PLAYLAND: Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal – New book by Anthony Daly


Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal

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Anthony Daly was just 20 years old when he decided to leave the Troubles in Derry and travel to England.  Little did he realise he would find himself in personal trouble and at the mercy of a number of nasty characters centred around the Playland arcade in Piccadilly.  Those characters weren’t just gangsters or chancers, they included many from the upper echelons society who saw youngsters as commodities and play things.

In his book, Tony gives an extremely candid, brave and heartbreaking account of what he endured in just three months during 1975 when he travelled to England and…

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The truth about the Mossad

The recent, outlandish assassination in Dubai may prove the most damaging yet in the Mossad’s history of high-profile, bungled operations. How did it squander its reputation for ruthless brilliance?
2005, MUNICH

Last November, a sharp-eyed Israeli woman named Niva Ben-Harush was alarmed to notice a young man attaching something that looked suspiciously like a bomb to the underside of a car in a quiet street near Tel Aviv port. When police arrested him, he claimed to be an agent of the Mossad secret service taking part in a training exercise: his story turned out to be true – though the bomb was a fake.

No comment was forthcoming from the Israeli prime minister’s office, which formally speaks for – but invariably says nothing about – the country’s world-famous espionage organisation. The bungling bomber was just a brief item on that evening’s local TV news.

There was, however, a far bigger story – one that echoed across the globe – two years ago this week, when a bomb in a Pajero jeep in Damascus decapitated a man named Imad Mughniyeh. Mughniyeh was the military leader of Lebanon’s Shia movement Hizbullah, an ally of Iran, and was wanted by the US, France and half a dozen other countries. Israel never went beyond cryptic nodding and winking about that killing in the heart of the Syrian capital, but it is widely believed to have been one of its most daring and sophisticated clandestine operations.

The Mossad, like other intelligence services, tends to attract attention only when something goes wrong, or when it boasts a spectacular success and wants to send a warning signal to its enemies. Last month’s assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai, now at the centre of a white-hot diplomatic row between Israel and Britain, is a curious mixture of both.

With its cloned foreign passports, multiple disguises, state-of-the-art communications and the murder of alleged arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh – one of the few elements of the plot that was not captured on the emirate’s CCTV cameras – it is a riveting tale of professional chutzpah, violence and cold calculation. And with the Palestinian Islamist movement now vowing to take revenge, it seems grimly certain that it will bring more bloodshed in its wake.

The images from Dubai follow the biblical injunction (and the Mossad’s old motto):”By way of deception thou shalt make war.” The agency’s job, its website explains more prosaically, is to “collect information, analyse intelligence and perform special covert operations beyond [Israel’s] borders.”

Founded in 1948 along with the new Jewish state, the Mossad largely stayed in the shadows in its early years. Yitzhak Shamir, a former Stern Gang terrorist and future prime minister, ran operations targeting German scientists who were helping Nasser’s Egypt build rockets – foreshadowing later Israeli campaigns to disrupt Iraqi and (continuing) Iranian attempts to acquire nuclear and other weapons.

The Mossad’s most celebrated exploits included the abduction of the fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who was later tried and hanged in Israel. Others were organising the defection of an Iraqi pilot who flew his MiG-21 to Israel, and support for Iraqi Kurdish rebels against Baghdad. Military secrets acquired by Elie Cohen, the infamous spy who penetrated the Syrian leadership, helped Israel conquer the Golan Heights in the 1967 Middle East war.

It was after that that the service’s role expanded to fight the Palestinians, who had been galvanised under Yasser Arafat into resisting Israel in the newly occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The 1970s saw the so-called “war of the spooks” with Mossad officers, operating under diplomatic cover abroad, recruiting and running informants in Fatah and other Palestinian groups. Baruch Cohen, an Arabic speaker on loan to the Mossad from the Shin Bet internal security service, was shot in a Madrid cafe by his own agent. Bassam Abu Sharif, of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was badly disfigured by a Mossad parcel bomb sent to him in Beirut.

