SOPPY SUNDAY

 

n oran
Morning all. This is my best friend. We’re off back to play in the sandpit while you have a wander around and enjoy the photos.
n puff
Icelandic puffins.
n palestine oldest oT, 5000
Olive Tree in Palestine. Over 5000 years old.
ndolph
Only one fish, for a big tummy like mine?
n wol frank
Thanks to Frank for this beauty.
n 3p
Don’t be silly, we’re not holding flippers… we’re just good friends.
n axolotl
I’m an Axolotl, but you can call me Fred. I’m cute as a button, aren’t I?
n moth
Three little moths from school are we…
n best mates540
Best Buddies…
n bergen
Odd public art in Bergen.
n jim and arlene
Saw this on Twitter and thought it was really beautiful, then I realised it was Jim’s (of Jim and Arlene). His back garden in the snow that seems (thus far) to have given Dundee a miss.
n bird self portrait
Amazingly, being a bit short on paint hasn’t stopped a bird from doing his or her self-portrait.
n hallstadt
Hallstatt, Germany.
n pad2
Anyone want to play snowballs? Or we could build a snowpenguin?
n pad12
Donald, if you’re looking… 
n border SA and Qatar
Border between Saudi Arabia and  Qatar.
n wol
What are you doing down there?
n woods
Who’d not want to be here in autumn?
n pad1
Last one at the top is a sissy…
n iceland
Iceland waterfall (foss)
Adorable Rescued Orangutans
So… you enjoy your tour? OK, we’re getting on with playing while the grown-ups aren’t around. See you next week.

 

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A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

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The Chinese are nearly finished the bridge and tunnel from Hong Kong to Macau, a distance of 25 miles. Worked started in 2009 and it is expected to open this year.

So, Boris, the man who was determined to split Britain from Euopre thinks that there should be a bridge between England and France, apparently the two great military powers of Europe.

Friends of Boris said that the president was enthusiastic about the project, although I suspect that “la politesse française” may have prevented him from saying what he really thought.

!bris

Anyone got any thoughts on the subject?

TORIES, HUH? WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

!!Ben-Bradley-MP

From the STV website.

The Conservative vice chairman for youth has apologised for comments suggesting that people on benefits should be sterilised.

MP Ben Bradley, 28, backtracked over a blog post describing jobseekers as “unemployed wasters” and saying that those who can’t afford children should undergo vasectomies.

“Sorry but how many children you have is a choice; if you can’t afford them, stop having them! Vasectomies are free,” he wrote in the personal blog in 2012.

“Families who have never worked a day in their lives having four or five kids and the rest of us having one or two means it’s not long before we’re drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters that we pay to keep!”

Mr Bradley, the Member of Parliament for Mansfield, deleted the post after it was highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

“I apologise for these posts,” he said.

“My time in politics has allowed me to mature and I now realise that this language is not appropriate.”

arutha

Mr Bradley was elected in 2017.

His offensive blog post was in 2013.

So, in my turn, I would like to ask, how on earth do the Tories vet their candidates?

Don’t they check up people’s blogs and social media to see if there is something lurking that could come back to bite them on the backside?

Worse still, this ‘person’ has just been made ‘vice chairman for youth’ of the Conservative Party (admittedly a job that shouldn’t tax his apparently limited intellect too much, given that there are only 70,000 members in the party and most of them are over 70).

Mrs May should be aware that he having been caught out he has admitted that he thinks that these remarks are “not appropriate”.

Maybe  “utterly repugnant” would be more appropriate. Who else does he believe shouldn’t be allowed to breed?

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After tonight’s vote in the Commons it’s clear that Scottish Tory MPs aren’t just failing to stand up for Scotland’s interest – they are actively working against it

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Big thank you to the Scottish Tory MPs who failed to stand up for Scotland today in Westminster.

£muddle

You’ve probably managed to persuade another tranche of people that, not only is there no point in Scotland taking part in UK referenda in the future, because we get what England votes for, but also that there is no point in having a Scottish Secretary, even if he makes reasonable tea, or indeed any Scottish Tory MPs. They vote the way the English Tories tell them regardless of how it hurts Scotland.

Not only are we not in Europe despite voting 62-38 for it, we shall also undoubtedly lose a raft of powers to the London parliament.

Why don’t you have the guts to do what you always wanted to and just shut Holyrood down?

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£lead

And, finally!

I’m proud to announce that Andrea Leadsome, loathsome fox hunter in chief, has blocked me on Twitter. I’m seriously proud because I must have done something to hack her off. I just wish I knew what, though, so I could do it over and over and over again.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

!trump
One knows Trump said he wasn’t coming, Pheeleep. After all, one has done one’s best to ensure that one leads a “sheet-hole” country, but best to keep safe than sorry. So, if we see anything orange we make for the helicopter, right? It will either be him or that dreadful Arlene person. Either way, being at Windsor will be preferable, even with all these beggars.
!trump2
Erm… sometimes you have to wonder if the flash limos and hundreds of servants are worth the anguish of working under President Pinhead.
£$
Arise, Sir Pledge.  Oh and please take £115,000 a year to run your post-prime ministerial office, even if you were never the prime minister. And the Queen may not have seen fit to honour the fire, police and ambulance people, the porters, doctors, nurses and all others involved, but seriously, ask yourselves who the public value more. And remember, their baubles mean absolutely NOTHING.
£britain
Eugh… how revolting, in every way.
€
Ah, the worst pensions in the world are only safe with the  broad shoulders of our beloved benighted kingdom! Just as well we stayed, isn’t it?
a labour
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Jeremy Corbyn. You’re not half a disappointment. Do you know anything about anything?
a oil
You might think that that was odd, but then, when you consider the other daft stuff the UK has pulled, it all seems quite logical.
a nuclear
Ooops, Philip. Bit of an old gaff there.
a rbs
The closure of hundreds of branches of RBS in England, Scotland and Wales seems to have evoked very little interest in the House of Commons.
A UKEU
Ah, the good old democracy of the Benighted Kingdom.