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  • 20th May, 2007

    Mars Bars back on the menu

    by Sunny at 9:48 am    

    … or whatever else you want to do with them *cough*
    As Refresh predicted, Masterfoods have now reversed their decision to allow animal rennet into chocolates and apologised to “upset” vegetarians. Apparently more than 6,000 people complained in one week. Nice work people!

    BTW, David T pointed out to me that Masterfoods hadn’t actually changed their recipe to include animal rennet, only admitted it to someone that they could not guarantee that some of the whey they sourced did not contain it. A small point perhaps but I hope this incident will persuade other companies to switch from using such products without care for vegetarians too.

    Update: Except Nestle that is. That company still remains highly unethical.

    Filed under: Environmentalism
    19th May, 2007

    Girly Man!

    by Sunny at 4:46 pm    

    By now most of you should have seen the infamous clip from a South Indian film which imitates Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. But now, you see, it comes with subtitles.

    Also amusing are these Singaporean kids who’ve imitated it. Watched any other interesting videos this weekend?

    Filed under: Humour
    18th May, 2007

    MPs exempt themselves from FOI act

    by Sunny at 9:26 pm    

    Several of you emailed in to register your anger at the fact that MPs today passed a bill exempting themselves from the Freedom of Information Act, which I had warned about earlier. Not many people made a fuss then and now the damn thing is passed on to the Lords for approval. I hope they chuck it out.

    While Tory chief-whip David Maclean introduced it, it was voted in mostly by Labour MPs. Iain Dale has some background info; Index on Comment published a letter in the Times yesterday on this too. Feel free to vent your anger below.

    Update: As Unity points out not only is the reason why Maclean wants this legislation inapplicable, but he made no attempt to ask the Information Commissioner about them! Kudos to the Libdems.

    On a positive note for the weekend, Sarkozy of France has announced a cabinet with nearly half of them women (highest in Europe now) and the first woman MP of North African decent. Respect where it’s due.

    Bomb hits historic mosque

    by Sunny at 6:15 pm    

    At least seven people have been killed in a bomb explosion at a historic mosque in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, the authorities say. Dozens more were hurt in the blast during Friday prayers at the Mecca Masjid, one of India’s biggest mosques.

    Police say they also found and defused two live bombs near the mosque. It is not clear who carried out the attack. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attack and urged citizens “to maintain peace and communal harmony” [BBC News, hat tip: Raz]

    Utterly senseless and disgraceful; I hope no riots ensue from this incident. I visited that Mecca Masjid in 2002 when backpacking around India and found it really nice. For the brief time I was there I struck up a conversation with a chap who visited it regularly. He was Hindu. His dad had been admitted to the hospital opposite and he used to come to the masjid to pray after visiting. I yearn for spaces and people like that where religion isn’t so politicised and all about hate.

    Filed under: India,Religion

    Trouble in Punjab

    by Sunny at 4:00 am    

    Forget Russia, what the hell is going on in Punjab? This is what I can make out: A state-wide emergency has been declared in the state following clashes between Sikh groups and one man is now dead. The controversy has arise over some preacher called Baba Gurmit Singh Ram Rahim who runs a Dera (like an extended religious compound) in the state of Haryana called Dera Sacha Sauda. As it is, the Sikh officialdom are usually paranoid about such cults because they see them as subverting Sikh teachings. There’s a whole level of stupidity in such a stance but I won’t go into it for now.

    This Baba (teacher) was apparently wearing attire similar to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth and final Sikh Guru (teacher, not God), and the Sikh clergy have taken it as an insult to the Guru. Apparently there will be “dire consequences” if the Baba is not arrested and his organisation banned because he has “hurt Sikh sentiment”. So now people are trying to kill each other and the army has been called in. 15 others are in hospital from gunshot wounds. Around 20,000 Sikh youths have been seen going on a rampage.

    About time the Indian government started locking up religious “leaders” for suggesting “dire consequences” every time they are annoyed. This is the sad state Sikhs have been reduced to now, killing people over some cult leader. What a farce.
    [hat tip: Rumbold]

    17th May, 2007

    Beware the Russians

    by Sunny at 1:09 pm    

    What the hell is Vladimir Putin playing at?

    A three-week wave of massive cyber-attacks on the small Baltic country of Estonia, the first known incidence of such an assault on a state, is causing alarm across the western alliance, with Nato urgently examining the offensive and its implications.

