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Sunday, May 15
Wednesday, April 20
by FoxnWolf on Wed 20 Apr 2011 12:41 BST
Free Msg; Our records show indicate you may be entitled to £3,750 for the accident you had. To apply free, reply "Claim" to this message. To opt out reply "Stop"
Accident, what accident? replying to this Txt message could cost you anything from 10p to £100 even if you reply "Stop". So, best thing is just delete it.
Monday, February 28
Saturday, February 19
by FoxnWolf on Sat 19 Feb 2011 20:53 GMT
This year July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So send this on and money will arrive in 5 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of the year...
Yeah, I know. Call me a "Sad Act" for publishing this but "Baz" Rocker Holroyde said "Based on Chinese Feng Shui the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of the year..."
Job Done my end....... (who am i to slingshot Baz)
Monday, January 24
by James on Mon 24 Jan 2011 01:50 GMT
I don't want this to be a rant but........
Isn't it time we all had a say on the EU? now before you go yawn and think about turning away......please just give me 2 mins
Whether you are Eurosceptic or Europhile.....or whatever 'camps' and labels they have been given........shouldn't we open up the debate on this huge issue. I don't mean a huge political debate in the Westminster Village but by ordinary citizens. The whole EU project has gone beyond ordinary folk understanding. Most people know it is out there but think of it in some sort of parrallel universe. The debate then gets hi-jacked by either the political elite who speak spin-bollocks-complicated languages or by people from both sides with such strong views on either side of the argument, it becomes too much to take on.
But seeing as we are entering an age of massive austerity cuts, price hikes, and 'every one tighten your belts' era, surely we should rethink how we go about our business. Our relationship with the EU affects everyone in the UK. The news coming out of the Eurozone isn't great. Things aren't going to get any better in 2011. We know that the relationship with the EU costs billions of £'s. Now whether this is good value for money or not, the sheer scale of the relationship means we need to re-evaluate the situation (just as everything else - so we are being told by the politicians). I think the debate needs to come out into the open - information (that everyone understands) needs to be shared and then the people of the UK should be given a vote to decide, once and for all, what we want.
Personally, I think we would be better off out of the political EU and free to form our own relationships with countries around the world. I would prefer to see us forming closer relationships with the commonwealth. I think it is time to leave the EU and move forward into something new......something better. If we left the EU, I wouldn't want to go 'back' to anything ie back to where we we were before we signed up to the original deal back in the ealry 70's.....yes, have the free-trade agreement but have that with the rest of the world. If we left the EU, the Germans won't stop buying British goods. We won't stop buying French cheese - shit, I want the French to be French and the Germans to be Germans.....and the Spanish to be Spanish...yadda yadda.
Anyway, that is why I run the EU Referendum Campaign. We want the man on the street to understand. That is why we haven't targeted our campaign at the Westminster Village - we keep all our literature free from party politics, left-wing or right-wing bullshit, or rabid rants. We already have the largest active database amongst all eurosceptic campaigns in the UK. The campaign HQ is staffed by professional campaigners, our spokesperson is an ex-LBC radio DJ who speaks to the British public in the language they all understand. We have unrivalled resources, completely independent and won't back down from political pressure from any of the Westminster Village.
But the most important campaign we are running is The Pledge. It is a completely neutral campaign calling for a Referendum. We welcome people from all sides (pro-EU and anti-EU) to join to call for a national referendum so the issue can be brought out in the open, discussed and voted on. We want to organise meetings in universities, town halls, pubs, work places etc where the whole EU project can be debated and arguments put across.
We have written to every MP to see where they stand on the issue. We are now receiving all the answers from them. The MP's that don't agree with our call fro a referendum will be targeted by our campaign. We will go to their constituency office (when they are there) and make our voice heard. We will ask everyone on our database in the constituency to write to the local media, attend protests outside the offices, take part in town hall debates in the constituency, hand out leaflets in the area, etc etc. We will work with the local media to get the exposure. We will work with all the local pubs and local groups to organise events to raise the campaign. Once the sitting MP sees with his/her own eyes how the people really feel, then they will take note. You can have 10,000 people outside the Houses of Parliament and the politicians won't take a blind bit of notice.....but if they see a few hundred people in their own constituancy kicking up a fuss, they will surely take note.
The politcians are hoping this issue will go away.....but it won't.
I know that I havent covered all the areas on this page.....but like I said, it is too complicated a subject to go on and on.
The only way we can win, is for the people to get involved. I hope the attached advert can appear on this posting (thanks Ed :-)) but it is ad from the New Statesman this week and also on the back cover (outside facing) of he House magazine which goes out to all MP's and Peers tomorrow.
