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By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Well, I was denied by choice last night, and so on this lovely Saturday afternoon, I select this more modern effort…


By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Great news – the Police Service of Northern Ireland are officially the number one in the UK. This is one in the eye for trenchant critics of the PSNI such as yours truly who considers them worse than useless.

So in what area of activity you may ask, have they topped the UK league of Policing? Catching criminals? No. Stopping terrorists? No. It’s much more important than that – I can reveal the PSNI have been spending more of their financial resources on PUBLIC RELATIONS than any other policing area. Hurrah – taxes well spent I am sure you must agree!


By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

You may THINK you know what car sex is but I suggest that you don’t. Get THIS!

"A man who claims to have had sex with 1,000 cars has defended his "romantic" feelings towards vehicles. Edward Smith, who lives with his current "girlfriend" – a white Volkswagen Beetle named Vanilla, insisted that he was not "sick" and had no desire to change his ways. "I appreciate beauty and I go a little bit beyond appreciating the beauty of a car only to the point of what I feel is an expression of love," he said. "Maybe I’m a little bit off the wall but when I see movies like Herbie and Knight Rider, where cars become loveable, huggable characters it’s just wonderful."

I love the "maybe I’m a little bit off.." disclaimer line!! His most memorable sexual encounter was with with the helicopter from the 1980’s TV series "Airwolf" apparently. All I can say is that Herbie the Love Bug had a narrow escape from the bizarre Mr Smith!


By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I recall that I recently lambasted the outrageous claim made by Northern Ireland’s Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie that homelessness here was at an all time high. As usual this won me brickbats as the Minister’s words of wisdom were chosen in preference to mine. So, interesting to report that the number of people defined as “homeless” has DROPPED according to official figures by almost 2000 people. (In the Newsletter print copy yesterday but can’t see it on-like.) So, I’m guessing that the “all-time” high levels of homelessness being spoken of but a week or so ago was just pure PR attention grabbing rubbish.

Furthermore, the source that Ritchie and her ilk uses for all this statistical data gathering is the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Now if anyone was to select an organisation which personifies public sector gross incompetence, the NIHE is it. So I repeat my suggestion that homelessness is NOT at an all-time high and that the source for gathering such information in the first instance is both statistically dubious and politically directed.

The idea that there are 21,000 people here that are homeless merits further examination. Housing stock has never been higher both in the private and public sector. There has been a massive increase in private properties as this area has boomed. But there are also thousands of empty Housing Executive properties, so that shortage does not lie there either. Furthermore, Northern Ireland has seen the same massive intake of eastern European immigrants as the rest of the UK and oddly enough they seem to have found accommodations. So, how is it that we have these alleged thousands of homeless? Might it be that some people choose to live this way? Are their issues causes by drugs and alcohol abuse, do you think?

Northern Ireland has a socialist administration that believes in spending to solve every problem. So it is that we will continually here about phantasms such as “record homelessness” “record child poverty” and then there is the “low wage employees” and guess what, there will be a succession of half-witted but calculating politicians all out to show how generous and good they are by spending OUR money. That’s why socialism is so evil, it takes away human dignity and absolves individual responsibility by substituting State munificence. The likes of Margaret Ritchie is a declared socialist, and she is proud of this. But there are others like me who see socialism as crippling to a healthy society and who appreciate that rather than a rights-based society – which Northern Ireland now is – we should have responsibility based society.


By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2008 at 10:11 am

Hi all. Just to say that I have been off-air for the past 24 hours or so thanks to my broadband provider – BT – helpfully suspending my acccount! This was entirely their error, as has been pointed out to them – forcefully – by yours truly this morning. I am now back on-line and you will hear more from me later but it is SO frustrating when an internet provider makes a fundamental error like this but you, the customer,  ends up paying for their incompetence! So, how have y’all been…?


By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2008 at 3:54 pm

We Yanks will be celebrating Memorial Day Weekend over here in the States.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it is a Federal Holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  The purpose is to honor the servicemen and women who died in the nation’s wars.  It is the unofficial start of the summer season and usually celebrated with parades, pinics and family gatherings.  It got its start after the American Civil War and has continued to this day.  Usually towns have small services for their war dead at Town or Village Memorials.  It differs from Veterans Day in November which is geared more towards all Vets.  In addition to local commmunity gatherings and family BBQ’s, it is a big sports weekend with the major event the Indianpolis 500.  Some people might think it inappropriate to have sports, family gatherings and picnics on a memorial weekend, but I’ve always thought that those who gave their lives would want the nation to enjoy the freedoms for which they sacrificed.

