…For Auld Lang Syne!

A hug from a pair of arms still young, but with a potential strength from one only eight years old: a whispered ‘Thank you Grandad’: smiles from faces which life has yet to mould: a tiny hand gripped my thumb: and the last noises of an exhaust pipe echo amongst the trees. My Christmas visitors have all decamped; the famous ‘attack dog’ is safely seated in the rear seat of my eldest son’s car; the grandchildren have all gone home, and the silence is impenetrable.

It was a Happy Christmas, with turkey and all the trimmings twice over, a modest amount of wine was taken and enjoyed; but all good things come to an end. The road home beckons, and an early start is necessary to avoid the speeding morons who infest our motorways. Presents were exchanged; but the unspoken thought behind each gift is simply ‘Don’t be a stranger; keep on calling, and let me hear your voices; because Grandpa, who is also Dad, needs reassurance that you are alive, and well, and remembering from whence you came.’

 

Here’s to Hopes for a Happy New Year, and for many more to come, for all of mine; and to all of you!

 

“All hands aloft; prepare to go about!” “Belay that order!”

The usual, almost ritual, condemnation of Israel’s actions and policies regarding the West Bank settlements seemed to be proceeding as normal in the UN Security Council, but suddenly it emerged that the Obama Administration were considering an abstention, instead of the usual veto of anything which could be construed as giving credence to the Palestinians’ craving for acceptance.

 

It took a strong condemnation from Israel’s Netanyahu, and an almost casual ‘tweet’ from the @RealDonaldTrump, to stop this motion in its tracks, and set the UN away from a motion which would have labelled all Israeli settlements as ‘Illegal’.

 

Our Donald might have started out slowly, but he has learnt an awful lot in a very short time. Congrats indeed to the New Kid on the Block.

UPDATED!!

The original motion was postponed, and many thought indefinitely; but Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela re-laid it, Obama’s puppettess abstained, THE UK VOTED WITH THE MAJORITY, and, for the first time ever, the only Democracy in the Middle East, the homeland of the Jewish State; was told that its policies were ‘ILLEGAL’!

Friggin’ Disgusting. Roll on the 20th January!

Quotations from a Holy Book!

“And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.

“As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

“And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah”

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush,

 

Angela Merkel’s spokesman said: “Germany is a compassionate country and will not allow refugees to be met here by hateful slogans or alcohol-fuelled loudmouths.” He said all asylum-seekers deserved to be treated with “dignity and respect”.

Yep, I just bet that particular spokesman is now wishing he had kept his big mouth shut!

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Lest we forget………a lot!

Just a reminder of what we have agreed to leave behind. The thumbnail pix is of the launch of an Ariane5 rocket, with a payload of four Galileo GPS Satellites. Galileo is the name for the European-funded GPS system, which is not really needed because TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX AND LAURENCE COUSTAL (FILES) This file photo taken on November 17, 2016 shows a handout released on November 17, 2016 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Centre national d'etudes spatiale (CNES, the French government space agency) and the Arianespace satellite launch company shows the Ariane 5 rocket with a payload of four Galileo satellites lifting off from ESA's European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.  Seventeen years and more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live on December 15, 2016 promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance. Initial services, free to use worldwide, will be available only on smartphones and navigation boxes already fitted with Galileo-compatible microchips.  / AFP PHOTO / ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE / S. MARTIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

the American GPS system is up, working like a Swiss watch, and free to everyone who wishes it. But the EU had to have one because, well, France got fed up with their beloved EU needing to use the cursed Yankee satellites just to find out where they were. So, we in Britain, despite the fact that we are leaving, will have to pay our share of the running costs; estimated as being €750 million per year, as well as the agreed share of the satellites, launch vehicles, ground stations:along with the launch vehicle and the two replacement satellites, because the first two were set in a lower orbital altitude after a ‘mishap’:( because well SHIT HAPPENS): all of which is costing €20 Billions plus; and rising to where no-one actually knows any more.

And all of this cost, all of YOUR cash, was spent / is being spent / will be spent in the future without a single voter, out of the entire 508 million, ever being asked if they wanted to be able to proudly point, well, upwards, and state; We paid for that! How did the EU get away with that, as well as all the other boondoggling expenditures over the past forty-odd years? Simples: because the system was designed so no-one,apart from the Brussels bureaucrats, ever gets to ask ‘Why?”

Let Freedom’s voice ring!

Most of us who either read any newspapers, watch any channels on the box, or interest yourselves at all with the dual themes of Democratic Accountability and of Press Freedom, will have heard of the Leveson Report. It was a typical knee-jerk semi-Socialist over-reaction to a set of circumstances which were in fact covered by both Civil and Criminal Law. The Report was brought about by the actions of various newspaper groups whose reporters deliberately hacked into both ‘celebrities’ and ordinary members of the public’s mobile phones, downloaded the text and voice-mail messages, and published stories with the facts exposed by those illegally-obtained stories, for the sole purpose of increasing their sales. The wider stories, the court cases, and the ensuing Leveson Report are too well known to be repeated here; but there is one small but important section of the Report, and the ensuing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which deserves much, much wider scrutiny, publicity and action.