Please join up to our campaign on www.eureferendumcampaign.com and don't forget to sign The Pledge - thanks
Saturday, January 22
by FoxnWolf on Sat 22 Jan 2011 08:20 GMT
Major Technological Breakthrough
Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named:
BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric
circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy
to use, even a child can operate it.
Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in an
armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as
a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it works:
BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable),
each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are
locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder, which keeps the
sheets in their correct sequence.
Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the
sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are
divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for
now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages.
Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your
brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. BOOK may be
taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.
Unlike other display devices, BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, and
it can even be dropped on the floor or stepped on without damage. However,
it can become unusable if immersed in water for a significant period of
time. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet and move
forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which
pinpoints the exact location of selected information for instant retrieval.
An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place
you left it in a previous session -- even if the BOOK has been closed.
BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used
in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKmarkers can be
used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once.
The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.
You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional
programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication
Language Stylus (PENCILS).
Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a
new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain that
thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are
reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.
Saturday, January 1
by FoxnWolf on Sat 01 Jan 2011 15:47 GMT
Friday, December 31
Monday, November 28
Monday, September 19
by FoxnWolf on Mon 19 Sep 2011 14:25 BST
Sign up to "SkyNet"
Check out the 4 links below
Thursday, September 15
by FoxnWolf on Thu 15 Sep 2011 09:48 BST
The year you were born, this is what happened
THIS IS A MUST TRY...........YOU WILL ENJOY THE RESULTS
The screen is going to fade to black, (have your glasses on), and follow the instructions below.
You'll be pleasantly surprised with this one... Type the year only!! Then click the question (?) mark!
Sit back and enjoy!!
Thursday, December 23
Wednesday, September 29
by FoxnWolf on Wed 29 Sep 2010 13:24 BST
Found this on the Internet for 2008
This list holds details on members as well as contact information for other individuals, the latter being held for unknown and in some cases dubious reasons in the database of the BNP
Thursday, July 22
Thursday, July 15
by FoxnWolf on Thu 15 Jul 2010 12:22 BST
Researchers attack my iPhone via SMSResearchers have discovered a way to take complete control over an iPhone merely by sending special SMS messages and demonstrated it on my iPhone at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday.
Although an attacker could exploit the hole to make calls, steal data, send text messages, and do basically anything that I can do with my iPhone, the researchers were kind and merely rendered it temporarily inoperable.
Here's what happened: While I was talking on the phone to Charlie Miller, his partner, Collin Mulliner, sent me a text message from his phone. One minute I'm talking to Miller and the next minute my phone is dead, and this time it's not AT&T's fault. After a few seconds it came back to life, but I was not able to make or receive calls until I rebooted.
My iPhone is not jailbroken and it is running iPhone OS 3.0.
The attack is enabled by a serious memory corruption bug in the way the iPhone handles SMS messages, said Miller, a senior security researcher at Independent Security Evaluators.
There is no patch, despite the fact that Apple was notified of the problem about six weeks ago, he said. All current versions of the iPhone operating system are affected.
The attack is similar to an SMS attack demonstration CNET News wrote about in April in which mobile security firm Trust Digital was able to send an SMS to a phone that opened up a Web browser and directed the phone to a malicious Web site where malware could be downloaded.
In the more recent research, Android-based phones were found to be similarly susceptible to an SMS attack, only an attacker could temporarily knock the phone off the cell network but not take control, according to Mulliner, who's getting his PhD at the Technical University of Berlin. Google patched the hole last week within a day or two of being notified of the problem, he said.
Meanwhile, a bug in the code written by HTC that controls the user interface on Windows Mobile devices could also be exploited via the SMS messages to make it so there are no buttons to push so the phone can't be used, said Miller.
For the attack to work, an attacker must send hundreds of SMS control messages, which are different from regular SMS messages, according to Miller. Only the initial SMS may be seen, he said.
The researchers will demonstrate the attack on an Android phone and an iPhone during their presentation on Thursday.
Previous iPhone attacks required an attacker to lure the iPhone user to visit a malicious Web site or open a malicious file, but this attack requires no effort on the part of the user and requires only that an attacker have the victim's phone number, Miller said.
Once inside a victim's phone, the attacker could then send an SMS to anyone in the victim's address book and spread the attack from phone to phone, he said.
Asked what an iPhone user can do when attacked, Miller replied:
"Rebooting wouldn't be a bad idea. It would stop all but the most
sophisticated attacker. However, it doesn't take but a second to grab
all your personal info from the device, and as soon as you turn it back
on, the bad guy could attack you again. That's why I think this is so
by FoxnWolf on Thu 15 Jul 2010 12:18 BST
Researchers use browser to elude Vista memory protectionsLAS VEGAS -- Two security researchers have developed new techniques that bypass the memory protection safeguards in the Windows Vista operating system through the use of browser exploits.
