January 1st, 2012

Big Ben Fireworks New Year’s Eve 2012

Just a bit more gunpowder…


192 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Happy new year all x :-)

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  2. 2
    annette curton says:

    Still pissing all our money down the drain then.

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    • 8
      wayne and waynetta says:

      we’re poor wiv 5 kids (nothing to do wiv us btw), a Rotweiler, a coke habit, and a Ring Tailed Lemure to support ( don’t ask, he just turned up after a booze up). Please give generously this year Mr Camertoff.

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      • 93
        retardEd Miliband's Parasite Party says:

        Psssst! don’t forget the satellite TV subscription! Make sure you ask for that! It’s your “human right”.

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  3. 3
    Technomist says:

    Why do we always want New Years to be happy?

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  4. 4
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    A crash bang New Year to you all!

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  5. 5
    codswallop says:

    There’s a storm coming over Europe. Stay safe everyone.
    God Bless and take care

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  6. 6
    Jacqboot Spliff says:

    Another year gone, another year not having had to pay back the hideously white conservative English taxpayers.

    I win.

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    • 37
      Spliff says:

      Look on the bright side…. for Jacqui, she also is on the radio, that London radio station called LBC (Labour Broadcasting Corp).

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  7. 7
    The Pundit Two says:

    Music is shit

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  8. 10
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido , Sir,

    Any idea what time Guidogram going out , i know its auto-mated, any hints?

    Happy new year to and all at Guy News and your families :-)

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  9. 12
    George Osborne says:

    Since it says New Years Eve 2012 in the headline, perhaps you could tell me a few important things: does Boris win? Does Clegg go off in a huff? How many years does Huhne get? What is Ed Miliband doing these days? Which country left the Euro first?

    Or did I have such a good night last night on that yacht that I’ve slept for a whole year?

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    • 21
      Chronosticator says:

      The fireworks went off in 2012. You are right though. You have been all at sea so far this year.

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      • 189
        Jeronimo says:

        So have our dearleaders, they get up to full steam ahead and then suddenly do about-turns, the old ship cannot mechanically stand all these about-turns and full ahead to full astern, I think the vanvigators want to go back to training school, the previous lot just went full steam ahead completely, missed the iceberg in broad daylight, major collision banned from navigating for years to come, trouble who else is capable of navigating HMS UK.

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  10. 14
    Taxpayers love their money wasted says:

    Watching a bit of that waste of money, I thought “V” had carried out his wishes, but it was only London mayor Boris burning taxpayers money.

    How much money was burnt by Boris this time?

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  11. 23
    nellnewman says:

    Err That’s not exactly in the basement Guido. I think you missed the mark by a few hundred feet!

    Care to try again?!

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  12. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guidogram recived Guido.

    Ta, all the best to everyone left/right/trolls etc

    Thanks for your hard work (Guy news team) and all the best for the next 12 months :-)

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  13. 27
    We Can Only Hope says:

    Next year:

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    • 46
      AC1 says:

      I think keep the building, execute the party system (whips against the wall).

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      • 52
        We Can Only Hope says:

        Naahhh. Put some good British construction workers back to work, strictly non-union. (I’m assuming the MPs would be locked into the damned place when it blows; put some more good British people to work THERE, as well.)

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        • 65
          AC1 says:

          I assume you are a stranger to Bastiats’ parable of the broken window.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

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          • We Can Only Hope says:

            Actually, I’m not. But I’m not advocating a make-work boondoggle; I just figured the easiest way to get rid of the MP’s was the old Gunpowder Plot way, the incidental benefit of which would be to put the workers back to work. As long as it’s not some open-ended “temporary” programme, have you any objections to putting people to work?

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          • AC1 says:

            Oh I misread what you meant by your post.

            I still disagree, it’s a beautiful building. Cut the state 90% (just LVT & CD, courts, police and armed forces). Then rent it out!

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  14. 29
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Shame we couldn’t have strapped Gordon the one eyed twat to a rocket and launched him into space last night.

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    • 33
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Sorry, dont support death pen (state sponsered murder), The less power they have (politicons) and more the people have the better.

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      • 36
        Anonymous says:

        Er, that would be fine Billy, but we all know that if this was put to a referendum the ‘people’ would vote for the return of capital punishment. It’s the politicians, who you decry, who are keeping things as they are against the wishes of the majority( no change there then). I think you’re getting a bit mixed up old fruit.

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        • 51
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          You misunderstand.

