Monday, 26 May 2014

European break up?

After the results in the 2014 elections can Europe hold together? Are the results going to see the barricades going up around the borders? Is this the start of the break up of the union? Here at home is UKIP going to be the fourth political party or is this just a flash in the pan. With less than a year to go before next year's General election can the Ukip candidates win seats. I just heard on news night that a lady who agreed with UKIP say when asked would she considered voting for them next year her reply was no European and general are two completely different things.
All sorts of reasons can be concluded for voter Europe wide voting the way they have immigration, recession, lack of jobs. But how will this look in five years time will thing's improve and all this be forgotten or will this be the beginning of the end . Next year will show what the UK voters  really think. WHATCH THIS SPACE.

France Far Right National Front storms ahead

Nigel Farrage and his supporters will be smiling tonight an news of French Far Right activists are winning seats in France. The only people who should be worried are immigrants in France, I remember mobs attacking foreign nationals in Paris just because of the colour of their skin a few years back.  France has not been doing to well of late and last month their Prime Minister last month said he was forming a government for combat. I do hope that his words were not a warning on the future and that the battles are not against immigrants. Marine le Pen was already talking about her National Front party joining forces with UKIP Nigel will be amongst good company French National FRONT and Skip a marriage made in heaven or hell depending on which side of the political divide your on. Personally I think between them they can slow Brussels down to a snail's pace and cause problems enough in both France and England the next few years promise to be entertaining at the very least.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Houses for Building a future

The rate of house building in the UK leaves a lot to be desired. Since the early until the 1990's we had some degree of building homes that while it never exceeded needs it wasn't far short. The council's stopped building houses after the Thatcher led government removed  the financial incentives. I have seen figure suggesting during the early part of this century all the UK councils combined in one year only built 180 house's. That is extraordinary all councils throughout the UK couldn't build more homes because central government didn't offer any incentive. Labour and Conservative will blame each other but I myself blame the government of the Day. The person who is homeless doesn't care who is in power, he just knows he or she or in most cases it's families which means THEY only know they can't afford the exorbitant prices and look to the council's to help.
Have we as a nation lost our moral compass? Everyone deserves a roof over their head. I don't want to see us back in the 1970's with rent controls but there must be some common ground. To see house prices and rents keep rising as they do something must be done to keep them in check. One source of inflating the values is buy to let mortgages. The reason people are diving into buy to let is low rates of return on gas at the bank. I get one tenth of one percentage point on one account so I know how low returns are. I see daily on programs like BBC' s Homes under the hammer returns of ten per cent are the norm.Ten per cent and they get tax relief to do it, criminal? no but almost. The government cut off the council's incentive to build and create high rents with the other hand. Odd but true. Fact is often stranger than fiction and when it comes finances. How can this be changed? Tax? Interest rates?  The way I see it is thus raise rates on buy to rent mortgage' s tax is a possibility but deposits on buy to let, raise them to fifty per cent and downfalls portfolio rates get above fifty per cent capital. After all I can remember black Friday when interest rates soared and ruined many a dream.
Labour recognises there is a problem but wants to offer rent controls Conservative don't want to even recognise we need Lowe priced homes. They think the market will sort itself out. I say it won't, it needs some top down leadership, some stability and a lot more houses to reduce the temperature in the market place. It's not easy but get local authorities back building good quality affordable homes and it will cut some slack, add some changes to buy to let and that will reduce some of the heat out of the market. I doubt if any of these things will ever happen but it is food for though.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

UKIP GET THE LIMELIGHT others get the headaches

Yep its after the Lord Mayors Show the bunting is rolled up and the posters are put away, Ukip have had their day and and all that is left to do is calculate what it all means. The knive are out according to the papers for  Miliband Cameron and Clegg.But nothing the News Papers say can be taken as red and as for the BBC and the airtime they have given to UKIP if they were listed on the stock market I would say the board of the BBC were all share holders. I have said before I have no interest in these elections the proof of the pudding comes next year at the general election, at the moment Nigel Farrage is a party with no MP's. and never before in the history of political conflict have so many news paper inches and so much air time both TV and radio be devoted to a nonentity. All of this UKIP success has been achieved by smoke and mirrors. The European votes are still being counted and by the time the next time we get to vote about Europe it may well be to stay in or come out so those MEP's seats Farrage wins may be vacated before they have the chance to warm their derriere on them or even find the swill trough and get their snouts into the expences gravy trains of Brussells.
 I have no interest in this recent fiasco next year will be the real one and I just googled General Election 2015 and the search was awash with predictions and pundits the first one to come up was the Guardian and in the first two paragraphs Extrapolating the results bore heavy on the tone. NO ONE KNOWS and I for one refuse to be led down the path of predicting what once upon a time would have been seen as a protest vote, to me the real electin is next year and from here on in we will see what MCC that is Miliband Cameron and Clegg not Marylebone Cricket Club.
 It just struck me that the Matrix will have to be remade do you remember the question  Red pill and blue pill well we now may need a purple pill to be included in that question

