Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Worst injured soldier ever to survive is awarded less than RAF typist with a sore thumb

Worst injured soldier ever to survive is awarded less than RAF typist with a sore thumb

Ben Parkinson volunteered to serve his country on the Afghan front line - and paid a terrible price.

The young paratrooper suffered a total of 37 terrible injuries when he was blown up by a landmine.

He lost both his legs and sustained grievous damage to his
spine, skull, pelvis, hands, spleen and ribcage, leaving him in a coma
for months.

Incredibly, 23-year-old Ben is still alive almost a year later
- according to his doctors the most badly-injured soldier ever to

All his mother wants is to buy a bungalow so she can care for him there.

Yet as recompense for his ruined life, Ben has been offered only
£152,150 - little more than half the maximum award for maimed military
personnel and less than a third of the £484,000 doled out to an RAF
typist who claimed she had suffered repetitive strain injury to her

Yesterday Ben's mother Diane Dernie told how she plans to
challenge the award in the High Court, and spoke of her disgust at this
"insult" to her brave son.

"We won't let him lose his chance to come home," she said. "It is
iniquitous the way his injuries have been dismissed as nothing. He
deserves better."

Mrs Dernie has been told that Ben's case does not qualify for
legal aid. So she is appealing for help to raise £50,000 to fund the
first High Court challenge against the Armed Forces Compensation
Scheme, arguing that its rules are patently unfair in the most severe

A successful judicial review would ensure that several other
soldiers maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive financial

Ben's case exemplifies the mounting concern about the Government's treatment of the Armed Forces. READ THE FULL STORY and HELP

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The car bomb you are calling may be switched off - please try later!

I just HAD to post THIS Littlejohn article and I agree with the person who said "What a pity that Littlejohn is not prime minister."

The car bomb you are calling may be switched off - please try later!
23:42pm 2nd July 2007 Comments Comments (71)

Richard Littlejohn
Difficult to know whether to laugh or scream after the weekend of madness we've just been through. And it's not over yet, with the security level raised to 'critical' and another terrorist attack imminent.

So let's get the laughter out of the way first, something which wouldn't have been possible had the bombers succeeded and hundreds of innocent people been killed or maimed.

Mistake One as far as the jihadists were concerned was trying to set off car bombs in the West End of London. The chances of either vehicle staying put for long enough to detonate were always going to be negligible.

In Westminster, you can get ticketed at traffic lights. One of them was towed away because it was parked on a double yellow. The second was spotted by two alert paramedics attending to a paralytic drunk, a routine casualty of another quiet night under Labour's rock-around-the-clock drinking regime.

Incompetence: The car bomb failed to go off

We've only seen pictures of one side of the green Mercedes in the Haymarket. From a different angle, it too may well have been clamped, awaiting the removal truck.

Then there was the folly of relying on mobile phones to spark the explosion. Apparently they made at least two failed calls. What did they expect? Have you ever tried to get a signal in Piccadilly at chucking out time?

"The car bomb you are calling may be switched off. Please try later."

At least they didn't try loading their deadly cargo into a couple of SUVs. They'd have been beaten up by the provisional wing of Friends Of The Earth before they'd had time to set the fuse.

And if they forgot to pay the congestion charge, their chances of escaping detection would have been less than zero.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow the attack was foiled when the Jeep packed with petrol, propane and nails hit a bollard outside the terminal.

They would have needed a 4x4 just to get over the Crazy Golf speed humps on the approach road. Only in Britain could traffic calming and wheel clamping make a major contribution to homeland security.

My favourite moment was the interview with the have-a-go hero at the airport who helped apprehend one of the would-be bombers. His account went something like: "I saw this Asian guy running towards me shouting 'Allah' — so I battered him."

Go on yerself, big man. I'm surprised he hasn't been charged with racially-aggravated assault.

Curiously, by yesterday morning this clip had vanished from the TV news websites — along with reports of passengers yelling "Let the bastard burn" as police grappled with the suspect who set himself on fire.

Call me flippant, but gallows humour is the only thing which is going to get us through this with our equanimity intact.

It's best not to dwell on the enormity of what has led us here. In yesterday's Mail, Melanie Phillips summarised superbly not just the deranged evil of those who seek to destroy us, but also the frightening criminal negligence, stubborn stupidity and callous indifference of those charged with protecting us.

