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It is a puzzlement!

By Mike Cunningham On September 9th, 2017 at 11:29 am

I commenced reading my Saturday Telegraph, and turned the page over to page eight, but immediately was faced with a full page 9 advert featuring Omega watches, one of which is being worn by some bloke named Eddie Redmayne.


Am I supposed to be impressed by this bloke’s choice in watches? Is he a horologist? Can he fix a watch; or does he just ‘look good’ with some expensive hardware strapped to his wrist? Has he always worn an Omega, or was it just borrowed for the occassion? Is he an expert in watchmaking, or is it just that, because he is, presumably, a celebrity, we should all show our adoration for the calling, and either save up and buy one, or else add to the National Debt Crisis by slapping down some plastic, together with the words, ‘That’ll do nicely!”


Should I immediately dash out to Durham City centre, and buy one?


But the most pressing question is, naturally, without reverting to Google, or even Bing: who the hell is Eddie Redmayne: and why am I supposed to either recognise the name, or even to know this?

R.I.P. Troy Gentry (Helicopter Crash)

By The Troll On September 8th, 2017 at 9:58 pm


By Pete Moore On September 8th, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

THE mind wonders around when you drive. This week I had in mind John Entwistle’s greatest bass lines. As you do. Now he had many of course, what with him being Rock n Roll’s greatest bass guitarist. But he never coined the greatest bassline. That would belong to Jean Jacques Burnel. You know the one. So what could be better than Peaches by The Stranglers? Only Ray Winstone, groaning “Ohh yeeah” by way of introduction, that’s all. If you’re in the mood for a film this weekend you can do alot worse than Sexy Beast. It’s a great film.

As always, feel free to share your fav sounds –


By Pete Moore On September 8th, 2017 at 6:55 pm


UK employers raise pay as Brexit skills shortage bites

LONDON (Reuters) – A fall in people coming to Britain from other European Union countries has aggravated a shortage of workers and forced employers to raise starting salaries at the fastest pace in nearly two years during August, a survey showed on Friday.

I love how pay rises “bite”. We can clearly see the direction from which this piece comes. But yes, the laws of economics will assert themselves. When the supply of a good (labour) declines relative to demand, its price (salary) will rise. How true this story is, who can tell? If it’s another Remain scare story then I remain rather unperturbed. That uncontrolled immigration has forced down average salaries in very many sectors is beyond contention.

Two sides to every story

By Mike Cunningham On September 8th, 2017 at 5:48 pm

I write of two Nobel Laureates. One deserving of everything commendable ever said about her: the other; not so much.

We acclaimed Aung San Suu Kyi at Westminster Hall in June 2012. Check the video, but you can safely ignore the first five minutes and forty-nine seconds; that’s just Big Mouthed John Bercow (Speaker of the House of Commons) blowing his own trumpet and making noises, but enjoy the rest, she is worth every second!

She consciously did not seek the opportunity to become the Burmese (Myanmar) President after the election; partly because she did not think it appropriate, but mainly because the Burmese military, who wrote their (Amended) Constitution; ensured that she did not qualify, as she had children who carried a foreign passport. So she took the title of State Counsellor. Despite the tremendous win at the polls, she must always remember that the military still holds enormous sway in that Nation, and although Aung San got the votes, the military holds the reins of power; and to a large extent, the military is still popular to large numbers of Burmese. She has come in for much veiled criticism because she does not speak out against the harassment and exiling of the sect known as the Rohingya.

They have been a troubling minority in Burma for many years, the Burmese look upon them as Bengali, or outsiders; Read the rest of this entry »

Itz all becozz I iz black and misunderstood, like; innit?

By Mike Cunningham On September 8th, 2017 at 9:30 am

I had thought of writing about the Danny Zukers of this world.

I then considered the harsh and disproportionately judgemental words about Jacob Rees-Mogg.

I also cast my eyes across the demands of the Organ Donor vultures, who seem to imply that the State owns your remains, so  the grieving families should just shut up, and let the slicing and dicing begin.

I then considered writing about an American baker, as opposed, of course, to a Northern Irish baker; and their experiences before the Law.

