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ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX….

By David Vance On October 24th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

So, I’m back and so is my philistine musical sense! I like this…

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On October 24th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night.

I was down in Gosport this week, which put me in mind of the old sea shanty Gosport Nancy. She sounds like a game girl. It seems no-one knows who penned it, but someone penned a good’un. We haven’t had the great Bellowhead in these here parts before, so let’s go with their version, which is a top tune I reckon.

As always, feel free to link to your Friday night sounds –

“Gosport ladies love their gargle, Gosport girls they goes their tot;
Rum and brandy, gin and shandy, Gosport girls will drink the lot;

All the Gosport ladies, They swigs the flowing can,
But for knocking it back with Honest Jack, There’s none like Gosport Nan!”

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Uisce Beatha

By David Vance On October 24th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

ATW patron (!) Seimi has written a new piece which I am pleased to publish for you.

“I, like many other young Irish speakers in the North, spent some of the happiest memories of my childhood in Donegal. Every year, hundreds of young teenagers would descend upon the Gaeltacht areas, and there we would spend 3 weeks immersed in the language and culture of our country. Classes in the morning, activities such as traditional singing and learning ceilí dancing in the afternoon, and then the chance to practice our newly-learned moves at the ceilí that night.

Although for many, the 3 week college would start with some tears and homesickness, it ended with almost everyone in tears on the final morning, as we all said our goodbyes to new-found friends, and left on our respective coaches to return home with lists of addresses and pockets full of promises to stay in touch. To this day, I am still good friends with people whom I initially met on a cold, wet morning in Machaire Rabhartaigh when I was 13.

The Gaeltacht colleges have been a mainstay of Irish medium education for NI’s young Irish speakers for generations, but this may all be about to change. Why? Because of water. From the 1st of October this year, residents of the Irish Republic have been billed for their water, despite over-whelming opposition. The bills, which can run into the hundreds of Euros per household, may well spell the end for the traditional ‘Bean a’ Tí’ (Woman of the House).

It’s hard enough to pay for water for your own family, without having to cope with the addition of up to a dozen teenagers for up to 9 weeks during the summer and, in some cases, a further 2 weeks at Easter and in October.

For an institution which creates things like this , or this , as well as instilling a love for the language and culture which stays with the young people throughout their lives, to end over something as basic as water, is nothing short of criminal.

I, like many other young Irish speakers in the North, spent some of the happiest memories of my childhood in Donegal. Every year, hundreds of young teenagers would descend upon the Gaeltacht areas, and there we would spend 3 weeks immersed in the language and culture of our country. Classes in the morning, activities such as traditional singing and learning ceilí dancing in the afternoon, and then the chance to practice our newly-learned moves at the ceilí that night.

Although for many, the 3 week college would start with some tears and homesickness, it ended with almost everyone in tears on the final morning, as we all said our goodbyes to new-found friends, and left on our respective coaches to return home with lists of addresses and pockets full of promises to stay in touch. To this day, I am still good friends with people whom I initially met on a cold, wet morning in Machaire Rabhartaigh when I was 13.

The Gaeltacht colleges have been a mainstay of Irish medium education for NI’s young Irish speakers for generations, but this may all be about to change. Why? Because of water. From the 1st of October this year, residents of the Irish Republic have been billed for their water, despite over-whelming opposition. The bills, which can run into the hundreds of Euros per household, may well spell the end for the traditional ‘Bean a’ Tí’ (Woman of the House).

It’s hard enough to pay for water for your own family, without having to cope with the addition of up to a dozen teenagers for up to 9 weeks during the summer and, in some cases, a further 2 weeks at Easter and in October.

For an institution which creates things like this , or this , as well as instilling a love for the language and culture which stays with the young people throughout their lives, to end over something as basic as water, is nothing short of criminal.”

THE VAMPIRES IN BRUSSELS!

By David Vance On October 24th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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I wonder can Cameron find the noose tightening around his neck?

The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union’s budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years. The payment follows new calculations by the EU that determine how much each member state should contribute. It would add about a fifth to the UK’s annual net contribution of £8.6bn.

Now then, a few simple points;

1. The European Commission seeks to punish the UK because our economy is performing so much better than the majority of basket-cases in Europe.  That £1.7 BILLION would be much better spend in the UK, on UK needs.

2. Cameron can stamp his feet all day long and complain all night BUT I think the substantive point is that whilst he insists on staying in the club then you must carry the costs of such. Talk of “reform” is painfully vacuous.

3. This will FURTHER add to the UKIP success story at the Rochester and Strood by-election next month when it seems that UKIP will gain yet ANOTHER Westminster seat and cause major distress to the weak -willed Conservative leadership.

The Conservatives are between a rock and a UKIP place and Cameron is on a beaten docket.

THE HEAT IN HARLEM…

By David Vance On October 24th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

This, of course, was inevitable.

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him. The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

Now then, I hope that this can be contained and that Dr Spencer recovers. But isn’t there a certain recklessness amongst the do-gooder community that has to be dealt with in this regard ? Surely we must question Dr Spencer’s judgement and actions since his return? I wonder how new Yorkers will feel if this virus breaks out in a broader fashion? Allowing those who travel to west Africa to return to the USA without some degree of quarantine period seems mad to me? Thoughts?

HELLO!

