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Stand-by, darlings, cue: one, old, grumpy, amateur 'thesp' as he goes off on one - again! Yes, I know I keep grumbling about current theatre but, honestly, can you blame me? This morning I received the forthcoming programme for Salisbury Theatre. In it was the heading "An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen. Yeeeees, I shouted, at last, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
No, no, not Prince Harry, he hasn't 'done a runner' - yet! I am referring to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 'revolutionary' leader of Saudi Arabia who seems to have 'gone on the missing list'. I categorise him as 'revolutionary' despite the fact that his philosophy of life is probably somewhere to the Right of Genghis Khan but in Saudi... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Dammit all, this is May, harbinger of the Summer to come and therefor, in the finest English tradition it should be pissing down with rain and thus providing me with an excuse to the 'Memsahib' for the total lack of flower planting in the garden. Instead - natch! - the sun hasn't stopped shining for nearly ten days! Frankly, I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I wouldn't be too sure of that, DA, "when the cat's away, the mice do play!"
Toggle Commented yesterday on On holiday at The Carpentariat
Well, it will only take you less than three nano-seconds to realise that it is a particularly silly question! Even so, Mr. Michael Curtiss at The American Thinker poses it and starts his essay with a witty, 1943 line from Noel Coward, "Don't let's be beastly to the Germans. Their Bach is really far worse than their bite," sang Noel... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I think I rank as 'Below Deck'! As for the wedding invite, obviously your postman lost it - so you owe him a gallon of grog! Today I had to plough through to page 30!!!!! in The Mail before I reached any actual news! I trust preparations for 'The Big Move' are well under way and that you are obeying instructions promptly and to the letter! David
A fine selection of 'groaners' to start your working weeks! A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a flight. They start eying each other and both realize they want to do the same thing. He slips a condom out of his pocket, and she looks delighted. "Rear toilet? Five minutes", he suggests. She agrees and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I'm just sorry that in your European itinerary you missed out the intellectually sophisticated region of 'zouth Zummerzet'. Had you visited my particular village I could have treated you to a pint at my local pub, The Tippling Philosopher. In the saloon bar of that fine old establishment you would have heard even greater balderdash than you read in the comments to your blog! Enjoy your holiday.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on On holiday at The Carpentariat
This is not one of my carefully crafted and elegantly composed posts - sorry, were you trying to say something? - instead it is a bit of a ramble on the subject of 'books wot I red', or I am trying to read, or I intend to read, or in one case I definitely will not read! I am only... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I see, so, the Obama regime used the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign because of what those nasty 'Rooskies' might be up to. All perfectly proper, above board and nothing to see here, move along! As the NYT put it: "The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said." But, when y'all get over your pointless hissy-fits, don't forget to tell me whether it will be OK for Trump to. er, return the favour in due course!
I see, DA, so no 'prob' if at the next election Trump decides to unleash the FBI and any other government agency onto the election campaign of the Democrat party. You and your fellow 'Carpentariats' will be perfectly happy. Yeeees, well, good luck with that one!
"He and his henchmen are actively and publicly seeking the release of highly sensitive national-security information: the identity of an FBI source who was assigned the counterintelligence task of uncovering any Russian interference into the presidential election." Or to put it another way: "the identity of an FBI source who was assigned the counterintelligence[?] task" of illegally spying on the Trump election campaign! Surely not, say it ain't so!
Indeed I was "confused" so I am glad that our host clarified his opinion which, I confess, rather surprised me by being so out of character. Still, 'all's well that ends well' even if some people still believe that banning guns would make the USA safer despite the fact that the place is drowning in weaponry.
As a confirmed 'noos-aholic' I must admit that it is exceedingly difficult these days to tell genuine from pretend, or if you like, real from false news. Today a small piece at Zero Hedge took my eye. It emanated from a researcher at the University of Chicago - yeeeees, quite! Even so, what he has to say smacks of the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, if our host (or someone else) follows his own suggestion there will soon be another mass shooting. Of course, I do realise that in some minds, or what passes for minds, the nature of the target alters the good/bad ratio!
I notice that warning signs concerning Italy are being posted by more and more observers. Of course, the situation inside Italian domestic politics is somewhat akin to the Mad Hatter's tea-party. Somehow, in someway, the extreme Italian Right and the extreme Left have managed to form a (sort of!) coalition, although how long that will last is anybody's guess. Jeremy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, sort of; you know, 'maybe, baby', 'fingers crossed' and all that sort of thing. Even so, I keep coming across snippets in the 'noozmeja' to the effect that the predicted electoral tsunami due to hit in the Autumn which will wash away Republican control of Congress might just turn out to be a mere ripple instead! I was somewhat... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Now then, children, no fighting in the playground!
Nothing quite like a cold shower of ballot-box reality to make y'all forget the endless and tedious and pointless anti-Trumpery that usually drives this blog along. Whilst y'all were out 'demonstrating' against Trump, those sneaky 'Lefties' were breaking in via your backdoor! Look no further than the example of the British Labour party which has been surreptitiously 'stolen' from under the noses of the social democrats by a bunch of virulent Marxists.
And before I begin let me make it quite clear to all you 'Yankee-doodles' that the correct spelling f0r 'dilemna' is with an 'mn' not a double 'mm'! This is in accordance with the English wot is spoke and writ by Her Maj and up with which you must put - or end up in the Tower! This morning, HMG,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As this is a respectful tip of the hat to a great writer who has just died, I must be absolutely honest and admit that I have not read all of Tom Wolfe's novels and, even worse, I cannot remember much of the detail from them either! However, what I do remember is the enormous emotional impact that "Bonfire of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I haven't even started this post and my head hurts already! I blame that James Gleik who has written a review of a book entitled "The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics" by Adam Becker. Yeeeees, well, good luck with that one, Mr. Becker, although not to worry because I will probably buy it anyway, partly because I... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As you all do know, this blog refuses to publish the name of Ms. 'Em-Em', the attractive young lady who is about to marry Prince Harry, because I am sick and tired of reading about her everywhere I look on the internet. As far as this blog is concerned, 'Em-Em', in her original name, is a non-person, she has ceased... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It seems to me that there is no human endeavour, no matter how high-minded, that is free from gross interference. The very latest example of corrupting manipulation has now sullied what has hitherto been considered the most sacred of human activities. I refer, of course, to the 'Miss BumBum' competition which is held annually in Brazil - well, where else?!... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Below I sketched the general outline of the Arab/Israeli problem and I have often wondered if there was a solution but "answer came there none"! Like Lewis Carrol's poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" - and not forgetting what happened to all the little oysters! - the ultimate tragedy is embedded in the situation. Frankly, in the Israeli/Palestinian situation, tragedy... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at DUFF & NONSENSE!