At last the ghastly bug appears to be gone. More importantly, we seem to be getting a reasonable amount of sleep
at night without pills (which, like all medicines, hardly worked anyway) and don't dread going to bed.
Who knows? We might even get round to posting a bit of bloggoth bollox again.
The Paris Hegbo thing
Yes, our pennyworth is a bit late but we have been feeling crap.
Should we post cartoons of that backward, fraudulent prophet? Hell yes!
I don't think we should set out to insult simply for the sake of insulting but we have to be able to criticise and
question political views that threaten our future. Islamism is not some relatively minor belief that we can afford to
ignore like Scientology. Hardly a day goes by without some atrocity perpetrated in Islam's name and there are 21
officially Islamic nations, and several others that are Islamic in all but name, which impose the irrational claptrap
of the Koran on their citizens, not just on non Muslims, but on Muslims of the wrong sort or the many who would prefer
a more free society.
While it is true that not all Muslims want to impose Shariah law on the West one has to
consider the lessons from the Islamic world, it is almost never the moderates who end up in control.
Given these realities, the huge and growing number of Muslims in the West present a colossal threat to our future.
How is it is possible for those who want rational laws to challenge the idea that the whole of society should be governed
by the supposed sayings of an 8th century prophet without suggesting that the prophet was just a flawed man, that the
Koran is nothing more than the work of mortal men?
Cartoons and comedy are necessary ways to do that. Dry, scholarly treatises are never going to reach all those we
would wish to persuade.
The PC crap goes on
Fight real racism, yes, but real racism is being opposed to those of other ethnic origins regardless of their
qualities. Much of what is branded racism is nothing of the sort but is valid objection to the presence of unsuitable
people in the UK.
A recent case of Eastern European crime saw an
academic brutally beaten by 4 Polish thugs. Naturally, we were soon told this had
nothing to do with immigration. Oh really? The presence of such people has everything to do with our our lax
immigration system. What checks were performed on these men before they entered the UK? None whatsoever, one of them had
a string of convictions in his native Poland before he came to the UK. Since his arrival he has been convicted of
sexual assault, possession of an offensive weapon, drink driving and affray. Why was he still here???
How is it racist to object to the continued presence in the UK of a piece of shit like that??
It seems that scientists have managed to
slow the speed of light, not just
within certain substances, as is normal, but in a way that causes a permanent slowdown of the photons concerned
even in a vacuum. Are they mad??? Have they learned none of the lessons from our own lazy, welfare dependent society?
Once these photons have discovered they don't have to rush about at 299792458 metres per second, why would they bother
to speed up again? What is to stop them showing other photons how to do it? What is to stop them all getting ever lazier
until they are mooching slowly about the universe, even assuming they bother to leave the comfort of the stars and
other energy sources that gave them birth?
What's the point?
No sleep for days. Usual cemetary here on bloggoth and the bloggoth 3Rs are dead. Rude requires some interest in
rudeness and, with libido at rock bottom, I doubt if we'd be interested if Dawn French rang up and offered to park her
lovely big bottom on our face. (But don't let us stop you trying Dawn). Rubbish, silly cartoons and stuff, requires
imagination and we've lost it. Just leaves Rant and that ought to be doable when we are in a perpetual bad temper.
But what purpose does it serve to comment on serious issues when most are quite incapable of looking at the facts?
Forage has been criticised for saying that the events in Paris are a result of our failure to control immigration or
to ensure that migrants integrate and accept our major values. Who do they think these terrorists are if not the same
low-performing Arabs and Africans who gave France the 2007 riots? We have seen the usual articles telling us that these
people, who shout "Allah Aqba" while carrying out their atrocities are nothing to do with Islam. That makes as much sense
as saying the Inquisition or the killing of heretics in Britain's past was nothing to do with Christianity. Other articles
have stated that Islam is compatible with democracy and freedom. Do they ever bother to checkl the realities in some 20+
Islamist states and the many others where it is a state religion? We have even seen one headed "Islam is a Religion of
Love". So who is committing these daily atrocities, the wholesale slaughter, the burning of towns, the murder and
rape of women and children, the mass capture of schoolgirls, the defilement of cemetaries? Camels maybe? If they were
simply saying we should not blame all Muslims we would agree, that would be counterproductive. If you make life
difficult for more moderate elements, make it harder for them to get jobs, you may push those towards extremism too.
