FORECASTING FRIDAY

Yes today is not Friday but Im going away for the weekend and thought Id do my blog early! Im going to a cottage in the Scottish borders with my partner and dogs. Today is the first day of snow this winter so it could be quite exciting. Lots of warm clothes and roaring fires. And maybe lots of red wine.

So Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has gone after ruling for 37 years. In that time his country has gone from being one of the richest in Africa to being  reduced to bankruptcy. However in that time he has become one of the richest people in Africa, worth billions of pounds while his people starved. What a co-incidence. Good riddance.

Coffee. I drinks lots of coffee never tea. I love it and like it really strong. Now scientists are saying it is really good for health purposes. Cuts down the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Considering ive had al three to one degree or another it hasnt worked that well for me!

The UK government has criticised the BBC for giving out misleading information to the public re the latest offer of £50 billion being paid by us for a settlement  to leave Europe (Brexit) Apparently it was more like £40 billion.

Well the three leading Brexiteers in the Government stated we would actually be £350 million a week better off , to use on the NHS if we came out. So that wasn’t misleading , was it. Hypocrites!!!!!

The above mentioned eading Brexiteers are, Boris Johnson, foreign minister, Liam Fox, A trade minister and David Davies, chief negotiator are three shits together.If they’d been female they could have passed as a coven of witches.I’m ashamed these men are representing us abroad. In fact they are nearly as bad as Donald Trumps’s standing abroad. God help us.

HUMOUR-In China the film Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts movie was called ” I will marry a prostitute to save money” Catchy title isnt it.

During World War 2 British pilots carried chocolate infused with garlic in case they were shot down and needed their breath to smell French.

British children can be held responsible for crimes from the age of 10 but cant own a goldfish until they are 16.

It has been suggested that primary schools in England shound be banned from reading Sleeping Beauty as the Prince didnt have permission to kiss the sleeping Princess. What a load of nonsense.

Slobodan Proljak killed himself in court this week after losing his appeal against being given 20 years for crimes against humanity, relating to the massacre of Muslims in Croatia. Pretty good conclusion if you ask me.

Finally its official. British men and women are the most obese in Europe.

And finally , finally What does Mike in “Suits” now think about his girl friend being engaged to a Prince? Congrats to Meghan and Prince Harry. And that will be the last time I mention it!

Poem attached.       THE TIME OF MY LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

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FURTIVELY FRIDAY

Well we have had a budget in the UK this week . It was like most budgets a non-event. The word budget actually means a  balancing of the books. So if anything is given away money must be taken from somewhere else. In no budget i ever remember is any particular sector given a great deal so neither is a significant amount accumulated elsewhere. But the only way a lot of tax can be raised is to tax the majority of people in the country. Taxing the ultra or even the reasonably rich does not raise enough as there are not sufficient of them. So when money needs to be raised the ordinary man pays. They can juggle the various taxes around but at the end of the day nobody gains a great deal or loses a great deal. It is all smoke and mirrors. This particular Chancellor is especially useless. He has done away with the stamp duty for houses up to £300,000 for first time buyers. This means in the North of England the saving will be the princely sum of £24.  Also to help secure Brexit goes through he has promised £3billion. I thought Theresa May had already promised £38 billion to ensure Trade talks commenced! And the NHS will be given an extra £2.8 billion for the next two years. If i remember correctly Boris Johnson and his cronies promised the NHS will benefit by £350 million a week if we come out of Europe.. Whatever happened to that promise.

And finally on the budget the previous Chancellor, George Osborne told us the  trade deficit would be paid off in full by 2015. We now hear from Phillip Hammond It will still be £25 billion in 6 years time and wont be fully paid off until 2031. George got out of politics and is now a newspaper editor. He was certainly no good at maths. And finally, finally our growth forecast has been reduced which will mean another 6 years of austerity. Wonderful

OH, sorry the nurses Will get a pay rise but we dont know how much yet!

