Thursday, 27 December 2012

Almost new year

Had a good days shooting today, well not entirely true, I had fired 6 cartridges with no joy and the dogs were working really well and put up two birds close together and I managed a left and right in front of the boss. The dogs also retrieved all the shot birds including some we thought were lost. Not a massive bag, we took 3 foxes, 2 on the starter fox drive and one that Sassy retrieved from the plantation. They were all well fed but thats the problem with being close to town.
Well I hope your chrstmas went well and I thought I would leave you with a little Frogsporn;

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Its not often I bother with the christmas thingy but today this cheered me up no end;
Well even if you dont like it I dont care, I'm having a great break so far even if work keeps trying to interrupt. Shoot on saturday yielded 18 Pheasants, 1 woodpigeon and a rabbit. Thats all in spite of horrendous weather driving rain almost horizontally at us. Sassy & Samson were joined by Arthur and Spartacus and didnt let me down, in fact they excelled putting some great birds over the guns, I even snaffled a brace myself.
So sup up and enjoy yourselves over the holiday and dont get caught!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

As wnter approaches

I suppose its time for all the "I dont think you really wanted to do that did you?" clips, so here we start the festive season;
Lets have a look and see if  we can find some more then. Whilst I post this I think of those of us unfortunate enough to be sweltering in crocodile country, you know who you are have a happy christmas!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Holts today

The last day and a half were spent in good company at Holts auction in Hammersmith, yesterday I used the time to view the sealed bid lots and browse todays auction. I'm not sure if I was totally out of my depth sat in the bid room with a paddle but when this showed up I guessed it was time to get my coat;
 

Last night was spent in true auction socialising testing the local ales and finishing the night off with a Ruby! Suburban Bushwacker and I looked suitably ropey this morning, I cant vouch for the state of Mr FM but he must have looked as least as bad ( I hope)!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

1st Day on a new (to me) shoot

So I dont shoot a shotgun for almost a year, in one day I bag 16 ducks and 1 pigeon and then 2 days later I am guesting on a shoot locally. Nothing till drive 3 and then I start knocking them down 2 by 2.
Total bag was 38 pheasants, 2 Malllard, 8 fox, 1 pigeon (that was a difficult shot) and 1 rabbit despite the no ground game rule. By lunch the keeper had words with the shoot captain and I'm invited to be a full member.

It was great fun, good company and glorious countryside



I only took 2 dogs, Samson and Sassie, they both woirked hard so next time I'll take 4 dogs.
Oh and I mustnt forget SBW now has 3 birds for christmas although only 2 need plucking!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Touch screen phones

 What a fecking pain in the arse. That said I have escaped the wage slave mode for a day and caught up with a bit of duck shooting;
15 ducks and the pigeon was stuck up the tree! A good day had by both of us! Sassy enjoyed herself but was understandably reluctanct to break the ice on the pond at -3 C as it was this morning. Say a lovely black Fallow doe too!


Friday, 30 November 2012

Folk complain about politicians being hypocritical

You only have to see the news about Leveson and hear the uproar, well politicians have form for this, Cullens enquiry findings intio the Dunblane shootings were largely ignored to pander to a minority view by Politicians held by a small anti shooting lobby that grabbed the headlines and set the agenda for 2 political parties solely due to the supportive views of a liberal press.
Well here is some news, its not only professional politicians that are double standard living, lying two faced arseholes. Rock stars (Stars my arse) are too;
 
Brian May and animal rights hypocrisy
It came as some surprise last weekend to find that Queen musician Brian May had been leasing the stalking rights on his land. The news was broken by the Sunday Times, who found that he was receiving payments of £750 a year for the right to shoot deer on his Middlemarsh estate. Many other papers picked up on this story because of its significance since Dr May has become a figurehead of the animal rights movement.

This is more than just irony. Brian May is the self styled saviour of animals. Not a TV, radio or newspaper interview is complete without the obligatory comment from him "standing up" for the animals. He has vehemently opposed any form of culling, but was most vocal in the recent case of the proposed badger cull. The fact that a millionaire rock star raised his own dwindling profile at the expense of dairy farmers on the brink of collapse and bankruptcy is hard enough to accept. The fact that he did this having profited from a deer cull on his own land is indefensible.

Dr May stood shoulder to shoulder with the RSPCA and other animal rights groups to oppose the badger cull at all costs, including boycotting milk from already pressed farmers. As I reported last week, he also endorsed the policy that would make public the names of all those involved in culling, regardless of the consequences. In a cruel twist of poetic justice, May has been the one whose name was made public for allowing shooting to take place on his land.

Now the tables have been turned, Brain May appears to prefer secrecy about what happens on his own land. The word hypocrite hardly does justice to the level of duplicity displayed, but at least he must start to comprehend how the affected farmers feel.

