Like everyone, these days, I ‘shop around’. What prompted this blog was an Ad on the tele for ridiculously cheap glasses online. Don’t touch them with a barge-pole !
WHEN BUYING ONLINE – ESPESPECILLY WHEN THE COMPANY IS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY AND YOU CANNOT TAKE THEM TO THE “Small Claims Court”, it’s difficult to get your money back for ‘shoddy goods’. Much better in the old days when you could go into the shop where you were ‘ripped off’, thump your fist on the counter-top and make such a fuss in front of other customers, that the shop would refund you just to get you out of the shop as quickly as possible.
So I rang around, and settled on a well- known supermarket group to provide me with glasses. I wasn’t impressed by the very quick eye test and though my glasses (Both pairs) came with free varifocal lenses, I couldn’t focus when driving, when I dropped my gaze to the instrument panel – and even more so when I glanced to the left to view my SatNav : instrument panel and SatNav were badly out of focus. So I went back to the supermarket.
The retired high-street supervisor at the supermarket said – “Well we don’t usually offer this special high-grade varifocal lense, but I’m going to offer them to you and you will have 2 “Rolls Royce” pairs of glasses”.
When I tried the Rolls Royce glasses out driving, they were certainly an improvement – but you know, they still were not as good as the pair that I paid double the amount for at ‘Specsavers’ 10 years previously.
I still keep those old “Specsavers” glasses in my car glove-box.
Moral of the story is – ‘you get what you pay for’
I wouldn’t touch those under £20 glasses advertised on the tele .
‘Lord’Carrington was the Coward of Nijmegan bridge:
50+ U.S. Paras of 82nd Airborne Division lost their lives taking it. Carrington’s was the first tank of XXX Corps to cross it.
The U.S. Paras begged him to carry on to Arnhem. But he said the light was failing. They offered to go in front and take out any anti-tank guns, but he was too cowardly to go any further. Arnhem bridge was only 18 Kms further.
If he had continued on, then XXX Corps could have relieved Lt. Col. Johnny Frost’s 2 Para who had been clinging on to the northern end of Arnhem bridge for 6 days.
Because Carrington was too cowardly to continue on, that evening, Frost’s 2 para ran out of ammunition and had to surrender to General Willi Bittrich.
10,000 men of 1st British Airbourne Parachuted into Arnhem : only 2,000 came out, using an off-the-cuff escape plan devised by Airey Neeve (later M.P. and close friend of Magaret Thatcher – until he was blown up by the I.R.A.)
Neeve was the true hero of the Arnhem debacle.
Carrington not only betrayed 2 para and the dead of the two American airborne Divisions, he also betrayed all the dead of British 1st Airborne Division and the 1st Polish Airborne Brigade, plus all the men who were captured.
But for Carrington’s Cowardice, the war Really would have been over before Christmas 1944 and much of eastern Europe could have been saved from 45 years of communism.
Both being aristocrats, Churchill covered up Carrington’s Cowardice by giving him the M.C. for being the first tank onto Nijmegan Bridge !
Perhaps they should swap wives
2000 years ago, Christianity spread very slowly – Saying “Turn the other cheek and Love your enemies” took a long time to catch on.
Islam, spread very quickly from the 7th century A.D. because they routinely put a knife to a father’s throat and said “Convert to islam or we will rape your wife and daughters and then slit all your throats”
That’s a pretty compelling way of proselytising. Islam was born in mass-murder, it was spread by mass-murder, so why should we expect them to behave any differently today?
Islam IS NOT a religion – it is a very large ‘Sect’ and a very wicked way of life that is incompatible with our country’s Christian Heritage.
Ok, so I wouldn’t want a daughter of mine to be interfered with by Harvey Weistein or anybody else.
But I’m getting a bit sick or this ONLY MEN EXPLOIT AND ASSAULT WOMEN – and Never the other way Round.
I lost count years ago of the number of women who sexually assaulted me at Parties when I was up at Manchester University in the 70’s. BUT – MEN DON’T TELL !
You know what the biggest sexual Exploitation in history is ?
Testosterone made our species, Homo Sapiens, the most successful species on this planet, and women right from the Get-Go have exploited mens’ Testosterone-Drive !
Many occasions in my long Life, Government have made decisions that I knew instinctively/ or through learning, – were wrong.
