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Syria update

From Ian PJ: We are in the middle of a perpetual series of wars. See this, this, this and this. As just one example, in 2010 the war in Afghanistan became the longest war in U.S. history.  But – no…

Paranoia

I like to browse other people’s reading lists from time to time. Looking through Captain Ranty’s today, I note: – Letter From Amerika’s blog has been removed entirely, the last post being one entitled “Junk Science and Big Pharma Evil…

Totnes beats off Costa

News just in: Costa has withdrawn its attempt to barge into Totnes against the will of thousands of residents (though not their local councillors). They’d thought they could use legal threats and cosy cooperation with the planners to override objections. Not…

How language changes: “Savile row suit”

From the Duden Anglais Encylopedia of Contemporary Language (2020 Edition): (In this example, the pronunciation has altered because of the substitution of one homonym by another.) Savile Row Suit [sævɨl roʊ suːt] (archaic): expensive, handmade gentleman’s apparel. Savile Row was one…

Mr Cameron has another vicarious emotion

Hot on the heels of Mr Cameron’s vague fantasy of doing something about Europe comes this: “Tells friends… wants… could… has discussed his views…” Meaning Cameron has told him to tell him, just like he gave Useless Eustace Grayling’s opinion…

That EU Nobel Peace Prize

Mel Brooks – I Want Peace (from “The Producers“, Embassy Pictures, 1968) I don”t want war. All I want is casino peace. Peace. Peace! A little piece of Poland A little piece of France              A little piece of Portugal And…

What exactly is liberty?

Dick Puddlecote has another go at Prohibition (the American experience of which is widely misunderstood), and (being naturally contrarian myself) I have a geat deal of sympathy for his opposition to officialdom. But we can easily be misled into thinking…

Ray Walden revisited – with a contribution from Prof. Brian Short

N.B. PTBarnumthe2nd, Prof. Short would like to hear from you! See address below. _________________________________________________________________________ A few days ago, I posted a piece here about the case of Ray Walden, a Hampshire farmer who was killed in a siege and shootout…

Married man runs off with 13-year-old

Jerry Lee Lewis’ “third marriage, to Myra Gale Brown, lasted for 13 years, from December 1957 to December 1970 (although the couple went through a second marriage ceremony because his divorce from Jane Mitchum was not complete before the first…

Mr Cameron has another emotion

Whenever there’s a problem that needs a policy decision, Mr Cameron (Eton and Brazenose) has an emotion at it. Today’s Daily Mail bugled the headline “Cameron wants to claw back 100 powers from EU” on page 2 of the print…