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Marvellous innings, Richie, marvellous

Morning, everyone, well, Mr. Benaud has gone to commentate at that great cricket ground in the sky, 16 runs short of his century.  He managed to avoid the dreaded 87 but still, he’ll not spin his way out of this one.

At last report, he, Alan McGilvray, John Arlott and Tony Greig had met up and were having a quiet cuppa prior to the start of play – Saints v Heavenly All Stars.

Enoch and the upcoming election

Whilst this is the case, as mentioned by Restoring Britain:

This observation stands more starkly than ever with a General Election looming large. The circus has come out in full swing with a legacy media joining in. I get a real sense that some will vote tribally, more people than ever are really uncertain as to what to do mostly because the differences between them are so sadly lacking just like their vision for Britain. What do they do? Refuse to vote?

Well, it’s an approach and I can understand it given what’s on offer. We’re in something of a Catch-22 situation. Vote for what’s in front of us and the situation continues. Refuse to vote and they survive because our apathy allows the tribal voting to remain the dominant approach which the parties rely on and stoke the fires of each election.

… the forces arrayed against a shake-up of the Establishment are doing their worst, this time the allegations about Enoch Powell.…

Danica Patrick needs to be seen in context


This one was sent by one of the lads and my first thought was oh no, here we go again. The feminists are going to be shrill about how good she is and she can mix it with the boys, the boys are going to say what utter BS and point to her record, the feminists are then going to point to the carefully written Wiki record and by posting this, I’ll be called misogynist.…

Quite a common accident … and fatal

Every so often, something comes up which takes me back:

Killed by an icicle: Graduate 20, dies after being hit on the head as she walked her dog in Russia

I used to hate this time of year in Russia, until about the second week in April. It was treacherous, not only for the reasons in the article. Yes, that was bad enough – I’d get to university in town and the door would be closed and a barricade all along the path outside the building.

Everyone had to go into the side courtyard and squeeze through one narrow door past the toilet – about 900 people. Tales abounded of accidents with ice falling, though they called it snow falling and I could never understand what the fuss was. The fuss was an ice shard and anyone anywhere near a building was in danger. I was beside a dump of snow which fell into the roped-off area.…

Yet another parachutee bites the dust

In the post today on “10%”, there was certain bollox stated by some, at which I listed the sorts of women who would bump that number up to well over 10%.

Sadly, this evening, to those must be added another, unfortunately latched onto by Guido:

UKIP have suspended MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations of financial irregularities. A spokesman says:

“The party is incredibly disappointed with Ms. Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgement in acting in a way that the party has never, and would never condone. The party has acted swiftly and immediately, and just as we showed when we suspended another MEP for financial irregularities, we always maintain a zero tolerance attitude towards acts of this nature.”

And there it is – extremely poor judgment. Night follows day. How many more is it going to take?

I am not talking out of my backside, I can name case after case after case.…

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is violent and angry [Warren Buffet]

elizabeth warrenThere’s a case that Hillary is damaged goods, carrying too much Benghazi baggage, no longer loved on the left. Yet she has a mafia battle chest bigger than anyone’s in the land.

Their new ideological champion is, of course, the faux red-indian Elizabeth Warren.  Now you may have noticed one small thing from this – no males.  This might actually be a good thing in the case of the left, look at their champions – Obama, Blair, Brown, Rumpy-Pumpy, Barosso.

So, here’s a look at our Liz from various sources:…

Unenlightened Commentary

There is/was a blogger, Ross Fountain, of Unenlightened Commentary. Ross is/was well known in the blogging fraternity, particularly by people at OoL and other places. One of the good guys, so to speak.

I just received an email and shall run it as is:

I’m emailing you because I recently discovered my late brother, Ross, kept a blog, and I saw that you had commented on some of his posts

I had no idea he had been keeping it until after his death, but I couldn’t help thinking about how to let people know that he won’t be posting anymore.

Ross died three weeks ago in a freak accident, which we are still struggling to come to terms with. I don’t know what you can do, or even how often you read his blog, but I had to let someone know.

The name was given.

If it is as stated, then I’m appalled.…

Kaltenborn just the latest example of why it never works

kaltenbornYes I know these are my least liked posts and I really had not intended to run another so soon after the Yahoo and HP post but if it’s there, it has to mentioned.

This story runs along the same rails as Yahoo, HP and all the other stories on the same theme, that theme being never put a woman in charge of a major company or team.

The way it always goes is that the company or team is facing a time of dilemma, the board itself often has fuddy-duddies and cronies on it who are out of touch, someone suggests a new golden girl, e.g. Fiorina, who talks the talk and walks the walk. Hey, we’re modern, we’re dynamic, we’re politically correct.

And so it is with Sauber.…

RIP, Dave Mackay, plus other thoughts on football

First, Wiggia:


The iconic picture at the head of this article shows the hard man image that he was labeled with, but he was a lot more than that, a very brave player who came back from two broken legs in an era when that sort of injury would normally mean the ending of your career and a player acknowledged as being hard but always fair, he was never sent off in a match.

Authentic productions


Authenticity.  To me, it’s everything and so it seems to many of you too.

For example, the main reason the British version of Maigret – I mean the one with Michael Gambon, let’s leave the early version aside for now – was not so popular was that it was essentially a British police tele-drama, it did it really well, it was the best of British.

But that was the issue – it was British, not French, apart from the excellent opening credits. Similarly, van der Valk was excellent but the Dutchman was Barry Foster. To a native audience, a native production of an overseas book or series is fine but in this country, there are also people more discerning than that.…

Malfeasance [4]

You know I watch What’s My Line for its gentility, manners, for the nature of the time which, were you to believe the programme, abounded everywhere.

One episode had a young lady as mystery guest – a Miss Tuesday Weld [at 19:08]:

I must have watched this in my pre-knowledge days about half a dozen times and thought her precocious but pretty. It struck me at the time that she was another Hollywood brat who had not been brought up properly and was quite arrogant to boot but otherwise all right.…

Malfeasance [3]

Tuesday 11

A blogger called Gorightly tracked down the original purveyor of the Weld Druid High Priestess thing, one Jeffrey Turner:

Mr. Turner is an interesting character. A google search of his name yields about three hits: one, at, the web site devoted to Tiffany Renee Darwish, the once-popular singer; two, on google video, a preview of the documentary film I Think We’re Alone Now; and three, at Adam Gorightly’s Untamed Dimensions.

Malfeasance [2]

tuesday too

After refusing the part of Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby and of Lolita, much later Tuesday Weld was interviewed and asked why she had not taken Lolita, a part which would have been a perfect fit for her projected child coquette image which gained her parts in Hollywood.

She answered: “I didn’t have to play it. I was Lolita.”…

Miss Marple, Geraldine McEwen and YouTube

Not speaking ill of her, not in the least BUT one has to take issue with Geraldine McEwen’s attitude towards Miss Marple.  Saw an interview with her and she just couldn’t be bothered playing Miss Marple any more.

Miss Marple actress Geraldine McEwan dies, aged 82

And of course, one cannot access the real Miss Marple any more on YouTube.

Not GMcE’s fault – it’s YouTube’s fault and that of the programme makers.  Joan Hickson did very few and even less found their way to YouTube, whereas the modern versions with GMcE are ubiquitous.  Plus that other one.

Looked for a Miss Marple [Hickson] just now on YouTube – not a single one in the original but there were versions with foreign sub-titles.

One episode had twelve parts.  Guess what – YouTube had blocked Part 1 but not the other 11.

These people are pains.  Interfering busybodies.…