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I ask because there has been some clown-like hilarity in his response to recent events. First, he spent several days flexing his muscles and pronouncing his absolute and determined opposition to the appointment of 'Juncker the Drunker' as Chief Honcho to the EU. Whilst cutting this masculine pose and, so to speak, flashing his pecs 'n' abs, the other EU... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I'm sorry because I failed to warn you that I would be going AWOL yesterday. Actually, it took me a bit by surprise because we had a sudden conglomeration of appointments with both of us going in different directions at different times and with only one car! Then, prompted by this glorious global warming, I suddenly decided on a surprise... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Where-as we tend to bumble blindly and ineptly into our man-made disasters, 'the cousins' do it properly after much detailed discussion and planning. And, of course, being American they do their man-made disasters so much bigger and better than us. Happily, given that Hollywood seems incapable of producing any good films nowadays, we can all sit back and watch and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This first 'Funnie' is for Ortega my Spanish e-pal but it should give you all a smile to start the week: A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.' 'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.' A student asked, 'What gender... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
And, no, it's not because I slept in this morning. It's because SoD and partner were here, so blame him! Alas, given the dismal week that has just passed, sorry, but I suspect most of my rumbles will be on the sombre side. And here's an exceedingly gloom-inducing starter: Putin's ends justify his murderous means: I can't remember now who... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yesterday, The Mail enclosed a reprint of part of their edition dated December 17th 1914. The main heading says it all: GERMANS BOMBARD THREE ENGLISH TOWNS Back then there were two main types of fighting ships, the battleship and the battlecruiser. The former were heavily armed - and armoured! - which made them heavy, slow and ponderous. The latter were... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It's hard not to laugh when a man's hat is blown off in the wind and he trips and falls in a puddle whilst chasing it and is then run over by a bus. Well, it is when you know the man and he's a total pain in the rectum! When similar events afflict an entire country, and moreover, one... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The editorial in this week's Spectator is rather unusual in that it has allowed itself to become a tad emotional which , as we all do know, is frightfully un-English. (Actually, it's not but one must nod in the direction of mythology!) It is a eulogy in praise of the recently deceased (er, politically, that is) Michael Gove, the former... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Prior to his first election and during the first year or so I was fairly neutral concerning Barack Obama, not least because I, and just about everyone else, knew next to nothing about him. However, as time went on I became more and more alarmed. It has been obvious that Obama has conducted a very clever political operation which has... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So that's it, then, is it, Dave? You demote the one man in the cabinet, Michael Gove, who has actually achieved a roll-back of socialism in our schools, and you chicken out of sacking Ian Duncan Smith who let it be known in no uncertain terms that he would not go quietly. And for the absolutely critical job of appointing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, he must have done. Only a few weeks back I was advocating that what might be called the regular fighting forces on land, sea and air be cut back and instead money diverted to what I call e-warfare. So, today, according to The Telegraph, Dave follows Cpl. (ret'd) Duff's excellent advice: The Armed Forces must adapt to deal with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It seemed like only minutes after Dave picked Lady Butler-Sloss to head the witch hunt enquiry into alleged paedophile activities 30-odd years ago that the dandruff-ridden hacks of Fleet Street began raking through her embarrassing connections to, er, well, paedophile activities 30-odd years ago! Not, I hasten to add, that she herself was involved but her late brother was since... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Slightly busy Monday morning for me so without further ado: A husband and wife are sitting quietly in bed reading when the Wife looks over at him and asks the question.... WIFE: "What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?" HUSBAND: "Definitely not!" WIFE: "Why not? Don't you like being married?" HUSBAND: "Of course I do.."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well done, 'The Speccie': In the face of this howling gale of national hysteria concerning old pervs and gropers from decades ago which seems to have blown all commonsense out of the window, the dear old 'Speccie' has not one, not two but three articles this week advising our less-than-glorious leaders to calm things down. The heading to Matthew Parris's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The recent kerfuffle between Berlin and Washington which ended - or at least, this round ended - with the Berlin Head of Station for the CIA being booted out - I was tempted to write 'jack-booted out' but restrained myself! - indicates some seismic shifts are occurring beneath the surface of international relations between the two countries. Actually, rather than... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Of course, they're not my "glad-ish tidings" but those of Mr. Dan Hodges, the columnist for The Daily Telegraph. But first, a word about Mr. Hodges, himself. I had not realised that he was the son of Glenda Jackson, a superb actress but now the grim-visaged Labour MP for Hampstead & Highgate. An American critic described "her helmet of hair... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It simply re-enforces my decision never to answer any question posed by pollsters. True, no pollster has ever actually asked me anything but still . . .
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on In Gallup's defense at p m carpenter's commentary
'Pathetic' barely describes the pathos of yesterday's public (non) service unions attempt to mount a strike. Poor - well, not exactly poor, really - old Arthur Scargill must have cried in his beer as he saw the miserable turn-out. "Eee bah goom", he probably muttered to himself, "It we'ren't like that back in't good old bad days!" Indeed not, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Er, well, um . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sorry, Prime Minister but, you see, it's all frightfully complicated because it's not 'goodies' versus 'baddies' (or even 'black hats' versus 'white hats' because they all wear the same ghastly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well why not? He wants to assist us to die by allowing creepy, swivel-eyed 'doctors' to 'off us' if we say, as we all do from time to time, that we're fed up and enough is enough, or if our relatives shout loud enough that they just know that poor old gran'dad really doesn't want to live any more. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have been living dangerously this afternoon, let me explain. A few months ago I watched the first episode of a BBC thriller called "Happy Valley". It was so impressive that I used my mate Rupe's magical-digi-recording-thingie to record the remaining five episodes but, as is usual with lackadaisical and forgetful me, I never got around to watching them. However,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Being, as you will have already judged, somewhat to the political Right of Ghenghis Khan you will wonder if it is an attack of advanced and galloping infantilism that has made me book-mark The New Statesmen site. As you all know, the average age of the readers of the 'Staggers' is 171/2 and that of its writers around 231/4. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It's half time in the semi-final between Brazil and Germany and the score is - wait for it - 5-0 to the Germans. And it's not as if the Germans were playing that well, it's just that the Brazilians have obviously put their boots on their wrong feet! I can't watch anymore, it's simply too embarrassing. I mean, if it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Peter Oborne in The Telegraph lifts the curtain on that ultra-secret world that exists in no-man's-land between ministers and their senior civil servants. Mr. Oborne sums up the dilemma, thus: This letter [see original story] is neither more nor less than a statement of British constitutional practice. It sets out in clear terms how the constitutional role of the civil... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, of course, Dave has lots of 'best friends', well, so long as he remains prime minister that is, but today his, er, salon has a new member, albeit, an unacknowledged, secret member. This new 'best friend' must remain incognito for various reasons. First he is exceedingly ugly, lower-class and - quelle horreure - he's from Liverpool. Yeeeeees quite! Even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!