Category Archives: History, national heritage

Gutter blogging on Britain’s worst towns

You just gotta smile.   Least attractive towns at the Independent:

Slough, Birmingham, Scunthorpe

And then readers added:

Wallasey, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh, York, Blackpool, Bradford, Hamilton, Maidenhead

Other lists had: Continue reading


Arabs losing the plot [2]


It’s not everyday one hears criticism of Arabs coming out of Saudi Arabia.

It may be indicative of a growing sense of an historical change needed or about to occur, altering the balances between the belligerent ‘parts’ of Islam and maybe even an alignment with western ‘values’ – just as we are losing all semblance of them ourselves.

An amazing Saudi Arabian Journalist says –

“Today, however, [we face] a reality that exceeds imagination, [and includes] decapitations, bombing houses with explosive barrels, the rape of women, and the expulsion of millions of innocent civilians. [Now] the Zionists no longer have to try and distort the image of the Arabs using American cinema and global media, [for] the Arabs have provided them with a short cut.

“Now the world need only follow the news in order for to know how cheap human life is in Arab countries!”

Arabs losing the plot [1]

JD asks:

Whither Scotland?


At first I thought the Scottish gentleman had a point:

It’s a numbers game. England has 170K registered senior players. Scotland 12K, Ireland 25K, Wales 23K, Italy 17K. Taking into consideration the number of players England have available from England , Tonga etc it must be a disappointment that they are not able to beat a team with Scotland ability by more than 20 points.

… but then I thought it through and found this at the Roar, a heavily pro-AFL site: Continue reading

Snipers take out US grid network – stuff of good fiction?

Just when we thought it was safe to go back into our shells, muttering, “There ain’t no conspiracy, it’s flights of fancy,” comes this:

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, last April, in the middle of the night, snipers opened fire for almost 20 minutes on a substation next to a freeway south of San Jose, California, and knocked out seventeen transformers that direct power around Silicon Valley. They also cut the nearby telephone cables. It took a month to fix all the damage — the attackers are still unknown.

The former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff — who now works for the law firm Stoel Rives — has been trying to bring attention to the incident because he thinks it could have been a dress rehearsal for a larger coordinated attack on the U.S. power grid. Shortly after the event occurred, Wellinghoff — who was still FERC Chairman at the time — took a group from the U.S. Navy’s Dahlgren Surface Warfare Center in Virginia (which trains Navy SEALs) to investigate the scene and they determined it was a professional job.

Wellinghoff thinks that a larger coordinated attack could be so detrimental that it could lead to widespread blackouts across the U.S. Not everyone agrees with him, though, and othersquoted in the Wall Street Journal article think the grid is more resilient.

Perhaps that’s what they were trying to determine in an exercise – whether it was or not, just for information, you understand. I place this alongside that PC over here who smashed that pensioner’s car window to determine whether any wrongdoing had been done.

Understandable behaviour really.

In which insanity is dropping down like faeces from above.

[H/T haiku]

PSN connectivity and Safenet

Anything we need worry about? Over at OoL now.

Somerset rivers – to dredge or not to dredge?


Guardian says – among these problems the Environment Agency points out are:

  1. Massive expense. Once you have started dredging, “it must be repeated after every extreme flood, as the river silts up again”.
  2. More dangerous rivers: “Removing river bank vegetation such as trees and shrubs decreases bank stability and increases erosion and siltation.”
  3. The destabilisation of bridges, weirs, culverts and river walls, whose foundations are undermined by deepening the channel: “If the river channels are dredged and structures are not realigned, ‘Pinch Points’ at structures would occur. This would increase the risk of flooding at the structure.” That means more expense and more danger.
  4. Destruction of the natural world: “Removing gravel from river beds by dredging leads to the loss of spawning grounds for fish, and can cause loss of some species. Removing river bank soils disturbs the habitat of river bank fauna such as otters and water voles.”

If that is so, are the calls for Smith’s head right?    I ask only for information.

