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and the new wizards are…….

By Mike Cunningham On May 15th, 2015 at 8:02 pm

When British shipbuilders ruled the Engineering world, we produced marvels of ingenuity, of design, of state-of-the-art vessels which spanned the world.

But I have to be brutally honest, I doubt if we would see, ever, within the United Kingdom, the standards of the South Koreans, the Chinese; the new leaders of ship construction and technology which can produce, in SIX MONTHS, the giant featured in the video! We lost because our costs were too high, we could not compete with low-cost countries, there were too many strikes, Europe would not allow cross-subsidies; we slowly watched as the greatest industry slowly died!

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Recquiescat in Pace; Olive!

By Mike Cunningham On May 15th, 2015 at 5:40 pm


I don’t care if those little black kids are blind, or uneducated, or are allegedly exhausted from walking miles to get water. It is their Governments’ responsibility to teach, clothe, or cure them, all of them. I don’t want to know if the backward clowns in Bangladesh are starving, or the sons and daughters of the religious fanatics in Pakistan have been washed out of their mud huts by the floods; I really get fed up by the constant calls for £3.00 a month here, or £13.00 monthly (by direct debit, of course) there, or ‘make a covenant in your will for Charity X or ‘DoGooders Anonymous’; or any of the hundreds of so-called charities who leach off the goodwill of the British people.

Does the condition of donkeys in some cess-pit of a country really need a charity based in England to get cash to do, what exactly? Lighten their load? If you believe that; you’ll believe anything! Ever wondered about the cost of half- or full-page adverts in daily newspapers? It is truly expensive. Has the cost of advertising on t.v. or the radio ever crossed your mind? If you have ever given to charity, for whatever reason or cause, the advertising industry rakes it in, and you are paying the bill. You are also paying the wages bill for outfits like the RSPCA, whose chief executive, whose salary ‘is within the parameters of the going rate for major UK charities’, and is set at £160.000.00. Thats more than the bloody Prime Minister gets, and he is supposed to be running the country.

Charity? The whole industry should be renamed as the ‘Cheaters Charter’; or ‘Simpletons; sign here.’ I wouldn’t give them the sweat from my socks; bunch of thieving shysters, just about the whole bunch. A very, very few should survive, but the ones who feed off of taxpayers cash via Government ‘donations’: I’d close ‘em all down, send the entire teams of high-paid ‘executives’ off for an all-expenses-paid holiday on Gruinard Island: that should sort them out!

I write a small eulogy for a true British lady, not that she was treated as such in the final years and months of this doughty lady’s life. Olive Cooke was 92 when she fell, or more likely jumped to her death in the Avon Gorge, near Bristol; where she had lived. She collected every year for the Royal British Legion selling poppies, in memory of her sailor husband, who died in action in 1943. She, unfortunately, also gave from what she had to every sob-story under the sun, every fake charity, every bunch of legal thieves operating under the shelter of the Charities Commission. She gave and she gave, until she decided to give no more, and closed down the direct debits; and then the cabal of bloodsuckers commenced their campaigns of phone calls and begging letters to get ever more cash out of the bank accounts of this weak, elderly lady who had given so much already. She closed the accounts down because she was recovering from cancer, and worried she would be unable to go to her bank to replenish the accounts; and finally, she felt she could take no more, and ‘went forwards toward the wind’.

Farewell Olive, you can rest easy, you have done your best, the ‘charities’ will just have to find another ‘sucker’ to bleed dry, as there was, literally, nothing left at the end for this small, seemingly-indomitable lady.

The Thrill Is Gone

By Mahons On May 15th, 2015 at 11:45 am

BB King has passed into that long dark night.  A legend in his own time, he was one of the great blues guitarists and innovators.  A working man’s performer who toiled for 200 to 300 concerts a year for decades.  He was still playing into his 80’s (and a pilot who flew planes until his 70s!).  He called his guitar Lucille, and he had her longer than either of his wives.  If you like the Blues then you know he was the Blues.  Rest in Peace.


