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Please note this site and some of my other projects are personal and in some cases I may mention my professional life but only in order to make a point/statement. All opinions etc are mine alone unless stated otherwise. You get the gist? - I don't need to go to a lawyer for this stuff. Links to my professional stuff can be found in the 'Professional' Menu option above.

Blog Posts

Expectations and Disappointments

January 3rd, 2017

"That's it, I'm done, from now on I will look after number one, me and mine."

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Resolutions resolved.

January 1st, 2017

Many years ago, at least over 25 years ago, my mother who was a 60 a day smoker at the time decided to stop smoking on New Year's day. I had never known my Mum to make a resolution before nor I cannot remember her doing it since. Many people will discourage you from making resolutions by saying why wait for New Year's day to make a change that you should make at the time you decide you need the change. I would argue that there is something memorable about the date – the 1st of January - that makes it special.

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Geo-tagging Photographs

June 25th, 2015

Recently I have been trying to get all the photographs I have taken over the last few years organised and shared on the web. The need to easily share the photographs led me to develop a simple PHP web based photo gallery browser which you can find here.

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Racial Identity and Happiness

September 18th, 2010

I want to let you in on something.  My new project that has been keeping me from posting here as often as I should and want is called 'Mixed In Different Shades' and is about the history of inter-cultural relationships and mixed heritage people around the world.  How are these two things related you might ask, a blog dealing with trying to find happiness and a history of various small populations around the world?  Let me explain.

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'Mixed' History In The Making

September 16th, 2010

A recent study by Leeds University that spawned a score of news stories (BBC, Guardian) estimated that numbers of ethnic minorities in the UK will grow from 8 to 20 per cent of the population in 2051.  Apart from the 'other white' ethnic group which will be the fuelled by expected high levels of immigration from Europe, Australasia and the US, the percentage of people identifying themselves as being of 'mixed race' is expected to grow substantially.

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'Threatening' e-mail teenager gets USA ban

September 14th, 2010

"A teenager from Bedfordshire has been banned from entering the United States for life for sending a 'threatening' e-mail to the White House."

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Worry About Our Education Sector

September 13th, 2010

My daughter just came back from her old college where she had been asked by them to attend to request a letter confirming her leaving date.  The letter is required by the Job Centre and you would expect it is a common request by ex-college students.  She was told it would take up to 2 weeks to have the letter issued.  Considering that fact that the letter is usually required by other bureaucrats to allow some to for example, sign on as unemployed, you would think they would have their act together.

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Money can buy you happiness

September 8th, 2010

CAN money buy you happiness? The answer, it appears, depends on what you mean by "happiness". High earners are generally more satisfied with their lives, it seems, but a persons day-to-day emotional wellbeing is only influenced by money up to a certain point.

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China And India Will Make The West Poorer

August 25th, 2010

"The current financial crisis could bring about a change in the international economic order with countries like China and India becoming the dominant global economic powers.   The Chief Economist of one of the world's biggest banks, HSBC, believes Asia's rise poses a threat to prosperity in the West."

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Junk Food & Drugs

August 13th, 2010

Fast food outlets should hand out  a statin pill, a cholesterol-lowering drug, to customers to combat the effects of fatty food, say an Imperial College London team. 

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Apologies for No Posts

August 2nd, 2010

I am currently working on a new project that is taking up all my writing time.  I hope to be re-posting soon.

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Dancing Happiness

July 21st, 2010

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. [Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance*]

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Rent A Friend Week

July 20th, 2010

“I am available on most weeknights, not degree educated but well versed in matters of politics, economics, religion and the like.  Personal disasters like career disappointments and failed romantic encounters can be discussed and I am not too averse to bouncing balls, kicking balls and hitting balls with a bat but much prefer the kind of play available at the local night club.  I can hold my liquor quite well and am unlikely to return any curries eaten under the influence.  Being a little on the large side enables me to fireman lift any friend to whom the excitement becomes too much.  All this for the price of a taxi ride home!  Bookings being take now, form an orderly queue please, we’re British.”

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Racism, Tribalism, Classism - Prejudice without Substance

July 19th, 2010

My 60 year plus mother holds some very set view about certain sections of society that may have some basis in experience but most likely does not.  Since she comes for the generation of the great –isms, I assumed that my siblings and I just brushed off these prejudices, sometimes with argument. Imagine my surprise when discussing a certain serious family issue with one of my siblings when they strongly expressed an opinion consistent with one of my mother’s which I know is not based in their experience. 

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Ambition - When Family Is Not Enough....

July 18th, 2010

Unlike many of my peers, when I was in my middle teenage years, I knew that I wanted to have a family; I wanted to be a father.  I was going to find the right woman, get married, have babies and have a good job to support it all.  I knew this because I loved children, loved being amongst families, mostly other people’s, having had no real ‘family’ experience or so I thought at the time.

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The Changing Face Of Marriage

July 16th, 2010

We do not need to look for statistics to prove that the rate of marriage breakdowns is growing. Many of us have many have experienced it ourselves or have close family and friends who have and those of us with children will know that a significant proportion of their classmates come from ‘broken homes’.  Some of those classmates will come from ‘single parent’ families where a marriage was never entered into in the first place but may have been a co-habitation or ‘break-up before marriage’ scenarios.

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When The Oppressed Become The Oppressors

July 13th, 2010

“Set me free so that I may do to others what you did to me.” 

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The Simple Things....

July 9th, 2010

Here is one man's view of how the simple, not necessarily the easy, can make you happy.   Though written from the sense of the simple home in the Brazilian favelas compared to the high life in the USA, it is the emphasis on simplicity, difficulty and community that the sense of wellbeing is being found - What is Home?

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XXX-iting Fundraising

July 6th, 2010

A "big budget" pornographic film was shot in a London hospital when it hired out one of its wards to a film company.  The movie generated "substantial income" for the hospital, Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt said  BBC News - 'Big budget' porn film shot in London hospital.

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Ghana and African Support

July 5th, 2010

Football has a way to bring people together.....  What more can I say?

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People Died For This!

