375 Responses to Start the Week Thread 10 February 2020

  1. Up2snuff says:

    Belated TOADY Watch #1 – Par for the course . . . …

    … . . is the BBC, and TOADY in particular, attacking the Government (Conservative Party) for some perceived failing. But in so doing, the BBC and TOADY revealed this morning levels of their over-staffing, on health and also on entertainment.

    Scope for BBC annual Budget savings? Yes – plenty.

    Measures required: all posts that have more than one Editor and one correspondent should face redundancy for those above that minimum requirement.

    Objective: reduction of the Licence Fee to subscription levels.

       19 likes

  2. Kaiser says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-51391981

    why would the BBC be interested in a 10 year story

    “I am of first nations ethnicity,” she says. “The attackers were white and the power structure was clear. Some of the victims were white but many were women of colour.”

       12 likes

  3. vlad says:

    A humble appeal to the moderators / administrators:

    Would you consider posting the links below on future thread headings? New readers come and go, so it would be a way of reaching new people each time. We must slay the B.B.Beast.

    https://licencefreetv.org/petition/

    https://licencefreetv.org/survey/

    https://conservativewoman.co.uk/why-the-bbc-licence-fee-has-to-go/

       14 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Vlad -I think I posted the third one down on this sites ‘ preamble today. With thanks to a friend on the site who put it up during the weekend thread .

      I’ll look at the others and do the same if it accords with the purpose of this site .

      Thanks – Fed – Mod .

         3 likes

      • vlad says:

        Fed – Yes they were posted on this thread’s preamble, but my request was that they be repeated on future threads to reach more readers.

        PS. The first and second links are both on the third (Conservative woman), so any will do.

           6 likes

        • Fedup2 says:

          Vlad
          Yes I’d gladly do that if they are within set times . I know it’s difficult for people to find the time to read the posts of others so I will factor that in .

          Hopefully other mods will chip in too ..

             4 likes

    • Deborah says:

      I think I am fairly IT literate but cannot complete the survey on my iPad. Have tried several times. Will try again on desktop when I remember.

         1 likes

  4. theisland says:

    I think this story reveals more about our modern ‘academics’ and the beeboids than it does about the diarist.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51385884
    The 200-year-old diary that’s rewriting gay history

    A diary written by a Yorkshire farmer more than 200 years ago is being hailed as providing remarkable evidence of tolerance towards homosexuality in Britain much earlier than previously imagined.

    An acceptance of homosexuality might have been expressed privately in aristocratic or philosophically radical circles – but this was being discussed by a rural worker.

    They find it amazing that an “ordinary person” in the 19th century (they see him as a peasant) actually had his own thoughts and was tolerant.

       19 likes

  5. Guest Who says:

    A few OTs, that I justify by pondering media/BBC coverage, or not.

    https://www.24housing.co.uk/news/inadequate-building-regulations-leading-to-poor-quality-housing/

    This is post-Brexit presumably? Pre-Green/Lib winning councils after Treezer screwed the Tories?

    https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/latest-news/news/2020/2/10/welcome-rise-in-new-orders-for-midlands-firms-report/?

    Probably not one for BBC Birmingham.

    https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4010285/scottish-government-unveils-plans-gbp-8bn-net-zero-spending-blitz?

    The headline is already a work of genius.

       6 likes

    • Not Gwent says:

      Net zero spending blitz?

      This isn’t like when Gordon Brown’s spending on wages was reclassified as ‘investment’ to get around his own spending rules?

         11 likes

      • Guest Who says:

        Krankie sure knows how to blow stuff she doesn’t have.

        I hear their NHS is nearing Welsh standards.

        Time for the BBC to try and make out it is Boris or Brexit’s fault.

           21 likes

  6. theisland says:

    Perspectives

       39 likes

  7. AsISeeIt says:

    With the advent of such innovative casting evident in the recent production of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, one imagines the writer’s entire oeuvre must be overdue for a makeover…

    The Old Asian Corner Curiosity Shop
    Sheikh House
    Idlib Papers
    A Ramadan Carol
    Our Muslim Friend
    The Undocumented Traveller
    Oliver only beat Mohammed because Mohammed was spelt three ways Twist
    Mugabe Junction
    Sketches by Bosnia

    …. well, I’m sorry, someone had to do it.

    And as for the one about the poor orphan child in the carehome, I think the less said the better.

       32 likes

  8. JimS says:

    My little bit of amusement from Jeremy Vine today, just before I switched him off.

    Apparently he had cycled to his mum’s in the wind and the rain and had got soaked. He had then posted video on Twitter.

    ‘It seems I am not allowed to cycle in the wind and rain now’, he bleats.

    As one who makes his living by posing ‘Is it OK to..?’ questions almost daily that serves him right!

