Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
It's just one of those times where you wonder how to get across to these people that what they are doing is unethical, stupid, and unbelieveably cruel!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Felicity Jane Lowde is wanted for arrest, having been convicted of harrasment. If you see her, do not approach her, rather call the police. More details of what has happened can be found here.
I have to say that whilst I don't know Rachel from North London , from what I do know about her, I have to say my admiration is almost boundless. She is a survivor of the July 7th bomb attacks and has come through and has been dealing with all that, only to have this horrific campaign of harrasment which she has dealt with in a noble and dignified fashion.
There are many bloggers out there who I like and respect, whom I like to think I would readily help in a time of need, but if there is anyone I am only too happy to help out here it is Rachel.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Phil is an old friend of mine from University, and is one of the few people around who I would qualify as a totally decent guy (well, almost totally ;). The fact you never once intervened in the dustbin incident Shellers has never been forgotten!). Not only is he a Liverpool fan who enjoys programmes like Alan Partridge but he is a talented musician and gifted songwriter as well.
Well worth looking into if you are interested in hiring a worship band
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
With hindsight I felt the evening was okay, with broad agreement between the candidates about what the Party needed to do to move forward and it has left me with the feeling that, provided we can show that we are capable of renewal as a Party and show up the shallowness of David Cameron's campaigning style then we can win the next general election.
Apologies BTW for the poor quality of the photos, was struggling with the flash and I didn't want to cause a distraction
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
On one hand they are possibly elitist, have prevented many intelligent children from an education which would have afforded them great benefits, and can encourage snobbery. On the other hand they have helped children from many deprived areas have a head start in life.
I do have a vested interest in this subject in that, whilst I never went to grammar school, rather a decent secondary modern, my parents came from working class backgrounds and went to a grammar school, a well known one in fact (Although King Edward VII is now a seconfdary modern and is probably only famous because Graham Chapman was also a pupil there, and yes my parents were there at the same time and knew him). It probably helped them in all sorts of ways and I certainly wonder where we as a family would be now if one or both failed their 11 Plus. Not least the fact that they met at school! ;)
But what I do object to is the 11 Plus. Children have enough to contend with SATS tests without this, and it's unfair to stigmatise a child for life over one exam hurdle at such a young age. There can be other ways around this such as perhaps raising the age of Grammar School entry to 13 and having a form of Pre-Grammar School set up, although I can see the arguments against that.
Would be interested to know what you think?
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Some say that this gives comfort to terrorists, I can sympathise with that, but it's worth bearing in mind that in the 1970s, an elderly man used to go on an annual holiday to Ireland. Given the fact that he was a well known figure and a relative of the Royal Family, he was considered a possible IRA target, but every year officials used to encourage Lord Mountbatten to go to Mullaghmore, County Sligo, partly in the belief that to not go was a victory for terrorism. This led to one of the most horrific and evil acts of IRA violence.
Like it or not, Prince Harry is a possible future Head of State and unless there is a change in the laws of succession ,or even the constitution we have, he must be treated as such whether we like it or not. There is the possibility of working in a staff role or in a less dangerous combat zone (this isn't unprecedented), in any case we have to see the situation and it's risks at face value and act accordingly and that is what General Dannatt has done.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Am just pleased Hilary Benn got through as there was a moment the other day when I was a bit unsure of his chances
Thursday, May 17, 2007
*This post also appears on the CPF Blog
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
- Exemplary record at the Department for International Development
- Has a long history with the Labour Party, especially at grassroots level, where he is popular
- Is personable, thoughtful, and is respected across the political spectrum
- Gets on very well with Gordon Brown
Listens to people, even when he doesn't agree. Thinks through issues carefully and gives consideration to all aspects of political argument
Whilst there are some good candidates for the post of Deputy, Hilary Benn would be a major asset to Labour and I think we would lose a valuable oppurtunity if he fails to get those 44 nominations
Yesterday's edition had an endorsement of David Cameron from Norman Lamont, who then went on to slate Gordon Brown's chances of being a succesful Prime Minister. Well they are two different posts and Gordon has seen the PM's Office at fairly close quarters over the past ten years. His record as Chancellor is exemplary, and (whilst the Express seems to think differently to everyone else) certainly better than Lamont's. I wonder what Cameron thinks of this endorsement from his old boss?
The interview with David Baddiel made me smile, esp this bit:
The ideal night out is ...
A premiere, maybe of the latest Brit gangster flick, then ChinaWhites, topped off by Spearmint Rhino or Stringfellows. Oh no, my mistake, that's a night out in the seventh circle of hell.
