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ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS!!!

Posted by Boghound on May 31, 2009



WELL…..WELL…..WELL….Here we go again……According to a British Government backed report at least 7 million people in Britain use illegal downloads…..Where they come up with these figures always amazes me…….Faster technologies and greater storage space on computers has made the activity easier and led to as many as 4.73 billion songs and videos being consumed for free each year, the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy found.

Music downloading had “become part and parcel of the social fabric of our society despite its illegal status”, the report found.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) estimates that there were 890 million illegal free music downloads through file sharing in the UK in 2007 compared with 140 million paid downloads. This puts unauthorised access at a ratio of six to one, before off-line sharing like disk burning is even considered.

Creative industries provide about 8 per cent of British GDP. Digital copying of their products resulted in the estimated loss of 4,000 jobs in 2004.

David Lammy, Minister for Intellectual Property, said: “As SABIP’s report shows, illegal downloading robs our economy of millions of pounds every year and seriously damages business and innovation throughout the UK.

The UK film industry told the authors of the report that there were just under 100 million illegal DVD downloads in 2007 and the global film industry is thought to lose over £4 billion per year.

JUST WHERE DO THEY GET THESE FIGURES FROM?

This is the same argument that was being churned out in the 60’s about copying onto cassettes……Then it appeared again in the 70’s and 80’s about VHS tape……Then in the 90’s about CD’s and DVD’s………but hang on a moment………they sell more recordings then they ever did and more people attending cinemas then ever before……The movie and record industry are still employing thousands of people and paying the “artists” more then they ever did…..Could the real issue here be about ……GREED……and simply nothing else……What’s the difference between someone buying a CD/DVD then letting their friends copy it or uploading it to the net…..or recording it off the radio or television…..At some point there has a been a point of sale….O.K. I must admit that you can download a “pirate” copy of a film that has just been released into cinemas but have these “Guardians of Society” ever seen the quality of these “cam” versions…..I would have thought that the quality would make the veiwer go out and see the real thing!!!!!

Well……..As I said before…….It’s all to do with GREED and also perhaps wanting to control the “net”………….GOD HELP SAVE THE NET FROM THE “CONTROLLERS”………..

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Another Round of Cakes

Posted by Boghound on May 29, 2009



BLACK MAGIC CAKE

2 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sour milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. black coffee
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Batter will be thin. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

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EARTHQUAKE CAKE

1 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. coconut
1 German chocolate box cake mix
1 stick margarine
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 box confectioners sugar

Combine the 1 cup of pecans and 1 cup of coconut and put in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Mix the German chocolate cake as directed on the box. Pour over the nuts and coconut. Over low heat, melt the margarine and cream cheese. Slowly stir in the entire box of confectioners sugar. Spoon cream cheese mixture over cake mix. Do not spread, just drop over top. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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TOLL HOUSE CUP CAKES

1/2 c. soft butter
6 tbsp. granulated sugar
6 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. plus 2 tbsp. flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

–TOPPING:–
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
6 oz. pkg. (1 c.) semi-chocolate chips
1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine and beat until creamy first four ingredients then beat in egg. Sift together and stir in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of flour, baking soda and salt. Spoon by rounded tablespoon (one to a cup) into paper lined 2 inch cupcake cups.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Top with the following mixture. Combine in bowl: 1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
Beat until very thick. Stir in chocolate chips, chopped nuts and vanilla. Spoon 1 tablespoon over each cupcake and return to oven (375 degrees) and bake 15 minutes more. Yield 16.

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Have a Laugh

Posted by Boghound on May 27, 2009



A little old lady went into a bank, carrying a bag of money. She insisted that she must speak with the president to open a savings account because, “It’s a lot of money!” The bank staff finally ushered her into the president’s office. The bank president then asked her how much she would like to deposit. She replied, “$165,000!” and dumped the cash out of her bag onto his desk. The president was of course curious as to how she came by all this cash, so he asked her, “Ma’am, I’m surprised you’re carrying so much cash around. Where did you get this money?” The old lady replied, “I make bets. “The president then asked, “Bets? What kind of bets?” The old woman said, “Well, for example, I’ll bet you $25,000 that your balls are square.” “Ha!” laughed the president, “That’s a stupid bet. You can never win that kind of bet!” The old lady challenged, “So, would you like to take my bet?” “Sure,” said the president, “I’ll bet $25,000 that my balls are not square!” “Okay, but since there is a lot of money involved, may I bring my lawyer with me tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. as a witness?” “Sure!” replied the confident president. The next morning, at precisely 10:00 A.M., the little old lady appeared with her lawyer at the president’s office. She introduced the lawyer to the president and repeated the bet, “$25,000 says the president’s balls are square!” The president agreed with the bet again and the old lady asked him to drop his pants so they could all see. The president complied. The little old lady peered closely at his balls and then asked if she could feel them. “Well, okay,” said the president, “$25,000 is a lot of money, so I guess you should be absolutely sure.” Just then, he noticed that the lawyer was quietly banging his head against the wall. The president asked the old lady, “What the hell’s the matter with your lawyer?” She replied, “Nothing, except I bet him $100,000 that at 10:00 A.M. today, I’d have the bank president’s balls in my hand.”



