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colin randall
I'm a journalist and lifelong Sunderland supporter, based in France and London, from where I write about most things udner the sun and the rain
Interests: film, football, france, badminton, folk music
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colin randall is now following RosieBell
Apr 17, 2017
I had an enjoyable day there recently, Colin, and to my surprise found a very reasonable little restaurant in the narrow streets just down from the market. the name will come back to me!
Only here because we got return flights with Ryanair for 18 euros each!
I usually charge for that kind of ad! Should I allow it because there is at least the semblance of an argument around the link?
Stills from my niece Geraldine's husband, Guillaume, have now taken its place
I will replace it ... just fell for the quick, easy illustration
Thanks Ian. I shall certainly check that out.
There are positive aspects of Collins's review. but the quoted phrase was what leapt at me and wouldn't let go. I think filk reviewers must broadly expect their most contentious points to be commented upon - it's not as if I've done the distributor's trick of turning "anyone thinks this is a truly great film must be insane" into "a truly great film"!
No, Mr B. They favour -ization endings on the other side or the Atlantic where Bill, despite sound Durham origins, has lived for decades. I would need to check but have a feeling the OED is, unfortunately, on their side.
Happy to agree to disagree. He does, incidentally, admit that the sharp exchange are mostly made up.
It is a good piece though I felt on cursory reading that he, too, overlooked the fact that coercion is specifically outlawed in the legislation that took effect in 2011. I was very envious of the 141 comments his article attracted, though i did not plough through them!
Good point, Tim, and I did say "peacetime version" implying miniature. I should have stuck to an original thought also to include a reference to the need for a sense of proportion,
I wouldn't have put you a day older than 58, Jake. I've been lucky on the Facebook friends - very little actual unpleasantness, just views I found difficult to stomach though, in the end and within reason, you have to.
Come on. Boris tells you immediately who the story is about because it is an unusual name, Unlike Johnson. No cuddly intent on anyone's part in my view.
But Farage had no mandate or right to say anything whatever about where supposed savings would be re-directed. People heard what they wanted to hear. He has helped to make Europe and especially the UK an uglier place but he hasn't done it alone. The French mock Boris for his chameleon outlook on EU membership and rightly identify what lay behind his abrupt change of tack - 'Brexit par calcul' was the phrase I heard on France 2 last night - but the culprits include all those Labour MPs whose Brexit sympathies probably swayed lots of people in the North East and elsewhere. Not to mention - and I know Joan doesn't agree on this - the abject failure of Labour leadership to assert a pro-Remain stance. Plus, and even more than Farage and his fachos or Boris and his opportunism, Cameron for his unnecessary, senseless gamble.
Just seen this Ian - will reply properly
On balance, given the shortcomings you identify, Tim, I am indeed saying it is, if not a particularly good option, maybe the least bad. At least it'd be honest.
Richard Smith replies (at Facebook) to my reference to him: I don't think we're 'disagreeing sharply' at all - and we have met, with Sixer in the distant past [a reference to shared Sunderland AFC allegiance- Colin]. I think we are largely in agreement, I wanted to add an extra level to the theme. The crimes were monstrous, and many of those involved were monsters, but not all. They were able to perpetrate their crimes because they had seduced so many Germans to the point that they would not protest or rise up to save the persecuted. My intention was to highlight the non-monstrous facilitators of the Holocaust, and to state that in my opinion the current dehumanising discourse with regard to two groups - Muslims and refugees - could be used by the suitably motivated to recreate something like the Holocaust. Not the actual Holocaust, of course, I think that is impossible, but discriminatory and partial laws and institutions, callous or unfair treatment. Regarding the 'Disneyland terrorist' today - have a look at the Mail. Their story is fair, but below the line the racist and anti-Muslim sentiments are on plain display. Because that has been the paper's trenchant theme, and the readership respond to the dog whistles. That is where the danger lies.
Or a content provider?
With thanks to Justin Davenport, also at Facebook, here is - at least - how Gervase started his piece back in 1995 ( I await an IT geek's completion of the task): AT THE stroke of two the sirens began to wail. It was an eerie, unearthly sound, felt as much as heard as it echoed and re-echoed across the ancient city of Jerusalem, among the modern sprawl of Tel Aviv, along the Golan Heights, through the West Bank and into every town and village of Israel. It was as though an entire country was weeping: marking the passing of a man who held out the prospect of peace with a sound that presages war. As the sirens died away, silence fell at the top of Mount Herzl where Yitzhak Rabin's coffin lay on its simple black bier. Only the distant rumble of helicopter gunships and an unexpected burst of birdsong punctured the silence as the representatives of 86 nations and thousands of ordinary Israelis paused in silent thought. Then Mr Rabin's son Yuval stepped forward to say the Kaddish, a prayer intoned by family and friends at the passing of a loved one and heard down the centuries throughout the Diaspora, in the ghettoes and the concentration camps. Today it was said as much in defiance of death as in mourning. In front of Yuval stood his sister Dalia and his mother, Leah, looking frail yet noble. It seemed fitting that in their private grief played out in front of a nation, and in their black suits and coiffed hair, they seemed to recall Jacqueline Kennedy. Rabin has become the Israelis' Kennedy, his death somehow defining the country's loss of innocence, the moment when something inside turns sour. In years to come Israelis will remember where they were and what they were doing at the precise moment they heard Mr Rabin had been shot. The parallel was invoked by President Clinton, who urged Israel not to let the spirit of Rabin the peacemaker fade away... .....
Simon: I am in London for half the year, coinciding with most of the season. When I go to Sunderland for home games, I usually take my wife and we stay Swaledale (Reeth) or Darlington (where she began UK life as a French au pair) or with friends. Away games I get to are typically awaydays unless in places, eg Liverpool,where we have good friends.
Guessing at your own answer, Sarah, I suppose the second question to ask would be: "Doesn't that reflect even better on these mums?"
And hasn't a comment about this item, previously posted by Bill, simply disappeared? Or did I just dream it? I must look into the odd behaviour noticed by Tim, though I am not entirely my web editing skills are up to achieving much.
Now published above, with thanks.