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Weasel baiting. Okay, it’s only part of a weasel, but still.

Terrier races from a local village fete this Saturday. Third from the left — the long-leggedy one — won three out of three while we watched. I think they ought to have instituted a size class.

This fete is currently our favorite. Good beer, superior ice cream from a local dairy, some interesting stalls.

Uncle B bought me a coat that I may or may not have the courage to show you (or, for that matter, wear in public). I wouldn’t think of modeling it today, though — it’s what passes for super hot here (mid-80s, at a guess).

If they call it a fun dog show, why was everybody so serious about it?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 19, 2017, 8:54 pm

Let’s see the coat. Mid 80s is super hot anywhere. Want to hear more about the ice cream.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 19, 2017, 9:05 pm

“If they call it a fun dog show, why was everybody so serious about it?”

I acknowledge your many talents (now now, no point in being modest, you can only hide that light under the bushel basket for so long you know and everyone is on to you, this is a FUN website, even if it doesn’t say so specifically at the top)

But obviously advertising isn’t in it.
Really? Would you go to see a “sad dog show”, a “crappy dog show”, a “dreary dog show”, even a “serious dog show”?
And given the choice between (just a) “dog show” and “a FUN dog show!” which will you go see?

Course they’re serious, because my dog’s better than your dog (because mine gets Ken-L Ration).

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 19, 2017, 9:15 pm

I assume they’re serious because they have money on it. Also, bc the losing dogs are probably sent to the meat packing factory.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 19, 2017, 9:44 pm

If they call it a fun dog show, why was everybody so serious about it?

Well, the dogs were having fun, weren’t they?

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 19, 2017, 10:46 pm

hmmm, how come no comments about that high rise fire??? Dog and weasel chases are pretty exciting, but how many times do high rises burn like roman candles in London??? Is it really that ordinary?

On hot and sunny SoCal news – the talking heads seem to imply the high rise was a project for immigrants (Brits say “estate” rather than project or tenement, right?) And, as such, some kind of flammable siding was used over the whole building, as that is what immigrants like to live in. Thus, the whole thing goes up like a match, as expected. And oh yes, there is no truth to any rumor that the fire was arson.

How is it portrayed in Britain? IMO, there would be mass riots, looting of shoe stores, and many speeches by Democrats if such a thing happened here. Trump would get blamed too, but that really is ordinary news.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: June 19, 2017, 10:48 pm

That far left doggie looks like some sort of Demon Sheep with glowing eyes!

Must see a pic of the coat. Otherwise we might imagine it’s a red cape with an ermine collar -like something Her Maj might own.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 19, 2017, 11:00 pm

Tomfrompv: Bld was built in early 70s and was a luxury bldg. Eventually, people moved and gov subsidized the rent. It is not cheap. 2 bedroom flat 1700-2000 pounds. It is run by a board that consists of more than half tenants. Big mouth Corbyn voted for no mandatory sprinklers for buildings before 2007. The stuff they put around it is green environmental bullshite. They want to blame May but it was local gov and Labour who were in charge. It was built under Labour and was under Labour for almost 30 years.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 19, 2017, 11:58 pm

I was going to post about dogs and coats but wait just a damn minute:

You are telling me that a 24 story building had no sprinkler system?

Comment from Veeshir
Time: June 20, 2017, 1:39 am

They do chihuahua races in Phoenix.
They’re funny to watch.
Some of them are very smart and know what they’re doing.
Others are not very smart but they’re very angry and fast.
Sadly, they frown on stomping on them.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 20, 2017, 2:41 am

Thanks for the background Ric. 24 stories with no sprinklers seems like a deathtrap, right? Yet nobody seemed to care.

Fascinating that its a luxury place too. TV scenes make the whole area look shabby – no parks, no trees, no golf course, no guard gates. just a ton of buildings all pressed up together, like projects. 2000 pounds?? But no sprinklers? London is not cheap.

Comment from MikeW
Time: June 20, 2017, 3:26 am

Hey Stoats,

Saw this over at The People’s Cube and thought you’d get a serious chuckle out of it. The Cube has a decidedly different kind of humor. Awesome in small doses. 🙂


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 20, 2017, 3:30 am

Tom: It was luxury or at least wealthy people lived there when it opened. Not anymore. Most of the flats are subsidized by taxpayers and rented to refugees and low income. They are still expensive. The areas abuts Mayfair/Kensington, doesnt it? Those are expensive areas. And it’s central London. I cant believe sprinklers were not made mandatory. It was a death trap.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 20, 2017, 9:32 am

“Tower block fire survivor on Radio 4 PM. angry that he’s only been given £5500 because “his tv cost more than that”!”


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 20, 2017, 12:03 pm

“Tower block fire survivor on Radio 4 PM. angry that he’s only been given £5500 because “his tv cost more than that”!”
Ungrateful whelp. If you don’t like what you’ve been given, go home.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2017, 12:10 pm

Ugh. The Tower story is inescapable here, and everyone is trying to make political hay with it. The blame is spraying out in all directions, missing the guilty parties and landing on people who weren’t even in government at the time. It’s all bullshit.

