Diary Blog, 15 April 2023

Morning music

[Clare Bridge, Cambridge]

A thought from England’s past

O, TO be in England
Now that April ‘s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!

[Robert Browning, Home Thoughts, from Abroad]

Saturday quiz

I agree with the implied statement of political journalist John Rentoul: this week was a touch more difficult than usual. He scored only 2/10; I trumped that with 4/10. Still not very good. I did not know the answers to questions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10.

Tweets seen

From the newspapers


Interesting and arguably depressing. A small-scale example of what globalism is doing on the larger scale— local people frozen out or marginalized for profit.



More tweets

I suppose that events such as the Hay Festival are planned months ahead. The promotional literature is printed, contracts are offered etc. The mass of the msm and public have only begun to wake up to the fakery and lies around “Jack Monroe” since late last year.

All the same, it does not say much for the Hay Festival organizers’ nous.

Does the above mean that “Jack Monroe” is getting thousands of pounds to appear? I do not know.

I know Hay-on-Wye very well, and have been there many times, starting in the 1970s, but have never been there when the Festival (I always call it the Hay Literary Festival; maybe it has changed its name) has been on.

Yet the hard core of 460 utter mugs is still there, sending “Jack Monroe” thousands of pounds monthly via Patreon, despite all the evidence that she is a fraud, or near-fraud etc.

Peak “woke”? A UK-resident Nigerian “grifter” travels to New York City in order to have a photo taken of himself trying to insult a building. Meanwhile, New York yawns and moves on; in fact, does not even notice “Femi”.

I remember well my days in New York (intermittently from 1989-1993). You have to be a lot more mad (in either sense) than “Femi” even to be momentarily noticed. Look at the passers-by in that photo. Not even bothering to look round at him.

Still, it enables “Femi” to keep pretending that he is some sort of political and social commentator, rather than an unemployed and possibly unemployable “grifter”, without any influence whatever.

As I have been blogging for months.

Late tweets

Late music

9 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 15 April 2023”

  1. Hello! Well, some good news for a change! Well done by the director of the NAM. He must be one of the very few British public figures with a backbone and dignity. BTW, two days ago I saw a revolting video about the (Anti) National Trust where the former director of the National Gallery, Neil MacGregor, cowardly referred to the awful BLM riots in Britain that resulted in the destruction of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol as “differences of opinion about our past”. Is thanks to spineless cowards like him that your country is in the sorry state it is.


      1. God, how I laughed at the tweet by Stuart Macintosh about Owen Jones going to NY to a grifters’ convention! 😂 😂 😂 

        BTW, who is Maugham?


      2. Thank you, Ian; when I read his first name, I remembered he is the sadistic bastard who murdered a fox with a baseball bat. I would do the same to him! He also has been promoted by some cretins as a brilliant law-maker (the “Good Law Project”).


      1. As an example some Tory MPx have had a go at Suella for her pretty mild rebuke of the left wing loonies at Grays Police Station.

        The person in charge at Grays should be given a severe dressing down by somebody and if that takes Suella to do it then so be it though it wouldn’t look good as it could be construed as political interference in the police.

        That being said this shouldn’t be needed but it does show how woke and bloody useless too many senior officers are and how deeply the entire crazy PC woke culture has embedded itself into police forces since that quasi Marxist claptrap of the McPherson Report in 1999 and Labour’s Equality Act 2010.

        I, along with many others, have very little faith or confidence in the police anymore and I do wonder why we pay so much tax for them.


  2. Yes, that is the most depressing thing about the sad situation. We could do with a party like Germany’s Afd, Italy’s Brothers of Italy etc.

    Even a military coup wouldn’t do us much good because the British Armed Forces are going the same way as our effectively destroyed, PC police forces.

    No wonder so many people abstain from voting.

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