Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gurkha Victory

According to this report , from Sky, the Gurkhas have won their latest battle, against the British government! They have won the right to settle in the UK. Great news.

No doubt the fantastic Gurkha Welfare Trust played an important role and deserve our continuing support.

More here from the BBC.


In February 2007 we went to Italy and visited Bolzano. There you can visit the Iceman of Bolzano also known as Oetzi. He is 5,300 years old and his body was only found, extremely well preserved, in 1991 by a couple of Alpine walkers.

Unbeknown to us when visiting this awe-inspiring museum, there was a financial battle going on with the discoverers fighting for a financial reward from the Italian government.

Here is the BBC report on the latest developments.

Monday, September 29, 2008

EU Crapping Themselves?

I think the EU busybodies must be crapping themselves. Here they are trying to blacken Declan Ganley's reputation by trying to link his Libertas organisation with the CIA and the Pentagon.

And here is a piece from the Irish Times about the EU trying to soften up the Irish populaton by sending over "consumer-friendly" commissioners on a PR exercise.

Add to te unpopularity of the EU throughout Europe an economic recession, that is yet to really hurt, and bang, the pieces of a timebomb that could blow the whole EU project apart are falling into place. No wonder they are crapping it.

Why, even the Tories' William Hague is coming over all Eursceptic again here.

Rubbish Riots In Naples

I suppose I should now say: "actually I thought they were great myself", but I won't.

Here's a link to a BBC video of a riot in Naples. Whereas we whine and write to the local newspaper about rubbish, in Naples they have a bloody good riot. In days gone by we used to be good at rioting, seems nobody can be mitherd any more in the UK. Shame that, it's such good fun.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bog Off

New Labour really is taking us back in time.

Students in Manchester, according to this article, seem to have gone back to the days of the worst excesses of political correctness.

If the students' union wants to be taken anything like seriously, which it never actually will, it should not have a 'Steve Biko Building'.

Furthermore, if people are transgendered then surely they just use the toilets of their chosen gender. Why confuse all genders by putting ludicrous, uninformative notices on the doors?

Yet again pinko liberals manage to piss everybody off. Pun intended.

Howard Marks Live

Following my post yesterday about ecstasy I have perused Howard Marks' website, and he has only one live show in the next couple of months. If you have not seen him live I can recommend him, his shows are superbly entertaining but, if you have short hair and are 40 something, prepare for the more paranoid audience members to ask if you are a copper, it happened to me twice a couple of years ago when we saw him in Skipton. Actually, it didn't happen when we saw him in Morecambe so maybe it was just paranoid Yorkshiremen.

Anyway if you are in Manchester, or can get there on October 8th, give yourself a treat. Full details here.

More Data Stolen

This time the data has been stolen from a 'high security' area of a Gloucestershire air base. Here is the BBC report.

If you're still daft enough to think ID cards and state databases will make you secure then visit No2ID.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ecstasy Downgrade Considered

According to this story from the BBC.

Would legalising drugs really have a detrimental effect on 'our children' as those opposed to legalisation like to claim? I don't think it would be any worse than having legalised alcohol. Indeed legalisation would largely remove the malign influence of those who sell all kinds of stuff to people illegally. Just a thought.

And if you want to know what 'Mr Nice' thinks then visit Howard Marks' website.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hazel Blears Is Healthy

I caught the back end of Question Time last night. It was very strange and I really thought Hazel Blears had some serious illness. Her expression was deadpan, almost like what was known as the 'Parkinsonian mask' before political correctness. It also seemed to be affecting her voice or throat. She had a strange kind of guttural, nasal twang.

But as I watched it suddenly dawned on me. The spin doctors had told her to drop that ridiculous smile she usually has painted on her fizzog. And the voice problem? QT was coming from Manchester and she had decided to adopt an Oasis style Manchester accent. Patronising old bag!

Must remember to miss the programme next week. It will probably be even more annoying.

From Ananova

A Chinese airport shocked passengers and flight crew - by sending 30 workers to push a faulty plane off a runway.

It took them nearly two hours to push the CRJ7 plane, with 69 passengers and seven-strong crew on board, less than half a mile to a side lane.

"Thank God, it was only a 20 tonne medium-sized airplane. If it had been a big plane, it would have knocked us out," said one man, who said he had never experienced anything like it in ten years working at the airport.

Airport officials explained that plane's front hydraulic system was faulty and meant it could not be attached to a tow truck.

It happened at Zhengzhou airport where the flight from Guilin had a rocky landing because of the mechanical failure.

"Luckily the airplane was able to brake on time and all the passengers are safe," a spokesman told Henan Business Daily..

