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  3. Veronica

    Ladies who lunch

    Tried Tulipane. Very reasonable very pleasant and good food.
  4. Veronica

    Who to believe?

    Touching in briefly. Don't want to play big role in feeding oxygen to Johnson. An opportunistic egotist with no morals.
  5. samscafeamericain

    Who to believe?

    Johnson ran the standard Goebbels play book. The right wing media has for several years ran constant anti muslim propaganda and Johnson simply carried on with that attack. As a result muslim women wearing the burqa are being targeted by thugs, because after all, senior politicians have legitimised that attack. I wonder how long before we see muslim owned businesses being attacked in our own version of krystallnacht. The man is an odious creep, a vile selfish oaf interested only in his own aggrandizement and he doesn't care how many eggs need broken to feed his ambition. Add into this someone like Bannon, who is the worst kind of right wing racist and you allow this to ferment at your peril. I am with Bertrand Russell on this one, the views and behaviours of right wing fascists are so abhorrent to me, so diametrically opposed to everything I believe in, that polite conversation is beyond the pale. No Paseran
  6. Pat

    Aye Writ 2018

    The Tory's hostile environment spreading out. Some people are not going to be constrained by law – in Russia anyway. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pussy-riot-member-leaves-russia-despite-exit-ban-a8485171.html
  7. Pat

    Who to believe?

    No, I'm not offended either, Mary, but it does make me sad that Johnson and Bannon's cynical tactics appear to be gaining ground. For me the topic is not exactly about free speech but about cynical politicians and manipulation.
  8. maryspetses

    Who to believe?

    Haven't Pat and I displayed the essence of free speech! Each has her own opinion. We don't agree but we're still friends. I'm certainly not offended!!!
  9. Pat

    Who to believe?

    Nothing wrong with being eccentric and can certainly add colour. So far as Boris Johnson is concerned I doubt I could think of many politicians that I despise more. I believe that he is an attention seeker who believes himself to be exempt from what might be considered respectful behaviour. If it really was his intention to speak out against the oppression of religious freedom and support the idea that women should wear what they like then why put this in terms of comparing the wearing of niqab to bank robbers? I'd say he was quite cynically seeking the massive response he has received. There is, of course, much to be said for freedom of speech but when this comes to politicians I think their actions are best considered within the political climate and taking account of that individual's personal ambitions. Nigel Farage, aided and abetted by the mainstream media gave rise to UKIP,; the Conservative Party successfully attracted UKIP voters back to Toryland by peddling their own Islamaphobic and anti-migrant stance. Seems to me that Johnson still has his eyes set on Theresa May's position, and will use every opportunity to place himself in the public eye, attracting support from those who admire his pseudo-eccentricity, love of free speech and, in particular, just as we have seen in U.S.A. those defenders of British culture. The latter, of course, goes hand in hand with oppression of ethnic minorities and multiculturalism but that is conveniently forgotten. In reality Johnson is no innocent making an off the cuff remark. But expresses himself in a manner designed to create a furore and simultaneously drum up support within a divided Conservatve party, from those who are attracted by his boyish, ebullient eccentricity and those would be UKIP type voters. How smart, how he plays people and how egocentric the man is. Only around one percent of women in the UK wear the attire he is focussing on. It really is hardly an issue when you consider that of that one percent a large percentage of women are free to choose what they wear. And I doubt Johnson could care less about the tiny number suffering oppression. To my mind he is an appalling politician and person. I am sorry to see a push for his apology on this issue as it further heightens his profile and appeal to such a large sector. However, I do not think an apology was sufficient when he made worse the situation fo Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when, as Home Secretary, he contributed to her plight and imprisonment in Tehran when he, in his eccentric glib fashion, offered up inaccurate information. I have watched him interviewed on a number of occasions when he cannot provide answers and believe him to be lazy, inept in his role and someone who could not care less about anyone apart from himself. When a grown man has to muss his hair up to enhance his profile whilst squatting in a home tax payers are coughing up but simultaneously take on a new job against the rules he's supposed to abide by as a politician, I see someone who has no respect for anyone or anything. How ironic that he gains fans because in fine Trumpian style he uses offensive language to benefit his personal ambitions. His concern regarding women who wear the niqab is nothing but a cynical ploy. If we're talking about dressing to fit with mainstream culture and ensure security then perhaps his next target will be Hasidic Jews . But no, of course not, that ship has apparently sailed as far as the anti-Corbyn gang is concerned best not go there. No Johnson's target fits neatly with his new friend Bannon, Trump's strategist, driving the support of the far right as he advises 'not to bow at the altar of political correctness'. Well, why not. It's worked so well in America. No, Johnson, is not the champion of free speech nor to my mind a true eccentric.I see him as a cynical, ruthless egotist but hey, isn't his strategy going well?
  10. maryspetses

