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Yes, British policing priorities have changed in recent years. So, for example, it took 20 minutes for the police to turn at the scene of the Jihad butchery in London. But elsewhere, they can still be like greased lightning when they see imminent danger…..

 

Diana Smart, 86, has been making the 1ft diameter cheese “wheels” for 25 years for contestants to chase down 200-yard Cooper’s Hill near Brockworth, Glos. But she was stunned when three officers arrived at her farm in nearby Churcham to warn her she could be held liable for any injuries. Diana, who accused the officers of being “heavy-handed” and “threatening”, has now pulled out of the event on Bank Holiday Monday for fear of getting into trouble. She said: “It’s crackers. The police came round and warned me not to give the event some cheese. I like doing it, it’s always brought me such joy and a smile. The police were so heavy-handed. “They threatened me, saying I would be wholly responsible if anyone got injured. They said it could cost us an enormous amount in damages.

Makes you proud to be British to see the boys in blue showing us just what they are capable of these days…

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99 thoughts on “HARD CHEESE…

  1. “Arrest ye all the cheesemakers!”
    Certainly looks like one of the swivel eyed loons our Beloved Leader warned us about..
    And as for that woman…

    If all else fails, you can’t go far wrong by arresting a white haired old grannie, knowingly and willingly involved in a plot to flout the sacred rules of ‘Elf and Safety..

    It diverts the public’s attention from the appalling murder of a young man hacked to death, onto an event which has taken place for years and years in which British people subjected rounds of cheese to violence and cruelty by rolling them down a hill..
    The traumatised cheeses will of course be offered counselling (before being consumed by Plod). All participants will be encouraged to seek compensayshun, guided by officers of the law with considerable expertise in this branch of fleecing policing.

    The moral of all this?
    Politicians prove yet again that they are adept at creating more more problems than they solve and require serious culling.

  2. So if a sport shop sells a cricket ball which subsequently hits someone on the head, or a cricket bat which is later used in a robbery, they can be held responsible?
    What rubbish!

  3. EP
    It is pathetic.
    It is illogical.
    But it does provide work for the little Hitlers of our world. 🙂

  4. It’s rather sensible.

    If our badged state heroes did not harass little old women, threatening them with ruin if they make cheese, society would not last long. You have to be a headbanger to disagree.

    I, for one, welcome our harassing, threatening overlords.

  5. //, threatening them with ruin if they make cheese,//

    The article says that the official event was discontinued a few years ago due to the number of participants breaking legs and limbs, and that insurers refuse to cover anyone taking part in future events.

    Anyone breaking a leg in an unofficial event could take a civil action against the person who supplied the cheese specifically for use in the event.

    All free market forces, all civil law among peers. The police were simply warning the women of the civil law consequences for her on grounds that you promote here daily.

  6. Noel –

    Ze authorities tried to ban the event. Dissident cheese rollers went ahead with it anyway.

    “Anyone breaking a leg in an unofficial event could take a civil action against the person who supplied the cheese specifically for use in the event.”

    Which they’d lose, otherwise every car manufacturer would be liable for every car crash.

    It’s not the job of fat doughnut munching tax eaters to give out legal advice. Mrs Smart should have reminded them that they are mere servants, that they should shut up and then sent them away with a flea in their ear.

  7. Pete,
    when I was young(er) you participated in events and occasions at your own risk. It wasn’t (as far as I can recall) a LAW. It was unspoken. The more prudent (and wealthier) amongst us had accident insurance which covered us against broken limbs, accidental damage etc. Compensation was not a big issue.
    Common sense was.
    Sadly we have imported the American concept of “someone has to pay” and the opportunistic and amoral amongst us have helped build up the Compensation Culture.

    Do you know, a year ago now we were involved in an accident in which our car was damaged. The guy who seemed to have taken a dislike to our conveyance admitted responsibility and the car was repaired.
    Four times now we have been contacted by the insurers asking us to claim thousands for injuries sustained (real or imaginary.) The last one being two weeks ago. I asked the man the same thing,
    “Where does that compensation money come from?”

    We are both pensioners reliant on our state pensions to get by. That money comes from car owners insurance premiums.
    There is no such a thing as a free lunch.

