I'm a 63year old Mom & Grandmother who wanted a blog of everyday things for everyday people. Please feel free to comment...the sensible opinions of others are always welcome...I also have 2 more blogs, One more serious, and my blog for cat lovers (4cats for cats)

March 31, 2010

Great Grandmother Fined £1000 & Tagged for selling a GOLDFISH !!!

This is a copy of a newspaper article that i copied today..because to me it once again PROVES how utterly ridiculous our Judicial system really is..an elderly lady tagged and fined £1000 no less for selling a goldfish !!!!!....and they even planted another young person to go into her Pet shop and purchase a goldfish, to prove the point..then swooped in and arrested her...How ridiculous is this (and how costly)...her son also got a fine and was ordered to do 120 hours of community Service...Crazy.. while certain Paedophiles we are told..must be allowed to walk free UNTIL their present case goes to Court..Then there is Jon Venables, who gets anonimity and countless hundreds of thousands of public money spent on rehoming him & giving him a new identity etc..While this poor lady is now not allowed to babysit her grandchildren or even go to bingo.. because of her criminal record..for selling a FISH..is it the World that as gone mad or just this Stupid, crazy appology for a Judicial system & a Government that allows sush nonsense to take place.

LONDON: A British great grandmother has been slapped with a fine of 1,000 pounds and ordered to wear an electronic tag for trading a goldfish to a teenaged boy.

Council officials caught pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, in an undercover sting. Legal proceedings - costing an estimated 20,000 pounds - against her took eight months following which she was fined and slapped with a curfew.

And now Joan is not allowed to babysit her great grandson at his mother's home or go to bingo.

Her son Mark, 47, of Sale, Greater Manchester, was asked to pay a fine of 750 pounds and ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

However, he has criticised the prosecution. "I think it's a farce and legal lunacy and I told the council that. What gets me so cross is that they put my mum on a tag. She's nearly 70, for goodness' sake," the Daily Star quoted Mark, as saying.

He added: "Mum has been running the shop for 28 years and this is the first time that anything like this has ever happened."

Last July the mother and son duo were caught selling goldfish to a 14-year-old boy, who was sent to the shop by Trafford council bosses.

A bill passed in 2005 makes it illegal to sell goldfish to under-16s and offenders can be sent to jail for up to a year.

At a hearing at Trafford Magistrates Joan and Mark pleaded guilty to selling the fish.

March 30, 2010

Feelong SO poorly.

I was feeling a bit off colour when i got up this morning..now i feel TERRIBLE, physically sick and aching all over, with a headache that reminds me of the good ol' days when i suffered huge hangovers !!..if i dont blog tomorrow (or comment) its because i am still in bed...i hate this sort of feeling..this is when i hate living on my own...even the cats know something is wrong they are all around me.i hope its just one of these one day virus's that do the rounds every so often...must STOP moaning & feeling sorry for myself, feed the cats..and then collapse in a heap...LOL..take care anyone who reads this..i hope you dont get it.

March 28, 2010

I'm Really hope im not a Hog !!!

I am using my blog today as both a sounding board, and to give vent to my feelings, that is just one of the reasons i usually write them...I will hopefully not be offending anyone, as that is not my intention EVER....and no names will be mentioned, so hopefully unless the person who commented on a certain blog that i have read recently stumbles across this one, no-one will know where my information comes from......but it will help me just by putting my feelings into words...so here goes,..1st Why do we write blogs ???..well as i said, myself i do it as a sounding board and a sort of Diary of my feelings..this often helps me to get things in perspective (which i hope happens today..when i have got this of my chest..Lol)..and it often enables me to forget an upset or gripe i may have, or sometimes i just want to pay homage to someone or something that as interested me. Whatever, our blogs are personel to us, to a point aren't they ?....now WHY do we have comment boxes ???..i imagine its because we would really like someone to comment in them ??, is that plausable ??...I know I for one take it as a compliment when someone happens to take the time and trouble to comment on my little musings....I am always very pleased when someone takes the time to pass a comment....as it shows they have read my post for the day that they commented,..of course IF the comment is a nice one, it is much better..but everyone is entitled to their opinions, So we do have to take the rough with the smooth.
Comments, for me anyway, are very welcome (unless they are just silly)
During the course of a week..i browse through loads of blogs, it is a thing i enjoy, seeing other folks writings and opinions, i very rarely comment on ANY of them, Maybe i should,... especially after what i have just written here!!!!....but occasionally one may interest me more and i will leave the Odd single comment (I also actually enjoy reading the comments other folk leave on blogs as well, Am i sad ?? maybe,... oh well I'm OLD so its allowed ! )...I also have 3 blogs that i do comment on VERY regularly, these are the blogs of two of my dear friends, and another one that i particularly enjoy. However when passing through some obscure Blogs recently..i noticed a comment from someone, actually classing folk who write comments on a daily basis as quote 'Comment Hogs' I thought how nasty, sad, and judgemental this comment was, to all the other genuine commenters, who do so to show that they actually enjoyed a persons blog and the time and trouble that was put into writing it. I feel sure that MOST blog writers would be only too pleased when someone actually wrote a comment..I know I certainly am...it sort of makes it all worth while somehow, anyway if a person didn't want comments..you can always remove the comment box & then you won't get any !! ... So i have now established that i must a bit of a 'Hog'..oh dear..but not much of one... as i dont comment on many blogs... ever, on only a very small minority once in a while....but i am a HUGE hog when it comes to my favourite ones...does this Count ???.
Well thats it i have sounded off, got my gripe off my chest, and calmed down and am now ready for my day...So.... this 'OLD HOG' is now signing off for another day..aaahhhhhh now i feel SO much better, I think i'll go and make myself a cup of tea...and potter in the garden for a while..have a good day if you happen to read this...and please feel very free to comment..i promise i wont think of you as anything other than normal, and certainly not a hog...have a good Day

March 26, 2010

Rain, Rain & more Rain.

