I do be a 'orny-'anded zon of the zoil: Or at least, I will be later on when I set off with the 'Memsahib' and a couple of friends to undertake some fruit picking. I'm not terribly good at it so most of my raspberries will probably be squidged and I will be in receipt of sundry bollackings from 'she who must be obeyed'. I put up with it because I just love fruit crumble!
Brave fella' that Emmett Tyrrell: He is the founder and editor of The American Spectator and he it was who forecast Trump's triumph at the Republican convention - eight days after he announced his run! He has now doubled down on his bet by forecasting a Trump win in November. According to him, republicans are divided over this and that but one single thing binds them together - their absolute determination to beat "crooked Hillary". I think, over here, we sometimes underestimate the extreme detestation in which 'HillBilly' is held by an enormous number of Americans.
Jezza well and truly 'Hodged': I still can't get used to Dan Hodges writing for The Mail on Sunday and so sometimes I miss his usually excellent columns. His effort today is a corker. It can be summed up in just one of his passages:
Jeremy Corbyn is not a nice or decent man. He is a coward. He is a hypocrite. He is a bully. And he is a fraud.
He continues by backing up those accusations with some recent history.
Hate crime! Really? According to news reports this morning, the government has given the go ahead for so-called 'hate crimes' to be more severely punished and this will likely include saying publicly hateful things about other people. Perhaps our new Home Secretary, the less than delicious Amber Rudd, will hand herself in for all the hateful things she said to Boris during one of those Brexit debates.
The Tour de France: Is there anyone out there who really understands the ins and outs and the ups and downs of this ridiculous 'race' which takes weeks and weeks and which ends with everyone pedalling gently up the Champs-Élysées? Still, I gather that it has been won by a frightfully decent British chap, so that's alright then!
That was a hard day's work: We were driven by our friends to the fruit-picking site which has a fairly decent restaurant. It was tough trying to choose a suitable red wine to wash down my lunch but I stuck to the task in hand and settled on an Argentinian Malbec. After that the 'Memsahib' and our friends went off to pick fruit whilst I, valiantly, volunteered to sit in the sunshine and guard the ladies' handbags and finish off the red wine. Damn, I'm good!
Turkey's in the oven: I do not pretend to know what is really going on in Turkey. I offer you an opinion piece from The Coffee House which intimates that the whole coup thing was a set up by Erdogan as a means for him to seize total power. Read it and make up your own minds - but remember, that's how they do things in the Middle East!
John Kerry should sue the doorman at No. 10: The other day, the Brain of America (aka: John Kerry) turned round suddenly and walked straight into the door of No. 10. We all thought no damage had occurred, er, to Mr. Kerry (or to the door) but now I'm not so sure. According to those rascals at IHTM, he has just issued the following statement:
“Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.”
James Bond is a mystery: I expect to be confused by John le Carré but not by James Bond. However, I tried to watch the film Quantum of Solace tonight but gave up because I couldn't understand what the hell was going on or why! I remember exactly the same confusion when I saw the film originally. Is it the film-makers or is it, dread thought, me? Don't answer that!
No more rumbles today