300 Responses to Weekend 27 August 2022

  1. Up2snuff says:

    OK, back on the trail to get five firsts in a row. Maybe. Maybe not. Am also back on the trail to report BBC bias but I suspect I will be handicapped a bit over this weekend. If the BBC on R4 keep this “Woe, woe and thrice woe!” going on energy and bills, I will be switching off. I note with some irony that there were links on one page (think it was Business) of the BBC’s web-site to ‘Why are energy prices increasing so much?’ dated October 2021! That rather gives the lie to the fact it is all down to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-58849727

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  2. Northern Voter says:

    Done it again. The north will rise again! Damn!

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    • Up2snuff says:

      NV, I’m representing Rossendale. 😉 Will that do?

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Fight !- don’t take that NV ..

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Oi! Fed, you are meant to be neutral and as a northerner, well a north-east northerner of the North Londoner persuasion, you could be allied with those of us who like to get the sun every day by facing south. And let’s hear it for the East and West as well. Yaayyyyyyyy!

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          • moggie63 says:

            I see. Just as when it comes to government funding, the Midlands don’t exist.

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  3. Fedup2 says:

    From the DT – the BBC plan to merge 2 propaganda channels is upsetting BBCOFCOM …

    STARTS
    The BBC must not allow its news output to suffer by merging two rolling channels into one global service, the media regulator has warned.

    Ofcom said it will take steps to ensure the broadcaster continues to compete fairly and deliver for British audiences if the sweeping changes to BBC News 24 harm output.

    It made the statement as it proposed a new set of quotas to ensure the BBC News team continues to provide a breadth of local, regional, national and international stories.

    The regulator said it had not seen any detailed delivery plans for scrapping its two rolling news channels for UK and overseas audiences and launching a new global station serving both that is expected to trigger 70 job cuts.

    The watchdog added: “We have not yet seen detailed delivery plans for the merged channel and how the BBC will continue to serve UK audiences and deliver its remit.

    “In particular, we expect the BBC to be clear about how it plans to ensure that BBC News will continue to provide high quality UK news.

    “If we have concerns, we can impose conditions in the operating licence relating specifically to BBC News and how it must serve UK audiences.”

    It added: “Should any issues of concern arise we will work with the BBC to address them, and if necessary, take steps under either our performance or competition powers to ensure the BBC continues to compete fairly and deliver for audiences in the UK.”

    The BBC’s plans have proven divisive among the corporation’s staff, with the BBC newsreader Martine Croxall lashing out at the plans on Twitter by claiming that she does not “believe the true extent of the damage to the news channel has been made plain”.

    Meanwhile, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is pushing for BBC executives to make an about turn on the decision amid fears it will have a severe impact on coverage.

    The NUJ is considering taking strike action, although no decision has been taken yet by members.

    Michelle Stanistreet, the general secretary of the NUJ, previously said that the union understands that the BBC must make year-on-year cuts following a decision by the Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to freeze the licence fee. However, she says the union cannot support plans that have a severe impact on coverage.

    The BBC claims the move will help it shape a more “digital-led” operation that will deliver more value for taxpayers by giving licence fee payers access to international stories that were previously exclusive to global audiences.

    There will also be a UK stream of the channel that will look different to the international coverage at certain times of day and depending on the news agenda.

    It has prompted concerns that such changes could force the BBC to cede ground to rivals, who are willing to step up their national coverage to try and seize audience share.

    The BBC dismissed the idea that such changes will boost rivals in a comment to The Telegraph last week.

    “No, quite the reverse – we’re making better use of the licence fee to give audiences the UK’s best breaking news services, in the ways we know they’re using them, both on TV and online,” a spokesman said.

    “Rather than running two parallel TV news channels, we’ll have one, better, channel, with the trusted, high-quality news people expect from the BBC.

    “We’re not stepping away from UK coverage, we’re making that coverage better – on TV and online.”

    The shake-up comes as British broadcasters have been investing and expanding their current affairs coverage, as part of a strategy to keep viewers from defecting to American streamers.

    ITV is extending its evening news bulletin to an hour as a result, and Channel 4 has handed the veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil a political interview show on Sundays.

    A BBC spokesman said: “We welcome Ofcom’s clarification on the regulatory situation and we will work with them as our proposals take shape.

    “We have exciting plans to create the best live and breaking video news service for UK audiences – on our app, online, the iPlayer and a new and improved TV news channel.

    “This will be a fully public service news channel in the UK, broadcasting 24-hours a day and it will meet all of our regulatory obligations.”ENDS

    ( I edited out the image of Martine Croxall for the benefit of those of a nervous disposition and pet dogs )

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    • Framer says:

      All BBC channel closure decisions are reversed. It is an iron law designed to prove they are thinking about saving money and rationalisation. They can then go to the government and ask for more licence fee or as in the case of the World Service reversal go to the Foreign Office and seek subsidy again. Fear of the BBC Staff Pension Scheme going into a supposed deficit is the other unstoppable reason for extra fee.

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  4. BRISSLES says:

    I can’t even be your wing man Up2, I’ve been snaffled of that as well.

    Not sure if this has been mentioned previously, but have just watched All That Glitters – 8 jewellers in competition da di da di da. Admittedly I do like this type of show as the competitors have to be in possession of a ‘skill’ – be it pottery, sewing etc.

    Of course there was the line-up of usual suspects, out of the 8 there was 1 Gay, 1 Jamaican, 1 mixed race, – no disabled, BUT 1 resident of the Calais Jungle Camp – yep you read that right. A young man who fled Damascus 3 years ago and walked his way across Europe until he reached France and the gateway to the UK. Like you do. He started fashioning rings out of nails, and “became the Camp jeweller”.

    No mention though ( he spoke perfect English) of how he got smuggled here, or how he has since managed to set up his own jewellery business with all the paraphernalia this not cheap hobby entails. And all since setting off from Syria 3 years ago. I thought Asylum applications were backlogged 8 years, so did the BBC get him fast tracked to appear on their show ? His name was ‘Steve’ but his real name is Mustafa – of course it is. I just thought it unbelievable, but clearly the BBC want to make a subliminal point that those poor migrants across the Channel can contribute and make a new life here. ‘Steve’ would hardly get a prime slot on France Télévision like he would here.

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    • Loobyloo says:

      I hope he doesn’t carry his bag of nails on his back..

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Brissles, my dear old thing (it’s the Test cricket season and could England be in with a chance of a three day win after a three day loss?) just look at the score you have amassed with your post. Quality!

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  5. StewGreen says:

    Name this show from tonight
    Can you get it just from the picture ?

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    … second picture

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    • StewGreen says:

      The Cambridge mosque does have a nice garden
      So BBC Gardeners World sent their mixed race female presenter down
      where she spoke to about 6 volunteers
      none were male
      The 8 minute item had no males at all
      It seemed to tick a lot of boxes

      The two designers appeared to be white , non-muslim women.

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      • StewGreen says:

        I suppose the BBC want to be fair
        so it will be a while before the mosque i promoted on the BBC again

        .. oh hang on, it was on the World Service this morning
        “Hear from Abdul Hakim Murad from the Eco Mosque in #Cambridge on ‘Green Islam’
        @bbcworldservice @BBCSounds⁩ #enviroment

        #Green Islam gets an entire BBC World Service prog
        On 7 times over the weekend
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct423p
        “Zubeida also visits Europe’s first eco-Mosque in Cambridge, England, a beacon of modern Islamic environmentalism, and eavesdrops on British Muslim schoolgirls learning to interpret their faith and the natural world.”