    Live by Twitter, die by Twitter.

       19 likes

  9. Guest Who says:

    Newsbeat
    1 hr ·
    Ruby spent her GCSEs being sent home from school because her hair was “too big”.
    It’s taken more than three years but she’s now received an out-of-court settlement of £8,500.
    We followed her while it was going on.

    Huge. As is their blow by blow coverage of some old gay bloke’s PR agent’s press releases.

       18 likes

  10. StewGreen says:

    2 Sheffield MEN and International star jailed for matchfixing
    .. take a guess at name , ethnicity

       24 likes

  11. Guest Who says:

    Nope, just bad decisions based on arrogance and hubris.

       26 likes

  12. Roland Deschain says:

    Comment is superfluous. I ought to be incredulous, but really nothing surprises me now about the BBC’s complete disregard for impartiality.

       38 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Roland
      Greta on Ice
      Greta Bake-off
      Greta on Match of the day
      Greta on East Enders
      Greta on Doctor Who
      Why not her own channel ?

      Methinks the BBC is having a bit of a breakdown – hopefully an even deeper siege mentality .

         34 likes

    • Richard Pinder says:

      Jokes about the BBC’s best scientific experts being scientifically ignorant environmental activists and children are therefore confirmed. Greta phoning up the Mensa Magazine to try and get the Editor sacked is also probably true, as is the rumour that scientists have received emails from BBC Weathermen complain about the BBC using thick and scientifically ignorant extinction rebellion environmental activists to train the BBC’s meteorologists about the latest Green propaganda on alarmism.

      According to Computer models using the Arrhenius hypothesis, the atmosphere six miles above the surface would warm at twice the rate of the surface temperature increasing extreme weather events such as droughts and reducing extreme weather events such as hurricanes. But the “rat in the barrel” Alarmism needed by Extinction Rebellion means that even if what science is known contradicts the core of their belief system, the BBC brings in these morons to train its scientifically qualified staff. This must be the type of reverse training that scientists are getting from child environmental activists.

      I have also read that the Tory government have kicked scientists in the teeth by replacing the role of science in a democracy with environmental alarmism in a Citizens Assembly.

         35 likes

      • Fedup2 says:

        Richard
        Do you see this arrangement as a new normal or is Greta And the Climate Nazis a passing madness ?

        I find their absolute certainty frightening .

           27 likes

        • Deborah says:

          Children have been indoctrinated at school for the last 20 years. My daughter circa 1994 instead of a nativity play was in one about the ozone layer. She was a evil CO2 molecule. Fortunately there has been home education for her. But for many young people the indoctrination both by the BBC and school has been relentless.

             28 likes

        • Richard Pinder says:

          Hitler and the Nazis seemed to have absolute certainty combined with ignorance of the situation outside of the bunker. Greta and the BBC seem to have absolute certainty combined with ignorance of the science behind their beliefs. They all seem to blame the Russians and Jews for their predicament inside the bunker. So it could end at midnight on 31 December 2027 with Greta committing suicide while in Room 101 at Broadcasting House, and Lord Haw-Haw Hall being hung for High Treason.

             8 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      “BBC Politics Unit announces series with Nigel Farage.
      @bbcstudios’ award winning Politics Unit announces a brand new series
      with British Brexit activist @Nigel_Farage at Showcase 2020 event”

      “The man commissioning it (Rob Liddell, no relation) says it is an “extraordinary privilege” //
      OR

      “BBC Politics Unit announces series with Tommy Robinson.
      @bbcstudios’ award winning Documentary Unit announces a brand new series
      with British anti-raping-gang-coverup activist @TommyRobinson at Showcase 2020 event”

      “The man commissioning it (Rob Liddell, no relation) says it is an “extraordinary privilege” //

         9 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      Times columnist Iain Martiin @iainmartin1
      tweeted
      “BBC trying to get itself shut down, part 95”

         17 likes

    • vlad says:

      At least muslims will enjoy it.

         5 likes

  13. taffman says:

    Its been snowing here in Taffland. Is this further evidence of Global Warming or is it just winter?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51441630

       33 likes

    • G.W.F. says:

      taffman

      Can we drop the term ‘global warming’ along with ‘climate change’?
      The current buzz word is ‘climate emergency’

         26 likes

      • taffman says:

        “climate emergency”
        Yep I’ll go for that, because we have a ‘brass monkey’ looking for a welder wandering about in the snow . Its cold .

           25 likes

      • theisland says:

        Buzz words and phrases.
        Deliberate misuse of language seems to be a common ploy used by the bBC et. al to skew basic facts on a variety of subjects (otherwise known as lying).
        Think of all the misused phrases associated with Brexit, e.g. ‘cliff-edge’.
        One that has been resurrected, which really irritates me, is ‘evidence-led’ – whereby any opinion the left hold is purportedly supported by genuine evidence (fact) and therefore incontrovertible. Hence ‘the science is settled’.

