Hotel ‘Virgin’ on insanity…

No check-in desk, a room key vending machine and free drinks at happy hour: Sir Richard Branson launches Virgin’s first city hotel. The first of 20 planned Virgin Hotels opened in Chicago on Thursday, January 15, in a 26-storey, art-deco building just minutes from the city’s famed Magic Mile.24D5ED7000000578-2916596-The_first_of_20_planned_Virgin_Hotels_has_just_opened_in_Chicago-a-1_1421747170917And with no-formal check in desk and rooms powered almost exclusively from the hotel’s app, the property is as innovative as you would expect. ‘It’s been a long-held dream to start beautiful, comfortable, fun hotels for guests and give them what they want and need while being gentle on their wallets,’ Virgin Group Founder, Richard Branson, said………. Sir Richard Branson launches Virgin’s first city hotel.133098555701587“No check-in desk, a room key vending machine, and free drinks at happy hour!” Oh dear me Sir Richard; ‘What could possibly go wrong?’         Yours Aye.

American Sniper a Hero

Piers Morgan American SniperPIERS MORGAN: it wasn’t Chris Kyle who made the decision to invade Iraq. Kyle was just told to go and do his job; to aim his expert eye through a high-powered rifle and shoot people. The American Sniper is a hero not a coward – he did his job and his job was to kill people.

Well I’ll be jiggered… This is the second time I have agreed with Piers Morgan, perhaps living in America is mellowing the champagne socialist? I agree with Piers Morgan Doh! Possession is nine-tenths of the law; Morgan resides with you, in which case he is now your responsibility.            Yours Aye.

Michael Moore slams snipers as ‘Cowards’

michael-mooreMichael Moore slams snipers as ‘military assassins’ ~ ‘They are cowards not heroes’ -  (‘Cowards’ who ‘shoot you in the back’) – on the same weekend Oscar-tipped movie American Sniper hit cinemas. 

Taking to Twitter in rage, Fahrenheit 9/11 director Moore seethed: ‘My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.’24D3574800000578-2916171-image-a-83_1421636158307Michael Moore slams snipers as ‘military assassins’ – “They are cowards not heroes” 

We live within a free society where we are each entitled to our own opinion ~ “Michael Moore is an odious hypocritical champagne socialist slug; he and his ilk are destroying the very soul of America”      Yours Aye!

If…

If…

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

John Kerry and a French Kiss…

Toe-curling diplomacy: US woos France with hugs, kisses and a VERY awkward rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ by James Taylor to make up for snubbing terror march by world leaders made sure the world was in no doubt of how close the bond between the French and the Americans was with this awkward hug outside the Elysee Palace with President Francois Hollande this morning.article-2913072-24C305D000000578-588_636x400Kerry – who promised to give the French a ‘big hug’ when he arrived in the country – is in Paris as a show of solidarity with the capital following the three days of violence which left 17 dead, visiting both the Charlie Hebdo offices and the Jewish supermarket targeted by extremists. The French foreign minister also confirmed Kerry had apologised for not attending the march on Sunday, which was attended by leaders from around the world. The French foreign minister also confirmed Kerry had apologised for not attending the march on Sunday, which was attended by leaders from around the world.

I was in agony after watching the grovelling debacle, as I had just returned from a long walk. ‘Heavy leather walking boots are not suitable for such toe curling situations!’ It is accepted that Obama would not attend due to his security dilemma; It was accepted that Biden could not attend due to his inability to walk and talk at the same time.  A French farce? Eric Holder was actually in Paris having attended anti-terrorism talks, but for reasons known only to himself he failed to appear?            Yours Aye.

Caution: Remove tight fitting footwear prior to viewing the James Taylor clip…

‘Jajabor The Bengali Nomad’

`Jajabor The Nomad’ is a Bengali who now resides within the UK – I have followed his site for the past few months on which he posts some quite topical clips that stand up against the radical teachings of Islam. His views on Islamic extremists will surprise even the most black-hearted that dwell amongst us. The following clip was made and posted just after the Paris shootings. I have waited until now to post the same as I felt the subject was a little raw at the time – The following clip is definitely ‘NOT SAFE FOR WORK’ 

Playing the role of Devil’s Advocate, and without further ado; Ladies, and Gentlemen, Boys, and Girls, (over the age of 18) I give you ‘Jajabor The Nomad’       Yours Aye.

