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Middle aged, married with a grown up son and living in the United Kingdom in the County of Kent which is known as the Garden of England. My life ambition would be that I would love to retire somewhere picturesque, somewhere with wonderful scenery and views that would give this amateur photographer, great inspiration
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One death too many….

Ivowed never to comment on the Madeleine McCann case on this blog… but in light of what has happened over the last few days and because of a certain Portuguese Blogger Joana Morais deciding to put my twitter handle to the dossier that was handed to the police with regards to the online harassment of the McCann family, I feel I should clear my name.

First and foremost I was never part of the dossier people, in fact in all honesty I don’t know the identity of the people involved. So to accuse me, Ms Morais, you are libelling me and defaming my character, so please cease and desist and remove my name from that graphic you created and tweeted, which people are now retweeting on Twitter, now.

Should this dossier have been handed to the media?  In hindsight no.

My opinion is that the media should have reported on such a dossier being given to the Police, but they should never have acted like judge and jury as they did in this case.  They could have given Brenda Leyland the chance to appear on camera if she so wished… but they should have applied pressure, if any pressure was needed, on the Police as to what they were doing with the dossier.

As far as I am concerned the harassment the McCanns are suffering on Twitter is a matter for the Police and the Police alone. The media are NOT judge and jury and they should never be.  The Leveson inquiry showed us what people went through, due to press intrusion. How innocent people were character assassinated and made to look as if they were guilty of a crime when they were totally innocent.  The Leveson Inquiry told us how headlines were made up… just to sell papers and how leaks from sources were NOT checked and verified, and lies and smears were printed in order to satisfy editorial headlines and paymasters.

With regards to the tragic death of Brenda Leyland, and that is what it is, very tragic; I can’t help but feel compassion for both Brenda and her family at this sad time.  What her thoughts must have been, to take such drastic action is beyond comprehension.  Perhaps the public humiliation and the stares and glares of village residents was too much for her.  Who knows?  My only wish, is that I wished she had found someone to talk to and not take the action she did.  Whether the guilt of what she did was too much for her to bear?  Or whether the prospect of spending time in jail frightened her? Again nobody knows.   But her death was her decision… albeit a tragic one.

As for Martin Brunt doorstepping her, well the facts are this…

  • Martin Brunt never divulged her address.
  • Journalists for years have been doorstepping people, we even watch programmes where dodgy builders have been caught on camera and asked pertinent questions due to their actions.  But in this case it was wrong, simply because there could have been pending charges laid against those named in the dossier.  It was down to the Police and not the media to name and shame. Identities should have only been revealed if and when these people were hauled before the courts and found guilty of their crimes.
  • Martin Brunt went to great lengths to say Brenda Leyland was not the worst offender by a long shot and throughout his broadcast he referred to her as Sweepyface and never used her real name.

We know how the other media reacted when they got wind of the story, but what we don’t know is, if they descended on Brenda’s home town, like a pack of wolves.  And if the way the media hounded, stalked and doorstepped the McCanns is anything to go by… if they decided to track down Brenda and pressured her for  an interview, then my sympathies go out to Brenda Leyland for having to deal with such a media onslaught.  Whatever Brenda Leyland did… one thing she didn’t deserve and that was to feel so alone, so abandoned and backed into a corner where the only way out she could see was to end it all.

As for the McCanns taking the blame, please don’t be silly and blame them.  They have never forced Brenda Leyland or anyone else for that matter, to post such horrendous comments on Twitter.  People do that of their own free will.  People have to learn to take responsibility for their own actions.  We are all human, we make mistakes, but we can see the error in our ways and make amends.

Just take a step back for a moment and imagine how you would feel if you were constantly at a barrage of abuse on social media platforms?  Would you just ignore it?  Or would you, want all those that are hurting, you and your family, both mentally and possibly physically to be held accountable for their actions?  The McCanns have categorically said they don’t use social media… how can they?

We have seen what happens when people even try to get a woman’s figurehead on a £10 note… they are threatened with rape and physical harm.  Can you imagine what would happen if the McCanns decided to take to Twitter?  They would be abused constantly.  Do we as the public have the right to hound people off of Twitter or put them in fear of joining Twitter? Most certainly not.  We are human beings, not vigilantes.

