treated to remove obscuring material, for example mucus or pus, and a random sample of the remaining cells is taken. A thin layer of the cells is deposited onto a slide. The slide is examined in the usual way under a microscope by a cytologist."
Digressing, did Hitler claim Berchtesgarten as his second home?
Sunday, 12 April 2009
"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go! You are no Parliament."
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
I am pleased that Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary have put their full support behind the IPCC investigation of the events leading up to the death of Mr Tomlinson. Quite simply, the behaviour of the policeman who pushed the chap from behind would not be tolerated outside a pub on a Saturday night or in a primary school playground. The thug who did it, if he has ever heard of Peel's Nine Principles of Policing ,obviously feels more at home with those of Beria, Goering, Mugabe et alii.
I will be donating £1 for every non-anonymous comment received up to £20 to the Police Dependants Trust . Please have the officer seriously injured in a burglary early this morning in Newham and his family in your thoughts. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is able to return to duty as soon as possible.
Update: 17 April 2009. It is my sad duty to report that PC Gary Toms died of the injuries he sustained whilst investigating the aggravated burglary reported above. My sincere thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues. He appears to have been the model of the quitely courageous and dedicated decent Police Officer that make up 99.9% of the Police. Why hasn't his death been reported widely?
*OBL: Our Beloved Leader, so popular due to his masterful handling of the British economy that no vote was deemed necessary to install him as Prime Minister.
bomb, semtex, allah akbah, mustapha leik, number 10 downing street, MI5, MI6, House of commons, mohammed, tax increases, mosque, jihad, white power, BNP, National front, anthrax, nail bomb, gordon brown must die, assassinate, IRD, IRA, demonstration, rhubarb and custard, freedom of speech, nuclear device, machete, machine gun, chipolatas ...... democratic accountability.
Is it really worth keeping this post for a year?
Monday, 6 April 2009
* Did your MP use the £10,000 communication allowance to advise you it was coming into operation today? Did the BBC? I only found out because of Old Holborn .
"Q Sonja Sagmeister from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television. Mr. President, you said you came here to learn and to listen. So a quite personal question -- what did you learn from your personal talk with the European leaders? And did this change in a certain way your views on Europe and its politics?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's an interesting question. I had already formed relationships with many of them. Some of them I had met when I traveled through Europe before my election. Some of them I had met because they came to Washington after the election. This is the first time I've been in a forum with so many of them at the same time.
I'm extraordinarily impressed by the quality of leadership. I am constantly reminded that although there are cultural differences that are important and that we have to be sensitive to, what we have in common between Europe and the United States so vastly exceeds any differences that we have; that we should not forget why we are allies, and we should be careful about some of the easy stereotypes that take place on both sides of the borders.
It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing -- and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.
But I think it's a testimony to the success of the European Union, as well as NATO, that on very important issues, each leader seems to be able to rise above parochial interests in order to achieve common objectives. And I think that has accounted for some of the extraordinary success and prosperity of Europe over the last several years.
All those jokes about GWB asking how many trillions make a brazilian. A word in the shell-like of the liberal intelligentsia: you can gently take the piss out of someone even if they are black or otherwise non-white western male. when they make a mistake. Although Silvio Berlusconi, being a bald Italian friend of Mr Jowell, is skating on very thin ice (babelfish translation: ees a skaytin on a verrreee theen aice) with his buffoonery.
Update: Will BO talk Turkey in Ankara today?