          See how the pro death pen/anti death pen e-petitions are doing.

          If it was put to a referendum then i would accept the will of the people.

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          • Anonymous says:

            I don’t think the scaredy cat politicians would risk it Billy, do you? They’d lose. E-petitions are totally different to real referendums.

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            While i would campaign against the death pan i do support that the people be given the say, so much power has been taken away its time it was handed back.

            Politicons have one intrest, thier own.

            Happy new year ;-)

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          • Anonymous says:

            Put it this way Billy, why would turkeys vote for Xmas? Politicians aren’t as daft as they seem, they know they’d be first for the piano wire treatment if things as expected go tits up.

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            People need to see the power is with them and not the state.

            The less politicons do the better.

            The more they respect taxpayers the better

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          • Anonymous says:

            I say we still go for the option where we can hang them legally.

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          • Tory Cat says:

            RE 51 The people say f’uck off Billy

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          • Anonymous says:

            Billy, if there was a referendum, the death penalty would be back. You are against it because you are worried that it would be applied to child fiddlers.

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          • Jeronimo says:

            What a lot of folks are really worried about is the fact that convicted murderers are let out after 1/2 their sentence which can be relatively short compared with the crime. If there is a death penelty it is a one way out, if there was a miscarriage of justice, police tampering with evidence or DNA getting tampered with or wrongful evidence given, the wrong can be righted (as in Stefan Kisco even if belatedly). The number of multi gun shootings have all been done by people who held licenced firearms certificate. The public are worried about murderers who have been let out early and they have murdered again.

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  15. 32
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    On a serious note people need to be alert to the lefty bias coming from the c u n t z at the BBC in 2012, expect to see more Ed Balls, more Red Ed, more ‘massive Tory cuts’ stories, more lies about Europe, the BBC will openly campaign for Ken Livingstone over Boris, the BBC will also campaigning for the black socialist to be re-elected US President.

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    • 43
      AC1 says:

      At times it appears the Republican party is doing the same….

      Where did they dredge up those “candidates”.

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      • 61
        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        The smart one sin America start their own business, the thick ones go into politics. Same thing in the UK.

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      • 73
        Can't Find Good Help These Days says:

        Romney= scion of a political family, spent his time in the “murders & executions” (mergers and acquisitions) field in the 1980’s and 1990’s, took over and “cleaned up” the unbelievably corrupt Salt Lake City Olympic Organising Cmte. for the 2002 Winter Games, later spent one 4-year term as Governor of Massachusetts.
        Bachmann= before local, and later national, politics, worked as a lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service and helped hubby run a home for abused girls (he’s a well-known closet poof so no scandal there) funded by the State of Minnesota.
        Perry= Lifelong local and State pol.
        Santorum= State government staffer-type before going into national politics.
        Gingrich= Professor in the State University system in the State of Georgia before getting into national politics
        Paul= physician in the United States Air Force and Reserves before national politics, practiced medicine “Full-time” i.e. as primary source of income, only in late 1980’s early 1990’s

        As you see, they’ve all taken the US equivalent of the King’s Shilling, Uncle Sam’s Dime if you will, at some point or another, and not a one is simon-pure.

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    • 47
      Henry says:

      All true. So write to your MP in slightly less strident tones. I wrote to mine. The BBC claim to be impartial but all the time thy are trying to provide a balance to the Daily Mail.

      So they’re always more than a bit left of centre, pro europe, anti US republicans, anti Israel, etcetc. And still they claim to be “impartial” – this is ridiculous

      Talk to people about it, but put it in reasoned terms, no point shouting about it or talking about the “Black Socialist” – noone will listen…

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  16. 34
    Imodium says:

    2012 is going to be shit

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  17. 40
    It ends this year says:

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  18. 41
    Henry says:

    They’ll give someone ideas….

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  19. 66
    WVM says:

    Just a little Order-Order poll and anyone can join in, even Billy!

    Question = When will we see Greece leave the Euro?

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  20. 67
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  21. 70
    50 Calibre says:

    Just a bit more gunpowder… but so in the wrong place…

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  22. 71
    Adam the Budgie says:

    12.85% of the posts so far by Yes, you’ve guessed it…

    The concept of the spellchecker is still lost on him.

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  23. 72
    Saffron says:

    Happy new year to all on this site with the exception of course of the LIEBOUR trolls.
    Intelligent talk is one thing but inane remarks are a different animal and I for one have seen what these trolls waffle on about.
    In a nutshell they just don’t get it or maybe they do but cannot bring themselves to admit what their shite party is all about.

