273 Responses to Weekend 13 August 2022

  1. Up2snuff says:

    The BBC are likely (likely huh!) almost certainly will be in panic mode this weekend as we get a hot summer weekend. The sort of hot summer weekend that Brits used to travel to Spain or Portugal to enjoy. Now available in good old Britain.

    Just think of the CO2 saved BBC, console yourselves with that thought.


    • BRISSLES says:

      Trouble is Snuff, when we’re away sampling the delights of the Tapas bars, we stroll along the prom after a satisfying meal, letting the warmth of the evening air envelope us as we mosey down to the next bar for a late night cognac or cappuccino.

      While here its a slog to the local pub to sit in their or your own garden to be eaten alive by midges. The dogs lay panting, you can’t be arsed to get out of the chair, as even staggering to the kitchen its too hot to get something to eat, so you just ‘sit’ watching Netflix while your face is 2ft from the very expensive fan, and live in hope that the following day is at least 10 degrees cooler !!!


      • Up2snuff says:

        Brissles, my dear old thing (well, it is still the cricket season, football should not be allowed during the cricket season) why not buy a tapas tray from a trendy supermarket – I wouldn’t be surprised if Tesco* do them – and pretend you are in Spain or Portugal? Or create a bowl of salad that you keep in the ‘frige’ and eat with olives and pretend.

        Culinary tip for oldies: buy green olives (black ones if you prefer them) in large jars. When home, tip out the brine, shake the jar and tip out the residue of the brine. Fill jar with olive oil (green or golden according to taste) and tuck away in a cupboard somewhere to, er, ‘mature’. Luvverly later, especially in hot weather, and the olive oil lubricates the old arthritic joints rather better than expensive castor oil capsules according to my experiments.

        * other supermarkets and retailers are available. Your home may be at risk if you do not keep up mortgage payments. e & o.e. excepted.


        • Fedup2 says:

          I’ve taken a cool or cold shower at least once a week for a long time … but there is a time and technique for it – the shock of cold water can be breathtaking up certainly increases the circulation …not for everyone though

          As for olive oil – a bad harvest suggests a 20% increase with trouble next year – panic – buy ….

          As for power – Eon fitting a compulsory contractual smart meter next week – not sure if a good idea …


          • Up2snuff says:

            Fed, no need for a cold shower and wasting water. Fill a sink, the so-called ‘Butler’ sink if you have one, to a depth of three inches with cold water. You might need a greater depth if your sink is small and highly curved. Use the kitchen sink if necessary. Lean down into the sink and submerge your forearms. Leave submerged for three or four minutes. You will feel the cold go up your arms into your shoulders and on into your torso. *May not be wise to do this if you have severe heart problems.*

            If you have an empty bucket handy, don’t send the water down the drain, scoop it into the bucket and use it to flush the toilet in the bathroom.


            • Fedup2 says:

              One of the best / worst thing I did was to get a water meter . Instead of care free water use the world revolves around the dripping tap.

              At least if using a washing machine there’s not much need to ‘spin ‘ it as the current climate does a job right quick ….


              • Up2snuff says:

                Fed, Thames Water are not exactly renown for dealing with their own leaks let alone your dripping tap.


          • Lunchtime Loather says:

            Compulsory? I’d have told them to F-off. I’ll never have one.


            • Fedup2 says:

              Lunchtime – in the old days – before no one could afford electricity – they used to do fixed tarif – but the catch was to have a meter … I put it off for nearly a year . The fix – at autumn 2021 rates – was a Godsend- and a recommendation of one Martin Lewis ….


              • BRISSLES says:

                Boys, boys, I love an olive or bowl full, generally munched with a G & T and yes coincidentally I do have a Tesco’s Tapas selection, – as for the arm exercise under the tap done that too. Its the bloke I need for the stroll along the Prom !!!!


          • StewGreen says:

            “you do have the right to refuse a smart meter if you don’t want one.”
            I think if your old meter is clapped out they do force a smart meter on you
            but it might not work fully if the phone signal is rubbish etc.


        • Scroblene says:

          Uppers, Briss, Fed and Co…

          Try the wildly expensive Yanni’s Greek Olive oil with home-grown tomatoes in a Bruschetta, and add a leaf or three of Basil…

          Then add some Parmeggiano and open a bottle of Turner Road Californian Chardonnay!



        • Banania says:

          With the olives, it helps to include some crushed garlic, a bit of lemon peel, some fennel seeds and some fresh thyme. As you eat the olives, just put more into the same mixture & top up with oil.


          • Up2snuff says:

            Banania, thanks for that recipe tip. I like it! Long before the Pandemic I discovered garlic stuffed olives. I eat a couple most days if I don’t forget and also a fraction of a clove of garlic both steeped in olive oil. It helps to boost the old immune system and I think I’ve had less colds since I have been consuming them regularly and the colds that I have had have been snuffed 🙂 out very quickly.

            When I first discovered that I liked garlic stuffed olives they were accompanied by Feta cheese. 🙂 🙂 🙂 . Sadly, currently the garlic stuffed olives available from ASDA and Tesco are stuffed with garlic paste rather than a sliver of a garlic clove.

