Nadira 9 to 5

by craig on May 10, 2014 8:54 am in Uncategorized

I perhaps bored you about my work and Alexander Burnes. So here is a short clip of Nadira working last month, to cheer everybody up.

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  1. Yep, it’s a hard life. I remember when I was working 9-5 how tough it was! :)

  2. ‘suppose that is interpretation of a kind.

  3. Wow!

    Certainly not boring, and I needed cheering up after the post about the NHS with the side-reference to the fact Student Unions no longer exist in their natural state, to my mind the single nastiest thing about living in this country now.

    Also I was not at all bored about Burns, I just couldn’t think of an appropriate response, and I doubt I will be able to resist reading it. Congratulations for your persistence.

    The influence of Masonry needs to be better understood.

  4. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Craig

    Congratulations for both your wife and your new book, in that order. You’ve a lot to be happy about!

  5. Amazing that you get any writing done at all.
    You’re a lucky man.

  6. Best wishes to Nadira and to yourself, Craig.

  7. Sofia Kibo Noh

    10 May, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Uncle Craig. Sometimes potty but never boring. :-)

    Some Gossip here.

    Thanks John.

    johngossip.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/death-barons.htmlIn a nutshell!

    All part of a conversation that is going feral. Yes, let’s feed the meme.

    Since we’re on holiday I’m tempted to break the family rules and leave a comment there too, beyond my usual limited range. But I I have to wash Dad’s Gulfstream G500, AGAIN!

    Now that the Eye has turned it’s multiple-focus on the mineral riches of the Sahel, spare a thought for all those beautiful human individuals and cultures in the path of the monster.

    And thanks Craig for keeping Africa in the picture.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=youtube+Bachot+muna&t=canonical

  8. Sofia Kibo Noh

    10 May, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Oops!

    Wrong link.

    Here it is,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs8huYbObPM

  9. StantonCarlisle

    10 May, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Is this the new advert for the vote ‘Yes’ campaign?

  10. my best to nadira and the family, its good to see Nadira again, albeit with less attire. Our best wishes to you all.

  11. “Is this the new advert for the vote ‘Yes’ campaign?”

    Well, I think it is the perfect argument for those who want Scotland to have its own more liberal immigration policy!

  12. You have a very lovely wife… Wasn’t so keen on the provocative poses with chains and handcuffs, though. The fetishism of torture? By an Uzbek, and on a blog which has done much good work exposing the realities of torture?

    Sorry if I’ve dampened the mood a bit. Just found that sequence a little troubling.

  13. OK, you win. This is beyond parody. I am genuinely at a loss. Is this:

    – a joke?
    – a pop song advert?
    – a cigarette advert?
    – human rights activism?
    – trophy wife w**kfest?

  14. May I suggest ‘The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty’ Anne Rice under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure: ISBN 0-452-26656-4

  15. Wow! You lucky so-and-so.

  16. Wow, she gets even more beautiful as the years go by!

  17. “Wasn’t so keen on the provocative poses with chains and handcuffs, though. The fetishism of torture? By an Uzbek, and on a blog which has done much good work exposing the realities of torture?

    Sorry if I’ve dampened the mood a bit. Just found that sequence a little troubling.”

    I couldn’t agree more. Who came up with that distasteful idea?

  18. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 May, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Mark @ 12:52

    “BDSM’? lol

  19. Ian.

    I have no idea what that sequence was about, but I think you need to switch off from politics from time to time – it’s like reading meaning into a game of fottball.

  20. Canaries have gone down, because they’d bought at least two pups who did not perform as expected, the team could not gel. Unless they get an experienced premiere league manager/trainer and start building a team, not worship the ground individual footballers walk on, they will not get back up into the top league.

  21. “Wasn’t so keen on the provocative poses with chains and handcuffs…”

    If Nadira wishes to perform such material it is her right to do so and entirely up to her.

  22. @ Ian “provocative poses with chains and handcuffs, though… Just found that sequence a little troubling.”

    Like it or not, a very large proportion of men AND women enjoy such imagery, and BDSM fantasy imagery has as much to do with real torture as normal sex has to do with rape. BTW, strictly speaking it’s only “provocative” if it turns you on, otherwise there’s nothing to provoke. If I personally was going to be offended it would be by the smoking, since that was presumably real. But it’s a matter of taste, isn’t it, just that that bloke said about the scallops and oysters in Spartacus.

  23. I must say that I was uneasy about the chains and handcuffs as well. I wouldn’t want to youngsters to be exposed to such imagery.

  24. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    “I have no idea what that sequence was about, but I think you need to switch off from politics from time to time – it’s like reading meaning into a game of fottball.”
    ___________________

    Couldn’t agree more – but it’s probably a big ask for some of this blog’s denizens!

