Guido posts Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson’s views on the EU

Splendid. I need no excuse to post Iron Maiden’s Run to the Hills. It is, perhaps, my very favourite heavy metal rock anthem.

In Guido Fawkes blog is the BBC Newsnight interview with Bruce Dickinson, the band’s lead singer, and an unusual character to lead a heavy metal rock band. Here’s Run to the Hills, followed by Bruce’s Newsnight interview – click on image to watch.

Bonfire Night and fireworks events : UPDATED weather warning 2014

Last week I posted the list below of local bonfire night and firework displays. I’ve added Frimley’s event at Pine Ridge Golf Club to the list, more can be found on the Camberley News & Mail website.

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday predicts rain, such that Rushmoor have postponed their event this Saturday at Aldershot and will now hold it on Saturday 15th November.

I’ll restrict the list of where to go to Surrey Heath and it’s near neighbours. We’ve been to the firework displays in Mytchett, and at the NRA in Bisley, though most often to our local firework night is in Lightwater, though West End’s looks an attractive event this year. [Click on links to find out more]Fireworks

  • Saturday 1st November, Bisley: 1st Bisley Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display on Bisley Village Green. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, firework display starts at 7.0pm. Burgers, hot dogs, sweets and glow-sticks. Adult £3, children £2, or £10 per family. No sparklers allowed.
  • Saturday 1st November, Knaphill: 1st Knaphill Scouts Bonfire & Fireworks at the Vyne Field, Redding Way, Knaphill. Gates open 18:00, Fireworks start 19:30. Funfair, food and hot drinks.
  • Saturday 1st November, Frimley: Pine Ridge Golf Club host a fireworks event plus hog roast, Gates open 5.0pm, Fireworks start at 7.0pm. Adults £5, children £2.50
  • Sunday 2nd November, Mytchett: Firework display and funfair at the Mytchett Community Centre. Gates open at 5.0pm. Fireworks start at 7.30pm. Adults £4, under 16 £2, under 5 free.
  • Friday 7th November, West End: Bonfire, firework display, BBQ, and mulled wine at Holy Trinity Primary School, Benner Lane, West End. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire lit at 6.30pm, and fireworks at 7.15pm. Tickets: adults £4.50, children £3, pre-schoolers £1.
  • Saturday 8th November, Frimley: Fireworks Spectacular on Ravenscote School field in Old Bisley Road. Gates will open at 6.0pm. Display at 7.0pm. Tickets £6 on the gate or £4 in advance. Children under 4 free.
  • Saturday 8th November, Lightwater: 1st Lightwater Scouts Bonfire and Firework spectacular, with BBQ and music at the Recreation Ground, Broadway Road. Gates open & BBQ 6.00 pm. Bonfire Lit 7.00 pm. Firework at 7.30pm. Adults & Children £5, Senior Citizens £3. Family Ticket £15 (maximum 5) – under 5s Free. No alcohol or sparklers allowed.
  • Sunday 9th November, Farnborough: Farnborough Football Club ground at Cherrywood Road. Funfair from 3.30pm, Gates open 5.30pm, Display at 7.0pm. Adults £4, Under 16 £2, Under 4 free.
  • Saturday 15th November, Aldershot: Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular with funfair, food and live entertainment at Manor Park in Aldershot. Gates open at 5.30pm, main display starts at 8.0pm. Adults £7, children £3, or £6 and £2 in advance.

Lots of choice for bonfire and firework displays in and around Surrey Heath

Yep, it’s soon the time of year for whizz-bangs, rockets, sparklers, starbursts ……. and so on. As this year November 5th falls on Wednesday, it’s possible to enjoy bonfires and firework displays the weekend before, during the week, and the weekend after.

I’ll restrict the list of where to go to Surrey Heath and it’s near neighbours. We’ve been to the firework displays in Mytchett, and at the NRA in Bisley, though most often to our local firework night is in Lightwater, though West End’s looks an attractive event this year. [Click on links to find out more]

  • FireworksSaturday 25th October, Chobham: Chobham fireworks and Halloween extravaganza from 6.30pm to 9.0pm at Chobham Rugby Club, Windsor Road. Costume judging from 7.0pm during the lighting of the bonfire. Fireworks begin at 8.0pm. Tickets on the gate, adults £6, children £4.
  • Saturday 1st November, Aldershot: Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular with funfair, food and live entertainment at Manor Park in Aldershot. Gates open at 5.30pm, main display starts at 8.0pm. Adults £7, children £3, or £6 and £2 in advance.
  • Saturday 1st November, Bisley: 1st Bisley Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display on Bisley Village Green. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, firework display starts at 7.0pm. Burgers, hot dogs, sweets and glow-sticks. Adult £3, children £2, or £10 per family. No sparklers allowed.
  • Saturday 1st November, Knaphill: 1st Knaphill Scouts Bonfire & Fireworks at the Vyne Field, Redding Way, Knaphill. Gates open 18:00, Fireworks start 19:30. Funfair, food and hot drinks.
  • Sunday 2nd November, Mytchett: Firework display and funfair at the Mytchett Community Centre. Gates open at 5.0pm. Fireworks start at 7.30pm. Adults £4, under 16 £2, under 5 free.
  • Friday 7th November, West End: Bonfire, firework display, BBQ, and mulled wine at Holy Trinity Primary School, Benner Lane, West End. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire lit at 6.30pm, and fireworks at 7.15pm. Tickets: adults £4.50, children £3, pre-schoolers £1.
  • Saturday 8th November, Frimley: Fireworks Spectacular on Ravenscote School field in Old Bisley Road. Gates will open at 6.0pm. Display at 7.0pm. Tickets £6 on the gate or £4 in advance. Children under 4 free.
  • Saturday 8th November, Lightwater: 1st Lightwater Scouts Bonfire and Firework spectacular, with BBQ and music at the Recreation Ground, Broadway Road. Gates open & BBQ 6.00 pm. Bonfire Lit 7.00 pm. Firework at 7.30pm. Adults & Children £5, Senior Citizens £3. Family Ticket £15 (maximum 5) – under 5s Free. No alcohol or sparklers allowed.
  • Sunday 9th November, Farnborough: Farnborough Football Club ground at Cherrywood Road. Funfair from 3.30pm, Gates open 5.30pm, Display at 7.0pm. Adults £4, Under 16 £2, Under 4 free.

