ALL OUR YESTERYEARS!

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So, that’s it. Another year over… and another one about to begin.

For most of us it can hardly fail to be a better year than 2021.

Munguin wants to thank all Munguinites who have sent in contributions to All Our Yesterdays (as well as Soppy Sunday and Just for a Laugh) and all of you who have commented and added to our knowledge and enjoyment and helped to maintain the notion that every day is a school day Chez Munguin.

Quokka sent me a couple of things for tomorrow and reminded me that it is already 2022 in Western Australia. Fortunately Munguin, who thinks that he is so grand that New Year should happen to him first, was out of the office at the time, partaking of a little light refreshment… so he’s unaware of this shortcoming of mother nature.

But before he and his bottle disappeared, he asked me to wish you, on his behalf, the best possible 2022.

Bliadhna mhath ùr dhuibh uile

SNIFFY THE FIBBER AND SAINT RAAB

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To be fair, he said we COULD. Not we WOULD, but, a bit like the £350 m a week (snigger), it was implied and we were encouraged to imagine that it WOULD happen.
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Boris Johnson, of course, says the first thing that comes into his head.
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Well, not much anyway, but hey, he’s not the environment secretary any more. He’s  Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations whatever the hell that all is.

So there!

And, if the USA ever gives the idiot Brits a trade deal, who do you think will prevail in every single negotiable aspect?

Hint:

Joe Biden: The President | The White House

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This is Dominic Raab’s stately home (which he has to share with [fate worse then death] Liz Truss), provided by the tax payer, because he is deputy prime minister (because he absolutely insisted he be given that title when he was demoted from being Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary and replaced with Tuess).

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And this is what he got for the local hospital as a SMALL token of his appreciation. He certainly wasn’t kidding when he said small. Minute might have been more appropriate. Jeez!

And, I dunno about you, but when I make a small donation to a charity, as I think probably most of us do, I don’t, ever, take a selfie of me doing it and then post it to Twitter as if somehow I was saving the universe with small box of chocolates and some mince pies.

Prat.

SO, IF WE ARE A PRINCIPALITY…

WHO IS THE PRINCE?

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown comes bottom of MP ranking list | Wilts and  Gloucestershire Standard
SIR Geoffrey Clifton Brown

SIR Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, he of punch-up fame, and MP for the Cotswolds, has declared that the “principalities” of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are being too cautious about Covid and are interfering with people’s liberties.

He gave an interview to Times Radio in which he was asked: “How concerned are you about England being out of step with the rest of the country?”

His reply was that he thought it was the other way around.

“I think the principalities are out of step with with England. I think they have been overly cautious. I think they’re doing more damage to their economies than they need to. I think they’re doing more damage to people’s liberties than they need to.”

Neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland has ever been a principality. Scotland was and is a Kingdom, and the part of Wales that was a principality ceased to be so in the 1500s.

Now I know that Tories are traditionally a bit behind the times…

Jacob Rees-Mogg BANS his staff from using 'got', 'very' or 'equal' in new  Leader of Commons office | Daily Mail Online

But seriously, we thought the 18th century was as far back as they went.

As for what OUR governments are doing compared with the English government, here’s a professor of public health:-

Is it just me or did the BBC presenter not seem happy with his answer?

Int the meantime, the number of people in hospital with COVID in England has risen to 9,546, according to Sky News. This is a 38% increase form last week.

My granny used to say of people who thought themselves right even when everyone was doing the opposite from them, “everyone’s oot o’ step but oor Jock”. It seems like in this case, “Everyone is out of step with the exception of our SIR Geoffrey Clifton Brown”.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

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People are suggesting that Liz Truss may be the next prime minister.

And this news comes just when you thought that nothing and no one could ever be worse than Johnson.

Liz is a complex woman. She was a Remainer who, immediately the leadership of her party became “leave”, decided her career would be more likely to prosper if she rethought her stance and adjusted her opinions in light of the English vote being marginally FOR leave… so that’s what she did.

Of course to be fair she has that in common with the Noble, Gallant and Rt Hon Baroness of Links to London, and her successor Jackson of Carlot, not to mention our own dear Fluffy Mundell, all of whom were totally convinced of the wisdom of leaving, once it was pointed out to them that that was what England had (marginally) voted for.

But did you know she was once a Liberal Democrat who didn’t like the royal family or that she was a Jimmy Savile fan?

She is, as Brendan May points out consistent in her inconsistency.

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Some times I wonder if Gove ever tells the truth. Maybe he just read this in the cards he held, before he dropped them, on the floor.

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Imagine seeing the words, Boris and Reality within a kilometre of each other (sorry, that should probably be a furlong).
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Well, Mr Cameron, Mrs May. Anything to say? Anyone know if this results of this drill were sent to the lesser and lower governments of the “territories”, as Mordant described us? I suspect that the need to “get Brexit done” got in the way of the health of the UK population.

