Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another A14 "Event"

Seven-vehicle pile-up leaves nine injured
Published by the Cambridge News: 31/07/2011 10:59 - Updated: 31/07/2011 11:06

Friday, July 29, 2011

A14 Again...

Four-car pile-up blocks A14

The westbound carriageway of the A14 was blocked after a four-car collision.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Other Candidate...

In addition to the first three candidates, the final candidate for the Cambridge University Chancellor's post is Michael Mansfield QC who wikipedia says is, "republican, vegetarian, socialist".

Talk about three strikes and you are out.

Visit Brian Blessed's site instead:

As his supporters say, Remember, if Brian Blessed is elected, no-one will ever ask, “Who is the Chancellor of Cambridge University?"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A14 Again...

Broken down lorry causes delays
Drivers were warned to expect delays as a broken down lorry caused traffic tailbacks on the A14 westbound at Fen Ditton today (Tues).

Casting Vote for Coalition Policy

"A ballot of the Regent House delivered 681 votes in favour and 681 votes against a motion of no confidence in the policies of the Minister of State for Universities and Science.

“Under University regulations, such an equality of votes means the Grace - and hence the no confidence motion - is not approved.”

Well, well, well...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ulster Says "Yes"

The annual survey on the future of Northern Ireland shows how Republicanism is another major casualty of the credit crunch:

73% wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom with either direct rule or a devolved government;
16% to reunify with the rest of Ireland;
6% don't know what they want;
3% favoured an independent state; and
3% put forward other ideas which made the mind boggle.

Next year, I want more detail about that final three percent.

(figures are rounded up to the nearest percent)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Multiple Wives on the State… And Husbands?

I did not know that the benefits system recognised polygamous marriage. Why is polygamy supported by the taxpayer and is this discrimination against polyandry? Who’s going to the European Court of Human Rights to campaign for multiple husbands?

See the DWP link for Savings credit. The list starts with the obvious:

threshold - single...
threshold - couple...
maximum - single...
maximum - couple...

And then comes:

Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage - £209.70
Additional amount for additional spouse - £72.35

This was first spotted in the comments section on Conservative Home

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A14 Lib Dem Hypocrisy

The County's Lib Dems have demanded action on the A14, noting the demise of the plan to upgrade this major road. Of course, they have been rather quiet about their role in opposing the major upgrade in the first place. They also seem to have forgotten that at the start of the process the county councillors were told that they could either have the Guided Bus and an upgrade or no upgrade at all; most councillors were not keen on the bus but took it as a necessary part of the programme (quite why the then Labour government linked the two remains for the cynics to discuss).

Jumping the Gun

An e-mail received today says, "Take 20% off Back to School Styles!"
The poor creatures have only just broken up for the holidays.
Want to bet that the first Christmas adverts appear in September?

Monday, July 18, 2011

A14 Accident

Car hits central barrier on A14

Published: 18/07/2011 08:57

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

More A14 Misery

Five-vehicle collision causes tailbacks on the A14
Published: 15/07/2011 14:06

Friday, July 15, 2011

Supermarket or Sainsbury's Debate?

Well, the debate is underway...

If the argument was whether we needed another supermarket/mini-market in Mill Road then that would be fine with me. Personally, I don't think there is a huge demand for another one, and could have been persuaded to support the protestors.

However, it is not phrased that way at all. It is all about 'brand' names opening up in Mill Road.

A new Sainsbury's is therefore a 'bad thing' in the 1066 And All That terms of the protestors while, bizarrely, the existing national chains in the road, the Co-op and Londis, are in place and to be protected from future competition.

Folks, you've chosen the wrong argument.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A14 Again

More on the A14 via the Cambridge News

Fire crews tackle furniture lorry ablaze on A14
Furniture on a lorry went up in flames on the A14.
Published: 12/07/2011 08:49:00

A14 eastbound closed as crane crashes into ditch
A mobile crane crashing off the A14 led to the road’s closure eastbound for four hours.
Published: 12/07/2011 08:44:00

Thursday, July 7, 2011


From the Cambridge News...

Broken down lorry causes delays
A broken down lorry has led to the closure of two lanes of the A14.
Published: 04/07/2011 07:48:00