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FAO Trampie - Leanne Wood???.
at 10:38 16 Oct 2017

Having finished the Maconie book I've been going back through it fact-checking a dozen or so claims, quotes and assertions I'd marked as I went along. Some because they ran contrary to notions I had picked up across the years and I'd wanted to fact-check, others because they'd interested me enough I wanted to explore them further, but there was something on Page 78 that struck me as ridiculous coming from Leanne Wood.

I take it you recall Theresa May in the run-up to the Tory leadership contest in the wake of the Brexit referendum making a bid to occupy Macmillan's old centrist, One-Nation Tory position by claiming she would "make the Tories the party for working people?" Remember that statement, Tramp?

Maconie goes on to quote, with obvious tacit approval, (he describes her as being "white-faced with quiet rage" having been "pricked into passionate scorn") from Leanne Wood's response on Question Time later that evening. Now pay attention here, Tramp - " I worked as a probation officer in south Wales during the miners' strike.... they will never be the party of the working people."

Now a politician's propensity for coming out with self-serving averment notwithstanding that's an extraordinary thing to say! I have vivid memories of the miners' strike, but then I would, I'm older than her and by my reckoning she would have been a schoolchild at the time. Thirteen or thereabouts?



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A new book worth reading.
at 08:43 13 Oct 2017

Stuart Maconie's Long Road from Jarrow. I picked a copy up yesterday and I'm about two-thirds of the way through. A travelogue with some prescient, ground-level observations on the contemporary state of Brexit Britain. Funny in parts, discommoding in others it offers up a running commentary on the cyclic nature of history and turns a spotlight on both the tardiness and puniness of the response to preventable injustices by the political class in 2016 just as in 1936.

Read it.

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He's back!
at 18:11 11 Oct 2017

Radio 4 has just reported that Teflon Tony is being mooted as a UN envoy to mediate between the Cortes Generales in Madrid and the Parlament de Catalunya

"Shall I tell you where the men are who believe most in themselves? For I can tell you. I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar."

G K Chesterton

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Trouble posting up new threads?
at 18:09 11 Oct 2017

Anybody else?

Edit: Sorted!
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Studio over-production kills a song.
at 11:10 4 Oct 2017

Contrast these two versions just as an example. Does my nut in!

Beauty then the beast...





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FAO Dav - Broadway, Nashville.
at 23:45 16 Sep 2017

The reason Christ turned water to wine...





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Miriam Margolyes - chat show gold!
at 22:07 16 Sep 2017

After, perhaps, Peter Ustinov and Mel Brooks she has to be the the best thing to be perched on a chat show couch. I remember watching this first time around and spilling a drink over myself. Sartre said that "Hell is other people," but he never met Miriam...

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No mention of Jacob Rees Mogg?
at 23:57 10 Sep 2017

I've been away, in work, then away again so in catching up on here I was surprised to see no mention of his comments that seem to have sent The Guardian and Observer columnists scurrying for their adult pampers.

I'd have thought that would have been meat and drink to the good denizens of JNF?

PS - I don't know who Mo Wives is but he's just provided me with the happiest hour of reading I've enjoyed in a long while. Bravo sir!
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Exactly 100 years ago today...Passchendaele
at 14:23 30 Jul 2017

As you sit there reading this exactly one hundred years ago today the boys of the 38th Welsh Division, many of your relatives amongst them, were making their way forward to the jumping-off point for the attack on Pilckem Ridge that went in at dawn on the 31st.



A blue pennant stone cromlech surmounted by a red dragon now marks the spot and commemorates the fallen but every war memorial in Glamorgan you pass by today carries the reaper's roll-call.

Before you go to bed tonight spare a thought for the boys who never came back...

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Acid attacks
at 20:48 25 Jul 2017

What sort of devilry is this? An article on Radio 4 stated that Scotland Yard investigated 450 or so such attacks last year. I can't even begin to get my head around that! What sort of a monster would even contemplate something like that, much less do it?

What's happening to London?
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One tipsy chap versus the great unwashed.
at 19:51 16 Jul 2017



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The Betrayed Girls
at 14:55 4 Jul 2017

Swirling tumbleweed and complete silence coming from Labour supporters after last night's BBC documentary then? There's a surprise....
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The foundering of the Prince Ivanhoe off Port Eynon.
at 11:46 18 Jun 2017

Anybody else on here remember that, anybody else down there on the day? Myself and a few friends were on the beach helping people ashore, I was talking to one of those old friends yesterday and he reminded me of it, it's hard to believe it was thirty six years ago.

Thirty six years! You blink and they're gone....



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The standard of political discourse from another era...
at 16:02 13 Jun 2017

If you have the time and inclination I'd invite you to sit down and listen to this and compare it with the shallow sloganeering that passes for debate today.

Michael Foot vs Enoch Powell with Robin Day mediating. Kick back and enjoy genuine artisans.

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So then, what date's the next General Election?
at 12:22 9 Jun 2017

I'll go with October. Any advance on that?
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Three cheers for the Daily Mail..
at 13:28 7 Jun 2017

One day to go...

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In other news...
at 18:07 30 May 2017

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You put your left leg in, left leg out....New, New Labour in a nutshell
at 13:00 25 May 2017

This tiny little fella' doesn't know if he's coming or going. How can you pronounce, and I'm quoting directly here, " the violence of the IRA was despicable, disgusting; they bombed and maimed innocent men, women and children and there is no defence for any support for the IRA whatsoever..." then, within days, go on to mount this platform?



One face for display to working men who's votes they covet but another altogether behind closed doors amidst the soiled and sullied of their own stripe?
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A present for you, Trampie...
at 17:53 12 May 2017

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The degeneration of The Labour Party
at 15:07 12 May 2017

If you have the time and inclination I would invite you to witness political evolution reversed...





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