Saturday, 1 April 2017

Size doesn't matter...

We have, in the United Kingdom, the most expensive rail service in the world - by a factor of six, no less. They are probably also amongst the worst. Last Tuesday, will trying to get to Gatwick airport, I experienced Southern Rail (famous for all the wrong reasons!) when my taxi took me to the back entrance to Clapham Junction station.
Inside I was at the end of a long tunnel giving access to about 20 platforms and of course, there was no staff on duty. But I had allowed for that and had arrived early because, along with two cabin bags I had a hold bag weighing in excess of 22 kg (about 50 pounds). 

Looking round for information on where to buy a ticket, etc. I saw that the only other person there was a small dark girl who must’ve been all of 5 feet tall. Walking over to her, I asked where I could get a ticket and she said we have to go all the way to the front of the station, a distance of about quarter of a mile through the grey gloomy tunnel. She added that she would help me with my bags. With that she grabbed the big heavy hold suitcase and began pulling it through the tunnel, while I hurried to keep up.
We arrived at the main booking area, remember this is one of the busiest stations in the planet, and there was nobody on duty there either. I had to get a ticket from a machine, which meant I had to pay about £10 more than I normally would as it didn’t recognise my bus pass.

Our train, she was going to Gatwick as well, was leaving from platform 15, so we trailed back half way along the tunnel again and then, faced with about 40 steep steps to up to the platform, she picked up my 22 kg suitcase and virtually trotted up the steps. I was amazed.
Then, with a minute to go before the train was due, they announced a change of platform. We had about 50 seconds to  change platforms - to go back down the steps, along the tunnel and backup again to the new platform. This little girl, she was Italian by the way, then picked up my suitcase again and ran down the steps, along the tunnel and up the steps again to the new platform. I with about 10 kg to carry, again could barely keep up.
We got the train to Gatwick with seconds to spare, which if we’d missed, as the next train was in an hour’s time, would have meant missing my flight. Once safely in the carriage I asked the other passengers about this change of platform, announced less than a minute before the train was due. They all shrugged, it was evidently standard practice with Southern Rail.
When I went over to thank the little Italian girl for her incredible intervention which enabled me to catch my flight, she just laughed and turned away.



Sunday, 11 December 2016

Why we should move to the Highlands of Scotland (cold n' wet) - or southeast Spain...

Why we should now move to south east Spain – or the Highlands of Scotland!

The only certainty we’ve ever had, are of the laws of physics - and they’re not too certain anymore - as they evidently now change with time! But, never mind that, as everything else is a consequence, intended or otherwise - of these workings of the laws of physics.

About 60 million years ago, the dinosaur was the top species, huge and angry they roamed around stamping on or eating everything that moved (according to the Hollywood version of history). Then a large comet appeared from nowhere and plunged into the sea just off the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico - and that was that for the dinosaurs! We humans soon replaced them as the top species because we had the three necessary attributes… a pair of thumbs and an insatiable greed.

Now, 60 million years on, it’s time for us to go - because we are, literally, destroying the very planet we govern! And who is going to manage this?
Well, nothing new here, folks - just the usual combination of the past and the future (which is just a clumsy description of time itself). And how are they going to do it? Through the good offices of an angry, psycho, 12-year-old boy who has now come into his wildest fantasy, controlling (as near absolutely) the most powerful nation on this benighted planet - with the nuclear elimination of the species just a button push away!

Of course, I’m talking here about ‘The Donald’. And who must we thank for his elevation to the highest office??? - THE Liberal Elite, of course – who’ve effectively governed us for the last six decades or so …and to an angry public’s reaction to them - to all these self-righteous, totally unselfish and altruistic gnomes who whilst spouting the most socialist (and sadly unworkable) principles of equality and fair play – make sure their access to caviar, Cadillacs...etc…etc... remains uninterrupted.

So, better move to south east Spain – as Donald’s (present) wife, quite likes it here…or the Highlands of Scotland – where his mother* comes from and he owns golf courses there!

*…why do you think he’s called, ‘Donald’ …and he could also be the first ELECTED Fascist since you-know-who, in 1933!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Why we should now move to south east Spain – or to the Highlands of Scotland!

The only certainty we’ve ever had, are of the laws of physics - and they’re not too certain anymore - as they evidently now change with time! But, never mind that, as everything else is a consequence, intended or otherwise - of these workings of the laws of physics.

