I owe Mike Freer an apology. When he set up the Leaderlistens.com blog, back in October 2008, I jokingly called Mike Freer "Two Blogs" as he then had a blog on the Hendon Times and the LeaderListens.com Council Tax funded blog. I also critcised him for setting up a taxpayer funded blog, when he could have a completely free blog of his own on Blogspot.
Well is seems that I'm wrong on both counts. It seems that Mike has a secret blog which he didn't tell me about. It seems he has a nice little blog, here on blogspot, which he's used to detail his many achievements, list his victories and detail how hard he's been working behind the scenes. CLICK HERE TO SEE MIKE'S EXCITING SECRET BLOG
It also seems that unlike us blogspot newbies, Mike has had the blog since June 2007, when he was selected to be the Tory PPC for Finchley. My favourite post on Mike's blog is "NEXT MP" where Mike details every single reason why he'd be a better MP than the current Labour MP, Rudi Viz or the Labour PPC Alison Moore. I also like the section where he lists all of his achievements since the blog was set up.
I must also confess that I've suggested that Mike is a man of the right. Wrong again Rog T. Yet again I apologise. It seems that like me he's an avid Guardian fan. Not only that, but all of us lefties just can't get enough of Mike, so he's got his very own blog on The Guardian as well ! Mike I'm so jealous, why can't I have a blog on my favourate Lefty rag?
So there you are, there's much more blogging to Mike Freer than a mere two blogs ! How many more blogs, could he possibly have? Mike, I know you are reading this. Please post me a comment to let me know of any other blogs out there which you write. Don't hide your light under a bushell, let it shine !
Please accept my humble apology for calling you two blogs, you are clearly a man of many more blogs !
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We the Undersigned, are totally opposed to the closure, sell off or downgrading of the Library service in the London Borough of Barnet.
We believe that Libraries are a vital part of the Borough and recognise the importance of having trained Libraries run by trained librarians. We believe that it is vital to have "quiet space" for students to study.
We believe that closure of the service would cause untold damage to the citizens of Barnet and is totally opposed by the vast majority of the population.
I got into blogging about politics by accident. I had intended to blog about local music.
I've run a music recording & rehearsal studio in Mill Hill, North West London since 1979. I play in a band called The False Dots, over the years we've played all over Europe, but now we mostly just play local shows as we're all too old and lazy. We play up tempo punky tinged rock, tinged with a very dark humour. We've bene joined on stage by various friends over the years such as Boz Boorer (Morrissey's Musical director) and Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind.
I've organised many charity gigs with artists such as Kate Nash, Chris Spedding & Lee Thompson from Madness.
I also help organise many local festivals. I love a good row !!!! Oh and I did a blog on the Edgware Times for a while.
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If you have received a penalty fare at a Thameslink Station and you sent an appeal off to the Independent Penalty Fare Appeals Service, did you notice that this says at the bottom of the letter you got back "London and South Eastern Railways T/A IPFAS". In other words, it's not independent, it's an arm of a train company. They actually run Blackfriars station.
I believe that it is a scandal that this service calls itself independent, but there is no right of appeal and it's run by one of the train operators. I believe that the penalty ticket scheme is a scam to generate extra profits for these companies.
A little tool to help you defeat the invisible men
I've added an IP address lookup tool. If you get an email or you have a stats counter on your blog, you can see who it is and where they came from using this. If you've got an email from someone, view the email. Click on File, then click on properties, then click on details. Now click on message source
You will see some text as follows :- X-Originating-IP: [188.8.131.52]
Where I've put 184.108.40.206, cut and paste this number into the IP lookup and hey presto, you know where the email came from.
If it says it's from your bank, but the IP address is Freds chipshop, you know it's a scam.