P.S. A gentle reminder of the term ‘Taqiyya,’ or ‘dissimulation,’ a controversial concept within the Islamic faith…

“Muhammad said: “Lying is wrong, except in three things: the lie of a man to his wife to make her content with him; a lie to an enemy, for war is deception; or a lie to settle trouble between people (Ahmad, 6.459. H)”

.44-40 calibre Winchester rifle

24B5F1C900000578-2911259-The_44_40_calibre_Winchester_rifle_was_found_frozen_in_time_in_t-m-3_1421333539711Mystery of 132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped up against a tree in Nevada national park. The .44-40 calibre Winchester rifle was found frozen in time on a remote rocky outcrop in the heart of the Grand Basin National Park. Archaeologists discovered the gun, which was manufactured in 1882, leaning against a juniper tree while they were carrying out surveys. The .44-40 calibre Winchester rifle was found frozen in time in the heart of the Grand Basin National Park

I’ve found some weird and wonderful items on my walks around hill and dale, and often wondered on the ‘rhyme, reason, and where for’ over each item. I’d be proper be-fuddled on the above… ‘Curiosity killed the cat’ ~ ‘Satisfaction brought it back!’      Yours Aye.

To Tip – Or Not To Tip? ‘Tis The Question!

To ‘tip’ or not to ‘tip?’ That is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler to suffer piss poor waiter service: 
Or to take complete advantage of the poor sod serving you…

With profuse apologies to the William Shakespeare preservation society (of which, I make amends beneath the featured clip below!) If you do decide to ignore the following; ‘NOT SAFE FOR WORK: WARNING’ because of the occasional F Bomb, then I can only presume you’re not at work, or even better, you work in a totally non PC environment. In which case you’re an extremely fortunate barsteward! HIP ~ HIP ~ HOORAY…

On a serious note:  Having travelled around the US I have often wondered if ‘waiters’ would forsooth be better off on a living wage, rather than rely upon tips for a living. It does appear to work well over here in the UK, as well as around Europe.    Yours Aye.

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: aye, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveler returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.

“To Be Or Not To Be”: Soliloquy by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1: William Shakespeare 1603

Boys with their toys…

21F6B4C700000578-0-image-m-14_1421168020316Boys should play with dolls to encourage them to become carers – says Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson.

Jo Swinson (right) said boys would learn to be ‘nurturing and caring’ if they spent their free time with dolls. She said she wanted to tackle ‘dated stereotypes’ about the sexes, including getting more girls interested in science and engineering. 24ABB54700000578-2908529-image-m-21_1421168617775

Miss Swinson, who has a one-year-old son, spoke out during a debate about how to recruit 1million more people into the care sector. Former Lib Dem care minister Paul Burstow warned that women make up 82 per cent of the care work force, and many young men do not know about how to get a job in the industry. Miss Swinson said the solution could be getting young boys to play with dolls earlier in life, so that they might grow up to become a carer.

So… On that given idea, one would presume if one brought up one’s child to play with matches or a Zippo (petrol and kindle-wood optional,) he would join the Fire Service? Dozy bloody woman, and one typical of the Lib Dem’s. As a wee young tacker I spent my indoor time with Airfix 1/32 scale WWII Commando’s, and German Infantry. I once received a box of WWII Italian Infantry, which was empty – obviously they’d all deserted!     Yours Aye.P1010466IMAG0024 copy12505_pd288308full

From one Muslim to many. Go forth & multiply if you’re unhappy!

24A8850D00000578-2907941-image-m-6_1421141366825Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the ‘freedoms’ of living in the West’ to ‘pack your bags and f*** off’ on live TV. Labour politician Ahmed Aboutaleb, a former journalist who was appointed mayor of the Dutch city in 2008, is known for his straight-forward stance on integration. 

