Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lest we forget

On the morning of Thursday, 7 July 2005, four moslem men detonated four bombs—three in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city and, later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. As well as the four bombers, 52 civilians were killed and over 700 more were injured in the attacks, the United Kingdom's worst terrorist incident since Lockerbie as well as the country's first ever suicide attack.

On 26 June 2015, there was an Islamic terror attack at the tourist resort at Port El Kantoui, about 10 kilometres north of the city of Sousse, Tunisia. Thirty-eight people, thirty of whom were British, were killed when an armed gunman attacked a hotel.
On this 10th anniversary of the London attacks, I can't help wondering what will happen later today?
I was going to write a long piece on these attacks, but I think it more appropriate to reflect on two things :
(1) We should remember the victims of these attacks and the many others around the world over recent years
(2) We should remember that Islam is a religion of peace
Well, one out of two isn't bad...

Monday, 6 July 2015

Stavros he say "Fuck you!"...

... and, quite frankly, I can't say I'm surprised.

With two thirds of the votes counted as I write this it looks like the Greeks have decided to support their government and reject the terms offered to them by the Fourth Reich in return for allowing them to open their banks again.

You can't back an animal into a corner and threaten its very existence and then expect it not to come out clawing tooth and nail for your throat. This principal seems to have been wholly lost on the people responsible for doing just that to Greece.

On Friday, the greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, said he would rather cut off his right arm than sign the deal that was on the table. He then went on to say that Greece was effectively on a 'war footing'.

Two things have struck me about the way this shower of shite has been dealt with. First, the offer that was put to Greece on Tuesday was immediately withdrawn when Prime Minster Tsipras said he'd put it to the people in a referendum. This is not the reaction of reasonable and logical people to somebody effectively saying "I personally don't like your terms, but I'll put it to the electorate." It's not the reaction of people who are serious about doing a deal.

Since then, the rhetoric in Germany and France in particular has been stepped up. Fair enough. Let's all holler and shout our positions from the rooftops. That how we get our points across to people who need to hear them. This brings me to my second point : when they didn't get the reaction they wanted (i.e scared the shit out of the Greek public) they decided to cut off the Greek banking system from the rest of the world by excluding them from the European Target2 electronic transfer system. You'd have had to scan the financial pages long and hard to spot that, but it did happen!

What this means is that Greek companies buying in raw materials from outside Greece were denied any method of transferring funds to their suppliers - even though they had the money to pay them with. This was blatent enemy action to force the closure and bankruptcy of Greek companies. Varoufakis was quite right in this respect when he called it an act of war.

So while it looks certain that the Greeks have stuck two fingers up to the deal that was on the table but then was taken off again (duh!) the question is 'What happens next?'

Well, I'm fucked if I know...!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Happy 4th July. Now fuck off out of my country!

Yes, it's that time of year again. That time where the biggest nation of egotistical self-righteous bullshitters take time out to celebrate just how wonderful their great nation is...

The leaders of the Free World. The defenders of Freedom's Future. The country that leads and defends by maintaining armed forces sufficient to fight two wars simultaneously.

Yes, America the Beautiful will keep you safe - but only if you do what they tell you.

The land of the free - as long as you do what their government tells you.

The home of the Brave - provided that they can rope their allies in to do the fighting for them.

And have you ever noticed? Americans don't fight wars in their own country. They always go overseas to fuck up somebody else's country. No wonder they got so wound up over 9/11. It just doesn't happen in the good ol' U S of A.

I have nothing against Americans per se. However I think their country stinks with hypocrisy and I'd like them to remove their bases from the UK. They're trigger happy bastards and I don't trust them to act in my best interests. I think it was John Simpson who, went he told his father he was going to be a war correspondent, was given this advice : "Don't stand in front of the Americans!"

Yes, God bless America - and God help the rest of us!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Burning off the calories

A Small Town Man posting...

Retail therapy is a wonderful stress reliever isn't it? We all love to go shopping. It's the country's favourite pass time.

Well, here in Smalltown we believe that shopping can be so much more. Yes indeed! And being ever so clever we've worked a way to make it even better with our shiny new iPhone app!

Mark Time, Small Opportunities for Business (SOB)'s chief executive was asked how this was going to happen - and here's what the SOB had to say :

"Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise there is and by combining it with shopping it’s a way of burning off the calories and much healthier than shopping online!" Wow! That's really really brilliant. We're so lucky to live here! Tell us more...

"We’ve measured a route from the car park, through the Smalltown Gardens, into the shopping centre and back again and it’s a mile and a half – but that’s not including going in and out of shops." So we can get loads more exercise by going in and out of the shops too? Sounds wonderful!

"Given that an average person walking reasonably briskly will burn in the region of 90 calories a mile it soon adds up, which means that those taking part in the Retail Therapy scheme can reward themselves with a cup of tea and slice of cake in one of our cafes after an afternoon’s shopping."

So let me understand this clearly - you burn off almost a whole 150 calories by working up a sweat with all that shopping and then you reward yourself by eating 800 more in the local cafe? Yes, I think I've got that.

It's brilliant logic. You couldn't make it up...