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  1. Missy

     /  April 9, 2017

    An update on the Stockholm Terror Attacker.

    The Police are reportedly investigating a potential IED found in the truck, it has also come out that the suspect was known to the police.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/08/suspect-arrested-stockholm-attack-likely-truck-hijacker/

  2. Missy

     /  April 9, 2017

    Just hours before Boris Johnson was due to fly to Russia for a visit, the trip has been cancelled amid rising tensions in the wake of the US air strikes on Syria.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/08/boris-johnson-cancels-russia-trip-just-hours-take-off-us-air/

  3. An interesting response (and a smart one) to an ‘English Defence League’ protest in Birmingham.

    A Birmingham mosque answered the “hatred and division” of an English Defence League rally by hosting a “best of British” tea party, as the far-right group’s demonstration passed off without a major incident.

    The EDL said Saturday’s rally was aimed at highlighting what it describes as a “continued increase in Islamic terrorism” linked to Birmingham. In a statement explaining its decision to move the demonstration away from Derby, the EDL said Birmingham had been chosen as a venue because the city was “frequented” by the Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood.

    The EDL demonstration – condemned by the leaders of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups on Birmingham city council – only attracted about 100 people and passed off without any serious disorder.

    The response:

    The party at the city’s Central mosque, for which the building was decked out with union flag bunting, was open to all and organised in direct response to the EDL event in the city centre on Saturday afternoon.

    The mosque’s chairman, Muhammad Afzal, said: “We are just holding this event to show EDL that Birmingham is a peaceful city and we are all united irrespective of colour, race or religion.”

    Local MP Liam Byrne addressed the estimated 300 guests who gathered at the mosque to chat over cake, tea and coffee.

    The Labour MP told the audience: “This is how we protest – by celebrating the quiet miracle of a normal life and the things that we love most about our city and our country.

    “Getting together as friends, getting together as neighbours, breaking a bit of Victoria sponge and having a cup of tea. That is a potent, powerful message that we will send to those who seek to divide us.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/08/english-defence-league-not-welcome-in-birmingham-leaders-say

    • Gezza

       /  April 9, 2017

      I love Victoria Sponge cake. 🍰 👍 I always ask for Victoria Sponge cake for my birthday. You can keep your 🚫 *chocolate cake* 🚫 as far as I’m concerned.

      • I like a lot of varieties of chocolate cake.

        I haven’t heard of Victoria sponge cake. [deleted by request]

        • Gezza

           /  April 9, 2017

          I feel that last sentence is uncalled for & should really be deleted by the MOD 😡

          • Gezza

             /  April 9, 2017

            From what I can see Pete it’s just a classic two layer sponge cake with jam & cream in the middle and icing sugar topping. However Victoria Sounds a lot more classy than just *sponge cake*. Mine never survive long enough to get old & crusty.

            • Gezza

               /  April 9, 2017

              [Good call on the deletion by the way. Honestly, the dreadful things some people say here❗️]

            • Gezza

               /  April 9, 2017

              Especially [deleted] 😡❗️

        • Missy

           /  April 9, 2017

          Pete, Victoria Sponge is a light and fluffy 2 sponge cakes filled with jam and cream, I can’t believe you have never heard of it. It is lovely. 🙂

          https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1997/classic-victoria-sandwich

          • Anonymous Coward

             /  April 9, 2017

            Victoria Sponge is the easy way out, a Genoese Sponge is the true test of skill.

            • Missy

               /  April 9, 2017

              True, which is why I haven’t tried one of those, I am not that skilled! Would love to see a pic if you have managed one of those AC. 🙂

          • I have eaten such sponge cakes, they were common in my youth in ‘bring a plate’ events, but don’t remember ever hearing them called a Victoria cake.

            Don’t see them these days – they don’t seem to be a thing in bakeries or supermarkets.