           24 likes

        • JimS says:

          I think they mean policy-based evidence-making. It’s easy to get the two mixed up when people give up thinking for themselves.

             4 likes

  14. taffman says:

    “Windrush: Government defends Jamaica deportation flight”
    They don’t want to go back to their roots.

       33 likes

  15. BRISSLES says:

    Can anyone explain why Philip Schofield got a standing ovation at the start of Dancing on Ice ? Will he be getting a knighthood for the wonderful achievement of preferring sex with men rather than women ? What is wrong with the general public when they applaud same sex relations – I honestly just don’t get it !

       70 likes

    • Loobyloo says:

      Yes, and If a well known gay suddenly ‘announced’ that he or she was actually heterosexual and had known that all along – was just pretending to be gay cos it’s trendy, would celebrities be cheering them?
      It’s utterly ridiculous, the man’s a charlatan and I’m eagerly awaiting the real reason for this confession…we all know it’s coming…

         42 likes

      • Oaknash says:

        I am thinking of “coming out” and and declaring myself “heterosexual”
        Hopefully I may even get to cry into Holly Willoboobies ample bosom?
        Fortunatly Mrs Oak will not be reading this as if she did I may be crying due to a black eye!

           23 likes

        • taffman says:

          Oaknash
          Or perhaps a pair of black goolies?

             8 likes

        • Woolwich says:

          Sadly Oaknash you’ll be disappointed because Ms Willoughby has spent the last couple of years doing what any self respecting daytime/magazine format presenter worth their salt does. Namely empowering women to embrace and be proud, rather than ashamed, of their size, lumps and bumps as they career towards an early death from cardiovascular issues brought about by their sedentary 21st Century lifestyle…… Whilst herself slimming down from what I estimate was a size 14-16 to her current 10-8. And her ample bosom has taken a disproportionate hit in terms of inches lost. To our shame let’s be honest, her unique selling point was her cleavage, so why she continues to hang around after losing the only thing our inner schoolboy watched her for is inexplicable……unless she’s got something on Schofield too!

             10 likes

          • BRISSLES says:

            Ms Willoughby has the same ‘management’ company as Schofield, as does Ant & Dec, – and look at the PR push to ensure that Ant never suffered career wise after his drug and booze addled car accident ! The protective covering will now be surrounding Schofield – I bet it doesn’t stretch as far as his wife though, who, its been said has experienced a lot of pain – I just bet she bloody well has !

               12 likes

    • tarien says:

      Agree Brissles- at least those Gays were voted out of the competition-perhaps unlike some, my wife is fed up no actually she is disgusted with the utter gutter publicity such individuals are being given-In my working life I met many Gay men and all very private, but they would be horrified now to see the ghastly effect this LBGT imported from the USA, has been allowed to integrate so evidently and with such applause into our society. The BBC et al have to accept much of the blame for the continual introduction of Men and Women homosexual issues. I really don’t want to know one way of the other !

         10 likes

      • BRISSLES says:

        Tarien, I agree with you and your wife. There have always been homosexuals and lesbians, and lived their lives the same as the rest of us, – with no need to publicise it. Now coming out as gay, is worthy of a medal !

        Its now been said that Schofield has timed his coming out as a ‘reset’, because of the all the negative press he’s been getting with colleagues reporting of a toxic working environment created by him behind the scenes of This Morning. Eammon Holmes and wife were pushed onto the set to give him a hug, and they were amongst the more vocal of his antics. The silence is deafening from Amanda Holden who also criticised his behaviour. Now he is rebooted as the golden boy once more. Great damage limitation !

           10 likes

  16. Sluff says:

    I’m watching BBC London.
    The BBC is aghast. Sob. A man is to be deported tomorrow. Sob. Hankies. He is being sent to Jamaica. Sob. Because he was convicted of a robbery about ten years ago. But he came to this country aged 5 and so has no memory of Jamaica. And, sob, he is married with a child.
    This was the headline news.
    The BBC clearly want him to stay, citing the imminent issue of a ‘Windrush’ report.

    Questions not asked by the BBC. Why has he been here ever since his conviction. Why was he not deported immediately after the end of his sentence.

       62 likes

    • Foscari says:

      Sluff-Can you believe the Londonistan programme on the BBC
      obsession of supporting black criminals. All that was missing
      in the studio at the time of the London riots was a statue
      of Mark Duggan, whom the programme hero worshipped.
      I just hope that the flight back to the Jamaica with 50 serious criminals on board , does not turn out anything like the film
      CON AIR !
      Anyway if our street’s are 0.5% safer with these “martyrs ” gone.
      All the better.

