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Tom
London, England
An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about threats to liberty in Britain
Interests: liberty, travel, photography, writing
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Here is the video of the photo essays my classmates and I made at our Cote d'Azur workshop. At the end there are some bonus shots (a few of them mine). The bonus images were good, but didn't fit the stories we were trying to tell. The title of my... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
Thank you kind sir. The stats always take a dip when I am burbling rather than ranting, but it's good to know someone enjoys these posts!
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There is little I like better than a well-maintained open road through pleasant countryside and a great car to drive on it. I had wisely decided not to venture out in search of food last night. I used "Uber Eats" to have a young Frenchman on a bicycle bring me... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
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I set out apprehensively this morning to pick up Speranza from the parking garage where she has been stowed all week. Another British guest's Ferrari was broken into yesterday in the garage recommended by the hotel. I heard him on the telephone organising the replacement of his smashed window so... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
I was downstairs at 0730 for breakfast this morning so as to be in the classroom with Joe to go through my photos at 0800. I gave him twenty-five shots to whittle down – in the role of photo-editor – to eight final "selects". It was an interesting exercise. Jay... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
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After our class this morning, we set off to Cannes. This little French town is a second home to me. For decades, I attended the MIPIM real estate fair at the Palais des Festivals every year. Even since I retired from practising law, I have usually visited to stay in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
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My best prospect for finding subjects for my photo essay project was Monte Carlo. Flâneurs congregate around the casino there like wildebeest at a water hole. I hoped hunting would be good. First though, our group met at 0730 for a pre-departure portrait shoot in Nice. The local photographer assisting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
We had our first class on Wednesday morning. Each of us students contributed five or so photos, with no particular theme, to give the faculty an idea of what kind of photographers we are. If we had been on courses with Joe McNally and the team before (as most of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
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I had another splendid day. I rose early and loaded the car before breakfasting and checking out. I was on the road by 0815. I fuelled and topped up washer fluid at the first petrol station on the autoroute and set about devouring miles. I encountered my first and only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Me too. I had to content myself with photographing them though.
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My hotel recommended a local competitor as a place for me to dine [Be patient waiting for those links to load – our French neighbours have finally given up on the blaring music to accompany their websites but they still like a pointless animation here and there]. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I drove 799 km today in seven hours and nine minutes. A travelogue without jeopardy is tedious I know but my day was wonderful. I set off from home in London at 0430 am to get to Folkestone in time to board the Eurotunnel shuttle train at 0650. I was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
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The old blog is going into travelogue mode. I am dropping my political pen and putting on my driving shoes. I will be motoring to the Cote d'Azur for a photographic workshop led by famous American photographer Joe McNally FRPS. I have been on several of his workshops before and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I would like that and have some ideas. But i have the same problem as with the travel book I tried to write — I am a happy man enjoying life and there is no room in the art world for the well-adjusted. To be a serious artist I need to be psychologically damaged and / or to present the world as a dark and unspeakably broken place of misery and injustice.
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You're pushing it a bit with the "young person" old fruit!
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I know what you mean. My main fault of many is that I talk too much and listen too little. Peterson’s advice on being a good interlocutor alone would have been priceless to me as a young man. I would be worth millions more had I been able to read the book then and that might not have been the greatest gain.
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I need stupider friends damn it. You just added another book to the pile that reproaches me! I defer to no-one in my respect for your wisdom, JMB, despite your profound political error. You have been a great friend to me and a benign influence on my life so I must read any book that helped to shape a woman I so respect. By all means recommend more but please keep the list to the essentials. Ars longa, vita brevis and I need to keep some of my remaining vita clear for driving, watching F1 and football, photography, my family and friends.
