BR-monster Thoughts and musings of a computer literate beer drinker…

30Jul/070

BA57 ARDs

The DVLA 'spoilsport' department has struck again eliminating the plates that they would not like to see on the road...

The government recently issued a statement saying 300,000 new homes were needed and they were going to force councils to release land with planning permission to fill this need... curious, the building industry already has enough land WITH planning permission to build 220,000 homes (from their own annual reports) - so why not build them?

The goverment hopes they will build 'affordbable' homes - what planet do they live on? Private industry is profit led, it doesn't 'help' anyone, it strives to make the most money for the least expenditure (and some bribes), have the government not learned from the way private companies have screwed our rail network, power grid, water system, telecommunications, and pretty much anything else they touch...

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28Jul/070

Dreamer

Had an odd experience this morning - Just as I woke up I realised I had been having a dream about seeing Stanley Baxter walking through my local village and the local ASBO crowd seeing him and chanting 'one Stanley Baxter, there's only one Stanley Baxter...' and thinking it must be painful being a celebrity. However I had incorrectly identified him, it was really the Big Yin (who would recognise Stanley Baxter nowadays anyway?). What is the significance of this? It wasn't just me that got it wrong, it was my perception of the local hooligans - this must mean that dreams are not recollections of past events or premonitions of the future - they are merely nocturnal thoughts and are susceptible to all the flaws therein!

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23Jul/070

Another Day Another Deluge

When I was a kid summer meant weeks off school and sunshine in June & July, nowadays it means nothing of the sort.

We've had that much rain this year I'm thinking of building an Ark!

It has also been repoerted that water rates are going to rise to pay for improved flood defences - why? - infrastructure expenditure by the industry was quoted as being over £4 billion in last year yet they only spent £3 billion - surely that means they have £1 billion yet to spend!

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22Jul/073

Optio W30

I've finally got round to replacing my old Olympus digital compact camera... I went for the Pentax Optio W30 Waterproof... probably a good idea the way the weather has been this year!

It looks great (I got a blue one), though it doesn't have a viewfinder (call me old fashioned but I like having a viewfinder), however this appears to be its only failing - it takes great pics and the same memory cards as my other devices (SD)

Most important of all - the missus can use it - how simple can it get?

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