Ancient underground car-park

A ‘Remarkable and rare’ 2,200-year-old chariot unearthed in Melton Mowbray…      A ‘remarkable and rare’ Iron Age chariot has been uncovered during an excavation of an ancient hill-fort in Leicestershire.1413300662160_wps_6_Archaeologists_have_unearA single chariot lynch pin is shown from three angles, showing the intricate decoration at the ends. Archaeologists discovered the bronze chariot fittings, along with horse care tools from 2nd or 3rd Century BC, at an ancient fort in Burrough Hill. Experts believe the chariot was either dismantled or never built, and would have belonged to a high-status individual such as a noble or warrior. The archaeologists who found the treasures are said to be shell-shocked by the enormity of their discovery. The decorated fittings from the 2,200-year-old Iron Age chariot appear to have been buried as a religious offering.1413300755571_wps_11_Archaeologists_have_unearThe discovery was made by students from the University of Leicester during their ongoing excavation of the Burrough Hill Iron Age hill-fort (pictured), near Melton Mowbray. ‘Remarkable and rare’ 2,200-year-old chariot unearthed in Melton Mowbray, Leicester 

We’ve all done it before! Taken on a project and never got round to finishing it, and there it sits in the garage/shed/workshop just gathering dust (or in some cases buried underground for 2,200 years!) So if that’s the case, what’s in your garage/shed/workshop that you haven’t gotten round too just yet? Come on, shoulders back, chest out, chin up, and speak in a loud clear voice so we can all hear…   Yours Aye.

My mountain bike has been sat in pieces for several months, which I keep making feeble excuses over for not re-building!  Six ‘Hail Mary’s’ and Four ‘Our Father’s’ as penance!  (It’s a Catholic thing) ;-)

When nature speaks loudest

It has to be said that I don’t really have a sweet tooth, as I much prefer fresh fruit to candy or chocolate, however; through the day I do enjoy a McVitie’s digestive biscuit with a cup of tea. My after midnight ‘cuppa-char’ tends to bring out the beast in me, as I ditch the digestive for a Jacobs fig roll, after which all is well with the world. Except on Sunday morning just gone, when I discovered the biscuit tin/cookie jar was emptier than a Presidential promise!  The previous night I had absent-mindedly left the afore-mentioned storage vessel on the small side table next to my easy chair, with the lid insecure.jacobs1.JPG

Twelve of Jacobs finest were missing, and soon enough nature would tell me which of the three canines had mooched them away in the wee silent hours. It was soon obvious that Joss was not in on the act, as he ‘performed’ his constitutional duty in time-honoured fashion by ‘easing springs’ diligently, efficiently, and with dignity – as befits an older dog of war. As always I bagged and ditched natures by-product, as I keep the canine yard disinfected and as immaculate as the parade ground at the Commando Training Centre.  And then…pro-kolin+_30ml

So violent was the rear blast from Hannah, that she almost took off like a released balloon swirling through the air without a tied knot. I put the empty bag back in my pocket, and reached for the high pressure hose knowing I had one guilty canine before me.

images-1Nipper remained impassive, and simply stared up into the heavens as a murder of crows flew noisily by, and then without warning he lit up his single after burner and almost joined them. It was obvious from the spluttering after burner that Nipper had got to the biscuit tin/cookie jar first; quite obvious! And so it came to pass, that the guilty pair’s self-inflicted punishment  continued intermittently throughout the morning. Sunday was not a day of rest in my humble abode…

Fortunately as the day grew longer my good friend Pro Kolin assisted in settling the mood. Sadly I had to settle for a digestive with my after midnight ‘cuppa-char,’ which was a lesson learned, and not one to be repeated ever again.      Yours ‘negligently’ Aye.

Thoughts on Ebola by Chris Brown

Mean while in celebrity la-la-land, the worlds foremost expert in infectious diseases – R&B singer ‘Chris Brown,’ states; ‘Ebola? It’s population control’1413210043711_Image_galleryImage_INGLEWOOD_CA_AUGUST_24_Re

R&B singer Chris Brown has been ridiculed for a bizarre outburst on Twitter in which he claimed the killer Ebola virus is a ‘form of population control’The outspoken artist tweeted his thoughts on the epidemic, which has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa as well as one person in the U.S. Brown wrote: ‘I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. S*** is getting crazy bruh.’ Air-head celebrity R&B singer ‘Chris Brown,’ on being a celebrity ‘air-head!’ 


