2016-2017 Tag, thanks Dolly!


2016-2017 Tag

My dear blogging friend Dolly of the koolkosherkitchen blog has nominated visitors to her award blog post, including Dear Kitty. Some blog for the 2016-2017 Tag.

Thank you for this kind gesture! It is a new tag/award for me.

Though 2017 New Year was already six months ago, it is a fun tag.

This tag was created by Davide from theguywhosaidalwaysno blog.

The rules of this tag are:

1. Mention the creator of the tag. Done!
2. Use the image in the article.
3. Mention the blogger(s) who have chosen you.
4. Answer the questions.
5. Tag 9 other bloggers and let them know.

The questions are:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words

Texel. Beninger Slikken.

2. Write the names of two people who have characterised your 2016:

My dear love in a positive sense.
Donald Trump in a negative sense.

3. Write the most beautiful place you visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much:

Extremadura in Spain. Where I saw so many beautiful birds, from great bustards to small larks.

4. Write about the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016:

Pineapple.

5. Write about the event which has marked you in 2016?

War in Yemen, and corporate media failure to report on it.

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.

My new binoculars. I don’t have a photo of them.

7. Write three good intentions for this 2017:

a. Go to Cuba and see the world’s smallest bird. Done!

b. Go to Cuba and see the old city centre of Havana. Done!

c. Go to Cuba and see the Cuban tody. Done!

8. Write one place you want to visit in 2017:

Cuba. Done!

9. Write one plate/food you want to eat in 2017:

Vegetarian poké bowl.

I nominate:

1. READY TO LOVE

2. Sparkle With UC

3. Raymond FANTASTische Horstman

4. Matt Noble

5. FLOW ART STATION

6. muzikophile

7. Stitch & Shizzle

8. Charme Haut

9. vengodalmare

British Conservatives threaten Grenfell Tower blogger for fire disaster warning


This video from Britain says about itself:

14 June 2017

LONDON fire action group posted warning on Grenfell Tower

An action group predicted the Grenfell Tower fire was an accident waiting to happen four years ago but claim their warnings fell on deaf ears.

The fire service confirmed this morning there had been a number of fatalities in the horrific blaze which was reported just after 1am today thought to have been caused by an exploding fridge.

It engulfed the 27-storey building where 600 people were said to be living in 120 rooms …

Grenfell Action Group said: ‘Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities.

‘We have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in [Conservative oparty ruled] Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

‘All our warnings fell on deaf ears. This was inevitable and just a matter of time.’

The group had been posting about their concerns of tower block‘s safety regularly calling for it to be torn down before it went up in flames in the early hours of this morning in White City.

Grenfell Tower is council-owned but the management of the building is down to an independent company – the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO).

Construction on the flats started in 1972 and was finished in 1974 when it was under complete council control, but in 1996, the KCTMO was handed the contract to manage the tower block.

A council spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘The Council still owns the properties and retains responsibility for strategic housing policies and homeless people.

‘The relationship between the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) and the Council is governed by a management agreement, which covers all areas of the landlord business.

‘Whilst the KCTMO still enjoys a close working relationship with the Council, it is a completely separate company.’

Robert Black is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and he took office in 2009 having previously worked as Executive Director of Service at Circle Anglia for five years where he was responsible for services for 45,000 homes across seven companies including asset management.

Barbara Matthews is the Executive Director of Financial Services and ICT, Yvonne Birch is the Executive Director of People and Performance and Sacha Jevans is the Executive Director of Operations.

They are the four most senior members of KCTMO and according to papers seen by MailOnline, they earned £650,000 between them last year.

All four have been contacted individually by MailOnline and the company has been asked to make a comment, but nobody was available to do so.

Chillingly, back in November, while addressing the … Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), the group wrote: ‘It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders.’

The action group believe the KCTMO have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates.

‘Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation.’

The tower block underwent a £10million refurbishment which was completed in May last year, and improvements included the installation of insulated exterior cladding, new double glazed windows and a new communal heating system.

The two year project, which was designed and delivered by KCTMO in partnership with Rydon Construction, was a complex one as it took place with all 120 flats occupied throughout the time period.

Rydon turns over a massive £270million by carrying out development, maintenance and management throughout England.

Talking of the refurbishment, Robert Black, KCTMO’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with the Council to deliver this major regeneration of the tower. …’

More than one resident has claimed that there was no central fire alarm system for the tower block – or it had failed – and only smoke alarms in individual flats were working.

From RT.com:

Blogger gagged by [Conservative] council after warning about Grenfell Tower fire threat

14 June, 2017 16:09

A blogger who warned the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council of the dangers lurking in Grenfell Tower was threatened by local officials for writing about problems in the building.

Home to over 600 people, Grenfell Tower, in the Lancaster West estate, west London, was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The true scale of the tragedy is only gradually becoming clear.

As early as 2013, a man named Francis O’Connor, a member of the Grenfell Action Group (GAG), urged councillors and landlord Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO) to address the fire safety risks that new works on the building would cause.

GAG had several times tried to warn the council and the landlord that the building of a [private] school and gym next to the estate would restrict emergency services’ access, including firefighting vehicles.

But a leaked letter reveals that officials at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea tried to silence the campaigners, sending a lawyer to threaten O’Connor.

“I am instructed that you previously posted blogs that have in general been critical of everything that takes place at Lancaster West in relation to the Kensington Academy Leisure Centre and investment on the estate,” solicitor Vimal Sarna wrote to O’Connor in July 2013.

It then instructs the group to delete the blog – an order the group did not follow.

In 2016, an article on the blog chillingly predicts that only a tragedy would bring serious attention to the tower’s problems.

