The Waterlooville Wally(s) Of The Week Award – Lidl


https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7517927/lidl-gin-staff-call-police-couple-daughters/

‘VICTIMS OF STUPIDITY’ 

Lidl staff call police after middle-aged couple try to buy £12 rhubarb gin with daughters aged 11 and 14

 

I haven’t had cause to issue one of these for some time but this article really takes the biscuit. This ranks up with the story of the couple refused entry to their local cinema because their babe-in-arms was to young for the movie certification. It beggars belief.

So, to the Staff and Management of Lidl, Jointly I award you, “The Waterlooville Wally Of The Week Award”

Hot Rod & Custom Car Show 2017


Just spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, held at Stansted House in Hampshire.

The weather did rather let us down but the cars managed to shine through even if the sun didn’t.

I’ll let the cars do the talking, take a look at the following photos. See what you think.

And There You Have It


Over the last few weeks the UK has been snowed with sound bites, lectures, debates etc. etc. etc. Yes we were in the run up to a General Election.

Today we have awoken to a new political era. Where once we had a majority government we now have a hung parliament. Theresa May, still the PM, but in a much weaker position, visiting the Queen with a view to forming a minority/coalition government with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) of Norther Ireland.

Theresa May called this election, unnecessarily in my book. But having called the snap election she failed to perform, failed to consolidate her party’s position, failed to show herself as the strong and stable leader that this country needs.

A new Maggie Thatcher she isn’t.

But I don’t believe that the Tory strategy is totally to blame for where we now find ourselves. Certainly certain elements of the Tory manifesto became the sole focus of both the media and May’s opponents. She did not seem able to  defend herself when put under pressure over the Tories history with, and future plans for the NHS, Social Care etc.

But then, neither did Corbyn, on occasion. His performance on BBC’s Womans Hour was awful. Diane Abbott also did not exactly shine. Not what you would expect from senior, experience, campaigners. Admittedly, Abbott’s performance is now being written off as due to health issues. But, credit where credit is due, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party out played the Tories.

Over and above the individual party performances I believe we have, in part, ended up with a hung parliament due to the frantic and, sometimes, seemingly hysterical entreaties of the anti Tory activists. I personally have been inundated with “vote anybody but tory” messages via emails and social media. I think that message may have seriously affected how some folks have voted and the perpetrators should shoulder some of the blame.

I’m pretty sure that there has always  been, throughout history, tactical voting but this time round it seems to have been more ferocious. To my mind though, there can be nothing so unproductive, as randomly voting for any party, as long as it isn’t tory. For those that followed that mantra it is tantamount to either not voting or damaging your voting slip.

And there you have it, a hung parliament. To all you activists out there …. I hope you are truly satisfied.

 

FAT 49


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FAT 49 – Lookin & Soundin Good

Can’t believe that these guys went to step back away from their own vehicle just because I was taking this photo.

Apparently she doesn’t like the car and makes him park it well away from her place of work.

What’s not to like ? Just wish I’d asked him what it was. Anyone out there has any idea, please let me know.

UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own


http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/12/you-may-soon-need-a-licence-to-take-photos-of-that-classic-designer-chair-you-bought/

This is just another example of the insidious bureaucracy that is blighting the UK.

If this is allowed to go ahead, every casual photographer will be at risk of being criminalised without their knowledge.

And, surely, the onus should be placed on the holder of any work of art to warn of their copyright entitlement. Will they be obliged to post warning notices. That will look nice on the lounge wall alongside your treasured Conran furniture.

“Family and Friends are reminded that under Copyright Law… Blah blah… the taking of photographs, family snaps etc. etc. are only allowed with the appropriate license”

Just how far will liability reach?

Consider the ubiquitous selfies, created on millions of smart phones, then promulgated via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Do the owners of those apps then become liable?

This legislation should be dumped in the trash can. Or at least kept in a dark place until it has been seriously rethought.

Refugee Crisis


I have held back from commenting on the “refugee crisis” as it is such a complex issue. Like many folks, I am shocked by the images being flashed into our homes by the news media. Images of dead children being lifted from the sea-shore  generate many emotions, chiefly anger, and will galvanise a nation to action in a way that no image of hundreds of young men climbing onto trains will do. However, it is precisely the latter that is creating, for me, a growing feeling of disquiet about such a massive migration and potential influx into the UK.

In the first instance, given the general state of alert around the world for potential terrorist attacks, what security vetting is being carried out on all of these “refugees” ? It doesn’t take much imagination to see that this is an ideal opportunity for terrorist infiltration.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who sees the potential for ISIS and other organisations to take advantage and sneak a few “soldiers” in under the radar. With such large numbers migrating across borders it is a near impossible task for our security services to carry out proper and in-depth checks into the identity and backgrounds of these people.