But then you say to yourself ‘Well the government have advisers, so they must know what they are talking about.’
Take Deisel cars. I grew up on a garage AND WAS SERVING PETROL AND DEISEL FROM THE AGE OF TEN, AND SO I KNEW HOW CORROSIVE DEISEL WAS.ALSO, at Medical school, We Were told of the danger of diesel particulates hanging around in the air long after a diesel vehicle had gone by. Also, while dissecting Cadavers, we were shown the black lungs of a city dweller and the pink lungs of a country dweller.
So, I knew that when diesel vehicles were being pushed by governments 25 years ago, that the idea didn’t seem scientifically Right to me. Now, my instincts and learning have been proved Right as a result of the ‘VW’ software Scandal cheating the M.O.T.’s on Deisel cars.
So let me state my instincts about Stop/Start cars – which started as another loopy scandanavian idea with Volvos about 30 to 40 years ago :
Starting a car requires a surge to 18 volts from the battery, therefore repeated starts strains the battery and shortens it’s life.
Every time the car is started or re-started it takes in a gulp of fuel and coughs out a gulp of extra exhaust fumes.
I just cannot see the scientific validity behind stop/start cars, and re-starting every time you stop at traffic lights, I find to be extremely annoying.
‘Wills’ – said to be even more of a control-freak Dilettante that his insufferable father – and his oh so politically correct diplomat of a Grandfather, is once again lecturing us, this Christmas with his vast, inherited Knowledge and Experience of Life.
What Fucking Right has he got to be on our screens, when he’s still ‘wet behind the ears’ ! (not to mention his taste in tarts who walk down the cat-walk in a see-through dress and displays herself, naked in front of open-curtains windows – like a pre-pubescent council-estate ‘slapper’.
Does anyone really believe that any ordinary person in this country could obtain Legal Damages for an Exhibitionist tart of a wife ?
My great, great grandfather was an orthodox Jew. Amazing, isn’t it, that a cocaine addict like Nigella Lawson is yet again to be plastered all over our Christmas T.V. screens.
But she has so many connections doesn’t she – the Lyons Corner House Empire; daddy was chancellor of the exchequer. But they won’t integrate and pollute their unique genes with the people of whose countries they take over and RUN.
I believe that every week-end they drink a toast to “Next year in Jerusalem”.
Well why don’t they all fuck off back there, instead of blood-sucking off us.
Cromwell is a hero of mine, but I regret his letting the Leeches back into this country.
This the complaint that I sent to the attorney-general
Lavinia Woodward, a medical student,
aged24, given an unbelievable and ridiculously lenient sentance at Oxford Crown Court on Monday 25/09/2017 for stabbing her ex-boyfriend in a drug and drink-fuelled attack on him !
Is such a person – who takes drugs and drinks too much alcohol – to be trusted to wield a scalpel ?
Do women want equality – and even superiority – in everything except being sentanced for very serious offences ?
Did the judge fancy her ? Were ‘strings pulled’ for her ?
Is it because she’s a privileged Oxbridge student ?
Was the judge sympathetic because he himiself used to take illegal drugs – as a lot of barristers did (cocaine) ?
Can any convicted person, in future quote this case as a precedence for more lenient sentancing for everyone ?
This sentance is a joke and I ask for it to be revised upwards.
Any MAN would have received a custodial sentance – unless he was at ‘Oxbridge’ of course, where Britian trains it’s Finest – like Cairncross, Philby, McClean, Burgess and Blunt.
(I’m not hopeful that her sentence will be increased: women claim they want equality, but in British courts women – especially pretty young women are invariably treated with ‘kid gloves’).
Interesting number : I’ve been suggesting 15 years as the limit for people working at the BBC
Today it is being suggested as the length that a person can sit in the House of Lords.
I would do away with the monarchy and have a President who serves for 15 years. After this time he would become the Vice president whose only purpose would be to give advice to the President WHEN asked to by the latter. Even older ex-Presidents could be consulted by the President with regard to a situation that arose during that person’s presidency.
This would do away with the ‘Bollocks’ that we keep hearing from the monarchists about “isn’t she so wonderful, she has all that knowledge from being queen for so many years”. She hasn’t even any recognised qualifications and I am not aware that she has ever sat or passed an Exam.
In office, the President could be served by an Assistant President.