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Rare tracks

For someone who doesn’t particularly rate country music as favourite, there are a few tracks right up there and this one below, Wide River, was for a decade my very favourite.  I used to make short films on VHS and this was the theme music for one series on the countryside [obviously abridged – I had a mini sound studio].

Suppose you either like electric folk/country or you don’t but this song seems to convey the Heart of America, particularly the tinkling of the ivories and the bass line.  It’s only just come up and who knows how long it will remain?

Amon Düül II

renate klaup

In the wake of Paris ’68 and the general feeling across Europe that it really was the Revolution – this was the time of Munich, the feelgood part of the 60 had died, heavier, darker, protracted sounds were taking over – young people were heavily into things their parents and teachers could not countenance and I was no exception.

Looking at Higham MkIV of today, the ultra-socially-conservative defender of yoof from this sort of thing, it’s hard to credit that we were not just left but far left.…

Time to wind up the Beeb

Churchmouse has done it again, this time on Churchill and the scarlet Beeb:

Admittedly, most middle-aged and older Britons of whatever political stripe agree that Churchill’s domestic policies were far from ideal and, at times, objectionable. However, when it came to his handling of the Second World War, opinion today continues to remain highly favourable. Rightly so.

But, for a counterpoint, was it really necessary for the BBC to go to the far Left to find an interviewee who so actively loathes Churchill? The Daily Mail reported on the consternation accompanying the segment featuring Dave Douglass, who in his time was known as ‘Danny the Red':

The most vocal critic of Churchill in the programme was a man presented as ‘activist and writer’, Dave Douglass. He said of Churchill: ‘His role during the rise of fascism across Europe, in Spain and in Italy and in Germany was a loathsome one.

The name’s Bond, Jason Bond

With news that Bond might be moving studios, how about Jason Statham?  Is it a joke?

jason bond

Jason says: “Abso-f***ing-lutely not!”, setting the tone for the new hard-swearing, hard-fighting, stubble-faced Bond who can out-Craig Craig himself.

Let’s face it, intellect is not the prime quality required in Bond these days, though Jason might have a hard time in the casinos, who knows?…

The Blue Peterization of serious presentations


Raedwald has a pretty good go at dissecting this program on BBC:

12 days to save England is the BBCs latest history program wrapped in a dumbed down package for the masses in an attempt (they would say) to be more inclusive.

I did watch the first episode and the presenter is described by Raedwald well enough for me to have to say nought on the subject, part two of this histogram is to follow.…

Chomsky is an idiot

In response to:

Nearly all content now is published on social platforms, and it’s not Rupert Murdoch but Google’s Larry Page and Sergei Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who have much more say in how news is created and disseminated. Are they “manufacturing consent” like their counterparts in so-called ‘legacy’ media?

… Noam Chomsky opines, in an interview:

Well, first of all, I don’t agree with the general statement. Say, right now, if I want to find out what’s going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read The New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on.

What a fool. He knows nothing of the NYT and WP long in the hands of Them, a vehicle for the globalists?  He’s heard nothing of Katie Graham and Co.?…

The power of the word

Roger Scruton is quoted here from UNZ, via Chuckles and it’s chock full of the rhetoric of our side of politics, a nice post-prandial read.

As an example of the cowardly, defeatist, ethnomasochist cancer rapidly eating away the vital organs of Western civilization, the “grooming” scandals in the English town of Rotherham have made less of a stir than they should have.

And of course, Roger quotes from someone else, namely from James Kirkpatrick’s essay “Strong Tribe vs. Weak Nation”:

The report does not pussyfoot around when it comes to who was responsible for years of systematic and comprehensive sexual assault: “Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani Heritage Community.”

Roger continues:…

Eurovision’s become a freak show

The delectable Rossa comments on Eurovision:

Conchita Wurst and Spain’s sexy contestant Edurne Garcia lead the way at dress rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final | Daily Mail Online

Spain’s “gorgeous blonde” is favourite. She’s a Man U WAG! Australia debuts for first time. You know, that well known European country. And as if you needed it another chance to see last year’s winner….

I shan’t be watching and if Spain wins for that reason, if her song is utter garbage just like the others, then I’m not sure I’d take an interest any more.  Of course I’ll follow the liveblogs with my own parasitic live blog, as per every year and bring pretty pics.  Might even listen to some of the numbers.

That’s for later.…