Crimea Was Lost on the Playing Fields of Eton

by craig on March 18, 2014 10:52 am in Uncategorized

Amusing to see belated Tory criticism of the Eton mafia in government. Guess where Mark Lyall Grant, the UK’s arrogant and unpleasant Ambassador to the UN, went to school?

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  1. I want to send my kids to Eton!
    Well the male ones.
    They should turn it in to one of those new Free School.

  2. Lost, but no doubt the Russians will be made to pay;

    “Putin realizes that derailing Washington’s strategy to control the Crimea will have serious consequences. He must now prepare for the typical litany of asymmetrical attacks including covert operations, special ops, arming Tatar jihadis to incite violence in Crimea”

  3. Beeston Regis

    18 Mar, 2014 - 11:02 am

    I’m guessing it wasn’t Greshams or Langley.

  4. Eton seems a blunt filter; why not narrow it down to:

    Etonian friends of Israel.

  5. Avid follower

    18 Mar, 2014 - 11:17 am

    [Black Jelly, deleted]

  6. Are the playing fields of Eton the ones with the false flags on the corners?

  7. KingofWelshNoir, thanks for blowing the whistle on foul play.

  8. Let us not forget the liberals: the Westminster School War Memorial is actually a war memorial for old boys who fell in the Crimea and Indian mutiny.

  9. Ba'al Zevul (Jolly Boating Weather!)

    18 Mar, 2014 - 11:40 am

    Eton provides a lad with all he needs to know in life. Latin. Backstabbing. Arselicking. Networking. Buying influence. And his chums will stick by him all his life because he knows all their embarrassing little peccadilloes.

  10. More likely the Crimea was lost just down the street at Yale University and its famous bar.

  11. And it was Lyall Grant’s wife, Sheila, who made a personal attack in early 2012 on President Assad’s wife, criticising her shopping habits. No mention of SamCam’s luxury purchases or of Mrs Obomber’s of course.

    The interfering woman with the German UN Ambassador’s wife, also addressed a petition to her.


    Craig – With the budget tomorrow, I was hoping that you would write about the growing housing bubble (the latest extension of the Help to Buy scheme (racketing up house prices) and the ‘garden city’ at Ebbs Fleet being examples of Osborne’s plans) and the continuing practise of QE. Osborne and Cameron have printed £375 billion of funny money in their Quantitative Easing racket.

    The power behind Gideon is one Rupert Morrison, another Old Etonian. I heard Sieghart’s profile of him. Appalling and we think we have a democracy. Harrison is an unelected SPAD.

    ‘Ahead of the budget Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Rupert Harrison. He’s the top economic adviser to George Osborne, and the man some call the ‘real Chancellor’ and ‘the most important man you’ve never heard of’. Those who know him well and have seen his influence grow describe his career and characteristics.’

  12. Ba'al Zevul (Jolly Boating Weather!)

    18 Mar, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    “More likely the Crimea was lost just down the street at Yale University and its famous bar.”

    Like Iraq was fucked at Harvard Business School?

  13. Big mistake about Iraq, given the careers of Bubba, and the Bushes, especially GW.

    He attended Yale, getting an A,B. to make history, especially because of his election to the Skull and Bones Society during his senior year.

    He delegated all his authority to his neocon goons on 9?11, as was vividly seen when he looked on from that elementary school while the massive cockup occurred.

  14. ‘The power behind Gideon is one Rupert Morrison…’

    That should be Harrison.

  15. Are these leadership bids or something else? Is Farage putting the wind up them?

    Tory minister attacks David Cameron’s ‘Eton mess’ inner cabinet
    Lady Warsi backs Gove criticism of public school cronyism dominating Downing Street

  16. Ba'al Zevul (That's Why We Go Round IN Pairs)

    18 Mar, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    Are these leadership bids or something else? Is Farage putting the wind up them?

    Cameron’s probably doomed. The jackals are scent-marking their territory. Gove appears to think he is in touch with the masses, but is on record (2012) as denying any interest in becoming PM. As a neocon, he might be looking to be Foreign Secretary under Osborne (?), and Warsi’s a bit short of stars to hitch a ride on these days. Gove is anti-Europe, and would be a useful preventative of disaffected Tories voting UKIP.