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By? Prince William? Seriously!!!!! Stop it. He can’t hand out seats in the Lords yet!

JUST FOR A LAUGH

Warning: There may be the odd swear word, a ‘fine’ looking but scantily attired Brexit man, and, probably worst of all, a picture of Liz Truss.

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10. Brexit uniform.
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11. Chartered accountant and crappy banker. I think the recruitment people must have misread the job description. It’s to RUN the NHS, not RUIN, ya numpties.
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12.U mmmm sort of…ish.
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16. Party, Officer? No, just a political party…hic.
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17. So there! You thought Gavin Williamson was scary?
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22. I’m sending mine back now, asking for a refund for all the years I’ve not watched it. I’m gonna ask if I can have a Scottish/European passport instead.
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Thanks to John, TM, JimnArlene, John, Erik.

SOPPY SUNDAY

These 5 amazingly cute animals are put at risk by climate change -  Greenpeace USA
1. Clever sibling!
2. A polite Elephant.
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3. Gone King Fishing.
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4. Chichen Itza was pre-Columbian  city built by Mayans. Located in Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán, Mexico.
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5. Demoiselle Crane family.
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6. Just getting a bit of sun on my tummy here and enjoying a laugh at the fact that you lot have Jacob Rees Mogg in your imperial government.
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7. Now you know why they say Pretty Polly!
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8. Here’s a Christmas present for you, Munguin. ‘Fraid I drank it on the way here, talking of which, where’s the toilet?
9. The perfect massage.
10. Well, it is Boxing Day, eh?
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11. Ummmmm …I don’t know how to do mouth to needle resuscitation.
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11. Marble Bar, Western Australia.
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13. Awww, isn’t that sweet?
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14. What d’ya think o’ ma bairn?
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15. I even match the bed cover.
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16. I’m a really small birdie. Watch you don’t stand on me.
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17. A very senior cat all the way from Doha, Qatar.
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18. Can we have a snowball fight, mummy?
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19. But I don’t want my face washed, mummy.
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20. Red Castle at Lunan Bay on the day of the storms. Tris and Nik had to brave the elements to get that one and nearly got blown out to sea. Munguin, needless to say, sat in the back of his Limo. Sadly the quality of the picture was somewhat affected by the strength of the wind.
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23. Um, I’m sure Santa has a dog. You should have left out a bone!
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25. I’m still opening Christmas presents here. See you next week.
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Munguin hopes everyone had a good Christmas.

Thanks to John and Quokka

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

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Thanks to AndiMac from Munguin for this card…
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…and from Bulgaria, otherwise known as Catland, this from John. благодаря ти, Джон
Holly: the festive berry | Wildlife | The Guardian
AOY Photographs from Dave, Dave and Marcia, to whom many thanks.

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And finally, here’s the First Minister (doubtless flattered beyond belief to appear on Munguin’s Republic):

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One and One makes?

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Or not?

You see, Daily Mail, although it is true that Omicron is less likely to make you so ill that you have to be hospitalised (especially if you were bright enough to avail yourself of the vaccine so readily available across Europe, which, sadly, not everyone was) it is also true to say that it is VERY much more transmissible. Indeed the numbers appear to double every day.

So, as Adam Kay (who’s an actual, y’know, medical doctor and incidentally worth a follow) points out:

Dear Daily Mail,

If virus A has half the hospitalisation rate of virus B, but the number of people with virus A doubles every two days, then hospitalisations from virus A catch up with virus B in two days.

Love

Maths.

So, not really vindicated, as shown by these figures from two days ago:

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So, given that what we are trying to do is unblock some of the hospital beds for all the people who have had falls, or accidents or heart attacks or strokes or whatever and give all these people we clapped for for a minute every Tuesday night a wee bit of a break.

COVID-19: how to avoid skin damage while wearing PPE | RCNi

I’m told that Douglas Ross asked at FMQs for us to do what England is doing, or words to that effect.

What a mess Douglas Ross has made for himself - Euan McColm | The Scotsman

I’d respectfully suggest that these figures show that he should weesht..

GIVEN THAT ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY, RANDOM THOUGHTS ON PARTIES AND MEETINGS

It seems, from what I can see, that work meetings at Downing Street may be conducted in the gardens over a bottle or twelve of expensive stuff from the cellars…which might explain their handling of things.

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Also, what position does the prime minister’s current wife, Carrie Johnson hold, apart, obviously, from <tee hee> “first lady”?

If you got a suit on, it’s a meeting, even if the current wife is there with the baby. (Rather dangerous to have the baby there with all these other people around?) Also, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a meeting with at least someone taking notes, or having paperwork or a laptop or tablet of some sort.

And this, you’ll remember, was Mr Johnson’s advice to people around that time:

Oh dear.

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So, this afternoon there was a Cobra meeting:

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It’s not known if any humans attended., but the head bottle said, hic (and not the Latin hic).

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