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A license to…

I though it was really good news that the Road License disc is to be dropped in October this year. I don’t like the disk cluttering up the windscreen and I certainly don’t like that thought that someone might remove the tax disc from my motorbike. The holder is tamper proof but it clutters up the lines of the bike also.

So a good thing.

Now let’s see… when do the government or the police etc. ever do something which seems like a great idea only for us, the public to think it is and find out that there maybe a catch?

Yes, this is such a case.

You see in some states in the USA they have also got rid of license stickers as they are there. They’ve been doing it for some time and now some of the states are going back to the stickers.

Now why would they do that?

Well, it seems that using an electronic means for ensuring a car is “taxed” – how apt – also means that the location of the vehicle when the police zap it is recorded. Not content with being filmed as we go about or legal business they are also keeping an eye on everyone in every possible way. You know your mobile phone is doing this for them too?

Why do they need to know so much about us and what we are doing? We all know that there is a small minority who do stuff they shouldn’t but does the whole population need to be watched at the same time?

The tax disc, road license or whatever they are calling it now was supposed to be to pay for the upkeep of the roads etc. Now it’s the last thing that it’s used for. The roads are potholed whilst the pavements are as smooth as a very smooth bottom indeed.

I’ll be glad when the tax disc goes it’s just such a pit that there’s more to it than meets the eye.

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Big Brother Zealots edition

Energy… it’s what it’s all about.

The evidence points in the direction of the environmental and health zealots.

None of these people want you to have any. Energy, that is.

Environmentally, we can’t get the energy we need because it will upset small animals, spoil land, pollute, we will be greedy with it if they allow us any, it will induce climate change and anything “bad” which could well happen according to those who know better than us.

Health wise, we can’t get the energy we need because it will involve the death of animals, use of modified genetics, having too much sugar in it, having too much salt in it, having too much fat in it, it’s is processed, having too much “added” sugar in it, all of which will kill us earlier than a more “healthy lifestyle would allow according to those who know netter than us.

Going back to my grandparents and I suppose even my parents their view of food was simple. Three square meals a day and make sure you left a clean plate behind. The reason for three square miles per day was that they generally worked harder from a labour point of view. They needed the calories (energy) in the food to get them through the working day. Nowadays we count calories so a guy can have 2000-2500 calories a days and a wifey 1500-2000 a day. If you go below those limits you will probably loose weight and if you go above you gain weight. Simple.

This has become muddled because generally a lot more people are sedentary; they rarely get out of their office chair in a normal day. Not ideal then. They don’t walk too much and they don’t exercise to any great extent. I’m not, however, suggesting that should all don the lycra and get sweating. I mean you do it if you want to but don’t get all self righteous just do it and leave everyone else alone to make their own decisions.

The environmentalists are keen that we all use less energy. There’s really no reason for any of us to do that but they still want us to cut down.  The tool they use is hiking the prices. This means that some people can’t afford the energy they need and sadly some die because of it.

Years ago I used to wake up in a bedroom, which in the winter had ice formed both on the inside and the outside. The only heating in the house was either a paraffin heater or the coal fire, which took ages to start producing real heat. We didn’t complain. We didn’t know any better. You can still have coal or wood burning fires although it’s mostly down to fashion rather than anything else.

So why do so many of these zealots want to restrict so many things of which a surprising amount seem to be things wee not only need but can’t do without?

Again the answer might be for them to provide us with role models. They could be the role models. Live without all the stuff they think is bad.

Oh please do it.

Pretty please?

Or how about a special edition of Big Brother. They could call it Big Brother Zealot! We’d all call it BBZ, which isn’t far away from one of the biggest supporters of zealotry – the BBC!

Done deal.

 

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Charity “Dons”

Stay with me for a few paragraphs would you please…

I quite enjoyed the original “Godfather” film. Probably the most memorable quote was “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”. It was said a few times in the film and of course backed up by “additional incentives” to ensure the “offer” was acceptable to the recipient. I’m sure you’ll remember the horse’s head in the bed scene?

The Godfather was about the mafia. They had “business interests” which kept money coming in on a regular basis. If you had a factory, shop, bar etc. in their area of control then a couple of nice gentlemen would maybe visit you and suggest that you should consider providing a tribute in cash to the local “Don”. (No connection whatsoever to anyone from Aberdeen obviously). Declining to do so might result in an increase in accidents in your premises, a nice simple protection racket then.

In todays world we probably still have a modicum of that sort of thing but we don’t really believe it’s that bad. Nonetheless things are happening and to all intents and purposes they look a lot worse than anything that the godfather did.

Lets start with the Brent Spar, which was to be submerged in the ocean. An organisation thought that wasn’t a good idea and used all the muscle that they could muster to ensure it was disposed off as they saw fit. In the end the disposal was more polluting than the submerging but let’s not allow a great PR exercise get in the way of the facts.

Then we had the recent Starbucks saga. They weren’t paying their taxes apparently.  People should boycott the shops, don’t buy from Starbucks was the cry of the day.

The shops are franchises and most of the people who thought the boycotting was a good idea didn’t know what that meant. It would just be so much corporate bunkum and who cares anyway. Well the people who owned the franchises minded, they minded a great deal.

