The Westminster Muppet Show once again have excelled themselves. The country is going to pot with National Debt running at it's highest ever level and they seem to think that a Badger cull will solve all our problems!
Apparently they believe that these wonderful creatures are spreading TB to cattle, which in turn is costing the country £100 million a year. Badgers are protected under UK and European law, but that doesn't seem to bother the loonies that weald the power in Westminster. Their plan is to issue licences to "selected" farmer to allow them to shoot Badgers, thus preventing the spread of TB amongst cattle.
I believe that this view that Badgers are the problem is flawed and the scientific evidence seems to back up my view. I can't remember the exact details, by the was a wide spread Badger cull in Ireland (I think) a few years ago and the result to cases of cattle TB was absolutely zero. The Badgers were almost completely wiped out and the TB problem still existed. Did this not tell the Govt' that their plan is seriously flawed? Obviously not, it would seem!
I have a different idea, which may be quite poplar if put to a public vote. Our government bodies and Quango's are full of un-elected, over paid people who seem to just swallow up public money with no obvious benefit to society. They cost us vastly more than the £100 million per year that bovine TB does. Perhaps the Westminster Muppet Show should consider issuing licenses to allow farmers to shot them instead. This would probably solve the National Debt problem and unemployment in record time and the Badgers can live in peace in our green and pleasant land.
Before I have the Security Forces breaking down my door and hauling off for a "Chat", I would like to point out that this is only an idol suggestion and I have no plans to actually threaten the safety of any of the parasites whom sponge of my taxes. I would also suggest that anyone reading this also apply a little common sense to the what I have written.
This years Crawley Camera Club Annual Exhibition is currently on at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley. I have two prints in the exhibition. One of which you can see in the photo above. It's called "Lonely Beach" and can see the full version here.
Please come along and have a look. There are 66 prints in all, it's free and will be on until Friday 24th September.
Today was another day of remembering. In celebration of my Grandparents Wedding Anniversary, we had a family outing to their graves. Grandpa died in 1982 & Grandma in 2000.
We then all stopped off at the Beehive Public in Woodhatch, Reigate on the way home and had an expensive meal, which was OK at best with appalling service thrown in for good measure. It always used to be very good there, but the world moves on I suppose. I doubt we will stop off there again.
Then it was on to visit my Wife's parents grave, before going home to sleep through watch the Italian Grandprix.
Today Chunky, my Son & I visited the rather impressive Madejski Stadium, home of Reading FC. We were there courtesy of the Sun newspaper football ticket offer. We choose to go to Reading as they are quite a good team, having briefly played in the Premiership a few years back and it's not too far from home.
I myself have only been to one top football ground before, the old Wembley about 15 years ago, and Crawley Towns ground is hardly to best. The Madejski Stadium is about 12 years old and very impressive it is too. It holds around 20,000 people. There were 17,921 the day we visited. The atmosphere was truly amazing compered to the usual quiet 1,500 people at Crawley.
While I was there, I took some time to remember Mital Petal. She was an American I met in Ibiza in 2000. She was fun and bubbly and used to work in the personnel department of Cantor-Fitzgerald in the WTC, New York. We used to keep in touch via email.
On the 11th September 2001 she was at work as usual when an aircraft came through her office window. The rest is history and she was never seen again.
I was asked to do a technical presentation to my colleagues about my unique skill set. My bosses are encouraging me to pass on my knowledge to our junior members of staff. I put together a Power Point slide show which I expected to last about 20 minutes. It actually took me 1 hour 25 minutes to deliver. Fortunately no one died of boredom during the experience.
Those Eagle Eyed amongst you may have spotted that there is no one else in the room. I took the photo after everyone had safely escaped my clutches. LOL
Today I attended a company briefing at a local hotel. It included a 3 course lunch and 2 sessions of corporate figures and statistics. All very interesting, but I wanted a photo of me sitting amongst the crowds. In the end I didn't have the nerve to look that daft, so I took this one while I sitting down instead.
Wow, I've actually managed a whole week with my 365. Only another 51 weeks to go 8-) Today I weeded the front garden and cut the grass. My Brother-in-Law "Dopey" cut the back lawn for me. The least said about that the better!
It was the annual Summer Fair at my Sons school today. They had the usual stalls selling brick-a-brac, cakes, the tombola and various other activities. They also have this interesting mirror in the play ground. It's a shame it was so dirty though.
My wife met me from work and took me out for a lunch time coffee. In hindsight it was a mistake to sit inside to drink it as it was very hot in the shopping centre. All too quickly it was time to return to work, but my wife met me after work and we travelled home together.
I did have a great idea for today's photo, but unfortunately everyday life got in the way. That idea will have to wait for another day. The idea for this photo came to me while making tea at work this morning, but I felt a bit daft trying to take it with all my colleagues around. In the end I did this at home. As a big tea drinker, I'm sure this will be a recurring theme in my 365.
It's been a busy old day. I managed to catch up with most of my work backlog today. I'm still behind, but not as much as yesterday. A step in the right direction I think.
My Father-in-Law died last Thursday and things have been completely manic since then and I took some time off work at short notice. I have today returned to work and the work has piled up in my absence 8-(
To celebrate my 40th year, I started a 365 project on Flickr.com
The idea behind the project is to take a self portrait of yourself everyday for a year. The rules are quite simple.
• At least some part of you must be in the photo
• You must take the photo yourself or if this is not practical, you can ask someone else to fire the shutter for you, provided you set up the scene yourself.
It’s quite simple really and I use mine to tell the world what I’ve been upto. I plan to copy the posts here to my blog as well for no better reason then to promote myself and my photography. You never know, it my even encourage me to blog about other stuff more often too 8-)