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Kylie’s Minge

Kylie’s Minge

A few years back (okay, more than ten!), I remember reading a BBC article about booking fees being added to concert ticket prices, and they reported on the call for greater transparency from a Labour MP.

(Un)fortunately, there were a bunch of spell check errors, see the image and enjoy. I had plenty of Kylie’s minge on that day. As did a few million others…..

To add further to the mirth, I got this notifcation after posting;

I remember when this happened, fortunately, the guys at The Register covered this, and I was able to pinch their screen grab, the full post is at https://www.theregister.com/2007/05/15/kylie_outrage/

Corporate Property Ownership in the UK.

Corporate Property Ownership in the UK.

I’ve been wanting to write this for a few months now but have been hampered by a few things. Particularly, what I wanted to write would descend into a frenzied rant lacking focus and smacking of conspiracy theory. Hell, it may still happen, but here it goes…..

My first dilemma was whether to write an expansive, comprehensive account of how I view things with multiple references, or as a shorter summary, a condensed, readable account. I’ve opted for the latter. Nowadays, we all seem to have the attention span of a gnat, and the likelihood is that nobody will read this, and if they do, I need to make it shorter and to the point to accommodate this. If it piques the readers interest, they can go Googling and educate themselves further. The information is out there – it’s readily available. Maybe then, the reader can make a more informed opinion. Any feedback on findings would be gratefully received.

I’ve been keeping an eye on economic indicators for most of my adult life, for some sad reason it interests me – and I’m starting to see some worrying trends that I wanted to share.

We’ve all seen the “Great Reset” stuff all over the media, and heard multiple Western leaders screaming “Build back better!” in the wake of the COVID issue. Boris Johnson even managed to deliver it at the G7, albeit a mashed-up, bumbling version with his counterparts barely able to stifle their sniggers.

This, in the light of what I am about to expand upon, makes me extremely worried for the future, not so much for my generation, but for the younger generations. I think Britain, and the West is about to take a particularly unpleasant turn for its citizens.

The Great Reset apparently is, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) an opportunity for rebuilding society and the economy in a sustainable way post COVID. There’s an awful lot of people (namely the Plebs – you and I) that aren’t entirely happy with this. They (the Plebs) are viewing this as a way of the “Elites” i.e. people with an awful lot of money, power and influence such as the likes that attend Elite only clubs such as Bilderberg and The Trilateral Commission to continue with World Management avoiding democratic process. Interestingly, Kier Starmer, sorry, Sir Kier Starmer, the leader of the opposition to the UK Government is a member of the Trilateral Commssion. He’s the only MP in that particular club, and the club itself? Well, worth some reading up on, it can be quite concerning, as can Bilderberg.

During COVID, the Federal Reserve in the States and The Bank of England in the UK have hurriedly been printing and creating money like it is going out of fashion to prop up their spending. The figures are huge, and it is worth further research. The Fed’s exercise has been nothing short of mind boggling, and in the UK, the figures are crazy, okay, not up to the Fed’s levels of craziness, but still extremely concerning. As we have seen throughout history, creating money creates inflationary issues – think Germany in the 1920’s and more recently, Zimbabwe. It all gets a bit silly when a loaf of bread costs a few billion of whatever Disneyland Dollars your central bank creates.

What happens next is where it gets really sticky, and I hope that I am completely wrong, but I don’t think so.

Okay, so, the government prints a shed load of money, inflation spirals out of control, what is the government to do? They increase interest rates to ‘slow things down’.

Over the last couple of decades, us Plebs in the West have got used to low interest rates creating extremely cheap money, almost lulling us into a false sense of security (cue conspiracy theorists). In many Western economies, the domestic housing markets are going silly; there are plenty of accounts whereby demand is outstripping supply and prices are rocketing. Essentially, people are paying far more for their houses, and these were already considerably overpriced when you compare them to historical norms. Bidding wars are erupting, and there are plenty of anecdotal accounts in the UK of between ten to fifteen buyers competing for one house. All of this is being fuelled by cheap borrowing of money and it isn’t slowing down. Yet.