    While Russia and Estonia are embroiled in their worst dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a row that erupted at the end of last month over the Estonians’ removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in central Tallinn, the country has been subjected to a barrage of cyber warfare, disabling the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers, banks, and companies. Nato has dispatched some of its top cyber-terrorism experts to Tallinn to investigate and to help the Estonians beef up their electronic defences.

    16th May, 2007

    Exclusive: more on the Al-Jazeera memo

    by Sunny at 8:11 pm    

    As I pointed out below, the trial regarding the Bush-Blair memo that was leaked last year concluded recently. I also pointed out that this was the infamous memo that allegedly discussed the bombing of al-Jazeera. I’ve been informed by a reader that apparently writing the two preceeding statements in the same article is flouting the law. On his own blog at NS, Martin Bright had to write two seperate blog entries: one about the court ruling and another on Al-Jazeera.

    Fortunately for us the judge’s ruling referred to newspapers not electronic blogs. This is how desperate civil servants have become in order to de-link the two. No one has yet published the full memo but it surely should be a matter of time. What I do have exclusively here is the court ruling that you can download from here.
    The main bit:

    It follows, and this is for the guidance of the press in the interim before I produce my full reasons, this does mean that the members of the press and their colleagues in other media can continue to recycle information that is currently in the public domain so long as any material published or broadcast does not suggest that that information equals, or may equal, the evidence or statements concerning the matters that were dealt with in camera in this trial. If that means they have to have one article recycling the material in the public domain on one page of the newspaper in one item of news and they have to have another article or another item of news dealing with the trial, then so be it.

    Filed under: Civil liberties,Media

    The infamous Al-Jazeera memo

    by Sunny at 12:00 pm    

    Remember that memo in which Blair and Bush apparently discussed bombing the Middle Eastern station Al-Jazeera? (Ok they did so anyway twice but this conversation was actually recorded) Remember the furore about publishing it if it got out into blogs?

    Well, there is still an effort to get the contents of that memo published. The two men who originally leaked it were only convicted over it last week. On his blog, New Statesman political editor Martin Bright has some interesting info:

    However, in a bizarre twist, the judge has stated that the contents of the leak — which is thought to involve a conversation between Tony Blair and George Bush — can be reported as long as they are not linked to the case and appear on a separate page of the newspaper involved.

    The conditions of this order should be unacceptable to any journalist who cares about the freedom of the press in this country. It is my belief that, should the appeal fail, senior journalists associated with the case should combine to breach the order as an act of civil disobedience. The judge in the case, Mr Justice Aikens, made no reference to the internet. But we have to be careful here. All I can say is that I would always encourage readers of this blog to read all the postings.

    C’mon readers, if anyone can spot the memo or have a copy of it - send it over! I’d love to publish it.
    NewStatesman.com also has an amusing quiz on Blair’s 10 years: Who Blairs Wins.

    Filed under: Current affairs

    Danish intolerance

    by Sunny at 3:57 am    

    The concocted controversy over Palestinian-Danish politician, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid, shows how intolerant the Danish have become over religious observance. From today’s Guardian:

    The 25-year-old social worker, student and town councillor describes herself as a feminist, a democrat, and a socialist. She has gay friends, opposes the death penalty, supports abortion rights, and could not care less what goes on in other people’s bedrooms. In short, a tolerant Scandinavian and European. She is also a Palestinian and a devout Muslim who insists on wearing a headscarf, who refuses, on religious grounds, to shake hands with males, and who is bidding fair to be the first Muslim woman ever to enter the Folketing, the Danish parliament in Copenhagen.

    “This goes far beyond the extreme right,” says Toger Seidenfaden, editor of the Politiken daily newspaper. “Asmaa is insisting on the right to be a religious Muslim and that’s provoking broad debate among the public.” The key issue is the headscarf and whether it can be accommodated in parliament. This month Ms Abdol-Hamid gained the candidacy for a safe Copenhagen seat for the leftwing Unity List.

    “Some Muslims don’t think it’s right for a female to act like this. They go to my father and tell him, get her married, get her married,” she laughs. “Others think you can’t be Muslim and Danish at the same time. Some of the Muslims and the extreme right are just the same.”

    Insisting on the right to be religious and a politician, well ain’t that scary. The Danish establishment seems to have forgotten the basic ideals behind liberalism and tolerance.

