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Friday, 05 April 2013


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As someone else noted elsewhere, following the publication of the BBC funded (I mean us funded) 'research' (manipulation) on the 'class system in Britain':

"Capitalism does not recognise the concept of class. Only socialism has that concept. Capitalism only recognises the application of effort to get where you want to be, a concept alien to socialism. Don’t bother, and capitalism will leave you behind, Don’t bother, and socialism will treat you as a hero."

I'd add that only socialists (and I'm including those 'Tories') tell you not to do something because it's bad, whilst doing exactly the same thing (but more profitably) themselves - MP Margaret Hodge.

Sounds like just Margaret Hodge, does it not?

The political class are the same everywhere.

Hang them all.

And have a nice weekend!

"living in straightened times": no, we live in bent times. Perhaps you mean "straitened times", as in "dire straits"?

Anyway, cheer up. Apparently Mlle Threewheeler is keen to get M. Hollande's previous moll charged with corruption.


Sir! Sir! (I'm holding my hand up)

Since it's time to educate the ineducable (me?, I?, one?) could you enlighten me as to where the term came from? (and I don't mean the band as you really don't want me singing, and I mean really!).

Which straits, where and when? I need to know so that I can continue my pretence of 'being a intilectool' to impress the ladies (I may find etymology endlessly fascinating if I ever figure out why I like insects).

Please no corrections as DD gave me a note so I'm excused spelling, punctuation and ... 'putting words in the right place' on account of being grammatically challenged (it's genetic).

Thanks a mill', Able, your "Underdog" site has been added to my list of 'Favourites' which means I shall waste even more time up here in my garret when I should be downstairs waiting on the 'Memsahib'!

As to 'straiten(ed)' -er, I'll hand my lines in on Monday, DM - my trusty OED, which is right behind me so I have no excuse, tells me that the verb 'to straiten' (archaic) means 'to make or become narrow', hence 'straits' - so you can see the connection. I never stop learning on this blog so by the time I reach 155 I will almost be educated.

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