Sunday, September 30, 2007
Urban-cub popped in for a while, which was nice. She was in a previously unseen car - "It's a prison car" she announced. The Gorse Fox had heard of Open Prisons, Prison Ships, and this week even Prison Lorries, but he hadn't realised things had been down-sized quite to this extent. He supposes that with childlocks on the back you could probably keep 2 prisoners fairly well-contained as long as you didn't need too many staff.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The advert went something like this:
This has been my pride and joy for the past three years, but the private lease is about to expire, and I've been out to order a replacement. I've been offered a good part exchange but thought that there may be a caring soul out there is just itching to own this little beauty. If so, on the successful exchange of a suitable number of monetary tokens, you can take over the care of this car as long as you keep it in the way to which it has become accustomed.What was nice was that several messages and responses were written in the same whimsical style... and one was just a note to say they weren't interested in the car, but had a good laugh at the advert.
Over the 3 years I've always managed to average over 50mpg on every tank of diesel, and on a run have had it up to 68mpg - not bad for an auto, eh? (I would point out that despite the cruise control and the auto-DSG gearbox the driver is still expected to retain full control and can't rely on telepathy or telekinesis to direct the car).
Good condition throughout, though there is a small chip in the windscreen, and a mark on the front bumper where an evil troll reversed into me in a car park - then drove off without leaving his/her details (a special corner of hell has been reserved for this person).
List of scientists opposing the mainstream scientific assessment of global warming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Well it looks as if pressure is beginning to be applied to Wikipedia. The referenced article is in danger of being removed. It looks as if people should not be allowed to think for themselves.
(The Gorse Fox has saved a copy of the page in question, just in case "they" win).
Friday, September 28, 2007
"We only rang Chester 30 miles up the road. This bill was beyond ridiculous. Our normal bill is only £35 a month."
Seems reasonable... but what of the comment on the ridiculous bill? Oh yes, that was
The Chadwicks, of Nant-y-Gro, were charged £74,585.39 plus VAT for a seven minute phone call to Chester.
"We felt slightly more than horrified."
That would be an understatement!
GF notes from Cousteau-cub's Facebook that she's left her phone in a taxi in Bangkok. Twit.
GF started about half a dozen separate bits of work, each interrupted by the next as things cropped up throughout the day. Several remain incomplete... but they can be finished over the weekend. At least it was full of variety.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
(*)this bit may not be a totally accurate reflection of the truth. Replacing the word gym with bar, and workout with beer may be semantically more correct.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Having said that, he finds the "improv" a little stressful!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Maybe the girls(*) of SV's coven could get tattoos - maybe a death's head bobbin with crossed needles on a field of fat quarters; or a tea cup with the legend Forever Full?
(*) GF uses the word "girls" in the loosest(**) sense
(**) He uses the word loose in the specific context of the above sentence and categorically denies any double entendre that may be constued from its use.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Strolling back in the deepening dusk he saw what at first he believed to be some small birds in the road. As he approached, however, they turned out to be frogs with fairly vivid red-bellies and with a could of leaps each they cleared road and hid in the bushes.
It's a funny old world.
(*) At least, not as a rule.
Fairly quite in terms of phone calls - though the 04:01 calendar reminder on the Gorse Fox's mobile phone is a feature that will be switched off p.d.q. - but that left GF with plenty of time to do some preparation for several sessions later in the week.
It would seem from Gordon's speech at the conference today that he has Dave in his sights. Unless dave wakes up and stops being so wet, he's heading for annihilation.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Unless Government expenditure on unnecessary, wasteful consultations and suchlike is curtailed, the money has to come from somewhere – if not from motorists, then from less politically acceptable tax increases. But here goes: registration tax, £50; annual VED, £35-£400; fuel tax and VAT, about 80p per litre; VAT on new cars, 17.5 per cent; VAT on repairs and servicing, 17.5 per cent; tolls on Birmingham Expressway and various bridges; London congestion charge, £8 per day; VAT on car park charges, 17 per cent; fixed penalty speeding tickets (effectively a tax), £60; parking penalties (effectively a tax), £30-plus; IPT (Insurance Premium Tax), 2.5 per cent; council domestic parking charges; MoT test, £30-£40 per annum; VAT on car parts, 17.5 per cent; hospital parking; airport parking charges. And now pay-as-you-drive taxes are threatened, too.Just thought it was worth reminding you.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
There have been recent outbreaks of the disease on the continent. Defra said the discovery in Suffolk was not considered an outbreak unless further investigation demonstrated that the disease is circulating.Let's hope it remains a single isolated case
GF will have to set up wireless for he next time.
