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ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX….

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 4:40 pm

Here’s another great tune from eons ago – still very popular. The band never quite reclaimed the heights of success that this song granted them – but it’s a classic! I love the dead stops in the song – such great creativity!

On This Day…17.11

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 4:34 pm

1558 – Elizabeth I succeeds to the English throne.

1800 – The US Congress meets for the first time in Washington DC.

1839 – Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio debuts in Milan. The premiere was held at the Teatro La Scala, where Verdi had first learned his craft from composer and maestro Vincenzo Lavigna.

1955 – Anglesey becomes the first part of the UK to introduce fluoride in tap water.

1970 – Stephanie Rahn gets her picture in a British newspaper – The Sun’s first Page 3 girl.

1997 – Six Britons, including three from one family, are among 61 tourists killed when they are attacked by Muslim terrorists in the Valley of the Queens at Luxor in Egypt.

 

Friday Quiz: Three Politicians, but …

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 3:41 pm

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Which one is venal?

 

 

 

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Which one is stupid?

 

 

 

 

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Which one is mendacious?

 

 

Answers on a postcard

 

QUESTION TIME WATCH….

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 3:18 pm

question203.jpgDid anyone else see the BBC’s "Question Time" programme last night? Wasn’t it hopeless?

Boris Johnson – the alleged Conservative, just about agreed with everything that lefty "comedienne" Shappi Khorsandi said. Just hopeless. Boris may be a well educated guy – but I think his "Billy Bunter Public Schoolboy" image that he so carefully cultivates is revolting. He’s a class clown ironically, Khorsandi was not even funny! Maybe she should try and enter politics and Boris could try stand-up? Did you spot his faux anger when Cameron was (rightly) mocked?? Hilarious.

Meanwhile the disastrously inept Tony McNulty was there to parrot the Government line. He was awful – no wonder he was sacked when Immigration Minister! I laughed when he pointed out the difference between what "normal" people think and what politicians think. Say no more.  

Finally, we had Robert Kilroy-Silk – who appears even more eccentric than ever. He’s a bit odd, I think – and politically confused. He’ll not get re-elected – so I hope he enjoys the 15 minutes of fame that his MEP position provides. It won’t last.

Extortion Kafka-style

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 2:56 pm

kafka.jpgI am currently locked in a Kafkaesque battle with the DVLA over a car that I used to own, that was scrapped. The DVLA refunded the road tax remaining on the vehicle, and then some weeks later issued me with a penalty notice for not taxing the vehicle. The telephone number on the letter went to a recorded message explaining that individual cases could not be discussed, then it cut dead. I wrote to them explaining where and when the car was scrapped, to no avail. I am now investigating with the scrap yard and the car dealer who took it there, to try and establish what went wrong. 

I have fallen foul of one of the (venal, stupid, medacious) Labour Government’s “guilty cos we say so” laws. All they need to do is “lose” the paperwork, and issue a fine, knowing that the victim will most likely pay up. I still have a residual desire to stick within the Law, as this is how I was brought up, but the truth is these days you’re better off not giving a damn.  If I’d torched the old car and reported it stolen, I’d have saved myself a lot of trouble.

 

WHY LABOUR FEARS THIS TANGLED WEB….

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 1:51 pm

I read with interest that Tony Blair’s outgoing policy chief has said he fears the internet could be fuelling a "crisis" in "the relationship" between politicians and voters. Oh Yeah?

Matthew Taylor – who stressed he was speaking as a "citizen" not a government spokesman – (Sure, we understand!) said the web could be "fantastic" for democracy. But it was too often used to encourage the "shrill discourse of demands" that dominated modern politics.  Taylor says…

"The internet has immense potential but we face a real problem if the main way in which that potential expresses itself is through allowing citizens to participate in a shrill discourse of demands. What is the big breakthrough, in terms of politics, on the web in the last few years? It’s basically blogs which are, generally speaking, hostile and, generally speaking, basically see their job as every day exposing how venal, stupid, mendacious politicians are. "

 

But that’s because many politicians ARE VENAL, STUPID and mendacious and decent blogs such as this are delighted to point this out.  But we think way beyond that – as the myriad topics discussed here demonstrate. From my perspective Taylor gives the game away when he adds.

"We have a citizenry which can be caricatured as being increasingly unwilling to be governed…"

Governments want us to just sit back, smile and let them do what they believe to be best for us. Even if it hurts a little. To hell with that. The more "shrill" we get, dear Mr Taylor, the healthier for our democracy. Your comments speak volumes for this rotten control freak government!