And here’s me thinking  (right) Professor Peter Piot CMG MD PhD DTM, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was the foremost Infectious disease expert? Through his 40-years of research on clinical, microbiological, epidemiological, and public health aspects of sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, tuberculosis, and women’s health in Africa, and, more recently, on the politics of AIDS and global health, including chronic diseases.

‘Upon my soul, we live and learn some thing new each and every day!’ What next? Justin Beiber turns out to be a fully qualified Nuclear Physicist!      Yours Aye.

Speaking from his rear end!

Zionists, the US government and the ‘wicked’ British created ISIS to destroy Iran, rants country’s supreme religious leader. Iran’s supreme leader has blamed the U.S. and ‘wicked’ British for creating the Islamic State terror group which has seized control of a swathe of Iraq and Syria.1413215523073_wps_2_Iran_s_Supreme_Leader_Aya 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s sharp remarks, in his first speech since prostate surgery last month, were a reminder of Iranian suspicions of the west despite the rise of a common foe. He went on to say “America, Zionism, and especially the veteran expert of spreading divisions, the wicked government of Britain, have sharply increased their efforts of creating divisions between the Sunnis and Shiites.”

Thanks for clearing that up ‘Ali’ me old mate. I have sat for hours pondering over who was responsible for the creation of the ISIS/ISIL/IS toe-rags… Besides having your prostate removed, the quacks in your mediaeval hospital may well have conducted a partial lobotomy, and failed miserably!      Yours Aye.

In Flashman’s footsteps

1412966855725_Image_galleryImage_File_picture_of_Major_RobStripped of his Military Cross: The Royal Artillery Major who took credit for others’ bravery becomes first soldier in armed forces history to have medal rescinded.  An officer who was awarded one of Britain’s most coveted gallantry medals for his bravery in Afghanistan has been stripped of it after he exaggerated his heroism.

It is the first time the Queen has rescinded a gallantry medal issued to a serviceman and the case could undermine confidence in the awards system in the armed forces. Major Robert Michael Armstrong had been accused of taking credit for others’ bravery after Taliban gunmen ambushed a convoy in Helmand in 2008. Armstrong was awarded the Military Cross for dodging bullets and inspiring Afghan troops to fire rockets at the enemy. But a five-year investigation by defence chiefs concluded he helped to write the medal citation. 

As a result, the medal will be withdrawn in a decision due to be announced by the London Gazette – the journal which publishes official notices.

Former Major, Robert Michael Armstrong, Royal Artillery. Stripped of his Military Cross gallantry medal by the Queen

The man is a blaggard, scoundrel and a boundah – with the morals of a mongrel. He  need well hang his head in shame… The least he could have done was taken his revolver to the library for a damn good clean!    Yours Aye.  Harrumph… 

A cheating Democrat = Never?

Army War College rescinds Montana Sen. John Walsh’s degree after investigation confirms he plagiarised a research paper. The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree after an investigation completed on Friday concluded he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, a college spokeswoman said.John Walsh, Michael Walsh

The Carlisle, Pennsylvania, college assigned an academic review board to the probe in August after The New York Times published a story showing that the Montana senator borrowed heavily from other sources for a paper he wrote in 2007. Walsh was pursuing a Master of Strategic Studies degree at age 47, a year before he became Montana’s Adjutant-General overseeing the state National Guard.

Walsh’s office released a statement saying the senator ‘disagrees with the findings’ but accepts the college’s decision. ‘I apologize to all Montanans for the plagiarism in my 2007 paper, and I am prepared to live with its consequences,’ Walsh said in the statement. Democratic Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree revoked due to cheating…

It would appear that he has all of the correct tributes required for his political career. Had it been a Republican who cheated, the story would have been splashed all over the papers as headline news. But as a Democrat it gets dropped in close to the funnies… At least the MSM reported it, which just goes to show they know the end is near for the White House Circus.      Yours Aye. 

Once A Marine Always A Marine

Royal Marine, 94, who single-handedly took out a German machine gun on D-Day is presented with second green beret to replace the one he gave up 60 years ago. A Royal Marine veteran who single-handedly took out a German machine-gun post on D-Day is awarded his second green beret – after he lost his original 60 years ago.1412956099652_wps_66_Undated_handout_photo_iss 1412957806628_wps_91_Undated_handout_photo_issFrank Cramp, 94, handed the prized headgear back along with the rest of his kit when he left the Royal Marines in 1954. The ex-corporal only discovered afterwards he was allowed to keep it and spent six decades regretting his mistake.

