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By Pete Moore On January 13th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

It’s come to this.

A Newt Gingrich ad blasts Mitt Romney for speaking French (h/t hotair):

I know, even if you can speak French you don’t want to do it too often. Just because. Even so, there was a time when men were expected to know a few languages as well as how to host a party, conduct a conversation, do DIY, strip a gun, shines shoes,  tie an Oxford knot, identify birds and animals and a long list of other things. It was about being a man, open to learning and understanding.

On the assumption that advertisers know their audience, are they really saying that knowing a foreign language now turns off GOP voters? If that’s the case, never was it more aptly known as the ‘The Stupid Party’.

(UPDATE: I see downstairs that ATW commentator Ross saw this too)


By Pete Moore On January 8th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Rick Perry (R-Bedlam) wants to send American troops back into Iraq.

Good grief.



By Pete Moore On January 5th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Apparently this mess is not just a painting, but a painting worth $30 million.

(waddya mean I posted it upside down?)

In an act of artistic criticism with which I can sympathise, a woman has caused $10,000 of damage by punching it, dropping her strides and then rubbing her arse against it.

I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not worth $30 million!” Well, I wouldn’t pay two bob for it, but if someone is willing to pay $30 million then that’s what it’s worth.  All of which is strangely comforting, because it means, without a doubt, I’m not the most mental person around.


By Pete Moore On December 9th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Well here’s a turn up.

It’s illegal in Thailand to insult the royal family. It’s so illegal that last month a 61-year-old man was jailed for 20 years for sending four text messages that were deemed offensive to the Thai queen. Mind how you go.

So if an American citizen in Colorado insults the Thai king, what should be his punishment, if any?

Most would say “Punishment? What punishment? The Thai king’s writ does not extend to Colorado, and he can say what he likes about the Thai king.” Most would be correct, of course, but a Thai judge has just sent that American citizen down for two and a half years for doing exactly that.

Rough justice? I can think of someone who knows how he must feel.



By Pete Moore On December 1st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Oh for goodness sake, some people need to get a life. Jeremy Clarkson has ‘sparked outrage’, as the gutter press puts it, for suggesting that public sector strikers should be shot.


Five thousand people have complained to the BBC, the BBC has apologised, Unison (Britain’s largest trade union) has said it’s seeking legal advice, the Prime Minister has condemned him and Ed Miliband has had a hissy fit.

It’s no surprise that politicians are sticking their oar in. Polluting everything with their religion is what they live for. The five thousand complaints came (no doubt) from trade unionists, teachers and lesbian climate change co-ordinators, so who cares about them? Clarkson is mischievous, he loves poking others with a stick. It’s time some people grew up and re-discovered the fine art of shrugging things off instead of running around like their hair’s on fire.


By Pete Moore On November 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am

The Speaker unveiled his heraldic yesterday. Have you ever in your puff seen anything so completely naff as this contraption? The one noble aspect, a pair of Essex seax knives (he went to univeristy in Essex), ought to be in three. Every other part of it is staggeringly sad. Apparently the ladder represents that he came from low beginnings. Those four blobs in the middle are tennis balls, because he’s a qualified tennis coach and he likes the game. As we look down, good grief, we have a motto which is ghastly and banal. Pink triangles and rainbow colours are intended to convey, according to the Guardian, his commitment to something called ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights’.

I thought the College of Arms had rules against the absurd, though obviously not.

Conservatives in Buckinghamshire had the opportunity to send Farage to the Commons last year – and voted for this prat instead.


By Pete Moore On October 27th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

…check this out.


There’s still a year of this bizarre stuff to go. Normal people must have had enough of this already,  I know I have and I don’t even live there. Politics invading lives and society is rude enough, but when it’s this bad it’s insulting too.


By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2011 at 8:48 pm


Bureaucratic Lunacy

By Mike Cunningham On July 7th, 2011 at 9:17 am

Last Friday, our brown-topped Garden Refuse Wheelie bins went un-emptied. Not in itself, a great mishap, or even a problem, except for those of my neighbours whose bins were full. No word came around as to the non-appearance of the ‘Brown Bin Men’, they just didn’t turn up. So Saturday morning, most of us hopefuls left our waste bins out, possibly because when they have missed a scheduled day before, sometinmes they ‘catch up’ on the Saturday; but again, the horizon was empty of happy, co-ordinated ‘brown bin men’!

But Monday morning, at approximately 07.20 in the morning, the revving of the truck, and the happy calls of the ‘brown bin men’ were heard in our small close in a Durham City suburb; but they were not heard for long, because no-one anticipated their return, so nobody’s bins were on the pavements ready for the auto-pick to chuck the leaves and grass into the jaws of the truck. I estimate the truck and the workforce were in our close for around two minutes!

So, incensed and cheesed at the sheer incompetence of the waste of time and fuel, along with the fact that our bins were still not emptied, Tuesday morning saw me write a strong e-mail to the County Council regarding the whole shambles.

I got a reply by phone, promising that the complaint would be sent to the Refuse Department, and I would receive a response!

And a response I did get, but not the kind of response I imagined, because some clown reckoned that I would stir things further, and this morning, first thing, diverted the Waste removal truck past my home, and emptied my bin, and my bin alone!

They must really be hugging themselves with delight in the Rubbish Removal Department of Durham County Council this morning! A problem solved, a complainant mollified! 


By Pete Moore On July 1st, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Some regard it as neat, precise, and elegent.

Others think it’s pedantic, pernickity and old hat.