July 2nd, 2010

"MPs in Kenya have voted to boost their own salaries, making them among the world’s best paid politicians."  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/10476388.stm.  Apparently 'the vote has provoked anger from the general public and the media, correspondents say'.  Well I’m not surprised.  The Kenyan PM will earn more than the Uk Premier and the US President and this is a third world country with much lower costs of living.

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Nairobi - One Of The Most Expensive Cities

July 1st, 2010

Nairobi has made it into the list of the worlds most expensive cities for expatriates, according to a new survey.  The continued slide in the Nairobis ranking, experts warn, could make the East Africas hub less attractive to international workers.The cost of living index compiled by Mercer, an international human resource consultancy, has ranked the city at position 88 of the most expensive cities in the world-- the first time it has made it to the list of the top 100. It was ranked at no. 114 last year, meaning it has dropped 26 places to edge closer to the most costly city among the 214 polled. (allAfrica.com: Kenya: Nairobi Ranked Among Most Expensive Cities).

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Hate Father’s Day.

June 21st, 2010

On Father’s Day (at least in most parts of the world) , one of the popular hashtags on Twitter was #FuckFathersDay and a search of the words ‘hate’ and ‘father’ or ‘daddy’ would have displayed a frighteningly growing results list.

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British Firms Buy Chiadzwa 'Blood' Diamonds

June 19th, 2010

British and Belgian companies have been buying diamonds from the Chiadzwa fields while their governments claim the gems are "bloody" and Zimbabwe should not be given Kimberley Process Certification to export them see allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: British Firms Buy Chiadzwa Diamonds.

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MSP quits over 'attractive girl' remark

June 17th, 2010

"To be blunt, it is the job of the convener to ensure his committee is running smoothly and efficiently - not to ogle members of the audience."  Brian Taylor,Political editor, BBC Scotland BBC News - Frank McAveety quits over 'attractive girl' remark.

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June 15th, 2010

“Allowing people to take time out to watch football during working hours is simply too costly, untimely, and unfair,” so says Willem Smit, a researcher at the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

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Headline Figures Don’t Make Happy People

June 8th, 2010

Exactly who are these people?  Who are these analysts, forecasters and experts that come up with this kind of talk that dominates our news stories?

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“Some Things Were Better Under Apartheid”

June 4th, 2010

Ian Smith , rebel leader of then Rhodesia, was reported to take great delight in telling all and sundry about the fact that many Zimbabwean ‘Africans’ he met told him that life was better under his regime than under the new independent Zimbabwe.  In a mirror sentiment, BBC correspondent, Hugh Sykes discovers that some in post apartheid South Africa (BBC News - 'Some things were better under apartheid') hold a similar view.

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Money Talks: Aid Saves Gays in Malawi

June 3rd, 2010

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has admitted  that he pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 14 years because he was concerned about international aid (allAfrica.com: Malawi: Mutharika Pardoned Gays Because He Was Worried About Aid).  I have nothing against gays, if 2 adult same gender persons wish to get it on, so be it.  However, many of us are very aware that many stories do not make the news, we know not every murder, every child abduction, every shooting or stabbing or even every pit-bull ravished child makes it to the headlines and so what happens to the other gays that may be languishing in Malawi, carrying out ‘sodomy’ acts, will they get pardoned too?  Will they avoid prosecution?

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Lighting Woes - Funny World

June 2nd, 2010

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Africa Must Find Its Way Out Of Poverty

June 1st, 2010

Namibia’s Bishop Zephania Kameeta recently said "the poor and unemployed, who make up half of the Namibian population, still cannot believe that President Pohamba said we cannot dish out money for free to people who do nothing." The bishop was  commenting on Namibia’s President's comments on the Basic Income Grant (see allAfrica.com: Namibia: A Way Forward for Big Initiative).

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Does Science Need its Dissidents?

May 28th, 2010

Dr Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism, acted "dishonestly and irresponsibly", the official medical regulator found and  has guilty of serious professional misconduct.  Dr Wakefield has subsequently been struck off the medical register. (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/may/24/mmr-doctor-andrew-wakefield-struck-off).  Dr Wakefield still stands by his findings and has vowed to continue the fight.

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Unstoppable.... NOT

May 26th, 2010

Feel so bad that I have not blogged for over a week now,  have plenty to write about just not got the time.....

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Capitalist Morals Needed

May 9th, 2010

The financial crisis in Greece has lead to the expectation that the vultures are circling ready to make fortunes the like not seen since George Soros socked it to the bank of England on Black Wednesday in 1992.  The vultures are not expected to show any mercy to the thousands who will lose jobs and houses and pensions in the sure to come feeding frenzy.  And when they are done, it is expected that they will turn their eyes to other prey in Europe including the UK.

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African Resilience

May 8th, 2010

 It never ceases to amaze me when many people are amazed at the resilience of the African people.  Considering the harsh environment especially in the recent times that Africans have to live through, think Zimbabwe, you have to be resilient and persistent to survive.  Stories like BBC News - Zimbabwe's forgotten children, struggling to survive and Op-Ed Columnist - Young Superheroes in a Hut - NYTimes.com express surprise at this survival instinct.

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Brazil's Sexy Image

May 7th, 2010

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Reading and Driving Bus Driver Suspended - Next Taxi Drivers

May 6th, 2010

A bus driver has been suspended after a passenger filmed him reading while driving.  The West Midlands Travel driver steering with his elbows while holding a small boook.  (BBC News - Bus driver filmed reading while driving in Birmingham). 

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Mexico’s Immigration Dilemma

May 5th, 2010

Immigration, the world over, causes no end of unjustified hysteria and problems.  Our politicians and newspapers in the UK love to take a swipe at immigrants every time they need someone to blame or just to give a good kick.  

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Africa’s Continued Dependence on Europe

May 4th, 2010

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recently boasted that Brazil does the same amount of trade in Latin America and it  does with the US and EU. (see http://is.gd/bY48J). 

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"Vote Clegg, get Brown."

April 20th, 2010

Here is one of the reasons why 'elections' don't work for many people.  When the leader of a party is urging voters to use tactical voting to elect them or to 'keep someone out of office' (Here’s what Labour can do about the Lib Dem dilemma), it would appear to me that my vote does not count for much in the grand scheme of things.  What if I do like Clegg and genuinely want him to win, how do I do that without voting for him?