Guido, you’re absolutely mercilessly brilliant

Last night I watched MP Tristram Hunt’s interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight. I wasn’t excepting it to be a car crash of an interview, but that’s how it turned out. It was a riveting, seat squirming viewing.

The Guido Fawkes website has created a wonderful video compilation of the event.

Respect to Ian Hislop and Guido

Activist judges – now there’s something to be afraid of. Without a written constitution, in terms of hierarchy, the judiciary sits below Parliament . Well, at least that’s what we hope. We, the people, elect fellow citizen’s to govern us, and they can be removed by us. Not so with judges.

There’s the principle of judicial review, where judges can review the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. They can use European laws, and the European Convention of Human Rights in this process.

Which is where we are with judges and ‘privacy’ injunctions and super injunctions. Judges are interpreting the ECHR to create a privacy law. The Prime Minister spoke of his unease about this last week. Unease, for me it’s a flagrant misuse of power, creating a law of privacy without Parliament’s involvement, and mostly for the use of the rich and famous.

Today, Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, has been vindicated in that Andrew Mar has lifted his unsavoury super injunction [about his affair with a fellow journalist], against which Ian has been fighting. Like others I’ve been really uncomfortable in seeing Marr’s hypocrisy when questioning politician’s, while discussion of his affair was protected by injunction. Therefore, it was a pleasure to hear Ian Hislop say this on the BBC Radio Today programme.

As a leading BBC interviewer who is asking politicians about failures in judgment, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction while working as an active journalist. He knows that and I’m very pleased he’s come forward and said ‘I can no longer do this’.

While Private Eye were injuncted from reporting on Andrew Marr’s affair, Guido took a calculated risk, knowing his blog was outside of the English Courts jurisdiction. Not now, however, the most recently granted super injunction by Justice Eady, was made ‘contra mundum’, in effect a worldwide ban in perpetuity about an individual’s private life.

Activist judges, be very afraid.

Cameron’s China mission

Didn’t Cameron say ‘Britain is open for business’. He’s certainly proving it, assembling heavyweight trade and cultural missions to both India and China within six months of taking office. Forget the ‘anti’s’. We need to pitch for business and solid cultural links with the world’s biggest economies.

Today, Guido notes that David Cameron once spent time working for Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong, which may not play well with the Chinese. Bunkum, I say. It’s this very experience that should give him the necessary humility when dealing with China.

A historical perspective is required in foreign relations. Pretty obvious really. It’s good that the government are utilising Simon Schama to recast the way we teach history in our schools.

The government is getting everything right. But, my have they a lot to fix in our society, after the disastrous Brown years.

UPDATE: I’ve now read the entirety of Simon Schama’s superb article on teaching of history to our schoolchildren. And, do you know what the last sentence of his article said, when picking out essential areas for children to learn of our history,

“The opium wars and China: Victorian Britain using the royal navy to protect hard drug trafficking? True!”

Exactly.

‘Armchair Auditors’ strike lucky

Eric Pickles, Communities and Local Government Secretary, coined the phrase ‘armchair auditors’ to describe the actions of the public when reviewing all of his department’s expenditure in the past year.

Some people have got at the data with all the rapidity of a fox in a chicken coup.

  • Guido has spotted a bill of £7,500 from the Smith Institute, Gordon Brown’s dodgy think tank. He wonders if other government departments have similar bills? Good question Guido.
  • The TaxPayers’ Alliance have had a rolling blog all day as they trawl through the figures. They’ve totalled up the bills from SOLACE  – (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector, which come to £104,000. Hmmm. This is like a senior staff union, however you dress it up.
  • The Daily Mail is indignant, well, what do you expect, and the Daily Telegraph picks out the ‘gory’ stuff too.
  • This news doesn’t figure among the lead stories on the BBC website, again, what do you expect. Their little piece HERE is buried in the politics page. Sorry Beeb, this is a BIG topic. Maybe they’re afraid transparency will be catching.

Praise deserved to the department that first in publishes their expenditure. Good job Eric.