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Bar De Ness
London, England & San Pablo City, Philippines.
Bar de Ness writes brilliant and entertaining articles. Traveller, writer, watercolourist, philosopher, coconut farmer, and hammock swinger. An expert in the humanities, he is universally acknowledged as being right about everything and praised world-wide for his modesty, charm and exceptional good looks.
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Posted Nov 8, 2018 at BARDINESS
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Posted Aug 30, 2016 at BARDINESS
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Posted Aug 21, 2016 at BARDINESS
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Posted Feb 12, 2016 at BARDINESS
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Posted Jan 28, 2016 at BARDINESS
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Posted Jul 29, 2015 at BARDINESS
Catching up with the last episode of The Walking Dead our intrepid heroes have all managed to make it to "Sanctuary". The usual convoluted strorylines have played out, with back stories of the main characters, indeed, this is becoming a soap opera, the difference being that the ever present threat of dangerous dead people are forever present. It's reached the stage that the enemies are not zombies, but real people. It's an interesting development, and necessary to fill out a simple survival tale. The survivors have resorted to basic animal instincts to survive, for in a world of Zombies, nobody... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at BARDINESS
Back in January this year I wrote a post complaining about the unjust, underhand and surreptitious methods employed by the London Mayor and Transport for London to extract money in advance from all public transport users with a view to creating a cashless transport system through their Oyster Card. The spin then was that cash paying passengers cost TfL £28m per year, and this money could be better spent on the transport system. It was a con then, and a con now. I stated that there must be a great deal of unused fares in the coffers of TfL earning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at BARDINESS
The Walking Thrones. Or is that the Game of Dead? I'm confused. These two dramas have captured the imagination of press and public, and I'm not sure what I'm watching anymore. Having said that, I like the Walking Dead purely because of it's US 2nd Amendment agenda, which encourages and gives right to the American citizen to bear arms. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, those with guns will survive. It's a grand shoot 'em up, and the beauty of it is that they can happily fire away, comforted in the knowledge that their targets are already dead. A... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at BARDINESS
Did you miss me? Of course you did! My eminent host Typepad became the victim of an attack which disabled the platform for over five days. Yes, the thousands of people fixated with my musings were unable to access this humble blog because some naughty people were behaving rather mischievously. Who are they and why did they do it? Typepad was struck by what is called in technical terms a DDoS (distributed denial of service). The twitterverse was alive with frustrated bloggers, businesses, artisans and services. Oh woe, they proclaimed, drowning in their self-pity - this is diabolical! Whilst many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at BARDINESS
Jacques Cousteau the famous explorer and conservationist once described Palawan as the last frontier. For good reason. Here was an archipelago of outstanding natural beauty, and he, more than most, understood that protection was the legacy for future generations. So how does big businesses, and big property developers, justify their mercenary exploitation of the unspoilt? To them, natural beauty is a golf course waiting to happen, a resort complex, and an emporium squatted by retail multi-nationals selling designer goods. They do it by dressing it up as sustainable eco-tourism. The catch all phrase. The tart with a heart. Conservationist capitalism.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at BARDINESS
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. 'Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!' he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. One hundred years ago the world went to war, and the stage for it was set by another smaller but no more less significant conflict almost 60 years earlier. It's a timely reminder - because it was called the Crimean War. It was a war which altered the balance of power in Europe, and which subsequently led to the assassination in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at BARDINESS
Very well put Charlino, you've summed up the situation perfectly. The days of the Waltons are long gone sadly. Such is life. Thanks very much for your comment.
A selection of watercolour paintings from Bar de Ness. If you wish to acquire a painting, they are sold as one off originals signed and dated - no prints - ready framed - for £65 inc secure p&p and insurance. These paintings are produced on 230gsm acid free paper, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Bar d'Art
Where are the Flashman's of this world? Buried under the sea of political correctness and populist opinion.
**Possible Spoiler Alert** Having caught up with the Walking Dead, after its mid-season (4) break, I am left defending my initial observations here, here and here, back when it all began. The problem with the drama is that it's walking in circles. Series one saw the motley group of survivors attempting to find somewhere safe to live. Series two found them on a farm which got overrun and they had to leave, getting dispersed in the process; series 3 found them in a prison; and series four sees them overrun, back outside, and dispersed yet again. Throughout, akin to Game... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at BARDINESS
Thanks - I'm pleased to hear it!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2014 on Vindolanda Tablet 291 at PenDragon
Claudia Severa wrote a letter to her friend Sulpicia Lepidina. She sounds like an Italian film star, in the mould of Sophia Loren but Claudia Severa lived long before her, and long before the cinema and the golden age of the silver screen. Claudia wrote to her friend to invite... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at PenDragon
In this centenary of the start of WWI, revisionist theorists and historians are keen to highlight the sheer stupidity of it, and argue that it was the crowned heads of Europe who played it out to their own designs. Others say it was necessary to enter the war to prevent an aggressive Prussian Empire from gaining more power. Both are right - but neither argument makes it right. My own simplistic view, having read extensively about Queen Victoria (a prior Bardiness post) is that had she not been such a bunny boiler (as far as her husband Albert was concerned),... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at BARDINESS
"Mile after mile, trees have been felled, and mile after mile those still standing have been marked with the executioners axe - a strip of bark sliced from the trunk - the condemned waiting for death." There is a disease that is rampant in the Philippines. It's a virus, spreads like the plague, and infects all that come into contact with it. It is unforgiving, affects millions of people, destroys livelihoods, and causes blindness. It's a virus which is unforgiving, because there is no way back from it. The damage it causes can never be recovered. It is a killer.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at BARDINESS
'If our time is come let us die manfully for our brethren's sake, and not have a cause for reproach against our glory.' These are the words inscribed on the gravestone, in Churcham, Gloucestershire, of Henry Hook. He died aged 54 on 12 March, 1905. A great injustice was given to Henry Hook, perpetrated by Hollywood in it's desire to spin a good yarn. There is a double anniversary occurring this Wednesday 22 January. Firstly, on this date in 1879 one of the bravest battles ever recorded in British military history occurred. Such was it's significance, Queen Victoria awarded 11... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at BARDINESS
Thanks John for your valued comment.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2014 on 1914 - 2014 at BARDINESS