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He will be missed

By Patrick Van Roy On December 26th, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Car Bomb

By Patrick Van Roy On December 25th, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Eye Witness Report

On this strangest of Christmas Days, I wish all readers the best of that which they hope for themselves.

By Mike Cunningham On December 25th, 2020 at 2:52 pm

On this Christmas Day, I break from most of my self-imposed traditions, and write of a man, who is but a fortnight younger than myself; with whom I am truly disgusted. 

Sir Cliff Richard, born Harry Webb to British parents in India, whose family migrated back to Gt. Britain after Indian Independence. His start and career in show business is catalogued in many places, so I shall not list it here, but suffice to say that he has remained a force for over five decades in an industry whose stars are often akin to comets; rising brightly and swiftly, but either equally swiftly diminishing in brightness, or diving into a life of excess fuelled by drink or drugs. Cliff Richard had found a foundation and life based upon Christianity, and has remained true to that belief for over four-odd decades; which belief is the source of my disgust and annoyance with this eighty-year-old millionaire.

In 2014 and unbeknownst to him, Sir Cliff Richard became the subject of a police investigation in relation to an allegation of a historic sex offence and was investigated as part of Operation Yewtree (“OYT”). South Yorkshire Police decided to cooperate with the BBC once the SYT learned that the BBC had been tipped off. SYP told the BBC the day before the search and confirmed the property details. The BBC arranged for journalists to attend and a helicopter was hired to film the search. They also sent journalists to Sir Cliff’s homes in Portugal and Barbados. The BBC was very anxious to protect their exclusive, did not consider privacy (only accuracy) and knew that the broadcast would have a serious impact.

The impact on the singer was such that, at one stage, he collapsed, stricken with anxiety under the intense pressure of the relentless investigation. A book deal collapsed, he even gained the attention of the US Immigration Authorities when suffering difficulties inbound to America, due solely to the adverse publicity.

But, eventually, he recovered, sued both SYT and the BBC, and won substantial damages, costs and apologies from both organisations.

But this morning, he was the guest who was due to be the ‘Castaway’ on Desert Island Discs, played on Radio 4 immediately after the Eight-o’Clock News. So this eighty-year-old entertainer, given this truly prime-time position on the airwaves of the BBC does what? He skims over this possibly career- and health destroying episode, towards the end of this musical interview. He virtually forgives, on prime time radio, the Corporation which had set out to publicise the search and possible arrest of himself, a public figure! He acted as he is, a truly Christian gentleman!

His actions and attitude disgust me! Placing myself in his shoes, during that interview for Desert Island Discs, I would have blasted the whole BBC, inclusive of all the senior management involved; along with the cretins from the South Yorkshire Police. In the legal arena, I would have pursued, individually, every BBC clown whose shadow had crossed the plot to publicise the search of his properties; and, if possible, bankrupted every one of them. 

I am truly disappointed in Sir Cliff Richard: unfortunately, a true Gentleman; in every sense of the word!

and the world pauses

By Patrick Van Roy On December 25th, 2020 at 1:48 pm

It happens once a year. It means many things to many different people. To me it marks the end of the year and the birth of Jesus. A Time for family. 

May you all have a Merry Christmas, may the trials and tribulations of Life pass you by on this day, God Bless every one of you, may he keep your families safe and those we’ve lost in our Hearts. 

May ALL my ATW Family have a Merry Christmas

Paddy The Troll

ATW CHRISTMAS EVE JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On December 24th, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Because Christmas Eve is Music Night

The Sun has set on Christmas Eve, so now we can say it’s Christmas. Oh look, here’s my first beer. If I don’t go back to work next week at least a stone heavier I’ll be disappointed. I can’t stay glued to the sofa all the way through. Christmas morning looks set to be cold and frosty in these here parts, perfect walking weather. A few miles will set me up nicely.

Have the Merriest Christmas you can make it with Zoom or Skype. In truth half the country is probably delighted not to be with the in-laws. Proper new Christmas songs aren’t that common, but I think this is the real thing. Maybe that’s because it’s an old song, a Connie Francis cover. This Aussie chick gives it some and I like it.

As always, feel free to share your top – or bottom – Christmas tunes and anything else you want down below –

TRUMP IS SUCH AN AESTHETE

By Pete Moore On December 24th, 2020 at 5:36 pm

If President Trump had done nothing else for the last four years but play golf this Executive Order would still have made his presidency worthwhile.

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday that establishes classical architecture as the preferred style for new federal buildings but stops short of banning newer designs from consideration.

The executive order, titled “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” mandates that federal buildings be “beautiful” and praises the characteristics of Greco-Roman architecture; by contrast, recent modernist designs are described in the text as “ugly and inconsistent.”

What a beautiful thing.

Modernism is nothing more than war on truth and beauty. That is why generations of post-war left wing planners and architects have employed it to disfigure our townscapes so terribly. Municipal architecture in the UK is synonymous with hideous jumbles of foul concrete. Few conservatives have noticed that this matters at least as much as economics. Modernism fosters widespread social depression and other health issues.

I’m just surprised it took the president, a man noted for his architectural panache, four years to take action.

STONE FREE

By Pete Moore On December 24th, 2020 at 4:11 pm

President Trump has pardoned Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. Good, I wish both men a Merry and peaceful Christmas because both were wronged. He should now pardon Julian Assange.

A DEAL IS DONE

By Pete Moore On December 24th, 2020 at 3:47 pm

“You can check out any time you like, but it’ll take three years to leave, a transition period and four years to get a deal”

The fine print will take time to pour over. Parliament and 27 countries will need to ratify it, but a deal is done. Maybe more, in fact. The Flanders parliament held up the EU/Canada trade deal for six months. They might need to win over the Utrecht dog catcher for this one.

The government is claiming victory. I’ll wait and see. The Tories are barely more trustworthy than the Chinese communists. But I think it’ll be ratified and I think this is it. If the claim that all the red lines held firm and that the key promises were met is true then it could have been worse.

Twenty years ago Brexit was a pipe dream. Now we are out and the transition period is days from expiring. Baron Farage of Agincourt, Lord of Brexit, is not too apoplectic (yet), so it might not be too bad –

Christmas Eve

By Patrick Van Roy On December 24th, 2020 at 3:45 pm

A different version of a classic….. enjoy

JOYEAUX NOEL!

By Pete Moore On December 24th, 2020 at 3:32 pm

It could take days to clear the backlog of lorries waiting to cross to France, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says.

Drivers have been warned they may have to spend Christmas in their cabs.

About 4,000 lorries are parked at Manston Airport in Kent, with another 2,300 being held on the M20 after the French closed their border with the UK.

Politicians are such bastards. Emmanuel Macron, the effete, wealthy President of France, played politics and condemned thousands of working class drivers, desperate to get home and be with their families for Christmas, to a Christmas stuck in a cab in Kent. I hope that when they get going they pass by the Elysee Palace and let him know what they think.