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Obviously, charities have running costs, but I quite agree with your comment about Oxfam, Frank. I support Tear Fund, which has minimal running costs, uses existing agencies overseas and makes a real difference to people's lives.
I know many people's needs are desperate, but I object to agreeing to a monthly donation to a charity and then getting a phone call asking me quite insistently to increase it. Older people are major contributors to charities and often do it at a sacrifice. I don't think this practice is ethical, especially if they have not taken acount of the age of the person they call.
G/G, my donations are by letter, the Salvation Army come round once a year and I never refuse them. The local Hospice for adults and children is two fields away so I take it in twice a year.Two Army charities for obvious reasons and the Air Ambulance plus a local Care Home that helped when we needed them.As a pensioner on fixed income I give what I can afford as to phone calls and door knockers they get a polite sorry, "unless" they get stroppy, then the old RSM comes to the for and they leave chastened.Having seen real poverty in various overseas postings I laugh at people in this country saying they are poor, they do not know what poor is, yet knowing the overseas aid goes oft astray with the people in most need getting the least I refrain from adding to the arms race which is where a lot of it goes.
Again, I quite agree, Frank. Private giving is on a much smaller scale than government aid, but it does a lot more good because it really goes to the point of need. I have read stories of money being given to bore wells in India for the poor and the wells were bored on the land of rich people, for example, and it seems that a lot is spent on armaments. Government aid is too often given in return for trade advantages or political alliances and can be not much more than a bribe. Right wing Americans think that supporting the poor is not a function of government and that it all should be done through charitable giving. Not sure that I agree - but they have a point when one considers the corruption involved.
Thats what bugs me about overseas aid to India and various African countries. If they can afford nuclear weapons, we shouldn't give them anything until they sort out their priorities. Despots in African countries line their swiss bank accounts, but the locals starve and can't have drugs for HIV.
Whilst there are a lot of people who give their time freely to charitable causes, for many it is just another business.
There's corruption everywhere - sadly, its human nature. The old saying that 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely' is still true,
I'm going to change the tone of the rant
I hate it when visiting a wc to spend time drying my hands only to find they are wet again opening the door after someone has washed but not dried their hands
"Oh Bev" you are obviously not giving your custom to the better loos, they have dispensers for wipes to use opening the door with then a bin for the cloth outside.Possibly more waste to upset the greens but then having to see those stupid windmills that spoil the sea view from Redcar I like to upset them.Hygene in modern loos is none existent as a rule so the way to go is carry a pack of your own hand wipes, of course that is even more rubbish to get rid off.Watching a woman sneeze over an open display of fancy cakes in M&S turned me off ever buying them, we can only be as clean as the next person wishes to be and seeing what can be picked up off supermarket trolley handles makes you think.Oh well we only die once!!
Bev, that's an unpleasant experience and so inconsiderate. I could mention some other inconsiderate actions in public loos, but fear I would horrify people so much that they would never visit this thread again!! Suffice to say that I was with a relative in one of the aforesaid conveniences and she rinsed one hand only, briefly, under the tap, shook it a bit to dispel the water and left. My imagination boggled! Why that hand?
Well, Frank, this seems to be my day for agreeing with your every word. Mind you, I've never found any of those loos with special wipes to open the door, more's the pity! I always have a bottle of alcohol hand-cleaner in my very capacious handbag (reminiscent of the one used by Mary Poppins).
I live in a hilly country with a lot of coastline, so those blasted windmills are often seen. They don't even produce a truly significant amount of energy. I think that, before long, all new houses will be built with those hideous contraptions on the roof. (Grovelling apology to those who already have them). We do need to find ways to produce electricity and heat, but I also think that in 20 or so years' time, people will laugh at these early attempts at producing green energy.
Gardening Grandma, you really need to try a Kipling handbag. You'll never go back to an ordinary bag again. I've got the defea in several colours (bought when I was working and could afford them), they last forever, you can bung them in the washing machine and they come out new.