         29 likes

    • Oaknash says:

      Sluff -This is how the left (and I include politicians such as Bojo, may and Cameron as left) operate.
      For years they toil hard to hide the real figure and effects of immigration (step forward the BBC) and make it difficult through law, rules and limited funding for the authorities to actually do their job (re Bojos recent agreement to reduce the amount of income a migrant is offered to access the UK or various “human rights” legislation)
      Then for the few that through their own laziness or stupidity find themselves in a situation where they are facing deportation they look for an excuse/sob story to prevent justice happening. Sometimes they even manage to get members of the public to do their dirty work.
      https://redice.tv/red-ice-tv/afghan-deportee-saved-by-a-little-swedish-girl-turned-out-to-be-violent-criminal

      Talk about pushing the Trojan Horse right through the gates.

         17 likes

  17. digg says:

    Steph McGovern (gay) speaks out on Phillip Schofield coming out as gay: ‘It shouldn’t be news’, Sandi Toksvig (gay) agreed!

    https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1240133/Steph-McGovern-partner-twitter-Phillip-Schofield-gay-instagram-news

    FFS: Mr Schofield broke the news live on “This Morning” a national TV program, do these slebs do no thinking at all before they blurt this out this drivel?

       33 likes

    • Dover Sentry says:

      Schofield intended to admit being a Brexit supporter, but lost his nerve at the last moment and took the far easier option in la-la land of admitting to being gay.

         44 likes

      • Lefty Wright says:

        Dover Sentry
        Poor old Phil must have woke up one morning feeling a little queer.
        I have to say though that a long time ago, in the days when I took an interest in what was on TV, young Phil always scored very high on my Gaydar device. So no surprise there. Except for the Brexit bit.

           22 likes

        • BRISSLES says:

          Its noticeable that no heterosexual has been interviewed cheering on Schofield. Its always all about the homosexuals and lesbians, well they should realise the world does not revolve around them.

             15 likes

  18. StewGreen says:

    7:30 BBC 1 Lincolnshire edition is a climate/flood doom special
    from the regional enviro guy who blocked me on Twitter

       14 likes

  19. Guest Who says:

    BBC editorial has things it does not like, and it shows.

    And BBC editorial has things it adores.

    And it shows.

       25 likes

    • Dover Sentry says:

      Time for WNC ? (White News Channel).

      But that would be racist…. 🙁

         41 likes

      • Richard Pinder says:

        I wonder if Indian born Cliff Richard has ever been on the BBC Asian Network. I know Men are barred from Radio Four for an Hour. But then, Afro-Caribbean Men are also barred from the Asian Network and Women’s Hour, as well as Labour Party Women only shortlists. I suppose diversity means a “BBC Women’s Network” and “BBC Black Network” but not a “BBC Men’s Network” and “BBC White Network”.

        But like a Labour Party Conference Hall when BAME Labour leave the Conference Hall for a meeting. The other BBC stations should become as pure and as white as the Labour Party Conference Hall.

           14 likes

  20. StewGreen says:

    Tonight’s Inside Outs are kinda light on Virtue Signalling
    The East edition has
    – Inside Out follows Peterborough’s first female Muslim cycling group.
    + Traditional Luton hat making + Police chasing hare coursers

       19 likes

  21. Guest Who says:

    Jon & Co. are pretty sure Don did this personally.

       14 likes

  22. Guest Who says:

    Lewis liked this.

    Lewis is in his perfect place.

       16 likes

  23. Celtic_Mist says:

    I had forgotten about UNN – very critical of the BBC bias –

       10 likes

  24. Guest Who says:

    I thought that was the sole achievement of Tony?

       10 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      The advert for the next DG of the BBC should attract drug dealers – the essential requirements are for

      “The right candidate is likely to have experience of managing a large, diverse organisation, dealing with significant budgets and delivering change on a significant scale”

      Note that “ success “ is not a job requirement.

         25 likes

  25. Guest Who says:

       13 likes

  26. Celtic_Mist says:

    BBC wrote the article but didn’t elaborate on the extent of the ‘greening’ –

    HS2: Six reasons why the rail route is so expensive:

    The track is effectively below ground with banks each side –

    “Cuttings reduce the impact of the line on the surrounding countryside. There are also 25 miles of tunnels on the first phase of the project. The longest (10 miles) and deepest tunnel (90 metres at the deepest point) will go underneath the Chilterns. And there are 12 miles of viaducts. A two mile viaduct in the Colne Valley in Buckinghamshire will be the longest in the country.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51415590

       9 likes

    • Dystopian says:

      “ The track is effectively below ground with banks each side”

      Ah well at least there will be somewhere for the water to go the next time there is flooding.

