When A Nation Goes Insane

Last month the UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson claimed that a Russian attack on the UK’s critical infrastructure could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths”. This comes on top of Prime Minister Theresa May accusing Moscow of military aggression and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson saying there was evidence showing Russian meddling in Western elections. Then we have once respected newspapers like the Guardian, which in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations in 2013 has become a CIA tool pumping out childish propaganda. They’re like five-year-olds on LSD, and it’s all part of the wave of Russophobia that’s sweeping the western world, Russophobia that’s starting to make 1950s McCarthyism look like a boy scout’s outing. In a similar vein, this week there’s been yet another demolition job on Jeremy Corbyn, with the likes of the Sun and the Daily Mail accusing him of helping Czechoslovakia to spy on Britain during the Cold War:

These accusations were of course quickly debunked by numerous sources. Comrade Corbyn himself made quite a good job of rebuffing this latest smear campaign:

You have to go to the other side of the Pond to see all this madness in full bloom. There’s a joke doing the rounds at the moment about the Rachel Maddow Show, which goes: if you take a shot of vodka everytime Maddow mentions Russia you’ll be dead in 20 minutes. Then we have Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump & Co’s supposed collusion with the Russians, the latest of which is so pathetic that I can’t even be bothered going into it here.

I’m trying to make light of this new McCarthyism but of course there’s a very serious and dangerous aspect to it all when a nation – or at least, a section of a nation – goes quite literally insane. As examples of this you could point to the Nazis in Germany, the Cultural Revolution in China or the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. With regard to this new McCarthyism it’s amazing how intelligent, once rational people get swept-up in it (and I know quite a few in my own little orbit). Even the likes of Bernie Sanders are not immune. The hysteria, the madness is like an infection. The bottom line here is that you don’t know what these lunatics are going to do next. The NATO encroachment on Russia’s borders and the situation in Syria are bad enough, but in my humble opinion it’s China that’s the biggest worry. In a post last November I was banging on about the petro-yuan and the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, in which countries will be able to trade oil in the Chinese yuan currency. At the time it was thought that the Shanghai International Energy Exchange would open for business in December, but instead they carried out another dry run of the system. However, there’s now recently been an official announcement by the Chinese government saying that the petro-yuan will be up and running next month. This will mean the demise of the petro-dollar, and without the petro-dollar the US of A is effectively fucked (all of the world’s oil is currently traded in dollars, which gives the USA tremendous financial clout). Some experts say that it will take a long time for the petro-yuan to overtake the petrodollar. Such opinion might be propaganda. Who knows? It seems certain that the likes of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela – who are some of the world’s biggest oil producers – will switch to the petro-yuan. Also, many are predicting that the schitzo economic system in the West is on the verge of collapsing again. If that happens what effect will it have on whether producers trade oil in dollars or yuan?

The petro-yuan will mean the end of American hegemony and the psychos in Washington, all swept up in the new McCarthyism, will do anything to prevent it, including a full scale war with China. The Lunatic-in-Chief has already threatened to incinerate 23 million North Koreans. These McCarthyite people are all totally mad. The world can only hope that the USA undergoes a Soviet-style collapse and things will settle out relatively peacefully. The signs of such a collapse are already quite stark.

Sleep well tonight.

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Business as Usual

My spiderbomb.com domain has been down for the best part of six days, while it was being transferred from an American registrar to a European one. This blog is by far the most visited site under the spiderbomb.com domain, having had around three and a half million hits since it’s inception; but look folks, no advertising, except for a link up top to the books I’ve published. Actually, when I registered spiderbomb.com in February 2000 it was intended to be a money making venture. This is a bit of a long, convoluted story but basically it was still the early days of the internet and the infrastructure was a bit primitive (cue the iconic sound of a dial-up modem) and costly, particularly in eastern Europe. Eastern Europe, I hear you say! Well, I was living in London at the time and had a business partner in Budapest (I can’t now remember how I got tangled-up with him) and we were pitching at the tourist industry. Hungary is a very beautiful country, particularly the Lake Baikal region, and Budapest has always been one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Here’s a pic of Lake Baikal…

The deal was that my partner in Budapest would contact tourist businesses and persuade them that they needed a web site on the up and coming internet. Back in London I would design and build the web site, with photos and info e-mailed to me from Hungary, and the web site would then be hosted under spiderbomb.com. I built and hosted a number of such web sites and for a while I made a bit of money out of it, all paid in US dollars. All well and good, you might say, and you might ask: what happened with the venture? It was the usual thing with me, in that I’ve always been more interested in the creative side of things than the filthy lucre side of things, and we all know how difficult it is to make money from creative stuff. Commuter happened (the web site was built in the early 2000s) and it turned into another long, convoluted story, a story I tell in my third memoir The Iberian Job. It’s how I ended-up living in middle-of-nowhere France, and at the time of writing, broke as always!

