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By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Monty Python seems to have caught your attention today on Andrew’s thread about the Life of Brian. Here’s a great classic sketch which I often think about when people ask me to provide a political explanation for whatever, you see, I have a theory……


By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Here’s an obscure but wonderful song that I really like. I remember hearing it for the first time about 30 years ago and never could find it in the shops. It had been a big hit years previously but somehow I had missed it. But eventually I tracked it down and it is a little gem. I’m sure you will identify the guitarist…before the last twenty seconds of the song 


By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. The Ulster Unionist Party has solemnly promised that it will share power with the delegates of terrorism, that it will sit in power with such monstrosities, and that it is proud to do so. Whitened Sepulchres is the best expression I can think of to describe this lot. Bottom-line-decent people DON’T vote Ulster Unionist.

Not something that I have to explain

By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 11:56 am

The DUP reaction to the resignation of Craigavon councillor Mark Russell highlights the breathtaking arrogance of that party.

Mr Russell’s comments in today’s News Letter clearly show that he is a principled Unionist who actually believed what his party said in 2003 and 2005.

Mr Russell told the paper

“I have no choice but to tender my resignation to the party as they have given me no assurances that they will adhere to their manifesto pledges.

Having been a member of the party it is crystal clear that if you vote for the DUP at this election you will be voting for Sinn Fein/IRA in government”.

Responding to Mr Russell’s decision to quit the party, DUP Upper Bann Assembly candidate Stephen Moutray said

“Exactly how a solitary independent candidate can hope to influence two governments and the other political parties to go along with their agenda is not something that I have to explain. That is a matter for others”.

What is noticeable is that Mr Moutray did not dispute Mr Russell’s claim that a vote for the DUP is a vote to put Sinn Fein/IRA in office.

Yes, Mr Moutray, you may not have to explain how an independent will influence two governments but you do have to explain why you are going to share power with unrepentant terrorists.

Oh Dearie me!

By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 10:20 am

Having just listened to my own voice as I meandered around the barn on the ‘Tangled Talk’ slot, I have made a firm committment to myself to be better prepared for any future discussion, and a second one to using the terms "Erm, ah, well," and "Yerrrh" as little as possible!

I do think that the extra time is a good idea, and the possibility of the subjects being posted early also has solid merit! 

On the subject of being better prepared, I find that the written, or rather screen-based writing, gives me the review time needed to check the spelling, swap things around, and generally managing to produce a polished article! I mention this because (he writes in a large chunk of self-advertising fluff), I have just submitted and had published my first Opinion piece on OHmyNews, (which is a South Korean-based News, Comment and Opinion site peopled and written mainly by guys and gals just like us!), and although I don’t find the writing difficult, the polishing is what takes the time!


By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 9:26 am

GWhotbuttonblue_copy.jpgI don’t know how you may feel but I get irate when I hear politicians like wannabe US Republican Presidential contender (who won’t get the nomination to the dismay of the UK media anyway!) John McCain announce that "the debate on cLimate change is over." This took place yesterday at a gathering of "international politicians" in the USA. Oh yes? I don’t think so, pal. In fact I think it is only starting.

When some liberals don’t want to debate, their preferred tactic is to somehow suggest that "the debate is over" This strikes me as intolerant and patronising. Who are THEY to tell us that our views are worthless, and yet the media parrot the line endlessly that the debate is over blah blah blah.  

In order to acquaint yourself with a one-stop shop where you may learn further about just how OPEN the debate is, may I recommend that you pay a visit to a BRAND NEW SITE called GLOBAL WARMING HYSTERIA -COOLED! Brought to you by friend Peter C Glover, this is an excellent compilation of various aspects of the Global Warming issue with a healthy dose of scepticism! Great job Peter – and well overdue!

I take the simple view that we live in a big complex planet, which has an ever changing climate. We need to take care of our planet, and this is NOT the sole preserve of liberals! But talking ourselves back to the Stone Age is not the way to do it. We need to tap into the greatest resource of all – the human mind – and find cleaner technologies, smarter utilities, things that can allow us to adapt to a changing planet. But being an environ-mental Luddite – as far too many Greenies appear to be – and shrieking that we need to stop driving/flying/travelling is just madness.

The debate is just starting and Joe Lieberman and John McCain do NOT speak for me. Do they speak for YOU when they assert there is not time left to debate this issue?


By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 9:13 am

795151-605926-thumbnail.jpgHaving just about recovered from the excitement of last evening’s debut Tangled Talk Radio show I wanted to make you aware of a number of things;

1. The show is now available for listening AT YOUR PLEASURE on the Blogtalkradio archive. To access it, simply click the BLOGtalkradio icon on the top left of this site and then click the archived sections tab. Finally click "Don’t Start me talking"..and away you go! It’s all there for y6ur perusal.