Barney White-Spunner
Executive Chairman
Thanks to this weeks CA newsletter for that gem

Sunday, 25 November 2012

This weekend I have mainly been

Out in Nuneaton at the English open with the little one. Its his first open tournament and he has lifted his average 40 points this last two months;



and some of this;




and lots of this;



Sadly a 213 average only put us halfway and we needed to be a bit higher placed but for a first  open adult tournament the boy did well.
Next sunday we will be in Ilkeston for another!
I will hopefully be getting some shooting in before hand.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

RSPCA again

Lobbying our elected representatives for change and improvement is a right that is at the core of our democratic process. The Countryside Alliance participates in lobbying on your behalf on a number of issues - we ask you to get involved where you can too (see below story on the Law Commission). It seems, however, that taking this route does not apply if you are the RSPCA, which appears to feel it can bypass the lobbying process altogether.

This attitude was highlighted during the recent badger cull furore, which saw feelings run high. Gavin Grant, CEO of the RSPCA stated publicly that anyone involved in the cull would be "named and we will decide as citizens whether they will be shamed". He knows such actions could lead to reprisals, possibly violent, for farmers and shooters, which is why he made such a provocative statement.

Threatening people's personal security whilst they are carrying out a perfectly legal activity cannot be justified. This example shows, once again, that the RSPCA believes it is above the law when it comes to fighting for its agenda, even if this involves promoting violence and other illegal acts. There is an inconsistency at play: using the law to prosecute hunts, but reverting to mob rule when rulings go against their way of thinking. This should not be the way a Royal Society does business.

To add salt to the wounds, the RSPCA has threatened desperate farmers with removal of their "Freedom Food" label from any farm taking part in the cull. This is completely disingenuous. Surely they would advocate the culling of animals that were causing disease to any livestock? Indeed, the RSPCA is even part of the Deer Initiative, which tackles the issue of over population of deer through culling. How can the Society possibly justify the one but not the other?

The RSPCA has five key pledges. Pledge three states that "We pledge to increase the proportion of animals reared under higher welfare systems in the UK." By opposing the cull, they break this pledge by actively preventing cattle from being protected from disease. Once again, the RSPCA has shown itself to be little more than an extremist animal rights organisation which is more concerned with promoting philosophies than protecting animals.

Barney White-Spunner
Executive Chairman

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Today more than ever

I wish I had a fine singing voice, stood at the town war memorial with last years order of service (well its exactly the same service every year!) I found myself cringing at my own voice.
Still its all about remebering those who fell in past wars, those who are still fighting and those bearing the scars mental and physical of that difficult time in their lives when sacrifices made were normal.
I always think of my Grandfather on this day, I often think of him but today him and his brothers are at the front of my mind along with those friends and colleagues lost during and since my few short years of service;



Grandad and his crew

Grandads resting place Sage CWGC


My only picture of Geoff Curtiss, in the back between Big Stu and Dave 1983


A couple of me to remind me that I actually did that all those years ago!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

PCC Elections? What a waste of my tax money

Dont tell me if you are going to vote or who for but bear in mind the list attached here BASC the British Association for Shooting and Conversation (sorry should be conservation but they are only interested in themselves) have researched all the PCC candidates and there are no real surprises, some Labour dont support private ownership of firearms and some wont talk to BASC. The UKIP candidate for Sussex stands out (I think he may be a retired copper) as one who is against private ownership of firearms but will talk to BASC. Now for those alone I can no longer vote for him. I wouldnt talk to BASC myself but not supporting a legal right?
Despite the fact that ex plod Blair has called for a boycott (I really do think it would embarrass the Govt) I cant find it in my heart to vote even by post.
What a waste of my tax money!

Bloody BBC

I get in my new car and the radio starts straight away, it should be farming today but apparently the BBC seem to think some popularity contest between a religious loon and a lawyer in some former colony is more important. If it wasn't for the demise of a much loved comedy actor Clive Dunn then I feel sure we would have had 24 hour coverage of the colonial popularity contest.
Now don't get me wrong despite allegations in the celebrity death stakes on the army rumour service I did not actually enjoy the passing of Clive Dunn. In fact although he hasn't worked for many years (I have his best work on a BBC boxed VHS set) I feel sure he will be missed. As we all shuffle along the mortal coil wondering when its our turn I suppose 92 years isn't a bad innings and I would be happy to be remembered in the way he is at the moment.
I suppose the plus side is that with only 1 surviving member of the platoon main characters (we cant count the Vicar, ARP Warden or other bit parts) we will be getting more showings of the great series Dads Army.
It is still shown on a saturday evening on BBC2 and yes I still sit down to watch it and my favourite characters are Walker, Wilson and Mainwaring (ok and Sponge for some strange sheep farming reason) I still laugh at every gag and still spare a thought when they have those thoughtful pauses.
I should like to point out that whilst the nation has only recently mourned the passing of our last surviving 1st world war veterans that we are rapidly losing those from the second world war (Clive Dunn was a Tankie) and we have lost as many former servicemen from the Falklands conflict due to suicide than we did in the actual fighting!
These brave men and women just picked up where the could from before and got on with rebuilding our nation. Their sacrifice in war and peace shouldn't be forgotten.
This weekend when I stand on parade at my local war memorial I will think on lost comrades, friends and relatives that I never met who gave their all so I could be here today.
Thank you