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  24. 80
    Confused of Barking says:

    So why do we celebrate the number of the year since Jesus died only days after celebrating his birth?

    And why do Muslims have the same calendar?

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    • 94
      You were educated under Labour and I claim my £10 says:

      We celebrate the number of years since Jesus was *born*, and Muslims use a *different* calendar.

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      • 101
        Ay Dee says:

        AD, Anno Domini is the Year of our Lord and not as the Lefty Labour voting teachers teach, after death.

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      • 103
        Anjem doesn't use a "different" calandar. Allah will not be pleased. says:

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    • 106
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Because they are dumb fucks.

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  25. 84
    Article 38 says:

    The recent economic and political disasters that have befallen the UK, Europe and many other economies, and that we will continue to suffer in the coming year, are entirely down to the misguided and self-serving drivel of a nonsensical political philosophy based on predatory taxing of the productive sections of society, and reckless borrowing to cover what is unavailable from the real economy, to spend on welfare-junkies and vast numbers of state-funded public sector clients in order to produce a tame voter base.

    So, on this New Year’s Day, for 2012 and many years to come, may I wish utter failure and misery to all and any persons that support or is in any way involved with the Labour Party, or believes in or assists any form of left-wing, socialist, or ‘progessive’ ideology.

    And I hope your budgies peg it too, you b*stards.

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  26. 85
    De facto says:

    Technically you is wrong Guido. Those Fireworks went off on new year’s day 2012. New year’s Eve 2012 is 366 days away.

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  27. 99
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I see the occupy LSX have turned on thier laptops/i-pads/i-phones.

    Happy new year.

    So how are 99% doing?

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  28. 102
    yawn says:

    So, is this what we have to expect as the Olympics approach. London throwing money at everything to produce a bigger and more expensive imitation of stuff done to death everywhere else. The fireworks werent impressive in the slightest…they were bland and vulgar, less than exciting and a fucking waste of money.

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    • 105
      Carbon Trader aka Al Gore says:

      Firework displays are good for business. You can offset your firework carbon footprint by sending your cheques made payable to Al G, I also accept paypal.

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    • 115
      Might as well watch and get your money's worth says:

      They looked OK from Vauxhall Bridge.

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  29. 107
    Rattus Norvegicus says:

    Man dies after his penis is bitten off by rats while in hospital

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080721/Man-dies-penis-bitten-rats-hospital.html

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  30. 108
    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    2012 Huhne will be brought to justice one way or another.

    Mark my words.

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  31. 109
    sheepshaggar says:

    Re 107

    Are there any influences from that part of the world involved in our Health industry?

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  32. 110
    Berk Cow says:

    2012 will hopefully see John Bercow ousted. Helping move things along is Sally with her new reality show starting on January 9 on Channel 5, When Paddy Met Sally.

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  33. 112
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  34. 118
    I assume the baby talk and constant motion was Gordon of course says:

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  35. 120
    not a machine says:

    Funny Maria Eagle didnt say wether she objected to rich people living in council houses or sub letting ………… hope she doesnt get funding from RMT

    As the last of the crackers and pate are consumed and those unusual cheeses I brought this year (sorry last year) , Dr Boris invites us to consider looking at dieting , the yah bo sucks brigade as one would expect have sent a few comments like mps shouldnt be in the perscrpition business , which perhaps is a first natural instinct , and the link between being fat and personal happy index is a little hard to fully explain in anything other than a vicous circle and yet the hidden costs of overweight are most importantly in ones own mortality , but as he points out , seats need to be bigger and a tad more fuel used in getting about . But imagine if our NHS bill went down because people were basically much healthier ……. why it could be a tax cut or an improvement in service ……
    I have often declined a diet fad , because I couldnt really afford the gym lifestyle , but I have to admitt he has a point , for a while I took up walking and doing more shopping at shops I could locally walk to , or even with a bit of delving into the local time tables a trip out into the countryside .
    Walking is a good starter , but if your really thinking mmm 200yrds puts me out of breath take it easy say 10mins a day for 2 weeks and then up it to 20 mins a day , after that its just building to fat burn zones . The diet bit is always harder as , some of the diet food is pretty boring and it takes time to , come off the bread and potatoes and sugary drinks , but I have never found much wrong in using foods you like as a little treat , although portion size should be considered .
    I dont know if Boris is going to lose any weight for charity or somthing or he takes the risk of pilatees ball photoshoot , but even if they dont like his health advice , we all might enjoy the benfits of being a more healthier nation .

