Pure comedy gold at the touch of a button: what a great thing this interweb is, eh? I have my Porridge box set on the shelf somewhere and it gets a run out occasionally. It’s up there with the greatest sitcoms in my book. The scripts and observations were pin sharp, so good you can watch them over and over and they’re always fresh. Just add a top cast and squeaky boots -
What a fascinating documentary this is.
It was on 8th December 1991 that Boris Yeltsin and his Ukraine and Belarus counterparts met and signed the instrument to dissolve the Soviet Union. I came across this RT (nope, not doing that waltz again) film, using interviews with many people witnessed it, about the events leading up to, and on, that day. Anyone interested in modern European history might find it fascinating too. A couple of points stand out. Mikhail Gorbachev, as Russian President at the time, was kept entirely in the dark and knew nothing about the meeting or what would happen. Someone has already noted in these here parts (ehem) that Mikhail Gorbachev was no heroic reformer, and here we see in his own words that he tried – and failed – to defend the Soviet Union “to the last bullet”. We also see that Boris Yeltsin might have been a little in the dark too, because a worker at the remote facility who attended Yelstin when he arrived for the signing says that “it was clear he’d just come from a social function.” I think we know what he means.
If you watch it maybe you could park yourself on youtube’s bandwidth -
I have received an email from long term ATW commentator Agit8ed informing he that he has decided to leave the site. Some of you may be familiar with his reasons – it comes down to the language and tone used in recent discussions. This depresses me no end. I hate it when anyone leaves. I always wanted ATW to be a big enough tent for all. But it’s not. And I wonder should I carry on. I am in a lucky position insofar as I write what I want and feel no real need to justify anything but when people partake in the comments, things can turn ugly and that really bothers me. I’m going to think about it.
The Republican Field for President just shrunk by one.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas just bit the dust. Perry was indicted on two Felony Counts. Abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. The Story is here. Right or Wrong, win, or lose any ambition he had of running just went down the drain. Texas is the most stable State in the Union, he had a great platform from it to run on, but….
The right does not forgive.
A defiant Perry calls felony indictment a ‘farce’
AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that the indictment against him was an “outrageous” abuse of power and vowed to fight it.
“This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and will not allow that to happen,” Perry said at a news conference on Saturday.
Perry spoke a day after a grand jury indicted the Republican on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat. He dismissed the prosecution as a “farce.”
A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to veto $7.5 million over two years for the Public Integrity Unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.
As per a previous story below , Cliff Richards is much in the news today. Regardless of that story, he has recorded some great songs with fab words and this is one of them. We all have miss you nights.
Here’s a great new song from one of my favourite singer-songwriter, Henry Priestman. I love the life-affirming bounce to it, DO listen to it right through. I assure you it is truly excellent. Been a fan of Henry since 1978 so it’s been a great journey and he has been kind enough to talk to me on Facebook! Top chap.
Innocent until proven guilty. Got it? That’s the essence of our legal system in the UK.
Police investigating a child sex assault allegation made against Sir Cliff Richard have said “a number of people” have come forward with information as a result of publicity surrounding a search of his home. South Yorkshire Police would not say whether the callers included more alleged victims, or whether they were potential witnesses. The force also admitted it had “worked with” the BBC in advance of the raid on Sir Cliff’s flat in Berkshire, resulting in the BBC having a news crew at the property when police arrived and a helicopter hovering overhead.
I do not want to speculate in ANY WAY about this case BUT there are a few points to ponder;
1. Why were the police “working with” the BBC?
2. It seems to be open season on ANYONE who was in the media in the 70′s/80′s and I have to wonder how much of this is driven by the £££ involved?
3. Anyone guilty of child sex assaults should be made amenable to the law. Celebrity status should not be an impediment to such but nor should it be an indulgence of such.
Worried about the advance of ISIL across the Levant? Worried about the atrocities being carried out against Christians and other minorities in Iraq? RELAX – the EU has it sorted.
EU foreign ministers have condemned “atrocities and abuses” against religious minorities in Iraq, with Germany warning it cannot stand by and watch people being “slaughtered”. The emergency meeting in Brussels left it to individual states whether they would arm Iraq’s Kurds against Islamic State (IS) militants in the north. France and the US have already moved to supply the Kurds with arms. IS violence has driven an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. After the talks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was flying to Iraq to meet Kurdish leaders and the government in Baghdad to discuss what support is most needed. “We cannot just watch as people are slaughtered there,” he said after the foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. “If the current threat level persists, I can’t rule out that we will have to deliver weapons.”
Wow, that’s impressive stuff. So the mighty EU has issued — a statement. ISIL must be trembling at the news that Germany “might” do something “if” things continue. The EU offers soft power, and nothing else. It’s impotence has been exposed and whilst a few of the individual NATION states within it act, the entity itself simply trots out statements. ISIL will not be in the least bothered. We should be.