Kevin Ayers, Shouting in a Bucket Blues, from the ‘June 1, 1974’ live album (with Nico, John Cale and Brian Eno)…

http://www.spiderbomb.com/media/bucketblues.m3u

Kevin Ayers was a reluctant rock star and if interested you can find my post about him here.

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Spiderbomb.com

I registered my spiderbomb.com domain name on 16th February 2000; that’s 18 years ago, and despite my chaotic life I’ve managed to keep it up and running, particularly during the 2000s, when owning a domain name and hosting it on web space was relatively quite expensive. If you want a laugh look at my landing page…

www.spiderbomb.com

… because the coding was written in February 2000, 18 years ago, and I haven’t bothered changing it since then. Man, this is one of the most ancient web pages you’ll come across! although you may get a laugh out of some of the web sites I put up at the time.

Spiderbomb.com has been held by an American registrar for all those 18 years, and in the last decade I’ve always had problems with them. In early 2018 these problems have got too much, and I could speculate that it’s part of the clampdown on ‘alternate voices’ on the internet. Who knows; but I’m now in the process of transferring spiderbomb.com to a European registrar. Cut a long story short, my domain name might go dark for a while.

In the meantime, I’m an old grizzly who’s been around the internet block for a long while. If I disappear for ever I’m heartened by the fact that there’s loads of new and upcoming people who are now appearing. Here’s two such in the last year:

Disobedient Media

Graham Elwood

And of course Jimmy Dore has been around a little bit longer…

If spiderbomb.com goes down the swanny my www.localradio.fr domain remains up and running and is still secure (because none of it is based in America) and you’ll no doubt find me ranting and raving there.

Santé

Or perhaps…

Allons-y !

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Corporatism, Calamity and Fukushima

Looking at the likes of the BBC and the Guardian today, you wouldn’t know that there’s a major war kicking off in the Middle East. Just about all wars are for corporate profit, and what’s going on in Syria is no different. To bamboozle Joe Public to go along with what are essentially humanitarian disasters we have the biggest propaganda machine in history. It’s not just news and current affairs, but also game shows, chat shows, soaps, Hollywood movies, et al, it all pumps out a message to condition Joe Public to think a certain way; the corporate way. The almost complete media blackout on Fukushima – which is another corporate humanitarian disaster – shows how extreme the conditioning, the mind control, has become. Here’s the latest on Fukushima:

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, released the results on Thursday. They said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts. The finding shows that nearly 7 years after the meltdowns, radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work. During the probe, 42 sieverts per hour of radiation was also detected outside the foundations of the reactor

Just three sieverts will kill a human being in a matter of minutes (depending on the exposure), and these insanely high radiation levels have been detected periodically throughout the almost seven years of the horror story known as Fukushima, a horror story we hardly ever hear anything about. This lack of proper reporting brings me onto Arnie Gundersen, of Fairewinds Energy Education. Arnie gets a bad press from some sections of the anti-nuke brigade, who say that he’s a shill for the nuclear industry. As a nuclear engineer and whistleblower, these accusations against Arnie Gundersen are perhaps a bit unfair. To the best of my knowledge, Arnie is the only qualified person who’s been to Japan on a number of occasions, has taken radiation readings and reported his findings back in the West. His most recent trip to Japan was last September, and his findings are the most up to date information we have on what’s actually going on. At this point I should add that the 2020 Olympics are being held in Japan, and some of the events are being held in Fukushima prefecture. I know, you really couldn’t make this stuff up, could you.

Last December Arnie Gundersen gave a talk at DePaul University in Chicago, relating his most recent experiences in Japan. Note that he’s not speaking in a hall crammed with people, but in a room with a handful of people…

The complete original event, which includes other speakers, can be found here.

