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Frank Davis - RIP

 I've not written anything on this blog for quite some time. In fact it's been that long, Blogger has changed everything. Now I'm going to have to learn the new interface

Also, I doubt there's anyone still out there with their eye on this blog, but if you are reading, thanks for dropping by Moose Meadows once again

The only reason I am back is the sad loss of Frank Davis, who passed away peacefully in his sleep a couple of weeks back. Everyone who knew him, read his blog or visited his online smoky drinky bar would agree Frank was one of the good guys and his passing will leave a void

The service was held last Saturday and I had the opportunity to attend along with Mrs Bucko and 20Rothmans, who you will know from Franks blog and also attended the Smoky Drinky bar as one of the regulars

Frank lived in Hereford, which was a three hour drive for myself and Mrs B. It was ok on the motorway until we left the M5, but then it was 30 miles of country road hell to get to the Premier Inn where we were staying. Hereford really is miles from anywhere

The service was very nicely done and somewhat emotional in places. I've embeded the video below

The main theme was of course the smoking ban and how it affected Franks social life and how angry he was about the whole thing, which prompted 'Banging on About the Smoking Ban'. That wasn't all though. Frank was involved in many things, some that I knew about, like the Idle Theory and The Theory of Ice Ages, but there was plenty of other stuff I wasn't aware of, much of which I'm not ashamed to say, was way above my reading level

We had the chance to meet Franks brother who had nothing but praise for the online community of Franks blog and the SDB. He told us that Frank did not have a large circle of friends in the real world and we had become his community and support network. He repeated his praise a number of times for those who read and commented on Franks blog and he was very grateful to all those people for giving Frank a network of friends he otherwise probably would not have had

We were invited back to his house for a brew after the service, which was another 20 miles of country road hell, but a georgous house on a hill with lovely views. Following a brew and a piece of cake, we were invited to go on a family meal with them, where we had the chance to sit and get to know other members of the family

They were all really friendly and welcoming people, considering it was the first time we had ever met. We all got on very well and will keep in touch

After it was all over, we had to drive straight to Manchester airport. We booked a holiday to Cyprus and the service was the day before we flew. I'm glad it landed on the Friday and not the Saturday, as we would not have been able to attend and would have missed out on so much

So now I'm sat outside an apartment in the shade of the blazing Cyprus sun, having a smoke and reflecting on the life of a friend lost

To me, that's the best thing about having been involved in blogs, both writing and commenting. I have friends who are older than me, richer than me, more educated than me and live in places of the world I may never see. But that's the beauty of the online community, you get to 'meet' people you never would do in real life

I'm happy to say I did get the chance to meet Frank in real life as well as online. It was shortly before our other friend Nisakiman passed away. Frank wanted to drive down and meet him for a beer, so a couple of us went down too. You've no dobt seen the below photo on Franks blog


 

Originally Frank offered to let me stay at his place that evening, due to the three hour drive. He told me he had a spare bed, but it was dismantled and I would need to help him put it together when I arrived

Once we made the final arrangements, it turned out we were meeting Nisakiman a good drive away from Franks, so I would have to stick to coke anyway, as I would still be driving, so I decided to not put Frank out and just drive back home once the day was concluded

I told Frank this when I arrived and he said he was looking forward to may visit and had already assembled the bed. He also told me he had found a bedside table and put it by the bed with a reading lamp and an ashtray

I felt rather guity after that, but he took it in good humour

I didn't see him in person after that, as his legs were not so good and he gave up travelling and nothing else came up that would put us in the same kneck of the woods. We still had many an evening on the SDB with the other regulars though

Frank told us that he had lived a full life that that was apparent from his stories on the SDB. He always began a tale with something like, 'When I lived in Brazil...', or, 'So I was in Japan...', or, 'I was trying to get on a boat in France, but I couldn't speak a word of French...'

There was so much more to Frank that banging on about the smoking ban and I for one will certainly miss hearing his tales. He experienced more in his life than I am ever likely to do

I will miss him

Best regards to you all

Bucko & Mrs Bucko

(Update: Emily has also posted a tribute over at Legirons place)
 




Not understanding the law

The Guardian, where else?


Forget consent forms, the burden of proof should never fall on rape victims

It's not necessary to read any of the article at all. That headline sums up the woke feminist tosspottery contained therein, quite completely

In law, the burden of proof is on the accuser. If a woman cries rape, but does not have to prove that it happened, that only leaves the accused man to prove that it didn't, which is the complete opposite of how the law works, and quite rightly so

Rape is no different

Disasters

Sky News: 

Coronavirus poses greater global threat than terrorism, leading doctors warn

In other news:

Terrorism is a greater global threat than global warming, leading police chiefs warn

Global warming is a greater global threat than the Coronavirus, leading climate scientists warn

Smoking is a greater global threat than terrorism, leading public health campaigners warn

Obesity is a greater global threat than smoking, other leading public health campaigners warn

Etc

The Moose says:

Nothing to see here, move along

Plant Life

What the blithering fuck is "Plant Based"?