By David Vance On May 15th, 2015 at 11:35 am

Last Friday, Labour suffered a huge defeat in the UK general election. Within hours, the glorious Leader, Ed Miliband had stepped down!


Within a few days, Chuka Umunna, the “British Obama” as he sees himself, declared he was running for leader.


And now, a few days later we read..

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has withdrawn from the Labour party leadership contest. Mr Umunna, 36, had been the second candidate to declare his intention to stand, via a post on his Facebook page. But the MP said in a statement that he was not comfortable with the level of pressure and scrutiny that came with being a leadership candidate.

Haha – you can just imagine what THAT means (Think skeletons and cupboards) One less oleaginous narcissist, I suggest,


So, one down but many more to go. Then I read this…

Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has rejected claims that the last Labour government spent too much in the run-up to the financial crash. Ms Cooper, who was Treasury chief secretary when the crisis struck in 2008, acknowledged the party did not always spend public money “wisely” during its time in office.

Brilliant! She is in denial and the public know it! The country almost went bankrupt, with debt levels greater than Greece – and all she can do is suggest that perhaps a few pounds were spent “unwisely”????

Labour –and its broadcasting arm the BBC and print arm The Guardian – has melted down. It is wonderful to see the Left descent into this farce and the laughs generated are indeed most welcome.


By The Troll On May 15th, 2015 at 11:30 am

Something different, I heard my 15yr old playing this the other day. It sounded like Eric Burdon. Please enjoy.

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The clips are from Netflix DareDevil


By David Vance On May 15th, 2015 at 11:20 am


Here’s a question for you. Suppose I were to say that all those who voted Sinn Fein in the recent General Election should be forced to leave Northern Ireland and go to the Irish Republic. Buses can be provided. What would you think? I believe that I should be castigated for such rancid intolerance, even of those whose politics I am 100% opposed. NOW read on…

A senior trade unionist has been accused of “hate-filled rhetoric” after he proposed bussing all Conservative voters in Northern Ireland to England. Bumper Graham, the assistant general secretary of public sector union NIPSA, made the outburst during an appearance on Stephen Nolan’s television programme on Wednesday night. 

He said: “All the Tories in Northern Ireland that voted in the General Election, you could fit them onto a double-decker bus and I would put them onto a double-decker bus and send them over to England quite happily.” Later, referring to further strikes planned by public sector unions, he said: “We’ll put the Tories on the bus back to England and she [Theresa Villiers] can drive the bus.”

In fact, the Northern Ireland Conservatives saw their vote more than double in the space of a year to 9,055 in last week’s election. A double-decker bus typically seats about 70 people, meaning that Mr Graham would require about 130 such vehicles to remove all Conservative voters from the Province.
Bumper is a dinosaur afforded a lot of presence by the BBC. This was a disgraceful comment and if one substituted the word “Jew” for “Conservative” the Police would be on the job. Yet his comments belie the seething hatred that lies at the heart of the trade union movement.

and the winner is…..definitely not you; mate!

By Mike Cunningham On May 14th, 2015 at 11:59 am

Normally, news of the winners of the BAFTA television awards pass me by like a cloud in the sky, ephemeral and unsubstantial; show business has never concerned me, and the personalities, unless connected with classical music, concern me less. But I would highlight one actor, one mini-series; and through those two examples, perhaps an indictment and even possibly an understanding of why the Press had, speedily, to institute their own Independent Regulator, even though they still have not complied with the demands of that Regulator.

The actor was Jason Watkins, and the mini-series named was ‘The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies’ . If the reader recalls, a young woman named Joanna Yeates, living in a Bristol flat owned by Jefferies was officially listed as ‘missing’, and a huge search was undertaken by both police and volunteers. The police interviewed Jefferies, a semi-retired lecturer and well-known eccentric, but leave, seemingly satisfied with his replies to their questions. Unfortunately, the very image of Chris Jefferies, grey hair askew, waving his hands in the air as he stated that he did not wish to speak to the media, together with a large number of unsupported and slanderous rumours about his character, set the majority of the national and local press into virtual ‘witch-hunt ‘ mode. The bold headlines stated he was a ‘peeping tom’, a full face photo of Jefferies was surrounded by headlines asking if the dead body was hidden next to his flat?

