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ATW SATURDAY MORNING JUKEBOX….

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 8:48 am

One of the ironies of the past week for me has been how lovely the weather has been here – given my own circumstances. This song came into my mind, by one of my favourite singers….

IT’S IN THE KORAN….

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 8:36 am

Glad to see that Conservatives have started up an alternative to YOUTUBE. I’m sure you all know that YouTube, which is owned by Google, has been accused of a liberal bias and has banned video’s by the likes of Michelle Malkin and Pam over at Atlas Shrugs. Hence the launch by two Republican White House veterans of QUBETV as a conservative alternative. I’m all for choice and so I welcome this development and  recommend that you click on the "It’s in the Koran" video – catchy and a good last one liner!

NEVER ACCIDENTALLY TELL THE TRUTH…

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 8:17 am

During my absence, there has been a major set of elections taking place in England, Scotland and Wales. The outcome seems to be that Labour lost out in Scotland, lost out in Wales and lost out in England.

What amuses me is the desperate spin from Tony Blair that these horrendous results offered "a springboard" for future success. Meanwhile Gordon Brown suggests that he will "listen and learn" – but ensures he stays well away from TV cameras.  

And that’s one of the defining aspects of modern politics, isn’t it? – never be honest and admit that you have polled badly/failed/been rejected. It’s all about PR spin and bluster, and I refer to all political parties in this regard. Of course Al-BBC were happy to oblige NuLabour this time round and from some of their wretched reporting one could be forgiven for thinking that Labour had performed OK.

In the sober light of the morning, the Conservatives won 875 Council Seats, giving it a total of  5077 Councillors. Labour lost 485 Councillors, giving it a total of 1803 Councillors. And worst of all for the BBC, the Lib-Dem’s lost 242 Councillors, giving it 2113 Councillors. So I think any objective reporter would have to admit that the Conservatives did perform well, but then again, whoever said the BBC was objective. I don’t agree with David Cameron but I’m not so blinded by prejudice as to see clear Conservative progress at the expense of the rotten Labour/Lib Dem’s.

THANKS…

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 7:55 am

Well, I’m back and I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere thanks to ALL of you for your kind comments over the past number of days. You have no idea how touching, how comforting and how reassuring I found your words at this tough time. My father loved to chat – we all used to laugh when he said he would go down to the local shops for a message and "be back in ten minutes" because it would invariably be an hour OR MORE before he reappeared! He liked nothing better than talkinging to people and I suppose so do I, and ATW is an avenue on which I can meet and talk to you, dear reader.  Therein lies the beauty of it – whether you live near or far, we have this little space in which we can share our thoughts. 

I have a number of posts to make today but then I will be away from ATW until Monday – I’m taking a little mini-break to recharge my batteries!

“words cannot describe…….”

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 6:40 am

The above shortened quotation comes from the mouth of the allegedly ‘anguished parent" of little Madeleine McCann, who has possibly been abducted from her bedroom in the little holiday complex on the Algarve where she, her twin brother and sister, together with their parents were holidaying.

madeleine.jpgMany reading this diatribe might find my words both acerbic and disgraceful, and possibly they are correct, but my acerbism and disgust is not aimed at the person or persons who are possibly holding this little victim, but instead at the sheer stupidity and crass thoughtlessness at the actions and words of these two idiotic and downright clueless so-called parents!

They have been describing how they were ‘dining in a tapas bar’ a few hundred yards from the apartment where their children lay sleeping. They also stated how they had ‘checked every half-hour’ on their children, befgore returning to their dinner, and how they had found the door open, with the bedroom window and shutters jemmied open. Another prime quote, which really does illuminate the type and quality of these two sick clowns is that "Nothing had been touched in the apartment, no valuables taken, no passports,"! Another tip to the thought process of these two allegedly loving parents is that the resort offered a creche service but the McCanns chose to leave the children sleeping at the apartment, taking turns to check on them!

I hope against hope that this little girl is recovered and found to be safe; but whether she returns or not, there is only one thought in my mind, which is whether the two remaining small McCann children should be taken into care, as the allegedly anguished parents have shown absolutely no interest in the well-being of their off-spring whatsoever!

 

Ever measured how long it takes to walk "a few hundred yards"?

 

 

 

Saturday’s Marx Quote – 05.05.07

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 5:28 am

‘You’ll be hearing from my lawyer, as soon as he graduates from law school.’

Baby You Can Drive My Car

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 5:18 am

I see Teddy Kennedy, the only man ever to go scuba diving in a saloon car, will be witnessing the ensconcement of IRA terrorists in the new ‘power sharing’ assembly in Ulster next week.  Who knows, if he manages to down a few pints afterwards, the rest of us might be lucky enough to see Gerry and Martin asking him for a lift back to Connolly House.

On This Day…05.04

By ATWadmin On May 5th, 2007 at 5:11 am

1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on the island of St Helena.

1930 – British aviator Amy Johnson takes off from Croydon Airport in southern England aboard her Gypsy Moth plane ‘Jason’ at the start of her historic flight to become the first woman to fly solo to Australia – arriving on May 24th.

1967 – The ‘Flower Power’ anthem ‘San Francisco’, recorded by Scott Mackenzie (born in Virginia, incidentally), first enters the American charts. Ironically the song did not reach number one in the US, but did so in Britain.

1980 – The SAS storm the terrorist-occupied Iranian Embassy at Knightsbridge in London. Four gunmen are killed in the attack and all 19 hostages are rescued.

1981 – IRA terrorist Bobby Sands dies following 66 days of his suicidal starvation exercise at HM Prison Maze.Eating.

1997 – William Hague is elected leader of the Conservative Party.

IN MEMORIAM….

