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The council reckons it has started work on solving the drainage problems in Romiley park. The work will cost £30,000 and last 6 weeks. Why? Because if it's done like any of the other public works jobs in Romiley, the contractor will start things off then bugger off to work on something else for the next fortnight. Let us hope they replant all the trees they chopped down; unless that was the first step on the road to turning the people park into a car park.
Another earthquake in Romiley Are they getting more frequent?
People who buy goods by mail order are falling foul of idle suppliers, who are buying stuff from China and failing to make sure that it meets British Standards. Take customers of the firm Cotton Traders, for instance. An outraged mail order customer has contacted us to complain that he is out of pocket to the tune of £12 in postage and return postage after ordering some boots from this firm.
MPs are abusing their tax-free, second-home allowance. So, to stop the abuse, the average cost of this perk is to be added to their salary. Plus an extra 40% to cover the tax. Which means each of them will cop for a further £22,100 per year from the taxpayer. Not to mention even more going into their pension pots. Only the inmates of the House of Commons would think it makes sense to stop swindlers dead in their tracks by giving them even more public money.
The Prime Example
A Brazilian illegal immigrant was busted on January 31st at the House of Commons, where she was working as a cleaner. She had been using someone else's security pass for 2 months. The government is being investigated for attempting to cover up this latest breach of both security and duty, and immigration minister liam byrne could face arrest and prosecution for aiding and abetting.
It's the way he tells them!
Not a lot of people know this . . .
The NatWest Three have each received a 3-year sentence for their Enron-related scam, and they have been ordered to replay the £3.5 million, which they made via insider dealing.
A British actor who became a big hit in the United States has died at 89. He began his career on the stage before moving with his family to Canada. He won the best TV actor award 5 times but he became best known for the role of Lt. Gerard, who pursued David Janssen all over the USA in the TV series The Fugitive (1963-67). He featured in the cast of many British TV adventure series of the 1960s and 1970s on ITV, including The Saint (1966), The Adventurer (1972) and the short-lived The Zoo Gang (1974). He ventured into outer space and roamed the galaxy in Space 1999 (1975-76). He found more satisfying roles on the stage and in BBC TV productions, but he got to play the American president in the brilliant Whoops Apocaplypse on LWTV (1982). His final TV part was in the daytime soap Doctors (2002).
The actor who played the sheriff in the blockbuster Jaws (1975) has died at 75. Somewhat nasally flattened during his amateur boxing career, Roy Scheider began his acting career in the theatre and broke into films in the 1970s, appearing in Klute (1971) and winning an Oscar nomination for his part in The French Connection (1971). He reprised his sheriff's role for Jaws 2 (1979) but received his 2nd Oscar nomination for All That Jazz (1979), his third major success. When not working in films and the theatre, he was a political campaigner, latterly against the Bush/Blair Iraq War.
Commercial broadcasters are closing down their digital stations after finding that they just lose money. Soon, only the BBC will be offering Digital Audio Broadcasting. Unfortunately, the current system is inferior to the new DAB+, which is incompatible with existing digital radios. And as FM radio isn't being switched off (or the government hasn't worked up the courage to flog off this part of the EM spectrum yet), there's no real incentive for anyone to go in for inferior (compared to FM) DAB.
Sepp Blatter, the boss of FIFA and a nominee for the post of Most Corrupt Person on the Planet, has widdled on the idea from a great height. So the PL won't be following in the footsteps of the NFL, which is now doing regular season American Crunch matches in Britain, and playing 10 matches abroad as a money-raising scheme.
This revolutionary concept in instant imaging has hit the buffers at the age of about 60. The Polaroid Corporation ceased production of its cameras in 2007. It has now abandoned making film for them. Founded by Edwin Land in 1947, the company had a turnover of one billion dollars per year at its height in the 1970s. But digital photography, which still can't produce instant prints with the convenience of a Polaroid camera, has taken over and rendered the technology unprofitable.
This millionaire American adventurer disappeared with his light plane over the Nevada desert in September 2007, but he has just been declared officially dead by a Chicago court. Extensive searches have turned up no trace of Mr. Fossett and his heirs now want to get on with enacting his last will & testament.
After downing pens and keyboards for 100 days, the screen writers of America have won a cut from sales of their work on the Internet and DVDs. They went out on strike because they have been excluded from repeat income from new media in the past, and they didn't want to be screwed again.
