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AFTER THE WEDDING…

By David Vance On August 26th, 2018 at 11:10 am

Well, I am writing this on a Sunday morning, recovering from the celebrations on Friday at my daughter’s wedding. It was a wonderful and moving day. Thank you all for the kind wishes ahead of the day. Here is what a proud Dad looks like en route to give his daughter away at the aisle.

ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On August 25th, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Any outrage about? Anything happening out there?

The glorious Gunners picked up the first win of the season. Up the Arse. I have important stuff to catch up on, such as the Bledisloe Cup, a film and putting more stuff on the Kindle. Have yourselves an Open Thread then, one decorated by a meeting of East and West. This is Thingvellir in Iceland, and that’s a tectonic rift. On one side the American plate, on the other the European.

Tell us what you know –

WHOSE LAND?

By Pete Moore On August 25th, 2018 at 2:23 pm

There is also one more point about South Africa, one that’s terribly impolite to mention these days, and someone can even be accused of racism for even thinking about it. The Bantu (that’s a technical term applying to the culture) didn’t actually reach the area south and west of the Fish River in South Africa before the Dutch and English (i.e., the whites) arrived. The area simply didn’t work for the Bantu agricultural basket of technologies. It needed wheat and other European crops before it could be farmed. The inhabitants before that were the Khoi San and the like, just the same people who were displaced by the Bantu Expansion out of West Africa in the previous millennium.

To put it crudely and politically incorrectly, within recorded history everyone there other than the Bushmen is a recent colonialist, white and black together. Quite why we should destroy an economy to benefit one group of such incomers over another isn’t well explained by anybody.

Timmy explains the reality. Do read it all.

As much as some want to signal their virtues, much of South Africa was simply up for grabs when Europeans arrived because there was no-one there. The Bantu peoples on the other side of the Fish River are relatively recent arrivals too. They owe their dominance to genociding the previous occupants. So where to begin? Not at all is the answer. As Timmy suggests, destroying your economy, via mass theft, for perceived and non-existent crimes of the far past, is stupid and unjustified.

IRELAND’S REVOLUTION

By Pete Moore On August 25th, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Pope Francis landed in Dublin this morning for a two-day visit. Just what the Republic needs then, another left wing extremist with a megaphone.

The previous Papal visit was 39 years ago. John Paul II arrived with a conservative, Christian message for the huge crowds. It’s estimated that a third of the population turned out at Phoenix Park to see him. Back then the Republic had its own currency, abortion was constitutionally prohibited and gay marriage unheard of.

Pope Francis is in a different country today. The crowds will be smaller as Irish Christian practices and memories fade. Dublin has a foreign coin, abortion will soon be free and easy and gay marriage is all the rage. While there he’ll meet with an openly gay T-Shock, with an exotic background, who advocates flooding Ireland with immigrants. These are astonishing changes in just a couple of generations.

China isn’t the only country which suffered a cultural and social revolution.

WE DON’T NEED NO EUROSPERM

By Pete Moore On August 24th, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Project Fear has gone there. Today’s horror story is that the UK won’t be able to import donated sperm unless we do a deal with Brussels – really.

Fears have been raised over a shortage of foreign sperm donations under a no-deal Brexit following the publication of technical notices released by the Government.

A paper from the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that Danish sperm made up almost half of all non-British male reproductive material imported to the UK in 2017.

The scandal here is that we’re importing the stuff from Johnny Continental in the first place. It certainly explains a few social trends, I can tell you. No imports? Good! We can do the job ourselves. Ourselves alone. So I’m calling on my fellow yeoman to take this lying down, rise to the occasion and show some British spunk.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On August 24th, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night: seven more sleeps ’till the season begins

I’m in the mood to watch This Sporting Life tomorrow evening, while I expropriate some Asian cuisine. Such a good film, but so long since I watched it, one of Richard Harris’ finest. Only he could play the vulnerable rugby player so well. And like all real men of Limerick, Harris was a great rugby man, as this charming little episode reveals –

And off they go, arm in arm, to the rugby. Two great actors, two men who loved life hugely. That’s if they made it to Twickers. I see that the 2000 Heineken Cup Final kicked off at 3.00pm. They must’ve been on the sauce since breakfast. So to start my Richard Harris weekend, a little of this. The original and best.

Have a good weekend, whatever you’re up to. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

BECAUSE I CAN

By Pete Moore On August 24th, 2018 at 6:28 pm

It’s a long weekend. Stuff it, I’m having pizza and garlic bread tonight. Proprio of course, home-made. None of that supermarket rubbish. And a salad too, drizzled with olive oil. Some of that supermarket rubbish.

“But Pete”, I hear the commies cry, “you’re appropriating Italian culture. Labour MP Dawn Butler will be so upset!

Why yes I am appropriating Italian culture. Very tasty it is too. Afterwards I’ll brew up some Colombian coffee growing culture. And tomorrow night I’ll appropriate Indian or Chinese culture. And all through the weekend I’ll appropriate George Best’s and Oliver Reed’s culture, because it’s the weekend. And Dawn Butler, and anyone of like opinion, can get stuffed.

AUSTERITY, INNIT?

By Pete Moore On August 24th, 2018 at 6:16 pm

You have to love Stabfest. Nowhere else is West Indian culture celebrated so authentically.

Metal-detecting ‘knife arches’ will be placed around Notting Hill carnival for the first time […]

Some 13,000 officers will be deployed to the two-day event – around 450 more than last year and more than the parades over the past five years.

Almost 7,000 officers, some from the Metropolitan Police’s newly-formed Violent Crime Task Force, will be policing Monday’s event to ‘combat the threat of violent crime’.

This will be up from 6,100 on-duty officers on Sunday’s less busy family day. Undercover police officers as well as officers from the Force Firearms and Dog Unit will be in place.

If this was anything but a black event it would be cancelled – no question about it. It’s the same every year, when the streets of Notting Hill resemble an abattoir. It’s so bad that 13,000 rozzers will be there. Remember that the next time some politician blames “police cuts” for violent crime.

The Deathwatch Begins…..

By Patrick Van Roy On August 24th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

John McCain’s family announced this morning that he will no longer receive medical treatment for his Brain Cancer. It is now just a matter of time until he dies.

I will not change my view of this man just because he is dying. When he finally succumbs I will write my good bye post.

It won’t be long now.

I LIKE ALAN DERSHOWITZ

By Pete Moore On August 23rd, 2018 at 8:55 pm

It wasn’t a good interview for the smug, left-liberal Matt Frei. The former Washington correspondent introduced the Democrat, Hillary-supporting Alan Dershowitz as a Trump advisor. Frei was slapped for that. Unperturbed, Frei pressed forward with the smugness. These metropolitan elites have no sense of decorum or self-awareness. Imagine speaking to an American guest like this –

– and righly getting slapped about for it. Dershowitz pops up in our media occasionally. For the last couple of years he’s been commenting mainly on Trump/Russia stuff. He doesn’t think much of these ludicrous allegations. Presenter after presenter, they all bring him on thinking he’ll demolish Trump, and Dershowitz doesn’t play the game. I’m just bemused that an obviously smart man can vote Dem.