Friday, 30 December 2011

NYE in London 2011-2012

I've been to other countries for New Year's Eve, but London is by far the worst on the entertainment chapter for this particular day. It's pretty much non-existent.. Where are the live shows and the concerts.. the food stalls, the events? Where are the all night long fireworks in the whole city to make the night seem day? What is the mayor doing? 10 minutes of fireworks only in the center with radio, come on Radio BBC to entertain the crowds!! Even the Romans knew better on this chapter and this was centuries ago.. haven't we learnt anything? The masses need food and a good show!! What is there to do on the streets in London on the NYE?? Nothing! Squeeze like sardine and freeze from an early time for a disappointing night.. Now I'm asking, does it really worth the trouble? For London this is not something to be very proud of, as everyone living here, will advice you to DON'T go!

:(

I've seen New Cid cosmetics - Hero collection a 4 piece set for £19.99 and I didn't buy it then. Now I so want to get it and there is no where to be found at this price.. It was in Tk-Maxx before Christmas :(

Friday, 23 December 2011

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Spam

I can't stand when I receive spam like this: "Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool." and at the end to see a link of some website like acne treatment, web hosting, penis enlargement,fake passport ids, natural remedies, etc.. so annoying!!

New facebook page

Riddles of Mind now on facebook page :)

Beer scam - Marketing tool

Power of Organizing Christmas Day

Since I like having my friends around me I often choose to organize the parties for us. This time around the Christmas gathering is one of them. I bought all the food, everyone is informed where and when to come. I sorted out the music for this evening, the movie, the menu and I got all the confirmations for who is coming, plus the sleep overs. I got my red outfit sorted and since is Christmas we will all play a gift game where we will all leave home with something to remember and hopefully a good portion of laughter. I'm pretty excited about the whole day as for me is more about the togetherness then anything else. Today the food should arrive. The presents are wrapped, the tree is decorated, I just need to do some cleaning. Counting days left :)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Ice-cream maker

I was looking at Argos for ice-cream makers.. what they have is more like a blender as eventually you still have to add the mix in the fridge and get it out on the next day to be ice-cream.. why would you call a product ice-cream maker if you can't get the mix to be iced!!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Back to Romanian Stray dogs

CCR amana pentru 11 ianuarie 2012 dezbaterea legii eutanasierii cainilor fara stapan

"Conform sesizarii PSD-PNL, problema eutanasierii si a conditiilor in care este dispusa aceasta este "principala problema a legii", eutanasierea este o masura extrema, care contravine prevederilor referitoare la drepturile animalelor recunoscute de instrumente internationale, reglementari comunitare cu caracter obligatoriu.

Documentul releva ca eutanasierea este contrara principiilor si prevederilor Declaratiei Universale a Drepturilor Animalelor, proclamata la Paris, in 1978.

"Legea adoptata nu face referire la legislatia de protectie a animalelor, nu include niciun principiu de protectie si asigurare a respectarii drepturilor animalelor si, in general, prevederile de protectie a drepturilor acestora sunt minime", afirma sursa citata."

Totusi cum spune titlul se amana nu se anuleaza!! ff trist!!

Sursa: http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-esential-10939401-ccr-amana-pentru-11-ianuarie-2012-dezbaterea-legii-eutanasierii-cainilor-fara-stapan.htm

update..

Lately for me was a stressful time to work my head around on how the British system works.. I need an adviser to enlighten me..

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Aupair duties

More details about being an aupair for who wants to know more..

What is an Au Pair?

Guidelines for Au Pairs and Host Families participating in the BAPAA Au Pair Programme in Britain. Other countries have similar programmes - see "Go Abroad as an Au Pair".

Individual families or agencies may wish to improve on these benefits, but these should be offered as a minimum.

Nature of the Programme: The au pair programme is a cultural exchange programme. Au pairs must be welcomed as a member of the family.

Age: Traditionally, an au pair is aged 17 – 27, however an au pair without visa requirements (from EU) can be older.

Hours on duty: Au pairs can be on duty from 25 – 35 hours per week if they are from an EU country. This is limited to 25 hours per week and 2 evenings per week if the au pair is from Bulgaria or Romania. These hours can be spread out over 5 days per week. Longer hours are usually referred to as ‘au pair plus’. Many au pair agencies also offer ‘Mother’s help’ positions; this is not part of the traditional cultural exchange programme, as it usually involves longer hours and schedules can conflict with language classes.

