First off, Cherie writes on Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at Broad Oak blog.  A must-read for those who like their history.

Wiggia brings us a reminder of the Yes Prime Minister lines which are relevant to the Sun’s apparent decision to drop the Page 3 titties:

Hacker: Don’t tell me about the press, I know exactly who reads the papers: The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

Breeze and Buttons

Don’t believe we’re running this at N.O. Seems more like a Cherie piece but Wiggia is presenting it in all seriousness [or is he].


Hours after his birth, Breeze was found stumbling around by a farmer.

The new-born foal had been abandoned by his mother so the farmer took him to the Devon-based Mare and Foal Sanctuary where they cared for him. What happened next is heart-warming. One of the staff put a four-foot giant Teddy Bear called Buttons into the stall with Breeze.

You wot? Is this stuff for real?…

When is “opinion” vilification?

ordinary muslimsThe vast majority of what pundits write online generally signifies not all that much in the scheme of things and thus there is a certain room to move. Occasionally though there is claimed vilification.

Immediately, the questions in law are:

1.  Was there substantiation for the vilification – evidence, stats?

2.  Was the readership of the publication large enough that it might constitute a libel?

Another consideration is:…


Faced with the need to write a policy for my personal menu in the navbar on Feminism, gays and Islam, wherever do I start with feminism? LOL.

As my N2 issue, N1 being Them, upon which, surprisingly, I’m not attacked all that much, how can I possibly get the 2000 or so posts onto one page here? Here’s a small selection:…

Islam in 2014/15

There are three issues on which I’m personally attacked the most. N1 is feminism, N2 is gays and a new one, N3, is on Islam. Each requires a page in itself.

There is a series of posts starting here plus a rebuttal here, which are worth reading to put this issue into context.

With the gay issue, I essentially said that until you’ve actually been raped in adolescence by one, your opinion is always going to be intellectual and philosophical. For those who’ve faced it in reality though, it’s very real indeed.

With Islam, it’s the same thing – unless you’ve lived with Muslims, I don’t ascribe a lot of weight to your opinion.

I was twelve years in a Muslim republic, half my friends were Muslim, I had three Muslim gfs. I’ve seen the gentle, peaceful side therefore. You don’t need to tell me there are peaceful Muslims – in Muslim republics there are.…

When a supposedly apolitical pundit allegedly condones religious hatred

ordinary muslimsThe story so far

This post is not disappearing and has not been taken down, as the main premise still remains. However, in the light of further information from Iceland Review itself, there are elements which do alter it, particularly now the editorial policy on comments and how they work has been explained.

Below therefore is the rewritten post in the light of these developments.

Iceland Review

IR is a fine journal which, in the words of its publisher, Benedikt Jóhannesson, covers:…

Monday [2]

One thing which always annoyed me was when my parents said something like, “Eat it up now, there are millions starving in the world.” I entirely failed to see the connection between me refusing to eat the eponymous and accurately named “tripe” and a geography lesson at school.

Venezuela Shortage 2

A joke currently going around Caracas, goes something like this:

Q: How do you know when it’s a good time to go grocery shopping in Venezuela?

A: Whenever you see a long line of people at a supermarket.

Sunday morning

The major personal issue for this blogger at this time is time and its allocation against the need to keep on top of things – health, home, friends, blogs etc. That mix is currently under the hammer with this longer than expected project for the non-building weeks [too cold for epoxy].

Blogging therefore is lighter, as they say in the sphere as I don’t want to come back into the building weather again with the saga still not finished and posted. It’s not just the MS itself but all the sidenotes, pis and links.

As I do the rewrite, what comes through more and more these days is how far one of the main characters is what I’d call a closet psychopath. Say psychopath and the image is the knife-wielder in Psycho but there are other types, no?

A person who is unemotional about real horror, who reacts in an intellectual rather than emotional way is, in my book, less than human and yet this is the type we want heading the fight against a huge bushfire, the one who leads the charge in an armed battle.…

The kinda woman a man needs

sophie-magdalena-13Sophie-Magdalena or 13, one of the characters from the book [click pic].

Quietly demanding,loyal to a fault as long as you are, impossible to handle otherwise, requiring the whole gamut of a man’s skills, one mistake and she hurts you, taciturn, wants things done properly, the best support a man can have [and give back to her] – my idea of feminine perfection.

Another of the major characters in the book, an agent called Ksenia, was written with a birthdate of November 19th, before I knew anything about this astrological thing.

Well, I never. She is almost exactly what the pundits say about Scorpio woman, uncannily so. And she did kill those she felt had transgressed but was also fiercely loyal.

I’ve always been close to dangerous women others are afraid of.  Often quality people.

So, not wishing this research to go to waste and sorry, girls, this is only about wimmin, here is my annotation on what most pundits agree constitute the various signs:…