Something about this story doesn’t make sense

Latham House farm in Wigan has been in Jimmy Morris’s family for more than 80 years. He and his wife, Gillian, use their nine hectares (23 acres) of greenbelt land to graze sheep and cows, and in the winter they welcome Blackpool beach’s donkeys for their holidays.

The first they knew of proposals to build on their land was when a council notice was pinned to a lamppost on their road. A stretch of land next to the Morris’s farmhouse, near the junction between the M6 and the M58, has been marked as a possible site for a new road leading from the motorway, plus 170 houses and 150,000 sq metres of employment space.

The family bought the farm 30 years ago, after renting it for more than half a century, in the hope that they could secure it for future generations.

Is the land being compulsory purchased?

If not, then how are people building on their land without permission?

Seems entirely fair if I’m honest about it

Disturbing moment a bull MOUNTS a stricken female bullfighter after knocking her to the ground in the middle of a fight
As the fighter goads the bull with her cape he suddenly charges at her
She falls to the ground and he instantly climbs on top of her and starts thrusting
The crowd shriek in horror as two others drag the bull away and help her up

So you’re trying to kill me are you? You can’t complain about a little bit of rape before you do then, can you?


Scores of migrants were arrested on suspicion of working illegally in the UK during a crackdown targeting nail bars.

Almost 100 people, including migrants from Vietnam, Mongolia and Ghana, were detained during a week-long operation last month. Fourteen migrants were identified as being at risk of modern slavery, including one 18-year-old youth found working illegally in Edinburgh.

Wonder if they’ll find those 100,000 enslaved Vietnamese women working as prostitutes?

Can’t recall who the hell it was but didn’t we actually have a minister claiming that at one point?

They will be sharing it all with the workers, won’t they?

Spain’s Socialist party may have lost two general elections in the space of six months, ousted their leader and found themselves eclipsed by the anti-austerity Podemos party, but the past 12 months have not been without at least one small victory.

On Thursday, the Spanish Socialist party (PSOE) announced that staff at its Madrid headquarters had won a share of the country’s €2.3bn (£1.96bn) Christmas lottery, El Gordo (the Fat One).

If not why not?

One too far even for Maduro

With protests rocking his unpopular government, embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday pushed back to next month taking Venezuela’s highest denomination bill out of circulation.

Mr Maduro, who spoke after a meeting with administration officials, said he also would keep the borders with Brazil and Colombia closed until January 2.

It’s that closed borders thing with socialists. Not wanting to let people out…..

Yes, I think we’ll keep this species

A Bangladeshi cleaner working in Saudi Arabia was showered with gifts after a photo of him staring into a jewellers’ window was ridiculed and went viral on social media.
Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim, 65, who works in Riyadh, was mocked by an Instagram user who shared the photo, writing: ‘This man deserves to only look at rubbish.’
An outpouring of support for the cleaner ensued and Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who has a Twitter account called ‘Ensaneyat’ – ‘humanitarianism’ in Arabic – set out to find him.

Al-Qahtani’s tweet was shared more than 6,500 times and users were able to identify the cleaner’s location from the reflection of the shop window in the photo.
Karim, whose monthly salary in Riyadh is $187 (700 Saudi Riyal), said he didn’t realise the photo was taken.
‘I was just doing my job as a cleaner in the municipality and found myself in front of the gold shop. I am very happy about the gifts and very thankful,’ he told CNN.

Lord Knows, that is I do, humanity contains perhaps more than its fair share of shits but they seem to have passed the Sodom test of having a leaven of at least occasionally good ones among them. So, we’ll keep this species. Gabriel? Michael? Make it so.

For some reason I laughed out loud at this

Bloke born with no arms and legs. We’d call him Bob if he were in a swimming pool.

And this just made me laugh:

He gently takes the edge of his juice glass between his lips, lifts it with the help of his short right arm, and balances it there while he drinks.

He eats without cutlery, using his lips. He writes with his mouth, holding the pen between his molars, always on his right side because he can’t write with his left side.

Abidextrous of course isn’t quite le mot juste here but that writing part really does amuse.