But the PC idiots are not simply saying that, they are talking utter crap with no basis in reality.
On immigration too, these liberals are quite incapable of simply addressing what is actually being said.
Does The Daily Mail or Express ever have a story about an asylum seeker in a modest flat? No, only about ones
housed at huge cost in expensive areas of London. Do they do articles objecting to high performing migrants in successful
careers? No, only about beggars and rough sleepers, criminals, the welfare dependant, the low paid putting pressure on
our own lower working class and the real pressures on our schools and houses. Yet pointing out just these real and
genuine problems which should be addressed is castigated
as anti-immigrant rhetoric. Most UKIP supporters don't give a damn what race migrants are as long as they are useful,
accept our values and are not coming in huge numbers that put huge strain on our resources, yet they get called racist.
Liberals are quite incapable of seeing the problems that their past errors have caused us all. It is not the White
British who are the lowest performers in the UK but major ethnic groups like Afro-Caribeans, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis
from the Kashmir region and Tamils. Any recent improvements have only come about at huge costs to the rest of us,
the recent increase in GCSE attainments for example, is due to the fact that we are spending 3 times as much per pupil
in high ethnic areas. Lax mass immigration of these groups has given us most of the terrorism outside NI since 2001,
all of the major riots, and almost all of London's worst gangs. Yet now the liberals are lauding immigration of other low
performing groups from Romania and Africa who will be our future burdens.
Until people are capable of looking at facts, arguing only against what is actually being said and stop thinking in
idealistic terms there is no real point commenting on serious issues.
We ought to know this, having done various interactive games in jscript and HTML, but it was still a surprise to find
how much crap a routine peruse of a few webpages can cause to be stored on your computer.
We were trying to find where an email utility put its settings file so we could back it up and a search of most recent
files included a mass of images just from a quick look at the online Daily Express and many did not look familiar. Most
browsers (but not Firefox apparently) will download hidden images that cannot be seen on the page, so you have no way of
knowing what is really on your PC unless you check the temporary folders. A peruse of what seems like a safe webpage
could be putting all sorts of images on your hard drive and you won't know.
Nothing unsafe or illegal on xoggoth pages officer!
Has he gone? Good. After opening this page, the non existent readers of bloggoth might like to do an *.*/today
search in Windows Explorer and scroll down to the temporary internet fles. You will find some fantastic pig porn!
A downside never counted
It is reported that one of the first Romanian migrants to enter the UK after restrictions have lifted has not
claimed benefits and has been employed since he came here:
After starting by washing cars for £30 a day, Mr Spirescu now earns £250 a day in a construction job in east London.
His parents are looking after the money he sends back to Romania.
...he is saving up to return to his village in Romania in the next couple of years and live a “beautiful life”.
Let's ignore the many who are still washing cars and cannot possibly be paying for the most basic state provisions
in the UK and concentrate on this chap. OK, he works hard for a living but, if he is sending all his spare money back
to Romania instead of spending it in ways that support or boost our economy, how does this help us? The huge amount of
money that migrants take out of our economy as remittances is just another version of foreign aid, without even the
limited checks that apply to same.
Will you find this removal of UK wealth from British people in any study of the net "benefits" of immigration? Not in
any I have seen. Of course, if much of this money was being properly invested in Romania, helping the country to build
its own modern economy there could still be a long term benefit to us all. Fat chance of that according to
It is rather the opposite in fact:
Remittances promote consumption and undermine the local economy
In a nutshell, although remittances have had some positive impact on Romania’s macroeconomic development,
capital accumulation hasn’t been put to any productive use (like opening up businesses or longer term investment),
but has rather been diverted to seemingly mindless consumption, including unnecessary housing updates and purchases
of durable goods.