    Filed under: Current affairs
    15th May, 2007

    ‘An important book for young Muslims and society’

    by Sunny at 12:14 pm    

    It seems that Ed Hussain’s book The Islamist continues to be the talk of the town. In reviewing, while Madeleine Bunting danced around without direct approval or disapproval, Riazat Butt haughtily dismissed it with the amusing put-down: “Next time a young Muslim man calls me a Hindu bitch because I don’t wear a veil I’ll put it down to their vulnerability and lack of cuddles.” Yesterday HuT’s Taji Mustafa got his soapbox and somehow made into a muddled article about why the Khalifah is so great. Surprise surprise. Sometimes I think Pizza HuTters are mostly drones incapable of addressing the topic without mentioning 15 times why everyone is stupid for not supporting their project. Not so different to the Sikh Khalistanis then.

    Anyway, another interesting review, this time by Dr Tahir Abbas of Bham university.
    From his blog:

    Soon after he returned to Britain, 7/7 happened and Ed reflects on this. How could this have happened? Why were people so blind to the radicalisation of young Muslims? It is clear now that the security services have been simply unable to keep pace with the spread of this cancer and society as a whole has paid the price. But, ultimately, the problems are not going to go away that easily. South Asians make up over two-thirds of Muslims in Britain and yet there are no scholars from this community who can adequately lead. The people who make up the Muslim Council of Britain emerged from an existing assortment of various groups with degrees of affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamat-e-Islami, and are of a particular age and therefore indoctrination. New Labour has been in bed with the Islamists and they have not known it.

    This book is an important for young Muslims, men and women, but for society as a whole, too. It has important lessons about humility and humanity, forgiveness and fortitude, with an overriding message of hope pervading throughout its pages. Policy-makers, commentators, researchers, and educators take note. Radical Islam is here in Britain, and without a concerted effort on the part of the silent majority, it will remain. ‘The Islamist’ is a valuable but also quite necessary book, and it needs to be read wide and far.

    Does the pro-Israel lobby stifle debate?

    by Sunny at 4:07 am    

    Someone sent me the link to this video, which makes interesting viewing, on the above question. Part of the ‘Doha Debates’, this was held at the Oxford Union, featuring writer Norman Finkelstein, writer Andrew Cockburn, David Aaranovitch (The Times) and Dr Martin Indyk (from AIPAC).

    If you’re going to discuss it, please watch the video first.

    Filed under: Media,Middle East
    14th May, 2007

    No more Mars Bars

    by Sunny at 5:41 pm    

    Well, I never really liked them anyway. But now I can’t even have Bounty or Snickers!

    On May 1, Masterfoods began using animal products in famous chocolate bars such as the Mars Bar, Bounty, Snickers, Twix and Milky Way. The taint also affects Maltesers and Minstrels, which have traces of whey - a product of cheesemaking which itself involves the use of rennet, a chemical from calves’ stomachs. The recipe change also applies to the popular ice cream versions of the confectionery bars.

    It means that for the diligent vegetarian, the products are all out of bounds. The move has been strongly condemned by the Vegetarian Society which has urged its members to pressure Masterfoods to think again.

    There’s only one word worth saying: bastards. A spokesperson from Masterfoods said:

    If the customer is an extremely strict vegetarian, then we are sorry the products are no longer suitable but a less strict vegetarian should enjoy our chocolate.

    A less strict vegetarian? What’s that? Like someone… who eats meat products? Be warned people (or vegetarians specifically)! Don’t buy unless these foolish people change their ways. I already have chocolate problems since I also boycott Nestle, so my choice is now limited only to Cadburys. Life is harsh.

    Filed under: Environmentalism
    12th May, 2007

    It’s a rainy day open thread!

    by Katy at 3:19 pm    

    Well, it’s raining here in North London, anyway, and I will be taking the dog for a walk in it because that’s the kind of person I am. When I get back I will be cheering myself up by rereading this, which has enriched my life considerably and for which I will be eternally grateful to Harry’s Place commenter Michael.

    And to be perfectly honest, I am not sure that I need to say anything else. And after I take the dog for a walk I have a Birthday Party to attend. It is far away. So I am going to go off and do stuff now. In the meantime, please entertain us all with your amusing stuff. No politics, racism, rudeness, backstabbing, peddling, haggling, spam, adverts or harassment. Seriously. Take my advice, or I’ll spank you without pants.

