The east end of the village still has two unfinished new street lamps -- this one beside the Stock Dove and another directly across the road. During the second week of the month, a lorry parked beside the one on the north side of Compstall Road for a while.
The vehicle had one lamp-top on it, so there was much speculation about which lamp post they would top-off and why they couldn't do both lamps at once. In the event, the truck drove off some time later in the morning and both lamp posts remained unfinished.
Something else that is dragging on and on is the painting job. Most of the new lamp posts are now black, apart from a grey stripe awaiting gold trim, but this one at the mini-park on Compstall Road remains dark grey. Rumour has it that the cowboys have run out of black paint and they're waiting for a surplus tin from another job before they paint another lamp post.
The pavement parkers are still at it. Here are two more causing further damage to the pavement at the Compstall Road end of Carlton Avenue.
Our Trivial Democrat-dominated council seems to have a real problem with pavements -- presumably because the only time any of the councillors visits Romiley, it's by car and he/she never has to tread our broken footpaths. As a result, the Romiley Residents' Committee is seriously considering starting a rumour that the council has weapons of mass destruction stashed here so that Prez Bush will gallop in for a spot of regime change.
A new bunch of councillors seems to be the only hope Romiley has that the council will spend the ratepayers' cash on something of real benefit to the people -- instead of endlessly rebuilding the centre of Stockport.
Now that they've been topped off in time for Easter, the lamps at the eastern end of the 'New Lamp Zone' have fancy cut-out tops with ROMILEY arcing up and above a picture, which may possibly be intended to be an artist's impression of what the village is like.
It seems that somebody has been making an effort to turn conventional street furniture into something a little extraordinary.
Okay, so the village looks a little prettier -- but that still doesn't justify the cost of exchanging one set of perfectly adequate steet lights for some new ones.
Britain's stumbling economic performance is due to 'sluggish growth in the eurozone', according to the Chancellor. And the reason why everyone is being required to cough up more dosh to his War Chest, despite the façade of stand-still and giving cash away in the budget, is nothing to do with his inept economic forecasts. The rest of the world didn't live up to his expectations, and even though he would like us to believe that Britain is doing much better than anyone else -- with the implication that it's all thanks to his meddling -- then New Labour's customers are just going to have to suffer a bit more.
Shock Conclusion To 'Millionaire' Trial
Most people thought that having to cut short a session of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? fraud trial due to a couple of jurors having uncontrollable coughs might just persuade the jury to let the Major and his missus go. But now that a nice big earner for the legal profession has reached the end of phase one -- the case is said to have cost a couple of million -- the conspiracy theorists are going into battle.
Crony News Update -- Which The Government Would Prefer You Not To Read
Lord Irvine, the notorious wallpaper-buying at taxpayer's expense Lord Chancellor and Tony Crony, suffered the humiliation of a cut in the 12.6% pay rise recommended by his review board to the pedestrian level of an average dogsbody government minister. But he's still determined to grab as much taxpayer's cash as he can while he can. So the government had to bury confirmation that he's going to get a bung to his pension fund based on the 12.6%. And where better to do this than under the encouraging war news as Basra passed into British hands and the Yanks started on Baghdad?
Vice-Prez Stays Put
Vice-Prez Blair has told his chancellor again -- and for the umpteenth time -- that he's not going to move over. He still has lots left to do, he says.
Soft On Crime, Soft On The Causes Of Crime
The Sentencing and Advisory Panel at David Blunkett's Home Office wants judges to stop sending muggers to gaol unless they cripple their victims.
Blunk Strikes Again
Things Going Horribly Wrong
1. The government's new scheme for tax credits.
The Chief Suspect Is Dead, Publish (bits of) The Report
Are we supposed to be concerned that the government and the security services fought a 'dirty war' against Irish terrorists in the 1980s? A lot more summary justice for murdering criminals, and their apologists, could well have saved a few lives and spared the British people at large a whole lot of misery.
Mr. Jack Williams of Longton, Stoke, is showing remarkable fortitude in the face of an attempt at extortion by Stoke-on-Trent council. His car was legally parked, as far as he could tell, when he caught a train to Birmingham one morning. There were double yellow lines painted on either side of the car when he returned to it -- and a parking ticket on the windscreen even though the car was still in a line-free zone! The council was unhelpful initially when Mr. Williams rang to complain, but the parking ticket was cancelled eventually. We're now waiting to hear if the council will be interviewed by the police over a clear case of attempted extortion.
