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If you are on Dream Width I have started duplicating this blog there. Just look for benicek. 


Ticket splurge

Going to see Mark Steel this weekend and Yanis Varoufakis in May :)


Catch of the Day

There's a single retired man who lives on our road who is always smiling and happy. He knows that I have a passing interest in sea fishing, which is a big hobby of his, and so he always stops me and relates his latest angling adventures. These are never 'the one that got away' stories, oh no. He always hooks an enormous abundance of fish. The English Channel is a like an endless magic food locker for him. He catches so much he doesn't know what to do with them all. One day he turned up at our door and gave us a bucket of Dover soles and a massive sea bass. They were delicious.

He stopped me in the road today with his usual gleeful expression and said "I had a bit of luck yesterday". I enquired how many he'd caught this time, but no, he explained, he hadn't caught a thing. In fact, he'd given up fishing for the day, packed up his rods and went and had a look in a nearby charity shop where he saw a nice teapot for sale for £3.50. So, he bought it and, on a whim, took it to an auctioneers to see if it would sell for more. It sold for £850. Some internet bidders in China recognised it as one of a set of which only six exist in the world.

"So, that's a nice present for Christmas!" he observed, cheerily. Nice for the charity shop too, because he went straight back there and shared his profit with them.

Selective war on terror

President Assad must be the luckiest mass murderer who ever lived. Not only Russia but now the US, France and Britain waging war for him too. Not so long ago it looked like he was going to end up with a bayonet up his rectum like Gaddafi. He must feel like he's won the lottery.



Hever Castle

Knights at Hever Castle.

Four glorious nutters hamming it up for the crowd at Hever Castle last weekend.

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Filipino healthcare workers and supporters protesting against derogatory xenophobic articles published by the Daily mail. Outside the Daily Mail"s HQ, Northcliffe House, London.

I joined Filipino healthcare workers yesterday protesting outside the London HQ of the Daily Mail, after that newspaper published a derogatory, xenophobic article about Filipino nurse recruitment to the UK.
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