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M, Q and 007

Of late I’ve been making a lot of America-centric posts. Hmm, maybe I should rename my little corner of cyberspace as ‘The Burlington Blog’. Talking of which, the recently released FISA memo (a memo that outlines some of the spying that’s been taking place on President Trump and his team) might have surprised a lot of people because of the involvement of GCHQ, the UK spy agency. This was done under the Five Eyes spying agreement and in the case of Trump it worked something like this:

Six U.S. agencies created a stealth task force, spearhead by CIA’s Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.

To feign ignorance and to seemingly operate within U.S. laws, the agencies freelanced the wiretapping of Trump associates to the British spy agency GCHQ.

The decision to insert GCHQ as a back door to eavesdrop was sparked by the denial of two FISA Court warrant applications filed by the FBI to seek wiretaps of Trump associates.

GCHQ did not work from London or the UK. In fact the spy agency worked from NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, MD with direct NSA supervision and guidance to conduct sweeping surveillance on Trump associates.
The illegal wiretaps were initiated months before the controversial Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

The Justice Department and FBI set up the meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner with controversial Russian officials to make Trump’s associates appear compromised.

Following the Trump Tower sit down, GCHQ began digitally wiretapping Manafort, Trump Jr., and Kushner.

After the concocted meeting by the Deep State, the British spy agency could officially justify wiretapping Trump associates as an intelligence front for NSA because the Russian lawyer at the meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya was considered an international security risk and prior to the June sit down was not even allowed entry into the United States or the UK, federal sources said.

By using GCHQ, the NSA and its intelligence partners had carved out a loophole to wiretap Trump without a warrant. While it is illegal for U.S. agencies to monitor phones and emails of U.S. citizens inside the United States absent a warrant, it is not illegal for British intelligence to do so. Even if the GCHQ was tapping Trump on U.S. soil at Fort Meade.

https://truepundit.com/fisa-abuse-memo-unveiled-exactly-memo-according-intel-insiders/

It would seem that the reason the US security agencies tried to obtain FISA warrants is to mask information obtained by GCHQ. Of course, this FISA stuff is a total farce anyway, because Democrats and Republicans in Congress recently voted to massively increase the spying powers of the US security agencies, and this was signed into law by President Trump (ie, they gave massively increased spying powers to a President who they claim is in collusion with the Russians). This FISA memo release is all part of a dog and pony show. Likewise, the UK and US intelligence agencies are joined at the hip and to all intents and purposes are accountable to no one. In the case of the UK this is against the backdrop of the most egregious assault on civil liberties ever seen in the western world. Police state Britain..?

Britain’s Continually Falling Press Freedom Tells Of Another Disturbing Story

Systematic ‘fake news’ Planted By Britain’s Intelligence Services

And talking of the police, Peter Kirkham is a former Metropolitan Police detective chief inspector. He was recently on the Richie Allen show, explaining about massive cuts that are being made to the UK police service. Like many of us, Kirkham is worried about where this is all leading to…

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The homeless and luh dontist

I’m in the midst of rather extensive dental treatment at the moment, which amongst other things involves having 13 teeth extracted.

It’s painful, yes, but nothing compared to this…

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The Dog and Pony Show

On Sunday Hillary Clinton made a surprise guest appearance at the Grammy Awards. She read some excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new tell-all book, Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The crowd went wild with delight…

I last made a post about Hillary Clinton a few weeks before her appearance at the Grammy Awards. At that time a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memo had surfaced. The memo is only being made available to members of the House of Representatives, and apparently it shows that President Obama, in collusion with Hillary Clinton and the FBI, used a FISA warrant to totally illegally spy on Donald Trump, both in the run-up to the presidential election and ever since Trump became president. The Alt-Right and Fox News started clamouring for the memo to be made public. Outside of Fox News the mainstream media totally ignored this sensational news. However, last week the #ReleaseTheMemo meme gained so much traction that the presstitutes couldn’t ignore it any longer (although in this clip I think they actually managed to avoid mentioning the memo, and instead touched upon some of its contents)…

The plot thickens, because yesterday evening the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the four-page memo to the public. All that needs to happen now is for President Trump to sign off on the release, and it’s widely believed that he will do this. If the memo is released it could reveal a far bigger scandal than Watergate, which of course will delight Trump’s troopers and Hillary haters. Things don’t appear to be what they seem, though, because the House Intelligence Committee was the driving force behind this latest attack on the Constitution:

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying.