  17. We remember Etonian Douglas Murray told his Dutch audience that Islam in Europe should be viewed as an “opportunist infection” and called for mosques accused of spreading “hate” to be “pulled down”.

    Reason, understanding and enlightenment never existed on the Eton playing fields.

    Esprit de corps lost to the pain of flogging..

  18. Lost by the petrodollar hegemons; gained by a regional power, one that cannot surely expect to enjoy a sphere of influence.

    It’s just not cricket.

    Perhaps a “liberated” Crimea was to have been a new entry point for heroin and smuggled organs into the west, just like Kosovo (c/o HSBC bank, London)

  19. I get it. They scored an own goal by dividing India. :)

    (Not to mention handing Diego Garcia to the Americans.)

  20. doug scorgie

    18 Mar, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    The world should welcome the prospect of Crimea becoming part of Russia as it rectifies a historic mistake from the Soviet era, the Soviet Union’s last leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Monday.

    Mr. Gorbachev said that Crimea had only ended up in the territory of post-Soviet Ukraine because it had been transferred from Russia by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev when both countries were part of the USSR.

    “For sanctions to be imposed there should be a very serious basis. And they must be supported by the United Nations,” he told the Interfax news agency. “The possible taking of Crimea into Russian territory does not constitute such a basis,” he added. He described the referendum “as a success that responded to the expectations of Crimeans.” — AFP

  21. Most people in Crimea want to join Russia, but at least only a few people in Shetland want to join Norway!

    The reason I mention this is because the Scottish Parliament has today published a petition calling for referenda on the status of Shetland, Orkney, and the Western Isles.

    Hardly anyone in Shetland considers it to be part of Scotland culturally. I think most people in Western Isles do feel Scottish. And I’m not sure what people in Orkney think. I hope these referenda go ahead. The campaigns will be extremely interesting if they do.

    I’ve signed the petition.

    Everybody should sign it if they support the idea of referenda in the islands. Don’t leave the issue of the islands’ status up to the three councils’ Our Islands, Our Future project. That’s actually a very sensible project, but there should be more popular involvement. Referenda and the campaigns that would be run will be an excellent way to get the ideas flowing – and to get a decent democratic debate, something which unfortunately is so rare. So please can everyone sign the petition if they can. The suggested wording seems very fair.

    If the petition is successful, the referenda will be held on 25 Sep 2014, one week after the Scottish independence referendum.

    (A UK Order prevents them from being held on the same day.)

    The referenda will ask residents of the islands to choose between the following options:

    1) do you wish your island group to be an independent country?

    2) do you wish your island group to stay in Scotland?

    If the vote on Scottish independence was “Yes”, there will also be a third option:

    3) do you wish your island group to leave Scotland and stay in the rump UK?

    The petition can be signed online here.

    You don’t have to be a resident of the islands or even a resident of Scotland (but it helps).

  22. Good for Gorbie speaking sensibly again in the hope of stopping the Western goons from attempting to destroy the world again to suit their own fixations.

  23. [Sanctions] “must be supported by the United Nations”

    More Russians reading the law to the restless natives of NATO. Gorbachev’s citing UN Charter Articles 39 and 41. His position on UN authority over sanctions is not some eccentric personal interpretation. It’s been consistently articulated by UNCTAD and by the G-77, representing 80% of mankind – underscoring the point that the US mania for sanctions is an extremist position of a lawless minority.

  24. Ba'al Zevul (That's Why We Go Round IN Pairs)

    18 Mar, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Another take on the earthquake/fiery ball of ultradense laser-fused plasma crash –

    2-station reports can give 180-degree-out locations…and the e/q was a standard tectonic one. But read it.

  25. Ba'al Zevul (That's Why We Go Round IN Pairs)

    18 Mar, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Sorry, that should have been on “Vanishing Plane”. Why wasn’t it? Conspiracy, of course.

  26. Just more deliberate crap, having a link to the west of the island of Sumatra about an earthquake around the same time when you should have one to the northeast of the Malay peninsula!

  27. Hypocritical in action and word is prevalent among the Machiavellian leaders of the modern thought.

    century meaning “to allow by law,” but it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that it began to mean “to punish (for breaking a law).” English has a few other words that can refer to opposites, such as the verbs dust (meaning both “to remove dust from”…..