In a presentation at the Black Hat briefings, Mark Dowd and Alexander Sotirov demonstrated the new methods they've found to get around Vista protections such as Address Space Layout Randomization(ASLR), Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and others by using Java, ActiveX controls and .NET objects to load arbitrary content into Web browsers.
By taking advantage of the way that browsers, specifically Internet Explorer, handle active scripting and .NET objects, the pair have been able to load essentially whatever content they want into a location of their choice on a user's machine. The attacks themselves are not based on any new vulnerabilities in IE or Vista, but instead take advantage of Vista's fundamental architecture and the ways in which Microsoft chose to protect it.
In their presentation at Black Hat., Dowd and Sotirov stressed that despite their advances in getting around the Vista memory protections, there are still a number of security mechanisms in place in the operating system to mitigate attacks. Internet Explorer running in Protected Mode, for example, can protect against attacks that overwrite some files. Also, some of the pair's attacks will be addressed in future versions of third-party software, including Flash, which will opt into ASLR in its next release.
The message that emerged from Dowd and Sotirov's presentation is that although Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., went to great lengths to upgrade the security of Vista over that of Windows XP, there are still ways in. "The protection mechanisms in Windows Vista are not very effective at preventing browser exploits," Sotirov said in the presentation. "The game has changed and browsers are now the major threat. Even on Vista where ASLR is enabled, we're able to put our data where we want."
"The genius of this is that it's completely reusable," said Dino Dai
Zovi, a well-known security researcher and author. "They have attacks
that let them load chosen content to a chosen location with chosen
permissions. That's completely game over. What this means is that almost
any vulnerability in the browser is trivially exploitable."
Many of the defenses that Microsoft added to Vista and Windows Server 2008 are designed to stop host-based attacks. ASLR, for example, is meant to prevent attackers from predicting target memory addresses by randomly moving things such as a process's stack, heap and libraries. That technique is useful against memory-corruption attacks, but Dai Zovi said that against Dowd's and Sotirov's methods, it would be of no use.
"This stuff just takes a knife to a large part of the security mesh Microsoft built into Vista," Dai Zovi said. "If you think about the fact that .NET loads DLLs into the browser itself and then Microsoft assumes they're safe because they're .NET objects, you see that Microsoft didn't think about the idea that these could be used as stepping stones for other attacks. This is a real tour de force."
In the paper on which their presentation was based, Dowd and Sotirov say that while their attacks may give attackers the upper hand right now, they expect Microsoft and other vendors to respond quickly.
"In this paper we demonstrated that the memory protection mechanisms available in the latest versions of Windows are not always effective when it comes to preventing the exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities in browsers. They raise the bar, but the attacker still has a good chance of being able to bypass them. Two factors contribute to this problem: the degree to which the browser state is controlled by the attacker; and the extensible plugin architecture of modern browsers. The authors expect these problems to be addressed in future releases of Windows and browser plugins shipped by third parties," they say in their conclusion.
"This is not insanely technical. These two guys are capable of the
really low-level technical attacks, but this is simple and reusable,"
Dai Zovi said. "I definitely think this will get reused soon, sort of
like heap spraying was."
Monday, July 5
by FoxnWolf on Mon 05 Jul 2010 13:44 BST
FORCES PENSION SOCIETY
Fighting for the Forces and Their Families
E-NEWSLETTER No 5 of 2010
Your AGM took place on 2 June in the Victory Services Club. Well attended by over 90 members and guests, it was a stimulating occasion. The Chairman's report to the Society, together with the full accounts for FY 09, is in our website members' area.
FPS Open Day
The first ever FPS Open Day took place in the National Liberal Club (near MOD Main Building) on Monday 7 June. We were accompanied by several of our affinity partners too. About 100 potential new members from MOD came to see us and several signed up on the spot. All in all it was a successful experiment and we will do it again next year, taking account of the useful lessons learnt.
House of Lords Defence Group
Another first. We briefed the HoL DG on Tuesday 15 June, accompanied by COBSEO and Veterans' Aid. About a dozen members of the group were present and we left a pack of information for them and for their colleagues who could not be there. It was an important occasion which helped us all raise our profiles with a very influential group.
Armed Forces Day
Recently the Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: "As a nation, we should be flying the flag for our Armed Forces and recognising all the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe. These men and women deserve our support and I would urge people up and down the country to get involved with all the many Armed Forces Day events that are taking place this week. They stand up for us; we must stand up for them." Your Society had a stand at the splendid national event in Cardiff on Sat 26 June. This was a tremendous (and blisteringly hot) occasion and Cardiff did the Armed Forces proud. The Prince of Wales was amongst the many visitors to our stand and we explained to him what we did.
