Eur D' Cision 2020

"The 1808 concert included two symphonies, No. 5 and No. 6 ("Pastoral"), the Fourth Piano Concerto, two movements from the Mass in C, a concert aria for soprano and orchestra, an improvisation on the piano and, as a rousing finale, a hurriedly composed work that involved all the performers (pianist, singers, chorus and orchestra), the Choral Fantasy.

In effect it was two demanding concerts rolled into one hopelessly lengthy one. The obvious question is why did Beethoven set it up in this manner? Why not have two concerts a few weeks apart? Romantic biographers will suggest that it was the product of an idealistic creative figure with little or no sense of practicalities.

"There may have an element of that, but the unhelpful practices of public concert life in Vienna at the time – familiar enough to Beethoven – certainly did not help. Compared with London, Paris, and several cities in Germany, such as Leipzig and Munich, public concerts (as opposed to private concerts) were a patchy affair in Vienna: there was no regular concert series from year to year and composers and solo performers had instead to seek out spare dates in the calendars of the main theatres...

He retained this determination when he discovered that the date coincided with a charity concert for widows and orphans of musicians, held in another theatre. Performers in the city naturally gave that concert priority, making it difficult for Beethoven to assemble the best players and singers."

"Some of the world's top business people and politicians - plus a smattering of celebrities - will gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week. US President Donald Trump, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi are among the guests.

But what is the jet-set event for and is it elitist?"

"WEF typically attracts around 3,000 people, about a third of them from business. To go you have to be invited - in which case the event is free - or a member of WEF, which can cost £480,000.

World leaders, key figures from the UN and EU and the heads of major firms like Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs and IBM attend.

Regular guests include billionaire financier George Soros, former UK prime minister Tony Blair, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and U2 singer Bono.

However, new data from the World Economic Forum indicates that only 239 people from the UK will be attending this year - the lowest UK attendance since 2010 - after Boris Johnson banned ministers from attending the event."

"Talk of “levelling up” the north, the rhetorical trope that has become highly fashionable among ministers since the election, is no more than blather until we see the colour of the money. It is not a bad idea to recast the Treasury’s rules to help regional projects to secure more approvals, but it will only be a winning formula if productive ideas result. Beaten-up high streets will not be reinvigorated easily or overnight. Higher skills and better employment opportunities cannot be magicked up with a wave of Whitehall’s wand."

"If … you’re drinking Bacardi...

What can you say? Other than: why are you still here? Did someone order some more wrong, with a side order of obnoxiously erroneous"

"In an age of cynicism and spin, Jess Phillips was authentic and frank in a way which illustrated perfectly why she seems to have little or no chance of becoming Labour's next leader...

"Should a party leader tell members what they don't want to hear?", with a rapid and sincere "absolutely"...

A moment later, she was in full flow. The promise of free broadband was "rubbish," mass renationalisation of utilities, including water, should not be a priority "while there are still homeless people on the street and still, you know, young lads getting murdered on most streets in most cities."

In other words, she was saying, forget about these totemic ideologically driven pledges. There are many, much more important things to do."





Black Rock

I need to flip an egg.

"No, what really worries him and his shadow banking peers is the “fundamental reshaping of finance” threatened by climate protesters, and what this means for his company’s interests."

"But, before we get too laudatory, it’s worth asking: what is BlackRock?"

DAVOS 2020

"The WEF said the world’s biggest economies – the US, China, Japan, Germany and India – had the most to gain from increasing social mobility, adding that the four priorities were fair wages, social protection, lifelong learning and better working conditions

“The social and economic consequences of inequality are profound and far-reaching: a growing sense of unfairness, precarity, perceived loss of identity and dignity, weakening social fabric, eroding trust in institutions, disenchantment with political processes and an erosion of the social contract, said Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the WEF."

"“I might not look the most like a prime minister in this race, because apparently looking like a prime minister is a thing. I cannot win that war, so I am going to stop fighting it. I am going to do the thing that made tens of thousands of people ask me to run to be the leader. I am going to say what I think. I am going to give honest answers. I probably won’t win, but I am guessing that I might just inspire others to give it a go too,” she wrote."...

There are fewer than four weeks left until the 14 February deadline for gathering nominations."

the “do-nothing” scenario.


Wait Watching

"“It’s chilling,” says analyst Alex DeGroote, “but we have this cohort of trillion-dollar firms [Apple, Google’s owner Alphabet and Microsoft] that are basically unstoppable.”

“At least we are spared the sound of Big Ben being chimed at our discomfort.”

I have a dragon to paint ..

