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By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 5:16 pm

45146651.jpgMembers of the 3 Para Battle Group, which included troops from 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, 51 Para Squadron, Royal Engineers, Royal Irish Regiment and D Squadron Household Cavalry, taking part in Operation Baghi in July 2006. The operation took place in the town of Sangin, in the north of Helmand Province.

The mission saw troops from 51 Para Sqn RE complete an operational engineering first, as they built an Air Portable Ferry Bridge across the River Helmand. Troops flew in to Sangin at first light and cleared a safe route in to the district centre, to allow re-supply and bridging vehicles to enter. They were assisted with artillery provided by 7th Battalion RHA and attack helicopters from 9 Regiment AAC. Both were used extensively throughout the operation. This image was taken on Operation Herrick IV, the UK’s deployment into Helmand Province of Southern Afghanistan. The op has seen the development of the Helmand Task Force in the province, which has seen the cross Governmental Provincial Reconstruction Team set up in Lashkah Gar, to help the Afghan Government build strong governmental institutions, security and create jobs.

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HMS St Alban’s sea boats get ready to pick up the Royal Marine boarding team, for the last boarding of the evening. HMS St Albans, a Type 23 Frigate, sailed from Portsmouth on a 6-month deployment to the Gulf Region. On route she paid goodwill visits to a number of countries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea including, Algeria, Albania, Greece, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. Arriving in the Gulf in early April, HMS St Albans is currently stationed a few miles off Iraq, patrolling with other coalition warships as well as patrol boats from the Iraqi Navy. Their focus now is the protection of Iraqi oil platforms, which are vital in ensuring oil exports continue to flow. This, in turn, means that money is generated towards rebuilding Iraq, as the country moves to become self-sufficient once more.  

Yup. Totally gratuitous, I know. All worth it though eh ladies? Back me up here. We’ve had a few Girls Aloud piccies. These guys are far more worthy!! Anti-social.

killjoys…an update!

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

After checking through David’s little essay on our muscular Councils, and their proclivity to poke their noses in where they are not welcome, I e-mailed about nineteen Caradon Councillors to establish if they were prepared to defend the staements and actions of their Head of Environmental Services! Got a couple of anodyne replies, but the real treasure lay deep in the reply received from the man himself, Mike Bullock.

He defends his words, issued as a sharp reminder to a publican whose only desire was to allow a few pensioners access to his ‘soup and roast lunch’ by means of a free ride in his car, by virtue of the fact that the publican wasn’t licensed as a taxidriver, while stating "I would add that we have not prosecuted the landlord, merely advised him of the legal situation and suggested alternative ways of continuing the service in question!", and  "Neither would it be very fair on all the licensed private hire operators in our area who diligently submit their vehicles for annual safety checks and whose drivers go through a test and a criminal record check to ensure the safety and security of vulnerable passengers."

 

So, there we have it, he’s not so much worried by the landlord’s activities as he is against possible hidden and subversive competion against all the licensed taxi firms in the area!

 

 

 

REV AL GORE LEADS THE WAY….

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

LOL – did you see this item?


Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, has collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, and ATW paid its’ own tribute to the great one yesterday. But now  the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy too!

Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).  In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home. The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. 


It gets worse!!! Since the release of “An Inconvenient Truth”, Gore’s energy consumption has INCREASED from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.  Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.


This is typical of the Green Crusaders. They fly – first class – around the world lecturing us all on our lifestyles whilst they themselves are two-faced hypocrites. Betcha the the MSM will keep quiet on this one!

HOW GREEN ARE LONDONERS?

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 11:09 am

Mayor Red Ken Livingstone is a serious threat to the future of London. I see that today he has announced he aims to cut the capital’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025 – twice as fast as government targets – through:

* An immediate increase in the cost of air travel to reflect its environmental damage.

* Neighbourhood power stations to prevent energy waste during transfer from the National Grid.

* Use of solar and wind power, and possibly wave power from the Thames.

* Getting Londoners to ditch their cars and travel to work by bike or public transport.

This man will crucify the commercial heart of our country. His plan is to tax, tax, and then tax some more. He’ll persecute the private motorist, he’ll pummel the independent air-traveller. He will harass big business. When will he be voted out? Leaving him in power makes me think Londonders are already very green.

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY…

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 10:51 am

Well, you learn something new every day! I assumed (fatal mistake) that incest was against the law with good reason everywhere. Not so.

This is revealed in the news that a German brother and sister are challenging the law against incest so that they can continue their relationship free from the threat of imprisonment. Their supporters say they will fight until incest is no longer regarded as a criminal offence, arguing that the law is out of date. They say it harks back to the racial hygiene laws of the Third Reich and should be overturned in favour of freedom of choice and sexual determination.

Incest is not illegal in many of Germany’s neighbouring countries. Napoleon abolished France’s incest laws in 1810. Neither is it a crime in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal or Turkey. Japan, Argentina and Brazil have also legalised it in recent years. Incest is forbidden in Britain, where the law was extended in 2002 to include not just those with blood ties, but also step-parents and their children and in cases of adoptions.

How long before the "legalise incest" lobby starts making in-roads in the UK – in the name of equality of course?

