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Betterware Think of Everything!

There seems to always be someone leaving a Betterware catalogue on our doorstep. Amazing innovations and inventions for storing shoes in your wardrobe or hanging seven shirts in the space of one adorn the pages. However Mrs. Bigrab pointed out what could be the most useful and unique product they have ever produced!

Removes Stains from your Ring!

Clearance Sale!

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Truly Bizarre

This comes from my friend and occasional BLFP correspondent Alan Findlay, secretary of the Sons Supporters Trust

Perhaps the guy arrived at reception and asked for a suite. “The Bridal sir?” “No I’ll just hold on to her ears!”

The “Unlawful Accommodation of Donkeys Act”! Eh?

The original article from Galway First is too small to read so hear it is in text form (taken from an original grab of the story)

“A man who was found dressed in latex and handcuffs brought a donkey to his room in a Galway city centre hotel, because he was advised “to get out and meet people,” the local court heard last week.

Thomas Aloysius McCarney, with an address in south Galway, was charged with cruelty to animals, lewd and obscene behaviour, and with being a danger to himself when he appeared before the court on Friday. He was also charged with damage to a mini-bar in the room, but this charge was later dropped when the defendant said that it was the donkey who caused that damage. Solicitor for the accused Ms Sharon Fitzhenry said that her client had been through a difficult time lately and that his wife had left him and that his life had become increasingly lonely.

“Mr McCarney has been attending counselling at which he was told that he would be advised to get out and meet people and do interesting things. It was this advice that saw him book into the city centre hotel with a donkey,” she said. She added that Mr McCarney also suffered from a fixation with the Shrek movies and could constantly be heard at work talking to himself saying things like “Isn’t that right, Donkey?”

Supt John McBrearty told the court that Mr McCarney who had signed in as “Mr Shrek” had told hotel staff that the donkey was a family pet and that this was believed by the hotel receptionist who the supt said was “young and hadn’t great English.”

Receptionist Irina Legova said that Mr McCarney had told her that the donkey was a breed of “super rabbit” which he was bringing to a pet fair in the city. The court was told that the donkey went berserk in the middle of the night and ran amok in the hotel corridor, forcing hotel staff to call the gardai.

McCarney was found in the room wearing a latex suit and handcuffs, the key to which the donkey is believed to have swallowed. He was removed to Mill St station after which it is said he was the subject of much mirth among the lads next door in The Galway Arms.

He was fined €2,000 for bringing the donkey to the room under the Unlawful Accommodation of Donkeys Act 1837. Other charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.”

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Good Luck Obama.

There’s enough about the inauguration everywhere else today. However from this wee corner of the net I’d just like to wish the new US President good luck and hope that the world  may be a slightly safer and a slightly more decent place by his taking office.

Banking – Eating Itself

OK I was wrong (in one way) about my prediction of a state bank being announced yesterday. However with RBS losing over 60% of its already rapidly diminishing value in one day then we effectively have a state bank anyway. Hardly anyone in the industry is predicting anything else but full nationalisation of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Many are predicting the nationalisation of all the banks.

The government plunged further public money in to shore up the whole crumbling tower again yesterday. I am prompted to ask a question. When the initial billions were made available to the banks in October, why wasn’t trading in the shares in the banks frozen?

Was it because the government expected an immediate rise because of their intervention? None of the commentators at the time were prepared to make such a bold prediction.

The total debt attributable to this crisis is now £200 billion for the UK.

The IMF beckons.

Or maybe revolution.

The falling pound may in fact be the UK’s saviour in all this (by making exports cheaper) although it could be accompanied by staggering rates of inflation and real hardship. It will be very interesting indeed to see how countries like Spain and Ireland, yoked to the Euro will fare.

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