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[Anonymity] Black Sheep

Posted by Lex Fear on October 21, 2006

November is almost upon us, and I will have been blogging for a year. I originally started out anonymously, but the dangers of being discovered have since passed or have been neutered, therefore I have a pariah blog which exists out there, that I no longer want to maintain.

Therefore I am going to select some of the best bits and thread them into the archives of both of the current blogs I now publish. I will not be referencing them, so if you want a read you will have to go back and discover them. The secret blog will be terminated at some point in the near future without notice.

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[Gay Dog] Legosexuality

Posted by Lex Fear on October 19, 2006

When Dodger was younger he used to date my leg. My leg broke it off because it was afraid of commitment, and wasn’t ready to become a humping post.

Here is a video of Dodger getting a backrub from my leg. Dodger was never sure if he was straight or gay, but I think from this video we can all agree, Dodger is a legosexual.

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[Wildlife] If you go down to the woods today…

Posted by Lex Fear on October 19, 2006

Actually, if you drive through BC Forests…

We spotted this fella meandering across the road as we drove from Calgary to Cranbrook on my 3rd day. He got about 10 feet away from the car and started sniffing the air. He must have smelt the A&W.

Today we went downtown Cranbrook and ordered our wedding rings. We got ones with a Native Wolf/Eagle, gold/white gold, recess design- unique to Canada. Unfortunately the rings won’t arrive before we leave for Maui but we have some basic ones on loan for the event and we will be able to pick up our Native rings before we leave for England.

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[Travel] Canada, eh?

Posted by Lex Fear on October 13, 2006


I’m flying to Canada tomorrow. I’m not sure what to expect as most Canadians I’ve met abroad, up to now, have had a sense of humour bypass (with the possible exception of my fiancee, who will be reading this).
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[Travel] Oh, Canada!

Posted by Lex Fear on October 13, 2006

Tomorrow I fly out to Canada for my first visit. I’ll be meeting some of my new family and exploring for a week then flying down to Maui to get married to my ultra sexy Canadian fiancee, D, who is not feeling very ultra or sexy right now as she has a cold.

I will be flying into Calgary and possibly staying overnight. We’ll do some shopping and more importantly look for our rings.

I had to give up on the parking ticket and pay it off. The courts were demanding the money and since I will be away for 3 weeks I won’t be able to defend. However I intend to see if it’s possible to lodge a complaint against the Central Fine Oriffice or potentially sue the council for misleading road markings- I’ll keep you updated.

I don’t know if I will have time to blog anything of particular relevance, however I might try to post some images I take with my digital camera. For now, however, I will leave you with recommendations for some excellent blogs and sites.

If you’re looking for some deep conversation from an open Christian perspective then check out Dead Yet Living, though it’s mostly run by students so the blog seems to have gone into recession recently. If you’re of the political persuasion and are interested in an alternative to the evil Christian Right, God’s Politics might be for you, I read Jim Wallis’s book this summer and it altered or confirmed my perspectives on many things. There’s always a lively debate going on at Mark DeHoog’s blog and Nowheresville.

Southampton University CU Chaplain writes some very witty commentary on life at the university and beyond. Please visit, especially if you are far away, because the site stats will really confuse him. If you’re looking purely for laughs, I recommend the aptly named Hot Chicks with Douchebags, or the irreverent Chase me ladies, I’m in the cavalry.

If you are interested in UK law, you should check out The Magistrate’s Blog for an eye-opener into the thoughts of a magistrate, You’re Nicked is another coppers blog, where, if you are like me, you may be surprised to find similar views to your own. Bill Sticker is Walking the Streets hoping to issue you a PCN for parking on double-yellows. Speaking of which Neil Herron is one man taking a stand against the system- and inspiring others.

For straight up politics and current events Kel writes excellent commentary on The Osterley Times. The Gun Toting Liberal also offers some great commentary, and Snafu asks some probing questions at Not Proud Of Britain (But Would Like To Be). For political protest, look no further than Tales of the Freewayblogger, I’m sorely tempted to join in this fun and start it up here in the UK.