Those of you old enough to remember in the UK during the early nineties will recall the high levels of inflation resulting in interest rates exceeding ten percent. In some cases, the mortgage rates hit 14-15%. If you’ve got a mortgage, quickly run the amount you owe with an increased interest rate through one of the online calculators.

I worked for a retail bank at this precise time, and we were repossessing houses daily. It was hideous. Mortgage payments were spiralling, people fell into arrears and subsequently lost their family homes. What was previously affordable, became unaffordable. The carnage has left me with indelible memories and cost me a lot of money; when I mortgaged, I fixed the interest rate for the term, so I knew exactly what I was having to stump up each month. The rates dropped to bugger all and I was paying over the odds and could have saved myself thousands if I had been on a variable rate. But at least I felt secure in the knowledge that I could I afford to cover my borrowing.

Now, let’s add another layer. You will likely be aware of the onslaught of Cryptocurrencies. These clever things are exactly what the Central Banks (The Fed and Bank of England particularly) don’t like. It’s decentralised finance; something that they have absolutely no control over. In the UK, many banks are blocking people trying to buy into crypto under the guise of “there’s potential for criminal activity”. Essentially, when the money leaves them and goes into crypto, it’s very difficult to track and there’s a risk of it never coming back.

In China, they have recently signalled their distaste for Decentralised Crypto and there has been a mass exodus of people and money involved with it. Now, the Chinese government is bringing out its own crypto currency and is trialling it in a few areas. The big difference being that this is one that is centralised – ie. Completely traceable and that they maintain control of. It’s called Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), worth a Google. In the UK, the Bank of England has signalled its intention to bring out a similar currency dubbed Britcoin, operating on a similar basis to that of the Chinese one.

So, a centrally issued cryptocurrency. This could potentially mean that your account for your new Britcoin is now held with the central bank, in the UK’s case, the Bank of England. COVID and the chance of transmission means that cash is on its way out. That then means that they, and government are fully aware of everything that you do, and that the likes of the retail banks, such as Lloyds, HSBC et al are no longer required. Seems like a long shot? Read on.

Imagine a scenario whereby retail banks in their current guise become largely irrelevant, they’ll likely need to diversify.

In the UK earlier this year, Lloyds Bank Plc signalled its intention to become a large private landlord, despite the potential for damage to its brand – it doesn’t take much working out. Imagine upset tenants in the queue. But this shift, despite the potential for serious PR damage is a seismic one. Regardless, they’re pushing ahead. Why?

Now, mix in people being prevented from getting involved in decentralised crypto and forced into the CBDC’s detailed above. Another thing to Google for would be about the role that the CBDC is playing in China with regards Social Credit. People being prevented from buying plane tickets to fly within the country. Imagine having an account with a central bank/government and their being able to dictate where and on what you spent your money. If you aren’t pro-Government, you could find your money evaporating. You play ball with the Government, you get a favourable interest rate. It looks like it is starting to happen over there.

Imagine in the West, spiralling inflation, interest rates, repossessions and banks amongst other corporates now becoming landlords as they snap up properties from the repossessed. Essentially a shift from private property ownership to corporate ownership and Britain being a nation of tenants.

Corporate ownership of domestic property is starting to happen now, particularly in the States and looks like it will accelerate there and in the UK. Have a Google for subscription based housing. It’s a thing.

Historically in the UK, home ownership is considered important. In recent years we’ve heard “millennials prefer renting” or that they “prefer to not own anything”.  We hear it time and time again. Why the indoctrination against owning your own home? Where is this coming from? The only thing that could halt this march and rebalance things in favour of the Plebs is government.

You think that the government has your best interests at heart? Think again. Just look at the way the UK government has been proven to act in the best interests of its own members, Matt Hancock as been found as acting unlawfully with regards awarding contracts, and yet he’s still in office, untouchable. No prosecution. Now, you, a Pleb, you try acting unlawfully and see where that gets you. And it doesn’t have to be for millions/billions. Just a couple of quid. Don’t do it, kids.

