Will Bradford University welcome an antisemite?


According to Guido Fawkes the political blogger, David “The Jews” Ward has some time on his hands since his sacking from the LibDems. Ward says he is going to spend it completing a Master’s degree in the Peace Department at University of Bradford. He has to write a 15,000 word thesis and says it will be on “the influence of the Israeli lobby on the British political system”.

The Lib Dems have sacked one of their election candidates amid claims he is “unfit to represent the party” because of comments he made about Jews. Former Bradford East MP David Ward, who held the seat for five years until 2015, has been banned from standing for his party again in June’s election by leader Tim Farron.

According to The Guardian , PM hopeful TimFarron  said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.” The criticism comes after Mr Ward was suspended from the Liberal Democrat party for three months in 2013 following comments accusing “the Jews” of causing “atrocities on Palestinians”.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Farron said: “I am fully aware of the comments David Ward has made in the past and I find them deeply offensive, wrong and anti-Semitic. “I think his decision to stand again, and the local party’s decision to select him, is wrong and I disagree with it completely.

“I don’t select our individual candidates and nor should I. But let me be clear, I won’t tolerate antisemitism in my party. “David Ward has been disciplined in the past and if he or anyone else makes antisemitic remarks in this campaign I will expect the party to act quickly and decisively.”

What is interesting about this whole affair is the comment that Mr Ward will be going to study for a Master’s Degree at Bradford University and his proposed dissertation (with the outcome already decided no doubt) will be  “the influence of the Israeli lobby on the British political system”.

I wonder how Bradford University will square admitting an openly antisemitic individual to one of their courses in view of their stance on equality and diversity. No doubt his presence will be welcomed by the Islamists at Bradford but will be highly insulting and prejudicial to any Jewish students and academic staff.

I await developments with interest!

Sources: Guido Fawkes/Stand for Peace websites

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Oxford University publishes list of micro-aggressions

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In the latest snowflake newsletter from Oxford University students are warned to be aware of micro-aggressions by the university’s equality and diversity unit (an oxymoron if ever I heard one as you’re not allowed to express different views anymore).

So if you don’t look another student in the eye you might be guilty of racist behaviour. This is absolute poppycock. What about cultural differences where it’s considered inappropriate to look someone directly in the face? Or people who are shy, or introverts, or on the autistic spectrum?

And don’t ask a black or minority ethnic student where they are “originally” from. It might suggest you don’t believe they are British. Well they may not be and what if you are interested in knowing more about other cultures? Isn’t that why you go to university – to expand your mind?

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Trip Adviser……..the organisation that likes to send begging e-mails!


Over the last several years I have contributed reviews to Trip Adviser about hotels, cities, restaurants and various other touristy things. Whilst I have some reservations about Trip Adviser  I worked on the principle that I would be as honest and objective in my reviews as possible, and if I was critical of something then I would try to explain why.

Some of my reviews have had numerous visits and indications are that people found them useful. So far so good.

Then this morning out of the blue I got an e-mail from Trip Adviser and I quote below from it:-

“Thanks to travellers like you, the TripAdvisor community raised more than $500,000 for refugee crisis relief last December. Today I’m reaching out again because we have another opportunity to make a major impact.

Right now, 65 million refugees – more than half of whom are children — are on a daunting journey. Forced to leave home, they’re searching for safety and shelter, facing greater challenges every day.

TripAdvisor is built on the idea of travellers around the world helping one another. Although refugees aren’t traveling by choice, they’re part of that global community – and right now, they need our help.”

I was incensed when I received this as TA seem to be pushing the UN and EU line that we have a responsibility for these refugees. Well, to start out with I question just how many of these people are genuine refugees as against economic migrants. I find it remarkable that many presenting themselves as refugees are young, fit, well nourished young men…………..so where are all the women and children they presumably left behind?

We have seen the problems caused in Germany, Sweden, Austria and Denmark by large numbers of so called “refugees” entering the country and failing (some would say unwilling) to adapt to the cultural norms of the countries that offered them sanctuary.

So Trip Adviser, how about using all the money raised to fund research into dementia, cancer, heart disease in the UK, have you ever heard the phrase “look after your own first?” Moreover, we have organisations like McMillan Nurses and locally, Yorkshire Air Ambulance out on the streets asking for donations to provide essential services, this is scandalous.

