Excuses for being late for church No 95.
This winter has been a cold one, and the last few weeks have been a succession of dull damp days. It got warmer this week and after yesterday’s rain this morning dawned clear, bright and fresh.
I was crossing the railway bridge on my way to the second early service at church this morning when a flock of seagulls, maybe 100-200 birds, came overhead from the north east and swooped in a circle above me. As they flew round and dipped and dived I could see their wings change colour against the bright blue nearly cloudless sky, silver above and white below. Camouflage I suppose, silver when seen from above against the grey sea and white seen from below against the white cloud.
After a few minutes, they got their bearings and turned on a sixpence almost as one to head off purposefully due south toward the Thames. As if they had directions; follow the railway line, chuck a left at the bridge and then straight on to the river.
I know people with Sat-Nav who can’t navigate like that.
Posted on 02/27/2011 5:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Stop Western Interference in Muslim lands - support the call for Khilafah
Demotix are a group of freelance journalists and photographers (with a tendency to left wing bias) who cover events with their photographs and (usually) some text which they showcase via the Demotix Ltd website. At MfE and EDL events I often find myself standing behind some rather large chap, or chaps, with a camera I couldn't even lift and a helmet to match who I later find out publishes on Demotix.
One such was outside the Libyan Embassy in London yesterday and took these photographs.
Hizb ut Tahrir at the London Libyan Embassy protesting against Ghadaffi. They call for a system change to an Islamic Caliphate in the Muslim world. London, United Kingdom. 26/02/2011
The images speak for themselves.
Posted on 02/27/2011 7:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Retirement communities in battle for Gaddafiâ€™s signature
Another crumb from the Newsbiscuit table:
Fat manilla envelopes have been piling up in the Tripoli palace of beleaguered despot, Muammar Gaddafi from retirement communities around the globe.
Roy Greenstreet is managing director of Tyrants-R-Us – ‘almost assassination-free since 1975’ – a small gated community in Tirana, Albania. He says he’s excited by the prospect of adding Gaddafi to his rosta of brutal dictators who have chosen to spend their declining years in luxurious surroundings, overlooking beautiful Lake Tufina, that he’s already had a napkin ring engraved with the Libyan dictator’s name.
“He can have Idi Amin’s old room”, said Roy. ‘We were actually saving it for Robert Mugabe, but, well, things move so fast in the unelected dictatorship sector of the retirement home market. We’ve kept the lampshades made out of human skin, which should make Muammar feel at home.
“We run regular courses on ‘How to feign mental illness’. They’re proving to be very successful, and no-one who has finished a course has ever been extradited for crimes against humanity. Of course, from the footage I’ve seen, maybe this is one course that Muammar won’t be needing.
‘If he can get here by the weekend, we’re showing a film of the Nuremberg Rally on Saturday evening. That always perks the residents up; some of them will be goose-stepping for days’
Posted on 02/27/2011 6:30 PM by Mary Jackson