Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Why UK Needs the EU Needs the UK

What-are-the-arguments-for-the-UK-remaining-part-of-the-EU. Quora -) link

Sunday, 25 November 2012

X Factor USA - 13 year old Carly Still On Top

Just caught up with this weeks X Factor USA. As I mentioned on this blog before, 13 year old Carly Rose Sonenclar is absolutely amazing. This week she took a plain, ordinary song and brought out some truly amazingly well placed notes in this rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". No wonder that the USA voted her best act of the week.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

I'm in The News

Anyone who likes to read half a story is welcome to read the story on the above link.

If you want the extended story email me.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Nadine Dorries Helps Tories Lose Bedfordshire PCC

Senior Tory councillor Richard Stay ( didn't think much of Nadine Dorries going off to the jungle.  Perhaps his anti-Nadine campaigning has helped fuel the Tories expected win in the Bedfordshire PCC elections? By all accounts some people have protested by either voting for Olly Martins in the PCC elections, the Labour candidate who won, or simply scrawling messages about Nadine Dorries, thereby invalidating their ballot papers. 

From Tory Richard Stay's Blog:

Sally Chidzoy, (Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC (East of England)  ‏tweeted :
Beds Lib Dem PCC candidate Linda Jack jokes granddaughter, 6 asked : "Nana, if you get elected does it mean you have to go to the jungle?"

Stay has been predicting candidates would lose their deposits in these PCC elections, but they all saved them. Stay is either losing his grip on predictions, or helping the Tories to lose elections, or both.

Results Story :

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Roads, Roadworks and Buses

More adverse public reactions this week to work going on at Bedford Road/High Street after an accident occurred on Monday morning.

For those who don't know or aren't aware, I have been down several times to witness. I have reported my observations from day one of the works to Bedfordshire Highways and CBC. I have been told they will revisit their plans. I'm an unpaid lay person. We should expect a professional service from the paid professionals, and those who employ them need to ask stiff questions.

I took myself off to Luton yesterday. On the bus. Oh deary me. I used to travel by car from home to Welywn Garden City in 45 minutes or less, by starting the journey at 7am. So I boarded the bus at 8.30am The only bus service from home went all over the place. Someone seemed to get on or off every hundred yards of progress. Thank goodness for bus lanes in Luton. When there was standing room only, the driver undid his cash till, and got off. A lady got on. Fiddled around in her seat for a few minutes. Then drove about 6 feet, and opened the doors again. A load more people got on. Some who thought they were on didn't want to budge any further down the corridor and were either unable to understand English or so into their headphoned music that others had to speak loudly to get them to budge. Eventualy I arrived in centre of Luton. Journey time one hour. So roll on the busway. Let's pray we get a faster service for Houghton Regis to take us into the major commercial centre that is local to us.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Nadine Dorries - Good Luck to Her

I have been asked what I think of Nadine Dorries going into the jungle, seeing as her constituency is adjacent to ours.

Well, not a lot, frankly. I find her jibes at the Tory Party hierarchy amusing, her Tweets often witty, and you know what, I'm a single guy and she's an attractive lady. But I guess, since I've tweeted back to her a few times, and she hasn't responded, maybe she thought she'd better escape my attentions.

Good luck to her in her next career, for surely as an MP, this is the end of the road.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Flaky Councillors Show True Colours

I see Darth Costello has turned to the dark side.

"in-fighting": I seem to recall Mr Costello did a bit of that himself. Getting rid of a fellow councillor.
I haven't forgotten. Only then, he called it democracy.
This is not a reason for joining Labour, it's an excuse. And a pretty poor one at that.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Linda Jack For PCC

Lots of people bewildered that they have postal votes for PCC Elections and not knowing anything about the actual candidates.

Here's Linda Jack's website ...

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Nonsense of Job Seekers Travel Allowance to Interviews

Get this.

Apparently Job Seekers travelling to job interviews can claim travel-to-interview expenses provided they sign a bit of paper at the Job Centre BEFORE the interview. Very nice deal if you live next door to the Job Centre!

Now suppose you live in my neighbourhood, six and half miles from the Job Centre, or a 20 minute drive plus car parking fee away, plus walking time. Why would someone even bother, when they could simply just drive to the job interview and back in the same time?

And before you ask, no you can't do the claim online.

UPDATE: Following intervention by MP Andrew Selous, it was established that back-dated claims could be made, and this is now happening.