Friday, 24 June 2016

Nelson's Prayer

Before the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson wrote this prayer:

May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in any one, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet.

This country has a great history. Let's help it to have an even greater future.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Do you want this, or the right to ban this?

Two days before you allow this rhetoric to silence Freedom, fought for over thousands of years!

The EU and demented Courts say we must give them sanctuary.  I think otherwise.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A moment to reflect. Jo Cox. Another senseless murder

I know that you will all wish to join me in expressing heartfelt condolences to Jo Cox's family and friends. Murder can never be condoned, but the murder of a Member of Parliament going about her lawful business of representing her constituents is especially shocking, and is an attack on the parliamentary democracy that means so much to us all.

On Wednesday evening, along with my good friend, Jim Carver MEP, I took part in an excellent BBC Hereford and Worcester debate against Mark Garnier MP and Emma Reynolds MP. Despite our strongly differing views, the debate was conducted in a friendly, civilised fashion. That is the British way, and long may it remain so.

I well recall my horror at learning, on 29 January 2000, that my then MP, Nigel Jones had been attacked with a samurai sword in his constituency office in Cheltenham - an attack in which Andrew Pennington, a Liberal Democrat Councillor was murdered.

Yesterday evening I reminisced with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP about the horrific attempt to wipe out the Prime Minister and much of her cabinet at the Grand Hotel, Brighton in October 1984. Margaret Thatcher then famously said to John Sergeant, "The Conference will go on. The conference will go on, as usual." That was, surely, the correct response, and one that, after a judicious pause for reflection, we should follow next week as we focus, in sombre and serious mien, on the momentous referendum ahead.
Simon Richards
Simon Richards
Chief Executive
The Freedom Association

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Blackpool musician gets scare of his life

For all the music fans of Johnny Walker!

He's not dead, yet, although finding this grave scared him a little.  No! Scared him a lot.

 We calmed him with this!

A trip down memory lane and a stroll into history.  On location, the Lancashire village of Downham,  where "Whistle Down the Wind" was filmed before release in 1961.

Brexit The Movie

Monday, 2 May 2016

BLOWJANGLES street band in Clitheroe, Lancashire

Meet the BLOWJANGLES performing in Clitheroe on Saturday.  The shame is my sound recording on my cheap camera does not do them justice.
They call themselves a street band and bring a vibrant, all family friendly beat and foot tapping experience to even the most pernickity of music connoisseurs.
Despite the Arctic Weather, all the bands were great and I will definitely be returning next year.  It has put me in the mood to rethink Colne, later on in in Summer, if it ever arrives.  When small towns can put on such great events, it is to my chagrin that I have avoided them since Gt Uncle Norman lived in Church, all those years ago.
Well done, Lancashire and Clitheroe.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

James Baker DSO. Blackpool veteran. RIP

It is with sadness that I learned of the demise of James Baker.  He died within the last few hours in the care of the wonderful staff at Blesma.

No doubt St Peter will have the scribes rewriting QR&R's for Jim's satisfaction.