A representative survey from 2006 for the typical small Romanian town of Huedin where one of three households has
a family member working abroad indicated that 52 per cent of remittances were spent on covering daily needs and expenses
while only 6 per cent were directed at starting a new business. Even more tellingly, with the orientation of remittances
towards real estate investment, house prices rocketed in the small community, reaching the level of the capital.
From a macroeconomic standpoint, had it not been for remittances, the current account deficit of Romania would have been
50 per cent higher than it is (source: Eurostat). Since remittances have mainly been used to buy current consumer goods
(56 per cent of remittances went on consumption according to the National Bank of Romania), with the lack of domestic
products and Romanians’ marked preference for foreign goods, consumption has been mainly oriented to imported goods.
Consequently, the volume of imports has increased and the current account equalization has been undermined by the
trade balance deficit which reached € 15.58 billion in 2007, 50% higher than in 2006 (source: Popescu, Juverdeanu).
Moreover, despite people’s increased expectations of future income flows, when the economic crisis halved remittances,
consumption (including outstanding bank loans) could no longer be sustained by present income levels.
Last but not least, our currency has appreciated, but unfortunately not because of any increase in domestic
competitiveness. Remittances have basically driven up the inflation rate and forced our National Bank to introduce
some aggressive monetary policies.
Romania is not an exception, you will find plenty of properly researched evidence on foreign aid which shows
that money from abroad often has no positive effects on economic growth in the recipient nations. It is simply
spent in ways that do not promote long term growth, goes mainly to the wealthy and those in power and can even have
negative consequences by impeding democracy or increasing conflict. Some links below.
Migrant remittances, like foreign aid, not only remove wealth and investment from our own
economies, they often do nothing positive for the receiving nations. Just as too easy access to welfare removes
incentives from individuals, so too can this flow of wealth from more developed nations and easy access to their
economies induce a lazy dependence by recipient nations, removing the necessity to make the hard progress over many
generations that the UK, US and other developed nations once had to do for themselves. If talented and hardworking
people are always going to go abroad rather than stay and increase the prosperity of their own nations how will their
economies ever grow?
That is not to say that richer nations should not help poorer nations to grow but rather that we need
investment in their economies that will provide a proper return for the nations concerned, and ourselves in the long
term. Real businesses making the lower technology or cheaper items that it is no longer economic for us to make ourselves
perhaps. If a competent financial advisor with a long term view would not invest in it, then neither should our
And neither should our governments continue to let migrants continually remove money from our shores
without restriction. The government (thanks to UKIP) is finally pretending to address legitimate concerns about
mass immigration. Maybe limits on foreign transfers by foreign citizens would be one way to reduce the incentive
to come here.
- Link 1
Professor Wood said "There are no really clear and uncontested conclusions on the effects of aid on economic growth."
Dr Evans agreed: "The broad global relationship between aid and growth will probably remain forever inconclusive."
- Link 2
After carrying out a regression analysis on the model, the study establishes that aid causes a negative effect
on economic expansion. The finding that aid has direct impact on growth in the structural model and that investments
drive growth implies that aid is usually not invested but instead it is channeled to other expenses.
- Link 3
However, this aid modality has had the unintended consequence of shifting power to the president and the
finance minister, who make most decisions regarding GBS. Furthermore, the fact that GBS entails large amounts
of funds sitting in unaudited accounts means it can be used to support corruption or as political finance.
This form of aid has also detracted from funding that used to support civil society and other forces pressing
for political reform.On the other hand, more aid has meant poorer economic performance mainly in Africa and Asia, although it is not directly realized
- Link 4
This means that most aid does not actually go to the poorest, instead massive and grand strategies fail to help
the vulnerable and in return the money/ grants finds it’s way to the famous and powerful politicians who instead use
it to benefit their interests. On the other hand, more aid has meant poorer economic performance mainly in Africa
and Asia, although it is not directly realized
- Link 5
Their finding: following high production years in the U.S., regular recipients of aid experienced a jump in both
the onset and duration of violent conflict within their borders.
