September 10, 2016
I recently had occasion to visit a German newspaper site and was disappointed and annoyed that I was blocked from reading the articles! The reason being that I have an ad-blocker installed. However if I were so desperate to read this particular newspaper they would let me if I signed up for a subscription at a cost of €19.99 per year. For this very reasonable price, I would get the paper up to twice as fast and with up to 90% less ads. Is this extortion or sound commercial sense? The paper has to make money somehow and not everyone has an ad-blocker; have they tried charging the merchants double for delivering their ads? Somehow getting my debit card out and stumping up the money would leave me feeling slightly “poorly”. I would rather go to the news-stand and pay for a “real” paper which you can feel and which stays where you put it and slowly turns yellow over the ages – and the ads don’t blink, flash or give you an epileptic fit! The site in question is “BILD.de”.
BLOCK TV ADS:
I’ve not tried this device but the company states that it will block ads on a TV set.
July 15, 2016
Let’s hope this doesn’t go wrong! Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary! It will certainly help on his road to maturity but hopefully not at the expense of GREAT Britain; There must be subtle tactics working here!
An Americans’ view
July 9, 2016
From The Times newspaper: A quote from Andrea Leadsom.
“[Mrs May] possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people, but I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.”
Such insensitive, crass and opportunistic comments from Andrea Leadsom should rule her out from any high office let alone the highest office in the Land. I suppose the same goes for single men!
June 28, 2016
There are people and parties trying to make political capital from this historic vote. This is not the time to discuss further division: The Pound is being hammered, shares have dived and we’ve triggered a global financial crisis. We must let the dust settle and get this “divorce” over with as quickly as possible. The new Prime Minister should invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty as soon as possible irrespective of what’s in store; We have made our bed and we must lie in it.
May 23, 2016
The Sun newspaper has had a judgement made against it by IPSO the press regulatory watchdog. The judgement refers to a complaint by Buckingham Palace regarding an article that appeared on the front page of the paper on the 9th March 2016.
The article implied that the Queen was in favour of a Brexit after they were informed by a source that she said that the EU was heading in the wrong direction. The Sun has published the findings but the editor Tony Gallagher disagrees and said that he would do the same thing again knowing the detail of the sourcing and conversation. I don’t know all the details but if the Queen actually said that she believes we should leave the EU then the media has a duty to report this. However, it was only reported that she is passionate about the EU and believes it is going in the wrong direction: This is not the same thing. I am also passionate about the EU and also Britain (having lived through its decline as a world power) and believe that the EU has lost its way, but I will be voting to stay on the 23rd of June. (I think we will be better off staying and changing the EU rather than leaving and risk wrecking it.) We all make mistakes and the editor should recognize and accept this.
May 1, 2016
New cables are needed to connect a new power station at Sellafield to the grid. These would usually be supported on pylons erected across the countryside. However, this project would mean they would have to traverse the Lake District National Park along its south-west coast. The alternative, more expensive way of achieving this would be to bury the cables in the ground at an increased cost of around 450 million pounds. National grid, the company responsible for the project naturally prefers the cheaper solution but no decision has yet been taken and a consultation will be held prior to this. A commercial company cannot be expected to wait an inordinate amount of time for a return on its investment and would push for the cheaper solution. However, if a short-term levy were imposed on electricity bills to cover the extra cost we could have our cake and eat it too. A seventeen-pound hike spread over a few years would pay for it and wouldn’t jeopardise other projects. The proviso of course is that bills would return to normal when the work is completed.