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I’m a little teapot


Saturday we went to an airshow. Well, no. Not an airshow, really. A small country show at a little airfield way out in the boonies. We ran ahead of a terrible storm the whole way getting there, paid our £5 to get in, just started a wander round and the heavens opened. I mean, pissing down with rain.

Uncle B and I got separated and I was zipped into a tent with a man selling WWII memorabilia. I passed over the spiffy Nazi dress dagger in favor of this teapot. It celebrates Victory over Hitlerism and it’s chipped so I probably overpaid, but it seemed like a thing I had to buy right then.

The media here is still losing their freaking minds over Brexit. Ditto the political classes. I don’t think there’s any way they can roll it back without facing a wall of torches and pitchforks, but they’re going to give it the old college try.

In and among the wailing and gnashing of teeth, there are some good articles, too. Like this one from the Spectator. I particularly like calling the opposition Remainders. Remainiacs sounds ooo scary and dangerous and powerful. Remainders sound like leftovers.

In the end, the rain stopped (for a while) and some planes got up. In the half hour before the heavens opened again, Uncle B got some spectacular shots of prop planes against enormous banks of cloud. And then it rained again.

I love heavy weather. Just as well, really.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 27, 2016, 9:30 pm

It’s a very nice teapot. 🙂

Now, explain to me why all the Labour MPs are quitting the shadow government and trying to oust Corbyn. Thanks!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2016, 10:25 pm

Corbyn is a hardline lefty who has little chance of being PM. Even some of his supporters admit they can’t imagine him leading the country.

He was voted into office as yet another protest vote, mostly by urban youth and upscale lefties, but he’s an ill fit with working-class white men — who, by the way, voted for Brexit. That scares Labour, because (like the Democrats) it means they’re losing their supposed base.

Now, as it happens, Corby has been an opponent of the EU for decades. But, under pressure, he pretended to be in favor of Remain. And now that Remain has crashed and burned, he’s been accused by some on his own side of being too lukewarm — or even deliberately sabotaging the campaign.

Plus, he’s just not a very compelling spokesman. And he has a huge history of sucking up to Muslim terrorist and shit like that.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 27, 2016, 10:55 pm

Thanks. But who would replace him? And it seems way too many people are cozy with the terrorists.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2016, 11:09 pm

No idea. I don’t know enough about individual politicians in either party, except the very famous ones.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 27, 2016, 11:15 pm

Again, thanks. UK politics is confusing to me. Currently, I am trying to follow this Jess Phillips – John McConnell slapfest on twitter.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: June 28, 2016, 12:12 am

Where did you get ‘Remainders’ from? This article you linked or somewhere else? In the linked article, she uses ‘Remnants’, which I like. It gives the impression of a scrap of cloth or a stale bit of cheese which is useless and can be thrown away.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 28, 2016, 12:27 am

Got a call from my financial advisor today telling me not to panic about the markets – we got to talking and she pointed out that the drop in the US markets really wasn’t very big for such a momentous event – 2.8%- and didn’t even fall below 18,000. The markets were lower this spring without Brexit. Most of the panic is about things that are not actually in evidence- some strange idea that Europe will stop trading with the U.K. or just perhaps put onerous tarriffs on Silton or something. Essentially fear of the unknown fanned by those who don’t like power sliding out of their grasp. Certainly UK firms who export to the EU can choose to meet Eu regulations where necessary but will benefit from the freedom not to have follow the entire social program that goes with the EU trade standards. The conclusion we came to is that now is the time to take a vacation to Jolly Old and buy a bunch of stuff before the Pound recovers.

By the way – love that Teapot. It really is Great Britian condensed into a single object.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 28, 2016, 1:58 am

What? No color photo?

Does anyone know if they make a replica bust of Margaret Thatcher? I’d love to have one of her and of Churchill up on my mantle…as soon as I get a mantle.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 28, 2016, 3:28 am

I’m still waiting for my Zombie Churchill coffee cup. I wouldn’t say no to a Zombie Margaret Thatcher coffee cup as well. They’ll go nicely with my Zombie Reagan.

Comment from Bob B
Time: June 28, 2016, 4:13 am

Hello Weasel, I saw this story at Gizmodo and immediately though of you, for some reason. Some artists are using clipart to recreate famous paintings and apparently, some of the results look good. Here’s the link:
(yeah, I’ve heard gizmodo is owned by gawker, but what the heck)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 28, 2016, 4:26 am

Oh the teapot is charming.
Will you show us some of Uncle Badger’s airplane photos? My heart quakes at the thought of what aviation fuel must cost in the UK.

@Feynmangroupie—I framed a photo of Winston Churchill for myself years ago. It’s very handsome in an antique oval frame. You could do the same for Thatcher and Churchill until you could find their busts.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: June 28, 2016, 5:30 am

Deborah HH

Excellent idea. I shall do that, thank you!

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 28, 2016, 6:36 am

The teapot was mentioned in Breitbart today! It seems the EU wants to ban that design since it’s power hungry and thus causes global warming thus killing polar bears. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/26/brexit-eu-planned-ban-popular-british-tea-kettles-toasters/

I am worried about the Remainders though. Talk about a 2nd vote. Or Banksters bringing about a recession and another election. Kind of like “OK, you slobs, you got your Brexit and it caused a recession. Care to listen now?”

I also have to admit, not trying to be rude, but Boris Johnson has no gravitas and comes across like a frat boy. Isn’t there a better choice, more like Churchill or Thatcher or ?

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: June 28, 2016, 7:40 am

“pissing down with rain”. Yeah, same here – it is now officially rainy season and the weather is determined to live up to (or exceed) expectations.


No typhoon yet this year – I just hope it’s not storing up the energy as to unleash a monster later in the season.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 30, 2016, 5:19 am

“Liberty and Freedom”? Isn’t that just a little redundant?

The selection of flags seems rather idiosyncratic. France and Britain partnered and most prominent, supplemented by Newfoundland, Canada, Australia, Australia backwards?, and a mysterious bicolor also labeled France. But no U.S. or USSR.

Victory over “Hitlerism”? That’s an odd usage.

I think that this pot was made in 1939-1940, to commemorate the alliance between France and the British Empire.

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