There was some talk a week or two ago that an American warship would appear in Filey Bay yesterday to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Flamborough Head. I saw no ships but heard fireworks in the evening (and saw their remains scattered on Royal Parade this morning). Last year, the 241st Anniversary was commemorated at the White Lodge Hotel.
The NATO exercises kicked off in March and run through to June. Fingers crossed.
The Russian Federation made it known a week ago that it was compiling a list of “unfriendly countries”. Alex Christoforou has something to say about the chosen here.
Craziest of all is this graph from an element of SAGE – the gallimaufry of scientists that we are expected to trust.
A surge of Covid infection (a Third Wave) is expected to follow the easing of all restrictions and the Warwick model seems to suggest that people who have had two doses of the gene therapy will be worst hit. There is a helpful explanation for this counter-intuitive possibility in the SPI-M-O Summary of further modelling of easing restrictions – Roadmap Step 2, 31 March 2021, where the graph appears.
This shows that most deaths and admissions in a post-Roadmap resurgence are in people who have received two vaccine doses, even without vaccine protection waning or a variant emerging that escapes vaccines. This is because vaccine uptake has been so high in the oldest age groups (modelled here at 95% in the over 50-year olds). There are therefore 5% of over 50-year olds who have not been vaccinated, and 95% x 10% = 9.5% of over 50-year olds who are vaccinated but, nevertheless, not protected against death. This is not the result of vaccines being ineffective, merely uptake being so high.
WalesOnlineincludes a link to the document in its observations on the rather bleak prospects for the UK. The Third Wave recedes just before “Flu Season” is about to kick off. Lockdown for another year from July, then?
HMS Echo is here. We firstly want to demonstrate the solidarity we have with Ukraine and the fact that Ukraine doesn’t stand alone, but also demonstrating our rights in order to be able to come to ports such as Odessa, for freedom of navigation, for freedom of navies to be able to operate in the Black Sea. This isn’t Russia’s Sea, this is an international sea.
The UK regime’s Secretary of State for Defence, speaking from the deck of Ukraine’s flagship Hetman Sahaydachniy in Odessa a few days ago.
On Saturday morning another muppet, former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, was sending his Christmas message to Putin. During a brief rant, he told BBC listeners that Russia had “seized” part of Ukraine. If he believes this he can believe anything.
Rick Wiles and his team discuss the “NATO wants war” issue on TRU News, from about minute 56.
Enjoy your Christmas folks. It could be your last.
Forty years ago I lived and worked on a farm. One late autumn evening K. invited me to participate in an attack on the barn. He put two cartridges in his shotgun and we walked as quietly as we could across the yard. On a signal, I threw open the barn door and nipped inside to switch on the light. Rats fled in all directions. I caught a glimpse of the legendary Chester. He really was as big as a well-fed domestic cat. Two explosions had no effect whatsoever on the rat population. Sometime later, during the day, I found a rat that had fallen into an empty oil drum. I felt obliged to dispose of the enemy. He didn’t give up his life easily.
I dread to think what the carnage would have been like in Idlib if Syrian and Russian forces had entered the city to clear out the nest of terrorists. Estimates are that there are between 10,000 and 100,000 human rats there that must be removed if the sovereign nation is to resume its formerly peaceful existence. President Trump warned Syria and Russia not to attack the city, giving the impression that he cared for the civilians who would be caught up in the fighting. He doesn’t, of course, care about the slaughter of women, children and old men. (See Gaza and Yemen where his “friends” have committed war crimes routinely and show no inclination of stopping.)
Presidents al-Assad and Putin heeded the warning though, and with their Turkish counterpart Erdogan came up with a plan to create a demilitarized zone around the centre of Idlib city which would be slowly but steadily cleared of terrorists. The idea was, I think, to clear this rats’ nest by October without a shot being fired and a single civilian killed.
I’m sure shots continue to be fired. There is nothing an Islamic terrorist enjoys more than brutalizing civilians. They are not going to give up easily. If one tunes into the UK’s propaganda media, all is currently quiet in Syria.
