418 Responses to Easter Weekend Thread 3rd April 2021

  1. Fedup2 says:

    Im a film director / producer and ms newton is put up for a part . Would i really pick someone carrying such a chip .

    How many lovies use their real name – darllllinnggg .. ?


    • TrickCyclist says:

      I love the implied victimisation in the BBC report linked by Up2snuff:
      “The actress. . . said her name was misspelled in the credits to her first film in 1991, Flirting. . .
      As a result, Thandie Newton became the widely-used spelling of her name and has stuck with the actress for three decades.”
      As if she couldn’t have chosen to use her real name back then but went with what she thought was best for her career.

      On the other hand. . .
      “I’m determined not to lose my name. It’s who I am. It has neither aided my progress nor hampered it. It’s just who I am.” – Ioan Gruffudd
      Quite like him as an actor – along with John Leguizamo, Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska. . .


  2. Dobyns says:

    Whilst written for an American audience, this piece speaks volumes about the kind of society al beeb is actively promoting



    • Seppers says:

      Wow, that’s really interesting.
      I’ve been liberal/left/green much of my adult life but started feeling really uncomfortable with it about five years ago – and this makes sense of quite a lot. (I obviously need to read more!)
      It makes sense of a lot of the current workings of the bbc. Eg I just couldn’t make out why no one was questioning why XR were protesting trains in London (mass transit, therefore sustainable transport), but I guess its pretty obvious they aren’t just about the environment.


  3. The Sage says:

    From the BBC website:

    Actress Thandie Newton has said she is reverting to the original Zimbabwean spelling of her first name, Thandiwe.

    The actress has hitherto been known as Thandie, an anglicised version of her name with the “w” absent.
    All of Newton’s films will be credited with the name Thandiwe (pronounced “tan-DEE-way”) Newton in future.
    “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine,” Newton told British Vogue.
    The actress, whose full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton, said her name was misspelled in the credits to her first film in 1991, Flirting

    Except, of course, her first name is actually Melanie and she was born in London and grew up in the vibrant cultural melting pot that is Penzance which is quite some distance from Zimbabwe, I believe.

    But, hey, let’s jump on the ethnic bandwagon which is a clever career move and with all those unrepresentative TV advertising and film roles reserved for certain folk.


    • Up2snuff says:

      The Sage, this gave me a chuckle “and grew up in the vibrant cultural melting pot that is Penzance which is quite some distance from Zimbabwe”. I don’t know why Thandiwe did not use the English meaning of her Zimbabwean given name: ‘Beloved’. I bet Equity did not have a Beloved Newton on their books at time of registration.

      BTW, on radio last night she said her name as Th andi weh, soft th and truncated weh, not way.


      • fakenewswatcher says:

        R4 news at ten last night gave her mate Jamille/a (?) a lengthy space to complain about how black women like Thandi (and Jamille/a, presumably) needed to ‘reclaim’ (?) their place in a world allegedly dominated by…well, you know, those who aren’t. Working from my imperfect recollection now, but was there a chap named Henley who gave her all that space?
        I wasn’t really paying much attention (generally R4 has now become a background noise, at best, ready to get switch off). Was thinking about Zimbabwe: once it had huge potential. Food production and exportation. I visited in the 70s, and things looked fine despite the great intnl boycotts. Couldn’t get proper chewing gum, though, if I had to search for some little moan.
        Now the place is a ruin, and hunger dominates the people who were supposed to have been ‘liberated’ when Smithy was quietly disposed of by the British government. Can’t see Thandi/we rushing back there.
        Interesting though, to speculate about what it is that now makes the Jamilles and Thandis think they have the track record to run the show. They seem little more than big mouths, being given a lot of space by the likes of beeb.
        Anyway, keep your mouth shut and keep paying that beeb licence fee. R4 staff are ever so grateful, ta. Come to think of it -just like Zimbabwe- R4 is also a ruin now, but once had great potential.


  4. Sluff says:

    Must just put in a shout for Mr Stewgreen.

    Buried higher up this thread and responding to a comment about woke University Challenge questions to do with slavery, this gentleman has gone and linked a question setter to an article he wrote for the Guardian on the very same woke Leftist slavery self-flagellation theme.

    If this is all true, and why should it not be, then this must surely represent tremendous proof not only of the scale of the insidious, ingrained Leftist bias of the biased BBC but the hidden depths to which they are prepared to go to keep it all in place.

    Recruiting a left wing question setter who then sets left wing questions about his favourite topic on a quiz show has to be right up there.


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      University Challenge’s use of metric measures annoys me. In Britain we use miles for distances and feet for heights, but not the BBC, it seems.

      However, I did notice in the final Paxman used “BC” instead of “BCE” which had previously been used. Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue? Hope he doesn’t get cancelled.


    • StewGreen says:

      @Sluff I didn’t make it up.
      I read it in his tweets.


    • Beltane says:

      Together with the repulsion you must now feel when using your granny’s old silver sugar bowl – sugar, slavery: obvious connection, makes sense – thanks to BBC Antiques Raidshay.


