469 Responses to Christmas 2021

  1. Jeff says:

    No, it can’t be. I’d like to thank my wife, my daughters my agent…sniff…It’s all too much…

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. theisland says:

    Merry Christmas everyone.

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    • Fred Stubber says:

      But if the one you love the most is dead you’re very lonely at Christmas.

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      • Doublethinker says:

        Yes , Christmas accentuates the pain of having lost your loved one . But as time passes the sense of loss subsides a little leaving room for the happy memories to come forward and replace the pain for at least some of the time.

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      • Deborah says:

        Don’t forget Fred you are with all of us (no substitute I know).

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    • NCBBC says:

      The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

      This is the message of Christmas. No event in history has so fundamentally changed the course of human history, and yours and mine, as Jesus.

      Neil Oliver: On Christmas Day, I have no wish to look backwards into the dark, as he stumbles to that Light.

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  3. Nibor says:

    Hello all and welcome to the Tories Green Economy handicap race .

    The runners are lined up ready for the off . That is the runner is lined up and ready for the off as no other country has put a horse in this race .
    Starting time is officially 2022 but there is a slight delay to see whether a couple of coal mines should be opened in Wales and Northwest England and a new oilfield in Nicola`s domain .
    No we have it the green blob have persuaded the Tories to run this one horse race so we now go ahead .

    So they`re off .
    Great Britain PLC is leading but also trailing in the field . He is ridden by Boris Johnson ( Bo Jo to his friend ) who is two stone overweight but confident that he can Get Britain Round .

    They`re coming to the first fence – taxation – and Bo Jo neatly blunders through . Thats that fence out .
    Second fence coming up – nation`s competitiveness – and BoJo does a lovely .. blunder through .
    Third fence is an open ditch .Oh he swerves that as he doesnt want to be found dead in it .
    Fourth fence coming up – a water jump – but Border Force officials tell him to ignore as there`s some bogus asylum seekers in a dinghy trying to illegally enter the course .
    So its only eight more years to go before carbon free something and BoJo on Britain PLC is leading the world in a mad one horse race .
    Over to Peter Talivan for more .
    Well its amazing that BoJo is not unseated by his horse as Britain doesnt like him now . Mind you this race doesn`t have full democracy so you go with what you`ve got .
    We`re coming up to the sixth fence – common sense – and ooh it looks like BoJo has Pulled Up . not to worry the Tories have rallied round and spurred him on , although I see a few cabinet ministers shaking their heads in disbelief . Another race soon we hope .
    So just a few more fences – democracy , accountability , patriotism , normality , fairness but BoJo blunders through .
    The final straight and there`s no other horse in sight , because no other horse enters this type of race , and BoJo on Britain PLC leads . He crosses the finishing line ( a bit fuzzy) to be the winner of the Gramscian Green recyclable shopping bag .

    Sorry there is an objection . There is an objection lodged by other nations like China and Russia who didnt take part in the race . India said it should have been 2070 .
    There is a stewards enquiry , but as they seem fair minded BoJo allows the enquiry to be taken by the EU court to skew the findings .
    Retain all betting tickets .
    Yes it`s been announced by all our competitors who didnt even race here that BoJo and Britain have lost the green race and its a waste of time even thinking of taking part .

    in the winners enclosure we see the senior civil servants and BBC drunk while champagne bottle strewn the area ,

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    • StewGreen says:

      What political greens call green, mostly is NOT green.

      They run past verges full of litter as the rush to make their plans tpo control the weather by closing nuclear and building windfarms
      .. They fly around the world again and again to go to Climate Conferences where they stay at 6 star hotels etc.

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    • NCBBC says:

      The Grinch, now masquerading as Covid, was Green too.

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  4. JohnC says:

    ‘Christmas kindness means we can stay in the house’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59768465

    Follow on to the completely out-of-proportion story earlier on racist grounds.

    If you can read it without throwing up, well done. Just remember the thousands upon thousand of other families struggling the Christmas who didn’t get any help because they are not black.

    I feel for all of them. But if the BBC are going to pick a ‘victim’ family from all those available, they should not be chosen purely because of the agenda.