"That the leader of the revolution enjoys imagining his trustiest followers as the Wurzels suggests the awkwardness of the question. For the great problem of Brexit is that it is a populist project without a people, a nationalist project without a nation."

"At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight.”

"You would need to be half blind on scrumpy not to see the fatal contradiction."

'Rail & Sail'

"They are clearing their desks, handing in passes and tweeting their final pictures as EU politicians.."

"And the good news for anyone who has resolved to give up flying is that we are entering a new golden age..."

I feel a merger coming on..

They have a Frozen version ;-0

"built on the principle of federalism"

One Aye.

IF only the Labour Party would get its act together...

Yawwwn ...

Keir Starmer.


Erm, cos I know what I am doing ;-))

And, have a rather 'expensive' certificate  to prove it.

The Mad as a Hatter.


Little Briton

"Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the "dawn of a new era" later, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years.

In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT - an hour before the official departure time - he will say Brexit is "not an end but a beginning".

He will describe severing ties with the other 27 EU nations as "a moment of real national renewal and change".

Little will change immediately, as the UK begins a "tranistion period".


"There will be no "Big Ben Bongs", no church bells and no fireworks - ... "

Good Moaning..

"OneWeb and SpaceX are in the process of launching big networks of spacecraft to deliver broadband internet to every corner of the globe.

The numbers of platforms involved are unprecedented in the history of spaceflight.

The RAS gathering was intended as an opening move in what is hoped will become a continuing dialogue. Media were excluded to allow the delegates to have a frank discussion...

It's understood two new, soon-to-be published research studies were presented.

One, from the University of Southampton, has investigated the reflectivity of SpaceX's Starlink satellites and what's driving their brightness in the sky."

"Talks to negotiate a free trade deal between the UK and the EU are due to start next month, following the UK's formal withdrawal from the bloc."

A Frozen Version

"Who's in what job? Here's a guide to the people that make up Mr Johnson's cabinet, with the latest new faces and who's changed places."

"Mr Cummings is a native of Durham, in the north-east of England. His father, Robert, was an oil rig engineer and his mother, Morag, a teacher and behavioural specialist.

He went to a state primary school and was then privately educated at Durham School. He graduated from Oxford University with a first-class degree in modern history and spent some time in Russia, where he was involved with an ill fated attempt to launch an airline, among other projects."


Dur Dun Dur Dom ...

Annoy the day.

Ooh I feel a Durham School reunion coming on.

Not.... nice stalking, is it?

Far too controvertial.

Chalk n Cheese ;-)

"At that time, he famously kept a tarantula named Cronus on his desk in the House of Commons."

"gwapple me gwapenuts"

The Frozen Stare

"The head of one of the US's national observatories says the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe needs to be taken more seriously.

Dr Anthony Beasley told the BBC that there should be greater government support for a field that has been shunned by government research funders for decades.

His backing for the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (Seti) marks a sea change in attitudes to a field regarded until recently as fringe science..."

"Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations.

The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexico, one of the world’s most powerful radio observatories. Gaining real-time access to all the data gathered by VLA is considered a major coup for scientists hunting extraterrestrial lifeforms and an indication that the field has “gone mainstream”."

"So we'll actually take you all the way around the station; in and out the changing rooms, the crew rooms and all the training facilities."


The Boris Bounce

"Markets have been rattled by the threat of a price war between oil exporting group Opec and its main ally Russia.

The wobble compounds fears over the effect of couchy couchy coup on the economy."

"suddenly sxx is the strongest miner on a market"


Temptation is futile ...

"It is nowhere to be seen. Because this man isn’t your “drunk, criminal and feckless working-class” cousin, who dropped out of school at 14 and fell in with a bad crowd, or a young immigrant who must now be deported for dealing the kind of drugs Michael Gove used to neck in the Notting Hill 90s. No. This feckless criminal is our prime minister, Boris Piccaninny Watermelon Letterbox Cake Bumboys Vampires Haircut Wall-Spaffer Spunk-Burster Fuck-Business Fuck-the-Families Get-Off-My-Fucking-Laptop Girly-Swot Big-Girl’s-Blouse Chicken-frit Hulk-Smash Noseringed-Crusties Death-Humbug Technology-Lessons Surrender-Bullshit French-Turds Dog-Whistle Get-Stuffed FactcheckUK@CCHQ 88%-lies Get-Brexit-Done Bung-a-Bob-for-Big-Ben’s-Bongs Cocaine-Event Spiritual-Worth Virus-Handshake Three-Men-and-a-Dog Johnson. And normal rules no longer apply. If indeed they ever did."

