Mudanza

December 15, 2018 1 comment

The last two weeks have not been the most stressful of my life, but they’ve been up there, no mistake.

At the end of November, Eileen and I went out to Spain with no clear idea of what was going to happen. As it transpired, we moved house, something that has been on our agenda for the last twelve months and more. After eighteen years on the hill it was time for the house that we created and tweaked to pass into new and younger hands, and for us to find accommodation more suited to our needs.

We are happy to say that both ends of the process were completed more smoothly than we could ever have imagined. The physical side, though, that was a bugger. Frankly I would never have got through it without the help of my stepson, mi hijastro, Dominic Paul Harry Abernethy. Dom, you’re pure gold.

And one other: our amazing lawyer, Anna Abad, who overcame one hiccup and glitch after another, and even drove us to the station when it was all done. God bless you, Anna.

We’re on the plane home now after a fortnight camping in LaMod and living on sandwiches. A nod to you too Starkis. Our best wishes for the future go to Theresa and William, and our thanks to Carlos and Merce.

Adios.

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Cyndy Lauper

December 11, 2018 2 comments

Let’s be clear about this: I don’t rate Theresa May as outstanding Prime Minister material. However I acknowledge that it is unfair to judge her at the stage as her time in office has been dominated by a single unsolvable task that was not of her making. Aside from that her only major howler has been to suffer an attack of opportunism and throw away a working majority.

Let’s be clear about this also: there isn’t a single person on either side of the House who could have come up with a solution that would have commanded Commons support.

During the negotiations she hasn’t got everything right, but in the main she has behaved with decorum and dignity. That’s why I wake up this morning feeling disgusted.

We are shamed as a nation by the behaviour of our Parliament. We are shamed as electors by the vicious, hysterical abuse heaped upon the lady by the people we have sent there, both sides of the chamber and even in the middle, by the weasel who somehow wriggled into the Speaker’s chair in place of a much, much better man.

For the last few days we have seen these people show their true colours, Green with envy, White with fear and Purple with anger, hatred even at times. And none of them are beautiful.

We’re big on petitions these days so I would like to start another, demanding that the role of the Committee on Standards on Public Life be expanded to include oversight of parliamentary behaviour and powers of discipline over those who are guilty of discourtesy and personal abuse. If you would sign it, like or share this post.

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Pity

December 7, 2018 Leave a comment
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Oh! Tu!

December 6, 2018 Leave a comment

So a mobile phone network goes down and the world comes to an end? I haven’t laughed as much since the day granny caught her tits in the mangle.

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Biter bit

November 27, 2018 Leave a comment

news.sky.com/story/pool-of-support-for-mays-brexit-deal-even-shallower-than-first-thought-11564956

I had some hope that, the Prime Minister having done the deal, the National mood would change and would become one of ‘let’s just get it over with.’

But when Michael Fallon comes riding into battle with his lance aimed at her, she really is skewered. Of course this is the same Fallon she threw under the bus a year ago on the basis of a historic and unproven accusation by the sisterhood when a more reasoned response might have been to let him apologise to anyone he might or might not have offended and carry on in a job he was doing very well.

You got that one wrong, Theresa.

Categories: Politics

Crisis?

November 23, 2018 Leave a comment

Having had builders in recently, and knowing that they are pretty much the same everywhere, I am concerned that Ken Bruce’s Popmaster quiz may be having a significantly adverse effect on the national economy.

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Obscene

November 21, 2018 Leave a comment
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Contradiction?

November 21, 2018 Leave a comment

The DUP is pro-Brexit, yes? So why is it digging its heels and blocking our departure?

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Challenge

November 21, 2018 Leave a comment

news.sky.com/story/briton-matthew-hedges-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-in-uae-for-spying-11559410

A life sentence after a five minute hearing with no legal representation? That can’t be allowed to stand. What is our Foreign Secretary (What’s his name?) going to do about it?

If Mr Hedges is what he says, an innocent, if naive academic researching for a thesis, HMG must go in hard. Grounding all UAE airlines would be a good start. Freezing all Emirates bank accounts and assets might come next.