    I would be far more ‘multicultural’ if just once in a while, someone BAME refused something because they acknowledge the fact that the reason they were chosen is racist.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Not the BBC – but the NORAD Santa tracker © reports that Father Christmas has been shot down as a result of being misidentified as a Chinese super fast missile .

      Have a very happy Christmas … and thank you for all the support I’ve received across 2021 … ..I reckon 2022 will be a better year …

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    • harry142857 says:

      No chance of the father supporting the family then?

      Have a good Christmas everyone.

         24 likes

    • NCBBC says:

      Millions of people around the world are starving because of cancelling the world economy to fund Big Pharma.

         8 likes

  5. StewGreen says:

    Jan 6th event : Viva Frei reckons so much of it involved agent-provocateurs
    https://youtu.be/cIbfelE5ou4

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  6. StewGreen says:

    PJW on Dec 21st

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  7. Scroblene says:

    Forty years ago, I’d be out in the shed by now, fixing the broken toys which would have been in action for at least an hour!

    Now I’m wide awake, so might just as well get up, make the fire up and do another crossword…

    Happy Christmas everyone, especially Fed for all that hard work controlling an occasionally unruly but hugely entertaining site! I always seem to be among friends here, for which I’m very grateful!

    Yours sincerely,

    Scrobs.

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    • Zephir says:

      Merry Xmas

      (was going to make seasons greetings from a cryptic clue but can’t be arsed)

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  8. Zephir says:

    Early rising can be a curse but has its advantages at Xmas,

    the twenty pound turkey for two people that has been defrosting for three weeks and still rock solid can go on the bonfire for a couple of hours to get it soft enough to be wedged into the oven (with some help from an angle grinder)

    The brussels have been boiling now since late November so should be ready by lunchtime

    and still time to take the kitchen apart to find the cranberry sauce from last year

    I think I saw it once in July behind an old bottle of Angustora bitters when we were having some plumbing work done, but it might be a jar of axle grease, which may come in handy for basting / gravy

    Merry Xmas all

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    • Deborah says:

      You may be joking about frozen turkey. Many years ago I really was catering for a charity do for 200 people. Someone could get some frozen turkeys cheap. They promised they would be defrosted on Wednesday for Saturday. Friends had promised to cook some. Each was cooked from frozen for up to 24 hours and served heart in mouth that people didn’t come down with food poisoning. We never heard that anyone did but jokes about frozen turkey are a bit close to home.

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      • Zephir says:

        Joking, moi ?

        I am now working with a chainsaw and the toaster

        and slicing oversize parsnips with a blunt knife should come with a health warning

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      • Big Al says:

        My mate said that if I put my turkey in the freezer it’ll last for ages. I put it in last night and when I checked on it this morning it was dead!
        Merry Christmas all and many thanks to of you regular contributors.

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  9. Zephir says:

    Xmas trivia

    1. In the 1400s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.

    Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb.’

    2. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

    Spades – King David,

    Hearts – Charlemagne,

    Clubs -Alexander the Great,

    Diamonds – Julius Caesar

    3. In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase……… ‘goodnight, sleep tight.’

    4. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.

    Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

    5. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts…

    So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’

    It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’

    6. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.

    ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice.

    7. In 1696, William III of England introduced a property tax that required those living in houses with more than six windows to pay a levy. In order to avoid the tax, house owners would brick up all windows except six. (The Window Tax lasted until 1851, and older houses with bricked-up windows are still a common sight in the U.K.) As the bricked-up windows prevented some rooms from receiving any sunlight, the tax was referred to as “daylight robbery”

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    • Scroblene says:

      Those are Crackers, Z!

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Thanks, Zephir.

        I think the card deck representation was a bit of a historical error: King David a Spade, hmmn, should have been Hearts. Wise men and women still seek the Son of David 😉 the Reason for the Season 🙂

        Here endeth the sermon. Go in peace.

        Down at #7. the ‘daylight robbery’ actually started to affect the physical wellbeing of the UK populace. Of course, nothing like that could happen in the twenty-first century, could it?

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        • Zephir says:

          You’re welcome I am awaiting review from a certain someone else 🙂

          Maybe gaslight robbery come next Spring, my bill will increase by a minimum of 60% on current estimates

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          • Up2snuff says:

            David was said to be a bit of a heart-throb for the females of his day, even before he became King, back when he would play the harp and soothe King Saul’s troubled soul.