A more serious proposal for Scotland … and for the rest of us too …

Though it’s a tad unfair to run this while comment approval will be intermittent today, the thoughts are rolling off now and they’ll have been forgotten later.

It’s only attitude and prejudice … all right, historical atrocities too … which sees Scotland and England at loggerheads … all right, it’s the EU agenda too.

Call it naive but most people, it seems to me, see the Scottish border roughly where it is, with no further south than Berwick really being the accepted limit.

Australia has a federal system as does the States and division of powers is no great problem overall – sure there are demarcation issues but it largely works. Methinks Westminster would be the federal parliament and the English Assembly somewhere else, the Scottish Assembly, Welsh, Northern Irish etc.

As Andrew said, most Scots will vote to stay in but some things must end, e.g. the Barnett and West Lothian. Such a model as proposed here would surely meet most of the criteria.

As for the EU, we clearly need to be out but look at Autonomous Mind re the chance of success of a referendum. If the govt had the cojones to put this model in place, then they’d have the cojones to leave the EU anyway.

It’s that Clegg and other quislings are preventing this happening which is the issue. That’s another topic.

Comments will be back on this evening.

For the love of Scotland

In the spirit of reconciliation and tolerance you’ve come to expect at Nourishing Obscurity, may I make a humble suggestion or eight for the resolution of this Scottish Question?

1.   Play for it on the rugby pitch.    We could swing low and you could sing this but note the kids in the vid – they don’t know the words, so wherefore Scottish nationalism?

2.  We could just throw in the towel and become Scottish – here’s some of the fabulous cuisine they’d bring to Derby and even further south and some bonny lasses to boot: Continue reading

Celtic mist

JD replies, [to celebrate the Kinnear departure no doubt]:

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Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, the MSM and the allegations against the judiciary

This post presupposes that you do have an open mind in this matter.   Developments on the allegations that Judge Nencini, in the Knox/Sollecito appeal, illegally gave interviews after the verdict:

§  Judge Nencini is one of those investigating Forza Italia [Berlusconi] for bribes for contracts for Florence’s high speed rail link.

§  Making the complaints were both defence counsels Bongiorno and Maori and three or four lay members of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) under Art. 6 of the CMS rules.   These lay members are members of the political party “Forza Italia” [Berlusconi].

§  Florence Prosecution are also investigating Giulia Bongiorno [Sollecito counsel] for possible bribes offered to the colleagues of the mafiosi witness Aviello, also being investigated as the origin of false accusations of crimes in Sollecito’s book. Continue reading

Township revisited

Know we’ve done some of these before but let’s do them again:

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Lord Smith and the Environmental Agency

River Stour at the bottom of my water meadow Long Melford

The Environment Agency has been getting a lot of stick recently, especially over the flooding in the Somerset Levels.

Now nobody can stand in the way of nature when conditions are way above anything that can be anticipated and nobody ever will, but this authority has undoubtedly failed in its duty of maintenance time and again regards rivers and watercourses.

A little bit of history spells out that not all is right with the Agency in more than one area. Continue reading

Words which have changed their meaning over time

You can take this one or leave it, as it would take quite some verifying but it’s interesting, all the same.   Here’s a small selection:


Used to mean: To utter suddenly and passionately, to exclaim

The unintended double entendres in this sentence of Jane Eyre could make anyone snicker: “The sleepers were all aroused: ejaculations, terrified murmurs sounded in every room; door after door unclosed; one looked out and another looked out; the gallery filled.” Still, the old-school and modern definitions are pretty synonymous.

MYRIAD Continue reading

Bletchley – when those who come after have none of the wartime spirit


This via Chuckles. The headline had it:

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors


Now the ongoing war between Bletchley Park and the National Museum of Computing has claimed its first casualties. Tony Carroll, an elderly volunteer at Bletchley Park, was fired after daring to …

There are people out there who understand this far more than I and they might even have been to the exhibition. Comments, usually throws more light on things but in this case, confuses them more in my mind: Continue reading