Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I don't know why everyone is bleating about the "scandal" of the MPs expenses. Looking at the figures, it seems as if everyone has spent more-or-less the same, around £150000. OK, so some of those expenses seem a little far-fetched, but the majority are trivial: furniture, toilet-seats, bedding... Things we all need.

Has nobody considered - given the fact that all the figures are similar - that it perhaps COSTS around £150000 to be an MP?
Has notbody considered that if Silvio Berlusconi saw these figures, he would probably sneer with disdain?

Yet again, all I can see is the British media trying their best to undermine British democracy. The system is not perfect but it is not open to the sort of wholesale fraud inherent in many other systems. Even in the current form, the system is better than the system we had here only 25 years ago, where one had to be wealthy gentry or union-sponsored in order to be an MP.

Disaster struck in the workshop today. Well, not quite disaster. I broke one of the irreplaceable stones in the final "Four Cocktail Rings of the Apocalypse":

The Four Cocktail Rings Of The Apocalypse (Disaster) 27

However on analysis, trying to find a replacement for this stone, I decided that the ring doesn't really match the others in the set. SO, it is back to the drawing board to make a different one which is more in keeping with the first three.

Much improved pinhole for my camera. I went out on Sunday with an even tinier pinhole and took some photographs and the images are way sharper and more interesting:

Sink Estate With Bike 2

Moving Cyclist

Papaver nudicale and Scilla