01 May 2009
30 April 2009
I'm just asking.
Note: I may or may not have spent several minutes trying to get a ticket machine to take an ancient and revered five pound note this morning before re-queuing for the machine that would actually take debit cards....
27 April 2009
Note: I can just imagine hordes of American wing nuts heaping scorn and worse on any Muslim who might have made the same declaration. I wait with bated breath....
20 April 2009
14 April 2009
13 April 2009
25 March 2009
I guess that Carol Barclay will have to accept her fifteen minutes of fame coming from the fact that she will almost certainly be the only HBOS employee to be punished for stealing money from taxpayers.
24 March 2009
23 March 2009
18 March 2009
12 March 2009
10 March 2009
"One characteristic of cults is that they strongly believe they alone are right in their beliefs and everyone else is wrong"
06 March 2009
05 March 2009
0405 - look at clock and realise it is 0405
0425 - give up battle to return to sleep
0425 to 0630 - shower, eat, drink coffee, write emails, do some work
0630 - depart for Bromley South
0652 - arrive Bromley South - notice that ALL TRAINS are delayed or cancelled due to "very severe weather conditions in Kent" (this means it got a bit chilly last night)
0659 - my 0704 train to Ramsgate is cancelled but 0736 train to Canterbury West is listed as "on time"
0731 - 0736 train apparently goes missing and is listed as delayed
0736 - 0830 - wait outside the barriers, occasionally popping off for a double espresso, whilst getting buffeted around for 3,127 commuters who, despite the rucksacks strapped to their backs, the kit bags over their shoulder or their hand bags the size of Luxembourg, naively fail to realise that they take up more space their body without the luggage.
0831 - just before going through barriers hear the following announcement: "the train now standing on platform 1 is the 0614 Blackfriar's service.
0832 - share chuckle with woman standing next to me
0842 - board marginally delayed 0736 Canterbury West train
0944 - arrive Lenham where all evidence of "very severe weather" has magically vanished and it is a lovely sunny spring morning.
0958 - arrive work and warn colleagues that today is not a day to fuck with me.
0958 - 1718 - work (it doesn't go very well)
1908 - arrive at the Partridge and begin consuming London Pride. This will continue until morale improves (or chucking out time arrives)
I thought that you should know.
03 March 2009
02 March 2009
The list grows longer; even if I have to leave their actual names off of it for the moment.
27 February 2009
This means that over the decade he "worked" at RBS the company put in roughly £133,000 a month; approximately the annual salary of about five of the bank's frontline workers. Should Sir Fred suddenly discover his honour, an admittedly unlikely event, and return his ill-gotten gain perhaps the bank could use the funds to keep about 600 of the 20,000 RBS workers about to get the sack in employment for an extra year. Or maybe not.
26 February 2009
24 February 2009
You will note that the good folks at The Spectator seem to have cropped the words "fifth columnist" from the article as written by pre-eminent right wing nut case Melanie Phillips but, once again, they have been found out by Google cache!
22 February 2009
16 February 2009
Well, at least we're fucking rid of him!
12 February 2009
I assume he doesn't actually mean "anti-religious" but rather "anti-my-peculiar-brand-of-right-wing-fundamentalist-protestant-Christianity".
10 February 2009
And I certainly hope that you plan to personally reimburse every young man or woman, under the age of 18 say, who bought one of your shirts (or shoes or whatever), under the false pretense that you were playing by the rules. Perhaps someone should initiate a class action suit.
09 February 2009
He may be black but there is no doubt of his authenticity as a Republi-con, now is there?
However my outrage is not at Mr. Belusconi's blatant attempts to seize imperial power in Italy and go against the order of the court and the will of the electorate in order to placate Il Papa. My own position is in opposition to his. My outrage is at his comments to the effect that Ms. Englaro, despite having been in a coma for over 16 years, is "in the condition to have babies". Clearly any politician who holds the female citizens in such low esteem that he considers them little more than equipment for breeding deserves immediate retirement; and a shameful retirement at that.
I certainly hope that the women of Italy agree and see to it that he must leave his office; immediately and in disgrace.
07 February 2009
With that reminder I bring you the news that not-Joe the non-plumber now seems to have a job as a non-adviser to the Republi-cons. It just doesn't get any better than this...
I can only assume that until he gets his finger out ex-Hitler Youth member his Holiness and sole representative of (at least one of may) God(s) on Earth Pope Benedict XVI will re-excommunicate the former ex-Bishop.
