Iron Mae Month

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Iron Mae Month

I declared June “Iron Mae Month.”

It sounds more daring and powerful than it really is.  I decided to concentrate on my health this month.  Really watch what I eat and make sure that exercise every day.    I bought a Fitbit to measure the miles I walk, stairs I climb and hours I sleep.  OK, it comes with charts and grafts accessible on my computer with little icons that scream “hooray” when I accomplish tasks.  I know it seems pathetic but I like it when little icons cheer me on.  I swear I would vacuum the living room more if I had a small cheering section.

I digress.

It was the Fitbit that showed me I’m not sleeping enough.  Sure, looking at the clock and doing a bit of math would have told me the same thing.  That would be too simple.  I needed a pie chart to visually tell…

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SYRIA: From the archives:

The Slog

Syria was always a disaster waiting to happen. Now it’s happening

This morning, you may have read that five Cabinet rebels are kicking up about further UK involvement in Iraq. By my calculation, I think that leaves 17 robotic drones who aren’t. The indefatigable Peter Oborne (forever my hero after call a eurocrat a “blithering idiot” last year) asks in the Telegraph today why David Cameron has put us on the same side as Al Q’eida, sub-heading his piece ‘Just like Tony Blair over Iraq, the Prime Minister has lost touch with reality when it comes to Syria. In doing so, he answers his own question: yes, it’s that Special Bloody Relationship again.

The day that Camerlot scrambled out of the trenches and into ‘power’, William Vague caught a plane to Washington. At the time, I posted that he was heading in entirely the wrong direction. I believe…

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Ed Miliband: Labour’s spending was not to blame for Britain’s economic woes

The Labour leader made the claim after he had delivered a speech on welfare in east London in which he confirmed that Labour would remove the winter fuel payment from well-off pensioners, and not reverse the Coalition’s child benefit cut.

Asked he accepted that the “Labour party you were part of until 2010 spent too much”, he replied: “No, I don’t agree with that.

“You can take two views about this – you can either say that what happened was that the deficit caused the financial crash, or you can believe that the financial crash caused the deficit.

“The reason why President Obama is having to deal with the deficit, and President Hollande is having to deal with the deficit, why every country around the world is having to deal with the deficit is because of the financial crash.”


AM ~ Studio session

Expressions of my life - An evolution of art.

You… Yes you. Wake up, your missing the day or late for work it’s time to go, come on.. But since your here we might as well take a look at some paint.

Well what do you think? I think she beautiful. She’s symbolizes my Joy or Happiness if you will. Lets take a closer look shall we?


Using some of the boards natural texture combined with a wide variety of paint thicknesses and consistencies we get this.


While she dries I’m going to have some coffee and talk to the bats for a while, it seems as though they slept in, lazy sods.
They are currently chirping overhead, yesterday morning/night what ever you’d like to call it. I had a funny bat moment one of the little fellows came right down not 2-3 ft above me :-0
It was one of those moments of do I freak out…

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An Egyptian discovers that when an Israeli is pricked, she indeed bleeds

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”. – (Act III, scene I).” William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

The only revenge Israeli wrestler Ilana Kartysh exacted on her Egyptian opponent, Enas Mostafa, in the Golden Grand Prix tournament in Italy – after Mostafa refused to shake her hand and, during the match, reportedly bit her on the neck – was emerging victorious in the bout and, having secured the gold, basking in the sound of her national anthem as she stood on the podium.

Kartysh, 22, who competed in the the  67-kilogram (147.7 pound) weight category, experienced an incident unlike any other in her career.


“In wrestling you must shake hands at the beginning of a match,” Kartysh said. “But not only did…

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An Ed Balls up on rich pensioners benefits

Westminster Confidential

Update: Since posting this comment  the Labour Party have formally adopted this policy of taking away winter fuel allowances from higher rate pensioners.

 But the Revenue have confirmed that they do  not collate figures showing how many households have higher rate and standard rate taxpayers who are currently eligible for winter fuel payments. They do not need to collect the information as taxpayers are assessed individually. So they don’t know the breakdown. The only figures they have are the number of higher rate taxpayers who are pensioners. He does have  a parliamentary answer from the department of work and pensions based on an estimate for the £100m savings but it does not deal with the situation outlined below.

I am  used to David Cameron shooting from the hip with knee jerk, ill thought out policies to respond to public opinion but I thought that Ed Balls would be cleverer than…

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