But when Navy chiefs heard about his plight they decided to reward brave Old Age Pensioner Frank with a replacement green beret – the official headdress of the British Commandos of WWII, and still worn by Royal Marines today. Royal Marine Veteran Frank Cramp aged 94

 Gawd bless you ‘Royal’ and all of your oppo’s too!  B.Z.    Yours Aye.

What price a $60,000 education?

1412867970768_Image_galleryImage_They_got_most_of_their_SA They’re among the brightest young minds in the country… and they think America is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS: Harvard video survey reveals the value of a $60,000 top-class education.

Harvard students believe that American is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS, according to a recent survey of attendees at the prestigious Cambridge university. Campus Reform, a self-styled ‘campus watchdog’ for conservative students, carried out the interviews in the quad at the Ivy League school on Saturday and asked: ‘Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the U.S.?’ 1412867983096_Image_galleryImage_They_got_most_of_their_SA

The students featured in the video were overwhelming in their belief that America and its interventionist foreign policy is a greater threat than the group of Muslim fanatics that have gained global notoriety in recent months through a series of video of Western hostages being beheaded. Harvard video survey reveals the value of a $60,000 top-class education

For the parents of these little cherubs who may be looking in; I think you should be asking for a refund…    Yours Aye.

Open season on ISIS/ISIL zombies.

Could terrorists turn themselves into Ebola suicide ‘bombs’? Experts fear ISIS jihadists may infect themselves to spread virus in the West. Terrorist group ISIS/ISIL/IS (shuffle them, and take your pick) may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West, according to a military expert. 

The virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person who is showing the symptoms – and it wouldn’t be difficult for fanatics to contract it then travel to countries they want to wreak havoc in, according to a military expert. Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret. (below) a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, said that the strategy is entirely plausible.1ec1ey.So.56

He told Forbes: ‘The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the carrier. In the context of terrorist activity, it doesn’t take much sophistication to go to that next step to use a human being as a carrier.’ And Professor Anthony Glees, Director at Buckingham University’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, agrees that the strategy might be considered. He said: ‘In some ways it’s a plausible theory – IS fighters believe in suicide and this is a potential job for a suicide mission. They are sufficiently murderous and well-informed to consider it, and they know that we’ve been remiss in the UK.’Zombie_Terrorist_by_Methados

Please allow me to step in and pee on the above academics bonfire a little – delete ‘plausible theory’ and insert ‘positively happening.’ Certain Western government ‘agencies’ operating around African states over the past several months, are fully aware of the Islamic terrorist groups who have been actively seeking Ebola infected clothing for the use of ‘weaponisation’ – this as well as smallpox among other hideous diseases. Which sadly is a FACT!

It is highly likely that the ISIS/ISIL/IS (shuffle them, and take your pick) zombie season is about to open. Permits are not required – the season could be open for a long time…      Yours Aye.

Highway robbery without a blunderbuss

Calderdale Council in Yorkshire forced to refund hundred of thousands of pounds in parking fines and suspend all on-street meters after admitting every ticket handed out since 2008 has been ILLEGAL.1412850384136_wps_1_Picture_shows_on_street_pA council in Yorkshire is to be forced to repay thousands of parking fines it handed out over six years after a legal blunder saw around 7,000 tickets declared null and void. Serious errors were uncovered in Calderdale Council’s legal paperwork, meaning it hasn’t had the right to enforce fines for on-street parking breaches in Halifax town centre since 2008. The blunder was uncovered after a parking ticket was successfully challenged by a member of the public, and is expected to cost the council around half a million pounds as thousands of motorists claim refunds. Calderdale Council in Yorkshire – nailed!

Last year I (along with another 60,000 motorists) copped a £70 fine through an illegal traffic system set up in York that the council later declared was a ‘trial.’ Fortunately people power turned out to be a force to be reckoned with, and stood up against the council. They only agreed to pay the money back to avoid being taken to court, which would have also meant a huge fine, and many councillors picking up their cards. An independent tribunal found the Council to be in contempt of the law. Below, Lendal Bridge in York, the scene of the illegal  traffic system trial over ‘congested traffic?’1405250810716_wps_2_Fuming_motorists_have_beeYork Council agrees to pay back £1.8m to motorists hit by fines for driving over bridge after failure of city centre traffic restrictions. Councillor David Levene, cabinet member for transport, said the trial ‘was never about making money’ and that work had to be done to resolve traffic issues in York. He said: “But whilst the trial achieved some of its aims, it had become too polarizing an issue, requiring too much resource, and so detracting from other necessary transport policies. An application will have to be made by individuals for refunds, which will be ‘a statement of goodwill’ and will not be volunteered as that would legally say the scheme was wrong.” Fraudulent money grabbing Council barstewards – one and all – sack the lot… Aye.

