Friday too

10. Only ugliness permitted

You might need to use Ctrl + or read below – the text says:

This fundamentally ugly slab of charmless marine brutalism, belching diesel fumes 24/7, causing unwanted tourist congestion at every port it calls at, is what narcissistic beard creep Richard Branson thinks is just what we need. Stocked up on virus masks and body bags, I hope…

You remember, in Lord of the Rings, how the Shire and Hobbiton was described and then after Sharkey got to it.  Similarly, after the same crew got to the Cambridge lawn [post tomorrow].

And let’s throw in the atonalism post again:

Its this which distresses me more than even the atrocities against people and animals. Look at that Branson ship and then think back to Death on the Nile and the boats used in that film. In Russia, we went for a cruise along the Volga in a similar craft. What you were paying for was gentility, not ‘pack them in’ meat markets, cattle class.

As for any virus …..

9.  Murray on Stone

The Guardian newspaper has taken the art of obfuscation, false implication and the subtler forms of journalistic lying to new heights in its very extensive coverage of the Roger Stone sentencing saga. It has now devoted fourteen articles in the last fortnight to this rather obscure episode of American political history. Yet in not one of those articles – nor in more than a dozen articles about the Stone case that preceded it over the last few months – has the Guardian informed its readers what Stone was actually convicted of doing.

8. That Trump interview

[H/T Chuckles and haiku where applicable]

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6 comments for “Friday too

  1. Distant Relative
    February 21, 2020 at 13:57

    10. All the appeal of a prison ship.

    • Mark Matis
      February 21, 2020 at 14:46

      Well they ARE able to pack a whole lot of people on board, which increases the profits and SHOULD reduce the cost to the passengers. And since price rules, well…

  2. February 21, 2020 at 15:16

    “Are able to PACK a lot …”

    There it is, Mark old son.

  3. dearieme
    February 21, 2020 at 17:19

    Murray is an odd fish but, as it happens, from time to time I agree with him – for example about Assange. Let the beggar go – he served years confined to the Ecuadorian embassy which is adequate punishment for skipping bail, especially since the Swedish rape charges were bogus.

    • February 21, 2020 at 17:29

      I’d agree.

      • Chuckles
        February 21, 2020 at 19:13

        I disagree with him on many things, but I am always interested in what he has to say, and I have no doubt that his stated beliefs are honestly held, and I have never known him to dissemble or shade the truth as he knows it.

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