        I guess it will end up on Radio4 soon too

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Islamic suicide garden – lots of red ( sorry bad taste )

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        • brexiteerkent says:

          Cambridge mosque ? Looks huge .. What a depressing morning read .. I used to live there .. Is nowhere left unconqured ?

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          • atlas_shrugged says:

            The mosque was first stop on my politically incorrect tour of Cranebridge for my South-African cousin.

            One of the Glasgow airport bomber ‘doctors’ received instruction in the former mosque just down the road.

            Also in the area my favorite electronics shop (Jewish owned) had a mysterious fire and burnt down.

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  6. Nibor says:

    If Anna Soubry and Emily Maitless were given knitting needles and made to fight each other to the death , who would you back your money on .?

    Me, ? I’d say Anna Soubry because she’s slightly more spiteful but Maitless does have more guile .

    After that show then hang the survivor and off to the beer tent .

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  7. Thoughtful says:

    US Stock market in meltdown, heatmap is a bloodbath 1000 points down according to some reports.

    Is this this the expected crash? If so it will spell the end for the criminal mafia Democrats who had been rigging the Petrol and Diesel markets in the USA.

    8th November is the Mid Terms a long way away and lots of time for the effects of a market to be felt.

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  8. Fedup2 says:

    Thoughtful
    I listened to the comments from foggy bottom / something hole and the Fed chap sounded pretty serious about squeezing inflation completely out . I though he signalled another .75% rate hike next month …..

    Dollar v euro / pound must be painful and – as you say – democrat fuelled recession will kill Obama Biden -subject to third world counting methods ….

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  9. StewGreen says:

    Thanks advertising industry :
    I really want to see a woman sitting on the toilet, talking about her incontinence pads
    when I am eating my tea.

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    • digg says:

      You will soon have no choice Stew. You will probably need to know the answer to the colour of her pants to prove you have watched it right through and memorised it all as a theory question to get a driving license etc

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  10. Fedup2 says:

    If u get a chance have a listen to bev turner on GBNews twitter about sunak and Lock downs – it’s about 9 minutes but she fires a lot of broadsides against HMS sunak and HMS sage …

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  11. Sluff says:

    Plague.
    Pestilence.
    Death.
    Starvation.
    Freezing to death.

    Get ready for a ceaseless tirade on the above from the BBC, seeking out endless people claiming to suffer from the list.
    All on account of the energy cost increases announced today.

    No doubting the seriousness of the increase. Just one issue. It takes place from October 1. The BBC report as if it has already happened.
    Gotta keep the divisive, seditious narrative going 24/7, accurate or not.

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    • Concrete sea says:

      Sluff.
      We need to give the Beeb some credit as they are already hard at it with headlines such as ‘Lives at Risk’ this winter. Funny how they put the first three words in inverted commas (probably a get out clause)
      The upshot of all this is that I am expecting to die a horribly slow and painful death from the point the daily temperature drops below 20c, heading into the artic like winter, mainly due to me leaving all the lights on, heating thermostat set at 35c, all the windows open and wandering around in my boxers and also wondering why my Smart meter has gone into meltdown.
      We are an extraordinarily wasteful country (25% of food thrown away- profiteering supermarkets partly to blame). There has to be some self responsibility and yes no one wants higher bills, but a few simple and inexpensive steps would help take some of the sting out of the price rises.
      On a side note my window cleaner who is a font of all knowledge and should be PM in my opinion, although he does talk a lot, told me yesterday that he still sees new drives being installed, new windows and extensions. Not one of his customers has cancelled and he tells me window cleaning often gets hit when people try to economise. I did think of suggesting that he could close a few open windows in the colder months to help.
      The Beeb keeps going on about crisis this and crisis that and eventually many will start believing the utter rubbish that they constantly spew out. I’m pleased to confirm there are currently no crises, unless an unknown tsunami or hurricane, heading our way, was not predicted on Beebs weather, which is the only thing they are slightly good at.

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      • BRISSLES says:

        Very true Concrete. I’m mystified at those who say they don’t know whether to heat or eat. Well what sort of people have their heating on when its 27deg in the shade outside ? surely the bills to worry about for heating come in around Christmas time – mine do anyway, but the weather in recent years has been the coldest around February.

        Incidentally has anyone any experience with battery tv’s ? if there are blackouts in the winter, I’m totally rubbish at having to resort to reading a book by camping light – especially at 7 pm when its far too early for bed.

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        • Zephir says:

          Some great books around (I buy them second hand) currently reading about Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett and his 1925 expedition through the Amazon looking for the lost city of Z, who vanished without a trace.

          I prefer this to Strictly Come Baking on Ice and the plethora of reality tripe (apart from the Sweeney and Minder when available)

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          • Scroblene says:

            Quite right!

            Music Magpie and World of books are our favoured sellers!

            I even bought a whole set of fifteen books from a 1940s authour, for just a few pounds, and found that they were originally rejects from Walsall Library!

            Now if that isn’t a green way to enjoy life without seeing the utter crap reality ‘shows’ the bbc continue to splurt with tiresome abandon, then I’m a banana!

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            • Scroblene says:

              And Uppers, I had to Google Rossendale, (I did Latin, not geography), that looks a very nice place!

              I bet that the bbc’s scaring doom gloom and despondency doesn’t apply to these thousands of areas where normal life goes on, rather like here in West Kent!

              And I picked another couple of pounds of free blackberries yesterday!

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          • Concrete sea says:

            Zephir, Your talent is wasted ! Strictly Come Baking on Ice. Great idea. There could be a ‘Celebrity panel of judges’ with a banal chant, which is then taken up by an alleged studio audience of ‘Bake it off, Bake it off’ and followed by lots of whooping.

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          • BRISSLES says:

            G …. I’ll just gulp at the price – £1000. Ah well, bed it will be then ! Black outs aren’t much fun on your own.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Concrete, “told me yesterday that he still sees new drives being installed, new windows and extensions. Not one of his customers has cancelled” and ” I’m pleased to confirm there are currently no crises” which is supported by this piece of BBC info: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62688686. People are still flying, here, there, everywhere.

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      • Sluff says:

        Great post CS.
        As an aside I have an article somewhere where some guy did a massive study of deaths per 100,000 by occupation. It was published in something like the BMJ.

        The most dangerous job was fishing but it turned out that more window cleaners die per capita (falling off ladders) than firemen. How often does the BBC or politicians talk about ‘our brave window cleaners’?

        My next door neighbour is at this moment replacing his soffits and windows. He’s a multi-millionaire. No he isn’t. He has a white van and works for a telecoms company.

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  12. StewGreen says:

    Covid Prosecutions against some Piers Corbyn supporters dropped
    ..cos the police wrongly stated they had no right to protest.

    So the establishment can prosecute Boris for Covid breaches
    but their cases against everyone else seems to fall apart.
    .. https://youtu.be/JFiOtfEaahs

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  13. tomo says:

    I larfed, I did

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  14. Zephir says:

    “NICOLA Sturgeon requested a meeting with Denmark’s Prime Minister during a controversial trip to Copenhagen – but was snubbed.