Crew and passengers watched in amazement as several vehicles arrived with sirens blaring, and 30 people jumped off the trucks and started to push the airplane.

The plane is still parked in the side lane, waiting for technicians to fix the problem.

We Now Have ID Cards In The UK

Here is the full story.

So they start with foreigners, where are the cries of racism?, but be sure, we will all end up having them then God knows who will be able to access all your records.

When will people wake up and get in touch with No2ID?

Actually we won't all get them. Some of us will go to prison instead!

A True Sporting Legend

'Legend' is a word much used, and abused, in the world of sport and elswhere. In my view it can be used in truth and honesty about very few without it sounding cliched and trite.

One man it can clearly be used to describe is Lance Armstrong. To come back from cancer to win the Tour de France is truly the stuff of legend. To win the most gruelling sporting event in the world 7 times without previous health problems warrants legend status, so ovecoming testicular cancer, that had spread to his brain, puts Armstrong's status as legend beyond debate.

Next year he will be doing Le Tour again, joining the Astana team currently led by Alberto Contador, Le Tour winner in 2007. Here is the full story.

Having seen part of Le Tour in 2005, the last time Armstrong won it, I suspect we will be in France on holiday next July to witness the great man's comeback.

The main reason he is returning is to promote Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Empty Rhetoric Awards

This one's for Barack's old mate Gordon Brown.

They're After Us!

Those EUfascists are at it again. Now they're trying to regulate blogging because so many of us are EU-critical. Of course free speech is at the heart of the EU, as long as you agree with them!

Read all about it here.

Fat Bottomed Girls

The woman in this story obviously had a very memorable bottom, if a little on the large side.

The moral of the story is that even if you intend to rob a bank other than squeezing through a small window, or a hole you have blown in the wall, lose weight first.

The pictue of Michael Moore is just gratuitous abuse. He's a fat bum too!

Police State

Yet again the government has sneaked out its latest ruse to brand us all with ID cards. This time, at a fringe meeting in Manchester, they have let it be known that they are planning to try forcing under 16s to carry ID cards.

Full story here.

If you don't already then it really is time you supported No2ID by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fortress Manchester

My hot air balloon flight was cancelled, for the fourth time this morning, so it was off on the early train to join SPUC distributing leaflets to delegates at the Labour Party conference.

I say delegates, they were more like cloned zombies or some kind of mass produced politico-robots. I would love to know where the production line is that produces these people. Some of the wimmin delegates seemed to have retained some element of individuality, although there were few obvious skinheads in dungarees like they used to attract when they were a socialist outfit.

The most awful part for me was the security. A whole section of the City Centre, around the Bridgewater Hall, the old Free Trade Hall and Central Library is virtually sealed off. The police presence is bigger than I have ever seen at any major event. The most sinister aspect of this heavy duty policing was the presence, in large numbers, of 'Police Evidence Gatherers'. These are the prat police who wander around taking photographs and videoing people handing out literature or holding placards. Perhaps I'll be dragged from my bed at 4-00am for dissenting, PC David Bailey having gathered the photographic evidence to blow my defence out of the water.

But the bizarre element of all this was the way the zombies and clones (delegates) were pompously strutting around Manchester as if they owned the place. I have never seen so many complete and utter twonks in one concentrated area. It seems to me that not one of them realised that this whole Guantamo Bay style security was to protect them because they are so loathed and despised by the population. They seem to think that having to hold their conference in Stalag Luft Manchester Central is some kind of a badge of honour. It actually shows how hated you are!

No you muppets, you are why politicians and the political class are so despised. Real people have to be kept away from you because they might harm you, it's not because you are so loved you might get mobbed like some kind of pop culture superstars.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Millionaires Being Repossessed

This story is about a millionaire in Nottingham who handed his house back to the bank because it was haunted. Yes, course it was.

This story is of a millionaire, hit by the credit crunch, who has had his mansion repossessed by the banks.

Which is the likeliest to be a true reason do you think?

Defective Defector

I normally feel quite compassionate towards the sick, but not in this case.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hot Air

Here's a dilemma. I am booked on a hot air balloon flight on Tuesday morning, the previous three being cancelled because of poor weather. There is also a demo on Tuesday morning by the pro-life organisation SPUC outside the Labour conference in Manchester.

The decision is whether to cancel the balloon flight to go on the demo or not. Who knows, maybe the weather will intervene again. If interested the demo will last all morning and will be around Mount Street in the City Centre. Think I'll be there.