Now where's that patent application?
Friday, September 21, 2007
Any unauthorised use, disclosure, or copying is not permitted
So GF will not include the text here. He has, however, responded with copy of his post Politics - The Big Con
He's sure he should have edited it slightly so as not to cause offense, but at the end of the day, these people have our futures in their hands and they seem to treat it as a point-scoring game.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
"That looks interesting, are those all the dependencies?"The Gorse Fox replied in the affirmative.
"We'll make an honorary project manager out of you for work like this" he offered.The Gorse Fox was appalled and threatened to take the chart away. Some people really know how to hurt a chap.
Today we have the men from the ministry here to peruse the programme. Seems to have gone quite well so far.
Mother Superior is still dealing with the "troubles" so has not been contactable. Bit of a shame as she probably wants us to do something, but has actually asked us to, yet!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
We were not unduly worried as we knew she was safe - but we did worry about any delays or re-routing that she might incur. As it was, she had to re-route via Krabi and then take a taxi ride to Phuket.
- "What are they wearing?"
- "Is the chairman wearing a dress?"
- "Did he have a good weekend?"
- "Do any of them have a black-eye?"
(As the Gorse Fox was near the Houses of Parliament last week, he searched around to see where they perform the lobotomies on the party leadership... but it was not immediately identifiable)
GF admits to a great respect for many of the back-benchers who are the last remaining hope for a resurgence of common-sense and sanity. His own MP is Peter Bottomley - and he is an impressive and tireless representative of local opinion and issues.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Firstly let let it be said that the Gorse Fox OBJECTs. Why should his aspirations and quality of life be constrained by reckless government spending, and flim flam emanating from bad science and a political bandwagon that has no substance in reality.
The Times review of the Quality of Life document tells us:
Apparently the introduction should raise a few eyebrows:
So, there you are. By paying more stupid taxes you'll be happier because you have less of a material burden.
Its introduction states that, beyond a certain point, "ever-increasing
material gain can become not a gift, but a burden. As people it makes
us less happy, as the environment upon which all of us, and our
economy, depend is increasingly degraded by it”.
Whilst we are talking about these things we should expand the scope slightly and look at other "winning" policies that really benefit us.
|Inheritance Tax||Iniquitous theft of family assets that have been acquired over time from taxed income.|
This is double taxation, and amounts to theft.
|Pension situation||The near destruction of the UK Pension system by stealing £7B per annum from the funds is the most cynical treachery that a government can foist upon its people.|
Having spent a working lifetime saving for their pension the governments cynical raid on these funds is morally reprehensible and no more acceptable than Robert Maxwell's similar raid on the Mirror pension scheme.
|Personal freedom||The continued erosion of personal freedom is breathtaking. A country that has, throughout its history, fought to protect its freedom and those of others now wants draconian controls on its own people:|
|Short haul flights||The "elite" have decided that short haul (national) flights will be subject to additional taxes to encourage people out of the sky on the pretense that this is to reduce CO2 and save the planet.|
This is a penalty not on flying, but on people's personal time. Very few people fly short-haul within the UK for fun. They do it because their business requires it. If this is to be penalised it will have one of several outcomes:
|Plasma screens||As the Gorse Fox wander round the offices of Whitehall he sees the 60in plasma whiteboards where TV can be displayed and video-conferences held.|
This is too good for the rest of us though. We have to make do with other technology because plasma screens may contain harmful gasses.
|Car Sales Tax||We are no longer to be allowed to make a choice of cars unaided.|
The latest proposal is that cars that are deemed "bad" by the elite will have extra sales taxes added to their cost so that we will by cars that they deem "good".
