"It was the relentless pursuit of beaver that opened the great Northwest."
he he he said beaver
I am serious ……..and don’t call me Shirley.
Hello, I’m back from the ‘The North’ for a brief stop over and laundry, the Panserbjørne haven’t got me yet and I’m driving back up tomorrow.
The hotel they have us in is very nice and was probably quite exclusive in its day, although it’s looking a bit ‘worn’ at present, but it still has a few pretensions of grandeur i.e it is not cheap.
There’s no bar/snack menu, everything has to be ordered off the restaurant menu and at £13.50 for what is fish & chips no matter how much you tart it up and £15.50 for a cheese burger and chips even if it is 100% Aberdeen Angus, well let’s just say there’s not much left of the ‘per diem’ if you eat in. Fortunately there’s a 2xMeals for £10 pub just down the road so that’s sorted.
But really £5.99 to watch a 31 year old film is taking the piss, did I mention there’s no free wifi either, no, if you want to connect to the net you can use the in-room ‘HI-SPEED INTERNET’ a bargain at only £4.95 for 15 minutes or £19.95 for 24 hours (and that’s clock time, not time actually connected)
So I will be travelling back with a portable hard drive loaded with movies & TV and a £10 PAYG dongle.
An amusing (to me) aside, As an exercise, we individually had to prepare and deliver a 10 minute presentation on a random subject with very little time and materials. After I’d finished the trainer seemed impressed and asked if I’d ever done any presenting before, how I chuckled [inwardly of course]
Still the breakfasts are good (and inclusive) Although I have no idea what the green stuff is doing there, perhaps it fell off a pot plant in passing.
Live Long and Prosper
I am heading North today to start my new job, the farthest north I’ve been in many years, Leeds in fact. Last time I was in Leeds was for a demo for the Miners Strike in 1984, I wasn’t personally demonstrating, but I was the only one in the students union they could find that could drive the minibus.
I will be living out of a hotel till Friday and as I don’t have a personal lap top , blogging and commentating will be by phone if at all. Just letting my loyal reader know that I haven’t abandoned him/her.
I will be oop there weekdays for the next 4-6 weeks, I probably won’t have much time for exploring, but any tips or places of interest to recommend please do so in the comments.
A friend has already given me one useful tip on how to recognise a dyslexic Yorkshireman, apparently he’ll be the one wearing the cat flap.
Much is being made of the capture and summary execution of Colonel Ghadaffi, about the fall of all such men and all the ‘Sic semper tyrannis’ that entails.
The Daily Mail even lists the downfall of The World’s Infamous Dictators …..and how they met their violent ends
It would seem being a dictator and tyrant is a pretty hazardous job or is it?
Yet they could only come up with six, of which one, Adolf Hitler committed suicide and another Saddam Hussein was executed after a trial according to the laws of his own country.
So I thought I’d take a look at how some of the other ‘Infamous Dictators’ ended their days.
|Name||Country Ruled||Where Died||Age at Death||Cause of Death|
|Idi Amin||Uganda||Saudi Arabia||78||Natural Causes|
|Jean-Bedel Bokkasa||Central African Republic||CAR after lavish exile in France||75||Natural Causes|
|Francois ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier||Haiti||Haiti (in office)||65||Natural Causes|
|Erich Honecker||East Germany||Chile||81||Natural Causes|
|Augusto Pinochet||Chile||Chile||91||Natural Causes|
|Pol Pot||Cambodia||Cambodia (after exile in Thailand)||72||Natural Causes [still debated]|
|Joseph Stalin||Russia||Russia (in office)||74||Natural Causes|
|Mao Tse Tung||China||China (in office)||82||Natural Causes|
|North Korea||North Korea (in office)||82||Natural Causes|
|Spain||Spain (in office)||82||Natural Causes|
|Enver Hoxha||Albania||Albania (in office)||76||Natural Causes|
|Marshall Tito||Yugoslavia||Yugoslavia||87||Natural Causes|
|Ferdinand Marcos||Philippines||Hawaii, USA||72||Natural Causes|
|Name||Country Ruled||Where Now||Age||Circumstances|
|Jean-Claude’ Baby Doc’ Duvalier||Haiti||France||60||Free At Large|
|Ethiopia||Zimbabwe||74||Free At Large|
|Charles Taylor||Liberia||Netherlands||63||On trial for war crimes|
|Kim Jong-Il||North Korea||North Korea (in office)||70||Supreme Leader|
|Fidel Castro||Cuba||Cuba||85||In Office|
So that’s an average age of 79 at death for some of the worst dictator's and tyrants of modern times, all of whom died pretty well taken care of.
So far from being the risky career choice that the MSM make out, being a brutal despot & tyrant is a pretty safe occupation
Makes you think
or Not Coming To These Shores EVER
TOKYO — Burger King Japan is once again holding its “B"iking campaign from Nov 1-15. It’s an all-you-can-eat Whopper campaign. If you order a Whopper set meal, you can order as many extra Whoppers as you can eat within a 30-minute period
Or if you don’t fancy that there’s always the XT Steak House
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TOKYO — XT stands for “extra thick.” The beef patty weighs 155g, compared to the 113-gram Whopper. It comes with cheese, shredded potato and grilled onions, topped with Chaliapin sauce (named after a Russian opera singer).