Friday, September 19, 2008

United Commonwealth Society

UKIP's current chairman is involved, to a worrying degree in my view, with the United Commonwealth Society. Here is one of the flakey outfits involved with the UCS.

Here's another link to a dodgy outfit involved with the UCS, the very odd 'Duke of Florida'.

And here is the reponse from the complete flakeys of the 'British Dominion of West Florida to the UCS adding them to their list of nations recognised.

The top man at UCS is Tory peer, and Shadow Deputy Leader of the Lords, Lord Howell. Paul Nuttall is shown as a council member representing the 'European Parliament' rather than the UK, Great Britain or, God forbid, England.

It may be me, but an obsession with 'Commonwealth' and , not far behind, 'Empire', especially when your website offers an Afrikaans translation, implies a certain authoritarian statist outlook to say the least.

Derek Bennett's Blog

I have just discovered Derek Bennett's blog. Derek is one of the true gents of the Eurosceptic movement and a tireless campaigner. It's a bloody good blog too!

It's Our Land, And It will Be Again

Gorton, Openshaw, Clayton, Levenshulme, Miles Platting, Beswick, Collyhurst, Crumpsall. Abbey Hey, the top place!

Xaverian, St Greg's, St Bede's, Frannie's, St Peter and St Paul's, St Augustine's, De La Salle, St Peter's.

A Rush & A Push & The Land Is Ours

I am the ghost of troubled joe
Hung by my pretty white neck
Some eighteen months ago
I travelled to a mystical time zone
And I missed my bed
And I soon came home

They said :
"there’s too much caffeine
In your bloodstream
And a lack of real spice
In your life"

I said :
"leave me alone
Because I’m alright, dad
Surprised to still
Be on my own..."

Oh, but don’t mention love
I’d hate the strain of the pain again
A rush and a push and the land that
We stand on is ours
It has been before
So it shall be again
And people who are uglier than you and i
They take what they need, and just leave

Oh, but don’t mention love
I’d hate the pain of the strain all over again
A rush and a push and the land that
We stand on is ours
It has been before
So why can’t it be now ?
And people who are weaker than you or i
They take what they want from life

Oh, but don’t mention love
No - no, don’t mention love !
A rush and a push and the land that
We stand on is ours
Your youth may be gone
But you’re still a young man
So phone me, phone me, phone me
So phone me, phone me, phone me

Oh, I think I’m in love
Oh, I think I’m in love
Oh, I think I’m in love (think I’m in love)
Urrgh, I think I’m in lerv
Oh ...

I've had a good night and why not listen to some Morrissey?

Police Racial Fiasco

Following my earlier post on the leaflets distributed in the North West here is the report that appeared on Teletext today.

But, once the politics of race gets into the system, decline and fall are inevitable. Here is the story of the Metropolitan Police Black Officers Association withdrawing from meetings with managers.

The easy way to end this industrial action is to sack those officers involved. Then, to ensure no repeat of this continuing nonsense, sack Sir Ian Blair. Blair hoist on his own politically correct petard would be one of life's sweetest ironies.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

BBC 'Latest' News

I've found this article on the BBC website, dated today.

What I find very strange is that the BBC doesn't mention the source of the offending leaflet. On first reading I thought it was a leaflet issued by the police urging Muslims to 'grass up' their mates. The fact that it was the Muslim Police Association complaining made me take that conclusion a little more seriously, especially after recent shenanigens around Sir Ian Blair and senior 'ethnic' officers.

But reading the article again it became obvious that this was not Inspector Knacker going in with both size 11s before thinking. So I've had a snout around the internet and could only find references to a BNP issued leaflet similar to that in the article above. What dissappointed me was the fact that, assuming the article is about the BNP leaflet, the BBC have it in today's news headlines when the leaflet was distributed, and the subsequent fuss made, were back in May.

Secondly I was disappointed at the journalistic sloppiness of the BBC in not making it clear who had published and distributed the leaflet. A pretty basic rule of journalism broken there I would have thought.

And finally, if 95% of the heroin trade is from Pakistan and Afghanistan, wouldn't targetting those with cultural/familial/business and other ties to those countries make sense in the so-called 'war on drugs'? But that's for another post another time. Mr Nice is certainly not a Muslim.

Unite Behind The Leader

Poor old Big Gordy Brown must be getting really desperate. Here is a piece about John Prescott appealing for Labour politicos to get 'behind their leader'.

It's frighteningly common for leaders of political parties to be control freak megalomaniacs who surround themselves with talentless sycophants. Said sycophants then rally round their leaders, declaring anybody who dissents an enemy who should clear off.

It's a dirty business is politics.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty, Put Me On The Train For London Town....