    Dear oh dear, what a humourless, joyless lot they are (:

  25. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    I’m fully expecting someone to come up with a reference to Guantanamo or Israeli prisons before the day’s out.

  26. BrianFujisan

    10 May, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    “Amazing that you get any writing done at all.”

    DoNNyDarKo…. Craig Obviously must have the discipline of A Shaolin Monk Lol…

    i think the video kool… Good to see Nadira is not Adverse to a few bold ideas.

    And deffo good to see some smiles n Life…

    I got me a big Free Hugs Placard… next nice day i could be in a City near you… Merry Saturday Folks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

    And talkin of Shaolin Discipline… Check out this teeny Girl… Doing Chen shi Taiji… just amazin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icaJ_E8dXBQ

  27. Life under the ConDems 2014

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-gqMpZroy8

  28. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 May, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Libdems have a similar theme, Mary.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmwic9kFx2c

  29. Clark,

    “If Nadira wishes to perform such material it is her right to do so and entirely up to her.”

    Quite agree. Don’t believe that I said anything to the contrary.

    Not knowing anything about the context of that sequence, I certainly didn’t condemn it. Merely expressed some surprise and noted why. Is that not permitted?

    Craig,

    “I have no idea what that sequence was about, but I think you need to switch off from politics from time to time – it’s like reading meaning into a game of fottball.”

    Fair enough. Just found it somewhat peculiar. Still do.

    Pete,

    “Like it or not, a very large proportion of men AND women enjoy such imagery, and BDSM fantasy imagery has as much to do with real torture as normal sex has to do with rape.”

    Yes, am well aware of that. How could one not be given the recent popularity of such books as “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

    While it might not be to my tastes, I don’t much mind what consenting adults do amongst themselves to derive their pleasure. To each their own.

    Still, I would find it odd if a rape victim were to engage in the enactment of a simulated rape scene which had been intended to be sexually arousing. That is not to say that any hypothetical rape victim should be prevented from freely choosing to do so.

    “BTW, strictly speaking it’s only “provocative” if it turns you on, otherwise there’s nothing to provoke.”

    Yes, poor wording on my part. Perhaps I should have said something like “poses which seemed designed to be provocative”.

  30. Covered a lot of angles there. Even a nip slip.

    I’m surprised no one has suggested it might be an ironic piece. Kinda post kitsch.

    But anyway, Nadira certainly showed that she can slip into celeb mode with ease.

    Very stylish, beautiful woman.

  31. Keith Crosby

    10 May, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    I take it that you have a copy of Flashman’s memoirs (Dawns and Departures of a Soldier’s Life) except the pulped volume III?

  32. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    From one of Craig’s (former?) disciples on Medialens – reproduced here by kind permission of Mary, who posted it on Squonk:

    “It saddens me to post this, but even allowing for Murray’s obvious Russophobia, his comments iro of the recent horrific mass murder in Odessa, have for me, placed him beyond the pale, for when you actually end up spouting mitigating excuses for Neo-Nazi inspired murderers in what was a clearly sickening & documented massacre of civilians, actually transmitted live online, then despite what previous good you have done, and despite your self-declared “Human Rights Activist” label, you are simply a bigoted fraud; am I exaggerating & overreacting ?”
    _________________________

    Yes, you are exaggerating and overreacting, and furthermore – judging from the style and general tenor – the person who posted this on Medialens (“Poster 123″)is also a poster on CM. Or was….

  33. The schoolyard sneak is at it again.

    My comment on Squonk reads:

    May 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    The rise is being taken out of Craig on Medialens on two fronts. Painful for those of us who have supported him over the years but expected.

    Craig Murray Beyond the Pale
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1399749314.html

    and

    Damn! Just when I thought feminists were safe from Craigmurrayesque Nigerian-kidnap-shaming … http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1399739835.html

    PS I think the emoticon the sneak was attempting earlier was :(

    PPS There was a film called ‘The Go Between’ about a child who carried messages.

  34. “There was a film called ‘The Go Between’ about a child who carried messages.”

    It’s based on the L P Hartley novel of the same name. If my memory serves correctly, not always guaranteed, I think the boy carried a satchel of teacher’s apples.

  35. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Mary

    “The schoolyard sneak is at it again.

    My comment on Squonk reads: etc, etc, etc…”
    ____________________

    …and LINKS to a scurrilous post about CM by a mysterious “Poster 123″. I wonder why Mary brought that scurrilous post to the attention of readers of Squonk but not of readers of CM?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    As I said, the style and tenor of the scurrilous post on Medialens – to which Mary kindly brought the attention of Squonk (but not CM) readers – lead me to suspect that the author is someone who used to post here. I have a name in mind and offer 10 shekels to the first reader offering the correct answer.

