The Anonymous Widower

Political Asylum Should Come With Responsibilities

This tragic tale of a young woman killed by a drunk driver illustrates one thing that is wrong with the political asylum system. Here’s an extract.

Wilfred Museka, 31, from Clayton, had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He also admitted fraud by false representation, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence.

The court heard that Museka, a Zimbabwean national who gained political asylum after arriving in the UK in 2000, had been to a family party in Manchester.

He drank so much alcohol that he could not recall how or why he had later travelled to the border of West Yorkshire, where the crash took place.

It turned out he’d had eleven previous motoring convictions including driving under excess alcohol.

He was just taking the Michael in a big way.

He should have been sent back to Zimbabwe, when it became obvious that he wasn’t a fit and proper person to claim asylum. As it is he’ll now be locked up for eight years before he is deported. So all the British justice system has done is delayed the inevitable and got a young woman killed.


November 13, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | 1 Comment

Steve Coogan On Abu Qatada

I have had this thought, that it might be a good idea to put Abu Qatada on Question Time.  After all, the BBC put the equally  nice leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin on the program and it doesn’t seem to have done him much harm.

So I searched the Internet with “Abu Qatada Question Time” to see if anybody had suggested it and found this extract from the program featuring Steve Cooghan.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Poached Smoked Haddock With Poached Eggs

After my experience at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool, I thought I’d try to do this myself. I asked an honourable friend how to poach the fish and she suggested using the microwave. I then found this method on Yahoo.

If you don’t want to spend ages with the other recipes just put it in a shallow dish with a little milk and water (equal amounts) and a knob of butter on top then whack it into the microwave for three/mins full power.

Here’s what it looked like before it went in the microwave.

Smoked Haddock Before Cooking

And here it is after the cooking.

Smoked Haddock After Cooking

To poach the eggs, I used these mini-poachers from John Lewis.

Mini-Poachers From John Lewis

Here they are sitting in the pan.

Two Eggs Poaching

They can either sit or hang on the side. The eggs didn’t turn out of the poachers too well.

Poached Smoked Haddock and Poached Eggs

But they tasted alright and I suspect I’ll get them better next time.

By the way it looks like John Lewis is out of the mini egg poachers. Perhaps a lot of mothers are going to get them for Christmas. After all they only cost four pounds each.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | Food | , , , | 8 Comments

Thank You, London Overground

That is the tone of this article to mark the fifth birthday of the London Overground in Time Out.

I think it shows if you bring in an urban transport system and design it properly, you completely enhance the lives of those it touches.

This country and the world in general needs more Overgrounds! Lots more!

The only problem with the Overground is that its success has meant too many people want to use it. But that is hopefully being solved by adding more and longer trains and the infrastructure to handle them.

With the opening of the new line to Clapham Junction in a few weeks time, I think we’ll see the popularity of the Overground grow.

The only problem with the Overground is that its success has meant too many people want to use it. But that is hopefully being solved by adding more and longer trains and the infrastructure to handle them.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | News, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Abu Qatada Is A Joke

The only people who take such as Abu Qatada seriously are the police and the government. And a very few of his supporters!

He should be treated as the silly joke he is and only mentioned in the media, when he turns up in Court on a serious charge.

The phone-in on BBC this morning, just gives his extremist views the oxygen of publicity.

The one positive thing we could do is allow intercept evidence to be used in all Court cases. My late wife felt it would have helped a lot in some of the more grizzly divorces she did.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Seb Coe For London Mayor

He was impressive today on BBC Breakfast.

I think he would make a wonderful successor to Boris.  He’s also only 20/1 with Paddy Power.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

De-Cluttering My Cards

I have three credit or charge cards at present, Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.

But do I need all three?

1. My VISA card is unusable on the Internet because of Verified By Visa, where I always forget the password and have doubts about its security.

2. My AMEX card is generally used for travel, as that gives me insurance which works.

3. The Mastercard does give me rewards, when I use it in John Lewis.

So the VISA card will go. After all, if it hadn’t been for Olympic tickets, it would have gone a long time ago.

I don’t carry Nectar or any of those wallet fillers, but I carry my EH 111.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | Transport | | Leave a comment

LED Street Lights In Sheffield

BBC Breakfast is covering this story in detail.

All street lights in the city are being converted to LED ones, that can be centrally controlled according to the conditions.

I can’t find the story anywhere on the web.

Does it show how low green issues sit in the minds of the average journalist?

Having used LED lights for years, I can’t understand this indifference to a technology that should be rolled out across the country.

An example was given, where Sheffield say they will change the light levels around evening football matches.  Bright as they arrive and leave and low during the match.

How for instance are sensible lighting levels going to help in the fight against crime?

November 13, 2012 Posted by | News, World | , , | 5 Comments