Those 'damn Yankees' are at it again: I keep telling them but they never listen - all we want are your food parcels and you can keep your hurricanes to yourself. But no, on Monday night and Tuesday morning our 'septic Isle' is to be pounded from the west by another hurricane which, if it knew it's place, would be ripping through Arkansas and blowing the jugs of hooch off Barney Magroo's shelves. But it may not be all bad because according to reports it will mainly hit Ireland and 'ooop north' as far as 'Jockland', and it's an ill wind that doesn't blow up a Scotsman kilt and give us all a laugh!
Why UKIP will ultimately fail: Because deep down, that is, just beneath the skin which counts as profound in 'Kipper' circles, they couldn't agree on the time of day! It is already obvious that Farage and Carswell do not live on the same planet. Carswell's views on immigration would horrify most 'Kippers'. Now we read that Mark Reckless, 'their man in Rochester', is refusing to back 'Kipper' policy in regard to the HS2 farrago. I think the only thing they can all agree on is their detestation of 'Dim Dave'. Beyond that, they're a shambles!
'Lookin' good over there': Shouldn't speak too soon, I know, but me and my big mouth, or perhaps I mean, me and my big keyboard, can never resist the temptation. However, I am relying on Mr. Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia who is, by all accounts, a terrific pollster swot and on Thursday he summed up the electoral situation 'over there' as they run in for their midterm election. His opening paragraph, with his emphasis, says it all:
As we approach the home stretch, 2014 has turned into a tale of two elections. On the one hand, this is a classic sixth-year itch election where the incumbent president’s party is going to suffer losses in both houses of Congress. We’re just arguing about exactly how many. Overall, it is indisputable that Republicans will have more critical victories to celebrate than Democrats when all the ballots are counted, and they have a strong and increasing chance to control the next Senate.
I do hope he's right and if he is, then only a jug of Barney Magroo's Very Finest 12-Hour Vintage, slightly chilled, and served in a tin cup, will do for the celebration.
Take cover, Professor!
Sometimes, just sometimes, I regret never having gone to a university. For example, reading this witty, intelligent and self-perceptive essay by Chris Walsh of Boston University made me regret never having had the chance to be tutored by him, or someone like him. He is writing on the subject of cowardice - mostly his own! Well worth reading. Thanks to Arts & Letters Daily.
And here's another reason why I might have enjoyed university: From time to time I have expressed my irritation, I could use a stronger word but given that I don't know the man it would be inappropriate, at 'Archbishop' Richard Dawkins but anything from uneducated 'me' by way of criticism would be like shooting at a Tiger tank with a pea-shooter. So on this occasion I am delighted, courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily again, to whistle up a proper, heavy weight, intellectual tank-buster - John Gray, the philosopher. In his long but elegant dismemberment of 'Bish' Dawkins, John Gray displays that finesse with an intellectual and literary scalpel that I truly envy:
One might wager a decent sum of money that it has never occurred to Dawkins that to many people he appears as a comic figure. His default mode is one of rational indignation—a stance of withering patrician disdain for the untutored mind of a kind one might expect in a schoolmaster in a minor public school sometime in the 1930s. He seems to have no suspicion that any of those he despises could find his stilted pose of indignant rationality merely laughable.
Honestly, once those university swots go at each other it makes World Wide Wrestling look cissy!
Yet another 5-star corker: Yes, yes, I know I 'm a tad generous with my 'star' allocations but this one really does earn every one of them! It is "Eyeshot" by Taylor Adams, and no, me neither! However, Mr. Adams understands that in a thriller a simple setting and story line can be absolutely terrific - as in terrifying! In this yarn, a young couple are driving across an almost totally empty desert, somewhere in New Mexico, I think. They are diverted by emergency signs off the main road and along a small country road which eventually leads them across a sort of moonscape bowl about two miles across. Waiting for them, well camouflaged, is a psycho, long-distance sniper! The rest is a nail-biter! By the way, I bought it for my Kindle for £1.99! They ought to make a film of it but as much of what goes on is inward thinking that might be a bit tricky to pull off. The chap who made Gravity could probably do it. Anyway, buy it and money back if you don't like it, er, not from me, waddya think, I'm made a' money?!
'Nige' gets some help from - Barroso? So the soon to retire consigliori of the racket that is called the European Union spends all day on our TV sets telling 'Dave' what he can and cannot do. How much of his various interviews will re-appear on 'Kipper' electoral ads, do you think?
No more rumbles today