Passing Observations 70

This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.

  1. At the end of my recent video dealing with the Glasgow virtue signalling global warming fraud nonsenses, I mentioned that there would be an event on the 11th November in Glasgow. I’m afraid there won’t be. The event has been cancelled. The organisers say they cancelled the event for a number of logistical and strategic reasons and apologise to anyone who took time off or made travel arrangements.
  2. I gather that an anonymous person who discovered I had written a book about cross-dressers (the title is Men in Bras, Panties and Dresses if you’re interested which I know you’re probably not) complained that I am, in consequence, not a fit person to be writing about covid, jabs and global warming. Someone once said similar about my campaigning against animal experimentation. What bigoted, sanctimonious, prejudiced, narrow minded, spite laden people there are in this world. I bet the complainant wouldn’t have dared to mutter a word if I’d written a book about homosexuals. It’s funny how some prejudices remain. Since I ventured onto social media in March 2020 I have been shocked by the number of vicious and mean-spirited people there are out there. Nearly all of them hide behind silly pseudonyms.
  3. A woman was bitten on the thigh by a spider which was hiding under her loo seat. Hope she gets well soon but what’s the betting that if someone had left the loo seat up she wouldn’t have been bitten.
  4. Sunak and the UK Treasury were incredibly arrogant in leaking the contents of the latest budget before presenting it to Parliament. Today’s hubris filled ministers have no respect for the public and precious little for MPs. (Actually, I share their contempt for MPs.)
  5. ‘Tell me where I’m going to die so I never go there.’ – Charlie Munger.
  6. Someone knocked me off my bicycle in 1960 and I damaged my knee quite badly. It has now started to hurt whenever it’s about to rain. I reckon I can probably offer a better weather forecasting service than the Met Office – which incidentally claims to able to predict the weather half a century ahead. My knee tells me 2071 is going to be a mixture of dry and wet.
  7. The three greatest inventions since the end of World War II were soft loo paper, pirate radio and vegan ice cream. Everything else (especially the internet) is rubbish.
  8. The Archbishop of Canterbury is a disaster zone of one and seems to me to be two sandwiches and a bottle of dandelion and burdock short of a decent picnic. He opposed Brexit. He kept churches shut during the pointless lockdowns. And now he thinks that global warming is real.
  9. I have decided that an expert is someone who is paid by a government, an industry or a lobby group to say something acceptable and to find a superficially sustainable reason for saying it.
  10. It has been again decreed that in future all homosexual parts in plays and films must be played by homosexuals. Presumably, all heterosexual parts must be played by heterosexuals. Quite right too. If a writer produces a script about a one-legged, black, Peruvian lesbian with hearing difficulties then the casting director must find a one-legged, black, Peruvian, lesbian who is slightly deaf and a member of Equity.
  11. I wonder if I am the only person to feel that an injury or illness caused by a drug or vaccine or experimental jab is harder to accept than an identical injury or illness which happens naturally. And this is especially true if the cause was given to a perfectly healthy individual.
  12. I recently published a new paperback of my book Mindpower. I was shocked to discover that at least 12 authors have used the title since I created it decades ago. It’s nice to know they liked it.
  13. ‘Don’t like seeing strangers. No stranger ever good-newsed me.’ – Walter Brennan in ‘Red River’.
  14. I’m delighted to see that some of those who have been promoting self-driving cars now agree that they won’t ever work. My argument has always been that self-driving vehicles might conceivably work in American cities where the roads are wide and on a grid pattern, but that they will never work in narrow English lanes where if two self-driving cars meet head on they will both just sit there for ever. And what will happen at blind bends and tiny crossroads?
  15. The three greatest electrical inventions were the washing machine, the fridge and the dishwasher. The television comes 298,646th – just behind the electric chest hair perming device.
  16. Householders in several areas have been told to leave their recycling and food waste out until it is collected by striking workers. I understand that the rats in those areas were delighted – though one or two parent rats were worried that their offspring might put on too much weight.
  17. If you haven’t seen the trailer for my new series of ‘Wednesday Review’ videos on Brand New Tube then please watch it here! The trailer is so good that I’m worried about keeping up the standard for the videos themselves. Indeed, I think maybe I’ll just have the trailers in future. (And no, of course, I didn’t make the trailer. I can’t even send text messages on a phone. But if you think hard you’ll be able to guess who did. She’s making lunch as I write.) Incidentally, I’m having so much trouble with videos being hacked that I’m going to call my next video ‘Bad Gateway 404’ – though it sounds like a cowboy film starring Gary Cooper.
  18. I can wobble and fall about without drinking alcohol these days. Is this nature’s way of helping elderly folk cope with the high price of alcohol and the low State pension?
  19. ‘Some must watch while some must sleep’. W.S. (Hamlet)
  20. It is, at last, being recognised that giving millions of people full wages and benefits for eighteen months is now responsible for the widespread reluctance to go back to work. Who would want to go back to the daily commute and slog after an eighteen month long holiday? It was a crazy idea which cost around £70 billion in the UK alone. But the idea was to help wreck the economy so it was successful.