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And there’s more……..

February 19, 2017 1 comment

Not recommended for those of a sensitive disposition…………

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Gubmint health warning

February 18, 2017 11 comments

Proceed at your own risk!

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Who’s going to pay the piper?

February 16, 2017 19 comments

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President Trump has declared that NATO members must pay their whack. Apparently members ‘should’ be paying 2% of GDP p.a. but very few do, notably Canada, France, Germany and Italy, whose annual subs fall well short. Only Greece, Estonia and Poland pay up alongside the US and UK.

Now, being a simple soul, I think Trump has a point. No doubt the defaulters have long lists of excuses to offer but (as Jazz has kindly observed) I’m a stickler for rules.

At a time when Russia seems intent on reigniting the cold war and reasserting its control of its borders with the EU, are the less enthusiastic NATO countries expressing their apathy, their poverty or wha’?

Answers please on anything saleable.

The yellow peril

February 7, 2017 5 comments

FROM JOHN JEFFAY AT CASCADE NEWS LTD    0161 660 8087 /  07771 957773  john@cascadenews.co.uk / www.cascadenews.co.uk Syndicated for Dundee Courier with pic A HAPLESS council worker tried painting two sets of double yellow lines in this 2ft-wide gap. The road in Anstruther, Fife, is far too narrow to park any car, and the yellow mess has left locals baffled. The markings are beside a collapsed wall, which crumbled eight years ago causing St Ayles Crescent to be closed at one end.   “It’s the craziest set of double yellow lines I’ve ever seen. It’s been quite a subject of conversation,” said local Martin Dibley, secretary of  Anstruther Community Council  There have been lengthy wrangles over who is responsible for mending the structure and it remains fenced off.

One better than the Irish version, the Fifeshire rules indicate that you can’t park there

at all, at all, at all.

The so-called President

February 5, 2017 58 comments

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His VP says we are getting used to him ‘speaking his mind’. Well, yes, but there is a clear line between expressing an opinion based on facts and expressing an objection in derogatory terms (ad hominem). His latest jibe – the ‘so-called judge’ crosses that line.

This portrait catches admirably his other Donald Duck-like features.

Whose darling is Charlie?

January 29, 2017 12 comments

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It gives me no pleasure to report that the PoW is gradually disqualifying himself from kingship. Why? How?

Well, loyal monarchists, you already know that the Monarch is revered for her studied neutrality (despite a lovable slip of the tongue on Brexit!) while her heir is building for himself a reputation as a meddler. He probably convinces himself that comment on climate change and religious persecution is not political, failing to recognise that all serious issues become political as soon as a head of state (in waiting) comments. His latest (alleged) statement is that people are now too obsessed by Brexit (to care about his priorities).

Can’t he just nurture his thespian talents or fall off a few more polo ponies? Luckily his sons have both feet on the ground.

 

 

Where’s the beef?

January 28, 2017 8 comments

Please pardon  my use of an ’80s catchphrase from Madison Avenue but I’m struggling to understand why so many Yanks, non-Yanks and (allegedly) Mexicans object to the promised Trump wall. I suspect the Mexican gubmint’s objection is based on Trump’s high-handed assumption that the border is his to control rather than shared; and his demand that Mexico must pay for it.

There can be no comparison with the Berlin wall, which divided a single country. There is no comparison with Shengen, based on agreed principles of trade and movement. The USA needs to deal with illegal immigration and the drug trade. How else but by erecting a physical barrier capable of being defended?

Suggestions, please, on plastic fivers……

Meg’s mate

January 14, 2017 9 comments

This is your Court correspondent, reporting on the life and work of Snowdon, just call him Tony.

Of course those society snappers faced awful temptations. Some resisted, I’m sure; others, like Tony, indulged. But (again of course, given the the tempora and the mores) the extent of the indulgence was never revealed.

After Meg succumbed to the curse of her cigs, Tony continued to bat for both sides, taking his latest handsome squeezes to be entertained to dinner by ‘friends’.

A full-colour fella, eh? RIP.

 

C’est la vie, n’est-ce pas?

January 7, 2017 15 comments

Hacking, bugging, snooping, leaking, infiltrating, etc., etc., seem to be the daily agenda for governments, as they have, I guess, since Adam were a lad. So let’s save our concern that Russia showed interest in the US election. Do we imagine the US is idle in Moscow or Beijing or Delhi or London or…..?

No doubt the meeja will be reporting Trump’s first decisions as President almost before he has made them; and the Brexit negotiations will be about as secret as a fart in a bathtub.

It’s interesting that Trump chooses to herald his activities by using social media, which can hardly be pre-empted by data thieves! Not a bad idea, perhaps.

 

Oh and by the way…..

January 4, 2017 32 comments

I fear that the wheels are about to fall of the esteemed Chariot.

Haven’t you noticed that the number of active participants is in free fall?

Shame.