    Sources revealed Mette Frederiksen refused to meet with the First Minister during the trip. Instead, the foreign minister was dispatched to the early morning meeting. It comes as opposition criticism grew over Ms Sturgeon’s trip to Scandinavia to open a new ‘Nordic office’, despite the cost of living crisis back home.

    Opposition parties had previously raised objections to Ms Sturgeon’s trips abroad amid pleas for the SNP to sort out industrial action which left rubbish overflowing on the streets of Edinburgh.

    Other towns and cities are now caught up in the walkouts which have affected refuse collections.
    In Glasgow, all primary schools and nurseries will shut on September 6 to 8 inclusive as part of industrial action, which will affect special schools, too.
    Further bin strikes are taking place at more local authorities and the dispute now affects 21 out of 32 Scottish councils.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1660981/nicola-sturgeon-humiliated-copenhagen-trip-danish-pm-mette-frederiksen-meeting-snp-update

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  15. Zephir says:

    “Leaked emails that PROVE the RAF is prejudiced against white male recruits: The Air Force apologised after requesting diverse pilot to be their face at Top Gun 2 premiere… now GUY ADAMS asks if latest evidence shows top brass breached equality laws

    No one draws a crowd quite like Tom Cruise, and when the Hollywood star came to London to promote his new Top Gun movie, Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force was handed a priceless PR opportunity.

    Specifically, its ‘Media & Comms’ team was asked if they could find a real-life British fighter ace to join Cruise at one of the media events scheduled around the film’s glittering premiere in Leicester Square. In late April, an RAF publicity wallah named ‘Sarah’ therefore emailed officials at RAF bases, looking for someone to take on the job.

    And that’s when things took a bizarre — and some might say sinister — turn.

    ‘Gents,’ began her message. ‘Do any of you have a ‘pilot who is preferably not a white male’ who would like to be the ‘RAF’ face at a press event for the release of Top Gun 2? Shy guys get no cakes so shout quick as offer has also gone out to other units.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11150873/GUY-ADAMS-Did-RAF-break-law-pursuit-diversity.html

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  16. Zephir says:

    Further to the above:

    “It saw Nicholl complain that she’d been instructed ‘to make offers of employment to additional women and EM [ethnic minority] candidates solely on the basis of their protected characteristics and in preference to non-EM men who have passed all selection criteria ahead of them’. ‘This is unlawful,’ she wrote. ‘I am not prepared to delegate or abdicate the responsibility of actioning that order to my staff.'”

    “Two years ago it emerged that the Ministry of Defence actually employs more diversity and equality officers than the Royal Navy has warships — 44 of them, in fact.

    At the time, the ministry was looking to recruit a diversity and inclusion director on a £110,000 annual salary. That’s more than the total earned by an army colonel, who commands a battalion of 800 soldiers.

    The job went to Samantha des Forges. Her LinkedIn profile styles her as ‘Samantha des Forges she/her/hers’.”

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  17. Zephir says:

    “To this end, Sir Mike’s reign at the RAF is a pertinent case study.

    At the time he took the top job, a mere 2.5 per cent of RAF personnel hailed from ethnic minorities, the lowest proportion of all the Armed Services (and less than the roughly 13 per cent of Britons who are non-white). He announced that he wanted new recruits to be 10 per cent BAME and 20 per cent female within a couple of years.

    That target was hit in March 2021, prompting a self-congratulatory press release by RAF HQ. The targets were then increased to 12 and 25 per cent, rising to 20 and 40 per cent respectively by 2030.

    In September 2020, a senior non-commissioned officer in the recruitment team instructed colleagues to remove candidates booked to commence ‘compulsory basic aptitude testing’ between October 26 and November 23 ‘unless BAME or female’

    Fast forward to this year, and the pool of potential recruits appears to have been emptied of almost all of its female and BAME members after the bid to hit last year’s target.

    But rather than fill training courses with white men (which would have meant missing the target next year), they decided to cancel the courses altogether. This fact emerged on August 17, when Group Captain Nicholl’s resignation was first reported.”

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  18. AsISeeIt says:

    Mr AsISeeIt keeping a careful lookout for signs of climate change

    “How long will this so-called epidemic prevention farce continue? Do we want to become the butt of all other countries’ jokes?”

    Our BBC there quoting comments found on Chinese social media criticising the decision of officials to require the Chinese female volleyball team to wear covid masks.

    The attire as worn by women in the beach variety of this sport can a very controversial matter. We get a further inkling of the huge importance of female sports fashion in today’s Times: The striker wears Prada. Beth Mead England’s football sensation – now that the men’s season has kicked off all we ever seem to see or hear of those game changing Lionesses on our frontpages are their glamour photoshoots and occasional moaning in the Guardian about their pay rates. I digress. Oh, and in case you were wondering – the China indoor volleyball team turned out in a modest all red strip of shorts and vests and their opponents Iran were in black head to toe – plus their de rigueur headscarves.

    The event took place on Thursday at the Asian Cup in the Philippines and saw the Chinese team go up against Iran.

    Many netizens expressed their anger, suggesting that the health of players was being sacrificed for the sake of the country’s zero-Covid strategy. (BBC) – the term ‘netizens‘ could at a stretch refer to volleyball fans but I’m guessing it means denizens of social media.

    Photos from the match, showing the athletes with their masks on, quickly circulated on social media – triggering an uncommon outpouring of criticism online, with more than 16 million views on the topic on Weibo, China’s largest social media platform.

    Of course one big advantage of a totalitarian dictatorship is a certain sensitivity to the will of the masses and corrective orders from on high can be delivered and carried out in double quick time –

    “Our leaders are… taking things too far – it’s as simple as that,” one user wrote.

    Anxious that higher authority save face and concerned perhaps that their heads might roll, lower authority kowtows.

    After losing the first set, most players later took their masks off during half-time – and later won 3-1 against Iran.

    Our BBC tells of no suggestions found on Persian Farsi social media that perhaps their team’s headscarves were holding them back.

    China’s Volleyball Association later apologised, saying the decision was made was due to a “lack of experience”.

    “After realising that playing with a mask is not good for the health of the players, the team reminded us in time [so] that our players took off the masks and finished the next game,” the organisers said.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      RIshi says he could have helped as he knew this but was unwilling to say at the time.

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  19. Guest Who says:

    How many at the Mandela funeral when half of W1A booked out the hotels on the coast?

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    • Guest Who says:

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      • Sluff says:

        If only she had crossed out the ‘y’ in ‘your’ she would have had my support.

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      • MarkyMark says:

        Dear Marianna Spring (BBC wages paid under threat of prosecution),

        As I’ve had to look at your BBC news and use other sources to determine that your news is not news but selective editorial opinion I’d like to request that I have a refund for the last 4 years plus get the BBC free from now on.

        Please let me know how I can go about this as I am willing to create a full list of articles that I’ve had to investigate plus time taken for me to check your fact checker whilst realising that the BBC intentionally removes news rather than incorrectly report on it, uses images to sway opinion or misleads with the main titles hoping no one reads the full article.

        ‘Omission is the greatest form of lie.’

        CAS-4987700-SY1FTF : BBC NewsWatch says boredom with pro-Brexit march.