            We will all be back in the candle age soon!

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  10. Guest Who says:

    Sounds just about right.

    Merry Crimble.

       24 likes

  11. Guest Who says:

    Awwww

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    • Zephir says:

      just as bad acoss the pond

      Seven unbelievable headlines in 2021 that were not satire

      https://www.foxnews.com/media/a-recap-of-actual-headlines-that-were-not-satire-in-2021

      1. ‘Inflation is Good for You’

      2. ‘Maybe Christmas Shortages are a Gift’

      3. ‘China Basks in COVID Vindication as Omicron Closes Borders’

      4. ‘Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others’

      (yes, a car drove itself)

      5. ‘The media treats Biden as badly as – or worse than – Trump. Here’s proof’

      6. ‘Is math racist? As many students of color struggle with the subject, schools are altering instruction — sometimes amid intense debate.’

      7. ‘The Media Manufactured Biden’s Political ‘Fiasco’ in Afghanistan’

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  12. Guest Who says:

    To be fair, not much to blow.

    Springster liked it, of course.

    Oh, this too..

       9 likes

  13. Guest Who says:

    Love the optimism. Still.

       9 likes

  14. dafydd says:

    No comment today, not letting the BBC spoil my day…

    Merry Christmas to you all…

       32 likes

  15. Guest Who says:

    Where goes the Graun, so goes the B… oh… way ahead of them.

       15 likes

    • Up2snuff says:

      NON-TOADY Watch for Christmas Day #1 – purely my impression

      It was interesting in the 8 a.m. News the order of the Clergy Christmas Messages, RC before Anglican but on the BBC web-site Home Page https://www.bbc.co.uk/ only Justin Welby gets mentioned. No mention of Cardinal Vincent Nichol’s message until you get halfway down the page about Welby’s message: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59787329

      Hhhmmmnn

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    • StewGreen says:

      Guardian editors write the headlines, so I wouldn’t blame Rupa Huq.
      – If you took an average group of 30 British people aged over 50
      It is quite likely that none were black, cos even in the entire population it’s only 3%

      – Are zero BAME ?
      I wonder if she hasn’t counted Jews ?
      She hasn’t : Robert Halfon is Jewish he’s Education Select Committee chair
      ..there are maybe more

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    • JohnC says:

      Equality is good.
      Diversity is racism.
      The word is toxic for me now. Anyone who uses it is racist.

      Of course this story is all about Rupa Huq being a misandrist who thinks she deserves a place on such committees herself.

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  16. Zephir says:

    I understand he had said be kind to our arriving beach friends

    A bit like handing your wallet over while your house is being broken into

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  17. Lucy Pevensey says:

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL

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  18. StewGreen says:

    “woman” FFS use your eyes
    Thisis part of the constart gaslighting by media people
    Our local paper used the same headline as the Sun.

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  19. JohnC says:

    Trump Scottish golf resorts claimed over £3m in furlough
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59790443

    And another mucktakling non-story from the BBC.

    What a shame they aren’t interested in globally significant stories like Hunter Biden and HIS business dealings.

    The BBC are like spiteful schoolboys. It’s pathetic.

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    • JohnC says:

      lol, how on earth did I write mucktakling instead of muckraking ?.

      It seems like this forum uses AI to add one spelling mistake to all my posts :-).

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      • Up2snuff says:

        No, John, I have been suffering soft finger or a faulty keyboard or busy brain just leaving out the occasional vowel or consonant for some time. Either that or I’m starting to touch type and read posts at the same time. Hah! Multi-tasking at long last. Certainly my hand writing has deteriorated due to too much keyboard use. Hope people can read my Christmas cards.

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      • Lefty Wright says:

        JohnC
        Are you sure it wasn’t the result of excess wassail?
        Merry Christmas to you all. Hic!

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  20. JohnC says:

    For some reason I was particularly struck by this video today of a world we have left behind.

    Happy Christmas to one and all.

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  21. Thoughtful says:

    I see that an “armed intruder” has been arrested at Windsor castle.
    Call me cynical, but somehow unless he is White I don’t think we will be hearing any more about this story.

