Veni, Vidi, Venice

The view from the Young villa in Italy.

This week on the UK’s Favorite Podcast (well, in the Top 100, anyway…) Toby calls in from Italy (complete with kids and traffic) where he tells James about his trip to Venice, which has been great because it’s been mostly tourist free. Back on the homefront, James takes great pains to walk us through yesterday’s anti-mask protest at Hyde Park. And we do mean great pains as he’s fighting a bad back.

Is “the mask” about to become the new wedge issue in relationships?  The two of them wonder if a Lockdown Sceptics dating site would make any business sense.

Hardest working man in podcasting.

Speaking of making sense, Toby takes off his Sceptics hat in favor of his mantle as leader of the Free Speech Union to review the latest on the cancellation front and to clap out Bari Weiss as she exits the door at The New York Times.

The preview of Toby’s new book can be found here and the job opening at the Free Speech Union is here.

This week’s opening sound byte courtesy of Fox Business News and the exit sound of the Hyde Park protest was captured by The (UK) Sun.

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  1. rdowhower Inactive
    rdowhower
    @rdowhower

    If Ricochet were wise, they would have more podcasts like this one and dump most of the growing number that keep appearing in the feed.  Quality over quantity should be the conservative mantra and this podcast is one of the best.  But James and Toby should know that Steve Doocy this morning told me wearing a mask is patriotic and by golly he’s right, obviously.  And speaking of science, Greg Abbot is touting a scientific report that found the two-week old mask mandate is stopping the spread in northern Texas.  This is remarkable given the science has been telling me the virus has a two week incubation period!  Because my favorite colors are red, white, and blue, and because I believe in the ability of flimsy, handmade masks to stop the spread of the virus before it even begins, I’m going to start wearing one everywhere, including when I’m alone driving in my car!

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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb
    @colleenb

    Great to hear from you lads. Keep up the good work.

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  3. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    They didnt shoot the guy.  He was pepper sprayed.  Still bad, but not a gun shot.

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  4. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    We have an update from James on the pain in his back:

    So basically I’ve torn the muscle that runs under the trapezius and attaches to the top part of my right arm. This makes doing anything where my arm is loaded – ie everything where I’m not lying down or sitting back in a chair – agony. It’s crap. I can’t do anything.

    I guess his dreams of coming to America and becoming a star pitcher in MLB has been hit for six.

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  5. DJ EJ Member
    DJ EJ
    @DJEJ

    I checked out that French show James Delingpole was watching, The Bureau. It’s really good – less of a violent action thriller and more about the subtleties of spycraft, the art of lying, deep cover, conflicting loyalties, and double agents. Scenes are shot on location in Paris, and other locations that look authentically like Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, etc. The actors speak French, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, and English, when the locations, situations, and characters’ backgrounds call for them, so subtitles are a necessity. The events of the mid 2010’s (the rise of ISIS, the Syrian civil war, Iranian nuclear ambitions) form the backdrop for the plots and unlike American shows, this French show has no problem being politically incorrect (i.e. radical Islamic terrorism is called by name and its adherents are depicted as the villains). Seasons 1 and 2 are available as an Amazon Prime member, and 3 through 5 are available on Amazon Prime if you subscribe to the Sundance channel.

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