        CAS-4844672-N8FDYY: Update on the MP Expenses 2009 scandal in 2018.

        CAS-4939547-J71Z1V: Here’s hoping Ireland do the right thing G.Lineker.

        CAS-4937378-YKMWBJ: BBC not reporting ‘Day of Freedom’ March 06may2018.

        CAS-4906141-BFJQL0: I take offence that presenters promote their books.

        CAS-4892811-C820SC: I am offended that I have to pay the BBC TV Tax.

        CAS-4824332-633N1P: What happened in Italy was not covered …

        CAS-4933135-ZV3V7F: The omission is the most powerful form of lie …

        CAS-6005141-S1V9D1: Not seen a report on the UK Governments Covid19 

        Let me know how to go about resolving the issue of paying for something that wastes my time as I have to check each story rather than rely on its accuracy.

        Cheers,
        Mark
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/helpandfeedback/corrections_clarifications

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Anna Soubry Nazi-slur man given suspended jail term
      Published
      22 July 2019
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49073955

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  20. brexiteerkent says:

    Just walking to get my Saturday paper. Looking out over the channel from the kent coast. It is totally flat calm out there .. Not a wave to be seen. It is going to be a busy day 🙁

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    • taffman says:

      brexiteerkent
      “It is totally flat calm out there .. Not a wave to be seen.”
      Not a Border Farce vessel, a RNLI taxi, or even a RN Cross Channel Ferry ?
      It looks like a fabulouse ‘invasion day’ with more criminals, health tourists and scroungers will be on their way as our Conservative Government is on holiday.
      You just could not make it up!

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      • Cooper_Man says:

        There’s plenty out there according to marinetraffic.com – an RNLI vessel out of Dover, 2 border force vessels from Ramsgate, 2 French warships and a French law enforcement ship – talk about collusion, not even trying to hide it.

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    • Sluff says:

      …….not to mention another vastly expensive one for taxpayers trying to pay their energy bills.

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      • BRISSLES says:

        The British will soon be the only ones using Passports to get anywhere, because you sure as hell don’t need one to get into this country.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      From a Theresa May speech …

      As Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator of the financial times, says: ‘The desirability of sizeable immigration is a matter more of values than of economics. It is not a choice between wealth and poverty, but of the sort of country one desires to inhabit.’

      https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/home-secretary-speech-on-an-immigration-system-that-works-in-the-national-interest

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  21. Zephir says:

    Top tip:
    Avoid the gas price cap rise this winter !

    Taking inspiration from the lockdown bog roll crisis I had a brain wave and decided to panic buy and stockpile gas.

    I have a headache and feeling a little sick, probably the excitement of the money saved.

    The cat is vomiting and crapping itself at the same time, its those Dreamy biscuits again that smell like a two week old crime scene.

    Need a cigarette to calm down .. now wh

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  22. Guest Who says:

    Saz, Lurch, Katty, Sopes, BS, Nick, Dino… all gearing up for the big reunion?

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  23. Sluff says:

    #GuessworkasnewsBBC

    On Toady the following paraphrased interview, with the Catholic auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, regarding the death of the little girl by gunfire – a type of event btw rather common in London but usually gets highly variable and selective BBC coverage. On this one the BBC are all over it. So as an aside is the BBC just feeding the famous Liverpudlian victimhood culture, the way they always remember Hillsborough but strangely forget Heysel?

    Hussain – ‘Bishop, give us a sense of how the community is feeling now’
    Bishop – ‘It’s very hard to say’

    Why does the BBC think a Bishop would know anything about the local community. Think Welby.

    So. No hard news. Nothing to report. No real information. Just propagation of sentimental guesswork. I think I’ve answered my own question.
    Just another way the BBC seeks to undermine the nation’s overall resolve.

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  24. taffman says:

    “Russia to build two nuclear reactors in Hungary”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-62695938
    We should build some as well.
    Scrap the Green Levy, now.
    Frack for Gas.
    ‘Gassify’ Coal , we have 200 years of it.
    Jail the idiots of “Stop Oil”, and Extinction Rebellion.
    Scrap the Telly TAX.
    These actions need to be done now !
    Vote for UKIP and The Reform Party (The Brexit Party) .

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    • Doublethinker says:

      I reckon that we will see a large increase in the green propaganda battle this winter . As we sit shivering in our unseated homes the greens , and those who stand to make a lot of money, will be saying that the answer to the energy shortage is to build more renewable energy of all types. They will be desperate to kill the call for fracking and coal mining, which of course is the sensible way forward.
      As usual all rational debate will be banned from the BBC et al and the public will be fed a constant diet of gross exaggerations, outright lies and suppression of inconvenient facts.
      The big question is whether the public , forced to spend eyewatering amounts of money on electricity and gas , will grasp that it is only green policies which are causing the hardship. That the whole charade of global warming is false and that CO2 isn’t a major existentialist problem for the world and that there is actually plenty of fossil fuel to be easily recovered .
      I live in hope but not in expectation.

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    • Dickie says:

      Perhaps the Russians could build a couple of nuclear reactors for us but then I suppose the Ukrainians would only try attacking them with donated British made Brimstone missiles with the intention of blaming those horrid Russians.

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  25. taffman says:

    “Southampton Pride: Children’s play centre hosts ‘rainbow morning’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-62663543
    Is this an example of indoctrination ?

       19 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      Gay conversion therapy bad.
      Gay conversion good.

      ‘My first thought as I came round was Oh God! What have I done?’: Man suing the NHS over trans surgery he bitterly regrets has bravely waived anonymity to share his ordeal
      Ritchie Herron, 35, says life has been unbearable since surgery four years ago
      His case first emerged after he shared experience on Twitter under pseudonym
      He claims NHS failed to take mental health crisis into account before procedure
      By SANCHEZ MANNING FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

      PUBLISHED: 22:11, 25 June 2022

         10 likes

    • Wild Bill says:

      Grooming.

         0 likes

  26. Fedup2 says:

    Today

    Ban something ( peat compost )
    Kick a Tory – George eustice
    Failing something – water treatment
    Ethnics good – Notting hill carnival riot
    Third world give me – Pakistan flooding
    Green again – something must be done
    New – fuel costs
    NHS – more money – ]
    Unions – deserve more money
    Liz truss – not doing enough
    Project fear – Europe is better
    Mental health – see all above

    Repeat Monday morning . There is nothing positive . Nothing improves . No one is happy . And now the weather / squirrels

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  27. Guest Who says:

    Krankie out banging a pot for Her NHS?

       3 likes

  28. JohnC says:

    Energy bills: Middle earners will need help with rising prices too, says chancellor
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62695778

    More inflation woes with more BBC racist and sexist discrimination. It’s been in every single article on the subject.

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       10 likes

    • G says:

      John,

      Could it be argued that all those from a hot climate need more heat (aka money) than the indigenous population………………

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    • Foscari says:

      John-You and I are amongst others on this website who have
      sussed out that the BRITISH broadcasting corporation could
      well be a Caribbean media outlet in it’s internet imaging.
      I am not computer literate ,as you are and don’t know how
      to download these BBC main feature images ,that go on
      day after day after day on the BBC website. Yes occasionally
      we see an an image of a Caucasian women’s face. But so
      far as a pale stale male , on a public interest feature this
      is all but banned by BIG BROTHER at the Diversity Dept
      of the BBC ,who runs the show.

