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Recently in Jersey there has been a problem in the Church of England religion which has been brought to our attention and was caused by the conduct of the Dean in an abuse case. It was handled badly and the Dean has apologised. There has been a Jersey break away in the English hierarchy system because of this which has cost the tax payers a large sum of money which is too difficult to explain here.

However the Dean sits in Jersey’s government unelected and although cannot vote he is able to talk and give his opinion to guide members.


Here is part of a letter published by Tim South which I thought was worth a read.

“As many of you may be aware history tells us that the king Henry the VIII had trouble being married to one woman, and the Vatican being Catholic would not allow divorce. Not a problem if you are the king of England so he basically formed his own church, the Church of England and placed himself as its head. Then he could and would and did as he pleased including chopping of his wife’s head or imprisoning them.

The Vatican was wealthy and the CoE was funded by the people with the King as the overall leader.

This church has been handed down from Monarch to Monarch through the centuries and now the Queen is boss, the subjects fund the church as do the congregations.

It is high time that this historic feudal setup is scrapped for several reasons some of which are mentioned above. Whichever God you may worship, it is your choice, but all religions as in the Mormons, Catholics,’ Muslims etc. should be paid for by followers. All have charity status meaning they are not obliged to pay taxes.

It is discriminatory against other religions that the tax and ratepayers fund the Queens inherited religion. Why should other religions or atheists have to dig into their pockets to support the CoE when there is no connection?

The strongest personal objection is that religion is invited into Government in a lobbying capacity and to say prayers and be rewarded by the taxpayer is just ridiculous. I am unsure of the pay in Guernsey but the Dean in Jersey receives £26,100 per year in addition to everything else, everything else means a very large newly painted rectory and all utility and accounts paid, plus a recent tax funded trip to Madeira representing Jersey.

This may have been the norm in Henry VIII time but it is nothing short of a scandal today. The big question is why the States members are allowing this abuse of public money.

A comment above says it is not particularly expensive to fund the CoE, I disagree. The Church of England accounts show a portfolio of property, (the Wonga shareholding has been removed after criticism) shares and other assets valued at £5 billion.

They can afford to fund themselves, and if they are supposed to be doing Christ’s work how is it that they are sitting on such a fortune, given the amount of starving, poor and destitute in this world?

That’s a question States members might be asking their Dean.”



New Zealand taxpayers stumped up a total of $191 million, via tax rebates, for the making of Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy.


The latest statements for Warner Bros Entertainment's New Zealand subsidiary, 3 Foot 7, show the firm received a large budget screen production grant of $38.3 million in the 12 months to March 31 this year.


That adds to the $54.6 million it received in the 2014 year, $31.3 million in 2013, $46.9 million in 2012 and $20.2 million in 2011.


Across the five years, production costs amounted to around $1.1 billion, meaning the Warner Bros unit has claimed about 17 per cent of total costs under the grant.


The first two movies generated box office takings of about US$1.92 billion, according to IMDb website

Facts about Jersey.



There are the exact same number of jobs in the public sector as there are combined in agriculture, fishing, construction, quarrying, IT and manufacturing.


In 2013 Jersey had the equivalent of the second-highest earnings of the 36 OECD countries in terms of jobs and earnings, but was the lowest in civic engagement.


The average visitor to Jersey last year spent £331 in the Island.


There are 25,800 egg-laying hens in Jersey. Divided up between the total population, that would mean around one hen for every four people.


It would take around three months for the average worker in the “hotel, restaurants and bars” sector to earn the typical annual bonus in the finance sector.


If you were born in Jersey, you’re more than twice as likely to be unemployed as someone born in Poland but living here.


The price of a home in Jersey (£437,000) is more than 15 times the median average salary (£28,600) in Jersey. In the UK, the average price of a home (£272,000) is just over ten times the median salary (£25,937).


Cows in Jersey produce 13.4 million litres of milk per year – or 133 litres per Islander.


We are born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we are not alone.

Orson Wells.


Eight good jokes.


1. Stewart Francis - "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks."


2. Tim Vine - "Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly. "


3. Will Marsh - "I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister."


4. Rob Beckett - "You know you're working class when your TV is bigger than your book case."


5. Chris Turner - "I'm good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet… I don't know Y."


6. Tim Vine - "I took part in the sun tanning Olympics - I just got Bronze."

7. George Ryegold - "Pornography is often frowned upon, but that's only because I'm concentrating."


8. Stewart Francis - "I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!"

The stock market.  A rich man’s gambling club.


Every day we are bombarded on the news about the rise and fall of the stock market which to the ordinary man in the street is meaningless. The rich investors are just gambling their wealth trying to get even richer. This was explained well in the Kaiser report on television not long ago when he said about the flipping of a page over each day with a new price on it depending of the profit or loss made. This only benefits the rich investor and the dealers who cream off their share while trying to look important.


