Time For A Really Bad Joke…

It was many years ago since the embarrassing day when a young woman, with a baby in her arms, entered his butcher shop and confronted him with the news that the baby was his and asked what was he going to do about it?

Finally he offered to provide her with free meat until the boy was 16. She agreed.

He had been counting the years off on his calendar and one day the teenager, who had been collecting the meat each week, came into the shop and said, “I’ll be 16 tomorrow.”

“I know,” said the butcher with a smile, “I’ve been counting too, tell your mother, when you take this parcel of meat home, that it is the last free meat she’ll get, and watch the expression on her face.”

When the boy arrived home he told his mother.

The woman nodded and said, “Son, go back to the butcher and tell him I have also had free bread, free milk, and free groceries for the last 16 years and watch the expression on HIS face!”

Sorry…

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Please, let’s end the cold homes crisis in the UK

Every twenty minutes through the winter, an elderly person dies as a result of living in a home that just can’t keep the heat in. They are poor pensioners in homes so cold that some spend the whole day wrapped up in bed. But as this winter draws to an end, we can start to tackle this cold killer.

In Europe, only Estonia has more people living in fuel poverty than Britain — it’s a scandal that has been ignored for too long. But with the general election just around the corner, we can finally get a commitment from all major parties to solve our cold homes crisis.

Chancellor Osborne failed to address this silent killer in his latest budget and politicians from other parties are also refusing to commit the finances that are needed.

Let’s end this apathy! When 50,000 of us sign, we’ll deliver the petition with a coalition of charities to urge our leaders to end the crisis that causes thousands of old people to die, simply because they can’t keep warm. Sign now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/cold_homes_7/?tvjWYcb

Solving this crisis doesn’t require additional public finance. The money has already been pledged in the £100 billion infrastructure fund, we just need home insulation to be prioritised. But without public support, Britain’s sieve-like buildings will get ignored. It’s not a question of whether solving this crisis is possible, it’s a question of how much we care about our most vulnerable.

This isn’t just a problem of chilly toes or the odd extra sniffle: cold homes make people seriously ill and turn manageable conditions like asthma or high blood pressure into life-threatening ones. The elderly are particularly at risk as the cold exacerbates any underlying health conditions they may have.

Solving this cold homes crisis will not only save lives, it will take pressure off our already over-stretched NHS and could play a big role in helping ensure Britain cuts its carbon emissions.

Without a commitment now, we can’t be sure that politicians won’t kick this important decision into the long grass. Sign now and we’ll deliver our call to all major parties before the manifestos go to press, asking them to commit to ending the cold homes crisis:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/cold_homes_7/?tvjWYcb

We’re heading into a general election, the greatest show of democracy where our leaders will be listening carefully to what people want. Together we can use our voices to secure a commitment that puts those most in need first, save households money, create jobs and protect the planet. Now’s our chance — let’s take it!

With hope,
Sam, Fatima, Andrea, Alex, and the whole Avaaz team.

More information

It is time to end this shameful cold homes crisis (Business Green)
http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/james-blog/2394143/it-is-time-to-end-this-shameful-cold-homes-crisis

Spend billions insulating homes to save lives, politicians told (Telegraph) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/11382514/Insulate-homes-to-save-lives-politicians-told.html

Death rate rises as cold snap grips UK (Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/uk-death-rate-above-average-winter-cold-flu

Left out in the cold: The reduction in energy efficiency support for UK households (PDF)
http://www.energybillrevolution.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ACE-and-EBR-fact-file-2015-01-Left-ou…

BRUSH UP ON YOUR BAT-HISTORY WITH CBR’S BATMOBILE INFOGRAPHICS

After 75 years of omnipresence, one can make a very strong case that the Batmobile is the most iconic automobile in all of pop culture history. Since Batman‘s debut back in 1939’s “Detective Comics” #27, the caped crusader has always relied on a car — usually a stylish, feature-loaded one — to get him from his cave to crime scenes. As a crucial part of the Bat-mythos, the Batmobile — dubbed such in 1941’s “Detective Comics” #48 — has appeared in everything from comics and cartoons to films and video games. Wherever you see Batman, odds are the Batmobile is parked just a few blocks away.