      • Guest Who says:

        If ever a rusty machete turns up, maybe the AR audience member of favor might be invited to the fore to remember the happy Mau Mau days slicing and dicing farmer families? Not so long ago.


  5. BRISSLES says:

    Well I still struggle with getting my tongue around…….
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (had to cut and paste), all very well having tribal names, but sorry, in the Western world Cary Grant is so much easier to say 🙂


    • Fedup2 says:

      I think naga ‘let’s not talk about race ‘ manchetti should use her real name instead of being to whitee rule …..

      Elsewhere – the dirty jap olympics is starting to look shaky – the chinkie virus numbers are going up and they’ve cancelled a dry run of the water polo…..


      • Thoughtful says:

        I once wrote a piece on several comments sites a la Tommy Robinson Naga Muchetty whose real name is Subha Nagalakshmi Munchetty-Chendriah

        Not a single one of those comments made it to publication showing the anti White double standards of the British media.


        • Fedup2 says:

          Got to feel sorry for Subha denying her ‘heritage ‘… does that make her a coconut ?


      • Garry Lavin says:

        What does a dry run of water polo look like…..football?


        • Fedup2 says:

          A pool – without the water ingredient .. glad you noticed me being a bit dry …


    • Up2snuff says:

      Fred Nuerk, similarly. But how to spell it in print ….. ?


    • Guest Who says:

      I still have to refer to him as the bloke in Kinky Boots.

      He was a good baddy in Serenity.

      Archie from da Bristol Massive was not going to cut it in postwar Hollywood.


  6. Jack in the Green says:

    You have got to feel for the BBC, that great upholder of liberty and justice. It must be agony. On the one hand the ideal time to play the race card regarding covid passports, on the other the need to toe the establishment line. Bearing in mind their remoaner brexit stance, which was backed by the Establishment, including the great majority of MPs of all parties, I think I know which way they will go. And therein lies the problem of disestablishing this infernal organisation, it is backed by the smug, never had to hide behind the sofa to avoid the electric man, elitist, sneering, know it all robots who have their hands on the levers of power. Nonetheless, keep up the fight, if only to get up their self-serving noses.


  7. Guest Who says:

    BBC in full #prasnews mode


    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      What are ‘green jobs’, I’m an engineer with decades of experience in ‘environmental engineering’ and ‘sustainable engineering’, and I don’t have a clue what ‘green jobs’ are supposed to be, they’re certainly not in my field (which is shrinking), that’s for sure… so what exactly are they? (Are they even a real thing?!)


      • Guest Who says:

        Try Marianna. She checks facts. Apparently.

        The phrasing is of course meaningless.

        A pledge from a pol is worthless.

        And ‘support’ means what? Zippy.

        Yet the market rate talents at BBC Politics copied the press release and ran it as if it would convince anyone bar close relatives.


      • Philip_2 says:

        I have along post on this as an answer to ‘Green jobs’. I thought I would post on the next ‘Wednesday’ edition so we all know where this leads (if it happens at all). Its not what we all think, I suspect.


    • Up2snuff says:

      I gather the Mayor is getting a bit desperate for votes and is trying to favour the ‘yoof vote’ with a proposal for the legalisation of cannabis in the capital. I would have thought that that measure would have required Parliamentary approval.


      • digg says:

        I believe that Khan is eying an opportunity suggested to him by the antics of Sturgeon in Scotland and Drakeford in Wales i.e. moving towards a self governing republic of London and thus breaking away from the United Kingdom and it’s parliament and thereby establishing Khan, Sturgeon and Drakeford as supreme and eternal rulers of these new republics.

        I can bet that the same thoughts are going through the minds of similar officials in other areas of the UK where enough diverse support can be mustered like Leicester, Bradford etc.

        We might even see a return to the days of private regional mercenary “armies” that were common in the medieval era. All fighting each other for their masters over local power and land.


      • Guest Who says:

        His Pineapple Express notion might hit his ‘green jobs’ plan coming the other way, right about where the Imams hang out.

        Still, guaranteed cubicle garden support from the girls, and maybe some of the women.


    • digg says:

      You can in fact describe the use of the word “green’ to describe someone in another sense, for instance someone who is “green’ is someone who does not understand what is really going on and who are blind to the real motives of other people’s suggestions.

      Maybe Khan means this?

      Or is it simply to secure the 170,000 votes he needs to stay top of the muck heap?


  8. StewGreen says:

    10:45pm BBC1 Being Muslim is promoted by these guys and the Bradford Zone websites as well

    The 11:25 prog Being Christian isn’t being promoted


  9. StewGreen says:

    In the last 2 days I count about 4-5hours of cooking progs at prime time.


