Monday 16 November 2015



Sometimes the news is so depressing, your Twitter feed so full of Neanderthals and Facebook has come a solid wall of hate.

At time like that you need to walk away from it.

And smile:

Oh, and yesterday was Petula Clark's birthday. She was 83, and she's in the charts in Canada with a duet with Paul Daraiche "Laisse moi te dire ce soir". Way to not get old.

Happy birthday, Clarky, à bientôt j'espère. x


  1. I'm glad I don't have Facebook or Twitter.

    1. Yes in a way...

      But then it is better to know what the goons are thinking.

      There are some disappointing Neanderthals in this country.

  2. tris

    some friends and family have shocked me with the the outpouring of hate

    1. Don't know what to advise Niko.

      Ignore them, argue with them?

      You won't persuade some people, no matter how logic you throw at them.

      They were born to hate.

      Sad thing is so many of them, if you asked them, would call themselves Christians.

      You wonder if they ever read any of the Bible.

      I mean we skived off RE, and we didn't pay attention, but by sheer repetition, some of it went into our heads.

      And I can tell them, that unless I misunderstood badly, this is NOT what it was all about.

  3. tris

    Tom Harris says

    Jeremy Corbyn doesn't even have the decency to be angry about the Paris terror attacks
    The Labour leader is moving further and further from popular public opinion

    from a man who singularly failed to listen to Scottish public opinion which in
    hindsight did remove someone who deserved to be booted out

    1. Niko:

      Tom Harris is a Tory.

      But he wouldn't have got a seat in Scotland as a Tory, and he liked the nice salary an job security.

      I remember when he had his blog and I used to comment on it. I always tried to be polite and put forward thought through arguments, and he took pleasure in being a smart arse.

      It would be ridiculous for me to say that I wasn't delighted by the landslide in May, some people I felt a little sorry for, but in his case, it couldnt' have happened to a nicer bloke, and his manner of going speaks volumes about him. Huffy and bad tempered.

      He's not a tenth of the man that Jeremy Corbyn is. Jeremy Corbyn does what he believes is right. Sod the flim flam. To hell with the posturing.

      A nod of the head instead of a full flown bow, but when all the people who nearly broke their backs to bow lower than the last man had gone inside out of the chill November air, into the warmth of the office drinks reception, Corbyn was standing outside talking to ordinary veterans, and not for a photo opportunity. Probably because he'd rather be with them than the sanctimonious creeps that bowed so low, having sent men to their deaths.

      Paris is complex. My feelings about it were very personal.

      Someone as smart as Corbyn knows it. While of course we deplore what happened, do we also deplore the explosions the same day in Lebanon? Did we put Russian flags on our buildings when they shot down a Russian plane? Have we got Yemen flags for all the Yemeni people being killed by our weapons?

      Where is Harris on that?

      Tom Harris was only ever in line with public opinion in the lower reaches of the Tory party. he was only elected over and over because he was Labour and until recently they voted Labour without thought.

      I wonder if he's tried conflict resolution.

  4. Tom Harris was my MP once.

    He also seemed an important man. But when I asked him about Government Policy on summat - probably the Middle East, I was exercised about the Middle East once upon a time, anyway, I forget what exactly.

    He was in government at the time. I was expecting a reply from a human being....


    It is quite exciting for a mere mortal like me to get a House of Commons envelope through the door. You think, bloody hell, is what you think.

    They've actually replied!

    But they hadn't, of course. It was HMG this and HMG that and whatever policy that they had that afternoon.

    I am his fucking constituent. Did his brain dead advisors assume that Tom Harris was an icon, a man that could not be voted down? Did they think, on his behalf, that an anodyne piece of pish was going to be adequate?

    Yes, both he and they did. And then of course he did the Hitler video. A man of singular talent,

    Tom Harris reaped what he sowed.

    Hell mend him.

    1. I bet you're glad he's gone.

      Yes, they did think he couldnt be voted down. There were dozens that didn't think they had anything to worry about.

      They didn't know what to do about canvassing, or door knocking or talking to people.

      Never had to do it.

      The Hitler video... ah yeah. Days after Johann appointed him head of communications.

      He's about as much use as mcTernan.

      And i'd not use him for a door stop!