  28. Ba'al Zevul (That's Why We Go Round IN Pairs)

    18 Mar, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    “Just more deliberate crap, having a link to the west of the island of Sumatra about an earthquake around the same time when you should have one to the northeast of the Malay peninsula!”

    I love to see you betraying your total abysmal ignorance of what you think you’re randomly guffing on about, despite everyone’s best efforts to educate you. It’s rather sweet. However, we are off topic. Back on –

  29. Packing up
    The British troops scaling down their operation in Afghanistan

    No mention by Mr Beale of the BBC on the logistics of the exit, ie. the vast cost.


    and this two years earlier.

    Who will be the last Brit standing this time?

    They should have left Bush, Blair, Brown and Cameron there to forage for themselves together with that awful litany of UK ‘defence’ ministers – Robertson, Reid, Browne, Hoon, Hutton, Ainsworth, Fox, Hammond. What a shower.

  30. The reason the elites send their sprogs to Eton and places like it is because they get a good education, something that’s seemingly impossible now in the state sector, and especially since they abolished the grammar schools.

    I suppose poorly educated people are easier to control through media and so on, and of course you often see evidence of that in the comments section here.

    The only place you can get a decent education in the UK state sector these days is in NI or Scotland, unless you home teach.

    John Taylor Gatto provided the equivalent of a private education to poor kids in his state school in New York, and won many awards for his achievements.

    Here he points out 14 important elements that characterize the private school education.

    There are series of videos on this topic:

  31. Etonian ‘eloquence’ from top minister agent Cameron:

    Today-“It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. “

    Yesterday-“What I take from our conversation[Putin/Cameron] today is that we can overcome these differences[over Syria] if we recognise that we share some fundamental aims: to end the conflict, to stop Syria breaking apart, to let the Syrian people decide who governs them and to take the fight to the extremists and defeat them.”

  32. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    18 Mar, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    “Eton seems a blunt filter; why not narrow it down to:

    Etonian friends of Israel.”

    I hope we’re not off on the Israel track again….

  33. They do invite lesser mortals to courses in the Summer holidays, for a fee of course.

    Summer Courses

    Like most independent schools, Eton makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting students during the summer holidays. Unlike most schools, however, the College’s aim in some of its courses (all of which are residential) is to offer the Eton experience at rates which are subsidized in whole or in part.

  34. Eton College made loads of money out of the London Olympics.

  35. The great thing about places like Eton is that they can take a very very stupid person and make them quite impressive, presentable, even employable.

    There’s a lot of that about.

  36. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    18 Mar, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    Oh good, it seems we’re not. Some O/Ts (eg Mary) but nothing on Israel. Sanity breaks out.

  37. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    18 Mar, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    “The great thing about places like Eton is that they can take a very very stupid person and make them quite impressive, presentable, even employable”

    Which is a part of what all schools try to do, surely?

    Having said that, I do agree with a couple of your points at 16h01, including

    “I suppose poorly educated people are easier to control through media and so on,”

  38. It is a charidee of course.


    31 Aug 2013 Income £55,750,000* Spending £55,381,000*

    31 Aug 2012 Income £60,293,000* Spending £51,398,000*

    31 Aug 2011 Income £59,491,000* Spending £60,343,000*

    Charitable Status and Fees

    Until 18 December 2010, Eton College was an exempt charity under English law (Charities Act 1993, Schedule 2). Under the provisions of the Charities Act 2006, it is now an excepted charity, and fully registered with the Charities Commission,[92] and is now one of the 100 largest charities in the UK.[93] As a charity, it benefits from substantial tax breaks. It was calculated by the late David Jewell, former Master of Haileybury, that in 1992 such tax breaks saved the school about £1,945 per pupil per year, although he had no direct connection with the school. This subsidy has declined since the 2001 abolition by the Labour Government of state-funded scholarships (formerly known as “assisted places”) to independent schools. However, no child attended Eton on this scheme, meaning that the actual level of state assistance to the school has always been lower. Eton’s headmaster, Tony Little, has claimed that the benefits that Eton provides to the local community free of charge (use of its facilities, etc.) have a higher value than the tax breaks it receives as a result of its charitable status. The fee for the academic year 2010-2011 is £29,862 (approximately US$48,600 or €35,100 as of March 2011),[94] although the sum is considerably lower for those pupils on bursaries and scholarships.

