Friday May 29 , 2015







A LETTER FROM GOD - by Scoobius Pip


please - read and listen to the words, they are beautiful and puts the responsibility firmy in our own hands.


This video is amazing - watch it and realise THIS IS REAL -
no computer graphics but tons of real people actually really doing what you see... 


If you want a tear in your eye, watch this very sweet short youtube link






I believe it is not the law that needs changing, it is how the courts and judges have used the laws to protect the guilty and harm the innocent.

As far as I am concerned - As soon as a robber picks up a brick - or an iron bar - or has a thought about breaking into my venue, mugging me in the street or any other such illegal act against an innocent member of the public, then the robbers Human Rights should be null and void and the Human Rights of the VICTIM -  SHOULD ALWAYS HOLD PRESEDENCE over and beyond the human rights of the one causing the illegal act. 

If someone has broken the law in the UK and is here illegally - or on permit - they should be given a couple of chances - and if repeated - OUT - and regardless of reasons why their Human Rights should protect them,  IF ANY INNOCENT MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC IS HURT;- BE IT EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY OR FINANCIALLY - then the Humen Rights of the VICTIM - MUST ALWAYS STAND ABOVE THOSE OF THE ROBBER - REGARDLESS OF ANY REASON GIVEN. 

The UK is very free in handing out benefits and housing, and no foreigner coming here needs to rob and mug and rape unless it is in their core to do so regardless of financial aid, and if this is the case, THEN WHY WERE THEY ALLOWED INTO THE UK IF THEY HAVE A PAST RECORD AT HOME - AND WHY ARE THEY ALLOWED TO REMAIN HERE AFTER IT HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC ? 

The Human Rights of the people of the UK seem not to stand for much and ESPECIALLY the Human Rights of the victim.  Time and time again we hear about rapists taking advantage of their Humasn Rights to get off charges and sent home,  and we have to put up with it and nothing is done.  We feel impotant and stupid against a law that was never meant to protect the guilty and harm the innocent, and the bastardisation of how this law has been used and abused is what is causing all the trouble.

STOP the courts allowing Humen Rights to be used as an excuse to stay in the UK because the person has a cat and should be allowed a personal family life - or any of the other pathetically mundane and silly - really absurd - reasons used in order to protect a person who has caused harm.

I agree with the Human Rights Bill and MOST CERTAINLY do not want to see our Conservative Government delete it and make up their pown copy of the rules, as I can just imagine what sort of rules these would be and we would be a lot less protected than we are currently, and if adapted and used for the correct reasons and to protect the right people,  there is nothing wrong with the Human Rights Bill as it is - we just need to ensure it is used correctly and used to protect the victim.  And for those who say the robber and the rapist is also a victim,  maybe of their own childhood or surroundings,  then the UK does not need these people in the country and if they have a violent past or any such excuse - tough shit.  We all have our problems and we do not need to be importing more thugs, rapists, muggers and bad people from abroad - and they should be sent home - they should have been stopped coming into the country in the first place especially when it turns out they have criminal records at home... ABSOLUTELY ABSURD they were ever allowed into the country in the first place. ABSOLUTELY ABSURD

We need to keep the Human Rights Bill and not be sidetracked by the media pointing out all the negatives, the rapists etc. who have abused the system.  What we need is a system that sees past the excuses and Human Rights of the perpetrator and see the damage done to society and the victim - and move from there and concentrate on the law and not because he has a fucking cat.






Thomas Cook, the tour operator, has shown us what corporate power has to offer when an accident kills two small children and how, when it comes down to it,  they don't give a fuck in hell about the pain and anguish the family have been put through.   

They continue, even now, to only apologise after their 9 year disgraceful denial of any reason to apologise, and now only because of public pressure. 

Thoman Cook sued the hotel and won over £3 million - half of which paid for their insurance and the other half would have been a profit for Thomas Cook,  and the company had full intentions of keeping that money and actually making a profit on the pain and anguish of its customers.  It recently donated the money ( £1.5 million ) to UNICEF and did not even think to discuss this with the family of the two children killed and only did so even now, because of public prerssure.

I absolutely beggars belief that in no time during the 9 years since the children were killed by a faulty boiler,  did the company think in any way at all, that they needed to show the human side of business and help the family of the deceased and offer sympathy, understanding, counselling and even a free holiday - anything - instead
they showed complete and utter indifference and the usual cold hearted and cruel face of corporate business that doesn't give a damn. 

