Liquid black stuff & Irish boxing

Ladies & Gentlemen – for your entertainment I present here before you a single 6 minute round of Irish drunk boxing. In the black top we have ‘Patrick McTippleover’ and in the blue top – ‘Flattely McBumcrack.’ You will be amazed by their fancy shuffling footwork, as well as the powerful wind pressure from missed strikes – that still manages to bowl over each boxer. At 3 minutes 45 seconds the Garda Síochána na hÉireann declare their interest, and transform the boxing match into a no holds barred tag team tussle. The ‘Guardians’ are wearing matching yellow day glow tops! SPOILER: The ‘Guardians’ tag team won!

If memory serves me well, I would say the street entertainment took place outside of ‘Dantes Gastro Pub, on Bridge Street, TRALEE, County Kerry. A ten second wobbly walk away from ‘Sean Óg’sTraditional Irish Bar & Bed & Breakfast,’ which is an absolutely cracking place for good music and a tipple of the black stuff, especially when you visit during the The Rose of Tralee festival   Yours Aye.

Marine Raiders

Marine RaidersAn elite branch of the United States Marine Corps will officially be known as Marine Raiders. The Marines will rename several special operations units as Marine Raiders at a ceremony Friday, resurrecting a moniker made famous by World War II units that carried out risky amphibious and guerrilla operations.

The exploits of the original Marine Raiders – who pioneered tactics used by present-day special forces – were captured in books and movies including ‘Gung Ho!’ in 1943 and ‘Marine Raiders’ in 1944.29C8B23B00000578-0-image-a-26_1434725531542 During World War II, the Raiders were organized in response to President Franklin Roosevelt’s desire to have a commando-style force that could conduct amphibious raids and operate behind enemy lines. Raider units were credited with beating larger Japanese forces on difficult terrain in the Pacific and they participated in key battles including Guadalcanal and Bougainville (left)The name will give a unique identity to the Marines’ branch of U.S. Special Operations Command.

HUZZA! Very well done chaps – justly deserved…    Yours Aye.

Forgiveness beyond my comprehension


“Take this opportunity to repent”
Relatives of the victims gunned down in the South Carolina church massacre told the killer that they forgive him in heart-wrenching statements during his first court appearance today.29CA0B1600000578-3131874-image-a-38_1434740689228 

‘I forgive you!’ the daughter of Ethel Lance told Dylann Roof through tears as he appeared via video link at the Charleston court on Friday afternoon.

‘You took something really precious from me. I will never talk to her ever again, I will never be able to hold her ever again but I forgive you! ‘You hurt me, you hurt a lot of people but God forgives you. And I forgive you.’ The 21-year-old man, who is being held in the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Those offering true forgiveness over such a callous heinous crime, must have a powerful belief in their faith, and their God.  I greatly admire such people, even though such compassion is far beyond my comprehension… Yours Aye.

Women more spooky than men?

Women make the best spies because they can combine sympathy with a ruthless streak, says former chief of MI5. Dame Stella Rimington said female agent runners who recruit targets from terrorist organisations or other intelligence services can be more successful than their male counterparts.stella-rimington This is because they’re often better at listening and instilling confidence in their intelligence sources by keeping calm and putting them at their ease.

The bestselling novelist, who was the first female director general of MI5 between 1992 and 1996, said it was vital that both sexes are involved in spying. ‘Because it’s about persuasion, it’s about sympathy, it’s about listening, it’s about giving an air of confidence, a calm confidence. ‘All these, I think are female skills, and there’s also a need for a degree of ruthlessness which I think is also a female skill as well, although perhaps, it’s not necessarily always wise to say that.

Two reasons for the music clip. First; the obvious title of the tune, which I absolutely agree with. (I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Men are deviously allowed to think otherwise!”)  Second: the tune was ear-wormed into me due to a half-wit mate dwelling in the adjoining cabin next to mine – who left it playing on a loop having gone ashore for the weekend. Leaving me no option but to stove his door in, after which, the offending CD was ‘whizzed’ frisbee style out of an open window. And I’ve just listened to the bloody thing again. Arghhh!   Yours Aye.

Fire spitting Royal Enfield Matchless Cycle

29BAED5300000578-3129593-image-m-25_1434625171655Vintage WWI – Royal Enfield motorbike sidecar combination, complete with its own .303 Vickers Machine Gun is up for sale at £30,000 /$47,619. The ‘light armoured’ Royal Enfield combination was intended to be used by the Russian army, and kitted out with ‘cutting-edge’ weaponry of the time.
29BAF44A00000578-3129593-image-m-27_1434625329513However, by the time it was ready for delivery Lenin had pulled out of the war in the wake of the Russian Revolution, and it was never deployed in battle.Royal-Enfield-Logo

A set lot of 250 Matchless motorbikes had to be auctioned off in 1918, fetching £64 each! Registration papers show the bike’s first owner was Edward Foster, from Dorchester in Dorset, but little is known of its history until it was bought by First World War enthusiast Chris Roberts in 1998.