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Nature’s lessons

April 18th, 2010

“More than 1,000km from the event itself, Iceland’s second volcanic eruption in the space of a month has caused flights in the UK to be grounded.” BBC News - Iceland volcano: Why a cloud of ash has grounded flights.

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The Rhodesian Mentality

April 10th, 2010

The stories over the past few days about the death of South Africa’s defender of apartheid has had me shaking my head and today’s story about his funeral and the reaction and comments of his followers gave me a sense of déjà-vu (BBC News - Eugene Terreblanche: Love and hate).

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The World Conspires With You

April 4th, 2010

If you regularly read my blog, you will know that I tend to take anything sold by the ‘quote a minute’ self help American gurus with a large pinch of salt.  One of the central planks of the success brigade is that if you decide where you are going, the world will conspire to help you.

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‘Tennis Girl’ Sadness

April 3rd, 2010

I am not so sure why but this story from the BBC website made me sad.   I think, but I am not sure, it has something to do with ‘5 minutes of fame’ or is there a sense that there is much more to the story than meets the eye?

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Negative Friends and Yes Men

March 31st, 2010

If you happen to be one of the millions of people who either read or listen to the success self-help gurus that the USA seems to be able to generate in their thousands sprouting such terms as NLP, the Secret, 10 habits and other such like, the you would recognise the advice that you do not need to have negative friends.

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Joy is like sex

March 29th, 2010

"Money brings happiness. Fine. In that case, everyone who earns enough to have a high standard of living would be able to stop work. But then they’re more troubled than ever, as if they were afraid of losing everything. Money attracts money, that’s true. Poverty might bring unhappiness, but money wont necessarily bring happiness.I spent a lot of my life looking for happiness, now what I want is joy.  Joy is like sex – it begins and ends. I want pleasure. I want to be contended, but happiness? I no longer fall into that trap."

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Love Being Alone

March 28th, 2010

“If you cannot be by yourself for an hour, or for a day, or for a week then you don’t like yourself” so rants ‘Payroll da Pimp’ in his ‘Rebirth’ audio book.  [WARNING :  Do not look this book up if you are easily offended – whilst the book is positive – the language used to deliver it is likely to upset, if you are over, say, 30 .]    Dr. Wayne Dyer, internationally best-selling author of ‘The Power Of  Intention’ is reported to have said “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.”

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The Right To Be Happy

March 27th, 2010

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Facebook Helps You Get Syphilis

March 26th, 2010

But a facebook spokesman point out that "Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers are responsible for bad vision",   a snide poke at the silly newspaper stories pointing to a link between the use of the social networking sites such as Facebook and the spread of sexually transmitted disease syphilis, because such sites make it easier for people to meet new partners.

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School Asthma Death Due to Negligence

March 24th, 2010

Considering that it is a known fact that the incidents of asthma are increasing in the UK,  the death of Sam Linton last week is a scary issue for those of us who have children who suffer from it.  The fact that it was decided that it was due to neglect makes this such a sad incident. 

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Man on trial over airport bomb tweet

March 18th, 2010

Should we file this under "Waste of Taxpayers' Money"?  Did Paul Chambers have the means to do so?   Did he really mean it or it was said because the damn airport was closed?  Doncaster has an airport?  You learn something everyday.

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I'm Not Waiting for God.

March 17th, 2010

You see them after travelling peak hours in the UK, every weekday, shuffling on the buses with their free passes, in some places trying to get on the bus before off peak time.  You see them once or twice a week queued up outside post offices and if you happen into a pub (bar), they are there, nursing a pint of something for hours sometimes playing cards or dominos or choosing horses or greyhounds from some broadsheet newspaper and sending the 'bookie' runabout to place a bet for them.  You might also spot them in the local butcher or at the Wednesday market buying two sausages for 'tea'.  My wife will tell you that nothing frightens her husband more that joining the ranks of the 'one foot in the grave' brigade. 

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Pension freeze must be lifted.

March 16th, 2010

"Pensioners who moved to countries such as Australia and Canada only receive the level of pension paid at retirement - which might be only £6 per week. A court ruling from the European Court of Human Rights will decide on Tuesday whether they should receive increases."

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Malawi: Police Chasing Gays

March 14th, 2010

"Lilongwe — Malawi is quickly becoming unsafe for homosexuals as the country's police service recently launched a campaign to hunt down and arrest prominent people who are suspected of being gay."

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Donor's Mother Meets Saved Girl

March 11th, 2010

For the first time in Scotland a family who donated their dead relatives organs and the person that received one of them have met.  See BBC News - Mother meets girl who received sons liver.  This story made me feel good about the fact that I have chosen and made known that I wish to be an organ donor after I 'kick the bucket'.  If you have thought about it and not done anything about it, now is the time - click here (UK only) and do it now.  Then add yourself to the 'Wall of Life' - my profile is here.

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Madiba (Mandela) Let Us Down

March 10th, 2010

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has launched an astonishing attack on Nelson Mandela, accusing the former president of failing black people.

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Pitbull Law - Have your say

March 9th, 2010

With the growing number of dog attacks in the past few years, many resulting in bad injuries and even death, the government launches a public consultation today on proposed changes to the current dangerous dogs laws. The measures  include:

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Is teaching the last choice profession?

March 8th, 2010

According to a story on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8550506.stm), the number of men applying for teacher training has risen sharply because of the recession, says the body responsible for training teachers.  There was a 52% rise in the number of men wanting to be primary school teachers - more than 4,700 in 2009/10, up about 1,500 compared with 2008/09.

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Gain without Pain

March 5th, 2010

This morning, my son gave me one of those school photograph packs from school.  You know the ones I mean?  Where the schools get the photographer in and then encourage us, the gullible parents, to pay over the odds for the photographs? I do understand that school get a cut but I suspect the photographer doesn't do to badly out of it either.  Of course, this prompted the question of justifying paying the exorbitant price with the boy vocalising his opinion that the photographs must be purchased.  After all, these are school photos.

