Is the ground shifting under your feet, 'Jezza'? I only ask because according to that shrewd, Labour observer, Dan Hodges in The Mail, there is a rising mood of dis-enchantment in the 'Momentum' ranks who hitherto have been your biggest supporters. They are, by definition, as big a collection of 'planks' as you, yourself, but even with their limited intelligence, they are beginning to realise that they might not win an election under a leader with the political foresight of 'Mr. Magoo' and the practical political ability of 'Stan Laurel'! As so often in these situations, the other problem is choosing who to take your place. Apparently, the obvious contender, John McDonnell, has health problems - oh dear, what a pity, never mind! - and so that leaves the likes of either the fat, black clown, Diane Abbott, or the fat, white clown, Emily Thornberry. Bring it on!
If the Dems win - "Oh, the horror, the horror": An exceedingly salutary warning from Mr. Lloyd Marcus in The American Thinker who asks what is likely to happen if the Dems win the Congress? He lists some of the likely outcomes including an attempt on their part to impeach President Trump. This may be unnecessary because faced with a hostile Congress blocking his every move, I suspect that 'The Donald' will lose interest and return to his favourite golf courses. Even so, my fellow (well, in spirit, that is) Americans, you have been warned!
OK, OK, I get the message! I have only been sitting slumping here for an hour or so but already I have read two recommendations for a film called "The Quiet Place". The first, rather surprisingly, was from that archetypal 'Mr. Grump', Peter Hitchens who describes it as "a quiet masterpiece". Then, blow me down, over at The American Thinker, Mr. Tim Jones - no, me neither! - who describes it as "A subversive conservative and Christian movie". Now, is that original or what?
Barbara Bush R.I.P. As you all do know, this lady died a few days ago but I failed to mention it because, frankly, I knew nothing about her. My bad because Mr. Tim Jones (see immediately above), in his appreciation of the film "The Quiet Place" tells us that it is film which quietly extols the virtues of family which was at the very heart of the late Barbara Bush. He offers this quote from her commencement address at Wellesley College in 1990:
Fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children, and you must hug your children, and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.
What's the Spanish for 'total twaddle'? But also, I should add, totally unmissable! Regular readers will have noted my habit of not watching any TV at all and then watching it avidly for hours/days at a time. Thus it has proved with "Sé quién eres" ("I know who you are"), a Catalonian TV series which, with the help of my trusty (most of the time!) 'do-flicker-thingie', I recorded back in the mists of 2017. There it has remained, undisturbed for a year, until my curiosity was piqued during a recent browse through my recording history. Suffice to say that I have not watched anything else for 'yonks' and I am now almost fluent in Spanish! Not, mind you, that I managed to understand the plot which had so many twists and turns that I was lost after episode 3 but, the fact is that I became utterly hooked on the damned thing! I was really looking forward to episode 10 when, I assumed, all would be revealed. Imagine my fury when I discovered that that there were a further 6 episodes which, for some reason the BBC had not played and therefor my 'do-flicker-thingie' had not recorded - bloody-bloody BBC! Now I have the problem of finding out where I can find the rest of the series because although it was total hokum it absolutely hooked me!
Lord Rigby R.I.P. It do be a good idea, down 'ere in Zummerzet/Dorset country, to remember to touch the tip of your cap if you come across any of the local gentry. On reading the obit of Lord Rigby in The Telegraph, I shall go one better and remove my cap entirely. The Rigby family, which has been around since the first Elizabeth, own approximately 75% of Zummerzet/Dorset and if it is actually less than that then I can only say that it feels like it! Amongst his late Lordship's properties is Sherborne Castle which was originally owned by Sir Walter Raleigh. Actually, there are two castles in the park, one of which is literally "One of the ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit"! I used to walk regularly in the parkland but, lovely as it is, there came a time when I needed the entrance money more than his Lordship, so I stopped. That's probably why I haven't had a Xmas card from him recently.
No more rumbles today