Half asleep the other night when we had an idea for a story and mumbled it into our little audio recorder. A
brilliant scientist researching how the brain works is hired to analyse the memories of an Egyptian
mummy and discover where an ancient treasure was hidden.
In the morning we remembered that brains were removed during mummification. Darn it! But this evening decided
to check and it seems
they removed brains during the new kingdom but not during the old and middle kingdom so the story is
possible after all.
That isn't the most interesting fact in that link though, this is:
The Egyptians were so rough on the brain because they didn't realize its importance. They thought its purpose
was just to produce snot!
Maybe those ancient Egyptians got the wrong idea because the only people they made into mummies
were not ordinary people but leaders, the politicians of their time. Look at people like Vince Cable, Ken Clarke
and so many others in politics with no grasp of realities and the view that brains are for production of snot
looks like a very easy mistake to make.
We at bloggoth only know 3 Americans.
Well, we don't know one personally, but an online member of the non-existent bloggoth readership is a brill bloke
and has sent us a big memory stick with 32Gb of great tunes on it. Ta Mr Sheep!
Another is me sister in law in CA, although her new knee is a total stranger to me unfortunately. What was her name
again, Rosella? Knees, like all body parts, need to be talked to and given lots of vodka if you want them to keep
working. The only reason I did not need a single filling after recently visiting the dentist for the first time in over
15 years was that I stay friends with all of my teeth and they all have names beginning with T, Terry, Torrence,
Theresa, Tammy, Tarquin, Teddy, Tessa etc, etc. Complete list available in request.
The other one is my little Lexmark X1190 inkjet printer. He is my best (only) friend and I loved its little Yank voice telling
me "Printing started" and "Please load paper in the auto sheet feeder". Heartbroken today to learn Lexmark has gone out
of the market and I may not be able to get new cartridges. Is little Lenny's time on Earth over? God! (atheist version)
Does the list of funerals never stop?
The real James Bond
Watching "Tomorrow Never Dies" on TV last night. To enjoy any Bond film you have to be able to suspend all logic.
The list of totally unbelievable things in this one includes:
- The idea that anyone wanting to start a world war would involve the UK these days.
- A passenger in a high speed motorbike chase can exactly target the latch on a skip and release drums into the path
of the pursuers.
- They continually outrun and outride massive machine gun fire. It never occurs to anyone to fire slightly ahead of
- Things they do to evade capture and destroy the helicopter must kill and injure dozens of innocent bystanders
but nobody even mentions it.
- Bond gets in numerous fights but his hair remains immaculately combed and his suit never has a trace of dust on it.
But those are minor flaws really. Surely the most unlikely thing by far is that a public servant would ever have such
unselfish dedication to his job.
Herbal bollux and witchcraft
One thing that all herbal medicines have in common, those for insomnia, coughs and catarhh anyway, is that a) They
taste horrible and b) they don't work. Ok, that's two things they have in common. Oh yes, and c) they are expensive for
the little bits you get. Ok, that's three things. And d) They always run down the bottle and stain your bathroom
shelves. All right! Four things!
How ever did people manage in the middle ages when medicine and surgery were
inextricably linked to religion, AKA
superstition when all the limited progress of the Greeks and Romans, like
Hippocrates's recognition that illnesses
have natural causes, had been largely discarded? Must have been a shitty time to get ill. At least we have left that
behind. Or maybe not. From the lefty
Experts claim the voodoo medicine industry is booming with thousands of so-called “healers” in Britain luring tens of
thousands of people into their net every year.
As well as making false claims about cures, they fleece their vulnerable clients of huge chunks of cash.
Criminologist and police expert witness Dr Richard Hoskins, said: “The money being paid by some people is eye-watering. We’re talking
of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Isn't third world immigration wonderful? Oh well, makes me feel a bit better about wasting a few quid on
crappy herbal remedies from Boots anyway.
