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‘The Daddy’ at 50!

By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 10:27 pm


As he is one of my favourite British actors, I thought it might be a good time to wish Ray Winstone a happy 50th birthday.  I met Ray Winstone by accident in August 1998.  I was out shopping in Hebden Bridge when I saw several cameras and a large van stacked with movie equipment parked in the town centre.  Crew members were busily spraying the streets with fake snow to give the impression of wintertime.  As I crossed over the bridge above the stream that flows through the town I saw a large man in a thick overcoat with his back to me.  I approached him and asked what was being filmed.  When he turned around I was shocked to realise it was Ray Winstone himself, about to shoot the final scenes from the film Fanny and Elvis.  We chatted briefly and I was very impressed with the fact that he came across as a very down-to-earth, pleasant person with no pretensions usually associated with fame.

Ray Winstone was born on this day in 1957 in Hackney, London.  He started boxing at the age of 12 at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club and went on to become a junior champion.  It was his tough-guy image that impressed the late director Alan Clarke to cast him in the lead role of Carlin in Scum back in the 1970s: a movie I rank as one of the best UK flicks ever made.  Although shot on location at (the long since demolished) Shenley Mental Hospital near Radlett, Hertforshire, it was a film which brought to light the British borstal regimes of the time.  Consequently the film was mired in controversy and banned from our television screens until 1991.

Since his breakthrough in Scum, Winstone has gone on to star in some excellent roles – including Quadrophenia, Nil By Mouth, Fanny and Elvis, Sexy Beast and Last Orders.  More recently he has been noticed by our cousins in America who cast him in The Departed alongside Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Leonardo di Caprio, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin.  When you get to star in a film with Nicholson you know your career is going places.

Happy Birthday, Ray.  He’s the daddy, and don’t you ever forget it!

Passport to Pimlico

By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

As David has already mentioned, today marks the start of the newly expanded congestion charging zone in central London.  Since its inception the charge had covered the area of the capital wholly within the central ring road.  As the map in David’s article clearly shows, the zone has been extended westwards but this time is not marked by any conceivable geographical landmarks.  David’s article obviously covers the belief both he and I share that Lefties such as the odious Livingstone have a loathing for the principle of free vehicular access to our capital city.  However, there is one additional point I’d like to make that nobody else on ATW, nor anyone in the media, has mentioned.  I believe the area CHOSEN for the expansion of the CC zone belies the true ideological pettiness of its most ardent enthusiast.

I lived in London for many years, and have driven in the capital on many occasions since my return to Yorkshire.  Congestion to the west of the centre is no worse than the congestion to the east or to the north.  The difference is that the area covered by the extended zone incorporates some of the wealthiest areas of London.  I am talking about Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington, Belgravia, Pimlico and parts of Notting Hill.  You may respond by saying these areas will be somewhat comforted by the 90% residents’ discount.  It still adds up to a payment of over £200 per year simply by accident of residential location.

I firmly believe that’s the reason the zone was not extended to the suburbs east and north of the central zone.  Why target the pockets of residents in staunchly Labour areas –  a great percentage of which comprise Livingstone’s favourite ethnic minorities ripe for the electoral picking when the ‘Tory toffs’ in London’s most exclusive postcodes can be the guinea pigs for this latest round of extortion dressed up as a coherent transport policy.


On This Day…19.02

By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 9:19 pm

1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, Poland. The father of modern astronomy, he was the first to propose that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun.

1906 – In America, William Kellogg forms the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company to make the breakfast cereal he invented as a health food for mental patients.

1942 – Japanese aircraft bomb the Australian city of Darwin.

1959 – Britain, Greece and Turkey sign an agreement guaranteeing the independence of Cyprus.

1976 – Iceland breaks off diplomatic relations with Britain after the two countries fail to agree on limits in the ‘cod war’ fishing dispute.

1985 – The very first episode of Eastenders is broadcast on the BBC.


