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Monday, 14 August 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 13th August 2017



https://paper.li/f-1346065353#/


Good morning everyone.


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The posturing, sabre rattling and threats rebounding around the world from Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang and Donald John Trump in Washington, is becoming increasingly more like a playground spat between two schoolboys. This childish performance has all the characteristics of the junior quad squabbles with each shouting that theirs is the biggest, that they can hit harder than the other followed by the "No you can't", "Yes I can" stupidity. Such exchanges are invariably created only to impress the assembled audience and establish some sort of hierarchial structure in the playground.The problem for the rest of us, is that this current round of threat and counter threat, is being waged by the leaders of two countries which both possess nuclear weapons, and also have a considerable arsenal of conventional weaponary. In other instances, we could take some small comfort from the fact that the "leaders" of countries engaged in such confrontations are sane and rational people. Kennedy and Khrushchev, Obama and Putin even Truman and Mao Zedong,have for the most part managed to keep emotions and hostility under some degree of control. Not so the case with Trump and Jong-Un who have both, since assuming office in their respective countries,demonstrated behaviour and attitudes which many view as disturbing.
Read the complete item at:
https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/leaders-of-countries-are-usually-sane.html

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Grenfell Tower continues to reveal scandals of the "authorities" handling the disater fund and the inept "assistance" provided by local councils and charities. Two months after the disasterous fire of June 14th. less than £3 million of the £19 million donated by the pulic has been distributed to the victims. It is common knowledge that the adminstration costs and salaries for the "Charities" managing the funds is significant, but it is stretching the bounds of belief that the public contributed their donations in order to fund the salary and bonus pots for some CEO's. Another scandalous state of affairs to add to the fact that two months after the disaster, only 14 familes from Grenfell Tower have been rehoused. A shameful indictment of the "system"and a disgraceful reflection of the contempt shown towards the residents and victims.

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Glen Travis Campbell (April 1936 – August 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor. Never a great favourite of mine as I have never been fond of "Country" music, but I know he was well liked, had a large following and will be missed by many.
One particular track he recorded did not find its way into my collection, but I quite liked it.
https://youtu.be/J_Qe1U5JIt8 (copy and paste link)

Glen Campbell R I P




Meanwhile, back in Jersey.
The "Battle of he Flowers" now called just "Battle", took place on Thursday with St Clement winning the Post Prix d’Honneur with their float Aquaria at the Thursday day parade and St. Peter winning the Moonlight Carnival Atmosphere, over 25, with their St Peter’s Drive Thru float on Fridyay evening. 

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 Prix D’Honneur St Clement - Aquaria





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Moonlight Carnival Atmosphere,  St Peter’s Drive Thru float
As usual, all the floats were quite stunning and there are photographs in the Jersey Evening Post (http://jerseyeveningpost.com/) copy and paste link.We have not been to Jersey, (or anywhere else) this year, but we can enjoy the photographs.



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Following the recent Independent Jersey Care Inquiry and publication of the findings into historic child abuse at Haute de la Garrenne and other places on the island, a law which protects politicians from being prosecuted for lying to official inquiries could be changed as part of an overhaul of the rules on parliamentary privilege. If it happens it is not before time.

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Despite all the threats to the contrary, it remains cold and occasionally wet. The weather predictors keep promising high pressure and warm sunny wather and as an eternal optimist, my fans remain not switched on but strategically placed around the house just in case.

Have a nice week

John


Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Glorious 12th.The official start of Britain's grouse shooting season.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/the-glorious-twelfth-what-is-it-and-is-it-really-glorious-9664369.html


The Glorious Twelfth: What is it and is it really glorious?

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Today is the 12th August.
The Glorious Twelfth a term used usually to refer to 12 August, the start of the shooting season for grouse and to a lesser extent ptarmigan. This is one of the busiest days in the shooting season, with large amounts of game being shot. It is the day when the "huntin' and shootin'" community can venture forth into the countryside armed with guns of various types and sizes, accompanied by dogs to retrive the carcases of birds who have been driven onto "the guns" by an army of "beaters" marching across the landscape disturbing the bushes, shrubs,trees and of course the birds.



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A great "sport" for all concerned, except of course the grouse and ptarmigan, who are either eaten at some time later, or more likely, as there are so many shot on the day, sent to friends, relatives or even sold to the local butcher who specialises in "Game".