Don't blame the police or the intelligence service, this is a mess made by politicians. I felt like retching when Gordon Brown sauntered on camera to announce that the safety of the British people was paramount.

Here is a man who for the past ten years has been one of the two most prominent members of a government which has turned Britain into a playground for jihadists.

Labour tore up border controls, allowing a mass influx of Islamist psychopaths from all over the globe. Radical preachers and terrorist recruiting sergeants were encouraged to settle here. They were fed and watered, handed benefits, council houses and free cars.

Two years after 9/11, Captain Hook was still given a police guard to peddle his message of hatred and murder on the streets of Finsbury Park. Omar Bakri was safely tucked up in free accommodation in Edmonton and driving a brand new people carrier paid for by the mug British taxpayer.

These were but two among tens of thousands of Muslims living among us who make no secret that they hate Western society and intend to establish an Islamic state in Britain. Yet Gordon Brown's government wasn't interested.

Those of us who had the audacity to question the folly of allowing Islamic radicalism to foment in this country in the name of 'diversity' and 'multiculturalism' were smeared as 'racists'.

Background checks on those coming here were somewhere between cursory and non-existent. It turns out that almost all the members of the terror cell involved in the weekend's failed attacks were doctors.

Why the hell are we importing newly-qualified doctors from Iraq when we're training thousands of home-grown medical students for the dole queue?

Two men still on the run are described as members of a Middle Eastern terror cell who moved to Britain last year. How did that happen? Who voted to make this country a safe haven for Middle East terrorists? Why were they allowed in? And if they were known terrorists, why weren't they subsequently rounded up and kicked out?

Don't expect any sensible answers. And don't expect anything to change, either. Under Labour, the 'human rights' of terrorists always come way ahead of the safety of British citizens.

We're being treated to the same fine words, platitudes and trite analysis from the usual crowd of useful idiots we hear after every Islamic terrorist attack.

All you need to know is that the Government has no intention of 'getting tough' and the calls to the Muslim 'community' to offer up the extremists in their midst will fall on deaf ears.

We can only thank God that this little gang were so inept. Laugh while you can, next time there might be nothing to laugh about.

Let the bastards burn.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Seize the day.

This was sent to me by a VERY good friend (Michelle) and I thank her for it and also for the feeling within it.

Around the corner I have a friend,

In this great city that has no end,

Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,

And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face,

For life is a swift and terrible race,

He knows I like him just as well,

As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine but we were younger then,

And now we are busy, tired men.

Tired of playing a foolish game,

Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim

Just to show that I'm thinking of him."

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,

And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,

Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."

And that's what we get and deserve in the end.

Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean.
If you love someone, tell them.
Don't be afraid to express yourself.
Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.
Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late.
Seize the day. Never have regrets.
And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.

SMILE, even through your

Friday, March 02, 2007

Another Government *&^)$£UP

Green funding farce


The government’s flagship green grant scheme turned in to an arid desert within 90 minutes yesterday as passionate environmentally concerned homeowners scrambled for this month’s rationed supply of grants for wind turbines and solar panels.

Last month the supply of grants ran out before midday on the 1st, while in January they lasted until the 12th and in December, the month in which the cap was introduced, they lasted until the 20th

The cap the government has put on the household stream of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme is a meagre £500,000.   

Last night the renewable energy industry accused the government of presiding over a farce and called for another £15 million pounds in order to continuously fund the LCBP until the start of its next renewable energy support scheme.

The Solar Trade Association compared the UK situation with that in Germany where small-scale renewable energy industry is well over 20 times the size of the comparable British industry and the German government has a full range of long term financial and regulatory measures in place to support their fledging small-scale renewables industry.

As a result, many German householders are actively purchasing renewable energy systems and the German industry is flourishing with new investment, the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and new factories.

But shortage of cash is not the only impediment to Britain’s green aspirations. The British Wind Energy Association said 12 out of 18 proposals had failed to win planning consent.

This will make it difficult for the UK to meet its current target of generating 10% of electricity from renewables by 2010, BWEA said, - not to mention the ambitious target of 20% that Mr Blair has now decided Britain must reach.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Hospitals cheating over patient choice,say GPs


Hospitals cheating over patient choice, say GPs


Hospitals and trusts are abusing a government computer system that allows patients to book appointments online, doctors have claimed.

