Perhaps It’s The Heat

Some days the news just seems plain screwy.


I wonder how many people – other than Jeremy Corbyn – really care two hoots whether Leon Trotsky is ‘rehabilitated’ or not? I wonder how many people even knew that he needed ‘rehabilitation’ in the first place? I wonder if most people even know what ‘rehabilitation’ means? I suppose it must mean that poor old Leon has a drug problem, and has to go into rehab.  And now it seems that the UK parliament is offering rehab courses – presumably ‘complete rehabilitation guaranteed, or money back’. It gives MPs something to do, I suppose.

And what was Johnny Depp so jealous about? And what does it mean to “scrawl paint”? Is that writing – or painting? I didn’t know he was an artist. Does he often paint frescoes with his own blood? Or is he only accused of painting frescoes with blood? But he actually paints them using regular paint, but pretends that it’s blood? And also pretends to be drunk? And pretends to be jealous too?


I bet that made a few people sit up: Lichtenstein warns Britain. It only takes about 5 minutes to walk from one end of Lichtenstein to the other. And here it is, warning Britain.

Next it’ll be “Final warning from Lichtenstein.”


Crop circles like this seem to only ever be found in Britain. This one covers about two acres. And it’s extremely elaborate. One of the most elaborate ever, apparently.

I’ve always supposed that they are created by teams of people carefully trampling down wheat fields. Somebody must see them doing it. But nobody ever gets caught. They just appear overnight. Like Banksy paintings.

Or maybe it’s just the impression left by the underside of a Klingon starship, after all. I must annoy farmers no end to have yet another darn Klingon starship land on their ripening wheat.

I don’t know where I saw these various things. But I saw them, and just stared at them blankly and uncomprehendingly. And they all had the effect of derailing my head, and sending me down strange tumbling trains of thought.

Perhaps it’s the heat.


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28 Responses to Perhaps It’s The Heat

  1. Smoking Lamp says:

    Agree, lots of crazy things going on. But on the bright side they just repealed the recently enacted outdoor smoking ban in Darwin (Australia). The report “Darwin council repeals al fresco smoking ban in Smith Street Mall” is found here:

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Last I saw they sell a app for a phone with gps guidance for making those crop designs.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    I don’t believe Ive ever seen a more loaded poll in my life!

    What do you think about the proposed boundaries? field is required.
    Should people be informed about the zone using signs? field is required.
    Should members of the public ask people to stop smoking in the zone? field is required.
    Should members of staff ask people to stop smoking in the zone? field is required.
    Should there be a risk of a fine if someone is caught smoking? field is required.
    If you saw someone smoking outside the hospital currently, how comfortable would you feel about asking them to smoke elsewhere? field is required.
    Do you feel that a smoke-free zone would make you feel more comfortable in asking people to move? field is required.
    Where should signage be put up? field is required.

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    Johnny Depp rolls his own with Bali tobacco. He loves smoking cigarettes. Wants to enjoy life. One of the good guys.

  5. Rose says:

    H/T Chris Snowdon

    “Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

    News release

    17 August 2016 | GENEVA – WHO has today named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

    NCDs (including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases) and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year – almost 80% of all deaths worldwide. Each year, 16 million people die from NCDs before the age of 70. Road traffic crashes account for a further 1.25 million deaths each year and are the leading cause of death among young people, aged 15–29 years. The premature death and disability from NCDs and injury can largely be prevented, through implementing proven, cost effective measures.

    For the past decade, Bloomberg has been working with WHO on tobacco control and injury prevention. “Michael Bloomberg is a valued partner and has a long track record of supporting WHO in the areas of tobacco control, improving data for health, road safety and drowning prevention,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “I am therefore absolutely delighted to be able to appoint him as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.”

    “In his new role, Mr Bloomberg will work with national and local political leaders around the globe to highlight the burden of NCDs and injuries. His track record on public health achievements as mayor will enable him to motivate cities to take on the global agenda for NCD and injury prevention. He will help mobilize national and city level political leaders, donors and the private sector to prevent and treat the NCD epidemic and combat injuries.”

    This will not end well.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Especially since hes such deep buds with Erdogan and he is connected deeply with ISIS and selling their oil besides the middle east mafia.

  6. Rose says:

    He will help mobilize national and city level political leaders, donors and the private sector to prevent and treat the NCD epidemic and combat injuries

    Gardening lands 87,000 a year in hospital

    “Of the 87,000 people who needed hospital treatment last year after being injured while working on their gardens, 6,500 were hurt by a lawn mower, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
    The seemingly innocuous flower pot is the second most dangerous, causing 5,300 accidents. Hedge-trimmer accidents have increased by more than 50 per cent in the past five years, to 3,100 a year.

    RoSPA, a charity, says that about 300,000 people a year — 110,000 of them children — are hurt seriously enough in gardens to require hospital treatment.
    Many of the mower accidents happen when people cut themselves cleaning the blades, while flower pots are usually involved in trips or lifting injuries.

    Men have more accidents in the garden than women and, apart from children, people aged 30-60 are most likely to come a cropper.The most common accident in a garden is a fall (115,000), but the biggest threat to people actually gardening is a cut (19,000), followed by falls (18,000) and being struck by things (12,600).”

