Sunday, December 18, 2011

Time on my side

It's that time of year for me, a rare treat to be awake and at home at this time (00:50 Sunday), normally at the weekend if I`m up at this time it's because I've just started a 12hr shift on the railway, with all that entails.

However that's not the case this weekend, so its interesting to sometime step back a bit, one subject in the news of recent that still intrigues me is the slow way in which our society is dealing with the newspaper scandal centering on the defunct News of the World,  I have to say that recently listening to snippets of evidence given by former investigative NOTW journalist Mazher Mahmood to the leveson inquiry I just wonder, whether he was ever curious about his colleagues skills to delve deep into the lives of the rich and famous.

For a long time I've been skeptical about the ethics of our press and whether they're as er  honest as you and I might wish, in the past five and half years of blogging I've mentioned the murdoch press more than once, and find it amazing its taken the "establishment" to so long to question things.

Myself I just wonder when or if the handcuffs will be placed on the wrists of management?

You'll most likely be reading this Sunday and for some of you, myself included, you'll still be missing the News of the World, although I had long ago become bored witless by the affairs of celebrities and footballers I'd never heard of, I liked the inventiveness of journalists, sexing up or embellishing stories, and  I note that a previous posting (from last year) on this same subject has received a lot of hits, hence me dragging up this long running scandal.

Still if your stuck for a scandal fix, what with demise of the disgraceful News of the World, you could entertain yourself reading all about Britain's purveyors of  "news", this page on the Leveson Inquiry,  you'll find it a bit more sleazy than anything footballers, politicians or celebrities could come up with. 

Anyway I've a few days off for Christmas and although I've been reminded why I write a blog, because I don't trust the press, the lights are twinkling on the christmas tree so I shall get on with chilling, if I  cant be asked to blog again  before Christmas (unlikely) have a good one. Cheers


  1. Its a good job you are not an Angel Tony.

    One particular Christmas season a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for his annual trip, but there were problems everywhere. Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mom was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.

    Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.

    Just then the doorbell rang, and irritable Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great Christmas tree.

    The angel said, very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?"

    Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

  2. 15:00 well done, Tony hope you had a good lie in, without a doubt your Blog is fair and to the point, looking at issues in which we all have or should have an interest, you are fair and balanced in your views and I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas. i compare your Blog with some of the others we have a now ex Cabinet member who continually tells us all how clever he is, then there is Worrow who has betrayed the birchington Electors and The Conservative Party which he professed allegiance to, so much for integrity His Blog only prints comments that he agrees to!.
    The Independents now have two Tory defectors this coming year will be interesting, keep up the good work Tony and a Happy new Year

  3. "Fair and to the point" maybe, but Tony is even more selective in his replies than most of Thanet's politicians.

  4. 1:40 Where Tony differs from some other blogs, say like that of John Worrow or Thanet Lab,is that he allows bloggers to add comments without pre-vetting. Some of the others are very selective and only publish those opinions in support of their own.

    Yes, Tony, does have his own views, but then, don't we all. He can be anti-Labour and anti-Tory and regularly is, as well as being anti-establishment. That's what his blog says he does.

    Generally he provides us all with an outlet to vent our feelings. He does not subject us to long, sanctimonious rambles like a certain other blogsite proprietor nor does he claim some apolitical stance.

    With Tony, what you see is what you get.

  5. Who is the "gym obsessed cllr who's too ill to work" that Simon mentioned yesterday?

  6. Bit like yours then, Peter?

  7. 3:56 Not sure but maybe its that guy who had to stop being a shop steward because of his bad back. You know, the one who goes swimming everyday when he is not delivering leaflets and newsletters.

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  9. I still don't know who you mean 4:25. Any more clues?

  10. One thing that anyone that knows anything about back pain can tell you is that more often than not swimming is the best treatment you can give it.
    So maybe Anon you need to do a bit of google research on swimming and back pain.

  11. 11:44 you are absolutely correct especially when you can get benefit payments and spend your time in the Gym and swimming nice work if you can get it