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

I know I know, I've been very naughty

I have been so busy at work, yes even me gainfully employed, shock horror. I had to go to North Lincolnshire to visit the head office and collect a company car. I know a car!
More about that later. I have however been running around all over the place. I have been reasonably busy with the auctions. I had a nice surpise, a rifle delivered which I bought in the sealed bid sale (one without a photo too) and I hadnt expected a custom rifle or an original military spec rifle but I actually got a reasonable sportered military Mauser. An Argentinian Modello 1891 in 7.65 x 53mm;
The bolt handle has been cut and welded down to clear a scope, the receiver is drilled and tapped and a rail fitted and the rifle was proofed this year indicating its recently come in from the States where loads of them were sportered. I also managed to order in 250 odd 150 grain soft point Norma rounds in original packaging. I think this will get a quick check over at my mate the Mauser Specialist and then a trip to the range! Well it has to be done doesnt it!
 
Whilst we are here I thought a quick joke might be helpful;
 
While visiting the United Kingdom, Winnie Mandela was invited to a cocktail party which was also to be attended by Margaret Thatcher.

When Winnie saw the ex-prime minister on the other side of the room, she barged past everyone, spilling the drinks of several invited guests on the way.

Winnie elbowed her way to Maggie, stood brazenly in front of her and declared,
"I hear they call you the Iron Lady!"

"I have been referred to by that name, yes," replied Maggie, peering down her nose at this impudent upstart.
"And whom, may I enquire, do I have the honour of addressing?" asked Maggie icily.

"I am the iron lady of
South Africa !" bragged Winnie, waving her fist in the air.

"Oh, yes," replied Maggie dryly. "And for whom do you iron?"
 
Also I think seeing how Call Me Dave must be ecstatic about Jimmy Savilles detractors dragging the BBC through the mud and meaning that no one has thought too much about asking him about his referendum promises again perhaps he could be honest with us all for once
 
I was considering asking everyone to boycott the local police crime commisioner elections but now that cunt Ian Blair has done the same I may decide to vote!
 

Sunday, 14 October 2012

As a great weekend draws to a close

I can look back at the fun I have had with Alex, the banter with Chris and the abuse hurled at the television set on Friday evening when our so called sporting heroes took forever to score against the international equivalent of Neasden FC (Sid Bonkers Manager). As it was I thoroughly enjoyed myself, missed my dogs but certainly feel that the time spent in reconnaissance at the 10 pin bowling alley was well spent. Roll on the English Open!
Anyway the reason we came all this way;

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Knobheads on the road!

You know the sort, own the road and wont move over making overtaking impossible and driving just plain dangerous, well here you have one getting his medicine;




Me, well today I'll be at Nuneaton ten pin bowling with  the lefthooker preparing for the English open next month!

Friday, 5 October 2012

An interesting E Mail from the CA this morning

"The RSPCA has been back in the news this week, with Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail and the NFU in the Western Daily Press questioning methods and motives within the Society.




Last Saturday Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts used his column to report that "Sir Edward Garnier, former Solicitor General, rose in the Commons a few days ago and pointed out that the RSPCA is treated with rare generosity by judges. 'When the RSPCA loses cases because it has got either the law or the facts wrong, cost orders are never made in favour of the successful defendant,' noted Sir Edward.



Letts continued: "The RSPCA is in the rare position of being both investigator and prosecutor. It is able to bring prosecutions in its own name. When the Crown Prosecution Service loses cases, as sometimes happens, it tends to have costs awarded against it. This deters gung-ho prosecutors from bringing cases at the drop of a hat. Yet when the RSPCA loses a case, costs are frequently paid from state funds."



The piece ended by noting that "Justice Minister Jeremy Wright has told Sir Edward he will investigate this use of public money."



Following this, on Monday the Western Daily Press carried a scorching commentary from Ian Johnson, the NFU's South West spokesman and ex-RSPCA press head, who wrote about the RSPCA's seeming confusion over the difference between animal rights and welfare. The piece centred on the reaction to the badger cull, with the Society calling for a boycott of produce from farms taking part in the pilot cull. Johnson quoted RSPCA Chief Executive Gavin Grant as saying "Those who care will not want to visit areas or buy milk from farms soaked in badgers' blood."