  5. Very funny Tris! I especially like the cauliflower sign. Cauliflower shows up on condiment plates with other repulsive uncooked things like celery sticks and carrot sticks and small onions with the tasteless green part attached. No one ever eats those either. But when did a plate of cookies ("biscuits" in Britain I think) ever go untouched? I've never actually seen anyone eat one of those hideous dark purple things oddly named an EGGplant either. I think people tend to cook those. Nevertheless, when served next to pizza for example, there is no record of anyone ever touching eggplant. For that matter, there's no record of anyone ever eating an eggplant pizza either. Just sayin......

    1. So, I take it you're not a vegetarian then Danny? :) Hideous purple things and the word repulsive tended to give the game away!

      I'm a salad freak so I like all these things, and I even like cabbage, turnip, cauliflower, broccoli... and all these other things that you're not keen on.... no, OK HATE.

      Brits are poor with veg, but the French are fantastic with them.

      The idea of course is to get really good fresh stuff, just off the farm... and then to make a nice sauce to go with it. And of course, not to (as is the British way) cook it till it's a mushy mess on the plate. Al dente is the name of the game.

      I remember the first time I had artichoke... an horrific looking thing, but left to a wonderful French cook, and with a fabulous sauce in the base, it was a real delight.

      I must admit I've never had the courage to attempt eggplant myself, but I've had it in Greece, cooked in a stew sort of thing adn it's not bad at all.

    2. Yes, my choice of wording obviously betrayed my preference for the primary food groups of pizza and cheeseburgers and pasta with red meat sauce. I can certainly appreciate "al dente," but for me it's all about a way to serve pasta. Pasta cooked to a mush is right up there with uncooked vegetables in my estimation. (And mushy pasta happens a LOT in America.)

      Now WHY am I not surprised that the French manage to do the food thing better than the English?.....LOL. I had a friend who spent quite some time in England, and said that were it not for the international cuisine available at restaurants in London he would have starved. He described a pizza that he had in a small provincial town somewhere in the English countryside. He said that you wouldn't think that anyone could screw up a pizza......but the ENGLISH can and do manage to do that he said. As for the Scots, I'm reserving judgment, but from what I know of Haggis, I'm not encouraged. An acquired taste perhaps, probably not served in France? LOL!!!

      BTW, if one wishes to holiday in the dead of the arctic Midwestern winter, the balmy tropical breezes of Hawaii always beckon. But then you may encounter an HAWAIIAN pizza. Seriously! Now I like pineapple in its place. But a topping on a pizza is NOT one of those places.

    3. PS: I like a good tossed salad too. But I've been accused of using salads as a way to simply drink various delicious salad dressings that are favorites of mine.


      It may actually be an English dish... in which case it may be their very best one.

      It's true that if you are rich you can eat well in certain parts of the UK, because some of the best restaurants are in fact French.

      I don't think even the most fervent Britnat would say that Britain was a centre of culinary excellence.

      Someone reckoned that the favourite British dish was in fact Chicken Tika Masala, which is a kind of "made up for the Brits" kind of Indian meal! This is a skit by Indian actors on the British habit of going out after getting drunk on a Friday and ordering the hottest Indian dish they can, FAR too much food, which will all be left, and racially/sexually abusing the staff.

      I had a Hawaiian pizza the other night. Not bad!!! Best pizza I ever had was in Croatia, but I doubt very much that they would have put a pineapple on it.

      One of my favourite meals ever was in a little French café, not posh, not far from the Gare de l'Est in Paris (NOT POSH), where for about €6 we had the most fantastic omelet with mushrooms, and a small salad and baguette... so good we went back two days later to repeat the meal!

    5. Agreed about the salad dressing. Une Bonne Sauce as they say... and it doesn't matter what is in your salad. In France frequently just lettuce!

    6. Ah yes Tris! I can do very nicely with a simple lettuce salad with "Une Bonne Sauce." I can certainly see how someone who loves vegetables and fruits could like the various meatless pizzas that are now popular. The pineapple on an Hawaiian Pizza didn't quite work for me, but I didn't hate it either. I AM surprised though that Hawaiian Pizza crossed a continent and a good part of two oceans to find its way to Scotland. ;-))

    7. Very funny video! Especially after your description put it in context for me.

    8. Glad you enjoyed it, Danny. That was a live version, I'm sure there is a studio version somewhere which is better... If I find it I'll email it to you.

      All good stuff comes to Scotland Danny lad, even Hawaiian stuff!.