Billions of this created money has found its way into the companies of many MP’s, their friends, their families. It’s all on public record. It’s all out there to read, for how long, I don’t know. These things have a way of being erased, the joys of the digital era.

They (MP’s) are generally regarded as being a self-serving bunch on every level and have been often shown to not give a care about their electorate, the Plebs. Their loyalties often sit with big business, take a look at former PM David Cameron and the recent lobbying scandal. He stood to trouser £60m if he’d pulled it off. And that’s only one of them; many appear to be similar. If the banks and corporates decide to get involved in buying up domestic property, they’ll likely get their way, helped by their friends in Government.

This all takes me back to the “Great Reset” and “Build Back Better”. Worth a Google.

Bezos and Climate Change

Bezos and Climate Change

I’m really spending too much time on the Daily Mail site – the gift that keeps on giving. The home of great journalism. I love this headline – they must have published it deliberately. I don’t think the incorrect spelling of Lauren’s last name was intentional, though;

So, he takes a private jet to take a break to focus on climate change. Oh, the irony.

Whilst he’s lapping up the sun, he may want to also contemplate his company fuelling consumerism by flogging shonky crappily made plastic tat and avoiding tax in almost every country that they operate in. He’s got his work cut out, at least he has the time on his hands to do it now.

EE and Faversham in Kent

EE and Faversham in Kent

Over the last few weeks (since the 12th January 2021 to be precise), the mobile network coverage in Faversham on EE has been terrible. Dropped calls that were never received, unable to place outgoing calls at times, having to resort to Wi-Fi calling. Wi-Fi calling is really a cop out – this kicks in when the mobile network is that poor in an area that your handset locks onto a Wi-Fi network and routes the calls via a fixed line broadband connection instead. Essentially, you are paying for a mobile network that you are unable to use, you are propping it up by routing calls through your broadband which you are also paying for. Not good.

You’ve probably seen a lot about EE on TV and in the press. This is a lift directly from the ‘About’ section of their website;

“Our vision is to provide the best network and best service so our customers trust us
with their digital lives.”

Lovely. If only it were true.
Have a look at this link on their support site; https://community.ee.co.uk/t5/Network-status/Coverage-in-Faversham/td-p/1016324

The gist of it is that EE were aware during 2020 that their existing mast site in the town would have to be closed because the landowner was developing the site. On 12/01/2021 EE were instructed to remove their kit, which they have done, resulting in the decrease in service. If you can call it service now.
At best, this will not be resolved until the end of February. I’m not holding my breath.

My post on the EE support site that I have linked above is;

I don’t feel that this is acceptable. I blogged about it at; EE and Faversham in Kent – The Slayford

Why can’t you roll a mobile base station in, such as the ones that you turn up to festivals such as Glastonbury with?

In the interim, what compensation are you offering? I have several business mobiles with EE. At times they are useless and have been since the second week of January. 

Faversham had a population of approximately 20,000 a decade ago. There are four large mobile networks, so, let’s just say that EE’s got one out of four residents as a customer, that’s 5000 people. Multiply it by a conservative £30 a month. (Each of my handsets is on approximately £50 a month, so I am being generous.) So, 5000 customers multiplied by £30 a month gives £150,000 gross revenue for EE. This ‘service’ that you provide is down for two months at best, by the look of it. So, you have charged £300,000 to your customers, and not really provided them with much of a service. I’d wager that you are actually getting more than the £300,000 in this period.

My earlier question regarding compensation was a bit of a rhetorical one – I already know the answer. Nothing. You have told people that I know have telephoned to complain this. That they will get absolutely nothing. This looks a little bit obscene considering my rough calculations in my previous paragraph……

How have you managed to arrive in this position as a company. This is either cost cutting or ineptness. Which is it?

Being a paying customer, that is not receiving the service that they are paying for, that will not receive compensation, I would be grateful if some of my money was spent on answering, in detail, the points above. Surely it is the least you could do? Right? If not just for me, maybe the other 4,999 users. How about the patient three listed below too?

