Beggars.

Ramadan, the season of charity, has just finished.  This was the time when many faithful Muslims make the pilgrimage to
Mecca.   This year many gangs of criminals from Muslim countries cashed in on the “Charity” part.  They came from many African nations also 
Malaysia and
Indonesia bringing with them beggars to line the streets of
Mecca.  These beggars were mostly disfigured children.  Almost all of these were born in perfect health and were given amputations and/or festering sores to make them look pitiful in order to make a fortune for their criminal owners.  Some would be seated outside the Mosques and those with legs were made to chase after the pilgrims and plead for money.  The area around the Great Mosque was eventually cleared of these poor children so that the worshippers could pray in peace.

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Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sunny Days.

Many of the old classic pop-songs used the term ‘sunny days’ to represent happiness and ‘rainy days’ to mean sadness.  This may change soon.  Many English people, looking for happiness, intend to immigrate to
Australia; the land of sunshine.   On arriving they may find that things ain’t what they used to be.
Australia still has plenty of sunshine but ‘happiness?’…….well.  The Australians who have had six years of very low rainfall are now suffering the worst drought for over a hundred years.  This is having a bad effect on the economy and on average seven farmers a month are committing suicide.The Australian government is now trying to invest in clean technology with the aim of reducing carbon emissions.  Let us hope that they are not doing too little too late.  Maybe they should have been a signatory to the
Kyoto agreement in the first place.

Published in: on October 29, 2006 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Iraq.

Most people in England are uneffected by the war in Iraq.  Some folks use it as a topic of conversation to express racist views or to critisize the government or America.  I think that the British Government could have handled the situation better.  Throwing all our efforts in with Bush was an error.  He said that in the fight against terrorism “You are  either with us or against us!”  If Britain had adopted that attitude in the past we would have been at war with America long ago.   He was obviously against Britain and with the terrorists when he allowed the IRA to collect money in the USA for their fight against us.   Having experienced guerrilla tactics by the IRA, Vietnamese etc you would think that the Western Powers would have learned a lesson.  In such cases politicians should consult and take heed of the Military people whose job it is to assess the prospects and result of a conflict.As for the Iraqi people, well, frying-pans and fires spring to mind.  According to the “Lancet”  in the three years (2003-2006) of low intencity war the death toll of Iraqis has now topped 650,000.  Compare this with the British and Commonwealth military casualties in the six years of the second world war, only 600,000.  Check these figures if you don’t believe me.Somebody should be able to come up with a solution quickly to put an end to this slaughter.  I believe we are paying the price for having “career” politicians who have little experience of life outside government offices.

Published in: on October 26, 2006 at 6:08 pm  Comments (1)  

Untouchables.

Discrimination against the Untouchable Caste was made illegal when
India received its independence.  In practice the discrimination continued.  The Daltis, as the untouchables are now known, among other things, are not allowed to draw water from the same wells as those Hindus from a higher caste. The Daltis are now in revolt against the discrimination from Hindus higher up the pecking order. They will be converting to Buddhism in mass ceremonies right across the country later this month.Strange that by changing religion they will have made their lives happier and command more respect.  The Hindus’ loss is the Buddhists’ gain.

Published in: on October 25, 2006 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Upside to Islam.

The ICU (Islamic Courts Union) took over in Somalia and imposed sharia law with punishments which include amputations and/or executions for piracy. For the last fifteen years, when the last effective government collapsed, there has been a lot of pirate activity. Sea captains were advised not to come within a hundred miles of the Somalia coast for fear of pirates since the American liner Seabourn Spirit was attacked less than a year ago. Between March and July this year forty attacks were reported. There have been none since.
Where does this leave the argument that capital punishment is no deterent?

Published in: on October 24, 2006 at 6:41 pm  Comments (2)  

Homophobia.

Back in the days of the Hollywood film star homosexuals stayed firmly in the closet. Louis B. Mayer, the boss of MGM, had a cunning plan to discover who among his stars was queer. Near to the studio he opened a brothel and made no secret of the fact that if any of the batchelor staff did not make regular visits they would be sacked.
Things have changed in the USA since those days and even the Republicans have back-pedalled on this. Maybe it is because a senior Republican congressman was caught attempting to seduce under-aged young men and vice president Dick Chesney has a lesbian daughter.

Published in: on October 24, 2006 at 6:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Old Folk and the N.H.S.

 

The government has a tricky job in trying to sort out priorities in the way the Health Service spends its cash allocation.It seems to think it is the right action to take to spend £1.5 thousand million on management consultants.  Maybe they are worth their pay.  The Government says that this is cost effective but paying £2.50 per day on a drug to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s is not.  There has been an increase in the prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs with serious side effects to troublesome elderly patients suffering from dementia.  This sedates the patients which covers up the shortage of properly trained staff to care for them.  Our politicians should think ahead on this problem which is quite common in many geriatric wards and private care homes.  One day they may need the services offered by these establishments.  They should do something about it now.  Nobody will take any notice of them when they are inmates. 

Published in: on October 23, 2006 at 5:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Olympics (2012)

As a Londoner I am expected to pay extra Council Tax for the privilege of having the games hosted in London.  As a pensioner I think this is unfair.  Many pensioners won’t be around when the games are played.  Will the organizers have a two minutes’ silence to remember all the folks who died after paying for this spectacle?

What is the point of the Olympic Games?  They are not sports in the true sense of the word.  The athletes are professionals.  They compete in these events for money. Some of them cheat and whine when they are caught and banned for taking drugs. Their training is subsidized by the tax payers.  Even with some of the best facilities in the world the British athletes are not very good and yet they want celebrity status.  This is encouraged by the manufacturers of sportswear.  The British team receives fewer medals than many poorer nations.

If the games were amateur then maybe the general public would not mind donating something towards them.  As professionals they should be self supporting.  Gate money to watch is fair enough; the rest should come through TV coverage and sponsorship as is done for football and other “professional sports”.

Professional athletes are spoilt.  The winning man and woman of the London Marathon receive $55,000 each when most of the true sports people run for charity and so pay for running.  There is something wrong here.

On the lighter side it is funny when you see all our obese citizens wearing track-suits and trainer shoes with the prominently shown sporting logos.

Published in: on October 20, 2006 at 7:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rubbish.

The nation is up in arms because local councils are expected to make collections of rubbish fortnightly starting during the autumn or winter months. The councils’ hope that we will be used to these collection times by the time the weather warms up and the rubbish begins to stink.  A lot of waste is due to the large amounts of packaging used by supermarkets that transport the goods enormous distances and need extra packaging to stop them from being damaged. If these supermarkets were penalized for using so much packaging this would help reduce the problem. Perhaps if they sold more local produce the necessity for all of the extra packaging would be removed.  In
Ireland they have helped solve this problem by putting a tax on plastic bags; this has stopped 90% of their use and so has reduced the amount off rubbish placed in Irish waste bins.  Surely
England could do the same.

Published in: on October 19, 2006 at 5:50 pm  Comments (2)  

Flat Daddies

The American army is issuing life size cardboard cut-outs of the soldiers to their families.  These can be placed in various places such as at the dining table at meal times which is said to boost the moral of the children.  Some states are also giving away flat mommies.  Sounds a bit spookey to me.  Please don’t let this idea catch on in England.

Published in: on October 16, 2006 at 5:46 pm  Comments (2)