Steven Spielberg’s 2006 film Munich helped mythologise the Mossad’s hunt for the Black September terrorists who massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Eleven of them were eliminated in killings across Europe, culminating in the small Norwegian town of Lillehammer, where a Moroccan waiter was mistaken for Ali Hassan Salameh, the Munich plot’s mastermind. Salameh was eventually killed by a car bomb in Beirut in 1979 – the sort of incident that made Lebanese and Palestinians sit up and notice last year’s botched training episode in Tel Aviv.

Some details of the assassination of Mabhouh last month echo elements of the campaign against Black September – which ended with the catastrophic arrest of five Mossad agents. Sylvia Raphael, a South African-born Christian with a Jewish father, was sentenced to five years in a Norwegian prison (of which she served slightly over a year); she may have been among the young Europeans in Israel who were discreetly asked, in nondescript offices in Tel Aviv, if they wished to volunteer for sensitive work involving Israel’s security. Other agents who had been exposed had to be recalled, safe houses abandoned, phone numbers changed and operational methods modified.

Over the years, the Mossad’s image has been badly tarnished at home as well as abroad. It was blamed in part for failing to get wind of Egyptian-Syrian plans for the devastating attack that launched the 1973 Yom Kippur war. Critics wondered whether the spies had got their priorities right by focusing on hunting down Palestinian gunmen in the back alleys of European cities when they should have been stealing secrets in Cairo and Damascus. The Mossad also played a significant, though still little-known, role in the covert supply of arms to Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran to help fight Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, as part of the Iran-Contra scandal during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

It has, in addition, suffered occasional blows from its own disgruntled employees. In 1990, a Canadian-born former officer called Victor Ostrovsky blew the whistle on its internal organisation, training and methods, revealing codenames including “Kidon” (bayonet), the unit in charge of assassinations. An official smear campaign failed to stop Ostrovsky’s book, so the agency kept quiet when another ostensibly inside account came out in 2007. It described the use of shortwave radios for sending encoded transmissions, operations in Iran for collecting soil samples, and joint operations with the CIA against Hezbollah.

But the worst own goal came in 1997, during Binyamin Netanyahu’s first term as prime minister. Mossad agents tried but failed to assassinate Khaled Mash’al – the same Hamas leader who is now warning of retaliation for Mabhouh’s murder – by injecting poison into his ear in Amman, Jordan. Using forged Canadian passports, they fled to the Israeli embassy, triggering outrage and a huge diplomatic crisis with Jordan. Danny Yatom, the then Mossad chief, was forced to quit. Ephraim Halevy, a quietly spoken former Londoner, was brought back from retirement to clear up the mess.

The Dubai assassination, however, may yet turn out to be far more damaging – not least because the political and diplomatic context has changed in the last decade. Israel’s reputation has suffered an unprecedented battering, reaching a new low during last year’s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. “In the current climate, the traces left behind in Dubai are likely to lead to very serious harm to Israel’s international standing,” the former diplomat Alon Liel commented yesterday.

Even though Israel is maintaining its traditional policy of “ambiguity” about clandestine operations, refusing to confirm or deny any involvement in Dubai, nobody in the world seems to seriously question it. That includes almost all Israeli commentators, who are bound by the rules of military censorship in a small and talkative country where secrets are often quite widely known.

It would be surprising if a key part of this extraordinary story did not turn out to be the role played by Palestinians. It is still Mossad practice to recruit double agents, just as it was with the PLO back in the 1970s. News of the arrest in Damascus of another senior Hamas operative – though denied by Mash’al – seems to point in this direction. Two other Palestinians extradited from Jordan to Dubai are members of the Hamas armed wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam brigades, suggesting treachery may indeed have been involved. Previous assassinations have involved a Palestinian agent identifying the target.

Yossi Melman, the expert on intelligence for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, worries that, as before the 1973 war, the Israeli government may be getting it wrong by focusing on the wrong enemy – the Palestinians – instead of prioritising Iran and Hizbullah.

