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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
30th August 2013: Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing?
25th August 2013: Operation Yewtree has turned British justice on its head
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Why 'human rights' is nothing of the sort ...
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
6th August 2013: How the British nation treats its friends ...
8th July 2013: The BBC biased? How can that be? They're so NICE!
26th June 2013: Think this country is a bastion of freedom and justice and a shining model for the world? Think again.
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th June 2013: is the end finally approaching for this evil woman?
31st May 2013: Now it's official - the BBC really is a left-wing propaganda machine
31st May 2013: Those evil bastards are at it again. Yes, you've guessed it - social services!
27th May 2013: Well-known TV presenter talks sense. No good will come of it.
24th May 2013: British justice is best? Only for the very poor, apparently ...
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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There are a lot of Grumpy Old Sods out there. It seems to me that we the afflicted ought to stick together so do, please, follow these links - you'll find plenty to get hot under the collar about! If you've got any suggestions for more links, we'd love to hear from you - use the "contact" button on the left. Incidentally, we have decided for no particular reason to include only public access websites, so if you run one of those blogs where you have to join before you can read it, we're not interested. If what you have to say is something that needs saying, why hide?
 

 

 

 

 
PICK OF THE GRUMPY CROP

 
Grumpy Chappers is a sort of GOS-lite. Very readable, and some excellent near-the-knuckle jokes we haven't heard before. Well actually, near-the-knuckle is a bit of an understatement - some of them are practically up to the armpit!
 
• Nick Colbert was recently elected as a District Councillor in Somerset, and has started this excellent blog to tell us his first impressions of democracy at work (or not, as the case may be). Very worthwhile reading, as he not only expresses himself clearly but has a common-sense and independent turn of mind. What really makes him special is that he has already attracted the attention of the deeply unpleasant David Onamade, who we awarded the title "Wanker of the Week" some time ago for making an irrational and self-publicising attack on a harmless vicar.
 
• Probably the best of all the many websites that expose the nonsense that is (the alleged) Man-made (alleged) Global (alleged) Warming, Watts Up With That? has masses of interesting links, well worth exploring while your head's above water and the computer still works.
 
Nicky & Mark Hardingham are the victims of a monstrous and cruel injustice at the hands of Norfolk Social Services and the Family Court - or should it be "Kangaroo Court"? If you know anyone influential - councillor, MP, newspaper magnate etc. - tell them about this harrowing story.
 
Jonathan Turley - for an insight on just what a strange and stupid place America is, browse down the stories on the right hand side of this website. You think we have it bad?
 
• Of all the grumpy bloggers currently inhabiting the internet, Pat Condell has to be the Daddy. Eloquent, reasonable, persuasive, irreverent and always downright angry, this is a level of Grumpiness we should all aspire to. Nice t-shirts, too ...
 
13th Spitfire is one of the best political blogs we've read - outspoken, well-written and bloody angry. In fact it's just what Grumpy Old Sod ought to be like ... now there's a thought ...
 
Climate Depot is Marc Morano's new website with dozens of excellent and thought-provoking links ...
 
• The Sovereignty website contains a host of interesting links on all aspects of local democracy and, more importantly, how to use it to get local authorities to see things your way. Check particularly the links under "Activist info".
 
The Public Defender offers a host of stories, comments and suggestions about the warped society we live in. Highly recommended.
 
• The excellent Number Watch charts the use of spurious statistics to mislead us about many issues, particularly the environment, but covers many other things as well. You should read this site regularly, especially if you pride yourself on being enquiring and impartial. Click on the "index" link to get in. A fascinating read.
 
• The Jubilee River website is about a single issue - the mismanagement by the Environment Agency of the flood defence work around the Jubilee River in the Thames Valley. It's not the prettiest site around but it offers hours of fascinating reading even for those of us who aren't worried about water seeping up through the floorboards - the number of links and leads is prodigious. Well worth a look - a fortnight should be enough ...
 
• You know those spam emails you get from people in Nigeria who say they've got several million dollars and can you help them get it out of the country? The Adventures of Wendy Willcox and her dog Willis chronicles one person's dealings with these crooks. Highly entertaining.
 

 

 

 
GRUMPY PLACES


 
Fierce Dinosaur is a new website by someone who claims that some people are never happy unless they have something to moan about. Well, we can all relate to that, I think. Not much erudite philosophy, just some down-to-earth comment on matters close to home.
 
