Tuesday, 6 March 2012

If your Sat Nav told you to jump off a cliff, would you?

Sadly, the answer appears to be "yes".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17268463

If a stern woman tells me to drive across a field, I must obey.

I don't know. I went to the school of motoring where they teach you to actually look out of the windscreen in order to figure out where you're going.

The sat nav, or as Jeremy Kyle's guest would say, sat nap, says that this alley way is a road, therefore my lorry must be able to fit. Oh, all seeing, all knowing sat nav, direct me oh wise one.

Idiots.

Poor, Poor Man

According to the BBC:
Russia's presidential elections were "clearly skewed" in favour of the winner, Vladimir Putin, monitors with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) have said.

Preliminary results showed that Mr Putin, who is currently prime minister, won more than 63% of votes.

There have been widespread claims of fraud and vote violations, and the OSCE said the result was "never in doubt".

OSCE official Tiny Kox, said "some instances of illegal activites were observed"

Erm.... Tiny Kox? What were his parents thinking?

But wait...

From Wikipedia:
"Martinus Josephus Maria (Tiny) Kox (born May 6, 1953 in Zeelst) is a Dutch politician."

Yes, Tiny is short for Martinus. It's not his parents' fault after all. He chose the name himself.

Who says the Dutch don't have a sense of humour?

Monday, 5 March 2012

They've Used Your Money to Buy You a Painting


The BBC has reported on a wonderful use of public money recently.

"A celebrated Titian masterpiece, saved for the nation after a £50m public fundraising appeal, is to go on show in Norfolk."

"It is considered to be one of his finest works because of its ambitious scale, its unity of colour and subject matter and its historical importance."

"It was bought for £50m by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from the Scottish Government, National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Monument Trust, The Art Fund and the public."

Wow. £50 Million. That's a lot of happy meals. And from whom did we manage to purchase this artistic miracle? A private collector. No doubt some billionaire in the South of France or maybe some Yank had it hanging in his toilet.

No.

"On Friday, the sister painting to Diana and Actaeon - Diana and Callisto - was purchased for the nation after a £45m ($71.7m) deal was agreed with owner the Duke of Sutherland."

WHOAH!!!!!

The DUKE of Sutherland? So he would be a member of the Royal family, right? So that makes the painting public property. Because enough of our taxes already go to pay for the Royal family to ponce around eating swans and opening new motorways and having their photos taken with children in hospitals. £50 Million of public money, that's YOUR MONEY has gone right into the pocket of the DUKE of Sutherland who as a member of the Royal family sits on a whole pile of expensive stuff that he inherited FROM US the people of this land.

The Queen will be selling London Bridge to Boris Johnson next.

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