CCTV – Big Brother

I was just reading that Tesco are installing Face Scanners to all their tills. They are claiming that it is to target advertising. You would think their loyalty card would do just that but apparently they think it is acceptable to scan their customers.

It is bad enough there is CCTV all over the UK and they have CCTV in stores (which I can accept as a deterrent to thieves) but Tesco thinks that the excuse that other retailers use them flies!

Obviously it is their store and they can do what they like within their stores but if they think that I am going to be happy about having my privacy invaded, then they have another think coming up because I will refuse to enter their store and part with my hard earned cash (which is what they want). I only hope that other people feel the same.

I think very often humans take the easy way out and that might be just accepting that you are being scanned and watched. But the question is where does it stop? When do we say enough?

“Bin Laden has won”

Richard Dawkins tweeted the above message.This is what I have been saying all along. Glad someone well known is saying it too! Shame about all the negative responses but at least it is being noticed.

Hopefully the freedom to fly easily will one day return. I hope for the time when catching a plane will be as easy as catching a bus. Can you imagine if they tried to pass these airline restrictions to catching a bus? After all buses were also terrorist targets and they have not been reduced to ridiculous “security measures”.

The difference is that with a bus, you have the option of a car but with a plane, the options for travel with reasonable time frames is negligible. They know if they imposed the measures on a bus, people would use cars, trains, bikes, walk etc but with planes, well there is very limited choice. Personally I fly less often, I take planes and trains where possible or even my car.

Does it make a difference? Yes it does.

Has Bin Laden won? Yes, he has.

Why? Because he has effect my FREEDOM!!!!!

Soon our women will wear Burkas and our men will walk about armed in guns! An exaggeration? Perhaps but only slightly!

A life without grumbling!

I had reached a stage where I jut thought that enough was enough I was no longer going to “Carper Diem” but “Carpe Diem”. However, I find that sometimes I really cannot look on the bright side of life… and so I am back to grumbling away. Who knows with things like Twitter and International vocality perhaps my grumbles might be heard by the right people and something just might get done.

Yeah Right! But at least I feel better when I grumble about it!!

Panorama & Libya

I know the point of Panorama is to anger the viewer but I am angry towards Panorama. They are taking a blinkered perspective, not accounting for culture or respect.

I remember travelling to Libya in the 90’s and as part of my warning, I was told that the punishment for stealing is to chop a hand off, if I steal a second time, I lose my other hand so that I cannot steal again. If I commited any crime, punishment was harsh. An eye for an eye pretty much sums up their policy based on their culture and beliefs.

Now along come Panorama and they are objecting to the way prisoners are treated. Come on. Imagine the Libyans started berating us for giving people who commit crime an easy time. We would not accept them interferring in our judicial systems, so why do we think we can and should interfer in their policies, methods and justice?


If you ever wanted to cmmit suicide then New York is the place to do it because jumping off a building is illegal. This is punishable by death. Just hope they punish you asap rather than after the recovery period of the fall. But at least you can rest assured, that if you fail, they probably won’t! Definate success?

Changing the Future

“Always remember the future comes one day at a time”. Dean Acheson

It would be nice to be able to have instantaneous change but that is next to impossible but starting with small things all helps change. Not that you are going to do it, because hey –  you are wasting your time reading my blog instead of having a life, but start by being nice to the next person!!


Riots are not protests! DUH!

There are all these riots which are meant to be a protest of sorts… except with a protest usually you can pacify them by giving them what they want… but what do these rioters want other than destruction? Also protestors would not be “breaking and entering”, stealing, killing or burning homes and businesses down!

And the worst of it is that I am sure that most people in the riots have any idea of the impact to the economy, society or if the country ended up under Marshall Law.

I cannot believe how frightened the cops are of the looters… for crying out loud, give the Police back their guns and their respect. In the past it was an honour to be a policeman and everyone respected them. Today they are ignored and sometimes even abused, which is unacceptable. So please let us give the police the ability to do their work and we won’t have things like riots any more!