Tuesday, 17 April 2012


The poultry sort. Fried, boiled, scrambled. I eat them. My daughter keeps chickens and gives me eggs.
Pretty simple stuff....?

A Fast Food Egg

A Subway Egg Omelet Patty (Regular) contains:
 Whole eggs, egg whites, water, nonfat dry milk, premium egg blend (isolated pea product, salt, citric acid, dextrose, guar gum, xanthan gum, extractive of spice, propylene glycol and not more than 2% calcium silicate and glycerin to prevent caking), soybean oil, butter alternative (liquid and hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, beta carotene (color), TBHQ and citric acid added to protect flavor, dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent added), salt, beta-carotene (color).
A few words on the ingredients:
Propylene glycol, a solvent for food colors and flavorings, is also used in anti-freeze, to lubricate air-conditioner compressors, and in deodorant sticks.
Isolated pea product is a protein additive often used as a substitute for animal-derived protein.
Guar gum is a thickening agent.
Glycerin is a solvent that is found in soap, moisturizers and some brands of shaving cream.
TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone) is used to preserve vegetable oils against oxidation, and can also be found in varnishes, lacquers, and perfumes.
dImethylpolysiloxane is a type of silicone used to prevent cooking oil from foaming after repeated uses. It’s also found in Silly Putty and many lubricants.
Calcium silicate is used to prevent caking and is also a popular antacid. In addition, it’s a sealant used on roads, roofs and concrete.

Pasteurized whole eggs with sodium phosphate (preservative), citric acid and monosodium phosphate (added to preserve color), nisin preparation (preservative). Prepared with liquid margarine: Liquid soybean oil and hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, water, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, soy lecithin, mono-and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color).
A few words on the ingredients:
Mono and diglycerides are used to blend substances together that would otherwise not blend well (oil and water, for instance).
Potassium sorbate is a preservative that inhibits the growth of molds and yeasts. It’s also used in personal care products as a replacement for the controversial chemical, paraben.
Cottonseed oil, when fully hydrogenated, is 94% saturated fat.

Monday, 16 April 2012


The head of Zimbabwe Central Intelligence Happyton Bonyongwe, left, with Constantine Chiwenga, the commander of the Zimbabwean Army, centre, with Mugabe.

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are some of the state-owned power firm Zesa Holdings’ biggest debtors. After a month of investigations by the Daily News, we can today reveal that the Mugabes as at December 31, 2011 owed Zesa over $345 000 in unpaid electricity bills at their multiple farms.

As the struggling power firm switches off hundreds of thousands of hard-pressed Zimbabweans owing paltry amounts, an investigation by this newspaper has unearthed shocking electricity bills for Mugabe    and his family, and they are not in this alone.
The stunning revelations come as Mozambique power utility Hydro Cahora Bassa has just switched Zimbabwe off its grid over an unpaid power import bill of about $80 million.
Among those that owe Zesa hefty amounts are Mugabe’s closest aides going back to the 1970s liberation war days such as Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, minister of State in the President’s Office Didymus Mutasa and State Security minister Sydney Sekeramayi.
Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Higher Education minister Stan Mudenge and Mugabe’s deputy John Nkomo make the list.
Others that joined Mugabe after the liberation war years but have become part of his close knit, such as presidential spokesperson George Charamba are also up there on the Zesa defaulters’ list.
Charamba’s phone was unavailable when the Daily News called last night. Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira’s mobile phone was also unavailable.
Service chiefs such as Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantine Chiwenga and Airforce commander Air Marshall Perrance Shiri  are part of the crew that has left Zesa in financial doldrums.
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) director-general Happyton Bonyongwe also owes the power utility hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But it is Mugabe’s bill that is stunning, particularly when Zesa has over the years mounted a spirited campaign to force ordinary Zimbabweans to pay by disconnecting power in poor suburbs where unemployment is rife.
Mugabe and Grace, through various properties cumulatively owed Zesa more than $345 000 as at 31 December last year. This was just about the time a large  number of Zimbabweans spent Christmas in the dark as Zesa claimed defaulters were crippling efforts to generate power and pay for enough imports.
Mugabe’s four plots at Foyle Farm plus a cottage as well as Gushungo Dairy Estates put the octogenarian into a $143 667,33 debt with Zesa as at year-end. The President’s Gwebi Woodlot 1st Farm owed $24 901,05. Mugabe’s Sigaro Farm 1st PO, 2nd PO, 3rd PO and 4th PO owed a total of $78 218,71. The First Lady fared less.
Her Iron Mask Cottage, Iron Mask 2nd POIN, Iron Mask 3rd POIN, Mazowe Wholesalers, Annant Cottage, Iron Mask Farm 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th owed a total of $98 306,60 as at December  31, last year. Mnangagwa owed Zesa $240 824,03. He is listed under sensitive customers profile.
Goche owed Zesa $158 245,52 for properties spanning several plots at Ceres Farm and businesses that include grinding mills, a farm store and a service station. Mutasa owed $179 590,31.
Happyton Bonyongwe, the Central Intelligence Organisation director general owes Zesa $350 989,48 but has forked out $77 800 in payments as he makes steady efforts to retire the debt.
Air Marshall Perrance Shiri owes $26 947,70 for his Hopdale Farm. Police chief Augustine Chihuri’s homestead and his Inyika Farm owe Zesa $106 778,25. The politicians’ penchant not to pay is evident in the figures, according to investigations.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Corrie Kills!! Manchester Matricide!! Read all...