         17 likes

    • Old Goat says:

      That’ll make the slightly faster route to Birmingham that much more pleasurable. Like spending an hour on the piccadilly line.

         13 likes

  27. Halifax says:

    I hearby make a solemn pledge not to buy anything advertised on TV. I feel excluded, no I am excluded…..

       32 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Halifax – don’t be too hasty – some of those DFS suites look very attractive- in a diverse way ..

         21 likes

      • Halifax says:

        Fed up. You are my rock my Fox news….thank you for caring.

           12 likes

        • tapwatertory says:

          Adverts are the future!

          I’d sooner watch a minute of someone trying to sell me over 50’s life insurance with a 20 pound voucher for M&S than have my letterbox blocked with bbc begging letters.

             17 likes

  28. vlad says:

    Another nothing-to-do-with-islam terrorist, who planned to attack a ‘pride’ event.

    He had other plans too:

    “Chowdhury was nothing if not prepared for martyrdom.

    He’d collected knives for an attack, looked into firearms training and even made a list of what he was going to do when he got to heaven.

    Top of the list wasn’t meeting his maker, though. It was a tour of the palace he assumed he would be given.

    Second on the unmarried chicken shop worker’s list was to meet and consummate his relationship with 72 wives.

    Only later – seventh on the list – would he find time to meet God; and his 10th task of life in the hereafter was “choose quests to embark on”.

    Mohiussunnath – or Musa – Chowdhury was obsessive about quests in which he played the part of a heroic martyr doing God’s work on earth.”

    All straight out of the quran, but somehow NTDWI.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51405537

    _110806923_hi059349069.jpg

       27 likes

    • BRISSLES says:

      AND I assume he is a British citizen.

      Strangely on listening to the news that a British businessman has flown from China to a ski resort to Brighton – infecting all in his path, my mind immediately thinks its a white chap who has been the carrier, BUT these days I expect to be proved wrong, and it is in fact an Asian born/heritage British citizen who is responsible for a potential mini outbreak. No longer can we ‘assume’ that a British citizen means what it used to mean.

         26 likes

      • Charlie Farley says:

        BRISSLES
        Is that the same type of British and Canadian citizens that died in the Iranian plane disaster last month ?

           16 likes

    • tapwatertory says:

      This piece of journalism from our trusted, award winning, world respected, tax payer funded broadcaster (under pain of inprisonment) was written by Dominic Casciani.

      The same person who was more interested in Tommy Robinson’s Gucci shoe’s.

      Instead of asking why a journalist was being tried for reporting the truth.

      And what is a ‘chicken shop’ is it the same as those Cambodian hairdressers that I thought were Asian grooming gangs?

         21 likes

    • Darcy3 says:

      If they did a proper time and motion study in the mosques it may help, just kill yourself and cut out the middle man

         20 likes

      • vlad says:

        Suicide is haram (forbidden) and anyway the go-straight-to-paradise thing only applies if you die fighting Jihad, so they have to get the police or military to suicide them.
        I have no problem with that, but the family should be sent the bill for the bullets, as in places like Iran and China. Oh, and the astronomical bill for round-the-clock surveillance and all the other huge costs incurred fighting islamic terrorism. Maybe sell a few mosques to pay for it all?

           10 likes

  29. Guest Who says:

    Thread.

       16 likes

    • Nibor says:

      The Noble Liar ?

      Buy it on Amazon or prefererably from your local bookshop .

      Robin Aitken’s book , one of his three about the workings of the BBC as he himself worked for them .

         17 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      Kamal Ahmed trousers £12,000 from hedge fund gig.
      He is the Editorial Director of the BBC and is paid £200,000 a year.

      Sweeney says
      ” This is wrong, a kind of soft-core corruption”

      OK such speaking jobs are a perk of BBC profile
      .. and plenty of BBC women benefit from them, on top of their salaries.
      Same applies to ITV
      hardly corruption unless it buys favour.

         5 likes

      • Up2snuff says:

        A glimpse at a copy of a weekly newspaper provided free in Waitrose shops shows Beeboids aplenty writing for said paper, no doubt for a fee. Then there’s The Humph’s little side jobs in public speaking, journalism and book writing that are well known, even when he was a full-time TOADY presenter.

        When I worked for a leading UK firm (no names, no pack drill) we employees had to seek permission from our employer before earning monies from other sources outside working hours. It was a clause in our Contract of Employment.

           8 likes

    • vlad says:

      “educated and informed” = Newspeak for brainwashed and indoctrinated.

         6 likes

  30. Guest Who says:

    Newsnight really gets the top guests.

       13 likes

  31. taffman says:

    “Oscars 2020: Number of TV viewers falls to all-time low”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51451904
    I wonder why ? Perhaps because it has become ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ ?