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You might be right that it was Christ’s Pieces. It was a long time ago. Thanks for correcting my memory! I agree that this should be handled between neighbours under Civil not Administrative Law. It is no damned business of the state how a citizen uses land — or other assets for that matter. Only neighbours (in the law of torts sense) have a legitimate interest. The State has assumed these powers as usual not for the public good (as it always pretends) but to bribe the very worst kind of people — busybodies who sell their votes for the right to screw up the lives of those they envy and hate. Socialism is a hate crime in the terminology of its adherents. The joke is they can’t see it and yet a reading of Matthew 7:16 - 7:20 would make it clear. Socialism is a tree that always “...bringeth forth evil fruit” and that is all the evidence the wise need to know it is corrupt.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on The Spectator Housing Summit 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
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I am all for open borders, subject to first dismantling the Welfare State. As there’s no political will for that, I think your approach to immigration is fair. But how does that get the millions of economically-inactive natives off the dole? Do these low paid jobs become so high paid because of labour shortages that they volunteer to return to the workforce? Surely the supply side still needs to be addressed. It’s obscene we pay farmers NOT to farm while refusing them permission to develop the unused land for example. There’s lot of vacant housing in the North East and other such areas where the economically inactive of Kensington could be relocated. Surely it’s still mad to use help to buy and housing benefits to drive up demand in London where it takes 12 times average salary to buy a home now? Densification is still needed there and maybe in other successful cities too. Even if contained at the levels you mention in future, we have not built homes, infrastructure and social infrastructure for the massive growth we’ve had since Blair. Only densification can drive properly values down to the level of the historic relationship to earnings. That’s politically difficult too of course as voters won’t vote for negative equity. But I think it’s more complicated than just managing future immigration. Even if you have confidence, as I don’t, that our public servants are competent to do it — or willing.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on The Spectator Housing Summit 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
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How many dead Jews would make it “proportional”? Do we count the victims of previous attacks? Or must they die at the same time to count? These were mostly Hamas activists as it has acknowledged. One of the dead was the son of the Hamas founder. He’s thereby just made his family’s first contribution to peace. There’s something rather flattering to Israel about the way you hold its people to higher standards than those seeking to drive them into the sea. I am sure they are flattered but right now they have an existential war to fight against enemies funded by a range of people from Iran to you and me via the EU. https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/50-of-dead-in-gaza-protest-were-hamas-activists-says-hamas-official-1.6094899 http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=8776547&ct=14982857&notoc=1
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on She works for me, in theory at THE LAST DITCH
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You may be right that it was Christ’s Pieces. It was a long time ago. Thanks for correcting my memory! I agree that this should be handled between neighbours under Civil not Administrative Law. It is no damned business of the state how a citizen uses land — or other assets for that matter. Only neighbours (in the law of torts sense) have a legitimate interest. The State has assumed these powers as usual not for the public good (as it always pretends) but to bribe the very worst kind of people — busybodies who sell their votes for the right to screw up the lives of those they envy and hate. Socialism is a hate crime in the terminology of its adherents. The joke is they can’t see it and yet a reading of Matthew 7:16 - 7:20 would make it clear. Socialism is a tree that always “...bringeth forth evil fruit” and that is all the evidence the wise need to know it is corrupt.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on The Spectator Housing Summit 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
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As a general thing, I am nervous of solutions to human problems that see humans as the problem but I am interested to know how it is perfectly possible to stabilise the UK's population. We are the only nation in Europe with rising numbers but that's because of immigration. Our immigration is higher neither because this is the most attractive country in Europe, nor the most pleasant to live in. It's because (a) our less bureaucratic labour market generates more jobs and (b) we have the highest welfare benefits. (b) also results in many of the native population disdaining to do lower paid jobs that would not pay much more than idleness. The solution to housing, like most of our problems, is to cut welfare but any talk of that would almost certainly put Corbyn in Number 10. Housing benefit is one of the most damaging distortions in the market. It doesn't subsidise tenants but landlords. It doesn't subsidise borrowers but banks. It would be reasonable to have short term housing benefits to prevent the eviction of people who lost their jobs or capacity to work while they downsized or sold their home to reflect their new circumstances but to pay economically-inactive people to live in Kensington, for example, as the Grenfell Tower tragedy reveals we do, is economically-insane. That is accommodation that should be available for productive people. And giving money to people to pay their mortgages (like help to buy schemes and other buyer incentives) just drives up demand when (at the moment, the population having already irreversibly increased without a corresponding increase in supply) it is supply that is clearly the problem.
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There have been frequent incursions and attacks so a warning was issued as to what would happen if the border was stormed again. The IDF is not the Met, led by sociologists and constantly virtue-signalling to prove how “woke” it is. Its troops are not social workers but soldiers defending a country under constant attack by genocidal barbarians led by an organisation whose charter objectives are a matter of public record. I donated some pizzas today to Israeli troops to show my support. You can do the same by clicking here: www.pizzaidf.org
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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson This is a global best-seller because (thank all gods there may be) the Leftist intelligentsia does not grok the Streisand effect. They denounce the author furiously in every available medium as "Alt-Right", "White supremacist", "Sexist" etc. All... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
No not her James. My constituency is Ealing Central & Acton and my MP is Dr Rupa Huq.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2018 on She works for me, in theory at THE LAST DITCH
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