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11 April 2006

About BlairWatch, This Old Brit, Sophie and so on ...

how come This Old Brit's been a bit too busy to bang anything out on the old blog any sooner than now.

Look at our picture for an example of evidence intended as a submission in defence of dereliction of duties. Let's label it 'Exhibit A' -- or should we simply stop the silly stuff, and say right out -- it's Super-Sophie ?

So who's this Sophie sweety we're seeing shown above? -- we're sure some of you are certain say. Or should we say 'ask' ?

No matter: it makes no difference, since you know we're not only bursting to tell you but that we're about to absolutely insist said info isn't ignored.

But first, before we forget -- there's the recent Old Brit & BlairWatch, issue.

Dan is a main-man who 'matters' over there, so an email from him must mean something wouldn't you say? Well, we do. And since we're the bosses at this blog, when we say something here it's because we believe in what we're saying. But unlike a lot of much 'littler' people -- in spirit, not stature -- if and when we ever entertain any shadow of a doubt about anything -- you can be sure we certainly won't shrink from saying so.

But to get back to Dan from BlairWatch.

We believe it's best if you see for yourself what Dan said in reply to our previous blog post in which we aired our irks, doubts, suggestions, suspicions and some other things. Therefore, rather than repeat/repost Dan's detailed response, we recommend readers see for themselves first hand, by clicking on the comments section of our previous post.

The bones of it all turn out to be as below.

This Old Brit wasn't intentionaly banned from posting there. Apparently, their anti-spam sofware suffered some sort of 'seizure' and refused recognition. Also, as Dan declares, we now accept that Dan did reply to the email sent from here to his place. It appears our own built-in AOL spam- seeker-outer software suffered a similar sort of security-seizure -- and dished out the same stupid auto-binning of his message, as his did to ours. Maybe it could quite correctly be called a unilateral cyber declaration, of spam war. After all, as an infamous Bushamerican recently remarked - 'Stuff happnes'.

Bonkers? Barmy? Regretable? You bet it is. Unbelievable? We believe not. Believable? We believe so. A crazy, almost comical kind of coincidence coupled with a couple of complete, computer caused cock-ups? Quite so, it seems.

By flitting off from here to read Dan's words in full in our previous blog post's comments section, you'll see his personal, absolute assurance that 'communism' is something he himself can't stomach either. Moreover, he makes some other things quite a bit clearer -- BlairWatch, agenda-wise. Painting a pretty interesting pen-picture of his personal politics as he does so, too.

Therefore This Old Brit & Richard trust everyone can understand the absolute sincerity of all parties involved and get back to the business of beating up on the real rougues -- Blair, Bush and the rest of their baddy-buddies. So, can we all assume we've shaken cyber-hands on it -- virtualy speaking? Well, we certainly hope so --and we mean that most sincerely.


As for our opening paragraph and little princess picture, our purpose was two-fold.

Due to the fact that our UK schools start the Easter holidays ever earlier, [grr, t'weren't like that when we were kids, and all that grumpy-old-men kinda stuff ] more working mums & dads than ever, are faced with painful prospects of offspring on the loose alone, for a fortnight or so. And since we were just jesting when mentioning grumpy old men, we wanted to tell everyone what a wonderful task we've willingly undertaken -- yet again.

For a few days during each of the next two weeks This Old Brit and his [long suffering] missus have the pleasure of the company of our dearest darling, lovely looking, gorgeous little granddaughter, Sophie. Did we mention how much we love her?

Anyhow, having for a long time heard her granddad go on & on & on -- about a character called This Old Brit, and then learning how lots of folk from lots of far off places regularly read his rants & ramblings, she said she'd like to wish them all a very happy Easter holiday.

And now she has.

By the way, would you believe this beautiful gift of a girl was a bloomin' birthday present? The best one ever? Well, you'd better -- because she was. Ten years ago she was actualy born on This Old Brit's birthday. Can anyone here beat that for a brag ? Eh? Can they? 'Co if so, we'd like to know. Really.

Another reason for publishing our photo was to show that Old Brit Richard ain't such an 'orrible, old ogre as some may suggest or imagine. In addition, it's always possible [we hope] that fellow blogger Dan and/or anyone else who may one day 'bump into us' [as we're often ambling around the area, especially when it's sunny], may choose to stop for chin-wag. Since stranger things have happened at sea, or so the old saying assures us.

P.S. Forget what you've heard about 'the camera never lies' -- 'cos it can. We definitely do not have a bloody big beer belly, indeed we don't even drink. Nor are we bent & bowed. Though it does appear we're patently pretty poor at posing for photos.


