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This one has to be attributed to  and it does seem a bit bizarre.

The European Commission has suggested that a European company buy Russian gas and then re-sell it to Ukraine, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said Tuesday following trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

“We suggested the following thing: if Naftogaz is not able to pay, a European company may pay for this gas instead and then re-sell it to Naftogaz,” Oettinger said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, this one is a poll of Sun readers:


Make of that what you will.  And this one below is just a reminder that it might not be important to us but …


And as if we needed a reminder:

euro and spain

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Star footballer caught in sex romp in Paris

Footballers have been known to do some pretty outrageous things but this one takes the biscuit and I’m sorry to say it’s one of our star players. I liked Jimmy Bartel, I really did but this is just one step too far, this is beyond the pale, if you catch my drift.


He was caught canoodling with the young lady and seems the two couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

What’s wrong with that, you might ask? Well for goodness sake – she’s his wife! A man has the hots for his own wife? What’s the world coming to?

I mean, what got into him – he goes gallivanting off to Paris with her when he could have been getting sloshed with the lads in Bali:


Caption time

Supply his name, her name and what he’s saying to her:


The geek

From Chuckles:



When I lived in England, I told the girl I was dating (who’s still one of my best friends in the world) that I could do a KILLER Irish accent.

The adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam

There’s a line in this song which sums up Australians: ‘From the land that thinks the whole world’s out to get them.’ LOL.

He died today, the briefly seen colossus who bestrode Australia – beauty, bonza cobber – and those were the days I was down there, in the middle of it. Politically exciting if you were a young chap with a Labour inclination, which I was at the time.

If you want the actual bio, The Age will do for starters. The lengthier version, for students of political history and the history of nations, is in the five vids below – worth a look. I’ll summarize below that:

These were heady times – we went to all the demonstrations in Melbourne, including the restaurant Kerr attended by the Yarra River. The whole nation was up in arms and the mood was ugly. I think the reason I was pushed towards Labour was having had socialist teachers – how on earth do those people get their sincecures?…

Roadmap to Brexit, U.S. Navy, Niagara interactive and other things

Have to agree with this and with Wiggia’s comment: ‘Annoying all the right people.’  Click pic to go to youtube:

n10 calypso

You really have to smile….Tories, Labour and Lib Dems get millions from wealthy donors, have hundreds of salaried staff, use PR firms, advertising agencies, focus groups and pollsters to finetune carefully crafted propaganda campaigns all backed up by their palace guards in the media and the impact is….zilch…

UKIP (no big donors, minimal staff) get a former BBC dj, well past his sell by date to write, sing and record a calypso, a musical genre briefly popular circa 1955 and the whole thing goes VIRAL!!!!!!!

What’s more the lyrics spell out the main threads of UKIP policy while the chorus plops Nigel Farage directly outside No. 10 Downing Street….

The lefty smellysocks on Twitter go mental and the Telegraph and Guardian sneer at full throttle and the usual suspects cry RACIST…

There is something essentially wicked in the British sense of humour and I believe they had one of the best PR firms do this, pitching it slightly amateurishly, most gallingly, most irreverently – it tunes in with our mindsets like a hand in a glove.…

Tommy Robinson attacked in prison


There are certain things which are going to happen if you’re a bit of a silly boy and don’t see the writing on the wall.  But that in no way excuses those things happening.

Last year, OoL ran a video of a march where Tommy Robinson and another EDL member went on a prearranged walk.  They were first accosted by police and when asked about the route, he told them.  Police have a duty to keep the peace so they should have kept a short distance and the two separated from the UAF thugs.

Instead what happened was that the police stopped them again to interrogate them and behind the police stood the UAF who then physically attacked but when Robinson’s partner counter-attacked, Robinson and he were arrested and bundled into a van.  Nothing was done to the attackers.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more blatantly biased piece of policing.  They’d been sent to provoke and arrest.…

Cutty Sark and the awfully clever ‘modern’ administrator

There’ve been two themes so far today – incompetence and the sea.  And on Christopher Wren Day, let’s add design and architecture to that.

And so to the burning of the Cutty Sark. This magnificent vessel, which I’m proud to say, along probably with you, I’ve been on board quite a few times – remember I lived near there – this vessel was the pride of Britain.

All right, perhaps she did not actually beat Thermopylae home in tht race, breaking her rudder 400 miles ahead of her rival but she was still magnificent:


The photographer stood in two ship’s boats lashed together to take that picture.

And what fate awaits a lady who, a century later, needs to be allowed to rest in peace? Well, you put her in dry dock in Greenwich and allow the public from around the world to come and admire, soak up the atmosphere.…

Changing face of British politics – the new enemy


In keeping with the themes of the day – incompetence, designed incompetence, celebration of a great designer/architect, the sea, dangerous places to be and people who send us round the bend, this is an interesting article about Brighton.

There are always going to be around the same percentages of people of certain mindsets – blissfully unaware major party tribalists, unhappy left thinking [LibDems and Greens], unhappy sane [now moving towards UKIP] plus the splinter groups.

There’s been a drift from Tory and to a lesser extent Labour towards UKIP but where have the LibDems drifted to?  Perhaps a better way to put it is to ask who are each party’s betes noires [not sure if my French is right there].  In other words, which party is most likely to cut into the other’s votes?

For the Tories, that’s easy – UKIP.  For Labour – Greens and UKIP.  For the LibDems – Labour and the Greens.…

What appears to be a paradise …


Wiggia was looking at these cycling championships in Guadeloupe – yes, that’s right, Guadeloupe:

Yes I know it’s a French colony and the EU are forever wanting to extend their boundaries, but.

What next if we are awarded the championships, Falkland Islands anyone ?

What I found interesting was the places we regard as being exotic, maybe even paradises away from home.

You know, are you absolutely sure about that? I was looking, yesterday, at the most dangerous places in the world to live and some of these so-called paradises cropped up.

Such as the Maldives.

I’d been looking at the bodies of water in the world it was best to avoid – for a boat owner, that would appear to be an important thing – and came up with these:

Fine, shall avoid those but then up came an article about the Maldives

Maldives-beach small

Allow me to summarize:

# It’s strict Muslim so any of that and you’re head’s off, matey.…


Sent by haiku a couple of days back and I couldn’t wait to see them on the blog.  Photos have this way of saying things, do you not feel?  Here’s the link to follow at your leisure.  Meanwhile, a selection:


Sailing boats gather at the start of the Barcolana regatta in front of Trieste harbor on October 12, 2014. The annual Barcolana regatta in the Gulf of Trieste near northern Italy is one of the largest sailing races in the world with over 1,800 participants.(Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

Same Masonic motif, very strong among many of those onboard down below.


A woman jogs with her dog through a park during a sunny autumn day in central Sofia on October 14, 2014. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Is there a better way to spend Sunday morning? And the dog’s good too.


Riot police officers stand guard at a main road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014.…