Broadband speed to warp factor 10

The past several days have been some what of a nightmare. The kind of nightmare where the final assault through an enemy position depends upon speed and muscle memory, yet every step taken is in slow motion, as the ground turns to thick oozing black sticky treacle! Which is all down to my ‘Internet Service Provider’ (oxymoron) not providing the service as contracted. My ISP download speed has decreased each day, even though I pay through the nose for their best available technology. Living in the sticks comes with its own pro’s and con’s, which I readily accept; but having gotten used to a moderate speed – the slow down ‘to a virtual halt’ has taken its toll in more ways than one. Even after numerous calls to the dreaded land of broken pidgin English, it still remains as slow as Joe Biden’s learning curve…  Vice President Joe Biden ordering three beers…article-2518060-19D4C3BD00000578-283_634x460 Having called my ISP ‘help desk’ multiple times it would now appear that I have spoken to all of the siblings of the Singh, and the Gupta family, as well as their extended family members. It was whilst speaking to one of the Kapoor brood earlier today that I had to politely ask for someone who could speak English a little better, as I was really struggling to understand ‘Peter’ the tech advisor. My request must have hit a raw nerve as he lost his cool and sarcastically said “Do you speak Hindi?” To which I politely replied “Good Gawd man don’t be silly, I am English-born and bred, I don’t need to speak Hindi!”

I hate being cut off in mid sentence, I find it very rude, and totally unprofessional :-)article-1110664-0037521B0000044C-569_468x315

Hannah and Nipper have benefitted from the past weeks intermittent digital transfer as we have pounded the country lane more often than usual. It also keeps their claws filed down, and assists in tightening their paw muscles – something field walks tend to slacken off.arnold_schwarzenegger_53164 

It’s true that I have also benefitted from the additional exercise, especially through grinding my teeth in seething anger, which has left me with the strengthened jaw muscles of a young Arnie Schwarzenegger.

It was through the course of such a walk (after todays part conversation with ‘Peter’)  that I actually happened upon the reason of the faulty download speed. A mile from my humble abode I walked past the soles on a pair of boots protruding from a dense bush that were connected to a pair of trousered legs belonging to a British Telecom engineer – tinkering inside a steel cable cabinet. Who almost went into shock when Nipper sniffed his bottom just as I said “Hello mate!” Fortunately he was wearing a hard hat, as he whacked his head on the lip of the box…Broadband

Similar: A BT ‘Openreach’ engineer working on a roadside fibre broadband cabinet.

After chatting with the engineer it transpires that BT are now replacing the old system with a £2.5 billion super-fast fibre broadband programme – that includes my humble abode’s post coded area. Which places me within the ‘warp factor speed’ of the Enterprise class, and out of the ‘haste of a striking slug’ class. Such tinkering over the last several days on both systems appears to have created blockages within the whole system, and it took a blunt speaking Yorkshire engineer to explain and resolve it! I’ve grown fond of my super toned jaw line, and enjoyed the additional country lane walks, I now need to seek frustration elsewhere for it to continue…     Yours Aye.

And while British Telecom seeks to reduce its bills (vastly) by outsourcing its IT ‘help desk’ to India. It cuts no corners on spending within its UK-based call centres, from where it pushes its products hard onto the British consumer. The following clip drops the F bomb, quite often, and quite loud. It is not recommended for those little cherubs under the age of 18, or anyone who is easily offended: It is definitely Not Safe For Work, especially if you work in a convent, nursing home, anger management organisation, or any such institution. BT F bombThis is a genuine recorded phone call made by an agent from a UK-based British Telecom call centre to a fed up BT customer whose number is listed as Ex Directory; Listen to the very end of the clip to hear the agents request to his line manager…

The enemy within…

170px-Cicero“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero~Roman Orator & Statesman 3 January 106 BC ~7 December 43 BC

EBOLA – the scent of martial law?

‘We can’t just seal off the country’: Travel ban could only increase Ebola outbreak by restricting care to those in need, CDC director says… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden warned Saturday that imposing a travel ban to the countries known to be dealing with an Ebola outbreak could make the problem worse, as it would cut off the affected areas from receiving necessary medical aid.1412487492687_wps_8_Director_of_Centers_for_D

Such was the case recently in Liberia – where the Ebola death toll is nearing 3,500 people – when African Union aid workers were trying to get into the country, Frieden said. ‘Their ability to get there was delayed by about a week because their flight was canceled and they were stuck in a neighboring country,’ Frieden told a press conference Saturday, according to The Hill. 