Major changes in the ranks of the government's special advisors are required to 'rebuild trust' says the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Indeed, members of the the committee have admitted that there are virtually no worthwhile standards upheld by the Blair regime and that its spin doctors are totally out of control. Thus a radical 'regime change' on the communications side is required.
Iraqi Communications Minister Mohammed Sahaf has been immortalized as an Action-Man style doll. He is available in 2 types -- a standard doll in combat gear and a more expensive talking version. He joins a range which includes Osama bin Laden in drag; a Saddam Hussein doll, which alternates benevolent smiles with fierce glares; a George Bush doll, who talks incomprehensible rot, just like the real thing; a Mugger vampire doll, which delivers a lecture on Endogenous Growth Theory; and a Vice-Prez Blair doll, which apologizes endlessly.
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The Yanks wasted four perfectly good 2,000 lb bombs on wiping out a restaurant in Baghdad, hoping to take out the World's Favourite Despot and his entourage. Which seems rather strange when most people think Saddam got out of the capital city ages before and he was lurking safely somewhere in Tikrit, or even Damascus, at the time.
What To Do With The Looters
It is traditional to shoot looters on sight to force a criminal community to curb its instincts. But no one is allowed to kill civilians in Iraq except by accident. So what's the solution to the looting in the major cities? Shoot the looters but not to kill them? And put further strain on the devastated hospitals, which have been heavily looted?
A Change Of Direction
April 17th : Iraq is history; the war in Ulster is back on the Guardian's front page. And before Iraq slips below the news horizon into the pit of discards -- a violent protest in Athens against that war in mid-April when it was pretty well over? What was that all about; other than Greek hooligans using it as an excuse for running riot and smashing things?
Iraq's Only War Hero Looted!
Mr. Ali Mingash was credited with shooting down a US Apache helicopter with his rifle, following the example of his fearless leader [pictured left]. Mr. Gadaffy, the Libyan leader, awarded him a medal. The World's Favourite Despot (pro tem) rewarded the farmer-hero in cold cash to the tune of 50,000,000 dinars (£14K).
World's Favourte Despot Looted, Too!
The Way Ahead
Prez Bush is planning to remove thousands of troops from Germany, and close their bases, to bring to an end an occupation which has lasted since World War II -- for 57 years, in fact.
When the rain came down and down in Brazil, they blamed the tyre manufacturers for changing the rules and allowing only one type of wet-weather tyre. The tyre companies had brought Intermediates when a serious Brazilian rainstorm required Full Wets. But when the race finally got going, we were treated to a demolition derby full of interest. And the Forces of Evil Schumacher going into the tyre wall had to be a sign that the universe won't put up with him forever.
Once upon a time, Winnie Mandela was the 'Mother of All Presidential Wives' and she could do no wrong. Except that behind the adulation, she was associated with a dodgy bunch of thugs, who were torturing and murdering like mad, and she was involved in getting bank loans for bogus members of the ANC Women's League. Now, the gloss has faded from South Africa's equivalent of Idi Amin, and she's headed for a short spell in gaol and a spot of gentle community service.
Cadbury's have certainly won themselves a ton of publicity from their scheme to give away sports equipment tokens with their chocolate products. The foodies are leading the charge, pointing out that a kid would have to spend £70 on high fat, high calorie products to get a £10 basketball -- and then play with it for 90 hours to burn off all the calories. But is that going to happen? Of course, it isn't -- but not for the obvious reason.
By the time the papers got to print the news of the recovery of the drawings the next day -- dumped in a public lavatory in Whitworth Park, cue a load of Loo-vre jokes -- their combined value had risen to £4million.
Makes you wonder how long the thieves would have to hang on to them to get the combined value up into the billions ...
PowderJect, the company headed by New Labour bunger Paul Drayson, was awarded a deal to provide anti-anthrax injections for British going troops in Iraq. The deal went through 'on the nod' in dead secrecy and avoiding the usual tendering processes. The Department of Defence and Stealth is pleading 'national security', which is a pretty good indication that a guilty secret has been exposed. A rival company dropped out of the bidding process when it realized that the vaccine specified was aimed specifically at PowderJect's product rather than their own. PowderJect seems to be doing rather too well out of its £100K bung to Vice-Prez Blair's outfit.
Another New Labour bunger, Lakshmi Mittal, seems to be manoeuvring to grab parts of the former, and still ailing, British Steel. Vice-Prez Blair backed a bid by Mr. Mittal to buy up the rival Romanian steel industry with the totally bogus excuse that he was helping a British company. Someone else seems to be on course to do even better out of his bung of £125K.
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