Pocket Money: Pocket money must be minimum £70 per week for 25 hours, regardless of whether the minimum hours are worked. Many agencies recommend slightly higher pocket money. For 30 hours the minimum is £85.

Babysitting: Two evenings babysitting per week are included as part of the programme. Additional pocket money should be paid for any additional evenings.

Leisure time: The au pair’s schedule must provide sufficient time to attend language school, and the au pair shall receive two free days each week and should be offered one full weekend off per month.

Holidays: As from September 2010, BAPAA recommends 28 days holiday per 12 month period, including Public Holidays. Pocket money will be paid during this time. To calculate the holiday entitlement for less than a year, or for someone helping less than 5 days a week, click this useful link. The au pair should not be forced to take holiday to coincide with the family holiday. Holidays should be mutually agreed between host family and au pair.

UK Public Holidays: These are included in the recommended holiday and au pairs can either be given the day off or have a day off in lieu as part of their holiday allowance.

Light Housework: A list of suggested light housework tasks can be found below these guidelines.

Childcare: An au pair is not permitted to have continuous sole charge of children under the age of two.

Room and board: The au pair receives full room and board from the family throughout the stay. The au pair must have her own private room with a window and not be required to share with children, and she should be given facilities to study.

Travelling Costs: The au pair is required to pay their own travelling cost to and from the UK, unless the family chooses to fund this.

Insurance: EU au pairs visiting the UK do not need additional health insurance as they are entitled to use the National Health Service. The au pair may also wish to take out additional travel insurance to cover loss of belongings, repatriation in case of accident, death etc.

Language School and Costs: Au pairs must be given enough time to attend language school. There are many courses in the UK for EU members, which are more affordable due to government funding. These are usually ESOL classes. If an au pair chooses to go to a private school, they must bear their own cost, unless the family offers to fund this.

Written Offer: Each agency shall ensure that the au pair receives a written offer from the family covering pocket money, holidays and what help would be expected.

The host family: Each agency shall ensure that the family is suitable to host an au pair and understands the nature of the au pair programme, and that the au pair is there to help the family and is not in charge of the house.

List of housework tasks accepted as light housework:

  • Washing dishes, including loading and unloading dishwasher
  • Preparing simple meals for children
  • Keeping kitchen tidy and clean, including sweeping and mopping floors
  • Loading and unloading laundry into washing machine
  • Ironing for children
  • Putting washed clothes away
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Making and changing children’s beds
  • Cleaning children’s bathroom
  • Everything to do with keeping their own room/bathroom clean and tidy
  • Light shopping (not the entire household shopping)
  • Walking and feeding pets
  • Emptying bins

List of tasks considered unsuitable for an au pair – Please remember, it is a cultural exchange programme, giving a young person the opportunity to learn about British culture and improve language skills through interaction with children.

  • Gardening
  • Window cleaning
  • Spring cleaning
  • Cleaning the oven, other than simple wiping out
  • Washing carpets
  • Washing the car
  • Weekly shopping
  • Pet training
  • Clearing up after untrained pets
  • Making parents bed*
  • Ironing for parents *
  • Cleaning parents’ en-suite bathroom*
  • Polishing silver and brassware*
  • Cooking the family meal, unless the au pair enjoys cooking and has chosen to do this for the family

*These duties can be included where there is less childcare and the children are out of the house for most of the day, if this is agreed in advance.

Au pairs should not be required to do housework such as ironing, when looking after children of primary school age or toddlers, due to safety reasons.


source: http://www.bapaa.org.uk/displaypage.asp?page=31

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Sign International Petition

Semnati va rog petitia internationala care are nevoie de 1 milion semnaturi
pentru a fi prezentata Comisiei Europene ce va urgenta trimiterea autoritatilor sa se adreseze inumanitatii si sa stabileasca legi solide pentru Romania si Europa cu privire la legile pentru bunastarea animalelor. Cerem Parlamentului European sa intareasca tratatele privind Bunastarea Animalelor la care s-au angajat Statele Membre cand au semnat sa intre in Uniunea Europeana.

Click on the PETITION

This is an international petition urging the European Commission to stop the extermination of stray dogs in Romania

Every day we receive more disturbing images and eyewitness accounts of the massive "canine genocide" occurring in Romania. This group was founded to collect a million signatures -- one per dog slaughtered -- which will be presented to the European Commission, urging authorities to address the inhumanity and establish solid animal welfare laws in Romania and throughout Europe. We ask the European Parliament to enforce the Treaties concerning Animal Welfare that the Member States have signed up to join the European Union.

