The blurb in their window says, “We know coffee …take it away.”
Yes, please do take it away, it is indeed utterly crêpe.
The blurb in their window says, “We know coffee …take it away.”
The blurb in their window says, “We know coffee …take it away.”
Yes, please do take it away, it is indeed utterly crêpe.
Imagine a group of nations working together for the institution of world peace; promotion of representative democracy and individual liberty; the pursuit of equality and opposition to racism; the fight against poverty, ignorance, and disease; free speech; free trade; opposition to discrimination on the basis of gender; environmental sustainability; and freedom of movement between citizens of their countries.
No, it is not the European Union.
Imagine something bigger than that, more diverse, bigger, more energetic and free of big brother technocracy. Firmly established for many decades, with 52 nations as members. With a flag and a real person with no power other than purely symbolic at it’s head. A group of nations that could have four times more trade with Britain than the European Union. A group covering 20 percent of the Earth’s surface, spanning all six inhabited continents with 2.3 billion citizens. With GDP of over 10 trillion USD accounting for 17 percent of the world’s economy.
You can stop imagining.
Britain is a member.
Britain founded it.
The British Queen is its figurehead.
It is called the Commonwealth of Nations.
This is the flag. If you are a Brit like me it is your flag.
Embrace your citizenship and your bright future and rediscover the world full of friends you had almost forgotten you already have.
Here is a lovely radio station to listen to from one of our fellow commonwealth nations – Kaya FM from Gauteng, South Africa – website http://www.kayafm.co.za listen live at http://www.kayafm.co.za/listen-live-player/
Never mind the matrix, if you can get security clearance (you will need a genuine reason like attending some sort of event there) take a walk through the Genome Campus at Hinxton, Cambridge, England.
There are numerous chromed spheres, each slightly tweaked to represent various stages of life. The one with a hole represents the stage at which it becomes apparent that we are coelenterates, a biological taxonomical classification meaning we have a gut that opens at the mouth and exits the other end.
The effect of this tableau of embryonic development is to make the long slopes, interspersed by post-modernist buildings, appear as a giant pinball machine, giving a slightly science-fiction sense of unease that things might just roll down and bowl one over or a huge flipper whack out of the sides.
Oldies like me will remember the blob thing in “The Prisoner” TV series. Well here in Hinxton Big brother definitely is watching and don’t even think what escaped chimera might just be lurking up the next level. Best enjoyed at dusk when it becomes eerily empty.
There are two bands that oddly I had not encountered until just this week, both bands are good, but they are easily confused with each other. One is called Trio Grande and has an album called Quadro Nuevo (Remixed). The other is a band called Quadro Nuevo. Both are good. It’s not all strictly tango as it’s in the extended space that is tango nuevo, jazz, klezma, reggae and latin. It is lovely stuff and eminently danceable for a modern milongueoro/a. Here are some vids:
TRIO GRANDE up first
Some of the best tracks from Trio Grande’s album Quadro Nuevo (Remixed) are not out there in You Tube land, for instance the stunningly nice La Luna – so you just have to buy the album (available through the usual large online download retailer). I am a bit pleased by that – they deserve some actual sales for their lovely original contribution to the canon.
QUADRO NUEVO up next:
Eltham Palace was a Royal Palace that fell out of use and into ruin. The very wealthy (and nice – I know as I happen to have met one of them) Courtauld family completely renovated it in the 1930’s. So here is what you could achieve if you were incredibly wealthy and had impeccable taste in the 1930’s. If you love 30’s style and are ever in London, England this house is a must see. You may feel that entrance charges to attractions are a bit expensive, and often I would agree. However in this case the interior is so wonderful I really think it is worth it. A visit here is an education for anyone who seriously loves architectural interiors. Take heed however it is NOT open on Saturdays. Link here http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/eltham-palace-and-gardens/
If you use a foreign proxy server to listen to your favorite internet radio station, chances are you will be served audio ads for the country the proxy is located in. So chose a country that you cannot understand the language of. That way you still get ads but they are in a language you can’t understand for products you never heard of, that you cannot buy. Hooray now it just sounds fun exotic instead of brainwash annoying.