    Who to believe?

    Free speech again under threat. Boris Johnson, intellectual, well educated, politician, if not always a diplomat, outspoken to the point of - oh dear what word might one use here without getting an early morning knock at the door! He is also - one of his saving graces, for me - is his eccentricity in the tradition of the great British eccentric, a dying breed probably due in part to the non p.c. brigade. I would go so far as to say his whole family is that way inclined if I'm allowed to say that without being accused of causing offence - none intended at all - and, by erroneous extrapolation, of some sort of -ism.. I actually bemoan the passing of political candidates the likes of John Bull, Screaming Lord Sutch et al. Thank my god Speaker's Corner still exists. If I understand 'the article' correctly Boris was actually speaking AGAINST a total ban of the burka. However, he is not being lauded for that. he is being targeted in such a way that suggests he has been deliberately singled out when others who support the banning of the burka have been ignored. Witch hunt comes to mind. There are surely more important issues to which we should be attending rather than worrying about being offended, which is all this is. I have to agree with Rowan Atkinson re bad jokes. I fail to see how the comments made re letter boxes etc do anything than apparently cause offence. And when did causing offence constitute a criminal offence or demand an apology. In my life I have certainly been offended and probably caused offence by expressing an opinion. It's a fact of life. Live with it! The idea of curbing so-called offensive language is an attack on our tradition of, and right to, free speech which has long been a much admired freedom of our country and one admired by many in countries where such does not exist. It is to gain this freedom so many choose to leave their own countries and seek refuge here - as has been the case for hundreds of years. I thank my god that I live in Britain. If we lose this freedom then, at the very least, we could end up bereft of satirical comedy and literature. As far as I understand there is no religious reason for the wearing of the burka, merely that dress should be modest. It's a cultural thing surely. Many devout ladies do not wear the burka There are many peoples round the world whose culture means they wear little or no covering. Would they be allowed to parade through our streets. I heard one lady say the wearing brings her nearer to her god. I believe nudists would make the same claim. Perhaps they should exercise their rights on our streets. I lived in another country for several years. Their culture differed from mine but, outside my home, I had the courtesy to observe their cultural norms. I admit I do feel intimidated and somewhat fearful when I see the burka being worn. In modern society one is ever aware of dangers. Hoodies and crash helmets are banned widely because of identification so why not the burka. For what it's worth I stand totally behind Mr Johnson's right to free speech. As a 'victim' of ageism may I apologise for living! (apologies to Leonard Cohen)
  11. samscafeamericain

    Aye Writ 2018

    I see numerous writers invited to attend the Edinburgh Festival book event were turned away at the border for being too foreign
  12. samscafeamericain

    Exam Results

    She cannot wait to get back to school to show the art teacher who suggested she might not pass her exam..........'get it round her' were the actual words used :-)
  13. George Square is looking stupendous and I hear that there's a lot happening in Glasgow Green. Might pop down tomorrow and take in some of the Merchant City Festival. Went today to the BMX Trials at Knightswood. What a brilliant job they've done of the stadium. Loads of very helpful staff, super commentary and those riders were spectacular.
  14. Pat

    Exam Results

    Very well done. It's a bigger hill to climb for some. I hope she is now moving on to follow her dreams.
  15. samscafeamericain