Johnson goes on to question whether the emotive language is to attract new funding and support, or to politicise the Society as Grant "may well be looking to a renaissance of RSPCA influence under a Lib Dem/New Labour coalition after the next election."



Johnson finishes by noting: "...if the animal rights movement is all about ending their use by mankind as opposed to animal welfare being about responsibly ensuring their health and well-being, and the culling of badgers is a scientifically and legally validated means of disease control in pursuit of the ultimate health and well-being of both badgers and cattle, is the RSPCA an animal rights or an animal welfare organisation?"



I have written about the RSPCA before in the grass e-route. Both these articles echo our own concerns and it is gratifying that our views are widely shared. The RSPCA's work should remain about animal welfare - that is its background and its strength. Adopting the language and tactics of the animal rights movement will do neither it, nor animals, any good.



Barney White Spunner

Executive Chairman"

I dont expect them to lose charitable status but it should focus their minds onto their core work as orginally envisaged when set up and hopefully should cost orders be made against them they may start to back away from politically motivated cases.
One can only hope eh?





Tuesday, 2 October 2012

From Field To Stream

Sharing someone elses work is important, it helps their business grow and helps maintain friendships, Andy despite being a typically Scottish Goose Guide is one of the good guys;

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Being Ally or just trying too hard?

Allyness, (thank you Paras) or plain warryness as we knew it is an emotive subject on the Army Rumour Service Nowadays. Its got to the point where some folk are just trying too hard, I mmean judge for yourselves;
My first reaction was, "My havent Gimp suits come along!"
 I at first thought they were being stupid but training rarely takes into account the season, having watched a Platoon of PPCLI Recruits in July wearing Arctic kit pulling Pulks around Wainwright Camp in Alberta kind of confirms it, besides training cant be warry;
 My own effort is really about how many different ways there are to cook dehydrated rctic compo mutton stew, curry wins every time;
 The goddfather of allyness/warry looks has to be the SAS Trooper on Ops in the Dhofar;

Sunday morning sense of humour


As its a sunday morning, I cant be arsed to walk the dogs just yet and I am amusing myself with the internet I thought I would dig out some of the funny pics and cartoons sent to me over the last few weeks;
Who says a picture doesnt paint a thousand words?
 Living dangerously;
 Must be a scouser;
 Needs no words;

In a some would say desperate effort to restore interest in the UK Currency

The Bank of England has been overheard trying to get the Palace to agree to update its paper money, after all if this doesnt generate a desire to hang onto ten pound notes what will?


Thursday, 27 September 2012

A public view of the Met?

If this is how many of you view the current politically motivated clusterfuck that comes across as the Metropolitan Police Service then you are not alone.
Its all very sad isnt it?

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

You Tube time again

Safe for work but definetly odd, what are the aussies doing?

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A trip to the Dales

In the course of dropping my youngest son, stalking partner and all round good egg, Alex the left hooker at University we stopped over in the Dales near Sheffield. The views were breathtaking and the beer stomach lining. I enjoyed it all especially envious of him having such opportunities ahead of him. The T Lady was of course naturally upset as his leaving but all he wanted to do was go to the pub and watch the football. Roll on Christmas, my shooting partner is back for a month then.

We stayed at a friends farm, views were superb and the local pub was good;

 Interesting beer;
 Tasted very nice;
 Sunset from the pub terrace;
 Village church from the same terrace;
 The pub menu, note the liver and bacon sandwich, Yorkshire 100%!
 Dawn from Dawns place;

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Time for some humour

I'm currently enduring European football over at 94's house, he is addicted, me I am thankful that at least Clive hasnt forgotten me;
Thanks Clive.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Season opener

Invited to pick up on a duck flight with dogs so I travelled over the county towards the A21 and met up with an old friend from our last shoot and the keeper. Basically well fed ducks and a manic hours action with 4 dogs ended up with a bag of 55. I will be going back there me thinks. Arthur couldnt help but stick his face in the pictures. They were all I had time for, I couldnt have swung a gun if I had the nous to have taken one:


Friday, 14 September 2012

Friday Evening Humour

Well I wil try and spread the joy courtesy of AJD, Mr FM and Arsse;



Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg walked into a branch of HSBC to cash a cheque. As he approached the cashier he said "Good morning , could you please cash this cheque for me"?

Cashier: "It would be my pleasure Sir. Could you please show me your ID?"



Clegg: "Well I didn't bring my ID with me as I didn't think there was any need to. I am Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister!!!"



Cashier: "I'm sorry, but with all the regulations, monitoring, of the banks because of impostors and forgers, etc. I must insist on proof of identity."



Clegg: "Just ask anyone here at the bank who I am and they will tell you. Everybody knows who I am."