“It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders,” the post reads.

“It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice!”

But the scandal seems to reach beyond local council remit, as the Mirror reports that former Housing Minister Brandon Lewis “sat on” information about the several fire risks in buildings such as Grenfell Tower.

According to the newspaper, Lewis did not take action on safety irregularities on tower blocks over 30 meters tall because it could “discourage building.” Instead he shrugged off suggestions that sprinklers should be installed in the block. Other ministers are believed to have also known about the damning evidence.

Grenwell Tower number of people killed now 17 and rising.

17 ARE DEAD IN LONDON APARTMENT FIRE And emergency services now estimate the death toll could rise much higher as they search the building for bodies. Authorities believe the death toll would have been worse had Muslims who lived in the building not been up for Ramadan when the fire began and alerted neighbors to the blaze. And here’s why the inferno has exposed the apartment’s controversial history. [HuffPost]

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 17 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. bhavika24

2. Knowledge hunt

3. Viviaggia.com

4. Sreeblogs

5. Red Hot Ink

6. Infinite Words

7. regiannelly

8. Wildlife-film.com Blog

9. Japan Oblong

10. Safira’s Journey

11. Eirini’s Diary

12. The Ethos Deal

13. A R T L▼R K

14. Radnor Bird Blog

15. Tough Little Birds

16. aspiringoriginator

17. The SKWAWKBOX

Mystery Blogger Award, thanks Dolly!


Mystery Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Dolly of the koolkosherkitchen blog has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Mystery Blogging Award.

Thank you for this kind gesture! It is a new award for me.

Thank you, Okoto Enigma, for creating this blog!

The rules of this award are:

Display the award logo/image on your blog

List the rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

Answer 5 questions from the nominator

Nominate 10 -20 bloggers

Three things about myself:

1. I heard ring-necked parakeets and a wood pigeon outside my window today.

2. Which of my blog posts and pages attracted most visits today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 26
African penguin news on World Oceans Day More stats 12
Bearded vulture on Texel island More stats 11
Gay animal sex More stats 11
Donald Trump, a Scottish poem More stats 9
British violent racists use London Bridge atrocity as pretext More stats 8
‘Oldest human fossils discovered in Morocco’ More stats 8
Trump administration threatens American sage grouse More stats 7
British artists about why they vote Labour More stats 5
Butterflies, damselflies, abandoned church in Italy More stats 5

3. Which of my blog posts and pages attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2017-06-08 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 11,368
Massive animal abuse in Belgian corporate slaughterhouse More stats 2,324
Gay animal sex More stats 1,539
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted More stats 1,165
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer More stats 561
Anti-Trump demonstration Amsterdam tomorrow, Dam to Museumplein More stats 469
United States Ku Klux Klan propaganda More stats 466
About More stats 452
After Iraq, will Bush destroy archaeological treasures of Iran? More stats 450
Dutch anti-Trump demonstration, 20 January, Amsterdam More stats 444
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters More stats 399
Colonia Dignidad, Pinochet’s nazi cult torture camp, on film More stats 383
United States ‘War on Poverty’ during the Vietnam war More stats 383
British Museum’s Reading Room, what will happen? More stats 381
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament More stats 355
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Thomas Paine More stats 348
Che Guevara’s favourite poems discovered More stats 343
Women’s march against Trump, Amsterdam 21 January More stats 342
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years More stats 332
Crowned sandgrouse, lanner falcon, more birds, video More stats 325
Most hated animals top 50 More stats 322
How Spain’s Franco dictatorship censored music More stats 317
UK: Blairites: We are Thatcherites (not Labourites) More stats 315

Dolly’s five questions, and my answers, are:

1. Would you rather it was always winter, or always summer? Neither. All seasons have their special attractions. Eg, in winter there are birds unique to winter. In summer, birds unique to summer; etc.

2. Which global event marked 2016 for you? Election of Donald Trump as president of the USA; and the resistance to him.

3. Do you prefer e-mails or telephone calls? E-mails; as phone calls tend to come at crucial moments of cooking, etc.

4. What is your first thought when you wake up in the morning? Is it sunny or cloudy?

5. What is your comfort food? Pineapple.

Five questions for my nominees:

1. What is your favourite bird?

2. What is your favourite mammal?

3. What is your favourite fish?

4. What is your favourite insect?

5. What is your favourite plant?

My nominees are:

1. A Tepid Wary

2. It Is What It Is

3. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

4. ABC of Spirit Talk with Carolyn Page

5. CIGUDEG pleis bilong tu mi

6. Manolis

7. paintdigi

8. Isolated girl

9. Erika Kind

10. Paris: People, Places and Bling

11. We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

12. Tish Farrell

13. idealisticrebel

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 12 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Photostoriesteller

2. Living and atheism

3. LexieAnimeTravel

4. ThE CrEaTiVe wOrLd !

5. Stories

6. TravelwithIgor

7. Book Time

8. Kristen Twardowski

9. Darque Dreamer Reads

10. Festival Reviews

11. cries from an unkempt garden

12. #ADPhD

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 10 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Jemverse

2. Power of Thought

3. HaiHui Story

4. Magic Blogs

5. flavia the bibliophile

6. J. A. Allen

7. anggelinamenulis

8. Food, Culture, Arts, Places and Events in Malaysia & beyond…

9. Paul-o-zone

10. Freidenkerins Weblog

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 9 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Smash Web Media

2. Good Life @Har171095

3. lifeaswehaveneverknownit

4. kirilson photography

5. SUBSTRATUMS

6. Rhythm In Life

7. A.S.K. Blog

8. Sauce Box

9. farfromthebloggingcrowd