Rotten Borough - a lot of very interesting stuff here, mostly about local authorities. Loads of good links, too.
 
Grumpy Old Australian - the new boy on the grumpy block. And let's face it, with weather like theirs, Australians have plenty to be grumpy about ...
 
• Philip Atkinson's Our Civilisation is an extensive series of slightly lunatic philosophical rants. Interesting reading, but don't delve too deep - that way lies madness or, at best, mild eccentricity.
 
Pigeon's Nest, a strange website, but one with plenty of interesting reading, some of it with a very high GQ ("Grumpy Quotient").
 
Hell's Geriatrics is an entertaining and thoughtful website, well worth an hour's browsing.
 
The First Post is an excellent online magazine. Rather hard to navigate, we think, but well worth the effort.
 
Angry Harry is a rather disreputable website with some very strongly expressed views - but it's a bloody good read. Big, too. Make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of the front page - there are dozens and dozens of worthwhile rants.
 
• Political columnist Stephen Pollard's website includes everything from complete newspaper articles to random musings - always pertinent, always well-written, always thought-provoking and usually pretty grumpy, too. He doesn't just confine himself to politics, either.
 
Chris Longhurst doesn't like Britain much, so he moved to America. His sanity is certainly in doubt, therefore, but the acuteness of many of his observations is not.
 
The Law West of Ealing Broadway is a blog by a serving magistrate. The GOS doesn't agree with everything he says (let's face it, blog or no blog, a magistrate is still a paid-up member of the Establishment) but it's interesting to see life from the other side of the ... er ... bench.
 
• The Grumpy Old Coot has a multitude of moans particularly pertinent to Australia where he ekes out his miserable existence. I hope you've got two or three weeks to spare.
 
• Brendan O'Neill has written an intelligent but basically wrong-headed article in the BBC News Magazine. He thinks we shouldn't moan, but lots of the replies set him straight, I'm pleased to see.
 
Grumpy Old Git is a web forum with a colossal number of posts.
 
Andrew Westcott says he was only born in 1962, so I'm not sure he qualifies as an Old Man though he's certainly Grumpy enough. A very satisfying web site, somehow, with all sorts of goodies like Manganese Mining in Doddiscombsleigh and a fascinating article on Gin Traps.
 

 

DRIVING


 
There are just so many websites about driving and about speed issues in particular - we couldn't possibly list them all. Must be a message in that, if only the authorities would listen! These are some of the best.
 
Honest John is an excellent website and its FAQ page contains the answers to virtually all of the questions we've ever asked ourselves about cars and motoring law. Highly recommended.
 
Stand and Deliver details the working of the Tayside Speed Camera Conspiracy. This is a spoof website .... only, it sort of isn't ... if you see what we mean ...
 
• The Association of British Drivers offers one of the few sensible voices in the often insane debate about road safety, speed limits and so-called "safety cameras" (which are, judging from the statistics they quote, anything BUT!). We love this beautifully-written and highly informative site - do visit it, but allow plenty of time - it's big!
 
• Got a parking ticket? Appeal Now can help you fight it!
 
Pepipoo - helping the motorist to get justice. This site concentrates on the law - what it says, how it's supposed to work, how it actually does work, and what you should do if you fall foul of it.
 
Speed Cameras UK - online since 2000, SpeedCamerasUK covers everything speed camera related, from a massive 5000+ speed camera database to speed camera detector and sat nav reviews.
 
UK Speed Traps is mostly about the equipment used to catch you and the equipment you can use to counter it. Explains clearly the different types of speed camera.
 
Speed Cameras. A quote from their front page says it all, really: "More people die unnecessarily in hospitals from poor hygiene than in road traffic accidents. Yet the government's response to prevent 5000 unnecessary deaths a year in hospitals is to tell staff how to wash their hands. Meanwhile, poorly located speed cameras fail to prevent accidents (deaths were up 2% in 2003) and according to police data exceeding the speed limit is the cause of only 4% of accidents."
 
• Not only is SpeedLIMIT an excellent source of information and comment about British road safety, it's a well-designed, neat-looking site too.
 
