The BBC and religious drivel………………..


I switched on the radio this morning expecting to hear the dulcit tone of Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 but instead was greeted by the smooth voice of Claire Balding. It then dawned on me that is was Sunday, not Monday and that I had tuned in to the “god slot”

Each week they invite along some speaker from one of the “faiths” to tell us little stories and homilies about how wonderful the world is and that we are all Gods children.

This morning some woman who has been ordained into the Christian church came on and was asked about the appalling murder of the aid worker in the middle east by the followers of Islam (remember folks this the religion of “peace” as muslims continue to tell us).

She seemed taken aback by the question and for a few seconds there was deathly silence……..this was then followed by a string of platitudes about love and peace and the statement that “all the worlds religions preach peace and love” and it was at this point I nearly choked on my shredded wheat.

I immediately though that you need to go back to theological college and do some further study as the old testament in the bible preached hell and damnation on a regular basis (what kind of god asks a father to sacrifice his son?). Moreover, a little study of the koran will demonstrate islams attitude to non-believers, the need to wage jihad (holy war) and the approval of slavery.

Usually I can cope with the “religious ramblings” of the various preachers that appear but this woman this morning seemed to be in “la la land” and sounded a little like a 60s hippie who had indulged a little too much in relaxation therapy.

It is time the BBC stopped all this religious stuff on the radio because if I want to be preached at or lectured about what is “good” I will take myself of to places where they specialise in these things (churches, mosques and synagogues).

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Rock bands and artists I don’t get…………….

I have been listening to pop / rock music from the very early 1960’s and can remember buying my first 45 single, namely Poetry in Motion by Johnny Tillotson in I think it was 1961.

For the last 50 years or so I have listened to rock, classical, jazz and a good deal of world music. I was thinking the other day that in every genre of music there are certain composers and performers I just “don’t get”

With classical music it is the compositions of Joseph Haydn (I am of the view he wrote the same symphony 102 times), WA Mozart (with certain exceptions), Benjamin Britten (vastly over – rated except for Sinfonia da Requiem) and amongst contemporary composers the cacophony produced by Harrison Birtwistle.

As far as jazz is concerned my blind spot is Charlie Parker (yes, I know this is heresy) and the whole band of “Be boppers” who sprang to the fore in the mid / late 1940s. I have tried listening numerous times (even bought CDs by Parker, Gillespie and Monk) but cannot make a connection with what they are doing.

Finally we come to the world of pop / rock music and no doubt I will invoke the wrath of some musicologists and fans of the artists I am about to list who I still “don’t get”……………..

Buddy_Holly_Crickets_Ed_Sullivan_1957Buddy Holly – insipid caricature of a performer, his records sound vacuous and anodyne and I do not understand why people think he is such an influence on modern rock music (I still think he looks like a Chartered Accountant who went through the wrong door and into some recording studios).


 REM – devoid of musical creativity, made the same album several times over and created a middle of the road “generic sound” that appealed to millions (I am not one).


250px-Oasis_Liam_and_Noel Oasis – the “wannabee” Beatles but with only a smidgen of the talent of the “fab four”……….surprised they didn’t get sued for ripping off Beatles melodies and doing it rather badly. Thank god we don’t have to put up with the punch-ups of the Gallagher brothers and the whining vocals of Liam any longer.


Coldplay – middle of the road compositions performed with polish but devoid of any emotional feeling and about as exciting as a bowl of shredded wheat. Enormously successful but I can find nothing in their music that is of interest to me.

220px-09scenestrummer13 The Clash – a band that have reached iconic status amongst music critics and performers and led by that man of the people Joe Strummer. A man of the “left” with real street cred, except for the fact he had a very privileged upbringing and went to “public boarding school”. The clash would jump on any left wing political bandwagon (the Billy Bragg of their day) and produce music that was dire, repetitive and obviously with “political” lyrics. Punk was a con, mainly talentless yobs and 99% of the music produced in that era has (fortunately) gone the way of all flesh.

220px-Sex_Pistols_in_Paradiso_-_Johnny_Rotten_&_Steve_JonesThe Sex Pistols – complete and utter dross and an insult to the term “music”! Never, have so many music critics been conned by by such talentless non-entities.

I realise that my choices are contentious but these are artists I can find no emotional connection with. I am not saying they made “bad music” but just music that did not offer me anything.


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Hamas admits it DID use schools and hospitals in Gaza Strip as ‘human shields’ to launch rocket attacks on Israel

Hamas appeared to admit using human shields to fire rockets into Israel for the first time today, but refused to accept responsibility for the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinians killed in retaliatory airstrikes. In a veiled confession that comes two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, a senior Hamas official said the group’s fighters had no choice but to use residential areas from which to launch missiles into their neighbour’s territory.


Evidence: This photo, provided by the Israel Defense Forces, shows the Gaza City neighborhood of Sheikh Radwan where it says Hamas used four rocket launch sites sitting next to a cluster of schools and nearby residences


 Heated discussions: This is the same map without the IDF’s markings. Increasingly, the discussion is not about whether the Hamas rockets were fired from civilian areas, but exactly how close they were to the actual buildings

But while Ghazi Hamad claimed they took safeguards to keep people away from the violence, he admitted ‘mistakes were made’, blaming Israel’s heavy-handed response for the deaths of civilians.

Original article:Mailonline

So we see again the total disregard that Hamas has for its own people. They know that by placing rocket launchers in civilian areas they will provoke the Israelis to respond and then they claim the “moral high ground” because Palestinian civilians are killed.  They blame the Israelis so called heavy-handed response without taking ANY responsibility for the fact that what happened was an inevitable consequence of Hamas’s actions.

