Lincolnshire Libraries High Court victory

July 23, 2014
Lincs High Court victory

Lincs High Court victory

I have decided that the means by which the county council decided and reached their decision was flawed, in two respects. In respect of the consultation, and of their failure to properly deal with an application by a charitable organisation [Greenwich Leisure Limited] which already ran library service for two London boroughs, Greenwich and Woolwich. I have decided that the decision made in December last year should be quashed. — Mr Justice Collins

Two weeks ago, saw campaigners in the High Court in London challenging the Philistines at Lincolnshire County Council, who wished to close two-thirds of libraries, fire 170 library staff, reduce hours in the remaining libraries.

On the second day in the High Court, the case for the council began to collapse when asked, how many people during the consultation were in favour of library closure. The answer was none. The judge responded he had never come across a consultation where not a single person was in favour of the proposed course of action.

Last week, the good news came through, the campaigners had won their case in the High Court on two counts, the failure of the council to consult, the failure to consider alternatives.

The Defendant is required by Section 7 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to provide “a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof”.

The Philistines who made the decision, who showed contempt for local people, who showed they are unfit to hold public office, are still in office.

The campaign to save the libraries was a model campaign, something other campaigners should take due note of and learn, and not just on libraries. They were on the street, they took direct action, they lobbied, the petitioned, they involved well-known authors, they made very effective use of social media and they were prepared to go to the High Court.

Most decisions taken by councils are flawed, they go through on the nod, without any proper consultation or scrutiny or representation. Arrogant councillors feel they can do as they please, there to ego trip and get their snouts stuck in the trough. As the High Court challenge has shown, when subject to proper scrutiny, most decisions are shown to be flawed, not in the public interest and for the library closures, unlawful.

Those councillors who took the decision to close libraries, who showed arrogant contempt for the local communities they were elected to serve, who have shown they are unfit to hold public office, must be kicked out of office, and they should also be surcharged to cover the costs, as those costs should not be borne by the local tax payer.

Crazy Circle Illusion!

July 23, 2014

The balls are travelling in straight lines!

Genocide in Gaza by Israeli Judeo-Fascists

July 22, 2014
beaten Palestinian boy

beaten Palestinian boy

protest outside Israeli Embassy in London

protest outside Israeli Embassy in London

Beating a Palestinian, an everyday normality for Israeli Judeo-Fascists.

Beating an American citizen, a game changer and an eye opener for Americans.

Net result, US media are putting Israel under far greater scrutiny for the genocide they are committing in Gaza.

The beating of this American teen by Israeli police helped spark the current crisis.

The fifteen-year old boy who was badly beaten, was an American cousin of the Palestinian boy who was kidnapped, beaten, then killed by Israelis. We know it was Israelis as CCTV outside the family shop caught him being kidnapped. He was beaten, knifed, then set alight whilst still alive. He was set alight by pouring gasoline into his mouth.

It was believed those who carried out this horrific attack was a revenge attack for the three Israelis killed.

Whilst we know who was responsible for the gruesome murder of the Palestinian boy, we do not know who was responsible for the killing of the three Israelis. A civilised country carries out a post-mortem to establish cause of death, followed by a murder inquiry, followed by capture of the suspect, followed by charges being laid, followed by a fair trial. For the Judeo-Fascists of the Pariah State of Israel, it was an excuse to carry out genocide in Gaza. The immediate knee jerk reaction of the Israeli Judeo-Fascists was that Hamas must be punished, which is code for Palestinians must be punished.

The genocide in Gaza is following a sickening familiar pattern. A period of peace, which shows the Palestinians not to be the ogres portrayed by Israel, provocation by Israel, retaliation by Palestinians, which is then used as an excuse by Israel for all out bombardment, and this time a ground attack, under the guise of self defence, and yet, as the world can see, it is Israel that is the aggressor.

We are seeing appalling hypocrisy.

Terrorists armed by Russia, shoot down Malaysian flight MH-17, and the West steps up sanctions against Russia.

Israel launches a brutal attack on Gaza. No sanctions by the West.

Russia was barred from the Farnborough International Airshow, the world’s biggest arms fair, for aggression in Ukraine, attacking a neutral country. Why was Israel not barred for its brutal attack on Gaza?

We need a ceasefire, only there are no honest brokers to negotiate a ceasefire. War criminal Tony Blair is not an honest broker. The military junta in Egypt is not an honest broker. The US, Israel’s biggest backer, is not an honest broker.

A ceasefire is a start, but is is not sufficient. There must be an immediate military and economic embargo of Israel, all flights to Israel must cease. banks, and other companies that deal with Israel and profit from the conflict must be targeted. Individuals must do their bit and boycott all products from Israel and encourage others to do likewise, speak to retailers and explain why they must not stock or sell products from Israel.

Sanctions and boycotts work. Dutch people persuaded a Dutch pension fund, PGGM, to withdraw from Israel.

Israel is a pariah state that must be isolated, weapons and money cut off.

Israel was founded on terrorism and it is exporting that terrorism to its neighbours.

Gaza is little more than an open air concentration camp with Israeli Judeo-Fascists the border guards.

