Countdown to F1 2012: How to Follow F1 this Season

Yes it’s almost that time again and I for one cannot wait. Well I guess I’ll have to, but you know what I mean.

F1 starts in March – Whoohoo !!!!

The sad thing is that the world-class coverage that we enjoyed last year will not be continuing into 2012. Due to budget cuts the BBC has had to relinquish its grip on one of the “Crown Jewels” of the international sports world. I for one will miss the presentation team. Some of them are moving over to Sky but it remains to be seen what the feel of the programs will b.

Follow the link below for David Beans tongue in cheek guide to what you will need to enable you to follow the best and most exciting sport in the world.

Countdown to F1 2012: How to Follow F1 this Season – Formula 1 – The Checkered Flag.

Yobs hurl brick at car from Portsmouth bridge – Haven’t Got Two Brain Cells To Rub Together

Yet another moron without two brain cells to rub together.

Someone out there knows who this is and needs to turn them into the police.

Elsewhere in the country there have already been serious injuries caused by idiots such as this.

If they really want to kill people, why don’t they join the army and head over to Afghanistan where they will be given the opportunity. At least then they can show how brave they really are. After all, motorists don’t throw bricks back at them.

Yobs hurl brick at car from Portsmouth bridge – Local – The News.

“I’m 76 and I’m Tired”

The following was sent to me in an email. It is attributed as having been written by Bill Cosby but this appears to be untrue and that the true author is retired Massachusetts state senator Robert A. Hall .

Truth is I don’t really care. But I do agree with many of the sentiments expressed in the following words even though I’m not 76….yet.

“I’m 76 and I’m Tired”

I’m 76. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for some some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my
income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christians and Jews because they aren’t
“believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to
fund a church, synagogue, or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ  rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught.. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 76. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and her children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in.

“I’m 76 and I’m tired.”

So Are Your Kids Safe ?

So you pack your kids off to school by taxi. That same taxi firm picks them up and brings them home safely.

Well you might think they do it safely.

This afternoon I spotted two private hire taxis that I assume were carrying kids home from the same school. They had presumably picked up their passengers in Chandlers Ford. Both passed me, while I waited at a roundabout just outside Otterbourne, coming from the Chandlers Ford direction.

The first had a young boy hanging out of the offside rear passenger window. The second had a young boy hanging out of the near side front passenger window. The two boys were obviously having fun and were waving and possibly shouting at each other. At the next roundabout the cars parted company. The first heading south down the slip road onto the M3 while the other carried on round the roundabout presumably heading towards the north bound M3.

I assume that their actions and the fact that the drivers allowed them to do this was breaking some basic private hire licensing rules let alone the road traffic rules regarding seat belts etc. Where on earth were the drivers brains ?

I don’t know which school the boys had come from and I didn’t catch the name of the taxi else I would have been on the phone to both to express my concerns.


Lovely Lunch

Spent a lovely couple of hours with friends yesterday.

Started with lunch at the Olive Leaf, Hayling Island.




Friendly welcome, fine food and drink. I would recommend anyone in the area to give them a try.

Eventually we were thrown out, not literally, but they were closing at 15:00. So, as we really weren’t ready to go home, we headed over to Ravs place to drink his coffee and carry on the general chin wagging.

After much reminiscing about old colleagues, counting of grand children, discussion of holidays, we eventually got home around 18:00.

It would have been nice to carry on into the evening but we have all agreed that we will do the same thing again very soon.

50 Years – Would You Believe It ?

I was nearly ten when 41-year-old John Glenn clambered aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. How many of you out there remember watching this and the many subsequent launches. First in glorious Black and White and then in colour a few years later.

John Glenn was launched back into space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998 when he was 77. Glenn is now 90 years young. A true hero, having served in the Pacific during World War II he then saw action in the Korean War. Preparation perhaps for his greatest mission with NASA as part of the space program.

It was marvelous back then and I am still in awe of what was achieved then and what is being achieved now.

Fifty years on, Glenn’s flight remains a giant leap | The Space Shot – CNET News.

Councillor Paul Buckley – Total Lack Of Response – Is This The Norm ?

A couple of weeks ago I posted about  a local Community Board meeting –  Residents join the debate to improve Waterlooville

I also sent an email to Councillor Buckley asking where the notices for the meeting had been posted and where I could find out about future meetings. So far he has chosen not to respond.

Is this an indication of how much the council really want input from local residents ?

Furthermore I tried to find out more information about the Waterlooville Community Board and their meetings. On the Havant Borough Council website there is a link for Community Partnership and specifically an email link to Community Boards’ Support Officer. The link is broken i.e. the email address does not work.