2. Feedback has been great. Next week, we’ll run for 45mins so I can give people more time to talk.

3. I am investigating how I can get instant messages from those too shy to call in!

4. I think 3 topics over 45 mins will be less rushed than 3 over 3mins – do you agree? Most radio discussions I take part in work on the former format! I felt very under pressure keeping the chat to just 10 mins per topic!!

5. I’ll post the topics for discussion at the beginning of the week but I want at least one to be YOUR choice. Please have a think over what YOU want us to discuss and I will give it serious thought.

That’s it folks – and thanks for all your support on this one! 


UPDATE – here is the link… 

He’s A Very Naughty Boy!

By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 9:08 am

I think it is one of the best comedies ever made, and the jewel in the crown of the Monty Python series.  Twenty eight years after its highly controversial release (it was originally banned in the Republic of Ireland), the Life of Brian is set to make a theatrical comeback thanks to the inspirational pen of Eric Idle.  It will open in Toronto as part of the city’s Luminato Festival.  As the Pythons have made clear on many occasions, the film did not satirise Christianity per se but rather the film world’s portrayal of it.  I look at those who doth protest too much with the same pity and scorn as I view radical Muslims – and in this context that includes Ian Paisley.

When my mate and I had a holiday in Tunisia back in 2004, we spent a great chunk of the week travelling around the country not to look at the numerous historical relics, but to view the different locations where the Life of Brian was filmed.  We covered the Ribat of Harthouma in Monastir (where Brian fell from the tower and was rescued by the aliens in the spaceship); the Souk in Sousse (where the Virgin Mandy told the crowd Brian was a naughty boy); the Roman amphitheatre at El Jem (where John Cleese said: ‘F*** off.  We’re not the Judean Peoples Front, we’re the Peoples Front of Judea’); and El Haddej on the edge of the Sahara Desert (the scene of the hilarious crucifixion).  I, for one, am delighted a new generation of people will be able to view the comic genius that is Monty Python.  Rest assured I’ll be first in the queue if Idle decides to bring it to Yorkshire.

Gone With The Wind

By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 7:46 am

Has anyone here ever spent some time in the Outer Hebrides?  I spent a week up there in the spring of 1991 to relieve the stress of studying for my A-Level exams.  It is one of the last great wildernesses of Britain: a remote collection of stunningly beautiful islands where the lifestyle of many inhabitants hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years.  A recent programme covering religion in the Hebrides had footage of a young family putting on shirts and ties to attend the Kirk on a Sunday morning.  I don’t think I’ve seen that in metropolitan England in my entire life.

Tragically, the wilderness is about to be raped by the erection of 181 wind turbines.  The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles Council.  The local authority is the only one in the United Kingdom where Gaelic has equal status to English) last night approved this devastation.  Although the vote still has to be officially approved by the Scottish Executive, there is little doubt the vote will be endorsed in Edinburgh.

I guess the council was conned by the argument over the potential economic benefits.  What benefits would these be?  Construction of these eye-sores will be conducted by workmen specialised in the task and not residents of the Hebrides.  The islands have an unemployment rate of only 3.7% so the need for investment to alleviate joblessness is a non-starter.  Only around 70 jobs will be created on a care and maintenance basis.  Is such a paltry range of positives sufficient cause for the permanent damage of this landscape – especially when the electricity capacity from these things is so limited compared to other sources?  I don’t think so.

One of the biggest ironies in this whole environmental kick is the eagerness of people most closely associated with it to obliterate some of our most scenic spots with turbines producing minimal remedial electricity capacity.  The Western Isles will change forever once these turbines are in production.  For what?  To keep a few lightbulbs going!

On This Day…16.02

By ATWadmin On February 16th, 2007 at 7:23 am

1568 – The death sentence is passed on a whole country when the Netherlands is condemned for heresy by the Spanish Inquisition .

1801 – William Pitt the Younger resigns after King George III rejects his plans for the emancipation of Irish Catholics.

1932 – Fianna Fail wins the Irish General Election.

1940 – The Royal Navy rescues 300 British seamen being held on board the German ship Altmark in a Norwegian fjord.

1963 – The Beatles have their first top ten hit when Please Please Me enters the UK chart at number 2.  Contrary to popular belief, this song never reached the coveted number 1 position.  It was kept off the top spot by Frank Ifield’s Wayward Wind.

1977 – The Anglican Archbiship of Uganda and two government ministers are arrested over an alleged plot to overthrow Idi Amin.