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The gulls are getting hella aggressive at the seaside Scottish town of Newhaven. Okay, that’s not a very good story, but I liked the picture and the link goes to the Metro — always a fun, trashy read. (Don’t miss “man’s trousers blown off by exploding tyre.” No, Brits can’t spell “tire,” poor things).

In other news, Rolf Harris was convicted of sex offenses today and will undoubtedly do time. In case you’re wondering who the hell Rolf Harris is, he’s the guy who wrote “Tie Me Kangaroo Down.” You still shouldn’t give a shit, but at least you know who he is now. You’re welcome for that song going through your head.

There’s been a lot of that going on in the UK lately: going back and prosecuting men for sex crimes they committed decades ago. In many cases, the things they did were common knowledge at the time, but attitudes were different then. Or, at any rate, there was a whole lot of that kind of thing going on. In a sense, it’s not really fair to roust old men out of their beds and prosecute them for ancient crimes.

But in another sense — screw ’em, these guys were pigs. The fact that they usually got away with it back then is grossly more unfair than the fact that they’re being locked up for it now.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s garbage night. We’re up to four bins now: rubbish, garden waste, glass and other recyclables. If they add another bin, I’ll be officially too stupid to take out the trash.


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:21 pm

I don’t know. Seven year olds were off limits even back in the 60s. At least in the US.

And what is a CBE? I’ve heard of OBEs because of this older, obese English lady on PBS “beg-a-thons” always talks about hers. Creep of the British Empire?

Anyway, I like the part about civil awards to the victims. Seems fair, even if late in coming.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:24 pm

So weird seeing these people I grew up watching on TV all being sent down. Stuart Hall, Jimmy Savile and now Rolf Harris. Who’s next? I reckon it will either be Chorlton from Chorlton and the Wheelies or Roland Rat.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:26 pm

Jimmy Savile was doing it with corpses and stealing their glass eyes to make jewelry. And he told people freely at the time. That kind of thing was always frowned upon. But somehow, I guess people didn’t rat out celebrities, no matter what…?

Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:30 pm

“In many cases, the things they did were common knowledge at the time, but attitudes were different then. Or, at any rate, there was a whole lot of that kind of thing going on.”

I believe many people thought that putting a child through a public trial would be as bad as the original abuse. Families were just expected to keep an eye on their “funny uncles” and warn parents to keep their kids away from them, once they figured out what was going on. Celebrities were a whole ‘nother kettle of fish – they had lawyers who would sue for libel, and children often would either deny the abuse, or later recant, so the whole thing seemed hopeless.

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:41 pm

Well, I’m an Earl and an O.B.E. and that makes me an Earlobe…

Or so said the crank caller to Prince Charles, before giving a shout-out to Howard Stern.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:41 pm

Jimmy Savile was quite the creepiest creep. Eyeball rings!!!!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: June 30, 2014, 11:54 pm

The stuff with Savile is so outlandish I think in an odd way it insulated him. Liked groping young BBC production assistants in the sexually permissive 70’s? Believable. Raped mental patients, had sex with corpses and made rings out of their glass eyes? Yeah, right. I can’t even bear to read the stories in detail, they’re so vile. At this point if they find a cellar full of dead bodies a la Fred and Rosemary West I wouldn’t be surprised.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 1, 2014, 12:17 am

The cure for aggressive gulls is a tennis racquet and a good back-hand.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: July 1, 2014, 2:30 am

Wait…so garbage isn’t rubbish if it’s considered useful?

Pedophiles should be physically branded and their tombstones declare their crimes for all to see. Cripes that Jimmy Savile was creepy looking.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 1, 2014, 3:02 am

The thing that gets me is that in many of these cases, not only were the sexual assaults known, they were covered up by the BBC [functionally, a branch of the British government]. There seems to have been a sort of Droit du seigneur for BBC celebrities giving them the right to sexually abuse children, especially sick and hospitalized children. What penalty do those who protected the abusers face? None, after all, they are bureaucrats and immune from consequences.

I’m not saying that it is purely a British thing. Even with the press and law enforcement deliberately looking the other way; of late we seem to have an elected official get caught with child porn or charged with sexual assault on a child every couple of weeks. It is a matter of power over the peasantry. At least in this country, it is not only theoretically possible, but it has happened, where the family has made the abuser pay.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: July 1, 2014, 3:31 am

Subotai Bahadur, you make an excellent point! Remember the screams about the priests and that the Catholic church did nothing? Seems an awfully ironic situation, when ever day there some upstanding fellow being brought up on charges. Politics and entertainment are hiding more pedo’s than the church ever did.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 1, 2014, 3:32 am

It’s nesting season for the gulls. They get very protective.

I think Harris should’ve got the chair for that song.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: July 1, 2014, 4:09 am

Don’t let “The Ecology of Fear” give ya a big head, Stoaty:


Please, please, PLEASE don’t let me be reincarnated as a porcupine in a fisher-burb.

Comment from weaselwannabee
Time: July 1, 2014, 5:40 am

Just 4 bins? Check out minutes 5 to 8 (NSFW):


Or sit back and watch the whole thing and enjoy!

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 1, 2014, 1:22 pm

Boids? A friend had this on their Mac back in 1993, I think.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 2, 2014, 10:42 am

OHHHHHH! I just remembered!

While most of the clergy I interacted with as a youth were great people who had killed lots of Nazis and communists, there was one Marist priest who “loved the little children” a little too much.

They sent him to the Belgian Congo, just in time for the Simba Revolt. He was sodomised to death and eaten.

None of us kids were at all suprised.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 3, 2014, 6:04 am

As an update to my post on the 1st. Apparently, if the DAILY MAIL is to be believed [I know, I know] in the 1980’s there was a pedophile ring in the heart of the Brit government. A report was made, naming names, and it was “lost”. Kind of like our IRS emails. Now here there are rumors about Harry Reid, but no “rings” are alleged.


Tumbrels, we need more tumbrels.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 5, 2014, 12:21 pm

“Jimmy Savile was doing it with corpses and stealing their glass eyes to make jewelry. “

Best not to assume that everything the tabloids print is gospel:


So much of it really is ‘sound and fury, signifying nothing’…

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