Chris Jefferies was in custody for three days, questioned by detectives, and ultimately released as the police had absolutely no evidence against him, but he was dissected extensively in the newspapers and on television, with the following results:

He was weird……….Guilty

He swept his long hair in an overcomb, and through a mistaken choice of shampoo, had dyed it blue….Guilty

He was pedantic in the extreme, correcting himself as well as others, just to prove that his knowledge of the English language was better than that of his audience …………..Definitely Guilty.

He had never married……………..therefore probably homosexual and …Guilty

The way he pronounced words and said his sentences was also weird.”….Why bother with a trial; Hang him!

His love of the poetry of the Pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rossetti and idiosyncratic pronunciation of place names was almost unworldly……need I say more?

Shortly after the arrest and subsequent release of Chris Jefferies, I wrote a small post surmising that if Mr. Jefferies had any sense, he would be in conversations with solicitors regarding the substantial defamations to which he had been subjected, and I am so glad that he literally took them to the proverbial cleaners, but, and unfortunately it is a big ‘but’; Mr’.Jefferies, that mild, unassuming man, of a typical ‘absent-minded professor’ image, will never, ever be able to walk down a Bristol street whilst being anonymous, ever again.

Jason Watkins did a marvellous job of depicting that ‘professor’ image in that remarkable drama, and both his award, as well as that given the television drama itself were well deserved, but the problem remains; the Press is reluctant these days to burst into black headlines because of the memories of the phone hacking trials, as well as the Leveson Inquiry and their Independent Complaints Organisation; but just give them time, and another nice juicy sex-drenched murder, and then watch what they print about any suspect!

Some readers may be aware that, apart from playing football and cricket when a youngster, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in any sport. None; nada; zilch interest. As that makes me somewhat unique in my own wider family and local area, I am looked upon as always being a little ‘weird’ myself. Heaven help me if a footballer gets himself killed within five miles of my home! I have also written a novel in which a right-wing politician gains high office in Great Britain. I am truly doomed!

As I wrote at the time on my blog:-

All I would ever say about Chris Jefferies’ life is that I do hope he hasn’t got a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ on his bookshelf; hasn’t visited the BNP website regularly on his computer, or worst of all been reading the collected speeches of Margaret Thatcher, because he really would be condemned out of hand!


By David Vance On May 14th, 2015 at 10:47 am

This is hilarious. I love the conceited arrogance that the Irish Republic will TELL the democratically elected British Government what it can and cannot do!

The Irish Government is determined to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement in the face of a UK plan to scrap the Human Rights Act, a minister has said. Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said the protection of human rights was a key principle underpinning the 1998 peace agreement. The new Conservative government intends to repeal the act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams called it a “scandalous attack” on the peace deal.

No. What was ‘scandalous” was the decades long murder campaign carried out by the IRA commanded by Adams. And just like the political Left in the UK, the Irish are going to have to come to terms with the FACT that the UK has just elected a CONSERVATIVE  MAJORITY GOVERNMENT and it has an obligation to put a BRITISH Bill of Rights in place. Time to deal with reality, comrades.


By David Vance On May 14th, 2015 at 10:41 am

This does not surprise me but I am relieved the plot was stopped before any harm could be done;

Six men have been arrested by police in the Irish Republic after a stash of bombs and guns were found close to where Prince Charles and Camilla are due to visit next week. The men, all aged between 21 and 62, were arrested last night and are being held at various different Garda stations across the country.

The Irish Daily Mirror reported that the men had been arrested in connection with a chilling plot to kill the Prince of Wales and his wife as they pay tribute to Lord Mountbatten – the great-uncle of Charles – during a four-day visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland next week.

The savage mindset of the terrorist never changes. One wonders where they got their explosives…



By David Vance On May 14th, 2015 at 10:38 am

This remains as true now as it was when he said…it is also a universal truth that SO MANY of our ‘leaders’ chose to deny.