Nazis incinerated Jews, gypsies and other undesirables in the gas ovens. The Jews save on transport costs and incinerate Palestinians in their homes.

Please sign the petition (so far over a million have signed) calling for an international boycott of Israel.

Israel was defeated in Lebanon and had to withdraw with its tail between its legs, as it was previously defeated in Gaza, and as it is now being defeated in Gaza.

Hamas warned before the invasion, if Israel attacked, it would open the Gates of Hell.

This evening there was a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, and that was just a warm up for mass protest on Saturday.

Farnborough International Airshow 2014

July 20, 2014
Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Airbus A350

Airbus A350

Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

airfield

airfield

banner

banner

Vulcan

Vulcan

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Farnborough International Airshow Monday 14 July to Sunday 20 July 2014 in words and pictures.

Shame those local businesses who saw the airshow as an opportunity to rip off locals and visitors alike.

Nightmare for residents who find roads blocked, one way systems reversed, the area gridlocked.

A fun day for the family, but in reality, the world’s biggest arms fair, and as we are seeing in Gaza, it is civilians, women and children, who bear the brunt of casualties.

Benefits for a few, disbenefits for the many. Disbenefits greatly outweigh the benefits.

Lunch at Nepalese restaurant

July 20, 2014
lunch at Nepalese restaurant

lunch at Nepalese restaurant

A break from the airshow with lunch at the Nepalese restaurant across the road from The Swan Inn.

Not busy, indeed it was empty, which meant the buffet had been sitting there for some time. Being empty, meant a choice of tables, therefore could sit by the window and watch the planes. Sadly yet another local business that sees the airshow as an excuse to rip people off. And yet, on other days, apart from Sunday, they were closed during the afternoon.

Afternoon in Farnham

July 19, 2014
River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow

River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow

A pleasant riverside walk along the River Wey, then through Gostrey Meadow and up Downing Street in to the centre of Farnham.

Children were in the river. And who can blame them. It was a hot day. I was tempted to join them.

I thought, when does The William Cobbett have its music festival. Well timed, I looked in and found it was on today. No one playing. Sadly a shadow of a few years ago, excellent music, a hog roast. Today a pretend barbecue.

I sat for a while in the shade of a tree in the graveyard of the Parish Church. I could hear music. I looked inside the church and found rehearsals. Prayer card writ, candle lit, for Cristina.

A long walk around Bishop’s Meadow and Manor Field. Since I last looked, the hay has been cut, bailed, and carted away.

wild flowers in Bishop's Meadow

wild flowers in Bishop’s Meadow

A strip has been ploughed and wild flowers sown. This was on the advice of FoE, but you do not dig up a long established meadow. I expected to find weeds. I was wrong, overcrowded wild flowers of hay meadows. Maybe the seeds will slowly slowly spread. Another area has been fenced off and an orchard planted. One apple tree already had a dozen apples.

A bench I had not seen before overlooking the river. I joined a man, and he told me a little of the river, and where it had flooded.

I thought have a drink in the Hop Blossom, but on checking the timetable, I saw a bus was due, and seeing as the sky was clouding over I thought maybe a thunderstorm. I had misread the timetable, and waited fir the next bus.

Whilst waiting, I walked a little way up Castle Street. I saw yet another chain eatery muscling its way into Farnham. Definitely not good news.

teasel in Manor Field

teasel in Manor Field

field daisies in Bishop's Meadow

field daisies in Bishop’s Meadow

field poppy in Bishop's Meadow

field poppy in Bishop’s Meadow

corn flower in Bishop's Meadow

corn flower in Bishop’s Meadow

The Gloster

July 19, 2014

On a businesses park, a pub The Gloster or Hungry Horse, confusing as it has two names, and a businesses park a strange place to have a pub, even more so with private security and signs saying No Entry Private Business Park. I have come across ghastly pubs, but none as ghastly as this pub. On offer, a hog roast, at least there was if you were willing to pay £5 or was it £15, as two signs with different price to gain entry

Greed rules ok for local pubs. Fleece visitors every which way.

On a par with the rough pubs in Aldershot, and seemed to attract the same clientèle.

Lunch at The Swan Inn

July 18, 2014
The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn

view of airfield deliberately obstructed

view of airfield deliberately obstructed

I had decided to have lunch at The Swan Inn. Had I not already decided, I would not have eaten there, as I was appalled at the marque and vans that were deliberately obstructing view of the runway from the main road. Something locals may wish to reflect upon.

A special Airshow menu. There was nothing special on the menu, other than the price, therefore reasonable to assume Farnborough Airshow being used as an excuse to rip off customers.

A chalk board advising 20% discount with voucher if you register to receive their newsletter.

Registration made, voucher printed and presented.

I have come across bad service, but nothing to compare with the reception of my voucher.

First girl looked at it with distaste, called over a second girl. She spent at least five minutes scrutinising it, trying to find grounds to refuse it. Finding none, she told me to go to a different part of the bar. This I did, but finding it busy, I came back, made it very clear their behaviour was unacceptable.

A third girl who looked like she was moonlighting from school, then intervened. Grudgingly, she accepted the voucher.