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      • JohnC says:

        It’s easy Foscari:

        Right click the image on the BBC website then click ‘copy image address’

        Then click the ‘add images’ link under where you edit your post and paste the address into the box.

        The picture will then appear in your post.

        The pictures are a particularlt devious way the BBC drip-feed the agenda into the readers. Most have absolutely nothing to do with the main story and most are totally fake library pictures from Getty. Many of which are obviously not even from this country.

        And most are of black people and/or women. 100% illegal racist discrimination in the guidelines for the people selecting them.

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    • digg says:

      Maybe all our darker skinned folk leaving Africa for western climes was not a good plan?

         5 likes

  29. taffman says:

    “Some steel exports from Great Britain to Northern Ireland face 25% tariff”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-62672105
    We need to get tough with the EU.
    I thought we voted to leave over six years ago ?

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  30. Fedup2 says:

    Today
    Dimbleby PLC has a 3 part serial out about politics and the BBC .
    So ‘today ‘ advertises its own product as usual … luvvies talking to luvvies …

    I’m sure the 3rd documentary will cover the behaviour of local councils who condone paki Muslim racist rape gangs ….

    …. Or maybe not …..

    .. much more comfortable to talk about London bubble crap …

    Dimbleby sounds so smug and comfortable and has no idea how much people don’t just roll their eyes at it – but want it gone – privatised or closed ….

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  31. JohnC says:

    Been watching ‘The Old man’ with Jeff Bridges and John Lithgoe.

    First episode : Great. All action and promise of a thrilling cat-and-mouse.

    Now I’m at episode 5 and the whole thing has slid to be the standard strong-woman, evil-man pile of woke dog-poo – clinging to those two whiteys who are there to make you keep watching the wokeness.

    The writing and story is absolutely terrible. Many things make no sense. They clearly came up with the basic plot involving said women then tried to write an actual story around it.

    I barely managed to finish episode 5 without turning it off halfway through. The question is : can I stomach the last 2 episodes to finish it ?.

    It’s like the latest ‘Witcher’ : people watched it for the action and fighting stories. This one splits it between what made it famous and a seperate ‘strong women’ storyline.

    This seems to be the general way of TV now. They tried all-woke and was panned as absolute rubbish. So now they are intertwining the woke bits with non-woke bits as a trick to get you to keep watching.

    It’s quite sinister when you think about it. They are now playing tricks in order to feed you their social engineering propaganda.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      JonhC – those ‘on lines ‘ I bother with get assessed in about the first 5 or 10 minutes …. Before being kicked into touch .

      I made 2 mistakes – the excellent breaking bad ( dumped 1st time ) and ‘the wire ‘ … so much for my judgement …

      No Uk tv can touch those …

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      • JohnC says:

        I did the same with Breaking Bad : lost interest after a few episodes but gave it another go much later after all the hype and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think ‘Better Call Saul’ is even better. I hope the latest one hasn’t gone woke.

        I watched a few seasons of ‘The Wire’ but lost interest somewhere around where he went to work on a boat. Given the dire choice now, I might dig it out and watch the later ones.

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        • BigBrotherCorporation says:

          Maybe I should give ‘Breaking Bad’ a second chance? I have to admit I gave up about 10 minutes into the first episode (that’s twice as long as many things I try), it just seemed really dull, and I couldn’t see what all the hype was about.

          I have a theory (might well be wrong) about these series and how/why they often seem to go ‘off target’ part way through.

          If you look at the credits carefully, each series has a ‘creator’ and then each episode has a different ‘writer’, so the ‘creator’ comes up with the idea for the series, some of the main characters, and maybe the plot of the first and last episodes, and all the ‘in filling’ is done by other ‘creatives’. My guess is the ‘creators’ are paid real money, whilst the ‘writers’ are paid in chicken feed.

          Now call me cynical, but I’m pretty sure the quality of screen writers has been plummeting in recent years, and some of that might be, could be (is) down to the hiring of box tickers, and I’m pretty sure a lot of box tickers have a lot of wokiness going on in their little heads (and not much else), and that oozes out into whatever they produce.

          Loads and loads of series start out with promising ideas, but you watch them and an episode, or two in, you just reach for the off switch and don’t go back.

          IMDB is an interesting site. I don’t look at the ratings any more (which often seem artificially hyped), but read the reviews left by normal people (not paid critics) instead – it’s enlightening, and reassuring, there are a LOT of normal people out there still, and most of us are sick to the back teeth with the wokening going on. Almost unbelievably, that IS recognised by those with the money (who need us to keep buying their crap), but they clearly feel under pressure to keep squeezing that wokiness in (to literally everything), so, yes, they are definitely trying to sneak it in under our noses – it is quite sinister.

          What I really want to know is WHO is twisting their arms to keep force feeding us this toxic brainwashing?

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Big – can’t recommend ‘bad ‘ enough but you have to stick with it and Watch it – really watch ….. then watch ‘saul’ – then it’s 2023 or a week has passed and you need to sleep – the DVD box sets are pretty well priced and I get mine from charidee shops – but post people can buy them on the line …

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          • BRISSLES says:

            Big, I’m a regular contributor to IMDB reviews, and many commentators are getting more disillusioned with the quality and storylines in recent years. Maybe its because the older Directors are either retired or dying off, which leaves us with a new and “right on” generation of film makers which are only catering for their own peer group. One only has to listen the woke rubbish being spouted by ‘right on’ actors at award ceremonies – they have to be seen to be thinking a certain way, or their careers are on the line.

            I’ve said before, I tend to stick to watching European dramas and films, where worshipping at the altar of diversity is not something that is adhered to. (recommend Unauthorised Living – Spanish, on Netflix)

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            • BRISSLES says:

              Addendum: am currently watching a Croatian newspaper drama – certainly no diversity in this one ! a bit tricky with the names when reading the sub-titles – but its better for the brain than Soduko lol !

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              • Zephir says:

                I recently saw something made in the Congo (it needed subtitles but there were none) but became confused at the white wimmin and middle eastern types, then realised it was the Antiques Roadshow or it could have been the latest Henry VIII biopic or something.

                Ann Boleyn: “Had enoff o dat King, I neva dun wot he say, where me fried chicken ?”

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            • JohnC says:

              I think they eradicated the original, quality drama writers when they dictated that new shows MUST contain a minimum level of wokeness.

              The very best would refuse to work under such contraints.

                 4 likes

              • BigBrotherCorporation says:

                I agree JohnC, I imagine many of the best simply said “No thanks” when they started dictating what needed to be included, which is the kind of thing the Nazis and the Commies used to do, when you think about it.

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            • BigBrotherCorporation says:

              Bris, we’re still subscribed to Netflix, there are times when everyone in the family moans about the lack of ‘anything decent’ on there, and I admit you can spend ages hunting for the hidden gems, but there are quite a few tucked away, mostly in the foreign language sections.

              These days we tend to skip the ‘English language’ stuff which is mostly either dreadful quality, or dreadfully woke, or both(!), and go for the foreign stuff, often with subtitles.

              Have seen some great Spanish content when it comes to woke free, grown up drama, and proper sci-fi (as in thought provoking ‘what if’ drama, not American ‘Westerns in space’), most of the best documentaries are German, both science and history, very factual and in depth content, and they don’t go on (and on and on) about you know what all the time. Seen some great (woke free) South Korean stuff too, with CGI special effects that are far superior to anything made by Hollywood, AND with a decent plot and plausible characters!

