A recycled Merry Xmas & a Good New Year
The last of the great slapstick comedians has died at 81. The diminutive comedian and actor made his fortune in the 1960s & 1970s and then spent it, mainly via serious gambling. He was a man who knew how to enjoy life, he was willing to risk life and limb doing stunts with a safety margin of 'one-eighth of an inch' and he was stubborn to the point of wrecking his career.
America's 'transitional' president has died at 93. He became Richard Nixon's vice president in 1973 when income tax evader Spiro Agnew was forced to resign and he moved up to the top job when Nixon was obliged to quit over the cover-up of the aftermath of the Watergate Hotel burglary.
What interesting weather we're having!
A 14-year-old boy, who was part of a gang of teenagers in Ohio, who were passing time by bombarding cars with eggs, caught some instant justice, American style, at the beginning of the month. The occupants of an egged SUV shot him.
Burying bad news or sheer coincidence?
Spit the bones out of this!
This woman wants locking up!
Wasting police time
The last of the American 'pulp' science fiction magazine authors has died at 98. His writing career began at the age of 20 with a sale to Amazing Stories, and he was still winning Nebula and Hugo awards at the age of 93. He became a master of the space opera, e.g. his novel The Cometeers (1936), the blurb of which begins: "Out of a dark corner of the Solar system came The Cometeers, a fierce, inhuman race armed with a spaceship twelve million miles long. Their mission to capture and control the Universe."
Showing a high degree of mealy mouthed political correctness, the Chinese government is intent on abolishing its national symbol 'because it suggests an aggressive nation'. Except, no one is fooled by the gesture because they're a bunch of commies and aggression and riding rough-shod over everyone, their own people included, is what commies do! The Ministry of Culture is now looking for ways to subdue a majority of 93% in favour of the dragon, which is the score logged on a website which ran a poll. The Chinese leadership would prefer a cuddly panda instead, the bunch of bloody hypocrites, to soften their image ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.
The surviving partner of the team which created the 20th Century's most enduring cartoon films had died at 95. Both he and William Hanna became animators to earn a crust. They met at MGM's studios in the 1930s and when MGM closed their animation department in 1957, they launched Hanna-Barbera and created their own legend. Their creations included Tom and Jerry (which won 7 Academy Awards), Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Top Cat, Hong Kong Phooey and a host of others.
One of the world's more ludicrous dictators has popped his clogs at 66. A product of the Soviet communist system, he went in for a state-sponsored cult of personality while pretending to find it all very embarrassing but he had to go along with the wishes of the people. His achievements including maintaining a natural gas-rich country in a state of poverty; having all of his political opponents declared criminals; and banning opera, ballet, long hair for men, beards, pictures of him with his dyed black hair in its natural grey and gold teeth for young people.
The Royal Mail's new Pricing for Profit & Confusion scheme has doubled the waiting time in post offices and created a lot more disgruntled customers.
Why do hospitals insist on banning mobile phones?
The new holiday destination a timeshare gaol!
Green Politics? Humbug!
No wonder their profits are so huge!
A new fiver? Forget it!
Local councils up and down the country have found themselves in trouble with the Moslem community for banning Xmas, or renaming it as something else, allegedly to avoid giving offence to non-Christians. The Moslems are worried that if the councils get away with it with Christians, they will be next!
A perk or a necessity?
This will make him croak!
Cause & Effect?
Why does this come as no surprise?
Aspiration, Aspiration, Aspiration
Britain bites back!
Festive season surprise!
Boxing Day morning, Dumfries. The residents of this Scottish town were lucky enough to experience in safety, one of the two or three earthquakes which can be felt in Britain every year. This one reached 3.5 on the Richter scale.
The labour party is losing members at the rate of one every 20 minutes, and it will become extinct in 2013.
The gales on the first evening of the month were strong enough to blow power lines close enough to cause flash-overs and 2-second power cuts. Digital TV boxes in Romiley kept re-booting and it wasn't a good time to be using a computer other than one with an uninterruptable power supply or a laptop running on an internal battery.
Somerfield is run by crazy people!
Dept. of Public Safety
Consumer organizations in the US and France have examined a wide range of anti-wrinkle products and come to the unshocking conclusion that all they do is make the customer's dosh disappear. The top-rated creams produce an effect which is barely visible to the naked eye, and the users would be better advised to stay out of the sun and use high protection factor sun shields.
Depriving them off the opportunity for abuse!
A scam to watch out for
What took them so long?
Here's one to look out for
NASA is feeling a bit more comfortable about launching its space shuttles. As a result, the agency showed its new confidence by launching Discovery to the International Space Station at night, when it is not exactly easy to monitor it for damaging bits of foam falling off the external fuel tank. The launch went off after a token delay of a couple of days for bad weather.
The security bill for the 2012 Olympics started at £190 million, it is now £542 million and it has to go up further because a lot of significant elements of cost were excluded from the initial guess to keep the overall price of the event down in order not to alarm the taxpayer unduly.
Under the Afghani Taliban's code of conduct, jihadistas may not use office equipment for personal ends; and that means not taking home assault rifles and RPS as well as pens and paperclips.
It's all about the money!
tony b. liar says he called off the SFO inquiry into BAe Systems' slush fund on national security grounds. It's probably the only sensible thing he's done, and the only thing for the benefit of the country, during 9 years of lies & sleaze, but he won't get any credit for it because he has no credibility left because of all the lies & sleaze!
Foreign Office staff are now protesting that they warned the United States repeatedly that Saddam Hussein wasn't a threat and removing him would mean chaos in Iraq. But would Bush 'n' bliar listen?
john scarlett, who claimed authorishp of alastair campbell's dodgy dossier on Iraq's imaginary Weapons of Mass Destruction, has copped for a KCMG in addition to the top job at MI6 as a further reward for his services to our present temporary prime minister.
Saddam Hussein is history
Everyone knows that Israel has had nuclear weapons of mass destruction for decades, thanks to the generosity of the United States. But when their PM slips up and admits it, the hypocrites in the opposition parties start yelling, "Resign!" Which says rather a lot about their idleness and uselessness if they can't get him for something better.
German sense of proportion still absent
An opportunity going begging!
Free at last!
Corruption is catching
New on the Romiley Literary Circle website
Category : Crime/contemporary fiction. Vintage: late 1980s.
With half the country cordoned off by police crime scene tape, and most airliners parked somewhere around the world, waiting to be scanned, the travelling public are starting to ask themselves if they are really at risk or are they just victims of scaremongers.
A real body-ripper!
The man who stole your holiday money
Attention all holidaymakers! If you fly anywhere after January 31st 2007, you will be hit by the latest corrupt blair labour Stealth Tax even if you have already paid for your ticket. Airport passenger duty will double on February 1st courtesy of scotch gordon broon, who has Black Holes to fill with your cash.
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