On the same web site the meeting minutes for the Community Boards end with the minutes for 28 September, 2011. So nothing for the last five months.

Nowhere could I find any reference to the more recent meetings that have been held.

Seems to me that Havant Borough Council is being less than open about their plans for Waterlooville.


The civil service seems to be living in a parallel universe.

“The civil service seems to be living in a parallel universe.”

So says Tory MP Philip Davies who went on to say “It just goes to show how much more Whitehall waste the Government can cut,” This in response to the revelations that Civil servants can receive compensation for clothes damaged at work even if they are to blame.

It beggars belief that civil servants can accept these perks at the tax payers expense. Once again we are finding out that the civil service are taking us, the tax payers, for a ride.

Now that the news has broken let’s hope that Cameron takes swift action to see that this perk is quashed else he will have to make it law that the private sector has to offer the same perks. And we all know what the likelihood of that happening is.

Don’t we ?

‘Clothing payouts’ in civil service – National – The News.

I’m An Atheist Too

I’m an atheist too but I don’t agree with the actions of Clive Bone and his supporters and I don’t believe that a High Court ruling was necessary.

Fareham Borough Council leader, Cllr Sean Woodward, has vowed to carry on with the council’s tradition of starting meetings with prayers despite the recent High Court ruling.

At the High Court in London, Mr Justice Ouseley ruled it was not lawful to say prayers as part of formal meetings under a clause of the Local Government Act 1972.

This countries traditions are being eroded and this green and pleasant land is becoming a bland, dark place. Part of what made Britain “Great” was the tolerance for diversity. Slowly but surely religion is being squeezed out of our daily lives yet we are being force-fed intolerance and trash by the tabloids and other media.

By the way, did I say that I am an atheist or perhaps I am an agnostic atheist. So don’t worry that I am getting all religious in my old age. But I am getting concerned that bit by bit we are losing the variety, the diversity of input that helps us all to make sense of the world around us. Just because an individual doesn’t want a particular form of input, doesn’t derive any value from that input doesn’t mean that it isn’t of value to others. I will be the first to agree that we should not be force-fed from any single doctrine.

And so, one of the items on the radio that I enjoy almost every day is  “Pause For Thought” on the Chris Evans show. This part of the show brings guest contributors who impart words of wisdom. Nothing too heavy and not always from members of the Christian faith. Sometimes these moments are cringe-worthy in the extreme but the point is that, on many occasions,these folks make you stop and think about life issues from a different perspective. I also used to listen to “Thought For The Day” on Radio 4s Today.  I note that there are many questioning voices being raised in the press. Voices that would deny the validity of any form of religious commentary during mainstream programming. These same voices claim that the right and proper place for the likes of “Pause For Thought and “Thought For The Day” is to be relegated to religious programs. That is stupid. People such as myself will not tune in to listen to such programs.

Many years ago, when I went to school, every day the whole school gathered for assembly every day. We sang hymns and there were prayers said. It was a C of E school and the prayers were said in the Christian style. We had kids from the local Pestalozzi Village. They were from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tibet, Nepal and India. They were, therefore, of many differing faiths. The point I am making is that they were not C of E but they still attended. Even back then I considered myself an atheist but it didn’t bother me to have to listen to the daily service. It didn’t seem to bother the Pestalozzi kids either.

And so back to the purpose of this post. All over the country council meetings have been held that have, by tradition, said prayers before council business is discussed. But because of one atheist, Clive Bone, there is now a High Court ruling making it illegal to include prayers as part of council business. He, Clive Bone, says he feels uncomfortable and embarrassed to be present while these prayers are being said. Couldn’t he have stepped out of chambers while the prayers were said or perhaps just arrived a few minutes later if he didn’t want to participate.

Was it really necessary  for him to make so much fuss and take this to the courts ?

By the way did I say that I am an atheist too. It doesn’t stop me from going to christenings, marriages, funerals and other ceremonies which have a religious base. I don’t say the prayers but I still join in the singing.

I wonder does Clive Bone go to any  faith based  ceremonies ?

So I say more power to your elbow Mr Woodward. I am pleased to see someone making a stand against this stupid and unnecessary High Court Ruling.

DAMS Sign Lucas Foresti For FR3.5 Title Assault – Formula Renault 3.5 – The Checkered Flag

Latest article by Josh Bell (my grandson) who is currently studying Journalism at Portsmouth University.

I’ve included links to his F1 Blog and also to his Checkered Flag articles via the BlogRoll in th side panel.

DAMS Sign Lucas Foresti For FR3.5 Title Assault – Formula Renault 3.5 – The Checkered Flag.