Help – The Bailiffs are here!

I’ve had some hits from people googling for what to do about Bailiffs turning up for unpaid fines and parking tickets discovering this blog and finding just a rant. Therefore if you are one of those people looking for legal help, you will probably need to contact a solicitor, however there is some research you can do before then to get you in the picture and understand your rights. Check out my links to Social Justice & Responsibility on the sidebar. There is nothing specific about bailiffs, however you will find links that will lead you to information that will be helpful in your situation. Also check out my previous post: Thick As Legal Thieves.

If you find that you have a speeding or parking ticket you may want to check out Neil Herron’s blog, the forums at Pepipoo and the Association of British Drivers website. If you feel you are being persecuted by authorities in anyway and need to know your rights check out Your Rights, Liberty or get in contact with Justice.

Are the banks giving you hassle, over-charging you in fines or harassment? Go to the Consumer Action Group forums or Penalty Charges.

Have you been ripped off/mis-sold a product or concerned about a rogue trader? Visit Rip-Off Britain and get tips from the Money Saving Expert.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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[Asinine] Google Search Terms

Posted by Lex Fear on October 12, 2006

At last, I have snagged one of those weird search terms, check me out:

google toilets designs in united kingdom

OK I’m 7th but at least I’m on the front page, 3rd if you don’t count all that Google directory crap!

Still, googling pjjenks gets me 5 0r 6 new visitors a day so that can’t be bad! Always a pleasure to offer bad publicity.

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[Housing Market Myths] Prelude to The Next Housing Crash

Posted by Lex Fear on October 12, 2006

“…not an ‘if’, but ‘when’.”

In the next few months, I intend to explore some of the lies myths surrounding the UK housing swindle market, using multiple sources for my research. It’s a personal journey I’ve been on, from the self-deceptive prosperity teaching, to out of control debts, and finally an awareness of social injustice to the poor.

Cliff D’Arcy writes for the Motley Fool – Why The Next Housing Crash Will Be Worse! and gives 10 reasons:

  1. We overspend without care
  2. Our bills are soaring
  3. Mortgage debt is massively higher
  4. Non-Mortgage debt has exploded
  5. Mortgage equity withdrawal has soared
  6. Wage inflation is modest
  7. The savings ratio has plunged
  8. Interest rates are low
  9. The state safety-net has vanished
  10. Private insurance cover is pants

These reasons are just scratching the surface of what is a huge, growing, financial monster. I’m hoping to pull in as many sources as possible and put them into a concise article right here on Abandon All Fear.

The other evening I met up with a good friend I had not seen for a long time. He was the one who had introduced me to the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and I looked to him as a source of inspiration for learning the secrets to getting rich. At the time, it was as the British housing market was taking off. Everyone was talking about getting into property, more so in the church than anywhere else.

The story was different 3 years later. My friend had bought a property in the North, he had lost money on the sale. In fact he wasn’t the only person who lost money on property in my church, there were many buying into housing race and wealth creation, without any financial intelligence or understanding of market forces. Yet the self-propaganda continues amongst many. I listened to my friend tell me that he still thought property would rise, and how it’s still the best place to invest. I listened as he explained to me we have an influx of immigrants coming into the country which is driving prices up. He had a good argument, and 3 years ago my only choice would be to agree. But this time I was ready with some answers…

I agreed that there were many more people coming into the country than going out, however the market itself relies on confidence and the availability of people to buy. There is a limit on how far prices can go up, because there is a limit on people’s incomes. Not enough people can now afford to buy a house, and of those that do, they are stretching themselves to the limit. Bankruptcies are at record levels, and further increases in the interest rate will create millions more. Where bankruptcies rise so do repossessions, and where there repossessions, there is an urgency for the banks to cut their losses and get property off their books = price drop.