    • Deborah says:

      Don’t assume cookery programmes aren’t agenda driven. I gave up Great British Menu or whichever the one is with Greg and John, when I noticed young women predictably reached the next round whatever the standard of their cooking. I gave up on Great British Bake-off when I noticed Paul was critical of the taste of food when by appearance of their baking exceeded the others eg poor Brendan with his fabulous and exact decoration didn’t get through but Nadia’s cackhanded peacock was highly praised.


  10. Guest Who says:

    Now think of BBC output.


  11. Beltane says:

    Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine still in the firing line…..
    So, of the six or more vaccines currently approved and being used, which has had the most criticism?
    Which of the others has been subject to any scrutiny or criticism? Which has suffered the most wastage as a direct result of the ‘creative negativity’ from the EU and France in particular?
    And which is available at cost, being a significantly cheaper option than all the other giant pharma productions put together?
    As Heseltine, Major and other such bravehearts would say, coincidence, simply coincidence.


  12. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    Seven people have died from unusual blood clots after getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK, but the medicines regulator has said the benefits continue to outweigh any risk.


    They really are lower than pond scum. Some say..


  13. Deborah says:

    Simon Calder on Look North saying people might want to go abroad to see loved ones they haven’t seen for some time. I haven’t seen my son in London either, it is no excuse for going abroad. (Sorry Fedup2).
    Then Peter Levy highlighted Muslims who want to go to Pakistan for Ramadan to do charity work or for other reasons. They will, said Peter, then need to isolate in airport hotels for 10 days. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.
    Mr Hudson tells us that temperatures tonight may drop as low as minus 5 and will be very cold until at least until next weekend. Global warming? Peter Levy didn’t ask Paul about it.


  14. taffman says:

    “Rochdale child grooming: Anger as gang member spotted in town”
    “The trio have been facing deportation since 2018 after losing an appeal to retain their British citizenship.”
    Still here after three years ?
    How many more coming in on dinghies ? We need a tough Home Secretary who will look after the people of this country for a change. British Human Rights should come first !


  15. Guest Who says:

    The next BBc ‘mostly peaceful’ headline will be a hoot.


    Maybe Roger Waters could do a charity gig?


  16. Fedup2 says:

    Vintage C4 news – undermining Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine – then playing project fear on Brazil – complete with vaccine resistant variants and out of control infections …..particularly amongst the yoof/ kidults …

    … if you watch this stuff day after day – who’d think there would be ‘mental issues ‘.?

    C4 also found a kid dying from oxygen starvation in one of those wonderful NHS hospitals – coroner nasty about the NHS.

    Missing coloured kid – seemingly found dead in Epping Forest – police should have done more to find him sez parents – I bet they have a ‘legal team ‘….

    MSM seems to be worrying itself into a 2022 – 2023 lockdown ….
    And now – look – squirrels surfing ….. …

    C4 wanted a minister – as usual they were too busy – so instead they want to the intellectual power house that is Caroline ‘cat woman ‘ Mucus then ‘dodgy ‘Ed Davey – the head of the liberal person – sorry Party …

    Caroline said she is pleased that the virus is organic and Ed said ‘vote liberal ‘ ….


  17. StewGreen says:

    Trailer : 8pm Sunday, April 11, BBC2
    Climate Change: Ade on the Frontline
    The Solomon Islands and Australia
    Series 1, Episode 1 of 3; runtime 58mins.
    zero info on the bbc webpage
    (been in production since Jan 2020 at least. Air on Canadian TV at the same time)


  18. vlad says:

    Did I miss it or has there been little-to-no coverage of the Piers Morgan / Tucker Carlson interview on the biased BBC?

    It should be quite a big story, not only because of all the celebs involved (Ginge and Whinge, Piers, Tucker, Sharon Osbourne) but also – and much more importantly – because of the issues raised: free speech, cancel-culture, extreme woke despotism, and more.

    The BBC don’t get it, but Tucker does.


  19. Up2snuff says:

    BBC WEB-SITE Watch #2 – is Lurch jealous?


    You bet!

    “The 38-year-old congressman, blessed with good looks, better hair and a sharp tongue, has been a frequent guest on conservative cable news outlets – 346 weekday appearances since August 2017, according to the liberal watchdog group Media Matters. “


  20. Rich says:

    On the bBbc website UK News Homepage they excitedly tell us that, as one of their main stories,

    “Student makes bin bag machine for litter-hit park” . And in other “news”,

    “Trespassers with pushchair seen on ‘Railway Children’ line”.

    What the bBbc don’t feel the need to tell anyone through their UK News Homepage is that in Northern Ireland 41 PSNI officers have been injured amidst ongoing Loyalist riots, the First Minister Arlene Foster has called for the Chief Constable to resign immediately, and the largest Unionist party, the DUP, have said there is no point in talking to the senior management of the PSNI as the Protestant people of NI no longer have in trust or confidence in them.


    Still, as long as that park in Leeds gets tidied up eh? You make sure you get your priorities right there bBbc.


    • Garry Lavin says:

      Quite so. And when it does get reported…..they say it’s about Brexit….


  21. Fedup2 says:

    Midweek Thread now live ……………………….