    The nitwits who buy lottery tickets have even contributed!

    Lottery grant (1995)

    In 1995 the National Lottery granted money for a £4.6m sports complex, to add to Eton’s existing facilities of two swimming pools, 30 cricket squares, 24 football, rugby and hockey pitches and a gym.[95] The College paid £200,000 and contributed 4.5 hectares of land in return for exclusive use of the facilities during the daytime only.[95] The UK Sports Council defended the deal on the grounds that the whole community would benefit, while the bursar claimed that Windsor, Slough and Eton Athletic Club was “deprived” because local people (who were not pupils at the College) did not have a world-class running track and facilities to train with.[95] Steve Osborn, director of the Safe Neighbourhoods Unit, described the decision as “staggering” given the background of a substantial reduction in youth services by councils across the country, a matter over which, however, neither the College nor the UK Sports Council, had any control.[95] The facility, which became the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, opened in April 1999.[96]

  39. I see the resident moderator has clocked on!

  40. Daily Telegraph article: Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles ‘should get vote on whether to leave Scotland’.

    One commenter at the Telegraph website says that if Shetland stays in the rUK it will be “exclave” within the Scottish EEZ (“Exclusive Economic Zone”). He says that means it will only have a 12-mile maritime limit. And not much oil.

    @Craig – Is he right?

    I suspect he isn’t. Why would it be an exclave? You can draw a geodesic line from East Anglia in England to Shetland which doesn’t go through the Scottish mainland.

    Click here to sign the Scottish Parliament online petition for referenda in the three island groups, to be held 1 week after the Scottish independence referendum.

    The electorates on all 3 islands taken together amount to fewer than 60,000 people. It won’t cost much to print the ballot papers.

    My guess is that if the Scotland result is “yes”, then people in both Shetland and Orkney will vote to leave Scotland and stay in the rUK. People on the Western Isles will probably vote to stay in an independent Scotland.

    It will be interesting to watch how this one pans out.

  41. Yes, very interesting.

    But why have sanctions not been imposed by the international community on the United States and its European satrapies for their criminal subversion of the legitimate government of Ukraine?

    And why no discussion of the astonishing hypocrisy of those who accuse the Russians of hypocrisy but say nothing about the grotesque hypocrisy of the United States of Aggression?

  42. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    18 Mar, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    “I see the resident moderator has clocked on!”

    Indeed so, Mary, and on topic and polite with it. Please take note.

  43. You appear to be missing a bracket in your handle!

  44. or a handle for his bracket.

  45. The playing field will be uprooted and re seeded with the finest grass there is, one can’t contemplate to having the boys, scrumming, ruggering and buggering, infected with working class bacillye of any kind.

    So its a new lawn or nothing.

  46. conjunction aka lurker made flesh

    18 Mar, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Thanks Mary for the link to the Harrison programme. Nice to know where it’s coming from.

    Thanks Herbie for the link to the Gatto video.

    I do agree about private schools. In general state schools teach people not to think, imho, and this is not just a ploy by the ruling classes I think but a plan based on genuine ignorance.

    I went to a direct grant school and I was told to keep my mouth shut unless I had something to say. (Hence the lurking).

    I was told to think for myself before I opened my mouth. etc etc

    Lord Salisbury, whose importance is often ignored, but a consummate diplomat among other things and incidentally a man who was wickedly bullied in Eton or Harrow I think, allegedly causing lifelong depression, said that the reason the aristocracy should rule was not because they were better than anyone else but because they had the education and the leisure to think.

    Somehow a la Gatto, proper education needs to be available for everyone.

  47. “Cameron’s probably doomed. The jackals are scent-marking their territory. ”

    Because it has been washed off by the flood of hypocrisy coming up from the drains about Western backing of Al Qaida in Syria, and psy-ops in Crimea.

    Governments get used and booted out. The Etonian factor has brought a little aftershave into the changing room otherwise stinking of cheap deoderants, but the Zionist powers that be who run this country by financial blackmail need a proper New Labour Miliband majority to start re-structuring the Middle East the way they have always planned it to be.

