5 December 2018

Are Humanities missing out on research funding?

4 December 2018

Looking for that pefect gift for the boss?

What a surprise...
It was twenty years ago now that my old boss shouted:

'Has anyone seen my mug'.  Then, belted out across a crowed office, came the reply:

'It's the one with twat on it'

Let's face it, we all know one and wouldn't it be great if you could tell 'em how you really felt? The problem is though, you can't just come out and say it, not really, it's just not nice. Then again, whoever they are, they do need to know, so here's a few ways you can insult those you love to hate...
  1. The unsuspecting other half.  Chances are who ever gets the I'm a Twat Mug won't get it out the box staright away, but the first time they do they'll be the second to know.  If you can it's best to try to keep a straight face, this way you can repeatedly enjoy your victim's confidence drain away as they remember the last half dozen times they had a cuppa. 
  2. Just watch his face after he's loaded the dishwasher.  If whoever gets the mug usually does the washing up make sure they load the dishwasher when the mugs first used.  For maximum impact ask him to wash it up before all the dinner guests have left. 
  3. Important meetings. Just before the interview panel assemble switch their usual mugs for three of ours.
  4. Cup of tea for the boss. Not all bosses are pompous, self-satisfied arses, so take care not to emotionally destroy a good one, but, according to a recent survey, 99% of employers will recognise themselves when they get the mugs message.
Warning: Not to be given as presents to the blind, even if they are twats...
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Another very amusing mug

3 July 2018

Nurses flee NHS for Lidl wages

Isn't it ironic that not only are Nurses leaving the NHS to get better pay at Lidl, if they get sick while working for the EU supermarket, they won't have to wait months in NHS queues either.

I was told this after talking to a chap working the Lidl checkout who had to ask me why I was buying  three packs of pain killers.  I explained that I'd had tooth ache on and off for eighteen months and was on a three year waiting list for an NHS dentist.  The checkout guy had a similar story and sympathised, but said his dental problem was sorted out quickly as Lidl provided private health cover for their employees.  

So why is it that German companies care so much about their staff?  Paying relatively high wages and providing excellent terms and conditions for their staff could be pure altruism, but, more likely, they are generous  because they have the wisdom to realise that a healthy and fairly paid workforce is happier, more loyal, works harder and, above all, staff are less likely to have to have long perperiods off sick if they are looked after properly.

It's interesting what you learn about a business when you talk to people at the checkout, so when you next go shopping, why not ask them what they think of the company they work for  and then compare how employers differ in their approach to the welfare of their employees...

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15 May 2018

Donald Trump - fluke, or grand design?

Is now the time to stop fooling ourselves that Donald Trump is a political aberration that became the United States President by some kind of fluke, and accept that he's the World's most powerful leader by American design

After all, the Republican Party picked him out from a bunch of other nominees. The American people, in their millions, voted him in and, despite near universal world-wide derision, Donald Trump remains firmly in power.  

Donald Trump is not, in my view, in power because of unique, or special attributes, but because the majority of the American elite, followed by the American people, believe he can deliver what they wantSince his election, Donald Trump has given the wealthiest Americans what they wanted, mainly in the form of huge reductions in their corporate and personal taxes, but, in terms of workers rights and denial of universal healthcare, environmental damage, the and so on, the President has been less sucessful.   

Nevertheless, Donald Trump doesn't appear, as his critics fear, to be deliberately trying to start World War IIIIt seems to me, that he's more likely to have been put in place to manage America's withdrawal from the international stage and, at the same time, rescue America from what many believe to be an unsustainable and overly pro-active, US foreign policy.   In short, to put America first.

Recent events, support this view. In North Korea, Iraq and Syria, America has played a much smaller part than has been the case in similar conflicts that occurred during the Bush and Obama/Clinton years. Since Trump was engineered into the Whitehouse, it has been China and not the USA that has put in place the diplomatic arrangements for North Korea to make their peace with the South and shelve their nuclear plans.  Similarly, it was and still is, Russia, and not the USA, that has control of the civil war in Syria.

So, what next? Will this recent escalation of Middle Eastern conflict, triggered by the USA pulling out of the Iranian nuclear peace treaty, be resolved by American military might, or will it, once again, be left to others: Russia, China and possibly Israel and Iran this time, to resolve the Palestinian impasse?

My point is that the World should not be surprised that Donald Trump is putting into practise what he said he wanted do all along.  In his inauguration speech, and a million times before and since, the forty-fifth president of the United States said he was going to put America first. The wider international community, now have to plan for the probability that putting America first means Donald Trump is not going to continue to sink trillions of dollars trying to resolve recurring and insurmountable, international conflicts. 

As the World gets used to an inward looking North America, other countries will be increasingly expected to step-up and make a far larger contribution towards settling the World's conflicts themselves.
More this blog about Donald Trump 

25 April 2018