Latest posts by Obelixx

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 22:17

Doghouse - just who do you know that's going to do the jobs the immigrants do with the skills or willingness needed?  

There was a chap on the Beeb this morning.  Employs 1000 people in Oldham baking biscuits and bread and has loads of immigrant workers because in mainland Europe they still routinely train people to be bakers in the public education system. He can't get skilled UK staff and presumably hasn't the resources or won't train them himself, is very happy with his euromix staff but voted out because he thinks the UK can decide things for itself.   

On the continent, you have to produce an ID card to get a bank account, join a library, buy a train pass, sign up for electricity etc and, of course, health care.   The chip tells them who your health care provider is and what services you are entitled to - eg options such as 4 bed, 2 bed or private ward.  If the UK had that, the NHS would save a lot of money it doesn't currently recoup from EU visitors or the rest of the world.

The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world and yet has appalling poverty in some areas.   It needs a major shift of attitude and collaboration between national and local government and relevant NGOs and the education system to improve equality of opportunity for all and not just for those already articulate enough to stand up for themselves in the face of mindless bureaucracy.   Again, home affairs and local affairs are not an EU problem.

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Bulbs and seeds

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 22:05

The first bulbs in flower are usually snowdrops but these are best bought as plants in flower or still with their leaves on as the bulbs don't store well dry.   You can also beg some from friends or neighbours next spring as trhey benefit form being regularly lifted and split.

Crocuses are generally next but need full sun for the flowers to open.  Usually, white, yellow, purple or striped.   Lots of sizes available.

Daffodils/narcissus come in a wide range of heights and sizes as well as colours now.   They'l be in teh shops from the end of August and can be planted as soon as you've bought them as they'll start putting out roots straight away.  In the taller ones I like Thalia and Ice Follies and in the wee ones I like Minnow.  If your garden is sheltered from strong winds, Pheasant's Eye narcissus has delicate flowers and good perfume.

Hyacinths come in a wide range of colours now and are usually scented.

Tulips like full sun and good drainage and are usually treated as annuals but if you plant them deep and choose your varieties wisely they'll come back.   I don't grow many except for some species as my garden is too fertile and moist.

There are lots of other bulbs to fill the gaps - scillas, chinodoxias, dwarf iris, fritillaries, alliums for later on.

Have a google round the RHS website for info on cultivation and websites such as this - http://www.greengardenflowerbulbs.nl/en/ just to get a feel of what there is and then go to yourlocal garden cnetre or big DIY store from late August on to see which ones they offer.  Too easy to go mad in a catalogue!

There's some useful info here - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/top-tips-for-planting-bulbs/

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 20:37

Perhaps you live in an efficient NHS Bee witched (great tag) as they don't all check and don't all recoup costs but yes, I do know about some of the sun followers.

KT53 - I am not advocating uncontrolled immigration.  Far from it but maybe you should read this - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-immigration-immigrants-jobs-brexit-remain-what-happens-unemployment-a7091566.html  

I don't think the UK does joined up thinking about public services and resources very well.    There are local and county councils who take note of birth rates and plan ahead to provide school places and others, less efficient, who don't.   Apart from the railway building boom (private enterprise) in the Victorian era and the earlier canal systems, the UK has always lagged behind others in providing centrally funded transport infrastructure be it road, rail or air.   Recent projects to improve road communication in South Wales have been done using EU structural funds and not because of wise forethought by local politicians or Whitehall mandarins.   

All too often local politics and dogma get in the way of good service provision and decisions about what services get which funds depend on fickle personal beliefs and agendas - postcode lottery - rather than well considered policies developed for the long term good.  That has nothing to do with the EU.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 19:03

The NHS is stretched because it is badly run, does not check IDs of people it treats so there is health tourism but, most of all, because too many people don't take responsibility for their own health - good diet, moderate drinking, not smoking, regular exercise - and then expect the NHS to pick up the pieces. Obesity and late onset diabetes are costing the NHS a fortune to treat avoidable symptoms and complications.