    Gove would be an ideal choice for post-defeat Tory leader, along with underpants on the outside Major, who was a man of certain principles, or the other ghastly three. Hague, Howard and Brain-Empty.

  48. Also experiencing raw sewage are the Chagos Islands where the US Navy are discharging it into a lagoon. Shame on the UK for displacing the Islanders and shame on the US for defiling a once beautiful place.

  49. Quite right Mary. i just spotted that about human excrement from the US Navy around the beautiful islands the UK allowed them to pollute.

  50. I suspect that if you took Eton out of their buildings and deprived them of funding but retained the staff it would still be a good school.

  51. While I take C.M.’s point, I would be surprised if Britain can “lose” Crimea (for Ukraine) or has any influence on the situation there one way or the other. Old Etonians can bugger up Britain and are doing. But you don’t have to have gone to a public school to participate in that project – though I admit it may help.

    Global power (just) resides in Washington and they are replete with privately educated prats with an innate sense of entitlement who go on to Harvard or Yale (or even, on occasion, Oxford or Cambridge) and who couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo let alone compose a decent written sentence in English, compose a verbal sentence without recourse to the word “fuck”, solve a differential equation, say ‘Hello’ in a foreign language or identify on the map somewhere they are about to start dropping bombs on. Were it not for the fact that people have died in Kiev, policemen are probably still in hospital having their burns tended and young men may yet die in Donbass, I would be laughing my bollocks off at their pitiful attempts to explain why the people of Crimea shouldn’t vote on their own future without Washington’s permission. “Don’t interfere in Crimea, Moscow, but we want you to stop this referendum or we’ll erm … erm … we’ll impose travel restrictions! I bet that’s got you worried. So in case you didn’t hear first time, let me make it perfectly clear: get in there and stop this referendum – but don’t interfere!. Yeah. Oo-ahh.”

    The governing Eton crowd are worse only in the fact that they are puppets and go along with everything Washington says. They are national embarrassments, basically.

  52. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    18 Mar, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    The Eminences have been having a rather bad time of it over the last few threads, haven’t they. Including from the blogmaster.

    Funny how they specialize: the Tovarish, Herby, Macky et al on the noble Russian Empire, Mary, Nevermind, Monseigneur Scorgie et al on Israel/Palestine/the Jooos.


    Ruble plunging further, buy € and $ !

  53. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!
    18 Mar, 2014 – 10:41 pm

    “…the Jooos”

    Habbabkuk, you have been cautioned previously about denigrating Jews, please show some respect towards the Jewish people by refraining from the spelling: “Jooos.”

  54. I’ve just heard (from Britain’s finest on the radio…) that the EU are going to start the process of bringing Ukraine into the EU immediately. What! A regime replete with fascists being welcomed into “our” Europe? Has Brussels gone completely mad? Maybe Farage was right after all… the EU is not fit for purpose. Good for UKIP in the May elections, methinks. Hopefully, the EU will see sense and not allow any talks to begin until a democratic election has occurred in Ukraine and a democratic government is installed. I only hope that includes International observers with a good sense of history.

  55. Well the conditions attached to the EU aid package, the last minute rejection of which sparked this whole sorry affair, would have required Ukraine to clean up it’s act in terms of corruption in government and the judiciary. I’m not aware that Putin’s counter offer contained any such conditions which is what doubtless made it more attractive to Yanukovich.

    Whilst pointing the finger at our Eton educated elite let’s not forget that leadership from the EU was once again noticeable by it’s abscence.

  56. Yes, Kempe. The EU seems to have lost something in recent years… although Brussels now has more power over member Nations as a result of the Lisbon agreement. The current administration represents an enormous number of civilised people, yet seems unable or unwilling to provide direction based on “Europeanness” of the current incumbents. It seems obsessed with further expansion. I think the EU worked well with 12, then 16 countries, and further expansion should have occurred over a longer time period. I am definitely beginning to see Nigel’s point…

  57. Meanwhile in Kiev, the Brownshirt thugs continue their purge, in this one today forcing the resignation of a news TV manager.