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The Glorious 12th marks the official start of Britain's 121-day-long grouse shooting season.
Get your Webley and Scott 12G over under, put on your Balmoral side zip wellies and head for the moors!
(If you like that sort of thng that is. Personally I don't)





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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Leaders of countries are usually sane and rational people.


North Korea has dismissed Donald Trump’s warning of “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States as a “load of nonsense”.



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The posturing, sabre rattling and threats rebounding around the world from Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang and Donald John Trump in Washington, is becoming increasingly more like a playground spat between two schoolboys. This childish performance has all the characteristics of the junior quad squabbles with each shouting that theirs is the biggest, that they can hit harder than the other followed by the "No you can't", "Yes I can" stupidity. Such exchanges are invariably created only to impress the assembled audience and establish some sort of hierarchial structure in the playground.
The posturing, sabre rattling and threats rebounding around the world from Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang and Donald John Trump in Washington, is becoming increasingly more like a playground spat between two schoolboys. This childish performance has all the characteristics of the junior quad squabbles with each shouting that theirs is the biggest, that they can hit harder than the other followed by the "No you can't", "Yes I can" stupidity. Such exchanges are invariably created only to impress the assembled audience and establish some sort of hierarchial structure in the playground.The posturing, sabre rattling and threats rebounding around the world from Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang and Donald John Trump in Washington, is becoming increasingly more like a playground spat between two schoolboys. This childish performance has all the characteristics of the junior quad squabbles with each shouting that theirs is the biggest, that they can hit harder than the other followed by the "No you can't", "Yes I can" stupidity. Such exchanges are invariably created only to impress the assembled audience and establish some sort of hierarchial structure in the playground.The problem for the rest of us, is that this current round of threat and counter threat, is being waged by the leaders of two countries which both possess nuclear weapons, and also have a considerable arsenal of conventional weaponary. In other instances, we could take some small comfort from the fact that the "leaders" of countres engaged in such confrontations are sane and rational people. Kennedy and Khrushchev, Obama and Putin even Truman and Mao Zedong, have for the most part managed to keep emotions and hostility under some degree of control. Not so the case with Trump and Jong-Un who have both, since assuming office in their respective countries, demonstrated behaviour and attitudes which many view as disturbing. On the one hand Trump lurches between one ill fated "policy"decision to another, dismissing people from positions to which they were appointed by him only weeks or even days before, embroiled in an on going "election influencing" scandal with Russia, creating"incidents" with women at home and abroad and reducing his relationship with the media nationally and internationally to one of open hostility. Add to this Trump's Foreign policy disasters, culmimating now with this potentially catastrophic altercation with North Korea. KimJong-Un seems equally as "unballanced" as Trump according to what scant information we can obtain from reasonably reliable sources. 


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The hysterical and hysterically animated "news caster"on North Korean State television can hardly be counted upon to provide anything other than repetition of a carefully scripted text originating from some government office in Pyongyang. We can however see the reality of the parades of goose stepping troops, the endless missile and gun carrying vehicles and the launching of missiles from pads and silos around the country.


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Over recent weeks, both Trump and Jong-Un have painted themselves into acorner. With their bellicose threats, hostile rhetoric and provocative actions they now have few if any options to avoid open hostilites. They must, probably within days, agree to hold full scale negotiations with no pre conditions on all aspects of their differences and each withdraw the threats made to date against the other side. The Korean War of 1950-1953 has never been ended and only a fragile armistice rmainsin place, as no final peaceful settlement has ever ben agreed. The Korean peninsula hovers on the brink of another even more destructive conflict than the war.  No country can indefinatly issue ultimatums to another country and then fail to carry out any form of miltary action in support of such ultimatum. The alternatives are either fight or face humiliation in the eyes of the world and lose any credibility in futre foreign policy adventures.This is the stark reality when individuals are propled by one means or another,into positions of power, for which they are neither qualified nor capable of filling.Leaders of countries are for the most part sane and rational people. Donald John Trump and Kim Jong-Un are palpable exceptions to this generality and we, the ordinary people of this small planet may yet have to pay the ultimate price.




