Will it now be 6 bins

So confusing, another EU directive, which the UK will most likely follow to the letter, but will the other countries in the EU. Just looked at the video link from Canterbury council, which is trying to be helpful, but leaves me even more confused.

UK refuse bins

UK refuse bins

The problems:

1) How many properties in the UK will not have room for 4 bins, let alone 6 bins. Many can only accommodate the current number of bins on the frontage of their property, which was, in most cases, only assumed for 1 bin or none at all. Will these bins over spill to be situated on the pavement, thereby making it hazardous for pedestrians, especially for those with limited or no vision.

2) While, hopefully, explanation signs will be placed on each bin lid, how some elderly or persons with some learning disability or mental health issue who are living independently, be able to follow the confusing array of bins.

3) Not only is the number of bins and their usage confusing, but there is also the bin collection array of timings to be understood by all in the community and especially those mentioned in 2) above.

4) When it is collection day how many of these bins will be up for collection at anyone time. For even 1 bin on the pavement at short intervals along the pavement is hazardous as mentioned in 1) above.

5) The food waste bin mentioned in the video, is far from hygienic, food waste should not be retained in your dwelling for days on end and in most dwellings the kitchen area, at times is only just big enough to allow for meal preparation. The storage of a bin for food waste in addition to an internal bin for general waste would not be feasible.

For my own council area, there is even more confusion and this is whether you live in a flat or house and relates to plastics. If you live in a house your plastics can be placed in the bin with your glass and tins. However, if you live in a flat your plastics can not be placed in that such bin, but have to be placed in the bin for your general waste. This, it appears, is due to the fact that only certain plastics can be placed in the glass, tin and plastics bin and those other plastics have to be placed in the general bin. This is down to the fact, that if the wrong plastics are place in the glass, etc, bin then the waste removal can be refused. But for flats, where a glass, etc. bin is shared between 2 or more flats, the refusal can not be enforced, as who would have been responsible for the incorrect placement.

So I feel it should be back to the drawing board for the EU on this one.


To follow, I wonder why, well here is the answer.

Originally posted on Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger:

“what I know, I know. What I don’t know, I don’t know, but…I will find out.” – Unknown

cynica monthly digest of answers to questions from around the blogosphere, via thepublicblogger.  responses are based in academia, life experiences, learned via an ongoing pursuit of knowledge. and through trial & error from the school of hard knocks.

non-judgmental, all-inclusive, meaningful and perhaps wise.

The Knowledge Bowl – August 2013 edition

Dear thepublicblogger, why did you follow my blog?

Dear thepublicblogger: First I want to thank you for following my blog. I could be cynical and say maybe you just did it, so that I would follow yours, but hopefully that is not the case. I am one to always believe the best about people first so I’m going to remain optimistic (although, I am glad to follow yours, because I am enjoying it quite a bit). –  cynical optimist

Dear cynical…

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British what is it and who are they?

'Union Jack' Flag of United Kingdom, Image courtesy of Tina Phillips/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

‘Union Jack’ Flag of United Kingdom, Image courtesy of Tina Phillips/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Welsh Flag fluttering ‘The Red Dragon’

British is defined by ‘The Free Dictionary as


a. Of or relating to Great Britain or its people, language, or culture.
b. Of or relating to the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth of Nations.
2. Of or relating to the ancient Britons.
Great Britain is relating to England, Scotland and Wales, whereas United Kingdom is the common name for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Generally, today Great Britain is generally known as just Britain
The persons born in Great Britain or United Kingdom are known as British, but this depends on the cultural identity that each persons wishes to be known by, that being Scottish, Welsh, English and Northern Irish. Irish generally refers to persons born in Southern Ireland or more correctly, now referred to as Ireland. However, in Northern Ireland depending on a persons religious identity, Protestants  may refer to themselves as British or Catholics as Irish.
With regards to the Commonwealth of Nations, before each of the individual countries gained their own independence, the populations of these countries did have a right to claim to be British and as such could claim to apply for a British passport. However, from the date of their country’s independence only persons born in that country before its independence could claim to have British Nationality.

