Friday, December 17, 2010
I'm never quite sure that Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen are taking this - or anything else - entirely seriously.
"As the years passed, and I grew older, Mama did too"
Mama Hated Diesels, from "Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites".
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
2) There's a lot of corruption in Africa
3) and Russia
4) and all those '-stan' states that used to be Soviet
5) Blair's outreach to Muslims after 7/7 made little progress. Obviously greater efforts and concessions are called for.
6) African leaders love Chinese investment - no seminars on capacity building, no human rights debate, not much in the way of talk at all, they just crack on and build whatever it is.
7) our electric bills are about to go through the roof to enable our Government's (and the EU's) green fantasies. Stand by for more frozen pensioners as another tenner a week goes onto electric bills.
Monday, December 13, 2010
a) the most unlikely juxtaposition of names since Racquel Welch's son married Fred Truman's daughter - I would love to have seen those wedding photos .
b) too gossipy to blog. We cover the serious stories here, dammit - like Charlie Gilmour setting alight several copies of Socialist Worker (which would be a praiseworthy act, were they not against the wooden door of a Whitehall building).
Norm's not so proud.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
At least one person was killed and two were injured yesterday in two explosions in central Stockholm that caused panic among Christmas shoppers.A Swedish news agency said it had received an email warning, ahead of the explosions, in which a threat made against Sweden and its population was linked to the country's military presence in Afghanistan. The TT agency said the warning, which comprised sound files in Swedish and Arabic, was also sent to Sweden's security police (SAPO) and was received 10 minutes before the blasts. It also referred to caricatures of the prophet Mohammed by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who became the subject of death threats and at least one assassination plot after cartoons appeared in a Danish newspaper.If it is true that the deceased nail-carrier is an Islamist who appears to have gone off prematurely (always a hazard for a shy young man in liberated Sweden), and that the car bomb was the traditional petrol and gas canister type which failed so dismally to take out any 'dancing slags' in London just before the Glasgow Airport attacks, then the Swedes can at least take confidence from their incompetence - and go back to reading Stieg Larsson and worrying about the 'far-right'.
The first explosion at around 5pm local time, near the busy shopping street of Drottinggatan in the centre of the Swedish capital, was in a car containing gas canisters. The dead man was found at the site of the second blast about 300 metres away. Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the man was carrying pipe bombs, as well as a backpack full of nails, although this was not confirmed by the authorities. "The car exploded with a series of minor explosions and there was also some kind of explosion close to where we found the dead man," Ulf Johansson, a police spokesman, told the BBC. "We need more investigation and of course we need more witnesses to give us the information of what actually has happened."