Undecided

For the first time ever I have no idea who to vote for in the general election. I only have one clear idea. I will not under any circumstances vote Conservative. I consider that they are more BREXIT than UKIP. So it’s Lib Dem or Labour. I am in a relatively safe Tory seat so I don’t think my vote is going to make much of a difference but it might make me feel better to vote tactically.

Self Interest

Today a bunch of people with well paid and quite cushy jobs voted to keep their well paid and cushy jobs.

Despite the fact that the majority of them disagree with the motion before them.

Mr Corbyn, I hold you fully responsible: For not organising your party, joining the official Remain campaign and then voting with the Tories on this most important issue.

Shame on you!

Places I won’t go

Here is the list of places I won’t go on grounds of safety:

Africa, all of it. (Somewhat extreme.)
The Middle East. (I have visited Saudi Arabia and I am never going back. NEVER!)
South America and Central America. (Probably ‘mostly harmless’ would need careful consideration.)
USA (Trump needs to go and the country needs to enter a period of long stability.)
The Indian sub continent. (Pakistan is not safe and India too crowded plus I don’t like the food.)

 

Dear USA

From the moment I saw Trump on the campaign trail I thought “This man is not the right stuff.”
“The right stuff” is difficult to specify, you know it when you see it, and you know it when it is lacking.
It is very lacking in Trump.
But I had no idea how incompetent a leader he would turn out to be. He is clueless.
Clueless does not even begin to describe him. He scares me. The USA is no longer a safe country. I just added it to my long list of places I refuse to visit on grounds of safety.

 

404

If a web page can’t be found then the interwebs puts up an error message, for a lost page that is a 404 error.
Most blogs, including this one, have a dedicated 404 error page that imparts some useful information rather than just going ERROR!
Geeks with a sense of humor, so that’s all three of us, subvert the 404 page to be funny, silly or clever.
If you want to know more about error messages, and it’s fascinating, then look at this link: 404errorpages.com
If you want really cool and creative error pages then you need this link: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/60-really-cool-and-creative-error-404-pages/
If you want my 404 error page then you want this link: 404.php

2016

2016 – What a year that was.
Brexit!
Trump!
Death – there appeared to be more celebrities and people of note meeting the Grim Reaper in the last 12 months that in previous years, so I wondered if there was an easy way of checking the statistics.

The BBC beat me to this task, they checked the number of obituaries that had been published in 2016 compared to previous years.
It is not just my perception, there were many more obituaries published in 2016 than previous years.

BBC article that I shamelessly plagiarized.

Brexit means Brexit

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At the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond conceded that Brexit will blow a £59 billion black hole in public finances.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) announced that there would be a cumulative £122 billion of extra borrowing over the next five years, £59 billion of which will occur as a direct result of the vote to leave the EU.

So Brexit people, tell me again why this is a good idea?

New Laptop

I succumbed to the ‘Black Friday’ ripoff deals and headed out to PC World to blag a bargain.
I think I did quite well, they had a Lenvovo Idea Pad 510, ex display for £280, reduced from £499.
It was mint, not a mark. (a bit of dust and a few fingerprints)
I did briefly flirt with the supplied OS, Windows 10 Home, but barely had it staggered into life it was demanding to do updates.
Quick trip to town then home with a SandisK SSD 120 Gb, a few moments with a no1 phillips and Brave New World – Ubuntu 16.04!
Very impressed with Ubuntu on the Lenovo, it found all the hardware so no driver issues at all and a 1080P screen makes this a very useable Laptop.
And, are you listening Apple? It has two USB3 ports plus ethernet, HDMI and a VGA, an SD slot and a DVD drive!
Bargain!
Full keyboard with a number pad. 15.6″ screen. It is a bit chunky compared to some but I am tickled pink.

Trump!

I can’t help but giggle, trump is a slang word used by children, it means fart.

But WTF America, you just elected Donald Fart as your president.
I mean WTF?

Once again I am stunned that a nation can take such a dreadful decision.

On the Brink

US elections and Brexit.
Neither candidate inspires me, both scare me in different ways.
If Trump prevails we are all doomed.
The Brexit people are Hell bent on leaving the EU and hang the consequences. I can’t have a sensible conversation with them about terms and conditions of exit and important issues like single market access and movement of workers and residents. They just shout about winning a referendum and demand Article 50 is implemented immediately. How about having a debate and formulating a plan first? You did not come to the referendum with a plan and I would quite like one.
My strategy for Hard Brexit is to go to the USA, unless Trump then New Zealand.