Many of these folks are true refugees, fleeing from horrific conditions and risk to their lives. They have truly fled the conflict with just what they can carry. However, many of those seen across the channel, trying to gain entry to Britain are not refugees. These non-refugees are economic migrants, and I use that term loosely, seeking to gain entry to the UK and its benefits system. Some are from strife torn middle east and north African countries. But many are not. Some have left behind a regime or an environment that they did not like, but they were not at risk and are therefore not true refugees.

Can someone explain to me why these people, having escaped the conflict, crossed the Mediterranean and arrived in a “safe” country, continue to travel onwards across many borders heading towards north European countries ?

And that, for me, is why the government is right to keep turning back the hoards, the swarms, the masses of illegal immigrants at our borders. That is why they are right to only take the true refugees who have been through the correct processing camps near to the borders of the countries from which they are escaping. This country, this government and local councils should not have to accept all who present themselves at our borders. They should only have to consider properly vetted refugees.

Secondly it would seem that these folks, wearing the refugee label, are going to take priority over our own countrymen and women. UK citizens all over the country who have been on housing lists for years will suddenly find themselves pushed down the housing ladder. UK citizens, living on the streets, will still be living on the streets. While, for these “refugees”, previously non-existent housing will be found. They, the “refugees” will not have to fight and justify their rights to a home and benefits, just declare themselves refugees and our central government will force local councils to find them homes. Will the government, having created the required housing at a stroke, magic away this countries unemployment figures, create jobs for the refugees, jobs that it hasn’t been able to create for UK citizens ?

The UKs response to this crisis has to be measured and not a knee jerk, emotional response to the medias presentation. David Cameron is never going to come out of this covered in glory. He is in one of those lose/lose, damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations.

Moreton Flooding


Last week we travelled up to the Wirral to attend my nieces wedding and spend a few days with family. I have already placed a couple of posts about the flooding we experienced, due to the exceptionally heavy rains through Tuesday night, and on through Wednesday morning.

We awoke to large puddles filling the road, Millhouse Lane, which was still passable with care.

Moreton Floods - Millhouse Lane, towards Town Meadow Lane

Moreton Floods – Millhouse Lane, towards Town Meadow Lane

However, the rains persisted and the water levels continued to rise until Millhouse Lane became impassable, with the large puddles spreading until they joined with each other and with the one in Oakham Drive to form a huge lake.

Moreton Floods - Millhouse Lane Reflections

Moreton Floods – Millhouse Lane Reflections

Before the waters peaked they had spread into Town Meadow Lane which already had a small lake of its own.

Moreton Floods - Millhouse Lane, even travelling at relatively slow speeds pushes a tidal wave into the gardens

Moreton Floods – Millhouse Lane, even travelling at relatively slow speeds pushes a tidal wave into the gardens

The rising waters did eventually breach the garage but, thankfully, the garage floor is a couple of brick runs lower than the ground floor of the house. So, other than a bit of silt deposited on the garage floor, there was no damage to the house.

We were luckier than folks on the other side of Arrowe Brook who were evacuated from their homes after experiencing water levels up to three feet entering their homes. The Arrowe Brook was running exceptionally high and the locals were suggesting that levels were at least twice as bad as they could recall in recent times.

The following are a few of the photo’s that I took around the area until I was trapped indoors due to the rising flood waters.

Moreton Floods - Millhouse Lane across Town Meadow. View from bedroom window

Moreton Floods – Millhouse Lane across Town Meadow. View from bedroom window

Moreton Floods - Millhouse Lane, Mercedes suffering from a water-logged engine.

Moreton Floods – Millhouse Lane, Mercedes suffering from a water-logged engine.

Moreton Floods - Town Meadow Lane towards Linear Park

Moreton Floods – Town Meadow Lane towards Linear Park

Moreton Floods - Town Meadow Lane towards Bermuda Road

Moreton Floods – Town Meadow Lane towards Bermuda Road

Moreton Floods - Walkies, there's dedication for you

Moreton Floods – Walkies, there’s dedication for you

Moreton Floods - Pillock !! Powered into the flood water even though there is a police car across road. That bow wave rushed into folks gardens.

Moreton Floods – Pillock !! Powered into the flood water even though there is a police car across road. That bow wave rushed into folks gardens.

Moreton Floods - These were the houses featured on local TV

Moreton Floods – View from Millhouse to Tern Way. These were the houses featured on local TV

Moreton Floods - The new lake in front of Linear Way

Moreton Floods – The new lake in front of Linear Park

Moreton Floods - Never miss an opportunity. Local lads take to the water

Moreton Floods – Never miss an opportunity. Local lads take to the water

Our plans had been for us leave in the morning and travel up to Pilling to spend a couple of days with friends. Unfortunately, the flood waters didn’t start to subside until the afternoon ensuring that we didn’t get away until after 16:00.