By David Vance On October 24th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Hello there strangers! Rumours that I have converted to Islam and am now living in the foothills of Jihadistan are untrue. Instead I was in Paris! Got back late Monday and have been busy ever since so only now catching up. Would you believe it but on Tuesday there was no water to house. On Wednesday there was no power (and again last evening) so it’s been a less than impressive return to N. Ireland. I was on the BBC Nolan TV programme on Wednesday evening – UK readers can view it here at 14 minutes in. I was covering the issue of whether we should provide even MORE public funding to the Ulster Orchestra. I said no. It costs £4m to run and makes 400k per year so it loses £3.6m per year. This is a failed model based on dependency and subsidy and needs to change! I love music, I love classical music but I see no reason to fund this bankrupt model. Hope you liked my Shakespearean references. BTW – since that interview I am aware of even more reasons to object to the begging bowl of mindset of Sir George Bain. As you can see, I’m not mellowing!!!

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Obama Has Outperformed Reagan on Jobs, Growth and Investing

By Phantom On October 24th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Reagan vs Obama

You might think it’s a cold day in hell when a conservative business magazine says that a Democratic president has outperformed the holy Saint Reagan ( one of the Holy Trinity, along with Maggie Thatcher the Milk Snatcher, and the Polish Pope who never got around to throwing out the child molesters ).

But sometimes facts are so immutable that you have to just tip your hat to the Black Dictator, and say ” nice job “. I am sure that all here will agree that with the FACT ( ahem ) based conclusion of this article, which again, comes from Forbes, and not Mother Jones.

”President Reagan has long been considered the best modern economic President. So we compared his performance dealing with the oil-induced recession of the 1980s with that of President Obama and his performance during this ‘Great Recession.’

“As this unemployment chart shows, President Obama’s job creation kept unemployment from peaking at as high a level as President Reagan, and promoted people into the workforce faster than President Reagan.

“President Obama has achieved a 6.1% unemployment rate in his sixth year, fully one year faster than President Reagan did. At this point in his presidency, President Reagan was still struggling with 7.1% unemployment, and he did not reach into the mid-low 6% range for another full year. So, despite today’s number, the Obama administration has still done considerably better at job creating and reducing unemployment than did the Reagan administration.

And oh yea, the stock market – the barometer of long term investor sentiment on profits — has done better under Obama than under the guy who sent weapons to terrorists also.

Obama – who I opposed both times – has done a much better job than the GOP bla bla bla guys say. Can we at least agree on that?

THE DEADBEAT DAD POLICE

By Pete Moore On October 24th, 2014 at 11:39 am

Bob Robinson was an undercover copper. He must have been good at it. He not only infiltrated the Animal Liberation Front (a militant bunch), he had a relationship with a young female activist (“Jacqui”) and had a child with her. What a happy picture.

Bob Lambert undercover policeman spy

And then one day he vanished, leaving Jacqui and his child high and dry. She only discovered that Bob Robinson was actually Bob Lambert, undercopper copper, 24 years later when she saw his face in a newspaper. She also discovered that he was already a married father of two children when he duped her all those years before.

The Stasi would have been proud of such a dedicated and intimately involved State spying operative.

Of course the Metropolitan Police did what it does best: it blocked Jacqui, obfuscated and justified its duplicity before caving in and giving her £425,000 of tax-victims cash. Absent fathers are usually chased for their own money, but it’s different for the special class of State-badged spies. Of course Jacqui wasn’t the only victim of sexual and psychological abuse by the Met. Other similar cases are in the hands of lawyers.

Bob Lambert is now a lecturer. His bio shows that Jacqui wasn’t the only victim of the Met’s sexual stakhanovite. He infiltrated many groups and had a number of sexual relationships. In order to boost his image as an activist, his Met colleagues helpfully raided the home of a women he bonked after doing a runner from Jacqui.

There’s another lesson here. Lambert wasn’t just an undercover copper with a hard on. He infiltrated many groups and was an agent provocateur too. Yes, it really does happen. The movement doesn’t have to be particularly dubious. If it has a few members the State will want to know what’s going on, and in come the Bob Lamberts.

 

EU DEMANDS CASH FOR RECOVERY

By Pete Moore On October 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am

David Cameron is fighting to stop Britain being forced to pay an extra £1.7 billion to the European Union due to the success of the British economy.

The Prime Minister was ambushed with a demand from the European Commission for the extra cash because Britain’s economy has performed better than other economies in Europe since 1995.

The bill is due on December 1 and Mr Cameron is particularly enraged because Brussels accountants are also preparing to give France back £790 million as its economy performed less well than Britain’s.

The Telegraph always spins it for Cameron. Note the first line, about how he “is fighting” against the surcharge. Of course he isn’t. The rest is probably true but that’s a fairy tale. Cameron will crumble.

A senior EU source told the Telegraph that the scope for a legal challenge was non-existent. “This at the commission’s discretion. It is automatic, there is nothing Britain can do about it,” said the official.

The government can obviously say “no”, along with the Netherlands and Greece(!) which have also been surcharged, so France and Germany (!) can get a rebate. How many tanks does the EU have afterall? And this is quite splendid –

The payment, described by officials as a “surcharge” follows a change to the way the EU calculates gross national income to include previous hidden service industries, including such prostitution and illegal drugs.

So because notoriously black economy (meaning, the economy beyond the State’s control) activities like prostitution and drugs have boosted the gross national income, and although the State hasn’t taken a cut in the form of tax, productive Britons must be relieved of more of their wealth, all at the discretion of EU commission. There’s a two word reply to that idea.

Put your thumb in the Dyke

By Mike Cunningham On October 23rd, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I have always reckoned that homosexuals, lesbians, and all the rest of the perverts, really haven’t got a clue: and now there is proof!

Houston’s first openly lesbian Mayor has demanded to view and censor all religious sermons, mainly because of religious opposition to Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.

 

I always thought that, in America, what you believed was armoured by the Constitutional amendment for Freedom of Speech, but perhaps the bent Mayor is, indeed, living in another Country!