BBC News – Dubai kissing couple appeal fails

April 4, 2010

Now.. I’m all for decency and good manners but this makes me think we are all NUTS for supporting DUBAI tourism!

I mean why go to a place where a peck on the cheek – or, as alleged on the evidence of a two year old, a kiss on the lips – gets you sent to jail?

BBC News – Dubai kissing couple appeal fails.

“The initial complaint against them was made by a 38-year-old woman who said she was offended by their behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter.

The couple’s defence lawyers said the woman – who did not appear in court – had not seen the kiss herself, but had been told by her two-year-old child that the girl had seen the couple kissing.”

Anyone going to DUBAI for a holiday needs their heads examined! Especially when knowing exactly what breaks the law is so difficult. An expert on Islamic law told the BBC:-

“Professor Strawson said the Dubai authorities often turned a blind eye to foreigners’ behaviour, because of the high income that comes from tourists.

But he said Dubai had recently issued new explanations tightening up their laws.”

If it takes an expert lawyer in an obscure religious law to know what is legal and what is illegal and that is coupled with a laxness in the application of the law at the whim of passing policemen.. then what chance has an ordinary tourist of knowing the boundaries?

I suggest that we’d maybe be better off in wet old Ireland than frying in some DUBAI jail.

And if you think that might be easy time.. check out this account by  HAMPSHIRE businessman George Atkinson!

“Every day is a living hell,” said Mr Atkinson.

“I am in a cell with four others. There are two double bunk beds just centimetres apart, pushed right up against the cell door. There are only 122 beds in my block to accommodate 246 men.

So.. caution if you go!


No Dog Owners Prosecuted in Derry!!

January 9, 2009

The Derry Journal reports, No dog owners prosecuted in Derry last year:-

“Only one fixed penalty for dog fouling was served in Derry last year while fewer than two fines per week for littering were served in the same period.

Figures released to the ‘Journal’ reveal that, while a total of 148 fines were issued in relation to irresponsible dog owner offences, only one related to a dog owner failing to clean up after their dog.”

Now… there’s a strange thing! Anyone who takes the air along

Beside the Derry City Council Offices

Beside the Derry City Council Offices

the fabulous River Walk in front of the Derry City Council Offices will be familiar with the ritual of trying to avoid the hundturds of dog fouls along that route. I find it hard to understand how the councilors, and the city chief executive, can avoid stepping in the dirt on the way to their plush offices. But.. it’s obvious that they have found a way to avoid seeing the mess we walk in. Maybe if we moved their car park a little further away from the offices they might notice the fouling problem and do something about it? What ya think?

Personally, I pity the folk with children who use this path. Over Christmas it was a delight to see scores of parents using the facility to teach their kiddies to control their bikes in a really safe, traffic wise, envoronment. A great use of the space, wouldn’t you say?

What was not so good was see parents having to constantly point out the masses of dog dirt and warn the kids to avoid them. Needless to say…. not all parents were successful… well they are learners too! Some sparkling new bikes needed cleaning! A nice task on Christmas morning.

Now.. not all the dog owners who use this space abuse this place. I see many with the dog/dogs on a lead and the required cleaning equipment. BUT.. I also see many owners who allow their dogs to roam without a lead and who fail to notice the little/large messages their pets leave the city councilors! Come on guys… maybe its guide dogs you need if you can’t see what your pets are down to. 🙂

So.. well done to The Derry Journal for raising the issue. Now.. how about the city godfathers getting the dog warden to get the place cleaned up?

Barack Obama is IRISH!

November 10, 2008

Well… it made me laugh anyway! Don’t we have the most fabulous capacity to claim everyone as our own and to sing about it as well!


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Time to Talk: Mosquito Device.

February 12, 2008

I just love this story, on the good old beeb, which reveals what pesky councils have been up to in trying to deal with the problem of youth gangs hanging around the streets…. Mosquito™ Standardhave a wee read and pop back here and let me have your thoughts.

See here: Call to scrap ‘anti-teen’ device.