Eventually, the McCann’s youngest will want to be on Twitter and Facebook, just like their friends. What will happen should people find out they are on Twitter?  Again they would be abused or have tweets and messages directed at them blaming their parents for what happened to their sister.  Even today I read a comment from a South African businessman, who is threatening to tell the McCann’s youngest something he firmly believes.  Something that if he bothered to check his facts is totally impossible.

But how can we stop this harassment and persecution of people on Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media?  Because something has to be done… and it is not going to happen unless every nation on this planet gets together and agrees that online bullying and harassment is a criminal offence and something needs to be done to stop it.

The only solution I can see is to stop anonymity.  If we decided to take a megaphone out into our streets and lambast our neighbours because we don’t like them… the police would be involved and we would be charged with possible harassment and breach of the peace. But could we do this under anonymity?  Of course not, we couldn’t go out into our streets and use a pseudonym of ‘Imatwat’ could we?  We couldn’t walk into our local pub and shout obscenities at the landlord using our ‘Imatwat’ pseudonym.  We would be known by our real identity… so why are we allowed to use pseudonyms online.

Perhaps if people were made to use their real names… they might be less willing to spill their bile all over the place.  Yes there will be those with enough bravado, like an ex-solicitor and South African businessman who do use their own names, who will constantly continue their campaigns.. but that is when the law is needed and when it should be used to the fullest. Persecution of innocent people is not acceptable, it never has been and it never will be.  We need to protect the vulnerable, those who are easily influenced by others.  But above all we need to protect the victims of such attacks on the internet.

Our banks issue us with a card, that we can use over the phone, with a PIN number for use in shops, and if we use our card online we use the Verification number on the back of our card… One way forward is for all internet providers to provide their subscribers with such a verification number, where people have to enter these details and register who is going to use their internet.  That way the likes of Facebook, Twitter,  Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft et al will be able to check if people are genuine, or whether they are trying to register with a fake ID.   You can’t join Paypal without confirming who you really are.  So why should we be allowed to join social media without confirming who we are?

People are going to shout about their human rights, but your human rights do not include, you being allowed to create a fake persona to harass, intimidate and persecute another person.  I use my real name and identity on all accounts… I use the handle ‘BrenR1958′ but that is my name, the first letter of my surname and year of birth.  On my Photography blog, we use our real names.  Anything I have to say is said under my real name.

Yes there is an argument about being safe online and not using your real name… but if everyone was made to use their real identity then and only then will keyboard warriors, hiding behind a keyboard spilling out vitriolic comments, be eliminated. The police would and should be able to then contact the hosts of platforms, ask for details and be given the verification number issued by the ISP provider and be traced easily.

The internet is not local, it is not your local pub or garden fence where you can have a gossip.  What you tweet or post on Facebook can and is seen by strangers.  Rumours grow arms and legs and become facts and then people are harassed.  We would conduct our real lifes like this, so why should we be allowed to conduct our online personas in such a terrifying and horrific manner.  Laws on internet use should be international and every country that refuses to sign up to an international charter should be blocked from transmitting on the internet.

Something needs to be done, not tomorrow, next week or even after the next election, it needs to be done now. Before more deaths occur due to online harassment.  Our press does need to be restrained and a proper code of conduct enforced, and our Police need to be given the resources needed in order for them to tackle a problem that is growing daily…. online abuse.

Just like all those deaths that have occurred where children, mainly, have committed suicide due to online bullying, Brenda Leyland’s death is one death too many.  RIP Brenda… and my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.

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Pet forever after…..

man1After the tragic loss of 60 stray dogs at Manchester Dogs Home the other day… nobody can be as appalled as I am at the age of the culprit. 15 years old… apparently.

And the little scrot needs to be brought to justice and pay the ultimate price for what he did. There are no excuses for his behaviour and there needs to be a harsh punishment for what he did… but that is up to the courts to decide his punishment…. not us as vigilantes.