The boss - a Mr. Frankhauser has also been heavily critisised for his assertion that Thomas Cook had nothing to apologise for during the coroners inquest into the deaths, and in my view, this is the kind of cold hearted bastard that should not be in charge of any company, and like Murdoch,  is unfit to run a public company.

His actions have been disgraceful.

On several occasions guests at Hamilton Hall have been taken ill and needed a day in hospital or a few days in bed here,  through no fault of ours - or theirs - as these things just happen sometimes and we always offer a couple of extra days, on us - to relax and get over their few days ill and enjoy a rest before going home.  It is - as I believe, a decent thing to offer - from the heart - as I can imagine what it is like to have your few days away spoiled by a ' bad turn' and how thoughtful and kind of any venue for accepting this and 'being there' for them.

Naturally, we always say that you need to take out Holiday Insurance in case of anything happening - like a cancelled flight, a broken down car,  ill health or anything - and that is up to the customer to organise and has nothing to do with us,  but when going away for a weekend or a few days, - who bothers ?  In the case of 2 children dying,  no insurance payout is going to bring them back or make you feel better and a gesture from Thoman Cook, right back at the beginning - a kind word, a thoughtful gesture,  an understanding and sympathetic ANYTHING - would have gone  a long long way,-  but instead they decided to hard ball the family, show themselves to be cold hearted bastards and in the end,  it cost Thomas Cook massively in negative media coverage where the public have shown their disgrace for Thomas Cook - Mr. Frankhauser
and the manner in which he saw no reason to apologise. 

It truly beggars belief and I am sure millions of people around the world will now look at Thomas Cook and decide to go elsewhere, as who wants to use a company that so obviously has no interest in its customers well being and just wants their money.  Thomas Cook would be turning in his grave if he saw what Mr. Frankhauser had done with his company, especially as it is so easy to be kind - so easy to be thoughtful of others and so easy to be sympathetic - especially when parents have lost their 2 children. It comes naturally to most of us and with little effort,  yet it seems corporate power knows nothing of their humanity and I am sure Mr. Frankhauser's mother is ashamed and appalled at her little boys behaviour as I am sure she brought him up with better manners and more thought for others.





A 9 year old boy at St. George's Bickley CE School was seen playing knights and dragons in the playground and was using a ruler as a make believe sword, and the head teacher called the police and the boy and his mother were interviewed concerning this.  What absolutely beggars belief, is that on the schools web site - the shield and picture below are detailed and is a sword wielding man fighting a dragon -  and yet when a young boy of 9 plays at precisely this,  the police get called  and if we are to find fault - change the schools shield for a posey of flowers or a sunset - as it completely beggars belief.


I read this report on the Metro newspapers website, which I read daily,  and was absolutely stunned that a 9 year old boy - when seen playing with a ruler as a fake sword,  is seen as a threat and the police have to be called - as if the police have nothing else better to do. 

This disgraceful behaviour by the school and most of all by the Head teacher - Geraldine Shackelton,  sends a very loud message about how our children are not allowed an imagination;-  not allowed to play freely;-  not allowed to copy what we see - and children will be children, and they will play at war games, dragons and demons, rough stuff and tough stuff as that is what they see on the TV:-   that is what is popular culturally and that is exactly what adults are doing all the time - war war and more war - bitching and fighting - lying and cheating during a general election - soap operas with slanging matches between people and there are very little role models left for children to look up and aspire to  as everyone is afraid - afraid they will be cast as an evil doer - a peadophile - a pervert - just because they are good people with no hidden agendas and just want to help - and other than footballers who often do not set a good example,  children have no good role models left any more.

Even Spongebob Squarepants - a hugely popular and awarded childrens programme loved by millions of children around the world - and despite its widespread popularity, the series has been involved in several public controversies, including one centered on speculation over SpongeBob's intended sexual orientation;-  ( I despair - it's a cartoon for God's sake )   and the Telly Tubbies where an adult complained  because one had a handbag and therefore must have been gay - and we look at these occurances and the adults who complain and we must see clearly here folks - we must start seeing clearly and truthfully, that it is the adults that have the problems and by using the police and causing such trouble for a young boy who should be encouraged for using his imagination in play - are creating and harvesting nothing but trouble for the next generation who will grow up afraid to play in case they make the wrong move and someone reads it all wrong - afraid to speak up in case they say the wrong thing - afraid to be creative in case they are labeled gay or even a perv.  - and afraid to do and say anything in case the state comes down on them.  