The above is typical of the Trump presidency, which is just a continuation of the Obama presidency, which was a continuation of the Bush Jnr presidency, etc, etc; and with each successive President things get ramped-up more and more: the police state, the illegal wars, the corporate plunder, and all of that. Now, at the start of 2018, living conditions for the vast majority of Americans have fallen dramatically and there’s revolution rumbling. That revolution is more likely to come from ‘the deplorables‘, most of whom are armed to the teeth. I’ll opine again that this is why The Donald was installed as President, with his promise to ‘drain the swamp’. It could be that Hillary & Co are being thrown to the wolves to reinforce this notion. If Hillary & Co do go down we could well be faced with the prospect of Trump winning a second term in 2020.

Editing in (yet again!): this is now such a fast moving story that it’s hard to keep up with it all. This is the latest broadside from Hillary & Co, with regard to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s links with Russia, an investigation that’s been going on for more than a year now and is yet to find one shred of evidence; and incidentally, rumours are flying around that Trump is going to fire Meuller.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/30/trump-russia-collusion-fbi-cody-shearer-memo

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Walls Come Tumbling Down

For the record, as someone familiar with Warsaw (Poland) in the Soviet days, this pop video made in the 1980s is quite remarkable. Perhaps the most striking thing is that people in the West are now just as enslaved as people in the East used to be. People in the East managed to throw off their enslavement. People in the West, in the main, are drugged-up puppies.

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I Don’t Know Where To Start…

There’s so much going on in politics at the moment that I don’t know where to start. So, let’s go to that old refuge: the past.

A documentary about Top Of The Pops during 1982. Thatcher was in power, with the Falklands war about to kick off. Reagan was in power in the US, with WW3 about to kick-off. It was the start of the neo-con shitfest we now find ourselves in more than 30 years later…

(Note: the following year, 1983, the reality of the Cold War started seeping into pop music. See my post here.)

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Trump And Turf Wars

Peace appears to be breaking out on the Korean peninsular. This greatly displeases the psychopaths who rule us, and it’s perhaps why we’ve had all this nonsense:

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/first-hawaii-now-japan-sends-missile-alert-in-error-36497117.html

Here’s a Wikileaks Tweet from a few days ago:

What’s being referenced here has hardly been mentioned at all in the mainstream media, a mainstream media that obsesses over Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s links with Russia, an investigation that’s been going on for more than a year now and is yet to find one shred of evidence. I’ll sound like the record’s stuck if I say yet again: have you ever seen an American president attacked in this manner? What Wikileaks are referring to is a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memo that surfaced this week, a memo which shows that President Obama, in collusion with Hillary Clinton, used a FISA warrent to totally illegally spy on Donald Trump, both in the run-up to the presidential election and ever since Trump became president. This FISA memo has been shown to the House of Representatives, and most of them are up in arms about it, saying that both Obama and Clinton have committed a major crime and should be put on trial for it. Read all about it in the mainstream media – not. The story was originally covered by Sara Carter, a respected journalist, in a piece titled A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials. A large number of Representatives are now calling for this FISA memo to be made public. If that happens, shit could well hit the fan. Incidentally, under the Five Eyes spying agreement the surveillance on Donald Trump is being carried out by GCHQ, in the UK. What a tangled web we weave.

I’ll sound like the record’s stuck again when I say that I’m no fan of Trump. In my view he’s just as corrupt as the rest of them. I see what’s going on at the moment as a Mafioso turf war. It’s unprecedented in the sense that now they don’t even bother trying to hide it from the public, but these criminals are given a free ride by the MSM. Fox News are the only mainstream outfit who are giving this any kind of coverage…

Editing in: here’s Glenn Greenwald’s take on all this.