Where's Health and Safety when you need them?

Nottingham Crown Court heard Bartlam was "obsessed" with Coronation Street character John Stape - who battered stalker Charlotte Hoyle with a hammer before leaving her body in the wreckage of a tram crash.
Six weeks before he killed his mother with a claw hammer, mental health assessors concluded that Bartlam "demonstrates no mental illness or emergent mental health process" and was judged to be of little or no risk to himself or others.

The teenager accepted he killed his mother but claimed none of it was planned. Instead he claimed to have lost control due to the fact that her alleged insult was the "final trigger to a culmination of years of lack of emotional warmth and inappropriate parenting".

Bartlam was found guilty by a unanimous verdict in February after a two-week trial. As he was convicted, the teenager shouted out: "That's wrong. I'll appeal. It isn't over."

Cue music.........

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Byters Bit

By the end of this year, there will be more mobile 'phones' in the world than people.

Those terribly cute apps and the vital need to watch UTube clips in the bath mean that internet charging for space is inevitable.
An exabyte is quite a lot of 0s and 1s. Five exabytes would encode every word ever spoken.
'All You Can Eat' is history, in internet access as well as Greece.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Saturday, 14 January 2012

British Justice

A 79-year-old man from Somerset who was said to have "snapped" and strangled the wife he had cared for has been jailed for 12 months.
Malcolm Beardon, of Churchfields, Wellington, admitted the manslaughter of Margaret, 78, who had dementia.
The manslaughter plea was accepted by the prosecution on the grounds that Beardon had lost control after caring for his wife for more than a decade. Exeter Crown Court heard that Beardon had been caring for his wife of 58 years - and childhood sweetheart - for more than a decade.

Judge Graham Cottle said that to describe the case as tragic would be "a significant understatement". He described Beardon as having been a man of "impeccable character" and added: "I am sure that what you did will haunt you for the rest of your days."

The court heard that as Mrs Beardon's dementia progressed, she no longer recognised her home, her family, or her husband. At a previous hearing, the court was told that after strangling his wife, Beardon had phoned his daughter to tell her. He had rejected offers for help, insisting that he could cope, the court heard.


Richard O'Dwyer, the 23 year old man who was accused by Big Content of operating streaming website TVShack, faces extradition to the United States.

O'Dwyer's servers were outside of the USA, but that has not stopped Big Content and its political cronies from pursuing him and calling for an extradition. A British court has now caved in to America's demands and he faces being shipped to the States for the grave crime of linking to website that stream TV shows online for free.

America has been openly running a paper tiger policy against people it perceives are a threat to its churlish but effective role as the world's bully.
Judge Quentin Purdy ruled that O'Dwyer's website "could have" been illegal under UK law, and that any grounds for human rights appeals would go nowhere.
O'Dwyer's family will appeal.

Hacker Gary McKinnon was targeted because, admitted a US ambassador, he "mocked" the USA.
As Senator Darrell Issa said of Julian Assange: "If the President says 'I can't deal with this guy as a terrorist,' then he has to be able to deal with him as a criminal, otherwise the world is laughing at - this paper tiger we've become."
If Big Content has the influence to push through an undemocratic blanket-censorship bill like SOPA, then it has the influence to push for O'Dwyer's extradition.
O'Dwyer's mother's statement is a poignant one.
She told the Guardian's Walker: "If they can come for Richard they can come for anyone".