            Medical warning: not everyone can eat garlic and it can lead to intestinal problems of excess and famine (my euphemisms!) and for some people it can lead to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Oh and don’t do what some silly bod did at the start of the Pandemic. Hearing that garlic boosts the immune system, a young woman went out and bought a lot of garlic which she consumed raw immediately. She was admitted to hospital via A&E with third degree burns to her mouth and esophagus.


    • Sluff says:

      The cold water coming out of my tap is at 22C. I can easily shower at 40C. So the hot temperatures are heating up the cold water supply, thus the energy usage for heating water must be very low, and of course house heating is zero. In other words our ‘carbon’ footprint is currently minuscule.

      If the Marxist eco-zealots really want to address CO2 levels maybe they should go and demonstrate in Tiannamen Square.


    • Halifax says:

      I wonder if the BBC offices have air con ??


      • Banania says:

        “I wonder if the BBC offices have air con ??”
        I think I can answer that without even going to look.


  2. DYKEVISIONS says:

    Just appoint a ‘Tsar’ for Drought or put on a Test match at Lord’s and it will rain, guaranteed; stop this flaming nonsense..my tomatoes are looking healthy, every cloud has a silver lining!


    • Scroblene says:

      Same here, DV! Forty-two plants which grew like mad, and tomato poisoning is certainly on the cards!

      Most proper gardening is done easily these days, despite the wokey GQT and ridiculous CFile! You can get anything you want online to ward off bugs and blight, cos when it does start to get wetter after theTsar gets the non-job, the latter will muck everything up – unless you have a lot of Bordeaux mixture – which we bought in bulk before the blasted EU started to ban everything!

      I heard on LBC this morning that the BBC’s house comic, The Grauniad, has a list of ways to conserve water! I’d suggest cutting out the dead-tree press could be a start as paper-making uses a heck of a lot of the stuff!


      • Up2snuff says:

        Scrobie, we need snow, lots of it next winter, rain will not do. The RAF Met bods knew weather a bit better than the present BBC lot and they have a saying in the RAF: “What goes up must come down.” It will rain again one day, that is certain. No doubt the ‘alarmists’ at the BBC and in the Grauniad will then be complaining about ‘possible flooding’.


        • Scroblene says:

          You’re right of course about the snow, the melt does wonders for the environment, except where LA planners have allowed unlimited housing for incomers and the like!

          I wish I had a peat bog near me, as I could use some soil nourishment from that fabulous stuff. The ecoloons talk utter crap about peat being lost to the world, look at Canada’s supplies for one!


  3. brexiteerkent says:

    The BBC can’t help themselves .. There is no escape.

    Although now elsewhere, I used to live in Bristol so looked in on the local BBC news show “Points West” tonight to check out how the balloon fiesta, a huge local event, was going.

    They just can’t resist it .. Somehow amongst the crowds who had set their alarms for 5am they happened upon an Indian family to interview, then ended the feature with a segment ‘celebrating’ how women were becoming more involved in ballooning.

    I will have to put in a complaint to Ofcom though; they didn’t show anyone with a disability.


  4. Thoughtful says:

    Salman Rusdie stabbed 10 – 15 times on stage in America – motive remains unclear !


    How can anyone take this BS seriously when they are prepared to pubish this c*p ?


    • Guest Who says:

      Got to keep the core happy.

      They getting back in that lady who suckered Boris out of £400 mill?


      • StewGreen says:

        I wouldn’t take things at face value, cos Twitter is like a school playground with kids trying to wind other kids up.

        Indeed all those tweets might come from one 14 year old with 14 accounts


        • Zephir says:

          “Replying to
          No doubt the BBC will give at least as much outraged coverage to these hateful tweets as it did to the few racist ones after the men’s Euros last year”


          • StewGreen says:

            @Zephir, good point

            The other day they reported on hurty tweets the weathermen get.


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      The BBC ‘analysis’ on Rushdie is by Aleem Maqbool, newly appointed as their Religion Editor. Interesting snippet from May this year:

      “… There’s this sense outside the BBC that some editors are nervous about religion and faith stories. I haven’t found that. I have found that there’s a recognition that we need to report on those areas. It may be a honeymoon period, but I feel like I’m pushing at an open door. There’s nobody saying ‘no you can’t do that’.”

      Lots of editors, novelists, cartoon illustrators, school girls, teachers, large numbers of the general population etc are very nervous talking about such things these days. If Maqbool hasn’t found anyone at W1A saying ‘no you can’t do that’ he or the BBC are either clueless or lying.



  5. atlas_shrugged says:

    Thoughtful you beat me to it.

    IMHO Trump was right to bar entry into the US. Or was the animal that did this stabbing home grown.

    We will likely see overjoyed crowds rejoicing in Iran and other extremist locations such as Londonistan.

    No doubt the BBC will put on a stream of programs pandering to islamic extremism.


  6. StewGreen says:

    People around here often get more of their life from TV
    than from with their eyes
    So they are shouting drought
    when in fact someone getting up early took this photo of the mist



  7. Nibor says:

    Any Questions Radio 4 6.30pm repeated Saturday 1.15 pm .