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Readers will pay for 'quality' journalism

March 4th, 2010

"Publishers should have more balls, they should have more confidence about what they're doing," is how Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com put it.

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Aborigines mulling nuclear proposal on tribal land

March 3rd, 2010

The Australian federal government has identified a remote cattle station north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory as a likely site to build Australia's first nuclear waste dump.  The identified site is on tribal land and is causing contreversy within the community.   The government assures the community  that the nuclear dump would not be built if landowners opposed it.

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Who's afraid of big bad death?

March 2nd, 2010

I can't remember where I heard this little tit-bit but it is one I always recall it whenever I have to tell someone I am an atheist.   In the story, a Muslim man asks a Christian man why is it he (the Christian) is afraid to die if he truly believes in heaven.  It is obvious from countless survival stories we hear about,  that many of us do everything we can to stay alive even to the point of suffering greatly.  Is that fear of death?

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Zimbabwe' indigenous ownership - helpful?

March 1st, 2010

A new Zimbabwean law that forces foreign-owned companies to sell a majority stake in their businesses to indigenous people has come into effect.

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Happiness - Not so Good

February 27th, 2010

"This latest finding adds to a wealth of data suggesting that being happy isn't all it's cracked up to be.... Happiness seems to make people more selfish, the latest in a series of revelations suggesting it changes how you think – and not in a good way."

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Asylum Applications Fall But ....

February 26th, 2010

Asylum applications for the last three months of 2009 were the lowest since the early 1990's.  Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas ia reported to have said" ...Our border has never been stronger, as shown by the fall in the number of asylum applications."

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Impersonal Business

February 25th, 2010

How we in the West are accepting worsening 'customer care' under the pretence of efficiency.

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The secret of contentment...

February 2nd, 2010

Those who face that which is actually before them, unburdened by the past, undistracted by the future, these are they who live, who make the best use of their lives; these are those who have found the secret of contentment.

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Where to from here?

January 23rd, 2010

I have finally called time on the last 10 years of my life.  Somehow I knew it would come to this with the recent years' frustrations ensuring that to stay would not be possible.  Can I say that I am disappointed?  Well yes, I can because my expectations were, maybe unrealistically, much higher than the actual reality.   Am I grateful?  Yes I am.  I am old and ugly enough to know that millions of people do not have the opportunity that presents itself to me now.

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Season's Greetings

December 26th, 2009

talking2myself wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.

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When Did I Stop Having Fun?

December 6th, 2009

Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all. - Woody Allen (1935 - )

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December 3rd, 2009

Tiger Wood story - can famous people escape it....

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Someone Else's Dream

December 2nd, 2009

"Never hold on hoping that you will benefit from someone else's dream - it inevitably means your dreams don't come true" Ben Ellis 2009

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Time for A News Change.

November 30th, 2009

Many of us who have to work for a living have over the years got used to the idea that if the skills we brought to the market place were ever to become uneconomical, we would be redundant. We would need to re-train and gain new skills to continue with any sort of gainful employment. This is the part of our capitalist system and we, the workers, should understand this simple economic truth.

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Phones4u Website Hacked or just Xmas Cheek?

November 11th, 2009

Someone forwarded me a link to phones4u’s home page yesterday and I emailed them to determine whether they had been hacked but have not had a response.  I am sure they did not intend to have Santa having a wee in the snow or surrounded by what look like cans of beer and holding a fag.

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Make Me Happier

November 10th, 2009

 A six-part factual series, presented by Lorraine Kelly and Angus Purden, on Scottish TV will raise awareness of some of the most common emotional health issues, and show the contributors, and those watching at home, what they themselves can do to improve their lives.

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Integrity - is it still important?

November 8th, 2009

There have been a few stories over the last week or so about the scam advertisements on social sites mainly Facebook, arguably the most successful social site.  It appears to have started with this commentary – http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/31/scamville-the-social-gaming-ecosystem-of-hell/ on Techcrunch.  One of the Facebook successful applications company’s CEO can be seen discussing his early strategy in an online video where he basically said he did whatever was necessary to have a successful business – see http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/8R96Mx4zId8/.  Many of these companies are being held up as successful start-ups with multi-million valuations based on the number of users they appear to be attracting.

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More Calories Required.

October 24th, 2009

I am trying to get back in to my walk routine after my unintentional mini break and it has been a mixed bag.  Wednesday was very slow and I did feel a bit woozy on the last lap but I persevered and completed.  Yesterday, I felt so much better that my last lap was in the realms of my average lap speed.

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Experts and Vested Interests

October 23rd, 2009

It is quite amazing just how many people take expert advice at face value, even the Government does it. When I mention that I was walking as exercise, people look at me like I have lost it. And yet, walking is good exercise and a few keep fit sites do have articles on this form of exercise though usually aimed at the 'oldies'.  The playing down of walking as exercise is very much about vested interests of the fitness industry, after all, who will pay to walk?

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In the autumn of our lives

October 22nd, 2009

After a 12 day break from walking in the morning, I returned to experience the full colours of Autumn in the trees and on the grounds.  I may not like the cold and wet but I do find the colours so much richer and I love it.

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Physician, Heal thyself…with a little help

October 21st, 2009

Another way to break bad habits, dependencies and addictions is with a little help from your friends. Whereas alcohol dependency is likely to be hidden, nicotine addiction is usually more open and people around you are more willing to accept its very addictive nature.

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Walking - the double Whammy

October 20th, 2009

I have also up walking in the morning -except having missed 10 or so days now due to injured leg and the cold/flu.  Walking replaced the gym with a few weeks of inactivity in the middle.  The gym had to go on two counts, firstly I did not enjoy the experience and two, it was difficult to fit into my normal routine especially since the train companies decided to change their timetables at a very crucial time when I needed to create the habit.

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Nobody Knows My Fight

October 19th, 2009

I just sort of naturally settled down to 4 to 6 drinks a day (night) and I usually have the higher number if I stay up later - now usually a Thursday night and a Sunday night which is when a number of TV programs I enjoy.  The other nights I try to get to bed early enough to ensure I get enough sleep.  This is a left-over from a previous healthy episode that I never quite let go off.

