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23 August 2006
A NAZI HEADACHE

DOCTORS pulled a Nazi bullet out of the nose of a Russian World War II veteran after he complained of headaches.

Mihail Kabalin, 83, said: "I had no idea that I had a bullet still in my head. I was shot by the Germans while trying to cross the river Desnya in 1943."

Mihail said that after surgery to remove the bullet the headaches ended and he enjoyed his best night's sleep for years.


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The Times August 28, 2006

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THOUSANDS of wheelie bins have been secretly fitted with bugs as the Government comes under increasing pressure to charge households for collecting non-recyclable waste.

The penny-sized electronic chips could be used to fine homeowners who exceed any weight restrictions imposed on rubbish. They have been fitted to about 500,000 bins across England.

Their existence was revealed as the Institute for Public Policy Research urged the Government to start billing households according to how much waste they produce.

Britain has the third worst recycling rate in the European Union, according to figures published yesterday by the institute, an influential centre-left think-tank.

Its warning was backed by the Local Government Association (LGA), which threatened to increase council tax bills if recycling did not improve. It said that this tariff would be needed to cover EU fines.

Councils face penalties of up to £150 per tonne of rubbish if they fail to meet recycling targets set under the EU landfill directive. This could lead to a bill of £230 million.

Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, the LGA chairman, said: “For decades people have been used to being able to throw their rubbish away without worrying about the consequences. Those days are now over.

“There needs to be a radical overhaul of the way in which rubbish is thrown away, otherwise there is a real danger that council tax bills will have to rise and the environment will continue to suffer.”

The tag is screwed into a recess under the bin’s lip. It contains a silicon chip with a serial number identifying the home to which it belongs.

This is detected by a sensor on the truck as the bin is lifted for emptying. The weight of the rubbish it contains is calculated by equipment on the truck. This information is then transmitted to a central computer.

Plans to charge for the collection of non-recyclable rubbish have already been mooted.

David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, indicated last month that he backed a tax on household rubbish. He said that he was interested in an idea suggested by Sir Michael Lyons, as part of his inquiry into local government finance, which involved a system of variable waste-charging.

The research institute said that a “pay as you throw” system was the only way of improving Britain’s poor record of recycling — which accounted for only 18 per cent of its municipal waste in 2003-04.

Greece and Portugal had the worst rates at 8 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.

Britain still fell far short of the next lowest nation, France, at 28 per cent.

The Netherlands, which was top of the league, recycled 65 per cent of its waste. Nick Pearce, the institute’s director, said: “Our European neighbours have shown that where charges are commonplace, recycling rates will rise.”

He acknowledged that the rubbish collection element of council tax bills would have to be removed if separate charges were introduced.

The bugged bins are said to have been introduced in parts of Cheshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Surrey and Wiltshire.

Council representatives said that the tags, which use radio frequency identification technology and cost about £2, would help them to collect information about waste disposal and settle ownership disputes over bins. They claimed that the tags could provide the “ability to charge waste producers based on the number of collections”.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that local authorities had not been told to start using the tags.

 

She added that the Government was looking at several options to help Britain to meet tough European targets on landfill reduction.

 

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Somebody trying to noise the Bilkster up wi' these wheelie bin posts? The Bilkster's pet hate are binmen who whine about the wheelie bin being 'Over full'.

This is what one of these guys took the time to knock on my door at 6:45 in the morning to inform me a few months back. "Your bins over full mate am no lifting it if it's like that again!" He tells me.

 

"How can it be 'over' full? Said i. "Something is either full or it isn't, a bin cannot be 'over' full it can only be full or not full?"

 

Your bins over full and nae wi' am a lifting it....a've mere tae dae than mess about wi bins that's over full!"

 

"Fair enough. says i, don't lift it ya lazy basdurd.............but you have backed a juice here mate."

