A year since the Charlie Hebdo attack

Today is a year since the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and the murder of some of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, as well as related attacks on a kosher supermarket. A year down the line it seems to me impossible to conclude anything but that the attack was a roaring success and that the terrorists have, by any metric you choose, won. I’m not going to really say anything which other people haven’t already said better, but the claim of “Je Suis Charlie” was weak from the start with few people or publications actually prepared to show … Continue reading

Bexley cuntcil

Due to being distracted with other things, I rather missed the appalling news from Greenwich court and the bunch of useless cunts that form my local council. It seems long term blogger Olly Cromwell has been found guilty of calling councillor a “cunt” via twitter.. I mentioned the case before. As mentioned before, and this is important, Olly has been banned from: Not to own, operate or write on a website or social media any criticisms of Bexley Council Not to write directly or indirectly about Bexley Councillors on any site so it would seem that all that it takes … Continue reading

On the subject of symbols

Whilst I’m on the subject of the power of symbols a while back Captain Ranty reported that it’s now terribly naughty according to the EU to use the “Keep Calm and carry on” image that the Government created back in 1939 as: The EU has granted an EU Community Trade Mark to ‘KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON’ meaning that only one company may use the slogan for clothing, mugs, posters and other memorabilia. Of course it’s quite possible our own trademark officials would have been just as stupid, in which case I’d no doubt be suggesting ignoring them and protesting … Continue reading