My Dream Holiday

So what would my dream holiday be?

Ibiza? – no done that.  But would happily do it 10 times every year.
Las Vegas? – no, but would like to play in a major poker tournament there one year.
Tokyo? – Close, would be so exotic, so unusual, would love to visit, but not the number one.
Skiing/Snowboarding? – We get enough cold weather here
Australia? – I’d enjoy it, f’sure

What I really want to do is go storm chasing across the plains of America.  One of the main websites I use to get basic forecasting data from do 10 day tours for £1,700.00 (does not include flights)…so would love to do that.  Something I might well think about saving up for.

My David Miliband Next Job Theory

I’m doing politics today.

I hesistate at posting anything which may promote the Labour party (or more accurately known as the anti-Tory party…or we need power to finance our houses as we are unable to behave and work to an acceptable standard in the corporate world to get a job like the evil Tories tell you to party), I purposely did not post about their electing of a new leader as I did not want anyone to think Labour were interesting.

To clarify, I fully believe that the Labour party have destroyed the economy and society of our once-great country, for their own gain.  They did it for them.  The Coalition government will repair it for everyone.

Anyway, that is not what I wanted to talk about.

Ed Miliband, the younger of the two Miliband brothers, has been elected to leader of the Labour party, mainly thanks to the trade unions (those people that persuade workers to go on strike).  David probably thought he was a shoe-in, he possibly would have won the last general election had he had the balls to try to oust Gordon Brown when he had the chance, and now he has been kicked in the teeth by his younger brother, Ed, who has less experience of government, and less credentials in many people’s eyes than David.

So the job he thought he was destined for has been snatched from him by his younger brother.  That has to hurt.

James’ Theory time!

I’m not sure if there are any jobs in the Coalition government going at the moment (though Liam Fox is doing a good job of talking himself out of being the defense secretary) – surely David Cameron and co must be thinking of what job they can offer him?

David Miliband, after all, actually was quite realistic about having to tackle the deficit, and he did a decent job as foreign secretary.  I think, like Tony Blair was, that he is quite Conservative in quite a portion of his thinking – he definitely disagees with his brother on quite a few things.

And David Milliband has a lot of disaffected supporters now.

Could he defect to the Conservative party?  It would be beautiful to see.  A true “ner-ner-ner-ner-ner” to his younger brother who has seemingly got the upper hand.  Stranger things have happened.  It’s a win-win situation for all concerned…except Labour of course!

Heavy Drinking Better Than Not Drinking

Good news fellow binge-drinkers and alcoholics.

A new 20-year study has shown that non-drinkers have a higher mortality rate than heavy-drinkers.

It is a shame that drinking tends to reduce my bank balance, but I’ll take this good news and celebrate with a drink tonight…and tomorrow…and Friday…and Saturday

Amber Nectar

Ok this may not be for everyone but this website is an excellent site for all things Hull City.  And their blog with the subsequent write-ups always keep me amused.

This is what they have had to say so far about the 4-0 defeat to Burnley last night:

“The match report for this one is going to be grisly. From the pitiful non-triers (evening, Mr Fagan) to the hopelessly finished (safe journey home, Mr Ashbee?) and right through to the comically inept (are you sure it was THE Arsenal, Mr Simpson?), it’s going to be a thoroughly grim affair.

The hardy/masochistic can tune in later on for the post-mortem of this train wreck of a performance. To be honest, we recommend pretending the whole thing never happened and coming back on Saturday.”

Choose My Day

Well there is very little in my inbox today, so apart from reading the news and trying to discover hot new tunes for me (and you if you want to know?), I am going to do some online training.  Oh and decide what cake I would be if I were a cake.

But I am offering you the chance to pick which course I do – first person to post a comment here or Facebook gets to choose.

Life couldn’t be more exciting could it?

Here is the list – don’t fall asleep:

Emotional Intelligence

Diversity Awareness

Managing Conflict

Positive Work Environment: Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace

Project Management Fundamentals, Part Two

Project Management Fundamentals, Part One

Investigating the Problem

Microsoft Office Access 2003: Level 4

Microsoft Office Excel 2003: Level 3

Microsoft Office Excel 2003: Level 2

Effective Management: Developing as a Manager

Effective Management: Cultivating Great Teams

Effective Management: Creating Successful Solutions

Developing and Leading an Effective Team

Change Management for Employees

Updated Weather Forecast

The British weather has many varied ways of being unpleasant.  Fortunately for weather-freaks like me, I enjoy varied weather, especially extreme weather.  So I did get a little excited about some particularly unpleasant weather which over the weekend looked like it was on it’s way.

Some of you may however be pleased that it has been downgraded.

However, it has been downgraded from extremely wet and very windy, to very wet and windy.

Tuesday will be cloudy, bit of drizzle perhaps.
Wednesday will see a period of rain, possibly heavy.
Thursday might be drier in the morning, I expect more rain later.
Friday looks wet, with heavy rain probably, and increasing winds.
Saturday looks more like showers.
Sunday looks like potentially heavy rain again (this could be Saturday night instead quite feasibly).
Monday looks wet and potentially very windy.
Tuesday and Wednesday next week have the potential for more wind and rain.

It does however look like being drier later next week.

Although there have been downgrades this evening, I would not be surprised to see any of the weather systems upgraded back to something rather stormy, especially from Saturday to Wednesday.  One thing is for sure – autumn is here.

On the bright side, it will be fairly mild, and perhaps even quite warm despite the wind and rain.  No frosts, and temperatures between 15’C and 19’C for the forseeable future.

New Labour Leader

I wasn’t really bothered about who would be the next Labour leader but I thought it was about time they had one.
I’m sure the chance of you caring is pretty limited too. But I like a bit of politics so tough shit if you are not interested – go read The Sun.  Or better still, something else on my blog.
As a Conservative voter, and strong supporter of the coalition government – I want it to last the full 5 years. I fully believe that this is the best chance of our economy and society being repaired.
Labour are the deficit deniers – they seem to deny that it exists (though David Miliband was a little more realistic), and deny that anything has to be done about it. I strongly believe that if they had won the election, our credit rating would have gone down, our deficit would grow and we would have come closer to bankruptcy – and in the long run, much more severe cuts would have come, and probably not of the government’s choosing.
Anyway, Labour have elected Ed Miliband. I am fairly happy with this as I do not think he is a strong enough politician to attack the coalition. I don’t think the public are willing to support someone left of centre. Albeit he is now denying that he is, now that he has been elected. Surprise, surprise – another shape-shifter in charge of the Labour party.
Had David Miliband won, they might have been a little more electable to the general public, but then again he is a wet blanket.

I have to be satisfied with the outcome. The longer Labour stay out of power – the better for our economy, society, and standing in the world.