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By Pete Moore On October 18th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Politics schmolitics

Rhod Gilbert does make me laugh, and not all stand ups can do that (witness the unfunny and strangely overrated Tim Vine). It’s not just that Gilbert is funny, but also his lugubrious way and the fact that he doesn’t swear like most comedians seem to now. Well, he doesn’t swear too much, which is quite unusual now.

(Note to Americans: he’s not retarded, that’s a Welsh accent) –

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Abandon hope, never mind ‘Ship’

By Mike Cunningham On October 18th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Just to add to the general gaiety in America, a lab worker, who apparently did not know of the requirements of self-monitoring required for those who have been in close contact with EBOLA, is  aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship in the Carribean; under what is euphemistically-named  ‘Voluntary Isolation’.


As she is 19 days into the 21 days considered sufficient for clearance, just imagine what the outcome would be, on a Cruise ship with 5,000 panicking people on board, if she developed a temperature!


“I had no idea!”

By Mike Cunningham On October 18th, 2014 at 11:41 am

A comment upon the previous thread led me to search for this small clip from ‘Contact’ the sci-fi film based on Carl Sagan’s novel of the same name.

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These days, I have little time for the various talking heads which claim to represent the so-called Religions of this world, or even less for those Religions themselves; as I wrote in a small piece on my own blogsite a few years ago. Have a read, and then maybe you will understand why I maybe accept that there HAS to be a Supreme Guiding hand which founded this sprawling, infinite Universe, we simply don’t have a real clue either what His or Her, or even Its name might be, we have not read any words from the Hand of that Supreme Being; and we certainly do not have a close grasp on any message which may have been sent from those twinkling stars.

Some may remark that to extract a short clip from a sci-fi movie, and use it to illustrate a belief, or even a lack of belief, is either facile or absurd; but is it not equally absurd to state a belief that, through the ALLEGED words of a Man who lived over two thousand years ago, we should adopt a certain code of ethics; or, taken from a different Book, the written words of an illiterate goat-herder which were remarkably spoken to him by an angel, and from those words have spread the whole panoply of Islam; or should we ignore those religions, and place our faith in Buddhism, or Hinduism, or even, slightly closer to home, the strange and somewhat silly beliefs of the Wicca?

As with all things Religious; You pays your money, and You takes your Choice!



By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

The Guvnor’s away again and I’m knackered. Looks like it’s a 5-minute stir fry job again. Have yourselves an Open Thread then, one decorated with a man riding the Wall of Death in a motor and a knocked up sidecar. With a lion in it.

Now that’s old school.



By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night: it all comes back to Sabbath …

Royal Blood are a British duo that formed only last year, but they’re already putting out some top stuff. For just two blokes they’re also putting out a pretty big sound. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that Black Sabbath wrote every rule in hard rock and metal. Everything that came since is derived from those four lunatics from Birmingham, as is this one from Royal Blood. That’s not a criticism. On the contrary, I love the Sabs and this could well have been Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward all those years ago. All the touches are there as well as some top, mesmeric riffing, and that’s what Rock’s all about in the end.

As always, regard the thread as an open one for your sounds –

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nuclear sabre rattling…

By The Troll On October 17th, 2014 at 10:30 am

I saw this the other day, and thought of the Putin fan club that prowls these halls. The Benevolent Czar Vlad the 1st seems to be threatening. How can that be he is the world savior?

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Putin Warns Of “Nuclear Power Consequences” If Attempts To Blackmail Russia Don’t Stop

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Vladimir Putin slams President Obama for adopting a “hostile” approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in his recent UN speech. From an interview with Serbia’s Politika newspaper, Bloomberg reports,

It’s futile for the U.S. and its allies to “blackmail” Russia over the Ukraine crisis, President Vladimir Putin said in a newspaper interview today.


Russia’s partners should remember the risks involved in disputes between nuclear powers, Putin said. He accused Barack Obama of adopting a “hostile” approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in the U.S. president’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24.


“We hope that our partners will realize the futility of attempts to blackmail Russia and remember what consequences discord between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability,” Putin told Serbia’s Politika newspaper on the eve of his visit to the Balkan nation today.


Putin said that Obama had identified Russian aggression in Europe as one of the three “major threats facing humanity,” alongside the Ebola virus and Islamic State.


“Together with the sanctions against entire sectors of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile,” Putin said.


Attempts to pressure Russia with “unilateral and illegitimate restrictive measures” will impede efforts to settle the crisis, he said.


“How can we talk about de-escalation in Ukraine while the decisions on new sanctions are introduced almost simultaneously with the agreements on the peace process?” he said. “If the main goal is to isolate our country, it’s an absurd and illusory goal.”

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Opportune timing with markets weak for some nuclear sabre rattling…

I’ve said it before……

By Mike Cunningham On October 17th, 2014 at 9:17 am

and I say it again………………….


Things go better with Coke


We Hold our Breath

By The Troll On October 17th, 2014 at 1:42 am

idiotAs the fire of Ebola spits sparks across the Globe we hold our breath, We pray it doesn’t happen, but the eruption of a wildfire of death is inevitable.

It’s inevitable because our Leader in the White House cares not about the spread of the virus, he cares only how his actions will effect the upcoming Election.  The safety of the People is a distant second to the polls.

How his actions weigh on voter turnout is all that counts.

We’re Living it…..

By The Troll On October 17th, 2014 at 12:13 am

This is one of my favorite Albums. There isn’t a bad cut on it, enjoy

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By David Vance On October 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Matthew Parris was a former MP and is now a political commentator with The Times. Here is his collective wisdom on the electorate