Romanian Massacre!

Must watch

WE MUST STOP these ROMANIAN politicians!!

Corruption in Romania - kills animals to get money for elections

in perspectiva anilor electorali viitori, Puterea de la Bucuresti a decis sa reinstituie, prin lege, eutanasierea cainilor comunitari, ceea ce va insemna o afacere electorala de peste 300 de milioane de euro. De ce? Pentru ca experientele alegerilor din 2004 incoace au scos la iveala un “necesar” de 100 de milioane de euro pentru fiecare campanie elecorala. Asadar, localele si parlamentarele din 2012, dar si prezidentialele din 2013 ar fi asigurate pe pielea bietilor catei. O miza de asemenea anvergura mobilizeaza exemplar fortele portocalii din Guvern si din Parlamentul Romanei, in incercarea disperata de a adopta proiectul legislativ PLX nr.912/2007, modificat, la Camera decizionala, prin introducerea eutanasierii. Proiectul mortii se va supune votului marti, 7 iunie 2011, in plenul Camerei Deputatilor.

In scopul justificarii formale a fondurilor de 300 de milioane de euro, pretinse de la Bugetul de stat, s-a recurs la tot felul de stratageme . Spre exemplu, deputatul PDL Stefan Pirpiliu, a declarat, intr-o dezbatere televizata, organizata de postul “10TV”, ca, in judetele din jurul Capitalei, ar exista 500 000 de caini in strada. Un alt portocaliu, prefectul Bucurestilor, Mihai Atanasoaei, pretinde ca numarul cainilor comunitari din oras s-ar ridica la 100 000. Una peste alta, cifrele voit exagerate, vehiculate de autoritati si de acea mass media aservita Puterii, cu privire la populatia canina de pe teritoriul Romaniei, sunt de 10 , chiar de 20 de ori mai mari decat situatia de la fata locului. Asa se face ca, mai nou, in loc de cei 200 000 de caini fara stapan, existenti in realitate, presa manipulatoare si reprezentantii PDL vorbesc de 2 sau 4 milioane de caini comunitari! Mai departe, in privinta costurilor eutanasierii, inaintea intrarii in vigoare a legii nr.9/2008, unii primarii ai PDL raportau costuri medii ale eutanasierii unui caine de circa 100 de euro. Spre exemplificare, prezentam, schematic, cateva date obtinute de catre Federatia Nationala pentru Protectia Animalelor (FNPA) din orase administrate de PDL, ce dovedesc minciuna, exagerarea costurilor si ineficienta masurii de eutanasiere, adica tocmai afacerea frauduloasa cu caini ai strazii:

BUCURESTI
In 2001 erau aproximativ 40 000 de caini fara stapan.
In perioada 2001 – 2007 s-a declarat eutanasierea a 144 339 de caini!
In perioada 2001 – 2007 s-au cheltuit 9 milioane de euro pentru pretinsa eutanasiere.
In 2011 sunt aproximativ 40 000 caini comunitari, acelasi numar ca si in 2001.
REZULTATE: inca exista caini pe strada, in ciuda cheltuirii a 62de euro/caine eutanasiat!

BRASOV (adresa nr. 1172/11.05.2009 catre FNPA)
In 2001 erau 4 000 caini fara stapan.
In perioada 2003-2008 s-a mintit ca s-ar fi eutanasiat circa 20 000 caini.
In perioada 2003-2008 s-au cheltuit 1.45 milioane de euro cu pretinsa eutanasiere.
In prezent, sunt 4 000 caini fara stapan pe strazile orasului.
REZULTATE: inca sunt caini pe strada, desi s-a raportat cheltuirea a 72 de euro/caine eutanasiat!

ARAD (adresa nr.9386/17.03.2010 catre FNPA)
In perioada 2008 -2010 s-au eutanasiat 2 986 caini ( motivul:„boli incurabile”!!!).
In perioada 2008 – 2010 s-au cheltuit 308 048 de euro pentru eutanasiere.
REZULTATE: inca sunt caini pe strazi, chiar daca s-au cheltuit 103 de euro/caine eutanasiat!

SLATINA (adresa nr. 2/24.09.2010 catre FNPA)
In perioada 2008 – 2010 s-au eutanasiat 1 111 caini ( motivul:„boli incurabile”!!!).
In perioada 2008 – 2010 s-au cheltuit 205 500 euro pentru eutanasiere.

REZULTATE: inca sunt caini pe strada, cu toate ca s-au alocat 184 de euro/caine eutanasiat!

