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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Couldn't think of a sensible blog title so Stuff it is.

What's been going on? Well My Skin is doing fantasticly on the Anti-TNF treatment (TNF is Tumour Necrosis Factor) called Etanercept. I am now 95% clear of Psoriaisis and it's bloody brilliant.

I'm signed off work again atm, I got myself a sinus infection last week and my Arthritis flared, so 2 weeks off for me. Glad to say the antibiotics have worked and I can breathe again, shame about my joints being on fire.

Went to the Rheumatologist yesterday, who is upping my Painkillers a level, I was Just taking Ibuprofen 6 months ago, 6 weeks ago I moved onto Naproxen, now I am to go on the the 3rd tier anti-inflamatory drugs, with a long medical sounding name I can't remember, i'll post it when i get the letter from him. I know it begins with M....

He also refered me to a hospital in Bristol for Hydrotherapy and physiotherapy, which I am told is quite energetic and exhausting....still it'll get me fit too and hopefully i'll lose a bit of weight. He also encouraged me to cycle more, so this morning I dutifully put on my Helmet and cycled Mstr.A to school, got him ther no probs, but as i went to push off for home my chain snapped, leaving me in a heap on the floor and with a very painful knee. So then a 1 mile walk home without a walking stick....deep joy. I'm now sat at home in pain waiting for the large dose of Codeine (Tylex) to kick in.

Mustn't grumble....I could be at work

Monday, November 27, 2006

So what does it really mean...

You are 97% English.

Congratulations! You may now take your place as a subject of Her Majesty.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lawbreaking Motorists to be fingerprinted in UK

Motorists who get stopped by the police could have their fingerprints taken at the roadside, under a new plan to help officers check people's identities.
A hand-held device being tested by 10 forces in England and Wales is linked to a database of 6.5m prints.

Police say they will save time because people will no longer have to go to the station to prove their identity.

Officers promise prints will not be kept on file but concerns have been raised about civil liberties.

Bedfordshire are the first force to use the equipment, which is being distributed among the forces in Essex, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, North Wales, Northamptonshire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire, as well as to British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police, over the next two months.

It's a first to search a national database and get a response back in a couple of minutes
Chris Wheeler
Police Information Technology Organisation

It is primarily aimed at motorists because banned or uninsured drivers often give false names, although pedestrians could also be asked to give prints if they are suspected to have committed an offence.

Police Minister Tony McNulty said: "The new technology will speed up the time it takes for police to identify individuals at the roadside, enabling them to spend more time on the frontline and reducing any inconvenience for innocent members of the public."

Under the pilot, codenamed Lantern, police officers will be able to check the fingerprints from both index fingers of the suspect - with their permission - against a central computer database, with a response within a few minutes.

"The handheld, capture device is little bigger than a PDA," said Chris Wheeler, head of fingerprint identification at the Police Information Technology Organisation PITO.

"Screening on the street means they [police] can check an identity and verify it."

Currently an officer has to arrest a person and take them to a custody suite to fingerprint them.

Electronic safeguards

The device will be used with the Automatic Number Plate Recognition team, who identify vehicles of interest.

If a vehicle is stopped, police will be able to identify the driver and passengers. At present about 60 per cent of drivers stopped do not give their true identity.

Argentine police officer Juan Vucetich made the first positive criminal fingerprint identification in 1892
Six years earlier fingerprinting pioneer Scotsman Dr Henry Faulds offered the concept to the Met Police
The UK's first fingerprint bureau was founded in Scotland Yard in 1901 with the help of Indian experts
No two fingerprints have ever been found to be identical in many billions of human and automated computer comparisons

Inspector Steve Rawlings, based in Luton, said it takes two sets of fingerprints and the fingerprints are not retained.

"The encounter can be 15 minutes on the roadside rather than three hours in the police station," he said.

The device has an accuracy of 94-95% and will be used for identification purposes only, say police, and there are electronic safeguards to prevent misuse.

It sends encrypted data to the national ID system using GPRS - a wireless system used by many mobile phones.

More than 6.5 million fingerprints are cross-referenced and sent back to the officer.

Mark Wallace, who represents the civil liberties group, the Freedom Association told BBC Radio Five Live that he had "concerns" about the scheme.

"I don't think we should be reassured by the fact that at the moment it's voluntary and at the moment they won't be recorded," he said.

"Both of those things are actually only happening in the trial because the laws haven't been passed to do this on a national basis compulsorily and with recording."

Story from BBC NEWS:

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thurday Thirteen full of Woe and lots of sweraing

Thirteen Things about Aginoth

Stood in the Hazlegrove Services on the A303 near Sparkford, Wiltshitre in the Pissing rain with my keys locked in the car,

Got out to clean my mirrors and next thing theres a bleep a click and the car had locked itself !!!! With I may add my wallet, My Keys, My Phone and my Coat inside

Pissed off would be an understatement

tried to get teh McDonalds I was parking next too (and where I had just bougt Breakfast) to let me use their phone to call directory Enquiries and so contact my Breakdown service....would they....would they fuck...Bastards.

