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Champions or worst team for decades?

Just wondering what on earth is going on here?  Last week, I was reading the New Zealand press and various people in the team’s entourage and it was doom and gloom over this All Blacks side, the worst in history etc. etc.  This is from this evening:

all blacks

That’s rather an interesting thing – look at the British press on the same game, same two teams:…

Pub bands

One type of band I really like is what I’d call the ‘honest’ band – three guitars and drums, nothing superfluous but to employ an Americanism, they kick A.  Nazareth was one of those. You might call them pub bands but they usually end up in auditoriums.

This band was one of those – rocking and intense in its crescendos, with an utter maniac for a singer, a guy called ‘Doc’ Neeson.  You needn’t see them to get the idea, you can hear it in his voice – there’s something about the type.  They’d specialize in dropping the tempo to quiet near the middle of the song and then explode, building towards the end.

Naturally they built a cult following:

The one thing unique to our politics …

Apart from bumbleheadedness and inept corruption and incompetence, what characterizes our politics in England, differently from the rest of the world?

The answer lies in looking at how Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine do it, how even the French, Germans and Americans do it. To a small extent, the Italians do it as we do but they still have their hit squads.


Nothing escapes. Everything and everyone is reduced to ridicule and that, in itself, is a powerplay. We’re saying no one is above us. Whether it’s true or not, we’re saying we’re the top-feeders and they are our servants. Russians have a wicked sense of humour too and lambast the politburo in private … but not publicly.

emily nightmares

Meanwhile, across the pond …

American Thinker:

Then there’s the little question of racial disparity in the single-parent stakes. Little black children are far more likely than white children to be deprived of the basic human right of their married mother living with their married biological father. That’s racism.

Then there’s the murder statistics. Blacks are much more likely to get murdered by a black person that a white person. There’s racism again.

Then there is unemployment. Blacks are about twice as likely to be unemployed as a white person. What does President Obama do? He proposes to legalize 5 million illegal immigrants so they can compete for jobs in the formal economy — against blacks. That’s real racism.

Derek Huneter has a piece warning blacks that Democrats are falling out of love with them because Hispanics look to become a bigger voting bloc in the future. But I wonder. The Pew Poll has numbers showing that very few Hispanics can identify a Hispanic leader.

Rose of the World, Slenderman and others

Revealed: The desperate last days of Russian supermodel, 20, who took running leap from her New York apartment building ‘after joining brutal Rose of the World cult’

If we can de-Mail-ify this, the danger is that if I run a link to the Wiki entry on it, how many young people or women will click into it and start taking it onboard?  You’d have to say almost none but can I take the risk?

the eyesI’m at the point now I couldn’t care less about if people were offended by that last paragraph or not – my job is to tell it as it is. Who are the most susceptible to these sorts of things?  One need only look at cults such as Manson and Jim Jones to see it.

There are men who tend to be henchmen, enforcers, the real murderers and then a range of female accolytes, then the mass of converts who can be male and female.…


Was most interested in John Stapleton’s new book on Thailand.

Obviously written as a result of the killings, it set me to thinking about my experiences there with my Russian gf.  Though I can’t comment on the Brits and Australians, I still saw them at a distance and had the same reaction Stapleton reports Thais increasingly have.

Also remember that story the other day about the wife caught sitting on the lap of another man – she was Thai.…

Cameron and western leaders want cold war

Abbott – this is how you do a shirtfront, Vlad:


Putin to Leave G20 Summit Early after ‘Robust’ Exchange with Cameron

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set the leave the G20 summit early after he was confronted by British Prime Minister David Cameron over Ukraine. Cameron warned that Russia could face further sanctions unless it stopped “destabilising” Ukraine, telling the Russian President that he need to implement a peace plan de-escalate tensions in the beleaguered eastern European nation.

Christmas wine – best buys under £15


This follows on from the previous post – Early thoughts on Christmas wines.

I was going to write a piece on Grenache and Riesling wines at the end of this year as promised at the beginning of 2014.

The reason for that not happening is quite simple – the limited amounts of straight Grenache wines available.  Most are blended with other grapes, and for Riesling, the fact that it has fallen even further out of favour and single bottles are almost impossible to source, the only way to buy Riesling of any quality is by the case from specialist importers, so a review of that would be meaningless to the vast majority of wine drinkers.

So I thought a survey of what is more generally available with Christmas in mind would be a more useful approach.…

Which history?


Haiku quotes Kurt Vonnegut from Breakfast of Champions, via The Atlantic:

So this book is a sidewalk strewn with junk, trash which I throw over my shoulders as I travel in time back to November eleventh, nineteen hundred and twenty-two.

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nationswhich had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.