Editing in, again: GOP congressman reveals House Intel Committee will release top secret FISA memo to public

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All the world’s a stage

If you’ve seen my previous post you’ll know that I’m of the opinion that Trump was installed as President by the deep state. They put the Donald in as a foil to the rising public anger in the United States, anger directed at massive corruption and inequality. Former president Jimmy Carter, on the otherhand, believes that Trump became president as a result of the genuine will of the people, and not as a result of the deep state pulling the strings. Here’s Carter talking about it in May of last year…

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Although Carter acknowledges the massive corruption and public dissatisfaction he appears to believe that Trump is genuine. I think that to show that Trump is in fact a deep state puppet all you have to do is look at the Q Anon phenomenon. Q started posting cryptic messages on the 4chan board last October. Since then Q has almost turned into a cult, with the followers fervently believing that Q represents President Trump (many believe that Q is President Trump), and that they’re draining the swamp behind the scenes, where there is an almighty battle going on between the ‘white hats’ and the ‘black hats’, the good guys and the bad guys, and Trump’s contradictory behavior towards this notion is because he’s playing 4d chess. If this all sounds like conspiracy-theory-Land I should add that there are some startling things about Q, which is why so many people fervently believe in the phenomenon. For starters, Q predicted the purge in Saudi Arabia, a purge that caught the whole world by surprise. Q also predicted an incident with a helicopter at a Rothschild estate in the UK two days before it happened. He predicted a terrorist attack by a Bangladeshi national in New York the day before it happened. He has posted original photographs taken from Air Force One, and the timestamps and flight paths match the President’s recent trip to Asia. He has posted key phrases that the President has used later on Twitter. (you can find an FAQ about Q here)

Things are so crazy thesedays that it’s often hard to draw conclusions, but what you can say about all this, with almost certainty, is that Q is a high level insider with a direct connection to President Trump. The Q phenomenon is known as CBTS (Calm Before The Storm) and is pure theatre, backed up by a coterie of YouTubers who will remain nameless, most of whom have only appeared on YouTube in the last year but apparently have tens of thousands of subscribers. CBTS has all the hallmarks of a psy-op. You only have to look at the thrust of what Q is saying to draw this conclusion. Q frequently mentions North Korea in his posts (Q claims that North Korea is a CIA base, and of course the evil CIA need to be taken out). Q also frequently uses the term ‘Patriots’ and the phrase ‘You are the calm before and during the storm’, and if you read through the posts what’s clearly being pushed is martial law, while they ‘drain the swamp’. Q has also said that the internet will be taken out during the ‘transition period’.

If you wanted to stifle rising anger, and completely bamboozle the public, you’d come up with something like Q and CBTS. President Trump’s almost certain close connection to Q is what makes me believe that Trump is a deep state puppet. It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out over the coming months; and as I said in my previous post, it looks like Hillary Clinton & Co are going to be thrown to the wolves in order to reinforce the Q Anon psy-op.

I know, you really couldn’t make this stuff up, could you…

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Hillary’s going down (but not on Bill)

As if things could not get anymore bizarre at the moment, the spawn of Hillary and Bill, Chelsea Clinton, has tweeted the Church of Satan wishing them a happy new year. Chelsea Clinton is also said to wear an upside down cross around her neck. Read into all this what you will, particularly the link I’ve just given, which is to a Guardian piece that tries to portray Satanism as being cool and trendy; and of course the piece makes no mention of Pizzagate (which purportedly involves the rape and murder of children) or the Stygian corruption that surrounds the Clintons, particularly Hillary. Which brings me on to the present incumbent of the Oval Office…

The above is part of a Trump Tweet storm last weekend, in reaction to a just published book by Michael Wolff, a book which amongst other things portrays President Trump as being childlike and mentally unstable. This book is just the latest in a continuing vicious assault on Trump. Never in the history of the United States has a sitting president been attacked in this way. This begs the question: why are the deep state going after Trump? after all, there have been equally awful presidents in the past, and Trump seems to have done everything that the deep state requires. At this point I need hardly add that I’m not a fan of Donald Trump. I’ll also say that I don’t think he became President by accident. Politics in America is totally corrupt and controlled (it’s much the same in the UK). Nothing happens without design. If that were not so Bernie Sanders would now be President, although Sanders would have been equally controlled.

In the Trump Tweet I’ve featured above he’s revived his ‘crooked Hillary’ mantra. This is no doubt because Trump has just ordered another investigation into the Clinton Foundation. There’s so much dirt on Hillary Clinton, including totally heinous things like child sex trafficking, that even corrupt FBI officials will have a hard time finding no evidence. I think that this new investigation will result in Hillary, and others connected to the Clinton Foundation, having criminal charges laid against them; but how does this fit in with a totally corrupt and controlled political system, of which the Clintons are a part? Well, in 2008 a smooth talking Obama, Mr Hopey Changey, seemingly came out of nowhere to take the presidency. After 8 years of the ‘first black American President’ nothing has changed, in fact it’s got much, much worse for the 99%. The result is this:

Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.