I have the hideous contraptions on my roof. I'm currently watching TV (or rather the kids are, eldest is off with horrendous cough/cold) for nothing, and the washing machine is only running at half cost. Or full cost when it clouds over and rains. Each time I look out of the window today, it's different, either cloudless blue sky, or overcast, or tipping it down, then back to cracking t'flags! I also get cash back from the energy company (they assume you only use 50% of what you generate, the fools!), and I get something like 23.5p per two units of energy that goes through the feed-in-tarriff meter. Index-linked for the next 25 years, so they will pay for themselves eventually and I get free electricity to boot.
Wish the weather would make it's zarking mind up what it's about to do. Weather is my rant for today. And small boys with snotty noses that are too grotty to go to school, but not too grotty to fight over toys with baby sister (she usually wins, she plays dirty).
We are at pesent fighting an aplication for 9 wind turbines on the Somerset Levels,there can be nothing worse than these intended monsters to spoil a near perfect view ,which at present allows us to see acrooss the Severn and into Wales.
We have already got a solar panel "farm"(though what it has to do with a farm I don,t know,)on the edge of the village,but this is not as bad as some of the old cottages who have sucumbed to the "hideous contraptions"on the roof.You see a charming cream cottage,roses round the door,look up and then aghh........................
MMP, kids, don't we just love them, well i do my grandchildren, they go home again.I do not knock the roof mounted panels although the next person knocking on my door trying to sell them could get a knock. Almost every house in Cyprus had them they get sunshine, here in the North East not a bright idea.G/G in tonight's paper they have allocated £12,000,000 to start mining under the North sea, a hundred years of good coal so they say and they can recycle the CO2 back underground. We had coal mines out under the sea, Maggi closed them down and put every one to work in Fish and Chip shops until the Europeans stopped us going fishing. We already have generating stations burning Canadian wood so using our own coal providing jobs and infrastructure sounds good to me. Of course the greens will object, it is OK to burn someone else's wood with the costs of cutting shredding shipping etc but using what we have plenty of "oh dear no way" and I do not hear them bleating about the open cast in the area.I am afraid folks you need expendable money to get the best loos and I was castigated roundly last time I mentioned having any so I did not say it.
Frank, with inflation it's no longer spending a penny, but spending a pound for one of those super-loos. I must have the bladder of a camel, as I can normally wait either until I get home, or get to the nearest bhs/m&s in order to go.
The idea of taking the coal from under the sea is a good one, but to we have the skills in order to do it, or are we going to be importing miners from overseas to get at the black gold. I would sooner have a coal fired powerstaion next door than nuclear, any day. The politicians are too short sighted in order to have a coherent energy plan, most of them are too selfish to look beyond the next election and how they can make the most money before they get kicked out. I reckon that all of the politicians that have to live away from 'home' ought to be housed in one of the blocks of flats in the less salubrious parts of london, they might do something about the state of them and the community then. Also, when I say 'home', I've used the quote marks as some of them have a property in the constituency they represent, then have their home down south somewhere. There ought to be a law to make them reside permanently where they represent, they might fight for their area a little harder then, instead of living comfortably well away from the problems they are meant to be sorting out. Who makes the laws, though? Judges and politicians, so there's no way that bit of common sense would go through.
Generally all the loos round here are excellent,a lot with those "air knife "technology hand dryers,and I don,t know of any that you have to pay for.
Fresh rant - those two nutcases in Woolwich that ran over a serving soldier then hacked him to death with knives. Prison is too good for them. Stick them in with the chaps comrades and see how long they last. I don't agree with the backdated views of the BNP, but now I can see why some people vote for them. The guy should be safe in his own country. I also think it's very brave of them to knock him over with their car before attacking him. This makes my blood boil, if they don't like the religion of ethos of the country they live in, they always have the option to bugger off elsewhere. That chap is fresh out of options, I only hope his family get justice for him. At least if a family member is killed in action you have the consolation that they were trying to make a difference. This is just senseless violence.
I don't know how MP's justify having a second home. Many people have to live away from home all week, but they certainly can't afford to buy a second property. My own dishonoured MP had a lovely flat in London, a 30 min train ride or £25 cab hire away, a journey all commuters manage. When the 'perks' scandal was revealed, it was found that his son occupied it. All we were to him was a 'safe seat' and the means to keep him in the way he had become accustomed. Total parasite.
