“Bugger that for a game of soldiers!”

A damn close run thing: 200 years on, this amazingly restored model shows the full extent of the Battle of Waterloo – and how many did not survive the day. An enormous diorama which shows the full extent of the Battle of Waterloo has gone on display to mark the 200th anniversary of the conflict.      Click on pic’s to enlarge.2761238900000578-3030264-image-m-8_1428539949900The model contains more than 30,000 figures, and illustrates all the key moments of the battle which allowed the Duke of Wellington to defeat Napoleon’s forces. 275D9ACC00000578-3030264-image-m-33_1428493292285It was built in the 1970s, but fell into disrepair before being restored to its former glory just in time for the battle’s bicentenary, which falls on June 18 of this year.

You’d need the patience of a saint to dust and assemble the whole diorama; “Bugger that for a game of soldiers!”  I ain’t no saint – though I ain’t no devil neither…    Yours Aye.

The Dictator in Chief – Fail.

0BCFF21100000514-3029999-image-a-44_1428508760698Texan District Judge, Andrew Hanen – refuses to lift injunction on Obama’s action that shields millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

The U.S. Justice Department went to the Federal judge to ask him to lift the hold on the policy that was put in place in February.
But District Judge Andrew Hanen refused to set aside his earlier decision at the request of 26 states that oppose Obama’s plan. The latest ruling bars the Obama administration from implementing the policy that would allow as many as five million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to remain.

The socialist ‘Dictator in Chief’ thinks he is infallible – I trust this result was a swift kick in the cajones for him… It is hoped the swift kick is just one of many, many, more to come.    Yours Aye.

What have the Roman’s done for us?

What have the Roman’s done for us – apart from sanitation, medicine, indoor heating, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health! It appears they also gave us strains of tuberculosis, according to Geneticists at the University of Warwick!   With apologies to Monty Python, and Brian; “Who is not the Messiah – he’s a very naughty boy.”       Yours Aye.

Boston bomber GUILTY!

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of using a weapon of mass-destruction that caused the deaths of three young people at the 2013 Boston marathon.article-3030519-2760EECD00000578-428_964x400 The verdict, which was reached after nearly 12 hours of deliberations over two days, was read out in U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday. The 21-year-old had been charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack after planting two home-made shrapnel-packed bombs near the finishing line of the marathon. He faces a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. Two women and an eight-year-old boy were killed – and 16 others were seriously wounded – when the two homemade pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the marathon in April 2013.   A chilling photograph (centre) shows Tsarnaev stood behind his murder victim Martin Richard, 8-years-old.

Without further ado – the guilty Barsteward should now be taken away and executed… Yours Aye. 

Judge, Jury, and Executioner…

Charged with murder: White South Carolina cop shot unarmed black man FIVE TIMES in the back, handcuffed the body and didn’t deliver CPR while ‘planting weapon at his side’ – and claimed he feared for HIS life.**COMPOSITE**Incendiary footage emerged yesterday evening showing Patrolman Michael Slager, 33, firing shot after shot into the back of 50-year-old Walter Scott as he fled over a grassy lot in North Charleston, South Carolina. He then handcuffed his body and stood over him (top left) as back-up arrived. Scott, a father-of-four and Coast Guard veteran (top right in uniform) had reportedly been pulled over for a broken tail light. The officer claims Scott then ran away, at which point he tried to Taser him, but said Scott managed to wrestle the stun gun away – prompting him to draw his pistol.

Scott gets a few yards away before Slager opens fire – seven shots in quick succession then an eighth, with three of them missing. After the video emerged, the officer was charged with murder. He is pictured far top-right in his jailhouse mug shot. An outraged representative of Scott’s family said: ‘This was a cop who felt like he could get away with just shooting anybody that many times in the back.’ 

What chance does anyone stand when the police act as – Judge, Jury, and Executioner… Surely to Gawd – something has to change.      Yours Aye.

Assassination in London…

article-3029468-2759D56100000578-715_308x368A Syrian preacher at a fundamentalist mosque was shot dead in broad daylight on a London street yesterday in a ‘suspected’ assassination by his country’s regime.

Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, a fierce critic of president Bashar al-Assad, was found slumped in a Volkswagen Passat with wounds to his chest in the suburban street at 11:15am. An air ambulance was called but he was declared dead at the scene in Wembley half an hour later.

Regardless of who was responsible – London will have to brace itself, as tit-for-tat killings will follow just as night follows day.  Yours Aye.

Five dollar insanity…

2759394300000578-3028993-Matthew_Kenney_smoked_Flakka_and_then_ran_naked-m-18_1428422923899A Florida man who was high on a designer drug called ‘Flakka’ stripped and ran naked through traffic in Fort Lauderdale to escape from imaginary killers who he believed stole his clothes and wanted to murder him. Matthew Kenney, 34, told police he smoked Flakka before he streaked though traffic early on Saturday evening while only wearing a pair of sneakers. 

Once ingested, the drug causes a feeling of euphoria, hallucinations and sometimes psychosis or even superhuman strength. The high lasts for a couple of hours and users are left with a strong desire to use again.MS 2000 Zoom

Having led a sheltered life (I’ve never smoked or done any type of illegal substance) - I was left wondering if a Taser would bring down a ‘Flakka’ user? No doubt we will be seeing the same upon our own inner city streets soon! Oh for the days when bath salts were made by Epsom.  Thank Gawd I live in east Yorkshire where a legal high comes from a bloody good pint of bitter – or two  more.   Yours Aye.

One eyed King

27510FB500000578-3026468-image-a-10_1428304631117‘He has a special sense of humour': Taliban publishes bizarre biography of ‘charismatic’ one-eyed leader Mullah Omar in the hope it will stop members leaving to join ISIS. The Afghan Taliban has published a bizarre biography of their ‘charismatic’ supreme leader Mullah Omar – praising the one-eyed terrorist’s ‘special’ sense of humour and love of grenade launchers. 

In a clear attempt to counter the growing influence of ISIS in the central Asian country, the Taliban propaganda release lavished praise on the extremist in celebration of his 19th year as leader. The Taliban have reportedly seen defections to ISIS recently, with some insurgents expressing their disaffection with the one-eyed warrior-cleric who has not been seen since the 2001 US-led invasion. The biography, posted just after midnight on the Taliban’s main website, described Mullah Omar as being actively involved in ‘jihadi activities’, dispelling speculation that he died long ago.

In the words of Erasmus of Rotterdam; “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.”   Yours Aye.

Half a pint of dockyard confetti

100 migrant stowaway’s try to smuggle themselves into Britain each day!Calais-568626 Assaults on the UK’s porous border are now so frequent the epidemic is now a national security crisis, critics said last night. In the nine months to December last year, 30,000 migrants were seized attempting to enter the UK illegally – a 57 per cent rise on the year before.English_flintlock_blunderbuss Figures obtained by the Daily Express show 19,003 “clandestine passengers” were seized at juxtaposed controls in 2013/14.

Time enough to flood the Channel tunnel! Until then – a mandatory shotgun rider should be stationed atop each juggernaut, armed with a blunderbuss charged with half a pint of dockyard confetti…       Yours Aye.

Poisoning young minds.

100 Islamist teachers could be banned from schools - after investigation into their links with Trojan Horse scandal found dozens claiming Lee Rigby’s murder was a hoax.Operation Trojan Horse allegationsIt is understood a teaching watchdog is working on possible disciplinary cases against current and former staff members at some schools in Birmingham where extremist Islamic views were being forced on pupils and staff. This includes allegations an al-Qaeda style video featuring masked gunmen was copied in a classroom and teachers punished pupils by making them kneel on tiles.

More than 50 teachers – called the Park View Brotherhood – also allegedly exchanged as many as 3,000 messages in a WhatsApp group which included offensive comments about British soldiers and claimed the murder of soldier Lee Rigby was a hoax. Park View School in Birmingham was one of the schools placed in special measures after inspectors found systemic failings in safeguarding pupils against extremism – up to 100 teachers are now being investigated

Not only is the poison spread within their own homes, they also spoon feed the same within their own education system. Is it any wonder brainwashed Muslim youths runaway to join ISIS….       Yours Aye.