Cashier: "I am sorry Deputy Prime Minister but these are the bank rules and I must follow them."



Clegg: "I need this cheque cashed."



Cashier: "Perhaps there's another way: One day Colin Montgomery came into the bank without ID.

To prove he was Colin Montgomery he pulled out his putting iron and made a beautiful shot across the bank into a cup.

With that shot we knew him to be Colin Montgomery and cashed his cheque.





Another time, Andy Murray came in without ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and made a fabulous shot where the tennis ball landed in my cup. With that spectacular shot we cashed his cheque..So sir, what can you do to prove that it is you, and only you, as the Deputy Prime Minister?"



Clegg stood there thinking and finally says: "Honestly, I can't think of a single thing I'm good at."


Cashier: "Will that be large or small notes, deputy Prime Minister?"
There should really be a thread on quality journalism and headlines I wish I had written, I suppose without the News of the World we will have to make do;






Thursday, 13 September 2012

Hillsborough

Now all grief whoring jokes to one side, a lot  of the arguments for opening a new enquiry wasn't about compensation, apparently they only want the truth. Well the truth is that the cops fucked up, yes I used that word. Now the apparent perversion of the course of Justice which carries quite heavy penalties will no doubt be looked at by the CPS and names will be named! However if anyone is under any illusion that its not about compensation I will let you look at this case detailed below. Now read it and tell me that there wont be more?

Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police



Brief Summary of the Facts (straight from Westlaw)

There was no duty of care to the friends and relations of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster who watched the event on television.


D was responsible for policing a football match at the Hillsborough stadium where, as a result of overcrowding, 95 people died and many more were injured. Live pictures of the event, an FA Cup semi final, were being broadcast. Ps were all friends or relations of the victims. Some witnessed events from other parts of the stadium. Some saw them live on television, or heard of the events and later saw them on television recordings. All suffered shock and psychiatric illness and claimed damages in negligence from D. At first instance, the judge held that nine Ps who had been in or immediately outside the stadium or had watched it live on television could claim damages but others were excluded. The Court of Appeal allowed D's appeal.


The House of Lords held the Court of Appeal's decision, dismissing Ps' appeal.


You couldn't make it up!!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Law and Order

Whilst the press are now distracted by the goings in in France it at least gives me a chance to discuss other shooting matters close to home, yes it does beg the question regarding contract killers making an utter mess of things and the French Investigators are led by a Magistrate so that will be fun but we have had some of our own issues here.
Thankfully they have been released without charge but Internet forums have been buzzing with the usual suspects shouting about police incompetence and bullying attempting to persecute the shooters even if they cant prosecute them. Then the serving plod have responded with the usual responses which predictably get a bit defensive but to be honest they cant win. They cant catch the scrotes, they cant return your property and often don't investigate hoping that a criminal when caught usually by their own stupidity will accept responsibility for many of these  crimes despite never having been  near them so as to get an easier sentence. This is actually illegal and causes light touch sentencing which the plod then blame on the judiciary.
Meanwhile in a police cell someone who hasn't broken a single law gets 3 days of grief and isn't aloud to talk to their wife in the cause of investigating a crime. The crime was scumbags broke in. The Householder reacted within his rights and hasn't actually broken any laws. trust me he hasn't.
Now  for those of you unused to dealing with the Police a handy guide has been drafted by a kind member of the Army Rumour Service. As you may expect it is funny in places but tragically so as it seems to be true;


"1. Never explain to the Police


If the Police arrive to lock you up, say nothing. You are a decent person and you may think that reasoning with the Police will help. “If I can only explain, they will realise it is all a horrible mistake and go away”. Wrong. We do want to talk to you on tape in an interview room but that comes later. All you are doing by trying to explain is digging yourself further in. We call that stuff a significant statement and we love it. Decent folk can’t help themselves, they think that they can talk their way out. Wrong.

Admit Nothing


To do anything more than lock you up for a few hours we need to prove a case. The easiest route to that is your admission. Without it, our case may be a lot weaker, maybe not enough to charge you with. In any case, it is always worth finding out exactly how damning the evidence is before you fall on your sword. So don’t do the decent and honourable thing and admit what you have done. Don’t even deny it or try to give your side of the story. Just say nothing. No confession and CPS are on the back foot already. They forsee a trial. They fear a trial. They are looking for any excuse to send you home free.


Keep your mouth shut


Say as little as possible to us. At the custody office desk a Sergeant will ask you some questions. It is safe to answer these. For the rest of the time, say nothing.


Claim Suicidal Thoughts

A debatable one this. Claiming to be thinking about topping yourself has several benefits. If you can keep it up, it might just bump up any compensation payable later. On the other hand you may find yourself in a paper suit with someone watching your every move.


