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Forty-four years ago, I visited a casino in England where a lone gunman armed with 2 hand guns murdered 7 people. I was fortunate to have been in the function room rather than the gaming room when an aggrieved (big roller) punter went on the rampage.


Prophetic Message

Amazing how Samsung delved back 50 years to find the right song for their phone Ad. The phone represents the latest technology, the song is beautifully sung by Rufus Wainwright and John Lennon's message is eternal.


Today I lost it!

After weeks of hearing people tell me they were too busy or too tired to interact with me, I exploded in despair. Most of the individuals I endured had recently sought my help, but once they'd extracted what they wanted, they didn’t want to know.  After accepting my help, advice and hospitality, they truly believed they could discard me like a food wrapper.

British Crawling!

Chris Patten last British governor of Hong Kong, comments on British stance towards Chinese repression of Hong Kong : "A craven Britain has demeaned itself with China, Brexit will make it worse."
"On the whole, we have continued to operate under the delusion that unless you bow low enough you will never do any business in China.” 

Pompous Pom!

Brilliant win Emirates Team New Zealand, the result speaks for itself. Incredibly proud!

Alas, Stevie Morrison, former Olympic sailor and now commentator for BT Sport tried to muscle in on the success!morrison Just as the Emirates Team New Zealand entourage arrived back at shore, Morrison with mic in hand, pushed Peter Burling to one side to grab one of the team's designers who just happened to be British. He made comments suggesting that due to this man's involvement, the British should take some credit for winning the cup and asked the guy if he would now be leaving the Kiwi syndicate to join the British entry. Given that party was in full swing and the awards ceremony hadn't yet taken place, this was ill-timed, inappropriate and cringe-worthy. It displays just how desperate the British are to attach themselves in any-which-way they can to the success of others.

Morrison you're a plonker!

(Posted this on The Guardian sailing page in answer to the whingers!)

It is hugely positive that so many glamorous sports are patronised by the extremely wealthy. For example, few public or accountable bodies could justify spending megabucks on sailboat racing, yet billionaires seemingly can’t help themselves.

This is great not only for sailing but horse racing and motorsport to name just three. It allows us all, from time to time to enjoy a bit of excitement as spectators. But here’s the rub. Most sports participants who hit the big time come from ordinary backgrounds. A desire to learn and participate in a sporting discipline has far more currency than a rich daddy!

So stop whingeing about the super- wealthy, just do your bit to help them spend!

Gorilla in the mist

As the creationists would say: Any similarity with human behaviour is coincidental!

Culpable Homicide - a betrayal of trust

Most human activity requires a degree of “trust.”  We trust our car is safe after being serviced, we trust that public transport will get us to our destination safely (notwithstanding the fact we know things go wrong from time to time). Nevertheless, we trust our local garage or the transport operator to do everything possible to ensure safety.

Parents in Grenfell Tower on Tuesday night put their beloved children to bed, safe in the knowledge that the building owners and management had done everything possible to ensure the building was safe.  Nonetheless, the powers that be deliberately clad the building in a flammable product, one that had shown severe flammable tendencies in a high rise fire in Camberwell back in 2009. Worse still, they attached the cladding with wooden battens and literally turned the homes of 120 families into an incinerator.

Grenfell Tower - A Symbol

The charred image of Grenfell Tower symbolises the sad current state of Great Britain.grenfell

This is not a time to seek political leverage, nonetheless similarities to the 2009 Lakanal house fire in Camberwell cannot be ignored. Both buildings had similar flammable, exterior cladding.  Of particular interest is timing. The fitting of the Grenfell Tower cladding took place several years after the Lakanal House fire. To make matters worse, according to residents the cladding was attached to the building with wooden battens!

The universal instruction when a fire occurs is to exit the building in an orderly fashion and do not re-enter, however the residents of Grenfell house were told to return to their apartments if the fire was not in their part of the building.

Day from Hell for Brits

There’s an old Australian joke that asks, What is 200 feet long and beautiful? Yes, a boatload of Poms going home!

The British Lions have been here for 10 days, but it seems like forever. Howlers from the British sports media covering the rugby do little to endear:

It has started raining, which will help the home side.

Sonny Bill Williams is trying to convince everyone he’s scored a try. – Try awarded.

Although the score-line doesn’t reflect it, The Lions are playing well.

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