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    • 121
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Happy new year NAM , to you and family :-)

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      • 126
        not a machine says:

        Happy new year to you also Billy (Hic , burp looking at bottle of irish cream seeing if another glass can be wrung ) time for bed I think .
        Come to think of it what if I swap my blogging time for workout time to squeeze my middle back into size 34 ….. I will withdraw into the garage and devise my workout and wont blogg unless Ed bursts into tears on R4 humphreys slot , blubbering it was a terrible mistake and the british people were well and truly shafted under labour for a decade , and EU was a big ponzi scheme , other than that consider my personal lipid savings about to be spent , now where did i put that Rocky music cassette …….

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    • 124
      A Scaffolder says:

      I look at it this way. People pay good money to belong to a gym and lift wieghts in order to get fit.
      Me? I get paid for the work out.

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      • 128
        not a machine says:

        Well your right if your work does your workout , you can enjoy all the food you like , for those of us a little more office ah hem bound , its difficult .

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        • 131
          A Scaffolder says:

          That’s the price you pay to keep your hands clean all day, but a man isn’t a man unless he gets dirty.

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  36. 123
    Sleeping Lions says:

    Don’t worry folks! Summer’s just a few months away.

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    • 164
      JH says:

      Is it just me or were women just sexier back in the 90s and before, more relaxed?

      These days they veer between being stressed, uptight bores and horrible, drunken loudmouths.

      Sort it out girls.

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  37. 125
    The Thickening Plot says:

    Looks like GUIDO is in Deep Do Dos. Dolly Draper and Mad dog Brown had their emails hacked. Who was it who exposed Dolly? Insist on ur rite to silence at Leveson Guido.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gordon-browns-downing-street-emails-hacked-6283985.html

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  38. 132
    Lumpy gravy says:

    “In 2009 in leaked emails between Mr Draper and Gordon Brown’s head of strategy and planning, Damian McBride, offered a series of planned smears targeted at David Cameron and George Osborne. It was suggested that then the Tory leader could be falsely branded as having an embarrassing medical condition, and that Mr Osborne, then Shadow Chancellor, could be alleged to have taken drugs with a prostitute. Although all the allegations were nonsense, Mr Draper, then re-emerging as a prominent pro-Labour blogger, wrote back to Mr McBride saying “Absolutely totally brilliant Damian.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gordon-browns-downing-street-emails-hacked-6283985.html

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    • 133
      That Bit's true says:

      But Osborne did take cocaine with a prostitute. She told the NotW and sold them the photos.

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      • 156
        Jeronimo says:

        This blog also showed that photo, I don’t know if it was the “Nottingham Set” as in “Four Wddings and a Funeral” or just thought they were the “Untouchables”

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  39. 134
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Why don’t the Scotch play cricket?

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  40. 136
    What the FUCK?????? says:

    OH come on Manchester plod why are you flying two family liason officers out to India?

    The man is dead and it is your job to apprehend the culprits end of. And why two officers, do they need to hold hands?

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    • 167
      Must get a pseudonym one day says:

      They’re going to offer the rest of the noisy family UK immigration permits by way of ‘compensation’. Don’t think it won’t happen…….

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    • 176
      Not all hate crime is equal says:

      How come this murder has been in the news constantly for a week, and has publicly been described as a ‘hate crime’, while the murder of a white lad Danny O’Shea in Newham a few weeks before Christmas by a gang of ‘yooths’ was reported for all of about 12 hours before being disappeared?

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  41. 138
    albacore says:

    You have to make allowances for London town
    It’s a capital city devised by a clown
    One in three of the people there were born abroad
    “English spoken here” can be happily ignored
    So if Boris is after the greatest effects
    Whizz-bangs speak louder than a hundred dialects

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  42. 139
    Some Geezer wot's got a bug you know where says:

    Last night I got the urge to play some Northern Soul, to try to get everyone’s attention on the road ahead, by playing Too Late To Turn Back Now. Tonight I’ll keep the ball rollin’!

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  43. 142
    Splatt! says:

    Need a reserve in case one gets Delhi belly probably

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  44. 145
    Voice of reason says:

    Who is payng for all the fireworks?

    When did having a firework display become “the norm”?

    Why are we having fireworks and only in London?

    No wonder this Country is bust.

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    • 146
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      Because Boris is playing Gandalf to Red Ken’s Grimer Wormtongue.

