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Humbug: Elwes inspired the character Ebenezer Scrooge CREDIT: HERITAGE IMAGES

The Man Who Inspired Scrooge

“Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it,” wrote Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol..

Vast inherited wealth did nothing to deter one Georgian gentleman from his mission to be a legendary skinflint. John Elwes was an 18th century MP who was so notorious for scrimping and saving, he made Scrooge look extravagant. Mr. Elwes was a miser in the fullest acceptation of the term, and to obtain gold there was no sacrifice that he thought too great; yet he possessed qualities and traits of amiability, that won for him, in spite of his ruling vice, the respect and friendship of many worthy men.

There can be no better example of money not buying happiness than the fabulously wealthy but unbelievably stingy John Elwes, the man widely credited with inspiring the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol .

Elwes, seems to have learnt his miserable monetary tendencies from his family. His mother inherited about £100,000 when his father died in 1718, equivalent to a couple of hundred million today, but reputedly starved herself to death because she was too mean to fork out on mundane things such as personal well-being.

The greatest influence on young John’s stinginess, however, was his desire to impress his baronet uncle, Sir Harvey Elwes. Though a typically extravagant rich youth, John changed his ways to try to curry favour with Sir Harvey, an eye on his fabulous fortune.

John Elwes (1714-1789) was born John Meggot. He was orphaned at an early age. His father, a wealthy London brewer named Robert Meggot, was a respected Southwark brewer and died when the boy was only four. His grandfather was Sir George Meggot, MP for Southwark, His mother, Amy, was the granddaughter of Sir Gervase Elwes, 1st Baronet and MP for Suffolk.

His mother, Amy Elwes, died not too long after his father. When she died, the family fortune, an estimated £100,000 (about $29 million today), passed to her son. With her death, he inherited the family estate including Marcham Park at Marcham in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), purchased by his father in 1717.

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Nigel Farage pours scorn on London Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan

The infiltration of Islam into western cultures continues as they take positions of power and further extend the Muslim reach.

Nigel Farage has accused Sadiq Khan of hypocrisy after the Mayor of London invited ambassadors from countries which impose immigration bans on Israelis to City Hall.

At the meeting the Mayor slammed President Trump’s ‘cruel, prejudiced and counterproductive’ policy of banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

But representatives from Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen – which do not allow entry to Israelis – were all welcomed at the reception last night.

Former UKIP leader Mr Farage branded Mr Khan a hypocrite on Twitter and asked why he ‘did not oppose’ those bans.

It’s like we are living in a parallel universe.  The media, once the filter on the political hype is busily amplifying the lies because anything that’s anti-Trump is justified.  Why?  Because Trump has called the media out as liars, and now it’s all on. Read more »

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6759279_f520When Beer Flooded the Streets of London…

A Bizarre Industrial Accident Resulted in the Release of a Beer Tsunami onto the Streets around Tottenham Court Road

An unlimited, free supply of beer – it sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But when it is over one million litres in volume and in a tidal wave at least 15 feet high, as it was in the London Beer Flood on 17 October 1814, the prospect seems less appealing.

Two hundred and two years tomorrow, a broken vat at the Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road flooded the local area with porter, a dark beer native to the capital, killing eight people and demolishing homes.

George Crick, the clerk on duty, told a newspaper what happened:

“I was on a platform about 30 feet from the vat when it burst. I heard the crash as it went off, and ran immediately to the storehouse, where the vat was situated. It caused dreadful devastation on the premises – it knocked four butts over, and staved several, as the pressure was so excessive. Between 8 and 9,000 barrels of porter were lost.”

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The UKs most hated word is not fit for publication

When words like ' Islam' topped the rankings in the United Kingdom, the organizers were forced to call off the #OneWordMap initiative.

According to its blog, despite thousands of people taking part, Oxford Dictionaries was forced to axe its #OneWordMap initiative due to ‘severe misuse. (Photo: Pixabay)


The Oxford Dictionary ran a campaign in the UK to find out which English word was most hated. The politically correct did not like what they found out so the campaign was abruptly cancelled. As always when people try to hide the truth there will be a backlash to get the truth out. I think we in New Zealand should be aware of what this hated word is. We should not only know what it is we should ask searching questions about why it is that this word has inspired so much hatred. I am glad that the word that is hated is not personal and does not refer to an individual. This hatred is not directed at people but at the ideas and laws that this word represents.

If you want to find out what this word is that was so hated and politically incorrect that the campaign was halted, click read more.

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Bruce the Wandering Whale in London

Let me preface this episode by stating that this stop on the whirlwind tour of Europe was primarily at my daughter’s request – I had no real want/need to go back to London, having lived there some thirty years ago. That said, I did enjoy seeing the places I spent most of my time back then.

The immigration queues were as bad (if not worse) than I remember. Back then, this poor Kiwi boy, travelling on a Kiwi passport could only join one of three queues: UK Passport Holders, EEC Passport Holders and Others. This meant that I was always the last one back on the bus, since everyone I travelled with seemed to have either a UK passport or a Patriality stamp.

So, the queue system has slightly improved. There are now only two: UK/EU Passports and Others. No guesses as to which was the longest queue. And unsurprisingly, the bulk of those in the Others queue were obviously from the Middle East. It took us about 45 minutes from joining the queue to getting through.