 

At this point i had to accept i had lost this battle.......but not the war. After hauling the wheelie bin oot to the didgie motor ma'sel and letting wan of the bin men stick it oan that big thing that chucks the rubbish intae the back of the motor i went indoors, pride a little dunted, sure.....but in no way finished.

 

Bilko phoned up the cleansing dept later that day and informed the chap at the other end of the line that his wheelie bin was broke.."a wheel has come aff it mate" a told him. "it's totally knackered...................gonnae send me oot another wan?"

 

Three days later Bilko opened his door just after lunch to find a brand spanking new big green wheelie bin sitting at the gate....."Ya beautyyy!"

 

Bilko could hardly contain his excitement till the next bin pick-up morning. It was with great pleasure and total satisfaction that the bold Bilko left not one BUT TWO wheelie bins oot for collection that Thursday evening...of course i made sure none was 'over full' (which,by this time by the way i realise is binman speak for FULL)  

 

On the Friday morning Blko was up with the larks, made it my point to be out for the morning rolls and milk,just as Mr Over Full was hauling on the second wheelie bin..."Morning mate.....How you managing noo?....See a got ye another bin aye? That's you got two bins to pull noo instead of jist the wan....still at least they urnae over full eh."

 

For the sake of board etiquette i`ll leave out Mr Over Full's parting remarks..suffice to say a few derogatory remarks were slung my way....Apparently he thinks i am employed in the financial sector.... I could have swore he called me a fat banker.

 

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Hi Bilkster, sad but true with regards to the wheelie bins.

 

I had a hoot at your encounter with BIN MAN LADEN and have a similar tale albeit slightly different from yours.

 

When I moved recently to a very nice area I unintentionally became embroiled in a WHEELIE BIN WAR (I kid you not).

 

The residents association were at war with the refuge dept and the local authority issued the following mandate:

 

1. Put all CLEAR glass in the box provided.

 

2. Put all COLOURED glass in the box provided.

 

3. Separate all PLASTIC waste and put it in the RECYCLING BIN.

 

4. Separate all PAPER waste and put it in the other RECYCLING BIN.

 

5. All other household refuge put directly in the GREEN WHEELY BIN.

 

Mr Busy Ass (RESIDENTS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN)

 

I was totally oblivious to these decrees......although I do recall a small letter from Mr B A and went and emptied my first load of rubbish.....Good start thought I.

 

However all the bins were numbered and literally my number was up one day when a chap with a high viz jacket pressed my intercom.

 

High viz man then appeared at my front door and here is how it went:

 

HVM: Morning mate.

 

H6: Good morning how can I help you?

 

HVM: Yer bin wont be emptied as there is glass bottles in it bla, bla bla.................Council regulations etc......Bla.......(This went on for about 5 minutes of rapid fire as though I was on some quiz show)

 

H6: Who are you?

 

HVM:I am Senior refuge coordinator for the area.

 

H6: so your a BIN MAN?

 

HVM: Naw am the supervisor of the refuge collection team (F**K me I thought he was one of the SWAT team the way he was going on)

 

H6: Oh I see so whats the problem?

 

HVM: Glass mate were no supposed tay take it unless its in designated plastic boaxes....an yer number oan the bin is for yer ain benefit.

 

H6: Right you are cheers...then HVM swaggers off.

 

Since I had just moved in at the time I thought nothing of it and was a few Brandy's short of a bottle the next day.....went down with a big black bag with bottles rattling like a milk float going round a corner too fast to deposit my garbage.

 

By that time I noticed that the flat below was up for sale I noted the number and put my rubbish in theirs (Ah well I was a wee bit tipsy).

 

This went on for a few weeks until HVM came calling again.

 

HVM: We've received a complaint fay sum wan that yer usin their bin mate.

 

H6: Look I am not your mate and that's twice you'v been at this door so just go away (Hangover time).

 

HVM: Sorry but ye'v goat tay use yer own bin or else ye can be prosecuted.

