Saturday, January 31, 2009
At present most governments in the world seem to agree that the only way out of the financial hole is to print money and throw this at various state projects. Unfortunately, because we in Britain are governed by fools and madmen, the projects they have in mind are street football outreach co-co-ordinators and ethnic watchdogs who will ensure the dole queues accurately reflect the nation’s ethnic diversity.
You can see this is idiotic. We all can. So why not give the money instead to British engineering firms, which would use it, under close supervision to make sure they didn’t employ any health-and-safety people or ethnicity czars, to get the hydrogen fuel cell working on a practical everyday level?
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A pleasant evening ensued that involved a number of colleagues, the Mexican and his wife, and a Chinese meal.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
gain full consciousness in the early hours. For a while he was
concerned that he would not be able to make it, but he settled after a
while and got back into the normal swing of things.
Work was not worthy of mention... busy, but nothing special.
A quiet evening ensued.
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Monday, January 26, 2009
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Ceasefire in Gaza
- Inauguration of Barack Obama
- Government backs down over attempt to prevent publication of their expenses
- Starfleet announces record results
- The Stig revealed
- Spurs off the botom of the league
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
One the mental front he has just been to Pizza Express and for the second week running has had to explain some basic mental arithmetic to the waitress to help her with the bill. What worries him is that usually he is tended by a Portugese or Czech waitress and everything goes without commenty. For the last two weeks he has been served by English waitresses who clearly cannot do the most basic arithmetic processes even when supplied with a calculator. But hey... we are told that education is not declining so it must be GF's imagination.
One the pedestrian front GF suffers, like his Grandfather before him, with his feet. As a result, he finds it hard to find comfortable shoes - but once found he wears them into the ground (which, thinking about it, is what shoes are for). He has noticed that he might have overdone it this time. On investigation earlier this evening he realised that the stitiching on the leather uppers had disintegrated and his shoes were (quite literally) falling apart.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Oh well, back up to Worcester tomorrow.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
MPs' expenses will be made exempt from Freedom of Information laws, prompting claims that Commons' authorities are trying to keep secret the full scale of their claimsand claim that that the announcement was an attempt to bury the news on the day that Heathrow's 3rd runaway was announced. It went on:
"Chief constables, local authority chief executives, senior BBC executives and others have to release their individual expenses claims, and that should be the case for MPs too."
The Times also picks up the cudgel and observes:
MPs threw out tougher rules in July last year when the vast majority of Members – 146 of the 172 – who voted to keep the allowance, described as the “John Lewis list”, were Labour, including 33 ministers.Mmmm, the Gorse Fox wonders what that tells you about our egalitarian, socialist overlords.
Finally, Peter Oborne in the Mail has his say in a paragraph headed ".... and talking of people feathering their nests", but before dealing with the FOI controversy he adds:
On Monday, we learned that - at a time when most people's pension funds are collapsing and government ministers refuse to compensate the victims of the Equitable Life scandal - MPs have poured in a further £2.2 million of taxpayers' money to shore up their pension scheme.And people wonder why some politicians are held in such low esteem
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
"Harriet Harman MP plans to use a special parliamentary order that can become law within 24 hours after being debated by MPs and peers next week. It will exempt details of all MPs' and peers' expenses from being disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, and nullify all past requests by journalists and campaigners to get them published".So this looks like it will be rushed through to prevent too much furore as the bill gets signed. Can this Government actually get any more seedy?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
time, progress was good on various work items and it was generally
GF is about to meet up with colleagues to check on the quality of some
Austrian beer. Apparently it is "Art Night" later... though GF tends
not to indulge in these late night ventures.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
He opened the door and switched on the light and started to examine all of the changes. After a few minutes examination it became clear that "refurbishment" means replacement of the hair-dryer as it is the only visible sign of change.
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
and -2C. On the corner was a Rover Series 400 with a chap sitting in
the driving seat with sheaf of papers. The engine was not running. GF
thought nothing of it.
Two hours later GF headed back to the hotel. The Rover was still
there. The occupant was still there. The windows were a bit steamed
up and he was wrapped up like Michelin Man
GF guesses he may have just returned to the car... but it is far more
intriguing to guess he is a PI watching someone in The Conservatory (a