Humour –  It is illegal to sell Stilton cheese made in the village of Stilton. Because this cheese has a protected Designation of Origin status which states cheese has to be manufactured in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire but Stilton is in Cambridgeshire. Brilliant.

Before turkey was adopted as an Xmas dinner in England people used to eat a pigs head with mustard.

The MacDonalds Filet o Fish was invented for Roman Cathlics who couldnt eat meat on Fridays!

Just come up with a good old word. Wlonk. It means proud, haughty or rich. I cant see it coming back somehow.

Poem attached     WAR

AD INFINITUMLY FRIDAY

I know this might be controversial but I have often wondered whether heros or heroines are brave or that they just dont think about consequences. When someone is confronted by a situation which is dangerous in some form a intelligent person will think what are the odds of danger. Then take the course of action they think is best. The less intelligent person may not think at all and just do what they think is right. Those two decisions could be totally different. One is heroic but one might be reasoned.Also a member of the armed forces, police, medical or security is trained to do things by instinct and not really consider the circumstances. They will “just do their duty”.

So do you get my dilemma who heroic and who isn’t. They are all brave but when does extreme bravery become heroic. The reason I brought this up was because i was reading about a soldier who was captured by the Japanese and executed . He was given a posthumous medal, but couldn’t be considered for the Victoria Cross (which is the highest bravery medal in the Uk) because you had to be killed in action. I thought that was hugely unfair. Food for thought.

A Japanese train company had to apologise this week as a train left the station 20 seconds early. In this country the driver would have got award. Our trains are virtually always late!

Our last Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne decided to make our road tax system paperless in 2014. It was primarily to save money. Three years later we are £107 million worse off and 3/4 of a million havent renewed their tax. Great idea George!!!!!

A Da Vinci painting was sold for £341 million this week. Apparently there is some doubt to its authenticity. Now I love Art and can see why popular paintings are sought after. However I think when there are people in the world starving that amount of money for one picture is obscene!

HUMOUR- Apparently pandas are white so they can hide in the snow and black so they can hide in the shadows. But what happens when there is no snow ?

Because of the way their eyes are positioned pigs cant see the sky. So “if pigs could fly” other pigs wouldnt be able to see them!

Octopuses spend 3% of their tidying. What have octopuses got to tidy? And it certainly wouldnt take long with 8 arms.

Identical twins live longer than non-identical twins. Apparently.

Good News . It looks as President Mugabe of Zimbabwe is on his way out. the country if virtually bankrupt but apparently he is negotiating to keep the billions of £,s he made in achieving this.

A flat womans shoe which converts into a high heel(or vice versa) has been invented. What took so long?

And finally good news for American big game hunters in Africa. Trump has repealed a Obama law. You can now bring your dead elephants home. What a bastard that man is!!!!!!

POEM attachedALL THIS AND MORE

 

 

 

 

 

FAULTLESSLY FRIDAY

There has been a leak of documents disclosing the use of off shore companies to avoid paying taxes. Apparently avoiding is legal but evading is against the law. I dont quite understand what it means but only rich people are allowed to do it. The Queen and Prince Charles do it, celebrities, footballers and the like. Richness is the only commonality I can see. But it is legal. Why cant the man in the street including me not do it. Virtually all the off companies are based in British colonies, such as The Virgin Isles, Bermuda, The Cayman Isles, Isle of Man, Jersey Guernsey. So rich people use these companies but there is no advantage! So why are they called tax havens? Of course there is or they wouldn’t be using them. The truth is people in the Establishment use them too so they dont particularly want to change the laws. All they need to do is stop the British colonies doing it! What’s the expression, something about the “rich getting richer”!!!!!!!