Many of the so-called ‘celebs’ together with ordinary members of the public who had fallen into the phone-hacking net, formed a pressure group named Hacked Off; and determined that they should be revenged upon the newspapers who had spread the gossip, and in certain very circumscribed circumstances, vicious and criminal libels about certain persons. All of these stories were covered within court cases, and in many if not all cases, the injured parties were awarded large sums in compensation, as well as printed apologies. But, caught up within the stretch of ‘injured celebs’ was one very determined, but also very wealthy pervert, whose activities had been exposed, in great and gory detail, by the ‘News of the World’ of NewsCorp fame. Max Mosley, whose perversions and gruesome sexual fantasies had been splashed across the headlines, took the ‘News and Screws’ to court, and won on a technicality, because the newspaper had alleged that his orgies were tinged with Nazi overtones, and they had no real proof. He stated that his life has been devastated by the News of the World story and the posting of the video footage on its website. He told the court that the publicity had been “totally devastating” for his wife of 48 years, and he could think of “nothing more undignified or humiliating” for his two sons to experience.” My response would be similar to that of Paul Staines, of Guido Fawkes fame, who said “If you wish to stay out of the newspapers, don’t get hookers to shove dildoes up your bum”.

However, devastated though he may have been; forced to resign from his commanding role in Formula One; Max Mosley has determined to use his vast wealth within the law to bring the British Press to heel. Read this masterly expose by Fraser Nelson, and then read on to the purpose of my post. I wish to propose a Petition on the Government Website to ask why this pernicious piece of Legislation should not be removed and expunged, as it, if enacted, would do exactly as Mr Nelson states.

The Petition asks:- “To require the Government to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013″

However, I am unable to bring the Petition forward without the assistance of at least five readers of my site, who would support such a Petition, and are willing to supply their e-mail addresses to further such a Petition. Such assistance should be sent to the OoL Address which is orphansofliberty@gmail.com; the site, for which I write, has kindly agreed to become a mailbox for this purpose alone!

Thanking you in anticipation

Mike Cunningham

A message to the NHS….Get Stuffed!

Is it just me; or are there other sentient beings out there who just bloody dislike being patronised beyond belief, just because we have collectively past the sixth decade of our existence. We know how to earn a living, some of us more successfully than others; we know when symptoms tell us we have the ‘Lurgi, or something is out of kilter within our bodily systems: we just know how to look after ourselves; we have been fairly successful for decades; we even know how to bloody react when frigging winter arrives.

So the last thing we need is to have this bunch of pillocks popping up all over the bloody telly, explaining in such sweet terms that we should keep warm, and go to the bloody chemist if you have a friggin’ cold, and just ‘know’ that the friggin’ NHS is here for us all: instead of really being there for themselves!

Bah, ‘effing humbug!

Ready-Use-Locker of Life

Having espied a spare thirteen milliseconds from my daily grind, or round, or whatever; I thought I might make a list of the items essential to my mental well-being which I have stashed close to hand in my expanded living room (expanded because I had the dividing wall knocked away some ten-odd years ago). I list them in order of priorities:-

  • Mobile Walkie-Talkie handset-so my wife can alert and call me, so I can tend to her needs.
  • Multitude of photographs of family and grandsons; as a reminder that immortality endures.
  • Box of toys so my two grandsons can feel immediately at home when those footsteps announce that three of my four small, vital treasures (the third is carried by his Mom, my daughter-in-law, as he cannot walk by himself, as he is still very young) have arrived to send their joyous noise throughout my home.
  • (Fairly) advanced hi-fi system, complete with set of decent speakers, to play the music which soothes, which livens, which invigorates my very soul. I do admit having browsed through the pile of articles rhapsodising about the delights and advances of equipment powered by valve technology, as well as the alleged aural advances of recordings stored and played on vinyl. The truly daftest thing I ever read about the so-called advantages of valve audio electronics was the fact that they are immune to the EMP (Electro-Magnetic Effect) generated by a nuclear blast. I would humbly submit that the last thing you would be worrying about after a nuclear attack would be the problems of being able to be listening to any music at all!
  • Computer holding advanced digital copies of hundreds of tracks speedily accessible  by system listed previously.
  • Four shelves full of books without which I cannot envisage life. For examples and opinions (all mine own), I give the reader  my own opinion of the minor masterpieces which have been my guide in so many ways.
  • Remote controls for tv, hi-fi, a-v system & Blu-ray dvd.
  • Mobile & Land-line phones.
  • Access to a decent cup of coffee.