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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'd like to make it clear that this gentleman is NOT the GOS. This is a different grumpy old sod entirely ...
 

 
A grandfather branded a real-life Victor Meldrew after he shot an air rifle in the street claimed today he has been driven from his home. Former paratrooper Brian Cotton has been arrested four times in three years following complaints from neighbours about his 'aggressive and threatening behaviour'.
 
But Mr Cotton, 74, denies being like the grumpy pensioner from One Foot In The Grave and claims he was the 'victim' despite being given an ASBO order in court. He even kept a log book recording every incident at his house including 'stones thrown at shed', 'stones thrown at rear window', 'shouting outside back' and 'lots of dog barking'. But in his four years living at the warden-controlled over-55s estate in Penwortham, near Preston, Lancashire, Mr Cotton was accused of firing the rifle, hurling abuse in a community centre and pulling faces through a neighbour's window.
 
The former town councillor has now quit the retirement estate run by Contour Homes following a string of complaints. He said today: 'The trouble with this country is that although you know you are innocent you have to plead guilty because it is cheaper and easier to just forget about it. The anti-social behaviour allegations were particularly upsetting. Those charges were just built on lies.
 
'I am no grumpy old man. I don't know what the world is coming to if that is how I am perceived. I went away to Tenerife last year while it was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and I left £100 to buy everyone a drink at the community centre. That's not Victor Meldrew behaviour. I'm just tired of feeling like I'm always in the wrong.'
 
In April last year, Contour Homes secured an anti-social behaviour injunction order against Mr Cotton, banning him from walking on the pavement outside a neighbour's home and he was put on a four-month curfew from 8pm to 8am. Officials said between 2009 and 2012 Mr Cotton was 'aggressive and threatening towards his neighbours, which required police attendances and officer intervention.' He was arrested for a fourth time shortly before Christmas, on the same day he had been found guilty in a civil court of another charge of anti-social behaviour.
 
Mr Cotton served for five years as a paratrooper from 1959 in 16th Parachute Regiment and served in Tripoli, Libya, where he was badly injured when he was run over by a lorry. The former miner is no stranger to notoriety. He was arrested in his hometown of Ilfracombe, Devon, in 2003 when he called colleagues 'plonkers' while sitting as a Labour councillor. He has also previously been accused of verbal abuse and distributing leaflets containing offensive words.
 
He moved to Lancashire in 2009 with wife Valerie but he became the subject of a string of complaints about him 'engaging in nuisance and anti-social behaviour - including aggressive, abusive and threatening behaviour towards his neighbours'.
 
Mr Cotton believes the problems on the quiet estate were caused by him owning his own property while many other residents either rented or had shared ownership. He admitted that he fired an air gun towards a neighbour's house but said he was trying to scare pigeons. He also admitted to being placed on a curfew for 'making faces' through the same neighbour's living room window. Contour Homes staff also accused him of swearing in the local community centre and ripping up bingo tickets.
 
He claims he was convicted of the anti-social behaviour because he is 'hopeless in court'. Mr Cotton said: 'There were hundreds of incidents at my house, pellets being fired at the building and vandalism outside. I used to tell the police every time there was an incident but it always ended up with me getting in trouble.
 
'I bought an air rifle because my house was being shot at. A neighbour used to feed the pigeons and they made a real mess so I used to fire it at a wooden block to scare them away. I was the victim in this situation but I was always made out to be the bad guy and I was taken to court several times.'
 
But neighbours say they were tormented by Mr Cotton during his four years on the estate. One, who did not want to be named, said: 'He was just like Victor Meldrew with all his grumpiness but he was also menace too. We're glad to see the back of him.'
 
A spokesman for Contour said: 'He was given an ASB Injunction Order following a hearing at Preston County Court. This was discharged at a further hearing in September 2012, when Mr Cotton offered to enter into a court undertaking and made a formal promise to the court as to his future behaviour. Contour accepted Mr Cotton's offer.
 
'Prior to issuing the court action, staff made numerous attempts to address his conduct and met with him about his behaviour. Contour Homes has worked very closely with the Lancashire Constabulary to address the complaints made against Mr Cotton and to ensure the safety of staff and residents.'
 

 
The GOS says: Yes, I think we all know what's been going on here.
 
But all the same ... respect to our brother Cotton. Clearly a kindred spirit. Perhaps we need to create a special award for people like him? - “UN-Wanker of the Week”?

 

 
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