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    • 151
      Jeronimo says:

      For the same reason the dictators of ancient Rome used to provide a circus with money they had not got, maybe to same reason a company suddenly starts refurbishing just before they go bust.

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      • 153
        Jeronimo says:

        I forgot the proposed cost of cross rail £16 Billion the way costs rise that could be £32 Billion that does make the old eyes water

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        • 157
          Axe The Telly Tax says:

          It’ll be your children paying for it Jeronimo not me :-)

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        • 158
          The only good MP is a dead MP says:

          That’s nothing – what about the £32billion HS2 rail link that nobody wants? Nobody except the companies that are going to get rich at our expense building it, and the MPs who are going to get big fat backhanders for pushing the plan through against the wishes of the people.

          That £32billion – of OUR money – will be £64billion and rising, before you know it.

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  45. 147
    Dyan Fatbutt says:

    It depends which broad.

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  46. 148
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wished the Phobos-Grunt mission every success.

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  47. 149
    Jeronimo says:

    Another big waste of money, the old one repeated, “Give the people a circus that will keep them quiet”

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    • 175
      P.T. Barnum, showman, mountebank, and Former Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA says:

      Made me a rich man, don’t knock it.

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  48. 150
    Yee haw!!!! says:

    I prefer the fireworks display from Max Farquars blog

    http://www.maxfarquar.com/2012/01/houses-of-parliament-fireworks/

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  49. 159
    Stonewall says:

    I wish a big banger would explode up ” Big Ben” Bradshaw’s ex BBC arse

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  50. 166

    Interesting how an article can be very good in its premises and then completely wrong in its conclusion.

    If I say Jackie Ashley in the Guardian, it will come as no surprise to you.

    The fascinating part though is determining at what point the car begins to veer off the road. For me, it is in the forth paragraph where she writes The real question is different:

    http://tinyurl.com/89oyvwf

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    • 174
      Anon says:

      I think the car veered off the road sooner than that – how about right at the start, with “This is a moment for Miliband to capture the national mood”. Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen.

      The whole article (well, most of it, I didn’t bother reading the end) was like the same naive left-wing drivel my friend’s 18 year old son comes up with. Actually, worse than that, because at least he acknowledges that the Guardian is a load of crap.

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    • 183
      Disgusting The Lot of Them says:

      The photo accompanying the article reminded me of of another group of three:

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  51. 169
    Comic Opera says:

    it’s nearly christmas

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    • 185
      Mike Hancock says:

      For my little Katya, this is true; the Russkies celebrate Christmas two weeks later because of the old Julian Calendar. I am her own personal Father Christmas. I have also played Father Christmas for other people’s children as well:

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  52. 171
    Bong Bong says:

    Its a shame they did not tie Bercow, Brown, Balls and Clegg arse inward at the top of big Ben just before midnight.

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  53. 172
    charity my arse says:

    as the charity adverts on tv continue, howzabout this info on the salaries of those at the top to make you think again?

    Children International
    Jim Cook CEO
    2010: Total Salary $476’878

    Save The Children
    Charles MacCormack, President:
    2010: Total Salary $458’174

    World Vision
    Richard Stearns, President:
    2010: Total Salary $439’155

    Child Fund
    AKA Christian’s Children’s Fund
    2010: Total Salary $317’548

    Compassion International
    Wess Stafford, CEO
    2010: Total Salary $306’244

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    • 184
      julian gardner says:

      great job if you can get, we should just stop all funding to these places, in 10 years they will have a population THEY can sustain, its not our problem.

      Stop em having 10 kids and less food needed, less deaths, less money we have to hand over.

      Everybody Happy

      Happy New Year.

      joolz

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  54. 177
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    You think the South African vuvuzelas were irritating?

    Wait until the London Olympics, when everyone’s a cockney sparrow playing the spoons.

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  55. 178
    Anonymous says:

    Fireworks? There was I thinking that it was just the ecomony that was going up in smoke!!

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  56. 179
    Anonymous says:

    truth hurts eh! Mr Moderator

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  57. 180
    Colonel Blimp. R.M. (retd.) says:

    “There’s no money left”.

    So why this silly exhibition?

    Circuses, but no bread.

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  58. 187
    JA Jones says:

    Did the latest firework waller finish with his head on a pole? We need to know!

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  59. 188
    Billy Munter says:

    Oy veh is mir!

    Will it be a ‘Happy’ New Year for Red Ed though?

    http://www.dailysquib.co.uk/world/3131.html

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