Doune The Rabbit Hole 450


I shall again be running the bar – the Whistleblower’s Arms – at the Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival from 22 to 24 August at Cardross, Port of Menteith.

I find this festival, which is very much a lifestyle event and features mostly new talent, an extremely life-affirming experience. Last year it brought me back from a very dark place. Some of this blogs most active commenters and helpers have been among the volunteers over the last couple of years, keeping the event going. Personally for me the festival is necessarily centred around Williams Bros and Thistly Cross, but there is a tremendous variety of music:

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The event is very family friendly, and also an amazing place to meet new friends. It does not have any specific political orientation, but I might fairly say that the vibe is very much in line with the kind of unconstrained intellectual space promoted on this blog. On top of which Cardross is an extraordinarily beautiful place. The variety of local food on site, ranging from vegan to game, is one of the things I really enjoyed. It is a not for profit event and nobody gets a salary.

Tickets are not expensive by festival standards, and certainly cheaper than a weekend break in a hotel. But there is also the alternative of working your passage – the festival still needs plenty of volunteers.

I am genuinely looking forward to it enormously. Hope to see you there.


450 thoughts on “Doune The Rabbit Hole

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  • Macky

    Mary; “Obomber became the president on January 20th”

    I distinctly remember the World’s attention being focus on something happening in the US iro Obama, and many people remarked at the time how this wasn’t the first time the Israelis had lunched a mass murder spree while the something major was just occurring elsewhere.

  • Mary

    ‘Because of my three posts in a row, Mary?’ Habbakuk.

    No actually six posts within a half hour from 2.12pm but of no matter. None of them are of interest nor contain anything useful to the community here.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Mary

    “None of them are of interest nor contain anything useful to the community here.”
    ___________________

    The first part of the above is merely your opinion (although perhaps shared by some of your fellow Eminences) and as for the second part, I feel that occasionally questioning and highlighting foolishness is, actually, quite useful (althiugh an arduous undertaking given the people who post here).

    Medical question to you : is it your opinion that all commenters who post a lot are incontinent? What does your GP say?

  • nevermind, viva beautiful football

    You are piece of shit habbakuk. Brian Haw had more stature in his little finger than you creep could ever wish for or achieve.

    Bad mouthing principled people will not get you anywhere chum. Gald to see all your posts here, you must be eager to swing your sorry arse to the DTRH fair.
    Just show yourselfs up and you’ll get an extra treat for being a coward and a shit.

  • Mary

    Perhaps I was abstracted Macky. There were so many demos, marches and protests at the time and someone I know was caught up in it but thankfully got home alive unlike the 1,400 Palestinians who were killed.

    Can you imagine if roles were reversed and the Palestinians killed that number of Israelis?

    The conflict resulted in between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths (4 from friendly fire)

    Total killed: 1,417 (PCHR)
    Total wounded: 5,303
    Total captured: 120

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    NebelMind

    “Just show yourselfs up and you’ll get an extra treat for being a coward and a shit.”
    ____________________

    Good old Ingo, in threatening mode once again.

    Get your jackboots on and your rubber truncheon polished, you Teutonic twit.

  • fool

    How did the current Vicount Verulam (and the 5 before him) end up with a title originally that of Sir Francis Bacon?

  • MJ

    “How did the current Vicount Verulam (and the 5 before him) end up with a title originally that of Sir Francis Bacon?”

    Bacon was Baron Verulam, Viscount St Albans. Maybe not the same thing.

  • Villager

    Dreoilin
    9 Jul, 2014 – 9:07 am

    “Of course not. And he didn’t offer to meet me in London. That was Villager.”

    Invitation happily renewed. It would be a pleasure to have a coffee and conversation with one of the more graceful commenters here.

    Not being judgmental about my other fellow humans here. There is always the capacity of a meeting ground with another, provided they are not drunk on power or alcohol. Sadly of for the most part what we see is more conflict and divisiveness. This is a fact of the present state of human consciousness and as the trend of CM’s posts show, it is set to get worse before, if at all, they get better.

    Life is beautiful but insecurity and violence, in all its forms, is everywhere.

    So:

    ” This beauty walks on hard nails
    Sanity walks on a razor’s edge
    But its truth alone that matters
    Sitting pretty on this lethal ledge”

    (Copyright © 2014)

  • Macky

    @Mary, I think you might have been distracted when you wrote you were abstracted when you were in fact distracted ! 🙂

    I jest, but with the mass murder going on in Gaza right now, I feel very disconsolate; in fact I’m in no mood to tolerate the resident vile apologists for the Israeli mass murderers, they make me feel unclean to even address them, so time for another time-out for me.

    You Mary, fortunately are made of sterner stuff, and you are the one that word “tenacious” applies to best 🙂

  • Sofia

    Mackey.

    “I feel very disconsolate; in fact I’m in no mood to tolerate the resident vile apologists for the Israeli mass murderers, they make me feel unclean to even address them, so time for another time-out for me.”

    I missed your posts and I’m sad it seems I’m going to miss them again.

    Of course anyone who comes across Dad’s droppings soon feels unclean. The man swims around in a sewage lagoon of his own making. He only hoses these comment strands with filth because all too often they expose the indefensible obscenities perpetrated by his masters. I regard his insults as an indication that the conversation is on the right track.