RPI / CPI
As you know, Armed Forces pensions used to increase in April by the headline RPI of the previous September, but it was announced in the budget that they will now rise by the CPI of the previous September. Currently the CPI is 1.4% lower than the RPI, and this difference is likely to increase as/when interest rates rise. Hence our future pension increases are likely to be lower than was once the case, although if they had risen by CPI and not RPI this year we would have done better. Yer win some, yer lose some.
Norton Fitzwarren Remembers
A member tells us that Norton Manor Camp is the home of 40 Commando RM, currently deployed in Sangin. At the time of writing they had taken 5 fatalities since April (since increased). In All Saints' Church a peace candle is lit at every service, as well as in other churches around Taunton. With every Marine's repatriation, the tower flag is half masted and a candle-lit vigil is held attended by representatives of every military and civilian organisation in town plus families, relatives and friends of 40 Commando. A eulogy is read whilst "Thou whose almighty word" is sung by candlelight. The service is recorded by local ITV and BBC TV.
A member tells us that the village of Myerscough & Bilsborrow in North West Lancashire flies the appropriate Service ensign/flag at half-mast for 24 hours to observe any Service death. Sadly the pole is rarely bare. It is sited at the war memorial alongside the A6 so passers-by are aware of the sad news.
A member tells us that he saw a cortege from Wootton Bassett making its way towards Oxford. He pulled off the very busy road to pay his respects and wondered what the traffic going the other way would do. When they saw the approaching out-riders everyone stopped and all drivers got out of their vehicles. This was reciprocated by the cortege which slowed to a crawl whilst it passed those stopped.
As I write, we have suffered the 309th tragic loss of life in Afghan'. To this sad figure must be added the many wounded and the even larger number of bereaved and affected next of kin and families throughout out land. We must always remember all of them.
Unique Nature of Military Service
We have distributed many 1000s of DL leaflets describing the unique nature of military service. The leaflet will soon be given to (inter alia) all parliamentarians in both Houses, and they are available for members who may like to distribute them too. The text is also on our website (click the link on our home page).
Independent Public Sector Pensions Commission
John Hutton has been appointed Chairman of the IPSPC which will produce an interim report in September 2010 and full report in time for the 2011 budget. He will include the Armed Forces Pension Scheme in his review. Existing accrued pension rights will be protected.
Falkland Islands 14/6/82 - Thanksgiving and Remembrance
The annual service took place at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on Sunday 13th June. It was a truly impressive, moving and uplifting occasion, held in a beautiful setting, and attended by over 600 veterans, relatives and friends.18 Elizabeth Crosses were presented including one to Sara Jones, one of our Vice Presidents. I very strongly commend a visit to the chapel at Pangbourne College to anybody with (or even without) connections to the Falkland War. It is always open.
COBSEO on the March
COBSEO is seeking to recruit an office manager. Initially part time but potential to increase. Central London. £22K - £24K pro rata. This will be an exciting role as COBSEO is developing fast. Visit www.cobseo.org.uk or call Lt Col Mike Bray the Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org . Closing date Fri 30 July. Interviews late August.
KartForce - Karting for Injured Troops
KartForce has been set up by disabled ex-Servicemen, Dave Player (Royal Engineers) and Phil Armes (Royal Navy) to facilitate karting events with hand controls that have been designed by KartForce. These unique controls can be fitted to any kart and operated by one hand (left or right) or both hands, so team events can be organised for different units where injured troops compete on equal terms with serving and ex-serving personnel. The inaugural event to launch KartForce is 12th & 13th Aug at Whilton Mill Kart track near Daventry, and many other events are planned all over the country, including a possible international against injured troops from USA, Canada, France, Russia and Israel. See www.KartForce.org . Show support by joining the KartForce Facebook page.
A member advises that to renew your British
passport in Malta you must forward the application, with relevant
documents, to the British Consulate General in Paris (oui - dans La
France), but if you get it right first time it only takes about 10
Further to my last, I am informed that the correct name for the Little Red Book is the Electoral Booklet and it is also required when voting in EU elections which expatriate residents are entitled to do.
Far East POW Remembrance Service
Sunday 15 Aug at 1300, at Christ the King Church. 78 Queens Drive, Childwall, Liverpool, L15 6YQ. Led by Rev'd John Williams (ex RN), followed by parade at 1400 and buffet at 1430 in Christ the King Parish Centre, Score Lane, Liverpool, L16 6AW. Tickets £10. Please purchase by July 25th by visiting www.nesa.org.uk.
In 1942 or '43, French aviators from West Africa were trained on the Sunderland Flying Boat at RAF Pembroke Dock by No. 308 Flying Boat Training Unit commanded by Wg Cdr Derek Martin OBE (President No.210 (Flying Boat) Sqn Assoc). They were then given new aircraft to form a squadron which returned to French West Africa to escort convoys between South Africa and UK. If anyone knows what happened to them after they left UK, Derek would very much like to hear from you at 01753 682 706 or email@example.com
Too many members to list have told us about the shambolic, inefficient and dysfunctional manner in which HMRC has mismanaged their tax affairs. You have been warned !!
