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Sick of Sickness

By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

In a senior position one of my jobs is to delegate tasks to care staff.  It is hard to do, particularly on a weekend, when people are phoning in and declaring themselves ‘sick’.  As I am the sort of person who has to be practically dying before I take a day off work, I absolutely detest those who ‘hop the wag’ if they have a small cut on their left hand.

I work six weekends in seven.   I don’t particularly like having to work like that (especially for only £23,000 per year), but that’s the way it is.  Nothing infuriates me more on a Saturday or Sunday morning than when the phone rings and a meek, cretinous voice on the other end says: ‘Sorry, can’t come in today.  Feeling sick.  Got a headache.  Been vomiting’.  In a professional capacity I can only respond by saying: ‘Thank you for letting us know.  Get well soon’.  I actually feel like shouting down the line: ‘Stop making stupid excuses you lazy, bone idle b*****d, and get your ****ing a**e into work NOW!!!!’  I’ve had three days sick leave in the last four years.  I know people who have had the same amount in the last fortnight.

How many cases of sickness are genuine?  0.4%?  1%?  I have no precise figure, though I suspect it’s very low.  Not only is a repeated or disingenuous sickness rate an insult to fellow colleagues, it also potentially places them in harm’s way.  One of the people I support is over 17-stone in weight and suffers from bouts of extreme and unprovoked aggression.  If he goes into a violent rage I like to know that the other men on my team are going to be there to help me restrain him safely, not lying in bed nursing a hangover from the previous evening’s drunken orgy!

Brendan Barber defends the sickness by mentioning the ‘cold and flu’ season.  Huh, you can always depend on the British trade unions to defend the right of the British working man to do anything other than……well….work.  The remedy to these atrocious sickness habits is for companies to refuse to pay those off ill until they have been absent for a week or more, or unless they have a medical adminstered by an impartial GP.  We all have the ‘blues’ from time to time.  Some of us just get on with it.  Unfortunately, as a nation with increasing numbers of wimps, carrying on regardless is something of anathema.

first do no harm!

By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

caduceus.jpgWatched an American t.v. crime series based on the theory and practice of mathematics, and inset in the plot were several references to human medical transplant techniques. Now, whilst I am all in favour of advances in medical technology, I must admit I am slightly ambivalent in regard to the transplantation of human organs. As human knowledge has advanced, so has the march of medicine! My own dear sister died at the age of sixteen from the onset of leukaeamia, in the days when that dread illness was the subject of newspaper comment; whereas today many times it can be cured by a bone marrow transplant! And with that type of treatment I have no real problem, in that no-one has to die in order for someone else to live! But, and here, as my muse William would say, ‘here’s the rub!’ In most transplant situations, the removal of a primary organ in order to give succour to another, is made upon the death of the donor; and that same removal is made as soon as possible after death occurs.

So here’s where I depart from the mainstream of acceptance; in that when a ‘donor’ is deemed a suitable match for a recipient, do the relevant medical authorities stop trying? Do they lessen their attempts to save that person’s life because, in dying, that death might mean the prolongation of another’s life? The very terminology used by the transplant teams is suspect, as they talk of ‘harvesting’ when the removal of a heart or a liver is imminent, and the timing is, to put it bluntly, dependant upon the viability of the organ rather than the life of the donor!

Many might say that all these arguments have been thoroughly thrashed out long ago, but there remains, for me at least, the start of a very slippery slope when transplantation arrangements are discussed! The arrangements to keep the body ‘viable’, to keep blood flowing through the main vessels and organs in order that the various items are in mint condition, indeed worry me, because the legal definition of death is cessation of brain functions, and who decides when ‘death’ has actually occurred? A very dear friend, with whom I sat during the hospital ‘death watch’ for his grievously-injured son, was being pressured to sign and give ‘consent’ forms by a medic, when all the man wanted to do was sit and wait for his beloved son to die! The same ‘medic’ got very short shrift from me!

Needless to state, I don’t carry the ‘card’, but I have given my share of blood, so who is right; me, or the guys with the scalpels?