The Esso Garage over the way however had a payphone....which sensibly (NOT!) was barred from allowing outgoing calls to Directory Enquiries!!!! Luckily the Garage manager took pity on me and let meuse their phone (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU)

Called My Recovery Service, only to find that my membership had unbeknownst to me been cancelled by my Motoring Club (Civil Service Motoring Association) through whom I hold it. Took about 10 minutes of persuasion and a talk to a manaer (oh and threats of national newspapers - this is me remember) to get them to agree to send me help.

Britannia Rescue (My Breakdown Cover) finally got to me after an hour despite promising 20 minutes as I was badly in need of breakfast ….also locked in car (thankfully the garage manager gave me a twix so I didn’t pass out) by that time soaked, cold and very very Pissed off. Being a type 1 diabetic I am recorded withthem with them as a priority disabled memeber

Then as The doors of the car were opened, my boss called me on my mobile to tell me the meeting was cancelled and so I had to drive back to Work…I litereally screamed.

13 things I hate today....


1. Bastard Keys
2. Bastard Car
3. Bastard Central Locking
4. Bastard Weather
5. Bastard Civil Service Motoring Organisation
6. Bastard Britannia Rescue
7. Bastard Meetings
8. Bastard Cancelled Meetings
9. Bastard Parking Spaces
10. Bastard McDonalds refusing to let me use their Phone
11. Bastard Payphones not letting me call Directory Enquiries
12. Bastard Driver who drove thru a puddle in the Car Park and Soaked me
13. Bastard Fucking Everything Just for good measure!!!!!!!!!!!
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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Coming down and Over-Excited 2 - Fireworks and Bonfire Night

Coming down....

Holiday over {sniff}, fun week had by all. we visited are usual haunts in cornwall...Crealy, Tintagel on a very very foggy day, trips to the beach for rock-pooling where we found a few lungfish and lots of limpets.

Mrs A and the Aginothlings on Watergate Bay Beach, Sunday....was very foggy until tuesday when the weather turned to the most brilliant crisp set of autumn days possible allowing a full day trip to Newquay Zoo.

I have more photo's I'll pop them on next week :o)

Over-Excited ....

Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night tomorrow, but we celebrated a day early as saturday is a bit more conveinient for school and work sleep, just launched £50 of fireworks from the backgarden, we usually go to an organised display, but I had permission to play with high explosives from Mrs.A this year.

Anyway now we are sat indoors in front of a blazing log fire in lieu of a bonfire....here's the full version of the traditional rememberence ryhme

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,'twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:

By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.

Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.

Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night and Fireworks Night, is an annual celebration (but not a public holiday) on the evening of the 5th of November primarily in the United Kingdom (especially in Lewes), but also in New Zealand, South Africa, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), parts of the British Caribbean, and to some extent by their nationals abroad. Bonfire night was common in Australia until the 1980s.

It celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, in which a group of Catholic conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London on the evening of 5 November 1605, when the Protestant King James I (James VI of Scotland) was within its walls.

The celebrations, which in the United Kingdom take place in towns and villages across the country, involve fireworks displays and the building of bonfires, traditionally on which "guys", or dummies, representing Guy Fawkes, the most famous of the conspirators are burnt. Before the fifth, children use the "guys" to beg for money with the chant "Penny for the guy".

The evening of November 5th is known as Guy Fawkes Night, but the day itself is not known as Guy Fawkes Day

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was a failed attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to kill King James I of England, his family, and most of the Protestant aristocracy in a single attack by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during the State Opening. The conspirators had then planned to abduct the royal children, not present in Parliament, and incite a revolt in the Midlands.

The Gunpowder Plot was one of a series of unsuccessful assassination attempts against James I, and followed the Main Plot and Bye Plot of 1603. Many believe the Gunpowder Plot to have been part of the Counter-Reformation.

The aims of the conspirators are frequently compared to modern terrorists; however, their actions were not designed to merely influence government policy by evoking terror: their real aims were nothing short of a total revolution in the government of England and the installation of a Catholic monarch. So the retrospective application of "terrorist" is likely a political dysphemism.

At the time, the word "terrorist" was not in common use; the plot would have been regarded as a treasonous act of regicide. Far from helping their fellow Catholics avoid religious persecution, the plotters put many loyal Catholics in a difficult position. Before this period Catholicism had been associated with Spain and the Inquisition but after the plot it also became thought of as treasonous to be Catholic.

Our local celebrations continue on 13th November with the Weston-super-Mare Guy Fawkes Carnival part of a series of a dozen or so illuminated Guy Fawkes carnivals that take place in somerset every year....and it passes down the road at the end of our street...about 40 yards away.

Oh and Happy Birthday Craziequeen :o)