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and so it goes…

By Mike Cunningham On September 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Very, very interesting segment on CBS Reality Sixty Minutes, with a scorching interview with the Archbishop of Dublin, which I watched on Sky.

Possible the first expression of genuine emotion and contrition that has ever been recorded regarding the vile and disgusting sexual abuse of young children in Ireland!

I urge ATW readers to watch the whole thing if they can catch the full broadcast. Possible the only time that an honest man has come forward without histrionics or trite statements of regret!


By Pete Moore On September 30th, 2012 at 11:35 pm


What a Sunday! From 10-4 down, Europe turns it around against an uber-talented American team, Kaymer sinks the winning putt, it’s 13 1/2 – 14 1/2 and captain Olazabal is in tears.

How good’s the party going to be? Since Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez are vice-captains, probably very good …


By Pete Moore On September 30th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

“Sniff” … dunno about this:

Last week, in a stunning departure from protocol, the chief of Mossad – Israel’s national intelligence agency – singled out his female field agents for praise. “Women have a distinct advantage in secret warfare because of their ability to multitask,” Tamir Pardo said to Israel’s Lady Globes. He also added that women are “better at playing a role” and superior to men when it comes to “suppressing their ego in order to attain the goal.”

“Women are gifted at deciphering situations. Contrary to stereotypes, you see that women’s abilities are superior to men in terms of understanding the territory, reading situations, spatial awareness. When they’re good, they’re very good.”

It’s an interesting little piece at Forbes, despite me disagreeing with some of it. Being a daily driver in the habit of looking at other drivers as well as their vehicles, and having spent many days with women out hiking, I certainly think that their “spatial awareness” lags that of men. There might well be something in the rest of it. Girlfriends have taught me a few lessons about reading other people, and that men and women are wired differently is hardly a secret, despite me taking long enough to figure that one out.

In the end though, I sense that the Mossad chief is overlooking a fundamental aspect to the secret of his female spies: men are horny and they’ll say anything to get a girl into bed.


By Pete Moore On September 30th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Bill Gross runs the world’s biggest bond fund at PIMCO with $236billion in funds under his control. He’s the kind of man whose opinion ought to be noted. This is what he tweeted today:

What he’s saying is that the money isn’t available to service national debts. If central banks don’t print up the cash, governments will default. They’ll print it up, but the cost will be massive price inflation.

‘Now lift your knee, then bend your head back…..Amen!

By Mike Cunningham On September 30th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

It is a fact of modern life that most disasters are caused by actions taken, or words spoken, for totally differing matters. From Nation States to village communities, we are all governed and affected by the words and thoughts of a few, and if those words are spoken without at least a modicum of preparation or research, problems may compound and multiply.

The parish priest of St. Edmunds church in Southampton must be wishing that he had perhaps done a little more research into the twin topics of ‘relaxing exercises’ and ‘Mystic Religions’ before cancelling the proposed Yoga, Pilates and other Exercise classes he had previously given permission to take place in the church hall. The refusal, which was made on the grounds that yoga was against the Catholic Religion, was perhaps a little blunt, but it made the yoga instructor, Ms Cori Withell sufficiently annoyed to contact her local newspaper, and complain that the priest had got his knickers in a twist, or words to that effect.

This small news-filler piece, which would normally have disappeared without an echo, was picked up by national media and online organisations, and before either the priest or Ms. Withell knew more, their argument was being discussed on religious and news forums all around the globe.

Possible the best comment came from Pierre Bibby, chief executive of the charity British Wheel of Yoga, who said: “

“I am appalled by this knee-jerk reaction.”

In Honor of the Sioux

By Patrick Van Roy On September 30th, 2012 at 1:44 am


By David Vance On September 29th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Right, I’m off out to celebrate 100 glorious years of British Northern Ireland and so I leave all those sad Irish republicans (Grins) with a song for the occasion, of course it’s all about America….


By David Vance On September 29th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Car Chase Suicide aired On FOX News

A lot of furore over this story, I see;

Fox News news channel was playing live footage of the pursuit when the suspect leapt out of his car and began running away down a dirt track. As producers and viewers watched, the man staggered away from his vehicle, ran a short distance into the grass and then produced a gun. Shephard Smith, Fox News’s afternoon anchor, was providing a running commentary as the suspect lurched away from the vehicle and viewers could hear his producers gasping in horror as the man shot himself. Mr Smith shouted “get off it, get off it” as it became clear the man intended to kill himself but the station did not cut away in time and broadcast the suspect crumpling to the ground. Fox went to a commercial break and when it returned to the studio a visibly shaken Mr Smith apologised to viewers, saying “that didn’t belong on TV”.

Well, did it?

Why is life to be sanitised in this way?

Who has determined we cannot see this? Maybe if we did show alleged criminals meeting their end by their own hand it might deter some others from following this way of life – and death.  Of course there is a quite separate agenda in play here in Europe – this is being used to show us how wicked the vile Fox News is. Did you know that they eat children alive after the O’Reilly factor is broadcast? Yes, it seems this is true. Life is brutal and I am querying WHETHER it was so wrong to broadcast this? Shall we all live in manicured cocoons when it comes to the News?

100 not out

By David Vance On September 29th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Orangemen  march to Stormont estate  during  Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade

My congratulations to all those TENS OF THOUSANDS of proud Ulster people who commemorated the signing of the Covenant 100 years ago. As one would expect, the event was peaceful and a demonstration that we remain BRITISH, to the chagrin of the usual whingeing suspects. I didn’t go myself as I have no interest in parades. I also see little reason to remember the past if one does not learn from it. I see plenty to celebrate in 100 years of British Northern Ireland but given that it now contains the IRA’s delegates in its government and continually appeases rabid Irish Nationalism, I figure I will skip celebrating that bit. I suppoons there are many lessons one can learn but from my perspective those parading have failed to understand that the one thing the British Government respects most is violence and civil unrest. Republicans get this and have excelled at rebelling, as is their wont. The steadfast loyalty of Ulster’s British people has been treated too often with cynical contempt by the goons at Westminster

Still, 100 and not out is worth a celebration….CHEERS. Our day has come…

Lark of The Covenant

By Mahons On September 29th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The Centenary of the Ulster Covenant is being celebrated by the Unionist Community.  One Hundred years ago hundreds of thousands of Unionists signed their names in a display of regional defiance of home rule legislation   proposed for Ireland.  It helped lay the basis for the partition compromise (one might unkindly say appeasement of Protestant domination of NI).

The men signed the covenant, the women signed the declaration.  And they didn’t run flowers into the country to back up their position, they ran in guns.  Remind those who think it was only the republican side at times that placed emphasis on the bullet over the ballot.

I suppose one of the historical surprises of the 100 year period is not how much violence there has been (of which there was too much) but how much violence there could have been had events escalated beyond all control.

After a century the important thing is to look forward as much as looking back.  Determined people who disagree can do so in a civil way.   A new covenant for all?  I don’t think everyone is there yet, but at least an agreement to disagree.  And that is worth celebrating, today and a hundred years from now.