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:


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…


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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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


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.

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.

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…

Daily Prompt – Pick your Potion

bacardiAnother day and another prompt… this time it is about picking your potion. And the prompt says: Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status.

So what is my potion… or more to the case what was my potion? Well I would have to say Bacardi and Coke.  Yes I have in past tried Vodka and Orange, or Whiskey and Lemonade, but I always revert back to my favourite.  Unfortunately now I can’t drink alcohol but given the chance, I would run (if I could) down that pub and order a very large Bacardi and Coke.  I wasn’t known as the Bacardi Kid for nothing you know. :D

Oh those were the days…. now all I can do is look at the bottle… and dream. :D

Mind you when my days are over, my last request would be to laid out with a bottle of Bacardi in each hand and a good selection of take-aways.  Well the drink isn’t going to kill me, and neither is the junk food, is it now? :D

Aldi… does it again.

aldi-logoAldi again comes up trumps.  Only this time it has won the washing up challenge. For years and years I have always bought Fairy Liquid… I used to proclaim it was false economy to buy the cheaper brands, simply because you had to use far more of the liquid to get a decent foam.

What with rising prices in many supermarkets, even though they were having their price-cutting wars amongst themselves, I would still religiously use Tesco’s and occasionally Morrisons for my weekly shop, as I thought they offered better value for money… And not forgetting of course Tesco with their clubcard points scheme, gave me vouchers off of my shopping.

Well, Aldi opened a store in Strood back in November 2012, yes we popped in and bought a couple of bits, but like true traditionalists when it came to our weekly shop we went to Tescos.  No questions asked, Tescos was our place to shop.  Nothing would remove us from their supermarket or so we thought.

Until earlier this year, after speaking to my mother in law, who purchased something from Aldi that I did like, we decided to give Aldi a go… Of course we were of the firm opinion that the following week, or even sooner,  we would be back in Tescos stocking up our cupboards.

Of course the well known brands, like Heinz Baked Beans, are not stocked in Aldi.  And only occasionally do you pick up something that has a well-known brand label… so we tried their own products.

As we strolled around Aldi doing our weekly shop… we looked at each other and said, “We’ll be in Tesco’s next week, as this lot is bound to taste like shite.”  Firm in our beliefs that the goods would not be up to our standard and the taste wouldn’t be the same as well-known brands we were a little apprehensive about what the products would taste like. Over the course of the following week we used the stuff we purchased.  Only to find to our surprise, there wasn’t a lot of taste difference.  If anything, the quality and taste of the products was on par with well known brands.

And then there was the bill; what we would have spent in Tesco’s averaging from £90-£120 per week, we found we were paying between £55-£80 in Aldi.  Now that is a massive saving.  So off we went the following week back to Aldi and we did our week’s shopping. Again the price at the checks was considerably lower than what we would have paid at Tesco’s or Morrisons.

From those two visits forward we have used Tesco’s and Morrisons, if we want something that Aldi doesn’t stock or if we have run out of something, we nip to our local Tesco Extra.  But our main weekly shop is done in Aldi and we are saving a considerable amount each month on our shopping bills.  I am even surprised at how good their Almat biological washing gel is.

Now back to the Fairy Liquid… Aldi don’t stock it.. simples.  So I have bought Magnum washing up liquid, which I have found to be just as good as Fairy.  Maybe it is the price I liked, but now it seems that after research  Aldi washing-up liquid does top Fairy Liquid.

Researchers found that the Aldi washing up liquid cost 79p, and washed 14,873 plates per £1 of the product, and washed 2,350 plates per 100ml.

Whereas, Fairy Platinum Original costs £1.70, and washes just 5,069 plates per £1 and 2,250 plates per 100 ml of the product.

And we are now regular Aldi customers, who are enjoying the low prices, and the generous savings.  The money we are saving is now being spent on things we enjoy doing… and not on groceries.  Would I recommend Aldi… YES.  Oh and we have purchased some of their clothes, the jeans are good quality and the two pair of summer shorts I bought my husband were of great quality.

I don’t know what to do with myself

It seems life isn’t worth living when you have lost your ball :D

Lost my tennis ball

Inspirational quote of the day – August 22nd 2014

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The best relationship
is not the one
being shared in good times..
But rather the one
who has the staying power
through the rough times…

Inspirational quote of the day – August 21st 2014


Good friends help you
to find important things
when you have lost them…
your smile, your hope,
and your courage.
~Doe Zantamata

So why don't you just drop on in and have a natter …..


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