Sunday, 31 May 2009
WELL.....WELL.....WELL....Here we go again......According to a British Government backed report at least 7 million people in Britain use illegal downloads.....Where they come up with these figures always amazes me.......Faster technologies and greater storage space on computers has made the activity easier and led to as many as 4.73 billion songs and videos being consumed for free each year, the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy found.
Music downloading had "become part and parcel of the social fabric of our society despite its illegal status", the report found.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) estimates that there were 890 million illegal free music downloads through file sharing in the UK in 2007 compared with 140 million paid downloads. This puts unauthorised access at a ratio of six to one, before off-line sharing like disk burning is even considered.
Creative industries provide about 8 per cent of British GDP. Digital copying of their products resulted in the estimated loss of 4,000 jobs in 2004.
David Lammy, Minister for Intellectual Property, said: "As SABIP's report shows, illegal downloading robs our economy of millions of pounds every year and seriously damages business and innovation throughout the UK.
The UK film industry told the authors of the report that there were just under 100 million illegal DVD downloads in 2007 and the global film industry is thought to lose over £4 billion per year.
JUST WHERE DO THEY GET THESE FIGURES FROM?
This is the same argument that was being churned out in the 60's about copying onto cassettes......Then it appeared again in the 70's and 80's about VHS tape......Then in the 90's about CD's and DVD's.........but hang on a moment.........they sell more recordings then they ever did and more people attending cinemas then ever before......The movie and record industry are still employing thousands of people and paying the "artists" more then they ever did.....Could the real issue here be about ......GREED......and simply nothing else......What's the difference between someone buying a CD/DVD then letting their friends copy it or uploading it to the net.....or recording it off the radio or television.....At some point there has a been a point of sale....O.K. I must admit that you can download a "pirate" copy of a film that has just been released into cinemas but have these "Guardians of Society" ever seen the quality of these "cam" versions.....I would have thought that the quality would make the veiwer go out and see the real thing!!!!!
Well........As I said before.......It's all to do with GREED and also perhaps wanting to control the "net".............GOD HELP SAVE THE NET FROM THE "CONTROLLERS"...........
Friday, 29 May 2009
BLACK MAGIC CAKE
2 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sour milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1 c. black coffee
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. coconut
1 German chocolate box cake mix
1 stick margarine
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 box confectioners sugar
1/2 c. soft butter
6 tbsp. granulated sugar
6 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. plus 2 tbsp. flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
6 oz. pkg. (1 c.) semi-chocolate chips
1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Top with the following mixture. Combine in bowl: 1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. salt
Beat until very thick. Stir in chocolate chips, chopped nuts and vanilla. Spoon 1 tablespoon over each cupcake and return to oven (375 degrees) and bake 15 minutes more. Yield 16.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
A little old lady went into a bank, carrying a bag of money. She insisted that she must speak with the president to open a savings account because, "It's a lot of money!" The bank staff finally ushered her into the president's office. The bank president then asked her how much she would like to deposit. She replied, "$165,000!" and dumped the cash out of her bag onto his desk. The president was of course curious as to how she came by all this cash, so he asked her, "Ma'am, I'm surprised you're carrying so much cash around. Where did you get this money?" The old lady replied, "I make bets. “The president then asked, "Bets? What kind of bets?" The old woman said, "Well, for example, I'll bet you $25,000 that your balls are square." "Ha!" laughed the president, "That's a stupid bet. You can never win that kind of bet!" The old lady challenged, "So, would you like to take my bet?" "Sure," said the president, "I'll bet $25,000 that my balls are not square!" "Okay, but since there is a lot of money involved, may I bring my lawyer with me tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. as a witness?" "Sure!" replied the confident president. The next morning, at precisely 10:00 A.M., the little old lady appeared with her lawyer at the president's office. She introduced the lawyer to the president and repeated the bet, "$25,000 says the president's balls are square!" The president agreed with the bet again and the old lady asked him to drop his pants so they could all see. The president complied. The little old lady peered closely at his balls and then asked if she could feel them. "Well, okay," said the president, "$25,000 is a lot of money, so I guess you should be absolutely sure." Just then, he noticed that the lawyer was quietly banging his head against the wall. The president asked the old lady, "What the hell's the matter with your lawyer?" She replied, "Nothing, except I bet him $100,000 that at 10:00 A.M. today, I'd have the bank president's balls in my hand."
