Hyundai i20

i20 3-door

i20 3-doorI love my little Hyundai i20… it is nice to drive and easy to park and a great little car.  Well actually it was my father-in-laws car and he gave it to us back in April and it is barely 2 years old.

Anyway Saturday bought a new meaning to watching your life go by you in a flash of a moment.  We had been to Belmont House and Gardens in Throwley, Kent to take some photographs.  Having had a beautiful day out.. we were on our way home on the M2.

Now I don’t know if you know the M2 motorway at all …. but as you go past the junction for Rochester and Chatham heading towards London… it is a four lane motorway.  And that junction can be very busy as people use it when leaving the M20 to get onto the M2.

We had just passed the junction… when we came across the lane hoggers.  You know the ones… stick to one friggin lane no matter what speed they decide to travel at.  Well we had to go into the 4th Lane to pass someone… then pulled back in to let someone else go by and this 3rd lane road hogger had no intention of pulling over so the next step was to go back into the 4th lane to pass to him.

Just as he was about to pull out…. he had no power …. no accelerator… absolutely nothing.   At first we thought the accelerator cable must have broken… and it felt like the car was still going… but it wasn’t.

His quick reaction was to switch on the hazard warning lights and get to the hard shoulder as soon as possible… the only problem was we had no brakes and no power steering.  Doing 70mph down a motorway and then have no brakes is bloody scary believe me.

My life was flashing right in front of me… had visions of how people would get into my dogs… and was scared to death.  Eventually after much struggle we got onto the hard shoulder and the car came to a halt.

Now when you stall a car.. you still have the battery and oil light glowing… we had nothing… the key in the ignition was still in the on position… but we had no lights… absolutely no warning lights came up and all the dials were where they would be if you switched the car off… it had lost complete electrical power.

Eventually when we stopped… we were on the hard shoulder and had no alternative but to sit in the car because there was no bank we could get to for safety…  So he switched the bloody thing off, even though nothing was working … amongst a lot of swearing and baffling of what could be wrong…. he had never in all his years driving experienced anything like this.

Well I was googling our breakdown number.. because him indoors forgot his phone… when he said let me see if I have power now… so he switched the ignition key to the on position  and all the dials started to work and then he tried to start it and the car started.  So we drove home with hazard warning lights on.

The next day, Sunday, it took it down to Morrison’s and it was fine.

Anyway… I wouldn’t get in the thing… and he told me to ring Hyundai on Monday morning and tell them what happened.

Hyundai at Rainham were brilliant… they told me to get it there by 3pm and they would put it on the  computer to see what happened.

Well they did and they came back and said they had some very weird and wonderful readings come up… and there is a fault but they can’t pinpoint it.  So they asked if I would leave it with them… and they have given me a courtesy car to use…. which I love…. it is automatic and when you get in to start it up it is like mission control.. button and gadgets everywhere.

So far.. they still can’t pinpoint the problem… and we have told them we don’t want our car back until they have found the problem… when he indoors explained to me… it was safer when it did it on the motorway because you had the hard shoulder to stop… I really felt worried about driving it to Rainham on Monday afternoon… because I wouldn’t have been able to stop in time if this fault occurred again as I would have had no brakes or power steering..

So my apologies to all those that thought I was a Sunday driver on a Monday afternoon trip…  I just wanted to get this car to Rainham as safely as I could and I apologise for doing such a slow ridiculous speed… but it was better to be safe than sorry.

And as we carry our grand-son around in that car… we want the problem fixed before we take the car back… it is not safe to drive on the road.   It might never happen again.. but what if it happened whilst travelling down an road at 40 or 50mph or even 30mph and you couldn’t stop.  You could kill yourself as well as the possibility of killing someone else.  It wouldn’t be bad if the problem happened when you were stationery .. but it happened whilst travelling at speed… which is really scary.

Hyundai have been wonderful through this and understand our concerns and they agree with us that.. until the fault is found they will keep the car and keep trying to find the fault… and we can have the courtesy car.

Talk about your life flashing in front of you… and to be honest.. all these new cars are like this…. so reliant on electronics… it makes me yearn for the days when cars were more mechanical and less electronically controlled by bloody computers and sensors.

