Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rowhill Nature Reserve - well done.

Members of Rowhill Nature Reserve Society in Aldershot are proud to be one of the 130 winners nationwide of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups who work in their local community for the benefit of others.

The award is in recognition of the Society’s work in conserving the 55 acres of woodland and other habitats for the benefit of wildlife, education, particularly of children, in the importance of the natural environment and improving the area for the enjoyment of local people.

The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.

This prestigious UK national honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.

The Rowhill Nature Reserve lies on the Surrey and Hampshire border and the Society has been looking after the reserve for more than 40 years.

Speaking of their success, Kathy Spink from the Rowhill Nature Reserve Society said, “We are proud to receive this award, not only for of all the current volunteers and members of the very strong team here at Rowhill, but also on behalf of all our supporters in the past who have helped make RNRS what it is today.”

Friday, 17 June 2011

Rape and Sexual abuse support

One of my residents is a volunteer at this charity that provides a valuable service to rape and sexual abuse victims. There is something special about volunteers, many of whom, are involved with not just one good cause as this resident, but do a number of valuable things that contribute to a better community. They are people that spend their time thinking of how to help others rather than how others can help them. A lesson for us all....

RASASC [Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre].  
The Office is in Guildford.  The charity provides  confidential helpline and counselling for male and female survivors of rape and abuse . 

Office 01483 452900
Helpline 01483 546400

Telephone line is open for callers is between 7:30pm and 9:30pm every day except Saturdays and Bank holidays.  

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Trend Micro - an awful company to deal with

Trend Micro Pacific House
Parkway, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1YL
016284 00500

Has anyone had the same awful experience I have had with TREND MICRO?

I am working away at work quite happily when all of a sudden my emails to suppliers and customers start to bounce back, with a message telling me Trend Micro have decided to block my emails until they hear from my ISP! What a cheek - just because they are an American company I suppose....

They suggest I have been asked to explain the spam but have not responded. Well we are very easy to contact - and I have not received any emails - unless of course my spam filter thought they were a malicious email!!

So I call the office - and get thru to someone in Ireland struggling with English to explain. I get given an email - to Guess what - yes - it bounces back.

I am completely irritated by such systems and companies that play God in this way. Guilty until proven innocent and dealt with so heavy handed and insensitively. Good job they are not in Government isn't it?

Monday, 13 June 2011

CO2 emissions - a thought!!

Professor Ian Plimer (a member of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He is also a joint member of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering) could not have said it better!
If you've read his book you will agree, this is a good summary. 

Are you sitting down?

Okay, here's the bombshell.  The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet, all of you.  Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress, that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow, and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans, and all animal life.  I know, it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.  The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes - FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon.  And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time - EVERY DAY.  I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in its entire YEARS on earth.  Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year, think about it.  Of course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.  And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years.  And it happens every year.  Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus ''human-caused'' climate change scenario.  Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention ''Global Warming'' any more, but just ''Climate Change'' - you know why?  It's because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.  And just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme (that whopping new tax)imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.  It won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's for sure.  

But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!  

PS: I wonder if Iceland is buying carbon offsets?  

Friday, 10 June 2011

Armed Robbers attack our Co-Op

Detectives appeal for witnesses after armed robbery in Farnborough

Detectives in Aldershot are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a Co-Op store in the North Camp area of Farnborough.
Police were called to the shop in Queens Road at about 1.45pm on Wednesday, June 8, following reports of an armed robbery.
Two men entered the shop one was wearing a white crash helmet and the other was wearing a black balaclava while a security guard was loading money at the cash machine.
The guard from the security van was told to put the containers of cash into bags, which he did.
The men made off in a black Volkswagen Tiguan which was later found abandoned in Yeovil Close, a short distance away.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who was in the shop or the surrounding at the time of the incident who hasn’t yet spoken to a police officer. They would also like to speak to anyone who saw the car in Yeovil Close.
Detective Inspector Dave Sackman said: "This was a frightening ordeal for those who witnessed it, but fortunately no one was hurt.
"There were lots of people in the area at the time and I am keen to hear from anyone who saw any part of the incident or who saw the car in Yeovil Close."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Aldershot CID on 101 or via
You can also contact the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Help the Homeless - Its a dogs life

Some muts looking for love..... drop me a line if you know a home they would be happy in or contact the Kennel direct: 
Tel: 01268 770402   
Acresway Kennels, Great Burches Road, Thundersley, Essex  SS7 3NE.