"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Showing posts with label Football. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Football. Show all posts

Sunday, 27 February 2011


I just had to post this - it's one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Chilean u-20 player Bryan Carrasco gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'don't beat yourself up about it' or how about 'a fistful of molars'? I dunno - looks pretty 'armless' to me ... ... ...

Friday, 2 July 2010

The 4th Estate

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow

I don't know why I like the prose of Shakespeare; I just do.  On a very superficial reading the quote above could cast The Times as 'fools' for introducing their paywall.  I'll miss it  because it was my favourite newspaper and I've been reduced to trawling the Independent, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail for daily 'news'.  One good thing to come out of it is that I've realised how much I don't want to read the Daily Mail, ever again.

It isn't just the headlines, which smack of sensationalism and usually have no bearing on the content of the article, it's the comments too.  Prior to the election most of the comments seemed to be quite sensible - along the lines of 'Labour Out', 'Brown's a mong', etc but since the coalition has been in govt the tenor of the comments has changed.  They're either bewailing the loss of Brown, raging against the coalition or just downright argumentative.  And quite a few want to bring back capital punishment!

Gypsies on your land?   Hang'em.
Do you have an MP?  Hang'em.
Traffic warden given you a ticket?  Hang'em.
Squirrels ate your canary?  Hang'em.

It has to be said that some of the comments are funny and show that the English sense of humour hasn't died (as Clegg now knows).  Fat people and lifestyles of 'slebs' I've never heard of seem to be quite prominent too.  The DM is always telling people how not to behave and what not to eat whilst simultaneously promoting it.  They hold people up for ridicule - nothing escapes their telephoto lens and probably the best reason for giving up on the DM is that I now know who Christine Bleakley and Lady Gaga are.  Sad to say but I've also seen Frank Lampard's pecs and Wayne and Collette's Caribbean hideaway.

This is what you've missed from today's DM:

Trench warfare
Comment: "Gordon Brown would not have allowed this. Shame on the coalition."
Comment: "This is a good idea. If some parents won't feed their kids properly then they should be forced to do it."

On the other hand, perhaps I'm being too harsh; sometimes they report what other newspapers won't.

What's happened to London?
More sensationalism for every failed 'Bond'

The DM isn't alone in this tendency to sensationalise.  In other papers today:

Big print: Actors attack girls' school that wanted gay scenes cut.  Small print:  it was gay rape
Big print: Brits are all fat, doped up and ugly.  Small print: Life expectancy continues to rise
Big print: 'Leading watchdog' says "tear your teabags".  Small print: You're drinking glue

Here's a headline to remind us that we're not alone:
Kissing in cars, feeding stray cats & building sandcastles all banned in Italy

I'll save the serious stuff:
Blair was warned of long-term damage to our Armed Forces
John Yates is a prat
Blair's buddy Browne bears more blame than Hayward, and
Wythenshawe Hospital for another day.

Monday, 28 June 2010

One For The Road

I don't usually mix news and 'one for the road' but I'm sick of the hype this evening:

Switch off 24-hr 'developing' news
'They're just tired'

We've done to our football team what we've done to our country, ie we've bought in foreign talent because it's easier than training up our own.

This is good: We in the UK demand the same rights  because w/wide statistics prove that gun crime goes down when people are allowed to own guns and defend themselves - sorry, I don't have the links to hand so you'll just have to take my word for it.

Big breaths (no jokes), Elgar, cello, enjoy:

Monday, 21 June 2010


WARNING:  "Do not vote Conservative or George Osborne will steal your children and eat them," says ex-Chancellor Darling.

After a few days doing other things (really enjoyable - apart from a film which had my hormones weeping buckets) I was hoping to find something positive to comment on - but there's nothing. I thought the negativity might be down to my own frame of mind, my perspective, but the world has continued to turn over the weekend and the same sh!t (please excuse my French) has been thrown up yet again.

I'm not going to mention Chris Huhne (oops!) because I've never liked him so anything I write, such as what a hypocritical, bullying and arrogant waste of space he is, will be biased.

I'm not going to blog about how some sections of the media, the unions and political opposition have already judged tomorrow's Budget and decided that it is bad, bad, bad and that George Osborne is going to screw your granddad's pension and then your granny (before she's shipped off to the care home gulag to be fed on thin gruel twice a day, if she's lucky). Well, they say, we all know this is nothing to do with debt and deficit; it's just because the Tories are ideologically driven to sh@ft anyone who didn't go to Eton, what-ho! Well done to Sky News for following the Labour line.

I think old Pavlos Joseph is a bit of a numpty - so he would have had much in common with the England Squad and shouldn't have been arrested. On second thoughts ...

It was Cameron's 'Big Society' and his 'Diamond Dividend' that really got to me. The Diamond Dividend is a project whereby the Queen is being urged to lend her support to a think-tank project designed to encourage everyone every wage earner to tithe 1% of their earnings to charity on a regular basis. This is Cameron's Nudge philosophy courtesy of Res Publica's Phillip Blonde, the 'red Tory' praised by the left-wing Labourite Jon Cruddas.

I think most people give what they can already; the British people are amongst the most generous in terms of donations and voluntary work. Cameron says that we don't give as much as the US - perhaps that's because they're a low taxation nation and so have more disposable income. We're taxed up to the hilt and then some so, sorry Cammers, it's a bit rich to take half our yearly earnings in tax, cut back public services and then expect us to also donate more to charities to fill that gap. It's a non-runner.

In 'the age of austerity' (his phrase, not mine) he'd do well to remember two old-fashioned phrases: (1) look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves, and (2) charity begins at home. There is another phrase that we might all need this time next year: please sir, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, may we have some more?  And, I don't mean advisers and quangos.

On to another wtf-f-f moment: this is something Cameron really must sort out without delay to remove this insult to everything British from the streets and into jail (or, Heaven forbid, a few deportation orders):

It's no good blaming the EDL and arresting them while leaving the violent jihadists shouting hatred on the streets. Cameron must also look to the 166 Deobandi schools in England - they're moulding the future leaders, according to newspaper articles. The fact that these 'future leaders' believe in Sha'ria law must be a cause for concern to us all.

That the UAF (btw, love that chant guys, but it will never catch on in Britain), the Muslims against the Crusades, the EDL and a tolerant Muslim organisation (ex-Muslim?) are coming together more frequently is a sure sign that something has gone very wrong with the country.  The fact that members of the EDL were the only ones to be arrested is even worse and it will only attract more supporters.

As for the strapline on the video: "Islamic demo for Sharia law in UK sparks nationalist counter-protest", I'd have thought that was a given reaction. The police said the EDL protest didn't have permission and wasn't 'licensed' - well, Mr Met Police, the English don't 'need' a licence or permission to demonstrate so ** :-) We'll demonstrate how and where we want and in whatever way we see fit.

Cameron calling on us to show more support for our Armed Forces shows a lack of understanding of the dichotomy between supporting the war (aka the govt)  and supporting our troops.  It's a philosophical question and I look forward to hearing it debated in both Houses rather than demanded of the electorate.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Looking For An Ass To Kick

Following on from President Obama's kicking of BP (Cameron to speak to Obama) we now have the official American World Cup football anthem, though I can't see it being a big hit on the terraces:

Where's the official England song this year? Come on Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land!
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