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Talking Point – 10.12.06

By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 8:44 am

‘The violent behaviour of the Cliftonville fans in micro accurately portrays the mindset of Ulster’s separatist community in macro.’  Discuss.

On This Day…10.12

By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 8:34 am

1520 – Martin Luther publicly burns the Papal Bull which announces his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church.

1868 – London’s first set of traffic lights are installed in Westminster – helping Members of Parliament reaching the House of Commons.

1898 – Signing of Treaty of Paris between United States of America and Spain ends the Spanish-American War. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines are ceded to the United States for $20 million.

1948 – United Nations General Assembly adopts the Convention of Genocide and Human Rights.

1977 – The inaugural flight of the world’s first supersonic airliner – Concorde – from London to Singapore.

1990 – Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein refuses international calls for him to withdraw his troops from Kuwait.


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 9:06 pm

Here’s a classic song – bittersweet, majestic and what an ascending finale it has. It’s got an anthemic quality to it , so memorable with those trademark piano flourishes. And didn’t Agnetha look so cool? Rarely has misery sounded SO good!  


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 8:41 pm

795151-584270-thumbnail.jpgDid you read that binmen have been banned from wearing Santa hats — on health grounds? The refuse collectors in Kingston upon Hull have worn the traditional red hats for years. Now city council scrooges say “it does not create a professional impression of the council. Further, there can be health and safety implications should hats get in the way of dangerous machinery operation.” 

I attach an image of the Council spokesman, in official approved Council attire, for your edification.


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 7:39 pm

OK all you intellects out there. Aileen has once again come up with a challenge for you, this Saturday evening! Can YOU work it out?
You are off in your travels in the land of living saints and sinners, where saints only tell the truth and sinners only lies and mixers who tell the truth and lie alternately. This time you are walking to a destination, and have to pass through Talking Town. As is common with these problems, you see a fork in the road, and inquire about which way leads to Truth Town. Four people around give you advice, but you don’t know their veracity or their gender. You gather from their conversation that all four are either saints or sinners, and there is exactly one girl in the group.

The four natives make the following statements

A: Take the left fork to get to Truth Town.

B: All sinners are girls.

C: All saints are girls.

D: All people who begin their statements with "All" are either all saints or all sinners.

Just from these four statements, can you see whether the left or right fork leads to Truth Town (one and only one does)? (Also: Which one is the girl?)

Additional note the "alls" relate to the group of four and the four statements. Show your reasoning.
If I challenge your reasoning I may not be disagreeing so much as making sure that I follow you or that you have made a lucky stab in the dark!


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 2:32 pm

What do you make of the news that a London Council has decided to hold "Muslim Only" swimming lessons? Non-Mussies are welcome, of course, just so long as the follow the strict Islamic approved dress code of swimming shorts that hide the navel and extend below the knee. Women are completely banned from attending but have their own special swimming sessions outside opening hours. During their sessions bathers must be covered from head to foot with their swimming costume covering their body from the neck down to the ankle.

The local Croydon Mosque has defended the introduction of Muslim-only swimming sessions at the council pool. A spokesman said: "Muslims are not allowed to show intimate parts of their body. This is non-negotiable. Muslims have as much right to go swimming as anyone else."

Just a few points.

1. Who wants to see Muslims "intimate parts"? They need to get over themselves.

2. Since when does a Mosque determine what  is "non negotiable" in this nation?

3. Muslims should be given absolutely no special privileges. Croydon Council is a disgrace for allowing this dhimmitude. Croydon Council is a CONSERVATIVE-dominated Council. Tells you all you need to know about just how spineless that Party has become.  

They’ve got them, so we need them!

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Watched and listened to the discussions about Trident, and whether we needed an Independent nuclear Deterrent, and ‘look at how much it costs’ and  the ‘schoolsandhospitalscomefirst’ mindset!


Just before you vote for someone who is determined to relieve the British Taxpayer of this financial burden, just visit this site, and then decide if you trust the guys in the big palace behind that very long wall! 

“live, and let live?”

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 12:25 pm

Read about the ‘autograph collector’ whose life’s work was being placed at auction. I really do feel for him, watching from the shades as his passion was turned into auction lots by a family who just couldn’t understand that it wasn’t all about the ‘value’, or indeed the rarity of a particular scribble; it was the spur of ‘the collection’, of gaining something which others did not have, and because it was so rare, that was the flame which lit his life. In itself, the collecting of ‘things’ is harmless enough, and only becomes problematic when allied to Obsessive Compulsion; a disorder which can affect people’s whole lives.

I once came up against the second grade of the ‘Collector’ syndrome when returning from South Wales to my Durham home by train. I was happily strolling up the platform at Newport Station, aware of, but not really interested in, an ordinary goods train rolling alongside me while being pulled by an elderly ‘Deltic’ diesel-electric loco’. I was suddenly confronted by this wild-eyed fanatic, waving a book in front of him, while shouting “You’ve ruined my shot; you’ve destroyed the sequence! Fifteen  months I’ve waited, and you walk straight into shot! I’ll kill you!” Now normally, I’d go straight into the attack, as I don’t relish being set upon by some clown on a railway platform, but two of his mates got there first, restrained him and led him away; and only then did I notice I was looking at a set of really expensive VHS video-cameras, complete with microphones, standing on tripods whilst aiming down the platform and over the rails. As his friends explained, he was waiting for this particular ‘Deltic’ loco, complete with this particular array of wagons and trucks, in order to video it for his collection, and I had driven him to distraction by walking straight in front of the lenses as the train slowly rolled by! I had ruined his chance at recording, for his later delight, the passing of a perfectly ordinary diesel-engine’d locomotive, which was pulling what to me was a bog-standard and thoroughly-unremarkable set of wagons, trucks and flat-cars; but to him was the gold-standard in transportation technology.

To my ordinary mind, uncluttered as it is by such trivialities as loyalty to a football team or a particular pop group, the existence of strange sub-cultures such as ‘train-spotters’, or ‘twitchers’, or even ‘Gaelic pipe marching bands’ seem rather outlandish; but I have always subscribed to the triple pillars of British behaviour: viz,

“There’s nowt’ so funny as folk!”

“The whole world’s queer except thee an’ me, and I have my doubts about you, sometimes!”

And my own personal favourite, which is a reputed quotation from King George the 5th regarding homosexuals,

 “I don’t care what people do, as long as they don’t do it in the streets, and frighten the horses!”


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 12:18 pm

So what have ALL these words in common? 

accommodation aerial amazement apostrophe assassination auspicious baseless bloody bump castigate changeful clangor control (noun) countless courtship critic critical dexterously dishearten dislocate dwindle eventful exposure fitful frugal generous gloomy gnarled hurry impartial inauspicious indistinguishable invulnerable lapse laughable lonely majestic misplaced monumental multitudinous obscene palmy perusal pious premeditated radiance reliance road sanctimonious seamy sportive submerge suspicious


That’s right – they were all invented by William Shakspear (Edward de Vere) -our greatest ever writer!


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 10:20 am

So, off to the jungles of Colombia trot two convicted "Loyalist" terrorists and the IRA’s most trusted Roman Catholic Priest – their mission to talk about how to bring peace! The Belfast Telegraph reports that human wind bag and PUP leader David Ervine along with Tom Roberts (Who He?)- together with Father Alex Reid, were off to South America to provide insight into how "conflict resolution" can work everywhere!!

Guys – APPEASEMENT works everywhere. Terrorists are always willing to trade murders for political and financial concessions. Nice to see both loyalism and republicanism working together – exporting their own political depravity. Also interesting to see how Ervine represents those who foolishly vote for him.