Monday, 29 August 2016

Sounds Familiar....

There is also a feeling among some members that the merger reflects a more centralised and corporate approach to the running of the London-based charity that has left it out of touch with the wishes of many of its ordinary members.
Hmmm, where have we seen that before? Let's see, RSPCA, NSPCC, etc.

But they reckoned without the sort of people who usually volunteer for this.
Hazel Kingswood, chair of the Aylsham, Norfolk women’s section branch, who has been a legion volunteer for 34 years, said the charity had alienated thousands of women though its mishandling of the proposed merger.
“We are all volunteers,” she said. “When [the charity] starts telling us what we have got to do, we will not stand for that kind of dictatorship.
“If I wasn’t so angry I would sit down and weep. I have got women in their 80s and 90s who feel completely demoralised by what has happened.”
She said the Aylsham branch would now set up as a separate group and fundraise for other local armed forces charities: “It is not looking good for the Royal British Legion: they have shot themselves in the foot.
Bravo, Mrs Kingswood!
The charity says the merger is essential if it is to comply with regulation and governance requirements, cut costs, and focus resources on beneficiaries.
Its proposals were strongly opposed by the legion’s women’s section annual conference in April, while a subsequent members’ conference ordered the legion’s board of trustees to review its plans.
But a legion spokesman said it would be pressing ahead with the plan to close down the women’s section despite all the protests.
I bet they haven't heard the last of this, somehow.

And now I've got yet another charity to add to the list of those not getting my money...

Low-Hanging Fruit...

A mum has pledged to take police to court after officers took away her seven-year-old autistic daughter's dog believing it be a banned breed.
Jenny Armer claims Lancashire Police have mistakenly taken little Maddison Armer's pet Darla because she measures up to a pitbull-type dog
The 29-year-old mum, from Lancaster, maintains Darla is a docile cross between a Shar-Pei and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
How did this come to their attention?
Local dog wardens reported the three-year-old family pet and police arrived at Maddison's mum Jenny Armer's home with a warrant to take her away.
Ah. This was really the only pitbull-alike in Leicestershire? You're sure?
Jenny, 29, is adamant Darla is not a banned breed and that she plays a vital role in looking after Maddison, who suffers from autism and ADHD.
...on Thursday, Maddison Armer was finally reunited with her best friend. And a family was made whole again.
Well, all's well that ends well.

And any comment from the 'authorities' on why they are targeting a single mother with an obvious non-pitbull rather than any of the hundreds of urban yoof with 'Staffies' slavering at the ends of chain leashes?
...the Lancashire Constabulary did not return requests for comment...
Didn't think so. But then, they have form for coming down like a ton of bricks on soft targets while ignoring politically-sensitive issues, don't they?

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Turnips! Turnips For All!

That it's revolting, greasy and tasteless?

Well, no. Hipsters seem to like that, after all...
But what seemed a crisis in the long term now presents as a clean-eating emergency here and now with urgent warnings that in Mexico, the unprecedented international appetite for this unique fruit is indirectly fuelling illegal deforestation and environmental degradation. Those oblivious to such things in far-flung places will no doubt carry on regardless. But what are those who view the avocado as a basic food group supposed to do?
Beats me...
It’s a moot point whether the Mexicans who actually grow these on-trend fruits eventually harvest their fair share of the economic benefits. This lucrative trade is increasingly controlled by a drug cartel known as the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar). So when you buy a Mexican avocado, a greedy share of revenue may well accrue to criminals.
Wow! I thought the Knights Templar had bigger ambitions than that..!
You might think, OK, I’ll buy avocados from some other less problematic source then. But would an avocado from Chile, Peru or the Dominican Republic automatically be more sustainable or equitably produced? The fact of the matter is that we know pitifully little about the environmental and working conditions of faceless people in faraway places who grow fruit for our tables, but I have seen enough of foreign fruit “farms” to suspect the worst.
Oh, dear. What to do?
The fact of the matter is that the further away from home our food comes, the less chance we have of interrogating its origins and its impact on its native environment and workforce.
There's nothing for it. Hipsters will have to start eating turnips.

Generation Snowflake Faces Adversity

Rather than spending the afternoon studying, students at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) enjoyed a break from their exams as they got close with guide dogs from the town’s Mobility Team and help raise money for the charity.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association brought the puppies and adult dogs to Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base.
The visit also helped raise funds for the charity and was part of the Stress Less campaign for students which has been running during the exam period.
Jeez. It's not like they are being asked to go over the top at the Somme, is it?
“Sitting exams can be a tough time so we’ve organised a series of activities to help to reduce stress levels including yoga sessions and things like having fresh fruit in the common room to keep healthy.
“The cuddle a puppy activity has proved extremely popular – there are lots of dog lovers here. It’s also given us a chance to raise some money for Guide Dogs and learn more about the charity.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to the Shrewsbury Mobility Team from the Association for bringing Farley, Leyland, Quilla and Krista to meet us today.”
They have a big wake-up call awaiting them when they start work. Their first induction day promises to be something to behold:

"So, here's the tea point, the stationery cupboard and..." 

"Wait, where the cuddle room?" 

"The...the what?!" 

"You know, with the puppies. For when we start feeling stressed?" 

"Yeeees. Right. OK, let me have a word with the HR Department..."

Friday, 26 August 2016

This Could Prove Interesting....

A Northampton taxi company is now offering a service in which it can pick up customers and their four-legged friends - despite most of its drivers voting against the idea.
It will, of course, cost. But not much.
Bounds Taxis, which is based next to North Gate bus station, says it canvassed all of its 350 drivers over the idea of allowing dogs in their cars, and that 15 per cent (52) agreed.
As a result, the firm says it will now be carrying out the 'dog friendly service' at a charge of £3 per fare, although only the drivers which agreed will be offering to do so.
Now, if everyone in Northampton asks for this service - whether they have a dog or not - I think the other 85% of the staff might just get the message...

And Yet Somehow, You Managed To Afford Cigarettes...

Nick Woodhouse, defending said Khan “was hoping he would get his benefits soon” so he could get Tyson treated by vets.
Khan himself told the court: “I was really good to the dog, I looked after that dog. I had no benefits, how could I feed that dog?”
Maybe a question you should have asked yourself before obtaining one?
Chair of the magistrates Frances Linsley said it was “one of the more serious cases of neglect” she had seen. She jailed Khan for 18 weeks, ordered him to pay £500 costs and an £80 victim surcharge and disqualified him from keeping an animal for five years.
Myeah was jailed for 12 weeks and also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £80 victim surcharge. She was also disqualified from keeping an animal for five years.
Both shouted abuse at the court as they were taken away.
I hope they get one tin of dog food per day while they're inside...

Thursday, 25 August 2016

I Think Kidderminster Can Do Without This Sort Of Public Service...

Mr Western said Robinson had pleaded guilty immediately the case came to trial. He appreciated the loss to the Westcott family but had been trying to build up his business in providing a public service for Kidderminster.
Customers spoke of his kindness to them.
Should they ever fall into the path of his taxi, they might not find him so public spirited.
Robinson, who was driving at a legal 40mph, stopped momentarily but then drove on. He went to a garage to see if his vehicle was damaged and had it washed.
"He could well have stopped to have seen what had happened," said Miss Rai.
His excuse for not seeing anything on the road was that he could have been turning off his meter.
Six seconds is a long time to be distracted enough to not see a body in the road..!
Simon Robinson, aged 43, of Steatite Way, Stourport, was also disqualified for 12 months, ordered to do 250 unpaid hours work and pay £530 costs.
After reading a sheaf of references, Judge Robert Juckes QC imposed eight months jail but suspended it for 12 months.