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To be fair, I haven't given it a great deal of thought, well, when do I ever, but it seems to me that we owe 'Vlad the Impaler' a debt of gratitude. Happily, it is nowhere near the size of his own debts which are beyond colossal. But 'Vlad', with all the short-term cunning and long-term stupidity that you would... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The particularly useless bastards I have in mind are the pompous, feeble creeps who run our armed services and who, in the finest traditions of British 'brass' throughout the ages, are totally unfit for purpose. Today in The Telegraph they 'fess up' to the fact that the British army was totally unable to fight two major campaigns, Iraq and Afghanistan,... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Lord who of where? I hear you mutter! I refer, of course, to Sir Edward Grey, a man who served as Foreign Secretary for eleven years during what could be described as one of the most dangerous periods of British history. In so far as I have any political heroes, he is one of them. In considering the particular enigma... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Who knew? Such goings on in the high brow and high note world of opera! First of all, the entire cast of La Traviata at Opéra Bastille in Paris refused to go on in the second act because there was a woman sitting in the front row wearing a full face veil. An attendant was despatched and asked her to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I faced a quandry last Saturday night because it was the second tranche of the Aussie thriller I watched the week before but on BB2 there was Simon Scharma giving a talk on Rembrandt's late paintings. I think I told you that I am booked in to see the current exhibition at the National Gallery, and also, that a previous... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This first one is a corker - thanks, Andra: A man walked out to the street and caught a taxi just going by. He got into the taxi and the cabbie said, "Perfect timing. You're just like Brian" Passenger: "Who?" Cabbie: "Brian Sullivan. He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Those 'damn Yankees' are at it again: I keep telling them but they never listen - all we want are your food parcels and you can keep your hurricanes to yourself. But no, on Monday night and Tuesday morning our 'septic Isle' is to be pounded from the west by another hurricane which, if it knew it's place, would be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Of course, the title above refers to my response to the death of Professor A. H. Halsey. No doubt his family and friends are grieving for a man who seems, from his obit in The Telegraph, to have led an unblemished private life. I, however, am concerned with his public life in which, I would suggest, he probably did more damage... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I neither expect nor want my politicians to be 'goodie-goodies'. It's a tough old world out there and you need very tough people to hack their way through it on our behalf. Even so, there are some limits and Ed Miliband crossed one of them when, with deliberate 'malice aforethought', he stood against his own brother in the last Labour... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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This blog is pleased to announce that we are celebrating a very distinguished and historic anniversary tomorrow, the 17th October. 'Our Man In Arkansas' finally managed to stagger away from Barney Magroo Jnr. and his 'Still on the Hill' and in fulfilment of his duty to keep D&N readers right up to date with the very latest news from that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Slightly pushed for time this morning so I have only skim-read a piece by ABC News analysing a poll taken in America in conjunction with The WaPo. However, the good news is that the Democrat party are up shit creek without a paddle! The bad, but understandable, news is that the Republicans are in a similar position but not having... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I know, I know, I've told you before 'many a time and too oft' that my method of watching 'footie' on the 'telly' is to have the sound off, merely glancing up from time to time to realise that I have missed all the goals! That might sound daft to you but consider for a moment. Most of what goes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes indeed, Thomas Carlyle in the 19th century was right to describe economics as "the dismal science" and nothing has changed since then. A good part of its inherent misery stems from the fact that our economy is run by crafty politicians who constantly bribe us with our own money but even more depressing is the fact that they do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Not a very pretty picture, I would rather look at a Paul Klee, but sometimes these things must be faced - and you can always rely Tyler Durdan at Zero Hedge to ram them in front of your eyes. J. P. Morgan (JPM) is America's biggest bank and you can take it as a given that the situation there is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, you lucky people, courtesy of 'Uppers', a frequent visitor here at D&N and a near neighbour of 'JK', I am able to offer you an exclusive tour of Arkansas. Now I know that from time to time I have, so to speak, 'taken the piss' out of that very fine State of the Union but, of course, being a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yes, indeed, no wonder all my Aussie e-pals were unable to wake up the other morning, they'd obviously been partying away to the wee small hours as only Aussies can in their own inimitable style. And they had much to celebrate given the news that at last not only has their government done away with the ridiculous carbon tax but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
You wage slaves need cheering up this morning as you fight your way into work through gale force winds and horizontal rain. Don't think us retirees aren't frightfully grateful for your efforts! I begin with an office joke that might be a little close for comfort to some of you: A Delicate Corporate Matter All of the ten senior members... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
'SigInt' at work: A rare and fascinating glimpse through the keyhole at GCHQ is provided by Charles Moore in The Telegraph and I urge you all to read it. Ever since the WWI days of 'Room 40' at the Admiralty, signals intelligence has proved over and over again to be the leading source in providing hard and timely intelligence. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Honestly, typical Aussies, always "sleepin' in the noonday sun" and never around when you want them! Tonight, BBC4 has finally come to its senses and finished with that 'Yerdie-durble', Scandie rubbish of a thriller on their Saturday night slot and have replaced it with - wait for it - an Aussie thriller! Yeeeeees, quite, but will I understand the language... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Alas, 'Our Man in Arkansas' is sleeping off his last meeting with his pal, good ol' 'One-tooth' Barney Magroo, his source for "events, dear boy, events" in 'Arkieland'. Consequently, his editor (er, that's me, by the way) has been forced to don my Bio-Chem suit and enter the infested corridors of the WaPo - yeeeeeees, quite! Still, I did learn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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It has been a long time since I treated you all to a Klee day so just sit back, don't try and make sense of it, just enjoy the whimsicality, admire the subtle balance of shape and line, and above all, wallow in the glorious colouring. There you are - what a treat! Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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First of all, an apology to my many foreign readers for my recent habit of returning to British politics - again - and again! But please understand that since 'that woman' departed, next to knitting and stamp collecting, there has been nothing more eye-stabbingly tedious than our Westminster politics. Today it is riveting. It makes chaos theory look easy. Dan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The question is simple, or perhaps, simply difficult, whatever, but would you want this woman as your bank manager? The Kaiserin: "Vee haf vays of cutting your overdraft!" Whilst I'm not sure I would like her as my bank manager I wouldn't mind her as my wife given her track record in keeping the German credit card under lock and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So the ice-bucket has been poured over the three main parties (see my post from yesterday) and Dave, Ed and Nick sit there frozen and soaking and in a state of shock - as well they might, given these results, courtesy of Guido: Clacton: Douglas Carswell (UKIP) 21,113 (59.75%) Giles Watling (Con) 8,709 (24.64%) Tim Young (Lab) 3,957 (11.20%) Chris... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I don't understand all this 'social media' lark like Facebook, Twitter, Texting and such like. As far as I am concerned it all began - and ended - with blogging. The world of 'Blogdom' sums up the entire human condition - it is mostly a heap of shit but here and there can be glimpsed a gleam of gold! As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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