The Anonymous Widower

Protect Children, Not Guns

In view of the awful shootings in Connecticut, which have resulted in the deaths of 27, read this article called Protect Children, Not Guns.

This is the introductory paragraph.

In 2008, 2,947 children and teens died from guns in the United States and 2,793 died in 2009 for a total of 5,740—one child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 55 every week for two years. Six times as many children and teens—34,387—suffered nonfatal gun injuries as gun deaths in 2008 and 2009. This is equal to one child or teen every 31 minutes, 47 every day, and 331 children and teens every week.

They are chilling figures and all the Americans do is get more guns.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Gary McKinnon Case Is Dropped

This is reported on the BBC.

All I can say, is this is about time too!

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Computing, News | , | Leave a comment

Richard Morrison On The Overground

Richard Morrison in The Times today has an interesting article on the London Overground. He did a complete circle and wrote about it. I particularly liked this bit.

It’s now possible to make a complete orbit of Outer London by rail. And I have rarely spent a more magical 80 minutes. Well, not on a train, anyway. In sleek air-conditioned carriages, you glide over wharfs and warehouses, dodge between highrises and shimmy past Victorian terraces, trendy penthouses, suburban semis, chic lofts, overgrown gardens and neat allotments. It’s like looking at the capital through the back door.

So if you can get hold of a copy of the Times 2 section today, have a good look at what he says.

You might decide to take a trip to Peckham!  A doctor told me that the views from the multi-story car park by Peckham Rye station are spectacular.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | News, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Speaking English

Ed Milliband is reported as going to be making a speech saying that every Briton should speak English.  It’s reported here in the Guardian

I think Milliband is being rather hypocritical.  I assume, that when his parents arrived in the UK, their English skills were not a hundred percent.

Certainly, when my ancestors arrived in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, I suspect they’d have had difficulty taking to each other. Just as I do now, talking to some with English, Scottish and Northern Irish regional accents.

I think the episode shows that Milliband will pull any cheap trick to get votes.

 

December 14, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

Berlusconi’s New Girlfriend

Silvio Berlusconi has apparently got a new girlfriend according to this article in the Daily Telegraph and quite a few others.

The man’s rather a joke and let’s hope the Italian people see sense and keep him away from office. But they do seem to keep electing him!

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London’s Best Toilets

I’m indebted to Time Out for this list.

I hadn’t realised that the Hunter S pub, had such novel toilets, which I think are featured in the photo in the article.

I have been to the pub, as it is the nearest to my house.  But I’ve not used the toilets as it is probably just as quick to walk back home and use one of my own.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Getting The Temperature Right

It does seem, that the temperature affects me tremendously. My little meter from Maplin is showing a temperature of 18.6°C and a humidity of 47%. I have a few pains in my groin, left arm and where I had the tooth out, but compared to how I felt two months ago, it’s a lot better.

The weird thing last night was that my left arm and leg were very cold, despite being in a warm bed.  I woke up to find that the humidity had increased by a few percentage points overnight

My gut is probably scoring 8/10, although my nose is running like a drain at times. If I go out with a couple of clean tissues, they are reduced to soggy lumps after a couple of hours.

It does strike me, that all this is so similar to my childhood, where I had long periods off school and constantly my mother was boiling cotton handkerchiefs on the gas stove in the kitchen. She also used to rip up old cotton sheets, so that I had enough to cope.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Health | 1 Comment

Where Shopping Trolleys Go To Rehab

The BBC this morning is running an article on BBC Breakfast this morning, about how shopping trolleys are rebuilt. I think this was the company here.

It’s certainly better than dumping them in the canal or the Paddington Basin.

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London Moves To Licence Pedicabs

I have seen some horrific incidents with pedicabs and according to this report, it would appear that the Mayor and Transport for London are moving towards licencing them and driving the illegal ones off the road.

Having seen at first hand, how they contribute to jams in the West End, I think it’s about time too! Although, I’ve never ridden in one in this country.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

How Not To Run A Prison System

This story from the United States is terrible.

I’m not saying, rape of women prisoners doesn’t go on in other countries, but you rarely here of it in Europe. I seem to vaguely remember, that when C used to visit HMP Holloway in the 1960s and 70s, that she told a story of a prisoner, who got pregnant.

I also think there are some countries in Europe, where few women are incarcerated.

The United States should bring its Justice and Prison up to the standards of the civilised world.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | 1 Comment