  8. I just fancy a cheese and pickle sandwich now.
    I liked the system they had in South Africa. If you wanted to do something dangerous, (like drive a go-cart at 70mph or absail down a cliff face), you just had to sign a document saying you held no one responsible for any accidents but yourself. Mind you, you also had to pay your own medical care.

  9. Ze authorities have been trying to put a top to this for some time. Previous attempts have failed. Clearly the latest wheeze is to harass and threaten and scare little old ladies.

    If you don’t realise yet that the police isn’t on our side, you haven’t been paying attention.

  10. Blessed Are the Cheesemakers.

    The police in the Rigby incident responded quickly and engaged and apprehended two violent maniacs who were a physical danger to them and others. I think they deserve credit and not the usual whining from those here.

  11. Your country has lost its way with this terror about health and safety and liability.

    The US and Australia have issues with liability mania, but what is described here simply would not happen in those places, or in continental Europe.

    Its Bloomberg on steroids. I don’t understand it at all.

  12. “Not bad…..!”

    Admit it. You’re piqued that you didn’t think of it first.

  13. Mahons –

    Pick a Woolwich thread. I’ll correct your thoughts on the police there.

  14. Imam told that it took the police 20 minutes to show up there

    That is not a fast response.

  15. Phantom,
    to be fair London is a crowded and severely congested city. It ain’t easy to get around quickly as you probably know you old world traveller you!
    Mrs Agit8ed and I were talking about it last night.

    (Mrs Agit8ed shocks me sometimes. I am an oldish, cantankerous man, blessed with great good looks and physical strength, cursed with short term memory loss
    short term memory loss short term memory loss. but otherwise sweetly reasonable.

    Mrs Agit8ed by contrast demure, delicate, gorgeous and talented, waxed bloodily about our legal system which allows murderers,rapists and terrorists to serve only half their sentences. What she thought should be done with the these mens’ “dangly bits” anatomies left me traumatised…
    She is of the opinion that if we made sentencing more severe, there would be less crime of this kind committed.
    But what does she know? She is only a woman. Nevertheless I feel I should hide all the sharp knives.,.

  16. Savage claimed that the reason for the 20 minute lag was that most cops are unarmed there and that they had to find a special armed team.

    Is this true?

  17. Phantom – According to Scotland Yard they had officers there in 9 minutes, armed officers within 13-14 minutes (recall they aren’t all armed there). The public can debate and investigate the response time.

    Pete – Go back and correct your years on nonsense here, then we can talk.

  18. mahons

    Noted- he was also wrong in saying Wednesday night that the murderers has been shot and killed by police.

  19. Savage claimed that the reason for the 20 minute lag was that most cops are unarmed there and that they had to find a special armed team.

    Is this true?

    This is true. And unarmed police where there in 9 minutes, not 20 as claimed.

  20. Phantom,
    again you should know this.
    The vast majority of our police force do not carry firearms. In fact from what I have read there are not a great many police officers wanting to become weapons proficient.
    This (I think) is because we British -oh alright, if you insist English, are in the main* a peacable, easy going cheerful and inoffensive people.
    Yes we bumble along. We like cricket and rugby and are easily led by American trash culture; but we are not used to dealing with violence/workplace incidents/ religious hysteria/ or “non British” behaviour.
    So to get hold of an armed response squad may take a little time. Personally I am proud of that because it shows that our cultural values remain peacable and civilised.
    Only as multiculturalism and the internet have widened our horizons have armed police become a daily necessity.
    Oh, I forgot Americans… ;

  21. Every police officer should be proficient in the use of firearms. It is part of a proper job description, as every US Marine must qualify with a rifle.

  22. Phantom –

    I didn’t say the Nigerians has been shot and killed. That was Troll.

    Can we please take this to an appropriate thread?

  23. Only as multiculturalism and the internet have widened our horizons have armed police become a daily necessity.

    I’m curious. How have multiculturalism and the internet increased the need for armed police?

  24. Pete 1209

    I didn’t claim that you had said that. I said that Michael Savage said it.

  25. Alton,
    because
    a)the introduction of immigration as a source of labour (as opposed to those escaping religious persecution like the Huegenots and others) established
    (for reasons beyond me)
    the precedent of sourcing labour from overseas.
    This then escalated into non Christian refugees and colonial political refugees and more recently thanks to New Labour and the EU, the importation of Labour voters and freedom of migrant labour within the European Union.
    So we are trying to cope with all kinds of tensions our country has not known for hundreds of years.

    b) the internet has opened up the market for pornography, rumours, get rich quick schemes, deviancy and religious/political propaganda..