By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

You couldn’t make it up! The BBC contacted me earlier today wanting to know if I could go on-air tomorrow morning to discuss the legal move by a convicted killer to use legal aid to launch an audacious bid to halt next month’s Assembly elections unless he is allowed to vote! I can’t accommodate the BBC as I’m out of the country on business but it’s a cracker of a story!

Murderer Stephen Boyle  will to go court to challenge current legislation that bans him from voting. Boyle along with two other prisoners – armed robber Ciaran Toner and burglar Hugh Walsh – are seeking a High Court order directing Secretary of State Peter Hain to either ensure they can vote on March 7 or to postpone the elections until the current law is changed. The prisoners’ costs will be paid by the Legal Services Commission.

These inmates have applied for leave for a judicial review of the Representations Of The People Act – which states that prisoners are legally incapable of voting – on the grounds that the Government has breached their human rights.

Of course when Mr Boyle chose to deprive another human being of his LIFE – well, that’s a different story.

Boyle, along with every other felon behind bars, should have NO RIGHT to vote. Part of his punishment should be that he is denied the right to vote.

It is shameful that British taxpayers are being made to FUND this legal case against the State. It is also ironic that a murderer may stop an election aimed at elevating the reresentatives of the IRA – an organisation which has murdered thousands of people – from gaining power! 


By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

NEWESTOrde_242774d.jpgI was disgusted to read that Sir Hugh Orde, Chief Constable of the PSNI, was unable to attend a memorial service for murdered police officers in Belfast owing to his more pressing engagement …attending a sporting event with his mistress, with whom he has also fathered a child. You can see a picture attached.

Naturally Sir Hugh says none of this reflects in any way on his ability to do his job. I disagree. When a man lies to his wife, betrays his marriage vows, finds excuses to attend sporting events rather than services of solemn memorial, I think we know exactly the calibre of person we are dealing with. DUP man Jimmy Spratt is right to call for Orde’s resignation – the man is a disgrace.  But if the DUP were serious, they would force the issue.


By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

lon_congest2_map416.gifI hope my London-based colleagues will forgive me covering the news today that London Mayor Ken Livingstone has DOUBLED the area of our capital in which his "congestion charge" takes affect. Naturally this has been timed to coincide with half-term when schools are closed so the media can breathlessly report how the traffic is smooth-flowing. I do not have any confidence in this toll system and believe it to be just a crass method for Livingstone and his gang to scam more money from the London private motorist.

I rather agree with Angie Bray, of the London Assembly Conservatives, who says

"Fewer cars are using the roads yet congestion increases. The reasons are poor planning and use of road space. Bus and cycle lanes in conjunction with re-phased traffic lights are making London travel slower."

But Livingstone could not care less. Along with his fellow left-wing ideologues, he hates motorists. This is all about punishing drivers using the spurious logic of making for a better environment! I also believe Government wants to see this sort of city "congestion" charge introduced across the UK as it pursues the motorist as public enemy number one.


By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 10:46 am

All these years after 9/11, some people seem surprised when I state that I remain 100%  in favour of the war on Islamic terror. I know that people like me are caricatured as war-mongers, enemies of peace, and plunderers of foreign nations by a gutless MSM. Plus ca change.

Here’s the deal folks. We are at war against a global enemy – militant Islam. They seek to kill us, to subvert our liberal democracies, to force us to accept their dark ages barbarism – their shar’ia law. They have had limited success so far – but they have a few aces up their sleeves.

1. They know our MSM can be used to ensure that they achieve propaganda victory,

2. They know a few well-aimed bombings in our capital cities can gain them huge advantages.

3. They know liberal want to "understand them". Those of us who want to see them either imprisoned or better still despatched to Allah are increasingly being marginalised by our appeasement minded colleagues.

So it comes as NO SURPRISE to read that Senior leaders of Al Queda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials. American officials said there was mounting evidence that Bin Laden and his deputy, Zawahri had been steadily building an operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan.

