Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


I got tagged by Alice. New to me tagging. Hmmm. Dig out some weird facts about yourself. OK. I havent had time to put up a proper post of late as its been busy at work so here goes.

I was raised a Polish catholic (Polish on my dads side) and
massively influenced by my mother an Englishwoman, feminist, atheist. I had a fantastic childhood and upbringing as a result of these influences.

Im mad about London. I experienced the full wild and wacky days of London at the start and height of the music scene in the 90s with my sister - who now lives and works in the US (and whom I miss madly). We chased the most incredible raves & parties around town and the burbs. Ive met some amazing characters I can tell you & I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Last year Sean Ryder kicked me out of a club for telling him his mixing sucked. Bit rich.

I once saw the Shuttle take off in Florida. It knocked me for 6 & I blubbed like an idiot (i was mad about Space as a kid)

The “Dan!” scene in Alan Partridge, every single episode of “Spaced” in one sitting and anything Cartman says ..(to name but a few) are my best antidote to a bad day at work or unexpected run in with a moonbat or one of Kens buses. I love to laugh and frequently do -at anything- as i walk to work (bit like a loon).

I once had to look after several senior US military personnel at a party. If I ever become a US citizen* I now have an open and champagne-genuine invitation to serve as a Marine. There’s something to be said for mixing ME with champagne and letting me loose on the military topic that came up at the party. (None of the boys at the party chimed in though, they looked on in shock - and when we left one of them said “a week ago you didn’t really know what an RPG was, did you – I dunno - someone gives you a copy of Mark Bowden..”). Not true, i do! Though Mark did help.

* Don’t worry I wont join the enormous queue. They wouldnt let me ;) Plus im happy where i am.

Ive had a cup of tea with a rather famous & gorgeous footballer. I can confirm he IS sexy, funny and charming. Lets hope his football skills are up to scratch in June. They will be if the News of the World STAY AWAY. I hate that paper. Last fact.


At Tuesday, 25 April, 2006, Anonymous Maggie said...

Wow...what can I say what a mixed parentage you came from! Sounds good to me!

At Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, Blogger MonicaR said...

I do enjoy reading these tags even if I dislike being tagged.

Fascinating life you have Alison. I'm sure you would make an excellent Marine!

At Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, Blogger "Alice" said...

Thanks Alison for doing those lists. Like Monica says, I love reading 'em; however, hate writing 'em.

Speaking about shuttles going off, we used to watch them taking off all the time, just laying out in my parent's pool and over-our-heads they would go. Or we would go down to the beach and watch, awesome sight to behold.

At Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

How cool Alice. Awesome is such a great word to describe the experience. I was so fascinated by exploration through the ages and eventually into orbit, encouraged by my dad. To get to see this was just..WOW. The sound is incredible and someone had tuned in to Nasa so you could hear the conversations going on.

Monica - i saw a photo of my father and friend next to a proud young marine on guard duty aboard the HMS Cant Tell you recently. She was TINY. The gun was bigger than her and she looked about 12. Think im past it :( However next time i cross over to Philadelphia ill take you up your offer to go down the range!

Maggie - im very lucky. It couldnt have been any better.

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger associatecontributor1 said...

Alison I swear I can hear your English accent through my computer screen when you write things like "I've had a cup of tea with a rather famous and gorgeous footballer..." Too cute ;)

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger Mike's America said...

I don't even like reading them :(

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger MonicaR said...

Alison - let me know if you are still interested in selling one of your flutes to me. The old lady is r'arin' at the bit to start playing!

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger Tom Tyler said...

Shaun Ryder shakes so much these days that you think you've got double vision just looking at him. I would have thought he would be ace at "scratching" on the turntables!!

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

AC1 - Americans find it funny when i say 'quite nice'. Ive never understood why!

Mike - i swear you get more and more like an American Victor Meldrew!

Monica- I havent forgotten but i need to dig it out of a Narnia-esque cupboard, which i will do this w/end without fail

Tom - LOL! he was taking himself SO seriously when he ordered me out too (got picked up by the bouncers and flung over a shoulder). the more i laughed at that the more annoyed he got! It was priceless. The bouncers said as much afterwards too. Ha!

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger James said...

A friend of mine saw Shaun Ryder play Worthing pier (!!!) last year and said it was downright surreally bad...

At Friday, 28 April, 2006, Blogger Rastaman said...

Omigod you got a comment from Mikes America. I would delete it first chance. The guy is an unmitigated ass. He only posted to further his rancid blog. He puts up really ugly, totally extreme right wing American Gestapo type crap and then makes totally unrelated attacks on anyone who has a dissenting opinion, demanding they provide this and that, and does his best to dump demands on the questioner instead of answering honestly. He's dishonest and arrogant. A little man with big ambitions to make money off his blogsite. Ban him as a special favor to me if nothing else.

At Saturday, 29 April, 2006, Blogger MonicaR said...

I disagree with you Rasta. There are plenty of dissenting opinions in the comments at Mike's. There is plenty of information given to people who have a different understanding of any issue. I completely disagree with your portrayal of Mike.

At Sunday, 30 April, 2006, Blogger City Troll said...