Good and bad is based on CO2 emissions. CO2, for those not up to date, is the gas that gets the blame for Global Warming but has been proved pretty conclusively to have no effect on GW, indeed it seems to grow as a result of GW (not the other way round as you are led to believe).
See Falsification of CO2
As Clarkson said recently regarding the Toyota Prius:
These use just as much fuel as normal cars(Actually they use more fuel that my car).
and are designed only to assuage the guilt of people whose opinions come
from a man so hopeless he couldn’t even beat George Bush to the White House.
|Low energy light bulbs||Oh, this is clever.|
We must use low energy light bulbs - but can't import the cheap ones from the Far East, we have to use the expensive ones from Europe... the ones that contain unacceptable levels of mercury.
Why? its CO2 stupid. Less CO2 is created because less energy is consumed by the light bulb.
|Standby mode||Standby mode must be removed from devices because of the energy consumed when it is quiesced.|
May make sense in terms of saving electricity - but don't paly the CO2 card again. Just how stupid do you think we are.
See Skeptics Guide to Anthropogenic Global Warming
|Supermarket parking charges||This is so ridiculous it it is laughable.|
The concept of a supermarket is that you can get all of your shopping under one roof. This means that you then have to get that shopping home, which for most people demands a car, and probably a single trip per week.
This is an efficient use of transport, particularly if you combine the trip with another necessary journey. But no, the "elite" (who probably never go shopping) have decided that the proletariat should pay for the privilege of collecting their weekly shopping. It is seen as a green tax.
Even if there is a local bus service (there isn't one where the Gorse Fox lives) - how are people going to struggle onto the bus with 10 bags of weekly shopping?
The Gorse Fox sees it as an absolute suicide path for the Tory party.
|Council tax re-banding||This is wrong in so many ways:|
|Company parking||In order to cut carbon emissions, companies should charge for the parking facilities they provide.|
Most people have no alternative to their car for work. Why should they be penalised because of the rickety bandwagon of carbon politics.
(The Gorse Fox has a simple choice - a 3 hour drive to work once each week or a 6-hour series of train journeys. He would have to charge his time for these as he considers this a major inroad into his quality of life. If his client then charged him for parking, he would then charge that fee back to the client... who wins? Well, as his client is the Government he reckons he does!)
|Downgrading local hospitals||As the Government attempts to reduce regional health inequalities,|
there are growing funding disparities between the North of England and
the South East
|Spin||Another word for Dishonest or Lies.|
Spin has done more to erode the electorate's trust in their politicians than anything in the last 10 years.
"Why don't the voters trust politicians?" - Alistair Campbell, Ed Balls et al. that's why.
|Destruction of independence of the Lords||The Lords is an institution that has been all but neutered by the the "politics of envy".|
The Lords created a check & balance to the Commons. Because it was not elected, it could take the long-term strategic view, without worrying about being popular when the elections come along. This was a worthy body that served the country admirably for centuries.
It was disliked because it was predominantly hereditary so had to be neutered - particularly when they started to provide too much scrutiny of the government.
|Lowest disposable income since 1981||Yep. Remember the feel-good factor and "you've never had it so good" - well thanks to the profiligacy of the government we're moving to the point "you've never had it at all" as it will all be deducted before we get paid.|
Multi-cultralism has created ghettos of non-English speaking immigrants who have no intention of integrating.
We should welcome immigrants into our society as it enriches the nation - but in return they have to conform to our way of living, our laws, our language and integrate into mainstream society. This has worked perfectly for 1000 years, but fallen apart and created separation and strife since liberal multi-culturalism has been allowed.
MOTORISTS are facing a fresh squeeze from Alistair Darling, the chancellor,
with a one-off £2,000 tax on 4x4s and the most polluting cars, a leaked
Treasury paper has revealed.