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    • JohnC says:

      Normally individual ‘wacko’ things like this (and the school shootings in the USA) are white people who are just not normal. They are terrible but not symptomatic of society in general.

      The murders which are commonplace and are typical of a savage 3rd world culture however are usually black people. And that is far, far more significant because these people know exactly what they are doing.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Southampton man, 19, armed with an “offensive weapon” has been arrested at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.
      Police said he was arrested “moments” after of entering at 8.30am on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon
      . The 19-year-old intruder was captured on palace grounds but did not enter any buildings, police said.

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  22. G.W.F. says:

    It’s a man. Nineteen years old, in Windsor Castle with a weapon. They know his age but give no details of his ethnicity, religion, or colour of skin.
    Odd, since these are characteristics constantly mentioned by the media when no crime is involved.
    And no details of the weapon. Probably a blow pipe or bow and arrow.

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    • Zephir says:

      My first thought was it was that Nutmeg with a video camera

      She is deperate for something to flog to Netflix

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  23. Fedup2 says:

    The Queens ‘ Christmas chat was fun wasn’t it ? Spotting who didn’t get mentioned ….

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    • JohnC says:

      I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of scrutiny that speech went through before it was finally given to HM.

      Every Lefty activist group will study it to try and find reason to take offence.

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  24. StewGreen says:

    Dave Cullen video
    ‘These movies wouldn’t get made these days’
    .. https://youtu.be/lSSW_XeR0ug

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  25. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I’ve just watched the Morecambe and Wise 1971 Christmas show which was repeated on bbbc2.
    The one with Shirley Bassey, Andre Preview and Glenda Jackson.
    Comedy gold.

    They used to be good in the past (bbbc) and it’s sad to see what’s happening to it since it’s move to the left.

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    • StewGreen says:

      BBC2
      7pm Morecambe and Wise Show
      7:45pm Morecambe and Wise Show

      8:35pm BBC4 Eric and Ernie behind the scenes

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    • Helena Hand-Basket says:

      Emmanuel, is that the episode where the long-suffering Glenda plays Cleopatra in one of the comically dreadful plays Ernie wrote? I remember her having to utter ungrammatical lines like, ‘beauty like what I have got’.

      I also recall they kept calling Andre ‘Andrew Privett!’

      I would have watched this, but I live in Australia. Sadly, the ABC (Australia’s version of the BBC) is even worse than the Beeb. It’s probably even more woke, but duller and dumber. About the only thing we watch is the news and a few UK imports like ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Oh, and you can’t escape paying for it either. It’s funded from taxation, not a licence fee.

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      • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

        Helena,
        It was the one where they done a Fred Astaire/ Ginger Rogers routine with Glenda.

        I also think the Cleopatra sketch wot Ernie wrote was hilarious.

        M&W brought out the best in their guests in such a funny way. Shirley Bassey in those boots for example.

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  26. StewGreen says:

    Tickbox telly
    8:35 BBC2 “Anglo-Afro-Caribbean-style Christmas”
    with the Kanneh-Mason family

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  27. StewGreen says:

    5:10pm BBC 1 Strictly Christmas special 2021
    with Jay Blades, Fred Sirieix, Mel Giedroyc, Moira Stuartz Anne-Marie and Adrian Chiles

    7:25pm Blankety Blank : Mel B, Angela Rippon, Richard E Grant, Tom Allen, Sarah Millican, and Danny Jones

    9:35pm BBC4 feminist film set in WW2 (2016)

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  28. G.W.F. says:

    Windsor Castle intruder was carrying a crossbow. He is 19 but does not have skin that matches any known colour.

    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/windsor-castle-intruder-spotted-carrying-crossbow-on-cctv-as-queen-prepared-for-christmas-mass-says-report/191126

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    • JohnC says:

      We can rule out Asian because the article would definitely say ‘Not terror related’.

      A phrase intended to make us all think Muslims are not terrorists – but has the opposite effect because of the fact it needs special mention.

      The BBC will be hoping whoever it is has links to the Right, which will of course be labelled as ‘Far Right’.

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  29. vlad says:

    ITV’s Royal Carols seems to have gone down well, complete with Kate jamming at the piano.
    Excellent, another slap in the face of the BBC.

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  30. Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

    Even he’s saying it!