  26. a)the introduction of immigration as a source of labour (as opposed to those escaping religious persecution like the Huegenots and others) established
    (for reasons beyond me)
    the precedent of sourcing labour from overseas.
    This then escalated into non Christian refugees and colonial political refugees and more recently thanks to New Labour and the EU, the importation of Labour voters and freedom of migrant labour within the European Union.
    So we are trying to cope with all kinds of tensions our country has not known for hundreds of years.

    I agree there may be increased tension in some communities, but this is a small factor in the small increase in armed crime in this country. Gang culture, mostly due to drug wars within the mostly British born population is the largest factor here.

    b) the internet has opened up the market for pornography, rumours, get rich quick schemes, deviancy and religious/political propaganda.

    I can’t see any connection, (other than in your mind), with the above, (which where all around before the internet), and an increase in gun crime.

  27. Alton,
    “I can’t see any connection, (other than in your mind), with the above,”
    I actually left out drugs their glorification and purchasability from that list, but never mind. The other influence of course is the mainstream media, specifically television where “life imitates media”,
    As a callow but still incredibly handsome youth, I and my peers were brought up on a diet of Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy and Rag, Tag and Bobtail. The Huggets, the Clitheroe Kid and Educating Archie.
    We knew nothing of gangland killings, murders, paedophilia etc. Grooming was something you did to your hair with brushes…..

    What the MSM, television and the internet have done is to bring all these things into our living rooms. Kids are alienated from their parents, the police are portrayed as “pigs” and the only good people in society are those my parents taught us to stay away from: society’s victims.

  28. “I agree there may be increased tension in some communities, but this is a small factor in the small increase in armed crime in this country.”

    What?!

    The righteous citizenz guys who felt it necessary to hack Lee Rigby to death, the men who groomed white British schoolgirls as young as 12 to be “on tap whores” to be passed around and expolited, the parents who murdered their daughters for bringing shame on their (religious/cultural) communities, the men who as good British citizenz felt it necessary to plot against their fellow British citizenz a la 7/7/05, the other British citizenz who use our country as a training ground and base for participating in Holy War in other nations give the lie to your garbage.

  29. I’ve thought about this some more.

    The police position is not just wrong, it doesn’t even make sense.

    If they stop this woman from providing cheese to the event, do they think that there are no alternate suppliers of cheese in England? Suppliers that may go by the name of ” supermarkets ” and ” cheese stores “? Even the most dense detective could figure that out.

    And cheese is not an inherently dangerous object, like a luger or a grenade might be. There’s no way she’d be culpable by any fair reading of English Common Law.

    And what statutory law could she be breaking? The ” non trafficking in cheese law “, as modified by a Congress of Imbeciles?

  30. Agit, You can call me Dave, we’re not in boarding school.

    I actually left out drugs their glorification and purchasability from that list, but never mind. The other influence of course is the mainstream media, specifically television where “life imitates media”,
    As a callow but still incredibly handsome youth, I and my peers were brought up on a diet of Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy and Rag, Tag and Bobtail. The Huggets, the Clitheroe Kid and Educating Archie.

    Yep, I had a similar upbringing. Even though the the latter half we where a one parent family, my mother did a sterling job.
    Most kids today are not exposed to the kind of horrors you seem to think they are.

    We knew nothing of gangland killings, murders, paedophilia etc. Grooming was something you did to your hair with brushes…..

    You might have known nothing, (as I thankfully did as a child), but it still went on. Probably a lot worse that it does today. (except the gangland bit.)

    What the MSM, television and the internet have done is to bring all these things into our living rooms. Kids are alienated from their parents, the police are portrayed as “pigs” and the only good people in society are those my parents taught us to stay away from: society’s victims.

    You seem to look at the past with rose-tinted glasses on and look at the present with a distinctly modern malaise. Most kids today don’t hate the police or their parents. (Anymore than kids in the 60’s 70’s or 80’s did.), crime in general is at an all time low. Still, I guess I won’t convince you of this, but here’s a few view of kids from the adults of the past, just to show how things haven’t changed.

