travel chaos

I heard from a friend and colleague last night that they were struggling to get home after a recent holiday in Lanzarote as a result of the flight ban caused by the volcanic ash plume spewing its way from Iceland. The last I’d heard they were en route to the French border having left Barcelona some hours earlier. Heaven only knows how and when they’ll get back and at what cost. This morning I checked into the news channels to see what the latest situation was, especially as the flight ban had been lifted late last night. It wasn’t terribly reassuring. Continue reading

westminsterese

The man who wrote the words for the great communicator was answering questions before the Iraq Inquiry yesterday and gave nothing away. Well Alistair Campbell did reveal that PM Tony Blair had written to President Bush before the invasion of Iraq to pledge his country’s support, militarily and diplomatically, to ensure the removal of Saddam Hussein. Well talk about a shock revelation. Who’da thunk it? How surprising that the former Director of Communications to the PM’s office was able to answer questions for hours on end without saying anything which could be regarded as even remotely incriminating. What were they expecting – that Campbell would speak with complete honesty and openness? What is it about politicians and their advisers that prevents them from every answering a question directly?

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tax returns; argghh

Yesterday was the final day for getting UK tax returns into HM Revenue & Customs. You’ve seen the ad with the message ‘Tax doesn’t have to be taxing’. That’s a lie I’m afraid because it is more difficult than quantum physics. I used to get a local firm to do it for me – and that’s when I was on PAYE. It used to cost around £150 and it was worth it not to have to complete that dreadful, complicated form. But they wanted £2k to do it now that I have my own company. I felt sure I could do it myself…. Continue reading

prezza’s debut album

Well I can’t get this politician/album idea out of my mind now. So here’s John Prescott’s track list:

– Track 1 Street fighting man

– Track 2 Born to be wild

– Track 3 Wild thing

– Track 4 Lucky man

– Track 5 Crazy

– Track 6 Just can’t get enough

– Track 7 Addicted to love

– Track 8 Radio ga ga

– Track 9 Why does it always rain on me?

– Track 10 Should I stay or should I go?

– Track 11 Don’t look back in anger

– Track 12 Desperado

Can’t someone suggest some tracks for George Bush or David Cameron?

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Blair and Brown cut duet album

I was reading in the Independent today that the President of Indonesia, one Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (top name!), has composed a whole album of romantic ballads, entitled My Longing for You. How cool is that? What’s more his anticipated opponent at the next General election, the former army chief General Wiranto, has also recorded an album. Now it got me thinking that we should have more of this in British politics. How much less bitter would it have been if Tony and Gordon had recorded an album of songs to celebrate their political fortunes over the last 12 years or so. It’d be a cracker ….

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