Lead scout – dog tired…

Stood to‘Lead scout’ had a long day chasing after crows, rabbits, pheasants, as well as patrolling the surrounding fields.

Five minutes to a bright winter sunset, and ‘casually’ stood to!Going Stood down – and going…

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Sleep comes easy to those who work their tail off… Especially when they zig-zag two miles for each one I walk – today was a long walk.       Yours Aye.

The sputtering-wheezing-misfiring POTUS

Having watched the ‘Emperor’ POTUS waffle speak earlier, I was minded of a diesel engine Landrover whose tank had been topped up with petrol – such sputtering, wheezing, and misfiring as the mighty V8 engine struggles to impress. Obama bumbler in chief

Such was the case whilst watching the POTUS deliver his script writers speech as part of the ‘White House Summit to Counter Violent Islamic Extremism.’ Where once again he rejects the idea that ISIS represents Islam.

The POTUS has proven beyond all doubt that he is not a leader, nor a great (confident) orator. The former Chicago community activist still believes fundamentally in the power of human networks and civic society; “countering violent extremism begins with political, civic, and religious leaders rejecting sectarian strife.25CE1F7B00000578-2960293-image-a-15_1424365923639  

Barry old chum, a word to the wise – ‘ISIS is ISLAM’ And if you’re going to present someone else’s fantasy speech, at least try to pretend you understand the meat of the subject contained within it. Rehearse the same over and over until you gain sufficient confidence to at least bluff your way through it. If you require inspiration to bolster your confidence then simply remember; you are the Commander In Chief of America’s Armed Forces – the mightiest fighting force in the world.        Yours Aye.

‘Ali’s snack-bar’ clown training…

It was no doubt intended to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies, but the Islamic State’s latest video appears far more playground than battleground. ISIS today released more footage from its terror training camps, showing its recruits disguised as bushes, cracking tiles over their heads and performing clumsy roly-polies. The video bears all the hallmarks of the slickly edited propaganda material regularly pumped out by the terror group’s media arm to dramatic effect.     Ho-Hum – as I stifle a yawn…

Footage shows next generation of fighters at terror camp in Iraq or Syria – Hilarity ensues..!

Makes me wonder why 9 months ‘basic’ was required at the RM Commando Training Centre?      Yours Aye.      ISIS-ISIL – Cowardly scum by any other name.

Cell phone or Hell phone?

Constantly checking your mobile? Then you could be depressed, study claims.25CC0F8200000578-2958430-People_who_can_t_put_down_their_mobile_phones_illustrated_with_a-a-14_142426099126325CC0F9400000578-2958430-Scientists_from_Baylor_University_in_Waco_Texas_said_that_indivi-a-13_1424260985411

Scientists from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, said that individuals who relentlessly check their phone (stock images shown) may be trying to improve how they feel emotionally. Study found people attached to their phones are more prone to moodiness

My iPhone goes into my pocket first thing in the morning, and only sees daylight if it rings. The fewer the calls, the more content I become; I’m oozing contentment as I pixelate before you.       Yours Aye.

American sniper – the cure to a problem

257750D200000578-2956689-image-a-62_1424179304423American Sniper condemned for encouraging violence against Muslims… by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Iran’s supreme leader has criticized the film ‘American Sniper,’ saying the movie about a U.S. soldier fighting in Iraq encourages violence against Muslims, a state-run newspaper has claimed. 

The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei come amid renewed criticism of the West by the leader as his country negotiates with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

Ali you bumbling buffoon, a few choice words for your dainty shell-like ears; “American sniper wasn’t the problem, he was the cure for your rotten mediaeval disease!” Yours Aye. ‘Repeat prescriptions for extremists are available upon request!’

Saudi Cleric makes an arse of himself

Saudi Cleric becomes online laughing-stock after telling students the sun rotates around the Earth as otherwise planes would not be able to fly… ? A Saudi cleric has publicly claimed that the Earth is a static object which is orbited by the sun, adding that centuries of evidence to the contrary is little more than fabrication.

Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari is believed to have been speaking at a university lecture in the United Arab Emirates when a student asked him whether the Earth rotates or is stationary.
The Islamic scholar quickly replies ‘stationary and does not move’, before launching into a long-winded and confusing explanation that appears to the suggest that if the Earth was moving, airliners would never be able to reach their destination.

Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari claimed Earth is stationary and the Sun rotates…a-survey-in-1988-found-that-13-percent-of-people-think-the-moon-is-really-made-out-of-cheese

And the moon is made out of goat cheese!  I may have to train Nipper in the ‘Heimlich Manoeuvre,’ as I almost choked on my toasted cheese and tomato sandwich when I viewed the video clip. It was touch and go for a while, and I really thought I was done for…      Yours Aye.     Old NFO – you’ve got some explaining to do mate… ;-)

Russian Darwin Award Nominee

It looks like the ‘target’ is wearing an ‘Altyn’ titanium helmet used by Russian ‘special forces – with the ‘shooter’ using a ‘Nagant M1895′ revolver?’  A Russian halfwits life has got to be worth more than three copecks? No doubt the follow on clip will see the same halfwit accept the RPG ‘Darwin Award’ challenge…      Yours Aye.