On the well-known online magazine “Cool Hunting” I spotted this:
“KAWS brings VR to the New York Pubic Library”
I guess they will change it so, hair today…
How do you pronounce that acronym for the NYPL anyway? – “Nipple” ?
Someone commented on my previous article to suggest that I am against collective defence (NATO) and to point out that NATO offered to defend the USA and Turkey. I think the answer that comment deserves expands into something more worthy of a post rather than just a response in the comments section.
The thing is, UK and US will mutually defend each other without need for NATO, as they did in WW2. US likes UK because it pays its way in defence and because it is not the source of the defence problems which actually has been (Elephant in the room time!) EUROPE all along – for instance WW2 Hitler being a European problem, one of several problems coming from that direction I could use as an example.
More recently Germany opened its doors to huge loads of migrants thus providing easy access into Europe for them on their journey towards the UK, which is where they really want to come. Ask just about any illegal migrant and you will hear that UK is the number one destination they want. That is because UK is a nicer place than Europe and even the poorest most ill-educated person in the most seemingly God-forsaken and remote places in Africa knows it, period. The people that least want to acknowledge that Elephant in the room are the Germans, but they are happy to take advantage of it by opening their doors because they know a lot of the migrants won’t be stopping in Germany but will be making their way to Calais, hoping to come to the UK. Poor old France, dumped on by Germany again… LOL.
The problem with encouraging (by having open doors like Germany) lots of migrants from places afflicted with terrorism and even more places that are simply poor but not war zones, is it makes a nice easy route into Europe for terrorists. Unlike Europe, Mr Trump has sensibly closed off migration from several likely sources of terrorists while the problem of vetting can be sorted out. Mr Trump is not afraid to ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEMS despite the shrill bleating of the bleeding-heart liberals who are too stupid to realize that they, the bleeding-heart liberals, are exactly who the terrorists MOST want to kill.
As I said NATO is nothing without the US, the only other meaningful contributor that pays its way is the UK anyway. Germany has no nukes and France probably wouldn’t actually fight if it came to it anyway – for 43 years France foot-dragged on what it would do for NATO and so cannot be trusted to be of any use. Fortunately the UK is a far more defensible place than Europe, UK being an island, and because it pays its fair share has some half-decent defence kit, and of course a big friend across the pond.
That NATO ran to the defence of the USA was an aspect of the comment I also need to address. NATO offered to defend the USA after 9/11. Of course there was NOTHING NATO could do against asymmetric warfare terrorist acts as you can’t line up tanks and planes against lurking terrorists dispersed across several countries. So that was fairly safe offer to make. It also illustrates that where terrorism is concerned, NATO is indeed all but obsolete.
Mr Trump is not afraid to say we should fight terrorism with the bleeding-heart liberal gloves off. Shut the doors to them and don’t be afraid to let them know they will not be getting nice cups off coffee between gentle polite interrogations, rather that it will be as terrifying and painful for them as they want to make life for us, so they can be warned and know that we will fight them with whatever it takes to win.
Europe hides in the skirts of NATO and pretends it would fight for freedom, but lets look at what the German-sponsored proto-superstate really resembles. Does it look a little bit like the Napoleonic pan-European superstate that was such a bastion of freedom (not) that Britain (with help from Russia) had to rescue Europeans FROM. Does it look a little like Hitler’s pan-European superstate that the UK (with help from Russia and the US ) had to rescue Europeans FROM. Now Germany opened its doors to streams of migrants providing a route for terrorists into Europe and heading for the UK.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM TIME !!! Europe is the source of the threats both to the UK and to Europe itself. I would guess that at least 90% of the time Germany (include Austria) and France has had a hand in those threats – Habsburgs, Hitler, Napoleon, various ambitious French Kings, now the stupid EU wants to rule everyone and apparently punish anyone that wants to leave. Hmm, we’ll see how that turns out Herr Autohersteller.