If on the other hand, Mr Hedges is what the UAE says, what will we do? Own up, or throw him under the bus?

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Close shave?

November 19, 2018 Leave a comment

news.sky.com/story/six-people-escape-unhurt-after-lift-plunges-84-floors-down-chicago-skyscraper-11558355

Been in that restaurant and in that lift. Fortunately we got down at normal speed.

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Vox populi

November 19, 2018 2 comments

A few days ago I laid the blame for the current Brexit shambles fairly and squarely at the  door of the Prime Minister. I still believe that it belongs there. She has hamstrung two Cabinet level negotiators by effectively setting up her own Brexit department within Downing Street and making Ministers subordinate to her pet civil servant. That’s not how government should work. A Prime Minister is an executive chairman, not a managing director with full authority.

But in that post I stopped short of saying that Theresa should be replaced. Just as the cowardly Cameron should have stayed on post referendum to clean up his mess, she must stay on to clean up hers. If that means listening to Arlene Foster, so be it. If it means accepting the collective view of the majority of her colleagues, so be it. If she can’t do either, she should resign. However, the second last thing the country needs is a long drawn-out Tory leadership election. The last thing it needs is a General Election that might put Corbyn in Downing Street. The ‘no confidence’ letters are not helpful, and they should be pulled at once.

So what is the next step? The so-called People’s Vote? No! Call it what you like but if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, a duck it is. It’s a referendum under another name and we’ve had enough of those.

I have another suggestion. It’s pretty radical and it won’t find a seconder, but it would be a much quicker way of achieving the same outcome as a referendum. Why don’t the Party leaders, May, Corbyn, Sturgeon, Cable and Foster agree to put the matter before Parliament with all members having a free vote?

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Escape hatch

November 19, 2018 3 comments

www.irishtimes.com/opinion/tony-blair-may-s-deal-is-a-recipe-for-chaos-there-is-another-way-1.3701946

Just because it’s Tony Blair, that doesn’t make it a bad idea.

Categories: Politics

Recollection

November 18, 2018 1 comment

Danny Willett winning again reminds me of his notorious brother, and the following gem.

National Club Golfer columnist Pete Willett on the team dynamics of the Ryder Cup. Oh, and his love for the Team USA crowd.
— Read on www.nationalclubgolfer.com/news/pete-willett-i-aint-partisan-hes-my-brother/

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Noses off

November 17, 2018 Leave a comment
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Your song

November 16, 2018 Leave a comment

The John Lewis Christmas ad is always anticipated, but this year they’ve pulled out all the stops.

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Theresa in Mordor

November 16, 2018 1 comment

I don’t Twit any more but I saw this one on Eddie Pepperell’s feed:

It’s clear to me that there’s only one person who can now deliver Brexit; Frodo Baggins.

Nice one son.

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The darkness

November 15, 2018 3 comments

I voted to leave the EU, because I believe it has outgrown itself. But I didn’t vote for the current shambles, the blame for which lies fairly and squarely with Theresa May. She should have gone the day after her defeat in the entirely unnecessary General Election that she called without the support of her party, but she didn’t. Instead she clung on dragging the nation down with her obstinacy and splitting it in two. The only reason she’s still barricaded in her bunker in Downing Street is that nobody in her party fancies clearing up the mess she’s made.

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Half empty

November 11, 2018 2 comments

I enjoy watching golf on telly far more than I ever did playing the silly game. But that enjoyment dims when Mark Roe is in the box. The man is a critic, not a commentator, expecting players to reach a standard that he never did himself, and slating them when they do not. He needs to listen and learn from the likes of Ewan Murray, Dougie Donnelly and Andrew Cotter.

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Rock of Ages

November 8, 2018 Leave a comment

www.radio45.co.uk/

Spike Thomson, aka Scott Wilson, is back on the radio!

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Crazy

November 8, 2018 4 comments

When I’m working, my top pick for background music, and Bob’s, is often my contemporary, Sir Van Morrison. His newest work, ‘You’re Driving me Crazy’, a collaboration with a fat bloke name of Joey Francesco, arrived today. It’s being played once, and that’s all, because it’s too damn  good. There’s background, and then there’s distraction. File under jazz.

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