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Mr. Bear and Mr. Rabbit didn’t like each other very much and one day, while they were walking through the woods they came across a golden frog. The frog turned to them and said: “Ooh, I don’t often meet anyone in these parts.” They were amazed that the frog had talked to them. The golden frog admitted: “Mind you, when I do meet someone I always give them six wishes.

You can have three wishes each in this case. Mr. Bear immediately wished that all the other bears in the forest were females. The frog granted his wish. Mr. Rabbit, after thinking for a while, wished for a crash helmet. One appeared immediately, and he placed it on his head. Mr. Bear was amazed at Mr. Rabbit’s wish, but carried on with his second wish. He wished that all the bears in the neighboring forests were females as well, and the frog granted his wish. Mr. Rabbit then wished for a motorcycle. It appeared before him, and he climbed on board and started revving the engine. Mr. Bear could not believe it and complained that Mr. Rabbit had wasted two wishes that he could have had for himself. Shaking his head, Mr. Bear made his final wish that all the other bears in the world were females as well, leaving him as the only male bear in the world. The frog replied that it had been done, and they both turned to Mr. Rabbit for his last wish. Mr. Rabbit revved the engine, thought for a second, then said: “I wish that Mr. Bear was gay!” and rode off as fast as he could!



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The British In France

Posted by Boghound on May 26, 2009


CAR REGISTRATION…….What’s with the “mind-set” of the bloody thick British that come to live in France and then think there is no need to obtain a French registration for their British wreck of a car!!!!!!……Are these morons braindead or do they think that they are immune from the law of the land?????

These idiots come to live in another country and are under the impression that the law suddenly stops on the U.K. side of the channel…..WRONG!!!!!!……These braindead buggers seem to thing that, just because they have obtain French vehicle insurance and the French equivalent of the British M.O.T. that they are somehow different from the rest of the vehicle owners in France……WRONG!!!!…..The insurance companies for a start only allow them six months at the most to get their “shed” registered…but….you often hear the cheapskate idiots say…..”We’ve lived over here for X years and keep renewing the policy so everything must be alright…… WRONG….The insurance company could not give a bugger whether you have registered the vehicle…..As long as you keep paying the renewal they are very happy…..The problem will arise when the stupid British idiot has a serious accident and the insurance realises that the vehicle has no French registration and is in France permanently….They will “walk-away” from any claim and leave the moron to sort their own stupidity out……and sodding rightly so……These idiots deserve all they get and more……What happens when the buggers take the car back to the U.K.?????…..It’s completely illegal…..No tax….No M.O.T and therefore no insurance…..I hope the braindead sods get their “pride and joy” crushed!!!!!!!!…….If you go to any airport/railway station/port in France and look in the car parks, it’s certainly not hard to find loads of U.K. registered vehicles with no U.K. road tax….A few years ago and more recently…..The French police had a “blitz” on British registered vehicles left in car-parks…..but the stupid British idiots still didn’t take the “hint”……Well of course….They know it all and take great pleasure in boasting about it at their “diner party’s”……I only hope I don’t get hit by one of their sodding vehicles!!!!!!!!

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The British Male Love Affair With French Women.

Posted by Boghound on May 24, 2009




WHAT’S WITH THIS LOVE AFFAIR THE BRITISH HAVE ABOUT FRENCH WOMEN????………….Why do British men seem to have a complete “blind spot” where French women are concerned…..As soon as the subject come up in conversation their eyes glaze over and they go weak at the knees…….They seem to have this preconception that all French women have the body of a goddess and shag like rabbits…..Nothing could be further from the truth…..While I must loathingly admit that around 35% of French women might, with an pinch, might fall into that category, the other 65% certainly don’t…….You only have to traipse around a supermarket to see the percentages at work…..One of the great big differences between them and British women is that they take much more pride in their appearance and even cheap clothes look good on them…but….and a very big but…after a certain age…..say around 40…strange

things start to happen to that “French Chic”….It goes to their bloody arse.…..

This seems to take place when they have spawned say 4 kids and lost all interest in being pleasing on the eye…..Then the armpit hair starts to develop a mind of it’s own and the build up of garlic that’s been consumed over the years starts to seep through their pores and no matter how many gallons of Chanel they bathe in….They are on a losing battle……This myth of an avarice sexual creature is also a great myth…..French women are even more disinterested in sex then British women…..Evidently they fuck per week less then their British counterpart…..So instead of feeling jealous of Frenchmen the rampant British male should feel pity instead……Whilst I’m whinging about the average French woman….There are always exceptions to the rule of course…..There are some fabulous examples of what the British male’s preconception of French women are like…..These are the ones that take great care in their appearance no matter what age they are or shape and what a difference it is compared to their British counterpart…..and long may it sodding remain

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Keep It In The Family

Posted by Boghound on May 24, 2009


WELL……WELL…..WELL….More revolations about the greedy British MP’s…..This time the fuckers, over 200 of them, have been paying members of their family to “work” for them and claim extra expenses’s from the seemingly bottomless pit called the “British Taxpayer”…Here are just a few examples of the greedy sods………

Malcolm Bruce, the president of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, was able to claim thousands of pounds towards the running of both his London flat and his constituency home in Scotland. The MP, whose wife, Rosemary, works for him from their home on Deeside, was paid nearly £3,100 towards his Scottish home as well as more than £61,186 for his London home between April 2005 and March 2008.

Michael Clapham, a Labour MP, claimed £210 for a pair of glasses for his wife, Yvonne, on his taxpayer-funded office allowance. Mrs Clapham works for him as his assistant. He also claimed £64.93 on the office budget for dinner services and £19.97 for an iron.

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A Few More Cakes

Posted by Boghound on May 22, 2009


MOUNTAIN CAKE

6 egg yolks
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1 c. ground nuts
3/4 c. farina
1/2 tsp. baking powder
6 egg whites
1 qt. whipped cream

Separate eggs and reserve whites in small bowl. Beat egg yolks, add sugar gradually and beat. Add bread crumbs, nuts, farina, and baking powder one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat egg white stiff and fold into mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. When cool, crumble into several pieces. Before serving, fold cake into whipped cream. Pile into mountain form and garnish with cherries. This can also be put in a child’s sand pain and sprinkled with crushed Oreo cookies. Garnish with a plastic flower and use sand shovel as serving spoon.

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BLACK MAGIC CAKE

2 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sour milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. black coffee
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Batter will be thin. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

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CHEESE CAKE

1 lb. Philadelphia cream cheese
2 eggs
1 c. granulated sugar
1 pt. sour cream
4 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
20 graham crackers
4 tbsp. sugar
1/4 lb. butter

Prepare graham cracker crust (20 graham crackers, 4 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 pound melted butter) and press into springform pan. Cream 1 pound of cream cheese, 2 eggs and 1 cup sugar. Pour mixture into crust and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool 20 minutes. Make top dressing using 1 pint sour cream, 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour mixture over cooled cake and return to oven for 5 minutes at 500 degrees. After cake cools, refrigerate several hours before serving.

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NEW YORK CHEESE CAKE

–CRUST:–

1/4 c. butter, melted
2 c. graham crackers, crushed, crumbs
or chocolate cookie crumbs

–FILLING:–

2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 (16 oz.) sour cream
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. almond flavoring
3 eggs

CRUST: Mix butter and crumbs; pat into springform pan. Mix all filling ingredients well, in food processor, blender or with beaters. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour; turn off oven and leave in oven for 1 more hour. Chill. TOPPING SUGGESTIONS: Fruit pie filling or chocolate squares, melted or 1/2 cup sour cream with 2 tablespoons sugar.

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Baby Boomers on The Web

Posted by Boghound on May 20, 2009



Is the invasion of the Boomers causing some members of younger generations to flee the social networking sites in search of fresher territory?

This scenario is played out on MySpace and Facebook, and now it is starting to happen on Twitter. When the Baby Boomers–traditionally defined as anyone born between 1946 and 1964–arrive, they tend to do so en masse. And when they set up camp, they invariably change the dynamic of the social network itself. Whether due to their distinctive social habits or the sheer vastness of their demographic, a mass migration of 50-and-over folk brings in its train everything from increased political activity to a proliferation of spam.

Evidently when the Boomers arrive it marks an end of innocence on a social network, as younger users lose what was once their private playground or–even worse–have to share it with their parents.

Will this mean that a lot of younger members of Social Networking Sites will “Jump Ship”?…..I don’t think so…..but watch this space!

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The Speaker. Will He or Wont He. UPDATE He’s resigned!!

Posted by Boghound on May 19, 2009



UPDATE…….HE’S RESIGNED….GOES ON JUNE 21st

Like a fucking rabbit caught in a pair of headlights the look of bewilderment on Michael Martin’s eyes in Parliament yesterday was something a true Englishman certainly doesn’t want to see again.