    When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint“.
    Hesiod, 8th century BC

    What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”
    Plato, 4th Century BC

    The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint… As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.”
    Peter the Hermit, AD 1274

    Anyway, one of us has to get back to work….

  31. Phantom,
    we (true and native law abiding) British have an innate respect for the law. We huff, we puff, we grumble, but as long as our lives remain basically undisturbed we do nothing.
    And I include myself in that.

  32. It will be entirely long to blame the foot cop for this.

    Blame bad leadership in the police department, and their bad leader civilian superiors. Just as we in NYC don’t blame the cops when they go on a ” traffic ticket blitz “.

    These things always come from the mayor or whoever else the police report to.

    Doing things like this is something that the cops hate to do, for a hundred reasons, including that it places a wedge between them and the community, makes them look ridiculous, and keeps them from doing the things that they should be doing.

  33. How did they know that this woman was the source of the evil cheese?

    They actually had investigations to track her down?

    Perhaps they should put WANTED posters on every corner. She being an enemy of society and all that.

  34. That’s dangerous talk, Comrade Phantom.

    The heroic police, who stand between us and dissident cheesemakers, should not be questioned.

    Check your insurrection.

  35. “I agree there may be increased tension in some communities, but this is a small factor in the small increase in armed crime in this country.”

    What?!

    The righteous citizenz guys who felt it necessary to hack Lee Rigby to death, the men who groomed white British schoolgirls as young as 12 to be “on tap whores” to be passed around and expolited, the parents who murdered their daughters for bringing shame on their (religious/cultural) communities, the men who as good British citizenz felt it necessary to plot against their fellow British citizenz a la 7/7/05, the other British citizenz who use our country as a training ground and base for participating in Holy War in other nations give the lie to your garbage.

    I think I’m just wasting my time here Agit. I try to answer one of your points, and as usual you just fly of on a general rant. Your focus seems to be just on the immigrant, or non-white British community and yes, while I agree the above crimes are horrendous and the perpetrators need to be punished, they are just a small part of overall crime committed by the mostly white population. As one example Pedophilia amongst whites was far worse in your ‘golden era’ than it is now. And that’s a fact, not an opinion. Still, if you feel the need to persecute one group you go ahead and let that hate eat away at you.

  36. The lovely little old lady wasn’t breaking any laws (not common sense ones anyway.)
    She belongs to an age where people didn’t think it wrong to be patriotic or to celebrate traditions and that the Law was fair and on the side of the law abiding.

    Cultures ebb and flow Phantom. They have their highs and their lows then (historically) they tend to get flushed down the pan and all that is left is a brown residue… 🙂

  37. //If they stop this woman from providing cheese to the event, do they think that there are no alternate suppliers of cheese in England//

    //What law was the woman breaking?//

    For God’s sake, Phantom, grow up. Nobody is suggesting the woman was breaking the law and the cops didn’t stop her from anything. Read the linked article, and if that’s too much read my comment at 10:39.

    THE POLICE CALLED AROUND TO WARN THE WOMAN OF THE CIVIL LAW CONSEQUENCES IF PEOPLE WERE INJURED AND SUED HER FOR PROVIDING THE INSTRUMENT OF THEIR INJURY.

    What’s so difficult about that.
    Bad enough with the paranoiacs we have without you joining them.

  38. I just want to know… Is Cooper’s Hill where Cooper Sharp cheese was originated? I love that cheese.

  39. Why should the police be concerned about civil lawsuits? It’s none of their business. Not remotely part of their job description. I pay my cops to stop and prevent crime, and not to give civil lawsuit advice.

    How do they know what the civil law ramifications of this would be? Are these foot policemen lawyers with an expertise in civil law?

    The truth is, these policemen had no idea what they were talking about. They, in their uniforms, sought to intimidate an older woman out of doing something that they didn’t like. This was wrong action on their part.

  40. “As one example Pedophilia amongst whites was far worse in your ‘golden era’ than it is now. And that’s a fact, not an opinion. Still, if you feel the need to persecute one group you go ahead and let that hate eat away at you.”

    Alton, you’re not wasting your time at all. I hate no one. It’s not in my makeup to hate.
    I agree, paedophilia has existed from time immemoriable. Not specifically mentioned in the Bible – no I am wrong!
    Lot’s daughters seduced their father by getting him drunk..