    This once great programme, where great thinkers expounded thought provoking speeches for us to ponder upon , had an audience so thick they gave the biggest whooping, hollering and seal clapping to Diane Abbot .


  8. StewGreen says:

    Hew York State Police has identified the attacker as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, of Fairview, N.J.,
    who stabbed Rushdie in the neck and at least twice in the abdomen.

    People found a Twitter account @hmatar286, so they are GUESSSING
    this : “His nationality has not been announced, but it is likely that he is a member of the Lebanese Hezbollah.”

    NY Post “Law enforcement sources told The Post that an initial investigation suggests Matar has made social media posts in support of Iran and its Revolutionary Guard, and in support of Shi’a extremism more broadly.

    New York State Police, however, said that Matar’s motive remained unclear.”


  9. Richard Pinder says:

    A lot of fake news is coming from the BBC. I have noticed that the BBC weather site has never underestimated the temperature by ten degrees. As with the Covid Jab, I think the point is that the scientists have to say “yes, it works” or “yes, it’s the hottest ever”. Because those scientists who tell the truth are sidelined or sacked by executives, administrators and politicians.

    Dr Robert Malone is the most famous example. His chronic long COVID (exacerbated by two doses of the Moderna mRNA COVID genetic modification product) was successfully treated with Ivermectin by Dr. Meryl Nass, who subsequently lost her license to practice medicine for the sin of effectively treating COVID outpatients with Ivermectin. The story of this mass murder by the liberal swamp is told in his substack: https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/ivermectin-why-is-the-administrative


  10. pugnazious says:

    Welsh nationalist, Huw Edwards, scorns a young journalist who dared to criticise devolution and the Welsh Labour regime….result she was inundated with abuse and threats of rape.


    ‘Kara Kennedy is a young Welsh journalist with a promising career ahead of her. Having graduated with her Master’s in journalism from Cardiff University last year, she has already landed work at the Daily Telegraph and the Express, as well as interning at The Spectator. On Wednesday evening, she tweeted with excitement about her first comment piece being published in the print edition of the Telegraph.

    The article was a critique of the Welsh Labour government and its left-wing first minister Mark Drakeford. His government was, in Kennedy’s estimation, too fond of lockdowns, transgender ideology and universal basic income, the latter of which she warned would ‘universalise welfare dependency and sap what is left of Wales’s enterprise economy’. Kennedy also objected to England having to subsidise Drakeford’s lavish spending plans.

    Welsh devolution, much like its Scottish counterpart, has institutionalised a grievance culture and fortified a political, civic and media establishment allergic to scrutiny or even the mildest criticism. Naturally, then, Kennedy’s op-ed has met with the displeasure of Senedd members from both Plaid Cymru (the Welsh nationalists) and Welsh Labour (Diet Plaid Cymru). A fellow Welsh journalist branded the piece ‘a disgrace’ and demanded to know ‘why you’d attack your own nation like this’. Sundry Welsh cybernats lined up to abuse Kennedy in both English and aggressive-looking strings of consonants.

    All to be expected, perhaps, in the cut and thrust of opinion journalism. However, one reaction did stand out to Mr Steerpike. BBC News presenter Huw Edwards drew the attention of his 154,000 followers to Kennedy’s tweet and, despite admitting he had read no further than the opening paragraph, branded it ‘feeble’.

    One of the most senior broadcasters in the country publicly venting his disdain at a young female journalist might strike some as punching down. Mr Steerpike is just impressed that Edwards can find the time. As the Times reported in May, the taxpayer-funded News at Ten presenter was the number one ‘moonlighter’ on the BBC’s staff in the first quarter of 2022. ‘The corporation’s highest-paid news anchor, who has a salary of up to £430,000, took on four external speaking engagements in March,’ the paper reported. The outside events earned him £25,000.

    In response, Kennedy accused Edwards of ‘encouraging a pile-on that has already seen my DMs filled with people telling me to get raped’.

    The BBC’s social media guidelines instruct staff to ‘always treat others with respect’ and state: ‘People who work for the BBC should set an example for civilised public debate.’ Unfortunately for Edwards, the section of the guidelines specifically directed at ‘colleagues working in news and current affairs’ stipulates: ‘Do not link to anything you haven’t read fully.’ In sharing Kennedy’s original tweet in order to express his disapproval, Edwards was also sharing the link to the article contained in her tweet. He has now, however, removed his Tweet and said he’s appalled at the abuse Kara has received.

    Perhaps a colleague could have a word with Huw and gently suggest that starting Twitter beefs with graduate journalists isn’t the wisest use of social media for a lavishly-paid BBC newsreader. Failing that, someone chuck him another speaking engagement to distract him.’


  11. Foscari says:

    ” Here at Diversity department of the BBC we must stand
    side by side with all our Muslim brothers and sisters at the
    BBC. The editors, the presenters, the reporters, the researchers.
    This is a a directive from BIG BROTHER during the following
    few days we must as usual share inclusiveness with all Muslim
    associates and understand their feelings in what has befallen Rushdie
    in New York.
    We must understand that the teaching of the Koran were
    only being followed . ” Strike the Kaffir in the neck.” We at
    the BBC believe in positive discrimination, diversity,
    inclusiveness and quotas in employment. In understanding
    and appreciating different cultures. even if Rushdie dies I
    want the feature downgraded as soon as possible. You all
    know what I mean. Just like the other issues of collateral
    damage enacted by Islamists.”