The plebs are revolting, and to appease them we get a ‘character’ like Donald Trump installed as President, with his promise to “drain the swamp”. The unprecedented deep state attacks on Trump reinforce this notion. Perhaps Hillary & Co are being thrown to the wolves in order to keep up the illusion, and keep the deep state in power?

Editing in: Dick Morris is a political author and commentator who previously worked as a pollster, political campaign consultant and general political consultant. Morris used to be a Democrat who was very close to the Clintons. He’s now a Republican and is more to the right than Trump. Morris has recently started a YouTube channel. This video about Hillary’s imminent arrest is from a few days ago…

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Locks and Keys

Quite by chance, today I came across a band called ‘Locks’ and their just released latest single, which is called Skin. Locks consist of L.Geary-Griffin (lead vocal / guitar), Mike Byrne (double bass), Marian McClenagan (fiddle) and Andy Marvell on drums…

Locks put themselves in the genre of “Skeletal blues” and they say their influences are Tom Waits, Nick Cave, gin and life. Locks are an unsigned band, although they might not remain unsigned for much longer because Skin has recently been heavily featured on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music. This next track is called The Gin Song and it’s from an EP called ‘Rattle Them Bones’ which they released a few years ago…
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A Surreal Christmas and Security

I got back from a trip to the UK yesterday afternoon. It was the first time I’ve been back to the UK in ten years. I originally planned to spend a week there, over Christmas. but my younger sister, who I was staying with, asked me to stay another week and I thought why not. Now, I rarely if ever get personal on this blog, which is a pity because when it comes to my family you really couldn’t make it up. I’ll just say that I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with my father and more than a decade ago we had a major falling out. We’ve had no contact since then, except six months ago when we had an exchange of letters and agreed to a reconciliation (my father is getting quite old now). Even so, it was still very surreal sitting down to Christmas dinner with my father, my mother and my younger sister. Likewise with the pub meal we had on New Year’s Day, when we were joined by my older sister. It was the first time in about 25 years that all the family had sat down and had a meal together. Before the New Year’s meal I visited a good friend of mine who I haven’t seen for years. He’s a bit of a cosmic character and we used to be neighbours, living in caravans. Incidentally, and never one to miss the opportunity of plugging a book, all this past stuff is related in my third memoir, The Iberian Job.

As I drove away from the small town where my family live, heading back to France, I suddenly felt incredibly tired. I suppose it was the emotional strain of it all catching up with me. I got down to Portsmouth at 8pm, where Brittany Ferries awaited with their overnight sailing to Caen. Storm Eleanor was raging and the quayside at Portsmouth resembled the opening scenes from the Wizard Of Oz. As an old sea dog I wasn’t too worried about the weather, although Brittany Ferries had to cancel two of their other sailings that day due to the storm. At this point this blog post becomes a bit of a mishmash, from the personal to the political, because as we were being loaded onto the ferry there were no passport control or security checks on that Portsmouth quayside. By contrast, when we came over from France we used the Le Harve to Portsmouth route and at Le Harve it took ages to be loaded onto the ferry. The jovial passport control guy said that his boss had told him to give all British passport holders a hard time, because of Brexit. At the security checkpoint an armed soldier searched everyone’s vehicle, but it was only a cursory search; no doubt looking for illegal immigrants rather than anything ISIS might be up to.

Getting back to that stormy night in Portsmouth two days ago, where there were no passport or security checks, when we drove on to the ferry car deck, on each side of the deck, spaced at about 20 feet apart, were loads of French soldiers carrying sub-machine guns and eyeing us passengers suspiciously. This made most of the passengers nervous, myself included: what the feck was going on?! Well, I’d say it’s all part of the encroaching police state, which at the moment is more noticeable in France than in Britain (in France the state of emergency has now been written permanently into law, despite massive protests against it). Another aspect of the encroaching police state is the increasing censorship of free speech, both in France and in Britain. The psychopaths who rule us are using salami tactics, building the cage bit by bit, thinking that we won’t notice.

It’s almost as surreal to watch the emerging police state as it was to spend Christmas with my family in the UK.

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A Merry Christmas to one and all

I’m going to be away during the Christmas holiday. I will probably be back at base, and blogging again, shortly before New Year’s Eve.

In the meantime here’s an oldie but goldie…

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