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ATW BOOK TIME

By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2016 at 8:09 pm

LIKE all addicts, a readerholic needs a constant supply of stuff. I do like a good thriller but was struggling to find one a couple of weeks ago. It looked like I might have to re-read all the Robert Ludlums I raced through 25 years ago. I’ll do that anyway at some time, so not a hardship. Then I found this, published last year:

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To demonstrate that I’d never make a reviewer, here’s mine: it’s really rather good.

It seems that Terry Hayes is a British/Aussie screenwriter now living in the US, who has some credits you’ll have heard of. This is his debut novel. In short, it’s about a spook who tracks down a naughty terrorist. It starts slow, there’s a bit of scene setting and back story, but the second half of the novel is at full throttle. But here’s the thing, it’s a clever story. I’m inclined to stop reading if I think a novel pushes anything contrived, cliched or absurd at me. I can only suspend my disbelief so far, but I happily sailed through this one.

So yes, it’s rather good, and at less than a fiver on Kindle a bargain too. If you like a good thriller then give it a go.

ATW COMEDY CORNER

By Pete Moore On February 6th, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Politics schmolitics

THE critics are right. A blog can become too divisive. The civilised sharing of opinions can and will descend into insults, ill feeling and slammed doors. But hey, that’s politics folks, which truly pollutes everything it touches.

Time to lighten the mood then with some religious talk. No doubt he’s a communist. All comedians on the BBC are communists, but Irish funster Dara O’Thingy does make me laugh. That, plus I’m in a good mood after England’s fine rugger chaps bagged a tough win away to the Porridge Wogs earlier.

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AND A GOOD TIME IS HAD BY ALL

By Pete Moore On February 6th, 2016 at 7:52 pm

I SEE that the good people of Guernsey have upset the talking heads. Reports the BBC:

“Islamophobia” among Guernsey’s residents was partly behind the island’s decision not to accept refugees, its chief minister has said.

Jonathan Le Tocq said “negativity” would make it difficult to guarantee the safety of any Syrian refugees on the island.

Though most people on the island had shown compassion, he said, there was a danger others would be unwelcoming.

Aid worker Eddie Parks branded the minister’s comments “disgraceful”.

How discraceful, not wanting your children raped by ultra superstitious primitives. I now fully expect Guernsey to be demonised in the way that Putin became “the new Hitler” when he stopped rolling over for NATO.

POLICE BRUTALITY ISN’T ALWAYS BAD

By Pete Moore On February 6th, 2016 at 7:17 pm

Well done to Dublin’s finest

Liberal protest group Pegida launched its Irish chapter this afternoon in Dublin (strength and honour patriots). That honey pot was always going to attract loony flies, and so it is that the usual gang of far Left authoritarian misfits arrived with the violence they take everywhere. Reports the Irish Times:

Pegida, an anti-Islamist organisation based in Germany, had annouced that it would be launching an Irish wing outside the GPO at 3pm on Saturday. However, hundreds of anti-racism demonstrators staged a counter-rally on O’Connell Street at 1.30pm.

Scuffles broke out when a small party broke away from the main gathering of anti-Pegida demonstrators and chased another group, believed to be Pegida supporters, down North Earl Street and into a discount store.

Members of the Garda Public Order Unit, approaching from Talbot Street, baton charged protesters outside the shop back in the direction of O’Connell Street and then set up a cordon in the middle of North Earl Street.

An eyewitness confirms that the police had to restore order in a robust fashion. Jolly good too. Let’s hope the claret was pouring. It’s the only language these apes understand.

To be honest it’s time they were put out of action permanently. Time after time they foul the public space with their brutality to stop decent, patriotic and peaceful protestors from spreading the good word against religious fascism. Clearly it’s time that these extreme Left Wing groups were proscribed, for the good of public order, decency and free speech. I wouldn’t even wait until they’re out of hospital, the filth.

