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By David Vance On November 13th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Here is a great tune from a cosmically talented band! Of course Orbison makes great become greatest. Hard to imagine he is gone 27 years, it only feels like yesterday since I heard the news. I may have told you this before but I had just gone into a store to buy an Orbison tape (!!) and had the radio on as his death was announced. One of this odd little coincidences that I have never forgotten.


By David Vance On November 13th, 2015 at 7:55 pm


The Irishman who was the Top Gear producer verbally and physically attacked by Jeremy Clarkson is suing the BBC and the former presenter of the BBC2 motoring show for more than £100,000 for racial discrimination and personal injury.

Since when did being Irish constitute “a race”?  Can someone tell me if the chaps below are of the same race?



By David Vance On November 13th, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Sooner rather than later, the truth has the unfortunate habit of emerging from even the darkest abyss.

‘Kids Company paid monthly allowances to prison inmates, including at least one murderer, it was claimed last night. The failed charity was also accused of ‘paying off’ directors who complained about financial mismanagement – handing three staff members £200,000 in order to buy their silence.

The astonishing claims were made by one of Kids Company’s former employees, in a formal submission to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, which is investigating Kids Company’s collapse.”


Kids Company boss, Camilla Batmanghelidjh was incredibly successful of extracting our TAXES from lazy politicians. Look at this…


It’s not just this pantomime dame that needs arrested but every politician who colluded in this great big charity farce. Remember it is OUR cash that was used to stuff her face.



By David Vance On November 13th, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Fun and games here in Northern Ireland as the political fixers try to contrive choreography for the latest “Agreement” between the DUP and Sinn Fein. You will note that there is not even the pretense of seeking the agreement of ALL Parties in the Executive, that is now consigned to history. This is strictly a deal between the IRA Army Council (it tells Sinn Fein what to do) and the DUP.

You see the actual “deal” between these two parties has been done quite a while ago, but it has to packaged up in pre Christmas wrapping and then revealed to the biased media to sell to the gullible. Clearly, today, being Friday 13th, is not a wise choice to unveil the sordid agreement so I reckon they will have selected a day next week. I was checking on my calendar and this day appealed, it is next Tuesday. Seems apt.



By David Vance On November 13th, 2015 at 7:12 pm


Friday 13th brings welcome news.

The world’s most wanted man, Jihadi John, is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike at the very heart of the Islamic State‘s Syrian capital where it stages horrific public executions.

Pentagon officials are ’99 per cent’ sure they have wiped out British ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi in the centre of the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa late last night. The 27-year-old from London, who appeared in sickening beheading videos of Western hostages including two British aid workers, was ‘evaporated’ by a missile as he climbed into a vehicle. ‘He walked out of a building and got in the car. We struck it right after with zero collateral damage,’ a counter-terrorism official said. ‘The vehicle was on fire. It was a 100 per cent flawless, direct hit.’

REMARKABLY, some on the political Left are unhappy that this mass killer has met his end.

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader,  acknowledged that Mr Emwazi had been held account for his “callous and brutal crimes.” But he added that capturing the terrorist and holding him to account in court would have been a better way of revenging his actions, which have included the beheading of British nationals in Isis-controlled parts of Syria and Iraq.


First of all, WHO exactly was going to arrest him and bring him to Blighty? Shall we send a few Metropolitan Police Officers over to Raqqa with an arrest warrant? And even if he WAS captured, can you imagine the feeding frenzy from Left wing human rights lawyers, seeking to paint this monster as the victim. And even if we was convicted of murder, he would then look forward to a cushy Prison perch with free meals and free accommodation for the rest of his life.

My view on his death is simple.




By Pete Moore On November 13th, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Mohammed Emwazi, AKA Jihadi John, is gone. The infamous IS murderer lost a fight with a drone-launched missile in Raqqa. Such a sad episode. I’m so affected I bought even more beer for the weekend. I’m sure that the ATW commentariat would like to add their tributes.

"Hey Abdul, what's that whooshing sound?"

“Hey Abdul, what’s that whooshing sound?”

Lean out of your windows. You hear that far off keening? That’s the sound of a thousand Islington human rights lawyers ululating as one, distraught that millions in legal aid fees has just been vapourised.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is sad at the loss, complaining that it would have been “far better” if he had been arrested and charged. Gosh yes, plod only had to go to Raqqa and pick him up. Why did no-one think of that? In the end someone saved them the the bother.

Ah well.


Neil Interviews an American Bolshevik

By The Troll On November 13th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Well worth the watch

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By The Troll On November 13th, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Thursday Neil Young turned 70

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By David Vance On November 12th, 2015 at 4:47 pm

This is my latest article on the N. Ireland economy if you fancy a quick read of where it is going wrong. I had to scribble it in less than an hour and I was restricted to 400 words. Still, I think it contains a few home truths…

The Spying Game

By Mahons On November 12th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

James Bond is a cartoon.  Such escapism escapes me, but I accept that there are many who enjoy the adventures of 007.  But if you would like a real treat, get your hands on the miniseries Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from 1979 and it’s sequel Smileys People.

The protagonist George Smiley is played to utter perfection by Alec Guinness.  He is a out of shape, slow moving, late middle aged and world weary after a lifetime of sparing with Soviet spies and British bureaucrats.  He is the figure of ridicule for many due to his wife’s afairs.  Yet at his core brilliant, methodical and blessed with the gift of mixed emotions.  The supporting cast was, as British productions so often are, amazingly talented.

The recent film adaption pales in comparison.  If you have never seen it, do yourself a favor.  You will thank me.