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    Filed under: Current affairs
    11th May, 2007

    Tasneem released!

    by Sunny at 6:43 pm    

    Drishtipat have just alerted us that Tasneem Khalil has been released by the Bangladesh military. Thank you to our readers and comrades for their offers of help, I’m sure Tasneem will appreciate it. Good thing too because I was just getting started on building effigies of the military; they were shaping up to be quite hideous in typical Indian tradition.

    Update: And thanks to other blogging heavyweights including DesiPundit, Harry’s Place, Sepia Mutiny and Neha V for spread the word.
    You can read the statement by Daily Star editor here.

    Filed under: Civil liberties

    Important: Tasneem Khalil arrested by military police

    by Sunny at 3:40 am    

    I’ve just had an email informing me that prominent journalist Tasneem Khalil has been arrested by the military police in Bangladesh, a serious attack on press freedom in the country. An editor and outspoken journalist for the English daily newspaper Daily Star, he also worked for CNN and Human Rights Watch in the country. Of late he has been documenting the military’s attempts to take over Bangladesh and restrict political rights and free speech in the country.
    Mash says:

    Apparently Mr. Khalil’s crime is that he did his job. He spoke truthfully about the current situation in Bangladesh. He was interviewed by Nora Boustany of the Washington Post last month - that interview may have cost him his freedom and now possibly his life.

    I have been speaking out over the last month about the military takedown of the democratic system in Bangladesh. One by one the fundamental rights of Bangladeshis have been taken away. But, Bangladeshis have recently started to fight back against the military. The press, the people and the courts have begun speaking out. The military now aims to silence them. Their thuggery is now plain to see.

    Other bloggers covering: Drishtipat, Global Voices, Rezwanul, Golmal Sid, Salam Dhaka, Keep me honest, My dear Bangladesh, Adda, Deshi Voice and Butterflies and Wheels.

    Human Rights Watch has also issued a press release. SD says this has also been elevated to the US State dept and Washington Post should be doing a story.

    We need to organise joint protests in Washington and London in front of the Bangladeshi embassies to raise the profile of this arrest and highlight human rights abuses there. Who’s with me? Email me if you’re interested or post below.

    Update 1: Coverage now at: CNN, IHT, Washington Post, Reuters Alertnet and the BBC.

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    10th May, 2007

    The Tony Blair resigns open thread

    by Leon at 2:31 pm    

    Blairs ten year poll ratings

    Right, everyone and their dog has given their opinion on Blair’s resignation as Labour party leader, time for an open thread. He’s announced he’s stepping down as leader and after the leadership election will step down as PM on June 27th. The LibDems have called for a General Election, do we need one? Cameron has said, well, not very much so over to you picklers…

    Nothing good ever came…

    by Sunny at 11:27 am    

    Apparently about 99 people complained about this ad, run by Channel 5 to highlight its run of American television programmes and films, saying that it was “racist towards Americans”.

    And, wait for it, it was also apparently “socially irresponsible” in that it could incite racial violence.

    Damn, people be losin’ their minds.

    Filed under: Humour,Media
    9th May, 2007

    Do white working classes have culture?

    by Sunny at 2:11 pm    

    A frequent complaint of readers on blogs and elsewhere in the right-wing press is that white people in England are not allowed to express their own culture values. That somehow ethnic minorities are stopping them. Apparently multiculturalism is to blame. Of course this is quite more bizarre given: Britain outside London and parts of Birmingham is still overwhelmingly white; many seasonal newspaper claims of an attack on “our way of life” turn out to be rubbish; and I can’t remember a single case of an ethnic minority actually stopping a white person from cultural activity. Unsurprisingly, when I ask a complainer how minorities are destroying their culture, I get no reply.

    But there is a problem - that of middle class attitudes towards working class and ethnic minorities cultural practices. And the two are increasingly intertwined.

    Continue Reading...
    Filed under: Culture,Race politics

    The Islamist

    by Sunny at 9:48 am    

    Over at his blog, Yahya Birt has written an excellent review of the book The Islamist, by Ed Hussain, which looks vastly more informed than Melanie Phillips’ pisspoor Londonistan or Michael Gove’s Celsius 7/7. These bits are worth highlighting.