Lets hope the BBC reporters (pro Hamas to a man and woman) are reading this as their completely biased accounts of the conflict have been a disgrace.

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Discriminating against obese ‘doesn’t help weight loss’……….but, there was no evidence discrimination caused weight gain (so work that one out!)


Discriminating against obese ‘doesn’t help weight loss’ Making people feel ashamed about obesity could lead them to gain weight, not lose it, suggests University College London. In a study of nearly 3,000 adults over four years, those who said they had experienced weight discrimination put on more weight than those who did not.

Researchers said there was no evidence discrimination caused weight gain, but it could lead to comfort eating Health professionals were urged to be more supportive. So let me guess this right, there is no evidence that so-called weight discrimination causes weight gain but the overwhelming tenor of this article attempts to imply that it does

The study, in the journal Obesity, looked at data from adults aged over 50 ranging from normal weight to obese who had taken part in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. They were asked if they had experienced day-to-day discrimination that they believed to be connected to their weight.

Examples of discrimination included being treated disrespectfully, receiving poor service in shops and being harassed (so how did these people know that the way they were treated was because of their weight?) One in 20 reported weight discrimination, and in the morbidly obese group one in three reported discrimination. Men and women reported similar levels of weight discrimination.

Over the four-year period, on average, people in all weight groups who said they had experienced these negative attitudes put on nearly 1kg – just over 2lb. Those who did not typically lost 0.7kg. The researchers say this suggests that blaming and shaming people for being overweight is counterproductive. Instead they say it is better to be supportive and encouraging. (Question: what happens when the helping and supporting has no effect?)

Dr Sarah Jackson, lead study author from the department of epidemiology and public health at UCL, said: “There is no justification for discriminating against people because of their weight. “Previous studies have found that people who experience discrimination report comfort eating. “Stress responses to discrimination can increase appetite, particularly for unhealthy, energy-dense food. “Weight discrimination has also been shown to make people feel less confident about taking part in physical activity, so they tend to avoid it.”

The study said “widespread weight bias” had been reported in health professionals, and not just among the general public. Prof Jane Wardle, director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Centre at UCL, said weight discrimination was part of the obesity problem – not the solution. “Everyone, including doctors, should stop blaming and shaming people for their weight and offer support, and where appropriate, treatment.”



This is an incredibly shoddy piece of reporting and is misleading in its headline. Being fat or obese is not an illness as many like to claim, it is simply a matter of stopping putting food in your mouth in such quantities. It is a matter of individuals taking personal responsibility for their own health and well-being including eating a balanced diet (go to any supermarket and stand in line at the checkout and view the amount of  processed food being bought then play “spot the fresh vegetable or fruit”) taking a bit of daily exercise and stop blaming others for their problem.

I stood behind a woman at the supermarket this week as she loaded her goods into bags and despite the bill coming to £96.00 I did not see any fresh fruit or vegetables. Frozen pizzas, burgers, cakes, fizzy drinks yes!

It seems to me that many people today are either too lazy to cook fresh food or don’t know how to………………….

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Its official, wine is good for you……………sort of!


The recommended daily allowance for alcohol consumption in Britain may well be around the size of a medium to large glass of wine depending on your gender, but a leading scientist in the field has claimed drinking just over a bottle a day would do no harm to your health.

Former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body. His conclusion – drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day – that’s four to five pints of beer or more than a bottle of wine – which typically contains around 10 units.


He also believes that drinking more than the current recommended daily intake may in fact be healthier than being a teetotaler.  “The weight of the evidence shows moderate drinking is better than abstaining and heavy drinking is worse than abstaining – however the moderate amounts can be higher than the guidelines say,” Dr Poikolainen

Responding to the comments, Julia Manning from think-tank 2020Health, told the newspaper: “This is an unhelpful contribution to the debate. It makes grand claims which we don’t see evidence for. Alcohol is a toxin, the risks outweigh the benefits.”

As my favourite comedian was want to comment on the subject: “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”― W.C. Fields, circa 1930′s


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Buskers with talent………….

The Trio of Improvisers

The Trio of Improvisers

I was wandering through Huddersfield this morning, passing the time of day whilst my car was being serviced and preparing myself for the financial shock of the cost of the service. After several strong cappuccino I felt strong enough to venture out into the town centre and during my travels encountered three young men busking.

A budding Cat Anderson

A budding Cat Anderson

I stopped to listen to them for a while and what a pleasant experience that was, as they were playing jazz with  a good deal of drive and enthusiasm.

I suspect that they may have been music students possible from Huddersfield University which is well-known for its musical courses (and of course the famous annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival every November) for both performers and composers.

Do I hear echoes of Lawrence Brown?

Do I hear echoes of Lawrence Brown?

I did notice that the young man in the white hoodie had “Halle Youth Orchestra” emblazoned across the front of his garment so he is no mean performer if he plays for that orchestra.

I stood and watched them (and listened) for about fifteen minutes and I was quite taken aback at the amount of money the passing public through into their bag, but it was excellent that “jo public”

Is this the Lithuanian connection?

Is this the Lithuanian connection?

recognised excellent music.

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Early Morning on the Huddersfield Canal

Early morning on the Huddersfield Canal at Slaithwaite

Early morning on the Huddersfield Canal at Slaithwaite

I took this photograph the other morning as I walked along the canal side. The water was perfectly still and not a breath of wind. The sky was slightly overcast hence the less than brilliant colours.

© Kindadukish

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