At The End of the Day

icebeer Although (like most blokes) I can only enjoy Krono lager ice cold, like most blokes over 65 I can only enjoy Krono lager ice cold if I remember to take it out of the freezer. I often write that there is no such thing as settled science, but I think the freezing point of carbonated, fermented wheat beer is more reliably set in its ways than most things in the Universe.

None of this near-inevitability, however, stops me from discovering a screwtop pushed up on an ice-column of foam about once a week. In the average male, brain cells stop renewing at the age of around 30. From roughly 45, they stop messing about: they just up and die. If you drink as much beer as I do, mass murder begins at 50. When it comes to synapses cleansing, I think by now I must be a war criminal deserving of an 8-year trial in the Hague.

We all make choices in life. My genes are (on both sides of our profoundly eccentric family) riddled with early-onset dementia. 45 years ago I owned a house in Brixton that had both rising damp and rampant woodworm. My strategy (being penniless at the time) was to pray that the damp would drown the worms. I’m hoping for the same thing when it comes to beer and genes, but not too deep down I know it doesn’t work like that.


Who said this in an Easter message today?

“Values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion and pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities. These are values we treasure. When we see Christians today in 2016 being persecuted for their beliefs in other parts of the world – we must speak out and stand with those who bravely practice their faith.”

The Pope? Kate Hoey? Anne Widdecombe? The Archbishop of Canterbury?

Nope. But I bet you can guess. Yes, it was indeed David Cameron.

I find it odd that, although George Osborne rightly changed his name from Gideon (a pious judge of the Israelites who won decisive victories against overwhelming odds) to George (a mad King) our Prime Minister has kept the name David (the shepherd boy who smote Goliath) when it is obvious he should’ve changed it to Dorian.

For David Cameron is Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray down to the last of his finely manicured fingernails. Irresponsible, sloppy, uncharitable, uncaring, dismissive of the common good, unwilling to recognise any community obligations, only Dorian Gray could be all those things, and yet drivel on about “Values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion and pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities”.

Poor CallmeDave. He really does think we like him. He truly cannot grasp that he’s been found out. That he is, regardless of social class, just one more creepy-crawly who doesn’t know how to behave….with a finger in every feigned piety, but zero awareness of the pulse of the Citizenry.


Tonight brings the news that Ant & Dec are to be offered a £30m deal to stay with ITV for another three years. Perhaps the time has come to crowd-source an alternative deal whereby Ant & Dec are offered £300m to stay off our television screens forever.

This should not be taken as snobbery on my part: I’ve always been a huge fan of Geordie Comic Bobby Thompson ‘tha littul weeasta’, and Ross Noble remains one of the best standups on the circuit. But Ant & Dec are the personification of contemporary idolisation of the ordinary.

Fine, they’re slick. But they observe nothing, they dissect nothing, they offer no insights, and they simply aren’t funny. I accept that Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are an acquired taste, but their inventive surrealism has, over the years, been a credit to Geordie comic culture. Ant & Dec are the ultimate debit card,  emptying the bank account.

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12 thoughts on “At The End of the Day

  1. But Ant and Dec draw an audience. Therefore they have the ability to distract. The circus part of “bread and Circuses” The establishment love it. Therefore they will reign for ever.

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  2. “When we see Christians today in 2016 being persecuted for their beliefs in other parts of the world – we must speak out and stand with those who bravely practice their faith.”

    The hypocrisy of this odious excresence is gag-inducing. Syria’s Christians were a thriving community that had existed since the earliest days of Christianity. The majority lived in peace under Assad’s rule, before Cameron’s Wahabbist psychos started slaughtering them en-masse.

    The Christian nun Mother Agnes-Mariam attempted to tell the truth about the situation in Homs right at the time the CIA/MOSSAD/MI6 death squads were sniping protestors and government troops in the streets back in 2011 in yet another synthetic ‘color revolution to bring Peace and Democracy’ (TM). Funnily enough, she received almost zero coverage from any Western mainstream outlets. The Wahhabi ‘freedom fighters’ on the other hand…

    ‘Je Suis Charlie’ and ‘Free Speech’ triumphs again.


  3. n an interview with the French TV station LCP, former French minister for Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas said:
    ‘’ I’m going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria.
    This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs, if I would like to participate.
    Naturally, I refused, I said I’m French, that doesn’t interest me.’’


  4. “Thus, in a letter published in January 2012 on the Dutch-Flemish Mediawerkgroep Syriëwebsite, Father Frans wrote:
    From the start, the protest movements were not purely peaceful. From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal violence of the armed rebels.
    In the same letter, Father Frans insisted that what was occurring in Syria could not be described as a “popular uprising,” since the majority of Syrians do not support the opposition and “certainly not” its armed component.
    Already in September 2011, Father Frans had made similar observations in a guest post on a Belgian blog, going so far as to accuse armed opposition groups of blaming the regime for their own acts of violence.”


  5. I see “Just say YES” Drivel is on the (pre) War Path then.

    Blurting out an over obvious & sycophantic “I love, you love” & “Do you want to be in my gang”. My arse, he’s just out to piggyback on the masses of their atrophied conceptual abilities. He’s just trying to rub noses with Dog-magnetisers. They should be poles apart!

    I hope he knows they always keep clean noses. Omni-potence I think it’s called? Apparently it pops up everywhere & on both sides at once. That might need a rethink, differing profit margins this time. Just waiting for the uniting cry of “We are all in it together”… I’m sure they will see the light & the truth of the words as he walks over the top, wile the rest are in it too but a lot deeper.

    I quite admire his ability to keep everything extremely simple, that way there’s no room for plans to go awry.

    That sounds reassuringly familiar too!


  6. @Postkey

    Thank you for the link to Fr. Frans. I have a clear memory of listening to Webster Tarpley’s reports from Homs in late 2010. He was one of very few Western journalists actually on the ground. It was partly the disconnect between his reporting and that of the MSM that led me to the realisation that I was being continually lied too, even by the BBC and Graun – both organs I had previously considered to be a flawed, but generally reliable sources. Once I ventured down that particular rabbit hole, there has been no turning back. Once the game plan of the U.S./NATO/Israeli deep states is known, their meddling becomes increasingly easy to spot. Blanket coverage of a particular ‘democratic/color revolution’ in the owned MSM is the fresh spoor that betrays their involvement.

    Following so hard upon the heels of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya I came to the conclusion that the stated aims of the Jeremys running the West must be completely at odds with their true objectives. The chaos created by the Neocon/Neolib RTP bollocks was evidence enough.

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  7. Cameron spouts such rubbish. Does he not know in which country he lives? Not long ago, he was talking about UK being a Christian country — yet half of its inhabitants either profess no faith at all, or belong to the minorities called ‘other’. And the ‘Christian’ values of which he talked are equally shared by citizens of any faith and none: “Values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion and pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities”. Indeed, the only ones who don’t seem to subscribe to those values are Cameron and his cabinet — especially the bit about “working for the common good and honouring the social obligations”.

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  8. Thirty million for what ?. Just shows what messed up sense of values our society has these days, frittering money away on film flam, with total disregard for skills we need.


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