              Keep thinking it’s time to scrap Netflix and move on, but what are the other options? Most just seem to be different channels of wokeavision, except the BBC, that’s trannyvision.

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  32. taffman says:

    “Experts had too much power over Covid lockdowns, says Rishi Sunak”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62664537
    Of course , we knew that all along but we were labelled as ‘Covid deniers’.
    Why didn’t Rishi point this out to the BBC at the time ?

       21 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Taffman
      How he thinks that coming out with such stuff after the event is going to impress conservative ( real) party members is beyond me .
      Just shows how wet he and his group are …were

      .. ‘green card sunak ‘

         12 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      Rishi Sunak has said the government gave too much power to scientists during Covid lockdowns – and was not honest about the potential downsides.
      ……………………….
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         3 likes

    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      Really Rishi? And you didn’t say anything at the time?!

      Starting to look and sound like a truly alarming proposition for PM.

         12 likes

  33. taffman says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-62597165
    Firms in taffland have gone woke .
    Go Woke Go Broke.

       12 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      Izzy said people should prioritise buying pride merchandise from LGBTQ+ creatives all year round, not just during Pride season

      people should prioritise buying pride
      people should prioritise buying pride
      people should prioritise buying pride

         3 likes

    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      I used to like rainbows, now I’m not sure how I feel about them.

      My uncle used to say he had nothing against gay people, except they stole the word ‘gay’, and, in his old age, if he said he and his wife had a ‘gay old time’ people would look at him strangely.

         16 likes

      • BRISSLES says:

        Yes, they’ve certainly sabotaged the word ‘gay’. At school there was a girl in class called Gay, and her younger sister was called Joy. Lots of old songs have lyrics containing ‘gay’, so I do wonder why the homosexual community chose this particular word.

        Waiting now for Mother’s Pride bread to change to the Gay Pride loaf.

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        • G.W.F. says:

          BRISSLES
          I remember this song on the wireless.

          ”Girls were made to love and kiss
          And who am I to interfere with this?
          Is it well? Who can tell?
          But I know the good Lord made it so

          Am I ashamed to follow nature’s way?
          Shall I be blamed if God has made me gay?
          Does it pay? Who can say?
          I’m a man and kiss her when I can”

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    • StewGreen says:

      The looong article LGBTQ+ Pride: Firms accused of ‘rainbow-washing’
      has some legitimate points
      but how relevant is it ?
      None of most people’s money has gone to Rainbow products
      However our employers and governments are probably paying over the odds to buy such products .

      I wouldn’t have guessed that BBC’s Miriam Barker writes very often on LGBT news stories
      https://newsatw.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/123296415_p0bpt60j-800×445.jpg

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    • StewGreen says:

      \\ Sorry to shock you but shops have been doing this for years,
      at Easter, they even take what would probably be a £1.50 chocolate bar
      and shape it into an egg & charge £8, unbelievable isn’t it? //

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  34. MarkyMark says:

    Copies of the Satanic Verses were burned in Bolton and Bradford (pictured) before the fatwa was announced
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-62561895

    ….
    Bradford
    Bradford
    ….

    Bradford is UK City of Culture 2025.

    Bradford has been revealed as the winner of the hotly contested UK City of Culture 2025 competition.

    The year is set to deliver more than 1000 new performances and events including 365 artist commissions, a series of major arts festivals as well as exciting national and international collaborations.

    Its themes will be rooted in the unique heritage and character of Bradford and will reveal the magic of the district that is held in its people, its ambition, and above all, its potential.
    https://bradford2025.co.uk/

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  35. MarkyMark says:

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    Exclusive: Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover
    Prof Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/05/exclusive-government-scientist-neil-ferguson-resigns-breaking/

       5 likes

    • Jeff says:

      Marky, I quite agree with the sentiment and the point you’re making, however…

      This story dates back to May 2020.

      I think most of us now realise that all the mask wearing was futile and primarily done to give a visual sign of both compliance and fear and keeping healthy working people house bound was economic suicide.

      The difference is some of us knew this back in 2020…

         9 likes

      • MarkyMark says:

        When you said it back then it was as though you were a killer amongst heroes – “most of us now realise that all the mask wearing was futile” – now Rishi says it and people back him now it has gone and easy to criticise.

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    • atlas_shrugged says:

      My favorite of all time lying corona posters was:

      “The government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus …”coronavirus-public-info-poster-2-page-001.jpg

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  36. Grumbler says:

    Talking of ‘The Wire’ the ‘fuck’ scene is absolutely brilliant and positively Shakespearean. If you haven’t seen it it’s not what you think.

       2 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      Bit boring : detectives muttering F, as they trace the bullet patterns
      and finally check the angle from the garden through the window and choose a distance ..and thus find the shell casing
      Its use of F is neither realistic nor funny

         4 likes

      • Fedup2 says:

        Stew stew – you echo my first reaction … but someone counted the 35 effs and 5 m effs

        In the context of the series that’s ‘great police ‘ ….

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Grumbler – you get a ‘pass’ on the language 😎 but that scene truly has some ‘inspired ‘ dialogue ….

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  37. StewGreen says:

    I wonder how many corps are regretting investing in the UK
    where the Green energy policies made prices go much more crazy than sane countries ?
    They could have put their factories in countries which don’t restrict oil/gas industries/

    Maybe Malaysia or Indonesia etc.

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  38. StewGreen says:

    Notable things in this Euronews article
    .. https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/08/26/energy-bills-are-soaring-in-europe-what-are-countries-doing-to-help-you-pay-them?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1661514146

    The Netherlands
    ⚡️Lowering VAT on energy from 21% to 9%
    and cutting duty on petrol and diesel by 21%, a cap which will remain in place until the end of the year.

    UK pay grant to all, extra for benefit claimers , extra for disabled, extra for pensioners
    So in total upto £1500

    Most countries either throw payments at the public or cap the price like France/Spain
    Many reduce energy VAT
    Spain, Italy taxing oil corps ..it fails to say UK is doing same

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  39. tomo says:

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  40. tomo says:

    As an adjunct to Tucker Carlson I found Oliver Stone’s 4 part documentary series

    JFK – Destiny Betrayed

    It is relevant – as it maps out in laconic detail the lengths that bad state actors will go to to derail, misdirect any examination of what they’ve been up to.

    It’s not often that I find a piece of work from a prominent auteur that is so comprehensively obscured in the public space that simply finding it via search engines is a challenge ….

    Over the years I’d subscribed in part to the pushed narrative that Stone was a “conspiracy nut” – this series doesn’t bother really with stretches of imagination and near wholly sticks with irrefutable evidence (and indeed lack thereof ! )

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  41. Fedup2 says:

    Tomo – thank you – that is a hell of a dangerous situation . I bet mr Carlson takes great care crossing the road because the US habit of assassinating political enemies is never far from the surface ….
    … be scared of law enforcement – especially ones who dance the macerana…

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  42. NISA says:

    Just why does this make front page news on the BBC website

    “Footage has emerged of a pastor in the US state of Alabama being wrongfully arrested as he watered his neighbour’s flowers.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-62696077

    Is it cos he’s black or because it happened in the USA?
    Not in any other country than here or there, for sure

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  43. Jeff says:

    Don’t forget folks, it’s that time of year again, The Notting Hill Carnival…

    This is London’s annual late summer vibrant, multicultural love feat’. The BBC will be there, making sure they film every twerking policeman and every smiling black woman. The commentariat will gush about “the colour” and “the music” and they’ll battle to see how often they can insert the words “vibrant” and “diversity” into every sentence. It’s pretty much the same every year.