    Exam Results

    My daughter has struggled through school, she suffers from dyslexia and discalculia making many things tough going. All summer holidays she has been wracked with fears that she had failed all of her Nat 5s (O grades for us folk that deal in old money) even her beloved Art & Design. On Tuesday the envelope arrived and lo and behold she passed all of the Nat 5s she sat, including an A for art & design and Bs for the two wordiest subjects she had, English and history. After much hugging and screaming I sat back down to remark upon how dusty my house was, my eyes were streaming.
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  17. samscafeamericain

    Trump Visit

    A timely reminder we should never drop our guard Sir Oswald Mosley,5, Lowndes Court,Lowndes Square,London, S.W.1.Dear Sir Oswald, Thank you for your letter and for your enclosures. I have given some thought to our recent correspondence. It is always difficult to decide on how to respond to people whose ethos is so alien and, in fact, repellent to one’s own. It is not that I take exception to the general points made by you but that every ounce of my energy has been devoted to an active opposition to cruel bigotry, compulsive violence, and the sadistic persecution which has characterised the philosophy and practice of fascism. I feel obliged to say that the emotional universes we inhabit are so distinct, and in deepest ways opposed, that nothing fruitful or sincere could ever emerge from association between us. I should like you to understand the intensity of this conviction on my part. It is not out of any attempt to be rude that I say this but because of all that I value in human experience and human achievement. Yours sincerely, Bertrand Russell
  18. samscafeamericain

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    A united Ireland looks on the cards and the hilarious thing is, its the DUP's support for the tories that is making this happen
  19. Pretty exciting having European Championships in town. Not to mention Festival 2018, the cultural festival running alongside the championships. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/glasgow-european-championships-2018/ http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/festival-2018-glasgow/ And not forgetting the hub of activities at George Square. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/george-square-glasgow-2018/ Check out the highlights: Check out the George Square daily schedule for highlights: Saturday 4 August Sunday 5 August Monday 6 August Tuesday 7 August Wednesday 8 August Thursday 9 August Friday 10 August Saturday 11 August Sunday 12 August
  20. Pat

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    Just back from Ireland crossed back and forwards over the border between Donegal and the North going to Derry with my cousin who had a few chores to do. Don't even think about any border – way of life and people very unhappy about the prospect of change.
  21. Pat

    Who to believe?

    Little criticism from UK Government. (Need to use new computer – keybord not llowing me to use some letters) Been in Irelnd but home now.
  22. maryspetses

    Who to believe?

    i have just heard that the state of Israel has passed a law saying only Jews have the right of self determination in Israel. This is surely aiming at the rights of other groups who live in that country. I am also perturbed about the definition of what constitutes anti- semitism. i was brought up to believe in free speech while being respectful of other beliefs in all areas. I count myself fortunate that I live in a country where, I believe, i am free to criticise/ demonstrate against the politics/human rights of any country of the world. In so doing I do not promote hatred of any group because of race or religion. However, it now appears that I will not be allowed to criticise the STATE of Israel as this may soon be regarded as racism. “I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Hall/Voltaire)
  23. samscafeamericain

    World Cup

    England won 4, lost 3 and they want to give the manager a knighthood.......dear gawd
  24. samscafeamericain

    Trump Visit

    The man is a classless twat and astonishing both CNN and Fox in the USA agree
  25. Pat

    Trump Visit

    Looks as though Trump is ticking all the boxes: bully, rude, racist and arrogant. As he attacks May and Brexit, accuses Sadiq Khan of causing a rise in terrorism and praising Boris Johnston. So reassuring to know that he 'hates' Nicola Sturgeon. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/festival-2018-berlin-on-screen-gft/
  26. Pat

    World Cup

    It was more like Roy Keane and Ian Wright having a go. Gavin Southgate is the hero and Slavin Bilic is delirious as England defeated by Croatia. Says a lot for a country of only 4 million. It was good to see the English fans so behind their team as they went out and they're right to be proud. But the best game so far was France v Belgium. The talent was amazing. MBappe the nineteen year old is my man of the tournament.
  27. Pat

    West End Glasgow Old Pics

    Lovely. Looks very posh.
  28. Brian Mcculloch Glasgow

    West End Glasgow Old Pics

    The Possil Bar. 1920’s
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