Quite agree about the block of flat housing MMP, especially one where the lift never works and the stairway is used as a toilet, etc.
With what happened yesterday makes our rants seem so little. That poor family.
But i will have a rant. I go to a hot pool twice a week for hydrotherapy and gentle exercise as do most people. Today there was 2 new people who insisted on swimming lengths and causing tidal waves at the same time. The pool is not large and even when told they still kept going. Not going when of my friends cannot swim and has muscle problems. Rant over
Show them yellow card, if they do it again a red one and ban them,seriously can,t they have different sessions for different ablilties
We had one at our local pool that we called 'Mr Splashy'. He'd go straight into the 'fast' lane for swimming, make a ball of foam that travelled across the pool, and feel very smug. I am not what I would call a brilliant swimmer, but I was always taught that if you made splashy, you were wasting energy. My Sister in Law and Husband goaded me - I am the fastest out of them, so I went into the medium lane, and proceeded to overtake him, doing a fairly lazy breast stroke. I got the daggers from him. So I went into the fast lane, and did my fastest stroke, australian lifesaver crawl (don't know if that's the correct term, but the one you see on baywatch type programmes, a crawl where you keep your head clear of the water so you can make sure your're heading in the right direction), and proceeded to completely muller him. I'd done 3 and a half lengths to his one length.
He got out of the pool. In future, whenever I got into the pool, he'd give me a dirty look and get out. My husband thought it was hilarious, as he's not a strong swimmer, he only learnt when I started nagging him about it, and he learnt in a weekend.
I would never dream of swimming in a hydrotherapy pool, they are waaaaaay to hot for that kind of physical exertion. I can't believe they continued even after being asked not to! Is there any way that you and a group of friends can complain about them, and get them rescheduled to go to a different session where there are more able-bodied people in the group? I used to go to a physio centre for my dodgy ankle, never did hydrotherapy, but went past the pool,there were no divng and no swimming signs up everywhere.
Where to start?
Frank I worked for NCB for 15 yrs made redundant or should I say woudn't accept redundancy, didn't have a year on strike to sell my job...ended up sent to a financial British Coal (as re-named place ) of work, hated every rotten 5 yrs. Became ill. I get so angry about past pit closures and now the lack of skills to mine in U.K. even open cast. Nuclear My Mum's Dad died in 1936 in the Wharncliffe Wood pit disaster, she was 8 her brother 6, he'd swapped a shift with a mate one Sunday night. His friend had knocked on door just after dinner that day and they sorted it. He was gassed. ..Going back to gardening my Gran said many years later..she told me a lot..."|fat lot of good drinking boiled cabbage water did him that day" apparantly it was good for your health. Phew done that one!
Wind turbines. I just can't understand why in Yorks they put them in the least windy places, my back garden is an ideal place..joking off course, but very open to fields.
MMp good on you with swimming..show 'em gal! I love being wet ( good job day ) but poor swimmer, only swam a length once to get certificate and that was because I hated the teacher that much I tried to swim to grab the stick he poked in front of you to pull him in. I can swim ok but need to know I can put my feet on the bottom..AKA as feeble swimmer. I haven't had kids to teach..thanks goodness..my Mum & Dad could both life save, Brother swam in paper boy competitions, but I take after my Grandma who was paddling champion of Yorks .
Kef, we have deep mines not very far from us at Boulby, they are about to open another mine not far from that one. The skills are there and they are highly mechanised. Our last sea mines closed after Maggi was long gone and there are still youngish people to train the new men needed. I was down a coal mine, deeply depressing and then the ICI Anhydrite mine, a dual carriageway underground, buses to the working face, light airy and apart from being 1000 feet underground not bad working conditions. Mining today is light years away from the old style pits and we are sitting on masses of usable fuel waiting to be dug out so who needs Nuclear.The Germans do not they are going back to coal and surely burning our own coal must be better than bringing wood from Canada which we do at the moment at Wilton over the river Tees from us.The fuel policy of this Government ( I could say what fuel policy) is a mismatch of trying to please the Greens, the Europeans, Save the world?? what all on our own? what about China, India, Russia and America, none of them seem very interested in anything but cheap power for their economy.Do I live in an Asylum I ask.