       38 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      It is possible that ratings issues will sink in a bit more than with the uniquely funded people’s broadcaster over here sending plane loads of preening overpaid luvvies to gush about frocks and wokosity.

         22 likes

      • BRISSLES says:

        I think its more likely that apart from a couple of winners, the rest aren’t exactly known ! The days are long gone when the real glamour of Hollywood ruled the Oscars, when everyone who walked the red carpet was instantly recognisable from the great films that were output every year. Now they might as well be as recognisable as those on reality tv, which is zero, and the films aren’t that great either, that’s if you can find one to watch that hasn’t got the word ‘fantasy’ attached to it !

           19 likes

  32. Terminal Moraine says:

    I see the home page is still pushing their ‘comedy’ Man Like Mobeen as top viewing (how many days/weeks now?)… all the other stuff at least seems to be on rotation:

    “After the attack on his best friends and threats against his sister, Mobeen is armed, dangerous and out for revenge […] His attempts to make up for past mistakes see him pulled back into the world of unhinged crime boss Uncle Khan […] Now living at Uncle Shady’s “Safe House”, can Mobeen keep his family safe whilst staying out of jail? Or will the dark path he’s being forces down lead to him paying the ultimate price?”

    They must really like this episode at W1A. I wonder why?

    CQndJCt.jpg

       13 likes

  33. Terminal Moraine says:

    Also getting a TV promo is Mary Beard’s two-parter ‘The Shock of the Nude’ in which she examines “Western art’s obsession with the nude and [considers] its troubling power to provoke ideas about gender, sex and moral transgression.”

    Hmm… the nude has formed the basis of some of the most sublime art and architecture for millennia, but no matter — the BBC finds it troubling and our “obsession” with it no doubt best remedied with a good kurti and a mild whipping or two.

    Or dress them all up in a pair of Nubian pants, that’d get approval at least from Sadiq Khan

       15 likes

    • Dystopian says:

      Can someone explain to me how diversity is “London’s great strength”?
      It’s a shithole since so much “diversity” came along and “enriched” us!

         32 likes

      • Old Goat says:

        Thankfully, I escaped the predicted diversity enrichment, and vacated the future shithole, some time ago. I am very pleased that I did.

           18 likes

        • fakenewswatcher says:

          Dystopian, Goat – Our great challenge is to prevent the rest of the country going the same way, notwithstanding the fact that some other UK cities are not far off!
          There are tens of millions in Africa and the Middle East waiting to enrich Europe and the UK.
          The little boats are being readied. All across N Africa, Syria, Pakistan etc. Not to mention the coast of France facing Britain.
          In the case of the UK it seems that the Border Force is ready to assist in bringing them over.
          So, what is the answer?

             13 likes

          • Old Goat says:

            Escape. I find that central France Profonde offers more than adequate insulation from those who would diversify us, largely because they are urbanites, and run away from the countryside. We’ll be alright here, for quite a while, I think.

               8 likes

            • fakenewswatcher says:

              Goat – La France Tranquille. Very nice, too. One has to be in the know, though.
              There are even rural parts of the UK that have not been invaded.
              I reside in one of those.
              With the Border Force Taxi Service to Dover in full swing, I wonder how long this will continue?
              But should it be necessary to flee our own countries?
              Are the ruling elites that bring this about not guilty of treason?
              Certainly in Germany, there are hardly any rural areas untouched, due to Merkel.
              But even she may be on the way out. Her appointed successor (very democratic!) AKK, has resigned as party leader. Thuringia has thrown up huge ructions, due to Merkel having forced the elected liberal PM out, as she wanted the red/green coalition there to continue. My feeling is that if Trump gets re-elected, Merkel is a goner.
              But it may be too late, when she goes. Ditto for us, when finally someone decides on proper border controls.

                 6 likes

  34. Darcy3 says:

    Mary Beard I thought she made victoria sponges on bbc ? what is it with these far left bakers

       22 likes

    • digg says:

      Darcy3, sounds like you read Viz too like me! As for the Mary Beard prog. I watched and thought it started off well but as expected soon descended into the so boring diversity crap.

      Quite interesting that it gave Eric Gill the peadophile a quite easy ride. Maybe it’s because they have a statue at W1A and quite possibly own a lot of his growing in value work. Not to mention the beginning of a diversity trend to work towards decriminalising the practice from the more adventurous W1A types?

         11 likes

  35. Fedup2 says:

    Toady watch

    Time warp! Project Fear . I turned on the BBC for the first time in 4 happy days . And it’s Brexit horrors ! Border chaos , no food in supermarkets ! It will be expensive ! We haven’t got the border staff !

    Half asleep I looked at the clock – 2020 11th February – not 2019, 2018, 2017 , 2016 , 2015……. but then came the off switch – no wonder the BBC is failing .

