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Whatever your political persuasion  you will find this amusing as well as important!

Posted on 26 May 2016 by Geoff Edwards
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Make Seats Match Votes

Dear Geoffrey,

Thanks again for signing the Make Seats Match Votes petition. Your voice has helped us show the strength of support for a more proportional voting system after this spectacularly unfair election result.

On Monday, we took the petition to Downing Street with nearly half a million signatures and the support of five parties from across the political spectrum.

We’ve assembled a rainbow coalition in support of a fairer voting system - it’s not often you see the Greens, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, UKIP and SNP on the same side. Thanks to you, we’ve delivered the message loud and clear: this must be the last election where the seats don’t match the votes.

This isn’t the end for our campaign for voting reform. At Unlock Democracy and Electoral Reform Society, we teamed up to call for fairer votes because we share the goal of building a better democracy. In the coming weeks, we’ll both be letting you know more about the next steps for our campaigns. We hope you’ll stay in touch!

(photography: Anna Gordon)

Posted on 20 May 2015 by Geoff Edwards
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Buy a Panasonic FZ1000 camera rip off prices in the UK and Eurozone

Want to buy the superb FZ1000? I would, but I am put off buying the camera because of the rip off price. Eurozone customers buiyng in the Eurozone. A Panasonic FZ1000 camera costs these amounts:

  • USD 890
  • GBP 740
  • EUR 850
  • EUR 845

The current exchange rate is 1GBP =USD 1.59, EUR 1.27. (

Buying the camera on the USA Amazon website would cost the equivalent of GBP 560. buying the camera from either the German or French Amazon website (EUR) would cost  the equivalent of GBP 668.

British customers would be paying GBP 180 more than Americans and Eurozone customers would be paying EUR 137 more than Americans or GBP 73 less than British buyers. Japanese customers would be buying the camera for the equivalent of USD 720.

The British shopper is paying almost three hundred dollars more than the American shopper. The Eurozone buyer pays almost two hundred dollars more.

NOTE Amazon does not control these prices I have just used the Amazon websites as a convenient way of comparing prices for the same product.

I wonder why we seem to be ripped off? Does it cost so much more for Panasonic to have a UK site

Posted on 05 Nov 2014 by Geoff Edwards
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Remembrance Poppy day or Armistice day: You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded
"Does that include those who are buried here?"
You could have
Heard a pin drop
There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply
Emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day,
They can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'
You could have
Heard a pin drop.
A Royal Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the English, U.S. , Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, the English learn only English. He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the British Admiral replied,
'Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'
You could have
Heard a pin drop.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The Englishman said,
'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. You English always have to show your passports on arrival in France !"
The English senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained,
''Well, when I came ashore at Gold Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."
You could have
Heard a pin drop.
If you are proud to be an British, American, Canadian, Australian or a New Zealander pass this on! If not, delete it.

Received by email: I decided to publish it at this time of the year when we pay our respects to those who have died or have been injured whilst serving with our armed forces. The anecdotes above are not representative of the French people as a whole but of a few. But they do reflect the ignorance that many have, whatever nationality, for the important contribution that armed forces can make in a crisis. I bet that there are many readers who would echo the comments of the French engineer, who in his ignorance does not understand what an aircraft carrier can provide in a crisis brought about by a natural event. The article should be read carefully as you will not find much reference on the Internet to what a US aircraft carrier can provide in an emergency/crisis situation as such detail is usually suppressed for security reasons, and rightly so.








Posted on 14 Nov 2013 by Geoff Edwards
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US citizens have access to a Tax Receipt why not UK citizens?

The White House website has a calculator for providing US citizens with a Tax Receipt. The Tax Receipt is a calculator that can be used to provide a receipt for Federal taxes that were spent in 2010 by a US citizen. I am not a US citizen, but even so it is possible to select one's income in USD and the calculator will work out what you would have spent on Federal taxes in 2010 if you were a US citizen. I like this openness, why can't we have a tax calculator in the UK, all we seem to have is calculators to work out how much tax we have to pay! And I haven't a clue as to whether the income tax I paid in the past is correct.  Try the calculator below, UK and other citizens will need to "Choose an Income Level" I was quite surprised with the results.


Posted on 16 Jul 2011 by Geoff Edwards

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