Yes, she may have aged, but don’t we all? Great voice, excellent melody and well worth a listen folks! The bells are a nice touch…
I’ve just been listening to the Hancock’s Half Hour episode called Almost a Gentleman. Hancock, furious that he hasn’t been considered for a New Year knighthood, contrives an elaborate story about his ‘aristocratic’ childhood to persuade Bill and Miss Pugh that he is indeed of noble birth. After his elaborate jackanory, Miss Pugh says derisorily: ‘He lives in a world of his own, doesn’t he!’
Where Hancock led in the world of fantasy, Provo party member Jim Gibney follows keenly. Whereas other parties have to pay money to newspapers for party political purposes, the Provos have the luxury of Gibbers writing a weekly input of pure cobblers, fooling nobody except those stupid and vile enough to vote for the party of which he remains a member. This is right up there with the speech Hitler made a the beginning of WWII when he forecast a German victory within two years. Gibbers reminds me of a fat bloke who sticks his arse out further with each passing day and pretends he is losing weight.
Where is this ‘unstoppable dynamic’ so beloved of the Provos? It certainly isn’t demographic. With an ethnic minority and migrant population now touching 50,000 and the number of people born elsewhere in the UK nudging 100,000, I think it is rather fatuous to focus on the demographic supremacy of two communities – forecasts which have been taken over by events.
If not demographic, how about economic? Garrett Fitzgerald (a man who I have spoken to personally, and someone with a knowledge of economics that far surpasses both my own and that of the republican trolls who infest ATW on occasions) has recently presented a detailed analysis explaining why the economic route to Anschluss is a non-starter. Who should we believe: a former Taoiseach with a eye for economics, or a pompous Shinner masquerading as a journalist who once said he accepted a political arrangement that fell short of ending the Union?
Unionists shouldn’t feel threatened by this tripe. How many Unionist members talk endlessly these days about securing the Union? They don’t because there is no need. The Union is secure, thank not to their bungling efforts, but to the strength of the pro-Union community and the tenets of constitutional law. On the other hand, the Provos include the term ‘united Ireland’ into nearly every piece of propaganda they put out. They are of the school of thought which believes if you can con yourself, you create fact. In the real world you do not! They may not lower the scales from their eyes by 2016 or even 2116. Eventually, though, they’ll get the message.
As I’ve said before, there are few in the entertainment world I deem worthy enough to form the subject of an entire article. After all, the primary purpose of ATW is politics, not entertainment. On the other hand, I could not let this day pass without remembering one half of the greatest collective comedy genius of all time. For today, February 23rd, marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Stan Laurel.
Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on 16/06/1890 in a small terraced house on Argyll Street in the town of Ulverston on the edge of lovely Morecambe Bay, Stan Laurel was the second of five children born to Arthur Jefferson Snr and Madge Metcalfe. Brought up by his grandmother in his early years, Stan soon joined his theatrical family in Glasgow, working in administration at the theatre his father owned. He had his first acting role at the tender age of 16.
By 1910 he had undertaken his first trip to the United States as part of Fred Karno’s musical troupe (he was an understudy to one Charles Chaplin). He had already decided to change his name to Laurel because of his superstitious nature (‘Stan Jefferson’ has 13 letters). It was during this trip that he decided his acting future lay in America and by 1926 he had starred in his first role alongside the equally brilliant Oliver Hardy.
There can be no doubt that Laurel and Hardy remain the untouchable duo right at the top of the comedy tree. They officially came together in 1927 and went on to star as a duo in 62 short movies and 13 full length feature films. Today they continue to entrance generation after generation and the DVDs keep flying off the shelves. Their last film together, Atoll K, was shot in 1951 before they both retired from the silver screen.
When Ollie died in 1957, Stan was repeatedly asked to star in various movie roles. However, he always declined by arguing that he came as a package with Ollie and, under no circumstances, would be break what he almost regarded as a sacred covenant. He sank into a deep depression after Ollie died and the remaining years took their toll on his health. Stan Laurel finally succumbed to a heart attack at his home in Santa Monica, California on this day 42 years ago. His cremated remains are interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
There are two museums dedicated to this remarkable pair located in their respective birthplaces. The addresses are listed below. So go along to one or the other and sample comedy at its finest:
Laurel and Hardy Museum
4C Upper Brook Street
Laurel and Hardy Museum
250 N. Louisville Street
‘That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into, Stanley!’
1820 – British police uncover ‘The Cato Street Conspiracy’ to assassinate several Cabinet ministers. All those found guilty are executed.
1863 – British explorers John Speke and J A Grant announce they have discovered the source of the River Nile in Africa.
1953 – In Britain, an amnesty offered to World War II deserters brings in applications from more than 3000 servicemen.
1965 – Death of comic genius and legend Stan Laurel.
1986 – Queen Elizabeth II is hit by several eggs thrown from the crowd during her visit to New Zealand.
1993 – Rallying behind red flags and portraits of Lenin, more than 10,000 procommunists march to the Kremlin to denounce President Yeltsin
My children were fortunate to attend a very good Primary School, with great teachers and a brilliant Head Master.
It was a well run, good disciplined caring school. So, I read with some interest that over 100 “despairing principals” have stepped up their campaign to secure more funding for primary schools by threatening legal action against the Department of Education.
The primary head teachers from the South Eastern Education and Library Board met in Saintfield earlier this month and agreed a hard-hitting action plan as part of their battle to reduce the disparity in funding between the primary and secondary school sectors. One member of the group said today that the situation is at crisis point and that many of his colleagues are “dispirited, disheartened, on their knees or trying to get out”.
My advice? Go.
Too many within the teaching profession are professional whingers whose constant refrain is “more cash”. I wonder how many of those who are allegedly “on their knees” have also enjoyed years of inflation-busting salary increases?
