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Hey-ho, it's off to the races! The runners and riders for the Tory Party Classic are forming up and you will never see a bigger collection of monstrous and deluded egos, er, outside of the candidates' list for the Democratic Party, of course! I have lost count of the number of hopeless dreamers who have rushed forward to offer their... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, to be honest, I doubt that she has read it for years, certainly not whilst she was PM. My guess is that she is more at home with The Independent or The Guardian. Anyway, today sundry commentators are lining up to put the boot into the wretched woman and whilst I dislike extreme political bullying she absolutely deserves what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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It is always exceedingly worrying when a normally fairly staid political party goes into hysterical meltdown but that, alas, appears to be the turn taken by the Democratic Party since their 'Holy' icon, 'HillBilly', was not just defeated but - 'shlock-horror!' - was defeated by a clown-like opponent with absolutely no class or political experience whatsoever! Mind you, if their... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I still remember vividly learning via the BBC that Everest had finally been conquered by Edmond Hillary and Sherpa Tensing Norgay. The news broke, happily, on the morning of Queen Elizabeth's coronation at which, as a 14 year-old Air Cadet, I was privileged to be a spectator just outside Buckingham Palace. I am quite certain that 'Her Maj' spotted me... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As I have mentioned before several times, I am exceedingly leery of the American justice system. Of course, it is 'yuuuuuuuge' and therefor bound to throw up anomalies and contradictions and dodgy decisions but perhaps worst of all, it can be excessively long-winded and dilatory. Take The National Review (and Mark Steyn, too, come to that!) vs. Michael E. Mann,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As an ex-actor, even as amateurish as I was, I do understand the urge to spin out your best scenes and lines for as long as possible but, Darling Theresa, yours is the longest exit in Parliamentary history! Things weren't going too well from the opening curtain but the minute you delivered those memorable lines years ago about "Brexit means... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yes indeed, where I lead, zillions follow, so that should clinch a 'yuuuuuuuge' majority win for the 'Brexit Party' in today's European elections because I have just returned from our village hall where I voted - natch! - for 'our Nige'. To be honest, this is the first time I have ever voted in a European election because until now... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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It is often an error to write of something about which you know next to nothing but - hey! - I'm used to it as y'all do know! And that bring me neatly onto the subject of the dismissal of Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest RN, hitherto the commander of Britain's one and only modern, multi-zillion, 'whizzy-do' aircraft carrier although I am... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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'Back in the day', F1 motor racing was truly a very dangerous activity. During the years from 1970-79 when I was something of a fan, eight drivers were killed whilst racing in Grand Prix. It was in that period when one of the greatest drivers, Niki Lauda, rose to prominence particularly during his epic duel with James Hunt. Niki Lauda... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
And so they drone on and on and on in Westminster, not once, not twice, not thrice but now for the fourth time and pulling the creaking (non)Brexit wagon along is that donkey, Mrs. Theresa May. In certain circumstances her stubbornness might have been praise worthy but it has been clear for all, except her, to see that the House... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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As y'all do know, I have a great fondness for genuine eccentricity and the sillier it is the more I like it. Well, they don't come much sillier and eccentric than in the Gujurati town of Adipur somewhere in the middle of India. According to The Telegraph, every year on April 16th the people of Adipur dress up as Charlie... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This is truly delicious! If there were a dozen leading officials and politicians in 'Obamarama's' cabal then you would have two dozen different stories! The latest involves that slimy, former Director of the FBI, James Comey and that sinister, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. This time, for a change, it does not concern 'The Donald' but instead it hinges on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I may have mentioned before that a neighbour/friend and I swap periodicals. I give him The Spectator and he gives me The Saturday Review section of The Times. I have just opened, rather late, the last edition he gave me and what do I discover? Books, more books and even more books! Following my recent birthday, the books surrounding my... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
For the benefit of my foreign readers, and I suspect, several of my Brit readers, too, I should explain that 'Change UK' is the name - well, it was yesterday but who knows today? - of a political group - it is still not exactly a party - formed from sundry malcontents from all the main Parliamentary parties who huffed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Next Thursday, you will all get fell in, tallest on the right, shortest on the left, and on my word of command you will proceed in an orderly way to your nearest polling station. Once there, and again on my word of command, you will carry out a full-blooded massacre of the Tory party! No mercy is to be shown,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Some corkers today to get you wage slaves started for the week! A man breaks into a house to look for money and guns. Inside, he finds a couple in bed. He orders the guy out of the bed and ties him to a chair. While tying the home owner’s wife to the bed the convict gets on top of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Bright and relatively early this morning: Despite having enjoyed an exceedingly pleasant dinner with 'SoD' and his lovely lady at a local Italian restaurant. Amongst other things, 'SoD' gave me a Regimental tie - made of silk! Ultra smart and that forced me to smarten up my appearance last night from my usual 'scruffy, old geezer' look, a mode which,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
First let me offer up an exceedingly large 'Thank You!' to all you D&N readers who offered so many good wishes yesterday in celebration of my birthday. I can say, along with Aufidius in "Coriolanus", but without his double meaning, that "I was moved withal." I would also like to express my enormous gratitude to various personal friends who, with... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Presumably, at some time I must have let the cat out of the bag and mentioned that today is my 80th birthday because yesterday one or two of the excellent e-pals I have acquired over the years sent their birthday greetings, for which I am very grateful. Even so, to be honest, I am not a great celebrant of birthdays;... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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The late and exceedingly great Sam Wanamaker must be weeping as well as spinning in his grave. He it was who had the idea of building a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in more or less the same spot on the South Bank of the Thames. It was a brilliant notion and it has provided me, and no doubt millions... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I am now well into John Schofield's excellent biography of Thomas Cromwell and two things have leapt out at me. First is the insidious and unstoppable erosion of the Catholic faith following the writings and preachings of that very naughty German, Martin Luther. It is no wonder that all the great dictatorships of modern times always seize control of the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Thank God for that! After my disappointment, about which I moaned a few months back, after I bought a biography of Thomas Cromwell which almost resembled his daily diary given the sheer amount of detail in it, I have now found a new biography by John Schofield which is concise and informative and, thus, readable. Already I can see why... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
No doubt President Trump deserves criticism for a variety of sins of omission or commission but, in my opinion, he is spot on in his campaign of opposition against the over-weening and exceedingly dangerous ambitions of China. I draw a distinction here between the people of China who over recent times have suffered cruelly at the hands of both their... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Two and a half years ago we were all subject to an hysterical campaign by the Democratic party assuring us that Donald Trump was on the take from the Russians who had influenced the election result and cheated 'HillBilly' from what was rightfully her entitlement to be the next POTUS. Two and a half years later, Trump has appointed an... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This blog is in danger of looking like The Times obituary column! Sorry and all that but there are some peoples' deaths that touch me in one way or another. To be honest, until today I had never heard of Lt. Col. Richard Cole USAAF but I certainly do recall reading and admiring his wartime exploit in the Doolittle raid... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!