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“The sinister cloaks of those who would see me hang fill the streets I grew up in”

Milo Yiannopoulos says goodbye to London and explains why. Europe has changed forever and that change makes me more determined than ever to be as offensive and provocative and challenging as I have to be. I am not naturally offensive but my truth telling is labelled offensive and provocative by our MSM who seem determined to usher in our new overlords as soon as possible. If a gay fabulous, libertarian conservative like Milo is prepared to take on the establishment head on then what excuse do I as a heterosexual mother of two have for cowardice?

I’m leaving London tomorrow, perhaps for the last time, and I can’t say I’m sad. This isn’t my city any more.

I first thought my long absence was the source of my malaise. I’ve been feeling this niggling sense of unease, as though either I had changed or London had changed — as though we didn’t really know each other any more. I worked it out in the end. What’s wrong with London is what’s wrong with every major European city now. It’s Islam.

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Members of the Cambridge spy ring. (Photo by Katie Engelhart from the National Archives, London)

Members of the Cambridge spy ring. (Photo by Katie Engelhart from the National Archives, London)

Britain’s Most Infamous Spies Were Drunk and Loose-Lipped

On May 25, 1951, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess disappeared.

Four days later, Maclean’s wife rang the UK Foreign Office, where both men worked, to report that her husband was missing. Security Service investigators would later report that Mrs. Maclean was “rather more annoyed than disturbed” about his departure. Asked why she thought Donald might have fled the UK, she was evasive — “except to say that when under the influence of drink he did the most extraordinary things.”

It would be five years before the two men resurfaced publicly — in the heart of Soviet Moscow.

And so began the greatest real-life spy-thriller in modern British history. Soon after they skipped town, Burgess and Maclean were exposed as Soviet spies: double-agents who had been feeding intel to the Kremlin for years, after being recruited from Cambridge University in the 1930s. The two men, along with three associates, would come to be known as the “Cambridge Spy Ring” or “Cambridge Five.”

Back in London, the Foreign Office professed to be dumbfounded. The spies had been slick in their operating. And nobody had seen it coming. So the story goes — or went.

Signs of Burgess and Maclean’s treachery and ineptitude were manifest and many, and tended to involve inordinate amounts of liquor.

In January 1951, Maclean got wasted a party and admitted to being a card-carrying Communist. “Of course you know I am a Party member,” he slurred. “Have been for years.”

Around that time, officials became aware that Maclean had suffered “a sort of nervous breakdown in Cairo,” while on diplomatic assignment. He had been involved in a “drunken brawl” and broken the leg of a colleague.

Meanwhile, Burgess had been reported to MI5 for “irresponsible and indiscreet behaviour” — and had been pressured to resign from his post after numerous incidents of “loose talk.” He had a tendency to leave sensitive documents lying around, unattended.

Nevertheless, the two men were maintained in their high-level posts: Maclean, as head of the Foreign Office’s American Department, and Burgess as a diplomat with the Far Eastern Division.

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London’s new Mayor is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma


The anti Israel mainstream media seem as confused by Sadiq Khan as I am. Like a typical labour politician he has immediately made an issue of gender equality by appointing women to three top roles.

Khan — who promised to “put the fight for gender equality” at the heart of his mayoralty — had already announced his statutory deputy is Joanne McCartney, meaning three of his four deputies are women. 

What has bamboozled the media and confused me is his apparent support for Israel. The media support the vicious BDS movement which has cost so many Palestinians their jobs. They cannot understand why Khan would support Israel. If a non-Muslim mayor had done this the press would have ripped him apart but because he is Muslim they are caught between a rock and a hard place. No reporter wants to be accused of racism or Islamophobia, since that is exactly what Khan’s opposition was accused of in the lead up to the election.
What really amuses me is the reporter’s concern that he is not being ‘ inclusive, ‘ because her idea of being inclusive is supporting Muslims not pro-Israel Jews. It is only okay to support minority rights if they are Muslims is the message I get from her article.

What I want to know, is whether Khan is genuinely pro-Israel or whether this is a political attempt to improve the Labour party’s image, given the anti-Semitic scandal that has so recently rocked them? He really is an enigma. One thing I do feel certain of is his ambition. Sadiq Khan has his eye on the leadership of the Labour party and the way he is going he just might achieve it
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White Britons now the minority in London



The Labour Party’s push to increase immigration has changed London’s population. The National census which looked at change over a decade has revealed that London’s racial and religious mix has changed significantly. Christians used to make up 58 percent of the population but now they have dropped to 48 percent. In only ten years Muslims have increased from 8 percent to 12 percent. In contrast Hindus only make up 5 percent, Jews 2 percent and Buddhists 1 percent.

Only days ago London has voted in its first ever Muslim Mayor and now the census has revealed that White Britons have dropped from 58 percent of London’s population to 45 percent, an astounding drop of 13 percent in only ten years. Is this White flight or have migrants simply outnumbered them thanks to the Labour Party’s immigration policies?

Half of London’s foreign born residents arrived between 2001 and 2011, reflecting the surge in immigration under Labour and the first years of David Cameron’s premiership.

For those who may think that it is racist to comment on the changing face of London consider this. What if it was the capital city of China or Japan and ethnic Chinese and Japanese had become the minority? That is a big deal. Japan and China are Asian countries just as England is a European country. Imagine if an African country’s capital city now had ethnic black Africans in the minority? When the native population becomes the minority then a country has been colonised and it will never be the same again. This is history being made.

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London votes for its first Muslim mayor


Sadiq Khan has been elected London’s first Muslim mayor, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party.

Khan, the 45-year-old who grew up in public housing in inner city London and is the son of a bus driver, beat Conservative Zac Goldsmith (41), the son of a billionaire financier. […] Read more »