Sunday, 30 August 2009

Diana Watch

“I use my leg as a thermometer”

It seems that there isn't a Dignitas clinic in Canadia as my parents have returned. They seem to have had a lovely time and took a lot of pictures of mountains but they did get me a book on sour dough baking which is very cool. There are all sorts of things in the book, biscuits cakes and loaves, oh yes. That's my week sorted out.

I have received some good news this week. It seems that I have come into some money, well that is what has been indicated by this E-mail,

Good Day, (good polite start I think you will agree)

I have register your Bank Draft. but the manager of Africa Bank told me that before the check will get to you that it will expire. So i told him to cash $1.500,000.00 all the necessary arrangement of delivering the $1.500,000.00 in cash was made with United Parcel Service ''UPS''. This is the information they need to delivery your package to you. with ''UPS'', contact them now.

NAME: United Parcel Service ''UPS'',
E-MAIL: ( )

Please, Send them your contacts information to able them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your BOX .This is what they need from you.

7.CODE NUMBER 0140479
8.I have paid for the delivering charges. The only money you have to send to them is $95 for their Security keeping of your consignment, I was try to pay for that and they was says no due to security reason.

Note that this is there E-mail contact ( )

Please make sure you send this needed info’s to the Director general of United Parcel Service ACCRA-GHANA, MR. EDWARD VAN with the address given to you.

Note. The UPS don't know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a Box of an family treasure. They don't know it contents money. this is to avoid anything to happen with the box or delaying. don't let them it contain money OK.

Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Secretary, Michael Robert (Esq.)

I can't believe that anyone would try and con me in any way, would they? I think I’ll E-mail my details, what could possibly go wrong?

It seems that the Tory policy for the Election has been revealed this week. Scare people. Whether the “facts” that they choose to use are correct or not, or even represent the point they are trying to make, be sure that they will present them in a way that is guaranteed to try and scare you.
This week they have released figures on unemployment under Labour. They claimed that 5million people had never worked since Labour had been in charge. I am unable to verify these figures because, as usual, figures and surveys are printed without being referenced. What I am able to say is this; the figures were taken from the 2001 census so they are out of date. 8 years out of date at that. And let’s look at quickly at those figures again, 5 years unemployed in 2001. So when did they loose their jobs? 2001 – 5 is...... that's right 1996. And when did Labour come to power? Umm... 1997. So whose fault is it that they lost their jobs?
The other direction indicator was a speech by Chris Grayling, Shadow home secretary, who used the twin weapons of the modern politician, fear and a pop culture reference. He said, after spending ONE evening with Manchester police, that "The Wire used to be just a work of fiction for British viewers. But under this Government, in many parts of British cities, The Wire has become a part of real life in this country too." That is a classic of the genre. Utter nonsense of course but a classic never the less.
Does anyone who reads the Daily Mail (sorry only mention this week I promise) or the Express or even the Telegraph watch The Wire? Do you really think that this is target Tory Demographic typical television? It's got brown people and swearing in it. It's the sort of thing that they hate the BBC showing.

James Murdoch, son of the world's most evil man, Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox news, launched an attack on the BBC at the Edinburgh Television Festival. Well there's a surprise. He didn't like the website, News 24 or, come to think of it, anything about the BBC. Of course he didn't. What precisely did people expect him to say? “I think our main rivals are marvellous”. It's not going to happen.
He did complain about some very specific areas where he could easily be proved wrong, so let’s do that. He said that the strength of the BBC's website was stifling other news outlets on the interweb. Then why Sir has the website for the newspaper that I'm not going to mention again this week had an increase of 500,000 people looking at their awful, and really slow to load, website?
He also complained about Ofcom, the television regulator, because it over regulates the programs shown in this country, especially the news, and called for a system more like Germany's. Now, I know nothing of German television regulation (I know you are surprised by that comment) but I do know how to listen to Radio 4. On yesterdays (Saturday) Today program a media expert said that Sky news would have been taken off the air years ago if they were broadcast there, so what on earth is he talking about?
He wants a television news environment here like the one in the US where you have partisan news channels saying what they like, whether it is true or not. Do we want that? Do we want news that lies to us? Well television news anyway, we have newspapers that lie to us already, several owned by James Murdoch's company by the way.
He also failed to mention, whilst berating the BBC for their dominant position, Sky’s dominant position in the pay TV market. What an odd thing to miss out.
There are several reasons that people use the BBC's website. It's trusted by most people. The content is great. It’s all about content. Oh and no horrid advertising. It has no agenda, well it shouldn't.
Some seem to think that it's too liberal or left wing but I'm not sure what this means. I think that they mean that it broadcasts news that is factually correct and nothing else. Although recently, I think, it has started to be a little right leaning. In order to fill time they have people in to comment/add an extra dimension to a story and these people are rarely experts in the subject, they are merely interested parties with an agenda. They are allowed to make statements with no comeback at all. Very few proper interviews take place. The hard or tough interview seems to be the style that is in vogue at the moment, thanks to Paxman for that, but it rarely proves to be a successful technique. The presenter just shouts or disagrees with the interviewee for no reason. It doesn't inform us in anyway. Stop it.
To defend the BBC I would like to say this, on Friday evening I watched BBC4 and was treated to 2 hours of Tchaikovsky followed by a program about artist who had been on Island Records. Where else would you get that sort of variation? You can't like everything on the channel, it not there just for you.

Shall we do so awards as I have been typing this for a while and we are going to the cinema this afternoon and then to see Art Brut this evening,

The Award for Slightly Pointless Land Speed Record,

Slightly pointless, yes, but now held by a British person so it's the most important on the world. A British car now holds the record for fastest steam powered car. Oh yes, steam powered. Over a measured mile they averaged a speed of 139.84 mph. They have to do 2 runs, the first is that way and the second is the other so that they have no advantage by using wind speed. Their fastest speed was 151.085 mph, which is pretty quick for a kettle. The boiler produces enough steam to make 23 cups of tea per second. Good fact, hey?

The Award for Just Being Brilliant,

This goes to 16-year-old Natalie Carter who has won a place at the incredibly hard to get into Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She is only the 4th British girl to achieve this. The other 3 have only managed 1 year of the course so I think you can imagine how hard it is. I can only wish her good luck.

The Award for British Sport,

We won the Ashes! Now this leaves us with a bit of a quandary. When we won the Ashes in 2005 everyone in the team turned up on the New Years Honours list. A number of OBEs and MBEs were handed out. So what are they going to do this year? A president has been set.
Whilst we are talking about sport Great Britain also won Silver in the men's 4x400m at the World Championships and and Laura Dobriskey got a Silver in the 1500m.

That will do for this week. If it stops raining we will go to a free festival in Dorchester this evening and see Art Brut. Fingers crossed. Have a lovely week and enjoy the bank holiday, if you live in England that is.

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