“The Mossad is not Murder Inc, as the Mafia; its goal is not to take vengeance on its enemies,” he wrote this week. “‘Special operations’ like the assassination in Dubai – if this indeed was a Mossad operation – have always accounted for a relatively small proportion of its overall activity. Nevertheless, these are the operations that give the organisation its halo, its shining image. This is ultimately liable to blind its own ranks, cause them to become intoxicated by their own success, and thus divert their attention from their primary mission.”

From an official Israeli point of view, the Mossad has an important job to do. Its reputation for ruthlessness and cunning remains a powerful asset, prompting what sometimes sounds like grudging admiration as well as loathing in the Arab world – where a predisposition for conspiracy theories boosts the effect of the disinformation and psychological warfare at which the Israelis are said to excel.

The government’s official narrative, of course, is that Hamas is a terrorist organisation that pioneered horrific suicide bombings, fired thousands of rockets at Israeli civilian targets and – despite occasional signs of pragmatism or readiness for a temporary truce or prisoner swap – remains dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state. It refuses to admit that its ever-expanding West Bank settlements remain a significant barrier to peace.

In western countries, including Britain, there was widespread anger at the 1,400 Palestinian casualties of the Gaza war. Barack Obama has declared the occupation “intolerable”. Netanyahu heads the most rightwing coalition in Israel’s history; his famous quip that the Middle East is a “tough neighbourhood” no longer seems to justify playing dirty.

Yet Israelis, and not just those on the right, worry that their very existence as an independent state is being de-legitimized. And, judging by the jobs section of the Mossad website, there are still plenty of opportunities for Israel’s wannabe spies: challenging positions are available for researchers, analysts, security officers, codebreakers and other technical work. Speakers of Arabic and Persian are invited to apply to be intelligence officers. The work involves travel abroad and a “young and unconventional” environment.

It is a novelty of this episode that ordinary Israeli citizens are angry that their identities appear to have been stolen by their own government’s secret servants – one reason why the Mossad chief Meir Dagan may find his days are numbered. But it is hard not to detect an undercurrent of popular admiration for the killers of Mabhouh. The day after the sensational CCTV images and passport photos were shown, the Israeli tennis champion Shahar Peer reached the quarter-finals of a major international competition in the emirate. “Another successful operation in Dubai,” the Ynet website headlined its story.

Or Kashti, Haaretz’s education correspondent, did not have his passport cloned, but he does bear a striking resemblance to the hit-squad member named as Kevin Daveron. “My mum rang and asked gently if I’d been abroad recently,” he wrote. “Friends asked me why I hadn’t brought back any cigarettes from the duty-free shop in Dubai. I thought I sensed admiring glances in the street. ‘Well done,’ said an elderly woman who came up to me in the supermarket and clapped me the shoulder. ‘You showed those Arabs.'”


The Banking Fiasco was all about one thing – Austerity in order to Create Civil Unrest

Zionists love killing two birds with one stone. They did it beautifully in 2008. On the one hand they stole untold billions; on the other they gave us austerity! In another piece I’ll endeavor to explain exactly how they did this but first things first –

All fraudsters should be punished. The greater the fraud, the stiffer the sentence. Plain logic. Only blithering idiots do not concur. Yet, we live in a world where virtually the exact reverse applies. How can this be? Nearly all the greatest fraudsters never see the inside of a court room, let alone a jail cell. The reason is as clear as daylight. Professor Noam Chomsky said it all –

Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle.

