Andrew Neil’s splendid opening monologue for the This Week programme

I watched yesterday evening’s BBC’s This Week programme. I enjoy Andrew’s opening monologue and the take of the week by Michael Portillo and whomever sits on the sofa with him. The two things neatly encapsulate the happenings of the political week.

Andrew Neil’s opening monologue is truly worthy of setting down here. Punchy, caustic, and delivered with his usual elan. Stirring stuff.

Keith Palmer had been a copper for 15 years, a husband, a dad, brother, uncle, public servant. Before joining the police, he’d been in the army, defending our nation.

Yesterday he was murdered defending our democracy, defending the very heart of our democracy from a barbarian at the gate.

Just doing his duty, reminding us of something we badly needed reminding, that the most important people in this country are not the rich, the powerful, the famous but those who run to confront the enemies of our civilisation while the rest of us are running away. First responders like PC Palmer.

Brutally stabbed to death by a jumped-up jihadi, not fit to breathe the same air as the man he killed.

Now I know there are still some ‘Jihadi Johnnies’ out there who think they will eventually triumph because their love of death is greater than our love of life.

So let me say this to you. Do you have any idea who you’re dealing with?

This is the country that stood up alone to the might of the Luftwaffe, air force of the greatest evil mankind has ever known.

If you think we’re going to be cowed by some pathetic, Poundland terrorist in an estate car with a knife, then you’re as delusional as you are malevolent.

Yes, you have the power to hurt us. Sometimes the hurt is more than we can bear – but you cannot defeat us.

Because for every brainwashed, brain dead Islamist you send to do us harm, we have thousands upon thousands of Keith Palmers. You find them in every walk of life and in every part of the land, they come in all shapes, all sizes, all colours, all faiths. They are the British people and against them you will never prevail.

Respect to those who lost their lives, were injured, and who gave assistance

As the information about the terrorist incident in Westminster became clearer, it was obviously serious with 5 deaths and 40 injured.

My intended posts seem a little banal in comparison to the death of the unarmed policeman, the display of courage by the police and the MP Tobias Elwood.

Think Prime Minister’s words about the incident appropriate to repeat here,

“Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger, even as they encouraged others to move the other way.”

“These streets of Westminster, home to the world’s oldest parliament, are ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe.”

I recommend Harry Cole’s witness report in The Sun for it’s brutal reality of horror and heroism.

Phew, terrorist incident on Westminster Bridge, just where I was with friends yesterday

Terrorist incident on Westminster Bridge this afternoon, just where I was with friends yesterday. The area around the London Eye, Embankment, Westminster Bridge and Parliament Square was immensely busy yesterday, and I imagine the same today. Do hope none to seriously injured – that’s apart from the madmen causing the mayhem. [My photo of the bridge from yesterday]

Notes on Trefor Hogg’s talk on Charles Raleigh Knight – the founder of Camberley

Forgive me, I should’ve posted these before today. On Friday the 10th March I was in the audience, at Surrey Heath Museum, to listen to Trefor Hogg’s talk on Charles Raleigh Knight, the founder of Camberley.

Trefor is right to characterise Charles Raleigh Knight as a true Victorian gentleman. Though helpfully benefiting from inherited wealth, Charles Raleigh Knight strived to put his wealth to good use. Trefor’s well presented slides describe Knight’s interesting life – a gentleman cadet at Sandhurst, soldier, artist, prison governor and prison reformer, railway investor, property developer, church builder, and friend to the working man.

Trefor has generously allowed me to publish the slides of his talk. Click on the upward pointing arrow in the screen below to expand to full screen size.

Tesco confirm intention to open a store in Lightwater

Our postmaster – Surinder Gandhum – is a tenacious fellow. He’s been pressing Tesco for some time on their intentions for a Tesco Express store in Lightwater. On Monday he received an email reply from Tesco, this is the material part of the note to Surinder, who kindly forwarded it to me

I can confirm that Tesco is committed to opening a store in Lightwater and are looking forward to serving customers in the area.  We are in the process of finalising our build timetable and although I can’t confirm an opening date at this stage we will keep the community updated going forward.  In the meantime we will endeavour to keep the site in a good condition and if you have any questions about this or any other issues please do not hesitate to contact me.

How do you hold your wine glass?

I know with everything going on in the world this isn’t the most important thing.

Does it matter how you hold a wine glass. No, not really. You might want to hold it in the way the Queen does, when you’re seriously up-market social situations, or in the company of wine buffs.

The Wine Folly website has all the details. To prove that The Queen holds her wine glass by the stem and not the bowl, here are a couple of photos of Her Majesty holding a wine glass.

All this Virgin Media works is awfully slow

Why am I apparently complaining about something I’ve said I want – faster broadband. Well, it’s taking a jolly long time to get to our part of Lightwater. As a nation, I believe, we never throw enough assets at an infrastructure issue. I’m sure you can think of examples, without me needing to list them here.

Anyway, some parts of Lightwater have had the fibre optic cable laid to the perimeter of their properties. Me, envious, goodness me no. I will definitely be when they get their connection and we’re still waiting. Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos of the work and the mess by Virgin Media on Lightwater Road. Although I think their work has advanced beyond that of my photos.