You see they paid their taxes and they paid the taxes of the people they employed, They also paid for the on going franchise and for the supplies they had to buy. Starbucks, the holding company, paid their taxes too. They just didn’t pay them in the UK. They did this because the EU ruled that companies could pay their corporation tax in any country in the EU.

Some EU countries immediately reduced their corporation tax to attract these large organisations, Starbucks being one of many. Ireland was one of the countries to reduce their corporation tax.

The coalition managed to create quite a furore to the extent that Starbucks had to do a deal to pay some tax in the UK. The UK made them an offer they couldn’t refuse you see.

There are other examples of this. An organisation is picked out and then a third party (Don) starts to complain about something they are doing which is normally fully legitimate. They then threaten to interrupt their business through bad publicity and stop people spending with the chosen business.

The business then tries to work out a deal. Perhaps they could provide funding for a project for the “Don”. Nothing wrong or illegal with that is there? Or maybe they should provide funds on a longer-term basis for other stuff? Cue lots of handshaking etc.

Did you notice the sudden upswing in charities advertising after Christmas?

Have you noticed the latest advert from one of these environmental charities. Apparently in their world polar bears are a threatened species. Canada doesn’t think so, based on their science and experience over decades, which doesn’t actually count at all however. Expect a turnaround from them soon on that one. Perhaps that nice chap Obama might ask them to help revisit their position?

The environmental charity advert shows a polar bear and a couple of cubs frolicking in the snow and ice flow. They are having fun but they are endangered. The ice is melting (no it’s not actually and even if it did it wouldn’t affect them).

Then along comes a special moment. The end part shows a can of Coke resplendent in its red and white corporate colours with some polar bears added to it. They aren’t there because Coke has suddenly started selling a version of Coke, which is polar bear, flavoured? Of course not.

They are helping the environmental charity protect the poor polar bears by providing cash to them from each can purchased. It’s a shame. Polar bear numbers have gone from a few thousand to over 20,000 and counting.

That sounds like the polar bears need a lot of support does it not?

Don’t worry. The “Don” is on the case.

 

 

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Sleb Big Brother is back!

The bastion of our televisual delights has returned to our TV screens. Which one I hear you ask, the one and only Big Brother of course! It’s not just the run if the mill Joe Public version either it’s the … “sleb” version.

I’d been vaguely aware of Big Brother being on during the past few months.  I hadn’t been watching it! I mean come on. I had my moment of realisation of the waste of time that big Brother was when I found myself watching people washing the dishes whilst taking part in a very early series of Big Brother. I mean, how sad is that? My defence is that I was younger then and my appreciation of the value of time was a bit different than it is now.

I only knew Big Brother was on because I’d come across it when I was flicking through the channels of an evening looking for programmes which involved men building custom motorbikes, custom cars, restoring older cars, fixing unfeasibly large machines, blowing things up, shooting guns, digging big holes, building or renovating properties etc. etc. I also watch men buying and selling the contents of abandoned storage units, antiques in general and the odd and the wonderful.

My TV viewing is educational if nothing else as I tune in to politics and documentaries. I also watch the odd foreign Police thriller. I say watch but what I mean is read on screen. My Danish, Norwegian and Italian are obviously non-existent and so I can’t be surfing the net etc. Oh well…

Anyway, Big Brother low rent version seems to have finished and glitzy “sleb” version  is now on. I checked what was going on. There are four slebs which you could say are “slebs” but of a lower denomination than real “slebs’. They are Julie Goodyear from Corrie, a woman who was on Eastenders apparently, Julian Clary and one of the Kemp bros from Spandau Ballet but not the one who was in Eastenders. As clear as mud?

The “big four slebs” must have fallen on hard times or have reached a value level at which Channel 5 can afford to pay them. Either way it’s not good. The others include people who think they are “slebs” but aren’t really. There are, of course, a couple of ladies there who are of the blonde/orange/pneumatic chest/skinny/clueless clan of “slebs”. And a mixture of ethnicities so they can lay claim to be down with the bros in the streets. The demographic is all.

I’ve no doubt that there will be a lot of shouting and arguing, a lot of backstabbing and a lot of petulant and spoilt behaviour. Just like real life then. Well as real life can be when you are living in a goldfish bowl and purposely doing things, which will get you in the newspapers and enhance your chance of growing your “sleb” status, such as that might be.

I really thought that Big Brother had died. It should have really. Was it ever entertainment? Well if you enjoy watching someone washing the dishes then it’s right up your street.

At the moment on TV the programme about people making cakes competitively is quite entertaining in a “it’s not cooked enough, it’s a funny shape, did you read the recipe at all type of way. The nice old lady judge is quite splendid and the grumpy Liverpudlian guy judge is going to make sure the bakers sweat more than normal in HIS kitchen!

24 Hours in A&E was good but it’s just finished and not enough people died in it, which gave the impression that, you go to hospital and are cured almost every single time. The staff featured seemed like a really nice and very capable bunch of people. No mention of the 30,000 people who die every year because of happened or didn’t when they were being cared for by the NHS.

I’ll stick to the cars and motorbikes and the like, the faster and louder the better. Big boys toys right enough.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Big Brother, General, Health

 

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