Sunday, November 08, 2015

ISIS; Columbus; Those ads again; & A dirty picture

ISIS: The British historian, Niall Ferguson, has stuck his neck out with this terse comment:- "Today Islamic extremism is playing the same role as Bolshevism in the 20th century: it is an ideological epidemic, crossing borders, radicalising young people, infiltrating our own societies and wreaking havoc wherever it gains power. The most virulent strain of the epidemic is Isis. Ten years from now, I fear, we shall look back and wish we had done more to snuff it out before its imagined caliphate became a reality." Hard to disagree with a word of that.

COLUMBUS: Well, I'm delighted that the question has finally been cleared up for good. At an international conference on the issue, it was concluded the evidence is incontrovertible that Christoper Columbus - Cristóbal Colón in the Hispanic world - was born here in Galicia. In fact only a few hundred metres from where I'm writing this, in Poio. Where we have a museum on the site of his birth. Perhaps I should point out, though, that the conference was held in the university of Santiago, here in Galicia. Nonetheless, up yours Genoa. BTW . . . Did you know that Colin is a derivative of Colón?

THOSE BACK OF THE PAPER ADS: You might have thought the examples I quoted were pretty explicit but reader Sierra has kindly provided this ad, raising questions about where exactly the line is drawn: "Sex, 69, Golden shower, Soft bondage, couples, threesomes, [censored]".

Which reminds me . . .

FINALLY . . . 1913 PORN: I thought you'd like to know this painting was considered the filthiest of the last year of the Edwardian era. "Nude descending a staircase" - by some warped Frog called Marcel Duchamp.http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2013/11/05/the-naughtiest-picture-of-1913-nude-descending-a-staircase-returns-to-new-york-city

Talking of painters . . . Did you know Van Gogh spent 4 pretty miserable years in the UK - in London, Ramsgate and Isleworth.

5 comments:

Alfred B. Mittington said...


BTW… Did you know that the Colon is a part of the digestive system? You just typified yourself as the derivative of the human sewage system…

Sorry, but you asked for that, my man…

AnatomicAl

Colin Davies said...

Can't our see the accents through your morning haze?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crist%C3%B3bal,_Col%C3%B3n

Colin Davies said...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus

Anthea said...

So Colin is a derivative of Colón? no longer an I be castigated for mistyping your name!

Q10 said...

The interesting Niall Ferguson piece which Colin has quoted from can be found HERE.

Niall Ferguson’s Wikipaedia page is here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall_Ferguson

Considerably to the right of European political thought and as you will read at the end of his Wikipaedia page, the inspiration for “Irwin” a history teacher in Allan Bennett’s superb History Boys who gives the impression that "an entire career can be built on the trick of contrariness.”

His second wife is former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who also lives in the States and has some similarly interesting views.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali

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