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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

Saturday 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

I 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 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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