Exciting, innit ;-0

Social Engineering.

The Boris Budget

"“We have listened and will now deliver on our promise to level up the UK, ensuring everyone has the same chances and opportunities in life, wherever they live.

“By investing historic amounts in British innovation and world-class infrastructure, we will rebalance opportunities and lay the foundations for a decade of growth for everybody.”"

"As if in a bid to remind us of the great contradiction of our times, Couchy Coup Chu is illuminating gloriously the freedom of money to transcend a borderless financial universe while humans remain as fenced in as ever."

"Taking a leaf out of the aftermath of the crash of 2008, ...  to do, once again, “whatever it takes” to re-float their flagging fortunes. Two questions keep them up at night: ... And if they do, will it be enough?"

A Site Superintendant & Permit Controller :

"Our Permit Controllers perform a key role in ensuring high risk activities are properly assessed, planned and controlled."


"Site Superintendents will be appointed as a competent person under Regulation 10(1)(f) of the Mines Regulations and may be nominated as the individual in charge of operations at the site under Regulation 10(1)(e) of the same regulations, where the persons appointed are absent."

Phase 11 .. ;-0

Ah, So :

"Yorkshire Coast Radio has got a Budget Special from 12pm to 3pm today (Wednesday 11th March)."

Wink n Co...

The Absent.

Having force fed the public Couchy Coup the general public are in complete disbelief and will carry on as normal.

Despite people being herded like cattle ... our economy is robust.

Forget your political freedoms and human rights you are to be part of the problem not the solution.

For anyone with an IQ over erm (insert your own) the economy will return to normal... without the Tebbit.

We will protect the banks and the financial systems and enslave you all, subject to Statutory Sick Pay and if your not signed up to Netflix 5G and Amazon we don't care if you rot in hell.

The safety net will never be strong enough to privatise the NHS.

That is why global medicines are working hard to copyright any cures for scaring the absolute sh*t out of everyone for the last eight weeks.   

Local Authorities will be handed billions in order to control the 'citizens' and give all news powers to introduce Public Space Protection orders right across the Borough.. anyone seen to be enjoying themselves will be handed a Curfew and a fine up to £ 25k depending on how the budget pans out.

The abolishment of business rates doesn't really matter cos those that should pay don't pay and the rest of you can get stuffed.

The leisure and hospitality businessess might as well take an annual holiday and try to live on £70 pw circa £3K per year... subject to status.

There will be no local support, local prosecutions and everyone should call themselves Spartacus.

Junk bonds are now the rage as the OBR downgrades the downloaded... the story of this Govt. is to believe in Miracles.

More investment & higher growth should prepare you for the worst.  Bring back Spam.

Inflation is our political straegy ... what goes up must go down.. a deadicated task force will ensure you have no freedom of movement, freedom of speech and we promise to accept that should you opose our manifesto you will not exist.

GDP Rules OK.

Should you fall foul of our fiscal policy you will be detained and subject to the done, deliveroo and containment. 

Thy will be done.

Tarrifs.. are a Trump card may all the RH Members bypass mouses in cardboard boxes and if your homeless do not try to freeze.

We may need you to work at the NHS subject to British life expectancy and how much beer and wine you can guzzle.

Expect no sympathy and relief the environment is f*cked and you can go blow in the wind.

Half a million small business will be expected to work harder and earn less.... innovation and discovery and all those who want out should promise to  move to Scotland.

Space, nucleur fusion and electric Vespas. ...

The Planets ... to level up with quality of life ... electricity, energy efficiency energy intensive and sod the gas. 

You will all freeze.... subject to packaging and carbon savings. 

The air that we breathe... tax relief abolished outside Manchester and London.   and Sherwood Forest.

Agriculture will retain the relief, along with rail and will double investment in fossil fuels.

Floods ... £120mil to support fences and build resiliance. Doubling investment to flood defences to £5.2bil ... not forgetting habitats.

A forest larger than Birmingham.

Clusters will form six thousand jobs in Teeside.

Getting it done.... Carbon Capture.

Economic investment in Cities and Towns and a devolution deal in West Yorkshire... Stoke, Preston and across the Pennines.  HS2 ... etc

Back to the train sets.... and lots more tar mac.... to fill pot holes (sour point).

Anyone got a Parrot?

Only by investing in our public services our most important tool ... education.

Football not footfall.

Next.   the predecessors ... levelling up ... to secure his legacy.

Saj - 'Up Yours'

Our greatest asset is our language.   

