Photo Of The Day

Photo: Opium Museum  Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City's Chinatown in 1925.

Photo: Opium Museum
Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City’s Chinatown in 1925.

Opium Dens

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Role model To Youth Dies

Felix Dennis is the sort of character  children should aspire to be when they are taught in school to work hard and success in life will follow.  Of course this is total nonsense.  Anyone can work hard, the hardest workers are usually the ones who are so thick they actually have to as they take ten times the amount of time as capable people to do a task.  Dennis seemed to make it look completely effortless.

Dennis, who divided his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique, claimed to have become rich by “accident” and listed his other interests as “planting trees, commissioning bronze sculpture, drinking French wine and avoiding business meetings”.

What a fabulous approach to life.  Everyone should do their best to avoid business meetings.  They are like all boring things –  for other people.

I wasn’t a great follower of Felix Dennis and his life but I admire him for one piece of history he owns:

Dennis is credited with having been the first person to say the word ‘c**t’ on live British television, on 7 November 1970 edition of David Frost’s The Frost Programme. When Frost referred to guest Jerry Rubin as a “reasonable man”, Dennis, sitting in the audience, jokingly shouted out that Rubin was the “most unreasonable c**t I’ve ever known in my life”.

Fabulous.  As is this quote about how accidental his love life was:

When people ask my current companion, Marie France, how she ended up with me after all that, she says, ‘I waited until the others went away’.

He writes about why he never married which is the most logical and concise reasoning I have read on the topic:

“I should have liked to get married, but over many decades I have lived essentially alone. I go to sleep when I’m tired, get up when I wake up, have my food prepared when I’m hungry. I can’t bear the thought that I’d have to coincide, make an effort. People say it’s never too late. How wrong they are. It’s way, way, way too late”.

Couldn’t be bothered.


Photo Of The Day

Photo: Grace Robertson OBE  Clapham Women's Pub Outing, London, 1956

Photo: Grace Robertson OBE
Clapham Women’s Pub Outing, London, 1956

You Can Choose To Live In the Front Row or the Third Row

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Whoops, attempts at reducing climate footprint have massively increased air pollution in London

You may have heard of Anthropogenic Global Warming or that man is to blame for the warming of the planet. It’s a fallacy but many in governments around the world have bought the spin and so they pass laws to improve our carbon output.

Now we have Climate Scientist caused pollution…because in reducing the carbon footprint they have massively increased other pollutants.

Bloomberg reports:

London has a dirty secret.

Levels of the harmful air pollutant nitrogen dioxide at a city-center monitoring station are the highest in Europe. Concentrations are greater even than in Beijing, where expatriates have dubbed the city’s smog the “airpocalypse.”

It’s the law of unintended consequences at work. European Union efforts to fight climate change favored diesel fuel over gasoline because it emits less carbon dioxide, or CO2. However, diesel’s contaminants have swamped benefits from measures that include a toll drivers pay to enter central London, a thriving bike-hire program and growing public-transport network.   Read more »

Labour official caught in the dunnies taking snaps


Sigh…it is always the Labour party that is caught pants down with the boys.

A Labour Party secretary in the London Borough of Croydon has been suspended after secretly filming men urinating in the toilets at the Centrale shopping centre.

David Christison, who was ward secretary for West Thornton and a former council candidate, admitted videoing and photographing men at least 30 times for sexual gratification between 2010 and 2013.  Read more »

Meh, let him jump

Bet Len does this next

Len Brown is intent on charging us for rubbish collections we already pay for in our rates and is spending like a drunken sailor on his pet projects.

He is going to need more revenue off of ratepayers, what’s the bet he is looking at solutions like this:

Councils that use spy cameras to enforce parking rules are making nearly nine times more in motorists’ fines than authorities which do not use them.

Official figures show that councils which are using CCTV to enforce parking rules made ÂŁ49.35 per household last year.

This compares to just ÂŁ5.69 per household in councils which do not have them. The figures come ahead of a consultation on a ban to stop councils using cameras to snap people parking illegally, which closes next week.

Government figures show a quarter of councils in England – 70 out of 288 – currently use CCTV cameras to enforce parking rules.

This often means that drivers who unwittingly park in a loading bay can receive a fine through the post weeks later.    Read more »

Map of the Day

Simplified Map of London

A (very?) Simplified Map of London


So fake and far fetched it’s frickin’ funny: The fraud of emotive campaigning

I was watching TV last night and saw an ad come on which I started thinking was a bit of a piss take. Turns out I was right, even if the effect it had wasn’t intentional. This ad by Greenpeace encapsulates almost everything I hate about the communist  socialist  Green movement. One thing I can’t stand is emotive campaigning which is so often used by the far left, and captures so many of those targeted people who have trouble keeping their emotions in check over rational thought and logical common sense. These are the kind of tactics that could get a potential left wing government into power.  Not so much the major party, but the coattail riders like the Green Party whom would be required to get the numbers. To get those numbers isn’t too hard, just throw around a bit of emotional abuse to make people feel guilty about something that never has, or never will happen, BINGO: there goes your votes.

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Looks like Global Warming is giving it a miss again

Several news items suggest that despite the moaning and propaganda of the warmists it appears that global warming is nowhere to be seen, even in the summer of the Antarctic.

An Antarctic-bound ship spent Christmas awaiting rescue after the ship became wedged in thick sheets of sea ice.

The ice-breaker Akademik Shokalski set sail for the sub- Antarctic and Antarctica from Bluff on a mission of science and discovery, which sailed on November 28.

The month-long Australasian Antarctic Expedition is following in the footsteps of explorer and scientist Sir Douglas Mawson, one century on.

Central Otago woman Nicole Kerr is one of the crew members.

Omakau-raised Ms Kerr was on board the Akademik Shokalski as a chef.

The ship had been on a multi-day tour from New Zealand to visit several sites along the edge of Antarctica.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a distress call on this morning, notifying the rescue co-ordination centre that the ship was trapped in ice and would need help.

It is not known how long the ship has been unable to break free from the ice floes.   Read more »