Blogger Gert said...

Glad you guys made up!

3:46 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

Richard - DELIGHTED to see you and Sophie- what a handsome pair(she has quite a twinkle just like Grandpa I suspect. You are lucky to have each other. Sadly, my Dad died before my kids were born!

5:34 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

BTW Happy Easter Sophie - is a Simnel cake still popular?

6:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What gert said - me too.

8:00 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Me, too.

11:01 pm  
Anonymous gnomip said...

Glad to see a fullsome "sorry,I messed up and comprehensively defamed someone for no reason" from you, Richard.
You did say the word sorry, didn't you?

It is only right to show the lovely young Sophie how adults apologise unreservedly for their mistakes and rectify any damage done to the reputation and stature of others.

BTW, where on earth did you get your "information" saying the site has "strong links and/or ties and/or sympathies with the Communist Party"?!

Here's to Sophie having a chocolatety Easter!

11:06 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Read both pieces again. Read exactly what I said each time, not what you 'think' oe would rather believe I said. Read the words I used - I chose them with care. Your version just posted here is messed up. Messed up by you.

Regarding the original incident - I didn't mess anything up. First off, BlairWatch software messed up. Then, apparently my ISP's did.

It may have escaped your attention that this post is just as visible and will be read by just as many people as the last one was. And that this one contains several live links back to BlairWatch.

If you don't like what I say or do, or the way I say or do it, you're free to say so. But I don't do debates. Okay?

And as for "where did I get my information" - I don't do quizzes. Okay?

If you want to hold a grudge, whoever you are, no one can stop you. Okay?

Just for the record, I'll be sure to show Sophie this whole exchange. Maybe that'll make you feel better. Okay?

11:24 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I 'hope' we have.


Sad about you dad not seeing them. I'm sorry to hear that. It was the same story with three of my own four grandparents -- thanks to another bloody war.

Simnel cakes can still be had, but hot-cross-buns are the order of the day in our house.

11:30 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

WOW! Battles at This Old brit!

If you say you were banned Richard, I for one believe you. Then if you say they made a mistake and the other guy's not real nasty, but one of the good guys ~ I believe that also.

Why shouldn't everybody?

Including gnomip?

1:38 am  
Blogger Tom said...

Happy Easter to you too Sophie! Hide your candy from Richard!

4:31 pm  
Anonymous sandy said...

Yeah. Here's hoping we all have a very happy -- and peaceful Easter.

5:26 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

I forgot to put BlairWatch back on the blogroll when I finished this piece. But now it's back up there.

Tom, Sandy & Kiwi,

Thanks, a lot. Happy Easter to you, too.

Here's hoping everyone has a very happy Easter holiday weekend. And like Sandy said, a peaceful one too.

6:31 pm  
Blogger Phyl said...

Happy Easter to you and your family, Richard!

9:18 pm  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

Well I'm sorry as well. My own stupid flippant comments and nonsense extrapolations probably didn't help.

I'm sorry to Dan at Blairwatch and to Richard for adding to the noise.

Both Blairwatch and This Old Brit are two great blogs doing fantastic work.

Happy Easter to all,


10:13 pm  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

Richard: I thought I'd respond to your question about "V for Vendetta" from an earlier post up here on this one.

I liked it, it has a martial-arts-kung fu sort of tone, but very western. In fact, it reminds me a lot about our (USA) old cowboy shootem ups.

Of course we in the states have no Guy Fawkes legend blowing up the gov't (well, I suppose that can be argued).

But what the heck, how can you not love a guy who ALWAYS has a "Happy" face on!


Plus, a movie can't go wrong with Natalie Portman in a school-girl outfit desperately trying to prevent a murder.

Oh yes, that is a cute li'l booger you got there!

In case of misinterpretation, "booger" is a term of endearment here in Kansas.


1:51 am  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

oh, one more thing.

Stephen Fry was excellent, especially the "Benny Hill" (another favorite of mine) bit that...oops better not give the entire story away.

All in all, not a bad way to spend 2 hours and a bit of money.

1:56 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Phyl, Jultra and Basilbeast. Many thanks - and have a happy one yourselves.

Btw, it sounds like that should be worth seeing, but remember that the real Guy Fawkes is no legend, he was for real.

6:20 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

I wish you and yours a happy and peaceful Easter Richard

10:33 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Likewise, you & yours, Mark. Ta, my mate!

12:23 am  
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7:45 am  

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