30 Jan 2009
Seems there is proper anger around today.
Some local fitters around North Lincolnshire have decided that EU citizens who aren’t British shouldn’t be allowed to work for a company owned by foreigners. Oh the actual work is in the UK.
Erm. Have they not heard of the EU? Have they not heard of globalism?
They may not like it but frankly hard luck. My sympathy with people like this is rapidly running out. The depressing thing is that people are supportive of their actions.
The foreign workers coming in are leaving their own families and coming to work for months at a time to provide money for them. But that’s not something these guys would do now is it?
When did we remain so infantile that we thought it was someone else’s business to make sure we had a job on our doorstep?
Get with the programme and find your own work. If your local companies lose out to foreign ones when tendering for business then figure out why and get your company to try and beat the foreign one in the tendering process.
It’s called business.
The only other option is socialism and that would have you up in arms at the lazy and feckless getting even more of your tax money than they do now.
Choose your system but don’t bloody whinge about it!
I’m beginning to think I hate British people.
29 Jan 2009
Some government advisor had a bit of a kicking from the drunkard british population today.
Liam Donaldson went public with his advice that children under 15 shouldn’t be given alcohol, even in controlled amounts within the family.
His reasons were based on medical science – he argues that alcohol isn’t the best brain food for growing brains – is that really a stretch to believe?
Anyway the loons are out to kill him.
Apparently this advice is now considered “legislation” by the befugged populace.
How about this missive?
More legislation from the over-zealous nanny state in the UK, as they reduce us all to the lowest common denominator and further remove our rights to make decisions based on common sense and judgement. As with every other stupid piece of legislation that Labour have introduced since 1997, just how are they going to police this? Random breath testing of children in the home, perhaps? And where will the funds come from to pay for it? Simply ridiculous. Glad I left the UK.
A: Not “legislation” but “advice”.
B: Common sense is rarely sensible and not at all common.
C: You don’t need to police “advice”.
D: You don’t need funds to pay for non-existant policing.
E: It would be ridiculous if it wasn’t a ludicrous strawman argument.
F: Glad you left the UK, we have enough dicks here already.
I mean really!
27 Jan 2009
It seems there are 2 days stuffed full of birthdays. One’s on my birthday and the other seems to be today what with Tom and 2 other folk we know having their birthday today.
Well a happy one to those 3. Have a good one.
25 Jan 2009
Last weekend I had a 2 day course – the travel and effort much mollified by excellent Saturday evening company.
After another week at work it was yet another course.
This time was a doctor of physio doing some shoulder update wotsit. And for the second weekend it was a great effort. Loads of info and a grand and funny presenter. Really a good use of 2 days.
There was one specific bit that entertained me no end.
Right at the beginning of the weekend there was a series of 3 slides showing the evolution of the scapula from something like a chimp to us. He told a tale of using this in the US and someone stood up, shouted “That never happened” and stormed out.
He then went on to the next slide “Has evolution failed us?” to demonstrate that the shoulder blade is really not a good shape for us in our modern lives. So this idiot out-stormer missed the bit about how poorly the scapula fits our needs. So in other words, if you don’t believe evolution happened then you must therefore believe that the designer was so bloody useless that he gave us a stunningly badly worked out shoulder.
Ah the irony.
Only another 5 days to go before I’m allowed a day off.
23 Jan 2009
…we’ve got bee..yer…
I had a couple of guests on Wednesday. Ruth and John popped over for food and chats.
I cooked a rather nice baked hodgepodge of veg ‘n’ rice ‘n’ trout. I thought I’d done enough for us 3 plus the following day’s dinner but we all wanted seconds so none left for Thursday sadly. Very nice indeed.
Ruth rather sweetly brought me a couple of beers over. One’s Kwak and the other’s some Kenyan lager – new to me that one.
This weekend should be fun. I have to miss a fun event (BoB) to go and sit in a lecture theatre and physio room for 2 days (again) on yet another course. Thankfully work are actually paying for this one and I even get an extra day time off for using 2 weekend days to go a work course. Will still be dead by the end of it tho.
But if it’s not tipping it down I think I may well be requiring beer of a Sunday evening.
Oh and do tell me lots of tales of BoB. I will be missing seeing folk.
19 Jan 2009
Ah. Back to the grind of normal life.
This last weekend I’ve been up in Harrogate doing a 2 day Pilates course. It was run by 2 physios, one of whom has done Pilates for years and the other is a dancer who’s also done Pilates for an age.
So it was awfy hard work. The mental bit is dead easy but the practice is bloomin hard, at least for me as a beginner.
So driving home yesterday was fun with a sore abdomen. It’s not so bad this morning so I guess I’m getting fitter since I started doing more and eating less rubbish.
Anyway the request. I need to teach some people the stuff I learnt over the weekend. It doesn’t need to be a formal class setting and I will be using the time to get me to fully understand it as well as pass it on. In other words I need guinea pigs.
On Saturday night I decided to Couchsurf rather than stump for a hotel. As well as being cheaper I thought it’d be a much nicer experience than sitting on my own in a dull hotel.
Unfortunately there are not many hosts in Harrogate – one guy only wants Spanish speakers, another spends half his life in France and wasn’t around and all the others either have no photo (I like to know who I’m meeting) or haven’t been on the site for months.
Hmm? What to do? So I decided to pick York. Bingo! One of the first hits was a german, and keen to host.
So I stayed with her. Sensibly she’d brought a friend along to start with I assume just for safety and they both turned out to be lovely and chatty. Oh and they cooked me dinner. Trout with warm potato salad. Very nice.
The rest of the evening was spent chatting. But only until about 2am. I had to be in Harrogate at 9 so I didn’t get the best sleep it must be said. But never mind I had a great evening with a couple of echt sound folk. Oh and Claudia was her name and her english accent was even better than Jules’s.
A good, if painful and tiring, weekend.
16 Jan 2009
Things seem to have a habit of getting in the way of plans.
Work has just, literally today, got quite a lot more interesting. There will be stuff that needs a lot of work on. This work will be interesting, testing and one hell of a good thing for me to try and get done for personal as well as career reasons.
So what does this mean for my “going somewhere foreign” plans?
Well it’s going to sound like a bit of a cop-out but I am going to stay and see what happens with work.
In addition I’m down to start learning to teach Pilates properly (starting tomorrow), there’s more teaching coming up soon that I’m right keen on too. To get to the end of those plans will take at least a year. Oh and I’m going to try and get some english teaching experience too. It’s going to be a busy year.
In other news it looks like the EJC isn’t going to be on my list of events this year as I doubt I’ll have the annual leave to enable it. But it does look like I may be attending the Melbourne Juggling Convention instead. Wahoo!
So I have to swear.
What a nob.
11 Jan 2009
As I’ve been off work for ages I’ve been avoiding shaving too often (dull and uncomfortable). The last time before today was the 1st of Jan. So I had a bit of a beard for the first time in an awfy long while.
But it’s gone now.
For the record tho:
10 Jan 2009
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