What we need to do is to move with overwhelming military force against North Waziristan – the new AQ base. Pakistan is a faux friend in this scenario. If we don’t then AQ will eventually come for us, again. Surely this is a no-brainer? Those Democrats in the States who urge surrender and withdrawal are fooling themselves. In a war, if you are not winning, you are losing. AQ understand this – do we? If our leaders choose defeat, if they seek to sue for surrender – let them be open about it. Al Queda are clear about their evil agenda.  

Obama supports terrorists in government

By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 10:25 am

ObamaDemocrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama has said that the “Democratic” Unionists should share power with Sinn Fein/IRA.

His parroted Mr Blair’s claim that the leadership of Sinn Fein/IRA “has been historic and has been real”.

I wonder how Mr Obama would get on in the presidential election if he used that sort of language about an organisation which killed thousands of his fellow countrymen on September 11th.

There is no moral difference between killing thousands in one day or killing them over a thirty year period.


By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 10:21 am

I was pleased to read that the worldwide Anglican Church was battling to survive last night after talks broke down amid acrimony during the final stages of the Primates meeting in Tanzania. A group of leading conservatives may issue a minority statement today separating themselves from the rest of the Church if they do not win significant concessions.

Good. Trying to bind together the worldwide Anglican Communion is pointless, such has been the level of apostasy from the liberal wing. Far better to split up NOW and do what the Bible commands – Come out from them and be ye separate!  (2 Corinthians 6;17) 

Meanwhile, to add further colour to the Party, radical plans are being considered to unite the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, it emerged last night last night. The proposals, drawn up by the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, urge leaders to explore how they might come together under the leadership of the Pope.

I don’t think so. Whilst I have huge respect for many Roman Catholics and some of the solid moral teachings of the RC Church, it would be impossible for any Protestant denomination to accept the leadership of Rome and remain Protestant! Thus this is not a merger that is being discussed, but a take-over!  

In many regards it is the sheer spinelessness of the Anglican Church to stand up for traditional doctrine which is entirely to blame for this sorry mess. The rise of the liberal faith has been greatest within the ranks of Anglicanism and Rome would need to be very careful that it does not accidentally swallow this poison whilst pursuing its own acquisitional tendencies. Semper Eadem may prove incompatible with the rise of moral relativism to which a section of Anglicanism has succumbed.


By ATWadmin On February 19th, 2007 at 10:02 am

I was shocked, but not surprised, to read that kids as young as 12 are being diagnosed as alcoholics, amid warnings that a generation could be permanently scarred by binge drinking. Every day, 15 boys and girls under the age of 16 drink themselves into A&E wards, with some downing more than a bottle of vodka in a single session, health service figures have revealed.


In 2005, hospitals treated 5,717 under-16s for alcohol poisoning and other drink-related illnesses – nearly 20 per cent more than in the previous year. Girls outnumbered boys in every part of the country, heightening concern about the spread of the ‘ladette’ culture. The North West of England has the worst underage drinking problem, with 25 drunken youngsters admitted to hospital each week. Most of these are girls.


Well, I guess we have true equality of the sexes nowadays, with girls and boys equally destroying their bodies with excess alcohol. I wonder to what factors can we attribute this appalling situation?

My own feeling is that it is a reflection on the breakdown of the traditional family unit in Britain and the eradication of the idea of moral values. When the central anchor of a family is uprooted, kids can drift into every imaginable peril. It is also an indication of a more general societal acceptance of drunk teenagers littering our high streets each week, after a good night out on the tiles. In the land of no moral absolutes, Absolut vodka is what goes.

I believe that responsibility has to lie with PARENTS, not Government. It is all too easy to shift the blame in this situation to Nanny State – not that SHE is of any assistance. In the old days, it used to be that any really bad behaviour from a child could be obviated with the threat by the parent of a visit from the local policeman. Nowadays it is the child who threatens the parent with a visit from the Human Rights Lawyer if discipline is raised by the parent.

And so we raise up a generation of 12 year old alcoholics whose knowledge of their human rights is only matched by their ignorance of their reponsibilities- not least towards their own bodies. It’s a sad affair, enough to drive you to drink.