       24 likes

  36. Dover Sentry says:

    BBC Online News:

    “Frictionless trade with the EU will end in 2020”

    “….the new trading arrangements between Dover and Calais and along the Channel Tunnel, will have a bigger effect on the economy.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51453189

    As ever, a very negative BBC feature on Brexit. There were border checks before the EU and we survived. Today, electronic methods beyond the border will minimise checks. The French do not have a lorry park for waiting vehicles as they do not anticipate a problem.

    If the BBC still exists in it’s Biased form in two years time, it’ll still be churning out the same anti-Brexit bile.

       26 likes

  37. digg says:

    Sajid Javid gave a very good performance on BBC news this morning. Louise was quite obviously tasked with attacking the government over HS2 and the deportees. Sagid knocked her out of the park every time. Good to see,

    Keep putting them back in their bubble…

       23 likes

  38. digg says:

    Afro hair school rumble. Personally the girl should be allowed to wear the style she wants as long as she is happy to sign a form absolving the school from any action if for instance it gets tangled in any equipment for example craft tools, gym equipment etc. This school was never going to win this spat,

    BBC of course had a tame dog whistler ready who used the opportunity to push her book “Don’t touch my hair”

       24 likes

  39. AsISeeIt says:

    The search function on the BBC News web site can be a little cranky.
    Often it’s hard to find a news story by putting in obvious search terms.
    Mind you, just as a test to make sure it’s working and you need to see your search screen fill up with results – try the words “blame tories”

       13 likes

  40. taffman says:

    There are a lot of worried foreign criminals in the uk this morning all glued to Al Beeb TV. Will London’s knife crime go down?

       15 likes

  41. Sluff says:

    Toady seems to have a new feature.
    As well as Thought for the Day, we now also get Thought for the Gay.
    Yesterday at around 0745 we had a non-story about positive references to homosexuality in old writings in Wakefield Library.

    Today at around 0745 we had a feature on the campaign to preserve an old cottage in Dungeness, the one-time home of one Derek Jarman, a distinctly non-mainstream arty film maker but crucially ‘gay activist’ (their words) who died of HIV/Aids some 25 plus years ago. So….primetime BBC news material.

    Can you imagine the uproar if there was a campaign to protect a dwelling because of the owner’s advocacy of heterosexuality? Can you imagine the BBC featuring it as such? No, me neither.

    Is Toady now sponsored by Stonewall?

       25 likes

  42. Darcy3 says:

    I was hoping our romanian beeg eeshoo seller would have b’ggered off home after Jan 31, there were two days last week without being harrassed by her, but no such luck shes back again, I understand if she can sell a beeg eeshoo for £1.50 she has full rights to our benefit system

    I was tempted to debate the matter with her but she was busy on her apple iphone

       34 likes

  43. AsISeeIt says:

    Contemplating climate chaos and weather weirding, can I have a guarantee that so long as we cripple our ecomony with sky high energy costs then I will never again have to wake up to my dustbin lid having blown into my neighbour’s front garden?

       19 likes

  44. Guest Who says:

    They are milking this one still.

    No #CCBGB here.

    Even got Patricia Arquette first, in true luvvie mode.

    It seems that anywhere a Native American keeled over can become a burial site. And if creating a border, having a big hole seems a security issue.

    Every time I visit Singapore it is interesting to note how an HDB estate has sprung up where there used to be a cemetery.

       18 likes

  45. Darcy3 says:

    maybe the native americans should have built a big wall a few hundred years ago

       17 likes

  46. Guest Who says:

    Tick. Tick.

       20 likes

    • Darcy3 says:

      Rewriting history, that sounds insidious, anyone with an ounce of common sense can study history from many perspectives, but of course those at the bbc are nor what one might call ” fully educated” I was talking with a physics student a while ago, you are either right or wrong in physics at that level, but never wrong in many of the qualifications achieved by our woke generation, if you are good at arguing

         16 likes

      • Charlie Farley says:

        Darcy3
        “Women Rewriting History ” obviously when the history was originally written…..they didn’t know what they were writing about !
        Of course History shows us that those that won a War wrote their version of it and there lies the problem.

           11 likes

      • Dover Sentry says:

        And physics does not apply if you are a Climate Change fanatic.

           12 likes

      • Dover Sentry says:

        And physics… Oh, no…. the Double Post virus! Is there a cure???

