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For those non-swots, like me, whose brains shrivel at even a hint of high-brow science, allow me to explain, almost certainly incorrectly but what the hell!, that my title refers to the Second Law of Thermodynamics which states, er, very roughly, that it doesn't matter a fig who or what you believe in, the only winner (if that is quite... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
ADDITIONAL: I have inserted this at the top to catch your eye. It is yet another example of Ms. Anna Raccoon saying it all so much better, not just better than me but better than most: http://annaraccoon.com/2014/09/17/the-end-of-the-world-is-nigh/#comments ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Yea, verily, I have dithered over 'the Scottish question' - of which, incidentally, I am now bored nigh unto death - but... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I am provoked to this post by Mr. Alex Beam of The Boston Globe who has raised the question of footnotes in non-fiction books. Are they, in the words of Sellars & Yeatman "A Good Thing" or "A Bad Thing"? He quotes one 'Master' on the subject: “Having to read footnotes,” Noel Coward once said, “resembles having to go downstairs... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Waddya mean, you never knew I was into sports in the first place?! Well, of course, I, personally, am not a partaker of sporting activities but that doesn't mean I'm not a fan and, for the right sport, I am a fervent fan. For example, I have long been a very close follower of the Brazilian Ladies Beach Volleyball team.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This comes courtesy of my e-friend, Andra, and I nearly fell off my chair laughing which is a great way to start any day - thanks, Andra! ABOUT THE WRITER: Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humour columnist for the Miami Herald. Colonoscopy Journal: I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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They describe economics as 'the dismal science' and it's hard to disagree when you read an article posted at Zero Hedge by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man blog concerning the condition - nigh unto death's door! - of the Japanese economy. It really is quite extraordinary when I look back to the '60s, '70s and '80s when Japan was promising to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I wouldn't normally go to John Redwood MP for a chuckle and a giggle. He is, after all, a terrific financial, economic and political swot whose 'Daily Diary' is always worth reading but tends, on the whole, to be long on acute analysis but short on laughs. But not today where he takes up the role of marriage counsellor. Go... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This first one is not intended in any way to influence the outcome of the pending referendum: A Scotsman and his wife walked past a swanky new restaurant. "Did you smell that food?" she asked, "It's incredible!" Being a kind-hearted Scotsman, he thought, "What the heck ... I'll treat her!" So, they walked past it again.. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: This is one... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Will 'MacChavez' win? I dunno! Nor does anyone else. The polls are all over the place. I fear that the decision either way may be very small which will be the worst of all possible outcomes because it means the interminable arguing will go on and on. Alex Salmond is the epitome of the big-mouth agitator spouting emotional nonsense which... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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In the last two posts I have been boring on elucidating (that's a posh word, innit?!) the delicate difference between the general and the specific and asking which constitutes reality. Well, sometimes the two meet and in that conjunction what wonders might we see? For example, in one brief incident just recently the mostly real and sensible world we all... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yes, I know, my title is hardly an original thought - you don't get a lot of that here! - but as I intimated in my previous post, there is a genuine difficulty in differentiating between the particular and the general. My example from yesterday based on so-called 'national characteristics' was, I think, a very good one. There is excellent... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I am provoked to this post by an article in The Spectator by Sean Thomas on the subject of national characteristics and since, judging by his name, he sounds half Irish and half Welsh he may be very well qualified! It is, I confess, a subject that has been rattling around in the back of my skull for some considerable... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Not much time this morning but I am struck by the international ripples emanating from the Scottish referendum. Several commentators have warned of possible repurcussions if the Jocks vote for independence. The most interested observers, of course, are the Catalonians in Spain where the political temperature between their independence movement and the central government is approaching danger point. Then there's... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The very worst result of the Scottish referendum would be a win for the 'No' side but with only a tiny majority, say, 1% - 5%. That would immediately produce howls of fury from the 'Yes' side claiming that it was a fix and demanding an immediate re-run. In fact, the demand for a re-run would continue constantly for years... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I am not going to apologise for repeating myself, if I made a habit of doing that on this blog I would never find the time to write anything new! So, having finished it I am now repeating and expanding my previous recommendation for a book called Incompetence written by Rob Grant. It is a tale of murder and deception... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So today we are a week away from the break-up of our dis-United Kingdom. So what do we do? We gather together our three leading statesmen, 'Stuffed', 'Stumped' and 'Stoopid', and we send them north to Scotland, hoping they don't get lost on the way, to conduct a winning campaign, turn the tide and save the nation: 'Stuffed' 'Stumped' 'Stoopid'... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
First of all apologies for the somewhat hit and miss posting from me recently for reasons which all you regulars can guess at. Also, for the same reason, I have been somewhat lax in joining in with the conversations that go on in the comment threads. However, the 'Memsahib' is coming along nicely and as I gradually get myself into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So, a white, or to be exact - and in these cases in America it is vital to be absolutely exact - a White/Hispanic security guard challenges a Black hoodie walking through the private development he is paid to guard, when the hoodie leaps on him, pins him to the ground and starts to bash his head against the kerbstone,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Don't panic, here are your Funnies, late I know but what with making and serving breakfast, starting the clothes washer, running round with the hoover . . . honestly, a husband's work is never done! A guy goes to a female dentist to have a tooth extracted. She pulled out a large syringe to give an anesthetic shot. "No way,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Hollande will be 'gummed' alive by the 'sansdents': I don't know if François Hollande intends to run again for the presidency when his current term runs out but my advice would be to go into exile! We all know what the sans-culottes did to their leaders back in the 19th century and their successors today, the 'sansdents' ('the toothless'), the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Didn't Long John Silver say something like that? I can't remember exactly, it being around 65 years since I read that particular book. However, I am still exceedingly excited by the treasure trove to be found at Bookbarn (see previous post). Last night, all alone because the Memsahib is still lazing about in hospital and the barmaid at the Tippling... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, no, I didn't actually die and nor was it exactly heaven - it just seemed like it. I went to visit the Memsahib this morning who continues to luxuriate in her 5-star accomodation whilst I slave away trying to keep the house clean, the larder filled and heat up prepare and cook my own meals but then, I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As a semi-Jock myself, I suspect that their hearts will win over what passes for their brains and they will, just, vote for separation, or if they don't, it will be such a close run thing that we will probably have to go through it all again in another five years - dread thought! But then, as many of you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yes, I know, 'it's being so cheeful wot keeps me so young' and all that sort of thing. But I am not alone in imitating the inimitable Pte. Fraser of Dad's Army. Liam Halligan in The Telegraph does it much better than me so all I can do is add my own emphases: Spending and borrowing are soaring, with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, yes, I suppose, er, but has he found that missing 'strategy' yet?