Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Robert Fisk, trenchant as ever.

Steve Bell.

A good interview with one of the dudes from Ozomatli, the acceptable face of hip hop.

I found this site full of gruesome pictures on mefi and I wish I hadn't. I do not reccommend looking at it, unless you are pro war, in which case I think you should.

I have to admit to some ambivalence about this war. I remain anti, and wish it would stop right now, however given that this is unlikely to happen, I have been rooting for our boys. If war there must be, then I would want the so called coalition to win, and win quickly. I feel terrible when one of ours gets killed, even if it was one of his mates that did it, then I remember that there is no need for them to be there, and that if they hadn't invaded someone elses country no would be shooting at them, not even their own side.
I get a bit tired of the triumphalism of the varied Hooray Henrys representing the British forces to the media. While telling us they are the best equipped in the world and ideally suited to urban warfare they are shhoting the bollocks off one another whille leaving thirs behinds horribly exposed to attacks by Iraquis left behind in towns that they didn't quite get around to securing.
But...but but but, patriotism kicks in and I cannot help feeling proud, sickened, ashamed, but nevertheless, proud.

There seems to be some dispute about the authenticity of Raed, I am happy to give him the benefit of the doubt, essential reading.
This chap has tried to check old raeds authenticity, as has this one.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Blogpatrol has closed down, very sad but the guy gives good advice, just because you can build a website doesn't mean you should.

Redeem us from this shame.
I have watched many hours of coverage of this war across all news channels and have seen no coverage of yesterdays protests. Welcome to year zero.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Good to see that Raed is still able to blog, so far.

Hostilities have begun but we are not at war.If I think too much about that I might just pop a vein.

The Sydney Morning Herald gives the Australian government some stick, they might just as well be talking about ours

A letter from Michael Moore to George, it is as you would expect it to be no more no less, he does comment though that gas is now 2 dollars. I expect he means petrol is now about a quid for a gallon. Poor wee dabs.

I forgot to mention the thing that my goat up about the Blues yesterday. Apparently, when Christophe Dugarry gets fouled he falls over, which makes hin the most despicable cheese eating surrender monkey who has ever set foot upon an English football field, obviously. Best not mention stout hearted Englishman Martin Keown reacting like a girl after being given a little slap in the face and getting a player sent off, or Cole, or Pires, or countless others, any others in fact, it aint crown green bleeding bowls you know!
Some of the honest pros protesting that spitting is despiscable make me chuckle. These would be the same ones we have all seen in close up letting great gobfuls fly, not to mention releasing an endless stream of snot from one nostril. Chuffin Charmers.

Talking of xenophobia, which we wern't, each and every witless commentater on ITV makes sick to my stomach. You have to watch the Spanish you know, wily bunch they are, and liable to look innocent after committing a foul. Not to be trusted.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

My PC is still in the knackers yard so blogging is next to impossible, I will still post the odd rant however, starting today.
I don't even know if the pc can be fixed yet, as I cannot pay the shop till pay day in 2 weeks, but I have caught up with significant amounts of sleep, reaquainted myself with my family and got through large amounts of print. Finished Tishimingo Blues, which is nowhere near Leonards best but is a damn good read just the same.
We had a marvelous week at Sandy Balls and came back completely refreshed, it hasn't taken long to revert to my more normal jaded and cynical state though. The good news is the FFC has fallen off a kerb and broken her leg, for which we have all offered up prayers of thanks.
The war is just about upon us and my outrage grows by the day. I am ashamed of my nation for being involved in this. Now that hostilities are set to start I am told I can longer oppose the war as it disrespects our brave boys and we all have a duty to support them. I think not, unimaginable pain and suffering is going to be visited upon hundreds of thousands of innocent people, the fact that it is our brave boys who will be responsible does nothing to make that right today, anymore than it did 6 months ago.
Jonathon Freedland is as eloquent as ever on the issue and states his case, much better than I state mine.
Clare Short has lost all credibility, the stupid cow. How she could make such a big noise and then just backtrack completely is beyond my reasoning. Unfortunately she is in a completely safe seat, so her future is secure, no one can ever trust her again, however. Steve Bell has his say. Rod Liddle gets on my nerves a bit but it is difficult not to supress a smirk when remembering what he said about Short a few weeks ago and what he has to say on the matter today. Tony Banks commented this morning that it a pity she uses the nation as a psychiatrists couch, which made me chuckle.
Blues fans with a persection complex and a chip on their shoulder (me) have had much to be chippy about lately. First Savage is painted as the villain after being nutted by the odious Dublin and now Dugarrys spit is making headlines and he is facing a abn. Villa seem to have got away with it. Gareth Barrry was malevelance personisfied all night and didn't even get booked, the little skinhead was a seething and dangerous malcontent all night and will receive a mimimal ban. Their fans got on the pitch and remained unmolested by police or security for many minutes: at least one tried to attack our fans and another confronted Savage. Yet somehow it is all our fault. My flabber is gasted.

Friday, March 07, 2003

My PC is well and truly knackered. Will stick it in to a repair shop tomorrow then depart for Sandy Balls, where I shall spend the next week, no doubt shivering and sheltering from the pissing rain.
Normal blogging will resume in about a week I hope, unless I need a new pc, then I have to start saving.

Saturday, March 01, 2003

How evil are you?
Several works by Orwell, available to read online, including Homage to Catalonia

10 overlooked questions on Iraq

A short story by Louise Erdrich

Robert Fisk: The Keys of Palestine

Watch the mardi gras, live

Make The Pie Higher: a poem made up entirely of quotes from young George.