Politicians who are prepared to hold their hands out naturally do so to the highest bidder. The super rich don’t offer bribes to help the needy. They do it to line their own pockets. The more money at one’s disposal, the more one can reciprocate those masquerading as public servants. In order for such criminality to continue unabated the same people have to ensure this perversion of democracy remains hidden from public gaze. What better way to shield oneself than by owning all the major media outlets? As a result, regardless of how obvious a case of bribery may be, the media may go through the motions but never the jugular. In fact whenever revelations do seep through via whistle-blowers or leaks, the media rapidly adopts the deaf, dumb & blind routine. It really is as simple as that. The narrative we get is always the one that suits them. This perfectly explains why today –

  1. The few honest politicians we have like Jeremy Corbyn are continuously hounded while our treasonous Prime Minister Theresa May is afforded round the clock media protection even though her tenure has been an unmitigated disaster.
  2. Whistle-blowers like Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning are treated as if they’re career criminals.
  3. We’re being systematically being stripped of our fundamental rights, all on the back of lies that in normal circumstances would be considered embarrassing.
  4. Israel continues to flout international law while the most evil, most dangerous man on the planet by a country mile, Netanyahu, is never challenged, let alone admonished.
  5. Mainstream media is totally biased when it should be impartial. It always sings the same tune protecting war criminals & pedophiles while seemingly squeaky-clean presenters like Jo Coburn & Fiona Bruce lie through their back teeth, effectively aiding & abetting the most vile gangsters on the planet. They persistently lie & deceive the public by claiming anti-Semitism is a problem in order to distract ordinary folk from the real issues.
  6. No surprise today we are witnessing an outrageous, criminal assault on freedom of speech.
  7. No surprise the gulf between the ‘haves’ & the ‘have nots’ is as wide as the Grand Canyon & continues to grow at an exponential rate.


In the 90’s the Rothschilds decided to engineer a gargantuan fraud. Now why would they do this? Already wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. No need whatsoever for more money. Yes I know, germs like Alan Sugar, Branson, Bezos & the rest only care for money, the more they connive & suck out, the happier they are. This is altogether different. A scam like the recent banking fiasco can only occur if the big Gumba gives the nod. It was the same with 9/11 & JFK. So greed had little to do with the 2008 swindle. The question everybody should be asking – what was the end result of this massive fraud? Answer – AUSTERITY! This then begs another question – why did they want to usher in austerity measures? Answer – WHAT BETTER WAY TO CREATE CIVIL UNREST.

When you look at it this way it begins to make sense. However, what’s of critical importance is the manner in which the media positively embraces ‘Divide & Conquer.’ You see austerity is one thing BUT IT’S NO DAMN GOOD IF WE’RE UNITED! In fact such a combination could be disastrous for the elite & they damn well know it. No surprise therefore as each day passes we’re seeing heightened Islamophobia. (I started writing this piece over a week ago & then I read thatsome Chelsea fans were chanting ‘SALAH IS A BOMBER.’ Mo Salah is Egypt’s & Liverpool’s star forward & UK’s current footballer of the year). This sickening act of ignorance is disturbing to say the least but it’s all down to the media. Zionists want nothing more than to see Arabs & Muslims equated with terror & so, when it comes to inciting Islamophobia the media doesn’t come up for breath! Moreover, the MSM is constantly on the lookout for any crevice to drive us further apart. Trying to divide us remains an ongoing process.

As much as I despise using terms like ‘the far right’ look how all of a sudden they’ve crawled out of the woodwork. Tommy Robinson is given all the publicity under the Sun but then the media plonk their self-righteous hats on making out they’re not into all that nasty stuff. What a bunch of deceitful vermin! I see every move you make. You can’t have your cake & eat it with me though because all it takes is one question to show what liars you lot in the media are – DOES TOMMY ROBINSON RECEIVE ANYTHING LIKE THE STICK JEREMY CORBYN GETS? Not even close. Here’s a nobody who spouts bile from every orifice but he’s cut all the slack he needs because you want people to incite hatred. The only publicity you give Corbyn goes from bad to horrific & the reason you slander this good man is because he genuinely wants to bring our country together.