But, after listening to David Lammy M.P., decided to pour a little scorn on the proposals which he has championed within the criminal justice system. His Review reckons we are too nasty to B.A.M.E. (black and minority ethnic) people who are accused of crime, and he proposes that:- Read the rest of this entry »

First they came for the Statues, then the Windows……..

By Mike Cunningham On September 7th, 2017 at 11:04 pm


The Washington National Cathedral is dispensing with a stained glass window because it glorifies the Confederate Generals Lee and Jackson.


Can we now look forwards to a further diktat from the Cathedral Chapter that bars anyone who voted for Trump,  because obviously they support slavery? Or anyone who has browsed through Breitbart? Or anyone who does not slavishly follow the Left-wing Hollywood highway towards their version of freedom.


As another commentator wrote ‘the real world results of your limousine leftism.” I really liked that phrase, it tells a whole story in eight words


And Then There Was Irma

By Mahons On September 7th, 2017 at 8:31 pm

Will Mother Nature Take us out here in the USA before that Mother in North Korea does?  Sorry to see our beautiful Southland taking another big hit from yet another hurricane.  Deja Vu all over again as Yogi Berra would say.  Got a buddy down in Turks and Caicos whose reporting live on Social Media from the bar of his hotel.  I hope he othwise stays dry.  Cue Lena Horne…

…and we live under the rule of the ECJ until March 2019

By Mike Cunningham On September 7th, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Some query why Prime Minister Theresa May draws her Red LInes against the European Court of Justice; in the run up to leaving the European Union


A swift read of this will explain why we NEED to get out of the clutches of the ECJ.


Just think, a sovereign State decided it does not wish to comply with a European Commission directive on migration; and the ECJ states that it has NO Option but to comply, with further risks of fines, removal of voting rights!


‘It is time to be united and show full solidarity,’ Mr Avramopoulos said.

‘The door remains, it is still open, and we should convince all member states to fulfil their commitments.’  


GOP Bitch slap

By The Troll On September 6th, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Mark today down as the day the Elected Republicans got Bitch Slapped.  Right now you can hear the growling Anger, tomorrow they will start to feel the  creeping FEAR.

President Trump today held a meeting with the Leadership of Both Parties in which he cut a Pinky off the hand of the Republicans. Next will be a Thumb,

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have been playing this inept Political Novice.

The first 6 months of the Trump Presidency the Republican Party Refused to Pass a SINGLE Piece of Legislation that both they and Trump ran on. Repeal and Replace should have been passed the first WEEK Congress was in Session.

They ran on it for 7 years, passed 68 Bills to stop it When Obama Was President knowing he wouldn’t sign them. Then when they had complete control of the entire Government they BETRAYED both the President and more importantly the PEOPLE with the final FU being delivered by Scumbag Senator John McCain.

In case you haven’t noticed Trump has not stopped talking about Repeal and Replace although the Republicans have, with The Turtle stating Publicly that the President doesn’t know how things work here, he hasn’t done this that long and  has no idea how quickly things work in the democratic process.

The Republicans have also refused to move on funding The Wall. Well today they paid for their inadequacy.

The Republicans wanted a Long Term Debt Limit Extension. What they got was a 3 month limit that will be passed with Democrat Votes and he tied it to Harvey Relief so that very few Republicans can vote against it.

So much for the Novice.

Now comes the FEAR. The Republicans to maintain Control NEED the President. He just proved that he doesn’t need them. Now they have to deliver. If they can’t control their Party enough to Pass the ONE ISSUE they ran on for 7 Years what is there to work with?

The President can cut out the Republican Leadership and form a Coalition of the Willing. There are plenty of Republicans that will gladly torpedo their Leadership to keep their Jobs, and their are issues he can tie together using the Democrats and the Willing to get what HE WANTS done.

I’m glad to see it. The game just hit the next Level. I’m Hungry, lets get a Taco

Special Update: Daphne added this to put the Post in a clearer context.

A must read to get an inside view of Troll’s post.

Love this line…

Just the night before, Ryan and his leadership team were told by White House officials that Trump would publicly endorse their plan to pair Harvey emergency funding bill with an 18-month debt ceiling hike. They were optimistic his support would help secure more Republican votes.

Only, Trump went rogue.