Did i say recently that Spring is on the way ???...Just to prove me wrong it as been raining hard most of the day, and very cold for a few days now...sigh.....i was looking forward to putting some plants in to cheer the place up a bit, until the others come through. I have had a bad few days (i'll blog about later)..so getting into the garden was going to be Therapy for me...oh well, it will have to be the computer for a couple of hours instead.

March 13, 2010

Just a Post Script on my Jon Venables Post

I feel i must add to this post, (see Below)...I have tried to contact Kevin, one of my commenters..but as I expected he was actually 'Anonymous'..so i wish to make it totally clear..that i do NOT and never have, condoned Hatred or Violence in any form...hence my abbohrence at what happened to dear little Jamie..but i do believe in Justice.
I also believe that if, and only IF total rehabilitation, Acceptance,and also Deep Genuine REMORSE for what they have done to a victim, by the perpertrator of a crime is acknowledged, then of course they deserve society to give them another chance... I do believe that some people can change and of course deserve this chance.....but ONLY if the criteria for rehabilitation and acceptance of the crime is met..
There is a time for 'Love' and in these circumstances it is not until Remorse is fully established.!!..This is my Belief..you are entitled to disagree, but my blog is for my thoughts on issues that matter to me.

March 08, 2010

John Venables protected!!.

So British Justice as once again failed not only Diane Fergus (little Jamie Bulgers Mom)..but ALL women (or men for that matter)..with little children in there families. John Venables as struck yet again, just as Diane said he would..although the newspapers are not allowed to print the full details of the case as yet..although we are informed they are in possesion of the full facts..we do know it is related to children and is sexual. They should never have been released , even though they were only 10 at the time, they knew right form wrong, and they tortured that dear little boy (pictured here)..who was crying out for his mommy throughout his terrible ordeal, before they finally left him on the railway lines after the most horrendous abuse on his poor little body..and this man, John Venables who as now committed yet another crime involving children and is YET AGAIN been protected. My own son recently verbally threatened a paedophile who was living in the same house has is grandchildren, HE was sent to Prison for 6 months, just for threatening the man..He didn't hit the man or even carry a weapon of any sort he just used WORDS !!!!..his only crime was anger at the situation and a desire to have the man removed from the same house as his grandchildren...but John Venable HAS commited yet another crime against children and HE is having his identity protected and changed AGAIN..yet he was bragging about what he had done, and had apparently shown no remorse whatsoever...once again WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM !!!..what a Country, what a Government, who are prepared to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers money, rehabilitating, (which hasn't worked in this particular case) eventually rehoming, and giving brand new identities to these sort of low lives, so that they will not suffer in anyway...not like the poor little helpless victims who didn't stand a chance... Please see POST SCRIPT Above :-

Thought for the Day

If everyone who uses blogger went anonymous..there would be no blogs to read or comment on !!!LOL !!!

March 05, 2010

Billie Elliot In the West End

I went to Lodon Yesterday to the Victoria Palace Theatre to see Billy Elliot...it was wonderful, both very funny and very sad at the same time...I remembered the bleak days of the Miners strike in the 80's so well..Mrs Thatcher was successful in destroying entire villages and Towns, and ruining the lives of so many hardworking mining families.. but it was to be her downfall. The show was very forthright and honest and pulled no punches, i do believe there were many ex-miners in the audience... The story centered around the son of a Miner 'Billy'..who instead of attending Boxing club..spent his entrance money on attending ballet lessons..reluctantly at first, however his talent was very soon recognised by his ballet teacher and he eventually was able to attend The Royal Ballet School in London.,..the Dancing was wonderful.. set against the backdrop of some very sad scenes with the Miners and Police, it made for a very real but also political stage production...not like any Show i have ever seen before...but very, very good. One man commented as we were all coming out of the Theatre...'How on earth can you top that ? quite honestly, you cant. The show is at present on Broadway...and a tour starts later in the year, but i wonder if it will have the same impact there ??..the Strong Geordie accent will be very difficult for some Americans to understand (unless they tone it down a little)..even i had to listen carefully to parts of it, and i have a Geordie friend, who lived in Durham until a few years ago.. also i'm not sure if they will understand SOME of the humour & language, coming from the miners. The show portrayed a very British working class time in history, although as has been ponted out to me...everyone can understand the situation of a young boy, who had lost his Mother, and who so wanted to break away from his situation and the problems he faced,.. Longing to dance, yet living in an era when money was scarce, especially for mining families, and Ballet was far from the normal occupation expected of a young boy in a mining community. I do hope it is enjoyed over in the U.S...even if the impact is not quite the same, as if you have lived through it...I personally thought the Music from the film..was better than the stage version (by Elton John)..but the stage show was a real success as a play, and i personally enjoyed it even more than the film, ( i have watched that innumerable times).. I was in tears of laughter (literally)..but also was openly shedding a tear at other times...i think a show has to be good to do that...if you have seen it let me know what you think ??