    Genesis 19:29 -38
    “29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

    30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

    31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

    32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

    33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

    34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

    35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

    36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

    37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

    38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”
    So no, paedophilia is not a new phenomenon.
    I think that’s where some village idiots came from.
    You don’t live in a village do you Alton?

    I am not persecuting any group, not even you!
    The fact is that our society our culture, has been radically altered by the influx of immigrants and other religions and cultural practices making their home amongst us. Of course we have our home grown deviants! But previously we dealt with them according to our British cultural law system. Once you deferentially introduce other cultures and pretend that all cultures and religions are of equal value, then you are sunk! We now have to take into account their cultural values and practices and we find ourselves sinking in a sea of relativity.

  41. “Bad enough with the paranoiacs we have without you joining them.”

    Get back to your washing machine.

  42. Noel –

    Evey year the local authorities try to stop the event and stop people getting to it. Every year the locals ignore the authorities.

    This is just the latest tactic. The rozzers didn’t pop around to give her advice (which would be stupid and beyond their authority even if that was the motivation). They threatened and intimidated her in an attempt to stop her producing what the participants need.

  43. In the US anyway the police can ban events I believe that on the grounds of public order.

    But this intimidation tactic goes beyond that.

    Some enterprising bloggers should do a report on the police management structure who ordered this.

    Publicize the names of the officer’s boss -and his/her boss. And keep going. It is they who should be questioned, and not this woman, and not any other innocent person.

  44. “Cooper Sharp cheese”
    Trollio,
    from what I can see it is an American cheese, but the original makers might have based it on an old English memory.
    I like cheese too. I loooove Fondue! It’s one of my favourite sharing meals.

  45. //But this intimidation tactic goes beyond that.
    Some enterprising bloggers should do a report on the police management structure who ordered this.//

    Anybody who directly believes what these rags tell him has nobody else to blame when he make a fool of himself.

  46. ***Numerous bible quotations***

    I think that’s where some village idiots came from.
    You don’t live in a village do you Alton?

    So Our discussion has descended into the usual not relevant to the conversation bible quotations from you and personal insults. Oh well, I though I’d give it one more try.

  47. “Some enterprising bloggers should do a report on the police management structure who ordered this.”

    Wilco Phantom.
    I’ll let you know how I get on.

  48. Noel

    In your opinion then

    Did the police go to the woman’s house

    and

    What do you think was the purpose of their visit

  49. Right,
    I have an answer for you Phantom

    I spoke to a representative of the Police Force (we English still feel able to do that)
    They told me that since the advent of Health and Safety legislation public events of this nature must comply with H&S ruling. So there must be a risk assessment, proper marshalling and notification, so that emergency services are aware, proper accessability for emergency vehicles etc.
    The reason being that people do get hurt at these events, broken limbs, necks, and this constitutes a demand on the emergency services.
    By supplying the cheese therefore, the lady was participating in a potentially dangerous event. The police rep said that it was more a Health and Safety issue than a policing issue, but nevertheless the police had to comply with current legislation.
    The lady was very nice, not defensive at all.
    You can read the Police statement here..

    http://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/Latest%20News/Press%20Releases/2013/May/item34868.html

  50. “So Our discussion has descended into the usual not relevant to the conversation bible quotations from you and personal insults. Oh well, I though I’d give it one more try.”
    Alton, you said,

    “As one example Pedophilia amongst whites was far worse in your ‘golden era’ than it is now. And that’s a fact, not an opinion”

    I responded. I admitted it was a home grown problem as well as being universal, and even found a Biblical reference to back up YOUR argument!
    What more must I do?
    ps being born in a village doesn’t mean you can’t have a sense of humour. Whatever the circumstances of your birth. 🙂

  51. Agit8ed –

    You were spun a yarn. Although civil society should ignore H&S legislation, H&S is a local authority matter. It’s not the police’s business. The heavies were went round to intimidate her.

  52. Pete,
    no I don’t think so. The Police have a responsibility to support the law. H&S is law, and you can be prosecuted for ignoring/breaking it. Whether it is sensible or not is another matter.
    I agree that it seems heavy handed, but I am waiting to hear back from the lady herself.

  53. Agit8ed –

    H&S legislation (it’s not “Law”) puts the emphasis on local authorities mainly for enforcement.