The 53-year-old won the praise of London-mayor Boris Johnson over his comments last week, attacking fellow Muslims who move to Western nations and refuse to accept the way of life. ‘SAFE FOR WORK’ UNLESS YOU SPEAK DUTCH AND ARE EASILY OFFENDED…

‘Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here!’ The first socialist Labour politician (with a spine) whose comment I actually agree with. It’s a shame he’s Dutch and not one of our own.        Yours Aye.

This castle is your home…

249F63B900000578-0-image-a-12_1421055604508The castle that costs less than a semi-detached house in London: Historic building complete with watchtower, 14th century ruins and a GHOST goes on sale for just £325,000 ($493,203.) Just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall, Blenkinsopp Castle in Greenhead, Northumberland, has four bedrooms, two reception rooms and resident ghost – The White Lady, who is said to haunt the corridors of the Grade II listed property, which was built-in 1339 and restored in the 1950s after a fire. Views from the outside show the castle’s turreted walls, impressive stone masonry and 14th century ruins.Northumberland-National-ParkJPGOver the years I’ve walked the area ‘good n proper.’ I’m able to vouch for the tranquility and ruggedness of Northumberland (as well as the local fare and hostelry along the way.) So lets all empty our shekel jars and have a whip around to pay for joint ownership – I don’t mind taking my ‘time-share’ in the winter months…       Yours Aye.

“Steve Emerson-complete idiot!”

249B011500000578-2905876-image-a-73_1421022388679Prime Minister David Cameron brands Fox News terrorism expert Steve Emerson a ‘complete idiot’ after claiming Birmingham is ‘totally Muslim’ and ‘non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.’ Steve Emerson made the bizarre comments on Fox News in the US – also claiming there were religious police squads roaming the streets of London who ‘seriously wound’ people in non-Muslim dress.Adrian-Chiles-fil

It sparked bafflement on Twitter under the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts, with users suggesting his theory was about as likely as ‘Brummie’ TV presenter Adrian Chiles (right) being a radical cleric.

Mr Cameron said he thought it must be April Fools’ Day, adding: ‘When I heard this, frankly I choked on my porridge. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.’ He added: ‘Now, he started with an apology – that’s not a bad place to start. But what he should do is actually look at Birmingham and see what a fantastic example it is of bringing people together of different faiths and different backgrounds and actually building a world-class brilliant city.’ ‘In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones,’ he claimed. ‘There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.’

Just for the record, and for those residing across the pond: A ‘Brummie’ is a colloquial term for the inhabitants, accent, and dialect of Birmingham, England. Just to extend the record file slightly, it has to be said that the Brummies of Birmingham are by nature wonderful warm people – the city itself offers a cracking run-ashore through its vast amount of pubs, as well as a treasure trove of eateries and unique shopping. Before closing the file may I just add; David Cameron is the ‘pot calling the kettle black’ when he calls anyone a complete idiot!  It is my own humble opinion that Steve Emerson is a misinformed idiot, who rightly deserves lashings of ridicule heaped upon him.      Yours Aye.          

Anonymous please note “Mellow Jihadi”

AnonymousHacker group Anonymous ‘declare war on Jihadist’s after Charlie Hebdo massacre by pledging to target terrorists on social media. Authorities targeting extremists may have found an unlikely ally in the group in the battle against terrorism after the activists released a video condemning the gun attack at the satirical magazine which left 12 people dead. 

In the clip, which was uploaded to the group’s Belgian YouTube account, a figure wearing the group’s Guy Fawkes mask and a hood says in French in an electronically distorted voice: ‘We are declaring war against you, the terrorists.’ lonerangeronsilver2

Anonymous ‘declare war on jihadists’ after Charlie Hebdo massacre

This will definitely send the Jihadist’s back to the medieval age! Anonymous; if this site happens to catch your eye – please note that this is the “Mellow Jihadi” blog…

‘Who was that masked man’ ~ ‘I guess we’ll never know?’     Yours Aye.