The Final Escape
Raise your glass for bomber pilot Jack Harrison, who has died aged 97, the last survivor of the Great Escape from Stalag Luft 3. As a camp gardener, Jack helped dispose of dirt excavated from the escape tunnels. He was 98th of 200 inmates designated to escape on 24 Mar 1944, but only 76 got away before the breakout was detected, which was celebrated in the 1963 film 'The Great Escape' starring Steve McQueen. Only 3 reached safety. Hitler had 50 escapers murdered, and 23 others were returned to custody. God bless them all.
Great work goes on by all COBSEO member charities all over UK; meanwhile a Society member has asked us to remind you that The Royal British Legion spends some £6M per month on welfare support and that there are some 9.5M people who are eligible to call on that support. These are big numbers but the need is great. Let us remember too that great band of regimental charities and Service associations, both general welfare and for specific need, all of which continue their own work so diligently all over the country too.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Fourth
The Fourth Afghan War is now in its 9th year. When the initial estimate was drawn up did the allied military and political strategists pause to reflect on our previous 3 Afghan Wars (1839-42, 1878-80 & 1919); none of which ended in glorious clear-cut victory. The Defence Secretary informs us that "most Afghans live in the 13th Century", but were the Americans truly mindful of our imperial history before the start line was crossed. Had the then Defence Secretary read of our history (and the more recent Russian experience) when he made his fatuous comment that he hoped we could get out without a shot being fired? And now President Obama sacks his General. Santayana had a view on all this with his law of repetitive consequences.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity is reviving the (Royal) Tournament at Earl's Court on Dec 4 and 5. It will largely be an Army event but a junior version of the RN Field Gun race will be there too. See www.britishmilitarytournament.com .
O praise thy footie team upon the loud vuvuzela: praise it upon the high sounding vuvuzela. It didn't do us any good but the World Cup has introduced a new word to the Anglo-Saxon lexicon and a new sound into our musical experience. Don't you just love it? You can cheer on your Morris Dance side right merrily this autumn to the dulcet baaarp of the plastic vamping horn.
Somalia leads the way again in social development. Islamic militants banned people watching the World Cup because ".you will not get any experience watching mad men jumping up and down". Was he talking about the England team?
H4H - BZ
Many congratulations to Bryn and Emma Parry for being appointed OBE in the Birthday Honours list for creating and leading Help for Heroes. How many other husband and wife pairs have both received the same award at the same time for the same reason?
Be careful what you buy in Italian markets. Someone was fined ?1,000 for unknowingly buying a fake handbag (buying it not selling it !!) in a street market in Jesolo.
Members continue to recount unhappy exchanges with SPVA. We most certainly do not engage in SPVA-bashing but it is only fair to point out that not all the information you receive from SPVA may be wholly correct and you should always check with us too. For example a member says... I have just received a reply from SPVA in which they quote that the service they used in the forecast was incorrect..... You are quite welcome to highlight this in the next newsletter that they are not to be trusted at face value and individuals should check and challenge if necessary.. Many thanks for your help in this matter and please keep up the good work on the behalf of all members of the Society.
Sailors' Families Society
A new member of COBSEO. The Sailors Families Society, formed in 1821, provides assistance to children of seafarers throughout UK. They provide financial, practical and emotional support to families who are on means tested benefit from RN, MN and Fishing Fleet backgrounds. They support one parent families and those where one is too ill or disabled to work and the other acts as full time carer. They also support grandparents bringing up grandchildren. Call 01482 342331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Botanic Garden of Wales
The NBGoW is 10 years old this year and is holding an Armed Services Day on Sunday 18 July to say 'thank you' to the Armed Forces and offering free entry to all Service personnel and families that day. See www.gardenofwales.org.uk.
Apologies for not reminding you of the Household Division Beating Retreat on 9/10 June. It was a wonderful occasion as you would expect and Ye Drumme Major did advertise by beate of drum those required for watch. If you despair of telling which guardsman is which by his buttons, try this (ye foote soldiers know this well so may stoppe here). Consider the map of UK. Start in England and count anticlockwise. Ones (Grenadier): twos (Coldstream): threes (Scots): fours (Irish): fives (Welsh); which is also their order of precedence so what could be simpler? You only need one hand and remember to go anticlockwise.
Another Female First
No military connection here but a truly heroic effort. On 3 June, 22 year old Eilidh Macdonald, a vet's daughter from Tadcaster, swam the Little Minch in 9 hours 33 minutes. The Little Minch is 15 miles of icy water with stronger currents than the English Channel, and no one had ever done it before. A world record. What a star.