Safe Speed is probably the most authoritative website about road safety - genuine road safety, that is, not the politically-correct Trendy Green Save-the-Foxy Fascist kind. Three hundred pages, would you believe?
 
• • Fuel Protest - we weren't sure whether this link belonged under "Driving" or "Politics" as it's about taxes - so we've put it in both!
 
• Feel like a good laugh? This website will give you hours of innocent amusement as you boggle at the loony tree-huggers' view of the world ...
 
• And some good American and Canadian sites on road safety: Overlawyered, The National Motorists' Association, and The Highway Robbery Record.
 
• And one more road safety site from Canada, SENSE. We've given this one a link to itself because of the fascinating graph on the "Is speed killing us?" page which shows that, in British Columbia at least, people have more accidents the slower they drive!
 

 

SOCIAL & POLITICAL STUFF


 
Big Brother Watch is an excellent blog highlighting the abuse of power by the current government and local authorities. Essential reading, we think.
 
• The Bruges Group website is the home of the campaign to take Britain out of the EU.
 
• Check out the voting record of your MP - is he or she doing the job properly?
 
Statewatch and Magna Carta Plus are two busy websites that chronicle the assault on civil liberty in the UK.
 
• Not easy to navigate and written in rather eccentric English, Winds of Jihad nevertheless has some provoking things to say about Islam, anti-Semitism and what it calls "Kuffurisation".
 
• The Daddy of science websites, Sense about Science is a serious, well-organised and professional account of the real truth behind the science we take for granted.
 
• Ben Goldacre's Bad Science website exposes the frauds and charlatans of the scientific world - fascinating stuff, and plenty of it. Highly recommended.
 
Thinking is Dangerous, like BadScience and Sense About Science, exposes the absurd and untruthful assumptions society, business and the media make about science. Particularly hot on homeopathy.
 
Frank Furedi is that almost unique phenomenon, a sociologist who actually talks sense and addresses real issues in education, politics and society. Highly recommended.
 
• The Campaign Against Political Correctness website includes some incredible (using the word in its correct meaning, "un-believable") stories sent in by members of the public.
 
Strange Justice is an excellent website that exposes the odd, the unfair and the totally outrageous things that happen in courts here and abroad. Highly recommended.
 
Migration Watch is a serious, authoritative website about immigration into the UK and the problems it is causing our society. A "must-read", in our view. Especially look at the page "What you can do".
 
Write to Them is a useful website which will tell you, based on your post code, exactly who your local councillors, county councillors, MP and MEPs are and lets you send any of them a message free of charge.
 
• The GOS never thought he'd find himself recommending a political party's website, but Conservative Home is actually rather good. It's also quite subversive: Inigo Wilson was suspended from his job at Orange for contributing to it. Good for him.
 
• We have highlighted several times the clandestine and arbitrary doings of the social services. The forthright Forced Adoption website is essential (though sometimes harrowing) reading for all of us who are parents or grandparents.
 
• ... and the same applies to the excellent FASSIT (Families Anti-Social Services Investigation Team).
 
• This FASSIT article describes the inner workings of the secretive Family Courts - or perhaps "kangaroo courts" would be more accurate!
 
• Please visit this site to sign the online petition calling for reform of the iniquitous Family Court system.
 
• All too often the people who complain about "political correctness" issues don't really understand what the hell it is they're complaining about. Here's an example from Tongue Tied 3: Australian leftist comedian Steve Hughes made the following joke at an arts festival; "I grew up playing Cowboys and Indians, which as an adult I can see is very strange - that you market the genocide of an indigenous people as a game for kids. Australians are far from perfect - I've never played Cops and Aboriginals, and you wouldn't play Nazis and Jews!" It's not a great joke and equating the settlement of America with the holocaust is obnoxious but the comedian was attacked on the grounds that the joke was antisemitic! Er .... what? Great site.
 
Is It Fair? Did you know that while avarage earnings have increased by 50% since 1995 and the state pension has increased by 38%, Council Tax has risen by over 100%? An excellent site of protest against this iniquitous system, with some practical ideas for action we can all take. Useful Links page, too.
 
This man was arrested for wearing the wrong sort of jacket in the London Underground. He was locked in a cell, his flat was searched and many belongings taken, he now has a permanent record despite being released without charge, he can't get his belongings back and can't even get hold of most of the documents about his case. All for having ... er ... unfortunate dress-sense. I suppose he was lucky - he is French. If he'd been Brazilian, he'd be dead. Do you remember the TV comedy sketch where Rowan Atkinson played a policeman, and one of his constables arrested a man for "looking at me in a funny way ...."?
 
