I SEE that Maurice White has died. The artistic world must be desperate for 2016 to end. It’s already a massacre. The BBC announcer early this morning told me the Earth Wind & Fire man had popped his clogs, and the first words which which came to mind were “receding afro”. He came from a time so free and easy you really could get away with it, though maybe no-one noticed with the golden loon pants down below.
It might surprise some to read that I have a few old elements LPs in a box somewhere, but I thought they were a great band back then. Everyone else thought they were funk and soul, but there was always something Rock n Roll in there to my ears.
Unite, Britain’s biggest offshore oil trade union, has warned the UK government that billion-pound losses announced this week by oil industry super-majors could, without serious interventions, bring an end to meaningful production in the North Sea within years […]
“Emergency tax measures should be implemented as soon as possible by the Chancellor so we can sustain jobs and skills as best as we possibly can, giving North Sea oil and gas production a fighting chance for the future.
Trade unionists are demanding that the workers be taxed to supply corporate welfare to “super-major” oil firms. What a time to be alive.
I HAD an hour to kill this afternoon, so I popped into Starbucks. I know; Costa Coffee does a superior Elixir of Life, but there was only a Starbucks nearby. There was one man ahead of me, already at the till. I stood behind him as the (Polish, of course) barista girl told him how much his order was. I was in for a surprise.
The man got out an iPhone, tapped and swiped and then held the screen up to the till’s scanner. That’s how he paid for his order, by scanning a widget/gadget/app-thingy (excuse the tech talk). What new-fangled Hell is this, I wondered. Clearly it was an app-thingy linked to a money account of some kind. I admit that I’m a cash man. It’s anonymous and secure. I like cash. I do sometimes use my debit card, but I can’t help feeling that as soon as I enter my PIN some demonic cyber criminal in Ulan Bator is bagging all the details as they whizz around cyberspace, or something. He can’t do that with cash, so he’s foiled.
Of course “the cashless society” is an idea that’s being foisted on us. I will resist to the end. Going cashless might be convenient, or just imagined to be so, but it won’t be so great when you can be deactivated entirely at the press of a key. I know what comes next when these things are adopted. In 12 months time the PIN pads will be gone and everyone will be waving their phones at tills. But criminals aren’t daft. With account details on phones which can be lost or stolen (or held in full view of the bloke behind you in Starbucks, you wally) I expect they’re ahead of that already and working on how to download your details by walking past you. We’ll know they’ve cracked it when Romanian pickpockets don’t stand quite so close.
Billions of dollars have been pledged for people affected by the Syrian war, on the first day of a donor conference. The EU has pledged over $3.3bn (€3bn; £2.3bn), Germany $2.6bn, the UK $1.7bn and the US $925m.
I can’t speak for those other Nations whose cash is being shovelled away at this conference but as a British citizen I strongly object to MY taxes being taken and channeled away in this manner.
The more we meddle in these areas the worse it gets. This is the Syrian civil war – not the British civil war.
Further, I can think of MANY good causes and MANY vulnerable people here in the UK that would benefit from the $1.7BN Cameron just wasted today. Politicians love to posture and prove their largesse with OUR Taxes. I fundamentally oppose this and wish that the State stopped playing charity charades with our cash.
“The Swedish church in Naka has been planning to raise funds to build a mosque adjacent to the church building in Fisksätra, Stokholm, for years. The joint building is to be called the “House of God” and is estimated to cost SEK 39 million ($4,548,630), an amount the church tries to collect through a foundation.
Priest and former bishop of Karlstad, Bengt Wadensjö, presented the project in an article in a Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Referring to the Swedish democrats, he wrote “When fear of the unknown in the form of Islam now gives Sweden a profile in the news by SD taking place in parliament, I want to highlight a different picture of Sweden.”
“Staff at a housing centre for child migrants in Sweden have been banned from holding a memorial service in honour of a fellow social worker who was murdered last week. Alexandra Mezher, 22, was stabbed to death when she tried to break up a fight between two teenage boys at a home for unaccompanied minors in Molndal, Gothenburg.
Maybe offer a prayer for what will be left of Sweden?
Not one of the four original Ramones is still alive, but their first single Blitzkrieg Bop is turning 40. As a pop band they never really caught on, playing seedy clubs and small venues instead of arenas. Their singles never hit the top 40 in the US. The tensions in the band made the Who and the Rolling Stones seem like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Fast, furious and loud. They would count off 1-2-3-4 and launch into a two minute roller coaster of punk heaven. No boring drum solos or guitar solos. They played dumb like only a smart band could. Mayhem on stage and in the audience.
One of the things we Ramones fans loved was their lack of mainstream appeal. They were ours. We got them. We didn’t have to share them.
Sedation, Sniffing Glue, Rock n Roll, Taking a Subway to the Beach, they were not pretty or neat. But they were one of the greatest American bands of all time. Happy Birthday Boys.
A gang of migrants who attacked two pensioners on a Munich subway train are Afghans who have been living in Germany for four years even though their asylum applications have been rejected. The men – aged 19, 20 and 23 – cannot be deported back to Afghanistan because it is deemed too dangerous. They may only be fined 200 euros for the attack.
I find it amazing to see Germany welcome their muslim conquerors with a smiling face. Having caused two war by invading others, this Nation now embraces those it deems too dangerous to send back to where they came from.
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