  36. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Mr Goss

    “I think the boy carried a satchel of teacher’s apples.”
    __________________-

    And I think it’s fair to say that you’re still sore after the couple of splendid bollockings Craig give you on the Russia/Ukraine threads.

  37. Beaucoup Harem

    10 May, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    Not bitter enough for Phil, lacking the verbal diahorrea of a Fedup or Passerby, my guess is Glib_UK.

  38. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 May, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    Certainly not Glenn_UK. I raise my offer to 20 shekels – think back to another quotation from Squonk’s blog… Mmmm Mmmm.

  39. Kelly ben Maimon

    10 May, 2014 - 11:40 pm

    What a stunningly beautiful, confident woman. Rather artistically shot, until point of chains and handcuffs. Lost interest at that point, as just didn’t get it. Not my thing and each to their own, as they say. Kinda see what Ian @ 1144am, Phil @ 1202pm & Daniel @ 2.31pm were saying.

    That aside, sounds like you are lucky enough to have found your soul mate Craig. As long as you are both happy and content, with life, that is all that matters.

  40. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 May, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Beaucoup Harem (Harim?) might want to alter that nym. Seems rather coarse and disrespectful of the kidnapped children in Nigeria.

  41. Beaucoup Harem

    10 May, 2014 - 11:49 pm

    Mmmmac…

  42. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 May, 2014 - 11:52 pm

    Miods take note of email abuse as well as child-abuse. BDSM doesn’t include pedophilia.

  43. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:00 am

    ““PS Where have all the flowers (trolls) gone on CM?”

    Gone from here too. I can’t tell, and don’t want to take the full credit, but one disappeared when I mentioned that I had reason to believe it was a spook. You may have noticed that I have blamed the secret services and secret organisations for causing nearly all the strife in the world. They don’t like that – so I have become their whipping boy.”
    _________________

    From Mr Goss on Squonk.

    A case of paranoia or just an inflated sense of self-importance?

    It’s your choice! :)

  44. Beaucoup Harem

    11 May, 2014 - 12:02 am

    Think you need to have a chat with your Islamist friends about that, Benny.

  45. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:03 am

    And here’s another one from Mr Goss (still on Squonk, of course):

    “Thanks for the explanation Squonk. Fortunately I don”t need Hidemyass. It might be different if the Yanks get world domination because I will probably be one of the first in their newly-built FEMA prisons”
    __________

    Same question : paranoia or an inflated sense of self-importance?

    It’s your choice!

  46. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:06 am

    Beaucoup Harem

    Send me your bank a/c details and I will credit you the 20 shekels asap!

  47. We’re shitting ourselves now Gossage is on to us.

  48. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 May, 2014 - 12:10 am

  49. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:15 am

    I wonder how long it will be before MMMac…does a reverse flounce and reappears on this blog? Which pretext will he use for returning? A further 30 shekels for anyone providing the correct answer!

  50. Mark Golding I have long respected your comments at Craig Murray, which is why I gargoyled “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” and read the goodread reviews.

    LOL

  51. For those who came here thinking it was a place for the serious discussion of important political issues, there’s a remarkable report published by the think tank Policy Exchange on the replacement of the indigenous Brits by what are presently racial and ethnic minorities in Britain.

    As stated by Robert Henderson summarizes:

    “The headline grabbing statistic in the report is the claim that the five largest distinct Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities could potentially double from 8 million people or 14% of the population [now] to between 20-30% by the middle of the century. Over the past decade, the UK’s White population has remained roughly the same while the minority population has almost doubled. Black Africans and Bangladeshis are the fastest growing minority communities with ethnic minorities representing 25% of people aged under the age of five.”

    But of course if you came here to avoid thinking about anything at all troubling, like the genocide of the English or the ongoing UK-US project for WWIII beginning with a Nazi onslaught against Russian speakers in Ukraine, don’t let me distract you.

  52. Please don’t be upset if people post rude things about me elsewhere, and for the most part they are not rude, they are just highly critical. On top of which, there is not the slightest reason why anybody should not both comment here and post critical things about me elsewhere; I really don’t mind at all.

    The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to think, not to make people agree with me.

  53. Craig,

    “The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to think, not to make people agree with me.”

    And that is precisely what makes this blog so worth reading (although I do happen to agree with much of what you write).

  54. Got my vote !

  55. JG: I don’t remember a satchel of apples in the Go-Between; the boy, Leo, nicknamed Mercury – the Messenger, carried love letters between the girl from the house and the tenant farmer. She was due to marry to the aristo but loved the farmer. The messenger boy loved the girl, was torn between all three and dabbled in magic. Gt cinematography by Joseph Losey and theme tune by Michael Le Grand, who was unhappy about how the tune was adapted for the film.