SO VERY SORRY……?

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 9:31 am

Did you read that Tony Blair is planning a "status-enhancing" apology for Britain’s role in the slave trade, 200 years after it was abolished? Apparently Blair believes that a FULSOME grovelling apology will help "mend fences" with those African Nations angered at the UK role in removing the tyrant Saddam in Iraq.

I can of course FULLY understand why many African Nations would be enraged at the sight of a dictator like Saddam being forcefully excised from power. I mean, that sets a dangerous precedent for the thugs and petty tyrants that exercise political control right across Africa.

Then there is the awkward fact that the vast majority of Africanswere sold into slavery by African leaders of the time. So perhaps Africans need to be issuing an apology to the rest of the world for its own disgraceful behaviour? And NOT just at the time, since slavery is STILL MANIFEST in Africa – with Mauritania and Sudan leading the way in such deplorable practises. (Don’t worry – the UN and the political left keep quiet about that)

Finally, and most profoundly, no one alive today had ANY role in the Slave Trade from hundreds of years ago. So on whose behalf is Blair apologising? I’ll tell you – his own. He’s doing a Bill Clinton – tremblin’ bottom-lip and all. He’s trying to shore up his legacy at all costs and if that means a bit of politically correct right-on grovelling – fine.

THE STING….

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 9:10 am

I attended a family funeral yesterday afternoon.

It was a crisp clear November day here in Northern Ireland, such a contrast with the previous miserably wet day. I suppose you could say it was a nice day to get buried.

The service took place in a little country Church, and I was reflecting on the words spoken by the Minister – words taken from the Bible and aimed at providing hope and comfort to the grieving relatives.  I always feel so sorry for the immediate family in these circumstances – as their grief is placed centre-stage and they endure the trauma of watching, in this instance, a loving husband and father lying in his coffin. And isn’t that where the sting lies – it lies in the sense of LOSS. It lies in the recognition that they won’t see him ever again on this Earth. It lies in the finality of the circumstances. The ending of the relationship.

Those who implicitly believe what the Bible tells us, like myself, take comfort in the knowledge that whilst the funeral may mark the end of the human journey, it is but the beginning of that which is to come.

But that still doesn’t make the loss easy. It doesn’t mend an aching heart. This life is not called the veil of tears without good reason. In our busy daily lives, it is good sometimes to take a little time out and ponder on the deeper aspects of life and death – for assuredly we will all have to face days like yesterday.

TALK TALK…

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 7:34 am

795151-554327-thumbnail.jpgThose terribly civilised and caring folk at the United Nations love to talk about how terrible genocides are. In fact, talking is all this corrupt UN crew is capable of doing when it comes to dealing with the sort of monstrous savagery that has been taking place in Darfur. So as hundreds of thousands are massacred,  tortured and driven from their homes in these Islamic killing fields, the UN does nothing but talk some more. It’s hardly surprising given Kofi Annan’s track record of inaction in the face of genocide (Remember Rwanda anyone – or has that been sent down the memory hole by the MSM?) but it is sickening to have these UN hypocrites posing as if they are in some way doing any good when in fact all they do is sit back and let evil be done. This latest "peace-keeping" agreement will prove as useless as previous lame-brained efforts. The UN acquieces once more in the teeth of this ongoing Jihad-driven genocide and proves once more how utterly corrupt it has become. Talk Talk is all it can do.

Rest in Peace Milton Friedman

By ATWadmin On November 17th, 2006 at 1:38 am

friedman.jpgMilton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning Economist and champion of Freedom has passed away, aged 94. Here’s the notice from his Foundation.  In tribute, I present some quotes from the great man:

“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”

“Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”

“Governments never learn. Only people learn.”

“The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.”

“In a bureaucratic system, useless work drives out useful work.”

“Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.”

“The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.”

“History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.”

“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.”

“I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.”

“Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else’s resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property.”

“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”

“The power to do good is also the power to do harm.”

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

“Keynes was wrong on just about everything, and his followers are wrong on absolutely everything.”

“Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.”

“Inflation is like a drug. Its stimulating effect is temporary. Only larger and larger doses can sustain the stimulus, before the chaos of hyperinflation removes all the gains.”

 

and of course:

 

"There’s no such thing as a free lunch."