Sottish flag, Image courtesy of Darren Robertson/FreeDigitalPhotos. net

Sottish flag, ‘St Andrew’ Image courtesy of Darren Robertson/FreeDigitalPhotos. net

AGF5X3 St George cross national flag of England

English Flag ‘St George’


St Patrick’s Saltire

Flag_of_Ireland from 1916-present.svg

Flag of Ireland from 1916-present

The official flag of the United Kingdom is the ‘Union Jack‘ which comprises of three elements: the cross of St. George (red on white) for England, the cross of St. Andrew (white diagonal on blue) for Scotland, and the so-called cross of St. Patrick (red diagonal on white) for Ireland and was created in 1801. As Wales was not a Kingdom, but a  Principality, it was not included on the flag, although the official flag of Wales is ‘The Red Dragon. The official flag of Northern Ireland is the ‘Union Jack’. While the ‘Union Jack’ is recognised as the official flag of Northern Ireland, this will , mainly depend on which community you aspire to be from. Should you be Protestant then you would normally accept the ‘Union Jack’, while if Catholic you would normally accept the official flag of Ireland, which it has been since 1916. Prior to 1916 is was the Saint Patrick’s Saltire also known  ‘Cross of St Patrick. This being the flag which was incorporated to form the ‘Union Jack’. Over the years there have been many flags associated with Ireland and also Northern Ireland. Some were the same, while others were not

While there are the flags associated with the United Kingdom, what do the rest of the world view as a typical Briton, however, this may be better considering how they see a typical person for English, Welsh, Scottish and the Northern Irish. But what is a typical person from any of the individual countries within the United Kingdom.. In fact the concept of these nationalities Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman, with occasionally a Welshman have created many jokes, one being ‘An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman are sitting in a bar. Suddenly, a fly dives into each of their beers. The Englishman says, “Barman, a fly just dived into my beer. Bring me another one.” The Englishman got another beer. The Irishman says, “Ah, to hell with it,” and empties his pint, fly and all. The Scotsman pulls the fly out of his beer, shakes it up and down, and screams, “Spit it out, damn you! Spit it out!’. These jokes tend to feed off the assumed general characteristics of each nationality, if being in England the punchline is usually based around the Irishman being stupid, the Scotsman being mean or frugal, and the Englishman being posh or a snob but ultimately not the butt of the joke, whereas in Scotland and Ireland, the Englishman will typically be the butt of the joke. Sometimes, when the joke requires four people, a Welshman is brought into the joke.

But that is an aside, how do others generally see these nationalities, for the English,

Bowler hatted Englishman

Bowler hatted Englishman

Whisky drinking Scotsman

Whisky drinking Scotsman

could be, The most common picture depicting a typical Englishman is a man wearing a bowler hat and holding an umbrella or reading the Times newspaper. Then for the Scottish is it a man wearing a kilt and either playing the bagpipes or drinking whisky or both. The Welsh is it a male who is forever singing in a choir. Then finally the Northern Irish are there any separation between those in Northern Ireland and those in Ireland, for many away from those lands, there may be not.

Are these how others see them? In fact, is it at all possible to have a typical view of any person with regards to their nationality. If there is a recognised national dress, as there is in Scotland, then the wearing of the kilt could be seen as typical, but the drinking of whisky and playing the bagpipes, may be not so.  But for England there is no recognised national dress and the bowler hat and umbrella would have been, in the past, the assumed accessories of a person in business, more than likely to do with finance.

So can the British be defined, so that they can be seen to be of a nationality, perhaps not. But the allegiance to a flag, could still be so for some.

However, the relationship to be being British could be changing for some. In this respect, the forthcoming referendum on Scottish Independence on 18th September 2014 and the resulting outcome, will it be Yes or No. The BBC Scottish Referendum Poll Tracker, as of 29th August 2014 is saying No 48%, Yes 42% with Don’t Knows 11%. So on this we will have to wait the outcome on the 19th September 2014, to see whether there will be any change to the definition of British or perhaps more, United Kingdom.

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Data is good when it is used in the correct way, but mainly it is misused.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

A few months ago I signed up for the FDA’s email alerts about food recalls, blissfully unaware that the agency sends out anywhere from three to six of those a day for everything from tainted chicken salad with chives in Iowa to undeclared nut allergens in your cranberry juice. So far I’ve yet to see a recall that has affected me, but even if there was one I might miss it in the influx.

And anyway, who wants to track recalls of food in their email inbox? There’s really only one place where food recall data becomes useful: at the point of sale, when you are getting ready to pick up a product or perhaps as the cashier scans it at the check out. A recalled product might get flagged by the system set in place by the grocery store.

But this problem illustrates a huge opportunity looming with the…

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True, we are what we are from the inside, for what is readily seen is just an outer coating and is not the whole person.For, if all held this thought, then surely there would be less conflict in the world of today, the yesteryear and more importantly, the future.

via Attitude.


A differing point of view and well worth considering.

Originally posted on Chris Martin Writes:

I spent the majority of my Christian life believing I was a sinner. I would venture to guess that 90% or more of you believe that as well. I’m here to let you know that you’re not.