Are you maximising the benefits of your membership of the FPS? Check out our exclusive health insurance scheme, our overseas money transfer scheme, our travel insurance scheme, and all the other attractive benefits of your membership - all on our website. Let your mouse do the walking.
On Yer Bike
Our members get about: one recently emailed thus: Thanks for the e-mail - just picked it up here in Almaty, Kazakhstan, having spent four years cycling across Europe (done), Asia (half way), Australia, the Americas, and Africa. Perhaps members might be interested in how I've put my pension to good use? - see www.acrosscontinents.org .
Brampton Area Meeting
Numbers still looking a bit thin for this meeting on Wed 28 July - please sign in with Beverley on 0207 5820469 if you are able to come along.
Malcolm Farrow OBE FCMI
Captain Royal Navy
Assistant General Secretary
Forces Pension Societywww.forpen.co.uk
T: 020 7820 8225
F: 020 7820 7583
Thursday, July 1
by FoxnWolf on Thu 01 Jul 2010 18:20 BST
Is a tracker that tells someone when an email is open by a designated recipient. Basically, it drops a small amount of html code into an email that reports back when you’ve opened the email (this is usually referred to as a web bug).
Email spyware? Yes, and
remember that if you subscribe to newsletters and the like, chances are
that email’s delivery is already being tracked through web bugs. And
spammers have certainly used this trick to track what email addresses
are live. But Readnotify is a little scarier — it’s not some nameless
tracking of broad open rates on emails — it’s someone who is personally
tracking the emails they’ve sent you.
A company by the name of "ReadNotify.com" is just one of the examples.
Their rates are from $4 to $24 a month depending on the amount of info (a third party) needs to gleam from you whilst you innocently open and check your email(s).
Unless you know the sender "From" details, mark as "Junk" and delete the email address/message straight away.
I personally have in the past used MSGTAG from "Msgtag.com" this is entirely a different sort of software. What it does is notify you when your email has been received and lets you see the day, date and time that it was delivered in to the "inbox" of the recipient. This way you know you message has landed and when they come back to you and say "Never received it" you can give them the exact details.
MSTAG is totally different to software like ReadNotify.......check the links above and you will see the difference with something really handy to another which is really suspect in every manner.
MSTAG (a message notifier only)
ReadNotify (pc information collector)
more on this later.......
Friday, June 25
by FoxnWolf on Fri 25 Jun 2010 14:24 BST
Does this look like Mahathir & the Malaysian Govt have got into the "TRAP" to part sponsor the Gaza Flotilla... You be the Judge...
YOU WON'T SEE THIS ON - BBC, CNN, OR SKY !!!!
HEAVY WEAPONS FOUND IN THE CARGO OF THE M/S. MAVI MARMARA FLOTILLA VESSEL
A tip of the hat to Fred Leder for this Israeli Flix video. This video shows that during the unloading of the M/S. Mavi Marmara Turkish vessel in the Israeli port of Ashdod , behind the bags of flour were boxes of heavy weapons and ammunition: mortars, artillery shells, bazookas, without counting a trunk where more than one million euros was found intended for Hamas.
This video should be widely distributed as evidence of why the IDF Naval commandos were dispatched to intercept the six vessels including the M/S Mavi Marmara.
One wonders what is aboard the Irish vessel, the M/S. Rachel Corrie, that Israel will intercept sometime today when it approaches the Naval blockade line off the coast of Gaza.
Clearly the Turkish AKP Islamist government is complicit in permitting this military cargo to be loaded on the "Peaceful' Free Gaza Flotilla". Please distribute this video widely. If you had any doubt about what was on the flotilla, here is the video. The French explains that the arms on display were hidden behind sacks of grain. Why these criminals were released is beyond me.
Wednesday, June 23
Tuesday, June 22
by FoxnWolf on Tue 22 Jun 2010 15:44 BST
This is a war of necessity, David Cameron tells troops in Afghanistan
He announces doubling of soldiers' operational allowance and promises to ensure armed forces enjoy full support back home
DAVID Cameron won the hearts and cheers of Our Boys with a promise to DOUBLE their money.
Yells erupted as he said soldiers' daily operational allowances will rise
from £14.51 to £29.02
The increase, to £5,280 for a half-year tour, will be paid next month and back-dated to May 6, General Election day.
It will cost £58million and be funded by making savings at the Ministry of Defence.
Mr Cameron made his vow after becoming the first British PM to stay overnight at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand.
He slept in a pre-fab block and got up at 6am for a jog in a dust storm
joining squaddies for breakfast.
Then he addressed 400 soldiers in the searing heat and told them he aimed to rewrite the "covenant" between the military and the public.