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Kick in the Pants Too

October 17th, 2009

During the following period, I have taken up exercising again, walking to

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notthenews.net - Interface Change

October 5th, 2009

You may notice another change to the notthenews.net interface soon after the laste change. I have moved from b2evolution blog software to Wordpress which I prefer. b2evolution, though good for blogging, does not have the same support for extensions as Wordpress. Wordpress also have made it a doddle to install security upgrades and install extensions.

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Feeling Hedged In - Dream

October 4th, 2009

I rarely remember dreams but when I do, they do tend to memorable.  Had one just the other day and wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that I feel a bit restricted, hemmed in, if you like, even though it was not stifling, if you know what I mean. 

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Curvy Workmates are even better!

September 23rd, 2009

'Storm in a tea cup' rubbish. Why do some women want all men, especially educated ones, to be dead from the waist down?

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Identity Stolen: Day 4

September 17th, 2009

All the excitement has died down, there does not appear much I can do else. I phoned police to update details and to tell them I knew who had actually done this. After a pleasant and fairly detailed conversation, it is very obvious that it will requires the banks or finance companies to ask the police to get involved if it is to go any further. This is because in most cases, they are regarded as the victim of the crime not you who has had your identity stolen. The policeman did also mention that because the sum of money was not really a lot (to a bank), chances where the matter would not be taken on, I have a feeling that my id thief knew this too. I suppose the banks' lawyers don't get out of bed for less that £5K! Impersonating a police office is a crime, impersonating another citizen does not appear to be so.

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Identity Stolen: Day 3

September 15th, 2009

Decided to ring the police first thing in the morning, to update the report with the extra information I had but ended holding on for so long that I gave up. Just as I was leaving the house for work, my security code from checkmyfile came in the post.

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Identity Stolen: Day 2

September 14th, 2009

After my unsuccessful evening, I waited until just after nine to contact the relevant people. Started by emailing checkmyfile.co.uk to find out if there is an alternative way to obtain my credit reports sooner than the three days, I was informed it would take.

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Identity Stolen: Day 1

September 11th, 2009

Thursday started like normal until about lunchtime, I got a phone call at work, on the work landline number, from a company called paydayloansuk.co.uk. The ensuring conversation which was supposed to be about my recent application was no doubt confusing both for the caller and myself with me refusing to answer any 'security' questions and her refusing to release any details of my application. The conversation ended with a promise to send me a text message about the issue, no mobile phone number asked for or given. Said text message was not received and I put it down to a possible dubious sales tactic.

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notthenews has been upgraded

August 26th, 2009

This website has been upgraded and you may notice some changes. Some new features are on the way.

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#fatpeoplearesexier Trending on Twitter

August 25th, 2009

And just to re-inforce my earlier article Slob is The New Sex God', #fatpeoplearesexier is trending today on twitter. Apparently started by Shane Dawson, a minor youtube sensation. Someone left a comment saying he was a bad influence because of his obesity so he made a vlog saying how much he loves fat people.

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2mp Camera good enough for flickr?

August 18th, 2009


Apparently the iPhone is being used heavily for taking and uploading photos onto Flickr. It will be interesting to see if Flickr remains the top photo site especially for the professionals with this reduction in the quality of photographs. I suspect the explosion will continue at least for a while and it will be harder to find photographs on the service.
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Boxed In?

August 16th, 2009

The has reported that most people feel like the new houses in the UK are too small making modern living quite difficult. Apparently the floor area and room sizes are the smallest in Europe but should we be surprised? After all, the accomodation that factory owners built for their workers during the Industrial Revolution makes even the efforts made by mining companies in Africa for their staff look fantastic. Can't say the older houses are much better, can you? Everywhere I have lived has always felt a bit cramped. More details at http://www.cabe.org.uk/news/new-homes-are-too-small-for-everyday-life.

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Slob is the New Sex God

August 11th, 2009

"But it's daft to suggest that everyone previously thought most women were turned on by men with fastidiously toned bodies, reeking of cologne, hair made Himalayan with 'product', dressed in gleaming Hugo Boss and generally showing every sign of effortful, self-absorbed vanity."

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When I was a child, women over 50 ran the world

August 4th, 2009

"At 50 plus..... I never imagined I'd still be parting with money at makeup counters, or that I'd be racing off for a blow-dry when threatened with a photographer. I assumed I'd wear my hair in round perm, the colour of steel and as tough. Think of the time I'd save; vanity is such a consumer of the hours."

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iPhone Happiness

August 3rd, 2009

Even the staid old scientists are getting into this popular culture thingy.  You can now take part in a scientific study of happiness with your iPhone - https://www.trackyourhappiness.org/.  Since this blog is about that very thing, I'm going to have a go, so watch this space, I may be the happiest person on the planet, NOT!

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Coincidence or Awareness?

July 29th, 2009

On the train to work yesterday morning I noticed graffiti stating simply 'Zulu 1875'.  Intrigued, a Google search later at work revealed a lot of Zulu references to the period around 1875.  Notably though, the Anglo Zulu war is officially regarded as being during 1879, some 6 years after Cetshwayo became Zulu King, maybe sub consciously I knew something was not right about the date, who knows?  Today, I received a newsletter from O'Reilly Media in which a quick browse revealed that recently, Tim O'Reilly, the CEO of O'Reilly Media, had written a blog post entitled 'Seeing Our Culture with Fresh Eyes' (http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zmd8pp1h12sauqvudn5ojo5llo0fsjgi4qqj9658) about a book he had recently read about Zulu uprising in South Africa around that time.  Mr O'Reilly, by the way, is a man I respect and admire to the point of following on Twitter, as the man who runs the company that I should.

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Not the way to die

July 3rd, 2009

"The body of pensioner has been found in a tenement flat in Edinburgh where it may have lain for up to five years"

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Company Short Term Memory Loss?

June 16th, 2009

In a crisis, can you call on your workers to tighten their belts with you to save the company? Many businesses may feel that they can but you have to question how enthusiastically those same workers will be. Will they have forgotten previous company behaviour towards them? ( http://www.notthenews.net/index.php/2008/11/03/if_you_say_nice_things_will_they_promote ) BA seems to hope so despite asking their employees to take unpaid time-off or to work for no pay (yeah right!).