    I’d love you to consider taking a Habbabreak so you can continue adding to insightful conversations that fluorish here despite the wreckers.

    Whatever you decide I wish you well and hope you return soon.

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    Macky

    I second what Sophia said, but with an added suggestion – just ignore him, it’s what he hates most!

  • Mary

    Who wrote the odd ode? Krishnamurti? It’s like a bad dream revisited seeing the name of that poster crop up. Been lurking obviously.

    ‘ The news regarding Krishnamurti and the World Teacher were not universally welcome by Theosophists and led to upheavals in the Society; Lutyens (1983a), pp. 15–19, 40, 56. Part of the controversy was Leadbeater’s role. He had a history of being in the company of young boys–pupils under his spiritual and Theosophical instruction–and there was gossip concerning child abuse, although no accusations were ever proven.’
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiddu_Krishnamurti

    Sounds like we should be on the Elm Guest House thread!

  • Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    How did the current Vicount Verulam (and the 5 before him) end up with a title originally that of Sir Francis Bacon?

    When you have paid sufficient money and compliments to the party in power, you are asked what you want to be called after your visit to Buckingham Palace. Your new style refers, preferably, to a place you are associated with or have some particular interest in. For instance, if Tony ever becomes eligible for a peerage – which will involve a lot more financial transparency on his part – he might style himself Lord Blair of Tel Aviv.

    The Earldom of Verulam incorporates the title Viscount Grimston and technically there is no such thing as the Viscount Verulam per se.

  • Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    Bacon was the First Earl St. Alban, not Verulam. The Verulam title was created separately, and later. Possibly it was shosen because St. Alban was already taken.

  • Jemand

    “.. I might fairly say that the vibe is very much in line with the kind of unconstrained intellectual space promoted on this blog.”

    Hah! Ignoring the periodic crackdowns and purges of unwelcome dissent, however benign. Sometimes I wonder if Craig knows how this blog is moderated after the first page.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Another gem from Macky, perhaps set into the OBN:

    “You Mary, fortunately are made of sterner stuff,..”

    ________________

    as evidenced by her reaction at the merest hint of criticism from Dreoilin, Baal,…etc. LOL.

    (But I agree with the “tenacious” bit, in the same way that a donkey is tenacious)

    And now Macky, my friend, bugger off the Squonk again with your “discosolate” self!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Node

    “just ignore him, it’s what he hates most!”
    ___________________

    On the contrary, dear boy – in the vast majority if cases I see it as evidence that Eminences and Useful Idiots are lost for an answer or are unwilling to admit that they have posted nonsense, distortions or untruths.

    Furthermore, the important point is that uncommitted visitors (as opposed to the twenty or so diehard “commenters”) see what I have to say; if they also notice the absence of replies or reactions, well, that’s a bonus as far as I’m concerned. Sorry!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    And from the Celtic Poetaster, in somewhat purple prose:

    “He only hoses these comment strands with filth because all too often they expose the indefensible obscenities perpetrated by his masters.”
    _______________________

    Well, the threads, don’t really “expose” very much, given that most comments are mere cut-and-pastes from other blogs and sources, including the MSM, and most of the rest expose no more than the commenters’ own pychological dis-ease (to be kind).

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  • Mary

    The troll’s contributions at the end of this thread and the following two threads are all predictable, formulaic and tedious.

  • Porkfright

    Well I suppose that I qualify as a “Visitor” if not exactly an uncommitted one. As to what you have to say-it is largely mainstream conventionalist bollox mixed with Ad Hominem. To be kind,I guess it impresses casual visitors as little as it has impressed me. Sorry!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    “The troll’s contributions at the end of this thread and the following two threads are all predictable, formulaic and tedious.”
    __________________________

    As are the Bitch’s ever more frantic cut-and-pastes about Gaza.

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    Habbabkuk says : get the terrorist before he gets you: you know it’s the right thing to do.

  • Mary

    My posts obviously constitute a threat to the troll. Too strong for him to counter and because of my support for the Palestinians, the reason why I have been targeted and insulted by him for nearly three years, come November.

    In other words consider it a badge of honour for me.

    Free Palestine! From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    Mary

    “My posts obviously constitute a threat to the troll. Too strong for him to counter”

    _____________________

    Dream on, Mary. Your sense of entitlement and lack of self-awareness never ceases to amaze me.

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    “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”

    _____________________

    Is that your pastiche of the old “throw the Jews into the sea”?

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    Question à propos of nothing in particular : do posters on Stormfront have a little shrine dedicated to A.H. in a corner of their homes?

  • Mary

    It is evident that there is so little love in the hearts of the trolls.

    If this blog survives to be read by the next generation, whatever will they think of the posts of Habbakuk and the others trolls here. The trolls should think on and moderate their outpourings of hate, lies and distortions.

  • nevermind, viva beautiful football

    I don’t need truncheons or any implements to floor your sorry arse, you poor little academic.
    As for calling me by my name, which is very much known anyway, good on you to recognise what you are dealing with, scum, I have nothing to hide unlike you, appearing here under some bumsucking moniker spreading your bile and narrow minded ideas in support of the zionist Nazi’s that have diverted Britains foreing policy.

    You could be a traitor, but you ain’t got class, a pennyfogger and purile ccyberstalker. At least the Cambridge lot were drinking alcoholics, but you?…….

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