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Ars Gratia Artis

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 12:48 pm

saying_grace.jpgHe ranks as my number one painter of all times.  So I was delighted to read that another (doubtless) masterpiece by the American painter Norman Rockwell has just been sold at auction in New York for an impressive $15.4 million.  The picture inset – also by Rockwell -is entitled ‘Saying Grace’ and this also ranks as my all-time favourite painting.  On display at the Atwater Kent Museum in Philadelphia, it portrays two members of the Amish community saying their prayers at what is believed to have been the Horn and Hardart restaurant on the city’s Chestnut Street.  I have a large print copy above my fireplace and I never cease to be amazed by the sheer detail.  Even the print on the newspaper is clear.

Rockwell completed over 4,000 works during his lifetime.  His unadulterated passion for his country led to works with a very rose-tinted view of America and American life.  Still, what’s wrong with that?  Compare some of Rockwell’s exhibits to the rubbish that passes for modern art and therein you will see how art has mimicked the overall decline in standards and quality.  It is to be hoped the anonymous buyer of Breaking Home Ties gets as much satisfaction from this man’s legacy as I have.

Davy Cameron – King of the Wild Frontier

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 11:06 am

Call me ‘Dave’ has been strutting his arrogance self on the podium of erstwhile conservatism once again, telling his party that unless they listen to his crusade to modernise (make it other than Conservative), they will lose the next election.  He said it was hard cheese if traditional Conservatives did not like his policies and style of leadership, the party would have to change to reflect a modern Britain.

So let’s look at this modern country of ours, shall we  What can we say about it?  Overcrowded?  Packed to the rafters with immigrants and ethnic minorities?  A rip-off society where people pay more for everyday living than just about anywhere else in the industrialised world?  A land whose governing classes devise ever-more elaborate excuses to force us to part with our money?  A country where social practices considered totally abhorrent even thirty years ago have to be supported and encouraged?  A land once at the forefront of innovation and expertise now burdened by a pig-ignorant lower-class (especially here in the north of England), where intellectual fulfilment is for ‘wimps’, and daily hobbies must consist of ‘drinking, shagging, football and oggling a pair of tits on page 3 of The Sun’?  This is the modern society Dave has in mind to woo, is it? 

So what of those of us who are decent living?  Who don’t want this land straining at the seams with the rest of the globe’s flotsam and jetsam?  Who believe people who conduct themselves with the sexual morals of a caveman should have to answer severely for their lifestyle choices?  Who resent a country that bends over backwards to accommodate foreigners and their descendants and yet who treats its elderly and war veterans like dog droppings?  Who pour scorn on idiots who think they are ‘it!‘ by virtue of their prehistoric quagmire of intellectual vacuity?  There are millions of us out there.  Do we no longer count?

If Cameron believes his brand of Toryism (such as it is) wins hearts and minds he could not be more wrong.  Take the results from the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election.  When I lived in the borough back in the eighties and early nineties, I thought polling stations had to hire Australian road-trains to transport all the Conservative ballot papers to the counting centre.  At the latest context the Conservatives scraped by on the thinnest of margins.  Doesn’t that tell Cameron something?

I have never wanted the traditional Conservative Party to lose an election.  However, if someone today asked me whether I preferred another four years of Gordon, or a Blue Labour led by Eton’s very own George Arliss, I honestly couldn’t say one way or the other.

Saturday’s Marx Quote – 02.12.06

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 11:01 am

‘I knew a girl from Minneapolis-St. Paul. She was known as "The Tail of Two Cities".’

On This Day…02.12

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 10:51 am

1697 – Opening of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

1816 – Spa Fields Riots in England: a large crowd, gathered to demand political reform, decides to march on London.

1904 – Members of the British Parliament representing Ulster, form an organisation that becomes the Ulster Unionist Council.

1966 – In Britain, the symbol of the Swinging Sixties, the mini skirt, is banned from the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

1990 – Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first all-German election since 1933 following the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany.

1993 – Colombian drugs baron, Pablo Escobar, the so-called ‘King of Cocaine’, is shot dead in a gun battle with police.

