Category Archives: Random Rants

Nigel Farage for President of the United Kingdom

I think that it is about time we got rid of the Monarchy and became a Republic.
The Queen costs British taxpayers over £36 million a year via the Sovereign Grant. Plus, once you add the cost of security and miscellaneous items, I bet the bill is closer to £50 Million a year.
Buckingham Palace could be turned into a 5* Hotel, and a Presidential office set up in St James Palace. The revenues from the Buckingham Palace Hotel could then fund the office of the President of the United Kingdom.
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Nigel Farage would make a wonderful first President of the United Kingdom. Hell, even President for life.

Duties/Privileges/Decrees could include:

  • 25% discount for President Farage and his family in all British pubs. Also all pubs by law to have a life sized painting of President Farage holding a pint of ‘Real British Beer’.
  • President Farages’ face on the ‘entry denied’ stamp at U.K. immigration desks.
  • President Farage to appear on the £50 note waving a Union Jack flag.
  • All NHS staff to swear an ‘oaf’ (sic) to President Farage and Britishness.
  • Romania to be removed from all map, and its existence expunged from history.
  • British roads only to be used by British passport holders who are third generation British or more. A special permit for those not fitting this requirement at a cost of £50 a day to help fund more border guards.
  • All children born on the 3rd of April (President Farages’ birthday) must by law have Farage for a middle name, and a Union Jack tattoo.
  • Breast feeding to be banned in all public places. All infants found feeding from the breast in public will be forced to be chimney sweeps between the ages of 7-14.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Goodbye Nude Blogger

Google is set to ban adult content on its blogger platform. For some reason this is a bit of a shock to those who host adult content on blogger. Not sure why, because it’s been on the cards for ages. Sites on blogger can carry Google Adsense adverts but not sites with adult content. It is sort of a ‘no brainer’ that Google would get around to banning adult content on blogger, because it does not make any money from the sites via Google Adsense. Google is a business and all businesses needs to make money. Things that do not make a business money are a liability.

Red Letter Days – A Rip-Off

A little while ago I won a £100 Red Letter Days Gift Card. Living in North East England meant there was not a great deal of activities in this region, so I decided to spend the Red Letter Days Gift Card on a bottle of Champagne and a bottle of Single Malt Whisky. No indication was given of the brands ,but given each bottle cost £50, I did have rather high hopes.
The drinks arrived yesterday and my hopes where shattered. The Champagne was bottle of Louis Dornier NV. After a quick Google search I found it for sale for £16 online. I also found the The Great Glen Malt Whisky online for £20. If I chuck on £10 for postage and packing that leaves a £54 blackhole.
This means the little boxes and sticky labels on the bottles cost a whopping £52. My guess is they cost about £3 in total if I was being generous.
Red Letter Days proves to be a complete rip-off

Eurostar for Sale – All Aboard the Gravy Train

George Osborne plans to sell off the United Kingdoms 40% stake in Eurostar. The price tag is a mere £300m. £300m is a tiny amount to contribute to reducing the public sector debt, which is George Osborne stated plan.
In fact the selling off of Eurostar is just insane but it is just what you would expect from George Osborne. The fact that Eurostar makes a very tidy profit and passenger numbers are increasing year on year, makes it a very good asset to keep hold of.
No doubt the sale will generate a few back door donations for the Conservative party. The real losers will again be the British public. Whoever buys it, will at some stage in the future want to expand and/or do major upgrades and you can bet they will lean on the incumbent government for a major subsidy and I’m sure that the subsidy will be more then the £300m George Osborne hopes to get for selling the 40% stake in Eurostar.

Islamic State (Isis) Beheading Hostages – WHY?

The Islamic State (Isis) have been operational for a long time now, but for some reason there seems to have been an ‘almost’ media blackout about them – until they started beheading Westerners.
I wonder if the media blackout was due in part to Western governments viewing the Islamic State (Isis) as more of a civil conflict, and not wanting to get involved because it was funded by Gulf States (and others) and given support and intelligence?
In the West, the media still portray the Islamic State (Isis) as a bunch of terrorists riding round the dessert in pick-up trucks, and killing anything that moves.
The fact is, Isis are well organised, and they control vast tracks of land. They have control of many towns. They raise taxes, sell oil, and maintain infrastructure.