The problem for the rest of us, is that this current round of threat and counter threat, is being waged by the leaders of two countries which both possess nuclear weapons, and also have a considerable arsenal of conventional weaponary. In other instances, we could take some small comfort from the fact that the "leaders" of countres engaged in such confrontations are sane and rational people. Kennedy and Khrushchev, Obama and Putin even Truman and Mao Zedong,have for the most part managed to keep emotions and hostility under some degree of control. Not so the case with Trump and Jong-Un who have both, since assuming office in their respective countries,demonstrated behaviour and attitudes which many view as disturbing. On the one hand Trump lurches between one ill fated "policy"decision toanother, dismissing people from positions to which they were appointed by him only weeks or even days before, embroiled in an on going "election influencing" scandal with Russia, creating"incidents" with women at home and abroad and reducing his relationship with the media nationally and internationally to one of open hostility. Add to this Trump's Foreign policy disasters, culmimating now with this potentially catastrophic altercation with North Korea.
KimJong-Un seems equally as "unballanced" as Trump according to what scant information we can obtain from reasonably reliable sources. The hysterical and hysterically animated "news caster"on North Korean State television can hardly be counted upon to provide anything other than repetition of a carefully scripted text originating from some government office in Pyongyang. We can however see the reality of the parades of goose stepping troops, the endless missile and gun carrying vehicles and the launching of missiles from pads and silos around the country.
Over recent weeks, both Trump and Jong-Un have painted themselves into acorner. With their bellicose threats, hostile rhetoric and provocative actions they now have few if any options to avoid open hostilites. They must, probably within days, agree to hold full scale negotiations with no pre conditions on all aspects of their differences and each withdraw the threats made to date against the other side. The Korean War of 1950-1953 has never been ended and only a fragile armistice rmainsin place, as no final peaceful settlement has ever ben agreed. The Korean peninsula hovers on the brink of another even more destructive conflict than the war.  No country can indefinatly issue ultimatums to another country and then fail to carry out any form of miltary action in support of such ultimatum. The alternatives are either fight or face humiliation in the eyes of the world and lose any credibility in futre foreign policy adventures.
This is the stark reality when individuals are propled by one means or another,into positions of power, for which they are neither qualified nor capable of filling.
Leadersof countries are for the most part sane and rational people.Donald John Trump and Kim Jong-Un are palpable exceptions to this generality and we, the ordinary people of this small planet may yet have to pay the ultimate price.  

The problem for the rest of us, is that this current round of threat and counter threat, is being waged by the leaders of two countries which both possess nuclear weapons, and also have a considerable arsenal of conventional weaponary. In other instances, we could take some small comfort from the fact that the "leaders" of countres engaged in such confrontations are sane and rational people. Kennedy and Khrushchev, Obama and Putin even Truman and Mao Zedong,have for the most part managed to keep emotions and hostility under some degree of control. Not so the case with Trump and Jong-Un who have both, since assuming office in their respective countries,demonstrated behaviour and attitudes which many view as disturbing. On the one hand Trump lurches between one ill fated "policy"decision toanother, dismissing people from positions to which they were appointed by him only weeks or even days before, embroiled in an on going "election influencing" scandal with Russia, creating"incidents" with women at home and abroad and reducing his relationship with the media nationally and internationally to one of open hostility. Add to this Trump's Foreign policy disasters, culmimating now with this potentially catastrophic altercation with North Korea.
KimJong-Un seems equally as "unballanced" as Trump according to what scant information we can obtain from reasonably reliable sources. The hysterical and hysterically animated "news caster"on North Korean State television can hardly be counted upon to provide anything other than repetition of a carefully scripted text originating from some government office in Pyongyang. We can however see the reality of the parades of goose stepping troops, the endless missile and gun carrying vehicles and the launching of missiles from pads and silos around the country.
Over recent weeks, both Trump and Jong-Un have painted themselves into acorner. With their bellicose threats, hostile rhetoric and provocative actions they now have few if any options to avoid open hostilites. They must, probably within days, agree to hold full scale negotiations with no pre conditions on all aspects of their differences and each withdraw the threats made to date against the other side. The Korean War of 1950-1953 has never been ended and only a fragile armistice rmainsin place, as no final peaceful settlement has ever ben agreed. The Korean peninsula hovers on the brink of another even more destructive conflict than the war.  No country can indefinatly issue ultimatums to another country and then fail to carry out any form of miltary action in support of such ultimatum. The alternatives are either fight or face humiliation in the eyes of the world and lose any credibility in futre foreign policy adventures.
This is the stark reality when individuals are propled by one means or another,into positions of power, for which they are neither qualified nor capable of filling.
Leadersof countries are for the most part sane and rational people.Donald John Trump and Kim Jong-Un are palpable exceptions to this generality and we, the ordinary people of this small planet may yet have to pay the ultimate price.  