    An FOI application would reveal the details. A police spokesliar will only give you the corporate line.

  54. It does not -seem- heavy handed, it -is- heavy handed.

    This sounds like illegal law to me.

  55. //Did the police go to the woman’s house/ Yes-

    //What do you think was the purpose of their visit//

    To discourage her from facilitating the event, because it is a dangerous game and she could be liable for damages if someone gets hurt.

    People get badly injured at these games. That is a drain on healthcare resources, causes a ton of money and several tons of paperwork.

    I am not saying they should have made this call. I like that kind of mad event.
    I’m just saying that the woman was not breaking any law and they did not treat her like a criminal (and you implied).

  56. “People get badly injured at these games.”

    And by faulty washing machines..

  57. Said the man who thinks Mother Nature determines evolution…

    I am loopy, no doubt about it.
    Old
    so true.
    Forgetful
    Absolutely
    But not a creep, Noel.

  58. My goodness, next they’ll stop y’all from your ‘stinging nettles eating’ contest: It’s a slippery slope down Cooper’s Hill…“First they came for the cheesemakers and I didn’t speak out because I’m not a cheesemaker…” Seriously though, why not just go running with scissors?

  59. mairin2
    For most life is an adventure.
    Why shouldn’t people do daft things?

    Why would you go running with scissors?
    Much more dangerous.

  60. I haven’t run with scissors in quite a while, A8…I guess I’ve mellowed with age. There’s a similar argument going on in California, according to a news report this morning…extreme sport and risk takers end up costing the gov’t lots of $$$ in search and rescue costs and in some instances liability attaches when accidents occur on public land during activities deemed ‘sponsored’ or ‘permitted’ or at least ‘not prevented’ by the gov’t…though we’re much more litigious on this side of the pond than you are. Personally though, I think the cops went a bit too far with the cheese lady. There are other cheese rolling contests in England; only those folks don’t choose craggy hillsides on which to conduct them. Must be something in Gloucestershire’s water….or gene pool…;-P

  61. //But not a creep, Noel.//

    I didn’t say you are a creep. I said you are mentally ill.

  62. I’m still waiting to hear from the cheese lady. My guess is she has had so many calls it has all been too much for her. I’ll try again maybe in a few days unless she rings back.

    England is or was, full of quaint customs with ancient traditions behind them. Morris dancing is probably one of the most embarrassing. However it would seem that we have remained a largely peaceable people. Guy Fawkes probably one of our most violent.
    But I liked Guy Fawkes night…

  63. “I didn’t say you are a creep. I said you are mentally ill.”

    Perhaps I was being obscure.
    I regard you as a creep.

  64. I have a friend who does Morris Dancing here in the US…they perform in various places throughout the city beginning May 1 and ending in the autumn. She still goes to Morris Dancing adult camp every summer somewhere in Massachusetts. I am such a good friend, I have even watched her dancing videos. Somewhere in my google travels, I saw a link that highlighted some of the quaint acient English traditions mostly involving food—they look like they inspire community spirit; nothing wrong with that!

  65. I think some are being a tad hard on the nazis officers Enforcement Men Persons in Hi-Viz, cheese is far more dangerous than you think, it can spontaneously combust just like some old people do … cheese is a ‘Fire safety risk’ and requires a ‘Fire & Safety’ risk assessment ..

    No, really

    http://www.cheesefestival.co.uk/terms.html

    Someone, somewhere, must be able to make it all stop

  66. //Perhaps I was being obscure//

    I’ve noticed for a long time how you have difficulty understanding what’s written here, even more difficulty in writing coherently, how you started chasing Colm claiming he was gay, then your morbid obsession with my underwear and lately your bizarre pursuits of mahons for whatever reason, and have come to the conclusion that you really are mentally ill – not in the way that some people say Allan or Pete or whatever are mad – but that you’ve really got serious mental problems.

    At any rate, I don’t want to have any dealings with you here.

  67. Morris dancing …

    Nope, they have got that covered too ..