So, back to my first question.
Why start beheading Western prisoners now?
To me it seems counter intuitive.
The Islamic State still need to make major gains and consolidate the ones they already have. By beheading prisoners and posting the videos online, they have the attention of Western media outlets, and by extension, Western Governments and the United Nations, who can no longer turn a blind eye to what has been going on in Iraq and Syria.
This attention means pressure has been put on the major sponsors of the Islamic State (Isis), and these sponsors are now distancing themselves. Some even going so far as to get involved in limited military action against the Islamic State (Isis).
Why would the Islamic State (Isis) want to draw in more enemies to fight? While their actions, and the videos may encourage a small flow of Islamic fighters to join them, it does not bring in armaments or money. In fact in impedes their goals.

The whole issue of the Islamic State (Isis) raises many questions.
When and by whom was it founded?
Who provided the money and weapons to get it started?
What is their end goal?
What is their political structure, and who heads it?
None of these questions have been asked, or answered in the Western media. WHY?

The West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign are Twats

Yet again another pro terrorist (Supporting Hamas) group of fukwits show their true colours. They stormed into a Tesco store in Birmingham, England. They scared the shit out of shoppers and staff, while they chucked the shops stock around.
If these retards truly want peace in Gaza/Israel, using violence and terrorism is a funny way to go about it.

Tusk Top Fly Trap, Red

We purchased the Tusk Top Fly Trap, to help with the fly problem that we have.
We’d read lots of positive online reviews about the product, and were confident it would eradicate the nasty flies that invade our home.
Once the fly trap arrived, we followed the instruction on the box to the letter, and placed it outside. After just 2 days the plastic bag came away from the body, spilling the liquid all over the ground. So now the putrid stench of the bait/water is everywhere. Nasty!
To add insult to injury, during the 2 days the Tusk Top Fly Trap was hanging outside it did not even catch a single fly.
The Tusk Top Fly Trap is total rubbish, and a complete waste of money.

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Blog post by Richard Randall

The Great Road Tax Scandal

I’m well aware that all taxes goes into a single pot, but it raises my hackles when I’ve just paid £145 for a years ‘Road Tax’ and my local roads are full of potholes.
In fact every road in England seems to be full of potholes.
I don’t know why the government doesn’t copy France and abolish car tax by simply adding it to the cost of fuel.
It is a much fairer system; the more you drive the more wear and tear on the roads and the more fuel you use, so the more money you’ll pay to use the roads.
Also the government often bang on about the number of people driving without tax, I can’t remember the exact figure, but I think it’s about 3 million, so by getting rid of the tax disc and getting the money back by increasing fuel, that will stop people driving without paying ‘road tax’. Actually I do know why the government doesn’t do as the French do, it’s because that would be far too easy and logical, and that’s not what they’re known for, they much prefer to make things far more complicated than they need to be.
I seem to have rambled off topic slightly, although the government is responsible for the obscene price of road tax, and for the third World roads in Britain. Having said that, the roads in Blighty are far worse than any of the roads we experienced during our travels round the World.
To surmise, I’ve just paid £145 for 12 months road tax for my car, and I am outraged.
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Blog post by Richard Randall

Liam Muir, Wannabe Author, Professional Idiot

Liam Muir sent me an email, via my blog, complaining about the review I wrote of his shoddy novel The Consultant. I have included the full contents of the email at the bottom of this post.