The extremely wealthy should be curbed to allow money to circulate in the general population for the benefit of every one. I feel the world wealth is grossly imbalanced at this moment. Perhaps a maximum personal wealth imposed could be the answer as this should be adequate for any one of us. We are all born equal but its your parents that has the biggest influence to your life. The wealthy person worth billions has usually gained this by luck or inheritance and develop a personality and ego that they would never have achieved in normal life.

Money makes money and greed is hard to combat.


Just because everyone is saying one thing doesn't make it right and just because only a few are saying something else doesn't make it wrong.


People who write books about good sex are never people you would want to sleep with, and the academics who write articles about the disappearance of civility always sound ferociously angry, the people who write about the way to sustain a good marriage are usually on their third.





It should be common sense to Ministers who seem to be wrapped up in their own ego and not doing what they are paid to do.

Bring in and enforce a dangerous dogs law now, compulsory car insurance on every vehicle also change some of the ACC rules to make companies and individuals responsible to take away the lack of accountability and the burden from the law abiding tax paying public.

Make carrying a fire arm in a built up area a zero tolerance offence with a hefty penalty. Same in a vehicle they should be in a locked box not just lying on the back seat.


Always use your vote.


One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors; Plato



Singer Morrissey said ‘Many people have told me that they stopped eating flesh because of something I said. I can't ask higher than that, and I wouldn't aim for higher than that.

'If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz. There's no difference.

'People who would disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir.'



Are you dead yet?

A letter sent to about 4000 retired people in Jersey asking if they still exist has been described as offensive by some who received it. The Certificate of Existence was sent to people who used to work for the States of Jersey by the pensions department, which said it wanted to make sure money was not being paid into the accounts of people who had died. Pierre, 85, said, "I went down to the office and was prepared to have a ding dong and the chap said, 'You haven't signed it'. I told him, 'I'm standing here and do exist'." (Source: BBC.co.uk)

Do you ever know what you are…….


An old Marine Pilot sat down at the Starbucks, still wearing his old USMC

flight suit and leather jacket and ordered a cup of coffee.


As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him. She

turned to the pilot and asked, 'Are you a real pilot?'


He replied, 'Well, I've spent my whole life flying planes, first Steadman's,

then the early Grumman's... flew a Wildcat and Corsair in WWII, and later in

the Korean conflict, Banshees and Cougars. I've taught more than 260 people

to fly and given rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot, and you, what

are you?


She said, 'I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women.

As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about naked women. When I

shower, I think about naked women. When I watch TV, I think about naked

women. It seems everything makes me think of naked women.'


The two sat sipping in silence.


A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old

pilot and asked: "are you a real pilot?"


He replied, 'I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian.'


(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)


Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.


A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!


Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.


When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.


They show us and talk to us about the colours of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.'


They don't say, 'Hurry up.'


Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.


They wear glasses and funny underwear.


They can take their teeth and gums out.


Grandparents don't have to be smart.


They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'


When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.


Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.


They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.






It's funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.


Bless ‘em all.

I want to die while asleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.

I may be schizophrenic but at least I have each other.






I have Kleptomania, but when things get bad I take something.






In just two days from now tomorrow will be yesterday.






“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi








To suppress the truth is to give it force beyond endurance.






A 65-year-old German woman has become the oldest woman alive to give birth to quadruplets as she today became a mother of 17 children.



Schoolteacher Annegret, 65, already had 13 children aged nine to 44 by five different fathers when she made the decision to get pregnant again because her youngest wanted a younger sibling.





The great tragedy in life is not death; it’s what dies inside you while you’re living.






The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor. Voltaire.





New Netherland was renamed New Jersey in the USA when granted as a colony to Jersey man Sir George Carteret by King Charles 11 who was proclaimed King of England on Jersey in 1649. It was in recognition  of the help he gave the King.

Named after the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, Carteret’s birthplace.





“. . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.”
― Hermann Hesse,

“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything.”-Sam Cawthorn

Hermann Hesse said


“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it’s letting go”.




Now in 2016.


62 of the richest individuals on our earth own more than 360 billion of the poorest, that’s half the worlds population.


The rich get richer and the poor get poorer now on a greater scale than ever before….

If you are depressed you are living in the past.


If you are anxious you are living in the future.


If you are at peace you are living in the present.


Lao Tzu







There are known knowns and there are known unknowns. But
there are also unknown unknowns;

things we don't know that we don't know.




“What day is it “asked Pooh


“It’s today” squeaked Piglet


“My favourite day” said Pooh