  56. O/T I missed Aaronovitch and Amanpour reviewing the papers on Marr. Amanpour recently interviewed BLiar allowing him to spout more of his anti-Islam spite.

    Aaronovitch is looking smarter than usual but needs clothes in a larger size.

    Marr has got Agent Cameron coming on following the Barclays boss man who recently announced those massive job losses.

  57. Fool, sorry about that, it must be lost on no end of people. It did not refer to Leo in “The Go Between”, (quite a good film I thought), but to somebody who KingOfWelshNoir accused on this blog of thinking himself a bit of a teacher’s pet. He made a comment to the effect that that person would be bringing an apple next, which creased me up. If you search for the first over-complimentary, fawning (sycophantic?) remark on this thread you might be able to work out to whom the message referred. If not that person certainly recognised himself because of a subsequent comment.

    Apologies to anyone else who misconstrued.

  58. OT but pertinent to some of the posts
    This is something which our media don’t report.
    There are 400 US soldiers fighting on the side of the Kiev Govt.
    German securuty services received the information from the horses mouth so to speak.
    Several German speaking newspapers are carrying the story.
    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ukraine-krise-400-us-soeldner-von-academi-kaempfen-gegen-separatisten-a-968745.html

    This pretty much confirms the sightings in various parts of the Russian speaking territories.On top of the Nuland and Ashton tapes I’d say the proof of a US push to have their “own” people in Govt. is pretty strong.
    The photographs from the Odessa tragedy does not back the regimes story, and points to the occupants being murdered and then set on fire by unkonown assailants.

    Putin I am sure is taking advantage of the situation, but I don’t think he is behind the Ukrainian Crisis.He doesn’t talk about red lines either but I feel certain that NATO on his border is one.RT is Moscow’s mouthpiece but the above article backs up what they are saying.The CIA’s fingerprints are all over the place.

  59. Thanks for that link to the nlittle girl doing chen Taiji, Brian, she will be eight or nine around now and run rings around old men like us….;)

    It is disturbing to see Academi mercenaries being paid, by whom? to comne to the Ukraine and snipe at seperatists. If the eastern Ukraine wants out and enough people say so, then what is the big deal in splitting up?

  60. How I wish I had an MP like Paul Flynn who stands by his principles.

    I saw this on video last night. Today in Parliament. Jenkin shouted him down when Mr Flynn was still speaking by repeating the name of the next committee member he wanted to speak.

    Labour MP Paul Flynn in Commons meeting walkout over Scottish independence ‘stunt’ in Westminster
    May 07, 2014
    27 Comments
    THE Welsh MP stormed out of a Commons committee meeting, claiming the public administration committee was all “part of the ganging up on the Scots Nats.”

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/labour-mp-paul-flynn-commons-3505803

    Kerslake was unimpressive.

    See Mr Flynn’s blog entries for his other stances. http://paulflynnmp.typepad.com/

    PS More holiday to the troughers 23 May – 2 June.

  61. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    DoNNyDarKKo writes, excitedly :

    “OT but pertinent to some of the posts
    This is something which our media don’t report.
    There are 400 US soldiers fighting on the side of the Kiev Govt.
    German securuty services received the information from the horses mouth so to speak.
    Several German speaking newspapers are carrying the story.
    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ukraine-krise-400-us-soeldner-von-academi-kaempfen-gegen-separatisten-a-968745.html
    _________________

    If I were DoNNy, I’d brush up my German first.

    The Spiegel article refers to the US private security firm “Academi” and uses the word “Soeldner”, which – as Nevermind (or Craig for that matter)would surely be happy to confirm – translates as “mercenaries”.

    Therefore DoNNy’s reference to “400 US soldiers” is (whether deliberate or not) inaccurate and misleading.

    Happy to have been of help, as always.

  62. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    “If the eastern Ukraine wants out and enough people say so, then what is the big deal in splitting up?”

    __________________

    I hope Nevermind will forgive me for agreeing with him, but this outcome would in fact in the interests of Ukraine. I believe Craig has already written to that effect.

    Such an outcome would be good for those Ukrainians who would not wish to see the alternative outcome of a “federal” Ukraine, of which certain areas would be influenced by Big Brother next door to attempt to scupper any Ukrainian efforts to move closer to the EU (or NATO for that matter).

    A smaller Ukraine – rid of a fifth column beholden to Russia (whether intentionally or otherwise) – would be in a much better position to move closer to the EU.

    Moreover, it would be rid of a large part of its antiquated heavy industry, about which Russia could worry in the future.

    I do hope that the Ukraine govt in Kiev has the sense to see this.