By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 11:47 am

clownsAP_228x202.jpgUS Senator George Mitchell oozes insincerity. I  recall taking part in a lively private meeting with him some years ago, when I was foolish enoigh to be in front line politics, and I never cared for him much afterwards. Today, I see he schmoozes  Northern Ireland’s politicians, claiming that they are of equal standing to any in the WORLD, no less! LOL -but which world, George? Pluto? 

Listen, I know exactly what Northern Ireland’s politicians are like – a typical circus would contain people with more gravitas and a better grasp of current events. I laughed at his ridiculous claim that.." In the short time that they did have authority and engage in self government, I think it’s universally recognised that they did a good job." 

Define "a good job", George. Could he mean standing by impotently as manufacturing went backwards, as sectarian decisions drove Health policy, as our Grammar School system was undermined, as terrorists sat in power. Define "univerally acknowledged", George. Do you mean acknowledged by a morally bankrupt intelligentsia and MSM that sees no wrong in appeasement?

Do me a favour – and spare us your useless pieties. Georgie Porgie, sugar and lies.

let us draw a veil…….

By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 9:46 am

Listened on the Today Programme early this morning to a very, very rare bird indeed; the voice and arguments of a Moderate Muslim! So rare was this phenomenon that I felt compelled to record this event for your own further education. The subject under discussion was the future decision of a court on whether an Oxfordshire school was able to ban a schoolgirl from wearing a full-face veil, and the decision by the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (Meco) in offering to underwrite the school to fund it’s legal battle over that same refusal!
Here was Taj Hargey, Meco’s chairman, arguing that no child should be able to withdraw from any school regulation or dress requirement, and part of his argument was specifically that nowhere in the koran was there any mention, requirement or diktat regarding the covering of a female face! He went on to state that any attempt to make the school back down before the legal-aided attempt by the girl’s father should be resisted by all means, as it was both un-Islamic and un-democratic!
The opposing or alternate view, brought out by a Muslim spokeswoman, was that the girl’s Human right’s were being infringed by the school’s decision to ban the niqab! A sillier argument has seldom been advanced, but because of the truly ridiculous ‘Human Right’s’ Legislation brought in by a Labour government which has always fired before aiming, it will probably win out over reasoned and logical argument to the contrary!
The Saudi-inspired drive to bring full coverings into our schools will no doubt take a further step, and all because of a bunch of NuLabour activists who just couldn’t be restrained from shooting themselves firmly in OUR feet. This, incidentally, is from the same ‘advanced’ country where sixteen kids were forced to die by fire because they were not ‘fully clothed’!



By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 9:29 am

Cowardly20Lion.jpgI’ve been meaning to comment on the recently revealed DUP decision to impose a fine of £20,000 on ANY MLA who dares to dissent from Party policy in the new Assembly. Now since Party policy as regards sharing power with terrorists will be sufficiently vague to get them through the election without too many casualties, one can be sure that this is a calculated attempt to ensure all individual consciences are firmly locked in lest they bolt when they see the grinning visage of the godfather of godfathers IRA/Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness and co emerging as close colleagues in government. The DUP leadership – led by Mr Robinson – appear to be under the impression that financial penalties will ensure no revolt takes place when they enter power with the godfathers of terrorism. Ian Paisley is familiar with the "thirty pieces of silver" story from the Bible, inflation and the peace process appear to have raised this to £20,000. 


By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 9:15 am

Nice to see the UK and Ireland trail-blazing new standards in our wonderful European Union.

The UK is now the most burgled country in Europe, a disturbing crime survey reveals. This lack of respect for private property is hardly surprising given the Government’s refusal to allow us  the right to defend our property. Meanwhile levels of assault are also the highest across the EU, while car theft, robbery and sex offences are also well above average. As you can see, under Labour, we are reaching new standards.

In the overall crime league, the UK comes second only to plucky Ireland, with more than a fifth of the population in both countries exposed to crime in the past year. Ireland just manages to clock up the highest level of common crime in the EU.

Particularly embarrassing for the Government is the clear link researchers found between levels of violent crime and alcohol consumption – at a time when booze-fuelled violence is rising in the wake of the 24-hour drinking reforms.

The data for this survey results comes from the European Crime and Safety Survey, a joint project involving the United Nations and the EU Commission involving some 40,000 interviews across the continent, and is described as ‘the most comprehensive analysis of crime, security and safety ever conducted in the EU’. Instead of relying on official crime data published by EU governments, the researchers started from scratch, asking huge numbers of adults about their experiences during 2004.


