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My problem with MS failing to forward e-mails seems to have been resolved, there were a stack of them waiting for me this morning. Thank you, SoD, for your investigations into the background. If only you could apply some of that brain power into thinking straight about the Berlin-Brussels apparat I might reconsider leaving you my overdraft when I die! Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
There is always a faint whiff of humbuggery around 'luvvies' whose entire working lives are spent pretending to be what they are not. However, from time to time the whiff becomes a stench, as in the example of Mr. Matt Damon, the 'Bourne pretender'! He has just produced a film based on his absolute belief that private schools are bad... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Lie down, lie down, young yeoman; What use to rise and rise? Rise man a thousand mornings Yet down at last he lies, And then the man is wise. Yet another review of Peter Parker's book on A. E. Housman, this time by Adam Kirsch at The Atlantic, via A&LDaily. I'm afraid this really does have to go on my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I am greatly indebted to Mr. Silvio Canto, Jr, who, via The American Thinker, has kicked off my fascination with one of the most incredible stories in the whole of human history. My pleasure in being given this kick in the shins reminder of the almost unbelievable courage and fortitude of the human race is only marred by my disgraceful... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
What a relief to get off the subject of politics! Here is another fine selection of jokes, all in the worst possible taste, natch! An elderly Queensland man on the Atherton Tablelands, had owned a large farm for several years. He had a big pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nicely... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Who rules? The (yet to be consummated!) 'mother of my children', as chosen, er, by me, actually, Ms. Janet Daly, has produced yet another acute analysis of the political scene in today's Telegraph following the hand-grenade lobbed into the Tory party by 'Boing-Boing' Boris on which I commented yesterday. Her article is well worth reading. It is particularly harsh on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Only a few days ago various 'wiseacres' were asking where and why Boris had disappeared. Was he contemplating early retirement? Was he fearful of being accused of disloyalty to St. Theresa of May? Or, and this, I admit was a possibility, was he was just plain bored with it all? Anyway, 'with one bound he was free' today following the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So here I am, a poor old-age pensioner, just getting over a life-threatening hernia operation - well, the surgeon's life would have been at risk if he didn't get it right! - whilst also battling the ravages of rheumatoid arthritis, struggling manfully with Andrew Robert's massive missive on the life of Lord Salisbury, when I read in today's Spectator that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So no direct quotes to back up PeterG's accusations of my racism and sexism. Why am I not surprised?
Cruising the blogosphere, as one does, I came across this despicably cruel and insulting image aimed at a lady which would, normally, arouse my gentlemanly instincts and provoke me to rush to her defence. Then I realised it was aimed at 'HillBilly' so instead I just giggled! I have no idea who Mr Roger Stone is but I assume he... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have asked before, many a time and oft' but to no avail but even so I will try again. Can you, PeterG, actually produce any words of mine that support your accusation of my alleged "sexist and racist beliefs"? Mind, not *your* interpretation of my words but *actual* words inside quotation marks with a reference.
So, straight from the horse's mouth, or one of its apertures, we now know for sure where the European behemoth is headed. Mind you, you would need to have been brain dead not to have realised it years ago. Courtesy of 'Junck the Drunk', the unelected satrap who is permitted, from time to time, to sit on the plump knees... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Er, just to assure you, DA, lest you make the same error as PeterG did a few days ago, the 'Dave' above is not me in disguise - jes' sayin'!
A surprisingly shrewd move on the part of Mrs. May in deciding to lift the pay increase embargo on state employees beginning with the police and the prison warders. Those two sectors are likely to be urgently required over the next year as the new Marxist Labour party and their trade union cohorts kick off an a campaign of civil... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I refer to the late Sir Peter Hall whose death occurred yesterday. Just reading his obit leaves you feeling exhausted, not only for the colossal range of his non-stop theatre work around the world but also for his love life which encompassed several wives and numerous children - how do these guys do it? Obviously his first and perhaps main... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have been unusually reticent on the subject of what to do about North Korea for the very simple reason that I do not have a clue - but I know a man who does! Or to be exact, I know of a man who does and his name is Nicholas Eberstadt and happily he has written a long but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
And I can totter forward to be the living proof but, happily, there are even older fools to provide better examples. For example, John le Carré, the author of the superb 'Smiley' series of books which I have long admired has just mumbled some prize rubbish. According to Mr. Charles Moore in The Telegraph, le Carré has let it be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, yes, you can relax, I am not going to let you down this Monday as I was forced to do last week. Also, there are some corkers this week so I will expect productivity stats to increase 'yuuuuugely'! The first one is disgracefully misogynist but it was sent to me by Andra, so that's alright then! A man was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Memories are made of this: I took one look at this photo in The Telegraph and my mind shot backwards faster than 'Beam me up, Scotty's device! Something like 64 years in a nano-second. This is an old Harvard trainer and as a very young air cadet on my Summer camp at an RAF airfield, circa 1953, I was given... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
There is an article in the print edition of The Telegraph today by some international strategic swot suggesting that Europe and America are drifting, or perhaps driving, apart from each other as their perceived interests change. Alas I cannot find it on the internet site yet but when I do I will add a link. If it is so, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
No, no, no, I don't mean the Prime Minister, I mean the Prime Mover! In the comment thread down below on the subject of Freud and Darwin we reached what I think may be a record at this blog of 49 comments in which God, no God and Godel all began to feature heavily. I have now decided to banish... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I use the contemporary version of Matthew 7-16 in my title because in the world of politics, usually far removed from the Bible, two useful illustrations of the wisdom of St. Matthew have arisen. First, there was total and unflinching honesty of Jacob Rees-Mogg MP who made clear when questioned that he was opposed to abortion under any circumstances. and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, of course, my invention of 'MacCatalans' to indicate the similarity between Catalonia and the Spanish government and that between the 'Jocks' and London is hardly accurate. Yes, there are some similarities in that the Catalans, or a goodly wedge of them, are determined to break away from Spanish rule, rather like many Jocks wanted out of the United Kingdom... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As regular readers will know, I am something of an expert on big books because I have been quietly bragging on this blog as I work my way through Andrew Roberts' biography of Lord Salisbury. I have reached about halfway but I decided to give myself a break, not just because of the huge amount of Victorian detail but because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
A couple of posts down below I brought to your attention the murder of Sigmund Freud's reputation in a book. Today, it is the turn of Charles Darwin who is dissected by A. N. Wilson in his book "Charles Darwin - Victorian Mythmaker". The reviewer in The Spectator is Harry Mount. However, he remains impeccably polite, as does A. N.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!