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Music and memories

By Patrick Van Roy On February 28th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

There are times when I miss home. I love the country.  I always escaped to the woods when I was young to hunt, fish and just spend time in the deep wood. However it is not what made me. My roots belong to two cities. I miss them both. I miss the concrete, and the boardwalk. Philly will always be home. Atlantic city was always the alternative. We had the last house on California ave next to the Boardwalk. We sold it the year before they legalized gambling.

When the darkness of my soul brings memories of those days I recall the streets and the boardwalk, the soundtrack is always Springsteen.


Before my injuries I trained to serve those streets, but life takes it own roads. Tonight my body hurts, and my mind dwells on what was, what could have been and what is.


By Pete Moore On February 28th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night: check out the fiddler

It’s a long time since I heard this one but it popped up on the wireless this week. I can’t remember which station. It might have been BBC Radio 2, which I jump in and out of. Come to think of it, I might post about my radio addiction and its clear superiority over TV.

Anyway, even if you don’t like the number, you just have to check out the fiddler. What a scary time the 1970s were. He looks like a cross between Robert Plant and Hagrid. It’s a sweet number though, like you’d expect dear listener. To my ears it has an English folk melody, which is obvious since the band is from … erm Kansas.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I see Islam has been showing us its profound commitment to gender equality!

Muslim boys’ school is facing claims of segregation after advertising for a temporary science teacher but making clear that women need not apply.  The advert published by the outsourcing company Capita requested a “Male Science Teacher” to cover lessons, including some mathematics classes, until the end of the current academic year on a short term contract for up to £150 a day. Secular campaigners said the advertisement was just the latest in a series of demands for religious customs and practices to be “accommodated” in the education system as a result of giving faith groups the power to run schools. It follows a storm over allegations that non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby had been forced to wear headscarves in line with strict Islamic practices.

Gosh, it’s ALMOST as if Islam sees women as second class citizens?



By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Ireland loves a terrorist.


‘Unionists have expressed “disgust” at a planned homecoming celebration for a man who police suspect was involved in the 1982 Hyde Park bomb. John Downey denied killing four soldiers in the IRA attack but the case against him collapsed when the court heard of a secret government scheme. He was one of 187 people who received letters assuring them they did not face arrest and prosecution for IRA crimes. His supporters have planned a “welcome home dance” in a County Donegal pub.

His ‘supporters”?

WHO could support someone who did this?


The fact that Downey was allowed to walk away from this, care of  an alleged mistake of the PSNI, is stunning. We live in the age of moral bankruptcy.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I like this.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 11:58 am


I think that removing physical force punishment from schools for badly misbehaving pupils was a great mistake. The cane fulfilled a function and we forget that at our peril.

Sir Alex Ferguson keeps the belt he was beaten with by his favourite schoolteacher who inspired him to greatness.  The former Manchester United manager has revealed how the “gritty determination” of the formidable Elizabeth Thomson rubbed off on him – along with the use of her belt – now a prized possession. “It’s in my study,” explained Sir Alex as he recalled his school days at Broomloan Road Primary in Glasgow. “My grandchildren are terrified of it. “Six from that belt and you were in absolute agony. I used to try to draw my hand away. “That was the sort of punishment you had if you stepped out of line. In my case, it was usually for fighting in the playground.”

Did it do any harm to Sir Alex? No. In fact the reverse as it helped distilled the value of self discipline in him. Liberals may feel good that discipline has been removed  from school but the consequences of their actions can be measured in the growing violence and lack of all respect for authority that permeates many of our schools.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 11:53 am


Interesting to contrast the approach taken by Patricia Hewitt to that of Harriet Harman on the links of the organisation they used to both work for, NCCL,  with the Paedophile advocacy group, PIE.

Former Labour cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt has apologised for the links between the civil liberties organisation she headed and a paedophile rights campaign. Hewitt said the National Council for Civil Liberties had been “naive and wrong” about the Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1970s, and that as general secretary at the time, she took responsibility for the mistakes that had been made. “I got it wrong on PIE and I apologise for having done so,” she said in her first public comments since the current controversy broke last week.

Harman, by contrast, “regrets” the link but has offered no contrition whatsoever, exuding arrogance, self righteousness and piety.  She should learn to eat humble PIE.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 11:48 am


Seen this heart warming story of enterprising immigrants?

A Romanian immigrant who stole a Tesco trolley loaded with £1,000-worth of whisky bottles told a court it was his ‘first mistake’ in the nine days since he’d arrived in the UK. Simon Calin, 37, loaded 54 bottles of Famous Grouse into his trolley in Tesco in Barrow-in-Furness and then walked out of the store, put them into a car and drove off, Furness Magistrates’ Court heard.

54 bottles? Have you TRIED Famous Grouse? The guy is evidently insane 🙂



By David Vance On February 28th, 2014 at 11:45 am

Ah, Peter Robinson. What a guy. You WILL recall that our esteemed First Minister made the serious threat that unless there was a judicial view of ON THE RUN letters of comfort to Irish republican terrorists and unless these were rescinded BY TODAY, he would resign.

Well, Cameron has appointed a judge to lead a review that will report by the end of May. (After the European elections, natch!) However only thing being rescinded is Robinson’s threat to resign UNLESS these letters were rescinded. Peter has forgotten about what he SAID he would do, and is staying put. In power. With his IRA buddies…

Hilarious stuff…here’s a song for Robbo…


By David Vance On February 27th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

The bluster that underlines the case for Scottish Independence gets more and more exposed by the day…

Standard Life’s announcement that it may move operations outside Scotland in the event of independence has sparked a political row. The company said it was putting the contingency plan in place because of uncertainty over issues like currency. Edinburgh-based Standard Life – which has been based in Scotland for 189 years – employs about 5,000 people north of the border out of a total headcount of 8,500.

The leaders of ALL the major parties at Westminster have made it abundantly clear that if Scotland leaves the UK, it leaves the Sterling zone.  Got that? So, how does Salmond and his SNP bravehearts respond to this announcement by Standard Life?

The Scottish government said the move demonstrated its post-Yes currency union plan was the right option.

More bluster. The SNP’s post-YES currency union plan is NOT an option! Wave bye bye to Standard Life, Salmond, and there will be a long queue behind them at the exit turnstiles.