Thursday, 20 June 2013

Pine Barrens, Kurdish front and Marmite down to £4400 per ton

Going to have a bit of a James Gandolfini tribute night tonight and watch his last film. I'll probably dig out my favourite Sopranos episode (Pine Barrens) if I have chance too.

Tony Soprano: [over the phone] It's a bad connection so I'm gonna talk fast! The guy you're looking for is an ex-commando! He killed sixteen Chechen rebels single-handed!
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: Get the f*** outta here.
Tony Soprano: Yeah. Nice, huh? He was with the Interior Ministry. Guy's like a Russian green beret. He can not come back and tell this story. You understand?
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: I hear you.
[hangs up]
Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri: You're not gonna believe this. He killed sixteen Czechoslovakians. Guy was an interior decorator.
Christopher Moltisanti: His house looked like shit.

Meanwhile for those following the conflict in Syria there seems to be quite an interesting development that offers a very real potential obstacle to the UK government's crazed intention of arming the "rebels". As you can see from this report just in, such lunacy will also have implications for Syria's Kurish minority.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamist rebels have cut access to a Kurdish area in northern Syria and clashed with Kurdish nationalist PKK fighters whom they accuse of backing President Bashar al-Assad, sources on both sides said on Thursday.
The confrontation threatens to open a new front in Syria's 27-month-old civil war, in which Kurds, who form about 10 percent of the population, have so far played a limited role.
Fighting erupted overnight on the edge of Ifrin, a rugged, olive-growing area on the Turkish border, the sources said. Four people were killed, bringing to at least 30 the death toll from battles and assassinations in the last few days. Dozens more have been taken in tit-for-tat kidnappings, the sources said.
Tensions between Arabs and Kurds, whose relationship is riven by land disputes, especially in eastern Syria, have risen since the uprising against Assad erupted in March 2011.

In a totally different development yesterday I managed to find that Tesco was offering giant 500g jars of Marmite for just £2.20. Considering that 250g costs £2.58 this is probably the cheapest I've ever seen it. To put this into perspective for lovers of the brown stuff like myself, this works out at only £4400 per ton. Fill your boots while you can checking the expiry date whilst so doing.