  58. BrianFujisan

    19 Mar, 2014 - 3:23 am

    ” Like a mirror, the situation in Ukraine reflects what is going on and what has been happening in the world over the past several decades. After the dissolution of bipolarity on the planet, we no longer have stability. Key international institutions are not getting any stronger; on the contrary, in many cases, they are sadly degrading. Our western partners, led by the United States of America, prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun. They have come to believe in their exclusivity and exceptionalism, that they can decide the destinies of the world, that only they can ever be right. They act as they please: here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions based on the principle “If you are not with us, you are against us.” To make this aggression look legitimate, they force the necessary resolutions from international organisations, and if for some reason this does not work, they simply ignore the UN Security Council and the UN overall.

    This happened in Yugoslavia; we remember 1999 very well. It was hard to believe, even seeing it with my own eyes, that at the end of the 20th century, one of Europe’s capitals, Belgrade, was under missile attack for several weeks, and then came the real intervention. Was there a UN Security Council resolution on this matter, allowing for these actions? Nothing of the sort. And then, they hit Afghanistan, Iraq, and frankly violated the UN Security Council resolution on Libya, when instead of imposing the so-called no-fly zone over it they started bombing it too.

    Putin …18th March…

  59. keep calm and carrion

    19 Mar, 2014 - 3:24 am

    The, ah, financially independent, Habbakuk giving us market tips, that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on this thread in months.

    Damned if I didn’t just take a flutter today, to cash in on all the speichelflussig money with their ideological shaggy-dog stories. Ka-ching! What would we do without dopes?

    Keep it up, fellas! Strive and grow rich!

  60. The Americans are still high on Fukuyama’s 1989 theses, whilst the Russians and Chinese have moved on. Somebody needs to tell the American fools that an indebted beggar ($17 trillion and counting) has to be respectful of its Treasury Bill purchasers.

  61. How mcan the Crimean referendum be described as a ‘landgrab’ by Hague? whenever did he use this word in conjunction with East jerusalem landgrabs?
    hypocrisy = diplomacy

  62. Kempe

    That corruption in the government is not unique but as a single issue would it be enough to be so decisive in splitting a country.
    As is hoped international law could intervene on corruptive issues in state governance and judiciary with responsibility.

    As usual the people will not get there share of morality and will continue to be undermined by the system that they choose to incorporate into. East or West their position will be divided.

  63. Nevermind at 7.46 am

    I had a similar argument with ESLO yesterday about “land grab”. They hear something on the telly and think this is our masters’ buzz-phrase and we must keep pumping it out even though they’ve no idea what it means.

  64. ‘@ Kempe
    18 Mar, 2014 – 11:45 pm
    Whilst pointing the finger at our Eton educated elite let’s not forget that leadership from the EU was once again noticeable by it’s abscence.’

    EU’s Van Rompuy not meeting Putin on Wednesday: spokesman
    Mar 18, 2014 3:41pm EDT

    European Council President Herman Van Rompuy speaks at a news conference at the end of a European leaders emergency summit on Ukraine, in Brussels March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman photo

    European Council President Herman Van Rompuy speaks at a news conference at the end of a European leaders emergency summit on Ukraine, in Brussels March 6, 2014.

    (Reuters) – A spokesman for European Council President Herman Van Rompuy denied a report by a Russian news agency that Van Rompuy would meet President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, saying he was not travelling to Moscow.

    News agency Interfax cited diplomatic sources in its report, issued amid high tension over Putin’s move to make Ukraine’s Crimea region part of Russia.


  65. I have always spelt the Russian unit of currency as ROUBLE? Habbabkuk spells it RUBLE, the North American way.

    English spelling

    Both the spellings “ruble” and “rouble” are used in English. The form “rouble” is preferred by the Oxford English Dictionary, but the earliest use recorded in English is the now completely obsolete “robble”. The form “rouble” probably derives from the transliteration into French used among the Tsarist aristocracy. There are two main usage tendencies: one is for North American authors to use “ruble” and other English speakers to use “rouble”, the other is for older sources to use “rouble” and more recent ones to use “ruble”. Neither tendency is absolutely consistent.