The FUKUS and Israeli Warhawks didn’t like the Putin-Erdogan plan and within hours launched an attack on Syria that resulted in the destruction of an Il-20 reconnaissance plane and its complement of fifteen Russian servicemen. That, like the Trump warning, brought an unexpected response from Putin. I will possibly give my thoughts about that tomorrow.
If President Trump has any sense he will listen to what Senator Richard Black had to say to Alex Christoforou on The Duranrecently.
The top story on Radio Five Live’s Breakfast Program this morning was the UK regime’s plan to ban the sale of Energy Drinks to children because they contain such large amounts of sugar and caffeine. (Yesterday’s top story was about the shockingly large numbers of young Brits who self-harm.) A little further down the running order – Should you take time off work if your pet dies? I missed this discussion so I can’t tell you what the consensus was.
I may also have missed the news that Syrian and Russian forces are almost ready to launch their attack on Idlib Province – to remove the western supported terrorists of Al Qaeda, Isis/Isil. Jaysh al Islam etc. (Not to mention those lovely White Helmets who buried children alive so that they could video them being miraculously rescued.) It seems “highly likely” that Sergei Lavrov has warned France, the UK, and the US not to interfere with the clearance of the West’s proxy army from Syrian territory. The expected False Flag chemical attack in Idlib, being planned and facilitated in part by the UK regime’s MI6, is clearly no longer necessary. The psychopaths of NATO (and Israel) can begin their longed-for war any hour now. No excuse required.
There will be blood. Lots of it.
My lovely trip out to Flamborough this morning, (thanks Richard), may be my last for a while. Who knows?
In a recent online conversation, Gerald Celente encouraged Jason Liosatos to look up the definition of ‘politician’. I’m not sure which source Jason chose but a couple of definitions apposite to this post are:-
A person who uses public office to advance personal or partisan interests (Webster’s College Dictionary).
A person who engages in politics out of a wish for personal gain, as realized by holding a public office (Collins English Dictionary).
Melanie Shaw is currently being held in HMP Styal. It isn’t clear why she was locked up initially. She was a victim of sexual abuse at Beechwood Children’s Home in Nottinghamshire and she “blew the whistle”. One of her alleged abusers, as yet unnamed, was a well-known politician. Melanie’s maltreatment in prison now, amounting to torture, is clearly intended to silence her. The police, judiciary, and Conservative Party in “government” are all complicit in this attempt to cover up crimes against vulnerable children in care. UK Column has been reporting on Melanie’s case for at least four years. Their daily News items covering her appearance in court earlier this week are on YouTube but here is a link to a June 2018 report re-uploaded by GeeGee Tee.
A few days ago the American regime announced further sanctions against the Russian Federation for attempting to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. The Skripals survived the attack upon them. Children on a school bus in Yemen a couple of days ago were not so lucky.
I haven’t heard any British politicians speaking out against what was done to the Yemeni children (because most of them support the war), or against the vile treatment of Melanie Shaw and thousands of other children (because they are, it appears, guilty by association).
There are more than a dozen variants of the GWYNNE coat of arms but most have the “trademark” two swords with a third held aloft below the hilt. The motto of the Trecastle branch is Gogoniant yr clethaf (glory to the sword).
As mentioned yesterday, at least two “unrelated” GWYNNE lines joined genetic forces with another. I haven’t looked too closely to see if one branch was particularly warlike but quite a few Gwynne chaps took the monarch’s shilling and most served in the higher ranks. I have only found one so far that died by the sword – Roderick Thynne Sackville GWYNNE, remembered on a family grave in Filey, but buried in Merville Communal Cemetery in France.
Roderick’s life was wasted in the second of two futile attacks near the Aubers Ridge in the Spring of 1915. Accounts of the first mention Bois Grenier, (a village, not a wood), and it took place near Neuve-Chapelle between Wednesday 10th and Saturday 13th March. A second source, on the Imperial War Museum website, states that he was…
Fatally wounded in a night attack on a German position at Touquet on Sunday morning. When brought to the first aid post, he insisted on his men being attended to first.
Roderick was taken with many other casualties to the hospital at Merville, about twelve miles away, where he died of his wounds almost two weeks later.
