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FAREWELL OLD FRIEND

By Pete Moore On December 31st, 2016 at 5:37 pm

I’M going to miss 2016. Let’s be honest, it’s been just about as splendid a year as all patriots and decent people can have hoped for. Just Leicester City winning the Premier League would have been incredible. Just Mr Donald J. Trump winning, by a landslide, the presidency, would have been comedy for the ages. But to get those and Brexit makes 2016 a true vintage.

So it’s to the morning of 24th June that I turn for my favourite video of the year. Just check the arrogance of this Remaoner. Witness her disdain. What a horrid, dismissive attitude she has. All that matters is her and people like her. Of course she’s in London, that isolated island of ignorance and hate. What a teary package of butthurt she is. I’ll never get tired of seeing this. It cheers me no end –

And for good measure, I add in the tweet of the year. It’s magically timed, genuinely funny and manages to remind us how off the polls were, even late on Independence Day. You’re welcome –

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

By David Vance On December 31st, 2016 at 11:15 am

Taking a brief moment to wish all at ATW my very best wishes for the New Year. All in all, 2016 was a good year for me. I think 2017 will be even better and I sincerely wish the same for all of you! I will return in the New Year.

NO HONOUR IN HONOURS

By David Vance On December 31st, 2016 at 11:11 am

I wonder how much longer it will take until every sporting and showbiz celebrity gets an Honour here in the UK? I vehemently oppose this doling out of supposed “Honours” to those who are already wealthy and famous. It’s just patronage at its very worst. I respect those who turn down such trinkets. Naturally they elite sprinkle a few honours the way of the common man to keep him and her happy and reassured this is not for the elite! I would scrap the whole system now if I could. It is antediluvian.

FARAGE IS THE PEOPLE’S KNIGHT

By Pete Moore On December 31st, 2016 at 10:57 am

THE NEW YEAR Honours List is out. I can only assume that the Establishment is trying to discredit the entire idea. An OBE for David Beckham’s wife? Oh please.

Still the silly sporting honours continue. Sir Andrew Murray, years before he’s retired. “Sir” Mo Farah, which can only be honourary. I blame Blair for these sporting awards. He chucked a Knighthood Fergie’s way the moment he discovered what the Champions League trophy looks like. Not wishing to add to the ample Scouse persecution complex, but Bob Paisley? He was every inch Fergie’s equal and a real gentleman.

But it’s the political awards which are interesting. Three MPs you’ve never heard of are knighted, one of whom was kicked out at the last election. So is a bloke who gave the Tory Party a million quid. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage is absent from the list. How they hate him.

He is the most consequential politician of his age, by a million miles. Despite never setting foot in Parliament, he is the most significant politician since at least Margaret Thatcher. He towers above every MP in the land. Without his efforts, going back a quarter-century, Brexit would barely be a dream. And his name’s not on the list.

But there’s hope. A man can get his due rewards in the end. Ken Dodd, the heroic tax evader, is now Sir Ken Dodd. Sir Nigel will have his day.

WHEN OBAMA GOES LOW

By Pete Moore On December 30th, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Putin goes high. He’s such a gentleman.

OBAMA must have returned to the waccy-baccy when he decided to expel 35 Russian embassy and diplomatic staff. What a spoiled, petulant nonentity he is. With 21 days of his dreary, forgettable tenure left he torched the diplomatic wellheads. Mr Donald J. Trump has got such a repair job on his hands. Just as well he’s up to the task.

It’ll help that Vladimir Putin is in no mood for a fight. He’s ruled out a tit-for-tat move, preferring to remain an adult and civilised, saying that he will work to “restore” the ties with the US that Obama has so despoiled.

Mind you, whoever’s in charge of their London twitter account didn’t get the message. After eight years, this conveys all the respect due to the outgoing bunch –

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On December 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Gosh, I remember driving into work one dark morning and hearing, on the wireless, that David Bowie had died. That was about 51 weeks ago. So let’s have a bit of him tonight, on the final ATW Friday Night Jukebox of what has been quite a year.

Have yourselves a jolly weekend whatever you’re up to. Don’t drink too much. I won’t – I think I’ve reached the point where I’ll fall asleep first anyway.

As always, feel free to share your favourite sounds –

You Say You Want A Resolution- New Year’s Day Weekend

By Mahons On December 30th, 2016 at 1:10 pm

To those of us in the Gregorian Calender Community this weekend brings the New Year.  In the Northeast United States where I dwell this signifies winter changing from a Currier & Ives scene to a survival tale courtesy of Jack London.  It also brings New Years Eve when everyone turns into a politician and makes promises they don’t keep in the form of resolutions.

I personally renew my resolution (first featured on these pages in 2011) to cease throwing rocks at whales.  I encourage the ATW community to make and break their own resolutions as they see fit.  May your Auld Aquaitances etc, etc.  A healthier and for the unhappy a happier New Year to one and all.  And JM, if you pass by these pages I hope it is in better spirits than darker days of yore.

A cup of kindness to you all!

WHERE OBAMA FAILED….

By David Vance On December 29th, 2016 at 6:43 pm

…Putin succeeds. 2016 ends with the Russian President once again running rings around Narcissus and his henchman, Lurch Kerry.

“The Syrian government and the opposition have agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to start at midnight, in a breakthrough truce aimed at ending the bloody five-year war. The deal follows talks between Turkey, Russia, and Iran and could potentially pave the way for a lasting political agreement. Moscow and Ankara, which support opposing sides in the conflict, promised to act as guarantors.”

Meanwhile, Petulant Obama insists he would have beaten Trump!!!

2017 is going to be soooo good.

DARK AGES VALUES…

By David Vance On December 29th, 2016 at 11:20 am

This is barbarism on a scale that you could be forgiven foe thinking was consigned to the dark ages and yet it is part of THAT culture…

A woman has been beheaded for visiting a city without her husband, officials in Afghanistan have said. The 30-year-old was decapitated and stabbed to death on Monday evening in Lati in the Sar-e-Pul province of northern Afghanistan.

And the feminist outcry? None.

Why? Well, you see they are too busy “shaming” Steve Martin, the US comedian, who committed the cardinal sin of paying tribute to Carrie Fisher by saying she was an attractive, witty and intelligent young woman when he first met her. Yes, it was the “attractive” bit that raised the outrage from the feminazi. Disgracefully, Steve Martin subsequently deleted his “offending” tweet. He was browbeaten into submission .

So, in case any feminazis browse these pages, look away now, here comes the sort of hate speech that triggers your ire…

These harridans have no sense of reality. A women is decapitated for daring to go out without her husband and they stay silent. A man dares to say Carrie was pretty and he is damned.

A Mothers Heart break

By Patrick Van Roy On December 29th, 2016 at 2:18 am

Debbie Reynolds Just Broke her Earthly Bonds

Debbie Reynolds has died after being rushed to the hospital Wednesday, her son told The Associated Press. She was 84.

The Loss of her daughter was to much. A true Icon.

Rest in peace sweet Lady.