Look at Brexit. We voted to leave. Instead all that’s occurred is a magnification of the division & distraction the authorities crave & significantly the media never mentions the one thing that over-rides all else – what was the point of having a referendum if a leave result was never going to be honored? Here we have the very antithesis of democracy staring at us in the face & what’s renders this fiasco all the more galling is this issue of Brexit has never been out the news. For over two years the media has taken us all around the houses saying everything except the one thing that matters – WE VOTED TO LEAVE GOD-DAMN-IT! Why should anyone give a toss for the feelings of those who lost? Okay, it’s tough but you move on. You don’t replay a football match when the result goes against you. How dare these media whores scoff so readily at the most fundamental principles of fair play only to drive in wedges on the discord they create. I just hope & pray every last one of them pays for their treachery. 

And in America it’s even worse. Homeless folk, many of whom through no fault of their own have fallen on hard times, are treated atrociously. Worse still, we’ve seen a surge of killings by Police on unarmed folk, mainly Blacks, all coinciding with US (& UK) police forces receiving special training from Israeli IDF thugs. The other day I wrote a piece explaining how Zionist false flag specialists are deliberately leaving loose ends in order to confuse activists so that they waste time arguing with each other over mere detail. This only serves to split the Truther movement. The theme is Divide & Conquer & it’s almost as if the media, baton in hand, is playing the role of the conductor! 

So ushering in austerity is simply another step of the Rothschild plan to create a New World Order. Think about it: As I said, their goal is to initiate civil unrest. So, over 10 years have passed since our so-called elected representatives & the media insisted the only way out of the financial malaise of 2008 was to have a period of austerity where spending had to be slashed. Now ask yourself – what exactly has been achieved with all this austerity, bearing in mind it’s 2019 & there seems no end to this bullshit? I’ll tell you……

  1. First & foremost, most shocking of all, Britain’s ‘debt’ HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED TO OVER A TRILLION! That’s a million, million pounds! So get this: We’re made to tighten our belts because of a bunch of thieving toe-rags, yet we end up owing double TO THE SAME THIEVING TOE-RAGS! If it wasn’t so serious this would qualify as the joke of the century! Sickening as it is, what we’ve got to ask ourselves is, why hasn’t the media ever highlighted this outrageous anomaly? The answer is simple as it is obvious – THESE MEGA CROOKS OWN THE MEDIA TOO!
  2. And it gets worse: In history there has never been a 10 year period where more billionaires & millionaires have been created. In the same period, more people than ever in the UK, a staggering 14 million remain trapped in poverty. Goodness knows what’s occurring in other European nations notably Greece.
  3. Moreover, cuts in public services continue at an unprecedented rate while the scant little that remains under public ownership ie the NHS, behind closed doors is quietly being sold off at knock-down prices to money-grabbing vermin like Richard Branson.
  4. Another big giveaway – the only person who wants to reverse this shameful state of affairs is Jeremy Corbyn. No one in the media or the Tory Party is even so much as suggesting ENOUGH OF THIS AUSTERITY CRAP! Not a whisper oh but it’s open warfare on JC. He’s an anti-Semite!
  5. And what have we got to show for all this austerity? More pain & desperation & guess what, countless more folk so fed up they’re edging ever-closer to blowing a gasket. Why do you think they’re doing everything they can to stop Jeremy Corbyn getting into No. 10? Because he will at least try & reverse some of the damagetraitors have inflicted on the people of this country. By doing so, JC may not scupper the plans for the New World Order but he will surely throw a spanner into their works.
  6. Which leaves me to conclude – this was all intentional & that they need to continue with this policy of austerity because the longer it goes on, the greater the chance of them achieving their chief goal which is CIVIL UNREST!

From here it’s a no-brainer. Civil unrest will eventually result in Martial law. When this happens the rule of law as we know it will cease to exist. With all the major companies, dare I say essential services such as food, water, gas & electricity in the hands of billionaires, we will be sitting ducks. Death & mass-murder will surely follow & the media will not utter a word. Not forgetting how decent coppers have been laid out to pasture while raw recruits who possess the brains of a rocking horse have been let in on the sly & properly tooled up. Add to this the media’s glorification of the brainless bulldog bailiff & most worrying of all, an obedient army that may cast morality aside, I think it’s safe to say we could all be living in unbridled fear.