Training ... PM uses bomb detector
by FoxnWolf on Tue 22 Jun 2010 15:17 BST
The Chancellor George Osborne promised in his Budget not to hide hard choices from the British people or "bury them in the small print"
A public sector pay freeze is among measures set to affect many British workers
Here is a list of measures announced in his emergency Budget:
VAT & Duty
:: VAT rise to 20% from Jan 4th 2011
:: National Insurance threshold rate to rise by £21 a week from April
:: Personal income tax allowance to be increased by £1,000 in April
Capital Gains Tax
:: Low and middle-income savers to pay Capital Gains Tax at 18%, but
from midnight taxpayers on higher rates will pay 28%
:: Workers in public sector to face two-year pay freeze
:: Child benefit to be frozen for the next three years
Sunday, June 13
Friday, June 11
Thursday, June 3
by FoxnWolf on Thu 03 Jun 2010 09:58 BST
Briefing for our diplomats in South Africa
Keep an eye on your children!
Do not send them off to the toilets alone.
Do not let them go to the toy section while you do the rest of your shopping.
Please pass this on to your families.
is that crime is likely to increase and the response by the Police will
slow. Stay alert and street wise and you should be fine.
The World Cup security brief was held at the Consular section and presented by Mr Aubrey Pieters. Those of you who have attended the security courses at the BHC when you first arrived will be aware of his pedigree and his background as an independent security advisor. It was an interesting brief which was well received by both the black and the white faces in the audience.
Due to the large number of Police (SAPS) that will be required to actually police the event, the criminals and the security advisors are aware that the World Cup period is going to be like another holiday period for the criminal fraternity. The SAPS will be concentrating on the areas most frequented by visitors/tourists. These will be at the Football stadiums, the Fan parks, ORT airport, hotels in the cities and the routes to the stadiums. This leaves the criminals to have a free run at the suburbs! The criminals are fully aware of this too. They understand that the reaction time for SAPS to get to an incident will be long - if they come at all.
The crimes that will increase are home invasions, driveway robberies and carjacking at your home.
Home invasions: These are likely to take place when the criminals see a number of cars in driveways of homes. This would indicate that there are a group of friends watching a match who will be distracted. Normally alcohol is involved and there is usually a door open where the guys have been at the BBQ. They will attempt to jump the fence or get into the property and rob everyone of their personnel effects.
Car-jacking: No change to the normal brief from Aubrey. Gangs will target women (normally) in a supermarket and inform other gang members who are in the car park waiting to follow you home. The advice is to pay attention to who else turns the same way as you do at junctions. The car tailing you is likely to be 3 or 4 cars back. If you think you are being tailed head to a petrol station or large shopping centre and get out the car and phone for help. Do not try to get home and get in the front gate. Either phone ADT and get them to meet you somewhere or better still phone the Dip Police. They will not be involved in football match security.
Driveway robberies: Be very aware of who or what is in your street or outside your house when you approach it. If somebody is loitering or if you pass a car with one or two occupants apparently sat idly, do not enter your drive.. Always pull up parallel to your drive and open the
gate. Never pull up in front of the gate and then open it. That will be the time when you get boxed in by the car full of trouble and you won’t have much time to react. They are then likely to steal what you have on you (wallets, purses, rings, mobile phones, laptops etc) and then shoot off or worst still get you to open the house and go in with you.
Pickpockets: For those of you who are going to the games, the trouble you are likely to come across will be either a few drunken yobs looking for a fight or pickpockets. The security agencies are aware that major public gatherings like the World Cup will attract international pickpockets from around the world. These guys are experts and you will not know that it has happened until many hours later. Gents wallets are normally kept in the back right pocket of trousers. Move it. Split your money and cards. Be careful.
Smash and grabs: Smash and grabs will increase too. Tourists will leave cameras, phones and bags on car seats. Rich pickings for the smash and grab gangs. If you don't already have the smash and grab film on your car windows go and get it done now. If you can't afford it, the advice is to drive with your windows down about half an inch. This makes it 4 times harder to smash the window.
Child abductions: For those with children the World Cup is going to be a particularly bad time for child abductions. In South Africa there are 15 abductions/kidnappings every day and they see this as a crime which will get out of hand over the World Cup period. Human trafficking gangs know that the schools are all on holiday over the tournament. They will target shopping malls, cafes, cinemas, public toilets and toy departments in shops. The SA authorities estimate that approx 300,000 Africans will come over the borders for the tournament. The borders will not be able to cope with the surge and checks will be cursory in most cases. Babies will be abducted for scrupulous adoption agencies in Nigeria and the like. Children aged 4-8 will be targeted for the porn industry. Those children around 9 -13 for prostitution.
Keep an eye on your children!
Do not send them off to the toilets alone.
Do not let them go to the toy section while you do the rest of your shopping.
Please pass this on to your families.