The ‘Safety’ Camera Myth

The ‘Safety’ Camera Myth

I just drove past a mobile safety camera (official name) van, publicly known as a speed camera happily booking drivers as they pass. It’s been parked on a section of road that opens out from a 30mph single carriageway into a 40mph dual carriageway, and vice-versa (I believe it covers traffic in both directions) so it’s easy to accelerate too early, or brake too late and to get caught out.

Another thing, it’s sited right before/after a school, reinforcing the safety point.
But the school is closed because of the COVID19 pandemic. And it’s a Saturday morning. And the roads are almost empty.

I’d say that the clearer roads would mean that people are more likely to drive faster to take advantage of this, so are more likely to get caught. Cynical me would say that Kent County Constabulary are not actually concerned with safety, but revenue.

I got caught by one of the blighters a few years back and had the option to attend a “Speed Awareness Course” for £100 instead of receiving an £80 fine and three points on my licence. I went on the course, and it was most enlightening. It was a whole day affair in a sweaty little conference room in the middle of summer, the facilitators were almost like concentration camp guards in their attitude to attendees and spent the day showing videos, lecturing and belittling us. It was crammed with facts and statistics such as number of deaths from drug and drink driving, but there was one statistic that was missing. I held my hand up to ask about it and was prompted to speak.

“So, this is a speed awareness course, we’ve seen and heard lots of statistics about road deaths of different types, but I’ve not seen a single statistic relating to the number of accidents/deaths caused by speed.”

The look on their faces was one of shock. They didn’t have any figures and glibly said that they would have to get back to us.

“But this is a speed awareness course, right?”

The look on their faces swiftly changed from shock to sheer anger, and it was so long ago, I cannot remember what their retort was, but it was sufficient to stop me in my tracks and put me back in my box. Essentially, it was dissent is not tolerated, and if you don’t conform, you’ll fail the course. From recollection, this could mean my having to stump up additional costs and taking the points.

Next time I’ll take the points, rather than indulging a pair of KCC gestapo officers thank you very much.

Oh, Thanet District Council, What Haven’t You Done?

Oh, Thanet District Council, What Haven’t You Done?

The French closing their border with the UK at 11pm on Sunday 20th December has caused chaos in the South of England, this has been widely reported. I live locally and witnessed events unfolding, the scale of the problem was overwhelming. There were thousands of people stranded away from home for the Christmas period, many without food, all without proper sanitation.

There’s a lot of public and media conjecture about Emmanuel Macron’s motives for the closure, with the main themes being it was either genuninely for COVID security as was the official line, or it was to force the UK into a weakened position in the run up to the final Brexit negotiations and increase the chances of the UK receiving a bad deal. I won’t dwell upon which I think it was, but the resulting fallout for thousands of drivers has been hideous and as I type this, continues to be, albeit with reduced numbers.

Often, these drivers are low-paid workers that travel hundreds of miles away from their families, and they are critical to maintaining the UK. Without them there would be shortages of food and goods. Now, you can get embroiled in a finger pointing blame game regarding how they were put in the position of not being able to get themselves home for the Christmas period, but that will solve nothing. These men and women have found themselves in a position not of their doing, and I’d consider, irrespective of blame, we owe them a duty of care as human beings. I never ever considered that the UK Government on a central and local level could be so incompetent and uncaring.

Thanet District Council (TDC) announced on Christmas Eve that they thanked people for their offers of support, but requested that people didn’t get involved, and instead contacted local charities and stay at home. I’m glad that people ignored this message, as dusk arrived on Christmas Eve, I witnessed people distributing food to the drivers and they appeared full of gratitude. There were young families walking along the lines of parked trucks throughout Kent distributing, there were people climbing the Manston perimiter fence and passing food and drink over. There was clearly a very large demand for this. At this point, there was nothing new about this crisis, it had been rolling on for four days at this point.

This was a fantastic opportunity for TDC to co-ordinate the volunteers, but they chose to dissuade people from helping. They also failed to make an official comment on the situation at Manston. Considering this, maybe they should have just not said anything instead?

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