Zack Snyder Shares Partial Look at New Batmobile

With the Batmobile poised to make it’s eighth big-screen appearance in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” former CBR editor Steve Sunu set about researching the most intimidating car on DC Comics‘ streets. Did you know that the original Batmobile was red? Or that the “Batman ’66” version had an “emergency bat-turn parachute”? Or that you could buy almostthree “Dark Knight” tumblers for the cost one one Lamborghini Veneno Roadster? Graphic artist and COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD contributor Sonia Harris brought all these facts together in the three infographics below, designed to get you up to speed on the fiction’s most notable car.

Peruse CBR’s three Batmobile infographics and broaden your knowledge of comics’ most famous car — and feel free to share and discusses these infographics on social media with #CBRBatmobile!

Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero dead at 55

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Members of the reunited metal band Twisted Sister, A.J. Pero (L), J.J. French (2nd L), Dee Snider (C), Mark Mendoza (2nd R), and Eddie Ojeda (R) pose for photos before a press conference in New York on April 29, 2003.

A.J. Pero, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, died Friday. He was 55.

The band said Anthony Jude Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister.

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.

“His drive was the heart and soul of the band’s sound, the engine that drove us,” French said. “We lost a friend and a legend.”

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider called Pero “the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage.”

“His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness, and inspired me to rock every single show,” Snider said. “My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved.”

Pero was well-known for a scene in the video for 1984’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in which he struck a snare drum covered with glitter, sending it spraying into the air.

He joined Twisted Sister in 1982, right before the Long Island bar band exploded onto the burgeoning heavy metal scene after nearly a decade of slogging through small clubs. Wearing makeup and glam costumes, the highly visual band was a perfect match for the fledgling MTV video network and become one of its mainstays with hits that included “I Wanna Rock.”

French said the band will soon consider what to do about its six upcoming summer tour dates.

39 fascinating pictures that show the M4 and Severn Bridge being built

These wonderful pictures show then modern semi-detached homes being shored up above the Brynglas tunnel in 1966 and the last pieces of the first Severn Bridge being lifted into place

Chances are you won’t remember a Wales without the M4 motorway and Severn crossings.

But these pictures show the years when both were built.

The fascinating pictures show what were then modern semi-detached homes being shored up above the Brynglas tunnel in 1966.

They show the last pieces of the first Severn Bridge being lifted into place in the mid-1960s.

And they reveal the mouth of the Severn with no bridge in place and just the first signs of work beginning.

There’s also the old Severn Ferry during its last days – it ceased when the bridge began carrying cars.

Prime Minister James Callaghan drives a tractor along the St Mellons to Tredegar Park section of the M4 – 25th October 1977

Before the M4 Severn Bridge was built, there was no road crossing of the Severn south of Gloucester.

Cars crossing between South Wales and southern England had to use the A40, travelling considerably out of the way to the north and getting frequently congested at Gloucester, or use the Severn ferry, not a particularly well used option.

The first Severn Bridge was opened in 1966 to replace the ferry service crossing from Aust to Beachley. The new bridge provided a direct link for the M4 motorway into Wales.

The bridge gets lit up for around the clock working – 24th March 1964

The second crossing was opened in 1996 as traffic became too much for the first bridge.

The first section of the M4, in Chiswick in west London, opened in 1959. The first Welsh stretch – which stretched from junction 18 east of Bristol to west of Newport and incorporated the Severn Bridge – opened in 1966.

The Welsh stretch was completed in 1993 when the Briton Ferry bridge opened.

Full Article & More Pictures at http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/39-fascinating-pictures-show-m4-8781406

Apologies…

So, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to be more active on this little blog of mine.

Well, it’s the 1st week of March and the last time I wrote on here was on New Year’s Eve – how naughty of me 😦

The trouble with life is that there is too many distractions and not enough hours. If I didn’t have these I would be blogging on a daily basis… on how boring life is.

However, I’m thankful that I have finally found a career that I’m passionate about and one that will open many more doors and hopefully create a little business of my own. Something that I’ve dreamed about since I was a geeky teenager in secondary school.

With this new career I’ve been busier than any other job I’ve had and I don’t realise how quick the day goes. This is followed by being taxi driver and dad to two of the best children I’ve ever known. And, the best thing is that they are mine.

With football, karate, cubs & scouts amongst other activities our evenings and weekends are very full. I too have a role within Scouting, the local Residents Association and the Prince’s Trust, so you can see how precious time can be.

However I will try and get on here more and post articles that may or may not interest you. *Promise*

Thank you for the loyal support and interest in my little blog. Hopefully I will have another update soon.

Until next time, if you are driving home – make sure it’s your own car.