 

At that point I produced a £10 note and asked the HVM if he can sort things out for me as I was new to the area.

 

Every Friday morning my intercom went Bzzzzzzzz...........Hello?

 

HVM: Alright mate that's sorted for ye.

 

I kid you not this went on for months then Xmas came round and then New year...and quite a few bottles, Brandy, wine, Champagne and a few beers all included in the household rubbish and have never had a problem since.

 

A TENNER spent well? you bet!

 

However these new ones with the technology has really done the damage!

 

Whats next BIOMETRIC LIDS that only open to those who's fingerprints match? RUBBISH? I'l tell you about RUBBISH BOY! (As the bold Rab C Nesbit would say).

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE BILKSTER........FREE THE BIN MEN!

 

 


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Hi Bilko and H6. Your stories of 'beef' with the Bin 'Laden' Man gave me a laugh.

 

Down here they have the 'Yellow Card' scheme, i kid you not. If householders put the wrong rubbish in the wrong colour bin, a yellow card is issued.  If a householder receives 3 yellow cards, they will receive a visit from a member of the Environ[mental] Services!

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That was hilarious H6! Refuse Coordinator...Oooooohh! Bloody ershole is more like it!  Bilko
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Hi Bilko and H6. Your stories of 'beef' with the Bin 'Laden' Man gave me a laugh.

 

Down here they have the 'Yellow Card' scheme, i kid you not. If householders put the wrong rubbish in the wrong colour bin, a yellow card is issued.  If a householder receives 3 yellow cards, they will receive a visit from a member of the Environ[mental] Services!

Sounds like they are going all US of A on you guys Magpie, adopting a three strikes and your out policy! Tell them your colour blind and have a ball why dont ye!!  Bilko


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After finding out that i am not alone with my dislike (putting it mildly) of job-worth's, Bilko thinks a Job-Worths section would not go amiss, Bilko is sure people are as pissed off with all this political correctness malarkey just as much as he is.

 

We should post up any instances of Political correctness gone crazy or over zealous job-worths as we find them while surfing the net....It will add some more humour to the site while voicing our concerns over the nonsensical waste of government funds on enforcing and implementing stupid rules and regulations. Just a suggestion. Bilko


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After finding out that i am not alone with my dislike (putting it mildly) of job-worth's, Bilko thinks a Job-Worths section would not go amiss, Bilko is sure people are as pissed off with all this political correctness malarkey just as much as he is.

 

We should post up any instances of Political correctness gone crazy or over zealous job-worths as we find them while surfing the net....It will add some more humour to the site while voicing our concerns over the nonsensical waste of government funds on enforcing and implementing stupid rules and regulations. Just a suggestion. Bilko

I hope you will like the NEW section on POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and thanks for the idea as I'm sure it will be a hoot!


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6 September 2006
SHAMED WATSON SELLING HOUSE

DISGRACED peer Lord Watson is selling his home in Scotland.

The 57-year-old, who lives in London with wife Clare, is selling his £249,000 bungalow in Cathcart on the south side of Glasgow.

A family friend said the couple were desperate to escape the "goldfish bowl" in Scotland.

Watson was jailed for 16 months for wilful fireraising at an awards bash at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh in November 2004.

He was kicked out of the Labour Party and lost his place on the board at Dundee United.

Watson walked free from Edinburgh's Saughton Prison on May 23 after serving eight months.

By then, IT manager Clare, 32, had moved back to London, where she grew up.

Watson joined her there and returned to the House of Lords, where he is entitled to allowances totalling £320 a day.

The former Labour MP for Glasgow Cathcart decided to sell their house in the city because they spend most of their time in London, where they both work.

The family friend said: "They bought the house in Cathcart in 2000 because he wanted to be close to his constituents.

"They really liked the area and will miss it a lot.

"They are making a better life for themselves down there after all the heartache of the past couple of years.

"He isn't a public figure any more and therefore believes he is entitled to a private life."