Pretinsele costuri ale eutanasierii ( aproximativ 100 de euro pentru un caine), inmultite cu pretinsul numar de caini fara stapan din Romania (in medie, 3 milioane), conduc la fabuloasa suma de 300 de milioane de euro! Iata cum se fura, „din condei”, fonduri bugetare, acoperitoare pentru trei campanii electorale! Inca o afacere oneroasa si criminala, de zeci si sute de milioane de euro, pe seama unor fiinte fara aparare! Amintiti-va de asa-zisele „gripa aviara” si „gripa porcina” sau de caii de la Letea!

Sursa: http://www.libertateamea.ro/2011/06/06/miza-cainilor-comunitari-300-milioane-de-euro-si-o-campanie-electorala-reusita/

Christmas Card


Thank you and was a very nice surprise :)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

My hat collection :)


I'm attracted to certain hats.. it could be the either for the weirdness, the colours or the theme.. here are some from the places I've been.. of course I didn't buy all the hats I liked, but now I regret not buying what I had my eyes on.. I guess I should to go back again :D

Bakings



I love pastry and I could eat this every day sweet or salty. Just love it! This is what I've done recently, but to be honest I bought the dough from Tesco :D

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Romanian government is applying the lethal injections to stray dogs

Recently the Romanian government has came up with a law that brakes any animal rights law. They decided to do euthanasia to all stray dogs. This is outrageous as they haven't followed/applied any plan or form of reducing the number of stray dogs like sterilizing them, applying medicine to unhealthy dogs, let alone to secure shelter and food or run a national advertised program like give a dog a home. They received money for this cause and no one knows where they went. YES, they went straight for the KILL.
This people in the government have some sort of political or financial gain from this and for them this is only a strategic step to make them advance in their hidden agenda.. I'm Romanian living abroad and I'm furious with this law and the lack of scrupulous of our government and president.. our entire system it's corrupted to the bone!!

We must do something about it before it's too late!

"Traian Basescu’s campaign of killing dogs has NOT been STOPPED by the NGO’s in 2002“, as the declarations of the PDL go, IT WAS STARTED by Traian Basescu in 2002, a campaign that lasted until 2008 and, even if unofficially is still on ILLEGALLY in many cities of Romania!

When a ruling party is investing so much money and so much energy for turning an aberration into law, and then invests even larger sums in order to sustain it, it means that that party is counting on a substantial profit after that particular aberration has become law.

If Elena Udrea, Sulfina Barbu, Roberta Anastase, Mircea Toader, Vasile Gherasim, Sorina Placinta, Costica Canacheu and the others responsible for the pro killing propaganda from the ruling party really think that this law has any other purpose than „releasing” some budgets for the elections campaign, we hereby invite them to a PUBLIC CONFRUNTATION with the representatives of the animal protection organizations. During this confruntation they will have the chance to explain in detail their arguments and motivation the same way the representatives of the NGOs have done it on so many occasions and are ready to do it anytime."


More at the source: Save the Dogs

"In perspectiva anilor electorali viitori, Puterea de la Bucuresti a decis sa reinstituie, prin lege, eutanasierea cainilor comunitari, ceea ce va insemna o afacere electorala de peste 300 de milioane de euro. De ce? Pentru ca experientele alegerilor din 2004 incoace au scos la iveala un “necesar” de 100 de milioane de euro pentru fiecare campanie elecorala. Asadar, localele si parlamentarele din 2012, dar si prezidentialele din 2013 ar fi asigurate pe pielea bietilor catei. O miza de asemenea anvergura mobilizeaza exemplar fortele portocalii din Guvern si din Parlamentul Romanei, in incercarea disperata de a adopta proiectul legislativ PLX nr.912/2007, modificat, la Camera decizionala, prin introducerea eutanasierii. Proiectul mortii se va supune votului marti, 7 iunie 2011, in plenul Camerei Deputatilor.

