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The Royal Navy has got itself into a financial pickle. Because of military promises (made by politicians) all of which now have to be answered by the Royal Navy. The situation is such that it is just eating away at the military budget. With Trident, Aircraft carriers, Hunter Killer subs and F35 aircraft that cost more than most ships. You have T45’s that need rebuilding with new engines plus the new T26 Frigates. So you have lots of promises made  plus lots of money being spent the result of which is destroying the Army and the Royal Air Force.

Perhaps it is time for some constructive thinking and flexible solutions.

 

1) HMS Ocean.  The talk is of de-commissioning but  the Navy loathes that idea however, something has to give. So why not move this ship from the Department of Defence to the Department for Overseas Aid as a mobile floating storage unit ready to go and assist countries that have suffered natural disasters.  With a skeleton crew on board and minimal maintenance, this ship could be kept at sea fully loaded. Then in times of emergency military and aid personnel could be flown out to the nearest point of embarkation greatly reducing the cost of keeping this ship as a useful unit if the need arrives.

 

2) Aircraft Carriers.

 The Middle East and Persian Gulf is an area full of problems, conflict and hatred.  Perhaps the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could be offered a military package? say a carrier armed with the latest F35’s with a destroyer plus two frigates to patrol the waters most at threat. They’re already built and ready to go as a direct response to Iran’s Republican guards.  And just the cost of manning and running these mighty ships plus a small subsidy could work for all parties. Then perhaps a similar offer could be made to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Borneo, plus also Indonesia to cover the Anderman sea, Straits, South China sea and Celebes sea to look after their territorial interests. The ships will still be Royal Naval  vessels but being paid for by allied friends who have similar political  interests.

 

This would take a massive burden from the navy and ease the military budget. I know what people will say we are not mercenaries being paid to fight other people’s wars. But today you need some reality, financial reality, Britain cannot afford to be all things like the USA but we do have a commercial commodity and that is military and naval expertise. People who know how to fight and how to put ships to sea and man them.
Senior officers and Politicians need to look at life as it is, not how they would like it to be or indeed was in the glorious past. If you want to operate at the top table it costs, so somebody else can put up the money and Britain can put up the equipment and men plus it makes money available for equipment in other Arms.

©Michael Douglas Bosc

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In the 1950’s pollution had become so bad that even the politicians decided it was time to bring in some form of regulation people were dying of pulmonary diseases on a record scale. It was safer to smoke cigarettes, you only took in tar and nicotine. Crossing the road was a major exercise in safety, as cars lorries and buses appeared out of nowhere. We could not even enjoy the benefits of the new social entity the old age pension, they were killing us off so fast. So they turned their attention to the coal industry. Every house had a coal fire, all that smoke being produced meant smog, and so the clean air act was passed in parliament and the major visible form of pollution started to vanish. Smog became a thing of the past and we were just left with the invisible poisons that entered our lungs, destroyed brain cells plus killing the children’s future at the same time.

One plus of the twentieth century was the electric bus or more commonly known as the Trolleybus. These looked like conventional buses which drew electricity from overhead cables, a fairly simple infrastructure system no tracks were needed like trams or street cars and they had a battery system which allowed movement when not connected to the overhead cables. The first trolleybuses were in use in 1911 starting in Bradford and Leeds, then in London in 1912. These systems were quite widespread in the UK, and trolleybuses are still in use in many places around the world where it is a clean and efficient means of transport that can use the existing roads with only slung cables to provide power. There is no vast infrastructure to pay for, unfortunately these no longer exist in the UK we have “Diesel.”
The petrol companies and automotive industries hold great sway in Britain, they make sure their interests are looked after whilst poisoning us with lead to get better performance from poorly made engines. But today we are told the air that comes out of cars is cleaner than what goes in. Why are we are so gullible? we believe anything the advertisers tell us and so the death knell of the Trolleybus in Britain was decided in the early Sixties. They were removed from the streets of Britain and the Diesel won and pollution poured forth silent insidious and poisonous filling our lungs and killing the children.   Today we have diesel buses and diesel taxis which fill our cities with silent deadly poison. There is a haze above every city in the world a greenish yellow haze full of particulates and brake dust.