  63. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    Further to my above post, the inhabitants of those parts of Ukraine which might opt to join the Russian Federation would – according to various posters on this blog – in fact be better off. This is because – apparently – the Russian Federation has greatly increased pensions, etc, whereas Ukraine is about to be destroyed by the IMF/EU etc, etc. Simples! :)

  64. You can speak German and are able to translate soeldener into mercenary, bravo.
    By their nationality these mercenaries are US citizens and if they are shot hung up to dry or quartered we will hear no end from Obummer about it.

    I hope they are getting what they are sowing.

  65. “Despite hefty international critic over the secessionist referendum, it is proceeding. Seperatists speak of an ‘overwhelming participation’ in the election. At the same time Ukraines military is fighting in various City’s.”

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/referendum-in-der-ostukraine-separatisten-verkuenden-grosse-teilnahme-a-968762.html

    freely translated this means that the eastern Ukraine will split off the rest and that we should be encouraging talks on how best to seceed, borders, bilateral greements on access, gas supplies, etc., not rattle more sabres a la Academi and some republican warmongers.

    Who is paying for these mercenaries?

  66. Habba !
    Let’s call a spade a friggin spade ! My German is fluent thanks very much.
    Yes they are mercenaries , all ex- soldiers , guided as in Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya by Langley and probably also the Pentagon.
    Just cause their paychecks come from a private company doesn’t mean they are not US. Who pays Academi ? It isn’t Ukraine. They can’t even pay for gas received 3 years ago.

  67. ‘It is true that Ukraine – the biggest country and bread basket of Europe – has now been pried wide open for transnational Western banks, agribusiness, Big Oil and NATO to feed on. And it is true that all talk of “land grab” has been projected onto Russia even as US Greystone and Blackwater mercenaries – now called “Academi” in the Big Lie lexicon – move on the ground in Ukraine as the US and NATO propagate ever more threats of force and embargo against “Russia’s aggression”. Reverse blame is always the US geostrategic game. “Russia’s designs to take the whole of Ukraine” is again US projection of its own objective, as in the old days when “world rule plot” was attributed to the former USSR. Yet a line has been drawn at Crimea, and drawn again in Eastern Ukraine, and it is backed by a country that cannot be arm-twisted, propaganda invaded, or air-bombed with impunity. That is why the one-way threats never stop. It is the first line yet drawn by an historical power outside of China against the exponentially multiplying US-led private transnational money sequences devouring the world.’

    Prof. John McMurtry
    Global Research, April 26, 2014
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/global-society-destruction-and-the-ukraine-crisis-decoding-its-deep-structural-meaning/5379275

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McMurtry

    The most ludicrous fact found on that search is that ex Attorney General John Ashcroft is I/c ethics at Academi. He was of course appointed to the AG post by George W Bush.
    http://www.wired.com/2011/05/blackwaters-new-ethics-chief-john-ashcroft/

  68. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    DoNNyDarKo

    “Habba !
    Let’s call a spade a friggin spade ! My German is fluent thanks very much.
    Yes they are mercenaries , all ex- soldiers , guided as in Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya by Langley and probably also the Pentagon.”
    ________________

    Yes, by all means let’s call a spade a spade.

    And let us call mercenaries who may happen to be US citizens mercenaries who happen to be US citizens and not “US soldiers”.

    If your German is so fluent, can you explain why you translated “Soeldner” as “soldiers”, if not to mislead? Perhaps you thought that most readers don’t know German?

  69. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Nevermind

    “You can speak German and are able to translate soeldener into mercenary, bravo.”
    ________________

    Thanks, Nevermind! So well that I could translate “Soeldner” – as opposed to your “soeldener”.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    More general point – this squib from DoNNyDarKo again illustrates something I’ve pointed to before, namely that commenters probably don’t expect readers to look carefully at the links they provide. They are naughty boys!

  70. The BBC are giving the viewers a double dose of Aaronovitch today. He is on Dateline with our friend Esler.

    ~~~

    Here he is with Amanpour this morning on Marr reviewing the papers.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27361864

  71. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    Mary

    “Aaronovitch is looking smarter than usual but needs clothes in a larger size.”
    ___________________

    Yes, that’s an important point about his suit and reveals quite a bit about his political proclivities, methinks.

    You could also have mentioned that he was wearing a three-button suit jacket (this is very ‘last year’) and, moreover, had all three buttons buttoned (this is politically symbolic, indicating approval of the fact that all three main political parties in the UK follow more or less the same policies. “We’ve got things buttoned up”, so to speak).

    Hope that helps.

  72. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    Mary

    “..Aaronovitch today. He is on Dateline with our friend Esler.”
    _______________

    Surely such an eligible man doesn’t have to use a dating service?