No VAT on historical fiction etc... or works of fantasy.

How ironic..

Abolish the reading Tacks.

The Little Red Book.

Stamp Duty.... expert advice is clear cladding to be removed.  All unsafe cladding will be removed from properties over 18 metres high.

Public Health ...

Supporting veterans, not Premier Inn.

(just a little side dig)

Best not mention the war...

Forty new hospitals.

The billions of pounds we sent to the EU can now be spent on our priorities.

Day to day spending will ... stop.

More police, safer, streets more nurses.... and not necessarily in that order.

This is just the start... commended to the house.

A New Era.

@Sunak - nice guy wrong party.

Corbyn is flatlining ...

The Trolley Dolleys.

Fact is the public are not stoopid.... and the more they ram it the less they believe it.

Never Do Nothing

"They usually stay in hibernation - which is like a deep sleep that helps them to save energy - and survive the winter without eating much.

But Europe has just had its hottest ever winter - and the US also experienced warmer temperatures in December and January - which has been linked to Couchy Coup change.

All of which has caused bears to be on the prowl a bit earlier than normal.

According to wildlife expert Boris Johnson, the early emergence from hibernation isn't good for the bears or humans...

He says there'll be "a lot of cubs" that will be born with parents who won't be strong enough to feed them "the right kind of food".

That could have knock-on effects like greater bear and human interaction, which would be potentially bad news for humans too.

"Normally a bear will not want to engage with humanity, they just want to do their own thing," Boris says.

But if there isn't enough food, they'll look further afield - which means getting closer to humans.

"They'll be going into areas where humans have food and they'll try to get that food."

"Boris says if humans come into contact with bears, they should stay away.

"They won't be looking to attack humans unless the humans actually get in the way."

The best thing to do is get out of the way and call the relevant authorities. The North York Moors Park Service also suggest keeping bear spray as a deterrent and staying calm.

"I certainly wouldn't advise anybody getting too close to them because they're fearsome."

Sounds like a plan ;-0



Friday the 13th ... 


“If we stop moving around, the occupiers will steal more of it.”

The Unexpected.


The Cybil Service

Somin useful to do ...

Government schemes updates:


Employees & furloughed:

British Buisness Bank (link to partner page):

Resistance is futile ;-0

Keep Busy...

Hampstead Heath is a bit muddy at the moment.


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'Experts at Work'

"US President Donald Trump has said he is going to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) because it has "failed in its basic duty" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak..."

"How well Trump’s scapegoating of the WHO will play in the US election is impossible to predict, but on the world stage it will undoubtedly be seen as yet another step in an accelerating US abdication of global leadership."

"He said his 6ft tall friend had even lain down on the ground to help demonstrate that they were even further apart than the recommended distance of two metres (almost 6.6ft)."


"Given her career choice, Liz has a special interest in health, especially the public health agenda. She also has a particular focus on regenerating the borough’s economy.   When not engaged in council duties, Liz enjoys growing her own vegetables, keeping generally active and busy ..."

""The Cinder Track is now renowned for its botanical treasures, stretches of grassland and wildflowers. Some of the old railway station platforms now have flowers and rich grassland.""

Think she's settling in ;-0

Izzy Wizzy


"Cllr Liz Colling, Deputy Leader of authority, said:  "Whilst we were all staying in, our staff were  working.  Some of them were working delivering food parcels etcetera to our vulnerable and elderly people.  The finance team, and other people across the council, were working over the weekend doing those business grants...   I'm really sorry but not everyone can be first..."


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Pantomine Season

"This is the sort of unforeseen innuendo that happens if you leave the sloganeering to people who – in some ineffable way – regard going down on someone as essentially leftwing. In light of developments, that unfortunate slogan takes on more of a hectoring tone, as Boris Johnson mounts another podium to strongly suggest there will be a return to “virtual normality” by November, “hopefully in time for Christmas”."

"It’s based on an episode of Bagpuss where the mice claim to have a biscuit mill, but in fact have only one chocolate digestive that they roll off their production line, wheel round the back, then roll off again, and so on. (Incidentally, I must confess that I myself have previously used this metaphor, making it a sort of meta-metaphor about the covert recycling of limited material.)"

"From October, the government intends to allow audiences to return to stadiums, while conferences and other business events can recommence, subject to the outcome of pilots."

How very fortunate..

"He’s subconsciously self-detonating.

“He’s doing things every single day that is literally forcibly unravelling his political career and that is the hidden secret, the underbelly of a narcissist. They have a very full blown self-destructive streak in their personalities. He’s got his hand on the self detonator now.”