    Will the new £1 coin be called a Gideon? It is supposed to resemble the old threepenny bit which, if you were given one as a child, you were rich. It had the image of a wren on one side. How much will it cost to change all the machinery that accepts £1 coins? Parking meters, shopping trollies, self service tills in supermarkets, etc

  66. Sofia Kibo Noh

    19 Mar, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Not from Eton…. “There is a new force in the world, and it relies on peaceful and diplomatic means………and this force is the only one capable of neutralizing Washington’s aggression.”

  67. A Torcuil Crighton Westminster Editor of the Daily Record and Isabel Hardman of the Spectator discuss today’s papers on BBC with Clive Myrie, the presenter.

    Re: The latest broadcast of BBC “The Papers” and the inevitable discussion of Crimea – Ed Today, 1:38 am
    Selective amnesia: they’ve forgotten how effective sanctions were against Iraq: 500,000 + babies… – Gutenberg Today, 2:00 am
    Thanks for reminding me of Madeleine Albright…yuk! (nm) – Ed Today, 2:07 am
    Again with the “russian tanks” – these hacks are becoming so transparent! – CJ Today, 2:12 am
    Re: Again with the “russian tanks” – these hacks are becoming so transparent!

  68. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    19 Mar, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Mr Scorgie

    “Habbabkuk, you have been cautioned previously about denigrating Jews, please show some respect towards the Jewish people by refraining from the spelling: “Jooos.””

    I think you’d be better employed directing your comment about showing some respect for the Jews (of which I have a lot, actually) towards some of your fellow Eminences. Including to those who have asserted that Israel has no right to exist.

    Think about it and have a nice day!

  69. Fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears via video link on a remote-controlled robot at a TED conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

    NSA can retrieve, replay phone calls: report

    Mar 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON – America’s National Security Agency has technology that is capable of recording the phone calls of an entire country and replaying them later, a report based on leaked documents said Tuesday.

    The Washington Post, citing papers released by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the eavesdropping agency’s equipment functions like a time machine by being able to reach into the past.

    The report said the NSA can collect 100 percent of the calls of a target country, reaching as far back as one month with tools called MYSTIC and RETRO.

    The leaked documents say the technology can “retrieve audio of interest that was not tasked at the time of the original call.”



    It has almost been forgotten in the current demonization of Putin that it was he who gave Edward Snowden sanctuary.

  70. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    19 Mar, 2014 - 8:22 am


    “I think the EU worked well with 12, then 16 countries, and further expansion should have occurred over a longer time period.”

    I’m assuming you’re not just saying that because Uncle Vladimir was/is pissed off about Russia’s former Eastern European satellite states opted to join the EU?

    If that assumption is correct, would you care to share with us your reasons for opining that those independent countries should only have joined over a longer time period?

  71. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    19 Mar, 2014 - 8:27 am


    “There are two main usage tendencies: one is for North American authors to use “ruble” and other English speakers to use “rouble”, the other is for older sources to use “rouble” and more recent ones to use “ruble”. Neither tendency is absolutely consistent.”

    Your point, then?

    My advice would be to make an effort to focus on the real issues.

    Have a good day!

  72. Ba'al Zevul (Хождение в народ!)

    19 Mar, 2014 - 8:46 am

    “It has almost been forgotten in the current demonization of Putin that it was he who gave Edward Snowden sanctuary.”

    Not by the Daily Mail, it hasn’t….

    That’s you told, lol.

  73. I did say ‘almost’ Ba’al. :) I expect the Mail piece is derogatory of both Snowden and Putin.


    Meanwhile as the media’s attention is elsewhere,

    19 March 2014 07:30
    Israel attacks Syrian army sites in Golan Heights clash


    Wishes for a good day from a stranger are neither solicited or needed. If I wanted to receive such wishes I could go to a McDonalds.

  74. Ba’al Zevul (Хождение в народ!)19 Mar, 2014 – 8:46 am

    Yes, I had a good laugh at the Lucas article in the Daily Mail.

    “For any intelligence whistle-blower to justify betraying his service, he has to expose grave wrongdoing of a kind which could not be put right in any other way.”

    What a load of tosh! Does Lucas think that if Snowden had gone to his superiors they would have stopped tapping Angela Merkel’s phone? Of course not. It took Snowden’s revelation to do that. What it did too was open the eyes to what the Yanks are up to worldwide. This, coupled with Germany’s reliance on Russian energy, has at least made one European country realise what a liability support of the US really is.