The Gospel isn’t just trying to live right. It isn’t biting your tongue and fighting back words that seek to come out. The Gospel isn’t a battle. Friends, that victory was achieved over 2,000 years ago. I see too many people exhausted, worn out, frustrated, and beat down because they haven’t been taught the true meaning of the Cross. They are still trying to achieve what Christ already accomplished.

Jesus didn’t die on the Cross to expose our sin. He had to become sin and die, I get that. It was necessary in order to render sin powerless over our lives. However, He didn’t die because we were sinners. Christ died on that…

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Just a moment of your time to bring ever lasting pleasure to others.

Originally posted on Madamsabi's Blog:

He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary’s School in Morris, Minn. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, but had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousness delightful. Mark talked incessantly. I had to remind him again and again that talking without permission was not acceptable. What impressed me so much, though, was his sincere response every time I had to correct him for misbehaving – ‘Thank you for correcting me, Sister!’ I didn’t know what to make of it at first, but before long I became accustomed to hearing it many times a day.

One morning my patience was growing thin when Mark talked once too often, and then I made a novice-teacher’s mistake. I looked at him and said, ‘If you say one more word, I…

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Funding for both health and social care in the UK has been at critical for the last few years. It may have been that some of the money spent could have been used more effectively. But with the funding cuts imposed on both Local Authority Social Care and the NHS over the last few years much of this has now been addressed. Any cuts now being managed are having a direct effect on the front line services, this then requires services to be cut to the persons who need the services most.

You do not need to be financially educated to see why demand is exceeding funding. With the advances in medical science, the ability for most persons to live longer, the past policies of allowing large scale immigration to the UK have resulted in the greater demand.

To cut front line services for care and support, will mean a drastic reduction in the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable and also chronically ill persons in the UK.

Many feel there is still masses of waste in both health and social care and to over spend on their budgets means there is massive ineffective use of the monies involved. But in many areas this is not so, it is the demand outstripping the funding for supply.

For these persons who feel there is still waste, do they wish for the persons who need to have these services, to not have these, thus resulting in a drastic reduction in their quality of life. In many instances the existing quality of life for these persons will be much lower than that is expected from persons who feel there is waste of financial resources.

The UK needs to take stock of itself and see that it is not the country it once was. We are a small nation in a much larger world. We still wish to see ourselves as the country that can help every other country, but in doing so we are not helping ourselves, especially those in the UK who do need help. We are richer than most, but our finance is much needed at home.

The persons who govern the UK need to take this into consideration. We can not afford to send armed forces here and everywhere, not only do we not have sufficient frontline persons to do so, but the costs relating to equipment and weaponry are so expensive for our meager finances.

As the time long gone when we need to concentrate on the UK and not the wider world. But in doing so will some of our industries that rely on the rest of the world also suffer, the finance centre in London, banking on a global scale, the energy and fuel industries, let alone the balance of payments, the ratio of spending on goods and services coming into the UK and the receipts for goods and services going out of the UK.

Just what is the answer?

Simon Stevens his view of care in 50 years

Is this view by Simon Stevens a pipe dream or will it be reality?

In an ideal world this may be possible, but when care is not practicable at home, a care home is an alternative or independent living within a monitored housing scheme. Many persons would prefer to be cared for in their own home, but when they need care, where will it come from. Family members do this for as long as they can. When they can not do this for the length of time required, carers could be employed to maintain care in the home, either Personal Assistants employed by the person with a disability or care assistants from a Care Agency. or care assistants within a care home or within the independent living arrangement. In a care home the care should be available 24/7 and most likely the independent arrangement, but this is not possible within a persons own home. for one there has to be the availability of carers to attend for the length of time required, let alone the funds to pay for the carers.

Currently, due to Government cuts to local authority spending, this care in the home, is also being cut by the Local Authorities. This is leaving the supposedly cared for to be put at risk, due to the lack of carers attending and the time available on the funding provided.

When Care in the Community was introduced, many years ago, it was not fully funded and now that funding is being cut at a time when the requirement for care is increasing.

Get the funding right and then care can be a person’s choice.


Is this now to be rectified?

The Care Act 2014 in this the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb talks about the biggest reforms to the social care system in more than 60 years. The Care Bill has now progressed through both Houses of Parliament and is now The Care Act 2014, if you wish some light reading, or not, you could view The Care Act 2014 by Link*. This is not the official printed copy, to obtain such copy, this will be available from http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/ for this there would appear to be, currently, a charge of £23.25.

The Care Act is for adults who may be vulnerable and carers of these adults and brings together all the various pieces of legislation relating to adult care. In doing so it also brings responsibility on Local Authorities to ensure the right care is available, but if the funding is not there how can this be achieved?

