Author Archives: Grouse Beater

Of Shills and Spooks

“And there they are, a hundred thousand protesting students, not rebels, not vandals, not anarchists, just peaceful marchers demanding their government allow greater democratic rights. And how we cheer them along!” Narrator Bob Danvers-Walker, Pathé News, describing a 100,000 marchers … Continue reading

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Car News: The Great Lie

Your weekly guide to all that’s rotten in the car industry plus some good bits The problem lies with most car magazines having morphed into sales rags. Almost all are aimed at boy racers. Their writers might be knowledgeable about how … Continue reading

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Clergy – a review

This is one hell of a savage movie, a full frontal attack on the Catholic Church, specifically an attack on the Catholic Church of Poland. In Poland the Catholic Church and the ruling political party have condemned it – the … Continue reading

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Car News: A Mini Surprise

Your weekly guide to all that’s rotten in the auto industry plus some good bits I popped into my local Mini showroom the other day, a neat, black Art Deco style bijou building befitting the Mini nomenclature. A pre-owned orange Austin … Continue reading

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An Orkney Visit

The visit was limited to the Orkney mainland, only a few days and over twenty-five years since my last, back then shimmering in sultry heat to film a documentary about the  Italian prisoners of war and their unshakeable links with the U-Boat … Continue reading

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Car News – The Chinese are Coming!

Your weekly guide to all that’s rotten in the auto industry plus some good bits. As England waves goodbye-ee to Europe wiping a crocodile tear from its eye-ee, the Chinese are moving in. All those Midland car workers busily making Japanese cars … Continue reading

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Brexit Resignation

At the back of my mind there is the anxiety people will get so bored with the daily diet of Brexit stodge going around and around the gut getting nowhere, its deleterious impact will lose strength and voters will forget what … Continue reading

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