Having been part of Scotland 13 times in the past, the citizens of this border town (well, 2,000 of them) this month voted 3:2 in favour of giving England the boot again. They did it on the Tonight programme (ITV) and the main reason for wanting the transfer is that Scotland offers better public services (which are paid for by English taxpayers).
The son of a millionaire Cuban landowner, he led a successful revolution against a corrupt government, then proceeded to install his own corrupt, Soviet-client regime. He then dedicated his life to posturing on the world political stage, scrounging from other Communist regimes and surviving inept CIA attempts on his life.
The lead singer of the Dave Clark Five has died at 64. He was part of a band which sold 100 million records and had 30 hit singles worldwide and, like the Beatles, enjoyed major success in the United States. The band made 23 albums during its career, and its members are due to be inducted into the American Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame next month.
The drummer who played with EVERYONE has died at 60. His father let George sit in with his group at 9, he played gigs with established blues & souls bands through his teens, he founded his own short-lived bands and he hit the heights for the first time as a member of the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies.
67 of them caused 54 deaths and mayhem from Arkansas north to Ohio as American voters were choosing between a bloke who's not very black and a woman who's not safe to be near as the person to lead the Democrats into the next presidential election.
Boneheads in Action
Wot bloody global warming?
The Egg bank is facing a class action for slandered from disgruntled customers, who were labelled 'high risk' and unlikely to pay off their debt when the bank cancelled their credit card.
How new labour
The Wrong Sort of Newcastle!
The Wrong Sort of mortgage-holder!
HM Revenue & Customs a.k.a. Dept. of Squanderbugs
Believe it or what!
British Gas profits are up 570% this year. How did this happen? Because they shoved the price up when the wholesale price of gas went up and didn't bring it down in proportion. And by the way, they're shoving the price up by 15% this month.
Criminal migrants are costing the police, and therefore the taxpayer, £24 million in fees for translators.
Zimbabwe is now the unchallenged world leader as far as inflation goes. Their rate has hit 100,000% official (150,000% actual). Iraq is in 2nd place with an inflation rate of a mere 60%. The former bread-basket of its region now has a Gross Domestic Product under the Mugabe regime of $9/head/year.
An outfit called the National Institute for Public Health & Environment has calculated that healthy people are more of a burden on the NHS than fat people and smokers. Why? Because they live longer and they end their lives with expensive diseases, so they need expensive long-term care.
If it's not one swindle, it's another
Depressing News Prozac and the other big-selling anti-depressants are no more effective than sugar pills.
The latest housing minister, cazzer flint, thinks it would be a good idea to evict council house tenants if they don't get a job.
More ways to waste YOUR money
It's the way they tell them!
Socialist envy boomerangs
The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off 2 months late despite dire warnings of a 70% chance that the launch would have to be cancelled due to bad weather. As this was just a couple of days after Tornado Tuesday, when 67 twisters battered the United States, pessimists were in the majority. But, miraculously, the shuttle got the go-ahead to deliver the European-built Columbus space lab to the International Space Station.
Don't mess with the U.S.!
The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 was a total flop in this here as the whole country was covered with thick clouds. But what else can you expect under a labour government?
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Everyone was expecting Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts to halt the progress of the New England Patriots to a perfect season, but it was younger brother Eli and the New Jersey Giants who dented the dynasty juggernaut.
British Airways & Virgin Atlantic are now in a hole for $200 million after conspiring together to rig fuel price surcharges. As the result of a class action brought in the USA, around 6 million British airline passengers can claim refunds if they can prove that they flew the Atlantic with the offenders between 2004/08/11 and 2006/03/23.
If you're thinking of flying anywhere at Easter, it would be a good idea to give British Airways a miss. Their pilots have voted to strike over BA's plan to run a local airline at reduced aircrew wages.
The online petition website StopBlair.eu is hoping to collect 1 million entries to prevent smug bugger from becoming president of Europe. The website's backers insist that it would be a total contradiction of the values professed by the European Project if he got the job.
It's the way they tell them!
How very unusual!
The truth is sneaking out!
What else did they expect?
Hot on the heels of Super Bowl Sunday came Super Tuesday, when fans of oven chips came out in force to support their hero, Senator John McCain. He looks like leading the Republican ticket into battle with whomsoever the Democrats pick come November, the better part of a Mormon and a creationist.
Schule des Monats
A new nation in Europe!
Some Kosovan History
Obama Mia! dismay at the thought of such an empty vessel becoming president of the United States of America.
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