The posturing, sabre rattling and threats rebounding around the world from Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang and Donald John Trump in Washington, is becoming increasingly more like a playground spat between two schoolboys. This childish performance has all the characteristics of the junior quad squabbles with each shouting that theirs is the biggest, that they can hit harder than the other followed by the "No you can't", "Yes I can" stupidity. Such exchanges are invariably created only to impress the assembled audience and establish some sort of hierarchial structure in the playground.
The problem for the rest of us, is that this current round of threat and counter threat, is being waged by the leaders of two countries which both possess nuclear weapons, and also have a considerable arsenal of conventional weaponary. In other instances, we could take some small comfort from the fact that the "leaders" of countres engaged in such confrontations are sane and rational people. Kennedy and Khrushchev, Obama and Putin even Truman and Mao Zedong,have for the most part managed to keep emotions and hostility under some degree of control. Not so the case with Trump and Jong-Un who have both, since assuming office in their respective countries,demonstrated behaviour and attitudes which many view as disturbing. On the one hand Trump lurches between one ill fated "policy"decision toanother, dismissing people from positions to which they were appointed by him only weeks or even days before, embroiled in an on going "election influencing" scandal with Russia, creating"incidents" with women at home and abroad and reducing his relationship with the media nationally and internationally to one of open hostility. Add to this Trump's Foreign policy disasters, culmimating now with this potentially catastrophic altercation with North Korea.
KimJong-Un seems equally as "unballanced" as Trump according to what scant information we can obtain from reasonably reliable sources. The hysterical and hysterically animated "news caster"on North Korean State television can hardly be counted upon to provide anything other than repetition of a carefully scripted text originating from some government office in Pyongyang. We can however see the reality of the parades of goose stepping troops, the endless missile and gun carrying vehicles and the launching of missiles from pads and silos around the country.
Over recent weeks, both Trump and Jong-Un have painted themselves into acorner. With their bellicose threats, hostile rhetoric and provocative actions they now have few if any options to avoid open hostilites. They must, probably within days, agree to hold full scale negotiations with no pre conditions on all aspects of their differences and each withdraw the threats made to date against the other side. The Korean War of 1950-1953 has never been ended and only a fragile armistice rmainsin place, as no final peaceful settlement has ever ben agreed. The Korean peninsula hovers on the brink of another even more destructive conflict than the war.  No country can indefinatly issue ultimatums to another country and then fail to carry out any form of miltary action in support of such ultimatum. The alternatives are either fight or face humiliation in the eyes of the world and lose any credibility in futre foreign policy adventures.
This is the stark reality when individuals are propled by one means or another,into positions of power, for which they are neither qualified nor capable of filling.
Leadersof countries are for the most part sane and rational people.Donald John Trump and Kim Jong-Un are palpable exceptions to this generality and we, the ordinary people of this small planet may yet have to pay the ultimate price.  
The posturing, sabre rattling and threats rebounding around the world from Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang and Donald John Trump in Washington, is becoming increasingly more like a playground spat between two schoolboys. This childish performance has all the characteristics of the junior quad squabbles with each shouting that theirs is the biggest, that they can hit harder than the other followed by the "No you can't", "Yes I can" stupidity. Such exchanges are invariably created only to impress the assembled audience and establish some sort of hierarchial structure in the playground.
The problem for the rest of us, is that this current round of threat and counter threat, is being waged by the leaders of two countries which both possess nuclear weapons, and also have a considerable arsenal of conventional weaponary. In other instances, we could take some small comfort from the fact that the "leaders" of countres engaged in such confrontations are sane and rational people. Kennedy and Khrushchev, Obama and Putin even Truman and Mao Zedong,have for the most part managed to keep emotions and hostility under some degree of control. Not so the case with Trump and Jong-Un who have both, since assuming office in their respective countries,demonstrated behaviour and attitudes which many view as disturbing. On the one hand Trump lurches between one ill fated "policy"decision toanother, dismissing people from positions to which they were appointed by him only weeks or even days before, embroiled in an on going "election influencing" scandal with Russia, creating"incidents" with women at home and abroad and reducing his relationship with the media nationally and internationally to one of open hostility. Add to this Trump's Foreign policy disasters, culmimating now with this potentially catastrophic altercation with North Korea.
KimJong-Un seems equally as "unballanced" as Trump according to what scant information we can obtain from reasonably reliable sources. The hysterical and hysterically animated "news caster"on North Korean State television can hardly be counted upon to provide anything other than repetition of a carefully scripted text originating from some government office in Pyongyang. We can however see the reality of the parades of goose stepping troops, the endless missile and gun carrying vehicles and the launching of missiles from pads and silos around the country.
Over recent weeks, both Trump and Jong-Un have painted themselves into acorner. With their bellicose threats, hostile rhetoric and provocative actions they now have few if any options to avoid open hostilites. They must, probably within days, agree to hold full scale negotiations with no pre conditions on all aspects of their differences and each withdraw the threats made to date against the other side. The Korean War of 1950-1953 has never been ended and only a fragile armistice rmainsin place, as no final peaceful settlement has ever ben agreed. The Korean peninsula hovers on the brink of another even more destructive conflict than the war.  No country can indefinatly issue ultimatums to another country and then fail to carry out any form of miltary action in support of such ultimatum. The alternatives are either fight or face humiliation in the eyes of the world and lose any credibility in futre foreign policy adventures.
This is the stark reality when individuals are propled by one means or another,into positions of power, for which they are neither qualified nor capable of filling.
Leadersof countries are for the most part sane and rational people.Donald John Trump and Kim Jong-Un are palpable exceptions to this generality and we, the ordinary people of this small planet may yet have to pay the ultimate price.  