Back from the holiday after an overnighter in London, which included the hottest Goan curry I've had for years. Refreshed but still fearing the worst from our police state, the continuing devolopment of which hit us as soon as we got back within British radio reception range.

People can now get police checks on neighbours, and God knows who else, if they have kids and think the subject might be a paedophile. A right charter for nutters if you ask me. Can you imagine the poor eccentric over the road who some dead head chav thinks is 'a bit iffy, know what I mean?', malicious nods, winks and innuendo and before you know it a lynch mob, fuelled with righteous indignation, tears the poor sod limb from limb. But the government says that people cannot pass on information given. Oh, that's alright then!! Paedophilia, the new witchcraft for the new puritan era.

Then driving up the M1/M6 today we heard about West Sussex council planning to bollock people if they don't turn their cars off when idling, such as at traffic lights or outside a school. Then some fascist from their transport department popped up promising to bring in £20 fines if bollocking doesn't work. It seems that the colour associated with fascism in the thirties was black, in 2008 it is the greenshirts we have to fear.

And the government wants to impose 'democracy' on the Iraqis and Afghans, poor buggers.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

La Belle France

If anybody has wondered we are presently in France having a break, hence the lack of blogging. Internet access and wi-fi are hard to come by where we are.

Many thanks to those who have emailed and texted messages of support since I decided to 'take a back seat'. I am saddened as I made so many good friends in UKIP, but I finally lost faith, partly due to poor election results which have made me question the tactic of having MEPs, partly due to the Party Leader and his inability to actually lead or motivate. Indeed his speeches since becoming leader are all so similar that you can't put a cigarette paper between them!

I was proud to have been voted top of the list in the North West, but would have been continuing for all the wrong reasons, which would have been unfair to the members who supported me, and wrong for me personally. What finally made up my mind to stand down was the feeling of anti-climax when I got the result, I knew then the decision I had to make.

Au revoir pour maintenant!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin

If you haven't heard, or heard about, Sarah Palin's incredible speech accepting the role of running mate to John McCain, then I fear you have been in a coma. Anybody who supports hunting, although I don't hunt myself, opposes abortion, although I will never need one myself, and eats mooseburgers just has to be a good thing.

A politician who is normal, real and pulls no punches is rare indeed and should be cherished. Mrs B and I were sat in the supermarket car park today when excerpts of her speech were on the radio, we couldn't leave the car, we just wanted to hear more.

I don't intend to ramble on about the content, if you've found this blog you can easily find huge coverage of the speech elsewhere. But here is a link to her website as Governor of Alaska.

And here is a link to one of her campaign blogs.

And here's another.

If only there was a British politician with her bottle, honesty and apparent integrity.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Are You A Libertarian?

Here is the Libertarian Purity Test. If you think you might be a Libertarian but aren't sure why not give it a try? Of course it isn't black and white, you may find you have libertarian tendencies or that you are actually an authoritarian statist!

Be warned it is American.


Continuing on a musical note this story , of a mob invading a vile Ikea store for a rave, is a belter.

The store is on the site of an old nightclub and the ravers were paying homage to the late lamented club. Bet you nobody will give a toss when Ikea stores get demolished and built on.

Actually, it's a shame the store wasn't built on the site where locals used to have their November 5th bonfires!


Just watched, yet again, a great Morrissey DVD and thought how superb these lyrics are. Musical equivalents of the literary genius Patrick Hamilton I think:

you have never been in love
until you've seen the stars
reflect in the reservoirs
and you have never been in love
until you've seen the dawn rise
behind the home for the blind
we are the pretty petty thieves
and you're standing on our streets
where Hector was the first of the gang
with a gun in his hand
and the first to do time
the first of the gang to die/oh my
Hector was the first of the gang
with a gun in his hand
and the first to do time
the first of the gang to die/oh my
you have never been in love
until you've seen sunlight thrown
over smashed human bones
we are the pretty petty thieves
and you're standing on our streets
where Hector was the first of the gang
with a gun in his hand
and the first to do time
the first of the gang to die
such a silly boy
Hector was the first of the gang
with a gun in his hand
and a bullet in his gullet
the first lost lad under the sod
and he stole from the rich and the poor
and the not-very-rich
and the very poor
and he stole all hearts away

If that doesn't impress then please try the version that is sung, especially one of numerous live versions.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gnome Alone

This story is the latest in a series about gnome kidnapping. Recently gnomes were kidnapped and photos of them in various European holiday destinations were sent to their owners before being returned.

In my youth we just used to swap them with gnomes in the next street.