Always always always have a solicitor


Duh. No brainer this one. Unless you know 100% for sure that your mate the solicitor does criminal law and is good at it, ask for the Duty Solicitor. They certainly do criminal law and they are good at it. Then listen to what the solicitor says and do it. Their job is to get you off without the Cops or CPS laying a glove on you if at all possible. It is what they get paid for. They are free to you. There is no down side. Now decent folks think it makes them look like they have something to hide if they ask for a solicitor. Irrelevant. Going into an interview without a solicitor is like taking a walk in Tottenham with a big gold Rolex. Bad things are very likely to happen to you. I wouldn’t do it and I interview people for a living.


Actively complain about every officer and everything they do

Did they cuff you when they brought you in? Were they rude to you? Did they racially or homophobically abuse you? Didn’t get fed? Cell too cold? You are decent folk who don’t want to make a fuss but trust me, it pays to whinge and no matter how trivial and / or poorly founded your complaint there are people who will uncritically listen to you and try and prove the complaint on your behalf. Some of them are even police officers. Nothing like a complaint to muddy the waters and suggest that you are only in court because the vindictive Cops have a grudge against you. Far fetched? Wait until your solicitor spins it in court and you come over as Ghandi.


Show no respect to the legal system or anybody working in it


You think that if you are a difficult, unpleasant, sneering, unco-operative and rude things will go badly for you and you will be in more trouble. No sirree Bob. It seems that in fact the worse you are, the easier things will go for you if, horror of horrors, you do end up convicted. Remember to fake a drink problem if you haven’t developed one as a result of dealing with us already. Magistrates and Judges do seem to like the idea that you are basically good but the naughty alcohol made you do it. They treat you better. Crazy I know but true.



So there you go, basically anything you try and do because you are decent and straightforward hurts you badly. Act like an habitual, professional, lifestyle criminal and chances are you will walk away relatively unscathed. Copy the bad guys, its what they do for a living."

So there you have it, if it was a level playing field then the armed response units wouldn't shoot so many innocent persons and never be called to account for it would they?

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Likely to cause offence?

Well seeing how no one has been offended or outraged for all of 5 minutes we must be doing well. Time to change that me thinks;
"Frankie Boyle has defended jokes he made on Twitter about the Paralympics, saying they were "celebratory".


The comedian called the Saudi Arabian team "mainly thieves", referring to criminals having their hands removed.

Boyle tweeted: "I'll be joking about Paralympics same way I joked about the Olympics. That's my job yo."

He added: "Nobody thinks it's a good thing to laugh at the disabled. But it is a genuine problem that we're not allowed to laugh with the disabled."

Boyle was supported by some of his online followers including Scottish comedian and actor Greg Hemphill, who said: "Well said mate. Inclusion vs. exclusion.""
As my mate 94 (100% disability and recovering from a stroke) said, if you cant laugh what can you do?
So as I havent offended anyone recently I shall include mental illness here, for inclusions sake of course;
As my PTSD suffering mate would explain, "Laughter is the best medicine!"




Saturday, 25 August 2012

You dont need to speak German

To understand this, I am possibly not the most technologically advanced life form but I do agree that this is possibly one of the best uses for an Ipad I have yet see, good on you Grandpa;




Headteachers whining about exam results

According to Yahoo news The head teachers are whining about the grades;
"Head teachers are demanding that Education Secretary Michael Gove sets up an independent inquiry into this year's GCSE results.




The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has written to Mr Gove and the exams regulator Ofqual, saying that it has been flooded by complaints about late grade changes in English GCSEs.



Unions claim around 4,000 pupils expecting a C grade pass in English were downgraded to a D - delivering a potentially fatal blow to their chances of taking up places to study A-levels.



Exam boards are bracing themselves for legal action and record numbers of appeals over grades from angry pupils and their schools.



But regulator Ofqual says it believes this year's GCSE results are "right"."
Want my view? No well tough you shouldnt be here then;


"What a load of horse poo, this obviously has nothing whatsoever to do with head teachers being on a performance bonus or bond based upon the levels their students achieve is it? I mean betraying them my arse, they are betraying them by letting them think that life is a socialist Idyll where everyone gets top grades and no one ever has to do a shit job. thats why we have unemployment and mass immigration. Teachers need to realise that life outside of their academic and unionised shelters is actually rather tough if you dont put the work in and not everyone will be a brain surgeon!


I know I'll sue the school that 30 years ago wouldnt let me take O Level Maths and made me do CSE because I was a bit thick with numbers then!