 

NOTE: Hotel owners were scanning CCTV footage over that immediate news of the sale.

 

Some have even put up NO VACANCIES signs with an e-fit of him in an attempt to save the textiles industry that made the original curtains.

 

One Hotelier said " We have lots and lots of CCTV" so no Bed & Breakfast for that crazy pyrotechnics here and a bit like Jesus (Without the flaming curtains)

 

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Firebug peer back in Lords...

 

SHAMED peer Lord Watson has returned to the House of Lords just three weeks after getting out of jail.

The former Labour MSP and minister served eight months of a 16-month sentence for setting fire to curtains at Edinburgh's Prestonfield House hotel.

He was released from Saughton prison on May 23.

Yesterday Lord Watson, who was kicked out of the Labour Party after his conviction, was escorted back into Westminster's second chamber by Labour peers George Foulkes and Martin O'Neill.

A friend is quoted was saying: "It was always his intention to retake his seat in the Lords."

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8 September 2006
THE COLOUR OF CRIME

YELLOW cars are the least likely to be targeted by thieves, according t o research revealed yesterday.

More than a third of motorists have had their cars stolen or broken into at least once - but only two per cent were yellow.

In contrast, one in four of motors that have been broken into were blue, while 22 per cent were red, security firmBarriers Direct said.


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More than £600,000 has been recovered under the Scottish Proceeds of Crime Act (Poca) in the first five months of this year.

It is more than the sum raised in the whole of 2005.

Lord Advocate Colin Boyd said the money was recovered from criminals involved in activities such as human trafficking and prostitution.

He said the proceeds would go to community and outreach projects for the victims of crime.

Lord Boyd told BBC Scotland that one of the reasons for the increase was the lowering of the minimum cash-seizure threshold from £5,000 to £1,000.

It was reduced to allow the police to target local drug dealers and other small-time criminals.

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The amount of money we have collected equates to something like 60,000 heroin deals
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"The Mr Bigs are still important people who we have to go after," he said.

"But actually making a difference on the ground, in the local community, will have a more immediate effect for citizens.

"The amount of money we have collected equates to something like 60,000 heroin deals."

The lord advocate said community and outreach projects across Scotland had benefited from the money that was seized.

"This hopefully will mean we are using the money to stifle the whole drugs trade," he said.

"If we can be more effective in making these cash seizures and combining that with the civil recovery of items like flats, yachts and Rolex watches, we will be taking money away from criminals and redirecting it."

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Flats confiscated under Proceeds of Crime Act

30/06/2006

Ten flats in Dundee have today been recovered by the Crown Office Civil Recovery Unit following proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The properties will now be put up for sale. The proceeds, less outstanding mortgage obligations, will then be paid over to Scottish Ministers. In addition, the Court of Session ordered that money in bank accounts, cash, savings plans, policies and pensions be handed over to the Crown.

The assets were owned by Paul Anthony Cox and a company in which he had an interest. Mr Cox, who had a limited legitimate income over a number of years, had been able to buy the properties, and make substantial savings in bank accounts and pension plans, as a result of his involvement with drug related crime. Mr Cox agreed to settle the case out of Court.

The Lord Advocate, The Right Honourable The Lord Boyd of Duncansby QC, has welcomed this development, saying:

"This case underlines our determination to recover the proceeds of crime. The Proceeds of Crime Act was designed to show that crime does not pay, and this latest case demonstrates that the new powers are being used to recover all types of property for the benefit of the public purse. A large number of properties have been recovered in this case, showing that civil recovery is a very effective way of depriving people of their ill-gotten gains. "

Background

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) came into force early in 2003. POCA makes provision for a civil recovery scheme, whereby the proceeds of unlawful conduct are recoverable, and an enhanced cash forfeiture scheme. The Scottish Ministers institute civil recovery proceedings. The Civil Recovery Unit is responsible for the implementation of civil recovery and cash forfeiture in Scotland. The Lord Advocate is the Scottish Minister responsible for the operation of the Unit.