I wait with bated breath.
06 February 2009
05 February 2009
What a cunt. Now if he would only disappear quietly into the slime from which he emerged, eh.
“That is pretty draconian — $500,000 is not a lot of money, particularly if there is no bonus”
And if you think $500,000 per annum is "draconian" he ought to have a look at the pay packet of American living in the real world; assuming said American is getting a pay packet at all anymore.
03 February 2009
29 January 2009
27 January 2009
26 January 2009
There are at least two unanswered questions that demand a response;
As I write this I am listening to an interview on the BBC's own World Service between Mr. Thompson, head of the Beeb, and John Humphreys, one of Mr. Thompson's employees. Mr. Thompson admitted that there was incredible suffering in Gaza but that the BBC could not allow the appeal because the political situation is unsettled. Unfortunately the usually dogged Mr. Humphreys failed to follow up and demand an answer to the question why these hundreds of thousand of innocents are to be allowed to suffer because of politics.
The second, more dangerous question, that also must be answered is whether there was any contact between official Israeli government sources, official Hamas government sources or unofficial lobbyists on either side and any BBC officials before, during or after the time when this disgraceful decision was made.
I imagine that we will not know the answer to the later question for many years, if ever.
His first sob story relates to a woman that he "has known since she was a teenager" without noting how long that may have been. Her terrible story is that she is living in a "house", and I use the word reservedly, on which she has a 2,200,000 USD interest only mortgage with payments of about 12,000 USD a month. She is scrapping by on 20,000 USD graciously provided by her ex-husband (10K in the form of child support and 10K in alimony). Fortunately she seems to have a sugar daddy of some sort who helps out by picking up the credit card bills and other incidentals that her additional 8,000 a month doesn't seem to cover. She has a bit of a shop that Mr. Stein seems to describe as a hobby rather than an enterprise. Suddenly because the value of her "house" is falling and her alimony is running out she is suddenly worried about money. I don't know how long she has been sucking at the entitlement teat but she has clearly, for reasons not entirely clear, been living well beyond her means.
There are currently, and there will be many more, tragic victims of the economic crisis in America and across the world. This woman is clearly not one of them. I don't mean to sound hard and unfeeling but is there any other option in this case?
Mr. Stein's other worry seems to be case of his handsome, if irresponsible, son who seems to have gone and got himself married even though his only means of support seems to be his father.
I haven't even crocodile tears for these Americans who seem to feel that not only does America owe them a living (without working or working very hard) but it owes them a living and a lifestyle that very, very few of the planet's 6,000,000,000 human being can even dream of.
Come the revolution!
There is still no word as to the eventual last rest place of Todd Palin's silk pants.
22 January 2009
21 January 2009
The United States has ratified the UN convention on torture which places an obligation of states to prosecute violations and the US Constitution defines ratified treaties as the highest law of the land.
"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."
Today my exile was not longer lonely. I have had emails and phone calls from friends in Britain, Ireland, France,Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, Egypt and Israel. I have finally had a chance to watch the new president's speech for myself.
The one word that was common to all of these contacts, and to my own teary eyed viewing of the speech, was "stirring".
If my and our new president can make America think of itself differently and the world to think of America differently isn't that simply enough.
I think so.
20 January 2009
I don't know if it is any louder than other embedded video players but the volume control goes all the way up to 11!
Even the fact that he commuted the sentences of the two ex-border guards, who had become poster children for the wing nut community, rather than pardoning their crime is, I believe, the right thing.
So let it never be said that I never complemented Captain Codpiece on anything; even though it had to wait for his ultimate day!
15 January 2009
However I must confess that the following headline has reinvigorated my interest:
"The New York Jets And The Flaming Lesbian Catfight"
14 January 2009
13 January 2009
"At school, Sarah stood out as one of the brightest children. "I could tell she would go far," remembers former geography teacher, George Bush. "She was the only one who could identify Iraqistan on a map." Sarah's potential was realised when she came seventh in the Wasilla Miss Congeniality competition in 1979"
How, if the ultimate edition of The Observer for 2008 is to believed I need pretend no longer!
03 January 2009
Well I think it is time that we armed the great man with an assault rifle, strapped a couple of bandoliers over his chest, sprayed his mustache with Kevlar and dropped him somewhere over Tehran. After all he "accidentally" missed out on Vietnam and this could be his last chance.
Good luck John; we more or less wish you well.