            The Kiwi baking bible, the Edmonds Cookery Book, mentions a Sponge Cake (no topping or filling). It must be sexism, they have Albert Squares.

            • Missy

               /  April 9, 2017

              We always had sponge cakes, and when I was in Wellington we would do baking competitions and there would always be a couple of Sponges. You can get them at a lot of places in the UK.

              I have heard them called Victoria Sponge – even before moving here – but I don’t think calling it Victoria Sponge is common in New Zealand, that is a very English name – so called because it was a favourite teatime treat of Queen Victoria.

            • As I said, I’m familiar with that type of sponge, just not the name. Queens weren’t important at rural pony club afternoon teas.

          • I’ve just googled the queen of Kiwi cooking: alison holst victoria sponge

            No hits.

            • Missy

               /  April 9, 2017

              I don’t think Alison Holst has any sponge cake recipes.

            • Gezza

               /  April 9, 2017

              We can maybe ask *Sponge* when heshe posts something here next?

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  April 9, 2017

              I think that Queen was long ago dethroned.

    • Corky

       /  April 9, 2017

      Sponge Cakes!!!!! Pete posts a horrifying example of Taqiya and everyone’s talking about bloody sponges, the Edmonds Book and Alison Holst. Don’t you guys realise you are falling into a trap?

      • Gezza

         /  April 9, 2017

        Shit. My sponge could be booby trapped❓

        • It could have a truck hidden in it.

          • Blazer

             /  April 9, 2017

            I can’t help myself….is this adult….banter?

            • I can’t help myself…general banter…is different to personally targeted bickering.

            • Blazer

               /  April 9, 2017

              selective semantics…..the curse of modern P.C dialogue,where it is assumed all people are unnaturally sensitive about almost …anything.

            • It’s not selective semantics, it’s an important distinction that I’ve explained many times here. I’m surprised you have trouble grasping it.

            • Gezza

               /  April 9, 2017

              [deleted] [deleted] [deleted]. [deleted] [deleted]…! [last bit’s ok.]

            • Corky

               /  April 9, 2017

              I think you have a point, Blazer. The truth should always be spoken. If that offends someone, that’s tough. I have little time for powder puffs who dish it out but can’t take it in return.

        • Corky

           /  April 9, 2017

          Laugh all you want. Once you guys have swollen foreheads from bowing to Allah five times a day, sponge cakes will be the last things on your mind.

          • More on my mind was a vision of bowing and curtsying to Victoria.

            I can’t see how that would swell foreheads and knees though.

          • Gezza

             /  April 9, 2017

            Keep it real Corky. Yes, I do not like Islam, but we are in no current danger of being overrun by this mediaeval claptrap yet.

          • Corky

             /  April 9, 2017

            Thanks guys….I feel better now that sanity has prevailed. I think I now realise you were having a bit of ‘light hearted banter.’ I need to lighten up. But its so hard when Islam is involved.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 9, 2017

      Unfortunately Birmingham’s Muslim population has not been all sweetness and light, but rather the main UK breeding ground for Muslim terrorism:
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-attacker-khalid-masood-birmingham-uk-terrorists-breeding-ground-a7646536.html

      There is a lot of work to do to remedy that I should think.

      • Missy

         /  April 9, 2017

        Birmingham is known as the Jihadi capital of the UK, and has long been a problem.

        It was at a school in Birmingham that was the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot, where it was alleged that a number of Hardline Muslims tried to gain control of several schools within Birmingham, and teach them Islamist values. One of those that are alleged to be behind the Trojan Horse has apparently written a 72 page blueprint for the islamisation of secular schools, for the Muslim Council. It is believed that they were teaching extremism to the young Muslim male students.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trojan_Horse

        • Nelly Smickers

           /  April 9, 2017

          Hiyaa Missy ❗

          Yes, another of my BFF’s on twitter refers to it as ….*Birminghamistan* XD

          Although it’s a bit different here….*Mt. Roskillistan* just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.