Mr. Bear and Mr. Rabbit didn't like each other very much and one day, while they were walking through the woods they came across a golden frog. The frog turned to them and said: "Ooh, I don't often meet anyone in these parts." They were amazed that the frog had talked to them. The golden frog admitted: "Mind you, when I do meet someone I always give them six wishes.
You can have three wishes each in this case. Mr. Bear immediately wished that all the other bears in the forest were females. The frog granted his wish. Mr. Rabbit, after thinking for a while, wished for a crash helmet. One appeared immediately, and he placed it on his head. Mr. Bear was amazed at Mr. Rabbit's wish, but carried on with his second wish. He wished that all the bears in the neighboring forests were females as well, and the frog granted his wish. Mr. Rabbit then wished for a motorcycle. It appeared before him, and he climbed on board and started revving the engine. Mr. Bear could not believe it and complained that Mr. Rabbit had wasted two wishes that he could have had for himself. Shaking his head, Mr. Bear made his final wish that all the other bears in the world were females as well, leaving him as the only male bear in the world. The frog replied that it had been done, and they both turned to Mr. Rabbit for his last wish. Mr. Rabbit revved the engine, thought for a second, then said: "I wish that Mr. Bear was gay!" and rode off as fast as he could!
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
CAR REGISTRATION.......What's with the "mind-set" of the bloody thick British that come to live in France and then think there is no need to obtain a French registration for their British wreck of a car!!!!!!......Are these morons braindead or do they think that they are immune from the law of the land?????These idiots come to live in another country and are under the impression that the law suddenly stops on the U.K. side of the channel.....WRONG!!!!!!......These braindead buggers seem to thing that, just because they have obtain French vehicle insurance and the French equivalent of the British M.O.T. that they are somehow different from the rest of the vehicle owners in France......WRONG!!!!.....The insurance companies for a start only allow them six months at the most to get their "shed" registered...but....you often hear the cheapskate idiots say....."We've lived over here for X years and keep renewing the policy so everything must be alright...... WRONG....The insurance company could not give a bugger whether you have registered the vehicle.....As long as you keep paying the renewal they are very happy.....The problem will arise when the stupid British idiot has a serious accident and the insurance realises that the vehicle has no French registration and is in France permanently....They will "walk-away" from any claim and leave the moron to sort their own stupidity out......and sodding rightly so......These idiots deserve all they get and more......What happens when the buggers take the car back to the U.K.?????.....It's completely illegal.....No tax....No M.O.T and therefore no insurance.....I hope the braindead sods get their "pride and joy" crushed!!!!!!!!.......If you go to any airport/railway station/port in France and look in the car parks, it's certainly not hard to find loads of U.K. registered vehicles with no U.K. road tax....A few years ago and more recently.....The French police had a "blitz" on British registered vehicles left in car-parks.....but the stupid British idiots still didn't take the "hint"......Well of course....They know it all and take great pleasure in boasting about it at their "diner party's"......I only hope I don't get hit by one of their sodding vehicles!!!!!!!!
Sunday, 24 May 2009
WHAT'S WITH THIS LOVE AFFAIR THE BRITISH HAVE ABOUT FRENCH WOMEN????.............Why do British men seem to have a complete "blind spot" where French women are concerned.....As soon as the subject come up in conversation their eyes glaze over and they go weak at the knees.......They seem to have this preconception that all French women have the body of a goddess and shag like rabbits.....Nothing could be further from the truth.....While I must loathingly admit that around 35% of French women might, with an pinch, might fall into that category, the other 65% certainly don't.......You only have to traipse around a supermarket to see the percentages at work.....One of the great big differences between them and British women is that they take much more pride in their appearance and even cheap clothes look good on them...but....and a very big but...after a certain age.....say around 40...strange This seems to take place when they have spawned say 4 kids and lost all interest in being pleasing on the eye.....Then the armpit hair starts to develop a mind of it's own and the build up of garlic that's been consumed over the years starts to seep through their pores and no matter how many gallons of Chanel they bathe in....They are on a losing battle......This myth of an avarice sexual creature is also a great myth.....French women are even more disinterested in sex then British women.....Evidently they fuck per week less then their British counterpart.....So instead of feeling jealous of Frenchmen the rampant British male should feel pity instead......Whilst I'm whinging about the average French woman....There are always exceptions to the rule of course.....There are some fabulous examples of what the British male's preconception of French women are like.....These are the ones that take great care in their appearance no matter what age they are or shape and what a difference it is compared to their British counterpart.....and long may it sodding remain