Men Seldom get Depressed


I stole this from Facebook…

Men Seldom get Depressed

Men Are Just Happier People —
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack…
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
New shoes don’t cut, blister,
or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over
in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires
only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
Everything on your face stays
its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years,
even decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes —
one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter
how your legs look.
You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice
concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
On December 24 in 25 minutes.
Men Are Just Happier People
If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.
When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators…YEP!!!
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.
A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

A married man can forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

Oh how I wish…


I was American… they have all the best TV shows… sorry Political Candidates hitting their TV screens.  Why should us Brits miss out?  We have DishFace Cameron and Georgie Porgy Pudding and Pie telling us we have to have more austerity measures thrust upon us…  We have to watch Cameron tell us he is on top of immigration… yet you lovely American people have all the fun.

What with Donald Trump telling the world his hair is real

And now Kanye West seeking Presidential Election in 2020… who would’ve thought it.

Can you imagine it Kim Kardashian being First Lady and ‘I Am Cait – 5 years on’ being beamed from the White House?

This is the best comedy show to hit our screens… and to think we will have at least 5 seasons of ‘Kayne for President’ to endure.

I’m loving it…. :D :D :D :D :D :D It is better than Boris on a good day :D :D :D :D

How long…

Today this world has suffered 3 terrorists attacks, one in France, one in Kuwait and now 27 people, including holiday makers from 6 different nationalists, killed whilst being on holiday in Tunisia.

Or as being reported in France, for just  being  the boss of the terrorist.

But do you know what is the most scariest thing going?

How long before non-Muslims, start looking at the local Muslim lad serving them in their local shop and start to question whether one day he will become a terrorist and start to distrust them?

How long before we start looking at the Muslim travelling on the train and sitting by us, and start to wonder if he is carrying a bomb in his backpack?

How long before we start to look differently at our Muslim neighbours?

How long before we start to alienate Muslims and refuse to be friends with them?

How long before the majority of people start to tarnish all Muslims with the same brush?

And the most scariest part is how long is it before that alienated Muslim, who we have turned against and shown distrust to, turns to the likes of ISIS?

The solution to this problem lies within the Muslim community… through education, understanding and encouraging that young Muslim to teach others that Islam is a gentle faith and for every Muslim to encourage unite his fellow Muslims and to publicly condemn ISIS and their barbaric ways. And for that young Muslim by teaching other young Muslims that look up to him… that ISIS and its kind is nothing but a disease.

A disease that needs to be eradicated.

We have to encourage and praise the young Muslim that stands up to the radical preacher on the street.  We have to encourage that young Muslim when he stops radicalisation from being carried out in his name and when he stops another person from running off to ISIS.

Guns, bombs and boots on the ground won’t do it… education will… but not education conducted by Governments, but education conducted by the young Muslim men that ISIS so wants to recruit.  We have to help the disgruntled Muslim to understand that slaughtering people is not the way to improve things… and that is not how democracy works.

And it has to be done, not tomorrow or next year, it has to be done today… before there is a big divide between non-Muslims and Muslims, Before there is them and us.  And above all, it has to be done  for humanity’s sake.

My thoughts and prayers today are with all those who have lost someone dear to them and to those that have loved ones injured, in these cold blooded killings today.

Know your car warning lights..

Love one of the comments on this….

I just put stickers over the lights when they come on…then I have glow stickers

Sorry Foxy…


jjBut fighting ISIS is not like taking on the Nazis… I give you war is war… but war is not like the films make it out to be… all guts and glory.  In war innocent people die… and in order to fight a war you have to have men to do it… We already have a depleted Army, Navy and Air Force… what then, should these men die on the front line… call-ups… young boys sent to the front line to fight a war that will only cause more hatred to the West.

You say in your column yesterday the following:

But to go to war against IS, Boko Haram, Al Shebaab and Al Qaeda would give them exactly what they want – a crusade that would recruit more to their cause, and form the caliphate they crave.

You then go on to say, we can’t ignore it and we can’t build a wall… but what is the alternative?  Because you say

The simple truth is that doing nothing is not much of an option. We will have to fight them one day, and the sooner we start the sooner it’s done.

So how do we fight them… we can only fight them through education… teaching young Muslims that taking up arms is not the way to solve your problems…

You can’t even liken fighting the Nazis to fighting ISIS, simply because we were fighting a nation back in those wars.  We were fighting the Germans… we weren’t fighting a religion that had been taken to radicalised extremest extent.