Smart priest this

By day, the Robin Hood restaurant, which sits on a side street near the centre of Madrid, is a typical Spanish bar: coffee and croquetas, a fruit machine, cigarette machine, and a leg of ham dozing under a tea towel on the counter.

But at night, it transforms itself into a pioneering place where homeless people such as Gutiérrez, 40, from Extremadura, can dine, free of charge, at tables set with flowers, metal cutlery and proper glasses.

Millfield has been doing this for decades of course. But I do like this. It’s called “Robin Hood”:

The priest acknowledges that there may be something a little provocative in naming the restaurant after a figure who redistributed wealth at the tip of an arrow and the point of a sword. But the idea is less to rob the rich than to encourage them to share their good fortune.

“The name is just to spice it up a bit and to get people to notice. We could have called it ‘The Brothel’ and I’m sure that would have got people’s attention, too.”

Quite so. And I have absolutely no doubt at all that the publicity will lead to more daytime patrons, some of whom will leave a little extra to aid in paying for the evenings. ‘Coz, you know, most people are, most of the time, pretty good.

It’s going to run into the usual problems of anything free at the point of use but absolutely nothing in this life is going to be perfect.

Do we have a chemist around here? Dearieme?

This story of the tallow in bank notes fascinates. As far as I can work it back the tallow is a source of stearates, which are used as lubricants and declumping agents and lots of other stuff.

I’m not sure if tallow is the only source or just one of alternatives. And again, as far as I can see, it seems to be part of all polyethylene. And possible of other plastics too?

The question I’d like an answer to though, is, if it’s the main or usual source, this tallow, of the stearates which end up aiding in making the plastics of the bristles on a toothbrush?

Anyone know?


The boss of Heathrow’s biggest customer, British Airways, only discovered that building the airport’s planned third runway would require the demolition of his airline’s head office after looking at a map.

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, claimed that despite the group being responsible for about half of all flights at the London hub, he received no formal warning of the proposed demolition.

He said: “We were never actually informed or advised by Heathrow that they intended to knock down our headquarters.”

Makes sense to me

LONDON —In an unexpected televised address on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II offered to restore British rule over the United States of America.

Addressing the American people from her office in Buckingham Palace, the Queen said that she was making the offer “in recognition of the desperate situation you now find yourselves in.”

“This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn’t end well,” she said.

Aquitane next, no?

So nothing at all has changed then?

In its modern incarnation, Woman’s Hour deals with issues as diverse as domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, and equal pay.

But as the Radio 4 programme celebrates its 70th anniversary, documents discovered deep within the BBC’s archive have revealed that the show has not always featured such varied topics of debate.

Women who tuned into the first episodes complained to the corporation that the programme was “offensively patronising”

It still being offensively patronising, just about slightly different things.

Evil damn capitalists paying less than minimum wage!

Jail them! Jail them!

Britain’s biggest independent co-op has made the highest single payout to a worker for breaching low pay laws and is examining whether 200 others may have been paid below the minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.

Midcounties Co-op, which turned over £1.2bn last year, underpaid a newspaper delivery man for four years by more than £14,000 and has also paid more than £4,000 in missing wages and expenses to another delivery worker, who claimed he earned as little as 69p per hour on some days.

The payouts come after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) pursued the complaints of two newspaper deliverymen about what they were being paid by the UK’s largest independent co-op, which trumpets its desire to create “a better, fairer world”.


Of course, this is a co-op, there are no capitalists here. Bit of a bugger that for the SJWs, no?

And it’s much, much, more interesting than it seems. This is a newspaper delivery round – or at least newspaper delivery. Being done on a piece rate. So wages aren’t paid by the hour at all, but by the work done. At which point:

After an internal review overseen by an HMRC low pay inspector, the co-op has admitted that it failed to take into account how much Sharpe’s disability slowed down his round.

His disability makes him less productive. His pay must be by the hours he works, not per his productivity. What is this going to mean for the employment prospects of people with such disabilities?

Answers on a postcard to the Job Centre please.