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By Mike Cunningham On October 11th, 2014 at 10:14 am

I lived and worked in South Africa for many years, and thoroughly enjoyed my life, watching my family grow; working, studying and learning, so that I eventually progressed to Engineering Management. My original field was heavy electrical engineering, but progressed through necessity to encompass some knowledge of mechanical and civil engineering.

One item which South Africa possessed, and what was indeed treasured, was the vast infrastructure of the electricity power grid, which is so vital to uphold everything else needed to run a modern economy. Built up over many years, and expanded with good planning, the power grid grew exponentially; and Escom, the generating and supply Authority, took its duties seriously; planning, expanding and maintaining the stations and the grid which spread for vast distances across the South African landscape.

During the entire time I spent in South Africa, never once was there a need for brown- or black-outs due to a lack of station capacity, or generation equipment being stood down because of a lack of spares, or essential maintenance. That was how things were, and that was what was expected. I won contracts from Escom for my company, and I grew to enjoy working with knowledgeable and dedicated engineers and technical staff, whilst installing research and generation switchyard equipment, as well as power station cabling.

Fast forward some thirty years, which time encompasses the rise of the fabled ‘Rainbow Nation’, access to the equally-fabled ‘vote’, and the takeover of a thriving economy by the thieving thugs of the Communist A.N.C. and Black rule, together with ‘Black Empowerment’ (shorthand in Black-ruled South Africa for legalised expropriation and outright theft); and what does the Nation now see?


They simply see excuses! 


They cannot see much else, because the lights keep going out!



By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Friday evening arrives and so does my one musical choice of the week. This time, it’s a classical piece. It’s night time here and darkness has fallen.


By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Oh no!

A transsexual former inmate of Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada who claims to have had a sexual fling with O.J. Simpson while in prison has revealed she is HIV positive and may have infected the disgraced football great. Former prostitute Jazmena Jameson has described in detail the alleged one-off encounter she shared with 67-year-old Simpson while serving time in 2013.

Let’s hope this is not true as it may otherwise stop OJ from hunting down the vicious KILLER of his wife Nicole and Ronald Goodman. You DO remember that he promised, having been acquitted of the double murder, to do all he could to find the real killer. Thus far, he has not been successful. COUGH.

Idiots homing to roost 

By Mike Cunningham On October 10th, 2014 at 7:48 pm


I have often considered the hordes of ‘volunteers’ and ‘helpers’ who plague this planet to be worse than the scourges from which the ‘do-gooders’ are allegedly helping people to overcome . I see the pests masquerading as collectors, shaking their tins or buckets, and attempting to shame those who do not ‘give generously’ into changing their minds. I resent being described as ‘miserly’, or even as a modern Scrooge; just because I would not sign to sponsor some athletically-minded scrounger as he was planning to cycle, or run, or swim so many miles.

I used to hold in high esteem the R.N.L.I. charity, and indeed used to donate to its war-chest, because the rescue craft are expensive to build and maintain, but mainly because the roll-call of those who manned those life-saving craft were heroes, and were the true volunteers. I no longer donate to that worthy cause, because I discovered that the higher management echelons of the Lifeboat Charity were in fact making a very, very good living off of our donations, and as more and more cash was being sucked off to feed the high salaries, and of course pension fund pots of this echelon, less was being devoted to the provision of rescue craft around our coastlines.

Update RNLI:-

£60,000–£69,999                       16
£70,000–£79,999                       9
£80,000–£89,999                        4
£90,000–£99,999 –                     1
£100,000–£109,999                    1
£110,000–£119,999                     1

£130,000–£139,999                     1
Total 32

The Chief Executive received emoluments of £133,593 (2012: £134,249)
in 2013. In addition, he participated in the standard RNLI defined
contribution pension scheme, which is available to all RNLI employees.

So, when we read of the Spanish priest who were volunteering at a hospital in Liberia, was infected and was TRANSPORTED back to Madrid, and before dying passed on this deadly disease to at least one nurse, who has most likely infected many more before she also kicks the bucket; when we read of the lax attitude of Public Health England, which states that profiling and inspecting all who travel from West Africa is not necessary: which attitude has only now been changed because even politicians accept that some effort must be made to stop this disease before it commences wiping out their own families: what should our attitude be to any who willingly go into such danger because ‘THEY CAN HELP’?