The aim is to reduce emissions.
|Human Rights act||Hah!|
It seems that the only people who actually have any rights are criminals and troublemakers.
When the Human Rights Act starts working for the victims of crime and injustice the Gorse Fox will start to support it. At the moment it is a perturbation of justice.
Paraphrasing Henry "Who will rid me of these damn cretins". Evidently the electorate can't as we have a morally corrupt government and and a totally inept opposition. No vote will solve the problem. What we need is a politician with charisma, common sense, and no personal agenda or ambition - someone who genuinely wants to serve the voters and won't be swayed by hype or bad science.
Just to make it clear - the Gorse Fox is not against taxation. He doesn't like it, but he's not against it. It is right that a society collects money from its people to provide services that matter and to protect and care for those who cannot look after themselves.
It is NOT right that this society gives money to the indolent and feckless.
It was fare less emotional than last time we did this; probably because we have come to expect it and know that's what she does! This time also, we've had longer to get used to the idea.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The Gorse Fox does wish he'd stop saying "We've been listening to what matters to people". Tripe.
How many people do you know want to:
- pay for going to the supermarket
- pay extra to use an flight in the UK
- pay extra to buy a car that is not on the right list
Get a grip... or lose another election.
The Gorse Fox is left to his own devices... and whilst he fancies a walk, he is expecting a phone call from Mother Superior to discuss possible improvements to the systems supporting the latest "emergency". So, with that as an excuse, and the fact it's C-c's last day at home - he'll stay put.
Friday, September 14, 2007
"Check your bag"
So the bag was emptied onto the car park - No they're not there.
"Were they in your hand when you posted the Community Centre keys back through the post box"
No, she didn't have them then.
"Were they in you bag of spells?"
The content was emptied onto the floor. The bag was shaken around. The keys were not there. A note of panic was becoming noticeable.
"Check your bag again"
A long pause followed.
"Oh I just remembered, I came with Gracie Fields tonight, I didn't bring the broomstick".
The Silver Vixen climbed onto her broomstick and flew home.
Make that 20,000,001 as GF has just managed to get his name into the ballot. If successful it will be the first time he has seen them since missing the Silver Vixen's 18th birthday party to see Led Zeppelin at Wembley (well, you have to have a sense of priority... and we were only friends at that time).
Thursday, September 13, 2007
GF got away at a sensible time and headed south-east, back to the safety of Sussex. Cousteau-cub had already left for her "Farewell Do" in Brighton... en event for which Brighton is surely not prepared. So GF and the Silver Vixen had a quiet evening examining the contents of an interesting Sicilian wine bottle.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Dinner was a pleasure with wide ranging conversation encompassing religion, crime, faith schools, computer design, arson, the explosive properties of petrol, and the Civil Service.
Next time he has been promised a tour of the Abbey.
Oh goody, goody, goody.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Walking back to the railway station he passed a restaurant that evidently had no license for the sales of wines and spirits. On the window were several signs inviting patrons to bring their own... and evidently they had a sense of humour. Among the signs talking about bringing wines and beers was one saying:
"You can bring your own wife"It made the Gorse Fox smile
Monday, September 10, 2007
Mellors turned up this afternoon clutching his brother-in-law and a major chain saw. Our 90ft long hedge was reduced to a height of 6ft in about an hour. This would have taken GF a whole day to achieve.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
We thought this was pretty inventive (though in previous years we've had candles in a pizza and a Mars bar!).
The Gorse Fox should probably have gone round the other side to take this... Cousteau-cub is not being allowed to travel to Thailand unaccompanied at the age of 13!
After several calls for "Anybody fancy a walk?" we had a quorum and set out for a stroll along the beach.
Sir Lancinglot was wearing new trainers so insisted on walking in bare feet along the sand (the tide was out). The rest of us strolled higher up the beach.
Though the greensward was busy with dog walkers, the beach was very quiet and we seemed to have the whole place to ourselves.
Wine and beer are cooling in the fridge.