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Is ‘bankster’ to be the millionth English Word?

June 10th, 2009


'Bankster' - a cross between a banker and a gangster - has the chance of being the English's millionth word. Honestly though, I thought the words where inter-changeable considering the many years that banks have been skinning the public and the bloody mess they've put us in with their financial carelessness 8-). http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jun/10/english-million-word-milestone

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Facebook suffers from ‘big business’ arrogance

May 20th, 2009

Apparently facebook have had the cheek to move some Welsh cities and towns into England. The cheek of it! see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8052252.stm. I groaned when I read 'Some users e-mailed the US-based site since Friday to alert it to the error.' What email address did they use? I spent over an hour on Facebook trying and failing to discover an email address to inform them that one of their 'recommended' friend suggestions was a person who has sadly passed away.

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Boffins don’t have all answers

May 15th, 2009


It is amazing how many people take scientists as the unquestionable experts. Some of us know that some times there are vested interests where scientists are 'pushed' towards certain conclusions, usually to attract funding. You also have the ones that seem to research the bleeding obvious and those that seem to serve no useful purpose but to keep the boffins busy. Make up your mind on this story but it does prove many answers still elude us.

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The meaning of karma

May 1st, 2009

I tend to use the word karma to describe the calm, peaceful balance.  Something that disturbs this state is said to be upsetting my karma.  I recently decided to look it up the proper meaning of the word and am horrified to discover that it doesn't mean anything like that at all.  I am not sure where my interpretation of it came and that got me to thinking as to how best to describe this search.

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Time to Complain?

April 29th, 2009

Who are these people that find time to complain about adverts? Good to see the Advertising Standards Authority do seem to have a mind of their own. See the list at http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2009/apr/29/asa-most-complained-about-adverts-2008. Of the ones shown here, the Barnado's advert was the one I did not like. Frankly I found it disturbing because of the scene repetition - I suppose that was intentional.

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Time is more important than money.

April 16th, 2009

This is typical me. I can't believe it been over a month since I wrote in this blog, totally unacceptable! The release of the 1911 Census data took me back to a project I started over 3 years ago and overtaken by events (see Ellis Families of West Riding Yorkshire). And as usual I have become obsessed again to the detriment of other things.

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Zimbabwe's Rock Bottom?

February 23rd, 2009

"Since my last report he has reached rock bottom, and has started to dig" or in other words, an old saying involving a frying pan and fire. I just got forwarded this old email chain letter about 'army insults' and guess what came to mind? Zimbabwe.

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Under the weather?

February 12th, 2009

snow warm hereSaturday was my birthday and I didn't do much in the way of celebrations, in fact I didn't really feel in a celebratory mood.  For some reason I woke up with the image of  a blue sky, my children laughing and splashing in a clear blue sea, a white sandy beach with lovely big picnic spread and the smell of fish and meat on the barbeque.  Everything I did just did not seem to shake that picture from my head.

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Lessons learnt? I don't think so.

February 10th, 2009

"....High street banks and building societies are cracking down on new lending to previously credit-worthy customers using an early warning system, which assesses the chances of borrowers defaulting on loan repayments in the future...."

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T'was greed that got us thus far....

February 9th, 2009

Here is a question. Imagine that you are legally entitled to a £1 million bonus for one whole year of hard slog and stress, but however, everyone says or thinks you should not take the money as the company that you work for has not made any money. In fact, had it not been the help of those who can only dream of that kind of money, it is lucky that you still have a job. Would you take the money?

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No child maintenance without DNA testing!

February 3rd, 2009


There is nothing in the UK to set off the gender war like the issue of Child Maintenance. The welfare reform bill blog entry at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/27/child-support-absent-fathers-passport is a good example of the feelings generated - getting nearly a thousand comments in a few days.

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There's Snow News Like Snow News

February 2nd, 2009

Cold AgainI can't even be bothered to provide links to any snow stories; every single UK new source is carrying it. I won't even go into how a Northern European country fails year after year to be prepared for a bit of snow. This weather is like manna from heaven for the news gathers of our society as they are scratching the bottom of the barrel to give us any descent local news. Don't believe me? Well another thing I learnt from the news today is that following on from Blue Monday (see http://www.talking2myself.com/2009/01/19/blue-monday-blues/ ) , that the first Monday in February has been dubbed National Sickie Day and is statistically the worst day for absenteeism in the UK (see http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/uk/It39s-unhappy-Monday-and-economic.4935004.jp).

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Charity Does Do Good... For You.

January 31st, 2009

"How I invest and spend may touch the lives of people in distant places, whose names I'll never know, whose hopes I never think about,"

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Stop Press: Aid arrives in England

January 29th, 2009

People in Iceland - a country currently in desperate economic trouble - have shipped jumpers and blankets to England this week. A container of woolies arrived in the north-east of England after an appeal on an Icelandic radio station. They were handed to local charities in Hull on Thursday.

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Is ING SpinnING to their savers?

January 27th, 2009

I have savings with ING Direct and they keep trying to re-assure us savers that 'Your money is safe with ING Direct' and that it is part of one of the 20 largest financial institutions worldwide global financial company providing banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services with over £1 trillion in assets and yet....

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Police Taking the Goat

January 25th, 2009


Only i Africa can this sort of thing happen. I laughed tears. See it here http://news.bbcn.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7846822.stm

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Be Prepared

January 24th, 2009

Scenario:  It is 2015, the world is recovering from one of the last great recession but Europe and the USA are not doing so well.  So many people were laid off in those years and countries led by China and Asia but including African and South American countries picked up the slack and now lead the world economy.  Large European and American multi-nationals, many of which have been run and owned by foreign management and finance for many years,  took advantage  of the down turn to shift operation to 'cheaper' regions.  The banks, the ones that were the main cause of the financial crisis, now de-nationalised by returning only a percentage of the billions of tax payers' money, are under pressure  to return to the pre-recession profitability, are pressurizing the now the millions of now unemployed tax payers to make good on their mortgages and loans.

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Obama's biggest burden.

