Saturday, 18 February 2017

This BBC Scotland journalist deserves a promotion!

I used to work alongside the chap who's now the head of news...

Brexit Derangement Syndrome: philosopher A.C. Grayling calls Tory politicians "vermin"!

Actually, Grayling cast his rat-catcher's net even more widely:
This despicable gutter insult emanated from an eminent 67-year old academic who has produced about 30 well-respected books, was formerly the Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, is a supernumerary fellow of St. Anne's, Oxford, and is the founder and Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Dorothy L. Sayers, Justin Welby, and the Mysterious Disappearance of the Public Intellectual Christian

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been bemoaning the rise of "populist politics", and not-so-subtly linking Donald Trump, Brexit and Fascism (he talked of "a nationalist, populist, or even fascist tradition of politics”). What is the cause of all this sordid right-wing frightfulness?...

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Part Two of my salute to Sam Peffer, the brilliant paperback cover illustrator who "invented" James Bond

Sam Peffer (1921-2014) was, arguably, the greatest mass-market paperback cover artist of all time, and it was working as a freelancer at £40-£60 per cover for Pan Books from the late '50s to the late-'60s that he reached...

Happy Valentine's Day! Unless you think it's haraam and "a celebration of lust", of course.

It's them being so cheerful, etc. Me, I love it, no matter how tawdry, fake, commercialised, sentimental and pagan it undoubtedly is. It's part of our culture...

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Conservatism shouldn't be the new Punk Rock - it should be the new Rock 'n' Roll!

Yes, I know - the YouTube video-blogger and Infowars polemicist Paul Joseph Watson isn't everyone's cup of tea: he's mouthy, loud, belligerent, Northern, snarky, and vain about his looks. He's the sort of arrogant, angry young man you really wouldn't want your daughter bringing home. And yet - and this is important - he's on our side! Well, he is if the phrase "our side" means "anti-socialist". Watson is a right-wing libertarian rather than a traditional conservative. I'm very much not a libertarian - and I suspect you aren't either - but what we on the Right all share (or should) is a detestation of socialism, all the way from its left-of-centre, global-corporatist, fill-yet-boots, soft-fascist Blair/Clinton wing through to the irrational, joyless, nihilistic, hate-filled, hard-fascist, Corbyn/Sanders end of the left-wing spectrum...

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

If reincarnation exists, next time round, I'd like to be able to play the guitar like Phil Baugh...or Vince Gill, or Danny Gatton, or...

That's Phil Baugh in 1965, performing his hit from that year, "Country Guitar". Here he is with Glen Campbell, who, before he became a superstar ballad singer, earned his crust as a top session guitarist: