This morning I was watching Channel4’s Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. the format I am sure all are aware of . Then this evening I was watching RTE’s Fair City, The story line involving Paul Brennan’s involvement in the restaurant was an absolute re-run of the format and dramatic scenes in the episodes, from Channel4’s Ramsey’s kitchen Nightmares USA.
Surely RTE script writers could do better, at developing a story line of their own!
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As I walked into my local Tesco store today, I realised, I had for the third consecutive visit, forgot to bring my Tesco discount vouchers, was giving out to myself for not putting them in my wallet but then said to myself why should I have to place paper vouchers in my wallet, when I already have a Tesco Club Card in my Wallet!
Surly Tesco could program that Tesco Club Card to deduct the Voucher value from my bill at the till when being scanned with my payment. As it happens my next port of call was to the local Topaz , where I refueled my car, and along with my payment presented my Topaz Play or Park card, which credited me with the value of the purchase towards accumulating my points on the card towards future discounts, and simultaneously discounting the current valid discount from the current purchase cost being charged Now if Topaz can achieve this , why not Tesco?
Now think of the savings in paper waste to Tesco itself. Remember standing behind a person at the Tesco Till, with an overflowing trolley, after every item has been scanned, this person is then having to sort out paper vouchers to hand to the cashier, who then has to scan each one, and some people have quite a lot this slows the till lines down no end, imagine this all being sorted with a Tesco Club Card automatically!! What’s this about ” Every Little Helps ” This would also ensure customers did not lose out because vouchers passed use by date ! ( thanks to Helen from Carlow for pointing this aspect out to me).
Hopefully when Tesco Management come to realise the value of this suggestion to , their customers, the enviorment, and Tesco’s own over heads, they will be nice and professional enough to credit this person and their blog with a nice thank you streetdogs.blog.
Now that we have just escaped a panic general election this side of christmas, perhaps we could give some time before the next one, to consider how democratic the process really is and how it is suited to the requirements, interests and expectations of this modern day society!
To set the ball rolling , lets consider just one particular aspect of public representation! to who do the individual Dail seats belong, the citizens, the political parties or the individual TD and their relatives?
Should a TD be really allowed to roll on, election after election ,being the candiate for election to the Dail, for fourty years or more ,or should there be a restriction as to the number of consecutive terms a TD may serve and if so, could this not be extended to Senators and the Office of An Uachtarán
Would this not be a suitable subject for the next round of Referenda admendments?
Reading Jennifer Thompson’s, (Social Policy Development Officer at St. Vincent de Paul) essay in the Sunday Independent , 19th, November 2017, on of all pages, ANALYSIS , page 23, supposedly discussing “, Now is the time to make having a home a Constitutional Right “. a person cannot but shudder at the thought of a carbon copy of the British Britex referendum farce!
This was a golden opportunity to put foreward a clear proposal as to what would be meant by the right to having a home , for the State & Goverment, the public, the individual Citizen. How it would be implemented in the immediate moment, the short , intermediate and long term future? Will it be totally universal to all people living in the State, or restricted to those who qualify as Citizens? will a person born a millionare be as equally entitled as an unemployed person on the bread line?How would this Constitutional right to a home be funded, what are the tax implications of this for every citizen,? from where are the Funds to achive the objective coming from?
It is reasonable for people to feel that those who claim to have concern for an issue of complex social, economic and political outcomes, should address the issue of the foundations of what is claimed as the answer to those issues,Least we end up with a meaningless Constitutional right to a home!
Now if someone can produce a Reversible Duvet with one side Beige Fleece and one side white linen style, for winter and summer alternative use, how difficult can it be to produce printed Duvets of attractive designs , that remove the hassle of removing and replacing the cover every time , not to mention the cost and inconvience of two seperate washing and drying loads, or washing line space and suitable drying days!
This producer see’s a market for their product, how far away is a printed Duvet as I have being promoting for some time! The saga roles on.
Would it not be a fair observation to say, that the Labour Party’s new Private Members Bill ( Homeless Families ) Bill 2017, Which recognises the rights and needs of Homeless Children. Is but a rolling development of my proposal of the 28th December 2015, to provide each child born in the State, Statuary Housing Rights, as reproduced below. There are many proposals and ideas for solving the current Housing problems, and yes While it is vital to make progress on the many issues that effect and create this current situation but may I suggest that we should be looking at how to prevent, as much as is possible , never ending repeats of these problems further into the future.
On 28th. December 2015. I posted a very simple idea on Twitter.
That is, I proposed that the Goverment should , one year after a child’s birth in the State,open a dedicated Bank account in that child’s sole name, for the explicit purpose and expressed restricted use, as to the providing that child with dedicated funds, to be realised to that named child at age 25, in respect of enabling that person to secure their independent housing needs.
Now I did say , that this is a very simple idea and we all know , nothing is ever that simple but I do believe this idea is feasible and would fit nicely into a Constituional Right to a Home, as is being proposed as a Referendum Amendment, by many people and various organisations concerned with the current crisis.
I would welcome comments as to, for and against this idea.
On the 5th October 2017. While making my bed and thinking about what subject to blog,on my first ever blog, it occured to me that I should write about an idea I have had for some time, to wit , the problems and struggles of the ritual of changing the Duvet cover and the task of laundering the Duvet and the Duvet cover seperately!
Now I am of the belief that in general there is no good logical reason why every type of Duvet ,needs a seperate cover, which has to be changed and laundered seperate from the Duvet every time. The answer seems to me that in general most Duvets could come with a printed pattern on the exterior, removing the need for a seperate cover and seperate laundering of each!
On the 19th of October 2017. I seen on TruTv, an advert for a company’s product/service,which plays on the very subject of the draw backs of seperate Duvet covers.In this advert a man is shown changing a Duvet cover and is given congratulations and high praise for having for the very first time finaly succesfully changing his Duvet cover!
This prompted me to contact two Irish Duvet Producers by email. Pownall & Hampson (Ireland Limited) and Feathers Factory Outlet.(Feather Textiles).Directing them to my blogs on Duvet Wars and the Idea of printed Duvets.I cannot at this moment in time report any response from either company, may have to take this idea out of this country for success! Producers of course are reminded of my copy rights in the issue of this idea.