Fantasist attacks a fantasy
A trainee vicar who
told primary school children that Father Christmas
did not exist has been criticised for spoiling the magic of Christmas.
Of course Santa is a nice Christmas tradition, along with all the others, but how many school children literally
believe he exists? Recall conversations at primary school when I was 6 or 7 and I know I didn't. Or fairies either.
Still, I would not tell other people's kids there's no Santa these days. If kids believe in him before they are old
enough to be expected to have some grasp of science and reality, it's not a problem. Some of the crap that adults
believe in, on the other hand... You can see the malignant effects of that in the news every day.
Hmmm. On second thoughts, maybe letting children believe in harmless things like Santa or The Tooth Fairy is not
training their minds the right way. Perhaps we should drill it into all kids from birth that they should only believe in
things which they have experienced or for which there is convincing evidence, that they should only follow or support
ideas which have been found effective in raising human wellbeing.
Rational education will never happen of course, too many irrational idiots will oppose it, so maybe we should
just concentrate on the issue here, poor little kids having their fantasies ruined.
Oiiii (trainee) Vicar! Santa makes as much sense as the bollux you believe in anyway!
PS Anyway, God and Santa Claus are clearly the same bloke. He just drinks and gets a bit more jolly at Xmas
like the rest of us.
xoggoth Rules of Life - 1
The more ancient you get the more often you lose things. No, that isn't the xoggoth rule, that is a general rule
that every knows. The xoggoth rule is as follows:
Whenever you lose something small, it is always the least valuable thing you have with you.
Lost something again today. Fortunately, it was only a comb, cost about 60p. Just think, if I had not had it
with me, I might have lost my glasses that cost me a whole £2.75 from the local hardware shop. I lost a pair last week
because I had not replaced my last lost comb. Not carrying the various cheapest things in turn could have cost me
my Tesco £17 mobile phone, my scratched old £23 plastic strap watch, and finally my wallet.
PS Sorry little comb, I will go and look for you in the car park tomorrow! I am not made of 60ps.
Suicide - not being arsed
If people are suicidal how can they summon up the enthusiasm to actually bother to snuff themselves? Surely that
takes a degree of determination that is incompatible with the desire?
Ring! Ring! Hello? Assisted suicide line? Can you send me a taxi to take me to the railway bridge please?
What? I have to fill in an online health and safety assessment? Never mind.
Christmas - not being arsed
We at bloggoth could not be arsed to buy a Christmas tree this year. Bunged all the tree decorations in an old
fish tank - much easier and cheaper.
Off to buy christmas presents tomorrow. Used to get them from The Pound Shop. What a rippoff! The 99p Store
is much better.
Learning from nature
We at bloggoth are very selective about removing weeds from the garden as some are very decorative. Why waste money
on cultivated plants when you can get wildflowers for free? This little daisy on our patio was rather nice so we
One year on and daisies are spreading in every direction:
Bit like immigration really. Let a few useful migrants in from poor countries and it will not be long before
you have hordes of them and parts of our nation become scarcely recognisable.
Stay out of my milestones, you bastards!
In student days, just a few times, we sang blues at a local club. Our favourite was "St James Infirmary" but, today,
we cannot find the version we remember. We recall it was on the B side of a record by a singer of rather brief fame
and can almost, but not quite, remember his name. Google brings up umpteen versions by famous performers, The Animals,
Arlo Guthry, Cab Calloway, Van Morrison etc etc but FUCK IT! none of those are the version we remember.
Now we cannot find the singer of another song, "Ghost Riders in the Sky" It has been done by Marty Robbins,
Duane Eddy, Johny Cash and many other famous singers but, FUCK FUCK FUCK IT, none of these are the version we remember.
Look, you bastards, those were milestones in xoggoth's life and you have no FUCKING rights to intrude on them without
my permission! I bet Kim Jong-un will never have this problem.
