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LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST

By Pete Moore On July 27th, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Three weeks ago:  “The YouGov poll found Spaniards were the most unwilling to welcome Brits, with nearly two third (61 per cent) wanting a ban on UK tourists entering the country.”

Today: “Spain is fighting to save its embattled tourism industry after the UK government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from the country … About 18 million Britons travelled to Spain in 2019 – almost a quarter of all arrivals in the country […]

Tourism accounts for about 11% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), and a huge number of visitors come from the UK.

As a result, the country has been desperate to bring back visitors to help revive struggling towns and resorts.

That tune changed. A lot of Spanish jobs rely on us turning up and I genuinely feel sorry for them. On the other hand they have an awful habit of straying into Gib waters, so screw’em. The quarantine rules are bonkers, of course. Spain’s spike in cases is very localised away from the holiday hotspots. The Balearics and the Canaries are hardly affected. I’d be much more likely to be infected in a Leicester, Luton or Blackburn take away, but I wouldn’t have to quarantine if I visited any of those towns.

I say again, we have to risk the sniffles. Our economies are already so buggered that there’s no recovery if we’re continuously shutting down, quarantining and staying away from workplaces and airports.

MANUFACTURERS TO BRING THEM HOME

By Pete Moore On July 27th, 2020 at 6:35 pm

This was predictable, and it’s welcome.

Almost half of British manufacturers are planning to rely more on UK suppliers in future after coronavirus exposed major flaws in global trade.

In total, 46pc of companies surveyed by trade body MakeUK said they planned to bring work back home over the next two years.

The Japanese are shipping out of China with the government even subsidising relocation costs. Many other countries will see something similar. So an ironic twist to the Chinese Disease will be China losing out. Where’s my fiddle?

Yep, I’m a free trader, but it’s inevitable that when the risks of doing business in some territories outweighs the returns then firms will move. It’s normal; firms have always have done it because they hate uncertainty. We might be marginally less wealthy in the long run but I can live with that.

ATW

By Patrick Van Roy On July 26th, 2020 at 10:09 pm

The same scene, every day for 20yrs this scene plays out over and over. There are so many reflections in these 8 min of each of us. Not just each of us as any one particular character or another, because on any given day each of us can adopt any role in it. Nonetheless this is us, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Because in between the occasional moments of bluster. The atmosphere and the conversations are great, and no matter how hard we try not be ourselves the people in this pub are real and decent.

Now I’ll take one of those dark beers even if it is warm.

 

 

ENGINEERS ARE GREAT

By Pete Moore On July 26th, 2020 at 9:18 pm

I went down the Youtube rabbit hole last night. You know how it goes: you look for something but end up clicking through links on the right. What I found was this fabulous footage of the Saturn V Apollo 11 launch. That’s the one which took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldridge to the Moon.

The launch site had a load of cameras trained on various bits of rocket. I presume it was for engineers to study but the result is lots of videos like this. We’ve all seen launches but this close up video is something else. I didn’t think I’d sit through 8 minutes and 42 seconds of it, but I did because it’s compelling.

THOSE SENSIBLE AUSSIES

By Pete Moore On July 26th, 2020 at 7:21 pm

Common sense is so rare in politics that it’s a genuine nice surprise when you come across it. The Australian government is to slash funding for woke and other useless degree courses while increasing funding for proper subjects.

You want to read gender studies? From next year the government’s contribution towards your fees will fall from Aus$ 11,015 to Aus$1100 (£6050 to £605). If you want to study maths, on the other hand, the government’s contribution will rise from Aus$11,015 to Aus$13,500 (£6850 to £7420). Generally, student contributions for STEM subjects, teaching and nursing will fall, while contributions for humanities course will rise.

Yes of course the Tories ought to be doing similar, both because it would be right in educational and economic terms but also because it would deal a great blow to the political and cultural enemy. So of course the useless Tories won’t be doing that. I wonder if the Aussies have looked across Asia and seen what the future holds. It certainly doesn’t belong to people with degrees in Critical Theory.

IT GETS MORE CRAZY OVER THERE

By Pete Moore On July 26th, 2020 at 7:11 pm

An armed blacks-only militia called the NFAC (Not F****** Around Coalition) demonstrated through Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday against the shooting of a black woman by the police in March. The Three Percenters, an armed white militia were also in town, demonstrating for or against what I do not know.

Inch by inch groups on all sides are ramping up the optics, the language and the demands. It’s how it will be until November at the earliest. Goodness knows what will happen if Trump is re-elected, but in the meantime it looks like a tinderbox waiting for a spark.