As much as people are outraged at what happened, and believe me there can be no more person so outraged than I am, but  I believe in our justice system, for all its faults and want this person to face what he did.  Please for those who are posting pictures up of who this kid is… STOP.  If this boy is charged you will be in contempt of court.

If charged, he has a right to a fair trial… even though he denied those dogs their right to life… and the last thing I would want to see is some defence lawyer playing the ‘Unfair trial’ card and the case being dismissed, allowing this little scrot  to walk free.  In the eyes of the Law this boy is a juvenile and can not be named… even the media knows to name him will  result in them being liable for contempt of court proceedings to be taken against them, if he is charged.

Please people, I know the emotion is raw, but don’t allow those dogs to die for nothing…. don’t let your desire for vengeance halt the wheels of justice.

Today I read an article in the Guardian and this paragraph really did hit home what society we should all be living in.

Nothing can bring back the dogs who have died needlessly, but the generosity of the public will doubtless help to rebuild and reopen MDH. We may end up with facilities that are more modern, more appropriate, more humane than before, which is a silver lining. The truly compassionate step forward, however, would not be to create a home for abandoned dogs with all mod cons; it would be to create a society where a home for abandoned dogs is not needed at all.
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Let us hope that one day….. that this society exists and dogs homes are never needed.  RIP you furry little friends,

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Rot in hell you Bastard …

dogs homeAs I pen this post, the tears are falling down my cheeks… how the hell can anybody want to take the life of such innocent animals?

What possesses a warped mind to even contemplate harming innocent animals?

Words fail me, those poor dogs, locked in pens and not being able to escape… the sound of those dogs taking their last breath must have been horrendous to hear.  Fire-fighters, neighbours and staff will never forget those sounds not in a million years.

I am a dog lover… and today I look at my two and think how blessed I am to have two dogs that give so much unconditional love.  News has broken that a 15 year old has been arrested suspected of arson….  All I can say whoever did this… whether they be 15 or 50… ROT IN HELL YOU BASTARD.

Just Giving – Manchester Dogs Home

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World Peace….

35_peace_on_earth_wideNot in a million years, unless the west decide to change their attitudes, their policies and sit down and totally rethink their foreign policy.

Since the 7th century, Sunnis and Shi’tes have been rowing, arguing and fighting,  and if the problems haven’t been solved in all that time, what hope do we ever have of solving it?

Over the last couple of days, reports have come in that planes have been stolen by Islamist extremists in Libya …. oh weren’t these people part of the rebels that we were thinking of arming at one stage?

Well I for one, didn’t need an Etonian education to tell me that by arming rebels that are fighting dictators, there is a very high chance that these rebels will be infiltrated by Islamic extremists and any arms given to them could fall into the hands of terrorists.

planes libyaAnd what have we seen happen? Yes you guessed it, Islamist extremists in both Iraq and Libya have now got weapons of mass destruction.  In Iraq they gathered weapons from an army who ran away and left behind their military machinery for extremists to take.

And in Libya planes have now been stolen, by extremists.  Planes that could be used to attack us just like they did on September 11th 2001.

Bullets, bombings and drone attacks will NOT bring peace to this earth, and the way we are alienating  Russia at the moment, just think what could happen, if they decided to side with the Islamic extremists like, ISIS?  It doesn’t bear thinking about.

But what astounds me is the double standards of David Cameron, when speaking about little Ashya King and what was happening to his parents in Spain, Dishface said:

“Watching the pictures of him brought back memories of my desperately ill young boy, Ivan, and I remember him endlessly sitting on my lap and having to feed him through a tube and having to deal with all of the difficulties of having a desperately ill child, but you know, the government mustn’t tell the police how to act or what to do, nor can we interfere in processes in other countries.
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‘Nor can we interfere in processes in other countries…’,  really?  Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria… anyone!!!

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I don’t know about you, but somehow it seems to me the world was whole lot safer before we took the likes of Gaddafi and Saddam out of the picture.  Since the west toppled these regimes, we have created nothing but unrest, bloodbaths and power vacuums in countries, which now have extremists ruling the roost.  All because of a dodgy dossier and Tony Blair cosying up to Bush….

