Monday, 18 January 2010

Rotherham Politics Blog

A plug for this blog today www.rotherhampolitics.blogspot.com

" of interest to all those actively engaged in or interested in practical politics in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham."

Very concerning post about a Mr Caven Vines of Kimberworth who is a UKIP candidate for the next elections and has some very alarming views. Then there's Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who leads UKIP's 13 MEPs in Brussels, who wants to ban the wearing of the burkha in Britain (here we go on this one again !)

My comments on this below :

SCARY !! (I counted 56 mistakes in the post by the way taking into account grammar,spelling and punctuation - but perhaps this is a little harsh as maybe the erratic capital letters are for effect)This man's views are very worrying and as you say, clearly will alienate much of Rotherham's electorate. It doesn't take much brain to see that Mr Vines is inciting hatred himself - though he must believe that he is being "fair".I imagine that even the BNP would be a little concerned if he was campaigning for them with this garbage.God help Rotherham ... and Happy New Year to EVERYONE, whether you are fighting elections or just wanting the best for our town and people.
17 January 2010 11:20

Re: Stop Press

Nigel Farage says that the burkha is a symbol of an "increasingly divided Britain". Maybe. Therefore lose Mr Vines and UKIP will already be on the way to losing some divisive "thinking" (I use the word loosely)
Perhaos UKIP could follow Nicolas Sarkozy's line that the wearing of the burkha is "not welcome" in France but he is not going to ban it. In other words he will sit on the fence as there is no clear cut solution to this issue.
I wait with bated breath to hear what Lord Pearson's legal advice about this situation is, when he gets it.


Friday, 1 January 2010

Diaries & Calendars - Happy 2010

And here we are at the start of another “new year” or just a new month, week or day depending on how we look at it. After all we are told by many exceptional scientists that time is only relevant to a particular space or situation and possibly or even probably is not linear at all.
So why does my mind always think of January at the left hand side with the year working it’s way across to December at the right hand side? Is it because most diaries start at January at the beginning of the book and work through to December at the end? Or is it more to do with my limited ingrained knowledge of Pope Gregory’s calendar – though I believe that’s more to do with the calculation of dates of festivals like Easter than the actual lay out of the months.

Some calendars are quite straight forward in their lay out of how the year runs. Those spiral bound ones with a page for each month with an appropriate picture on it and the dates of the days in a box underneath. They are usually ok for me – until you come to when you need to work out how many weeks from the second of one month to the second of the next. Now this would be easy if all months started on the same day – it wouldn’t matter which day, just the same one – but they don’t. The 1st January 2010 (today) is a Friday and the 1st of July is a Thursday. So if I book my holiday for the 1st July, I have to count all those numbered days in between then divide it by seven to see how many weeks till I go away. Well, my maths was always poor and this is not a fail safe method for me.


Of course I can hear you saying, “You count the weeks themselves, numbskull” (you might not call me numbskull but some such thing) But there’s another problem for me – the days of the week don’t begin on the same date either. How they came up with this idea beats me. I don’t know why we don’t now go decimal and just have ten months in a year, ten weeks in a month, ten hours in a day (maybe that could run to twenty for those busy people)

Then there’s some calendars that try to confuse you completely by having all the months on one page only they go around the picture, usually clockwise – why clockwise ? If time is not linear they could go anywhere on the page, but maybe that would be even more confusing. I once asked an Arabic friend if she thought of the year as going left to right as she reads from right to left - back of the book to the front in my terms. However, our discussion never came to a real conclusion due to neither of us quite understanding what the other was on about.

Anyway, my new 2010 diary which I must begin to write in today starts with January 1st on the first page and ends with December 31st on the last page so I reckon I’ll stick with the linear thing. If it turns out that we should be working some other way around, then I am sure we will be able to cope with the changes – they managed it in 1582 and we are supposed to be a lot more advanced since then.

Happy 2010 (and you may say those numbers any way you wish ! )