  12. Zephir says:

    THE most important thing;

    More important than people bombed to death by muslims in the UK, more important than people hacked to death by muslims in the UK and a British MP murdered by a muslim.

    More important than the industrial scale mass rape of british schoolchildren by muslims in every city of the UK

    Is, that muslims are NEVER offended, that is ALL that matters.


  13. Fedup2 says:

    Tricky day for the BBC

    As we all know the threat of terrorism / murder is far greater from the Right than from Islam . So what is the Rushdie chap was attacked by a Muslim ?

    Will it be the usual ‘mental issues ‘ ‘known to police ‘ ?

    Having happened in a country which isn’t Britain there might be a little bit more ‘openness’ regarding who the would be killer is and why he did it .

    There is no ‘subjuduce’ for the BBC to hide behind .

    Nor will be senior droid plod / politicians calling for ‘calm ‘ .

    Muslims and their sympathisers will either be totally silent / on holiday or just wish Rushdie dead .

    You know the song ….

    Then there is ‘look squirrels in the hot weather ‘’….


  14. Fedup2 says:

    Tricky day 2 for BBC News

    It reports the illegal search warrant the feds got from a democrat corrupt judge was for top secret documents…

    … it omits that president trump demanded the details be released . There is also question about the power of a head of state to keep documents and / or ‘declassify ‘ them .

    The BBC reports this as though president trump is an ordinary citizen . He is not and was not ….

    ..I get the impression the BBCwants to bury the Rushdie attack as much as wanting to bury the man ….


  15. Fedup2 says:

    Not much by way of discussion about mad evil Muslims wanting to kill free speech – free speech on the BBC suppressed .
    No experts from SOAS or universities or Muslims or politicians up to talk about this terrorist attack – I guess they best they’ll have will be their resident wheelchair warrior telling us what he has seen watching the tell …..

    But on president trump – they roll out some dodgy LA law professor to tell us how bad mr trump is …. I suspect he is a far lefty democrat ex Obama employee ( as usual ) without balance or even the whif of objectivity ….

    … I wonder what prison Obama is planning to send president trump to after a democrat show trial with a democrat judge and a democrat jury ….


  16. Foscari says:

    I expect before long the BBC will come up with the
    excuse that Hadi Matar is a mad as a haitar.


  17. Tabs says:

    BBC News Channel around 7:20am had an interview with a Afghan father and Hajib wearing daughter who were evacuated from Afghanistan to live in Britain. After lots from the father moaning about their hostel is dirty and ‘like a prison’. He also moaned that they are a family of 7 in one room as if it someone elses problem he has a large family. Charlie Stadt then asks the daughter about school in the UK. She also moans she lives in a prison with no windows that open.

    He later asks her, “how did you feel when you finally landed in the UK?”. She replied, “Sad”. At which point her father repeats the question to her and then Charlie does the same. The girl changes her answer to, “oh, OK. Happy”. Either the interview had pre agreed answers and the girl made a mistake or she answered honestly but Charlie Stadt thinks she answered wrongly. Either way it is a propaganda piece rather than an interview.

    There was also some ‘Refugee Action’ (or similar) bearded do-gooder on the sofa making sure that we know he is not happy that white man hasn’t provided a 4 bedroom house for each of the 15,000 refugees.


  18. Sluff says:

    Compare and contrast.
    Drop of rain. Hot weather. Windy. BBC speculates endlessly about global warming.
    Trump’s house in Florida is searched. BBC speculates endlessly about what the police may find.
    Boris Johnson speaks out of turn. BBC speculates endlessly about whether he is up to the job.

    Salman Rushdie is attacked.
    BBC………say nothing. Nothing about the attacker, even though the attack was witnessed. Nothing about motive, which it is fair to say we can all guess pretty well.

    And of course the ultimate irony. Many are supporting Rushdie on the grounds of Freedom of Speech. The very Freedom of Speech the BBC now make a deliberate choice not to use. Of what are they afraid?

    An appallingly, selective, biased, organisation.


  19. Sluff says:

    Blink and you missed it.
    On Toady. The latest BBC woke example.
    The sports reporter pulls the leg of the presenters.

    The presenters, albeit chortling, define this as ‘micro-aggression’. On air.

    The new normal at the BBC, presumably. No doubt Useless and JustRemainin will be getting counselling after the programme to dissipate their ‘hurt feelings’.


  20. theisland says:

    Fabulous from Mark Steyn last night.
    Waiting Patiently
    Clubland Q&A – Action Replay August 12, 2022.
    1hr 20m (goes quickly)

    Speaks the truth on Rushdie, Islam, the FBI raid etc.

    After his interview with Yasmine Mohammed on GBNews last week some bigwig Muslim put in (another) complaint to Ofcom, so Mark says his show won’t last long. As we all suspect.