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Remember Nagasaki


9th August 1945



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A mushroom cloud from an atomic bomb rises over Nagasaki.
Nagasaki.


About 30% of Nagasaki, including almost all the industrial district was destroyed by the bomb and nearly 74,000 were killed with a similar number injured. 




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Only one country has ever used nuclear weapons against the civilian population of another country. 



Nagasaki was the secondary target for August 9th, but Kokura, the primary target, had 70% cloud cover obscuring that city, prevented the planned attack. 



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A perverse and rather sinister media obsession to discredit, smear and undermine Jeremy Corbyn

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/venezuela-jeremy-corbyn-blasted-for-not-condemning-president-maduro-a3606156.html#commentsDiv

Venezuela: Jeremy Corbyn blasted for not condemning socialist President Nicolas Maduro as violent conflict escalates


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There is a perverse and rather sinister obsesseion with the media and particularly television "interveiwers", in seeking to secure from Jeremy Corbyn a "condemnation" of some person or organisation or event. This time it is connected with events in Venezuela and the actions of President Nicolas Maduro and the bloody crackdown on protests against the result of last weeks poll which inaugurated a constituent assembly. The media "stories" and the interrogation by the television interviewers, are as subtle as a sledgehammer being nothing more than a variation on the "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" question, which so many repoters use in order for them to make themselves appear very clever, but infact demonstrates only their ignorant naivety.Even Vince Cable with his questionable history, was paraded before the television camera's to criticise Corbyn and suggest that Labour consider "Ch├ívez and his successor could serve as a dry run for government in the UK", which is as absurd as it is offensive. 


A protester throws rocks during clashes with Venezuelan security forces near a military base, which was attacked by rebels on Sunday.

The Mail (of course), Telegraph, Express and others carry headlines to the effect that Corbyn refuses to condem the Venezuelan President with some even suggesting that, "Labour MP's" have denounced the leader for not criticising or condeming events in the country.
The motivation for these scurrilous stories and interview techniques,(more suited to 15th and 16th Century Europe than to modern day United Kingdom), is the same motivation that has stalked Jeremy Corbyn since he became leader of the Labour Party some two years ago. The media, television and the establishment that they serve, fear the man and the party he now leads and will go to any lengths to discredit, smear and undermine his position as leader.
They only grudgingly report that Corbyn actually condemned all violence in Venezuela saying that "What I condemn is the violence that's been done by any side, by all sides, in all this. Violence is not going to solve the issue.The issues in Venezuela are partly structural because not enough has been done to diversify the economy away from oil - that has to be a priority for the future," which seems clear enough for even the "Fleet Street hacks" from the Mail and Express and the microphone weilding cyborgs from the BBC and SKY News to understand.

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Venezuela and Maduro can be added to the list of topics used by the media and television to press for "condemnation"form Corbyn no mateer what he may say. Even the obnoxious Andrew Pierce on the Sky Newspaper preview last night (07 August) attempted to link this story with Hamas, the IRA and Syria, "Corbyn had got away with it last time by not condeming these events. This story on Venezuela will do him a lot of damage", Pierce said more in hope than expectation.
The "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" is a line of questioning that the readers and viewers now regognise as naive and foolish and reflects only upon the questioner.