Two men who in my opinion, should be charged with bloody war crimes.  Perhaps if we did, do the honourable thing and made these men be held accountable for their actions, peace just might be restored.  Haven’t we learnt over centuries, that war, bombs and bullets do NOT bring peace.

I am afraid to say, what is happening in our world is now scary, not just with the threats of Islamic extremists, but with the wackos that walk around our streets.  Only yesterday an 82 year old woman, who survived WWII, had her life ended by a barbaric wacko, who was rampaging the streets of Edmonton, killing cats before beheading this poor mother and grandmother.  And last night in Islington, another mad-man who broke in a house and threatened a woman with a knife.  This time though, he was shot dead by Police.

And as for our homeland security…. sorry if this offends, but if you carry a knife or gun… then be prepared to be shot and killed.  And as for allowing those that have gone off and fought the Jihad war – that they thought was right and their moral duty to do –  back into our country all I can say is,  take their bloody passports away and don’t let them back in… You can lock them up for life as far as I’m concerned, because I wouldn’t trust anybody that could be so easily swayed into thinking such barbaric ways or justified. And these people  definitely don’t have a place in our society.

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And here is one suggestion, instead of making bombs and bullets to try to solve the world’s problems, how about investing that money into research and development of Hydrogen Powered Cars or H2O powered cars or by putting solar panels on houses for free?… Instead of being self-reliant on oil, which we need the East for, how about investing and using  resources that surround us…. bloody water?

Rant over…

cops and robbers

Get robbed and become a cop…

policeAusterity has now got some police forces asking people who are victims of certain crimes, such as vehicle crime, criminal damage and burglaries, to become a cop for them and investigate their own crimes. according to a report issued by the HMIC

No it is not the Police being lazy… it is simply because they don’t have the manpower to investigate these crimes.  Yes they have the powers to investigate and they have the resources but they don’t have the manpower to do it.

The report says:

2.47 Our inspection also identified that for some reports of volume crime (such as vehicle crime, criminal damage and burglaries of properties other than a dwelling); a trend is emerging of asking victims in effect to carry out the investigation themselves. This was evident in some of the forces that were operating a threat, harm and risk policy in relation to attendance.  Victims are asked a series of questions to assess the risk of evidence being lost and to establish the likelihood of the crime being solved. These questions include whether there is any CCTV coverage of the area, any potential fingerprint evidence and whether the victim knows if there are any witnesses to the crime. If the victim does not know the answer to these questions, HMIC observed in some forces that they are asked to speak to neighbours, check for CCTV or view second-hand sales websites to see if their stolen property is being advertised for sale. Many of these crimes are recorded and filed on the very day of the initial report with no further apparent contact with the victim. HMIC finds this expectation by these forces that the victim should investigate his own crime both surprising and a matter of material concern. The police have been given powers and resources to investigate crime by the public, and there should be no expectation on the part of the police that an inversion of that responsibility is acceptable.

One commentator has summed up what can happen if you do investigate your own crime…. part of their comment says:

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Unfortunately, you can have only so many cutbacks before the service provided by a certain department declines.  And our Police Forces are now showing what happens when they don’t have enough officers to do the job.

When you go through a recession crime escalates, I am not condoning theft but when people don’t have enough money to provide for their families, even the most honourable of people can contemplate turning to crime in order to feed their families.  Look at the state of our country today in the 21st century… families having to rely on food-banks.

I know of a bloody good solution, that will put more police on our streets, and give people who want to work and can’t work due to a disability or an illness a decent income; STOP FOREIGN AID to countries who can afford space programmes, wealthy countries who still receive foreign aid, or governments whose politicians pocket the aid for themselves, rather than give a better life to their people, Hardly surprising we are Pissed Off with Britain.  And ‘Dishface’ wonders why people are turning to Britain’s First and UKIP?  Common sense tells you why.

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Dog tired….

And in need of some help…

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What have I gone and done?

It must have been total insanity…. that is all I can say. Whatever possessed me to do this?  Oh my God, do I need certifying for what I did?

You see, everywhere I go about my diabetes or rheumatism, all the doctors, nurses and consultants say, is swimming is the best exercise of all.