What a bunch of whining fannies, grow up!" And its not just me, some of the other comments are interesting;   "liked this commentRate a Thumb UpRate a Thumb Down5users disliked this commentDavid  •  Loughborough, England
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Setting great example to our children. Not getting your own way? Sue somebody! Remove their gold-plated pensions, massive salaries, and short working year. Pay them on results with penalties for every child criminal, and unemployed teenager. Maybe we would then educate our children to become citizens (or subjects), not examination statistics."
liked this commentRate a Thumb UpRate a Thumb Down2users disliked this commentSimon • London, England • 12 minutes ago Report Abuse

Grade inflation had to stop. Many teachers themselves grew up with this 'prizes for all' ethos. Now reality has started to hit they don't like it......welcome to the real World.




When kids fresh out of school turn up for job interviews with A* in maths and english, but don't appear to be able to add up, read, write or express themselves something fishy is going on and it needs sorting out pronto irrespective of whose feelings might get hurt.     Christopher  •  Bristol, England
 •  43 minutes ago Report Abuse
No legal action when the grades go up for 20 years, but threats when they go don 1/2 % (one in two hundred). Looks like egg on the face of these Heads.


And these are just the ones I like, bunch of muppets the others!

And lo it came to pass

Mainly due to a lack of cash, a lack of desire and a whole load of inertia on my behalf after over a year being SORNed I finally waved the Monkey goodbye. It travelled to the breakers ignominiously on the back of a very pikey looking transit recovery vehicle.

I do hope that she finds her way to Rhino Ray over at Peacehaven and is at least recycled into a decent off roader. All good things do come to an end so I thought I would share with you those special moments in her career;
 With the dogs, the birds;
The dead  deer;
 The wet end to the range day;

Resting at home as she was;
 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Dear Dave and George

I know you get a lot of flak over the economy so I have had a idea which will save the taxpayers a fortune and also help stimulate the economy.
The problem is as I see it that we do have a bloated public sector which is a massive hydra. For those of you who don't know or who slept through ancient Greek mythology here she is;
Now the money is on a massive merry go round, again for the hard of thinking here it is;


Now we already pay you and the other elected representatives a fairly good salary and also give you fairly good holidays and a pension but I cant seem to work out why you seem unable to sort out the bloated mess that is Government.
I see several solutions but I am sure you will have already thought of them, I think the bonus schemes for civil servants is an affront. I mean really a bonus for doing your job properly, where I am in the private sector that could be justified under productivity or profit sharing but in government really?
Also why do MPs get subsidised meals? Don't we pay you enough? Drinking on duty is also a no no. I mean you made it illegal in just about every industry but there you are in between sessions of "Work" quaffing subsidised drinks which means that its the tax payer subsidising your boozy sessions. I can see how getting the opposition so tipsy that they agree to everything is a good plan but only if you are already half cut yourselves and we know that public schoolboys and alcohol don't mix so can we cut that out please?
Whilst I am looking at the costs of your MPs who actually are my employees, after all I do pay their wages (sometimes it feels like all of their wages), I do think a little economy could be pursued.
You do all like to tell us about the great things you do for us, that must mean that you are in office working for me  not in power lining your own pockets!
So lets stop all subsidies. No second mortgages funded by me. No meals paid for by me.
Why? I'll tell you why!
If I want to work in London by choice then I buy a season ticket for the train and have to write off about £4000 a year to ensure I can earn a wage to support you and your family, after all me and my family should come after you!
If I want to eat when I am at work then I don't go to lavishly equipped restaurants and ask for a 3 course meal for less than the price of a bag of chips.
If I want to stay in town overnight for work purposes unless its a work emergency then I have to pay for the privilege myself. If my job requires me to lodge I can have £25 a night, great, where can I get by for £25 a night perhaps there are some spare rooms in Whitehall, I mean I have paid for them, its only fair I should get the  use of them when in town working, you do don't you?
I once looked at serving with the  household division, you know the  smart looking chaps that stand around in shiny boots guarding HM and co? Well it seems because public duties are expected they get a small allowance for living in London, fair one, so should you (mind you get a nice flat free too) and they also get the privilege of living in a tower block and paying for it and all of their meals. Do you?
oh no of course I forgot, your salary is yours not the taxpayers and its the taxpayers that are expected to fund your lifestyle and that of all the other so called elected servants in the palace of Westminster.
Palace eh? Now who wouldn't want a Palace to work in? Yet you want more.
frankly Dave and George its not on. I suggest you cut the waste and fiddles at Westminster first and release the taxman onto the elected representatives no holds barred and then I might consider I am getting value for money from my taxes.
With all that money going back into the economy and not back into your bank accounts I am sure recession will be a thing of the past!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

With the grouse season in full swing it seems Darwin is at work

News from the moor of an accident involving a couple of shooters, it seems the chap was poor and could only afford a Beretta, I must shop at Sothebys for my value art in future. Of course there could be something more sinister that we havent been told about yet;



As it happens I may have met him!
Get well soon, I wonder who shot him?

Warm enough?