When we fought the war in World War II we were fighting the German people and Hitler… In 1939 German nationals living in Britain were given classes and some were segregated into interment camps…  Those that were categorised as class A were put in internment camps and not allowed out… class B internees were also put in camps but had restrictions against them but they could leave the camps… class C German nationals were free to go and not deemed a risk.

In 1940 the authorities rounded up all Class B German nationals and placed them into internment camps and took away their rights to freedom.

The Daily Mail orchestrated a campaign for people to sack German nationals… German people, people who didn’t agree with Hitler, lost their jobs and their freedoms, in the end many were exported to Canada and Australia.  The same happened to Italian internees when they sided with Hitler.

The poll at the end of your article reads as of today the 80% of people think we should go to war with ISIS.


Only in the news recently, we have had teenage girls runaway to Syria to marry ISIS fighters, we have seen married men crying because their wives have gone to Syria to join ISIS and taken these men’s children with them.

How many more will turn to ISIS should we decide to go to war?  How many people will try to get to Syria because they are seeing innocent Muslim women and children being killed?  How many will turn to a extremist radicalised view and make their way to Syria to fight with ISIS?

And the most frightening part is not from those that go to Syria or Iraq to fight with ISIS but those that stay behind and bring carnage to our streets.  We have seen a soldier slaughtered on our streets, should be go to war how long will it be before Sylvia is slaughtered on our streets?

Or do we do what the British Government did back in 1939, intern all Muslim people, because we don’t know which ones now will become radicalised do we? So will we have to intern them all, just to be on the safe side?

Back in the second world war, some local authorities took away council houses that were rented to German nationals… is that what we do should we go to war with ISIS?  Take away council houses from Muslim people?  What about those that have businesses and own their own home?  Do we intern these people and sell off their assets to pay for a war?

Going to war is not an option… and those 80% of people who think going to war is … really do need to think outside the box and how our lifestyle will change drastically.  What about the British Muslim that wants to fight with us and fight against ISIS, do we say ‘No’ just in case?  What about the Muslims already in our forces?  Do we intern them and remove them from our forces?

Because this war isn’t about nation against nation… is it is about an extremist group who have taken the Islamic faith and turned it into a barbaric way of life. And people who don’t abide by that way of life will die.  This war is about religion and how one religion should rule the earth. This time we are fighting a religion albeit one that has been taken totally out of context by nutters.

ISIS are tapping into the mindset of young people and ISIS know damn well that if we go to war with them… they can cause more damage here by getting the message to young Muslims who feel they don’t have a chance, that they are not needed to fight in Syria but they are needed to cause carnage in Britain. And Sylvia from Bracknell will lose her head.

This war will only be won by education… teaching young Muslims that there is an alternative to ISIS and I think this comment from one of your commentators on your Facebook page… sums it up perfectly:

I’m not very well informed on these matters, but what i think we are witnessing is not IS at war with the west but with Islam itself. Could this be the beginning of a reformation of this relatively young religion ? Islam needs to die and be reborn so it can survive in the modern age. Those that can facilitate this is the young forward thinking “moderate” muslims who can lead and educate the rest. Boots on the ground, guns, bombs etc are just a symptom of cataclysmic change. It’s now those seeds need to be planted if we are going to see the results in many generations time.

We can’t deal with ISIS overnight… it is going to take ‘moderate’ Muslims to get this message across and to teach other people that backing ISIS is turning their religion into something it is not…

Young moderate Muslims and proper border control, security services – even if it means giving up a little bit of our own privacy – is the only way to fight ISIS.

This time around troops, bullets and bombs won’t work.

And we need to face up to the fact that we created this bloody mess in the first place.  When we invaded Iraq.  Let’s be honest since we took out Saddam, the whole region has destabilised.  Yes he was brutal to his people, yes he was barbaric and no better than ISIS, but we took him and his government out and left the power vacuum there for every nutter to fight for.

So tonight then..

The Real Victim

If I decide to down a few bottles of booze, smoke skunk cannabis and get high on cocaine and continue on this lifestyle for a few months then decide to chop the heads off of my dogs and the old man… I will be classed as insane and not a murderer?  Because that is what has happened today Nicholas Salvador has been found NOT GUILTY of murder due to insanity.