I was stunned that this happened in the UK as it is the kind of thing we see happening in America all the time -  but remember a friend who was a Deputy Head of a failing school back in the mid 1990's - in London - and who was put into the school to help sort it out,  and he was reported for touching one of the girl students - ( he is an out gay man and everyone knew he was gay ) and within 30 minutes it as realized it was untrue as he was in a staff meeting with 30 other teachers at the time the girl said he was with her - so everyone knew it was a lie by the girl to gain attention,  but he was still investigated and laid off work for 18 months with full pay ( and full stress ) and the council spent over £250,000 investigating what was known within minutes to be a lie - and the abuse was compounded by the very institution aimed at protecting those it abuses.

If we are to follow this onwards, and if we allow this sort of abuse to  continue - abuse that comes from the state and mad people allowed to hold powerful positions of authority, then the next generation will be fucked up and we stand little chance of a stable, sensible, educated and nurtured generation to come, and will have a generation of scared, intimidated and underdeveloped people bringing up our next generation - and that spells even more problems ahead.

Let children play,   and monitor their play,  but for goodness sake,  the adults need to lighten up - grow up - and relax. Not every childrens game is one of a future terrorist - ( and besides,  it is our government that causes and creates terrorists by its very actions of being the bully around the world in order to gain access to the oil and gas etc. )  and we need to allow our children to use their imagination in fun and laughter - and foster happy children.  Not scared ones.

John Bellamy



4 States That Punish Solar Panel Users

I found this article below and it just goes to whoe the length that big corporate busioness will go to, and the corruption of government
officials, abd the absolute insanmity involved in restricting solar panels in the very states where there is constant sunshine and the perfect place for massive solar farms and on all roof tops and REALLY should be made law that absolutely everyopne has a solar panel and so help stop the use of fossil fuels,  and it just goes to show, that as long as big corporate business is in conteol of the money - nothing - FUCK ALL - will ever actually be done to help reduce anything - be it car fumes,  fossil fuels from power stations or anything else, as long as big busioness has no financial interest in making any kind f change.  Bribery are corruption scream out for all to see... Just read below.
In light of the life-threatening climate change concerns, you’d think most states would be looking to help residents turn to green sources of energy to limit carbon emissions. However, due to private interests throwing money at local politicians, many state legislators are punishing citizens who try to take the responsible route of adding solar panels to their roofs. Here are four states that are among the worst offenders:

1. Arizona 

The steps Arizona has taken to discourage solar panels is “unprecedented” according to environmentalist groups. The Arizona Public Service Co., supposedly in defense of residents without solar panels (though really the fossil fuel industry), has successfully lobbied to get people with solar panels a $5 charge per month for each solar panel they have. Initially, the APS sought to charge an inexplicable $50+ per month to users of solar, and the organization says it will not give up the fight to have the fee increased.

Will Greene of the Sierra Club did not mince words about what this means for Arizona. “Their decision stands to raise major roadblocks that will threaten the growth of our clean energy economy and its nearly 10,000 direct jobs,” he said. “Instead of trying to obstruct the growth of rooftop solar, APS – and the ACC – should try to encourage its expansion so that everyone enjoys the energy savings and economic prosperity that rooftop solar generates.”

2. Florida

Based on all of the available sunshine in the Sunshine State, experts believe that Florida could easily be the third largest producer of solar energy. However, existing laws have purposefully excluded solar companies from becoming competitive in the state. Accordingly, solar has not caught on with residents and it remains thirteenth in the nation instead.

While other states incentivize solar panels by allowing people to sell the energy they produce back to the grid, Florida mandates that only utility companies can sell energy. Without this perk, home and business owners don’t have the financial incentive to pay for this long-term invest.

3. Oklahoma

Oklahoma legislators swiftly and near-unanimously passed a law that would tax homeowners and businesses with solar panels on their roofs, much to the surprise of residents and environmental advocates. Since last year, anyone who produces solar panel that contributes to the grid must pay a monthly fee.

Really, the utility companies should be thanking solar users for giving them additional power to use, particularly during peak hours, but instead they’re preemptively trying to protect profits and discourage Okies from using solar over other energy sources that they’d have to pay for.

4. Idaho

In a ranking of states that are friendliest to solar power, Idaho ranks dead last. On average, it takes about 16 years for someone to recoup his or her initial investment. Solar rebates are horrible in the state, and panel leasing isn’t available in the state to people who can’t afford installation up front.

