Sunday, 17 March 2013


To increase the text size to easily read of MORAT and LIBERTY STREET in the pre TOOTH PASTE era CLICK once on the text image and then a second time and hey presto hopefully the text will then become enlarged so as to be pretty easily readable. Below a paragraph or two to more fully explain the personal family background to this poem which I came across by chance again only just recently.

A pre toothpaste poem like this telling of SOOT and SALT useage regularly for the purpose of tooth preservation would hardly have been written recently - it was written when the very times to which it refers to were then more recent.

In 1954 when this blogger (tho not a blogger then!) moved to Central Stockwell to an address which had central heating and so no chimney then SOOT as an ingredient to use for tooth preservation was totally off the menu. Not so SALT though and so my old mother - as described in the poem - was still relying on that ingredient daily for preserving her teeth.

Her old Grandmother who lived in MORAT STREET from the early 1900's until 1950 used SOOT - and also still had all her teeth intact at the latter time when she passed away in her mid Eighties.

My mother certainly could have opted for TOOTHPASTE when it became available but she NEVER EVER DID and the poem records to what result.

Sunday, 10 March 2013


Today's MAIL ON SUNDAY has a feature article - HERE - about policing and the media cobbled together by ex top cop cop-out artist BRIAN PADDICK. 'Course PADDICK is easily remembered here in South London given that he was a very senior LAMBETH fuzz bonce hereabouts and not that long ago. Indeed you could say that too about "Nicholas Long" given that NICHOLAS LONG - another useless wobbly is now based inside the IPCC. He too used to be well known at the LAMBETH COMMUNITY POLICE CONSULTATIVE GROUP.  The rum thing right now is that NICHOLAS LONG is upsetting PADDICK because it is he LONG as a senior IPCC face who is currently instigating the arrest of cops and others for flogging news nuggets to the media for financial back handers. And so poor PADDICK is well sickened.

You'd think that coppering and media manipulation etcetra was something relatively recently discovered. It absolutely isn't.  This blogger wrote, researched and published findings about the phenomena almost 40 years ago back in early 1974 .... and thereby got invitations from various University Prof's to give talks on the topic - including invitations from time to time from Prof STANLEY COHEN the noted sociologist who sadly died only pretty recently.

In 1974 this blogger had published in the weekly publication PEACE NEWS a 2 page fully detailed "WAR AGAINST CRIME" media investigation. This feature very very especially detailed researched findings in relation to police-media relations.  A lot of anecdote and narrative was included and perhaps one of the most astonishing passing anecdotes had concerned SCOTLAND YARD media manipulations during the Second World War period. In the war period there were German spies operating in the UK and some were in fact working for the UK and so were in fact "double agents" and not actually pro GERMAN spies at all. In order that such double agents were able to keep kidding the Germans that they were active trustworthy pro German spies they had to carry out certain "tasks" which the GERMAN state wanted them to do so as to undermine UK moral. One such activity, it so transpired, was to carry sabotage and bombing actions here in the UK.

These sabotage actions did get carried out but not by the GERMAN DOUBLE AGENTS - they were carried out in secret by SCOTLAND YARD operatives and top Yard officers then had to make sure that the media reported the sabotage attacks - and they did so. Indeed the police actually wrote the actual media reports and these reports were passed on to chosen journalists who were regarded as reliable by the Yard. The reports were were published and media outlets simply believed that the acts of sabotage had been carried out by UK based wartime GERMAN spies. So media police relations have a very very murky history well established long before LEVESON. And codswallop ex cops like PADDICK - not withstanding his ex seniority- will not pass on this kinda background - not even to MAIL ON SUNDAY readers in 2013.

For information on war time covert SCOTLAND YARD double agent activities see J. C. MASTERMAN's 'THE DOUBLE CROSS SYSTEM 1939 - 1945" and for a SCOTLAND YARD carried out war time actual covert EAST ANGLIAN bomb attack reported instead as a UK GERMAN SPY ATTACK see the EVENING STANDARD for 17 AUGUST 1943.

PEACE NEWS scrutinizes mid Seventies crime reporting entertainments - a peep back.  
Over time planned tactical media reporting actually got a
murder suspect to kill himself -
so it was claimed above by very chuffed senior police.  
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Tuesday, 5 March 2013


CLICK on above IMAGE to increase its visibility and bathe in its lovely news. 

What an absolute tonic. Here in London how the sun came out today and for certain sure in more ways than one.  Walking back to Stockwell from central London how the sun shone all along the riverside and on the occasional mud flats the wildlife bathed both in the water and the sunshine. What an absolute tonic after the cold grot weather up until now. And then to top the tonic off - and how - the above incredibly heartening TIMES report about the exceptionally brave and accomplished 
life saving action of 9 year old CAOIMHE PRESHUR. 

A B S O L U T E L Y   F A N T A S T I C  
A N D  
T R U L Y  H E A R T E N I N G.

For other web links to the same amazing event click  HERE  and  HERE.