In scopul justificarii formale a fondurilor de 300 de milioane de euro, pretinse de la Bugetul de stat, s-a recurs la tot felul de stratageme . Spre exemplu, deputatul PDL Stefan Pirpiliu, a declarat, intr-o dezbatere televizata, organizata de postul “10TV”, ca, in judetele din jurul Capitalei, ar exista 500 000 de caini in strada. Un alt portocaliu, prefectul Bucurestilor, Mihai Atanasoaei, pretinde ca numarul cainilor comunitari din oras s-ar ridica la 100 000. Una peste alta, cifrele voit exagerate, vehiculate de autoritati si de acea mass media aservita Puterii, cu privire la populatia canina de pe teritoriul Romaniei, sunt de 10 , chiar de 20 de ori mai mari decat situatia de la fata locului. Asa se face ca, mai nou, in loc de cei 200 000 de caini fara stapan, existenti in realitate, presa manipulatoare si reprezentantii PDL vorbesc de 2 sau 4 milioane de caini comunitari! Mai departe, in privinta costurilor eutanasierii, inaintea intrarii in vigoare a legii nr.9/2008, unii primarii ai PDL raportau costuri medii ale eutanasierii unui caine de circa 100 de euro. Spre exemplificare, prezentam, schematic, cateva date obtinute de catre Federatia Nationala pentru Protectia Animalelor (FNPA) din orase administrate de PDL, ce dovedesc minciuna, exagerarea costurilor si ineficienta masurii de eutanasiere, adica tocmai afacerea frauduloasa cu caini ai strazii:

BUCURESTI
In 2001 erau aproximativ 40 000 de caini fara stapan.
In perioada 2001 – 2007 s-a declarat eutanasierea a 144 339 de caini!
In perioada 2001 – 2007 s-au cheltuit 9 milioane de euro pentru pretinsa eutanasiere.
In 2011 sunt aproximativ 40 000 caini comunitari, acelasi numar ca si in 2001.
REZULTATE: inca exista caini pe strada, in ciuda cheltuirii a 62de euro/caine eutanasiat!

BRASOV (adresa nr. 1172/11.05.2009 catre FNPA)
In 2001 erau 4 000 caini fara stapan.
In perioada 2003-2008 s-a mintit ca s-ar fi eutanasiat circa 20 000 caini.
In perioada 2003-2008 s-au cheltuit 1.45 milioane de euro cu pretinsa eutanasiere.
In prezent, sunt 4 000 caini fara stapan pe strazile orasului.
REZULTATE: inca sunt caini pe strada, desi s-a raportat cheltuirea a 72 de euro/caine eutanasiat!

ARAD (adresa nr.9386/17.03.2010 catre FNPA)
In perioada 2008 -2010 s-au eutanasiat 2 986 caini ( motivul:„boli incurabile”!!!).
In perioada 2008 – 2010 s-au cheltuit 308 048 de euro pentru eutanasiere.
REZULTATE: inca sunt caini pe strazi, chiar daca s-au cheltuit 103 de euro/caine eutanasiat!

SLATINA (adresa nr. 2/24.09.2010 catre FNPA)
In perioada 2008 – 2010 s-au eutanasiat 1 111 caini ( motivul:„boli incurabile”!!!).
In perioada 2008 – 2010 s-au cheltuit 205 500 euro pentru eutanasiere.

REZULTATE: inca sunt caini pe strada, cu toate ca s-au alocat 184 de euro/caine eutanasiat!

Pretinsele costuri ale eutanasierii ( aproximativ 100 de euro pentru un caine), inmultite cu pretinsul numar de caini fara stapan din Romania (in medie, 3 milioane), conduc la fabuloasa suma de 300 de milioane de euro! Iata cum se fura, „din condei”, fonduri bugetare, acoperitoare pentru trei campanii electorale! Inca o afacere oneroasa si criminala, de zeci si sute de milioane de euro, pe seama unor fiinte fara aparare! Amintiti-va de asa-zisele „gripa aviara” si „gripa porcina” sau de caii de la Letea!"

Sursa:
http://www.libertateamea.ro/2011/06/06/miza-cainilor-comunitari-300-milioane-de-euro-si-o-campanie-electorala-reusita/

Thursday, 1 December 2011

1 December - Romanian National Day

1 December it is the day when all Romanians everywhere around the globe can show their patriotism.
This is a national Romanian holiday which celebrates the Great Union Day
(Romanian: Ziua Marii Uniri, also called Unification Day) occurring on December 1. It commemorates the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, which declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania.

This holiday was set after the 1989 Romanian Revolution and it marks the unification of Transylvania, but also of the provinces of Basarabia and Bucovina with the Romanian Kingdom, in 1918.

Prior to 1918, the national holiday of Romania was set to be on May 10, which had a double meaning: it was the day on which Carol I set foot on the Romanian soil (in 1866), and it was the day on which the prince ratified the Declaration of Independence (from the Ottoman Empire) in 1877.

The traditional song for this event is the so called Round Dance of Unification (Hora Unirii).