           7 likes

        • Darcy3 says:

          So as I said with a little effort one can study WW2 from a german and japanese perspective and as we can see, the invaded native americans opinions are available also

          I think the key word is “effort”, and first person narrative is also useful, my “ex” father in law was of the Windrush immigrants and he had (sadly passed last year) nothing but good words to say about his life here, and he most certainly was not one to “mince his words” of course his massive talent as a cricketer probably helped his reception in the village he spent his life in

          No doubt his history would be “rewritten” by the bbc racists

          RIP Fred

             14 likes

          • Darcy3 says:

            And Italian WW2 technology is an oft overlooked hotbed of information, tanks with one forward gear and three reverse, I am still waiting for Wheeler Dealers to get hold of one of them, but I have a suspicion they were all acquired by Saddams elite republican guard

               15 likes

  47. Dystopian says:

    JHB over on Talk Radio banging on about how these potential deportees were “brought here as children” and “brought up in Britain” and may “consider themselves British”…

    NO Julia, they are not British they could have applied for British citizenship, but they didn’t. If I put a puppy dog in a stable it will grow up as a dog and not a horse!

       30 likes

    • Ian Rushlow says:

      The deportation of foreign criminals is another body blow this week for the BBC. The law now needs to be amended to ensure that anyone who acquired British citizenship (i.e. is not a natural-born British citizen) and who subsequently commits a crime resulting in a custodial sentence of 12 months or more, automatically loses that citizenship and becomes eligible for deportation. The plane which flew the criminals back to their homeland this morning did not have many passengers – that’s bad for the environment and inexcusable given the large number of candidates available (come on BBC, where’s your green credentials today?). If the destination country is a recipient of British ‘Foreign Aid’, the cost of the flights and the imprisonment costs should be deducted from it.

         27 likes

      • andyjsnape says:

        Terrible, they should all be aloud to stay.

        An idea, how about we could house them in the beeb offices, with the 450 news staff going they will have loads of space. beeb could do daily follow up reports on how the drugs dealers are getting on!

           15 likes

  48. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – No (CO2) Questions Asked

    Here’s a surprise. Precious documents (I assume originals and not facsimiles – Martha did not ask) from the National Archive are to be taken around the UK and shown to children in schools and peepil in comoonihies. No questions asked about the CO2 expended in this enterprise. Are we not meant to be sometime soon, as a nation, Carbon Net Zero? A question not asked by Martha?

    It is quite strange how that notorious Global Warming and Climate Change is there one minute at the BBC and then disappears the next. Most peculiar.

    Is it really a good idea to let children handle these documents? Really? Anthony Seldon thinks its a wonderful idea; all that 21st century acid and grease and stickinesses and snot put onto these historical documents.

    Will the children be made to wear archivists white cotton gloves and face masks? Martha did not ask. Probably not, it might offend their human rights. “Miss. Miss! Please Miss, these gloves don’t fit me. I can’t wear them, Miss.”

       15 likes

    • Charlie Farley says:

      Miss Miss these gloves are white can I have another pair of the correct colour ?

         19 likes

    • Old Goat says:

      As an aside, I am astounded that the BBC, who are very anti CO2, allow two antiquey persons to charge all around the countryside every day, in an old CO2 spewing vehicle, and the odd circuitous routes that they choose to drive along in order to visit antique emporia and auctions…

         12 likes

  49. Up2snuff says:

    A Life Misleading

    Jim Al-Kahlili (“great name, wonderful name – let’s make great chemicals great again”) starts off with his introduction of Prof Polina Bayvel suggesting that she pioneered optical cable science in the UK. In fact, he implies she invented it from the lab she opened in the mid-1990s.

    Not so.

    I was visiting a building in central London in the 1970s and 1980s to meet a friend for lunch and he was explaining how some of his colleagues were pioneering optical fibres and trying to convince a new Government to fit optical cabling alongside all the railway lines in the UK. Good old British Post Office and British Telecom!

    (Had the then Government really listened to the people at BT, we could have rolled out a 5G optical fibre network in the UK many years ago!)

    As you listen to the programme the good Prof gives a rather more honest view of the history of optical fibres than that of the deceptive BBC and Jim Alkili. I found myself wondering whether Jim was trying to win some BBC Bonus Points for ‘bigging up a wimmin’ and a wimmin in science, too. Double points for that. Probably.

    Programme is still very interesting, despite the BBC attempt at deception. A highly recommended listen.

       15 likes

  50. StewGreen says:

    Radio4 9:30am

    Radio4 9:45am
    A beeboid whose book has been made book of the week
    How to Argue with A Racist
    @BBCRadioFour Book of the Week – BBC science presenter
    Dr @AdamRutherford , who is himself of mixed heritage, white English/Indian-Guyanese, reads from his book
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f6sp

       14 likes

    • tarien says:

      Shouldn’t have such a thing as the Supreme Court, so deceptively brought into function by T Blair when PM-look at the mess they made of the prorogue issue? Definitely not needed, therefore the necessity to alter the Supreme Court Premises can be negated and with such the enormous cost the tax payer would be asked to fund.

         10 likes