THE DEMENTIA EPIDEMIC.

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 10:35 am

I was interested in the news today that suggest that more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, costing billions of pounds each year, experts have forecast. The grim projections are based on the most up-to-date evaluation of dementia. Currently 700,000 – or one person in every 88 in the UK – has dementia, incurring a yearly cost of £17bn.

My mother suffers from this illness and I can assure you that the level of assistance from the State is minimal, fragmented and inefficient. In fact my mother is lucky insofar as she has actually been able to get some of the drugs that slow down the advance of the disease – but she forgets to take them. Many others have to wait until the mental deterioration is advanced before medication is proscribed. It’s a terrible, frustrating affliction – and many many families are having to cope with it because Government is unable to deal with the consequences.

KILLJOYS…

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 7:41 am

So what do you make of this story?

For some of the village’s elderly residents, it was to be the highlight of the week. Ten took up pub landlord Ali Yeoman’s offer of a discounted two-course lunch for pensioners every Wednesday, with a lift to the Bullers Arms thrown in free of charge. The promotion was a godsend to those finding it difficult to get about, some of whom might otherwise be stuck indoors all week. Then the local council got to hear about it. After the first of the get-togethers, Mr Yeoman fell foul of council officials who banned him from giving lifts because he does not have a taxi licence. The landlord received a letter warning him to withdraw the service when he advertised it in his local paper. Officials said he was effectively running a taxi service and would require a private hire licence.

So now the elderly residents in the village don’t get their weekly discounted lunch and the Council little Hitlers are happy. Sickening.

ARROGANCE…

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 7:30 am

stormont203.jpgI’m not sure if anyone else out there watched UTV’s "Insight" programme last night. It is a fairly wretched programme with Feargal McKinney’s rather odd style of questioning hardly adding the party.  But I was interested in the attitude of the DUP’s Ia Paisley Jnr to Feargal’s questioning. He was arrogance personified. In essence, young Ian made it clear his Party is all about gaining POWER, and he made no apology for it. Issues such as the maintenance of the Union did not enter his vocabulary. He then spun a fairy-tale about the imaginary changes his Party has negotiated, and basically claimed the DUP IS UNIONISM. This is rampant DUP egomania.

What frightened me most is the yawning prospect of this gaggle of third rate minds getting their hands on the levers of power. You can tell that they are GAGGING to get back into office so they become even more "important" than they already think they are. Heaven spare us from a restored Assembly! All these pompous bozo politicians are promising the earth, moon and stars to the electorate at the moment. The day after they get into the corridors of power – watch the impositions on our liberty and finances. You have been warned!

WISHFUL THINKING…

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 7:21 am

I suppose the basic idea is fair enough. Immigrants should carry out community work before being granted UK citizenship, according to the UK Chancellor Gordon Brown. He is expected to tell a seminar on Britishness that the move would help new arrivals settle. Mr Brown’s comments follow his earlier call for all incomers to learn English, and for the UK to have its own day to celebrate its national identity. BBC political editor Nick Robinson said Mr Brown sees citizenship as a two-way contract which could be revoked. The chancellor will tell his audience in London that obliging migrants to carry out community work would help introduce them to the people they will be living alongside. It would also demonstrate to the host community that new immigrants will contribute to society as a whole.

But how can people who speak no English and who wish to be separate from the host community fulfil such an obligation? And how will Brown enforce the idea that should immigrants fail to conform to the voluntary work idea lose their citizenship and be deported? And what exactly constitutes "voluntary work"? Then there is the rather pressing issue of those millions who have entered this country and who seek separation. What will Mr Brown do about them?

I don’t wish to seem uncharitable but this all rather smacks of closing the stable door AFTER the horse has bolted! What do you think?

The Mobile Menace

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 6:59 am

Drivers in the UK are bombarded with an infinite number of speed cameras designed purely for the purposes of swelling the Treasury’s coffers anytime an unsuspecting driver goes 2mph over the designated limit.  However, even after a recent report said far more accidents were caused by poor concentration than by speeding, we still have no means of tackling one of the greatest sources of driver distraction: the mobile phone.


Thus, in one respect I welcome the decision by the government to increase the penalties drivers incur if caught on their phones whilst at the wheel.  Unfortunately, I don’t think it will make one jot of difference.  For there is no actual way of catching the culprit unless a policeman happens to be on hand to log the offence.  As the various UK police personnel spend a greater time behind desks filling out paperwork, fewer of them are on the beat in order to catch the mobile phone repeat offenders.  It then leaves the task of warning drivers on their phones by vigilant members of the public such as myself.  If I’m in a traffic jam alongside someone using a phone I place the piece of paper I have in my glovebox against the appropriate window of my car.  It says: ‘Get off your phone right now or I’m calling the police.  I have your registration details.’


We have camera technology in this country that can see an earthworm’s navel from a distance of 200 miles.  Surely cameras would be better spent checking out those who use mobile phones at the wheel instead of persecuting a driver travelling a smidgin over the speed limit.  For the former is far more likely to cause a fatal accident.  On the other hand, the greater frequency of the latter is a greater source of cash for the government.  And when you have a government obsessed with the maximisation of tax revenue……..well……!!