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Knife carriers to be sent straight to jail.

ANYONE caught in possession of a knife will face a 'presumption of jail' under a tough new law being considered by Labour to tackle Scotland's blade culture.

Party chiefs are expected to include the measure in their election manifesto next year, if their current crackdown on knife crime fails to deliver.

 

The move, put forward by MSP and former Glasgow City Council leader Charlie Gordon, would bring possession of a knife into the same category as carrying a gun.

Anyone found with a knife would be handed a custodial sentence, unless they could offer a credible explanation.

The move comes with figures showing that nearly 30 Scots a week need hospital treatment for knife wounds.

In 2004-5, more than 1,400 people were discharged from hospital after being treated for a blade-related injury.

Gordon has submitted the plan as part of Labour's manifesto preparations, which will be finalised later this year. Labour ministers in charge of knife crime legislation have now given a pledge that if their efforts to crack down on knife crime fail, then they will turn to the plan once again.

The move would give Scotland some of the most draconian legislation in the world on the possession of knives. However, MSPs insist that such is the extent of the crisis, they need to show they are serious.

Gordon said: "If you go back to the razor gangs of the 1950s, judges started handing out lengthy sentences and that helped to bring them to a halt. I think it might well take jailing people for knife possession for us to reverse this cultural problem."

He added: "This is something that affects everyone. I know of middle-class children in nice schools who are keeping knives for protection, they say. They don't realise that they are making themselves more vulnerable to attack.

"If you carry a gun, unless you can convince a judge that there is a very good reason, then the judge has to give you five years. I am aiming at people who think it is OK to carry a knife. If you carry a knife, then you will be locked up."

Ministers have already prioritised tackling knife crime, after putting forward the new Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act, which came into force across Scotland last week. The act has doubled the maximum penalty for carrying a knife in public from two to four years.

The minimum age for buying a knife has also risen, from 16 to 18. The police have also been given greater powers to stop and search those who they suspect of carrying a blade. New laws have also been introduced placing strict new licences on businesses that sell swords and other non-domestic knives.

A knife amnesty this summer resulted in nearly 13,000 weapons being handed in to police, including lock knives, machetes, swords, meat cleavers, bayonets and axes.

Labour will wait until the impact of those reforms has been assessed, but party chiefs have given a commitment to toughen it further if knife crime continues to grow.

First Minister Jack McConnell is understood to back extra measures for the Labour manifesto next year, as Labour attempts to show the electorate it is serious about reducing violent crime on Scotland's streets.

Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish National Party justice spokesman, said: "We would have some sympathy for this. We wouldn't support any mandatory system, but given the situation we are in, the time has come to show no mercy. People have been warned and there should be no good reason why people carry knives at all."

Margaret Mitchell, justice spokeswoman for the Scottish Conservatives, added:"While this all helps, legislation alone isn't going to begin to tackle the problem. Until you get into the minds of young people and show them the stupidity of carrying a knife and how dangerous it is, you are never going to move forward."

There are about 10,000 knife offences in Scotland every year with, on average, one person a week stabbed to death. Between April and December last year, some 879 people were treated for knife wounds in casualty departments.

According to the United Nations, the figures make Scotland one of the most dangerous 'civilised' nations in the world.

At present, people caught with a knife face being taken into custody until their court date, but there is no presumption that they will then be jailed after sentencing.

Gordon says that space should be freed up in jails by barring petty offenders, such as fine defaulters, from receiving a jail sentence.

The extent of Scotland's knife culture was revealed last month when two 12-year-old boys were caught with knives while travelling on buses into Glasgow city centre on a Saturday night.

In the High Court in Edinburgh last month, a teenager and his two friends were given a total of 19 years in jail after attacking guests at a party with a meat cleaver and a martial arts weapon. The attack was apparently provoked after the teenager's girlfriend left him for another man.

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