Mr Trump is more relaxed than most about Russia. This will especially annoy the Franco-Germans who’s empires have come unstuck when they have annoyed the Russians. But let’s see if that need really worry the US/UK. Russia has always ended up on the side of the UK or didn’t actually go to war with the UK. e.g. Napoleon, WW1, WW2.
“What about the Cold War?” you cry! Hmm. Did Russia (also read USSR for Russia – much the same as far as UK needs go) actually go to war with us? No. Even during Cuba crisis, no nukes fell. Was that because of French and German troops? No. Was it because of US/UK nukes? More likely. In return for Russian help, we, the US/UK alliance, at Yalta conference, gave half of Europe to the Russians, hence the Berlin wall. It chopped an historically hostile Germany in half and kept them on the leash for a good number of decades. Now they are empire-building again – an empire called the EU. Britain wants no part of it, and clearly the US feels the same.
Turkey? Not part of the EU. Never will be. Needs handling with care as is East meets West and a geographical conduit for terrorists. But worth a decent £100m trade deal. Is part of NATO, but is useless as the threat is terrorism about which NATO cannot do anything and because is East meets West has to appease to some extent the terrorists. NATO defend Turkey offer? A bit of sabre-rattling to try and justify NATO existence. It was never going to happen and we knew it.
So, do I believe in collective defence. Maybe. Do I think NATO is effective collective defence, no. Do I think NATO EVER WAS effective collective defence… not so much really. Do I think amalgamations (like the EU and NATO) with the countries that CAUSE the defence problems (France and Germany) by the countries that have really had in the end to sort out those awful wars (the US and UK) are a solution to those problems? Poppycock. Elitist NWO Freemason Illuminati call-it-what-you-will smoke and mirrors.
Russia is always presented as the big bogey-man, this suits the elitists and especially the EU-ropeans well. Mr Trump can see what anyone who looks at the record of outcomes can see. Russians always end up on the UK/US side, against the European war-makers, and hasn’t nuked us at any time ever because the US/UK is too strong to dare, NOT because of anything Europe has ever done or ever will as part of the imaginary alliance that never fought a real war and never will called NATO.
So far Mr Trump has said it like it really is and has taken real action to set in place real effective borders.
The UK also wants real effective border control, that is one of the reasons we are leaving the EU, before we are completely swamped by the stream of economic migrants they would like to offload onto us.
Refugees go to and remain in the nearest safe country. Refugees do not trek through numerous very safe countries to get to the one of their choice. That’s the deal and we, and the USA are now planning to stick to it like we are planning to stick to real borders and plain truths about the politics of this world. We plan to preserve the cultures we have and not be taken over by hoards or different people with different cultures from far away.
We will be having effective borders. We will be sticking to the 1951 refugee convention AND sorting out economic migrants from true refugees. We will not allow the envelope to be pushed, we will not allow our countries to be dissolved or changed by people not like us from outside or by people that do not share our traditional values from within. We are resetting our society back to it root values and tearing up the envelope pushing creeping so called progress of the bleeding-heart homogenized apologists for the illuminati.
Take note its Game Over – bleat as loudly as you like, the days of the politically correct fascism of the liberals is over. Western liberals be aware, your freedom is the situated freedom of sheep protected from the wolves by a big strong Shepherd who will kill the wolf before it kills you, so get back in your pen woolly thinkers.
Arm photo torpedoes and shields up Mr Worf!
NOTE in this stream of ranty undiplomatic invective you may find some nuggets of unpalatable truth. Also, humor is required when reading this. Other political opinions are available, but not on this blog. I like European food and European people, but I don’t want them or any other foreign people and cultures to outnumber British people in Britain. I like Germany and France a lot and have visited almost all countries in Europe numerous times. I could happily be French and live there although it’s not quite as nice as Britain. However I was born here in Britain and so were my ancestors back to 1196 on one side and 1104 on the other (with a lot of European bits mixed in along the way, as like most Brits I am a mongrelized species) so it really is my country and I am exercising my right to say which changes I think are OK and which ones need to be changed back to something that I consider to be more fundamentally originally British. You don’t have to agree but note do not have a right of reply. This blog is not a democracy, it is my publication. You wanna write? – get your own blog. This is not interactive as I only post sporadically and don’t spend lots of time in a two-way process, and as I have no appetite for entertaining trolls I seldom allow comments, although really good ones like the one that encouraged my rant today, do occasionally merit being allowed.