And how is Idaho trying to improve its efforts? Quite simply, it is not. Last week, State Senator Jim Risch introduced legislation that would give utility companies the right to reject surplus energy created by individuals’ solar panels, thus punishing people who already have the panels. Unsurprisingly, Risch has received ample campaign donations from non-renewable energy organizations.




After a week of lovely weather we had rain this morning and 

I am sitting here in the office listening to birds singing outside - and it is a joyous sound.




I often see these awards and think - well - who voted that the best pub / club / gay venue - as no one asked me and who voted it the best ???   ... and consider it all a load of bollocks to get you to spend more money in their bar.  Trip Advisor;-  while I say they are tossers and a waste of time - this certificate of excellence is an award because of the amount of positive feedback we have received from those who have stayed here and THAT is wonderful and I am proud and thrilled about that.  Compared to many other venues, we could easily be a 3 or 4 star B&B but I do not buy into the tourist board schemes which - again - are just money spinners for the council - and I do not waste my money with something that has such little meaning. 

66% of visitors attend alone.
22% attend  with a partner / friend
6% come on business


New Year Joke:

When I found out I was Bi Polar, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.




Written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus

  I ordered this movie from Gays the Word Bookshop in London ( HERE ) after a customer suggested it and I have not cried as much while watching a movie as I did last night.  Filled with sweet tender moments that make you ' fill up'  and several times when the tears really flowed - as the story of a group of gay men and lesbians decide to collect money and support the coal miners during the Thatcher period of destroying the Miners Union back in the 1980's  and the ' coming together' of people from very different communities - 1) Coal Miners - 2) Gay Men and Lesbians - and the acceptance and rewards that these very different communities find through a battle with authorities for acceptance of a way of life and to keep their mines open.

With those from the gay community understanding persecution and bigotry only too well,  they appreciate and value what the miner
s are going through fighting the Thatcher government for the right to keep their livlihoods and their communities up and running.  Gay men have fought for decades for acceptance  in law  ( which we tend to take for granted now we have all we fought for ) but these were the days when GAY PRIDE MARCHES were political and had a powerful message about equality and not the Mardi Gras celebration of - er - what  exactly ???  - as it is these days up and down the country and the London  Gay Pride marches of the 1980's were London based - and tens of thousands would attend from all over the country.   We had a common goal we shared - about acceptance and a change in the law - and the way these gay men and lesbians took it upon themselves to raise funds and moral for the miners - is breath taking - and I did cry - several times.

I found this film to be very moving and as I am old enough to remember the onset of HIV and Aids and all that was ' going down'  in the mid '80's,  this film is well worth a visit and have a big box of Kleenex handy,  oh and you will laugh out loud as well - as there are many very funny scenes.
With some familiar faces - this well produced and executed story keeps its point and keeps you watching.  Not too ' over the top' and certainly not too preachy about gay rights - it hit the nail right on the head and combined the difficulties of being a member of the gay /. lesbian community and a member of a small mining community and a coming together of real opposites with a common goal,  and from this coming together,  acceptance and love prevaile. 
I shall certainly be watching this film a lot with customers here at Hammy Hall and shall certainly now be ordering at least another dozen copies from 
GAYS THE WORD BOOK SHOP - as they helped - back in the '80's - by offering the group of fund raisers to use their facilities in the shop and I would rather spend my money buying the DVD from them than Amazon.







Spirituality and Men (SAM)
is a self-development group run by men for men, aiming to explore the spirit of man through informative dialogue, honest interaction and the silence of meditation.

This group meets on the first Sunday of every month at Global Co-operation House.


For further information, please contact the SAM team:



Thought you might like to see these e mails to and from Hammy Hall.  

It did make me laugh.


To Hamilton Hall :-    ' If I come to see any of your clients in the hotel do I have to pay anything?'

My Answer: :- 'I have no idea what you are talking about … . in plain English please.'

His answer :- 'In plain English: Can I come to your Hotel and have sex with your clients (I expect your clients to pay me) You can not expect me to pay for anything as I am short of money.'

My answer :-  'In plain English - FUCK OFF'



This is so sweet, a dog who discovers he doesn't have to swim




Tony Bray died just before Christmas  2014, and I shall miss him.  He was a good and dear friend who visited and loved Hamilton Hall and would sit in the Conservatory meeting and greeting people as they came and went and everyone loved his peaceful and charming manner.  He was 79 years of age and a real sweetheart.    He will be missed, dearly missed.








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