THIS IS SO STUPID

By Pete Moore On July 26th, 2020 at 3:22 pm

So this afternoon I parked up at Sainsbury’s, there to enrol in the Soggy Cotton Club.

I’ve been in that supermarket every weekend through the epidemic with no mask. The vast majority of customers had no mask. It was fine. But with the epidemic all but done and excess deaths below the five year average, we have to wear these pointless things. No-one in that store was any safer because of it.

And look what the Tory lockdown has done to me! I had to buy clippers so my locks have gone. I was a luscious brunette, well I was twenty years ago in truth. I’m more silver fox now but no less luscious for it. Then the Tories made me look like Right Said Fred and Ronnie Corbett. Believe me, the ladies are being denied a proper handsome face now.

The government has just announced that anyone travelling from Spain must quarantine for 14 days. That’s buggered your week in Benidorm. A lot of people trusted the government’s announcement on air bridges. Now some people will lose money. Some might even lose their jobs. Hang on, if these masks work then just tell people to wear them! But they don’t work as described, so people have to stay home instead.

I think I’ll sign up with Ocado.

R.I.P. Peter Green

By Patrick Van Roy On July 25th, 2020 at 8:36 pm

Guitarist Peter Green, the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, has died. He was 73.

A law firm representing Green’s family, Swan Turton, confirmed the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s death in a statement on Saturday. “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announces his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days,” the statement said, according to Deadline.

After leaving the Bluesbreakers, Green co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in London in 1967. Bass guitarist John McVie also joined the band that year.

Let’s go down the rabbit hole…..

By Patrick Van Roy On July 25th, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Drift on into the mind and heart of just an average American shithoarder and individualist, let me give you an unvarnished glimpse into the perspective of this majority of 1……

As I sit hidden away in a tin box on the farm my view is vast and unimpeded filtered, categorized, and interpreted through the only lens that matters… mine.

The world is a mess and everyone is hollerin at everyone. Which is actually a sign of growth. If we were following the trend of human history a collapse of the magnitude the whole world just got hit with nations would be shooting at each other by now, so pat ourselves on the back the species may actually be evolving.

As this is a U.K. site and most of it’s footprint is on that side of the pond those who venture here get the treat of reading the view of the otherside of America. The clinging to our Bibles and Guns side. The view that all Americans know is out here, festering, but really don’t want to gaze at it in the hopes that it will go away…. it won’t. So as Hunter S Thompson used to like to mutter “Lets whip together a few raw facts, some ole negro wisdom, and get this story told”

I don’t like making predictions, my record is atrocious to say the least. It’s why I try never to gamble, but I will be making a few predictions today.

In 101 days we gonna have us an Election….. that is the only thing that matters. Every piece of news and event is seen through that lens and that lens only. The Virus, The Riots, Sports, even the damn Weather….. How’s it going to effect the election. And the view that is projected at us and the rest of the world is slanted.

Joe Biden is going to be the Next President, and the Democrats are going to win control of both the House and Senate…. yeah and pigs are gonna fly, but if you listen to the news, read any paper or Poll that is what you will be told.

The Nation was locked down for 5 months, they won’t let us out of our homes without the leash of a paper mask. Yet they are allowing Animals to riot. They are honoring the rioters in every major sport by spitting on our Flag and our Anthem. Politicians are honoring animals painting their allegiance to them in 30ft yellow letters in the streets while corporations kneel and run ads and add symbols to their products  in support of rioting animals.

If you speak out against this you are threatened. You will be attacked verbally, sometimes physically, people are even losing their jobs for saying they support the President….. you really think this is America ?

Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is a term that is way over used “The Silent Majority” the boogeyman to every politician and every member of the MSM. The unwashed uncouth rude and believed to be uneducated everyday people. Those that cling to their bibles and guns. The thing is though that boogeyman is real. It only rears it’s head on occasion, Reagan’s 2nd Term Election, Bush’s 2nd Term Election, and Obama’s first Midterm Election…. the beast rose and stomped it’s foot.

The beast is rising, mark my words. There will be no words, no hollering, no shooting, but there will be a Reckoning.

 

101 days and the clocks ticking.

 

You can’t force someone to wear a mask, you can’t force someone get a vaccination, you can’t infringe on one persons rights and give passes to others…..

The Greatest

By Patrick Van Roy On July 25th, 2020 at 3:34 pm

Very few can be called that, it’s a bold claim no matter the genre or subject. However I do believe this Band qualifies. They were there at the beginning and they are the last standing, and they have given us some of the greatest Rock ever recorded.

Here are two that I think fit the bill quite nicely for the time……

 

and the geriatrics are still pumping out great rock that’s right in groove with the state of things….