‘In terms of the entry process, we really need to be clear that we don’t inadvertently increase the risk to people in this country by making it harder for us to respond to the needs in those countries, by making it harder to get assistance in and therefore those outbreaks would become worse, go on longer, and paradoxically, something that we did to try and protect ourselves might actually increase our risk.’ CDC director says “we can’t just seal off the country”screen-shot-2014-02-09-at-12-02-35-pmLooking in from the outside (as I do every single day – and often) allow me to play the part of  Devils advocate… “Is that the scent of ‘martial law’ I detect wafting in on the breeze?” If so, methinks the clown in chief will find it a tough bullet to chew…      Yours Aye

When America sneezes, we here in the United Kingdom eventually catch the same cold!

Ben Affleck in cuckoo land

Furious Ben Affleck blasts Bill Maher and guests on-air after they claimed Islam is the ‘mother-load of bad ideas’ and compared religion to being in the Mafia.1412470439154_wps_20_Ben_Affleck_vs_Bill_MaherThe Oscar-winning director (left) was appalled when author and guest on the talk show Sam Harris said the Muslim faith was the ‘mother-load of bad ideas’. The trio, appearing on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher (right) on Friday, collided while debating whether large numbers of the Muslim population share the beliefs of jihadists. It led to the actor saying: ‘It’s just an ugly thing to say. It’s gross, it’s racist. It’s like saying: “Oh you shifty Jew”.’ The controversial TV host said Islam is the only religion that acts like the Mafia, because they will kill you if you ‘say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book’. Ben-Affleck-clashes-with-Bill-Maher

If Ben Affleck knocked on my door to borrow a cup of sugar; I’d drop kick his backside way over the garden gate with the toe end of my heavy walking boot… Another air head celebrity that lives in cloud cuckoo land       Yours Aye.

Jeremy Clarkson flees in 1st Gear

article-2779236-21EAA5DB00000578-564_634x337Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear team are forced to leave Argentina early ‘under police escort’ after inciting Falklands outrage with H982 FKL (Falklands 82) number plate. Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear co-presenters are seen fleeing in panic as their cars are pelted with stones by an angry mob of Falklands War veterans incensed by their ‘offensive’ number plate. Video footage shows Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond speeding away under police escort after coming under attack during filming for the BBC show. Pictures of the cars with smashed windows were later released by the police. The BBC presenters were forced to abandon their vehicles at a police checkpoint and head to Chile three days ahead of schedule after being told to leave ‘or face the consequences’.article-2779236-21E16E0D00000578-804_634x512Clarkson sparked outrage across the South American country after being spotted driving a Porsche with the number plate H982 FKL which locals claim is a reference to the 1982 Falklands conflict.  From which the Argie forces had their arses well and truly kicked!  Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear team are forced to flee Argentina early under police escort after inciting Falklands outrage with ‘H982 FKL’ number plate

The following clip showing Jeremy Clarkson working alongside Royal Marines on a beach assault, which sunk like a lead balloon in Argentina when it was shown last year… As they used to say in the heat of battle “If you can’t take a joke, then you shouldn’t have joined up!      Yours Aye.        October 28, 1664 – October 28, 2014 – Almost 350 years old…

Aisle 3, Chanel bling and insanity…

1412267119993_wps_16_Mandatory_Credit_Photo_byWould you pay $12,500 for a grocery BASKET? Chanel ensures fashionistas look chic down shopping aisles with new It ‘bag’ 

Chanel wants to make grocery shopping a little more chic with its new shopping basket handbag — however with the $12,500 price tag, you might not be able to afford to put anything in it.

Made from brass and covered with calfskin, the basket
is part of Chanel’s autumn/winter 2014 accessories collection, which was shown at Paris Fashion Week in March.

The autumn/winter 2014 collection, which was shown in a Chanel-themed supermarket with shelves full of Chanel-branded food products, also included bags shaped like milk cartons, with pearl-studded ‘lait de Coco’ branding, which are currently on sale for $4,800

ISIS/ISIL, and Islamic terrorism in general is tearing the world apart – EBOLA is just around the corner – We have a demented President and Prime Minister who are as much use as two men missing (who couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery between them!) And now to add to the insanity of it all, we are presented with a $12,500 ‘chic’ shopping basket!!! Gawd almighty, what planet do these air head ‘designers’ and ‘celebrities’ come from? When I shop I refuse point-blank to pay 5 pence for a carrier bag, I either get them for free or every thing stays on the check out till…     Yours Aye.