About 60 million years ago, the dinosaur was the top species, huge and angry they roamed around stamping on or eating everything that moved (according to the Hollywood version of history). Then a large comet appeared from nowhere and plunged into the sea just off the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico - and that was that for the dinosaurs! We humans soon replaced them as the top species because we had the three necessary attributes… thumbs and an insatiable greed.

Now, 60 million years on, it’s time for us to go - because we are, literally, destroying the very planet we govern! And who is going to manage this?
Well, nothing new here, folks - just the usual combination of the past and the future (which is just a clumsy description of Time itself). And how are they going to do it? Through the good offices of an angry, psycho, 12-year-old boy who has now come into his wildest fantasy, controlling (as near absolutely) the most powerful nation on this benighted planet - with the nuclear elimination of the species just a button push away!

Of course, I’m talking here about ‘The Donald’. And who must we thank for his elevation to the highest office??? - THE Liberal Elite, of course – who’ve effectively governed us for the last six decades or so …and to an angry public’s reaction to them - to all these self-righteous, totally unselfish and altruistic gnomes who whilst spouting the most socialist (and sadly unworkable) principles of equality and fair play – make sure their access to caviar, Cadillacs...etc…etc... remains uninterrupted.

So, better move to south east Spain – as Donald’s (present) wife, quite likes it here…or the Highlands of Scotland – where his mother* comes from and he’s got golf courses there!

*…why do you think he’s called, ‘Donald’ …and he could also be the first ELECTED Fascist since you-know-who, in 1933!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Thursday, 9 June 2016

What's in a name..????

If Hitler was alive today he’d be a future leader of the Green Party. A vegetarian, non-smoker and non-drinker who loved animals and sought to protect wild life (with a fashionably modern, leftish antisemitism – his party wasn’t called the National Socialist Party for nothing) he’d fit the Green Party profile perfectly and would probably be MP for Eastbourne now, somewhere like that…and right on top of dog owners who allowed their pets to foul the pavement - just a thought…!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

When it comes down to it, the LEFT and the RIGHT are exactly the same!

 Jeremy Corbyn has joined the REMAIN campaign despite believing in and proclaiming quite the opposite for the last forty years! Why has he, on the face of it, done such a publically stupid, career destroying thing...?
It’s simple, those with extreme ideas - either right or left, are like every controlling lover/parent/person; they know deep down what you really really want – and it’s never what you think you want...!
Here the Left think a win for LEAVE might put people like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in power…and that would be a perfectly okay political attitude if the EU Referendum outcome would be as temporary and as transient as Boris being prime minister for a few short years!
But it isn’t – it’s probably the most important, tectonic-plate shifting election since 1945 and what hasn’t dawned on these superior minds is that the British voter will be quite aware of the huge historic significance of this election when he/she go to vote - and won’t see it simply as a device to put – or not to put, Boris in power ….which I think perfectly highlights both the political establishments day-to-day, obsessively limited (always) personal take on politics and their disregard, nay, contempt for us, the ordinary voter…                                

Monday, 30 May 2016

A Scotsman nearly changed world history...

It’s a little known truth that a Scotsman almost derailed Christianity before it had even got off the ground. God arranged for Jesus to come up before Pontius Pilate accused of sedition and violent insurrection, as the plot required him to be crucified rather than stoned to death - as would have been the case for religious crimes against the Jewish state.
Jesus went along with crucifixion because, as he remarked at the time, ‘…at least the view’s better!’
But Pontius Pilate, after being incessantly harangued by Jesus’s court appointed lawyer, went outside the script and offered Jesus a hundred hours of community service instead, clearing dog shit off the pavement. It took a couple of bolts from the blue to get him to change his mind because, wouldn’t you know, Pontius was a Scotsman from Fortingall in Perthshire…

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The EU and the REMAIN campaign...

...about the EU and whether the UK stays In or Out on the 23rd June – and I expect a late majority to emerge for leaving (the old want to leave and they vote – the young want to remain and they often don’t!) - the REMAIN campaign will have a lot to answer for whatever the result! 
Cameron & company have already hidden from the British public, many dictatorial Brussels decisions - such as the EU intentions to form a European army, controlled from Brussels …and recently I was drinking with a Belgium guy who claimed to be a friend of Juncker and he came out with the news that the top people in Brussels are deliberately delaying a secret edict, already made, where the UK would be forced to change over to drive on the right hand side of the road...! He said this was being concealed because it would likely to cause a surge in people voting OUT… and being Brussels, no doubt they would arrange it in stages; cars and motorcycles to change over to the right first – then lorries, buses and vans later…!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

On the Palestine question and the Israeli homeland...