The starkest, but also the most lunatic story is not of the late isolation of the lying and now of course dead Liberian who flew to America despite knowing he had been in direct contact with the dying and the disease-ridden inhabitants of the cess-pits around the slums of Monrovia, but of the true idiots who marched, and waved their fists in anger, and threatened the very people who were trying to eradicate this dread and deadly disease; all because the Spanish police were sent to kill the bloody dog which was stroked, and patted, and petted, by the same nurse who now lies gravely ill with Ebola. The mob was angry, not because some woman was dying, but because her bloody DOG was, in the terms so beloved of these creeping morons, put to sleep!




By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Portadown, a local town to me, gets such a bad press. There is that whole “Drumcree situation”  and the impasse that has lasted for more than a decade. But local life has been given much needed colour thanks to our open borders….

“A man accused of helping to control what was effectively a house full of “slaves” in Portadown, County Armagh, has been refused bail. Samuil Covaci, who is originally from Romania, is facing multiple charges of people trafficking and exploitation. He was arrested after 20 people were “rescued from slavery” by police.

Craigavon Magistrates Court was told police believe he was one of up to 20 Romanian men living in a three-b edroom house in Charles Street, Portadown.The conditions the “slaves” lived in were outlined to the court, including that the 20 men shared a single toilet and there was no toilet paper for weeks at a time.  They were forced to wash their clothes with shampoo and, bound by debts they supposedly owed their gangmaster, they found it virtually impossible to leave.

Romanian gangmasters. Slaves. Thank goodness for the EU, right?


By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hands up all in favour of this then? This is the sort of FOLLY that our political class are PROUD of. Stunning really.



By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Have a look at this poll.


Can you see the SINGLE biggest issue concerning the UK people? It’s the same issue that Labour leader Ed Miliband managed to avoid mentioning in his keynote speech to his Party conference last week. It’s the same issue that Conservative leader David Cameron equivocates on and cannot deliver upon. It’s the same issue that LibDem leader Nick Clegg wants to see more of!!!!!!

IMMIGRATION is the big issue that most of the political class seek to avoid discussing. By contrast, UKIP place it as their central issue. And people wonder why more and more vote UKIP????


By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Yes, yes, I know it is easy to be cynical. Yes, I know it is wrong to place faith in politicians! BUT, last night saw some truly remarkable electoral results.

Nigel Farage has predicted UKIP could hold the balance of power following the next general election after his party gained its first elected MP. The UKIP leader said his party had momentum after Douglas Carswell won the Clacton by-election by 12,404 votes.  In Friday’s other by-election result, Labour held on to Heywood and Middleton but UKIP slashed its majority to 617. David Cameron said voting UKIP helped Labour, while Ed Miliband pledged no “complacency” from his party.

The people of Clacton gave Douglas Carswell an OVERWHELMING endorsement with over _78127177_byelection_results_clacton_20141010_624

Cameron response is so poor. What this result proves is that if you vote UKIP then you get UKIP.

Just as interesting is what has happened in Heywood and Middleton. Before last night, this was seen as a SAFE Labour seat.  Here is the result.


To paraphrase David Cameron, vote Conservative Get Labour! UKIP are the major threat to Miliband’s Labour – NOT the Conservatives.

And as for Miliband’s claim that he is not “complacent” THAT is precisely his problem. He believed UKIP could not make massive inroads into Labour heartlands. They have.

All this makes May 2015 a VERY interesting month when the people of the UK pass judgement on the political establishment.


By The Troll On October 10th, 2014 at 11:14 am

Feeling kinda melancholy which means a day of Springsteen in the background.  When I’m consumed by ghosts of the past the soundtrack is always Bruce.  So many memories are tied to his music for me.  I ran into an old lady friend, and this song has been playing in my head ever since.

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By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Islamic State. Do they remind you of Al Queda? Anyone else?