Joined Optimizing AdSense got Insurance Adverts

I want to earn more from my AdSense account so I signed up with Optimizing AdSense and filled in some online tests, it seems I am in dire need of their help because I only got a few questions righ. Google want me and you to succeed because the more income we have the more they earn. Simples really. Google have all sorts of aides to make understanding their ads and how the system works but in my experience the best way is to get lots of visitors. I must be rubbish at blogging when I read that some people are earning thousands of pounds and all I make is a few quid off my  four blogs. My content must be boring? I do not blog to earn income which is just as well, my idea is just to use the few pounds a month to pay for more camera's or film. Developing 120 film gets to be expensive. My other blogs and are set up for AdSense and if I put in more time and post more stuff I in theory would earn more money. I dont think AdSense is about quantity it is about quality. If you get regular readers and a decent following the clicks will come. For me I am in the position of just letting things stay the same I am to old to worry about chasing the money, I do this for fun and the few pounds I do earn comes in handy. I did notice on the email I got from Google the adverts were from Insurance companie. Insurance is one of the big earners for google and for AdSense users like me so maybe me mentioning Insurance and Medical Insurance I will earn some big bucks this month. Find more about Optimizing AdSense

Friday, 23 May 2014

What next for UKIP?

Well the local elections are over, the ballot booths are packed away and now we await the big test for UKIP Europe. We can't hold our breathe until the results are declared next week so what do you think will happen? Personally I don't care, I am nearly sixty and the first time I remember politics must be about fifty years ago with Harold Wilson and in that time lots of things have changed but whilst people have become more aspirational the government of the Day have each failed in some way. And it is for this reason I don't care they are all doomed to be a failure and UKIP will not suddenly sweep to power and all in the garden will Rosie. There are two constants in life and an old chap I once worked with used to put it them constants are rent day and death, I think he has now met both but I know my rent is due and death will come, both are inescapable, I have heard others contradict his version and say taxes instead of rent day. But I prefers his version.
Rent day comes around like clockwork death is met like clock work tick tick tick, if I could be bothered I could calculate how many ticks and tocks have been eliminated since I first noticed politicos fifty years ago. But like the transcendence of UKIP I personally can't be bothered I will be thinking about rent day, hopefully it will be here sooner than the other constant. There will be those of you out there who will be elated buy the perceived success of UKIP or which ever political allegiance' s you support all I will say is today's headline's will become tomorrow's chip wrapping. You and I are not going to win, we just endure.

Friday, 9 May 2014

My Mercedes Benz memories

I remember my mates dad picking him up from school in an old Mercedes, it was dark blue and had running boards. I have no idea what model it was or anything about it other than it has stuck in my memory nearly fifty years. It may have been the three pointed star or equally it could have been the running boards that drew me in but ever since that first encounter I have liked Mercedes Benz motor cars. I always wanted to own one but never have done. I like estate cars and have owned several Volvos estates but the Mercedes was always the one that got away. I remember liking the 1980's huge 230 and actually bidding at an auction for one but was out bid.
My desire is undiminished but the fact of the matter is I gave up driving over ten years ago due to disability so my love for all of these wonderful beasts is now from afar. A friend owns a Mercedes specialist garage and I have seen some great cars in his showroom over the years and at one time I had a huge collection of photos of his cars but they were lost when a hard drive crashed. Better a hard drive crashing than a real car. Mercedes have made some wonderful automobiles, since I decided to write this article I have been searching the internet for information and I have seen pictures of cars I had no knowledge about before. I have always liked old cars but Mercedes are arguably the oldest manufacturer I have taken the follow passage from Wickipedia

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen (or motorcar), built in 1886, is widely regarded as the first automobile; that is, a vehicle designed to be propelled by a motor. The original cost of the vehicle in 1885 was $1,000.
The vehicle was awarded the German patent, number 37435, for which Karl Benz applied on January 29, 1886. Following official procedures, the date of the application became the patent date for the invention once the patent was granted, which occurred in November of that year.
Although Benz's wife, Bertha, financed the development process, and would hold patent rights under modern law, as a married woman she was not allowed to apply for the patent.[1]
Benz officially unveiled his invention to the public on July 3, 1886, on the Ringstrasse (Ringstra├če) in Mannheim, Germany.
About 25 Patent Motorwagens were built between 1886 and 1893.
I know many early car manufacturers experimented with electric powered vehicles but the Internal combustion engine won the day. It was to be around 100 years later that Mercedes were to experiment with electric power units. And as I am writing this the first electric cars are making the headlines in America AutoBlog are reviewing a B-Class Electric Drive and Mercedes are grabbing the green headlines as we all know petrol is not going to last forever.
Mercedes have come a long way since 1886 and are leaders in both car and commercial vehicle design and manufacture. Many car makers have  come and gone in that time but Mercedes has remained at the vanguard of motor design and manufacture and hopefully they will continue for another one hundred years.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Paxman gives up

Is it me or has Paxman stopped being interesting. I don't watch every night anymore but when I do I think what a stupid question. Don't get me wrong I think he is great but maybe his heart is not in it anymore and after 25 years who can blame him for wanting to give up? So well done  Jeremy Paxman. You have been great.