• If, like the GOS, you're seriously worried about the prospect of compulsory Identity Cards, you need to visit The Identity Corner, a heavyweight site with many pages of report and discussion on all aspects of this sinister piece of Big Brotherhood.
 
Nanny Knows Best - all the ridiculous lunacy of the modern Nanny State. Entertaining but ... well, depressing, really ...
 
Baggage Reclaim - the forum for everyone who has a vagina. Predictably it's all about sex and relationships. On the other hand it is pretty grumpy!
 
Rip-Off Britain - all the ways they cheat us!
 
Privacy International is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations. PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C. PI has conducted campaigns and research throughout the world on issues ranging from wiretapping and national security, to ID cards, video surveillance, data matching, medical privacy, and freedom of information and expression. Pretty heavy stuff.
 
• You know those patronising, nanny-knows-best health warnings on cigarette packets? You don't have to put up with them any more! The wonderfully subversive FakeFags website has amusing messages ("smoking makes you look big and clever", and "non-smokers may cause irritation" for instance) you can stick over them. Also lighters, t-shirts, a wide range of ash-trays (would you believe an ashtray with Jesus on it?) and other goodies.
 
Fuel Protest - we weren't sure whether this link belonged under "Driving" or "Politics" as it's about taxes - so we've put it in both!
 
• The English PEN has launched a campaign to stop the British Government introducing legislation that could make it illegal to express provocative views on people’s religion. A vital issue which should be dear to heart of every GOS.
 
• Love this site to bits! No2ID is all about the campaign of opposition to Identity Cards - essential reading about an essential campaign.
 
• This website is all about Tony Blair - what more do we need to say?
 
They work for you - find out how your MP votes, how many times he's been in parliament, whether he replies to messages from constituents, what his financial interests and expenses are, and even send him a fax.
 

 

THE ENVIRONMENT


 
Climate Depot is Marc Morano's new website with dozens of excellent and thought-provoking links ...
 
Country Guardian, the campaign to stop our countryside being vandalised with windfarms on every hilltop.
 
New Zealand Climate Science is an exhaustive and authoritative website that gives the real science of climate change. See particularly its long and fascinating list of links at the foot of the page.
 
Icecap is a similar site to New Zealand Climate Science - the facts, not the envirospin beloved of politicians and campaigners with an axe to grind.
 
Viscount Monckton has found no less than 35 errors, distortions and just plain porkies in Al Gore's disgusting propaganda film "An Inconvenient Truth".
 
• Meanwhile, 15-year-old American schoolgirl Kristen Byrnes has been doing the same. Well done, her.
 
• While veteran British scientist David Bellamy explains that he's not been fooled either ...
 
EnviroSpin Watch. Common sense about environmental issues? Now there's a first.
 
• A heavyweight article on the phenomenon of environmentalism.
 
• Don't like the weather? Don't blame it on global warming!
 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF


 
• Fed up with paying through to nose to use all those 0870 telephone numbers? There is a way to get round it - say "No" to 0870
 
• Well, how about this? A government website that's actually useful! Consumer Direct has information about problems with home shopping and doorstep selling, what to do if you're unhappy with goods or services, how to stand up for yourself and your rights, making complaints and online shopping.
 
CCTV cameras - Great Britain leads the world in the use of this technology, we are told. It protects us from crime, but may also infringe our Human Rights. How do we know if it's being used properly?
 
Number Watch charts the use of spurious statistics to mislead us about many issues, particularly the environment. You should read this site regularly, especially if you pride yourself on being enquiring and impartial. Click on the "index" link to get in. Junk Science does the same thing from a transatlantic perspective.
 

 

... AND FINALLY ...


 
• This website isn't grumpy at all, but we're listing it here just because we think it's so brilliant. Whether you're a sailor, a climber, a fisherman, a boy scout or just a handyman around the house, everyone needs to tie a knot at some time or other, and Animated Knots shows you how each one is made in the clearest way we've ever seen. Fantastic. When The GOS finally decides to top himself, he'll know just where to go to find the perfect noose
 


 

 
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