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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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We recently posted a page quoting an article from the Lancashire Evening Post about Zoe Bennett, who works for the Jamaican Tourist Board in the UK.
 
Her Dad was murdered during a brutal machete attack in Jamaica, and her employer's response to her tragic loss was to discipline her for writing about it on Facebook. Nice.
 
We added our own comment to the article ...
 

 
Well we don't work for the Jamaica Tourist Board so we can say what we like. So listen up everyone ...
 
Don't go to Jamaica because it's a dump and you'll get murdered with a machete!
 

 

 
Today we received a threatening email from Elizabeth Fox, the Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board UK. It's called "Letter before action" and it says, among other things, that there is an on-going internal investigation at the Tourist Board, which is interesting. Are they still pursuing the poor women who lost her Dad?
 
The email goes on "You should be on notice that we consider the article contains deliberately or negligently false statements as follows:- 'Don't go to Jamaica because it's a dump and you'll get murdered with a machete!'
 
So, we'd like to make it perfectly plain to all our readers that they absolutely SHOULD go to Jamaica - in fact, it's practically compulsory, because it isn't a dump and they definitely won't get murdered with a machete, and that Zoe Bennett's father is alive and well and has already recovered from that embarrassing incident with the fish knife. OK? Really, we mean it!
 
We had also pointed out that in order for the Tourist Board to know what Zoe had written on Facebook, one of two things must have happened. Either the Tourist Board regularly and routinely search their employees' Facebook pages for signs of anything incriminating, or they thought “Oh, this woman's just had a terrible tragedy in her life so let's search her Facebook page to see if she's said anything about us”. We thought that either way, their behaviour was despicable. This is also plainly not true, and it's entirely normal and proper for any employer to root around in their employees' private life.
 
Finally, we gave the name of the Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Elizabeth Fox, and her email address. We took these from the Jamaica Tourist Board's own website, believing that this meant her name and email were a matter of public record. But no, Ms Fox seems to suggest that in fact her name and email address are a secret, and we shouldn't have published them: "this has been included with the intention of encouraging the harassment of myself potentially. This amounts to harassment contrary to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which is a criminal offence. I am advising you that in the event my email address remains on your website 24 hours after receipt of this email, I will be reporting this matter to the Police".
 
That's fine, Ms Fox, we are intelligent and literate people and appreciate the irony of someone who is accused by newspapers of stalking and harassing her workforce trying to hide behind anti-harassment legislation. And we wouldn't like to put you to any trouble - after all you're going to be quite busy reporting to the police your own website, because that had your name and your address and even a little thumbnail picture, and was a plain and obvious invitation for members of the public to send you emails which is, as everyone knows, harassment. To be fair, we did at least stop short of the photo, though if any reader would like to see one they need only Google "Jamaica Elizabeth Fox" and click "images". If that doesn't constitute harrassment. Or perhaps Ms Fox's lawsuit against Google will hit the newspapers tomorrow. And anyone who has a camera.
 
Of course, it was all right for the Tourist Board to harass Zoe Bennett, wasn't it? Jesus, where do these people get their gall from? Do they seriously think that threats wrapped up in quasi-legal language are all it takes? Do they imagine that "you should be on notice" is something a real solicitor would write? Do they not have the wit to notice that this website is called "Grumpy Old Sod" - you know, "old" as in "not born yesterday"?
 
Actually, we think there's been a bit of a result here. Prompted by Ms Fox's message we searched again for the Tourist Board website and the list of senior personnel and their email addresses ... and what do you know? They've gone! So far as we can see the entire website's had a make-over (not a very attractive one, sadly) and the only email address available is a generic one. Unfortunately we can't tell you what it is because it's a secret, but you can probably find it yourself if you want, by using Google. However, if you do, you must not send them any emails because sending people emails is harassment and they'll call the police.
 
It would be nice to think that the scorn we heaped on the Tourist Board and its management has caused them major embarrassment, but to be honest we doubt it. We're good, but we're not that good.
 
Anyway, we'd like to reassure Ms Fox that she has our heartfelt apologies for any damage her delicate sensibility may have sustained because of the contempt her actions aroused, and our assurance that we think she's a very nice person and she can bully her staff as much as she likes. And if she chooses to spend her time searching Facebook or writing long spoof letters to people like us instead of doing any real work, well, that's a matter for her employers, isn't it? Perhaps we'll drop them a line and tell them that so far as we're concerned she can waste as much of their generous salary as she likes.
 
And we'll give her an undertaking that should we be prompted to write about Jamaica or the Tourist Board or her again, we'll make sure it's buried somewhere no one will see it.
 
The "Wanker of the Week" page should be about right.
 

 
Just in case you got the wrong impression, our comments were not and are not intended to imply that Jamaica is a dangerous or violent place. Why, only last July the local newspapers carried reports about three people who weren't beheaded by armed gangs, and no machetes were used at all. We just wanted to make that clear. Thank you for reading.
 

 
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