The population is aging so there are more degenerative diseases and creaking joints to treat but non existent or inadequate support services in the community to allow people to go home once treated so NHS beds get blocked and queues and waiting times increase.

Do you know how NHS staff dread the weekend?  All those binge drinkers coming in with injuries and hangovers and alcohol driven strops and violence?  I'm sure health care for all and free at the point of delivery was not intended to support the willfully feckless who consume too great a percentage of limited resources.

Immigration is a natural consequence of a successful economy, especially when compared to so many war or famine torn parts of the world.   Apart from a negligible number of Romanies escaping abject poverty at home, the vast majority of EU migrants are working - often doing jobs UK nationals can't or won't do - and thus generating wealth and paying taxes and should be welcome.  There ought to be a system for ensuring undesirables - criminals, sex offenders etc - don't take up residence in the UK but since the UK won't have an ID card and registration you have no recourse.

What the UK will have difficulty controlling is the illegal immigrants who will be unleashed when Calais decides to stop spending anymore money in containing them on their side of the Channel.  The UK has an extensive and unpatrollable coastline and there will always be some unscrupulous Brits who will exploit illegals and let them loose in a quiet corner or worse, using them as slave or indentured labour to pay their passage.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 18:29

How many of the nurses and doctors and orderlies were from the EU?

That mythical 350 million also has to replace all the structural investment in Cornwall and Wales and the funds the EU had allocated for Yorkshire and science and research across the UK.   There's some interesting info here http://ec.europa.eu/budget/mycountry/UK/index_en.cfm which you may, or may not choose to believe.   I reckon it's more reliable than Farage or Boris or Gove. 


Posted: 30/06/2016 at 17:48

Pretty PP, and colourful but I've never understood doughnuts, even with jam.

RB - sounds dreadful.  make sure you rest and take all the pampering you can get.

Anyone else deeply entertained by the mental image of Diane Abbott being Jeremy's Rottweiler and preventing Labour MPs getting through his door to see him about resigning?

Not to mention the prospect of when and how Boris will get his own back on Gove.

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Posted: 30/06/2016 at 17:07

I agree.  A few years ago OH was bowled over at work by someone storming down a corridor without looking.  Moaned for a day about the pain and then went and had it checked.   Got a broken wrist for his pains and had to wear a splint for weeks.  His right hand so we could still do ballroom classes but not golf or driving or helping in the house and garden.........

Bearded Iris division

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 16:08

Before the frosts is best but I did the same last year and have kept some of them in pots through the winter with a view to making a new iris feature for which I am not quite ready.   Some have rotted off but most are fine.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:31

D Riley - The French demanded Strasbourg as a concession after they realised they'd made a huge economic boo-boo in refusing to have the fledgling EU commission based in Paris all those years ago.  Brussels has seen its ecomomy soar on the back of all those lovely eurocrats, MEPs, international companies setting up HQs, the lobbyists and, of course, service providers to house, feed, clothe, maintain and entertain them.  

A sensible coalition of the other EU partners would have quashed it but the other countries tend to see themselves as too small or too new to stand up to France and Germany and the UK has never really engaged with the EU, behaving as though as it was us and them instead of working with the others to limit Franco-German power posturing.   These two are jointly so paranoid about,on the one hand starting another conflict and on the other, being beaten again, that they have blindly pushed for ever closer political unity and lost sight of local, regional and national fears about loss of identity and control.   In addition, France is naturally Socialist and wary of capitalism and doesn't understand that peace is best assured by economic prosperity and stability.   It has more people employed by the state than by businesses creating money.   That's why the EU is no longer just an economic union.

What is clear now is that the UK no longer has any say in how the EU evolves economically or politically so best to stop beefing and get on with putting the UK back on an even keel.

Forum design update

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:11

Well done Nora and team for taking advice about Verdana.   Good decision about a Like button.

I don't use quotes and am OK - so far - with photos but I do find the Followed threads facility inconsistent.  I don't want email notifications but some threads, especially Forkers, don't come up as they should when I click on Followed threads.

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