Psychiatrists for the prosecution and defence told the jurors at the Old Bailey that Salvador had paranoid schizophrenia.  So if I too decided to do the same carnage after months of self-inflicted drug and alcohol abuse, I too should be classed as insane and suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.

One of the possible causes of schizophrenia can be Drug Abuse… The NHS Website states:

Drug abuse

Drugs do not directly cause schizophrenia, but studies have shown drug misuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia or a similar illness.

Certain drugs, particularly cannabis, cocaine, LSD or amphetamines, may trigger symptoms of schizophrenia in people who are susceptible. Using amphetamines or cocaine can lead to psychosis and can cause a relapse in people recovering from an earlier episode.

Three major studies have shown teenagers under 15 who use cannabis regularly, especially “skunk” and other more potent forms of the drug, are up to four times more likely to develop schizophrenia by the age of 26.

Yes Salvador may be in Broadmoor hospital at the moment but in a few years maybe months when he can’t get the drugs, the skunk and the booze he will be well on the road to what experts call, recovery.   He won’t be insane, he will have proven that he is now well and no longer a danger to society.  Even though the Judge said he would be there for many years in Broadmoor, the reality is he might not be.  Then a few bloody bureaucrats sitting there will see a sane man, remorseful for what he did and decide it is time to integrate him back into society. ‘Here you go mate, take the meds, stay off of the drugs and booze and you will be OK’.  Is that the logical way of thinking about this case?

Most definitely not.

“Mental disorders are neither necessary, nor sufficient causes of violence”Source

No matter how you look at it… there is a high probability that his cause of schizophrenia was caused by his lifestyle and if that is the case then he should be held accountable for his actions and should never be put into the path of temptation again.  And that is what being free will give him.. the easy access to booze and drugs.  It was his decision to smoke ‘Skunk’, it was his decision to take cannabis and it was his decision to ply himself with booze.

Once a drug addict always a drug addict… you might become clean and not touch drugs but the urge when times get rough to head straight to the nearest drug dealer are at times uncontrollable and before  some drug users know it they are back on the drugs.  Back down that slippery road where they will do whatever they have to in order to get their next fix.

The same goes for alcoholics, once an alcoholic always an alcoholic.  One drink will lead to another and before you know it you are off of the wagon… and back to being a full-blown alcoholic.

Nobody is denying that Salvador needs treatment… and he should be sent to a psychiatric hospital like Broadmoor, but he should also have to face the consequences of his actions.

So in a few years, should Salvador ever be released and once integrate back into society and things don’t go as planned or he decides to hit the bottle, smoke skunk and do a bit of cocaine, who could his next victim be… me, you, your mother, your partner, your child?  Who?

Haven’t we learnt from the tragic death of Jonathon Zito. His killer, Clunis was a paranoid schizophrenic with a violent background, who ended up murdering in cold blood Jon Zito.

The inquiry found:

…..that hospitals and social services failed to contact his family or GP, repeatedly treated admissions as separate incidents, failed to check his false claims that he abused drugs, and discharged him from hospital when he was not ready because of pressure on beds, or to save money.

The report catalogues ‘a whole series of violent attacks’ by Clunis over four years, often involving knives or cutlery. Just eight days before he killed Mr Zito, he attacked and injured a man with a screwdriver in north London and later the same day terrified a group of adults and children by chasing them round a street brandishing a screwdriver.

Salvador, should never be set free…. but he will be, eventually.  The true victims of this horrendous crimes have been forgotten.  Our justice system stinks… and I honestly think if I was sitting on that jury I could not have found this man not guilty due to insanity.  He was bloody sane when he bought the drugs, the skunk and booze which are probably the causes of his schizophrenia.  Rest in Peace Mrs Palmira Silva.. you didn’t get the justice you deserved today.  My thoughts are with your family and friends at this sad time.

The Real Victim
The Real Victim

And before all the do-gooders start shouting about how I don’t understand mental illness, let me tell you, there are many people who struggle on a daily basis with being schizophrenic but they don’t go around harming other people.

Today’s verdict was a cop-out… and just remember, he might admit causing her death, but you can never call him a murderer or killer, because technically in the eyes of the law to do so, could be classed as libelling this gentleman… simply because he hasn’t been convicted.  Ironic isn’t it… who is the law protecting in this case… it definitely isn’t the innocent victim is it?