    Plus – Update from Andrew Wylie:
    Rushdie’s agent…said Friday evening that Rushdie was on a ventilator and could not speak. ‘The news is not good,’ Wylie said in an email. ‘Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.’


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thank you – had a listen – Steyn s’ theory that the midterms are fixed accords with my view – that explains the reason the false search warrant was executed now – and not months before .

      If president trump had really stolen documents harmful to the security of the US State there would have been more urgency – right ?

      Elsewhere – I suppose the msm will be updating the Rushdie obituary and competing with each other to announce his death …sick effers …

      They must so want to get rid of mark steyn …


  21. Doublethinker says:

    Rushdie’s publisher and one of the translators of the Satanic Verses were murdered by Muslims decades ago. The latest attempted murder shows that even after forty years you are not safe from Muslim retribution fir making a few jokes about their paedo prophet.
    The response of the government will be as feeble as usual. The liberals will say that most Muslims don’t support such actions etc etc. But if you read Douglas Murray in the Spectator today on the background to the Rushdie affair you see that many thousands of Muslim protesters in Bradford were calling for his death.
    Most sane people know Islam is incompatible with the Western way of life. I’m sure even the bone headed liberals know this to be true but having created the problem in the first place they simply can’t lose face by admitting it. So the liberals pretend that Islam and Western values are perfectly compatible and can get along just fine, ‘ they are just like us really’.
    So where does this leave Britain. We have got several million Muslims in our country with a thousands more arriving every week. It’s long past the time when we can get rid of them. But all sensible people know that we can’t live in harmony with them, or rather they with us. They out breed us by a factor two or three. So within two or three generations there will as many of them are there are of us. When that happens our way of life will be under threat . It will be convert to Islam or suffer a Salman.
    I wonder if the generation of Brits then alive will be as meek as we have been or will they fight back?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Double – guess in the end there’ll be some sort of war with ethnic cleansing of white non Muslims from areas and Muslims from other areas… I make the assumption and not think I will be a witness to it …

      Or maybe there will be a suni v Shia civil war …..


    • Guest Who says:

      Puts de radicalisation plans and jail terms in the West, as overseen by Libbyloons, in further context.

      Still, at least the BBC lady got Boris to stump up money for the regime’s overseas activities.


  22. Fedup2 says:

    Usual thing about NHS shortages – bored jeremy having a nice chat with that Jeremy Hunt about the NHS continual failure to plan .

    For some reason our Jeremy didn’t remind Jeremy that he was the Secretary of State for health from 2012 to 2018 .

    So Jeremy – what did you do to make the NHS better ? Nothing ? And now you pretend you are not guilty of failure ..?


  23. Zephir says:

    An opinion I came across this morning which may explain a lot about much ?

    “What are the most worrisome growing societal issues?

    This one is worrisome for me in particular, as a teacher, parent, and citizen of a very large American city where this kind of thing is taking place:

    In the fall of 2020, the private school where I teach opened for in-person learning, while the public schools in the city remained virtual until February of 2021. One of the results of that was that private schools in the city, like the one where I taught, saw an influx of new students… students whose parents knew that online learning was a joke. I ended up with six new students in my classes, all from the local public school system.

    Most of them were really great students. One of them, though, never completed any assignments. I assign something and grade it at least three times each week. By the third week of school, he was missing ten assignments, and was in danger of failing if he didn’t start participating. It wasn’t just my class where he wasn’t doing any work.

    Meeting were held. Warnings were issued. But nothing really changed for him. He didn’t pass a single class the entire year, all because he simply refused to do anything beyond walking into the classroom and sitting down.

    This kid had been tested for special needs multiple times before coming to our school. He’d had the same problem at his previous school, and they’d come to the same conclusion: there was nothing wrong with him, other than his attitude, and a lack of discipline at home. There were no consequences for him not doing his work. He’d just been passed along throughout the years.

    So, at the end of the school year in which I taught him, after months of warnings that it would happen, the school refused to say that he “graduated” 8th grade. I guess it was some technicality for him to get into high school. His mother was furious. He was literally crying in my classroom when he found out. He thought that he would have to repeat the eighth grade. His exact words to me were:

    “I didn’t think those warnings were serious. I showed up every day like I was supposed to.”

    He then wrote an email to all of the teachers, begging for a chance to make up any missing work he had. (Literally asking for a year’s worth of assignments to complete in just a few days.) In that email, he wrote:

    “I’ve never faced real consequences before.”

    I have a feeling an adult coached him to write that.

    The teachers all gave him a few token assignments to do before report cards were officially printed and the year was over. He did none of them. I don’t know what happened to him. Either he repeated eighth grade at a different school, or found a high school that would take him despite not having the official “8th grade graduate” mark on his file.

    This student is just one example of something I’ve noticed has been getting worse during my adult life. I first saw it with my employees when I was in retail management. I see more of it as a teacher. I hear stories about it in the news. It seems to be a growing phenomenon in America:

    People who are shocked by the major consequences of their actions (or inactions), because they never faced minor consequences along the way.


    People who think that “showing up” is enough to get them whatever reward they’re supposed to get from a place.