Darwin award nominee extraordinaire…

Taser’s are supposed to offer people protection, but for one dim-witted youngster there was one person even the most powerful stun gun couldn’t protect him against – himself. Dangelo Conner, from New York, filmed himself messing around with the powerful weapon in a friend’s apartment, first waving it around, then sending volts coursing through a Coke can. His antics all went horribly wrong after he decided to electrocute a gold bracelet while he was still holding it, sending the current through his hand and into his body.     A worthy Darwin Award Nominee.    Yours Aye

Dangelo Conner, from New York, recorded himself shocking a Coke can before zapping a gold bracelet he was holding, sending his body into spasms while his friends laughed.

Inspire, motivate, challenge, cheat!

article-3021915-273A332A00000578-362_636x382Atlanta cheating scandal teachers go to cells in hand-cuffs: Eleven educators face up to 20 years in prison for inflating their students’ test scores to get bonus money for their schools . . . and for themselves. The Atlanta teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a wide-ranging conspiracy on students’ standardized tests. They were motivated by pressure to meet federal and local standards, to receive bonuses or keep their jobs in the Atlanta Public Schools district of about 50,000 students, according to prosecutors.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King. Standards are slipping across the board – on both sides of the pond…  Yours Aye.

Imitation-the sincerest form of flattery

2735B90300000578-3022369-Donckerwolke_posted_a_comment_on_Lincoln_designer_David_Woodhous-m-50_1427937832599‘Would you like us to send you our tools?’ Scathing Bentley executive claims new Lincoln Continental is a blatant ‘copy’ of his $200,000 car. 

Bentley Motors’ top designer criticised Ford’s new Lincoln Continental on Facebook and called the model that was unveiled this week at the New York auto show a ‘copy’. 272457D100000578-3022369-A_Lincoln_spokesman_dismissed_the_Bentley_designer_s_criticism_a-m-49_1427937818771

Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke apparently thought the new Lincoln Continental luxury saloon shared too many similarities with the Bentley Flying Spur.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Until it comes to selling cars…      Yours Aye.

The Girl From Ipanema

Helo_PinheiroThe song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now Helô Pinheiro – right), a nineteen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in the fashionable Ipanema district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Daily, she would stroll past the popular Veloso bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles. In the winter of 1962, the composers watched the girl pass by the bar, and it is easy to imagine why they noticed her—Helô was a five-foot eight-inch brunette, and she attracted the attention of many of the bar patrons. The rest is history – in Ipanema.  

Tall and tanned and young and lovely
the girl from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes
each man she passes
goes Aaah!

When she moves it’s like a samba
that swings so cool and sways so gently
that when she passes
each man she passes
goes Aaah!

Oh – but he watches so sadly
How – can he tell her he loves her
He – would just give his heart gladly

But each day when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead not at he

Tall and tanned and young and lovely
the girl from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes
he smiles
but she doesn’t see
no she doesn’t see
she just doesn’t see…

It may be a few of days into Spring with the sun shining brightly each day, but; a bitter cold 45 mph wind blasting down from the North of England cuts deep into the bone when one has to repair torn felt on a wooden cabin for a pair of hours. So what better way to chill out than with a large rum – a roaring log fire, and The Girl From Iponema…      Yours Aye.

 (For a super chill session with a bottle of Pusser’s rum, there’s always the 10 hour version!)

Plainclothes dinosaur with a badge…

272BB70C00000578-0-image-a-24_1427819310568A plainclothes police officer (left) was caught on camera as he screams at a New York Uber driver (right) while pounding on his car. After pulling the man over for a traffic violation, the cop yells at one point; “I don’t know where you’re coming from, where you think you’re appropriate in doing that; that’s not the way it works. How long have you been in this country?” This after the driver reportedly beeped at the cop and went around him when he failed to signal that he was backing into a parking spot. The officer also mocks the driver’s accent throughout over his pronunciation of certain words.

An arrogant – ignorant – bullying – barsteward hiding behind his badge that should now be revoked. Harrumph!      Yours Aye.