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By Pete Moore On August 24th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The British knew how to build a bonfire.

On this day, exactly two hundred years ago, British forces famously burned the White House to the ground – huzzah! I’ve long been fond this simple, audacious act of derring do: “Right chaps, up the Potomac, into Washington, burn the President’s gaff, last one back’s a sissy. Any questions? Jolly good, let’s get off then …”


The Washington Post recounts the events with this short and fascinating piece. It puts the raid into context and is filled with lots of those odd, quirky details which make learning history so entertaining. It leaves out only that the raid and burning was an act of revenge (what the CIA today calls ‘blowback’) for the burning of York (now Toronto) the previous year and for other outrages by American forces in the north.

If I was fond of 24th August 1814, it now goes down as quite possibly The Greatest Day Ever. You see, dear reader, those spunky British chaps didn’t only burn down the White House, oh no. They did much more than that. Reports the WaPo –

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By Pete Moore On June 21st, 2013 at 5:45 pm


You’d normally think that Clare Daly TD is a bit of a nutter, what with being a socialist. However I’m prepared to overlook that for the quite splendid verbal grenades she lobbed in Enda Kenny’s face over the Obamas, their bullshit, the wars and the humiliation of Kenny puckering up to Obama’s arse. I don’t agree with everything she says, but sometimes you just have to admire someone who’s had enough and won’t take it anymore –



By Pete Moore On June 10th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

While the National Stasi Agency spies on every communication in the US and beyond, the State Department is funding technology so Iranians can evade online surveillance by Tehran.


By Pete Moore On May 5th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Step forward … two African rioters! Yep, it’s our old friend the “right to a family life” yet again.

The Telegraph can reveal for the first time how the two rioters – who were both made an example of by the criminal courts for their roles in the 2011 disorder – have since overturned the Home Office’s attempts to have them sent home.

One was convicted of violent disorder after rampages involving attacks on shops and cars by a gang in two Home Counties towns, while the other was convicted of burglary for his part in the London riots.

Right, so over a year ago the Home Secretary introduced rules “that made it “absolutely clear” that those who have committed a crime, broken immigration rules or cannot support themselves must not be allowed to stay”, but nothing’s changed in reality.

Ever get the feeling you’re being lied to?


By Pete Moore On April 20th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I love the little ways that culture gives us an insight into the society within which it’s made. So what then can we learn about Britain from this 1977 scene from “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”?

I can see that commies were everywhere (ploo se change). The word “paki”, which would see a scriptwriter blackballed now was everyday language, judging by the continuous laughter. I can’t imagine a firearm being handled in prime time comedy now either, that would be severely frowned upon by the cultural elite, but in 1977 WW2 was not so long ago and a Lee Enfield rifle would have been a familiar thing to many adults. Probably many were still to be found in sheds and lofts after coming home as souvenirs.

We can see also the Reggie Perrin must have been a liberal, because no real patriot would turn down the idea of warring against the communist enemy within. And if you think that the idea of a reactionary resistance against communist insurgents was all in the head of scriptwriters, not so.

Oh and as always then, all decor was a shade of brown.


By Pete Moore On April 13th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I can’t deny that this week has sparked a little nostalgia in me for the glorious 80s (its rubbish chart music aside), the age when Britain bloomed again after the dark, socialist winter that came before. Besides, Spitting Image did make me laugh –


I remember some pompous talking head at the time say that Spitting Image was dangerous because it made fun of the politicial process. Utter nonsense. Politics and all politicians should be mocked mercilessly, always.


By Pete Moore On July 24th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

With just three days to go, London Mayor Boris Johnson releases a special Olympic Games welcome to the world –


By Pete Moore On May 13th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Never a truer word said, though it comes good in the end, justabout, with agonies along the way, but it’s finally over … Happy St Totteringham’s Day.

Congratulations to Man City fans, when they come to/sober up. You can’t begrudge them today after what the club has put’em through over the years.

Bad luck Manure (*snigger*)

Oh, and come on Bayern!


By Pete Moore On April 7th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Warning: sacred cows get it below.

Despite not being the greatest TV watcher, I do love a good comedy. When I switch off and put the telly on to be entertained it’s not because I want to be shocked or outraged or horrified, it’s because I want to laugh. Yet despite being a lover of great comedy, there are a few which I never did get. ‘Monty Python’ and ‘The Office’ are two which spring to mind. When I see Monty Python I can’t help but think I’m watching a bunch of nice middle class students showing off by demonstrating how wacky and original they are. Fine, but the first job of comedy is to be funny and make the audience laugh. Same with The Office, which was clever, but I don’t think I ever laughed at it.

Nope, make me laugh instead of demonstrating how original you are. One comedy which made me laugh more than most is ‘The Vicar of Dibley‘. I didn’t watch it when it was broadcast (see, I’m not a great telly watcher), but came to appreciate it over a Christmas a few years ago. I was in WH Smith and saw a DVD box set of every series. I remembered that my mother liked it, so job done, have that for Christmas, mum.

I was halfway home when I remembered that my parents don’t have a DVD player. What to do? Obviously it was to watch it myself and get a refund if I didn’t like it. Well there was no need for a refund. It had me in tears of laughter more than any other comedy. That was a surprise since it’s predicated on the commie idea of a female vicar taking over a rural parish full of inbred nutcases, with one (‘unenlightened‘) conservative chairing the parish council. Of course, Geraldine, said vicar, wins over the initially hostile locals, who come to love and appreciate her. It’s not all Bolshevik propaganda, however. Despite being an intelligent, liberated, sophisticated female vicar come to minister to the yokels, she herself falls in love with Dibley village and the lunatics in it. In this it becomes a very warm and charming show as well as an extremely funny one. All of which is something of a prelude to say there’s bugger all on telly yet again and I’ve had too much politics lately for my sanity. So I’m gonna dig out the box set and have a laugh for while.

If you’re about, what comedies do you rate?


By Pete Moore On January 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Good grief.

What’s is this madness? You don’t ‘remake’ genius. Remaking Only Fools and Horses is like trying to repaint a Rembrandt. It cannot be done. Either broadcast the original or don’t bother with it at all –