I have a flag pole outside the Mahons’ castle, and the flag will be lowered to half-mast at dawn, and then raised to its full height at noon.  There is a small memorial statute in the park just down the hill from the house and the Memorial Day parade ends there for some short dedication and speechs.  The parade consists of the High School band, Firemen, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other local organizations.  Rain or shine they’ll be there, as will I.  It is a small enough town that they can read out the names of the dead, and I always find myself wondering about those who died in 1778, or 1863, or 1918, or 1943, or in 1969, or 2007, and what they would make of everything.  The cemetary is in the opposite direction over the hill from my home, through the woods and located on a large hill overlooking the town.  I can walk there, and when my kids can walk I will take them there as the years go by on Memorial Day to read the names and the dates, and think of those who died so young and the sacrifices made for them by men and women who may have died long ago.  People who may have left children as young as mine, or who may have died before they could even have children.   Farmers, carpenters, bookkeepers, mechanics, lawyers, doctors, truck drivers, teachers, all sizes and shapes, religious and not, rich and poor, white and black, bound together in their deeds and our hearts.      

Memorial Day Weekend

By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Over here on this side of the pond it’s Memorial Day Weekend. The Unofficial beginning of Summer. The 3 day weekend that kicks off weekends of driving to some seaside town and indulging in Drunken Debauchery at night and hung over Bikini watching the next day on the beach. In my youth I did this in a little place called  Margate in NJ.  In those days the drinking age was 18 and except for the occasional fridaynite poker game Gambling had yet to spoil the Jersey coast. That’s how I spent a lot of my Summers. As I watch my own girls doing their school work sitting next to me, I swear to myself that I will NEVER EVER allow them as teenagers to go away on the weekends. I also apologize to all the fathers of the girls I knew during those years. God forgive me, but my daughters will never be aloud to date.

That is not the direction I was planning to go with this post. One tradition however, on this weekend was a barbecue on Monday with flags flying and a moment of silence to remember those that made these weekends possible. The Following song is for them.



By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2008 at 8:48 am

lvfmuralpa.jpgIt’s pathetic to read that the British government has beaten its chest and "warned"  (ie squeaked at) loyalists that they must begin decommissioning their arms or the rights they have under current legislation (!) will be ended and the decommissioning body wound up. The UVF and UDA are refusing to hand over their terror weapons even though the IRA has allegedly decommissioned its arsenal. (Not that we have any verifiable evidence of this of course but take it on trust, honest!)

At first, loyalists said they would not decommission because the IRA refused, but now they say they fear republican dissidents or they need the guns to combat criminal gangs. £9m of taxpayers’ money has been spent on the farcical decommissioning process and Northern Secretary Shaun Woodward warned yesterday that the process would not be allowed to continue forever.

Sure Shaun – it depends on how you define forever, I guess. Once you pay the danegeld….. 

Terrorist scum should be given no such chances, this is all one vast moral obscenity. 


By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2008 at 7:56 am

The malaise that so afflicts Britain is evident in the news that a prolific bag snatcher who was paid £3,000 by the Government to leave Britain returned the very next day and continued his one-man crimewave!

Hakim Benmakhlouf, 26, has a string of convictions for stealing from rich tourists at five-star hotels and airports over the last ten years.He was offered voluntary repatriation to his native Algeria in July last year while serving yet another prison term for theft and was deported after being given the free cash. But Benmakhlouf returned on the Eurostar from Paris the very next day and in October he was captured on CCTV making off with a Louis Vuitton bag at a luxury hotel in central London.

This is wrong at so many levels. We should NOT be paying criminals to leave our country in the first place, surely that is obvious? To do so is an outrageous abuse of taxpayers money. We should also not be allowing Algerians into Britain in the first place. We should be protecting our borders, but our politicians won’t do so. And that is why criminals like Benmakhouf see Britain as a veritable crime magnet – the country that just keeps on giving.


By ATWadmin On May 23rd, 2008 at 7:02 am

gordonManchG_435x600.jpgWell, as forecast here on ATW, the Conservative Party has WON the Crewe by-election. And handsomely.

What was a 7000+ Labour majority has overnight become an 8000 Conservative majority, a massive 18% swing towards the Conservatives. The Conservatives captured almost 50% of the vote! Labour have been CRUSHED in what was a Labour stronghold and that is despite Gordon Brown’s 2.7bn tax bribe of last week! I wonder how many of those Labour MP’s that grinned and cheered this cynical bribe last week are still feeling happy this morning? Normally one should be wary of reading too much into a by-election result, but this is the same trend that we saw in the local council and London Mayoral contests and the trend is clear – the UK electorate have turned against Labour and views Gordon Brown as a liability. Labour will be kicked OUT of power in a few years time and I believe this is now an unstoppable prospect. How ironic that a railway town such as Crewe should mark the spot where the wheels finally came off the Nulabour project and the electorate have shown that it really IS the end of the line for Mr Broon and his gang of incompetents. I can just hear Brown’s rallying speech to his disgruntled crew "Go back to your constituencies and prepare for annihilation!"