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    It’s all a load of rubbish… (Really)

     Posted in An Objective Opinion & Anger Level 4 & Politics at 16:15 on Monday, January 3rd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    A healthy start to 2011 you said, a brand new year you muttered, but nothing has really changed has it?

    It definitely hasn’t in Birmingham.

    We seem to have stepped back in time to the mid seventies and began our very own local winter of discontent. You see, our rubbish hasn’t been collected in nearly three weeks now, and would you have guessed that it’s all due to pay decreases causing strikes by the Bin Men – sorry Refuse Collectors here?

    Uncollected Rubbish

    Uncollected Rubbish

    Sound familiar? Well it should, we’ve been here before, many a time and once again the Bin Men – ugh Refuse Collectors are holding us to ransom by attempting to force their hand. Annoying? Yes. Wrong? Unfortunately not for Birmingham City Council. I’m actually with the Bin Men, Er dammit Refuse Collectors on this one. I believe strongly that you should fight to keep what you have and if that’s a job paying good money for a manual work then you should do it, shout it from the rooftops and make everyone aware of the semi-political quandary you’ve been placed in.

    However, (wait for it, the slightly edgy part is coming) when you earn about twice as much as the average worker, and are payed by public taxes (in this case council tax) should you be moaning that much? I figure that it would be a far worse situation if the local government turned around and sacked you because you cost too much to employ as is likely to happen with my job. So stop moaning? Is that a better option than losing you’re job altogether? Call me cynical (You’re cynical – Thanks) but who has the right to actively annoy the wider community?

    I’d like nothing more than to have my rubbish collected in line with the promises from the Council, Can you manage that? Just this once…

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     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 2:39 on Friday, December 31st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

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    It’s getting toward that time of year…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 7:48 on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Well guys, it’s nearly December again isn’t it? Which can only mean one thing, that Christmas is just around the corner. In fact in just over a month Christmas will be over, now you may have realised from this website that I would think this would be a good thing and frankly it is.

    The festivities have already started where I live and the Birmingham Frankfurt Market is in full swing. I never understand how it can be on for so long and people not get fed up of it.

    Yes, I may have already been and eaten my first German Sausage (no Jokes please, I’m trying to be clean), and had my first Gluhwein of the season (anything to diminish the monotony of normal life), and I’ve seen that you’re all out enjoying the season. But has it peaked too early, will we get fed of up come mid-December, I don’t know, but I’m sick of it already.

    There will be no Christmas tree in my house this year, and I will not be partaking in the usual crap which the season expects, but I will however be praying for snow, the only highlight of the season as silly drivers career toward a doom of icy hell.

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    The state of Britain?

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 23:14 on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Political or not, you’ve got to agree that we live in a changing world and indeed a changing country, the ebb and flow of our nation is changing in drastic terms weekly, it’s a new country we’re all learning to live in.  Sixty years ago, the country was radically different, a stunning landscape of engineering and export, but today’s Britain is something entirely different.

    We’re no longer a manufacturing nation and the skills developed by those who pioneered those crafts which made us great are sadly dying and we have no one to take over and continue the trend.  I was watching a programme earlier and it made me wonder something.  We have a great history of keeping heritage alive; a case in point are those that run steam railways or preserve vehicles for future generations but what happens why they die? Who takes over? Do we people these days who are interested in running a steam railway or learning how a traction engine works?

    Or are we living in a nation that is computer obsessed and doesn’t want to embrace and nurture for our past, this is question without an answer at present.

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    The Internet vs. Jan Moir

     Posted in Breaking News & Thoughts on Things... & Tragedies at 20:46 on Friday, October 16th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    When you think that journalists can’t get any worse they always manage to surpass themselves.  Today Jan Moir; a Daily Mail columnist has posted a rather defamatory and extremely offensive article relating to Stephen Gately’s untimely demise.

    In the article Moir seems to contemplate upon her exclusive thought that Gately’s death was not of natural causes but something all together more sinister, focusing on his gay lifestyle as being a key cause to his death, which according to the coronor is simply not the case.

    “The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.”

    Moir has seemingly turned over two pages in her medical dictionary.  Young men do die, and women for that matter at very young ages, it’s called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and is a very recognised and documented cause for death in younger patients.  Once you’ve read Moir’s article (stand still the link will be at the end) you will see why such outrage has been caused by her.  She doesn’t grasp that it is okay to be homosexual and that this is not a cause of death, her views are best left in the 30’s where she should be left with them.

    This afternoon Moir posted a statement on the Independent Minds (A popular place for journalousts), stating that the comments regarding her prose have been:

    “…a heavily orchestrated internet campaign I think it is mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones.”

    A lot of people are mischievous but most of the comments regarding your article have been justified in outing your homophobic and narrow minded view of the world.  I personally think she misunderstands the term ‘orchestrated’.  This campaign has not been pre-planned at all, we are simply speaking our minds and telling You what we think of your article, and rightly so, we are allowed to speak our minds as are you, we are not attempting to string you up, we are telling you, you are wrong.

    If you can’t write an article with an ounce of truth expect a public backlash, be it online, on television or in printed media.  Grow up Jan Moir, you can’t make excuses for this one.

    Read the full article click here.

    Read Moir’s statement here.

    The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.

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    The Rantastic Podcast…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 0:48 on Monday, October 12th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    … Has a new home! It can now be found at: http://www.therantasticpodcast.com! Do not fear your itunes should automatically grab the new url!

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