By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 9:08 am

It’s quite an indictment of the sheer incompetency that characterises this NuLabour administration that illegal immigrants are roaming the streets because there is no room for them at detention centres.

Leaked emails revealed the shambles is a direct result of Labour’s solution to the prison overcrowding crisis. More than 200 foreign prisoners who were taking up jail spaces have been dumped on immigration centres over the past two weeks. This has left no places for illegals, who are now classed as the ‘lowest detention prioity’. They are not being picked up and continue to walk the streets with little or no threat of being held.

The chaos that pervades the system is typified in the revelation that operations to trap illegals and failed asylum seekers are now also being cancelled. And police cells – already full of criminals because of prison overcrowding – are also being hit.  Welcome to the UK.

God Save the Queen

By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 6:52 am

Nobody who has been to Auschwitz can avoid being totally overcome by the experience.  I haven’t been myself, though I have heard tales from those who have.  I remember my father telling me that after visiting there some years ago, not one person in his coach party spoke on the way back to the hotel.  They sat through their evening meal in silence and it was only at breakfast the next day when normal conversation resumed – such was the impact of the place.

Germany and Poland are no longer enemies.  Germany was compelled to respect the sovereign integrity of Poland as a precursor to unification.  Yes, their fans clashed at the World Cup, but I could not honestly imagine the Polish being so immature as to recommend the banning of the German National Anthem (Das Lied der Deutschen) during an international sporting fixture.  I’ve spent the last half-hour trawling Google to see if I could locate one story pertaining to any possible ban.  I could not locate one.

So why then are we subjected to this non-discussion about the playing of God Save the Queen in Croke Park at the forthcoming Six Nations rugby match?  Auntie Beeb has an entire article devoted to its alleged significance, and Republican Sinn Fein (the movement even more despicable than its mainstream rival) plans to demonstrate outside the ground when England meet Ireland there.  Germany’s crimes against the Poles and Polish Jews outweighs any wrongdoings we committed against the Irish a billion times over.  Moreover, our fights against them frequently took place in the context of their attacks and crimes against the island’s minority Protestant population down the centuries.

Britain’s irregular forces killed 14 people at Croke Park back in 1920.  So flaming what?  This action took place at a time when we were fighting to keep the entire island a part of the United Kingdom against an illegal guerilla army that could equal the brutality of anything meeted out by the Black and Tans.  In those days the British Army really did meet violence with violence on the island of Ireland.  It was a far cry from the role they adopted during mass deployment in Ulster after 1969.  1920 was 1920.  This is a new century.  To those Irish who bemoan the entitlement of English (and a large percentage of the Unionist population who support England) rugby fans to have GStQ played at this bastion of sport-cum-bigotry,  I say ‘grow up’!

On This Day…06.02

By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 6:46 am

1918 – In Britain, the Representation of the People’s Act receives the Royal Assent, giving the vote to all women over the age of 30.

1952 – After a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland succumbs to cancer.

1958 – Seven Manchester United footballers (the ‘Busby Babes’) are among the 21 people killed when their plane crashes in snow and ice during its take-off from Munich Airport.

1964 – France and Britain agree to share costs for the building of the Channel Tunnel – with initial estimates said to be around £160 million.

1983 – Nazi fugitive Klaus Barbie is brought before a court at Lyon, in France to face charges of being responsible for crimes against humanity.

1993 – Death of American tennis player Arthur Ashe, Wimbledon champion in 1975. Dies of AIDS aged 49 having contracted the disease from a blood transfusion.


So now you know why!

By ATWadmin On February 5th, 2007 at 3:34 pm


The cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child’s acquisition of language"
A relatively permanent change in cognition, resulting from experience and directly influencing behaviour
Individual, team, and organizational learning can all be measured by the outcomes that result from effective action.

Whichever way you say it, Learning is the acquisition of knowledge based upon experience, from what has gone before, and is the result of studying that which works, and ignoring that which does not work!

So do you really think that the Justice System, and especially the various Parole Boards together with the proponents of ‘Tagging’ and ‘Early Release’ are capable of the ‘learning process’ when you read of headlines such as this, or indeed this?