By the evening of [Saturday] 9 May the situation was far from promising for the Allies: the groups of soldiers who had managed to reach the German front line were totally isolated and exposed to enemy fire. The chaos on the roads to the front and the communication trenches was such that any thought of relaunching the attack at sundown was abandoned by Haig.
During the night the soldiers established on the German lines (200 to 300 men in all) undertook a perilous retreat across no man’s land.
By the morning of 10 May all hopes of renewing the attack were abandoned because of a lack of shells and, above all, because of the huge numbers of casualties (it took three days to transfer the wounded of 9 May to the field ambulances on the second line). In one single day of fighting the British Army had lost 11,000 men (dead, wounded and lost in action) which was, in relative terms, one of the highest casualty rates of the Great War, in particular for officers.
And to his eldest son, RODERICK THYNNE SACKVILLE GWYNNE, 2ND Lieut. K.O.Y.L.I. Born Sept 16th 1893, died of wounds, May 23rd 1915. Buried at Merville (Nord) France.
It is surprising that young Roderick was described in his CWGC Index entry as the son of “late Maj. Roderick Edmund Howe Gwynne”. The “Major” died on 23 May 1922 at the family home in Southdene. (Roderick the Elder is only a Captain on the gravestone.)
Sacred to the Memory of RODERICK EDMUND HOWE GWYNNE, Capt. R.W.F., of Breconshire, born Decr. 16th 1858, died May 23rd 1922.
Among other Fighting Gwynnes (in no particular order):-
James Hugh born February 1863 (FST: LBR2-STT), Lieut. South Wales Borderers, regular commission 1 Royal Welch Fusiliers, Burmese Expedition 1885-86. Shot in the knee at Yatha. Awarded India General Service Medal and clasp. Second clasp in the Hazara Expedition. Occupation of Crete with 2 RWF 1897-8. China Medal with clasp for the Relief of Pekin. Reached the rank of substantive Major in 1903; retired August 1906. Died March 1910 as a result of a hunting accident with Bexhill Harriers.
Nadolig Ximenes born 25 December 1832 (MTRS-S1T), 53rd and 85th Regiments, Shropshire Light Infantry, served in the Afghan War and in Sudan; Major-General.
John born 1780, Lieutenant, 14th Dragoons, Peninsular War.
Frederick Ximenes (MTR3-6CX), Colonel, Breconshire Volunteers.
Sackville Henry Frederick born 1778 (MTR3-XGN), Lieut.-Colonel Commandant 1st Carmarthenshire Militia.
The Beasts from the East earlier this year wrecked the Bay beaches. They may recover eventually but powerful storms can be expected any year now in this era of Extreme Weather Events, not once every hundred years. I thought I’d walk to Reighton Sands this morning to photograph the beach, for comparison with Today’s Image.
There was a strong breeze from the south but it had teeth – unwelcome after recent hot days. I was warmed, though, by the love for passing strangers offered by Gracie on Hunmanby Sands. (I’m not sure where Muston Sands end and Hunmanby’s begin; this heart was near the track up to The Bay Holiday Village.)
I was reminded of another Grace, who makes short videos that EVERYONE should watch. Here is a couple that should be trending right now, on Iran and Israel.
Thinking of Iran brought back memories of Persian music that a commenter on a previous blog brought to my attention.
The 2015 photo was taken in the early afternoon, at a time when, today, the waves would be lapping near the base of the clay cliffs. I didn’t attempt to make today ’s picture an exact compositional match but if you look for the remnant of Second World War defense with a hole through it you can “get a fix”. Today’s human element would be at the very bottom of the frame (left). The concrete blocks are clearly bulkier now, giving some idea of how much golden sand has been scoured away. Looking north from this viewpoint, the beach is much stonier. I chatted for a while with a chap walking his two dogs, a black lab called Sophie and a dachshund. He has known the beach for forty years and never seen it in such a state.
Meanwhile, in the Middle East… The mainstream media in the UK, and in the USA I think, is not reporting the full extent of Israel’s aggression against Syria. And anything the MSM does say is framed in the lie that “Israel is defending itself against an Iranian attack”. This is already “old news” – Escalation in Syria.