    ‘Elf and safety threat to 150-year-old Morris dancing charity event as council insists volunteers go on course
    By Jaya Narain
    PUBLISHED: 01:45, 2 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:45, 2 February 2013

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    A 150-year-old Morris dancing event is under threat from safety officials.
    The future of the Britannia Coconutters’ annual 12-hour marathon of dancing in the street for charity is in question after the local authority demanded that the troupe send volunteers on a traffic safety course.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272270/Elf-safety-threat-150-year-old-Morris-dancing-charity-event-council-insists-volunteers-course.html#ixzz2UEOXoYFf

    http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/burnleypendlerossendale/10202058.Red_tape_threat_to_Bacup_morris_dancers/

  68. That happened to the Morris dance troupe in NYC too, Harri. They used to be able to perform in train and ferry terminals, for example, but now they mostly have to perform outside in wide open spaces like parks.

  69. I will go and watch Moris dancers when there sticks are replaced by foam or rubber ones … (It can only be a matter of time) now that would be fun 🙂

    Ear muffs mandatory, oh those bells .. those bells, the horror of it all

  70. “At any rate, I don’t want to have any dealings with you here.”

    Best thing you’ve written for a while Noel.
    I’ve told you before, David has my contact details.

  71. Where we lived in Kent there were a group of black faced mummers came to a pub. They did dances with sticks and hankies and drank rather a lot. Good fun but still sligtly embarrassing.

  72. Morris Dancing .. Monty Python style

    If it catches on, expect the Hi-Viz drones to faint in droves

  73. Health and Safety, British government style is a great idea and should be expanded.

    Can you imagine the lives that would be saved if you.

    s) Banned all driving save 2000 deaths a year

    b) Ban bicycling – someone could fall off the bike

    c) Ban skiing – people do crash into trees

    d)ban boxing, rugby, gridiron, ice hockey – if someone hits someone else, someone could get hurt and we just can’t have that

    e) ban skydiving- obvious

    f) ban swimming – you could drown, or a shark might bite you

    g) ban walking – you could trip on a tree root and break your arm

  74. So, for example, it took 20 minutes for the police to turn at the scene of the Jihad butchery in London. But elsewhere, they can still be like greased lightning when they see imminent danger…..

    Diana Smart, 86, has been making the 1ft diameter cheese “wheels” for 25 years for contestants to chase down 200-yard Cooper’s Hill near Brockworth, Glos

    25 years? greased lightning?

    It’s a pity that resources are wasted on such petty irrelevances as this old woman.

  75. Yeah,
    but then if we save all those lives we will be even more overcrowded..
    Unless we send ’em* your way…

    *or the equivalent in immigrants?

  76. Right enuff already with the cheese.
    Where’s the “Friday night is music night” bit?

  77. Cheese rolling or Conkers .. it makes no difference.

    Give it up .. resistance is futile

  78. Agit

    I hereby ban you from the computer for two weeks, three days, and six hours.

    You could get carpal tunnel syndrome in your fingers form all that typing.

    You could be harmed by the radio waves from the monitor.

    It is for your own good. Turn it off, and spend your time reading safety manuals.

  79. Harri,
    Yes,
    right on cue.
    Uncanny that!

    Here’s another Grumbleweed tv show for you.
    There is a slight connection here..
    Cheese can lead to constipation….

    Actually right at the end there is a surprise appearance by the disgraced Jimmy Saville.

  80. “It is for your own good. Turn it off, and spend your time reading safety manuals.”

    I am very touched by your concern Phantom.
    J believe I hold the record for comments made in any one month, so a rest might indeed be in order.

  81. I don’t wish to go all theological but the usual suspect who claims to be all humane and concerned for everybody cited:

    Genesis 19:29 -38
    “29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

    So what kind of ‘god’ is that? From the Old Testament, God does a lot of mass murder and killing which a certain religion celebrates.

  82. Allan,
    It’s been done to death. I’m not going to go down that road with you again. 🙂

  83. Agit – do you not perceive your own hypocrisy? You invoke a god and his (self-selected) ‘chosen’ people in your arguments when you oppose my ‘hatred’ yet this god murders en masse and those ‘chosen people’ celebrate these atrocities – Purim (murder of 75,000 Persians as described in the book of Esther) and Passover, where the first-born of Egypt are murdered by god noting that jews had to smear blood on a post outside their houses for god to recognise and spare them.
    With the barbarity of their methods of slaughter and their mutilation of baby boys, I’d say that your friends are no better than muslims, viewed theologically.

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