Ahhhh Rastaman made an ass out of himself on Mikes America and now he has to bad mouth him on other peoples blogs because he was unable to hold his own amongst the grownups Poor Poor Rasta got his feelings hurt boo hoo

At Sunday, 30 April, 2006, Blogger Mike's America said...

Oh, the poor thing! Did his cornrows get caught in the blender again?

My only experience with Rasta is when he commented at Mike's America objecting to a post about how to explain the Iraq war to children:

Good ole Rasta found that an honest lesson in the nature of evil was "abuse." Somehow waiting until the kiddies were murdered by Islamos didn't seem to bother him.

Anyway, he had ample opportunity to explain what alternative he had for accomplishing the education of the young in this regard and instead used the time to dump on me.

Well, I have a thick skin. He's actually kind of a light weight, so I feel sorry for him.

And as for making money off the blog. As soon as I do, I'll invite all you good people down to the Island for a party. But don't hold your breathe.

Thanks for the publicity Rasta. Your check is in the mail.

At Sunday, 30 April, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

I couldnt find the article you linked to Mike so cant really comment on the ISSUE that started the hoo ha here.

However i have cut and paste the below from one of your posts Mike as regards the slow reaction from the UK to WWII.

"The ascension of Edward VIII initiated a constitutional crisis when he demanded to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson (can't have any foreign influence in high places now can we?)"

That wasnt it. The Royal Family HAS been foreign and remains so today (German and Greek). It has always precisely been about a mingling of foreign influence and power. But no to divorcees, that was the issue. Church and all that. Also in the context of UK history it was very important. And why shouldnt it have been frankly? Thats our culture.

My main issue if anyones interested :) is how we protect the West. Western culture born out of Europe and exported by the US. I reckon were all in this togther for the long haul. Since we all seem to share a single common uniting concern in that respect wouldnt it be best we focus on that?

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger City Troll said...

The way we protect ALL the west Alison is to stomp as hard we can on the Islamofacists and the sooner we do it the better.

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger Mike's America said...

"can't have any foreign influence in high places now can we?" was more a dig at the folks in the U.S. who were going bonkers over the Dubai Ports Deal.

This is the permanent link to the story on how to teach children about the nature of evil:

It fits in a bit with what you are saying about saving Western society. If we can't act to help each other, we will watch our world fall bit by bit.

The biggest problem we have is that we no longer have the unity of purpose and understanding to confront the threats that even in World War II only became apparent after the "peace at any price" crowd had made war inevitable through appeasement.

That same culture of appeasement is still alive and well. No matter how many times history discredits it, they keep insisting that NEXT time they will get it right.

It was the same problem during the Cold War. You may not have been around during the Oxford Union debate in 1984 between US Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Marxist historian E. P. Thompson. The resolution debated was ""Resolved, there is no moral difference between the foreign policies of the U.S. and the USSR."

That tendency on the left towards moral relevance is a huge part of the problem in creating a united front for effective action.

And of course the peacenik crowd and moral relativists are just kissing cousins to the multiculturalists who refuse to see ANY issue as right or wrong, black or white.

Tough to call a spade a spade when you only see shades of gray.

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Well i agree with all of that 100%

Did you read Aznars comments on Nato?

Also really enjoyed this by the wonderful Irshad Manji,,170-2159211,00.html

At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Regards the link you provided. OK heres my take on that for whats its worth.

On the one hand im completely behind Rasta on the issue of scaring the shit out of kids with huge complex issues like this when they clearly cant handle it. And in the manner in which it was told to the boy i did feel pretty uncomfortable. Since the kid wasnt able to handle the issue at hand there is a point where you draw the line and save it for a day he can.

On the other hand Monica rightly points out that we teach our kids history at that age which covers icky issues like slavery as she noted. I remember learning about the Holocaust and being traumatised by this. I also recall being traumatised at that age by the IRA nailbombing cavalry soldiers in Hyde Park to name but a few. You cant protect your kids from the MSM after all and since hed already been exposed to that you have to deal with it. Your post showed that.

Its odd that you should both fall out -as there are broader issues on which you seem to agree. It was an excellent debate you had going there.

I got off to a bad start with you and with Rasta (and Monica i think!). Fiery personalities the lot of us. Thats a GOOD thing imho.

The last thing the world needs right now is another bunch of flakes.

At Wednesday, 03 May, 2006, Blogger Mike's America said...

So Alison: I'm confused. Are you saying we should not teach children about the nature of evil or we should and just do it in a more sensitive manner?

When I was the age of the child in the story we had the Vietnam war being reported every night on the evening news (yes, I am THAT old). It was hard to miss the nightly body count and first person reporting from various battles.

The rest of my childhood was more of a Disney movie or "Leave it to Beaver" sitcom (not sure you Brits will know what that is, sappy, happy, nothing bad ever happens tv show).

When it comes to our current conflict with radical Islam, the problem may fall more on the newest generation of our citizens who are in this young age category. If we leave the subject to government education of multicultural, moral relativist drivel, they will be ill-prepared to deal effectively with the problem.

And by then, I'll be so old, I'll just sit around and bitch about what a rotten job you youngies are doing.

At Sunday, 07 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Sorry for delay Mike - im not opposed to explaining this to children but i thought the child in this example too young to handle this.


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