January 22nd, 2009

Well, finally it is done. A non-white person now lives in the white house and expectations run very high. That is unfortunate for Obama because there is bound to be some big disappointments along the way. It's from these expectations that Obama's biggest task comes.

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Spirituality and being an atheist.

January 20th, 2009

"Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit, a concept closely tied to religious belief and faith, a transcendent reality, or one or more deities.  Spiritual matters are thus those matters regarding humankind's ultimate nature and meaning, not only as material biological organisms, but as beings with a unique relationship to that which is perceived to be beyond the bodily senses, time and the material world."  How can I, an atheist, be spiritual?

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Blue Monday Blues

January 19th, 2009

The 5th of January I wrote and said things where going back to normal.  How I lied!  If anything Christmas time is the worst time for making you break habits you have tried to hard to maintain.  The few days of not following routines are fatal to anything that requires a bit of effort on your part.

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Happy New Year Resolutions!

January 5th, 2009

Well this is it, 2009 before we could even catch our breaths, everything's back to normal.

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Another Blow for the Small Man

December 18th, 2008

Or woman in this case. I just love it when big corporate enterprises are brought to attention by a person working with resolve and right.

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Understatement of the Year?

December 12th, 2008

"This is a landlocked country. And its formal and informal economies would suffer. Within a week, it would bring the economy on its knees," a senior US official said in Washington on condition of anonymity.

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There Snow News

December 3rd, 2008

Boing! Boing! Boing! Hello, here is the something o'clock news. England has come to a stand-still again due to the half inch of snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours!

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There is a God

December 2nd, 2008

"Only one group is more miserable than the retailers: the bankers and investment bankers."

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These teenagers will take care of business...

November 20th, 2008

"Teenagers 'optimistic about jobs', 90% felt they would find work and more than half rejected the idea of signing on." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7737720.stm).  Well we have been telling them for years to 'fulfill your destiny', 'stand up for yourself' and 'you can do it', should we be surprised?

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Kenyan Gravy Train Gathers Speed

November 19th, 2008

Africa has gained a reputation over the years of corruption and many Western countries have made big noises especially when discussing aid. So well versed are these arguments that you hear normal 'on the street' Joes using that as a reason 'not to give aid to African countries'.

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Surpise Surprise - noses in the trough then...

November 14th, 2008

Well, you could have knoced me over sideways - The administrators of the UK and European arm of bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers are making better money than the bankers. [See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/3460876/Lehmans-administrators-paid-more-than-the-bankers.html]

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As good as it gets?

November 13th, 2008

In Zimbabwe, Arthur Mutambara, head of an MDC breakaway party which is also involved in the agreement, said the offer was "as good as it gets". Arthur needs a reality check! News story here - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7718989.stm.

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The lowest common denominator

November 9th, 2008

I came across this blog entry http://thecanadianrepublic.blogspot.com/2008/11/reason-obamaism-wont-last.html - in the middle of the euphoria of Obama's election as the president of the USA. Whilst I have my own reservations about the elation of this momentous occasion, I still recognised the significance of this election.

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Palin – Probably the first female US President.

November 5th, 2008

Well strike me sideways, I personally thought Obama would not do it, Privately I thought this would be high turn-out at the last minute - of the people that the pollsters will not have expected to vote - to ensure he did not win. So far he is only 4% ahead in the popular vote but the job has been done.

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Our banks keep all the money

November 4th, 2008

Not only have we thrown billions at them to save them from their own greed, we now have to ask the greedy so and sos to pass interest rates back to us. Is something wrong here?

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Does passion require control?

November 3rd, 2008

Many years ago, my wife considered herself a computer widow.  At the time, 'computing' was my hobby - more like a burning passion, but that's a matter of opinion!  Computing is such a wide area but to those around me, I was obsessed with computers.  As I was not in a position, at the time, to afford the best computers, I had to make do with what I had - so I built PCs, patched them and upgraded them for others in order to build a decent enough PC from the leftovers to do the things I wanted to.  Many of the tools, the free/shareware ones obviously, were not always what I wanted so I programmed as well.

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First Obama, then the Lord of The Pets…

October 31st, 2008

A *smile* news story where a British expat, Mark Lewis, who only speaks broken Spanish has become a mayor of a Spanish Town. Councillor Lewis' previous/current post is that of 'Councillor for Animals' (heh?). Who says multi-culturalism doesn't work? The story is at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7701551.stm.

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Patience - a disappearing virtue?

October 30th, 2008

Ahem.  Went to the gym this evening and must say I struggled to be motivated to get there and to stay there once I got there.  Put myself under some pressure to make the effort today since I had not been since Saturday and when I weighed myself this morning, I found I have actually put on weight.  This on top of the weight I had put on the last time I checked, not really that bl***dy motivating, is it?  I know, I know some people will have me believe that muscle weights more than fat but believe you me, I see no blasted muscle anywhere.

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It is only democracy when I say so....

October 29th, 2008

"Their behaviour is disgraceful and has no place in a modern democracy." so says Stockport's Councillor Dave Goddard about Stagecoaches' refusal to carry Stockport council-funded adverts entitled "C-charge. Want to Pay? Have your say" on routes between Stockport and Manchester city centre. Stagecoaches' response is that they support the introduction of the congestion charge and are actually using their own buses to carry their message. See the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7696425.stm.

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USA Elections - not exciting

October 28th, 2008

You might be wondering why this watchful eye on Zimbabwe and none on the USA. Not quite sure why but the USA elections has not gripped my imagination at all even when it appears it will make history - well at least USA history.

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And the Zimbabwean Prom continues....

October 27th, 2008

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Inspiration and motivation.

October 22nd, 2008

Well I did suspect that this stuff would not be easy. After all I am a man of habit and when I need to change any one of them, it takes a great deal of effort. In fact most change is forced upon you and usually with a lot of resistance.

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The Zimbabwe saga continues

October 21st, 2008

Fom here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7666493.stm to here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7681468.stm and I am hating to say I told you so. This is like a Xmas pantomime with the giant Bob not willing to wait for hesitant, indecisive Tsva as he needs to take control of the Kingdom. A playground without leadership for too long time could go to the ---- (insert appropriate enemy here)! Especially since Tsva has been swaggering around feeling important just because he had the support of the playground next door's main man - who incidentally has found out that in his playground you could find yourself locked out with you closest associates running for the hole in the fence!