The salad is prepared, potatoes par-boiled ready to mix with onion, bacon, chorizo, cumin, coriander and turmeric, and the BBQ is ready to fire up... we do plan to see Cousteau-cub off in style.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Whilst looking through various rental options he noticed a local company called "Getaway Cars".
He wonders if any of them have bullet holes, or crash damage. All-in-all he has decided against them... he doesn't want to be pulled over on his way top Worcester because he's driving a vehicle that is sought by the police.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Urban-cub continued to chat then said "Oo-er, here we go" and that was it until it was all over.
Anyway it may take up to two weeks to take effect but let's hope this is all that's needed.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
A youngster in the party (probably only 75 or 80) chirped up "I see they have black pudding today. That's instead of marmalade."(*) The little old women all collapsed in squeals of girlish laughter. That was a signal to the Gorse Fox that it was time to leave whilst he retained a modicum of sanity and he still had control over his urge to throw things.
(*) That's a phrase you don't hear every day.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Sixteen of us - associate geeks, geeks, uber-geeks and consulting-geeks settled down and tried manfully to wade through "Chester's" vast menu and sample their wide selection of beers. It was a really enjoyable night and as we all spilled out into the night, the Gorse Fox headed back to the hotel whilst the more hardy headed on to another hostelry.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
From the moment of arrival there seemed to be activity, reviews, meetings, overlapping meetings, updates, and new design challenges. Wonderfully stimulating... if you take you excitement at a desk rather than being on the cutting edge of adventure sports. (GF leaves the reader to judge his particular preference).
A few colleagues congregated in a suitable establishment that would allow gradual accretion of further workmates whilst fine ale was sampled. Eventually, a small septet broke away to try the fine cuisine afforded by Pizza Express. Discussions ranged from Indonesian hotels, to poker; from honeymoons to monasteries and on to whether a wife should still vow to "obey" during a wedding ceremony (the Gorse Fox obviously has no view on this and defers the question to the Silver Vixen).
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Strolling back onto the greensward there were several coiffured matron walking their dogs. At this point GF must point out that when it comes to pets he's never quite "got it". It could be that his allergic reaction to cats and dogs makes him resistant to the charms these companion animals bestow:
- moulting hairs
- huge vet bills
- damage to gardens
- inability to take a weekend break with relying of friends or neighbours
- carrying plastic bags containing their bodily waste
He's not absolutely sure this helped the situation!
He was still chuckling when he got home. It had been a nice, easy 7.5 miles and a well needed stretch.
This is a most unassuming Catholic Church from the outside. Built in the 1980's it has an almost industrial design... low, oblong, and a bit like a small school.
The outside does not, however, prepare you for waht is inside.
A local artist, inspired by visiting the Vatican, has reproduced the Sistine Chapel ceiling - taking him over 5 years to complete - and it is a beauty to behold.
The Gorse Fox bought a photography permit and took many tens of photos, but as the permit stipulates that they are "for personal use" he will respect the implied copyright by not showing any others on the blog.
He does recommend that if you are ever in the area, it is well worth a visit. For more information go to http://www.investmentart.co.uk/
Gorse Fox has no idea what this was but it was huge. At the right end was some form of conveyor mechanism and on the left what the GF would assume to be either some form of hopper to feed the conveyor or some form of receptacle to receive something from the conveyor.
GF is pretty sure that they were not available as part of the PYO deal further down the hill... but speculated that they would probably pass muster at local nightclubs. And once the local lads had consumed several lagers, might even find an escort home.
This view intrigued the Gorse Fox as these poppy-tracks divided one section of the field.
A walk was called for, but GF could really be bothered to plan anything to adventurous. He decided that today would be a circular walk starting and ending at the front door.
Mellors had turned up whilst GF was preparing... so he passed polite conversation and then got started. Out from The Gorse, he strolled inland passing the pond turning east. On the way he passed the security guard who insisted there would be "no rain this coming week" whilst stroking the space where his beard may once have nestled. (He looked as if he had once had a full beard and moustache that had crept up his cheeks and round his eyes, but then in a fit of pique he had shaved everything below his top lip... oh yes, and did GF meantion he was ginger).