‘The outfit can seat three people – one on the main saddle, another on a pillion saddle and a third in the sidecar. These would have been the ultimate ‘fast moving – hard hitting’  attack vehicles of their day.

I’ve got a 10 gallon demijohn bottle containing Ten Quid’s worth of shrapnel, all is required is the other £29,990,00 – and I’m in with a chance to ride this little beauty around my field. Nipper could operate as No1 gunner, and Hannah No2 loader, what could possibly go wrong?    Yours Aye.

10 Dollars worth of Hillarity Clinton

Ten DollarsThe $10 bill will be redesigned to feature a woman for the first time in over a century – but who will it be? Hillarity Clinton 

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced on Thursday a newly redesigned $10 bill, set to be unveiled in 2020, will feature ‘a woman who has contributed to and represents the values of American democracy’. The release year coincides with the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

Some unknown liberal suggested the face of Hillarity Clinton? Which could prove to be the most expensive single sheet of toilet paper in the world… Yours Aye.

Battle of Waterloo 18 June 1815

The bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo. Fought on Sunday, 18th June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A British square puts up dogged resistance against attacking French cavalry.  Carnage, utter bloody carnage and organised chaos…Charge_of_the_French_Cuirassiers_at_Waterloo-1

Modern day technical analysis of The Battle of Waterloo (above) combined with historical facts, enables a far better understanding to the event. If you have 48 minutes to spare, it’s well worth viewing. If you fall short of a spare 48 minutes, then perhaps you could squeeze in 28 minutes, and listen to Professor Richard Holmes wax lyrical about the whole battle (below.) The clip may fail to open, but a click on ‘YouTube’ will remedy the same.   Yours Aye.

Hungary is full up!

29B376A200000578-0-image-a-105_1434567097582Hungary building 16ft-high, 110-mile long fence along its border with Serbia to stop and block the flow of illegal migrants from crossing into the European Union.  Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced the 100-mile barricade, saying that Hungary ‘could not wait any longer’ for a solution to the migration crisis.29B7AE6D00000578-3128631-image-a-3_1434573489004
The number of migrants entering the European Union on the overland route through the Balkans (mostly across the southern Hungarian border with Serbia) has risen markedly. So far this year – the number of asylum seekers in Hungary has surged to 54,000, up from under 43,000 in 2014 and 2,150 in 2012.

The socialist European Union has created a leaking cesspit through its open border policy. Muslim extremists and organised crime gangs have taken advantage of the calamity provided by free movement within Europe since 14th June 1985. The open border policy under Europe’s Schengen treaty has failed miserably. Hungary may be the first to fence of its border – but other EU country’s are chomping at the bit to do the same, as well as re-establishing controlled border crossing points. It needs to happen damn pronto, and the left-wing softy Liberals of Europe can come and kiss Nippers arse!      Yours Aye.

The Old Farmers Prayer

The Old Farmers PrayerTHE OLD FARMERS PRAYER​
Time just keeps moving on ​
Many years have come and gone ​
But I grow older without regret ​
My hopes are in what may come yet.​
On the farm I work each day ​
This is where I wish to stay ​
I watch the seeds each season sprout ​
From the soil as the plants rise out.​
I study Nature and I learn ​
To know the earth and feel her turn ​
I love her dearly and all the seasons ​
For I have learned her secret reasons. ​
All that will live is in the bosom of Earth ​
She is the loving mother of all birth ​
But all that lives must pass away ​
And go back again to her someday. ​
My life too will pass from Earth ​
But do not grieve, I say, there will be other birth ​
When my body is old and all spent ​
And my soul to Heaven has went. ​
Please compost and spread me on this plain ​
So my body Mother Earth can claim ​
That is where I wish to be ​
Then Nature can nourish new life with me. ​
So do not for me grieve and weep ​
I did not leave, I only sleep ​
I am with the soil here below ​
Where I can nourish life of beauty and glow. ​
Here I can help the falling rain ​
Grow golden fields of ripening grain ​
From here I can join the winds that blow ​
And meet the softly falling snow. ​
Here I can help the sun’s warming light ​
Grow food for birds of gliding flight ​
I can be in the beautiful flowers of spring ​
And in every other lovely thing. ​
So do not for me weep and cry ​
I am here, I do not die… ​

Magna Carta – Great Charter

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William join David Cameron at Runnymede for 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna CartaKing John accepted the historic document that limited the power of the Crown on June 15, 1215, on the bank of the River Thames at Runnymede near Old Windsor in Surrey.29A372B600000578-3124255-image-a-166_1434385662294  

Senior members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, came together with the reigning monarch – the patron of the Magna Carta Trust – at the same site where the charter was first sealed. (Know Thy Place Cameron!)

The 3,500-word Magna Carta, Latin for ‘Great Charter’ and written on calfskin parchment, made the monarch subservient to the law and is widely recognised as the first charter protecting human rights and freedoms.pint_2497132cOf significant importance: Clause 35 of the 800 year-old document states: “Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely “the London quarter.” Ladies and Gentlemen, the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta is also being marked today across the pub industry. Welcome to the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Great British PintThe next round’s on me. Cheers!  Yours Aye.