However, today we have the technology to build cars, lorries and buses that do not need large engines to power them and the braking system puts power back into batteries rather than producing dust to kill us.

So what is stopping this transformation? why are our cities not clean and healthy conurbations of clean air? for this answer we have to ask the politicians. Are they still in the pockets of the oil industry? in Madrid the pollution is so bad they restrict vehicles into the city which is madness considering the technology already exists to prevent this.
I know this cannot happen tomorrow it takes some time but the time has now come to invest in the future, it is time to get ahead of this great problem. Rules need to be changed today financial incentives can be used to direct peoples purchasing decisions.

You see the longer these decisions are delayed the greater the danger to our health and long term wellbeing of the Planet.

 

After all it is only money that needs to be spent and we waste billions every day, so lets do something useful for a change. As you can see from these pictures Electric cars look the business. Plus with  Electric buses and taxis are now being produced why aren’t cities around the world purchasing fleets of them?

(c)  Michael Douglas Bosc   –   Author

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Well now we have another one, Heathrow was in use as an airfield during the 20s 30s, during the war and in 1946 became the official London Airport because the rich people of south Croydon didn’t like the idea of having London Airport in their back yards. So Heathrow was in existence long before most of the houses in west London were built. Of course all the rich friends of Mr Goldsmith do not want aircraft flying over their homes except, that is, when they want to get out of the country quickly and jet off to tax havens of which they have many. Why can’t they build an Airport where poor people live, because it’s LONDON dummy, only rich people can afford to live there!

Everyone wants all the benefits of modern living but it has to be environmentally friendly. You cannot have nuclear power or oil-fired or natural gas now all that CO2 coal use has been killed off completely. Lets build lots of wind turbines but not in Surrey or Kent or anywhere that rich people live so that their view isn’t spoilt. Why isn’t there a nuclear power station in the City of London? it’s very safe and that is where they need all the electricity for their air-conditioned offices.

Why aren’t there rows of nodding donkeys all over Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey? after all that is where the oil is. Why is fracking stopped in the home counties but allowed in Lancashire and Yorkshire? simple, not enough rich people live there, you would know there is true democracy if there was fracking in the middle of Oxfordshire. All the infrastructure is designed for just that – big cities convenience – but any further west and you enter the dark ages with single line railways and the most atrocious road network in the UK.

We really need another railway line going north and south? but decent railway lines going east and west that is never going to happen. However to keep the rich and famous happy HS2 and HS3 will end up as a giant metro system with a tunnel running from Folkestone to Newcastle after all it would be the simplest solution. Of course it would be slightly more expensive, but hey, it comes from the taxpayer and as we know he has very deep pockets.

So where, I wonder, are you going to get your oil and gas so you do not spoil your green and pleasant land? As a modern society needs vast amounts of energy to run all their new and fancy gadgets how, I wonder, can you have your virtual reality if you cannot handle the real reality. Everything comes with a cost and if you dump the cost on another country the pollution does not diminish, if anything it gets ten times worse. Take a good look at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries and the pollution they churn out because they do not have our technology or regulations they make the World a complete disaster zone.

When London is under water perhaps then the NIMBY’S will be prepared to share the load, but I doubt it. They want it all, as long as its somewhere else and they don’t have to pay for it. Perhaps its about time they left ‘cloud cuckoo land’ got real and joined the rest of society.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc  – Author

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the American War of Independence proved one point beyond doubt. People of different ideologies should not share a common interest!  Without French involvement the thirteen colonies would have remained that, whether the same could be said for Louis XVI is a moot point. After all ten years later he and his Queen were beheaded by a Republican government in Paris.

The Americans got rid of their King and so did the French, it doesn’t to support a philosophy that is diametrically opposed to your own position and views. Modern governments please take note!!