Tonight's local crime news included a CCTV of a robbery in a jewellery shop.
Nowadays, one can even get fairly cheap CCTV for one's premises that allows you to use the internet and monitor
your property remotely from your smart phone or other device in real time. One can control devices remotely too,
one commonly advertised system allows you to control your home heating.
So why are we not taking the obvious steps, in both law and technology, to allow proper defence of our property?
Went to the Tate Modern art gallery with my weird religious lady today. Some good stuff there but there was also an
awful lot of utter crap!!!
There were at least three "artworks" that consisted of entirely blank canvases. Maybe the first person who
came up with the idea of a blank canvas as art can be credited with making an original point about the futility of life
or some such bollux but how many times can this same bloody nonsense be regarded as meaningful? Surprised he/she is not
suing the many others who have done it since for breach of copyright! Even when the artists actually bothered to do
something much of it was utter shit, scrawls that looked like the work of infants, old car engines with shiny bits on
them, rough lumps of clay that looked like big dog turds etc. One "sculpture" was this piece of galvanised
steel ducting much like I have on my hot air central heating.
Wow! I didnt know I had a valueable artwork in my garage! Surprised we haven't seen an "artist" exhibiting bits of
his used toilet paper yet.
Still, there is a plus side, if crap like that is the work of a famous artist it makes one feel much better about
one's own crap. Here's a biro sketch I did recently at a U3A art session. Off top of head, not copied.
Comments so far:
Have you read about that cannibalism case? Bloke caught eating a woman's face, how awful! If it was me I'd have
been caught eating her bottom!
Seriously, why is insanity always such a bad thing? Even when they don't commit crimes, the insane are always a
burden on others and are nearly always unhappy themselves. Wouldn't it be great to have a benign form of insanity?
A form that allowed you to experience fantastic feelings and visions without taking any drugs but come back into the
real world whenever it was necessary.
Nice sunny morning today so went for my walk early. Ducking under a Holly tree and a spikey leaf poked me in the eye
so I said "bloody Holly!" If I suffered from benign insanity, all the Holly trees would have started singing
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" to accompany me on my walk.
Bloody Holly trees are still rehearsing, so Buddy Holly's version will have to do.
As bloggoth moderator I have to warn you that your comment about eating a woman's bottom is in poor taste.
Rubbish! Womens' bottoms taste fantastic!
Brought some cheap jeans at Sainsburies the other day. Took the label off the front but failed to notice there
was a stick-on label low down at the back. Have been walking about in public for a couple of days with a large gold
circle reading "With stretch" over my bottom!
Could have been worse I suppose, I could have been in Brighton and there could have been a stick-on price label that
I also failed to notice. Oooooh! You don't get xoggoth's bumhole for £10 ducky! Cost you 15 quid at least!
Old age and cancer
What fun they are. Remember talking to an elderly lady up the club a few years ago who said, with a wry smile,
that her main social events these days were funerals. Know how she feels, when you get to a certain age, funerals seem
to be the main events in life. First the mother in law, then the missus, then my sister's husband,
all in the space of less than two years. Not to mention an aunt and a cousin of the missus's that I did not know well.
The late missus's brother just phoned to say his father has died so there will be another soon.
Oh well. At least I'm getting a lot of use out of the black suit I spent a whole £99 on at Burton's!
Darn it. When will I get any real sense of life back? Probably going out more than I ever did in the
last few decades when it was so much nicer to spend time with the missus. When we weren't doing anything special
and just did our own things she was around for those little meets over coffee, wine, vodka/whisky according to
mood and time of day, in the garden, conservatory or in front of the TV.
I go drinking up the village club (me and Mr Pikey Scum actually exchanged a grunted hello the other day), spend
time with various wierd women, wander the country for hours, do countryside volunteer stuff, force myself to go
to choir or art sessions but none of that is really living in my view.
