UK Garlic Eating Competition

Travelling to the UK in September then you may be interested in this:

A garlic-eating contest in Dorset is expected to attract competitors from around the globe.

The 1st Annual World Garlic Eating Competition will be held in Chideock on 14 September and organisers hope about 40 people will take part.

The person who eats the most pre-peeled Iberian garlic cloves in five minutes will be declared the winner.

Organiser Mark Botwright, 49, of South West Garlic Farm near Bridport, said he had “trialled” the contest himself.

“I managed to eat just seven cloves over the course of an afternoon – really pathetic,” he said.

He added there had “already been plenty of inquiries” about the the event, which will take place at the George Inn.

Western Power/City of Fremantle

On 16 January, 13 days ago, I wrote to the City of Fremantle to notify them that the street lights on Cliff Street, Little High Street and High Street from Cliff Street on have not been working for the last 2 nights causing a potential dangerous situation.

I then received a reply from Lee Pipe, Parks and Landscape, City Works, City of Fremantle telling me that the City were undertaking investigations for the responsibility of their street lights but that Western Power have been notified of the fault.

“Thank you for using the Western Power on-line Streetlight Fault Reporting facility.

The fault you have reported has been lodged and your reference number is as follows:


Western Power endeavours to repair faulty Streetlights within 5 working days for metro and 10 working days for country from the date reported.

Kind Regards


Streetlight Fault Reporting

On 22 January I emailed Lee to say that the lights were still not working but got the same automated response.

As of last night the lights were still not working.

What is happening at the City of Fremantle?


Snakes Alive

Walking on the walkway near South Beach this evening I saw out of the corner of my eye a brown shape.

Jumping in the air my foot brushed the snake, about 4 feet long, which then slithered into the brush towards the new apartment block above The Pickled Fig.

A couple with a todler were only metres from me and had a laugh as did two young guys walking some distance behind me who stated that they had never seen me move so quick.

The purpose of this post is to alert readers that snakes are out and about, it is summer after all, even near our beaches so we need to be vigilant.

Captain’s Pick

Only this Prime Minister could bring me out of my hiatis.

Labor’s number one Senate candidate in the Northern Territory, Trish Crossin, has been shafted by the Prime Minister after she asked ALP chiefs to overrule local preselection committees so that indigenous Australian and Olympian Nova Peris could be parachuted into the Senate.

Nova Peris is not a member of the ALP.

“There has never been an indigenous Australian who has served as a federal Labor representative,’’ Gillard said.

“I’m determined that at the 2013 election we change that.’’

Gillard has again been shown to have poor judgement as this appointment is based purely on race, and Senator Crossin or the territory branch of the Labor Party were not consulted.

At least Crossin is in very good company, joining Kevin Rudd, Robert McClelland and Harry Jenkins, all of whom have been knifed by Gillard. Add Glenn Milne and Michael Smith to the list. They dared to write about the AWU scandal.




Freedom of Speech

A victory for freedom of speech

by Simon Breheny on 15 January 2013.

Freedom of speech campaigners in the UK have scored a significant victory today. The Cameron government has announced that it will repeal the law that makes it illegal (i.e. a criminal offence) to insult a person. The law was infamously used to fine a 16 year old for saying “woof” to a Labrador while in earshot of police officers. In a separate case, police tried to prosecute a man for calling a horse “gay.”

The law is contained in section 5 of the UK’s Public Order Act, which the House of Lords had recommended amending.

Campaigners have been calling for the removal of the word “insult” from the Public Order Act, and consider this announcement to be a huge victory for freedom of speech:

Simon Calvert, Reform Section 5 campaign director, said he was “very pleased” by the Government’s statement. He said: “This is a victory for free speech. People of all shades of opinion have suffered at the hands of Section 5. “By accepting the Lords amendment to reform it the Government has managed to please the widest possible cross-section of society. They have done the right thing and we congratulate them.”

About Simon Breheny

Simon Breheny is Director of the Legal Rights Project at the Institute of Public Affairs. Simon has been published in the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald Sun, the Punch and the Canberra Times and is regularly interviewed on radio in relation to legal rights and rule of law issues. He also recently appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to give evidence on the government’s contentious data retention proposal. Simon is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. While completing his studies, Simon was elected President of the Melbourne University Law Students’ Society and appointed Vice-President of the Victorian Council of Law Students’ Societies.

Global Warming?

On Christmas Eve, Britain’s Met Office revised down its 5 year projection for the world’s average temperatures.

Using new computer models, the Met Office now believes global temperatures up to 2017 will most likely be 0.43C above the 1971-2000 average, with an error of plus or minus 0.15C.

This revision confirms what some commentators  have been saying in that global warming effectively stopped 17 years ago.

David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation says “If the latest Met Office prediction is correct, and it accords far more closely with the observed data than previous predictions, then it will prove to be a lesson in humility. It will show that the previous predictions that were given so confidently as advice to the UK government and so unquestioningly accepted by the media, were wrong, and that the so-called sceptics who were derided for questioning them were actually on the right track.”

Meanwhile the New York Times has closed down its Environment Desk and assigned its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated.


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