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By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2008 at 11:07 am

Wanted to start off by offering two invitations!

1. If any readers want to become REGISTERED to ATW, meaning you can sign in and comment more easily, just drop me a  mail, letting me know the name you wish to see appear beside your comment, and I will set you up as a discerning ATW commenter. I get requests for this and have been meaning to explain how you can register.

2. ATW is on the look out for some right of liberal UK (or Ireland) based commentators. We have a solid US base, which makes me proud, but the UK dimension has dwindled in recent times and I want to do something about it. So, if you would like to post here, and think that you have something to contribute to the general gaiety on ATW, drop me a mail and we’ll chat about it. If you are already a blog owner, I’d be happy for you to cross-post! It’s important to me that there is a sort of balance on the blog, and I want to ensure that the UK/Ireland base has proper representation. Looking at site stats, we have an even split between US and European readers so I want the writers to reflect this. So, if you think you can make an impact – get in touch , we need to put the world to RIGHT!


By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2008 at 11:43 am

Here’s a Saturday open thread but I have a question for you all.

Apart from ATW, which other blogs do YOU visit on a daily basis? Have you a top three – and what is it? What makes them essential reading for you?

With writing so much here. I am much more limited in the time I have for visiting other blogs but I like to visit my friends on Jammiewearingfool, I also enjoy Powerline and I get a kick out of Pamela over at Atlas Shrugs.


By ATWadmin On January 18th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Right. Here’s your chance to test me.

For the next 30 mins I will be on-line and open to give a straight question (Whoops, is that homophobic?) to whatever question you ask of me!


By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Well folks, it’s that time of the year when I clock up one more year and so I am 21 again, and again, and a bit! Anyway, will be out for birthday tea so catch up later.


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I know that you like to chat so here’s a thread to talk about whatever is bothering you most!

I’ll tell you what is bothering me – foggy cold weather that is almost a pea-souper!


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

As the New Year rolls in, I want to increase the number of contributors to ATW and in that regard I would like to announce that two of ATW’s longest-standing and much regarded stalwarts – Grizzly Mama aka Monica and of course The City Troll – will be posting here going forward. I’m sure you all know this former Philly-based pair and will give them a warm welcome. You can expect nice liberal wooly minded posts from them as we seek to provide that balance I hold so precious ..ahem!

Now, what I want to hear from is right-of-liberal UK commentators looking to join our crazed fest…..!


By ATWadmin On January 5th, 2008 at 10:42 am

Hi all! Well, my travels are behind me and I’m back here at ATW central.

I worked out that I travelled almost 8000 miles in the past two days, from Oahu to LA, from San Francisco to London, from London to a snow bound Belfast! Can you imagine the size of my carbon footprint – wow! I bet even Al Gore might be impressed.

Anyway, we had a great time over in the US. My favourite moments were visiting Alcatraz island, visiting Pearl Harbor and standing on the Arizona memorial, whale-watching off Honolulu – and seeing my wife and kids swimming with Dolphins. Also caught a basketball game between the LA Lakers and the San Francisco Warriors – which had an exciting finish with the Warriors winning, to the home fans delight! The Hawaiian islands are a virtual paradise – Kauai was best of all – relatively underdeveloped and so green that no wonder Jurassic Park was filmed here. 

Worst moment was arriving into Heathrow Airport at 6am on Friday morning. The Customs "queue" was little more than a cattle herd, with no indication that security was anything but random. Couldn’t help but notice how MANY of those arriving into Heathrow were adorned in Islamic fashion – you sure know when you get into Blighty these days. Most shocking of all was the news that Northern Ireland had been hit by heavy snow and when I eventually got back, my car was submerged in snow. Thank goodness it is a 4×4 with good wheel traction – I can only imagine how a Prius would have coped!

Arrived home in the dark – freezing! But after a good nights sleep, I am feeling fine and ready to take up the blogging cudgels again for 2008.

A big thank you to ALL of those fellow-writers who helped keep the site going in my absence – I really appreciate it.

I’ll be blogging some more later on today – time to put the world to right……!


By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2007 at 4:31 pm

It’s been 2500 posts from yours truly here on ATW over the past twelve months and it’s time I had a little break!

I’m off on a family holiday to California and Hawaii today – returning at the end of the first week in January 2008!

There are a few things to say before a hush descends on me.

First, I will do my best to drop in to say "Hi" during the next three weeks. I’m conscious that we have Christmas and the New Year beckoning, and I’ll be on Honolulu for both occasions, and I’d like to be able to wish you the compliments of the season closer to the time.

Second, I do want to thank you all for coming here and making ATW such a lively and passionate forum for debate over the past year. Some tend to agree with me, others vehemently take issue with me – but to you ALL a sincere thanks for making this a destination.

Finally, I would urge my fellow writers to try and perhaps blog a little more in my absence to keep the site alive. I wanted to publicly acknowledge the tremendous work they have all put in, and I also hope our newer contributors can also post as much as possible.

Do me a favour and try and get on in my absence. I know many of you hold strong opinions but so long as it doesn’t descend into any nastiness, then I’m happy. Daphne has kindly agreed to keep an eye on any necessary moderation that may be required, plus contribute  a little herself.

Now, that’s all from me – at least until I get to San Francisco so be good and I’ll be back to see y’all real soon!

God bless,



By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2007 at 10:29 pm

tangledpubnn0.jpgAs you know, the ATW ranks of writers are increasing in order to provide YOU, dear reader, with the best and most challenging political commentary.

In recent days we have had Jammie Wearing Fool, and Lao from south-East Asia joing us. Well it gives me great pleasure to introduce RadicalRon to you all!

Ron posts over on JWF and Ft Hard Knox, and will be cross-posting here on ATW.  I hope you will join me in giving Ron a warm ATW welcome!

Just a quick note, to say…

By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2007 at 5:27 am

…that I have decided to take a break (at least for the time being) from writing for ATW, and from blogging in general. No special reason; I just don’t feel the necessary motivation to post about current affairs, right now. I do want to say a big Thank You to David for having given me a ready-made platform on which to share my views, and I hope that some of my previous contributions have provided food for thought. I’m quite happy to roll over and make way for newer, sharper-minded contributors to inspire debate, and I’ll continue to post comments on ATW articles. Thanks, TT.