So as you’ll have seen… some bright spark has invented a noise making machine that emits a sound that only under 20s can hear. Some innovative English councils have plonked these devices on buildings overlooking young people’s gathering places. A sign of two or more teenagers getting geared up for a yearn and an opportunity to chat up the local talent and authorised personnel can bombard them with white noise at the flick of a switch. Cool or what!!

Don’t you see where this can take us?

1. If I put on in my teenage son’s room I can turn it on when I want him to get up outa his bed!!
2. If they are installed at restaurants and pubs we can make pubs pimply youth free zones!
3. Soundproofing schools and surrounding them with these devices will encourage young people to take refuge in classrooms and maybe learn something!
4.Mounting these devices outside political meetings will keep all but the old away…oooops… on second thoughts the boring old b***ers we pass off as political leaders are doing a good enough job on that already so we can probably save some money there!
5. Portable versions of these could be issued to oldies so they could sweep the streets clean of teenies as they amble to the shops or stagger home from the teen-free pubs! We need our streets to be safer and if they are empty then they ought to be safe, right?
6. Adding these to all buses and taxis will encourage young people walk more… they need the exercise anyway! That ought to save the NHS billions in the future!

Now … there is only one problem I see in all this. Some day soon the complete idiot who deemed it perfectly legal to use sound to wage war on the young will decide to up the ante. Before we know it our streets will be swept by purging sound to clear them of everybody at a neatly specified curfew time. How does – 6pm for 10 year olds, 10pm for 17 year olds, 10.30pm for 19 year old and 11pm for the rest of us sound?

Pretty soon we’ll all be well and truly under control. Then as soon as they have us at home it’s just an hour or two of being pelted with stupid ads, switch over to the annoying sound and we’ll all take refuge in our beds. All just in time to get enough sleep to be ready for a productive day in front of our computer screens monitoring other people’s lives.


Now…just because we CAN do something DOES NOT mean we OUGHT to do something! Substituting the sonic equivalent of cattle prods for clear and funded policies of youth facility provision is not the way forward! Shame on those councils who think it is and on the government which supported and encouraged them. Using riot control methods which impact the innocent as much as the guilty is not the way to impart social responsibility to our young people. Those who stoop this low merely demonstrate their poverty of spirit, innovation and creativity as well as their total disregard for human rights.

Are these things in use in NI? Time to wake up… if they are let’s get them out and if they aren’t then let’s hope we in time to stop their deployment.

Are youse in Belfast on 19.1.08?

January 19, 2008

Ok.. so why not pop along here!?Belfast Poets Touring Group

Belfast Poets Touring Group (BPTG) Upcoming Gigs!

“In the next week or two there are some good gigs to get to and the next Phatlip open mic night. (Pavillion Bar, Belfast)

The Belfast Poets Touring Group are supporting Scroobius Pip on Saturday at the Out To Lunch Festival.

The gig is at The Black Box and starts at 2pm – that’s this Saturday the 19th of January. The Belfast Poets will be doing new material from our upcoming show “The Morning after the Summer of Love: 1968″.”

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Larry’s letter to the editor.

January 2, 2008

It is important for men to remember that, as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger. larry.gifWhen you notice this, try not to yell at them. Some are oversensitive, and there’s nothing worse than an oversensitive woman. My name is Larry. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Pam.

When I took early retirement a few years ago, it became necessary for Pam to get a full-time job along with her part-time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed. Shortly after she started working, I noticed she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from the golf club about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner. I don’t yell at her. Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the table. I generally Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions: 2008

December 31, 2007

It’s that time of year – a few glasses of bubbly, a couple of sweet kisses, an out-of-tune rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” in thick fake Scottish accents, some dark resolutions.gifbloke first futting with a scabby piece of coal in one grubby mit and a tin of larger in the other, a few grimaces at fat eedgits cavorting in fake tartan skirts to the excruciating strains of a cat being strangled… and it’ll be here… 2008!

Happy New Year!

Then we can get down to the real business of breaking all our nice shiny New year Resolutions!

But here’s a few we’d need to make as a people and we’d need to stick to. Feel free to add your own suggestions but here’s a couple for starters…. Read the rest of this entry »