    It manifests itself in several ways, like:

    “No zero/no fail” grading policies in schools.
    “Restorative justice” policies in schools, where there are no real consequences for bad behavior.
    People “graduating” from schools while still being functionally illiterate.
    People taking out college loans for degrees they will never complete, because they thought that they could get through college by just showing up to class as well.
    Criminals with long rap sheets of crimes only facing real consequences when they finally kill someone.
    People who expect “the system” to change to accommodate their lack of preparation or willingness to work with “the system” as it is.
    Adults throwing temper tantrums for not getting their way.
    Delayed levels of social and emotional maturity in teens and young adults.
    Basically, I’ve noticed a general breakdown in behavioral expectations in society over the last 20–30 years, and I find it worrisome. I’m not so much worried for myself, but for my children, who are going to have to live with the consequences of this breakdown in acceptable behaviors and expectations for most of their lives.”


  24. Guest Who says:

    No wonder the bbc are on board.


  25. Guest Who says:

    FT the BBC economics source of choice now Mason is ment… even more mental now.


  26. Fedup2 says:

    810am – nice shallow chat about free speech and Islam ( that evil false religion ) – strange meeeshalll doesn’t mention the teachers in the UK in hiding from the knives of mad evil Muslims for some nonsense .

    Apparently Mohammed the false prophet was a paedophile and many paki followers continue that perversion …

    Interesting that the BBC didn’t get an imam on to justify the ( attempted ?) killing of Rushdie – or – indeed a tame imam to condemn said crime ….
    Now the weather


  27. Tabs says:

    BBC News channel a few minutes ago. Outside interview beside a reservoir with reduced water levels presented as proof of “climate change” and the “climate crisis”.

    Isn’t the whole point of a reservoir is that there is still a store of water during periods of low rain?!? Therefore the building of reservoirs many decades ago was to cope with the summer but now summer is called “climate change” in BBC land.


    • Scroblene says:

      Spot on Tabs!

      The problem with reservoirs is that they take so long to build and fill up, they outlast any government in power, and there are no brownie points awarded!

      There’s been a new reservoir planned for East Kent since the 1970s, and they’re still buggering about with all the obstructing issues which they make up as they go along!

      I’ve seen Bewl Water, near Tunbridge Wells, reduced to just a trickle going under the outlet, but that was when climate change was known as global warming so didn’t count…


  28. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I’m confused.

    Nigel Nelson could hardly contain his joy that Trump is finished and cannot be the next president because of these ‘documents’


    Most other commentators are saying that Trump is almost certainly going to be next President and because of this raid they feel the democrats have made a big mistake driving lots of voters towards Trump.

    My wish.
    Trump for President and DeSantis for VP then DiSantis as the next President for 2 terms.


  29. Zephir says:

    The swamp:

    “Donald Trump’s attorney demands to know why judge who signed warrant green-lighting FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid RECUSED himself from overseeing Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary

    During an appearance on ‘Jesse Watters Primetime,’ Donald Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba continued her attacks on those who orchestrated the Mar-a-Lago raid
    Habba said that the feds were in contact with Trump as recently as June and knew about the documents that were stored at the Florida estate
    The lawyer went on to ask why the judge who signed the warrant, Judge Bruce Reinhart, is involved in this case but recused himself from another Trump case
    Reinhart recused himself from a lawsuit being brought by Trump against Hillary Clinton over impartiality concerns ”



  30. AsISeeIt says:

    Matters literary and the unspoken cultural clash edition.
    Phew, did it just get unnaturally hot around here?

    Our media this morning perform a veritable tour de force of headlining in the passive voice…

    Rushdie stabbed (Daily Mirror)
    Rushdie stabbed in neck (The Sun)

    By and large, the more broadsheet a title’s pretentions and the longer their typical headline format, then the more clunky and journalistic in tone becomes the maintenance of that passive voice.

    Rushdie stabbed at literary festival (Telegraph)
    Rushdie stabbed up to 15 times in on-stage attack (Times)
    Fears for Rushdie as he is stabbed on stage in New York (‘i’)
    Rushdie stabbed onstage at event in New York (Guardian)

    The Times extend their coverage to the point where the wounded author is being rushed to hospital by medics. Note how the habit of the passive voice is maintained thereby eliminating the paramedical staff from the story – giving them no credit for their efforts: Sir Salmon Rushdie is taken from the theatre in upstate New York to a medical helicopter

    The passive voice is used to show interest in the person or object that experiences an action rather than the person or object that performs the action. (debut appearance hereabouts for EF Education First, Language. Education. Travel. We combine language training with cultural exchange, academic achievement and educational travel. We believe that the world is better when people try to understand one another. Since 1965, EF has helped millions of people see new places, experience new cultures, and learn new things about the world and about themselves)

    The Daily Mail lifts the veil: Suspect seized… The alleged knifeman… The celebrated author, who has faced Islamist death threats for three decades… the man named by New York State Police as the suspected attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar.

