I just want to clear something up about this blog and my purpose behind writing it.
The sole reason I started this blog was simply so that I had somewhere where I could have my say on anything that interested, delighted, annoyed or infuriated me. I blog under the assumed name of "Stan" simply because I sometimes want to say things that will not be politically correct and this could - I'm not saying it would, just could - cause conflicts with my employer who, like most employers, are required to sack people who say things the establishment don't like or prefer to keep hidden.
I use the name "Stan" for two reasons. Firstly, it seemed to fit well with "Ranting" and secondly, because, although it is not my name I do have a connection to it which my close friends will understand.
I am not a political blogger - I do not belong to any political party - I just happen to get annoyed and infuriated by a lot of things that are related to politics. I am not a single subject blogger who writes around a narrow theme - that wouldn't serve the purpose. I write about pretty much anything and everything because I am interested in pretty much anything and everything - the one major exception being sport.
That's not because I'm not sporty. I have, in my time, played competitive rugby, cricket and football as an adult. I dare say that I may even have reached a decent level in any of those had it not been for a nasty motorcycle accident when I was in my early twenties. I still play golf occasionally and I still take an interest in certain sports at an amateur level - but I lost interest in sports when they started to become businesses motivated almost entirely by money. I can't be bothered with that.
The clue to the purpose of this blog is in the title "Ranting Stan".
I'm Stan and I like a good rant.