15 May 2010

A letter from "Disgruntled" in 'Middle England'

   I'm rather fed up with politicians and media types telling me that we got what we voted for in the General Election. I don't remember there being a Con -Lib option on the ballot paper. We voted for no-one, not trusting any party to run the asylum on their own.I do wonder if Gordon Brown had resigned, once Mr Clegg decided to two time his wife with Cameron and begin his long courtship, whether or not there would have been time to formulate the coalition . Had Brown toddled off to the palace on the Friday  Cameron may have been forced into a minority government. Plenty of governments survive like that , but certainly not for five years and they definitely would not have been allowed to change the 'Vote of Confidence' rules to 55%

  Seems strange that a Liberal Democrat government supports such an undemocratic act. Still  stranger is that on the verge of a break-though in British politics the liberals decide to commit hari- kari and submerge themselves into the Conservatives.Power corrupts & absolute power corrupts absolutely, at least Nick Clegg will go down in history as the man who killed the Liberals, just as Blair buried Labour .The Tories have and always will support business and the well off ,that is their  template and they achieve their aims admirably. Labour started with it's idealism supporting workers, indeed its finance comes from the unions ,but was turned towards the mythical 'Middle England' rejecting the working class in the country.It now seems to support dole scroungers,immigrants and criminals whilst the gap between rich and poor widens ever more.

  Hopefully Labour can realign itself and begin to remember its roots. No-one is suggesting people should not have aspirations to better themselves, and governments should encourage this, and I'm not advocating left wing union politics , but a little support for honest hard working people in this country would not go amiss. The last election provided a choice of right wing conservatism or right wing conservatism, bordering on fascism in the case the of Labour.Essentially a choice between tax hikes ,cuts and the gap between the rich and poor getting ever wider.

There was of course smaller parties and had Mr Clegg pushed harder in his 'marriage contract' with Cameron he may well have helped those smaller parties make progress in the unfair lottery of our electoral system. The proposed AV system will do nothing  but entrench the current parties in their dominant position The dilemma of Pr and the example of horse trading we have just witnessed could mean for example, the BNP gaining a few seats and forming an alliance with others.The greed for power overshadows any principles, and who knows what offspring may be born from the Clegg-Cameron marriage.I wish them well and hope they'll be very happy together although  I do hope they can settle the divorce amicably when the time time comes.

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12 May 2010

George Carlin's Views on Aging

 Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.  'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key. 
 You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.  'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
 But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
 You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone... But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
 So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, and make it to 60.

 You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!  You get into your 80's, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'  Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'  May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.
 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
    3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's family name is Alzheimer's.
 4. Enjoy the simple things. 
 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
 6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 
 7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
 9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND, ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

8 May 2010

Ferguson & Wenger in Secret Talks

Ferguson & Wenger were today being closeted away in the bowels of Lancaster House at the FA in a bid to find areas where their differing football philosophy agree. Wenger initiated the talks when he realised that a joint bid between Man Utd & Arsenal for the Premiership would keep Chelsea off the top spot.
Ferguson said in a press conference "Although Chelsea have more points they don't have a clear majority over Arsenal & Man Utd. The system is obviously unfair" Wenger added that he disputed some of Chelsea wins anyway because he hadn't seen them!
If the talks are successful Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill & Man City's Mancini said they too would launch a joint bid for fourth spot & the coveted European cup place. Rafa Benitez had promised that his Liverpool team would get 4th but he refused to negotiate with Mancini opening the door for O'Neill

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