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Thus spake the incomparable Scarlett O'Hara, played by the truly beautiful Vivien Leigh, as her very first words in the film of Gone With the Wind. Well, today the talk is also of "War, war, war". Mostly, of course, it is concerned with the current kerfuffles in the Middle East but I was intrigued by what I will call the... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"For they aren't human." But they are! And any attempt to avoid that obvious truth leads you into the same darkness in which they lurk. What ISIS does today is as old as humanity.
I am deeply disappointed in 'Vlad the Impaler', in fact more than that, I am insulted! According to Bloomberg News, Russian authorities are insisting that all popular bloggers must be registered. Well, that's fair enough if your country is led by a creepy, bisexual thug with deep insecurities who privately dissolves into tears at even a glimpse of criticism, but... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I will try not to guess your numerous responses to the title of this post which, knowing you lot, will indubitably be rude, so, moving on, let me tell you that I am experiencing one of those 'chaos' periods. I don't mean that the roof is falling in or that the 'Memsahib' is refusing to cook my dinners just because... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Back in 1900, Count Leopold von Berchtold, an Austrian diplomat who later became their Foreign Minister, met Count Vladimir Lamsdorf, then the Russian Foreign Minister. Berchtold wrote this summary of his opinion of Lamsdorf: Except for a short moustache, he was clean shaven and bare-headed, sat ramrod straight. He tried to impress at every opportunity, too polite, not unintelligent and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I'm busy this morning taking the bionic woman Memsahib to the hospital to see about fitting her with a second new hip. I should be back this afternoon. In the meantime, to kick start your week, I begin with some ill-remembered rhymes from childhood! Mary had a little pig, She kept it fat and plastered; And when the price of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, alas, I can only produce a short, sharp burp or two today because I have an old friend staying and we are all off to a garden party celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of some mutual friends. However, before I depart for some long cool drinks and a splendid lunch I will leave you with this; In which... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I mentioned in an earlier post my suspicions concerning our so-called 'free press' and their collusion with the Hamas thugs sent to 'mind' them as they filmed in Gaza, now I have confirmation straight from the horse's arse, the Hamas Information Agency via The Times of Israel: In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV on Thursday, relayed and translated Friday... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Incidentally, whilst referring mainly to Hillary Clinton, I link the first names of her and her spouse because I suspect that despite all the blood that has flowed under their particular bridge they still remain grappled together as a couple and their joint dynastic and political ambitions easily sweep aside multiple infidelities. She has begun her run for the presidential... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
. . . is everything! And, yes, I do know that I have a habit of repeating certain of my more favourite sayings but that is a habit commensurate with old age - and, boy, do I feel old these days! Timing is also critical in general elections and I do hope our somewhat less than able prime minister, to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Regular readers will know that for some time I have predicted that Italy will be the the first to ditch the euro and thus begin the painful revolution in European affairs which is long overdue. For a brief moment I thought perhaps the French might lead the way and that perhaps under 'Comrade' Hollande they might break free from the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, be honest, how would you walk if someone was slowly but steadily inserting a 'hockey stick' up your fundament? Poor Prof. Mann is finding out the hard way because he has committed the great error of attempting to sue various publications including National Review. But that error has been compounded doubly - nay, triply - by including the free-lance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Today the Memsahib is taking me on a grand tour of the area where we used to live in the course of which we will be dropping in on old friends, so no posts today. Mind you, if you're really at a loose end there are several hundred old ones down there somewhere so feel free to root around! Like... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
That is the sort of sentiment that poets go in for and we all nod sagely and agree - until we actually think about it. The human ego, or perhaps, the human will to live, is enormous and we survice even the death of loved ones. The death of strangers, frankly, barely touches us. Well, it certainly doesn't touch me,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Unbelievable! Mad Mullahs go on a murderous rampage in the Middle East, as is their wont, and immediately a chorus arises here in the UK crying for the recall of parliament, actions to be taken, stances to be struck, troops to be deployed, British influence (do stop sniggering, this is serious!) to be exerted, and worst of all, 'Dim Dave,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, you can breathe again and uncross your fingers for, lo, I am returned! I hope you managed to get through Monday at the coal face without my 'Funnies' but just to keep you going here are some to keep you going for the rest of the wek: Ever since I was a child, I've always had a fear of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Alas, I am forced to re-quote poor, old Harold MacMillan - again, for about the fortieth time - but it really is a case of "Events, dear boy, events", in fact, a whole collection of them coming in at me from all directions for the next two days. So, I'm afraid you will have to cope with no 'Sunday Rumble'... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I'm afraid it's another of those creepy co-incidence things - again! Just a few days back, the navigator on the Enola Gay aircraft which delivered the A-bomb to Hiroshima died at the ripe old age of 93. Today, of course, is the anniversary of the Nagasaki A-bomb which followed the one on Hiroshima three days earlier. That war ended but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Er . . . well . . . you see . . . it's all a bit complicated but . . . oh sod it, I haven't a clue! And nor has anyone else as far as I can see from the contradictory articles by sundry so-called experts. So, if you ask me what we should do about the Middle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
'Up over here' where memories of the blitz have not entirely faded it is difficult to remember that Australia, that far flung and, in the distant days of wartime, apparently safe haven, was also subject to heavy aerial bombardment, particularly the city of Darwin. I am reminded of it by the obituary in The Telegraph of Wing Commander Bob Foster... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"And the protection of American personnel in Iraq is, of course, a given." But not, apparently, in Benghazi!
Look, dammit, I thought we had trained you during WWII just to send us food parcels. Frankly, I never received one but I am led to believe that some did arrive. Well, that was splendid and much appreciated - especially by the greedy bastards who laid their hands on one - but never shared it! Anyway, you are, of course,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, indeed, just one percent of the good Prof's brain would improve mine enormously. I have had reason to quote him before but for the life of me I can't quite remember why. However, I just know it would have been with approval because the man has the ability to cut through the crap and point his mental scalpel at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
One is always grateful for the Boris's of the political world when they appear on stage, not least because they break the usual eye-stabbing tedium of it all. For the benefit of my foreign readers, the particular Boris I have in mind is Boris Johnson, currently Mayor of London, and shortly to re-enter Westminster as an MP taking with him,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Baroness Warsi, who is what you might call a 'stat muslim' in the same sense that there used to be 'stat blacks' appointed by companies to 'prove' that there was absolutely no colour prejudice in their organsisations, oh dear me, no! Well, Warsi performed that function for Dave who was, and still is, eager to demonstrate his 'third worldness' and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!