It's not the virtue signalling from The Oscars that grips my shit. That's only to be expected. It's the use of that term that keeps cropping up everywhere these days - Plant Based

What is a plant? It's a pretty thing you put on the windowsill and water once a week. It's not food

Plant Based is just a trendy new term for vegetarian or vegan, but it's meaningless gibberish, which is unfortunately what the English language is turning into these days

Everyone is using it at the moment, because veganism is being pushed for January. All the retailers are milking it for all it's worth, from plant based fast food burgers, to the 'plant based' range in every supermarket.

These businesses are not trying to save the planet or caring about vegans, they're just making a buck off the backs of a bunch of virtue signalling, middle class twats, who don't have the courage of their convictions unless their trendy vegan diet tastes of cow and pig

A true vegan will have a lentil salad for lunch. A faux vegan will have a 'sausage' roll made from mushroom paste and then go running the The Mirror when the poor minimum wage bugger at Gregg's mistakes it for the real one and they 'take a bite'.

Plant Based? If it doesn't sit on the mantelpiece and flower in Spring, it isn't a plant. If it does, it ain't food

*Update*
Also Plant Based. Geddit?


You're gonna need a very long cord

Electricity is the future, apparently. Only wind, water and solar driven electricity though, not that generated from coal / oil fired power stations or nuclear

This is because we believe in a religion called climate Change. A religion where CO2 is the Devil and some small Swedish pixie is God

In order to pay homage to the Climate Change God, our Government in its infinite wisdom has decided to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

The big problem is, Climate Change is a fantasy and the technology to replace petrol and diesel cars does not exist yet

Electricity? Nope. Wind and solar are so unreliable, we wouldn't be able to supply our current energy needs through only them. If we make every car electric, that's a huge amount of additional electricity we need to generate

Also, lithium batteries do not last for ever. I don't know how long they last in cars, but if the lifespan is about the average for such a battery, a great many people are going to have to start replacing them very shortly. Imagine buying a car where you have to replace the entire engine every 100k miles?

We do not yet have the technology to power our society with 'green energy' and we don't have the technology to make our entire transport needs electric either. The time for announcing bans on petrol, diesel, coal, oil and nuclear is a very long way away indeed. The correct time for this would be when new technology has been developed, proven and eventually taken over, when a ban would not be necessary anyway

World's first fully electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Canada
Company hails start of the ‘electric aviation age’ after 15-minute test flight in Vancouver

And now we're building electric planes. That's fine in itself, but to declare the start of the electric aviation age after a fifteen minute test flight of a small electric twin seater is just bananas


“This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Australian engineering firm magniX.
Not really. It proves you can do a fifteen minute flight in a small seaplane. But what's in store for actual flight times and distances that would be useful?

How much electricity does it take to fly a load of lithium batteries across the Atlantic? Can you fit that amount of electricity in those batteries or do you need to fit more? If you fit more, how much electricity does it take to fly those extra batteries across the Atlantic and can you fit it in those batteries?

I don't know, but reading the article, the technology, just like that for power generation and cars, is too far in it's infancy to be relied on

Which means it's probably time for the Government to announce a ban on jet flights

Richard Murphy - Idiot

Richard Murphy has the economic knowledge of a pigeon

One of the great myths of modern capitalism is that markets work. Moreover, they supposedly work on the way that economists like to think they do. The Conservative Party is built on that myth. So too is the American Dream.

Because he has the economic knowledge of a pigeon, he's obviously a socialist and spends all his time bleating on his socialist blog about how Capitalism is evil and doesn't work

Neither the English or American Governments believe that markets work, because they are always meddling in them. If they really thought the markets worked, they would leave them alone to, well, work. But they don't, they interfere in the markets at every little opportunity they can get. Very little happens in the world of business and economics that isn't regulated to some degree by the state

Murphy and his ilk love to say that real socialism has not yet been tried, even though it's plainly obvious to most pigeons that it's been tried and failed many times over, but one thing we can say with certainty, is that Free Market Capitalism has never been tried

When I studied economics at college, I learned the surprising fact that the economy that came the closest ever to being a free market, was Hong Kong. If I had to guess (and I think I did) I would have said America. And I would have been wrong

Since then, successive Governments the world over have tightened the reins on business and economics, slice by slice, taking us ever further away from that holy grail of the free market

The myth suggests that anyone can build a business from scratch, entering a market of their choice and end up, with hard work and determination, making a fortune.
This is not true. Modern capitalism has evolved to make sure that markets do not work.

The idea of Free Market Capitalism may indeed say anyone with a good idea and the determination to see it through can build a business and become a success, but as I've stated, we do not live in a free market. It's is not Capitalism that has evolved to make sure the markets don't work, it's Government

A free market requires low taxation, minimal regulation and minimal Government interference (preferably zero), but we have the highest taxation, most stringent regulation and most Government interference, ever in history. And it's probably the same for most countries

The markets may well be failing, but the cause is not Capitalism, it's Government. And idiots like Richard Murphy