The Key message is that crime is likely to increase and the response by the Police will be slow. Stay alert and street wise and you should be fine.
Foxnwolf comment.......What about the Fans & Tourists?
Sunday, May 30
by FoxnWolf on Sun 30 May 2010 14:01 BST
by FoxnWolf on Sun 30 May 2010 13:47 BST
How to obtain a vehicles owners details (uk only)
If another vehicle damages your property/car/garden etc (and police not required) whether you manage to get their details at the time/scene or not. They may give you false name, address or change some personal details.
If any letters, calls remain unanswered then all you need is their vehicle registration #. Armed with this you can obtain, online a form V888 from DVLA.
Fill it out (and send any/all copies of photographs, details of the accident and your insurance companies details if you have them) send a couple of quid and you will receive the registered owner/keepers details for you to pursue, privately.
Why dont I just get my insurance company to do this, you say?
Reason is; You may want to settle privately (for whatever reason, some people do) or at least give the other side a chance to before you send all the papwerwork thru to your insurance company. This prevents any loss of agreed penalty on your or the other persons policy(s).
You must use this system legitimatley, if you abuse it and/or slegehammer their car, burn their house down etc you will be imprisoned for a very long time. As records will show that you obtained their details. So, unless you want to become somebodies Bitch or Scissor Sister and share showers for the next 3 years, BEHAVE.......
You can download form V888 in pdf format from here
Friday, May 14
by FoxnWolf on Fri 14 May 2010 17:28 BST
Why Buy Property in Florida?
The US is the most popular
country after Spain for British people buying second homes abroad, and the
majority of them buy in Florida. Attractions include the climate, favourable
exchange rates and the availability of flights (and bargain fares) from all
major UK airports. Few purchasers appear to be put off by travel time – a
minimum of eight hours from London, depending on whereabouts in the state you
are flying to.
Some watchers are predicting that the fall in Florida property is almost at an end, and prices have nearly ‘bottomed out’, so for people buying now it could be the perfect time for an investment.
Popular locations in Florida
This guide gives a flavour of the
areas of Florida most popular with British second home purchasers – the central
region around Orlando, the east (Atlantic) coast and the resorts on the
southwest (Gulf) coast.
The central part of the state,
particularly around Tampa and Orlando, has long been a favourite with British
holidaymakers, especially families, as it is there that most of the big
attractions are located, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch
Gardens and Sea World. Unlike some other parts of Florida, it is warm all year
round, and there is less rain than in coastal areas.
The Gulf Coast
Unlike the inland areas around
Orlando, the Gulf Coast tends to be wet, particularly in July and August, so
the potential for letting properties, certainly to families, is not as good.
However, it makes up for these disadvantages with magnificent white beaches,
azure seas, plentiful moorings and fine restaurants – attributes that have made
it popular with the super-rich. Around 60 per cent of the US’s wealthiest
citizens winter at Naples, an exclusive resort on the Gulf Coast, or at Palm
Beach, on the Atlantic Coast.
The Atlantic Coast
Florida’s Atlantic Coast
stretches from St Augustine through Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami,
right down through the Florida Keys to Key West. It includes some of North
America’s most desirable (and expensive) locations, such as Palm Beach, where
prices routinely run to millions of dollars.
Buying a property in Florida: Costs & Process
The Floridian system of property
purchase is quite different from the UK’s and has several pitfalls for those
unfamiliar with it, so appropriate professional guidance is essential.
The purchase process
Florida Property: Mortgages
When working out how to finance
your property purchase, consider all the options. Paying cash, if you can
afford to, is often recommended, but you may not want to tie up a relatively
large sum in this way. If this is an option for you, be sure to consult one of
the specialist currency exchange companies in the market, as you can get far
better exchange rates and potentially save thousands in the process.
The US taxation system is a
complex one, and may involve payments to at least four different levels of
government: local, regional, state and federal. A Double Taxation Treaty
between the US and the UK prevents double payment of taxes.
Passports, visas and residency
Passports and visas
Hospitals in the US provide some
of the most advanced healthcare in the world. Most are private.
Florida Property: Investment potential
The recent economic slowdown in
the US has caused many people to be nervous about investing in property in
America, but for long-term investors there are still great opportunities and
potential to be found. Developers are having trouble selling projects right
across the country, so they are keen to offer deals on projects that are
nearing completion so that they can release more funds and begin to move on to
Despite the fact that the US in
enduring an economic slowdown, buyers who want to get their own property in
Florida should not be discouraged. The reasons for buying in the Sunshine State
remain the same, whether it is for the weather, the theme parks or the rental
potential. The US economy is having a tough time, but this will not stop people
going there for holidays – in fact, the favourable exchange rates at the moment
may encourage more visitors to the region.
by FoxnWolf on Fri 14 May 2010 17:25 BST