Diary Of An ADI

A Driving Instructor's Blog

For the Audi Q5 – and Audi drivers already figure high on my list of things that Evolution hasn’t got round to making extinct yet.

It looks like we’ve entered one of those periodic phases where stupid and irritating noises are seen as the best way of making people spend money.

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…originally covered here here, here, and here are still at it!

In this story in The Sun we are informed that the RAF was given Rules Of Engagement to shoot down UFOs. It says:

RAF pilots have tried to BLAST UFOs out of the sky under a top secret Government directive, it was claimed last night.

Nick Pope – obviously looking for a seat in Parliament should the Monster Raving Looney Party ever seize power – is quoted:

He claimed RAF pilots had fired at UFOs on several occasions **” but failed to bring them down.

 He added: “We know of cases where the order has been given to shoot down **” with little effect to the UFO.**

 Mr Pope said the rules of engagement were drawn up after dozens of close encounters with suspect craft in British airspace.

 RAF attacks on UFOs were “not automatic but happen when something in our airspace is deemed to be a threat**.

Stepping back into reality for just a moment, you can’t help wonder how any Western government – faced with the possibility that an advanced alien civilisation is maybe trying to make contact – would decide the best way of saying ‘hello’ is to shoot them down.

OK. With that said, let’s step back into La-La Land where Mr Pope lives:

“I do believe we will bring one down. We’re developing increasingly sophisticated weapons.**

 Mr Pope also rubbished the MoD’s stance that UFOs pose no danger to the public, saying: “I think that’s a line I wrote myself in the 1990s.

 “But if they haven’t investigated, how do they know it poses no threat?

Bringing one down should be no problem. We can just build some more wind turbines.

I take it with a bigger pinch of salt every time The Sun brings it up. If Mr Pope – who was a government employee until not that long ago – was really revealing anything Top Secret then I’m sure MI6 would be taking an interest. Instead, the same people who treated David Icke are probably ready to scramble if need be.

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I wrote a few weeks ago about how the Daily Mail had stepped back in time – to the 18th Century to be precise – and was offering its readers free incandescent lightbulbs solely on the grounds that the EU had dared to become involved it British affairs and ban them. No matter that they’re being banned for a reason – all that matters for the Mail is that it panders to the whims of its nationalist readership.

Well, looking at my stats I am amazed at the number of hits I get as a result of the Google (or whatever) search term “daily mail light bulb offer”… it’s even higher than what I’m still getting for that daft woman ( Linda Kingdon) who has banned the use of the word ‘school’ to describe her school.

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I had a good laugh with a pupil late this afternoon.

We were doing a lesson on roundabouts and as we were heading home we were in a 4omph zone with a 30mph approaching. As the 30mph signs came into view around a long bend, I said:

Look at what’s coming up and plan ahead.

Nothing happened. So I said:

Look at those road signs – what are you going to do?

Still nothing happened. I said:

Look at the change to the speed limit.

As we sailed through them at 40mph, still nothing happened. I brought us down to 30mph using the dual controls and got her to pull over. The conversation went something like this:

The speed limit dropped to 30mph. Why didn’t you react to the signs?

They weren’t very clear.

But they were big round things with ’30’ written on them, and they both had bright white lights shining on them. And I was pointing them out to you for the last 400 metres. How do you mean ‘not very clear’

We both had a good laugh about it.

When we arrived back at her home, though, it became clear what she meant. Her first language isn’t English and doesn’t use Arabic numerals or Western scripts. What she meant was she’d seen the sign but what was written on it didn’t make any sense to her at that particular moment.

It’s an interesting situation, because she insisted on taking her Theory Test in English and she passed easily. When I first started teaching her a while ago her English was extremely basic. She had a long lay-off in the middle to have twins, and her English has progressed no end since she started up again. She’s adamant she wants to take her test without an interpreter. Even when I tried to learn a few Chinese words to help her she said she’d rather learn how to drive using just English.

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The Sun is still on its 'must prove extra-terrestrial UFO hit wind turbine at all costs ' paddy at the moment. As I have posted previously, it is digging up old news and pretending it is new to try and keep the irons hot in the fire (i.e. persuade its readers that aliens definitely exist).

Well, it did it again today.

ALL MEN ARE FROM MARS.. AND WOMEN We could all be Martians, an expert on the planet claimed yesterday.

They mean 'an expert on the subject of Mars' and not someone who is actually on Mars – I'm sure they use poor grammar and punctuation to purposely mislead those who are easily misled.

The expert in question is Heather Couper, and the 'new' idea was first put forward in 1996 when bacteria-like structures were found in a meteorite. Indeed, the basic premise goes back to 1969 and the Murchison meteorite (sorry it's Wikipedia again), which fell in Australia.