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  31. taffman says:

    Nadolig Llawen to you all including maxincony. Well it is Christmas after all.

    Christmas here went well despite all the threatened “shortages” .
    The only shortage we faced was the shortage comedy or anything suitable.to watch on Al Beeb TV.
    What say you all ?

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    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      Taff,
      As mentioned above, Morecambe and Wise repeat from 50 years ago when the bbbc used to be good.

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  32. harry142857 says:

    BBC only just behind Hamas in respected Jewish organisation’s antisemitic ‘list of shame’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10344671/BBC-just-Hamas-respected-Jewish-organisations-antisemitic-list-shame.html?ito=native_share_article-top

    The BBC has been branded anti-semitic by one of the world’s most respected Jewish organisations.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center –named after the famed Nazi-hunter – has placed the BBC at No 3 on its annual ‘Global Antisemitism Top Ten’ list.

    Last night, Rabbi Marvin Hier, head of the centre, told The Mail On Sunday: ‘People might be surprised to see the BBC on our list but the decision to place the BBC at No 3 came after months of intense debate and discussion.

    ‘We believe the BBC has been guilty of several incidences of anti-semitism during the past year.

    ‘People might assume we would put neo-Nazi groups on our list but the BBC is there because when a globally recognised organisation allows antisemitism to creep into its reporting, it makes it all the more insidious and dangerous.

    The head of the center said the BBC had repeatedly been guilty of anti-semitism
    Rabbi Marvin Hier highlighted reporting of an anti-semitic attack in London
    The BBC has been branded anti-semitic by one of the world’s most respected Jewish organisations.

    Last night, Rabbi Marvin Hier, head of the centre, told The Mail On Sunday: ‘People might be surprised to see the BBC on our list but the decision to place the BBC at No 3 came after months of intense debate and discussion.

    ‘We believe the BBC has been guilty of several incidences of anti-semitism during the past year.

    ‘People might assume we would put neo-Nazi groups on our list but the BBC is there because when a globally recognised organisation allows antisemitism to creep into its reporting, it makes it all the more insidious and dangerous.

    ‘People around the world trust the BBC and rely on it for truthful reporting of world events.’

    The Rabbi singled out the Corporation’s reporting of an attack on a busload of Jewish teenagers by a group of men who chanted anti-Israel slogans.

    The incident took place in London’s Oxford Street last month as the teens celebrated the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

    ‘The BBC falsely reported that a victim on the bus used an anti-Muslim slur. But what was heard on tape was a distressed Jewish man speaking in Hebrew appealing for help,’ Rabbi Hier said.

    The Mail on Sunday understands the BBC has investigated the reporting and maintains the alleged slur was included to ensure the fullest account of the incident.

    The BBC issued a statement earlier this month saying the story was a ‘factual report’ that ‘overwhelmingly focused on the individuals the police want to identify; those who directed abuse at the bus’.

    The Wiesenthal Center report, which will be released on Tuesday, lists Iran – whose leaders deny the Holocaust and have pledged to ‘annihilate Israel’ – at No 1 on the list and the Palestinian terror group Hamas at No 2.

    The report condemned former BBC reporter Tala Halawa who posted a series of tweets including ‘Hitler was right’ and ‘Zionists can’t get enough of our blood’ in 2014. Ms Halawa no longer works for the BBC

    It also criticised the Corporation for ‘often’ referring to Israelis as ‘settlers’ and cited a video tweeted by senior BBC producer Alaa Daraghme captioned: ‘An Israeli settler ramming a Palestinian man near the Lions’ Gate.’
    Rabbi Hier said: ‘In fact, the car drove on to the pavement after an attempt by Palestinians to lynch the Jewish driver who lost control of the vehicle.’

    A BBC source said the original tweet had been posted when there was ‘some confusion’ over the incident. Mr Daraghme later published another tweet clarifying what had happened.

    The US-based Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top ten also includes ‘social media giants’ (for allowing hate to spread online) and the Unilever corporation, which owns Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream. Ben & Jerry’s board boycotted East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    A BBC spokesman said last night: ‘Antisemitism is abhorrent. The BBC strives to serve the Jewish community, and all communities across our country, fairly with accurate and impartial reporting.’

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    • Foscari says:

      The BBC news editorial hierarchy are basically
      supporters of the Jeremy Corbyn school of socialism ,
      and Anti-Semitism. So to be honest I am surprised that
      the BBC are as low as third on this list.

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    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      Isn’t it strange that the bbbc keeps making these mistakes when reporting these types of incidents.
      Even stranger is the fact that every ‘mistake’ happens to favour one side but never the other.

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    • Thoughtful says:

      The worst part of all of this is that the utterly useless incompetent Marxist Tories will do absolutely nothing, because they are so completely incompetent they don’t even know what to do.

      It’s difficult to imagine more of a shambles of a party comply adrift rudderless without direction because all they want is jobs for the incompetents from the rotten school at Windsor.

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  33. harry142857 says:

    The Labour Party must be in the running soon.

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  34. Zephir says:

    Call it what it is: RACISM

    The bbc, labour, socialists / marxists and the others are institutionally racist, pure and simple, treating a group differently because of their race.

    That includes their narratives when blacks and muslims are victims compared to white British / US males.

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  35. Halifax says:

    I hope all my friends on here had a pleasant Christmas, I’ve awoken (I have added a N) to snow, not being a Grinch but I hope it rains otherwise my kids won’t be able to get here eat all my food and destroy my home which is somthing of a family tradition, plus the inevitable fall out. Dad and grandad (Me) will keep his distance and basically spend all day picking wrapping paper up filling and emptying the dishwasher and assembling kids toys accompanied by the now standard Christmas saying of “shouldn’t you wait till you get home”.

    But I’d have it no other way my home will be full of people I love and that doesn’t happen these days half as often as I’d like.

    Thank you all for your support through the year and especially Deborah who appears to be there for all of us in our darkest hours.

    Still snowing in Fax.

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  36. Zephir says:

    Boxing Day quiz

    1) If a spaceship travels at the same speed the BBC removes a muslim rape gang from the front page into regional news, how soon will it have a “fast tracked” black astronaut with a GCSE in Meeja Studies ?

    2) What does Diane Abbot and Sir Isaac Newton have in common ?

    Answers below (no peeking)

    1) Trick question, the other astronaut could not get the helmet over her hijab so NASA is in court for racism, pending a decision by the Galactic Federation.

    2) One was hit on the head by an apple, the other was hit on the head by her son who had crystal meth delivered to her home, was high on a cocktail of drugs when he started ‘threatening his mother with violence’ including a pair of scissors. He then went on a drug-induced rampage, attacking nine police officers, doctors, nurses and security guards at various hospitals. The Cambridge graduate had been taking crystal meth, the ‘chemsex’ drug GBL and cocaine since 2013. At just 27, he was posted to the British Embassy in Rome as first secretary for exiting the EU, advising Britons in Italy on their post-Brexit rights.

    A turkey sandwich (still thawing) to anyone with two points, sent by Hermes and kicked around the warehouse a bit.

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  37. Zephir says:

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    London, United Kingdom

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  38. Zephir says:

    BBC fury: Broadcaster dubbed ‘monopoly funded by compulsory tax’ as boycott gathers pace
    THE boycott of the BBC has been backed by former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe, who claimed the corporation is now “a monopoly funded by compulsory tax” in a scathing attack.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1541194/bbc-news-defund-the-bbc-boycott-rupert-lowe-gary-lineker-licence-fee

    Mr Lowe told Express.co.uk: “The BBC is a monopoly funded by a compulsory levy on those with a TV.

    “It has become unfit for purpose and is now an unrepresentative cancer at the heart of Britain.”

    Referring to the corporation’s first director general Lord Reith, Mr Lowe added: “Reith will be turning in his grave given the founding principle to educate, entertain and inform with complete impartiality.

    The BBC faced strong criticism earlier this month after unveiling a Christmas Day schedule which was for all intents and purposes the same as last year’s.

    In the period from December 18 and December 31, almost a third of all programmes on BBC One are repeats, while three-quarters of BBC Two’s shows have likewise been aired before.

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  39. Zephir says:

    ITV no better:

    ‘Ooops!’ ITV newsreader accidentally announces Pope’s death on Christmas Day
    AN ITV newsreader accidentally announced the Pope’s death while discussing the Holy Father’s Christmas speech.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1541186/ITV-News-Pope-Francis-dead-newsreader-blunder-video-vn

    The ITV Evening News presenter said: “He said vaccines should be made available to those most in need.