CONDOMS AND THE VATICAN

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 8:51 am

795151-574497-thumbnail.jpgInteresting to read that Tony Blair has decided to give the Pope a lesson in morality! Blair has told the Vatican that it needs to drop its opposition to the use of condoms in Africa. Blair was waffling on about this as part of his PR drive on World Aids Day yesterday, the day that heterosexuals everywhere pretend that Aids is something other than a disease that overwhelmingly afflicts the homosexual community because of its perverse practises. Do you agree with Tony? I have to be honest and say that I back the view of the Pope on this one! I prefer Christian based morality to political based drivel.

BACK HIM AND LOSE….

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 8:42 am

So, Mr Macho Call Me Dave Cameron has told his Party it must back his drive to modernise or face a fourth consecutive general election defeat. Mr Cameron told the Daily Cameron that it was "tough" if traditional Tories concerned by the direction he is taking the party were annoyed "along the way". (How brave he is..) He said the party had to "change to reflect changes to British society". (MMmm, what changes does he mean, exactly? Dhimmitime?) The party had been wrong at the last general election to focus on issues like Europe and immigration, he added.

Of course. People don’t really care about immigration, or the tyrannies from the EU. They’re not bothered about the threat from militant Islam, or about paying lower taxes.

The MAIN THINGS that the UK electorate concerns itself with is the melting ice caps and the urgent need to bring about further redistribution of wealth i.e. socialism. If you want higher taxation, greater Government interference in your life, then Cameron is the man for you.

But shouldn’t he be HONEST and stop calling himself a Conservative? I mean his current media game is to set up and slay Conservative dragons to the enthusiastic applause from the leftwing media gallery. If he had any convictions, he would rename the Party he leads as the ConLiberal Alliance – the unspeakable in pursuit of power at any price!

AIR TRAVEL TAXATION TO DOUBLE….

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 7:25 am

brownPA250906_228x242.jpgMy utter contempt for the political class is exemplified in the news that  air passengers are to face higher taxes in a mini-Budget to be unveiled by Gordon Brown next week.  The Chancellor will announce increases in air passenger duty (APD) on Wednesday in an attempt to demonstrate that the Government is serious about tackling emissions linked to global warming. He plans to double the current tax rate. His rationale is that this will help save the world. Are we REALLY so stupid as to swallow this guff served up by Brown? Do we ENJOY being taxed until the pip squeak? This entire "We have to raise taxes to save the Earth" is such an obvious scam driven by the Left and their handmaidens in the MSM.  

GELDOF TO PAY REPARATIONS TO AFRICA?

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 7:14 am

obeseafri.jpgDid you read that more than one-third of African women and a quarter of African men are estimated to be overweight, and the World Health Organisation predicts that will rise to 41 percent and 30 percent respectively in the next 10 years? Wow – time to stop feeding the world? Should Geldof be asked for reparations?

THE END OF THE AFFAIR?

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 6:47 am

union flag.jpgI found this article over on The Business on the future of the United Kingdom to be very interesting. It’s well worth a read as it contains more than a streak of truth…..

 Next May is the 300th anniversary of the Union of the Scottish and English Parliaments, which followed the Union of the Crowns in 1603 and began the United Kingdom. It should be a cause for much celebration of one of the most successful Unions the world has ever seen, one which (along with the Welsh and the Ulster-Scots) dominated the 19th century through the British Empire, played a crucial role in seeing off the great 20th century evils of fascism and communism and which remains an important economic, diplomatic and military power, even in the 21st century.

 

But instead of celebration the air is thick with talk of divorce on both sides of the border. What was put together in 1707 might soon be about to come apart. It has not yet dawned on the rest of the world that, in the foreseeable future, there might not be a United Kingdom.

 

The Scots have periodically flirted with independence. In the past, when polls north of the border showed growing support for a separate Scotland, the English were distressed and powerful voices on both sides of the border were marshalled to keep the Union intact. This time it is different: Scottish Nationalism is on the rise once more and this time the English are inclined to say: “Go if you want to”. Indeed, one poll last weekend showed that support for Scottish independence is even greater among the English than it is among the Scots. Thus do both nationalities conspire to kill the United Kingdom and with it the very concept of being British

LATE NIGHT ATW JUKEBOX

By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 10:56 pm

Here we go – McCartney is at his best when all the focus is on the music! Can you spot a familiar face in this?