536 Responses to WEEKEND OPEN THREAD….

  1. Scroblene says:

    One of the best things about the clocks going back, is that you get to start the day in fine fettle, indulge in some serious gardening, talk with lots of chums over the hedge or in the lanes, and look forward to a special few tinctures at lunchtime.

    Then you can do the same the next day…

    Yesterday, not one chum I spoke to had heard or watched anything on the BBC, they all poo poo the dreadful stuff churned out these days!

    A very special lady friend always votes labour, and we have endless banter about the vagaries of ‘politics’, and the crap attached to the subject. But nobody even tries to defend the BBC, they just say it is crap – just that!

    And another bonus of the clocks going back is that you can go to sleep in front of the fire an hour earlier too…


  2. StewGreen says:

    The problem with Start The Week is that is presented by a white person.
    .. hang on Amol Rajan is presenting.

    Funny kind of diversity at the BBC when every prog is presented by the same person.


  3. Up2snuff says:

    One thing I found fascinating this weekend is that – once again – a little bit of information slips out via the BBC that contradicts the BBC’s own narrative over Brexit.

    We hear regularly via the BBC that after we have left the EU, our agricultural sector will suffer because we will be unable to attract poor East Europeans from EU member States to work as slaves for a pittance picking our UK grown fruit and veg.

    On Farming Today (or its weekend equivalent) on Sunday morning Radio 4 (6.30 – 7.00am) two little facts were let slip:
    1. The rules on casual working for EU temporary migrants were changed in 2013, three years prior to the Referendum, let alone our leaving the EU, and,
    2. These inward migrant workers are not paid a pittance by those businesses who operate within UK Law (and no doubt face various supervisions from Trade Bodies to inspection by Government Departments), they are paid – at least – the UK Minimum Wage in the same way that any indigenous UK worker would be.


  4. NISA says:

    I do not have a dog in the Catalonia/Spain fight but I’m a little taken aback by the Sky News reporter referring to the Catalan president & co as “ringleaders”


  5. StewGreen says:

    BBC Exclusive : Big Money is being handed directly to political parties like the DUP
    “£1bn given to the DUP ”


  6. StewGreen says:

    R5 phone-in : “Gay players in Football/rugby”

    apparently “gay rugby teams” are OK cos they are “inclusive”


    • StewGreen says:

      5 mins ago they were telling us that women footballers are equivalent to men
      Yet their question shows the BBCLackOsSelfAwareness, cos of course many many female football stars are out as gay.


    • StewGreen says:

      Tweet from real gay MP ..slags BBC off


  7. StewGreen says:

    10am R4 News : “Record CO2 leads
    highest for 800,000 years”

    Matt McGrath etc
    “combination of man an El Nino ”
    ..No F-ing mention that it changed to La Nina now
    nor that Sept 2017 was coldest for 12 years (even by their fiddled standards)
    Google tells me that un had an official launch time of 10am
    so BBC was ready with a prepared package.
    “Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.”
    “2016 saw average concentrations of CO2 hit 403.3 parts per million, up from 400ppm in 2015.”
    … hangon that increase is 0.75%
    (CO2 in a submarine is 100% higher than that and sailors live fine)


  8. StewGreen says:

    So hangon on this “sex toy shopping incident happened” in 2010
    7 years ago !
    And the BBC think this trumps the story of one of their own staff having 3-4 grope allegations against him and being suspended TODAY


    • Beltane says:

      So it’s established, ‘a disgruntled’ Ms Edmonson stopped working for MP Mark Garnier shortly after the ‘incident’ in 2010, but she now works for ‘another MP’. Would it not be relevant to find out who this is, and perhaps more significantly, of which party?


  9. MarkyMark says:

    BBC 30oct2017 – what the BBC wants you to focus on this week ….

    Have Halloween costume bans gone too far? {US/Canada}
    “Canadian schools are wrestling with how to guide students and parents towards Halloween costumes that aren’t considered offensive or culturally insensitive.” – thought and behaviour control

    Bar offers discount for women on their period {Middle East}
    “In an initiative to show solidarity with menstruating women, a bar in Israel has decided to give them a 25% discount on drinks.” – female privilege, excludes all men and women not on period

    What is ‘black dog syndrome’? {England}
    “Experts and campaigners say black dogs and cats are harder to rehome due to people’s superstitions.” – superstitions or cuteness?” – how many are not homed due to religious beliefs?


  10. StewGreen says:

    Stephen Nolan last night on R5 shouted down all the callers who didn’t toe the libmob line
    This regular phone-in has The Shouty Left wing bishop and the American conservative Charlie Wolf
    but it was Nolan and the Bishop both shouting down Charlie last night.
    Then when Nolan asked what women could do to prevent abuse, Charlie mentioned clothing
    and Nolan went crazy
    but callers came in to support Charlie, Nolan took the attitude ‘You’re not going say that on my prog’
    It wasn’t like he let them speak and disagreed, no as soon as they got one word out ..he’d shout them down.
    – So if Nolan saw a flasher in the park and punched him
    by Nolan’s logic the guy should be able to say “The way I was undressed doesn’t make any difference ”


    • StewGreen says:

      That’s the thing about freedom of speech
      it’s supposed to be universal.
      When you restrict it to the “deserving” it ceases to exist.


  11. StewGreen says:

    LBC sadiq Khan since the version of Guidos page seems to have been blocked for 4 days


  12. magicoat says:

    With apologies….Took a second go to get it right!!
    See below!!


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  14. NISA says:

    Coming Home: Bowe Bergdahl vs the United States
    BBC4 9pm

    The story of the US Army sergeant’s return to America in 2014 after being held in captivity by the Taliban for five years, when he was vilified in sections of the media as a traitor and faced a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering the lives of fellow soldiers. Film-maker Sean Langan gained access to Bergdahl and his parents Bob and Jani to present a tale of a soldier who made a mistake and paid a terrible price, and about a family caught in a storm of false allegations and fake news.

    Which is a long way of saying that Trump is the villain?


  15. MarkyMark says:

    Diane Abbott “… a stopped clock is right once a day.”



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  17. MarkyMark says:

    BBC does not mention illegal … but promotes a criminal site … Businessman’s second wife website ‘benefits women’ {bbc.co.uk 23oct2017 – 7 days old} … Amber Rudd needs to close this site down that promotes illegal behaviour. Amber Rudd the bbc.co.uk is promoting activities that go against the UK law and moral codes and is using it’s site to promote a story that is 7 days old. It also fails to write about the negative aspects of sharing women …

    The acceptance of polygamy seems to be gaining ground here in America. It’s a bankrupt marital arrangement that hurts everybody involved. May we who are salt and light spread truth so that men and woman can enjoy the blessings of biblical marriage! {polygamy.com 12oct2015}


  18. Kaiser says:

    not on the bbc

    im pretty sure if his name was Smith and was a member a national action it would be on the front page