The day that was

Frankly, knackered. Big build day today, very pleased, can only work 8-12, then early evening. Sun too fierce on deck, epoxy coagulates. 8-12 coz it’s cooler and later – neighbours/noise precludes much.

Blogging – got one post up but have now pegged out. Shall just read any comments and then crash. My step-father’s birthday in heaven today. Have lit a candle. Don’t know why but they say it helps.…

The Beeb is only putting the Hamas bollox as fact

Now look, there’s some utter bollox being written.

The Beeb report is “according to a Gaza spokesman”. No attempt at balanced fact finding, no attempt at balanced analysis. Any killing of any civilian is bad, which is why Israel avoids it.

Prior to the IDF’s attack on the Wafa hospital yesterday, an anti-tank missile was fired at Israeli troops from within one of the hospital’s structures, the IDF says. The hospital is empty of patients and doctors since July 17. Two militants were killed in the IAF strike, which also targeted a structure near the hospital which was used by militants as a command center and an ammo storage-room. (Gili Cohen)

Let’s stop and draw breath. Israel, as it has done all along, warned people to get out. They were warned the beach would be strafed, they were warned all the way along the line. The UN hospital was warned and Hamas cleared it of people on July 17th and it was empty.…

The scientific method requires honesty – especially on climate


This from haiku comes with the rejoinder: “We can’t get the facts to fit – so ignore the facts.”

Where do we start? I’m going to trot out that old quote always appropriate for these occasions – the Sergeant Holcombe:

Perry Mason, advocate, had just finished pointing out an anomaly in Sergeant Holcombe’s evidence in a murder trial and now asked, ‘Does that seem logical to you?’

Sergeant Holcombe hesitated a moment, then said, ‘Well, that’s one of those little things. That doesn’t cut so much ice. Lots of times you’ll find little things which are more or less inconsistent with the general interpretation of evidence.’

‘I see,’ Mason said. ‘And when you encounter such little things, what do you do, Sergeant?’

‘You just ignore ’em,’ said Holcombe.

‘And how many such things have you ignored, Sergeant, in reaching your [current] conclusion?’

This blog and all who sail on her believe in the scientific method – not the academic method or any other – but the scientific method.…

And this is why they shouldn’t be near the running of anything

There were so many levels on which that revolting creature in his purple checked suit should not have been dredged up out of oblivion to bung on his Scottish accent and inflict this on the world.

First and foremost, it was an offence against public order – a sex act performed on international TV in prime time. I’d expect to take him into custody for that – it’s probably worth a couple of years in choky minimum.

Did anyone see a normal deep snog between normal people? No, of course not – they keep that for their own home. They have some decency, which this person obviously lacks, along with his side of politics. The smugness with which he’d be celebrating his outrage later – didn’t we show the world – is equally as nauseating.

Which comes to the second point. There is a sizeable number in the world, Catholic countries in particular, for ordinary Muslims too, for the older population in our own country, for whom that was deeply offensive.…

The rivetting opening ceremony

Don’t have a TV. Commonwealth Games ceremony sounds as if it was a real ripsnorter, a triumph of Scottishness:


Is there anyone actually in the stands?

# This is the opening ceremony that everyone was afraid that the Olympics would have.

#  Come back Pitbull…all is forgiven!

# Rod’s wearing hair by Gloria Hunniford, skin by World Of Leather and blazer by Bacofoil.

# Why oh why are we being subjected to people telling us all about scotland when they dont live here e.g john barrowman – hasnt lived here for 20 years, billy connelly – has lived in america for 30 years, rod stewart….isnt scottish at all.

# As each team comes in, the announcer shouts “Come on in”, which is a Scottish saying, we’re told. “Come on in, Maldives.”

# At least the athletes have arrived to fill the space up a bit! Is it over yet?

Well, you know, the Beeb version is a bit different.…