Opinion

The personal convictions of columnists, presented in persuasive form.

Cuts, Cuts, Cuts.

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It would seem that the focus of the press at the moment is all about the changes to Government spending and how it is changing the services that available to the British Punter.  Doom and gloom stories are about all of the time and it would be  a ostrich-like news fanatic of me not to point some of this stuff out. 

Education changes have been making the headlines, mainly due to ongoing "riots" during student protests over fees.  Not like Riots back in my day mind, they were proper riots with proper pipe bombs, coshs and  Riot Squad everywhere.  A Gentleman was charged this week with "violent disorder" for throwing a fire extinguisher through a window such was his rage.… Continues …

Fact or fiction, it's all the same to me!

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For my first column I felt compelled to set out something of my mind-set for you to grab hold of in order to indicate where I’m coming from. The notion of what is and what is not, “fact” has for a long time been difficult for me to cope with and understand. Its trail is as elusive as time itself and throughout the course of my life has lead me down dark alley-ways of thought so much that I am now what most people would call a skeptic. That’s not to say I’m negative. On the contrary, being as I am, un-burdened by the notion of “fact”, my approach to life has the free flying exuberance of idealism as opposed to the weighed down guilt associated with the rigid infrastructure of realism. In short I find the infinite probabilities of the possible more captivating than finite possibilities of the probable.

Some in my circle see my stance as anarchic, merely a reluctance to conform or even a means of causing minor conspiracies in order to gain some form of recognition, credence or attention. Until fairly recently I had wondered myself, whether some subconscious effort was being played on my part to be different for different’s sake. Was there something in my past that triggered it off?… Continues …

The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Do You Want Safety or Freedom?

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It seems to me almost everyday there is something in the news about new security measures being taken in a western country to "combat crime and terrorism". It really makes me wonder how many of our freedoms and civil rights we willing to give up in order to feel safe. Are we on our way to a 1984 like society? Are all these new measures as necessary as the governments would have us believe?… Continues …

The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Passport from 1971

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The week that was - Punters, A Pound Up or a Pound of Flesh

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Best of luck for PNE this season!

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Last Week's the week that was.

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1. Harriet Harman receives the MrShaw  award for quickest turnaround this week.  Earlier in the week Mrs Harman decided to open her mouth and accuse Danny Alexander of being a ginger rodent.  Great stuff, had me giggling for a wee while.  Harriet went onto to say ""There's something deeply unnatural that's happened in Scotland.".  I'm popping up to Hadrian's Wall this weekend to see if the Ghost of Robert Burns, William Wallace and Gregor Fisher (the man, not the ghost) are leading a group of disgruntled Scots to Parliament to the tune of "Scots Wha Hae".  In the interim, the Ginger rodent in person has stated via his Twitter account something he feels is funny and cute, but has come across as a bit of a twit.… Continues …

Sellabrity Auctions - Cherie Blair flogs Tony for a Tenner

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Tony Blair would be a wise man to check around the house (all 7 of them) to see if any "valuables" were missing, including copies of his memoirs, several watches and possibly other gifts presented due to his exploits as Super Politician Man/Two Faced Greedy Little Robber Toad and quite possibly pictures of his own signature!

It would seem that Cherie Blair, not content with attempting to rustle up £250,000 on the back of a charity speaking tour of Australia, been accused of having showers with a former topless model at Number 10, creating shame for Tony and Al by showing sympathy for Palestinian Suicide Bombings, using an Con Man (not Tony for a change) to negotiate a discount on a purchase of two flats, enacting a Richard Madeley in style when she walked out of a Sydney Supermarket with £2000 worth of shopping, singing "When I'm 64" shortly after receiving the news Dr David Kelly had committed suicide, attempting to dodge tax on precious jewels and many many more chewed faced blunders has recently turned her Ebay account into a electronic version of Carbooty.… Continues …

Breaking News - 10 stories that caught my attention

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1. This story, published here by The Telegraph is about claims that Jane Austen, one of Englands most famous novelists was heavily edited and was by and large written by two people.  Good Stuff. The News article, not Jane Austen.  Give me Terry Pratchett any day of the week.

2. The details of Dr David Kelly's death have been made public, despite previous statements that this would not be released for 70 years, in an attempt not to distress the family with Headlines regarding the subject.  The findings seemed to have pleased no one and caused a lot of finger pointing and debate over whether the findings report might, just might, been tampered with long before it was started, or just a load of piffle that somebody made up in a in the pub, while eating pork scratching's and drinking a Bitter.

3.The Government, bless them have decided that if they build on a green belt, then there is nothing we can do about that.  Incredulous.

4. The Nuclear Submarine, which some silly so and so parked on some rocks off the Scottish coast is getting a tickety boo check, whilst the Commander in charge may getting his discharge( You may need to setup an account with The Financial Times to access this article)… Continues …

The Week that was - Football

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With a rather weary cast upon all that was political in the UK, it was sport that seemed to cheer me up the most. 

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Sir Alex and Wayne Rooney have had a bit of a spat, and Wayne is all ready to ship off to Spain, where he no doubt will get a "decent egg banjo" whenever he needs one.  I think Wayne's card is heavily marked at Manchester United now, and Ferguson will have him shipped off quicker than you can say "Juicy Jeni Thompson".

On a different note a FIFA official has stated that the latest scandal with regards to the possible bribery allegations will not harm Englands bid for the World Cup, which probably means he got his share then.  Little wonder that Lord Coe has put such a huge price on tickets to The Olympics, paying back "The Man".  Sepp Blatter went on to state the affair has had a "very negative impact" on world football's governing body, which was a surprise to me as I always thought that it was Sepp Blatter's head that imposed a very negative impact on the opinion of the average football fan.… Continues …

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