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In Honor of Ole Willie

By Patrick Van Roy On April 22nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Saturday is his birthday, and Willie was right, we should do it tonight…..



By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Another choice with a message….this time to Mr Nolan of the BBC…


By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

This is dedicated to the little DUP trolls who now live here..

The Drones Club – Make Room at the Bar Bertie Wooster.

By 33230715130361 On April 22nd, 2011 at 5:30 pm

President Obama has announced that he will be offering membership (or dismembership) to Libya in the Drones Club.  I suppose this means that Pakistan won’t be the only place where we accidently blow up civilians instead of bad guys.  Now that Syria is gunning down their people, perhaps Syria will be inducted into the Club as well.  I mean, one can’t justify going into Libya to stop one government from shooting protesting crowds if you aren’t willing to  intervene militarily in other nations when it  happens elsewhere.

I myself would rather subject the offending nations to the warbling of Crosby Nash Stills and Young who managed to end protestor shootings following the Kent State Massacre with the annoying song “Ohio” .   Perhaps the lads could croon “Libya” or “Syria” instead, tin soldiers and Assad coming, etc.  Sure, aging rock star singing might not be pretty, but it is cheaper than war and generally involves less death.   You can’t count on Bob Dylan for protest anymore, he just sold out a lifetime membership in the we shall overcome hall of fame by playing in China and allowing the Commies to dictate his song selection.  Forgive the vulgarity but Blowing Mao in the Wind is not good for one’s protest legacy.

But I digress.  Libya will now experience the spectacle of Italian Military advisors (the first since Il Duce), French military advisors (pardon, use this white flag), and British military advisors (Lawrences of Libya).   There may be more advisors than rebels.  My advice to the advisors, locate bomb shelters, those drones sent by Obama don’t always distinguish friend from foe.  I would imagine that John McCain, oddly walking around Libya with his strange smile, will be happy we are bombing, but a little disconcerted that the President has stepped up attacks now that McCain is in Libya.    

In any event, it seems that the Drones Club membership will be on the rise.  Whether that is good news remains to be seen.  Or whether the remains to be seen will be good news.

Good Friday

By Patrick Van Roy On April 22nd, 2011 at 10:17 am


By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 9:04 am

France’s riot police have complained about being “treated like children” following a new ban on drinking alcohol while on duty.

The CRS (Republican Security Companies), which made its name quelling student demonstrators during nationwide disturbances in 1968, has always enjoyed a glass of beer or wine with its meals. However, following photos of riot police drinking bottles of beer during Paris street protest, police chiefs have decided to put an end to the tradition. They were wearing body armour and carrying weapons as they sipped from beer and wine bottles. Some were also smoking. While British police are strictly barred from drinking on duty, the French have traditionally been allowed 25cl of wine or a small beer with their main meal of the day. It was normally served on an official tray and sometimes eaten in full view of the public, often outside riot-control vans.

French enlightenment or backwardness?


By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 am

Disturbing to read that some of our students face a £50,000 bill for a three-year degree from next year because of increased tuition fees and the rising cost of living.

Current undergraduates pay £31,373 at an elite Russell Group university, which will increase by 55 per cent to an average £48,503 in 2012.

So, those partaking of such education will leave their University with a HUGE lifelong debt whilst facing into the reality that graduates command less and less of a salary premium. What a waste.

Its not daft, it is the Law

By Mike Cunningham On April 22nd, 2011 at 8:41 am

Coroner expresses ‘surprise’ at doctor being called out to verify death of headless man!

I would be expressing surprise at the Coroner’s remarks. If he doesn’t know that a qualified medical person must, by law, determine whether a person’s life has been extinguished, headless or not, she shouldn’t be a bloody Coroner!


By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 8:40 am

Amazing price hike!

“Phoenix Gas is to increase its prices by 39%, with the company blaming the rise on wholesale fuel costs. The price increase begins on 1 May and will apply to Phoenix Supply domestic and small business customers in the greater Belfast and Larne areas. The Utility Regulator chief executive Shane Lynch said he was conscious of the impact on household budgets in NI.

This level of increase is MASSIVE and will have a mega impact on those with least resource. Not sure why it is just greater Belfast and Larne that is going to suffer. The question is – what to do? Consumers will re-allocate resource, of course. Moving into warmer weather may help offset but as someone who WILL be directly affected by this, it only adds cost to business, to households and constitutes a real problem.



By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 8:32 am

Wonder what you think of this?

“When police pulled a headless body from a river, you would not have thought it needed a doctor to confirm the person was dead. But there are rules and  procedures to follow. And a medic was duly called in to declare that the man in question was actually ‘life extinct’. Yesterday a coroner expressed surprise at why a doctor was summoned. ‘Even though there was no head, and the maggots, you had to call him in?’ Dr Shirley Radcliffe asked Det Insp Chuk Gwams. The officer replied: ‘Yes Ma’am. They are the experts, we are not.’

Has the Detective Inspector ANY common sense?