    What’s also the same every year is how these lefty luvvies never seem to capture the inevitable mayhem as the event finishes and aggressive youths fight pitched battles with our law enforcement officers and go on a rampage of mugging.

    By this time the Beeb are safely back home and Tarquin and Matilda have departed for the leafy shires, taking with them only pleasant memories, while born and bred Londoners have to clear up the mess.

    I’m afraid I’ll miss Carnival this year. I’m attending a slightly different music event in Regents Park. A brass band, a deckchair and God Save the Queen.

    Possibly not quite as vibrant, but on the other hand I’m less likely to get stabbed…

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Yep – whenever the riot / carnival is on – I remember being mugged there as dumb white boy – I was rammed against a wall and searched by vermin – I could see maybe 100 plod watching me .
      After ward I went up to one and asked him for help – he told me to ‘go away ‘ – probably about 1977 ….. never forgot – ever since I’ve appreciated ‘diversity ‘ – and vermin …..

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  44. pugnazious says:

    ‘ “‘I was at a charity lunch with Mrs Thatcher well into her period in office,’ he [Dimbleby] relates. ‘I said: You came in saying you were going to clear out the BBC. You don’t seem to have done anything. Why not? And her reply was really interesting. She said: Because whenever I try to do anything to the BBC, people come out of the woodwork to defend it.

    “‘That’s how it has always been,’ says Dimbleby.’

    David Dimbleby….BBC royalty and an ardent, if not strident, promoter, defender and lover of the BBC….one might ask why such a person, or any person from the BBC, is chosen, or allowed, to produce a programme that questions how politicians deal with and look upon the BBC? Are we really going to get a fair and impartial assessment from this BBC princeling, a man who hates Boris Johnson and seems set against the Tories? It is called ‘Days that shook the BBC’…but maybe it should be called In the Bunker…the BBC at War’….

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001bnqs/episodes/guide

    Surely such a programme should be entirely independent of the BBC or else history may well be rewritten…..as it seems it will be.

    Dimbleby appeared on Today this morning starting off smearing and vilifying Harold Wilson, making all sorts of claims about him that he isn’t here, of course, to protest.

    He tell us ‘My god we need the BBC, it belongs [lol] to all of us…we must trust it.'[LOLLOLLOL]

    Dave declared that the DG being sacked over Iraq was wrong and the 45 minute claim was right….er…no, it was a lie whatever you think of the Iraq War.

    Adler jumps in to say ‘This feels very current given what Emily Maitlis has said.’

    No surprise there….Maitlis’ mates trying to give credence and legitimacy to her ranty accusations…however Maitlis has been savaged by several senior BBC and ex-BBC people…and Dimbleby is honest enough to be critical of her shouty rhetoric saying that it was the whole Newsnight team that was at fault and Maitlis should be, if at all, putting such claims as she made in that Newsnight harangue as questions not statements of fact….he said it was a ‘polemic’ from her and that was a mistake.

    He gave no credence at all to Maitlis’ claim that Robbie Gibb was an ‘active agent of the Tory Party’ and mentioned that Muriel Gray, on the board as well, was a Labour supporter…but he forgot to mention actual Labour politician James Parnell once in the very influential position of Director of Strategy and other jobs at the BBC…and how about Greg Dyke, BBC DG and Labour donor? Maitlis herself seemed to forget all this not least Ian Katz a Guardianista and her Labour stooge pal Lewis Goodall…and Kirrsty Wark…a well known Labour fangirl. Gibb was a 25 year BBC political reporter, and Newsnight editor, and spent only a couple of years advising May on communications…so not a politician and possibly not even a ‘Tory’….just a job perhaps?

    Somehow she forgot Katz grovelled to Labour over a tweet…

    ‘The editor of the BBC’s Newsnight programme has been forced to issue a written apology to Labour for calling a shadow minister “boring” on Twitter.

    Ian Katz made the remark about Rachel Reeves, a guest on Monday night’s show.’

    So who in the BBC’s board, which ‘active agent of the Labour Party’, forced him to do that? Maitlis isn’t concerned…..just those wicked Tories.

    Dimbleby though is worried about ‘government hostility’…such as Nadine Dorries…hmmm…is she not allowed to criticise the BBC and suggest it needs reform? Apparently not…the BBC is ‘untouchable’.

    Looking at his programmes, the frst one on BBC 2 on Tues, you get a feeling it is all about rewriting history…it is a chance for the BBC to present itself as the victim of those ‘hostile politicians’.

    It is the BBC blowing its own trumpet….as the blurb explains…

    ‘Focusing on controversies from the recent past, David Dimbleby examines the way the BBC has dealt with power and how it has preserved its independence.’

    Just a coincidence this is the photo used…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001bnqn

    9k=

    So the first episode is about ‘Independence’…the BBC trying to make itself that ‘untouchable’ entity that is beyond criticism and reform…..the narrative? Undoubtedly ‘The BBC is vital for our demcoracy and society…it is crucial to preserve it and keep it out of the hands of those cynical, opportunistic and sinister politicians who just can’t be trusted.’

    Then episode 2…Trust…

    ‘David Dimbleby explores the issue of trust in the BBC in the context of two crises: the Hutton Inquiry after the death of David Kelly and the case of Jimmy Savile.’

    So we’ll get a revision of the Iraq War fallout and the BBC will be the victim…Dimbleby already made this clear this morning…and Savile? Well…the BBC made mistakes..but honest ones made under pressure as it tries to defend itelf from the predations of those sinister politicians who seek to destroy it…much, as the BBC tells us, the Palestinians are forced to become terrorists by the war criminal Jews who oppress and terrorise them.

    Lastly…whose BBC?

    ‘David Dimbleby asks how best the BBC can seek to serve all its audience, and looks at issues such as the Falklands War and race relations where its impartiality has been tested.’

    So…the BBC defending its role in the Falklands when it came in for a lot of criticism for its anti-British stance…and of course race and diversity….Dimbleby will, I suspect, be making excuses for the BBC becoming a mouthpiece for Black terrorism, cultural vandalism and violent racism against Whites. It will be a lecture on the need for ‘diversity’, identity politics and cultural and social colonisation by Blacks.

    As said, this is not a subject that the BBC itself should be producing programmes about….it has a huge dog in the fight…..it cannot, judging by previous, and copious amounts of, evidence be trusted to be impartial when it comes to judging its own faults and the criticism of others…just look how Dimbleby reacts in a hostile manner to any criticism.

    These programmes are, ironically, proof that the BBC cannot be trusted and is in urgent need of major reform, intense scrutiny and proper, unbiased oversight.

