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Burka King

I’m not a great fan of Boris Johnson, but I feel he’s getting some unwarranted flak on the Burka-Gate scandal; not so much for what he said, but for who he is. He now faces a show trial. Just laugh it off, Boris; it’s just a Brexit diversion.

Let’s not forget that he spoke against a ban on the full veil. I also don’t favour a ban, but I don’t like full face coverings. Nobody’s face should be covered in public places where security is an issue, or where clear communication is needed. You wouldn’t be allowed to wear a balaclava in a bank, and the idea that someone can teach in a school wearing a veil is preposterous.

Boris has got people talking about a contentious and complex subject. His bank robber and letter box comments might have upset some people but we all know what he means. All he’s done is make a couple of fairly lame humorous comments about garments that some people chose to wear. If women aren’t wearing certain clothes by choice then that’s another discussion that is needed. I notice it’s only women who wear full face coverings. When I see a woman in these Medieval garments I see oppression. It demeans the wearer and disrespects others. You are stressing your difference. You’re saying “Don’t talk to me.” If you want to speak to me, I want to see your face.

Free speech is being eroded with each passing day. If a person faces a hearing for these comments, it’s a sad day for all of us who view serious issues through the prism of humour. Does this mean we can’t chuckle at hipsters’ Civil War beards or people wearing pyjamas to go to the shops?

As I say, I’m generally not a Boris fan. I feel I could have a laugh with him down the pub, though I wouldn’t trust him. The reverse is probably true with Jeremy Corbyn. Jez has been quiet on the burka issue. The Boris issue has taken some sting out of Jeremy’s Jew-baiting. I’d imagine Jez is keen on full-face coverings though, whether a Hezbollah scarf or an IRA hood.

Oh come on I’m only joking, Jeremy. Can’t we laugh about anything these days?

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My World Cup Shame

I’d like to say I remember something about the 1966 World Cup – ANYTHING – but I can’t. True, I was only 4 1/2, but you’d think I’d remember something; at least the atmosphere around the event: perhaps my dad holding me aloft like the gleaming Jules Rimet trophy as our little black & white TV showed us beat off the West Germans? No, nothing.

During the 1970 World Cup I was living in rural Staffordshire. Like all my friends we collected the free Esso World Cup coins from fuel stations (not silly stickers in those days). They were swapped amongst us, and put on to a commemorative board (shown). Again, I remember nothing about the actual football event.
I don’t think my complete coin collection made it into 1971. In fact, I think I can remember destroying it, once it became irrelevant to my eight year old head. I expect they would’ve been swept away in a spirit of punk rock revisionism six years’ later anyway.
I’m not even going to research how much that collection might be worth now…
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Public Displays of Nudity

Nudes

Last Saturday I was driving through Piccadilly Circus, concentrating on trucking right, when the traffic came to a standstill. Turned out it was the day of that naked cycle ride. As I edged the cab forward they all came around me and I damn near had some bloke’s dick in my face. The Horror, the Horror! Thankfully I didn’t dream about it.

Strange thing public nudity. If one bloke does it he risks arrest, but if a hundred do it, everyone laughs about it and takes photos.

Anyway, upskirting; enjoy it while you can, as it looks like it might be banned – despite the objections from a Conservative MP. I can’t believe it’s still legal.

Great Expectations

Strangely, I’ve seen few English flags around for this year’s World Cup. Also, no-one’s saying how Eng-er-lund are going to do well – until the inevitable penalty shoot-out with Germany. Maybe we’ve tempered our expectations, and this will do the trick?

 

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Russian Carrots

Allow me to Retort: News Items from the Cab Radio

 

GRENFELL TOWER

Initial reports suggest the tower was fine until the refurbishment in which unsafe, highly-flammable, cladding was installed. Was it Kensington & Chelsea Council’s fault, or the contractors? No-one is going to take responsibility. This one will drag on and become another Hillsborough. Nothing will be concluded until those responsible are dead or retired.

RUSSIA

I hope the World Cup is a successful (England win) and trouble-free event, but I fear the worst. Russian hooligans attacked England fans at the last Euros, and reports suggest they are planning bigger things on their own turf. Did you see that TV documentary some months’ ago? Fans of various Russian clubs arranged huge fights between themselves as a kind of training.

Things aren’t good diplomatically between Russia and…well, everyone really. Let’s hope they don’t shoot down the England team jet (like they didn’t do with that passenger jet over Ukraine), or poison the players with a nice samovar of nerve agent (like they didn’t do in Salisbury, London, and various other places).

CARROTS

I was amused by a recent news story: apparently supermarket bosses were wondering why they were selling more carrots than they had in stock. The reason was that folk had been passing expensive food items through the self-scanning facility and claiming they were carrots. The shops now have CCTV trained on the tills.

I can’t say I’m a fan of carrots. I pick anything green and orange out of a take-away and offer it to the pets. The rabbit eats all that boring stuff. The cat only eats carrots if I hide them in curry or chow mein.

Anyway, I’m off down to Morrisons to buy some truffles…

 

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Me and my Big Mouth

The spring-like weather finally gave way to overnight snow.On an enforced day off. Having a Writing Day. Will struggle down to the pub at lunchtime.

Snow for Blog

 

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Snow: Fake News?

Leighton Buzzard, 4.30 pm. Still a sunny, spring-like, day. No sign of “The Beast from the East”, the killer cold weather that ‘s meant to be sweeping in from Siberia.

I went downtown for a pint earlier. They’re all talking about it on the bus and in the pub. Ok, there was a brief flurry of snowflakes, about ten of them. The bus drivers were talking about what to do on their enforced day off tomorrow. Dream on.

I blame the media for the panic. BBC News predicted folk dropping dead from heart attacks. Train companies had already cancelled trains – before a snowflake had even settled!

Coming out of the gym, a woman wore a hat – just to walk to her car! I wore my shorts at Morrison’s as I always do after the gym. It was a grand day, if a bit nippy, like.

What is it with this country: the tiniest threat of snow and the roads and rails grind to a halt. Are people dropping dead in Iceland and Canada?

I’ll see what’s happening when I watch the news at six. I expect it’s snowing in Scotland. If it snows seriously here I’ll offer my apologies tomorrow.

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Catalonia

Should the Spanish government have allowed Catalonia a referendum like the British government did with Scotland?  It looks like Catalonia is going to break away anyway, and they might have saved their country a lot of trouble.

I wonder what the EU are going to say about it all? I shall follow with interest Catalonia’s exit from the EU.

I suppose this will give Britain the opportunity to broker a trade agreement with a newly independent country, but what about football?  Will Barcelona-born players be banned for playing for Spain? Will the creation of new Catalonia team give Scotland a chance of gaining a few points in the next World Cup Qualifiers?

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