    “His death was announced…excuse me.”

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    • Guest Who says:

      Sadly, a senior cleric has shuffled. RIP.

      Expect a BBC charter of mourning reporters to hit the hotels of SA soon. Again.

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  40. Guest Who says:

    ‘Emergency presenter cover’

    😂

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  41. tomo says:

    I have to say that my Christmas was brightened by seeing repeated adverts from the BBC for iPlayer on YouTube

    Desperate much ? – I’d like to think.

    I see that Broadcasting House got a seasonal vote of confidence from The Simon Wiesenthal Centre…..

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  42. Guest Who says:

    They think they do work?

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    • Sluff says:

      I can’t believe ABBA are that desperate but, much as I like them, must state that other popular music combos are available.

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  43. Guest Who says:

    Only the first line first visible initially on my feed.

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  44. Sluff says:

    Morning all and a Merry Christmas from the BBC, who report that the Trump golf courses in Scotland have been receiving furlough money.
    Yes, even on Christmas Day the BBC impartial trump-haters are still ‘working’.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59790443

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  45. Sluff says:

    Was there any Christian content on Toady on Sunday this morning?
    After a feature on someone who just happened to be gay (an amazing BBC co-incidence) followed by some sort of Hindu help centre I went back to sleep.

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  46. Zephir says:

    One can guess the bbc headline news today (Tutu)

    meanwhile much further down, other minor news from Africa:

    Deadly bombing at restaurant packed for Christmas,

    he blew himself up at the entrance killing himself and five other people. Another 13 people were injured.
    More than 30 people were celebrating Christmas at the In Box restaurant when the bomb went off

    The officials blamed Saturday’s attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a militant group said to be linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS).

    WTF does so called mean ????

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  47. Guest Who says:

    The Dai Williamses at the breakfast table in Merthyr…

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    • Sluff says:

      I clicked on the link and it’s even worse than you suggest.
      Across 5 photos I count 3 whities and NINE with ‘darker skin tones’.

      I must move in deeply racist circles because in many years and many visits to Wales I have never noticed that astonishing ratio before.

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    • Foscari says:

      Guest Who- BIG BROTHER from the diversity department
      at the BBC now has it written in stone that this image
      from the ethnicity of 3% of the population of the UK has
      to be the default photo image in every aspect of
      BBC presentation. It’s called “positive discrimination” and
      it is the cornerstone of everything on the BBC. And to be
      fair the advertising agencies as well. It is what modern
      Britain has become Shouldn’t we be proud of it?
      As we go into 2022 , Aren’t we all looking forward to the
      World Cup in Qatar, and to watch and support our boys
      prostrating themselves in subjugation to the BLM
      organization? OK they will not know that between 4000 to
      5000 black and brown souls have been killed building
      the stadiums they are playing in. And it is not their fault
      that when black drug gangs are slaughtering their brothers
      and sisters they are not so much interested in the BLM as the
      footballers are. The footballers if they understand anything they know
      that we have to understand and respect that all of this comes
      from the fact that all of this belongs to a different culture.
      And we should, and do respect it.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Been laughing myself silly at the #somuchguardian posts so far this morning.

        There was even one with wild swimmer Leda sharing her views on swan intrusion.

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  48. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    Evidence for a large-scale migration into Britain in the Bronze Age has been uncovered.

    ***
    No word on how many young locals in Manchester taken out.

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  49. AsISeeIt says:

    The shiney new cycle clips he had just unwrapped

    The problem with the culture war is that despite its relentless ongoing intensity, those fighting it from the left are loath to admit it is happening.

    The Beano’s renaming of Spotty as Scotty isn’t “woke” tokenism‘ (‘i’)

    JK Rowling How Potter fans turned on their hero‘ (Sunday Times) – in fact it wasn’t so much the fans who turned on Rowling rather it was those three spoilt brat no mark child actors for whom Rowling made careers and fortunes who grew up and wanted an ongoing place in Social Justice Warrior-minded celebrityville.