1) Be careful who you have conversations with about them
2) Never, ever (golden rule this), say something so crass and vulgar like "I want to become Prime Minister", because that just helps ensure it doesn't happen. The classic example being Robert Kilroy Silk's comment in 1974 that he would be Prime Minister in fifteen years. It also leaves you to ridiclue. I remember one Young Conservative once being on Have I Got News for You and Ian Hislop asking him if he saw himself as a future leader of the Conservative Party. With slight over confidence the young lad brightened and said it was possible, to which Hislop replied "Or do you want to be Prime Minister?". Guys I know how you feel, when I was a teenager I could easily see myself as a future Foreign Secretary. Thankfully my comments were never recorded for public consumption at the time and as a wise old man I suggest you temper your ambitions
3) Don't say anything stupid like "I want to kill for my country!", it just helps fuel our prejudices, you show yourself as someone who doesn't really know much about the World you live in, or indeed your country, and, if anything, makes you look a little sad.
4) When you are warned about what you are doing, don't say "Fair enough!" Think very, very carefully because you have been warned, esp when you don't know who the guy with the camera is
5) Don't give your full name
6) But points on the Uniform and enthusiasm, and indeed the campaign, which seems noble
Now you could argue, for those who know this story, that Recess was being a bit cruel here. Poor young and impressionable teenager being taken for a, well er monkey, and I can sympathise with that view. But it should be pointed out that Alex was fair, polite, and didn't ask any incriminating questions. Anyways it's an interesting little piece, and let me know what you think
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
- why journalists blog
- how independent political blogs can be
- the Blair legacy
- the Labour leadership race, and
breast-feeding in public
- Plus Stephen becoming Oxford’s deputy Lord Mayor (This was brought up by me, not Stephen, I hasten to add)
Monday, May 14, 2007
But this year I found I was really not too keen on the band making their entry. The song wasn't original, neither was the band, and their whole act, to paraphrase a comment one newspaper columnist made some months back, was as camp as a row of tents.
Now Eurovision needs a bit of camp, a bit of kitsch, and there have been some brilliant acts over the years which exemplify that, such as ABBA. In fact I would have been very happy if the
Scissor Sisters were the UK's entry this year. They would have been far more original and less cheesy.
But Scooch were a bit of an overkill and I am still surprised that they won against entries like, say, Justin Hawkins, who has a bit more clout about him. It's one of the few times where I think the British public got it wrong and the critics got it right.
Eurovision is a great musical concept, but in order to reach new fans and widen it's appeal, it needs to branch out and grow and develop with the times
Sunday, May 13, 2007
For reasons of personal ego, I mean, er insisive political discussion and debate ;), give terrestial and satelite/digital/cable TV a miss and have a look at this instead, if you haven't already, because if you are the teeniest bit into politics, it can make compelling viewing.
There are still many individual Tories whom I do respect, at local, national, and indeed at blogging level. I have said before that if I was ever at the same election count as, say Iain Dale or Tim Roll-Pickering and the Tories were having a bad night. I would certainly not commiserate, but I would certainly be courteous enough to buy them a drink and give some kind words.
But then you get the other sort. The sort who remind you why you personally dislike the Conservative Party, let alone professionally or politically. Those who remind you why they ended up with the nickname "The Nasty Party". The sort who if you came across them at election counts where Labour were winning, there would be a huge temptation to verbally rub their faces in it! Those bovver boys who lack that small, but vital political necessity called Good Manners which has nothing to do with being a "Middle Class snob" as some of the self made among them like to think.
Kerron describes them well here, and indeed Kelvin Mackenzie said something similar in his Sun column on Thursday. For all David Cameron's talk of the Tories penetrating "No go areas", he seems to have little control over the many Conservatives who make nasty and rude comments about Scotland, Liverpool, Wales and anywhere else where they find it hard, if not impossible, to win seats. The problem for the Tories is, that people in those areas tend to have very long memories.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Your Social Dysfunction:
Being average in terms of how social you are, as well as the amount of self-esteem you have, you're pretty much normal. Good on you.
Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com
Please note that we aren't, nor do we claim to be, psychologists. This quiz is for fun and entertainment only. Try not to freak out about your results.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
So, instead of giving my views, I thought that as it was last year that I did my Fantasy Blog Cabinet, I ought to have a "reshuffle" and see if, unlike last time, this will catch on. So for this year my cabinet will consist of:
Prime Minister: Paul Burgin (obviously)
Deputy Prime Minister: Kerron Cross (with extensive powers overseeing the Cabinet Office and catre blanche over cabinet committees)
Chancellor of the Exchequer: Andrew Regan
Foreign Secretary: Andrew West
Home Secretary: Damian Counsell
Constitutional Affairs/N.Ireland/Lords: Andrew Brown
Trade and Industry: Mike Ion
Defence: Tom Hamilton
International Development: Aaron Heath
Leader of the House of Commons: Jonathan Cox
Enviroment and Rural Affairs: Alex Hilton
Culture, Media, and Sport: Miranda Grell
Transport: Neil Harding
Communities and Local Government: Luke Akehurst
Education: Tom Freeman
Health: Andrew Skudder
Work and Pensions: Antonia Bance
Minister Without Portfolio/Scotland/Wales: Lisa Rullsenberg
Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Cllr Kris Brown
Chief Whip: "Barry Beef"
Again, apologies to those who feel missed out. Obviously Iain Dale is still Leader of the Opposition, and whilst my heart would like to see Louisa Willoughby as Leader of the Lib Dems, my head suggests Stephen Tall. Who knows, maybe I will do a Fantasy Shadow Cabinet, although a) that is taking this fantasy a bit too far and b) It's not really my place! ;)
It's not often I see a film for the first time and like it so much that I decide to blog on it, but this is one of those times.
Starter for 10 is set in 1985/86 and is about a young first-year student at Bristol University called Brian who is a working-class boy made goodand a whizz at general knowledge. So much so that he ends up on the team representing Bristol on an episode of University Challenge. Along the way he finds himself heavily attracted to two girls (one a fellow teammate, the other a left-wing political activist), attends a Vicars and Tarts party, inadvertently gets stoned, and incurs the wrath of Bamber Gasgoyne himself. Oh and he ends up with the right girl!
I would say more but it would spoil the film if you haven't seen it. One more thing though, which I hesitate to mention, and it's that Brian reminded me of Kerron (apart from several of the misadventures that happen to Brian obviously ;)).
Well, I mean, look at the photo, just imagine him with glasses!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
But it was all great fun and one of the best weddings I have been to, and I got a bottle of whiskey and a tie out of it as well :).
One minor surprise however was when my fellow Usher and I "Trashed the car" with confetti, balloons, party strings and a"Congratulations" banner. One of the brides friends heard what had been done and wanted to see the result. I was then asked if my name was Paul and did I have a blog called "Mars Hill" as she found out through looking at my friend Aidan's blog (Aidan being the groom). Still a bit strange, if pleasant, being recognised though! I think she found it a bit too political though and that charge has been laid at my feet before. So I will say now that I am hoping to change some of that by mentioning more diverse things
So now it's Sunday and I am now safetly back home, albeit after train journeys involving delays, bus services and the usual stresses that almost boil one's blood. So on this note, after checking emails, my Facebook account, and blog I shall now go in for a few hours of being lazy in front of the telly.
Friday, May 04, 2007
As you can see, I have added this image to the sidebar in support of those who are concerned about Alan Johnson's whereabouts and support the efforts made to secure his release. The BBC have this image on their website and are greatful to any blogger who uses it
Thursday, May 03, 2007
22:14 Well a brief intro is in order. voting seemed a bit quiet in my own ward today, where there were just a Liberal Democrat and Conservative standing. Yes I did vote, and no I am not saying who for, suffice to say I voted with my political instincts and avoided hypocrisy. As for now, no results yet and not even any sexy graphics (a la Peter Snow) to show us the possible results and what this might mean at the next general election, but if I come across any it will be mentioned here
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
London, Nottingham, Chicago, Illinois, Bristol, Kazan, Plano, Grenoble, Santa Clara, Lagrange
Top Ten Countries listed (In order of most visits to my blog)
For those who have started reading my blog in the last month, or who have returned after an absence, a warm welcome to you all!
Top Ten Blog/Web Visitors
1) The Done Thing (+3)
2) Kerron Cross - The Voice of the Delectable Left (+8)
3) Conservative Mind (NEW)
4) Iain Dale (NEW-ish)
5) My BlogLog.com (NEW-ish)
6) Bloggers4Labour (NEW-ish)
7) Paul Linford (-4)
8) Tim Roll-Pickering (-7)
9) Baldock Baldrick (NEW)
10) Brighton Regency Labour Party (NEW-ish)
Out of the Top Ten are Facebook.com, The Bushey Chronicle, Mike Ion, Political Opinions, Evie Winter, and Cally's Kitchen
Top Ten Searchwords that lead people to my blog
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rob newman -site:http://robnewman.typepad.com
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