  73. Kelly ben Maimon

    11 May, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Apologies for going off topic. Finally! Managed to get hold of a copy of Murder in Samarkand, this afternoon. Did involve visiting three different stores in London including Wandsworth and Waterloo Station concourse – Foyles, copious phone calls here and there, to eventually been told that Foyles, Charing Cross Road had one copy and that it had been reserved for collection. Intrigued to read following on back cover ‘Craig Murray has been a deep embarrassment to the entire Foreign Office’ – Jack Straw. Now why would you say that Mr Straw, is the first question that springs to mind?

    Hope it is as good a read, as A Spy Among Friends – Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (2014). Afterword by John Le Carre. ISBN: 9781408851722. High praise indeed and spellbindingly compelling. Fascinating story and I really did not want to put it down.

  74. Kelly ben Maimon, 11 May, 2014 – 3:00 pm

    I always thought the Jack Straw comment on the back cover was classic. He should be on trial alongside Tony Blair. And who knows, one day perhaps he will be. :)

  75. Back to petty schoolmastering Habbi? you are such a piss poor communicator.

  76. Ignore the tripe Nevermind.

    Recommend this on BBC 4 tonight at 9pm.

    Radio Times Review by:Alison Graham
    This is such a wonderful drama (from 1983). If you’ve seen it before then enjoy it again, and if it’s new to you, please, I beg you, watch it. This is Alan Bennett at his best – funny, moving and clever, and Alan Bates was never better as the disillusioned and homesick spy Guy Burgess, marinating in booze and disappointment during his Moscow banishment.

    An Englishman Abroad is based on a true story, of a brief, chance 1958 meeting between the actress Coral Browne (who plays herself) and Burgess when Browne was on a tour of the Soviet Union playing Gertrude in Hamlet. They first meet when he throws up in her dressing-room basin.

    Alan Bennett’s drama, starring Alan Bates, Coral Browne and Charles Gray.

    Then Sky at Night from the Brecon Beacons, followed at 10.30 by another Bennett gem, Dinner at Noon.

    Duration: 38 minutes

    In the setting of the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, with its leisure breaks and conference facilities, Alan Bennett reflects on the subject of class.

  77. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Miss Marple AND Harold Hobson?

  78. Nit picking Habba , and spouting the same BS as the US Govt.
    We have no combat personnel in Iraq. They just don’t count the thousands of so called contractors / mercenaries/ söldner all names used to obfuscate the facts that they are soldiers and they are armed to the teeth, paid for and trained by the US of A and they are used to destabilise regions where the US hold national interests.
    They are not included as casualties of conflict and therefore are expendable too. Throw away soldiers.

  79. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 May, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    “Nit picking Habba ,…”
    ________________

    Not really, DoNNy, just a believer in using words properly in order not to give false and/or misleading impressions.

    I would recommend you to purchase the Shorter OED in two volumes, the latest edition you can afford. Mr Doug Scorgie did and the improved quality of his prose (if not of his ideas) was apparent almost immediately.

  80. DoNNyDarKo 11 May, 2014 – 6:08 pm

    Spot on. Both Iraq and Libya are full of private armies funded by the west. Tim Spicer, friend of Tony Buckingham, both one-time mercenaries themselves, has interests in countries which NATO bombed to kingdom come. My article, published two days ago, explains some of the manipulations and intrigues of people who continue to steal the oil, and those protecting their interests.

    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2014/05/08/benghazi-the-insecure-crossroad-of-oil-mercenaries-and-jihadists/

  81. Kelly ben Maimon

    12 May, 2014 - 4:23 am

    John Goss 11 May 8.17pm

    A very, very good article John. Exceptionally well written and thought provoking (even a simpleton, like me can understand what you are saying). Makes a change from the sanitised view we get from the BBC. Well done.

  82. Even if I write in rhyme Habba it won’t change the facts.
    And as for using words properly ? Read Pinnochio ?
    Ever since the “rumours” about Blackwater in Ukraine popped up they’ve been denied along with any other stories of US involvement.
    The facts are ,the US is involved up to it’s fat brass neck and doing a very bad job keeping a lid on it.

  83. Mary 11 May, 2014 – 5:26 pm

    Thanks so much for that recommendation. Alan Bennett at his best (and he was pretty damn good at the best of times). A fellow Yorkshireman too. The portrayal of a reduced and drink-sodden Burgess, missing the establishment trappings, by Alan Bates was superb.

    I’ve been watching the awful, it has to be said, first world war medical camp serial, which lacks, most of all, drama, (although I never saw last night’s episode). Following Jamaica Inn, which was better, but not great like the novel is, The Crimson Field shows we are not getting value for our money. And BBC News is shit.