Monday, 7 August 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 06 August 2017

https://paper.li/f-1346065353#/


Good morning everyone. 


August already ! Where has this year gone?


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It will not have escaped your notice that chocolate bars are getting smaller. Mars bar, Topic, Snickers, Aero, and many more have been shrinking for the last few years. Not that this shirkage is restricted only to confectionery. This phenomenon extends to other goods on the supermarket shelves. Walkers Crisps, Mini Swiss rolls, regular biscuits, Wagon Wheels etc have all been affected by this strange occurrence which has been gaining ground amongst many manufactures. However the one constant feature of this trend is that the price of the item has not been affected and remains at the same level as previously. Albeit that some product prices have actually increased due, so the manufactures say, to increased costs in production and packaging. No. I do not understand or accept that explanation either. 


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The latest victim of the "incredible shrinking mystery" is the humble toilet roll. "Andrex Quilts" toilet rolls have been removed from the range and replaced with Andrex Toilet tissue Supreme Quilts. The "new improved" version has new packaging, new name and a new (higher) price for the 16 roll, or the 9 roll or the 4 roll depending upon which one you put into your shopping trolley. It also has a new size. Yes, the Andrex toilet roll has shrunk. Slightly smaller sheets, reduction in "ply" and all round thinner roll make this essential bathroon item now able to loosely fit into the 4 roll dispenser whereas before each roll rested firmly against the walls of the stainless steel tube. Do these manufactures really believe that the consumer will not notice these deceptions?


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British Gas off the mark with a stonking great price hike of 12.5%. Another slap in the face for all those people who have been restricted to a 1% or even less pay increase again this year. The government pledge to cap energy prices has obviously gone out of the window, along with all the other pledges made by this lying government and its duplicitous ministers. The "good news" however, is that British Gas tell us that the price increase has not been brought about by the wholesale price of energy, which is in fact falling.The increase is driven purely by the rising cost of transport and "transmitting the electricity".
The energy companies have been ripping off their customers for years and have been allowed to get away with it.
Read the full comment at:
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/the-wholesale-price-continues-to-fall.html


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(Timothy Sydney) Robert Hardy, CBE, 29 October 1925 – 3 August 2017. One of the really great British actors with a carrer spanning many years and many roles.
Winston Churchill, Prince Albert,Siegfried Farnon, Abwehr Sgt Graz, Joachim Von Ribbentrop,Tite Barnacle,Willie Whitelaw and many many others.
A truly great talent.
Robert Hardy. R I P


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Hywel Thomas Bennett 8 April 1944 – 25 July 2017 a Welsh film and television actor.
I remember him best from John le Carre Tinker Taior Soldier Spy, playing Ricki Tarr a secret service "scalp hunter".Many roles over many years including James Shelly in the sitcom "Shelly".Hywell Bennet. R I P


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Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning committee voted to approve the build of eight ‘chalet style’ bungalows on a site onLittlemoor Road despite the Environment Agency (EA) recommending it to be refused.
The EA recommended rejection based on flood risk to prospective occupiers and insufficient proof the build would not worsen flooding elsewhere.Unbelievable complacency. But this is of course Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Meanwhile, back in Jersey. It is almost regular enough to set your clocks by. Only 3 days into August and the "Liberation",  flagship of the Condor fleet, was taKen out of service. At perhaps the busiest time for tourism on the island, the only ferry link with the UK mainland was taken out of service due to a "technical problem" in the exhaust system on the ship’s starboard main engine. The fault has now been fixed and Condor proudly announced that after reviewing forecasts with the Master of Liberation "we are optimistic that service will go ahead on Thursday 3 August and Condor are to resume normal service", which promted one rather sarcastic wag to post a comment against the stoy saying, "Condor to resume normal service. Ah yes, but for how long?


Wet, then windy then both and turning colder. Getting warmer on Thursday. The combinations are endless. Thank heavens for the Britsh weather.


Remember Hiroshima.
August 6th 1945.
80,000 people were killed instantly and thousands more have died from injuries or illness attributed to the attack.
Only one country has ever used nuclear weapons against the civilian population of another country.
"I am become death. The destroyer of worlds".

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Have a nice week