The tears of a dog…

article-2954572-25A25DB600000578-924_636x662Unwanted dog abandoned at a train station with just a tray filled with water. A dog abandoned outside a train station with nothing but a takeaway tray of water appeared to be so sad at being cast aside – it almost looks as though he is crying… The black Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog was abandoned outside Eastbourne Railway Station, tied to the railing and left with just a small pot of water by his owner who fled in a taxi. A photo of the animal, looking forlorn, has been shared dozens of times on the internet with people calling for help for the ‘crying’ dog. The dog was found whining and pining for his owner after patiently waiting by the railing for more than an hour on February 11 – in the hope that he would return.

It’s easy to judge someone over such an action without knowing the full circumstances. This little chap looks well enough, though judging by the length of his claws I would say he’s not walked on hard ground too often. I would even go so far as to say he is a pure Staffie, and not crossed in any way. No doubt the publicity will gain him a good home pretty soon. There’s always room for one more within my humble abode…     Yours Aye.

‘Please look down and see me, please don’t walk on by I’m cold and wet and hungry, I know not the reason why… I’m young, so young, and helpless, and tethered to this tree By a heartless previous owner whose anger fractured me…’

‘I promise not to howl, if just given one more chance Oh please look down and see me, just a sideways glance… Time has passed so slowly, since I cowered ‘neath’ this tree My warmth is fast disappearing, adding to my misery… My breed type works against me, I know not the reason why Please give me one more chance – I promise not to cry…’ ANON

Dodge Ram Vs Landrover Defender Tug O War

Will This ‘Dodge Ram 3.500 Turbo Diesel’ Be Bested by a ‘Short Wheel Base Land Rover 300 Turbo Diesel Injection’ ? Place your bets Ladies & Gentlemen…truck-vs-landrover

Dodge Ram Cummins – Vs – Landrover SWB Defender 90: Torque and ratio’s explained

My £ notes would have been on the Dodge – until I realised it was a 2 x 4. Just waiting for Sgt M to crawl all over me with a tyre wrench… ;-)       Yours Aye.

Venezuela: An implosion not explosion

25AA03A100000578-2952525-image-a-33_1423893125426Venezuela’s President accuses U.S. government of plotting to blow up presidential palace in an attempted coup. 

On Thursday, the South American country arrested a retired air force general and 13 other people who were allegedly trying to overthrow the socialist government.

Venezuela Protests‘Opposition demonstrator prepares to throw a molotov cocktail at police after clashes broke out at a protest in Caracas on Thursday as Venezuelans marked the anniversary of last year’s bloody protest movement.’

In a statement which has been dismissed by American officials as ‘ridiculous’, Maduro addressed national television to accuse the United States of trying to curry favor with the revolutionaries. ‘It is the government of the United States that is behind the plans of destabilization and coups against Venezuela. I have come here to denounce it,’ Maduro said in a televised address on Thursday.

Bloated ‘El Presidente’ is obviously confused, as his ‘explosion’ is actually an ‘implosion!’ It reeks of hypocrisy when such wealthy over weight anti-capitalist, socialist, neo-marxist leaders are seen ranting on a platform, while their ragged hollow-cheeked citizens riot on the streets over the price (and lack of) food.      Yours Aye. 

Lee Enfield .303 (short pattern) Mark III

25A48FAC00000578-2952663-This_is_the_gun_and_box_of_live_ammunition_that_was_found_hidden-a-59_1423850422612First World War rifle and ammunition found in bell tower sparking speculation it was left there by a Home Guard rifleman of WWII. First World War rifle and ammunition discovered at St James Church in Bushey – Hertfordshire, North of London.BSA No1 Mk III-2Bit of throw away information… During WWII the ‘Home Guard’ established and manned strategic positions throughout the country. One of the better observation posts being within a church tower where they also controlled the ringing of bells to warn of an air raid, or the spread of invasion (Latterly church bell ringing was absolutely forbidden by Churchill’s War Department unless it was to warn of such an invasion.) In the case of St James Church (mentioned above) the bell tower dominates the whole area and sits at 370 feet above sea level. At the start of WWII the Home Guard suffered through a lack of issued weapons. Eventually they were given permission by the War Department to establish singular weapon caches – my money is on the rifle above being one of the same.BSA SMLE parts listFor the rifle/weapon aficionados amongst you: At first sight it does look like a Lee-Enfield .303 ‘Short Pattern’ (cavalry) Mark III. It’s quite obvious the ‘nose cap’ is missing from the front of the barrel. Of interest perhaps; the ‘nose cap’ is the steel bracket that fits flush around the barrel and is set into the ‘hand guard front’, it contains the bayonet lug, sling swivel, foresight, and protectors. Records held by the Imperial War Museum could well identify the ownership and history behind the weapon. Bah! If only someone could be arsed to research the same, instead of playing the assumption game.    Yours Aye.