Hardly the earth-shattering news The Sun is claiming – and if Ms Couper is trying to get publicity out of this, then shame on her.

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Another story in the media today: a Christian bus driver refused to take out a bus which had a paid-for atheist slogan on the side of it.

I initially read it in all three of The Sun, The Daily Mirror, and The Daily Mail. Richard Dawkins is only mentioned in the Mail version (I missed it initially), and then only briefly. For those who don’t know, Dawkins is a rabid atheist who is a hundred times more bigoted than those he seeks to lampoon with every word he utters. I know from long experience his sinister support of these kind of things and his name did come to mind while I was reading the stories and before I remembered his involvement with the group who had paid for the slogan.

And then I saw The Guardian’s article, linked to at the top of this post. Bingo: I knew he’d be poking his oar in somewhere.

In a nutshell, the British Humanist Association has paid £140,000 for this advert – you’d think they’d have something better to spend it on, wouldn’t you? – which says:

There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

The bus driver, Ron Heather – a devout Christian – refused to drive it when he saw it. He is, of course, entitled to feel like this.

The issue isn’t over whether Mr Heather is right or wrong in his belief in God or, indeed, if anyone is right or wrong in their belief of any God or gods. The really worrying thing is that as mandatory Christianity is removed from schools, agencies like the BHA can start to peddle their own sinister brand of ‘religion’ to corrupt people’s minds.

The BHA – and its vice president, Dawkins – is happy to keep asking ‘can you prove that God exists?’, but the simple response to this has to be ‘but can you prove God doesn’t exist?’ The answer in both cases is ‘no’.

I notice from their website that the BHA seeks:

inclusive schools where children with parents of all faiths and none learn to understand and respect each other, instead of being segregated in the growing number of faith and sectarian schools

You can’t help thinking that a better understanding of how the world works might be a more realistic aspiration. But I really like the closing paragraph in the Mirror’s story:

The £140,000 ad campaign is being run by the British Humanist Association to “give atheists a voice”.

Another £140,000 and hopefully it would give them a brain, as well.

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I’m getting a lot of hits by people searcing for ‘ Pharox 240v light bulb ‘ or similar as a result of that article I posted a few weeks ago. The Pharox appears to be quite difficult to get hold of over here but you can easily buy equivalent models – take a look here and here (and this one has a bulb identical to the Pharox).

Hope that helps.

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Still determined to prove that it was a UFO that hit that wind turbine last week, The Sun has now splashed the news across its front page that there is life on Mars.

ALIEN bugs are responsible for strong plumes of methane gas detected on Mars, it was claimed tonight.

The thing is, this story contains exactly the same information as this one and this one – separate stories from March and September 2004 . The gas was actually first detected in 2003 . Personally, I'm not really concerned about whether the methane is due to life or not. I'm more fascinated by these details:

  • the way The Sun chooses to omit or gloss over any information which might lead to the conclusion that the methane isn't produced by living organisms
  • the way The Sun deliberately pushes information that it likes down its readers' throats (reminds me of its pro-Thatcher bias in the 80s)
  • the way The Sun leaps on this in the wake of the damage caused to that wind turbine last week by what it says was 'definitely' a UFO from outer space.

Even Colin Pilger – the guy who made Britain a laughing stock by crashing a probe, which had no chance of landing safely, into Mars – quoted from the Telegraph's version of this story says:

It's not proof, but it makes it worth a much closer look.

(The Sun makes the same quote, but obviously attributes much less importance to it). Of course, to The Sun's staff and readers, it is a very small step from primitive methanogens to aliens driving spaceships into wind turbines in Lincolnshire. I was talking with a pupil last night and she says that everybody at work accepts completely that it was a UFO that hit the Lincolnshire turbine! Frightening, isn't it? They'd laugh at anyone who confessed to believing in God, and yet they're happy to believe in spirits, new age crap (aromatherapy, crystallography, and so on – I even have some who kiss photos of famous film stars before they take their tests), and UFOs with far less evidence to support them…!

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While I was looking at The Sun’s website for that UFO story I came across the news that Patrick McGoohan has died at the age of 80.

Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan

He was the star of the cult classic from the 60s: The Prisoner. But he also starred in Danger Man before that, and in films such as The Man In The Iron Mask , Escape From Alcatraz , and Silver Streak .

The Prisoner was something I remember vaguely from my childhood, and it is re-run on satellite every now and again. So I was saddened to hear of Patrick’s death after what is described as ‘a short illness’.

I was always surprised he didn’t appear in more films, although he did get award nominations for his appearances in those American TV pseudo-films (Columbo, etc.). I suppose time catches up with us all – but it’s always especially sad when an icon from the past dies.

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