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A Call to Welsh Unionists

By ATWadmin On December 3rd, 2006 at 9:43 am

It is a part of the Union often disparaged by the rest of us.  Anne Robinson doesn’t like them; Blackadder made caustic remarks about them; and they are pejoratively humorised as people who like to cuddle up to sheep on the hillside.  For we Unionists, on the other hand, it is no less a sacred part of our United Kingdom than any other part.  I am referring to the principality of Wales.  I was therefore initially annoyed that a hotel owner on the Isle of Anglesey had taken down a Union Flag after protests from the local ‘Sons of Glendower’ groupies.

Ruth Barnett removed the Union Flag after e-mails and letters called for its absence.  The hotel, in the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (can’t the people at the BBC spell its full name?), lies at the gateway to the island.  It is pleasing to read that people on the island who cherish their Britishness have spearheaded a successful campaign to have the flag re-instated. 

Nationalism is a poor creature in Wales.  They have been stirrings, with the ignorant amongst the population claiming the Union Flag does not represent Wales like it does the three remaining parts of the country.  Their limited knowledge of the Constitution and the monarchic structures contained within do not grasp the fact that, to compensate for this vexillological omission, the British monarchy allows Wales to have its own Prince as Heir to the Throne.  There is no Prince of Scotland or Prince of Northern Ireland. 

If Unionists have to take the fight to all four corners of the country then that is what we must do.  Calling for the removal of our flag on Ynys Mon is as objectionable as calling for its abolition in Aberdeenshire, Norfolk or County Armagh.  I applaud those on the island who have stood firm in the face of separatist nastiness.  I hope others throughout the UK will do the same.

Doctor Dolittle……….MP?

By ATWadmin On December 3rd, 2006 at 8:41 am

Like most people I act with a mixture of anger and revulsion whenever I hear of animal cruelty.  A farmer not far from me lost his pet goose to a group of teenagers who set an Alsatian on to the poor creature.  He found it a few weeks ago at the edge of his field near to the main road: it had been decapitated and was covered in massive bite marks.

I felt sorry and vexated simultaneously as I am sure many of you will do.  However, we in the United Kingdom have some of the strictest laws on animal welfare anywhere in the world.  I recently mentioned the thug in Huddersfield who fed a live cat to a pit bull terrier.  He has since been fined and compelled to spend 4 months in prison.  If you, like me, find the sentence insufficient, the best person to lobby is your Member of Parliament to have existing punishments increased.

What there is no room for in British politics is a movement dedicated solely to the ‘rights’ of animals.  Animal Count, due to be launched in London, will focus mainly on the abolition of hunting and the transport of live animals to the continent.  On the first point, hunting is something that the human species has been engaged in since time immemorial.  There is a chasm of difference between hunting birds and big game and deliberately prosecuting torture against a defenceless creature.  On the second, live animal transportation is essential to keep farming costs to a minimum; it is regulated by the relevant authorities; and there is a greater potential for cross-contamination in dead as opposed to live farmstock.  If these animal rights morons want to protest about overcrowding, why don’t they launch an attack on the overcrowded conditions millions of commuting Londoners have to face on its antiquated Tube system day after day?

Animal Count will, I contend, go down as one of the many 5-minute political freak shows on the UK political scene.  People in this country adore animals, but they will always vote on the basis of what policies they think best suite the human fraternity – and especially themselves. 

On This Day…03.12

By ATWadmin On December 3rd, 2006 at 8:28 am

1894 – British author Robert Louis Stevenson dies of a stroke in his villa in Samoa aged 44.

1926 – Crime writer Agatha Christie disappears from her home in Surrey. She is found 11 days later staying under an assumed name at a hotel at Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The writer claims she has no idea what she is doing there!

1967 – Lewis Washkansky receives the first successful heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. Washkansky, a grocer who suffered from chronic heart disease, received the transplant from Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old woman who was fatally injured in a car accident. Surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the revolutionary medical operation.

1984 – More than 3,000 people die in India after a chemical spillage from the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal.

1988 – British Health Secretary Edwina Currie controversially claims that most eggs produced in Britain are affected by salmonella. Soon afterwards she is forced to resign.

1997 – In the continuing crisis over BSE in British cattle, the Government announces a ban on the sale of meat ‘on the bone’ including steaks, roast ribs and oxtail.

ATW SATURDAY BRAIN TEASER….

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 5:36 pm

OK – Aileen has generously provided us all with another dose of logical enquiry. Who will solve it first?
You are on your travels in the land of living saints and sinners. That means that all of the natives are either saints, who always tell the truth or sinners who always lie. You meet six men on a road side.
Then you have a problem – you can’t find your wallet and you had it before you met the six men and you can’t figure out if they are truth tellers or not. So you ask a few questions and here are their answers:

Allan: "Fred stole it. Fred also hears quite well."

Barry: "Calvin is a sinner. I did not steal it and I know Allan did not steal it."

Calvin: "Allan and Dwayne are both saints. Eddy stole it."

Dwayne: "Allan is a sinner. I did not steal it."

Eddy: "Only 4 of us are saints. I did not steal it. I know Calvin did not steal it."

Fred: "I am deaf but read lips. Barry did not steal it."

There is no one else about.

Who’s got the wallet?

Trivia

By ATWadmin On December 2nd, 2006 at 2:17 pm

Suspended between two Poles

“I say, I say, why don’t polar bears attack penguins?
“I don’t know! Why don’t polar bears attack penguins?”
“Because their claws aren’t long enough!”
“Why are polar bear claws not long enough to let them attack penguins?”
“Because penguins live at the South Pole; and polar bears at t’North! Da-Daaaah!”

I know; it’s really old, and corny; typical tuck-shop queue humour for eleven year-olds; but there is a serious side to this hoary chestnut. Nelson Thornes, the publishers of books and computer resources destined for use in English G.C.S.E.’s wherein the claim is made that polar bears eat penguins, had already distributed thousands of copies into schools; all these publications carrying the endorsement of the relevant AQA board. This demonstrates the calibre of the people who supply so-called educational material for our useless schools, when they seem to have forgotten the old maxim; namely, check, check and check again!

Money, is, Mouth, place, where!

Read a letter from Des, yep, that’s right, Des Browne: Browne the clown! Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence! Seems he, or rather his boss, the great Tone, made a commitment to pay a certain tax-fee bonus to all British Armed forces personnel presently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, but subsequently was told by the M.O.D. bean-counters that the Royal Marines, who were due to be paid this money, were not entitled to some or all of the cash. Now we are talking here about sums amounting to £2000.00 per fighting man, which seems a small reward for placing your life on the line! So the Clown Browne slams the brakes on the payouts, despite feeling “his heart sink”

The salary, excluding Parliamentary allowances, for the Secretary for Defence in the Cabinet is – £136,677

Just thought you’d like to know that your cash is being correctly husbanded at all times!

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.