Classic Beauty: Anna Magnani

Quite possibly the greatest actress who over lived, Anna Magnani was so good because whatever character she played, she was always playing herself.  No better description of her acting is this one:  “Whenever Magnani laughs or cries (which is often), it’s as if you’ve never seen anyone laugh or cry before: has laughter ever been so burstingly joyful or tears so shatteringly sad?”

And her best quote ever:

“No man can control me, although many have tried.”


If I ever have the great good luck to win some kind of lottery, I’d be faced with a serious choice.

Option 1: 

  • become a jet-setter and travel the globe, visiting unfamiliar places like Helsinki, Prague etc.:


  • go shooting in Britishland with Mr. Free Market,

  • sip long glasses of G&T on the balcony of my hotel room in Monte Carlo or in a beach house in the Seychelles:

…and generally spend the rest of my life in strange, exciting places.

Option 2:

Buy a large farm somewhere and live (and end) the rest of my life like Uncle Hub and Uncle Garth, snarling at the world and shooting at strangers from my porch:

And don’t tell me to embrace the healing power of “and”, because the two lifestyles are completely opposite and contrary, and my faltering old brain probably couldn’t handle the sudden shift back and forth.

People who know me well, like my Longtime Loyal Readers, will appreciate the attraction of both options to me.

News Roundup

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And in other news that leaves a bad taste in your mouth:

maybe if you hadn’t invaded Ukraine…?

hands up those who’d prefer to see Sweden and Finland in NATO instead of Turkey — hmmm… all of you, huh?

the competition to see how many tampons someone can fit into their mouth will begin in 3…2…1…

as I told the officer during the Girl Scout Incident Of 1989.

there are so many reasons not to order a Diet Coke at any time, e.g. it tastes like shit, makes you thirstier and has as much effect on your weight as a Classic Coke — so its extra fizziness is just a bonus.

Great Moments In Medicine:

or as we call it in Murka, a “Clinton Suicide”.

thus proving that shit movies can be bad for your health.

or, more succinctly:  Get Woke, Get Fucked.

in order of importance:  dogs, chocolate, heat-sensitive explosive devices, soft plastic items, babies.

And in no-link INSIGNIFICA:



I report, you decide: 


And that, as they say in the Anglosphere, is the news.

Captiones Interrupti

I’ve suspended the Caption Competition until such time as people can actually, you know, post captions.

Here’s a picture of a gun, instead:

It’s the Beretta Modelo 75 (later named the “Jaguar”), one of the most beautiful handguns ever made — and it’s the one with which I learned how to shoot a handgun.