    The most important insights arise from Husain’s period of involvement with Hizb ut-Tahrir at a time when it was under the leadership of Omar Bakri Mohammed. Riding on the back of anti-Saudi sentiment during the first Gulf War in 1990, Hizb ut-Tahrir began to have a serious impact. Its confrontational tabloid style excited Muslim students looking for easy answers to Western double standards and the new Salafi missionaries from Saudi Arabia. The control of Islamic student societies would oscillate between Islamists and apolitical Salafis, leaving few alternatives to a crude, despiritualised, angry and self-righteous take on Islam. Husain’s judgement that Hizb ut-Tahrir, under Bakri’s inspiration (who was later to found the splinter al-Muhajiroun), did more to inculcate the spirit of jihad, anti-West sentiment, anti-democractic politics, and passionate support for the cause of the umma, the Muslim supernation, than anyone else is essentially correct.

    This is a delicate and difficult debate. Husain makes the case for banning Hizb ut-Tahrir on the basis of his personal journey rather than considering the political implications as carefully as he should have done.

    The other serious point that Husain raises is about responsibility for rhetoric. To put it simply, the angry anti-West rhetoric of the period of colonial struggle (Mawdudi) or of postcolonial resistance (Qutb and Nabhani), without a controlling contextualisation, cannot be idly placed in the hands of young British Muslims.

    I hope to carry on this debate about what should be done with Hizb ut-Tahrir later this week. But Yahya’s essay is definitely worth reading.

    8th May, 2007

    Anti-terror media briefings

    by Sunny at 2:58 pm    

    Human rights group Liberty have issued a call today for the Home Office to establish a protocol for communication between civil servants, the police and the media around terrorism raids. I haven’t got the time to explain here why I believe this to be very important, but it is. Liberty’s Shami Chakrabarti says:

    “Professional news reporting and accurate public information are vital in the face of the terrorist threat. So it’s high time that there were clear protocols to avoid the distorted, unaccountable and badly timed briefings that are so damaging to police operations, fair trials and community confidence.”

    In a paper released today, “Setting the Record Straight – the dangers of off the record briefings during anti-terror operations,” Liberty highlights unsourced reporting of raids including in the West Midlands in late January 2007, the Forest Gate incident in June 2006, and the Ricin plot of 2003.

    You can read Liberty’s press release from here. The page also has two documents on the right-hand side: Liberty’s paper on the protocols, and the Home Office’s response to a FOI request about briefings made to the media. Both worth reading.

    Criticising the media’s failure over Iraq

    by Sunny at 4:43 am    

    The columnist Gary Kamiya wrote this devastating critique of the US media’s failure to challenge the government over its invasion of Iraq for Salon magazine a few weeks ago:

    Why did the media fail so disastrously in its response to the biggest issue of a generation? To answer this, we need to look at three broad, interrelated areas, which I have called psychological, institutional and ideological. The media had serious preexisting weaknesses on all three fronts, and when a devastating terrorist attack and a radical, reckless and duplicitous administration came together, the result was a perfect storm.

    The outburst of media patriotism after the attacks reveals how fragile the barrier is between journalism and propaganda. Fox News, whose newscasters sported American flag pins and where the “news” consisted of cheerleading for Bush administration policies, was, of course, the most egregious case. One month after the United States began bombing Kabul, Fox anchor Brit Hume actually said, “Over at ABC News, where the wearing of American flag lapel pins is banned, Peter Jennings and his team have devoted far more time to the coverage of civilian casualties in Afghanistan than either of their broadcast network competitors.” Reading this statement five years later is a salutary reminder of how pervasive such jingoist, near-Stalinist groupthink was in those days — and still is on Fox.

    Which leads us to the third and final area where journalism failed in the aftermath of 9/11: ideology. Evaluating why America was attacked required journalists to learn about the history of the Arab/Muslim world — and not just skim one of Bernard Lewis’ tendentious articles discounting Arab grievances. Evaluating how dangerous Saddam Hussein really was required knowledge of the contemporary Middle East — not just a quick read of Kenneth Pollack’s “The Threatening Storm,” which argued that Saddam posed so great a threat to America that war was necessary. Assessing Bush’s entire “war on terror” required a dispassionate exploration of terrorism itself — an understanding that terrorism is essentially a form of asymmetrical warfare, that it often succeeds by provoking an overreaction, that it can be waged in the service of legitimate goals, and that most terrorists are not cowards or madmen — free of 9/11 emotionalism. Indeed, every one of these issues needed to be looked at completely objectively, without sacred cows of any kind.