The fact is I was rather gentle in my review, I wasn’t overly critical as I believe everybody needs a chance to succeed when they are starting out, and because it is his first novel, and he is self published.
I did not mention that the writing was poorly constructed, lacking structure, narrative, and authority, or that the characters were one dimensional.
Nor did I mention the fake reviews that are on Amazon.com. To quote just two of them, “I have read probably the finest crime thriller on the market” and “I now prefer Liam Muir over Dan Brown and Tom Clancy“. I wonder who put those on Amazon.com ?
Liam Muir seems to think that I’m a ‘wannabe writer’. Nothing could be further from the truth. If I put pen to paper I am sure it would be complete drivel, and not unlike the words that flow from Liam Muir. The difference would only be that I have the good sense not to inflict that on the public, and then cry foul because people expressed their opinions and truthfully called my writing rubbish.
I’m not quite sure why Liam Muir felt the need to send me an insulting email. What my nationality has to do with it, I have no idea. Maybe Liam Muir loves stereotyping people, and simply liked the words he chose for his title, ‘British Pomposity’, or more likely his ego got the better of him and he wrote and sent his email to me before he’d thoroughly thought it through.
As for me being an ingrate, that’s completely incorrect. I was grateful to have been sent a copy of the book. I regularly receive books from various sources for review, and I enjoy exploring new authors and genres. Ninety percent of my book reviews are very positive.
I was also mystified as to why Liam Muir thinks that people who pay for a book value it more than those who receive it as a gift. That is laughable, in fact it did make me laugh, a lot. If I had spent my money on purchasing ‘The Consultant’ I would have been far more disappointed about the low quality writing, where as the book being sent to me complimentary, at least I hadn’t wasted my cash.
Liam Muir asks how dare I take the book for free, and then review it despite not reading it all. Well, I dare, because I am free to express my honest opinion. Why would I waste my valuable time by reading a book right through to the end, when I found it tedious. I read far more of the book than I wanted to, in the hope that it would improve; which it didn’t, and in order for me to be able to give it a fair review.
He also asked who I am to critique his book anyway? How is this relevant to anything? If I want to critique something I can, and will, and so can anyone and everyone else.
Then once again Liam Muir mentions that if I paid for his book I might have enjoyed it. That is illogical. Paying for something does not mean I will enjoy it more than if it was free. I think the opposite is true. Freebies are often slightly more enjoyable simply because they are free. 
Liam Muir also said that 90% don’t agree with my opinion of his book. If that’s true, why is he so bothered by my review?
Lastly Liam Muir quips ‘better still try writing it yourself’. Yet again, I laughed. That comment is immature. Maybe if Liam Muir put as much effort in to writing his book as he did writing his email to me ‘The Consultant’ may not have been a complete waste of paper.

Dear Mr. Liam Muir, Don’t give up your day job.

The email from Liam Muir:

If you have the balls to post this on your website, which I’m sure you don’t, here’s what I think of your so-called review of my book but you can also view it on my website blog, Facebook and Twitter, titled “British Pomposity” and of course on Goodreads.

Here is yet another review from someone who got a freebie on Goodreads. I guess those who pay for a novel value it as it has received more 5 star reviews than pans…at least on other platforms than Goodreads. I have heard that Goodreads’ reviews are often from wannabe writers who love to indulge their “hate envy.” This guy didn’t disappoint because he didn’t even read the book so how could he give it a review, but he did. Here is the ingrate’s review.

“I won the book The Consultant by Liam Muir via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.

Grrrrr. This novel is set in England and Scotland but it is written in ‘American English’ it is very annoying for a native Englishman reading it in England. Having ‘Police cruisers’ ‘Sidewalks’ ‘Back-Up lights’ etc. in England and Scotland is just plainly wrong.

I’m a big fan of this genre of novels but sadly not a big fan of The Consultant by Liam Muir. Americanisms aside I felt the story was lacking in depth and pace. I only managed to get half way through it, before calling it a day. This is Liam Muir’s first novel, so a lot can be forgiven and I hope his future output is of a much higher standard.”

Really?? Get a life! Who cares about the vernacular? The story is a good one if you had the Joie de vivre to finish it. How dare you take something for nothing and then have the bad grace to not to finish it but review it anyway. Shame on you! You may be a big fan of something but I think it is your bad attitude and big ego. Who are you to critique a book anyway? Pay next time and you might enjoy it. People always appreciate something they had to work for, or better yet try writing it yourself. 90% don’t agree with your critic observer pan of what aficionados of the novel genre believe is a very good first effort. Grrrr to you!

And good riddance to Goodreads.

Sincerely,

Liam Muir, Author (wishful thing on his part)