Managers are allegedly limiting the list of choices open to patients in order to meet waiting time targets and save money.

The “choose and book” computer system allows GPs to discuss treatment options with patients and book appointments with hospital specialists during consultations.

But certain treatment options have been disappearing from lists as primary care trusts try to restrict the number of patients having expensive procedures in private centres.

Hospitals are also removing outpatient clinics from the lists to ensure they meet waiting time targets by clearing their books before taking on new patients.

Doctors at the British Medical Association today criticised the practice for limiting pat ient choice.

Dr Richard Vautrey, of the association’s GP committee, told the Standard: “It is dishonest for the Government to keep talking about patient choice and expanding choice when primary care trusts and hospitals are hell-bent on limiting choice and gaming the system.”

Under the Government’s choice agenda patients are able to choose to be treated in an expanding list of local hospitals, private sector treatment centres and foundation hospitals.

But Dr Vautrey, who practises in Leeds, said nearby Bupa and Nuffield treatment centres had been removed from the online choose-and-book list after the local primary care trust said it could no longer afford for patients to be treated there.

Similar reports have been coming in from across the country, he said.

“The Department of Health is talking about patient choice but in reality the acute trusts and primary care trusts are practising demand management and limitation of choice because of financial problems and targets,” Dr Vautrey said.

“It is immensely frustrating for patients to find that a service that was open to them last week is not available now.

“Primary care trusts and hospitals are limiting the number of patients they treat to the the money they have got, without any regard for patients’ needs or choices.”

The Standard has revealed how hospitals are delaying treatments until after the beginning of the new financial year to avoid paying bills as they struggle to balance their books.

Many areas have also introduced “demand management systems”, where a panel of experts screens GP referrals to specialists to find cheaper alternatives for treatment, despite patients having already made their choice of preferred specialist.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “All trusts have to offer patients a choice of care in four locations, where a patient can be seen within 13 weeks when using choose and book.

"If a patient wishes to go to a hospital outside of the four offered by their GP then they are able to, providing it is clinically suitable to provide their care.”

Sunday, February 04, 2007


Common Sense Security

This site is designed to give an overview of what we can do to keep our computers safer and more secure while we are on the Internet. I have known the owner (Mark Rider) for a long time and confirm that his site is secure AND gives out some very useful advice. I can  recommend it highly.


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Go, Australia!!!!

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you", he said on National Television.

"I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia: one the Australian law and another Islamic law that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option", Costello said.

Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off. Basically people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want, to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off", he said.
Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.

Quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians."
"However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the 'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia." "However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand." "This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. And as Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle."
"This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom"

"We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society .. Learn the language!"

"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture."

"We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us."


"If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like "A Fair Go", then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.

"This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom,

"If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted."

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, British citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths!
If you agree please copy and paste THIS TO EVERYBODY YOU KNOW!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Retro64 Great Games Site


Small, independent developers have historically had a rough time competing in the computer games industry. But take my word  for it when I tell you that Retro64 can compete with AND outdo most if not all of the big boys.

Retro64, Inc. was created by a professional game developer, Michael W. Boeh, to revive the creative spirit of the C64. There games aren't Quake 3, and they don't want them to be! In There words:-

"We strive to make small, fast, polished games that take no time to learn, yet are fun to play over and over again. And while we do look back longingly at yesteryear, we understand that we want our games to play like those great games of the past- but not look that way! We use the latest hardware 3D accelerated graphics and digital stereo music to create game environments that are pleasing to the eye and ear. Sure, our games are based on concepts that are 10 years old, but they look great and are a complete blast to play."


"We also feel that with today's Internet technology, there is no reason for a small company to sacrifice service and support. At Retro64, we partner with only the finest services to keep our gamers happy. When you buy a game from Retro64, you can rest assured that your order is safe, and you will get your game right away. We also stand by the quality of our games and provide free technical support, even if you haven't purchased our games."

Retro64 has only begun to create great games, so look out!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Would like to thank Joe Chang for helping me with the problems transfering new Blogger settings
to Live Writer all is now working fine.

Monday, January 01, 2007

A Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to one an` all.
May the year ahead bring all that you desire and more.
If that includes a substantial lottery win my address is available on

Best Wishes