A dandy with a hint of lavender…

299BBC2F00000578-0-image-a-77_1434290146078Fashion ‘cruiser-weight!’ Chris Eubank sports a typically eccentric ensemble as he tucks pinstripe jodhpur trousers into purple boots and carries a large clutch bag in London.

Former boxing champion Chris Eubank is known for his eccentric sartorial displays, and was true to form pictured going for lunch with friends in London sporting a typically eye-catching ensemble.

As my dear old Granddad would say: “A modern day dandy with a hint of lavender about him!”  I had to include this British post, to balance out the eye watering US fashion post below 😉 Yours Aye.

Just groovin on through the 70’s

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Men’s 1970’s clothing advertisements.
The strange and bizarre fashion of the 1970s is in full force, as men don cable-knit sweaters with belts, bell bottoms and handlebar moustaches.  
Puns and phrases like ‘Underwear that’s funtawear’, referring to barely there briefs, and ‘For whom the bells toll’ for a series of bell bottoms, fill the advertisements that are just as cringe-worthy as they are hilarious. Men’s 1970’s clothing advertisements feature bell bottoms, cable-knit sweaters and short shorts – GROOVY BABY!

Oh for Gawd’s sake, is there any need for the like? Some things should just never see the light of day ever again. Yours Aye.

Lord of Misrule

Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee.683749 

Part Quote: “The life story of Christopher Lee is “colourful” to say the least. His childhood has him unknowingly meeting two of the assassins of Rasputin (a character he would go on to play in later life), exploring Europe and witnessing the last public execution by guillotine in France before evacuating back to Britain due to the impending German invasion, to choose but a few events from before his eighteenth birthday.”  Customer reviews

I’ve just managed to ‘bag’ a copy that should arrive tomorrow. It may cure past childhood nightmares, or just add to them. I’m hoping for the latter, and a bloody good read.     Yours Aye.

Mossad: Something is afoot!

British Muslim campaigner Asghar Bukhari faces online ridicule after he claimed ‘Zionists’ had sneaked into his home and stolen a single shoe. In a public Facebook post, Asghar Bukhari, a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, said someone had tried to intimidate him by taking his footwear as he slept. He wrote: the ‘game was simple – to make me feel vulnerable in my own home’, before adding ‘it is not the first time I have heard this happening’. He ended by urging readers to share the message.

British Muslim campaigner claims ‘Zionists’ stole a single shoe as he slept…?

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Asghar Bukhari is a burbling bumbling buffoon who is absolutely serious in his rantings… The man’s nuttier than a fruit cake – time for his medication methinks.   Yours Aye.

Sir Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee. 27 May 1922 ~ 7 June 2015

Christopher LeeFor the late Sir Christopher Lee, horror was not just something he portrayed so memorably in the movies, it was something that he had repeatedly witnessed in real life.

During the filming of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, the action called for the character of Saruman, the wizard played by Lee, to be stabbed in the back. The director, Peter Jackson, wanted Lee to scream out, but the legendary actor told him that when people are wounded in such a way, they are unable to scream. 

‘Peter,’ said Lee, in his magnificently rich, authoritative voice. ‘Have you ever heard the sound a man makes when he’s stabbed in the back?’ Jackson admitted that he hadn’t. ‘Well, I have,’ Lee continued, ‘and I know what to do.’ The lungs are punctured, Lee explained, meaning that the victim cannot cry out and instead just emits a quiet groan. With this gory revelation, Jackson and the crew went silent. They all knew that Lee had served in World War II, but here was a sign that he had witnessed true horror.2989503400000578-3120781-image-m-29_1434063506651

It was that sense of a dark, concealed past that helped to make Lee, who died on Sunday 7th June 2015 in a London hospital of heart failure, one of the finest and most distinctive actors of his generation. Although he will always be best remembered for his defining role as Dracula, Lee’s rich experiences of life before he became an actor equipped him to play a far broader range of genres than simply horror. Although he will always be best remembered for his defining role as Dracula, Lee’s rich experiences of life before he became an actor equipped him to play a far broader range of genres than simply horror.

Sir Christopher Lee was the epitome of a true Englishmen who served his country in its hour of need. As an actor he was the polar opposite of the shallow, self-regarding, limited-attention-span celebrities of today. He was also a traditional British Conservative, who like so many with family links to the continent was also a Eurosceptic. He was deeply attached to our democracy, and deeply suspicious of what he saw as the anti-democratic tide of European integration. I will now forgive this good man for ruining past family holidays to Whitby.      Yours Aye.

Trooping the Colour – A Birthday Parade

299671D900000578-3122591-image-a-166_1434196348630Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – Happy Birthday Ma’am. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.220px-Queen_Elizabeth_II_March_2015

Official celebrations to mark the Sovereigns’ birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer.

King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.

This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or ‘trooped’) down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. 

Decked out in all their military finery, with bearskins, cavalry and soldiers galore, the Royal family assembled in central London today for the Trooping of the Colour to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

I trust you received my card Ma’am, and hope the enclosed book token will be put to good use… 😉       Yours Aye.