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Miss Ida B. ChoAzz

This one comes from This is True and illustrates that even in a seemingly straightforward story, there’s often a slant which alters the picture or gives a backstory which explains the one presented.

Here’s the story as presented to the media:

Bill Erwin was in the grocery store with his wife when he “heard my wife scream ‘He’s got my purse!’” The thief bolted out the door of the Spokane, Wash., store. Heidi Muat was outside and gave chase.

“We ran over to the freeway,” Muat said. “We had to dodge some traffic and once he realized I wasn’t going to stop because I was dodging traffic with him, we headed to the freeway and he looked and saw he had nowhere to go other than running, and I said I can outrun you, give it up, and he just looked at me and tossed the purse.”

Police charged Ronald Warner with the theft.

The Birds

This article was regurgitated on the Today program this morning by the same WWF and went unchallenged.

The WWF – another fake charity more engaged these days in lobbying for windmills and climate change measures than for saving Pandas, though it doesn’t stop them advertising for your £3 a month to sponsor a snow leopard or whatever.…

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?…