The unedifying spectacle of one ferriner after the other pushing himself in front of the camera to demand moolah in broken English is straining even the most liberal Brits…

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 20, 2017, 2:25 pm

@MikeW – to have Emmeline Pankhurst suggesting the cloning for more manly men just makes it that much better.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 20, 2017, 2:38 pm

The tower block – government, taking care of their constituents, on the cheap, so they can build a better dacha.

That cladding really IS tinder – it’s not permitted on buildings in the US over 40 feet in height because it ignites at 700+ degrees F.

What they are engaged in now is part of the project management life cycle – it’s the step “blame for the innocent”.

Like any situation where socialists have been handing stuff out (and mis-directing a large portion of the take for their special friends and themselves) once they’re been caught up, and replaced for their eventual and inevitable failures a disaster will occur.

Which the non-socialists, being in power, will be blamed for.

Which leads to the socialists being re-instated after promising sincerely they’ll fix all that bad shit the non-socialists did (not do).

At no point will the media at large even begin to point out who’s really at fault.

And so the cycle continues.
We’ve been at it for practically my whole life time here in the US.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 20, 2017, 5:00 pm

Paddy Power!


“Her legs are the equivalent of almost six Jeremy Corbyns…” Hmmmm.

Comment from Carl
Time: June 20, 2017, 5:24 pm

@ durnedyankee “Like any situation where socialists have been handing stuff out (and mis-directing a large portion of the take for their special friends and themselves) …”

Kensington and Chelsea Council has been Conservative controlled since it was created in 1964.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 20, 2017, 7:11 pm

Noted – however, the tower is(was) controlled by the KCTMO, not the council. And the renovations were done through KCTMO and it’s board.
But it’s not clear how KCTMO board members vote in elections so I will retract the observation for London and admit my brush was perhaps far too broad in painting, especially in a city and country I don’t live in.

I do gather from reading various English blog/articles the government (either Tory or Labor) is expected to “provide housing”. I’m not sure if that means through encouraging it via the usual graft, uh, tax breaks, or actually, literally, providing it.
The later, if accurate, would be very weird for an (older) American, and would be, based on my antique education, socialist in nature.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 20, 2017, 7:26 pm

Bottomline, in this day and age why wd you allow a high rise to have no sprinkler system and clad it in flammable material?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 20, 2017, 7:32 pm

The tower residents practically predicted the whole thing, almost to the point of prescience.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2017, 10:29 pm

I would take everything you read and hear about it with an enormous grain of salt.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 20, 2017, 10:38 pm

What about that van driver? Havent heard anything about him except name. Shouldnt he have appeared in court? I’m also wondering about the veracity of the initial accounts. Still hoping it was an accident.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 20, 2017, 11:09 pm

No, sadly, that was apparently just what it looked like. According to the front page of some shitty tabloid I saw in the supermarket this afternoon, as he was being driven away, he blew kisses to the crowd and shouted, “I’d do it again!”

As far as I know, no history of mental illness or ‘extremism’ or anything.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2017, 11:10 pm

That was me. Why dasn’t my blog recognize me.

I had a Windows update earlier. P’raps that’s it.

Comment from .
Time: June 21, 2017, 1:41 am

Windows. LOL.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 21, 2017, 12:07 pm

Sixty-eight flats in £2bn luxury block to be given to families whose lives were devastated in Grenfell blaze
EXCLUSIVE: fire-hit residents to be given permanent homes in luxury block


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 21, 2017, 12:51 pm

Read that the fire in Portugal – 62 people died, most in their cars trying to flee. They burned up. Coming from the land of fires, I can identify. If you see flames, get the hell out immediately. Dont wait.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 21, 2017, 2:08 pm

Horrible thing, Ric Fan. Horrible pictures. The only reason I can see that they couldn’t outrun the fire is that it must have looped in front of them.

Don’t know. Didn’t read the article. Too awful.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 21, 2017, 3:43 pm

The radiant heat from a good sized blaze will start broiling you at quite some distance.

Tornadoes and forest fires, two of the many things best viewed through someone else’s camera lens if at all.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 21, 2017, 8:18 pm

Now hold on. That newspaper article says the guvmint will buy 68 luxury flats for some of the burned out residents to live in. And while each flat retails for 2 million pounds each, the guvmint gets all 68 for only 10 million. Total!

So many questions… Who chose which resident gets a luxury flat?? Some do, some don’t. What was the criteria?

And about the 2 million pound flats going for less than 10% of their price. What deal was worked there?

Do all fire victims get this treatment? Or just the ones that get on TV?

Comment from Carl
Time: June 23, 2017, 8:58 am

@tomfrumpv. In order to get planning permission for a major housing development the developer often has to incorporate some ‘affordable’ housing in the scheme. The Grenfell Tower people will be housed in the affordable units (£147,000) which are alongside the £2,00,000 ones. I doubt that the owners of the luxury apartments will be too keen on their new neighbours.

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