Today in the USA Republicans are members of the tea Party using the image of Boston as a rallying cry to cut taxes.  But in fact the Boston Tea Party brought about the largest increase in tax in American history.  Having to pay for a Federal and State Government plus a standing army and navy cost.

Tax is always a great rallying cry, but that war was more about rich and powerful people wanting to run their own country.

We the people: The Rich and Powerful People………….

©  Michael Douglas Bosc

 

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It has been ages since I have spoken to 001 Claude Pheasant, so it was nice to hear from him again.  It seems his cousin Sir Sideney (with two e’s) Effington has moved into the area and bought the Hall near Farmer Johns.  Boy he sounds such a show off, Claude said he wears a silver suit, calls everybody ‘old boy’ even shouting ‘what oh’ when he sees someone.  I heard a large sigh on the phone, poor old Claude.

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I have to admit I didn’t know Claude was so well-connected. It seems his father has an older brother who inherited the title, estate and money.   Whilst Claude’s father went into the Civil Service and did very well (no wonder Claude got the job).  Anyway what is upsetting 001 is the fact that Sideney is trying to get Claude to build a new home “grand as befits the family”.  Poor old Claude  he really likes his home at Farmer Johns “what do I do Mike” he asked.  “Lady Effington is a real pain she keeps taking me out to lunch and the wife gets really  feathery about it. I’m so fed up, I mean have you seen that old hen? she has more bald spots than FJ, at least he’s funny, what am I going to do?” He sounded so down not his usual cheeky self, this was serious.

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I had to think this was not an easy situation. I asked what FJ thought about Sideney.  There was a small cauky chuckle “if Sideney gets too much he starts eyeing up the pots and sharpening his knife”. Even I had to laugh at that.

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“Do you know what else he has done? he’s employed a painter, not a decorator, but an actual painter like Gaughan, to decorate the Hall. As if that’s bad enough the artist is a FOX!!!  I can’t see this ending well. We have never seen this character with a brush in his hand let alone paint smeared”  Whilst we were talking I got this mental picture of Sir Sideney in the House of Lords dressed in his robes with his cornett squiffy on his head sitting amongst the other peasants, it was hard for me not to laugh.  Still by the time we said goodby an idea had come to 001 and he was a happier chappier.  I am not sure what he has in mind but can’t wait to hear what happened.

(c)  Michael Douglas Bosc

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I have not often been asked why I write about sex, but this week a lady asked me why I wrote for Lesbians.  To say I was a little taken aback was an understatement, so I asked for an explanation.  It seems that after reading A Caring Killer she came to the conclusion that I write from the female to female point of view. Although I personally would say I write from a Bisexual point of view. Now it has never been my intention to write for one gender or another. I write because I like writing and being a normal male I also like sex. I feel that there has been a taboo on this subject for far to long. Plus I find that unless it is cruel or in your face, for some reason people do not find reading about it interesting.

I try to write with passion and a feeling of love. Here is a brief resume of both Jason Watson and Stanley Saunders two very different people living in very different times but with one link sex!

” Jason’s story begins in the late 1700’s relating of his adventures both in the Royal Navy of the day and ashore in Jamaica, where, because of his sex drive, he has some amorous adventures.  Jamaica in that time accepted having a mistress and a wife as normal, but it could and does get a little complicated when Jason’s women get together.  But running through all this is a love story, deep and open with a care for his wife that today could seem strange.  This love encompasses all aspects of married life including her relationship with his mistress who becomes her friend and lover, not to mention his affair with her sister.  History tells that the social acceptability that ensued in the Jamaica of the 1700’s, was not acceptable in Bath or London. It was quite acceptable for Jason to have a mistress or two but not for his wife.  In A Bengal Poppy I followed Jason’s activities in England via the Europe to China, where war, drugs and as always sex played a great part.

