Category Archives: Wiggia

The EU, UKIP, the Harrogate Agenda, Autonomous Mind

hd4By Wiggia:

There is something very strange going on, with the three main parties worried that UKIP might at last have enough potential votes to effect their status quo, those who in the past broadly supported the party and Farage are putting the boot in.

The reasons to a degree are valid if the minutiae of things said or printed or indeed not are examined in that way.





But in the case of those involved with the Harrogate Agenda, however laudable their intentions and plans it appears to have got personal, the constant attack from Dr Richard North on his blog and now that of his supporters at what seems every opportunity has gone beyond fair criticism and become a campaign. Continue reading


Wooden boats

There’s a beauty to wood which can’t be matched by other materials. Wiggia sends these pics from Pinterest:

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The incompetent and ambitious employ and promote the incompetent and ambitious

chris smithThe Somerset levels debacle, the EPA, has greatly angered much of this country, it would be fair to say.

But it’s by no means a unique debacle. Do you remember one which was covered at OoL about the flooding of the Missouri basin. Naturally you’re not interested in that at this time but it does give a perspective on the current troubles.

Jodi Farhat is exactly what Lord Smith is – a bumbling fool but accompanied by certain traits which are the last thing one needs in the head of an agency or company: Continue reading

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

Ballingdon Hall, Sudbury

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In 1993 we moved to Long Melford in Suffolk, just north of Sudbury on the Suffolk Essex borders.

I used to pass this property halfway up a long hill down into Sudbury and across the River Stour on a daily basis and it was only a chance conversation that informed me this was the same house I had seen moved on television in 1972.

ballingdon hall, sudbury

The Hall was originally at the bottom of the hill overlooking the river but the threat of a further estate being built meant the owners view would be ruined so they had the whole building moved up the hill about 250yds, the hill is quite steep so this was quite an engineering feat, especially for an historic 1560s building like this.

When the day came for the move 10,000 people turned up to watch, blocking the surrounding town and roads and they were charged 10p each for the privilege all of which went to the local church funds.

ballingdon hall, sudbury 2

Although moving whole buildings isn’t unique, and many have been moved over long distances, moving one uphill over fields is still something one would not normally contemplate.

Short hair on wimmin

The world of some ladies is highly entertaining. Your humble correspondent, having had the fascinating experience of wading into an issue between ladies and getting condemned from all sides, retiring with tail between legs, now sees this via Wiggia:

Laurie Penny actually makes a living by being paid to write this crap. Having read it, the only reason for it’s existence that I can see is the fact that Laurie Penny has short hair and believes men – God forbid – don’t, in her pretend world, like short hair.”

Actually, I adore short hair on women and my main characters in the books often have bobbed hair – pics below of the sort of thing. By the way, because of the heavy wimmin focus on this blog, I learned this morning that I am meant to be a closet homosexual. Love the logic. Where would we be without these ladies? Continue reading

Oh for goodness sake!

Goldie Hawn: Troubles of young stars like Justin Bieber ‘heartbreaking’

Endangering a Lamborghini – heartbreaking, yes.    Davos eye candy, Ms Hawn realizes just how terrible life is for Them.

Actress Goldie Hawn says world leaders are discovering how “mindfulness” helps with stress — but that she despairs at seeing young stars like Justin Bieber struggling to deal with fame.   Hawn spoke to CNN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she had led a session on the power of neuroscience and mindfulness to “change the world.”

Mindfulness, eh?

Being dishonest with the other

Wiggia brings a true story:

A young man, now in his early forties who worked for me some years ago and has remained a friend along with his family has inadvertently discovered that he has lost everything.

The story goes that some twenty years ago, he met a girl, they subsequently married and had a daughter, his wife when he met her had finished a relationship with another man and she remained in the house they purchased and shared.

He was a bit of a wild young man and she was the best thing that could have happened to him, certainly on a personal level, but he didn’t want to live in the house so it was sold and they were given a golden opportunity to start afresh when a free cottage on a beautiful Tudor manored estate was offered in return for really just being there, as the owners had other properties in London and abroad. Continue reading

Fastest mobility scooter


More reasons to despise feminists

LOL – feminists are under attack from their sisters from all sorts of angles now – long may it happen.

wendy davisWiggia brings this one, about riding on the backs of men and then savaging men from their new-found position of influence … plus various dogs’ acts along the way:

Wendy Davis is continuing in the footsteps of “great” feminist leaders who climbed up the political ladder on the backs of the men who supported them financially.