Just want to get back my imagination and some enthusiasm for the things I used to like doing, writing stupid short
stories, cartooning, surreal paintings, posting bollux here, making wierd things out of junk or looking at bugs in my
microscope but I just can't get interested. When not going out, I just work through my list of little DIY jobs, tiddle
on the computer to no obvious purpose, watch some drivel on TV or read horror stories, finishing each with "What a load
of crap". There don't seem to be any quick solutions, alcohol does nothing. When I'm on my own I think I fancy a vodka
and don't always finish it.
Life starts inside. If that isn't there, the life around us is nothing more than a TV screen, a lot of dull Sky
TV Channels that you idly flick through, only to find nothing that grabs you.
Talking of horror (?)
Brought a couple of collections the other day. Read about 20 stories so far and one or two are ok. The stuff
Henry James or others of his era wrote were genuinely creepy because they stuck to the point of the story. Modern stuff
is so full of padding that goes beyond just characterisation and setting the scene.
In the one I read last night a man had a car accident that killed his wife and also filled him with glass fragments
that were working their way out. There is some sort of link between those and his wife trying to be free and and an
undiscovered cave, erm, fair enough I suppose. But quite why there are two pages about him looking round his old school
and remembering how it was and being asked if he had seen a missing child I have no idea, it has nothing to do with
Ah, but maybe I am just being old fashioned, too stuck in the ways of a career spent writing concise technical
reports. I need to learn that irrelevance. Let's see, this item is about horror stories, so er um. Did you know that
a lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface?
Isn't religion lovely?
Who among the non-existent old fart readership of bloggoth does not remember "Rivers of Bablylon" by Boney M?
The lyrics are from the bible Psalm 137. The part that was not included in the song was this:
O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed;
happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones
PS Oi! Moses! Sue em for copyright infringement!
Bit of a loose end last night, not in mood to be on me tod but getting fed up with the village club so
went to the cinema club in nearby village. Fantastic! Film about a bloke dying of cancer! Didn't stay, then walked
back to the van past two funeral directors including bloody Ballard & Shortall!
On plus side it started with this bit of music I've never heard before.
Shoulda been me
Advice to the non existent readers of bloggoth who are not old farts. (The only two I know of are old farts!)
Memory gradually fades. Think twice before you throw anything away, no matter how unimportant it seems at the time,
it could be an important bit of your own history, summit to look back on when you're sitting drooling in the sun
outside the care home.
I never watch anything on TV these days except the news and cartoons like The Simpsons but decided to try New Tricks
tonight and it covered something from the cold war days when selected people were contacted with a view to them
helping to organise things in Britain in the aftermath of a nuclear armageddon. I got an invite to be part of such a
group *Note 1 and I ignored it, thought "how stupid" and chucked the letter.
Darn it! If only I had replied in the affirmative and the world had really been blown to smithereens I might have
been one of the world leaders today! If I had at least kept the letter it would have been a great bit of my personal
history. I've still got my post war ID and my Edward Heath petrol rationing book but they ain't the same.
*Presumably because I was one of the few in those days to get a first class honours degree.
PS: Having an M.Sc (distinction), being more successful and having a much bigger conservatory does not come close!
The Independent reports on "the dowry violence shaming Britain". Don't blame me sunshine. The shame lies with the minority communities who
bring this backward crap into Britain with them.
Of course our governments deserve some criticism for not outlawing this practice, especially given that
it is outlawed in India and Pakistan, two of the main nations from which we import it into the UK.
What our PC establishment constantly fails to grasp is that, when fear of appearing racist makes them turn a blind eye to
migrant and minority problems like dowries, black gang crime, honour killings, FGM, the cast system,
forced marriage, child beggars, abuse of children during witchcraft rituals or whatever, it is the members of those
minorities who feel the consequences.
Given the reality of "the wall of silence", tackling these things comes at an immense cost to the British taxpayer
of course, yet another cost which is never included in those estimates of the "benefits" of immigration. If our
governments deserve blame for these problems, the biggest share of it should be for their failure to have firm immigration
policies to ensure, as far as possible, that they never entered the UK in the first place.