    Top gardening injuries

    1. Lawn mowers (6,500 accidents in the UK each year)
    2. Flower pots (5,300)
    3. Secateurs and pruners (4,400)
    4. Spades (3,600)
    5. Electric hedge trimmers (3,100)
    6. Plant tubs and troughs (2,800)
    7. Shears (2,100)
    8. Garden forks (2,000)
    9. Hoses and sprinklers (1,900)
    10. Garden canes and sticks (1,800).

    (source: Rospa)

    I wonder if there will be an amnesty for handing in our gardening tools, or perhaps Theresa May will tell him very politely to sling his hook when Bloomberg comes calling, because you can be sure that the Department of Health will not.
    The British way of life has suffered enough under the ministrations of the WHO, could we please stop now.

    • waltc says:

      I once read that one of the top reasons for visits to the emergency room in NYC was from people deeply cutting their hands while trying to slice bagels.

  7. garyk30 says:

    People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government.

    In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians.

    Fevered brains.

    • Supergran says:

      I wouldnt mind hearing about reasons to die that aint been heard of before. Be a bit more bleedin interesting wouldnt it. FGS you’re BORN and then you DIE. End of. I cant believe there are hundreds of of idots working all over the world calculating how folk are dying, why and when. It isnt a new phenomena is it. hehe

      • garyk30 says:

        One might say that those people need to get a life.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Mark Twain said it right over a hundred years ago:

        “The Moral Statistician.”
        Originally published in Sketches, Old and New, 1893

        “I don’t want any of your statistics; I took your whole batch and lit my pipe with it.

        I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering out how much a man’s health is injured, and how much his intellect is impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course of ninety-two years’ indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner, etc. etc. And you are always figuring out how many women have been burned to death because of the dangerous fashion of wearing expansive hoops, etc. etc. You never see more than one side of the question.

        You are blind to the fact that most old men in America smoke and drink coffee, although, according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty old Englishmen drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And you never try to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation, and enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime (which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone), nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime by your kind of people from not smoking. Of course you can save money by denying yourself all those little vicious enjoyments for fifty years; but then what can you do with it? What use can you put it to? Money can’t save your infinitesimal soul. All the use that money can be put to is to purchase comfort and enjoyment in this life; therefore, as you are an enemy to comfort and enjoyment where is the use of accumulating cash?

        It won’t do for you to say that you can use it to better purpose in furnishing a good table, and in charities, and in supporting tract societies, because you know yourself that you people who have no petty vices are never known to give away a cent, and that you stint yourselves so in the matter of food that you are always feeble and hungry. And you never dare to laugh in the daytime for fear some poor wretch, seeing you in a good humor, will try to borrow a dollar of you; and in church you are always down on your knees, with your ears buried in the cushion, when the contribution-box comes around; and you never give the revenue officers a full statement of your income.

        Now you know all these things yourself, don’t you? Very well, then, what is the use of your stringing out your miserable lives to a lean and withered old age? What is the use of your saving money that is so utterly worthless to you? In a word, why don’t you go off somewhere and die, and not be always trying to seduce people into becoming as ornery and unlovable as you are yourselves, by your villainous “moral statistics”?”

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          . I cant believe there are hundreds of of idots working all over the world calculating how folk are dying, why and when. It isnt a new phenomena is it. hehe

        • Thanks for that, I didn’t know it and Mr Twain has just gone up a notch in my opinion…again (his novella about the German Language is one of my all time favourite classics). How apposite , this evening’s news was all about the ‘obesity crisis’. Oh Clemens, that thou should livest at this hour….

    • garyk30 says:

      And, they are certain that people need the govt to make lifestyle decisions for them.

  8. Native Americans (that’s Red Indians to you and me) believe -them not being Anglican and therefore no better than they should- that tobacco was a gift from the Gods. Being Enlightened we know that for ‘gods’ read ‘Aliens’…and that plant in the crop circle looks suspiciously like a tobacco plant to me! I assume the runes around it read “Alpha Centuri & Beetlejuice United Smokers Front greet Frank Davis and his fellow humanoids” .

  9. harleyrider1978 says:
  10. garyk30 says:

    NCDs (including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases) and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year – almost 80% of all deaths worldwide.

    Most of those things are supposed to be caused by smoking.

    Seems that 80% of non smokers die from the diseases caused by smoking.

    Oh dear, that will never do!

    • Seems that 80% of non smokers die from the diseases caused by smoking. Something must be done
      Indeed, Passive Smoking must be ERADICATED…stop all those poor innocents dying from breathing in TOXIC tobacco fumes! We MUST ban smoking EVERYWHERE!

  11. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Bloomberg uses his vast wealth to interfere in other peoples lives. If he show up in the UK we should tell him to shove off !

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Bloomberg will be lucky if he isn’t charged with terrorism under the laws for financially supporting erdogan and buying fatawas for jihadists with his money and foundations in other countries he could even be charged with conspiracy to murder smokers by ISIS with his foundations pushes into those realms.

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