    FT Weekend carries a feature which when juxtaposed with their typically passive voice headline: Rushdie stabbed ‘Satanic Verses’ author attacked 33 years after fatwa – does at least hint at that so very difficult for our media to express clash of cultures: Afghan women’s voices. On the cultural frontline – that frontline would seem to extend to the heart of the west

    Middle Eastern recipes are featured in the Guardian – a somewhat jarring cheerful culinary light note as their news headlines seem to presage apocalypse: Drought declared in many areas as crops start to fail. – weather reporting or 2 of the 10 plagues of Egypt being hinted at we wonder?

    One’s mind turns to those punk rockers The Clash and their London Calling – “The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in, Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin” – back in 1979 there was still some debate about what would get us first, the cold or the heat – or was it the nuclear bombs?

    Keeping your balance whilst pushing a favoured narrative for all it’s worth is a very tricky balancing act. I’m sure others hereabouts will have noted the BBC’s: UK heatwave: Five common myths debunked – amusingly the habit of fence sitting concedes most of the five conspiracy points to be true – at least in part.

    1/ ‘Weather maps are alarmist’The BBC and the UK’s Met Office both use colour scales in graphics designed to be accessible to those who are colour-blind or have a visual colour deficiency. (BBC) – Oh really? When did that start then? the Met Office did redesign its graphics earlier this year, changing the map view, temperature symbols and colour scale (Huffington Post July 2022)

    2/ ‘Runway temperatures are making it hotter’ some weather stations are located at airports

    3/ Weather warnings are fear-mongeringextreme heat weather warnings are relatively new. The Met Office introduced them in June 2021, citing the importance of protecting infrastructure and the wider public.

    4/ ‘It’s just summer’ Last month, leading scientists reported that the UK’s record temperatures in July this year would have been “almost impossible” without human-induced climate change – ‘leading scientists’? ‘almost’ ???

    5/ ‘It was hotter in 1976’Nine out of 10 of the hottest days ever recorded in the UK have been since 1990, according to the Met Office. The hottest day from 1976 ranks as 13th in the list. – well, we’ll just have trust them on that then.


    • Beltane says:

      Now, I know I tend to bang on a bit about 1976 and its drought – perhaps because I lived and worked through the experience – but as an example of distortion, manipulation and downright disinformation, those months form a prime example.
      An example from which we might learn but for some, most certainly, it would seem that ignoring those recorded facts, which distort and even contradict today’s accepted message, is of more significance.

      At the height of the drought the BBC sought out and provided air time, frequently, for ‘experts’ to air their views, one of the most memorable being that northern European agriculture would be forced into radical and permanent change, requiring crops like rice and alfalfa to become staples. That was broadcast as established and unassailable fact by the professorial experts of the time and given the BBC seal of approval – even though such things as climate change and global warming (currently labelled ‘global heating’ you might note) were yet to become today’s religious mania.

      More to the point, the following summer in 1977 which was very cold and very wet, contradicted and made a nonsense of all those brave and informed assertions given such total credence only a few months previously.

      None of the experts hailed as prophets by the BBC at the time were available for comment on the complete reversals presented for their appraisal by nature and what could perhaps be best described as ‘weather’.

      Today, again thanks to the BBC, we have absurdities like Harrabin, Monbiot and Rowlatt feted as gurus and when, as I feel confident, 2023 proves to be cold and wet, I also look forward with great eagerness to an explanation from the three stooges.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I was once piloting a small helicopter with an instructor at a very very hot airport . The air was so thin the engine wouldn’t lift it – quite something …


  31. Guest Who says:

    Nothing like a BBC kid summary.


  32. Guest Who says:

    Les mots sont bon marché.

    But at least streets ahead of the weasels likely from here.

    Surkeer and JezBo sharing fears for communities yet? On their knees.


  33. Guest Who says:

    The trick is to go full authoritarian once you get the numbers.

    Too much to hope a corrective coming that can be managed without a bit of a do?


  34. Wild Bill says:

    Steve Hedley of Train drivers union on GB NEWS wearing a ‘solidarity with palestine’ t shirt, what is that about, does he think it will get sympathy for striking train drivers?


    • Fedup2 says:

      I think I heard that they ‘work’ a 35 hour 4 day week with an option to work Sundays -… can I have a job or can the thing be automated ….?


  35. Tabs says:

    The whole US/UK media is naming Hadi Matar as the suspect in the Salmon Rushdie stabbing but I cannot find any mention of the suspect’s name on BBC websites or Google searches of BBC news articles.


  36. theisland says:


    A victory for independent media.
    The charges were ridiculous and the police lied in court.


  37. StewGreen says:

    #redtories is trending
    It’s an anti Starmer thing
    Some SNP tweeted it, but mainly it seems to be Momentum human-Twitter-bot army thing,
    the far left of the Labour Party trying to make war with the centrists

    And the BBC joined in to with “Labour **defends** Starmer response to cost of living crisis”

    “Defends” a NewsPR label to belittle their target.


  38. Emmanuel Goldstein says:



  39. tomo says:


  40. Up2snuff says:

    Not a proper TOADY Watch although it applies to them as I have heard them moan about it, as something to complain about other than the glorious summer weather. It has also been referred to on TWatO, I can’t speak for PM as I haven’t listened for ages but it must surely have also been moaned about on The World Tonight.

