Saturday in Salford

Nihal Arthanayake, a Radio Five Live presenter, told his audience this afternoon that a crowd of far right, racist bigots had gathered outside the BBC Studios in Salford last Saturday. If you want to know why they were there, watch Panodrama. I’m sure a lot of the people were ordinary citizens who have dutifully paid their TV licence fees for years, and probably once had good things to say about ‘Auntie’. Having been smeared by someone whose wages they help to pay, they may now wish to reconsider.

Today’s Image

The Filey Weather Station, IFILEY2, reported an average temperature of -0.2°C on this day last year. As I write, the average temperature today is 8.6°C. It felt warmer this afternoon than yesterday, but the maximum reported is only 15.8, compared with yesterday’s 17.9°C.

Thirty miles north of here, the Whitby Station, INORTHYO14, put yesterday’s maximum at 21.5°C. Hmm. Higher than the February record reported at Kew. Personal weather stations hosted on Weather Underground can be eccentric. Sandsend, just north of Whitby, is currently reporting a temperature of 140°F. So when I offer my reports on the Northern Winter and Southern Summer in a couple of days, you should treat them with caution!

Connecting Some Dots

19_20131019StarMap2_1mYou may have noticed the Information Board in Today’s Image. The golden circle, on the left of the board, shows a few of the stars that can be seen on clear Scarborough nights. Connecting the celestial dots reveals constellations that may, or may not, be familiar. The rarely illuminated Star Map is on the filled-in open-air swimming pool – look through the rustic fence in the landscape photograph. It cost about £40,000 to construct, was switched on for the first time in 2006, and vandalised in the summer of 2011.

Talking of vandals – and more dots to connect. In an update to the Soldier X Project, Tommy Robinson is clearly bemused by much of the information he has been receiving from junior ranks of the British Armed Forces. Tommy should watch the Wednesday bulletin of UK Column News. He gets a brief mention in the main segment on Melanie Shaw but I’d advise fast forwarding to 28.54 to witness the military manoeuvres.

The BBC’s perspective on chemical weapons in Syria · Brexit · the European Army · the mainstream media. Make sense?

Here is the News

There is something to be said for starting the day slowly, head in a cloud of unknowing. Dumbed down. The only way, then, is up.

At 6.30 am this morning, BBC Radio Five (“First for News”) offered its top four stories.

  1. By Christmas, all video games that feature in-game purchases will have to display an indication of this means of extortion on packaging and in advertisements.
  2. ‘Treason’ May declares that there will definitely not be a second Brexit referendum.
  3. Action is going to be taken against prison officers who smuggle in contraband items, such as drugs, mobiles, and weapons, for the pleasure of inmates and the profit of both parties.
  4. Bono lost his voice during a concert last night and it had to be abandoned.

Phew! Nothing going on in the Middle East that we need to know about. (Israel bombing Damascus again, threatening to use nuclear weapons on Iran.) Sundry American satellites “going dark”, throwing Britain’s GCHQ into a panic apparently, isn’t newsworthy. Ditto daily satellite imagery of increased methane releases in high northern latitudes being redacted or made unavailable. (The planet’s thermostat is being turned up.)

There is so much ‘Auntie’ doesn’t tell us. And what she does impart isn’t really news – or verifiably true much of the time.

But that’s what the UK regime wants – a docile, uninformed, confused, couldn’t really give a damn populace. The Beeb obliges its masters. Foxes and Wolves.

Anyone for Tennis?

BBC Radio Five Live woke me this morning with news that “heat issues” in New York City had forced the retirement of five male competitors in the US Open. The chaps considered conditions were “dangerous”, with the on-court temperature at 38ºC, and 50% humidity.  Tournament organizers implemented an extreme heat policy in men’s matches for the first time. I wonder what conditions will be like next year.

CNN comes in for much criticism and ridicule for the propaganda it serves up in its “News” broadcasts, but this afternoon I happened upon a report by Clarissa Ward from the most rapidly warming part of the world – the Arctic – and I can’t find a single degree of fault with it.

IdlibProvSyriaA warning of a different kind has been put out by the Russian military – of a possible chemical weapon attack on civilians in Idlib province. “Rebel” shipments of chlorine have been tracked to the small town of Jisr al-Shughur (inset)  and on to a village nearby. Waiting there for their fifteen minutes of dubious fame are Assad-hating Syrians who will play dead for White Helmeted videographers. Their performance will be all over social media in no time. The Syrian government will be blamed for killing its own citizens and the Axis of Evil, all too predictably, will launch Tomahawk missiles into Damascus. Time to be ashamed of being British again.

The Russian Federation did not respond to the April false flag attack in Douma. But very soon the Eastern Mediterranean will be hosting fleets of armed-to-the-teeth vessels from both sides. What could possibly go wrong?

I’m not sure my countrymen and women are concerned that they are not being informed about another upcoming conflict sparked by lies. They are just happy that Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off are back on their TV screens.  Christmas can’t be far away.




As a mouthpiece for a tyrannical regime, the BBC must be without peer. I haven’t read all of Kit’s article yet – it is wonderfully long. If you consume a few paragraphs and feel poisoned there is an antidote. “Uncle Grisha” offers many insights into a more palatable and believable  Russia than the country “Auntie”  shamelessly misrepresents.

Graham is English but speaks Russian with some fluency and has such an engaging manner that few “natives” seem to object to his questions. A few days ago, he let his hair down (metaphorically) at the stadium in Rostov-on–Don where England played Tunisia in the World Cup. His stock in trade, though, is countering the lies about a country he clearly loves. I’ll give you a link to just one, in the hope that you will seek out more for yourself.

Artek, Crimea – Reality versus BBC Propaganda.


Two divergent views on the Skripal Case – on two very different media platforms.

Both interviewees were intelligence officers, Annie Machon with MI5 and Boris Volodarsky with the Soviet Army (GRU Spetsnaz).



Annie has her own website and this makes her somewhat less spooky.

The UK regime pushed its difficult to swallow narrative very hard from the outset and set an attack dog onto poor Rachel Burdon, a Five Live Breakfast Programme presenter. I really like Rachel. She has a good heart and doesn’t deserve having to work for the BBC. Richie Allen offered his views on her exchange with Tom Tugenhadt,  Conservative MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling, on the 13th March. Don’t listen if you are offended by f-bombs.