    Dimbleby’s underlying narrative will be that the BBC is essential and vital and must be maintained as it comes under attack from ‘dark forces’….but you have to ask, and will he?, is that true? What if there were no BBC? We might have a more peaceful, less divided country in which government could get on with running the country without the intense lobbying and pressures that the BBC’s ideologically driven reporters put upon it….we’ve just had a Prime Minister with an 80 seat majority driven from Office by the BBC, a BBC that causes chaos with its emotive, provocative and highly politicised portrayals and criticisms of a Tory government…..we don’t get informed debate and well-rounded discussions, we get, well…polemic. It is harmful and destabilising, if not actually dangerous, what the BBC indulges in.

    If it won’t ‘demobilise’ then defund it….or demolish it and its bunker mentality.

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  45. StewGreen says:

    FOOC “Somalia : Since October 2020, four successive rainy seasons have effectively failed.”

    4 in 22 months ?? ..How’s that work ?

    – Russia’s justice ministry is seeking to liquidate the Russian branch of the non-profit Jewish Agency, which helps Jews around the world move to Israel.

    – Thailand : some Karen communities near the Thai-Myanmar border are trying a new kind of venture, based on a more respectful relationship with elephants

    – Greece living in a remote village in the Mani Peninsula.
    That’ll be those tower houses
    I’ve walked around there

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  46. taffman says:

    “Channel migrants: More than 800 cross English Channel in small boats”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-62686783
    And more they come………..
    How many are foreign Special Forces , operators , agents and saboteurs ? Do our security forces know?
    The entire safety of our nation and people has been put in jeopardy by an incompetent government. I think we and they are in for a very rude awakening .

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    • gb123 says:

      I saw a great meme but cant find it any more (probably taken down).
      It was a photo of Hitler and his entourage staring across the Channel with the words “Rubber dinghies. Why the f*** didn’t we think of that?”

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      • Zephir says:

        I kind a feel sorry for Hitler.
        Looking back at some old photos of him, his friends always left him hanging when he went for a high-five.

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        • Zephir says:

          I suffer from schizophrenia that results in delusions that I’m either Adolf Hitler or Winston Churchill.

          I suppose I’m my own worst enemy.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      2016 … 2016….

      French fishermen being paid £1,000 a person to take migrants half way across the Channel before forcing them to complete the journey in flimsy boats
      They use the cover of legitimate fishing trips to take them halfway across
      Fishermen, are paid £1,000 per migrant, then make them complete the trip
      Tiny dinghies then used to cross perilous waters of The English Channel
      By ARTHUR MARTIN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

      PUBLISHED: 00:09, 31 May 2016

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  47. Doublethinker says:

    I’ve just been forced to watch a series of adverts on Sky during lunch time footy . I can state with absolute authority that it is now a well established that white people are now extinct in the UK. A likely cause is global warming coupled with their complete lack of any survival instinct.

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    • Zephir says:

      An existential crisis for the white, male lefty luvvies and voiceover artistes all out of work now ?

      Forced into unemployment entirely because of their race, skin colour and gender.

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      • Doublethinker says:

        Zephir,
        At least there is little bit of justice in this because one of the groups most responsible for the demise of our country is the luvvie brigade.

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Watching GB news yesterday, in a 30 minute period with Bev Turner, everyone she conversed with was non-white. A doctor, a reviewer by Zoom, a left wing councillor, a regular political commentator, either British Muslim, African by descent, or Indian.

      Next to the white male, white children have no visibility at all. Every child in adverts is now mixed race with fuzzy hair. A lot of white mothers out there are getting paid a fortune because they have slept with a black guy. (I very much doubt its the other way around – black mother white guy)

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Brissles – I think OFCOM has a target for the number of coloured faces on licenced TV vjannels and I think GBNews goes out of its way to be above the ‘colour bar ‘ …
        For instance they put a hopeless ex plod girl called ‘parm sandhu ‘ to comment on plod matters ….

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        • Zephir says:

          Never fear we have the new diverse RAF:

          “Woss dat red button do ? ejeck somefink- seat.. …f@ck….. das racist dat is”

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      • MarkyMark says:

        Anti-natalists: The people who want you to stop having babies
        By Jonathan Griffin
        BBC Trending

        Published
        13 August 2019

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-49298720

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  48. digg says:

    As I posted a few days ago, the rail strike has little to do with rail workers pay, it’s an attempt at Soviet style revolution by communist in chief Lynch, he is just a carbon copy of the bitter and twisted Red Robinson or Red Robbo of the seventies in the car industry.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11151637/Union-boss-Mick-Lynch-wants-YEAR-ordinated-strikes-economy.html

    These nutters are mad and dangerous,

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  49. pugnazious says:

    Trump posts this….

    Someone else creates this……

    Naturally the BBC isn’t amused and refuses to report this mockery of the FBI and Democratic DOJ regime…lol….but if it had been the other way around we all know the BBC would be reporting the mockery of Trump…Sopel’s Twitter feed would be aburning[If I could read it…he’s blocked me so many times now].

    However they do take a very serious, if one-sided, view of the FBI raid….

    ‘Even with all the redactions, the picture revealed should be concerning to Donald Trump and his associates.

    This is a serious criminal investigation.’

    No questions from the BBC…such as why did the national archives not ask for these documents to be handed back as they did with other ones…that Trump returned…and why did the FBI not rush to scoop them up when they knew these documents were in Trump’s basement long ago?

    Or…Did Trump declassify them when he was President as he was allowed to do?

    Questions, questions….guess we’ll get the answers but not until the BBC has manufactured a whole trope about the criminal Trump putting US national security at risk!….mud sticks and this was how they worked to undermine Trump for the 2020 election….years of lies about the Russia hoax.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Dear Winston Smith,

      I noticed that Jon Sopel is talking about impartial and unbiased reporting but his twitter account has three references to his book whilst using the BBC brand. Could the BBC please explain what is happening?

      1) Is BBC Jon Sopel supposed to tell us about the news or his new book?

      2) BBC Jon Sopel’s twitter feed has the BBC name in it and says “Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor. My book If Only They Didn’t Speak English is out now.” which references his book and not the fact he is an unbiased and impartial reporter.

      3) BBC Jon Sopel’s twitter’s pinned tweet is from 23May2018 and is about .. himself and his book.

      4) Is BBC Jon Sopel’s book 100% BBC approved thought and unbiased and partial?

      5) Shouldn’t BBC Jon Sopel’s twitter be about the latest news and not himself?

      6) When Jon Sopel sells a book does it go to help pay for the BBC TV Tax – to reduce it? As the BBC are promoting it – thus it is promoted by the BBC TV Tax Payer.

      “Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences. It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines. We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of views is appropriately reflected”
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/guidelines/impartiality

      Good luck answering this one without laughing yourself silly.

      https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/complaints

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Funny isn’t it ? The ‘what ifs?” – if the US election hadn’t been stolen ? Putin would not have risked doing what he has done because he couldn’t be absolutely sure what president trump would do ….
      ……and every thing pre occupying us now just would not be there ….

      … or maybe the Chinese would have kicked off..

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, bearing in mind how President Trump charmed the socks off Kim Jong Un and got North Korea and South Korea talking, I suspect the former President, at the first sign of trouble from China would have been off for a face to face meeting with President Xi. We might not have had nearly three years of Pandemic if Trump had won in 2020.

        Might have, maybe, possibly.

        As someone sung: “It’s too late, baby, it’s too late” was it Carole King? Yes. Thanks internet! 🙂

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