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01 November 2005

Village Voice Anniversaries, Absent Apologies, etc ...

Someone once said: The most amazing thing about coincidences is that they sometimes actually do happen. Well, here at This Old Brit we entirely agree.

Maybe you will too when you read this spooky - but true - Halloween edition.

Master writer, wit and blogger James Wolcott of current Vanity Fair [and past Village Voice] fame, very recently wrote reminding us - with some pretty fond personal reminiscences - that the Village Voice had reached it's 'big 50' birthday. And all credit to him; so he should have. Half a century of hard work certainly shouldn't easily be forgotten.

Now, lets just jump back to July. Stay with us; believe us; it's relevant.

On 26th July this year, This Old Brit wrote a follow up piece to an earlier one wherein he had claimed -- at the time, like a lone voice crying in the wilderness of the web -- that the London tube station shooting of the poor, innocent young Brazilian boy was the work of the shadowy S.A.S. --- and not the regular everyday run 'o the mill, common or garden variety of British bobbies.

This Old Brit had also pointed out plainly that the 'murdered' man had been shot some several times -- then some more. And how countless conflicting stories about the atrocity abounded, including what the relative identifying the body had said. And the seemingly dozens of differences,in what the coroner - the female senior police officer attending the inquest - her own superior officers - and some so-called close range witnesses had said.

Furthermore, it later transpired that whilst seven shots had been claimed to have struck the Brazilian boy, eleven shots in all had been heard by witneses -- four or five of them as late as when police had started ushering some shocked, carriage sharing commuters up escalators and away from the scene. Naturally, such 'sensitive' statements appeared only briefly in the press before being confined the depths of the mainstream media memory hole. Where they remain to this very day.

Some time later it was officialy admitted that indeed, military personnel had been 'loaned' to the Metropolitan Police for the execution of this anti-terrorist operation. And at this point it's perhaps appropriate to make it quite clear that we here, make absolutely no attempt at offering any apologies for the preceding pun. It was entirely intended.

Lots of regular readers readily grasped and agreed with the way This Old Brit 'saw' this whole horrible debacle. Most others eventually ended up agreeing as well. A couple, couldn't quite see things as clearly as we could.

However, one particular [perhaps new] reader-cum - [certainly new] poster, simply couldn't resist making a completely uncalled for - and as later was proved to be entirely inaccurate - back handed compliment type, smart arse, snide comment.

When the subject of the eventual [loaned military men] admission by the Metropolitan Police Commission came up again in another Old Brit edition, we recalled the undeserved derision we'd received from the 'snide'.

Here it is, and we quote verbatim: "... this is good writing, but you're starting to sound a bit loony".

Some time later we published an observation that an apology of sorts would be nice -- but none were ever forthcoming. So be it; we weren't too bothered; we're big boys.

Okay, stick with us. Sounds complicated I know but we're almost there. Soon it will become crystal clear.

Fast forward to today.

We had completely forgotten about said snide's sniping -- until Mr Wolcott [quite unknowingly and coincidently] reminded us by writing his excellent 'Voice' anniversary piece.

So, is this Halloween story's surprise ending more than a little spooky -- or what?

Said snide's name was Elisha Sessions and he wrote for the Village Voice, once.

Peruse the whole piece for yourself -- and Sessions' sarcastic comment.


Anonymous bluey said...

boom, boom ... ha... don't get angry, get even ... eh ...old brit?

btw, seems you were right again on the exxon "sweet dealin" - i trust you've heard the latest - like who was "bequested" some exxon stock????

ha... keep it coming mate.

12:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. Samuel Salito. Another extreme rightwing sycophant for the supreme court. Another money grabber. Another Bush sycophant. Another step toward totalitarianism.

Will the American people EVER take to the streets to stop what's going on over there? Because if they don't it will be continue to be a case of criminals in charge forever dishing out as much crap (or as little of everything else) as they know the people will settle for.

I wish I'd found you blog sooner. Now I've subscribed to be a regular via your bloglines sign up icon - so count me as a new regular. Thank you.

2:39 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Heh. Mieowww, eh?

And don't worry mate, I'll keep it coming while plenty of people like you keep coming back for more. You can count on it. ;^)

10:38 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi anon,

Salito - right, that's the one.

Being a Brit, I can't answer for the American people but If you're here to say you'll soon learn that most regular readers are Americans - 99.9% of them, good honest ones.

As for you joining the regular ranks, you're more than welcome. Thank you, too.

10:43 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

You hit the nail on the head with that one Richard - you had just been 'Wollcotted' that's how I found out about you.

12:35 am  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Wollcott isn't the only fan ya have, Richard, me darling!


And you being right? Hey! You are supposed to be a lefty! Hup hup!

4:53 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I thought the Dead Brazilian guy tale had a few flaws- but it was barely reported in the US, hardly at all...and not very well. But I had read the Scotsman and some Tube blogs that had some very simliar details and I was thinking that something was not Right...and good for you to keep at it...Sounds like a hit to me..but why?....You got me hooked on your blog- I am going to add you on my blogroll- if I ever figure out how to do that...And about the Corrupt govt over here in the states- we are trying our damnest to get Bush and his cronies out- I promise you or any of your visitors....You have no idea how bad it is here...

8:10 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks friends,

I'm flattered -- and that will get anyone, anywhere -- with me. Heh. :^)

1:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brit+wolcott+sessions=lefties=all loonies

4:29 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

More importantly, will the truth get out on this?