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MyKey - Teenage Remote Control

October 20th, 2008

Ford Motor Company is introducing an innovative new technology - called MyKey - designed to help parents encourage their teenagers to drive safer, use fuel more efficiently and increase safety-belt usage. How about another key for the idiot parents? In fact since the maximum limit in this country is 70mph, how about not selling cars that do anything faster than that ( written whilst ducking from the drivel that will pour from every motorist's mouth )

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Sometimes you have to stand up ...

October 17th, 2008

....and be counted. Doesn't it make you feel good when someone stands up against wrong and forces some action? It is especially satisfying when it is standing up to the 'authorities' who keep trying to tell us what to do and how to live. You go, guy.

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Free alcohol? Where?

October 12th, 2008

Apparently there are some bars offering free drinks to women. Where? Not in Birmingham or Wolverhampton. We, Midlanders, including the female of the species, know how to wet our throats and so the local watering holes do not need to make desperate attempts to get us into their establishments :)

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Where does £1 today = £230m tomorrow?

October 9th, 2008

Zimbabwe can't keep out of the news, can it? See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7660569.stm. I tried explaining to my nine and thirteen year old what 231,000,000% inflation means in real life. Here is where I started. If you have £230 million today, in a year it will buy the same items you can buy with today with $1! Not that didn't work - so I tried the other option. A sweet that costs £1 today will cost £230 million in a year's time. Now I may not be entirely correct, but you can cut it whichever you want - there is a description for the situation that you would want to say to anyone under the age of 21!

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Living Liverpool

October 6th, 2008

Have failed to look after the physical this week, with the conference in the middle of the week and I have been away for the weekend. For some crazy reason, I chose to go to Liverpool for a weekend break. It was a gamble and I was not sure the wife would approve and we both have been pleasantly surprised. Liverpool, like Birmingham, have had a bad rap. Maybe they deserved the reputation years ago – I remember arriving in Birmingham some 18 years ago. It wasn’t impressive then but it is very pleasant now as is Liverpool.

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Why care about M&S?

October 3rd, 2008

Not sure if I picked this up from somewhere or whether I made it up myself, but for sometime I have been saying that 'you can tell the level of comfort in a society by the headlines of its independent press'.

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East Midlands Airport - why?

October 2nd, 2008

I am really struggling to get into the daily upkeep of this blog.  Additionally sometimes I just want to write about something that has no real relevance to self improvement and the four states of the human experience.  But when I do, I will try to relate it because if I have to mention it, it must have had an effect.  Well here goes for the next installment.

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The Nothing Deal - Zimbabwe's Plight

September 30th, 2008

Read the latest in this sad saga here - NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

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The Self Stocktake

September 26th, 2008

Well, occasionally one has to stop and check the results of one’s endeavours.    It is the way we measure our successes and failures and I do not think there is a person on this planet that at some occasion has had to re-assess the position one is in.   All successful businesses, big or small, do it on a regular basis!

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From this moment on.....

September 25th, 2008

(With apologies to LeAnn Rimes.) All the changes I referred to in the last post, I realise, have led to something better though it may have not felt like it at the time. To para-phase another country artist, Garth, “.......... I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance......”.

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Its been change all the way

September 24th, 2008

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Where are the balls?

September 23rd, 2008

On the BBC news Site http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7630578.stm. The markets are apparently rising on bail-out hopes. Now just wait a minute, I though the whole idea of business was to take a risk and therefore have the potential to make more money than if you left you money in some safe bank account (not that banks are living up to that reputation currently). Now it appears you can have gravy as well have the government bail you out when it all goes pear-shaped. Something is wrong and smells very fishy (with apologies to the fish among you).

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The Royal Society of Sheep?

September 17th, 2008

Applaud Lord Robert Winston, professor of science and society at Imperial College London when he said: "I fear that in this action the Royal Society may have only diminished itself. This is not a good day for the reputation of science or scientists. This individual was arguing that we should engage with and address public misconceptions about science - something that the Royal Society should applaud."

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The new mad season?

September 16th, 2008

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Someone's having a laugh

September 5th, 2008

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An African Refreshing Change

September 3rd, 2008

This is the kind of story that warms the cockles of my heart. It shows that despite some leaders (especially those in power) continue postering and plundering, there is a wind of change blowing through Africa - a change that will encourage the millions of the disporia enriching First World nations, to return and start to build a new Africa. The second wind of change will surprise many including the Chinese. The first wind of change refered to by the then British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan led to political independence. The second refers to economic independence that surely must follow, albeit for many a bit late.

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Workplace unhappiness 'growing'

September 2nd, 2008

Article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7592050.stm.

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Wait 'til your mum gets home.....

June 5th, 2008

What's the world coming to?  Lots of my generation remembers the "wait 'til dad gets home" threat from Mum when you got you got yourself into trouble.  Children all over the world quaked (and in some parts of the world, still do) when these words were said.  I was one of the lucky/unlucky ones, Dad wasn't there and Mum dealt with it there and then.  Don't know what's worse.

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Valentine's Day is Bad for the Environment

February 14th, 2008

Following on the heels that divorce is bad for the environment (if you don't know, because families then live in two residents), a discussion held in the office today reveals that additional fuel will be used to day as husbands throughout the country realise that the wife's 'we won't do anything for Valentines' was not to be taken literally and that the purchase of at least a card or even better a small pressie will lead to a pleasant evening.

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Dreams coming true

December 20th, 2007

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I have started dreaming again

December 15th, 2007

I have started dreaming again.  I mean the kind of dreaming that you do awake not the usually forgotten sleep process.  No, I mean those vivid, colourful day dreams that  make you feel good,  make you want to reach out and touch them.  You can call it hope if you want to.  Dreaming again and just in time too. Read More ...

About Talking2Myself Blog

December 1st, 2007

Happiness is not a permanent state. The natural state of man is not happiness but contentment - the proper balance of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

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