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Are you mad?!!! I wouldn't bet a penny piece on my predictions but a man may hope, may he not?
And I was right, too!! Well, in so far as I told you that Scott Walker will be the candidate. Also, another, er, 'Duff prediction', 'HillBilly' will withdraw when some of her history sees the light of day and 'Fauxcahontas' will run - and lose! (Legal warning: I am not responsible for wagers entered into on the basis of my forecasts!)
Our arrangements for New Year's Eve consist of various old friends all contributing different courses to an evening feast ('dinner' is hardly the word) which is held in the home of the couple with the biggest house - so that let's me out! Alas, disaster struck this year when our hostess fell ill at the last moment and thus New... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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. . . and this woman is a donkey: She, is Ms. Alison Saunders who is, God help us all, our Director of Public Prosecutions. According to The Telegraph this particular donkey, trotting along obediently behind the massed ranks of the 'feminastis', is bent on bending the law to ensure that as many men as possible are convicted of rape... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Guess which foreign ambassador was the first to be invited to the palace to meet the new Greek Prime minister? The American? - nah! The British? - "you're 'avin' a laugh!" The EU's representative - not bloody likely! No, the very first foreign ambassador that Prime Minister Tsipras wished to see and chat with on his first day in office... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Well, we might have forgotten about it but 'Vlad the Impaler' hasn't. At his instigation the Russo-separatists in Eastern Ukraine have re-launched their efforts to encompass the totality of eastern Ukraine. Their aim now is to capture the city-port of Mariupol which is the last major city in the Donetsk region still under the control of the Kiev government. If... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Remember - you read it here first!
Calm down, dear, Romney has nil to zero chances of winning the nomination.
No, no, I don't mean the rifle, I mean the film! In fact, I left early, the first time I have walked out of a film for decades. It was eye-stabbingly tedious throughout, and that included the action scenes, and in places it produced snorts of derision from me. (Well, I mean, chatting to the wife on the 'phone whilst... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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And so now it's 'curtain up' at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens and via the marvels of modern technology there will be 'simulcasts' running in every capital city in Europe especially Berlin and Brussels. Such fun - although it is likely to prove more 'tragedy' than 'comedy'! Jeremy Warner in The Telegraph takes a hard-eyed look at the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
In this modern age we are constantly bombarded with symbols to the extent that we ignore most of them or at best only register them subliminally. But there are a few, a very select few, which comply with the requirement that a truly striking symbol should be 'seen once but never forgotten'. What makes a symbol unforgettable will vary, perhaps... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"M'lud, my client, Mr. David Duff, an impoverished blogger of limited means, er, and ability, has been under extreme pressure this morning with a host of tasks to perform for his 'Memsahib' whilst simultaneously attempting to educate and entertain his, um, vast readership. In desperation, he felt unable to resist the temptation of reproducing in their entirety the words of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So the ‘loony Leftie’, Alexis Tsipras, won the Greek election, just missing an absolute majority by only two seats but making the task of forming a coalition exceedingly easy. It’s hardly surprising that he won given the suffering the Greek people have, and still are, suffering and the fact that he has promised them increased wages, increased pensions and a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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My first 'Funnie' of the day is not strictly speaking a 'Funnie' in the traditional sense that you have grown used to here at D&N but it made me chuckle. I just hope it comes out clearly enough to read: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: A senior citizens group charters a bus for an overnight gambling casino trip. An elderly woman comes up to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I haven't indulged in a Sunday Rumble for a while and as I have a few household tasks to execute today it will suit me to just pop up the stairs from time to time and, as it were, 'rumble' (or perhaps 'grumble' might be more accurate) rather than compose one of my usual elegant, thoughtful and carefully composed posts... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It's not often I offer you long-suffering readers a musical introduction to one of my blog bores blog posts but today I give you one of the truly great popular songs performed by one of the very greatest popular singers. Before you read further, just click on this YouTube link, turn up the sound, sit back - and enjoy. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Alas, cpinva, the fact that the 'scientists' failed to predict, or even hint at, the nearly 20-year pause gives me reason to doubt their prediction of ever increasing temperature rises. Also, as I keep emphasising, they also insisted that the cause of the temp rises was industrial CO2. That has rocketed in the past 25 years so, I ask, *where is the heat*? However, I say again, throughout its existence the globe has warmed and cooled and then warmed again and cooled again. As for us humans, well, we have brains and wit and an aptitude for adapting to circs. So relax, cpinva, and have another drink!
No, no, I don't mean that! For goodness sake raise your eyes from the front of your trousers - and that includes you, ladies! I am referring once again to America. I sit here pontificating on its conditions and its direction - usually, 'directions' in the plural! - but really and truly I haven't a clue. I would suggest that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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First of all, Peter, allow me to award you the Duff Prize (look, I do the jokes round here!) for the politest response I have ever received from a 'warmer' - anywhere! Even so, you still avoid my question which goes to the heart of how much faith I can place in 'scientific' AGW theories when no - that's 'no' as in 'zilch', 'nada', 'zero' - number of prophets forecast or even hinted at the possibility of a pause. Not even a teensy-weensy hint! Anyway, we can agree that the earth is doing one of three things as I listed above but given that CO2 is obviously NOT a catalyst for anything much except lung disease, then can we please forget all those bloody expensive windmills and sun-mirrors that are an expensive waste of time and effort? Perhaps we could hang Al Gore from one of them given how much tax-payers' money he has milked out of them! As to a choice between warming or cooling - give me warming every time! The logic is simple - warming *increases* the areas of possible food production where-as cooling reduces it. Anyway, I look better with a tan!
In which case, can you, with your scientific knowledge, explain how it is that CO2 emissions have increased by huge and literally 'eye-watering' amounts thanks to Asian productivity, and yet global temperatures have barely moved? Also, you failed to answer my implied question as to why the 'scientists' failed to predict and warn us that there would be a slow down in the rise? Finally, with all the scientific expertise you would expect from a man who failed not just one, not just two, but ALL my science and maths exams let me assure you that the globe is doing one of three things: either it is warming, or it is cooling, or its hanging around waiting to make up its mind! How do I know this amazing fact? Because that is what it has done ever since the bloody thing coalesced eons before Man entered the scene! It either warms, or cools or hums 'n' haas!
A couple of things have provoked the title to this post. First, there was a small report in The Mail that there was to be something of an exposure of the late, unlamented (well, unlamented by me!) Ralph Miliband, the ultra-Marxist father of the Miliband brothers. It will come in the form of some of his hitherto unpublished writings and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"the firm conclusions of science on [climate change]" Er, would that be the 'scientists' who never gave even the teeniest-weeniest hint that there would be a 18-year stasis in global temps?
You regulars might have notice a certain amount of erraticism (is that a real word?) around here recently, so, sorry, sorry, sorry but it was those bloody "events, dear boy, events" again. So now, having been 'awol' for a while, I have been forced to smooch around OPBs (Other People's Blogs) to seek grist for my mill and as always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I was intending to write off Sir John Chilcot as an incompetent, old fool but then it occurred to me that the opposite is true, he is actually exceedingly good at doing what he does, that is, pleasing his masters. His apprenticeship took place through increasingly high places in the civil service where, no doubt, he learned his crafty arts.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Well, certainly an exceedingly brave King Lear played last night by the indomitable Brian Blessed (78), according to the Daily Mail critic, Quentin Letts. Poor chap passed out during his opening lines and crashed to the stage in a faint. The dread words "Is there a doctor in the house" had to be uttered and fortunately there was. Apparently Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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