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Ron H reminds us that one way for bird flu to enter the country is on international flights and advises us against getting on an airplane that looks like this ...

Public servants ...

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. Descending a bit more he shouted, “Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am”.

The woman replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above the ground, between 40/41 degrees latitude, north, and 59/60 degrees west, longitude."

"You must be a Middle-grade Public Servant", said the balloonist." I am", replied the woman, "How did you know?"

"Well", answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I am still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you have delayed my trip."

The woman below responded, "You must be a Senior Public Servant". "I am," replied the balloonist, "But how did you know?"

"Well," replied the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problem. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault".

Contributed by Norm Kirton

Big brother knows where you are!

passed on in good faith from Fred Steer

I'm not sure if this is a new website or just one that has recently come to the attention of the police, but it is a site which you can go to, type in a person's name and the rough area they live in and get their exact address and telephone number. It doesn't matter if you are ex-directory, the only difference that makes is that your phone number is not displayed but your address still is. It also doesn't matter if you ticked the little box on your last electoral register form to say you didn't want your address shown on the public register, the site still carries your details. The site will even give you directions from your home address if you need them, so you can probably see why police personnel have been warned to get their details removed.

Most of you probably wont be bothered by this, however, if you would prefer people to be unable to trace you in this manner, follow the instructions below to get your details removed.

The site address is:

log on then click on people (at the top of the screen)

Input your name and where you live, click search.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page where the electoral register results are shown. If your details are not here then they are not stored by the site, however, if they are and you want them removed, send an email to the following address:

your details should be removed within 21 days, if not you can complain to

Incidentally, Fred tells me there are loads of new Vintage Plans added to his Potty Productions website and loads more to come!


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