Liverpool and St Helens


Belfast Telegraph:

When Cristiano Ronaldo turned to go, Anfield started to boo him and then, thinking better of it, began to applaud generously. It was not quite the standing ovation Old Trafford had given the Brazilian Ronaldo after his hat-trick for Madrid against Manchester United in 2003 but it was a sign that, however passionate, they are rarely a one-eyed crowd.

The flick of his ankle that produced Madrid’s opening goal is one of the finest Anfield will see this season and his contest with Martin Skrtel was like a Ferrari accelerating past an articulated truck. Frankly, Real had expended more sweat overcoming Ludogorets Razgrad in the previous round.

They did not have to be frighteningly good in Bulgaria but sometimes they were last night. This was the Real Madrid that went to Munich, humbled Bayern 4-0, and inflicted on Pep Guardiola what he described as the worst night of his career.

Effective action required, with immediate effect, on Muslim radicals

Mark Steyn in Canada is international in the way Andrew Bolt is in Australia – the things they say have relevance globally. Sure they’re alpha males and even in this interview, the interviewer is disagreed with in a couple of places.

Leaving all those negatives aside, the point is that much of what is going on is now global – so Australian and American kids will join ISIS, plus some from Sweden. The world culture now has the world so much in its grip that the whole global theatre comes out with a faux reality and the mindless and feckless lap it up.

I don’t mean mindless in a derogatory way here, more in a ‘victim’ way – made mindless or else just children who can’t be responsible for whom they are.

[H/T Wiggia] Insanity rules:

There is a very powerful theme running through world culture and that is that any common sense must be labelled with an -ism.…

Climactic cataclysm? Other things too …

This type of thing via haiku is always interesting to contemplate – perhaps AKH might be interested:

There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months.  Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still this light was only a feeble shadow.  Everyone declared that the sun would never recover its full light again.
Historiae Ecclesiasticae

Between the years 535 and 536, a series of major global climatic events that took place that could easily be described as a global cataclysm with catastrophic consequences. The above abstract is from the sixth century historian and church leader, John of Ephesus, in his historical work, Church Histories (‘Historiae Ecclesiasticae’).

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And methinks he makes a good point:

One thing that is quite peculiar about this global cataclysm is that it is a very little known event.

Boat – the circuits

Very, very rough diagram, with Paint and GIMP the only graphics programmes onboard:


circuits roughly


1.  The philosophy is twofold:

[i] to keep AC, DC, house lights and outboard entirely separated;

[ii] to minimize power when mechanical will cover it.  No servos, inverters etc.

Generator is earthed [or watered] via metal strip.  Outboard earthing is taken care of by manufacturer.

2. Regs say Gen, Battery and OB must all be outside cabin by at least 1 metre. First two have own storage lockers, with run-off and ventilation.  Outboard is covered and secured.  Gen only used  on open to the sides part of  cockpit which has roof.  Refuelling by putting on towpath first.

3.  As you see by the diagram, I’m no electrical engineer but one can’t be all things.

4.  Houselights have their own batteries and wind-up mechanisms and I’ve been using these at home – they work.  It also applies to heating, which is battery driven pads inside sleeping bags.…

Autumn’s in the air

Busily writing here and see we’re already up to our next post “slot” for the day. Was going to run these later in the day but let’s do it now. The Atlantic is photographically waxing all lyrical again. Via haiku:


Aspen trees on FSR 612 at North Kaibab Ranger District, near the Grand Canyon in north-central Arizona, on September 21, 2014. (David Hercher/U.S. Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest)


Bavarian farmers escort their herd during the traditional “Almabtrieb” in Bad Hindelang, about 180km (110 miles) south of Munich, on September 11, 2014. (Reuters/Michael Dalder)

A few I gathered:

Have you heard this new number I wrote?


The world turns:



rocky mountains


science teachers

Winter of discontent

On November 1st, Qualified Majority Voting supercedes UK Law and means that the EU can veto decisions in 43 areas of policy, should the parliament make those decisions. Previously, it required a unanimous vote of all countries in the union.

Let’s move on to the Ipsos Mori poll which says 56% of people now want to stay in Europe. They canvassed 1002 people whom they said were a fair representation of the UK.

An American commenter wrote:

IpsisMori’s primary client is the UK govt. This survey consisted of phoning 1002 adults (‘weighted to match the profile of the population.’) I worked for Touche Ross in management consulting – I could do exactly the same and have it come out any way the client wanted – it’s poor methodology and easy to sway. It’s only purpose is to sway folks who blindly believe in polls.

Though agreeing with that, I’d also make the point that we need to look at the overall percentages in the UK.…

Why do films today always fall short?

Hard to pinpoint why the craft of moviemaking seemed to die away sometime in the late 60s or early 70s but methinks it did largely disappear, with honourable exceptions.

Don’t get me wrong – there were very good films, e.g. Life of Brian, Indiana Jones, but the sheer artistry and the cinematography and magnificent sets, yes even the noir – they just seem from a different age.

Just been watching the making of Dr. Strangelove and as a conceptual masterpiece from woe to go, it’s hard to better. Rotten Tomatoes critics give 100%, audience 94% and certainly it did well at the box office. Plus it has a JFK byline.

Even Starwars is getting long in the tooth now. What could you match it with today – Lord of the Rings?

I’ve looked at a few Greatest lists and the films which come out on top the whole time include:

Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Godfather, Raging Bull, Third Man, Casablanca, Strangelove, 2001 – so many.…


Amfortas kindly sent me this:

… and this:

… and I didn’t respond at first, as I didn’t see where it fitted in initially.  So I had to look at the long term plan.  There are two phases for the boat.

As a canalboat

No need for navlights, so cooking is initially via generator powered AC devices and later gas canister stove, houselights are individually powered by batteries – I’ve tested these already and they work well, give long hours in LED -two lanterns are wind-up type

As well as the generator is the outboard at a pinch but I don’t want to rig that up and compromise it.

Water is via the 100 ten litre water carriers I have – one has been sitting there full for two months now – and that supplies me with enough ballast for the boat too on the canal [to stop rocking].  Remembering I have four pontoons supporting the sides as well.…

Can’t think of a title

This one has to be attributed to  and it does seem a bit bizarre.

The European Commission has suggested that a European company buy Russian gas and then re-sell it to Ukraine, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said Tuesday following trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

“We suggested the following thing: if Naftogaz is not able to pay, a European company may pay for this gas instead and then re-sell it to Naftogaz,” Oettinger said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, this one is a poll of Sun readers:


Make of that what you will.  And this one below is just a reminder that it might not be important to us but …


And as if we needed a reminder:

euro and spain