 

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On February 5th, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

I SEE that Maurice White has died. The artistic world must be desperate for 2016 to end. It’s already a massacre. The BBC announcer early this morning told me the Earth Wind & Fire man had popped his clogs, and the first words which which came to mind were “receding afro”. He came from a time so free and easy you really could get away with it, though maybe no-one noticed with the golden loon pants down below.

It might surprise some to read that I have a few old elements LPs in a box somewhere, but I thought they were a great band back then. Everyone else thought they were funk and soul, but there was always something Rock n Roll in there to my ears.

As always, don’t be shy with your fav sounds –

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Homs Syria

By The Troll On February 4th, 2016 at 9:13 pm

What’s left of the City where the Rebellion against Assad began. Filmed by a Drone.

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WHAT?

By Pete Moore On February 4th, 2016 at 9:05 pm

Unite, Britain’s biggest offshore oil trade union, has warned the UK government that billion-pound losses announced this week by oil industry super-majors could, without serious interventions, bring an end to meaningful production in the North Sea within years […]
“Emergency tax measures should be implemented as soon as possible by the Chancellor so we can sustain jobs and skills as best as we possibly can, giving North Sea oil and gas production a fighting chance for the future.
Trade unionists are demanding that the workers be taxed to supply corporate welfare to “super-major” oil firms. What a time to be alive.

I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE

By Pete Moore On February 4th, 2016 at 8:08 pm

It doesn’t look very very secure, to be honest

I HAD an hour to kill this afternoon, so I popped into Starbucks. I know; Costa Coffee does a superior Elixir of Life, but there was only a Starbucks nearby. There was one man ahead of me, already at the till. I stood behind him as the (Polish, of course) barista girl told him how much his order was. I was in for a surprise.

The man got out an iPhone, tapped and swiped and then held the screen up to the till’s scanner. That’s how he paid for his order, by scanning a widget/gadget/app-thingy (excuse the tech talk). What new-fangled Hell is this, I wondered. Clearly it was an app-thingy linked to a money account of some kind. I admit that I’m a cash man. It’s anonymous and secure. I like cash. I do sometimes use my debit card, but I can’t help feeling that as soon as I enter my PIN some demonic cyber criminal in Ulan Bator is bagging all the details as they whizz around cyberspace, or something. He can’t do that with cash, so he’s foiled.

Of course “the cashless society” is an idea that’s being foisted on us. I will resist to the end. Going cashless might be convenient, or just imagined to be so, but it won’t be so great when you can be deactivated entirely at the press of a key. I know what comes next when these things are adopted. In 12 months time the PIN pads will be gone and everyone will be waving their phones at tills. But criminals aren’t daft. With account details on phones which can be lost or stolen (or held in full view of the bloke behind you in Starbucks, you wally) I expect they’re ahead of that already and working on how to download your details by walking past you. We’ll know they’ve cracked it when Romanian pickpockets don’t stand quite so close.

 

THE ONE TO WATCH….

By David Vance On February 4th, 2016 at 3:19 pm

I spotted this from Ann Coulter…Time sure can spot a winner.

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Meanwhile…

First on CNN: Rand Paul dropping out of presidential race

 

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

By David Vance On February 4th, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Let’s deal with this issue.

Billions of dollars have been pledged for people affected by the Syrian war, on the first day of a donor conference. The EU has pledged over $3.3bn (€3bn; £2.3bn), Germany $2.6bn, the UK $1.7bn and the US $925m.

I can’t speak for those other Nations whose cash is being shovelled away at this conference but as a British citizen I strongly object to MY taxes being taken and channeled away in this manner.

The more we meddle in these areas the worse it gets. This is the Syrian civil war – not the British civil war.

Further, I can think of MANY good causes and MANY vulnerable people here in the UK that would benefit from the $1.7BN Cameron just wasted today. Politicians love to posture and prove their largesse with OUR Taxes. I fundamentally oppose this and wish that the State stopped playing charity charades with our cash.