Alcohol Abused


Guinness: Irish sludge

Stella Artois: Brain damage


Brandy: An expensive way to get a headache

Whisky: £150 for a half decent bottle


House wine: Mouthwash

Prosecco: Lemonade for adults

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Film Review: Bank of Dave (NetFlix) (Rory Kinnear) (2023)

This is the biopic of Dave Fishwick, a self-made millionaire, from Burnley, Lancashire. He lives and works there and is grounded in the community. As a wealthy man he was often asked for loans. No paperwork just a handshake. None went bad and profits were paid to local charities.

Dave’s story becomes interesting when he discovered that requests to banks for loans were turned down because, ‘The computer says no’. He realised he was lending significant amounts and wondered if he should become an actual banker. Naturally he didn’t fit the criteria for a ‘banker’ but was outraged that banking regulations were created to protect the cartel which had bankrupted Britain in 2008. Banks were anti-competitive and held all the cards.

The film takes off. Goodies against Baddies. Love. A triumph. What more could you ask? It’s truly lovely and is the antidote to Marvel comic book films. So, if you like CGI, guns blazing, cars rolling over, buildings blowing up and ludicrous storylines, this isn’t for you. Otherwise, it’s a great night in and incredibly heartwarming.

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P G Wodehouse at his most masterful

Honoria, you see, is one of those robust, dynamic girls with the muscles of a welterweight and a laugh like a squadron of cavalry charging over a tin bridge. A beastly thing to have to face over the breakfast table. Brainy, moreover.

P. G. Wodehouse. Carry On, Jeeves (Kindle Locations 1931-1933). Kindle Edition.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg: Selected Quotes

On Paid Holidays and other employment benefits

TUC’s Nicola Smith: “Paid holiday, paid rest breaks, rights for time off if you’ve got kids and your kids are unwell, protection from discrimination when you’re pregnant”….  “I [Rees-Mogg] don’t support all these employment rights that come from Europe.”

Source Jacob Rees-Mogg on workers’ rights: 11 times he revealed his true colours | openDemocracy

On Food Banks:

“To have charitable support given by people voluntarily to support their fellow citizens I think is rather uplifting and shows what a good, compassionate country we are.

Source Jacob Rees-Mogg: Increased Use Of Food Banks Is “Rather Uplifting” – LBC

On David Cameron:

You had that great day when he [Cameron] wore four shirts or whatever it was, and was pretending to negotiate very hard and came out at the end with exactly what Donald Tusk [European Council President] said he would have three or four months earlier.”

Source Brexit news: How Jacob Rees-Mogg hit out at David Cameron over ‘sham’ EU talks | Royal | News | 

His Long word:

[manufactured a Hansard record with] the use of floccinaucinihilipilification in the House of Commons – now the longest word in Hansard.

Source MP uses 29-letter word: floccinaucinihilipilification – BBC News

On Marcus Rashford

[school meals in holiday periods: Rees-Mogg voted against].

Free school meals have only ever been intended to support pupils during term time.1

Source School meals vote: Jacob Rees-Mogg and other Somerset MPs respond after Marcus Rashford-backed initiative is defeated – Somerset Live

On Theresa May

[He] described the disgraceful & abominable go-home vans that Theresa May introduced as Home Secretary as “a lapse of good taste!”

Source Peter Stefanovic on Twitter: “What would you expect from Jacob Rees-Mogg, the man who described the disgraceful & abominable go-home vans that Theresa May introduced as Home Secretary as “a lapse of good taste!”” / Twitter

On Brexit Opportunities

“Is that the best you can do, cheese and fish fingers?” Venables hit back.

Rees-Mogg said: “I’m just giving you an example of savings, but dare I say you’re slightly missing the point.

“The point is this is the aggregation of lots and lots of small savings.”

Source Jacob Rees-Mogg’s List Of Brexit Benefits Includes A Discount On Fish Fingers | HuffPost UK Politics (

On Boris Johnson

Getting rid of Johnson “would be bad for the country and it would be bad for the world,” the Tory MP [Rees-Mogg] continued, “because then we would not have the global leadership that we need.”

Source Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Defence Of Boris Johnson Over Partygate Leaves Interviewer ‘Way Beyond Cross’ | HuffPost UK Politics (

At Eton College

Such is the controversy currently engulfing Eton-educated politicians, that former Eton headteacher Tony Little has chimed in saying ex-pupils, Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Jacob Rees-Mogg are giving the respected school a “bad name.”

Source Another Eton mess: Politicians with privileged backgrounds under fire in wake of ‘BYOB’ garden party scandal – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate

In Parliament


His party colleague Anna Turley posted: ‘The physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament.’

Source Jacob Rees-Mogg admits ‘mistake’ of lounging on Commons bench, but says he was restoring tradition | Daily Mail Online


1 Johnson’s climb down “This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard.” Marcus Rashford

Source ‘They can effectively blame Covid for everything’: What coronavirus means for Brexit talks | The Independent | The Independent

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Stupid question: Great answer

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Eh Up Lad

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The Beatles weren’t a band of brothers: Who’d have thought it?

If you want a book sympathizing with Paul McCartney as the guy who made the Beatles tick, and portraying George Harrison as a suspicious, less than grateful whiner, this is for you. 

Geoff Emerick, Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Spent Recording the Music of the Beatles.

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Empty threats gone wrong

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Anything for a laugh

50 Ridiculous Construction Fails That Actually Happened (

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Billie Holiday: a genius that got lucky

“One day, we were so hungry we could barely breathe,” she told Downbeat magazine in 1939. “I started out the door. It was cold as all hell and I walked from 145th to 133rd down Seventh Avenue, going in every joint trying to find work. Finally, I got so desperate I stopped in the Log Cabin Club, run by Jerry Preston. I told him I wanted a drink. I didn’t have a dime. But I ordered gin (it was my first drink — I didn’t know gin from wine) and gulped it down. I asked Preston for a job … told him I was a dancer. He said to dance. I tried it. He said I stunk. I told him I could sing. He said sing. Over in the corner was an old guy playing a piano. He struck “Travelin’” and I sang. The customers stopped drinking. They turned around and watched. The pianist, Dick Wilson, swung into “Body and Soul.” Jeez, you should have seen those people — all of them started crying. Preston came over, shook his head and said, ‘Kid, you win.’ That’s how I got my start.”

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