Thursday, 29 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) said 23,905 under-18s in England were helped with drug and alcohol problems in 2007-08, compared with 17,001 two years before.
Four out of five of all young people receiving specialist help or counselling were treated for problems with cannabis or alcohol, the agency added.
The report was published as other figures showed that more than one in three British adults drinks more than the recommended daily alcohol limit at least one day a week. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that one in five adults consumed more than double that limit on the day of drinking most.
Read this article from TimesOnline in full here
Her boyfriend asks, 'What is it supposed to be when it's finished?'
The blonde says, 'According to the picture on the box, it's a hen.'
Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
'First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a hen.'
He takes her hand and says, 'Second , I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then ..' he said with a deep sigh, 'Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.'
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I've just been on the Fisheries Committee, listening to one of the most asinine proposals I've ever heard. And, after ten years in the European Parliament, that's saying something.
In essence, the EU wants to extend the Common Fisheries Policy to recreational anglers. Sporting fishermen, who go out in small boats or fish from piers, will be required to purchase licences and to log every fish. At present, while they keep the odd fish for personal consumption, most sea anglers return their catches to the water. In some cases, they tag them first, contributing to conservation programmes. If the European Commission gets its way, they will be forced to land every tiddler they catch, and to count their quota against the national one.
Why? Where is the need for this expensive and cumbersome scheme? Will it rescue the EU's fish stocks? Hardly. The CFP has already wiped out most of what ought to have been a great renewable resource. Recreational sea anglers account for perhaps one per cent of the total catch that remains.
No, this is regulation for its own sake: the product of an attitude that sees "unregulated" as synonymous with "illegal".
British and Irish MEPs put up a heroic defence on the committee, demolishing every point in the Commission's case. But the Commission continued to insist, mulishly, that the measure was necessary for conservation. Conservation? Coming from the organisation that has presided over the ecological calamity of the destruction of North Sea fish stocks, that really is hard to take. The CFP put most the skippers in my constituency out of business years ago. Some of them turned to tourism, making a new living by taking anglers out in their boats. Now, the CFP threatens to ruin them a second time, bringing to amateur fishermen the same destruction that it brought to professionals. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/daniel_hannan
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
In a major victory for the Conservative Party campaign against new bin taxes, Labour Ministers were today humiliated into admitting that no councils have bid to become a pilot to introduce the new taxes. Today was the deadline for councils to bid to become the first to introduce them. The Government had planned to introduce the taxes in five councils, before rolling out the taxes nationwide without any vote in Parliament.
Environment Minister Jane Kennedy has today admitted: "No local authorities have expressed an interest in piloting a scheme at this time" (Press Association, 21.01.09). Conservatives are demanding that the specific bin tax legislation, which received Royal Assent in November, is repealed to kill off the taxes completely. The Party has consistently campaigned against the new taxes since Labour first floated the plans. Liberal Democrats supported Labour’s bin tax plans.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
The closure will be from the entrance to Princesmead car park to Victoria Road, the contactors will be working 7 days a week and late into the night to ensure the works are carried out as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me
Saturday, 17 January 2009
We now have firm timetables for the preparation of two key documents:
A consultation on the future of Farnborough Airport and surrounding sites started on Monday, 12th January, and will run until Friday 20 February. Letters have been sent to residents and other interested parties informing them of this consultation. The documents are also available at the Council offices and Farnborough and Aldershot libraries, as well as on the Council’s website at
Further details are also available on the website at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/rushmoorplan.
Click this link to on-line Council survey
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
The famous tower
The other Dusseldorf towers
Some of the building have been designed and built by alcoholics
It was interesting how they have mixed old with new!
I loved this police station
All good business trips conclude with a great meal - thank you Pen Warehouse.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
A picture paints a 1000 words - and Sri Lanka is a beautiful jewel in the Indian Ocean its name is a direct translation from the Sanskrit meaning Sacred Island. It is a beautiful Island full of sacred buildings and inhabited by a beautiful people in looks and nature. It was a wonderful privilege to tread its paths, meet is people and be touched by it magic.
view from my shower
Buddist Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
Punter eye view of local taxi driver in the three wheelers
Hindu Temple in Colombo