Thursday, 24 April 2014

Christian Country

Apropos of yesterday's post regarding two MPs supporting David Cameron's pronouncement that the UK is a Christian country.

There are two prime attributes one first thinks of when considering the UK.

  1. A democracy, and
  2. A capitalist country.

Neither of these is fundamentally compatible with early Christianity, which was theocratic and communist.

While you're at it, look at the laws in countries that are definitely non-Christian. Take Japan, for example - can you spot any real difference between living in Japan and the UK that are due to Christian  influence? No - we have exactly the same basic laws, thus the argument fails.

Look at the major holidays of the UK - Christmas and Easter. These are no more than Christian celebrations that were grafted on to the pre-existing pagan holidays of Yule (or indeed Saturnalia) and Eostre in an attempt to stamp out paganism. Even the word Easter is of pagan origin and has no Christian etymology whatsoever.

In essence, Christianity - and indeed any religion - is a belief in something that is impossible according the the laws of physics and physical chemistry. A bit like homeopathy (or politics), it's a placebo at best and a rejection of reason.

The politics analogy is rather apt in this case.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Delusional MPs

The UK is a Christian country and those who deny it are "deluding themselves" and ignoring "reality", two senior Conservative MPs have said.

And I suppose the belief that the immutable laws of physics were suspended some 2,000 years ago and a man-god-magician was executed, came back to life and then ascended to "heaven" at a time when miracles by self-professed Messiahs were a regular occurrence isn't self-delusional?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Scottish Pensioners

Gordon Brown is to argue Scotland should stay in the Union due to the UK underwriting £100bn of Scottish pensions.

A damned good argument for cutting Scotland loose, if you ask me!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Grumpy Riverworld

Had a pleasant walk along the Kennet and Avon canal yesterday between Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff. Happened upon a floating cafe which was being run my an old school friend:

This got Hay talking about boats (again). We were reading a Canal Pikey magazine while having our breakfast in the narrowboat and saw this:

More details of the concept here. Now I could get our builder, Colin, to so some fancy work with shuttering and concrete while Stuart, who made our stainless steel bits for the house, could fabricate a steel hull.

Also spotted this place in Bradford-on-Avon:

Those who know me also know that Hay's nickname for me is Badger...

Friday, 18 April 2014

What a Plonker!

Spotted this silly old fool who thought he was videoing the instructions on using his new ride on lawnmower. Turned out he was videoing himself.


What a plonker!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Antediluvial Sartotial Elegance

Was watching Michael Portillo on Great Railway Journeys and was horrified at what he was wearing. He's obviously going through marriage difficulties, as no woman would allow him to wear a dayglo green shirt, sky blue jumper and shocking pink jacket.

Either that, or he's attending a clown convention.

Was picking stones from the ha-ha yesterday evening and came across this chappie - a 60m~400m year-old fossilised ammonite from the lodge foundation spoil. This area used to be a warm, tropical sea - a bit like Somerset a few weeks ago, hence the preponderance of limestone in the region.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Problem Solving

Finally solved the problem of getting No.1 Son to mow the lawn without being asked or demanding payment - got a 3rd hand ride-on-mower on eBay at the weekend.

I even spotted Hay's sister's partner, Perry, mowing my lawn. I'll have all the blokes in the neighbourhood queuing up at this rate.

I wonder if I can make it street-legal? He could then use it to get to his new school after the holidays.

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Overheard this morning:

Chairman (looking to change a £20 note): "Got two tenners?"

Hay: "You mean Placido Domingo and wossisface?"

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Boys Were Busy

Looks like the boys were busy while I was away - the concrete pad for Barnfield Lodge is finished.

The base, however, is as far as we're going this year. Time to start saving again - Colin has given us a quote of around £27k, including the work already done on the base.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

9 Till 5

It's the Jewish Pesach, or Passover holiday from tomorrow, so they had a little toast at HQ yesterday:

Our CEO makes a speech.

Our man in France, Gerard.

Our Russian contingent.

Darren, our man in Singapore.

I hear Roman Abramovich has booked an entire hotel in some Israeli resort for Passover. A tad ostentatious, if you ask me.

I find it perverse that Israel does the majority of its business with the parts of the world that have a working week of Monday to Friday, but keeps a Sunday to Thursday working week itself - the same as most of the Arab countries around it, with which it does hardly any business at all.

The standard working week here is 43 hours, but most (at least in my company) work far in excess of that. It's common for me to be getting emails from Israeli colleagues still behind their desks beyond 6pm UK time, which is 8pm Israeli time.

They do, however, have a disproportionally large number of religious holidays when the whole country just shuts down for a week or so - and that's despite only some 25% of Israelis actually being religious in any way, shape or form.

If you don't hear from me tomorrow (I'll probably be in a steam pigeon on the way back to Blighty), Shalom Shabbat.