I also ordered a drink, to be told does not cover drink. The beer was served in plastic, not a glass.

Second girl told me voucher required two courses. Nothing on the voucher to say so, even though she tried very hard to find.

Third girl asked where I was sitting. I pointed to a table in the bar.

No, you cannot sit there, the offer only applies to our restaurant.

I asked was the menu different.

She said no.

Earlier, I had said I wished to sit on the veranda, to be told no. No reason was given. I then said garden, to be told it was £30 to sit in their garden.

But odd, I am being asked where I am sitting. On walking in, a sign saying ask to be seated.

Maybe I should have pointed out their own sign.

Maybe too, I should have pointed out their very prominent sign saying subscribe to their newsletter and receive a 20% discount voucher.

Or drawn attention to their website (actually I did):

Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll give you a voucher for 20% off your food bill!

I then settled down to what I excepted to be a long wait.

Impossible to relax, moronic pop music blasting out.

Surprisingly not a long wait.

beer battered haddock

beer battered haddock

Haddock and chips. The haddock served upside down and plonked on the chips. The so-called chips, potato wedges, that most people would have thrown out. Mushy peas, in a tiny little pot the size of an egg cup.

No salt and pepper on the table. I was not asked if I required. I looked around and could not see any. No one inquired was my meal ok.

I was not the only person not happy. Other people I spoke to, were not happy either.

The kitchen closed at three, not open again until six. What world are they living in?

Ropes were across the door on entry, and across the door leading down to the veranda. Rope trailing on the ground, ideal trip hazard walking into a dark pub from brilliant sunshine outside. One of the girls (not who served me) did trip as she came in from the bright sun.

After the girl tripped, it was pointed out a trip hazard, but no action taken.

In the absence of a discount voucher, haddock and chips £10-95.

Again from their website, I think someone’s idea of a sick joke:

An historic building set in a fantastic location, The Swan Inn is now open after a major refurbishment and this welcoming, independently run gastro pub boasts a stylish beer garden with unique views over the London-Farnborough runway.

Enjoy quality, freshly-cooked food with locally sourced ingredients … Our popular lunch and dinner menus serve traditional and healthy pub alternatives, and our friendly staff will gladly take you through the seasonal menu and daily specials.

Gastro oub it certainly is not, whether locally sourced ingredients, I know not, apart from the fact the haddock came not from the nearby Basingstoke Canal, and there is nowhere local growing potatoes or peas (which were mushy not fresh), and the stylish garden (an area of grass with tables) costs £30 to sit in, and if what I experienced is welcoming, one wonders what unwelcoming is like.

The garden, for which it was being charged £30 to sit in, even though you were a customer, is on the centre line of the runway. It is not safe. It is within the PSZ (Public Safety Zone), defined by 1 in 100,000 risk contour, within which cannot build, cannot allow people to congregate, as deemed too high a risk, ie not safe. The 1 in 10,000 risk contour lies just short of the garden.

The best place to observe the planes, unless you wish to view the underside of a plane landing or taking off, is outside and to the side of The Swan Inn.

In light of the fact The Swan Inn was deliberately blocking local residents passing along the main road of a view of the airfield (many were enjoying that view earlier in the week), I suggest locals show what they think of this pub by boycotting it.

Apart from blocking the view, there were vehicles parked on the footpath, forcing people out onto a very busy main road. Police on cycles came by, stopped for several minutes outside the pub, but took no action. Nor did they take action on drinks being consumed outside the pub.

The Swan Inn was refurbished some years ago. Before then a very rough pub. A quality pub, good food, may work in Farnham or Godalming or Guildford, but not Farnborough. Revisiting a couple of years ago they seemed to have repositioned themselves at the lower end of the market, their clientèle being rowdy drunks. The outside of the pub is now looking the worse for wear.

The Swan Inn is owned by TAG who also own the airfield.

Salut Salon “Wettstreit zu viert” | “Competitive Foursome”

July 16, 2014

Antonio Vivaldi’s “Sommer” wird zum Schauplatz eines musikalischen Wettkampfs. Salut Salon fechten ihn akrobatisch aus, und mit viel Humor – ein Klassiker des Hamburger Quartetts. Ein Konzertmitschnitt aus dem Film “Salut Salon. Der Film” von Regisseur Ralf Pleger.

“The Summer”, composed by Antonio Vivaldi, becomes the stage for a musical competition. Salut Salon fight acrobatically and with a special sense of humor — this is a Salut Salon classic, a live recording from the movie “Salut Salon. The Movie”, directed by musicfilmmaker Ralf Pleger.

Rescue of a wolf

July 15, 2014

A wolf dragged half drowned and near frozen to death from a mountain river.

A man who encountered the wolf near death, desperately stuck in an icy river in Italy, called the Monte Adone Centre, a volunteer organization that rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife.

The wolf, later named Navarre, was undernourished, paralysed in his hind legs, and had 35 lead pellets lodged his body.

After two weeks of intensive care, the wolf regained his ability to walk.

Navarre was then transferred to an enclosure that would allow him to fully recover before he could eventually be released back into the wild.

What is surprising, is that the wolf lets his carers look after him. Did he realise they were looking after him?


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