It was revealed in the Dallas Morning News that her ex-husband cashed in his 401k and took out a loan to pay for her law degree at Harvard.

Over time, the Davises’ marriage was strained. In November 2003, Wendy Davis moved out.

Jeff Davis said that was right around the time the final payment on their Harvard Law School loan was due. “It was ironic,” he said. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.”

Likewise, feminist icon Gloria Steinem used her relationships with men to advance her career in journalism. Continue reading

Chris Chataway – dying breed


With apologies to Wiggia, this was lost in the withdrawal of Gmail services [see post later today].   Better late than never to post it:

He was an athlete who epitomised all that young boys thought an athlete should be in those still austere post war years.

Chris Chataway, always remembered for being one of the team that helped Roger Bannister finally crack the elusive four minute barrier for the mile, was a lot more than that.

It was later that year, after being beaten by the seemingly invincible Vladimir Kuts in the European Championships 5000mts, they were matched again in a London against Moscow event over the same distance at the old White City stadium.

This was in an era when big sporting events were thin on the ground, boxing world champions were exactly that and British sporting achievements were few and much celebrated and cherished in a way difficult to come to terms with today.

As a small boy watching in B/W on the only channel available, seeing Chataway so slowly overhaul the machine like Kuts down that homestraight , barrel chested with a huge head of red blond hair, the relief and joy of that win and a world record to boot was Boy’s Own Paper stuff – a moment to savor.

Many years later, in the late 80s, I was working in St Johns Wood London near a Junior School.

In the morning, two famous fathers brought their young sons to that school, one was Peter O’Toole who even then looked as though the high life had taken its toll.

The other was Chris Chataway who appeared over thirty years after that triumph at the White City to be instantly recognisable as that sporting hero of my early youth.


As Wiggia says, he is the sort of person not to be forgotten. It’s common for older generations to venerate those from the past but IMHO, there is really something to that generation who, while they would consider themselves quite ordinary, grew up at a time and with an upbringing which has been largely lost today.

Dare I say it but what they possessed, especially in the working class of the day, was breeding. Call it fanciful but perhaps this was reflected in the quality of the products then produced in this land.

Love thy constituents

Scarcely needs explanation [via Wiggia]:

A FORTNIGHT ago Richard Ottaway was dubbed a knight in the New Year’s Honours list.

Now the Croydon South MP has been dubbed “a bit cowardly” after asking the police to attend the handing over of a petition by a small group of constituents, including an 81-year-old woman.

Liz Marsden, 39, had organised a meeting with Sir Richard where she hoped to hand over a petition signed by opponents of the government’s Lobbying Bill.

But when she and a dozen residents arrived at the MP’s constituency office in Brighton Road on Friday afternoon they were met by a police car parked in the driveway.

Mrs Marsden, of the Croydon branch of Friends of the Earth, said: “Mr Ottaway thought it was going to be a demonstration, but it wasn’t. It was just a dozen people who are conscientious and wanted to show him they support the petition.

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Origin of today’s species


[It’s getting worse – now can’t remember if it is Chuckles, haiku, JD, Wiggia or Amfortas for the H/T]

Sharp practice

First-Look-at-Leonardo-DiCaprio-in-Character-for-The-Wolf-of-Wall-Street-2How real is this?  Wiggia sends this from Rowans’s Blog.

Rowan describes himself thus:

Having spent my career dealing with financial crime, both as a Met detective and as a legal consultant, I now spend my time working with financial institutions advising them on the best way to provide compliance with the plethora of conflicting regulations and laws designed to prevent and forestall money laundering – whatever that might be!

Here’s the excerpt which made me think most: Continue reading

Is this hypocrisy, Mr. Tebbitt?

Wiggia writes:

An interesting comment in the DT on Norman Tebbit’s blog.

A year or more ago, I raised a query with NT regarding the divided loyalties and allegiances of UK citizens who work directly for the EU, and particularly the EU Commissioners and their senior staff. Legally who do they serve, the EU or the UK and what about conflicts? I asked, how could they serve 2 masters? NT ducked the question, and I’m still not certain on this matter!

If, as NT suggests above, there is an oath taken by EU Commissioners et al to the EU this query in present circumstances seems more pertinent, and over and above any personal monetary considerations regarding ongoing EU pensions and perks. Continue reading