Deep down I would love to be able to swim… I did try once before but the instructor lost his patience because I wouldn’t come out of the baby pool, that he eventually told me, ‘Sit on the beach and get a tan and totally forget about swimming.’

But the truth of the matter is I am what you would call a ‘Two stroke, three bubbles and a funeral’ type of swimmer.  I have such a phobia about water, it is truly unbelievable how nervous I get even when on a boating lake that is probably about two feet deep.

Anyway to cut a long story short, we are off to America next year and for one simple moment I thought I would surprise my husband by learning to swim.  But as the lessons are on a weekend, I think he would start questioning me about where I was going, so I had to tell him.  That was it…

Straight away he was on the phone.  Yep you guessed it, booking me lessons.

Oh my god what have I done… next time I will keep quiet about taking the plunge… because right now I feel like a wobbling Chiver’s jelly at the prospect of going on these lessons.

Who knows perhaps, I will turn into a ‘Three strokes, four bubbles, and a funeral swimmer’. :D

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David Cameron

Take that ink off your face…..

So the terror threat in the United Kingdom has been raised to severe…  and our delectable Prime Minister, Mr ‘Dishface’ Cameron, comes to the podium to tell us all that we must be extra vigilant and our nation’s security is at risk.

Well  it doesn’t take Einstein to work out, that what is going on in this world with the likes of IS and their extremist activities and blood thirsty barbaric ways, that eventually they will turn their attention to the West.

But there again the cynic in me, does wonder if this was a good time for ‘Dishface’ to stand there and tell us all we could be blown to bits, rather than have to face questions as to why his party members are defecting to UKIP.

And the highlight of the entire press conference was him rubbing ink on his face…

As the lyrics of an Andrew Lloyd Webber song goes (with a quick re-write)…

Take the ink off your face
(Take the ink off your face)
I can see through your smile
(I can see through your smile)

You would love to be right
I bet you didn’t sleep good last night
Couldn’t wait to bring all that bad news to my door
Well, I’ve got news for you, I knew before

 

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Bullets and Burgers….

NRA - Girl shots instructorAre definitely not a recipe that any child should have.

I really can’t understand why any parent would want to give their child a day out on a firing range. What ever possesses a person to think that it is OK for a nine-year old child to fire a gun?

It is true guns don’t kill… it is the people who handle them.  Only this week news broke of a tragic accident in America where a nine-year old girl was at a firing range shot her instructor dead.  By all accounts, the child was firing an Uzi when it went from semi-automatic to automatic and due to recoil she lost grip and ended up shooting her instructor in the head.

It really does amaze me that, in America you can’t touch alcohol until you are 21 yet at 8 years old you can handle a machine gun.  FFS, I really do hope that someone gets to grip with the gun laws in America and they put a stop to this kind of thing.  Yes from $199 you can have Bullets and Burgers.  Whatever happened to Burgers and fairground rides?  Surely it is a better experience for a child to go on fairground rides, paddle in the sea and do kiddy things instead of taking up arms?

This little girl will now have to live the rest of her life, knowing she killed someone, albeit accidentally.  She will have to have the trauma of that day living with her forever.  Is it the little girl’s fault? Definitely not.  It is the fault of the parents for agreeing to this activity and the club for offering such activities to a 9-year-old.

Upon reading Bullets and Burgers website, the minimum age a child can go on this kind of activity is 8, and all kids between the ages of 8-17 must have a parent or legal guardian with them at all times.

There is much cry in America that it is every person’s right to bare arms… but come on allowing a child to bare arms is just bloody crazy.

One day I do hope America does get to grips with its gun laws… and that incidents like this never happen again and children are not allowed to handle weapons, until they reach the age of 21.  FFS if they think alcohol is bad for you and you have to wait until you are 21 to have your first legal alcoholic drink; then bullets are definitely more harmful.  Some common sense please America.

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Inspirational quote of the day – August 24th 2014

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Relationship is not just holding hands
while you understand each other.
It’s also having lots of misunderstandings
and still not leaving each other’s hands.

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Inspirational quote of the day – August 23rd 2014

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Real love……
is when you go through the toughest storm
and find yourself still
holding hands
when you come out…