    The coronaphobic ‘i’ newspaper is at again: ‘New Covid measures ‘could last until March’ under scenarios studied by government scientists‘ – Colonel Mustard “could” have done the murder in the billiard room with the candlestick – under scenarios studied by our family this Boxing Day afternoon – heaven forbid.

    I think it fair to say categorically now that lockdown is the official policy of the left in Britain.

    The BBC helps us draw the dividing lines here: ‘Covid-19: New rules in force for three UK nations‘ – in other words the three regions not run by the Tories.

    It couldn’t be much clearer:

    All three nations have introduced curbs on the hospitality and leisure industry, resumed social distancing rules and put limits on the size of gatherings.

    Boris Johnson has not announced any further restrictions in England

    The BBC report goes on to throw a clutch of alarming statistics at us in their familiar pro forma project fear format – but we’ll skip the science bit as they term it in cosmetics adverts and cut to the chase as they used to say in movies:

    Although England is the only one of the UK’s four nations not to be tightening restrictions after Christmas Day, it has the highest infection rate

    Despite failing to link past lockdowns with any reduction in supposed infections the heavily implied BBC editorial comment is clear enough: ‘Even if Omicron is milder, because it is more contagious a large number of people will catch it and some will still become very ill, which puts pressure on the NHS

    The Observer is free from any of that residual pretence at political balance that may still linger at the BBC and can therefore provide us with the unmitigated leftwing prescription for more time off for the public sector managerial classes – echoing Sir Keir Starmer’s suggestions the left want earlier, tougher, longer lasting lockdowns – and they can always find a lefty-minded sciency gob-on-a-stick to mouth it: ‘Delaying the measures until New Year’s Day would reduce their impact (scientists said)

    Damned parents! I wanted my new bike for Christmas and I don’t want to wait until my birthday in the New Year” – said the obnoxious ungrateful greedy child as he scoffed at the shiney new cycle clips he had just unwrapped.

    And don’t imagine that the left ever let anything go.

    The Observer is still banging on about Brexit punting on: ‘...a new anniversary poll for the Observer‘ – guess what?

    Six in 10 voters say Brexit has gone badly‘ – not that that headline tells us whether voters really regret our break from the EU – such as it is.

    Many of us would have liked a Brexit: earlier, tougher, longer lasting – to coin a phrase.

    About this time of year one feels mildly pressured to come up with an annual press review. As a filler. That’s easy:

    2021 – mostly same as 2020.

    So instead here’s a sort of in-house hereabouts short survey of the papers and their character through the eyes of Mr AsISeeIt.

    I tend to enjoy a few habitual descriptors for our newspaper titles, to wit:

    The formerly patriotic Times

    The chronically coronaphobic ‘i’ newspaper

    The Daily Satyr – this is an organically derived nickname, the consequence of my carelessly mistyping the title Daily Star and admiring the rather appropriate result.

    The Guardian on Sunday – of course the Observer newspaper

    The Telegraph – Oh dear me. The very title evokes outmoded irrelevant left behind forms such as wireless, gramophone and Betamax .

    The freebie giveaway Metro – due to the business model being one of corporate and – more to the point of late – government agency advertising based revenue.

    The Labour-supporting Mirror – one hears that an editorial meeting at the Mirror was recently told their readership was strongly concentrated in the manual worker C2 band – at which news the middle-class oriented lefty management were somewhat dismayed.

    Daily Mail – speaking of readership profiles, the left is often dismayed to discover the Mail has a predominantly female readership.

    The Daily Express – that ancient music hall gag, dating from a time when toilet roll was beyond the budget of many and newsprint had to suffice but the trains ran pretty well, asked cheekily who was the fastest man in Britain? The answer being the man who wiped his arse on the Daily Express.

    Merry Christmas & A Happy New Lockdown to one and all

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  50. Zephir says:

    Further to : Deadly bombing at restaurant packed for Christmas,

    No report of muslim atrocities complete without the bbc justifying them:

    “The militant group was formed in the 1990s by Ugandans disgruntled with the government’s treatment of Muslims”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59792840

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    • Guest Who says:

      Nothing says ‘disgruntled’ quite like covertly shredding innocents limb from limb.

      The BBC Editorial Guideline must make for some mental gymnastics to read if sane.

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