In a statement, which the “Working Class Duffer” never lifted his eyes off……Mr Martin apologised to the country about the expenses scandal on behalf of the entire House of Commons…..What a hypercritical fucker he is!!!!!!!!

After his statement he was subjected to the humiliation of a series of interventions by MPs who warned he was inflicting serious damage on the “reputation” and “integrity” of Parliament and several called on him to announce when he would stand down……YEH RIGHT…..AS IF THE DUFFER WOULD!!!!!!!!

Douglas Carswell, the Tory MP who has tabled the motion of no confidence in the Speaker, was one of the first to respond to Mr Martin’s statement in a hushed Commons chamber. He said: “MPs on all sides have now tabled a substantive motion calling for a vote of no confidence in you. When will members be allowed to choose a new Speaker with the moral authority to clean up Westminster and the legitimacy to lift this House out of the mire?”

Sir Patrick Cormack, the senior Tory MP, who was first elected in 1970. He said: “The times that we are living in are unprecedented as far as Parliament is concerned. What is at stake is the institution of Parliament and its integrity.” As MPs gasped, he added: “Could I ask you to bear in mind that the condition of the House today is rather like the condition of the country at the time of the Norway debate?” This was a reference to the critical vote in 1940 on the occupation of Norway by Germany, a vote which brought about the downfall of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his replacement by Winston Churchill……..But of coarse all this fell on deaf ears……..

In a further sign that the Speaker has lost control of the Commons, David Winnick, the Labour MP, who has been in the Commons for 30 years, said it was in Parliament’s interests for Mr Martin to stand down. He told the Speaker: “There is great public anger outside which undoubtedly has harmed the reputation of this House.

“We all bear responsibility, I take my share of responsibility like every other MP. But can I put this to you … would you bear in mind that it would be very useful to the reputation of this House — and I say this with reluctance, but I say it all the same — if you gave some indication of your own intention to retire? Your early retirement, Sir, would help the reputation of the House.”……

Gordon Prentice, the Labour MP, who has also signed the no confidence motion, asked whether he was “right in thinking that it will be debated Tuesday and voted upon?” Mr Martin said “this is not a point of order” but was interrupted by Mr Prentice who insisted, “oh yes it is”. …… What a complete embarrassment to Parliament this present Government is and the Speaker is only making matters worse…….but……the real issue here…..is the fact that it seems the majority of MP’s have no inclination of the feelings of the electorate and they think that they can walk on water………COME THE REVOLUTION

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A Few More Cakes To Enjoy!

Posted by Boghound on May 19, 2009


MINI CHEESECAKES

12 vanilla wafers
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

Line muffin tin with foil cupcake liners. Place 1 vanilla wafer in each liner. Mix cream cheese, vanilla and sugar on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and mix well. Pour over wafers, filling each one almost full. Bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove from muffin pan when cool. Chill. Top with fruit, preserves, nuts or chocolate. These are quick and easy and can be cooled quickly in freezer.

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PEANUT BUTTER CAKE

1/3 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
2 eggs
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Prepare pans. Cream shortening. Add slowly and beat in 1 cup brown sugar and peanut butter. In another bowl, beat together 2 eggs and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Add this to the first mixture and beat well. Sift together flour, salt and powder. Add dry ingredients alternately to first mixture with 1 cup milk with vanilla. Pour mixture into pans and bake at once until firm in center. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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HEAVENLY CHEESE CAKE

2 c. fine crumbs
1/3 c. plus 1 tbsp. butter
1/4 c. sugar
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
5 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 pt. sour cream
6 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine “crumbs” (graham cracker or cookies), butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Pack into bottom of springform pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Gently mix cream cheese and eggs. Beat after adding eggs individually. Slowly add 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Pour into pan. Bake 60 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then combine sour cream, 6 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Top with mixture. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes longer. Allow to cool slowly at room temperature and then refrigerate. Remove springform pan sides. Enjoy!

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GRANDMA’S POUND CAKE

4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 c. margarine
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 c. sour milk or buttermilk

Mix all together and bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes or until done.

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HUMMINGBIRD CAKE

3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 c. bananas, chopped
1 c. nuts, chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 c. Crisco oil
3 eggs
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (include juice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 10 inch tube pan or bundt pan. In bowl, sift flour, sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon. Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixed. Hand mix only. Bake one hour and 10 minutes. Comes out very moist. Makes a big cake. Very good.

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MINIATURE CHERRY CHEESECAKES

3 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. sugar
3 eggs
Vanilla wafers

Mix first flour ingredients together. Crush vanilla wafers and place in tiny tins in a muffin pan. Put cheesecake mixture in tins. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Top with can of cherry pie filling. Chill.

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