Europe loves to pretend that the UK does not really have a special relationship with the USA. It’s British and American lives lost in WW2 that makes that ill-informed free-speech possible, did you know Europe?
All Britain’s detractors love to claim this. Europes unwitting liberal lefty stooges are happy to crow this nonsense as proxies for Eurogandists to bolster their last-straw-clutching hope that a European hand will someone impossibly and magically pull them out of the water and back into the European boat (which they fail to see is itself sinking). Actually it’s an easily demonstrably crap claim. Ronald and Maggie, Blair and Bush, FDR and Churchill.
Apart from World War 1 and World War 2 and the Cold War and Iran and Iraq and Afghanistan and a whole load more, plus the fact that the UK has US warheads on it’s nukes, plus there are all those American airbases in England and cooperation between MI6 and the CIA preventing terrorists killing folks, there is no special relationship. Hmm.
I was part raised with an American military family here in the UK during the cold war, before Britain joined the Common Market that became the EU. Man had just landed on the moon thanks to America – the free world had won the space race, life was exciting and hopeful despite the Cold War. I enjoyed American toys and food that my English friends had never heard of – Fritos, Matt Mason, Dr Pepper, Brownies, Salted Popcorn.
My family very nearly emigrated to America – San Diego to be precise. So it would be fair to say I personally have had a special relationship with America in my heart for a long time. I love my country, I am an English Briton, but I love America too, our fine cousin who stands for freedom in much the same way we do. The country that along with Britain lost many brave lives bailing out the disastrous warring continent of Europe that once again has lost the plot and forgotten what democracy and freedom looks like – which is a good part of why we in the UK are leaving the EU.
Mrs May was first in line to meet Mr Trump, and the UK will be first in line for a trade deal, just as Mr Trump promised. Have you noticed Mr Trump seems to ACTUALLY BE TRYING TO DO WHAT HE PROMISED! Has the EU noticed we really do have a big friend who will help us with trade and make a mockery of any stupid EU attempt to punish us for leaving? That really has to hurt in Brussels eh?
You just HATE the whole special relationship thing don’t you Europe? Is that because it reminds you how you failed as a continent in the past and scares you now you are falling apart again because your elitist system is bleeding your ordinary people dry and has forgotten what freedom is?
Many people might hate what Mr Trump says, but he has the guts to often say what most people are secretly thinking but have been afraid to say because the politically correct thought police had taped their mouths.
I don’t know how it will end, maybe badly, true. But it’s refreshing that someone can shout out that the emperor has no clothes and there’s an elephant in the room, and ACTUALLY try to CHANGE THINGS. I do know things won’t change and get better unless someone ACTUALLY TRIES TO ACTUALLY CHANGE THINGS like Mr Trump is doing.
Do I want to see the rust belt get its jobs back and America prosper as a secure and powerful country. Yes, because the good people of that great country deserve to have good lives, and a strong prosperous America is the real guarantor of a stable prosperous world. That sure ISN’T really NATO. NATO without the USA is NOTHING. Mainly because all the beneficiaries this side of the pond except UK and Poland have not really been prepared to pay for anything for a long long time. NATO may well be obsolete as Mr Trump said. Like the EU. The problem is most of the EU countries have been taking a free ride on NATO while the UK is the only really big economy this side of the pond that would pay its share. If there’s one thing Mr Trump doesn’t like, its freeloaders riding on America’s back, and frankly I think the UK should be thinking of itself in that way also. If the EU doesn’t want to give us a free trade deal, maybe we should dump the defence cooperation and intelligence cooperation and see how naked they feel with no UK and USA to bail them out of their next round of self-inflicted war or fight with Russia? If the EU are no more use to us tax any other WTO traders and actually cost us money and deliberately try to stand in the way of our prosperity, why should we defend their lives and freedom at all, let alone pay for it?