While I’m on the subject of greed a professional footballer, Juan Mata, a Spanish Man Utd player tried to get his fellow professional to give 1% of their earnings to aid underprivileged children around the world. After 3 months only another 3 have come forward. So well done Charlie Daniels, Alfie Mawson and Duncan Whatmore. It just shows what a set of greedy bastards the rest are . ( I apologise to the ones who give to other charities but dont publicize it)

Our National health service (NHS) is creaking at the edges and is short of money. The brilliant service they have given us in the past is deteriorating rapidly. In the past three years the number of managers has increased by 11% while nurses and midwives have increased by 1.6% and doctors by 3%. Also while basic pay for senior managers in the last 7 years has increased by 15% nurses pay by only 5%. The Tories claimed they would cut bureaucracy in the NHS.  Well they have failed miserably so far!

HUMOUR- Westminister abbey has a cleric called Canon Ball!

Pop singer Ed Sheeran can fit 55 maltesers in his mouth.

A clocks second hand is really it’s third hand!

Lamorghini the sports car maker, started out making tractors. Wonder if they made the fastest tractor?

The most common job title in the Uk is manager. Some managers can’t even manage themselves!!!!

With all these celebrities, politicians and being accused of behaving inappropriately two questions What does it mean by inappropriate behaviour ? and secondly would it not just be easier to name people who HAVE behaved properly. The real question is though

Whatever happened to “Integrity in public office” ?

Politicians are supposed to be reasonably clever. So how did Priti Patel, our now ex Overseas Aid minister think she could get away with having 12 meetings with politicians, businessmen and officials inc the Prime minister while on a supposed holiday in Israel. She forgot to tell anybody in the UK. Good riddance1

And finally would it not be useful for a Foreign Minister to have some ambassadorial and diplomatic skills? Not like Boris Johnson who could actually have increased the  sentence of a Uk citizen already in a Iran jail. What a clown!

Poem attached.     ONLY THE BRAVE

FRACTIONALLY FRIDAY.

Im going to start with football for a change. England have just won the under 17 World cup. They have also recently won or finished 2nd at under 21 and under 19 levels. But very few play fot their teams in the Premier league. But even worse it is unlikely many will even play for their teams in the future. Nobody categorically will say this but when half of the premiership teams are managed or coached by foreigners they are hardly likely to promote the England international team. So we can win things at the younger age groups but we will still have a poor England team in the future.

I really hypocrites in politics. And a really good example is John Lanman, an ultra left wing supporter of the Labour party. He is close to the current leader Jeremy Corbyn. He has all sorts of ideas to bring down the Tory party. What I object to is that the man is extremely weathly. He lives in a luxurious building and helps run a propery company linked to a tax haven. I really have a problem with champagne socialists. It is so easy to have principles when you can afford them. How does he know what it like for a working class family living on a council estate. Hypocrite!

Have you heard about the private school costing £20,000 a year where they are having private prize giving days. Apparently the pupils who don’t win prizes will be upset if they go to one big prizegiving. so they wont be invited . Thats just as bad as having non-competitive sports days. It is a fact of life that the real world is competitive so the sooner you know that the better. Ridiculous.

HUMOUR- 1 in 4 Americans didnt read a book last year.

The word girl and boy only appear once each in the Bible. Strange!

80% of the world gold is yet to be found. So keep looking.

During the Xmas truce in 1914 in the 1st World War German troops put up a sign that said “Gott mitt uns” (God with us)  The British put up a sign in response “We got mittens too)!!!!!!

Gordon Brown, an ex Prime Minister and Chancellor of exchequert claims nothing has changed with the big banks since 2009. No bankers in this country have been jailed for making horrendous decisions, but they have in Ireland, Spain and iceland. They are still paying huge bonuses even when results are poor. I know Gordon was partly resonsible for the crisis but at least he kept us out of Euro and he made the Bank of England independent. He did however sell off some of our gold reserves off far too cheaply. He was probably too idealistic for his own good!

Lastly the sex scandal, it didnt just happen in the film industry. It happened in politics, all parties. (the resignations and sacking have just started I would suggest) The fact was it happened wherever you had powerful men and women were prepared to be subservient to get on. Absolutely disgraceful but it was the way it was 20/30 years ago. Hopefully it will all come out into the open but i suspect a lot of money will be fling around in bribes to stop it happening.

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