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Then there is Stanley:  Born to a single mother just before the war, she brings him to London where she takes to the streets to provide a home and food for them both.  When war comes she is recruited by the government however when she is no longer wanted, she again turns to the streets.  Here she meets and mingles with gangs, villans and other low life of London’s East end.  But Diane is a very resourceful woman. She saves hard eventually buying a home for her and her precious son. Stanley’s mother loves her son and he loves his mother who has provided for him and protected him, he loves her enough to kill for her – and does.  So begins his career first protecting her, then doing ‘odd jobs’ for various gangs finally becoming a skilled assassin. Through it all runs the love story of Stanley and Gillian who were school sweethearts.  Again the women turn to each other for comfort and relationships develop, but there is always Stanley getting his fair share of the action”

I asked her what she thought of the story line and the book in general. “It was fine. Fast paced, plenty of action, sex and intrigue. It showed me an insight into peoples attitudes towards lesbian relationships and politics, nothing changes does it. The action really worked and the sex was well written, not blatant just normal. – did Canada really happen like that? did you know Stanley well? – yes Michael I liked the book, now I shall have to read A Loving Son then A Fathers Kill to find out what happened.”

Telling life as it was for some people in the East end of London and not hiding its warts or scars, is a story of survival. Making things ‘pretty’ just to please the public is not good, life was often very un-pretty for Diane and Stanley. Along with rationing and making ends meet, went the seamy side of their lives. Prostitution, gangs, racketeers, corrupt police, murder and general mayhem. It was a dog eat dog world for some and to survive they did what they had to do.

Diane was no angle, she was manipulating, calculating and basically deadly. She adored Stanley but could control him as she wanted. The fact that she looked after her ‘girls’ was the one good point in her favour. She made sure they were clean, kept their bodies and general appearance in good order and spoke well. Afterall they were high-class ‘escorts’ and brought in the money, along with useful information. When the time came she also knew how to handle Rupert the ‘Man From The Government’ when he ’employed’ Stanley, and her marriage gave Reg promotion.

I suppose looking at the stories again, they are written from a womans sexual point of view. After all the girls like each others company and enjoy each others bodies. So yes if you look at it like that, I suppose it is written as a Lesbian sex novel. But on the other hand from a male point of view, Stanley has his sexy and attractive partner, then there is Gillian. So along with the adventure and action he has what he wants or has he?????

All my books are out on Kindle.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

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I had been doing some research for my book A Caring Killer and came across the British Columbia B-36 crash that no one can quite get their heads around. So I looked at the political situation of the time, Soviet developement of an Atomic weapon was advancing at pace with spies working frantically to gain technical information. At the same time Britain was building it own Bomb having been left in the lurch by the United States government after the second world war. But there are Governments inside Governments and these people felt it would be useful for Britain to have their own weapon, however to achieve this one had to go missing from the US nuclear arsenal.  As it was illegal to supply any foreign country with nuclear technology a plausible plan had to be developed.  What if a plane carrying the bomb got into difficulties and ‘dropped’ it into the Pacific ocean who would ever know the difference?

The B 36 was carrying a passenger, was his body never recovered? One thing we can certainly be sure of is all the fantasy theories about the plane flying it self is pure hokum.  That aircraft was flown to its destination, engines were re-started and that plane was landed on the plateau near mount Kologet it was in one piece and aircraft do not land close to mountains in one piece they smash-up.

‘Officially’ the captains body was never found, so how did that plane suddenly gain height and fly over the mountains into Canada? I have used my theory as part of my book which is as much about not trusting anyone.

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Barrack Obama was elected on a strong emotional upswell within the United States supported by such luminaries as Ophra and Teddy Kennedy, however, no one really looked at his policies or politics. With a large number of African Americans voting on the basis ‘lets get our man in’.

I do not believe that Obama thought he could win the Democratic Primary, Hilary Clinton had it sewn up. I believe  he was testing the water for eight years hence when economic problems were more settled. But Edward Kennedy saw a golden opportunity to go down in history as the man who put a black president into office, with the added bonus of kicking the Clinton’s in a very soft spot of their anatomy. There was only room for one dynastic family in the Democratic Party, and so an incompetent campaign by Hilary in throwing away her strongest card – her surname – and distancing herself from Bill allowed Obama in.

The moral of the story is this. If you are going to vote, check the policies and throw the emotion away.

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