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Ogden Water Reservoir………..on a brisk, Spring Sunday morning


As the weather continues to be so good at the moment I set out early to visit Ogden Water Reservoir and nature trail which is set high in the Pennine hills. The estate, including the reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water. However the surrounding woodlands are managed on their behalf by Calderdale Countryside & Woodlands Team.


The reservoir is over 160 years old, originally designed to power mills in the Wheatley Valley, but due to the increase in population in Halifax and the need for clean drinking water the plans changed. It is still supplying Calderdale and beyond with drinking water to this day.


The estate offers the chance for quiet, informal recreation through walks, a chance to see wildlife and to listen to the sounds of water, wind, woodlands and moorlands. The total area of the estate is only some 60 hectares, however exploration of the moors and fells beyond is both easy and encouraged.


To walk the pathway around the reservoir side takes under an hour at a leisurely pace and there are numerous benches along the route should you wish to pause to take in some of the wonderful views.


It is well worth a visit unless you are a dog hater, as it would seem that half of West Yorkshire (even at the early hour that I arrived) was out walking their dog/s.


Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017



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Marsden Cuckoo Day 2017……..northern eccentricity at its very best!


The Cuckoo Festival takes place in the village of Marsden, several miles outside Huddersfield (on the A62 to Oldham) every April and it has become an important event in recent years.


According to tradition, the people of Marsden noticed that the arrival of the cuckoo always brought good weather. They didn’t want the spring sunshine to end, so they built a wall around the cuckoo’s nesting place, reasoning that if they kept the cuckoo, they’d keep the weather, too. But just as they thought the wall was high enough, the bird flew away.


“Oh!” they said. “It were nobbut one course too low.” (for those of you of the “Southern” persuasion this means they didn’t build it quite high enough).


Marsden is a village in a steep-sided Pennine valley southwest of Huddersfield, and in these more sophisticated days, the villagers celebrate the legend with a weekend of festivities in the Marsden Cuckoo Festival. There’s a colourful procession through the village, a craft fair, a maypole and Morris dancing, street entertainment, duck races, storytelling, and lots more free events. There are also guided walks that relate the legend of the cuckoo and take you up on to the surrounding hills and moorland.


This year we were blessed with glorious weather, blue skies and cotton wool clouds and  a tremendous number of people who turned up to support the event. Taking part were various morris dance troupe including The Hill Millies, OakenHoof (they even let this lot in from over the border in Lancashire!!!!), The Thieving Magpies (with blacked up faces, no PC nonsense around here) and one I think called WayzeGoose. Add to this music from the eccentric Frumptarn Guggenband as well as the Marsden Silver Prize band and you have a wonderful day of music making.


The festival concludes with a parade through the village of the “cuckoo” followed by the bands and all the dance troupes, children carrying paper cuckoos and generally anyone who wishes to join in.


If you wish to see the English, particularly us northerners, at our very eccentric best, then you should come and visit the cuckoo festival…………..its crackers, but wonderful.









Photographs (c)Kindadukish 2017


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Hardcastle Crags is very green………….

Earlier this week I decided to visit Hardcastle Crags hoping that the blue bells would be adorning the pathways through the woods and along the river bank. Alas, I was to be disappointed as there were a few that had bloomed but nothing like the “carpet of blue” that makes this area so attractive during Springtime.

So I did my walk down to the mill and then up the hill (I am sure they increase the gradient between every one of my visits……….either that or I am getting old!) before returning along the river bank. This latter part of the walk takes you right alongside the river, past craggy overhangs and through some of the loveliest scenery in West Yorkshire.

What struck me on my walk was how green everything appeared, a real vivid green and in particular the moss that seems to grow on every tree and wall. Below are some of the photographs I took on the walk.










Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017

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Crackpot……..the place to live


Last week on my tour around the various dales I visited some very interesting villages with rather unusual names, like Muker, Keld, Askrigg and Hubberholme. But the one that fascinated me was when I passed a signpost that indicated the village of Crackpot  was one mile away.

Crackpot can be found in Swaledale to the east of Gunnerside and has two parts to its name, both of which occur in a number of other Northern place names. In 1298 it was called Crakepot and derives from the Old English ‘Kraka’, a crow and the Viking word ‘Pot’. A ‘pot’ was usually a cavity or deep hole, often in the bed of a river, but in Crackpot’s case refers to a rift in the limestone.

Because of our tight schedule we were unable to visit the village but it is on my list of “must see” places on my next visit to the dales.

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