  84. Kelly ben Maimon, thank you for your kind words. I read Murder in Samarkand very quickly. It was unputdownable I think is the expression. Enjoy. Thanks too for the ‘A Spy Among Friends’ recommendation. Should fit in very nicely with last night’s Bennett play ‘An Englishman Abroad’ BBC4 last night. I’ll put it on my ‘to read’ list.

  85. Laughing? I nearly fell off my chair when the airhead presenter on Sky News introduced one Olivier Guitta just now to speak about the Nigerian girl captives. She said that he was from the Henry Jackson Society who ‘are concerned with human rights’!

    Here is their front page. http://henryjacksonsociety.org/

    You can see Monsieur Guitta’s name in two pieces.

    The Arab Spring: An Assessment Three Years On
    by Olivier Guitta, Hannah Stuart, Emily Dyer, Robin Simcox and Rupert Sutton
    A new Henry Jackson Society Report – The Arab Spring: An Assessment Three Years On – examines the ways in which the Arab Spring has affected the citizens of countries across the Middle East and North Africa, and assesses the impact on countries three years later.

    Aider les jeunes djihadistes en herbe à revenir sur terre
    by Olivier Guitta
    Originally published in LeTemps

    Scotland Yard a lancé une campagne nationale pour encourager les femmes à lutter contre le départ de leurs proches pour le djihad en Syrie.

    We can all troop along to the well named Thatcher Room at Portcullis House on Wednesday 14th for a talk on ‘Ukraine’s Presidential Election: Forging the Future amidst Turmoil’ with SPEAKERS:

    Orysia Lutsevych
    Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

    Andy Hunder
    Director, Ukrainian Institute in London

    Dr. Andrew Foxall
    Director, Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society

  86. There is no show without the TBFF.

    Nigeria Kidnap Strikes at the Heart of Schools-for-All

    Posted by Sir Michael Barber on Wed, 07/05/2014
    Imagine if 200 girls had been abducted at gunpoint from a school in north-east England. Imagine that for three weeks no word of them had been heard. That would be a massive story across the globe. There would be outrage and scathing criticism of the Government.
    http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/blogpost/nigeria-kidnap-strikes-heart-schools-all

    Sir Michael Barber is a trustee of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, chief education adviser at Pearson and the Department for International Development’s special representative on education in Pakistan. This article was originally printed in the London Evening Standard.

    ~~~

    He’s at No 7 on http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/top-ten-scariest-people-in-education-reform-7-sir-michael-barber-cea-pearson/

    Time with McKinsey too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Michael_Barber

    Correctly placed in a niche at the TBFF then.

  87. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    12 May, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Mary

    “Imagine if 200 girls had been abducted at gunpoint from a school in north-east England. Imagine that for three weeks no word of them had been heard. That would be a massive story across the globe. There would be outrage and scathing criticism of the Government.”
    _____________________

    I’m sure that’s correct. Your point is…?

  88. And the purpose of the tr—‘s presence on this blog is…….?

  89. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    12 May, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Well, Mary – you posted the comment, I didn’t. So your point was…?

  90. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    12 May, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Of course, there may have been no point.

    If so, don’t be ashamed to say so; after all, we know you by now!

  91. Arguably the best post on this blog, ever. Poignant, exciting, glamourous and the last scene, disturbing for its accurate depiction of torture in Uzbekistan. At just over two and a half minutes in duration, this film must be a major contender for the Oscar shorts and a shoe-in for BAFTA. Well done.

  92. I see now why Agent Cameron is not coming down hard on Barlow. Barlow is a Tory and assisted in their last election campaign the BBC have just said on the 6pm news. Cameron’s attitude to Barlow is completely different to his criticism of Jimmy Carr.

    ‘During the 2010 General Election campaign, the Conservative Party announced their intention to encourage musical achievement amongst young people in schools with a competition called School Stars. Barlow appeared at a school staged campaign event to endorse the introduction of the programme by David Cameron. Barlow also sang Greatest Day at the event. When asked if he supported the Conservatives at the election, Barlow responded: “I would not be here if I was not.”‘

    Barlow also organised the Union flag waving concert for the Queen’s jubilee so acquired a lot of Brownie points in the process.