This is the question all Local Authorities are currently asking themselves. Many persons would still wish to be cared for within their own home either by family members, Personal Assistants or care assistants. But individualised care can be expensive, so some are deciding to use the independent living arrangement or care homes. In these a number of carers can be used to care for a number of persons, so the costs are equalised between the persons requiring care, thus having a lower cost ratio of care, to cared for.

But in some instances this will not be abiding by the principles of The Care Act 2014. The Act stipulates that both the cared for and the family carers should each have an assessment of need, where the needs and choices of each should be stated and the care to be provided should be tailored arround these assessments and the support plan resulting from the assessments. There is a  requirement that all Local Authorities should be using the same criteria and not a criteria created by each Local Authority and so the support plan will be centred on the individual requiring care. This still requires that sufficient funding is available and within the Act there is the assumption that the budgets of Health and Social Care will be brought together. But will this be sufficient, well time will tell.

Then we come back to the views of Simon Stevens and for this to occur even more funding will be required. Is any of this feasible, well should we wait and see?

Just what is truth and respect, we hear these words mentioned in all areas from time to time, but what is the truth and do we show or have respect and do we trust.

From an early age we are informed to respect authority and to trust the Police. Now we are told no one respects authority and there is no trust in the police. So why has there been a change over the last 50 years or has there been no change, but people are now more honest about their feelings. At this early age the children are also expected to trust and respect their parents.

When I was at school some 50-60 years ago it was assumed we respected the teachers, but was fear thought to be respect. The teachers were the power and should not be crossed, as they had the punishments to deliver if you did cross them. Is that they way to have or gain respect, no you fear for what could and can be done to you. This fear is no longer there, as the punishments of long ago have been withdrawn and the pupils of today know they can do virtually anything and will not receive any punishment. This lead to large-scale disobedience and can have devastating consequences as could be seen from recent news. Teacher stabbed to death in Leeds, while this may not be a direct result in punishment removal and the no respect or fear of teachers, it is a product of what is occurring today.

Then we have the Police, this was, only a few years ago, a profession that the majority respected and looked upon with pride and trust. While there were always the occasional stories of corruption, this was isolated persons in particular forces. Now we have Hillsborough, possibly Orgreave, Stephen Lawrence and others. This is not to say that the police are corrupt, but a minority of the officers may be, but it is the manner in which these investigations and others were handled that leaves a door of mistrust open.

The NHS, this is one of the great institutions of the UK, being that it provides health care, free at point of delivery for all eligible persons within the UK. But there have been many issues, one of which is Mid Staffs. This is where there were many unexplained deaths and the extent of a cover up.

One of the biggest scandals and is still current is the child abuse allegations and Jimmy Saville and others. Here questions are still being asked about the conduct of the BBC, various hospital, including Leeds General InfirmaryBroardmoor , Stoke Mandeville and many others, CPS, Police and some child care homes.

Now Cyril Smith which again bring in, what appears to be child abuse, police investigations or no investigation and politics. Was this known at Westminster, by his own party; the Liberals  or any of the other parties or any MP’s and if it was, were there cover ups?

The mention of politics and MP’s brings in the expenses scandal, where certain MP’s were accused of claiming expenses they were not entitled to and some were prosecuted and many had to pay back the expenses they should not have had. Then we have certain persons in Parliament and Government who may not have always been truthful, this causes Tony Blair  to be mentioned his’weapons of mass destruction‘ is but one example of limited truth.

But can one believe anything a Politian says, have you observed when they are in interviews and are asked questions, have you ever seen or heard one politician answer any question directly.  In most cases the response will be superbly diverted to the response they wish to give, which in most cases has no bearing on the question being asked.

The expenses scandal was found out by media investigation, but recently the media has had its own scandals with the phone hacking, the parliamentary review and the convictions.

So many of the UK institutions have recently been found to be not telling the truth and then, does that lead to the non-respecting of these institutions, for many the answer will be yes. This, of course, does presuppose that they were, in fact, respected previously.

So how can these institution and the persons within them be seen to be trustful and then maybe respected. I believe it starts with them being  open, honest and transparent and at least one MP says he will MP Craig Whittaker. There are also a number of  NHS Hospitals and NHS organisations who have taken this on board, some being NHS England, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustSalford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, but there are also others.

This is most likely following Jeremy Hunt, The Health Secretary, asking NHS Hospitals to have an open and honest reporting culture and there is a Government Press Release* on this subject.

The proof, however is yet to come and we shall see where the open, honesty and transparency will be, for it is one thing to have put the deed on paper, it is another task to deliver it by action.

For trust has to be seen to be forthcoming from all UK organisations and the people within and then, and only then, will the respect be being earned. It is then for each individual person to decide are they being given the truth, so that they can commence to trust and possibly then, in time also respect.


*Open Government Licence v2.0


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