As part of a campaign to release the XT Steakhouse, through Oct 10, you can add your choice of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon, and egg to the burger for free, in line with Burger King’s mantra “Have it your way.”
However I might personally give the new McDonalds KBQ a miss
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The K is for Korean
In all the hoo-ha of the debate about the possibility of a Referendum on the EU, calls for three Line Whips and email campaigns to your MP’s to let him know your views.
I am always behoved to remind people of the words of Roy Hattersley MP for Birmingham Sparbrook 1964-1997 who said in 2005.
“For most of my 33 years in Westminster, I was able to resist Sparkbrook’s demands about the great issues of national policy – otherwise, my first decade would have been spent opposing all Commonwealth immigration and my last calling for withdrawal from the European Union.”
This is not a Con/Lab/Lib-Dem thing or a Left/Right thing or even a Pro/Anti EU thing . This is a Political Class against the People thing, a THEM vs. US
Always remember THEIR contempt for US is TOTAL
Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
You know when so many people use a word or a phrase over and over again in the wrong way or the wrong situation it ceases to have any meaning or connection to what it was originally intended to convey, a bit like ‘decimate’ so it seems to have happened to ‘Human Rights’
from the article
The school's head, Sashi Sivaloganathan, is said to have told Zak's parents that it was a teacher's "human right" to wear whatever they chose to school, no matter how impractical.
Mrs Marquand said: "What about my son's human rights? He has a disability, it isn't his fault he behaves the way he does."
You really want to give them a High Five
In the face
With a chair
LIVINGSTON, Mont. - Authorities say a bow hunter in southern Montana suffered serious injuries from an electric shock when he used a knife to poke a dead bear that was lying on live wires.
Bears always seem come out the loser in encounters with humans, even if they win the first round they come off worse in the end. Score one for the bears. Although If the bears planned this and it was not just happenstance it shows remarkable cunning.
And in this case succeed.
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The animal apocalypse is coming people, don’t say you weren’t warned.
So the HoP Clock Tower is off the vertical, due in some part I suppose by the river of shit that flows past it daily (and no, I don’t mean the Thames)
My solution is to knock it back upright using the cannon on an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank
There may be some collateral damage to the people inside.
But that’s a risk I’m willing to take.
After all the hoo-ha about rampaging deer
Comes this tale of a hit and run from the South African veldt, Don’t tell me that with all the space out there that this was an ‘accident’ .
h/t Scary Duck
"the ranger isn't going to like this!"
The bear apparently broke into a home at 2 a.m. Monday and grabbed food, including a birthday cake, before ambling off, according to commission spokeswoman Karen Parker.
Ha ha ha, sneaky
Wildlife officials set a trap baited with cupcakes, since this bear seems to have a sweet tooth.
Tee Hee Hee
Biologists tracking the bear say it had moved several miles south of Macclenny by Tuesday morning, and when it's captured, it will be put down.
Ah, not so funny anymore.
And as if bears didn’t have enough trouble at the moment
The Associated Press reports that Clyde Gardner, of Malone, N.Y., planned to wear the bear hide and claws to attack his ex-girlfriend and kill her, leaving no trace of his foot or fingerprints at the scene of the crime.
Genius, even Colombo would have trouble with that one
Bears have still not recovered from this
There’s a lot of fluttering amongst the Lefties and the usual suspects that Education Secretary Michael Gove has BARRED or BANNED schools from attending a Palestinian Literary Festival
Children from local schools had been invited to take part in workshops at the festival and enter a creative writing competition on the themes of human rights and children under occupation.
Who could complain about that? I wonder what the reason for barring them was?
A spokesman for the DfE said: "The Secretary of State wrote to a number of schools seeking an assurance that they were not in breach of their duty under section 407 of the Education Act 1996 requiring that where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.
That seems fine to me , I like the fact that children should not have a one sided agenda forced on them at an early age. Make your own mind up, that’s what I was taught at school.
Not anymore it seems.
"All the schools responded confirming that they are not taking part in the festival."
So they actually BANNED themselves rather than arrange ‘a balanced presentation of opposing views’ Because that would mean hearing what Israel had to say about it all and that really will not do.
BOISE -- Wildlife managers say a mule deer injured a woman near her rural Idaho home and the man who came to her rescue in an unusual, though not rare attack.
They say Sue Panter tried to play dead, hoping it would discourage the deer.
They say Sue Panter tried to play dead, hoping it would discourage the deer.
Although there is always the chance that Sue Panter is a Daily Mail Picture Sub Editor in which case it’s an easy mistake to make. Remember these are the people who can’t tell a rifle from a shotgun.
an unusual, though not rare attack.
WTF! I keep telling you dudes, animal apocalypse is coming.
A handy guide
*Specifically Grizzly Bears, all that playing dead in front of a Black Bear will get you is its thanks for not moving around whilst it’s trying to eat. This is also slightly worrying for Daily Mail Sub Editors who it seems cannot tell the difference between the two.
I know this pales compared to them posting the incorrect verdict in the Knox appeal. But it should be pointed out.
Yep, that’s a Grizzly alright, well done the photo editor for once, been watching those Animal Planet videos, good.
Let us click through and read the story
In the time it takes to click a URL, hey presto the species has changed.