He wasn't running...
He wasn't wearing thick clothing...
He didn't jump a ticketing fence...
He didn't (well, couldn't) resist arrest...

What will the consequences be for Ian Blair? Apparently, in private he's admitting he'll probably resign before he gets pushed.

What was he on? £250,000, that's what he was on, apparently. How come we pay incompetence so well in this country?

And if he goes, it's just another Bliar arselicker on the way out. Good riddance...

5:18 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

Richard - did the government ever settle with the murdered Brazilian (I apologize for not remembering his name)? Also has there been any more news of compensation for the 7/7 bombing victims it seemed to me that Tone was dragging his feet on this issue. Like that would ever hit the newspapers here!

6:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, having gone back to see the July blog, I'm thinking how hard it would be to see the head of a guy shot seven times in it - why you could just switch him with someone else of the same general appearance and say you made a terrible mistake.

In other words, you slowly and reluctantly "admit" or cop to a lesser charge, that you killed the Brazilian, when you really killed two men, killing the Brazilian as a decoy.
The man with the mushed head is who? How about someone who was supposed to have blown himself up in a suicide bombing on the subway, but who got away? Like the "bus bomber" who did not make the train?

Or someone entirely different. But who you wanted dead without anyone knowing you did it or why. The sacrifice of the Brazilian is made on the basis of his physical resemblance to your suspect.

Then of course there was the second run of hoax bombings and an escape (they say) to Rome, home of much intrigue these days and in the runup to the war in Iraq.

It appears that intelligence "work" these days is converging with cheap thriller writing, but to dismiss its loony fiction-like quality as the delusions of the blogger is to miss the fact that crazies are now running government, at least in the US.

7:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Addendum: Maybe the "suspect" "fleeing" to Rome is actually a Trojan horse.

7:53 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

#1 anon,

Yeah, if you say so, Einstien. Have a lice day - or longer.

9:27 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

#2 anon,

So many questions and still so few answers - at least, truthful ones. But thanks for helping to keep this topic fresh in people's minds.

The 'establishment' - by which I mean mainly the government[s] and their police, rely on the majority of the populace having very short memories. That's why it's important that we jog people's memories, regularly.

I'm not sure any of us will ever find out all the facts, no matter how many of us so easily see through the fantasy. But that doesn't mean we're going to stop seeking truth.

I like the way you put this:
* It appears that intelligence "work" these days is converging with cheap thriller writing, but to dismiss its loony fiction-like quality as the delusions of the blogger is to miss the fact that crazies are now running government, at least in the US.

To keep to the same theme - one thing I do worry over is that if & when someone eventually stands up and shouts that they've solved the mystery - what will the establishment do?

If this were a cheap thriller, then I suspect dialogue such as this might soon ensue:"I'm sorry, but you know too much. I'm afraid I'm gonna have to kill you, too".

( Or, are we walking back into Mr sniper Session's sights? Well, I know what WE think ).

Btw, welcome;I hope you'll stay with us,

9:48 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Nothing more than I reported last time about the victims compensation, as far as I'm aware; he IS still dragging his feet.

And yes, they paid their blood money to the bereaved Brazilian family. No one would confirm the amount though.

9:53 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Good on you, too. As I said, we should NOT let this 'go quietly' nor those outsize egoed, overpaid pricks responsible. They should remember: "Be you ever so high, the law is above YOU".

I'm sure we'll see some more of the same sort of shits filling the shoes of any of any of the lying, incompetants who may be sacked. But we've got to be as determined to get honourable men in place, as 'they' are to foist fuckheads on us. As they say:"Rome wasn't built in a day".

But if and whilst we all sit quitetly - waiting for others to begin building - well ....

Incidentally, I left a comment at your blog - bloody hell - powerful stuff. If it's ok with you, I'd like to use some of that soon. I'll include full accreditation of course, along with a link.

10:08 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

Hi Richard,

Please do. The point is that all these guys quote out of context, Bliar is no different, which makes him no better than Amhdidnejad, Sharon or "C" in many respects.

I'm increasingly beginning to believe that Bliar isn't just a cynical manipulator, he's also not too bright. Another incompetent with a finger on some very dangerous buttons...

As regards the de Menenez story, we've also got the Tyfoons with a kind of "shoot to kill policy" of their own. What can this kind of remote control solution achieve? Little if anything if you ask me but you might disagree with me on that. It's just another dressing on a wooden leg, we're not addressing the root causes of terrorism, instead we keep calling for more wars. Do these people all have shares in arms manufacturers or something?

10:16 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Gert, thanks.

I'l slip it in shortly as soon I find a suitable topical hook - which can be guaranteed to come up soon.

But, I have to admit to being a bit 'slow' on the uptake with this.

*Tyfoons with a kind of "shoot to kill policy" of their own. What can this kind of remote control solution achieve?

As for the shares & arms - heh - you mean like Carlyle and Bush and John Major type thingees? Heh, as if nobody knew, eh? ;^]

5:59 pm  
Blogger Gert said...


Tyfoons: I was referring to the squads of new generation Typhoon Tyfoon, not quite sure) fighter-bombers now on permanent alert to shoot down hijacked planes to protect us from another 9/11 (chances are we are next, what a goddamn surprise!).

Don't worry, I'm planning a post on this "soon", so you can make up your mind...

Stay well...

10:18 pm  

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