    The BBC spent nineteen months, together with their ‘allies’, trying to get rid of Boris Johnson as PM. Now that he has resigned, the inevitable leadership election is taking place. The BBC, the Labour Party and others are moaning and complaining, kvetching and kvailing, about a ‘leadership vacuum’.

    What did they think would happen after they levered Bojo out of No.10? Talk about brainless BBC! Have they all had lobotomies at the BBC?


  41. Guest Who says:

    BBC, crisis Editors, now every editor, gets a panic #prasnews


    Between the hot spell, Mar-A-Lago, Rushdie, SAS and TERF wars this could see the end of the lizard hive of W1A.


  42. StewGreen says:

    BBC Home of Diversity

    – 11am 11:00 “The Cost of Living Crisis
    What should the government do to help people with their bills this winter? (R)”
    Was their conclusion that the UK should get rid of green taxes, and open up more gas wells, thus meaning the UK doesn’t need to buy dollars to buy fuel, and thus raising the £ so imports get cheaper
    Nope the take away line from one of two guests was use more tax money to SUBSIDISE insulation

    – 11:50am All about a town in Germany who under green-coalition government is supposed to end coal power and close its nuclear plant, but who is now having to change tack by re-opening the coal plants and keeping the nuclear going

    – 12pm Surviving the Cost of Living
    “A series of intergenerational chats connecting those living through the current financial struggles with people who found themselves in the same situations in years gone by.”


  43. Guest Who says:

    BBC go to gal decides to opine. Best not to, love.


  44. Guest Who says:

    Sky decides being a journalistic laughing stock too is the best course.


  45. Guest Who says:

    I might watch Paul Mason interview Rishi here.


  46. Foscari says:

    Maybe it’s time for a bit of light relief?
    If you google ” Oh Mimi when I say fetch” you will see
    a feature in the Daily Mail about my springer spaniel bitch
    playing her version of the 100.
    If you are not a cricket enthusiast you may not know that
    the 100 is a smash, bang , wallop gimmicky version of the game
    akin to Baseball. The idea is for the batsman to try and hit all 100
    balls out of the ground for six and the bowler is trying to stop
    him. Yes it sounds fun , unless you even the slightest knowledge.
    This form of “sport” is one of the only live sporting events
    the BBC can afford. to cover . It has now taken over from
    women’s rugby as the most obsessed sport the BBC cover.
    Take a look at Mimi on Google, Isn’t this a better version
    than the BBC’S crap obsession ?


  47. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Why doesn’t Trump go after those continuously trying to find him guilty of something.

    In the USA, if what we read can be believed, you often hear about people sue-ing someone or some organisation for $multi millions when they feel they have been mistreated or received some small insult.
    Headlines like ‘Woman sues McDonalds for $30,000,000 after finding a hair in her burger’

    Why can’t Trump take Clinton or pelosi (or any of hundreds of others who are telling lies about him ((like Russia Russia Russia for one of many examples)))
    He is in the right and nothing has worked against him.
    It’s harassment, bullying, slander and libel, all untrue.

    I suppose it’s like over here where the lefties try everything to get rid of Boris. As soon as Liz or Rishi get in they will go flat out to get rid of them. It’s what they do.

    It’s alway one way though, lefties going after the person.
    Even down at our level it’s the lefties trying to get you cancelled for a hurty tweet or whistling at a pretty girl.
    They really are nasty.
    Us on the right are far more tolerant.
    We will laugh at Abbott, Lammy or Corbyn but it’s more out of pity and not hate like the lefties.

    So the Donald. Go after them.
    Then sort out the dirty, bent, lefty fbi, the ones going through Melania’s knicker drawer using their dodgy search warrant as a snooping excuse.


  48. vlad says:

    So a muslim viciously attacks Salman Rushdie.

    The BBC does a bland report on the attack… and who do they ask to provide ‘Analysis’?

    Why, Aleem Maqbool, a muslim!

    And by the way can someone tell me why we, still a Christian country (just), have had so many muslims heading religious broadcasting on the BBC?


    Meanwhile, islamic slaughter worldwide continues apace, unreported by the biased BBC.
    In just the first week of August, there were 42 Islamic attacks in 17 countries, in which 120 people were killed and 51 injured.



  49. StewGreen says:

    Not so hot here cos the breeze is quite strong, gust from the east
    The Sun is still intense here, with no cloud

    The forecast now says 48 hours to the first of the rain for here.


  50. StewGreen says:

    Long thread from a drag queen about being asked to be on the documentary about ‘drag queen story hour’ controversy

    Strangely he maintain that drag is not sexual
    FFS of course most pantomime dame types aren’t
    but the modern drag scene is dominated by hyper sexualised queens
    but look at this guy’s twitter name : @PornoQueer

    .. https://twitter.com/pornoqueer/status/1555514323249807362

    and one of the questions they wanted to ask was ‘has drag become more sexualised?’
    in my mind, this was an immediate red flag.
    to claim that ‘drag sexualises kids’ is to dress up section 28 rhetoric in a shiny new dress.
    it’s to gently spin arguments that ‘trans lobbies’ are ‘trans-ing’ our kids
    it’s a discriminatory claim based on zero evidence.