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I gather that 'Boing-Boing's hero is Winston Churchill and so, given the farcical events in Parliament, I hope that he will follow the great man's advice - "Just KBO!", or, to give you the full translation, "Just keep buggering on!" This parliament, or at least, a large section of it, has shown itself to be utterly useless and dishonourable. How... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
There is an old saying, the exact words of which have disappeared down my memory hole - which is getting wider and deeper by the day! - to the effect that if you do something that does not work, then don't keep on doing it! Someone should try telling that to the screeching quartet of black/brown, female, political dimwits who... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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There is an excellent history of the American space programme being broadcast over several evenings on BBC4. Last night I watched two of the episodes and I was totally 'gob-smacked' to learn of the existence of Ed Dwight Jnr. of whom I had never heard before! A commissioned officer and a trained test pilot, he was one amongst the very... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Today, there are so many images available depicting Man's inhumanity to Men - and women and children - that getting upset by yet another image of stupid, cowardly, egotistical people preening and posing by the carcass of a beautiful animal that they have just slaughtered for no other reason that to feed their insatiable egos, that I wonder why I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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You will be much relieved to learn that this post of mine will be brief and to the point. The reason is simple - I know next to nothing about India! For me, if dear old 'Winnie' will forgive me, it remains "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". Not, I hasten to add, because it represents the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I was given a paper-back book the other day about which I knew nothing and because I am currently mired in the history of Europe I haven't been able to read it. However, just to get the flavour I decided to read the first couple of pages. Now, of course, I just wish bloody Europe would get a move on... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As we celebrate the anniversary of really seeing 'the man on the moon', here's a space joke: When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Y'all need a really cold shower: And, I must admit, that includes me! Needless to say on a Sunday morning, nobody wields the hose-pipe with more deadly accuracy than Peter Hitchens in The Mail. Today, dammit, his 'water' is freezing and his aim is spot on and reaches those parts that other commenters rarely hit! Perhaps "Boing-Boing" has been allotted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Of course, my title above raises two instant comments. First, I use the word "should" but, as the history of Brexit thus far proves, it is not a given! Secondly, I used the word "minds" but so far there has been little or no indication from HMG that there are any minds available! If 'Boing-Boing' has his way, and if... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Last night I took a chance and went to see an open air production of "The Tempest" - not so much a big mistake as a 'yuuuuuuuuuuge' mistake! It is, of course, Shakespeare's last play. At its best it is a 'fanciful' play, that is, a play full of magical fancies. I do not know it well, by which I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
In a fundamentally loony world that is full of craziness this story left me with my chin hitting my chest! According to The Telegraph, some utterly useless, pen-pushing civil servant working(!) in the Northern Island office in Ulster complained that his job entailed walking past portraits of the Queen and Prince Philip which caused him great upset. I will restrain... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Oh yes, with Stakhanovite determination I have hurled myself into my new mission to turn my study from its resemblance to the local tip into a neat and tidy space fit for a gentleman of my intellectual standing - sorry, did you say something? - to cogitate on the problems besetting the world and in this calm and peaceful atmosphere... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Let me apologise in advance for my non-appearance today. The painters have done their worst (well, actually, their very best) but even so the house looks as though it has been blitzed and my eyrie up here under the roof looks as though someone tossed a hand-grenade in through the door. Not the least of my problems is that moving... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have just enjoyed half of a superb treat! The weather is so damned hot 'down 'ere in (truly) 'zunny Zummerzet' that I took shady-shelter indoors as the painters worked in and out and around me. I grabbed the 'do-flicker-thingie' and whilst clicking around I came across one of the truly great films - "Heaven Knows, Mr Allison" starring Robert... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
You regular commenters here at D&N can be exceedingly irritating to me especially when you have the effrontery to disagree with my wise words which you do on a regular basis! However, sometimes, I want to cover y'all in kisses because regularly you come up with some views and opinions and facts, not always your own but who cares, which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Mr. President, allow me to refer you to the wise words of the late, although not very great, Sir Henry Wottan, 1568-1639 who said "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Of course, it is not usual, but not unheard of, for an ambassador to go abroad and then lie to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
For the last four weeks we have had painters carrying out the regular repaint of our external woodwork. That was a total pain in the arse, as I may have mentioned before, not least because it entailed scaffolding to cover the three floors of our house. That was like being in prison. Anyway, last week they finished and the scaffolding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have painters in the house so tricky to reach my computer. Should be back later. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The first is mainly for my American friends to take them, kicking and screaming, back down memory lane to the Clinton era: MEMORIES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON. President Clinton wakes up to a beautiful winter morning. The sun is shining, the air is crisp, and there is a light blanket of snow on the ground . He stretches and goes to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Not frightfully diplomatic, Mr. Ambassador! Apparently, Her Majesty's Ambassador to 'the court of King Donald' has opened his mouth and let his belly rumble although, to be fair, he was doing so confidentially to his 'boss' in London, Sir Mark Sedwill. Personally, I wouldn't send my laundry list to that Europhile rat because it is surprising to see how often... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Of course, as y'all do know, 'MDJ' is 'My Darling Jane' (Daley) who injects the pages of The Daily Telegraph with much good sense. Even so, sometimes in a spirit of independence, I dare to - slightly, er, actually very slightly - beg to differ with her. Today she insists that there will not, definitely and absolutely, be a 'no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
That little Hungarian dwarf who used to run France is still providing us all with laughs. 'Sarko', as he is usually known in France, has just published his autobiography which, I suspect, may be longer than "War and Peace"! Anyway, to help push sales he has issued a publicity photo with his wife: Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Astute readers of this blog - er, there are some, surely! - will have noticed that I have remained rather quiet on the subject of the riots in Hong Kong. Slightly surprising in a full on, honker 'n' hooter like me but, dammit, whilst I detest the ghastly, Orwellian regime in China, nor do I much approve of ferocious, young... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have, er, 'nae doot' that our friend here, 'Jimmy Glesga', can provide a better explanation for 'putting the head in with your bonnet on', or even, if asked nicely after a few wee drams of Scotland's finest, a demonstration of this old Scottish tradition! Suffice for me to say that it is an ultra quick way to severely damage... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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How could I do it? Or rather, how could I not do it? I refer, of course, to the embarrassing fact, pointed out with some vigour by 'JK', that I failed to wish America a 'Happy Birthday' yesterday. The reason, of course, is simple - yesterday I lunched not wisely but too well! I did so at my absolutely favourite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!