By ATWadmin On May 4th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

There are many things I COULD write about but there is only subject I WANT to write about; My Father.

I’m breaking my own rule by publishing this in full – no "read more here".

I’m also elevating this to be the lead post today, hope all will understand why.

My father has been dying for the past six months and the past week has been hardest of all. 

He died on Monday morning, the effects of prostate cancer finally taking him from this world. I’d visited him on Sunday evening and said goodbye as normal, but with tears in my eyes. I didn’t sleep on Sunday night and for some odd reason, I chose to visit him again first thing on Monday morning – he literally had just died when I saw him. believe it was a merciful release for him, to get away from the pain of his poor ravaged body.

Can I tell you a little about him?

In 1929, the US Stock Market crashed. the St Valentine’s Day massacre took place in Chicago, Trotsky was expelled from the USSR. And, yes, my father was born – on February 26th.

Like many other young men of that era , he left school in his early teens and went to work in the local Linen Mill. It had famously made the linen that The Titanic took to a watery grave but in the 1940’s it had switched to making parachutes for the Royal Air Force. After the end of WW2, he worked in a number of jobs, mostly in the motor trade. He worked in administration, and managed to get through his life with virtually no knowledge of how cars worked! He turned the key, it went – what more do we need to know?! I follow in this proud tradition.

He married my mother in 1957. This was their 50th wedding anniversary year. He didn’t live long enough to see it.

I was the first of three children, I have a brother and a sister.

I’m told I look like my father, espeically as I grow older, and so when people say he was a good looking man, who am I to argue? My father was a kind, generous and godly man. He sang in the Church Choir for decades, and he loved to worship his God. I am so pleased he was a man of faith, even in this faithless world. He loved a good argument and as you might imagine, he and I covered many a topic over the years! He was witty, contrarian, and had a keen financial brain being a graduate of the University of Life. He put his family first, provided us with all we ever needed, and he managed to always look on the bright side of things.

Not that his life was always easy. His own father died when he was 32 years old. His only brother also died young. But he got on with things. He was hurt in an IRA explosion in Newry, damaging his hearing. Life brings us all good and bad, he celebrated the good and coped with the bad.

He had a cynical view about the political class (Ring any bells?) and he always advised me to stay away from them! In the end, I took his advice.

I have so many good memories. He took it into his head that he was going bald around 1972 and spent the next three decades eccentrically pursuing a cure for this. He died with a full head of hair.

His packed funeral service was a true thanksgiving for his life. His colleagues in the church choir smiled and wept in equal measures as the Minister reviewed his life. 

Since then, I have found waves of grief abruptly overwhelming me. It’s one day at a time.

Beyond any doubt, the greatest comfort for our family has been the words from the Bible, words my father would sing all the time when in Church. I chose one of the hymns for the funeral service, and it was the traditional but profoundly moving "The Lord is my Shepherd".

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

My father lived a full life, and when he retired from work, he threw himself even more into his Church activities. He was also proud of his grandchildren and spoilt them all something rotten! Granda Vance was always in possession of sweets – even when told he shouldn’t have! (He was a non-conforming diabetic!)

I miss him. But I also know he has gone on to a place where there is no more pain. He is at peace, his earthly journey concluded.

So I salute him, and I hope these few clumsy words will give you an insight into the man who meant so much to me. 

“Thank you sir, may I have another?”

By ATWadmin On May 4th, 2007 at 5:00 pm

24293450_c08101a2c0.jpgSuch, it seems, is the craven response of the populace to the endless beatings that the LibLabCon have been inflicting upon them for the past sixty years. Yesterday, when they went to the polls, they had two choices. Either they could vote for one of the old parties, and for yet more beatings to be inflicted on Britain and the British people, or they could vote for the one party in the entire country which even comes close to giving a damn about this country and its people. I refer, of course, to the BNP.

Going into this election I had thought, in common with most people, that the public would use this election to send a message to the three main parties. I had thought and hoped that they would do this in the only way possible, which is by voting for the only party that stood opposed to the disastrous status quo.

But, it seems that the public are delighted with the status quo. They do not mind the destruction of their country; they are happy to have nearly 500,000 immigrants flooding into Britain each year; the prospect of becoming a persecuted minority in their own land excites them; they derive a masochistic pleasure from witnessing their race and culture constantly vilified, their history disparaged, and themselves made into second-class citizens. Islamification, now that really makes them ecstatic: Muslim mobs inciting murder? More please! Suicide bombing? Second helpings, thanks! Having your free speech curtailed so that Muslim thugs are spared any hurt to their tender feelings? Brilliant!

All these problems have been brought upon us by that mixture of incompetence and deliberate villainy that has been the hallmark of British governments – Labour and Tory – for the past sixty years. Those two parties, and the Lib Dems, are now entirely indistinguishable from one another, and are all committed to upholding the status quo. They are nothing but gangs of traitors, who don’t care how much of a mess this country is in, as long as they’re the ones at the top of the pile. A vote for any of these parties, or, indeed, for any party other than the BNP (and perhaps UKIP) is a vote for the policies set out above. The public have enthusiastically embraced those policies.

This country is walking the road to its destruction, and yet it seems that the public don’t care in the slightest. This in turn makes it increasingly difficult for people such as myself, who do not want to see Britain annihilated, to really care greatly about the populace. Why should one care about people who don’t seem to care about themselves? How can one be proud of a nation that signs its own death warrant, and congratulates itself on its tolerance in doing so?

The abject failure of the BNP to make any real headway in this election suggests to me that any resistance that does arise against the murder-suicide of this country will come too late. To put it bluntly, with the LibLabCon still as firmly entrenched as ever, I find it hard to conclude otherwise than that Britain is doomed.

I wonder if Australia would let me in?