Stews, brews and not-the-news!

Drawing, as we should, a veil of silence and contemplation over the strange challenges which now await the old Labour Party; I thought I would cast a musing eye over some of the other stories in today’s newspapers and news orgs.

  • Facebook was sued by a family in Northern Ireland for allowing their eleven year-old daughter to open a Facebook outline and page. The settlement was confidential, but the problem remains, youngsters are more savvy by far than their parents as far as hi-tech goes, so unless you double-password lock all internet-capable gear in the entire house, the kids are going to ‘chat’ and ‘snap’ and ‘friend’, as well as whatever else passes for social conversations between the tweenies, the teens; and of course, the gormless!
  • Online and print rumours abound that the alleged ‘Westminster porn and paeado’ scandal’s top witness is fast losing credibility as no sign of proof emerges from weeks of investigation.
  • A high-level cover-up by the Anglican church has been exposed after the conviction for sexual abuse of minor children is announced on Bishop Peter Ball. strange, is it not, that the very charge and conviction was sought after a review by the very own Anglican church which commenced after earlier scandals were making news. Its only twenty-two years since this robed-criminal was let off with a Police Caution after what seems to have been high-level interference from both the Anglican Hierarchy, the CPS and the Tory Party. Seems like another case of the kids; they don’t matter; (take a minute and listen to the recording; it really is quite brutal) they’ll get over it; its not as if anyone was seriously injured! The creeping, slimy, crawling, mewling bastards! What I’d like is access to a muscled bunch of heavies, a long street full of lamp-posts, and a good five hundred yards of strong nylon rope!
  • Yet another dreary story on whether any athletics event in the past one hundred years has been won without major assistance from any subsidiaries or off-shoots of the Pharmaceutical empires which also help us get, feel, or keep better. Seems as though a well-known British female long-distance runner has got the galloping whatzits because her sport was casually mentioned in a meeting of a Parliamentary Committee. My only comment would be along the lines of ‘Methinks the lady doth protest too much’, and would be better if she kept schtum!
  • The first European Politician to speak the truth about the asylum/refugee/migrant/mobile muslim army is Hungary’s Prime Minister, saying:- “I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country,” Orban told journalists outside the EU headquarters at Brussels. “We do not like the consequences,” he said, referring to the country’s 150-year history of Ottoman rule during the 16th and 17th centuries.

8 comments for “Stews, brews and not-the-news!

  1. Graham Wood
    September 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Mike. Clearly you have not understood that all these sad reports will change to joyful and positive ones very soon.
    Indeed, British society promises soon to be totally transformed as the new Utopia kicks in, because:

    An old politician called Corbyn
    Won the New Labour’s love-in.
    “I’ll nationalise till it comes out of their eyes”
    And hope voters will not put their boot in 🙂

  2. September 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Our Beloved Leader-in-Waiting.

  3. Mudplugger
    September 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    The Paula Radcliffe hissy-fit serves to highlight the inherent hypocrisy in the world of professional sport-entertainment.
    Those with adequate funds can move to train, full-time, at high altitudes, thus enriching their blood ‘naturally’ to be more energy-effective: others achieve the same change in their physiology by swapping a portion of their own dull blood for some that’s a little livelier. They have both gone to extreme levels to interfere with their natural state to achieve the same effect for the sole benefit of enhanced athletic performance, and the money which flows from that.
    One is within the ‘rules’, one is outside them – the former feels able to ascend the high-horse of indignation, while the latter is somehow considered to be a cheat.
    Take the money away and, amazingly, the hypocrisy problem would go away with it.

    Brian Close, a genuinely heroic sportsman who died today, achieved sporting greatness supported by very little money, considerable leaves of tobacco and the occasional draught of alcohol. That’s a proper sportsperson. RIP.

  4. Errol
    September 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    As a youngster when my folks wanted to monitor the TV I watched it was easy – Dad sat with us.

    I work in network security. I (sort of) understand this stuff : it comes down to trusting your child or blocking practically everything. Parents must be responsible.

    The real terror of Corbyn is that he might, one day; be the prime minister. The Left are entrenched. The young are stupid (most grow out of it) but there’s a hard core of deluded, silly people who actually think – despite the proof of history – that his ideas are bonkers.

  5. Hereward unbowed.
    September 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Aye Brian, I remember a story I was told and it was true enough I deem, for narrator was a solid chap. When Close was coaching and captaining Somerset [at Harrogate], he sat just off the field of play, in of all places the beer tent…… while Yorkshire were batting and drank two or three pints of beer, swapping stories with some Yorkshire members – probably, Boycott was batting so not much happening.

    On Radcliffe, she ran a world class marathon [once] and never did anything else but show up as a retiring, whinging violet.

    • Mudplugger
      September 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      There was always something happening when Boycott was batting, usually involving his other team-members being run-out as they tried in vain to stimulate the scoreboard to advance at more than a run an hour.

      But, with the legendary D B Close now sadly back in the permanent pavilion, ‘Sir’ Geoffrey’s claim to the title of ‘Greatest Living Yorkshireman’ seems a tad clearer.

      • Hereward unbowed.
        September 14, 2015 at 11:46 pm

        Ah yes but, isn’t Sir Raymond ‘Illy’ Illingworth, still turning his arm [as you do]?

        Boycs……he’s nowt bu’ra lad.

        • Mudplugger
          September 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

          Sir Ray is indeed still spinning well on the right side of the grave, long may he continue (but maybe not for as long as it took Boycott to score a 6).

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