The Jews, having been targeted for the last two thousand years, since dispossessed of their homeland (as invariably happens to all stateless people) and the recent victims of industrial genocide, is it not obvious that on recovering that homeland (...and no, Madagascar was not an alternative!) they might be a trifle defensive...! It would also be nice if those who apparently acquired their history from Daily Mail newsstands, were a little less adamant - No, that's being silly, I'm forgetting the inviolable, inverted relationship between ignorance and shouting certainty....

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Cannot be said often enough..!

Thinking about the Middle East and despite the best efforts of ISIS etc..etc. how deep anti-semitism still runs. What Israel has to do to survive is absolutely nothing compared with the 'nothing to see here' day on day actions of the dozens of uniformly fascist dictatorships that enfold and surround it - deep and wide, many of whom make Nazi Germany look benign..! In all this area, do not forget - ISRAEL IS THE ONLY DEMOCRACY..!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

IN DEFENCE OF FREE SPEECH - JUST AS LONG AS YOU DON'T TRY IT..!

Have you heard about safe places? ‘Safe Places’ is the new name for debating chambers, where debate is forbidden! Yes, that’s right, debating chambers where debate is forbidden!

You see, a safe place is where like minds can safely meet, where nothing that is controversial or might offend or affront anyone present, is allowed - the diametrical opposite of debate. 

And who is doing this?  Evidently a collective of feminists, gays, metro-liberals and Moslems – and they've already taken control of debating in many of our universities

And they have a second target; white males! Yes, white men as a category are being singled out for punishment because not only did they build the Western world as we know it; the richest, most cosmopolitan, most diverse and advanced society on the planet, but they had the cheek to build it in their own image - which is a bit like blaming an Eskimo for building an igloo to survive a minus sixty Arctic winter rather than demonstrate his essential multiculturalism with transgender lavatories, tattoo parlours and HIV clinics.

Monday, 7 September 2015

...the Captain Phillips film was like a badly rehearsed toddler's dance...

 I spent about half a century at sea and had my own run in with pirates, so went to the cinema, ready to sit and enjoy a (true) story about ships and pirates. 

I was astonished how bad, how carelessly researched it was.

Here's what I saw;

Captain Phillips flies out to join his ship, in uniform - and that's the last you see of him in it, or of any uniform. Onboard they all wore manky working clothes - or 'ealth 'n safety' high vis orange gear (even if you wore uniform onboard ship, you never travelled in it!).

They sailed without a local pilot (illegal) and in filming this, also used film of three different, not-so-lookalike Maersk ships...

Then they get to sea and the dialogue could have come out of Detroit - a car factory, I mean. 
Once example, they talked of, '..doing double shifts.' - no, its 'doubling up on watch'...small things that maybe would only annoy a marine pedant - until we come to the first chase by the pirates - and they were catching up fast on the American container ship BECAUSE THE AMERICAN SHIP WAS OBVIOUSLY ON DEAD SLOW AHEAD (SPEED) - SHE WAS PRACTICALLY DEAD IN THE WATER, AS IF WAITING FOR THE PIRATES TO CATCH UP - AND NOT THE NEARLY THIRTY MILES AN HOUR OR SO, IT SHOULD/COULD HAVE BEEN DOING.

Other detail, every shot of the radar screen, was both contradictory to what was then shown through the bridge windows, in plain sight - and also to each other...obviously they couldn't be bothered to make it life like- or maybe simply couldn't manage it.

And even the ordinary dialogue scenes didn't stand up. For example, some of the crew started balking at the threat of being attacked by Somali pirates, as if suddenly realising this - when the ship had already been trading between a port in the Yemen, and Djibouti, to Mombasa and then back up to Djibouti, so REGULARLY PASSING UP AND DOWN THE PIRATE COAST OF SOMALI - was this all their first trip??? - had no one told them about this (even then, world famous) pirate route - not shown them a chart of the route - a route back and fore between three countries, the middle one being Somalia ..???

Got up and left after half an hour - just couldn't take anymore.