As I already stated, all markets work on confidence. Something that my friend could agree with me on is that the best time to sell is when everyone is buying, the best time to get out is when everyone is getting in. Everyone jumped on the property boat and it is now looking like a boat that will capsize.

People are struggling to sell, because they won’t bring their prices down, some are determined to make at least 30% profit, others who bought recently are simply trying minimise loss on their ridiculously priced mortgage. For both of these groups it’s taking them upto 18 months or more to sell, something in itself which would never have been heard of 10 years ago.

All it requires is a loss of confidence in property, just as everyone rushed in and the price shot through the roof. All it requires is everyone to panic and rush out which will have the opposite effect. I intend to present the evidence and show that this scenario is not an ‘if’, but ‘when’.

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[Godless Republicans] Change The Reality!

Posted by Lex Fear on October 8, 2006

“Remember those history lessons at school where you learned about how Hitler manipulated the media (radio and magazines) to convert the country to Nazism? We are now witnessing history brought back to life”

I really wanted to blog on the topic of shamed Republican (R-FL) Mark Foley, but after the last few days I’ve ran out of energy. This was a combination of 6 hours working on the last post, being out clubbing Friday evening as part of my work leaving thing- then having to get up early on Saturday morning to go to the dentist about a large hole in my tooth (filling dropped out in the week). I felt like shipwreck this morning and my throat was sore (shouldn’t have smoked that second cigar). I didn’t really drink at all but after leaving the club at 2.30am, one of the guys persuaded us to go for curry. We left Birmingham at 3.30am and got to my friends by 4. Stayed there till 4.30 then drove home and got in at 5am.

So I’m glad to see that Josh has posted something on his blog, Silent Speaking:

“His [Newt Gingrich] statements just rub me the wrong way, and they are very telling of many politician’s refusal to humbly admit wrong without pointing the finger back at their enemies somehow; always blaming someone or something else … This is like the instictive argument of a child who tries to somehow cover his fault by saying ‘But he started it!’ or ‘but so-and-so did this’ implying ‘this’ was much worse than what he did as if that nullifies the fault somehow.

…the problem is Republicans certainly first found it advantagous to use Bill Clinton’s unscrupulous behavior to draw a distinction between themselves and the Democrats based upon ‘morals’ and ‘character”. And as Matthew 7 goes on to say in verse 2, For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Josh, Silent Speaking: But he started it!

The thing that has most impacted me about the affair is how the propaganda arm of the GOP, Fox News, showed video cuts on The O’Reilly Factor with a label running across the screen declaring him a member of the Democrats (D-FL). Remember those history lessons at school where you learned about how Hitler manipulated the media (radio and magazines) to convert the country to Nazism? We are now witnessing history brought back to life:

Source: The BRAD BLOG

This kind of thing should disturb anyone. The O’Reilly Factor is a pre-recorded show, this seems like a blatant attempt to subconsciously get it into the less discerning voters head, that it’s just another sexually immoral Democrat. I’m not going to go any further on this as plenty of other blogs have covered the issue in more detial, however I will leave you with Jon Stewart’s analysis of the blame game, and the shameful attempt to pass it onto (pass it off as) the Democrats:

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[Asinine] An Innocent Relationship?

Posted by Lex Fear on October 7, 2006


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[Satire] Read My Niqab

Posted by Lex Fear on October 7, 2006


I’m considering wearing a bucket on my head when I have to speak to people outside my church.

If they can’t understand what I’m saying due to the reverberations of my voice in the bucket, or get conflicting messages because they can’t read my expressions, I will then accuse them of failing to understand my beliefs, being racist, anti-Christian and creating a divide between me and them.

After I live in a democratic country where I am free to express my beliefs and opinions and it’s an expression of my religious freedom to wear a bucket on my head. I can communicate my ideas quite clearly with a bucket on my head, and if people refuse to understand then they are obviously fascists.

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