    I can’t even add any commentary to this article. It. Is. A. Must. Read. Of course the US media failed as did the rightwing media here. But did the BBC also fail?

    7th May, 2007

    When the US government actually saves lives

    by Sunny at 4:07 pm    

    “Let me tell you a story of a disaster that you have probably never heard of and the overwhelming American response that you should know about,” says one of our favourite comrades Mash. He goes on to recount a US military operation that took place in April 1991 in Bangladesh.

    In late spring of 1991 a US Navy Amphibious Task Force (ATF) returning from the Persian Gulf war was diverted, on order of President George H.W. Bush, to the Bay of Bengal.

    Less than two weeks ago, on the evening of April 29 1991, Cyclone Marian, a storm with top sustained winds of 160 mph (Category 5), made landfall as a strong Category 4 storm (155 mph) along the coastline of Bangladesh. The resulting 20 foot high tidal wave killed over 138,000 people and left over 5 million people homeless. Marian was one of the deadliest tropical cyclones on record.

    The United States responded on May 10 1991 by launching Operation Sea Angel, a relief operation that involved over 7000 US soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen. The man leading the effort, Lt. General Henry Stackpole, declared, “We went to Kuwait in the name of liberty, and we’ve come to Bangladesh in the name of humanity.”

    That operation is estimated to have saved as many as 200,000 lives. Drishtipat’s Rumi Ahmed recall that fateful event (and has responses from servicemen who actually served during that humanitarian mission).

    The point here, as Mash also makes, is obvious. The United States has massive operational capability in saving people during difficult circumstances and it has done so repeatedly, including offering vital help during the recent Kashmir earthquake and the one in Bam, Iran.

    It is on this basis that many also supported the war in Iraq: that it would help saves lives from Saddam Hussain’s brutality. I think that was/is a laudable aim in itself. But I did not support it because, as a keen observer of American politics, I’d come to the conclusion that Bush cared little for the lives of non-Americans. He pulled out of half a dozen international treaties before 9/11, making the world more dangerous, in the name of American self-interest, and because the rhetoric for attacking Iraq was deeply dishonest. There were flaws in the reasoning, the evidence and the operations. There was no coherent planning and it showed from the start.

    To classify all American intervention as good is misplaced too. They were bitterly opposed to India entering the 1971 war for the liberation of Bangladesh, one of the few wars during the 20th century that saved more lives than it cost. So not everyone who opposed their intervention in February 2003 wanted to let more Iraqis die and not everyone grateful for their help is an imperialist lackey. History shows the picture is a lot more muddled.

    5th May, 2007

    The Scary News and Politics Open Thread

    by Clairwil at 3:21 pm    

    Ok this is where you stick the serious stuff this week(see post below for more details). This isn’t just a weekend thread so do make use of it all week.

    Filed under: Current affairs

    The Politics Free Open Thread

    by Clairwil at 3:19 pm    

    Hello,
    As a bit of an experiment I’ve decided to put up two open threads today. This will be the open thread we have come to know and love, so let’s have your plans, amusing links, jokes and off topic chat here as usual.

    The other open thread will be a big serious political and news free for all, though I don’t want it descending into abuse. Anything that’s not currently being covered here that you think might interest the picklers then place it in the thread above this one. Feel free to pop in your suggestions for anything you’d like to see covered here and if you’re very lucky King Sunny of Pickle or one of the other picklers might oblige with a post. Alternatively we might just ignore it but do get it off your chest all the same.

    This weekend I’m aiming to emulate the life of a cat but doing nothing in the sunshine, although I might nip down to the river to chat to the geese later on. They never answer but the are good listeners when they’re not having one of their insane goose fights for they are rather rough geese.

    Before I go I’ll leave you with a wee plug for The Scottish Idler’s Guild. Do join us if you’re in the area.

    Filed under: Blog,Humour
    4th May, 2007

    Happy elections

    by Sunny at 10:00 pm    

    In short: the Scottish National Party did great, Labour floundered but not as badly as they thought, Conservatives did as well as they could have hoped, the Liberal Democrats too did badly, the BNP got nowhere and we should all be celebrating. Or maybe… who cares about local elections anyway?
    Either way the weekend is here and I’m looking forward to some sunshine and catching up on my reading. I’m sure Katy or Clairwil will come along soon with the weekend thread, so this is not that. You can discuss what you folks want here… if anyone is still around on this Friday evening?

    Filed under: Current affairs
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