BBC Three’s Trump in Tweets is now available on BBC iPlayer in the UK"

"The first step is for Berlin and Brussels to wean themselves off their over-dependence on the US, a fact recognised by Merkel. The quandary isn’t Europe’s alone. As the chancellor underlined, a world that grew up in the “certain knowledge” that the US was a global power now has to adjust to a new reality."

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'Out of Kilter'

"The British government privately told the Chinese technology giant Huawei that it was being banned from Britain’s 5G telecoms network partly for “geopolitical” reasons.."

"Conservative politicians talk about Johnson with a venom few socialists can match. It’s not that he’s a criminal like Putin, they say. He doesn’t have the balls to be truly evil. Rather, he is a pathetically insecure narcissist who turns on you if you don’t feed his craving for applause. “He’s an abject, hectoring, incompetent show-off,” said one. “If you don’t love him or can’t fake a love for him, he will go for you.”

Awwe ...

"The prime minister added that authorities are getting better at identifying and isolating local outbreaks, but said it was important that the power to order national action was held in reserve.  He told The Sunday Telegraph: "I can't abandon that tool any more than I would abandon a nuclear deterrent.

"But it is like a nuclear deterrent, I certainly don't want to use it, and nor do I think we will be in that position again."


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'Quid pro Quo'

"The damning conclusion is contained within the 50-page document from parliament’s intelligence and security committee, which said ministers in effect turned a blind eye to allegations of Russian disruption.

It said the government “had not seen or sought evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes” at the time, and it made clear that no serious effort was made to do so...

“The UK Government have actively avoided looking for evidence that Russia interfered. We were told that they hadn’t seen any evidence, but that is meaningless if they hadn’t looked for it.”

"Throughout lockdown a number of social media campaigns have been running to ensure that the Yorkshire Coast is in the forefront of people’s minds. Throw Back Thursday, Fact Finding Friday and Morse Code Monday have all been well received. A recovery marketing plan has been developed in readiness for resorts re-opening with plans to extend the season"


Special Measures ... there is plenty of Room in the main Chamber ... for those who bovver to turn up.

Go Yo.

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'No Laughing Matter'

"There are calls for an "outright ban" on the sale of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or hippy crack..

Nitrous oxide canisters made for the purpose of prolonging the shelf life of whipped cream and other products are completely legal and readily available. Anyone can buy these without a permit. However their sale for recreational purposes is prohibited under the the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

The BCGA, which represents more than 100 companies involved in the supply of industrial, medical, food and gases and related equipment, said it wanted to work with authorities on how to enforce a ban."

"... it appears Boris either is unaware of his decline or believes it to be of little consequence. Or possibly both. He may even be right for the time being. After all, most people aren’t paying much attention to his weekly half-hour of humiliation, he has an 80-seat majority, and an election is four years off. Yet his lies and tantrums still have the power to corrode. And few prime ministers have done more to undermine democracy than he has."

"Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Johnson "needs to listen not lecture" during his trip.

"I think what the coronavirus has shown us is, actually, we shouldn't be pulling apart the United Kingdom," he said.

"In the health response, and particularly on the economic response, it has been very important that Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom have worked together.

"It's an example of why we shouldn't be pulling apart the United Kingdom."

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie criticised the PM and first minister, accusing them of "using this week as an excuse to bang the drums for their supporters on the constitution".

"We need a common strategy on economic recovery, on preparing for a second wave, on supporting our social care sector, on finding a vaccine and treatments, and so much more," he said.

"Yet instead of getting round the table to find those solutions we get insults. They both need to grow up."

Oh.... Means No.

"A meeting of the county council heard Selby district councillor John McCartney state devolution was meant to be about handing "power to the people".

He asked whether there had been any indication from government that people would be given any meaningful say in the form that devolution takes, such as by plebiscite, or if it would be a "top-down reorganisation, the back of a fag packet stitch-up".

County council leader Councillor Carl Les said he believed North Yorkshire's residents would have a lot more say in the forthcoming process than there was in 1973, when the two-tier system was created.

He said: "Different councils will have different opinions. We might be able to find some consensus between us, but if not we will develop competing proposals, but I hope they won't be viewed as hostile. There should be no acrimony in this. It's much more than just a fag packet exercise."



Ah, So ...

""It's very very valuable in terms of the support we've been able to give to everybody throughout all corners of the UK.

"We had a referendum on breaking up the union a few years ago, I think only six years ago, that is not a generation by any computation."!"

Zero Tolerance.

Am going on Strike...

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.”