  75. Syria hotting up: is this tit for tat?

  76. Ba'al Zevul (Хождение в народ!)

    19 Mar, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Good point; wise Fool. Perhaps a little reminder that the US is as dependent on Russia as vice versa, in pursuing the hegemonistic little schemes of either. And it might be added that EU pussyfooting is conditioned by the need to maintain energy supplies to its eastern members. I guess if push comes to shove, Israel’s mighty army could be induced to give its first-ever tangible assistance(1) to the West, in Syria, in return for all that aid? Now it has unilaterally annexed “Judea and Samaria”, that is….

    (1) Suez was no help at all, you will recall

  77. Mary
    19 Mar, 2014 – 8:03 am

    Threepenny bit:

    “…It had the image of a wren on one side.”

    Sorry Mary, that was the old farthing. The old threepenny bit had a portcullis on one side and the Queen on the other.

    Showing my age.

  78. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!

    19 Mar, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Mr Scorgie

    You shouldn’t have told her that, Doug. The portcullis is also the logo of House of Commons stationary. Hence the symbol, for her, of unbearable oppresssion and evil-doing. Hence she will interpret the introduction of a many-sided pound coin as confirmation of the dastardly designs of the British Fascist State.

    Did that make sense? No, I don’t think so either. O must have been reading too much Trowbridge!

    BTW – haven’t seen you admonishing your fellow Eminences for failing to show respect towards Jewish people. How come?

    Have a great day!

  79. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!
    19 Mar, 2014 – 8:14 am

    “Including to those who have asserted that Israel has no right to exist.”

    Who on this blog has asserted that Israel has no right to exist?

    Some here have said that they believe that Israel has no right to exist AS A JEWISH STATE which is a completely different point and a position I hold.

    Zionists and their supporters always miss out those four words (“as a Jewish state”) when they talk about Israel’s legitimacy.

    שיהיה לך יום טוב

  80. Doug You are correct but I go back to the ones that had the thrift flowers on the obverse!. The threepenny bit represented my bus fare to school. Thanks anyway.


    Why don’t the modern one penny and fifty pence coins have the Star of David on the obverse instead of the portcullis and Britannia? :)

  81. A seamless move here from being MD at Goldman Sachs (well named – Sacks of Gold) to Deputy Governor at the Bank of England.

    Note that HM has agreed. It is after all her bank. Remember her checking the gold ingots stock recently when Mr Carney arrived?

    News Release – Three senior appointments to the Bank of England

    Gideon is happy too.

    Yet another YCNMIU

    I heard on Radio 4 this morning that there is a growing worldwide trend for ex Goldman Sachs types to get the top banking jobs.

  82. Lots of freebies and foreign travel for Nigel Evans, Con MP currently on trial at Preston Crown Court.

  83. The crassest thing yet from Shapps, the chairman of the partei.

    He of B’nai B’rith, an alias as Michael Green and a member of the Con Friends of Israel. Here they all are – in it together!

  84. James Chater

    21 Mar, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Everyone always talks of Eton as a symbol of privilege. Meanwhile my old alma mater Harrow never gets any publicity. Should I be happy or not?

  85. James Chater I’ve checked on old Harrovians and all the famous ones are dead, apart from yourself of course, and musicians don’t count, if my co-writer, Daniel Rodger, (Beadales) but then why would you want to be linked to the bozos cocking up the country?

  86. My previous comment should have read:

    James Chater I’ve checked on old Harrovians and all the famous ones are dead, apart from yourself of course, and musicians don’t count, if my co-writer, Daniel Rodger, (Beadales), is an example. But then why would anybody want to be linked to the Eton bozos cocking up the country?

  87. One minute Cameron’s in The Hague sitting next to Obomber at a nuclear disarmanent conference and the next he’s up in Hull admiring the Siemens wind turbine venture.

    Does it remind you of Bliar who was obviously on some melanotropic drug?

    PS I bet Siemens had a large financial inducement!

    Siemens confirm Green Port Hull wind turbine factory to be built

    Obama takes in some art before Europe meetings

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