I would axe the boards concerned, who do seem economically incompetent, and free the schools from the current situation. Let them sink or swim.
You know rewarding evil just ensures more of it happens! Take this story for example!
A former UVF member, who was convicted of attempted murder in 1995, has been jailed for the manslaughter of a 93-year-old woman in Kent. Maidstone Crown Court was told Colin McCurry, 32, attacked Ethel Pym two weeks after being released from jail for drugs and driving offences. McCurry was jailed for 15 years in 1995 for attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, arson and gun offences. He served less than four years before he was released in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement.
Had this convicted murderer STAYED BEHIND BARS this elderly lady would not have met this terrible fate.
I’m a big fan of the Ray Romano US comedy "Everybody loves Raymond" and was saddened to have just discovered that one of the stalwart actors in the programme, Peter Boyle, has recently died, age 71.
He played the Patriarchal role in the series, as grumpy Frank Barone. Here are just a few of the great lines he delivered in scenes with his screen wife, Marie (Doris Roberts)
Marie: "Don’t you tell me to be quiet! I have a mind of my own you know! I can contribute! I’m not just some… trophy wife!"
Frank: "You’re a trophy wife? What contest in hell did I win?"
Marie: "Who keeps pornography for 29 years?" Frank: "Anyone married to you."
Marie: "We haven’t had a conversation for 35 years."
Frank: "I didn’t want to interrupt!"
RIP – Peter Boyle.
Let me cut to the chase. I absolutely oppose any form of power-sharing with terrorists.
It is morally wrong and politically depraved to do so. But not everyone thinks like me.
For example, I read that the UDA, a loyalist terror group – has held a meeting at which it declared that it will support power-sharing with terrorists. In the decadent world of local politics, this is hailed as a "significant" development – but from where I sit it is pure "dog bites man"! OF COURSE one bunch of killers will welcome the idea that fellow murderous pondspawn should sit in Government. But it doesn’t make it right!
In a little over two weeks time, the people of Northern Ireland are being asked to vote to restore a devolved Assembly that will contain – at it’s very heart – an Executive containing Sinn Fein/IRA. This is a terror group which has killed thousands of people.
Both major Unionist Parties seek to go along with this. Neither of them deserve so much as one vote. We have the openly avaricious UUP – led – (if led is the right word and I’m not sure it is) – by Sir Reg Empey, on the one hand. This Party has previously shared power with the IRA under David Trimble so all we see with them is continued moral collapse. Then we have the depraved DUP – a Party that wants to get PAST the election before confirming it WILL sit in power with the IRA. To my mind, the DUP are even worse than the UUP. They know they do wrong but they still do it.
From a unionist perspective the opposition to this dreadful deal comes from two sources. There are a motley crew of Unionist dissidents standing for election. To be honest, few of them deserve a vote.
Then there is the opportunity to ensure that one’s vote goes to the "None of the Above Party" come polling day. I think this is where the greatest gains are to be had. I’m sick to the back teeth of nth rate politicos promising the electorate the earth, the moon and the stars, and all the time all they are after is power and money.
Did you read about the Egyptian blogger JAILED for insulting Islam?
"An Alexandria court convicted an Egyptian blogger on Thursday for insulting both Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced him to four years in jail over his writings on the Internet. Abdel Karim Suleiman, a 22-year-old former law student who has been in custody since November, was the first blogger to stand trial in Egypt for his Internet writings. He was convicted in connection with eight articles he wrote since 2004.
Suleiman, a Muslim and a liberal, has not denied writing the articles but said they merely represented his own views. His lawyers said they planned to appeal the verdict, and one member of the defense team described the trial as unfair.
One of Suleiman’s articles said that al-Azhar in Cairo, one of the most prominent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, was promoting extreme ideas. Another article, headlined "The Naked Truth of Islam as I Saw it", accused Muslims of savagery during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Alexandria in 2005.
He has also described some of the companions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as "terrorists", and has likened Mubarak to dictatorial pharaohs who ruled ancient Egypt.
This is the totalitarian mindset that defaces Islam in full view. No criticism of Islam is allowed. Those brave souls, like this fellow blogger, are imprisoned for the heinous crime of speaking their minds. I have to say that I view Mubarak’s regime with nothing but contempt and if this is how "progressive" Islam operates, then we have a clear warning as to why we must not ever appease it.
Hat-tip to Villagers with Torches.
With our last great Prime Minister back in the news, albeit briefly, I felt it time to examine her detractors’ favourite slur. The title of this post must surely be one of Margaret Thatcher’s most famous quotations, and the most mis-represented. She certainly said it, and ever since it has been used as a weapon against her. For the mindless sheep of the Left, this was the moment when the mask slipped, when Mrs T showed here true, heartless, colours, and though as a rule they despise “traditional” teaching methods, they all learnt it by rote.
And yet, how many of those that have bandied this quotation about have ever read it in the context it was uttered? How many have considered what she actually meant? Even the present leader of the Conservative Party took the trouble to repudiate the supposedly infamous remark, saying “there is such a thing as ‘society’”. In doing so, he gains kudos only with the ignorant.
The quote comes from an interview Mrs Thatcher gave to a women’s magazine. She rejects the idea of “society” as an abstract. Instead she sees real people, individuals, not driven by mere selfishness, rather burdened by a moral imperative to help themselves and their fellow man. Her view is that of the traditional liberal, stressing not only self-suficiency and freedom from state interference, but responsibilities, first to family – and the plight of neglected children was of primary focus in the interview – and secondly to one’s neighbours in a broader, biblical sense. In her words:
“There is no such thing as society, there is a living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate.”
So, the next time the pharisees of the Left tell you she said “there’s no such thing as society” you can finish the quote for them.