Fifty Shades of Battleship Grey

Why the Fifty Shades Of Grey book is better than the film: Novels evoke emotions in women more so than movies – and it’s all down to evolution.1412270415715_wps_2_This_file_combo_made_of_bYou can’t escape Fifty Shades of Grey at the moment as its promotional machine has been gearing up for the film’s release this weekend. But despite the book’s huge global success, critics have called the film adaptation boring, drawn-out and a turn-off.800px-Uss_iowa_bb-61_prI received a call earlier this afternoon from a good friend who is an ex-Jenny WREN (who has an almighty fiery temper when angered – a true Redhead as it happens!) 

Me; “War office – do you ‘wanna’ fight?” ~ “No, I have two tickets for 50 Shades of Grey, are you free to watch it this evening?” ~ “Sorry, not this evening as I’m washing my hair and trimming my moustache” ~ “What about tomorrow?” ~ “Sorry, I’m trimming my toenails and then each of the dogs” ~ “You don’t want to watch it do you?” ~ “No – not really…!” The call ended courteously without ‘Jenny’ firing off a broadside; no doubt I will incur her wrath some other time. Now if she had tickets for a digitalised showing on the big screen for ‘Zulu’‘In Which We Serve’‘The Cruel Sea’ or, ‘Cockleshell Heroes‘ – I’d have cancelled my imaginary domestic chores & accompanied her ‘tout de suite!’   Yours Aye.some red head card

And the winner in the red corner!

2593AEA500000578-2949672-image-a-13_1423685112638Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian peace deal has been agreed and Russian ‘Green Men‘ ‘rebels’ will begin withdrawing heavy artillery from Sunday after marathon talks. 

Marathon talks have secured a ceasefire in Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists, leaders said today after negotiations through the night to halt the spiralling bloodshed. Vladimir Putin emerged from the summit with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the French and German leaders, saying they had reached agreement on the ‘main’ points. The Russian President said a ceasefire would take effect on Sunday and that heavy weapons would be withdrawn from frontlines of the conflict, which has already killed at least 5,300 people.

* Kiev and NATO accuse Russia of supplying separatists with men and weapons. Moscow denies it is involved in fighting for territory Putin calls ‘New Russia’. * On the Russian side of the border, Moscow announced war games on Tuesday on the eve of the talks.  Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian peace deal has been agreed280x425

Ladies and Gentlemen! - ‘In the red corner’ – the winner of the war that never was – the most powerful man in the world – ‘Vladimir (the bad) Vladimirovich Putin!’      Yours Aye.  

Forbes – Most Powerful Person:  They took some heat last year when they named the Russian President as the most powerful man in the world, but after a year when Putin annexed Crimea, staged a proxy war in the Ukraine and inked a deal to build a more than $70 billion gas pipeline with China (the planet’s largest construction project) their choice simply seems prescient. Russia looks more and more like an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped rogue state with an undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head unconstrained by world opinion in pursuit of its goals.   Maskirovka!

PETA spouting poppycock

aquariummainThree of Britain’s biggest aquariums have come under fire for serving fish and chips in their restaurants – despite promoting conservation of marine life.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, The Deep in Hull and Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire, all received letters from animal rights charity, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)“After inviting people to look on these glorious, fascinating animals in awe, it’s odd that your cafe then invites people to stick a fork in them.” The letters condemn the popular attractions for serving seafood, comparing it to ‘serving monkey nuggets at a zoo’.fish-and-chips-1024x967

Oh for pity’s sake – no wonder the organisation is constantly ridiculed (and rightly so!)

Thank Gawd it’s Thursday, because tomorrow is ‘fish & chips Friday’ and just like every Friday I’ll be having ‘guilt free’ fish & chips for supper…  

Yours Aye.  

An ignorant mumbling buffoon

258DFC5F00000578-2948592-image-m-2_1423619394300A Saudi Arabian historian tried to justify his nation’s ban on female drivers by saying that they might get raped if their cars break down. He added his opinion that in countries like America sexual crimes ‘are no big deal’ to women.

In a recent interview on Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV, historian Saleh al-Saadoon said that if a Saudi Arabian’s woman’s car were to break down she could get raped. He then went on to say that in countries where women are allowed to drive that women ‘don’t care’ if they are raped the way they do in Saudi Arabia, according to the transcript translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

So speaks one of Saudis Intelligentsia! As Mark Twain said; “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”      In the case of this ignorant mumbling buffoon – consider all doubt removed…      Yours Aye.

Texas Tech Student Survey~Watch & Weep!

Texas Tech’s new student political organization PoliTech goes to campus to see how much our students know about their nation’s politics! You may well be surprised – perhaps not?

The legal voting age around the world averages out to 18-years old, having viewed this I would think there is an argument for raising the age to 21. Perhaps there should be a form of means test required before they are even considered to vote? I have no doubt that we too in the UK have our own ‘mentally challenged’ students, which I do find disturbing. Yours Aye.

A Hearty Thank You To Professor Clark M. Zlotchew who forwarded the clip via email. The good Professor knows a thing or two about the teaching profession ;-)