With the mercury right up there with ermm mercury it seems as if the wet start to summer never happened;
I know everyone says it should be shaded but the point is the garden isnt and the centre bit gets sun for about 14 hours a day and the kennel shaded in the morning is usually seriously warm bt 4 pm. Even when the weather man gives us a daily high of 24 degrees its usually 5 higher than that in the shade by 11 am. Conversely we are totally unprotected from anything easterly and when winter comes we certainly feel it!
At least it has started to rain a little now!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Reintroducing extinct species isnt always clever

Just that if this had been Canada I know for a fact that 100 beers wouldnt have kept us quiet for long;
"..A family of bears has broken into a holiday cabin in Norway and consumed more than 100 cans of beer.



A mother bear and her three cubs broke into the wooden lodge in the north of the country by ripping off a wall, according to Norway's Finnmarken newspaper, and went on to eat and drink nearly all its contents.



The cabin’s owner, Even Borthen Nilsen, told reporters that over 100 cans of Norwegian beer - stored in the hut in preparation for the autumn hunting season - had disappeared.



Bear excrement and footprints – and an awful stench – left him in no doubt that it was the animals that had trashed the place during a night of revelry.



The carnage was discovered by Mr Borthen Nilsen’s mother and grandmother when they returned to the family-owned 26-square foot hut in Jarfjord in Finnmarken.



The bears had also polished off their store of marshmallows, chocolate spread and honey.



Mr Borthen Nilsen, who has studied natural resource management and bears, said: "They had a hell of a party in there.



"The entire cabin was destroyed. The beds and all kitchen appliances, stove, oven and cupboards and shelves were all smashed to pieces.



"They have bitten into the cans and drunk the beer.



"It's almost like taken out of Goldilocks and the three bears."



He added that now that the mother had shown her cubs how to get into the cabin and given them a taste for beer, he feared they might come back for more."

And to think there are folk talking about reintroducing these to britain, havent we got enough drunks already?

Monday, 13 August 2012

G4S and Coes Sports day are we there yet?

G4S  in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism from its own crap performance has decided to pump the press with some good news, I'm sure the lads and lasses fresh back from picking up bits of their mates in the sandy shithole  will appreciate a new set of  table tennis bats for the WRVS but I suspect they might have preferred to have had the leave they were due and entitled to!
Bunch of cunts, at least the drug cheat fest is over and wont be here again in my lifetime. I can hopefully now enjoy the spectacle of wheelchair basketball a combat sport only slightly removed from chariot racing, that is assuming the BBC can be bothered to televise those allegedly less able than us?

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Whilst we are watching gun porn flicks

A mate Dr Stealth sent me these;

FCSA is the Fifty Calibre Shooting Association, nice chaps, they even  tolerate those smallbore freaks with .338's;

Its time I got out and did some shooting myself, once I have sorted out Young Mongos rifles we will get some stalking done!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

.450 Nitro Express

A little bit of range work filmed by Tac, cheers;

Its being tested prior to a trip to Africa!

Only in America?

I wish I could have this happen tp me;
"Police in Washington are looking into how a local resident who ordered a color TV set via Amazon.com ended up with a high-powered semi-automatic assault rifle instead.




Seth Horvitz, who lives in the northeast quadrant of the US capital, said he contacted police immediately after a parcel delivery service left the military-style SIG Sauer SIG716 at his apartment door.



"They were a little confused at first. They've never seen anything quite like it," he told Fox 5, a local television station.



"They just took my information and then said: 'We'll handle this weapon because it's illegal to keep here.' It's illegal to transport in a car, so it can't be returned."



While the box was addressed to Horvitz, who had ordered a flat-screen television from a third-party retailer via Amazon.com, an invoice inside the box suggested the gun was supposed to go to a Pennsylvania gun shop."

Eh if only I was that lucky!



Thursday, 2 August 2012

Yes quiet again

But thanks to the Kiwi you can have this;

Monday, 23 July 2012

Warming up nicely


The Tea Lady is in lizard mode soaking up the rays and I've just had the rat catcher in to deliver some more bait, I thought a glimpse of what yesterday was like might be fun;

Apparently the RAF are working in temperatures close to 50 degrees in the sandpit, tsk tsk it must be hard not carrying a bergan and wearing body armour eh?
Anyway whilst chatting with Lefthooker this came up;



Not the best programmes that Hugh Dennis has ever done but David Armand is a star for sure!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Happy Salamanca day folks

Bashing Bambi Passim

Ah the memories of post Salamanca day  hangovers strong enough to kill a rifle company let alone me, drunken 3 legged races and a vague recollection of a BBQ!

Friday, 20 July 2012

I've been away a day or two without any internet access whatsoever

And I come home to find this;
Yes courtesy of Mr FMT if you remember him! With no added irony!
Also from redcoat Greenjacket;
Oh yes!