    ‘At the beginning of May 2010, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had asked Barlow to organise her 86th birthday party and her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. A source said: “Her Majesty has been made well aware of his charity work and the events he has put together. She knows that Gary has got the power to pull in the big names across the music industry and to ensure it’s a party to match the occasion”. This was confirmed on February 2012 with Gary Barlow being named as the lead organiser and producer of a concert that took place outside Buckingham Palace and featuring globally recognised superstar artists. Barlow said “The Diamond Jubilee Concert will celebrate the 60 years of The Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world-class artists coming together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years.” This concert began to take shape with Barlow at the centre of the arrangements and the force behind the staging, artists and the eventual ideas that would be used in the concert. On 4 June 2012 the Diamond Jubilee concert was held outside Buckingham Palace with it acting as a backdrop to a stage built upon the Victoria Memorial featuring artists from all across the world. The concert included music stemming from the 50’s to the 00’s with each decade of her reign reflected in the music performed. Barlow himself appeared alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and his own Commonwealth Band to perform the self written official jubilee single “Sing” while also dueting with Cheryl Cole on the night which won praise from critics who called “the performance as [two of] the best of Britain [who] proved their pop credentials with a dazzling duet.” The reception from the concert was universal in praise for the efforts of Barlow with Prince Charles himself personally thanking him for putting together the concert.’

    ‘http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Barlow

    Not stupid and knows how to grease the cogwheels.

  93. JG: gottcha – I remember something about that exchange. BTW it would be useful if someone posted a Habba guide as I am confused as to who is the real Habba.

  94. Kelly ben Maimon

    13 May, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Jemand 12 May, 2014 5.35pm

    Could not disagree more with. Chains, handcuffs and ketchup, substitute for blood not to my taste and still have no idea why it was posted here. Would seriously question the judgement of who ever thought it was a good idea for posting. Having said that, healthy to be tolerant to others beliefs, views and tastes. Just thought it was odd, because it takes away from the serious nature of work, conducted on this website. Oscar nomination? You’ve got to be joking..

  95. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 May, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Kelly

    “Would seriously question the judgement of who ever thought it was a good idea for posting.”
    ________________

    What is “who ever” supposed to mean? This is Craig Murray’s blog and any one other than a conspiracy theorist would therefore imagine that it was Craig who decided to post the video.

    As to the content – lighten up, everyone and remember what Craig said about football matches!

  96. fool 12 May, 2014 – 11:07 pm

    Sometimes fool I wonder if he knows himself. However he is on some kind of mission (suicide mission perhaps) because he claims victory when he has clearly lost an argument. However Habbabreak has recently come to our rescue for those tortured by the taciturn torturer. Like the radio you can turn him on or off at leisure.

    https://greasyfork.org/scripts/246-habbabreak

    Some aspects about what he posts are more revealing than the blind adherence he shows to all things establishment. I suspect he has made his pot and runs an information-gathering business (possibly for someone else) with quite a few subservients under him. Poor things! In my non-professional psychological profile of him he is part of the pyramid of sycophancy at the top of which is the unblinking cyclopean eye of obedience.

  97. @fool12 May, 2014 – 11:07 pm

    wasn’t ‘habba’ a flintstone character?
    yabba habba doo[sy]

  98. Kelly ben Maimon

    13 May, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Habbabkuk (La Vita E Bella) ! 13 May, 2014 8.26am

    Fair comment. I fully understand the risk I run by posting on any website, I go on and accept the consequences wholeheartedly. As such, will still be standing by what I said, because to do otherwise would be shallow, weak and a hypocrite! As for analogy with football matches, so be it. 25 Hope this further explanation has cleared it up for you Habbabkuk (La Vita E Bella) !

  99. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 May, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Kelly

    That’s fine! And I do sincerely welcome your ” I go on and accept the consequences wholeheartedly”; if only some of the prolific posters on here (I call them the Eminences) would have the same attitude!

  100. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 May, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Mr Goss

    Good to have you dialoging (I wouldn’t yet say ‘debating’ or ‘discussing’).

    “However he is on some kind of mission (suicide mission perhaps) because he claims victory when he has clearly lost an argument.”
    ________________

    I’m not so sure that I’ve ever lost an argument on here. And my ‘victories’ are usually signaled by the silence with which my incisive arguments are greeted.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “However Habbabreak has recently come to our rescue for those tortured by the taciturn torturer. Like the radio you can turn him on or off at leisure.”
    ___________________

    But surely it would be better to turn me off all the while? Are you a masochist?

    **************

    Have a nice day, all!

  101. “But surely it would be better to turn me off all the while? Are you a masochist?”

    Well there’s sod all on the telly, and I have to get my comedy entertainment from somewhere. :)

    In fairness there has recently been more civility in your comments (they’re not posts). Let me explain. Craig does the post, everyone else comments upon it, although you can post a comment using post as a verb. So when you write “Well, Mary – you posted the comment …” that is correct. When you write “Further to my above post …” that is incorrect. So it is all right to use post as a verb but only correct if using it as a noun when referring to Craig’s post. As you said earlier “This is Craig Murray’s blog …” We understand what you mean, but it is a good distinction for everyone to bear in mind. :)

  102. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 May, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    Mr Goss

    Thanks for that, I’ll try to remember in future! :)

    PS – first useful comment from you – ever! (No, I didn’t mean that – just kidding).

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