Grave as this most definitely is, I’m not trying to put the frighteners on everybody but like it or not, this is ultimately what they want. I’m merely stating what their goal is. It’s up to us to stop them but first we have to accept most our politicians & the media remain our sworn enemy.

We have other things to consider too. Firstly, they know the vast, majority of us only care for peaceful protests. Many folk, including yours truly, have often stated ‘violence is their game. That’s what they want!’ Now think about what’s been occurring in France. Is anything being done to ameliorate the dire state of affairs over there? Hell no. Quite the reverse in fact. They’ve got agent provocateurs in there stirring up trouble so that the Police can steam in. The media then spin it to make the pathetic sheep among us believe the peaceful protesters are trouble-makers.

Globalism’s Last Disgrace: Desperate Macron Sends French Army Against Yellow Vests

Quite some time ago I told my Parisian friend it seems France is being used as a test case where the elite will push the boundaries. I’m sure France was specifically selected for this role because of it’s high Muslim population. Here the power-brokers are effectively testing the water in order to determine what they’re able to get away with. It’s merely a learning process. Crucial too is understanding how every policy Macron has initiated has been on the expressed orders of the Zionist bankers. They put him there with the goal to create this very climate where people had no option but to take to the streets. THIS HAS BEEN DELIBERATELY ENGINEERED!
We’ve now reached the point where the French media is vilifying protesters even though the Police, who look more like storm-troopers often react as if they’re thugs on steroids. And do not for one minute think the French election wasn’t rigged so that this treacherous little wretch Macron could ride shotgun for his Zionist overlords. Why do you think before the election I bust a gut trying to ram this fact home? Marie Le Pen was robbed blind so that this nobody, this traitor, would assume control. It was so predictable as is all that Macron’s done.

Which conveniently leads me to another point. A few days ago I watched the UK Column’s edition of real news & in this particular episode the guys outlined how the ‘elite’ were getting very nervous about the ever-increasing use of the word ‘TRAITOR.’ Apparently it’s happening way too much for their liking. It’s got them worried. Well, doesn’t that just cut you up! My advice to everyone who’s aware & concerned about what these bastards are up to is –



And make no mistake, Treason is what they’re all guilty of & that most certainly includes media whores. Let every last one of them know they will be held accountable. If I’m still around, I guarantee I’ll make Simon Weisenthal & his Nazi hunters look like pussies who were playing ‘Blind Man’s Bluff! And speaking of Nazis, soldiers were never given the luxury of using the excuse, ‘we we’re merely following orders.’ I remind you military personnel don’t really have a choice whereas those peddling lies in the media bloody well do! These vermin have chosen to take the money & by doing so are allowing proper gangsters to royally screw us. THAT’S TREASON IN MY BOOK ALL DAY LONG!
And don’t for one minute think I’m spraying around venom just for the hell of it. Look what they’re doing to Assange & Manning. They haven’t committed any crime yet the media hasn’t lifted one finger to help. In fact they’re entirely complicit in ensuring these incredibly brave people are well & truly fitted up. I seriously fear they’re going to make examples of them in order to discourage others from speaking out. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED! I know it’s easy to say but there’s a damn good reason. You see whatever happens, whenever they get the chance, they’ll come after all activists. We’re at the top of their list. Assange said it from the start – FB & the NSA are all about collecting data & all of it ends up in Tel Aviv. The harsh reality is politicians, the super wealthy & the media may just as well be labeled THE MOTHER OF ALL MAFIAS! They’ve turned the law on it’s head so we might as well give it to them with both barrels while we still can.
Ironic as it may seem, I’m convinced next on their list are true Jews. Smart Jewish folk know this because they didn’t fall for the lies. They bothered to ask questions & as a result discovered the truth. As for my so-called Jewish friends for over 40 years, you all emphatically failed to make that grade. Smart? You lot are so blind you can’t see the wood from the trees. You couldn’t wait to label me anti-Semitic, shun me like a Leper & what am I doing? I’m still trying to mark your card, warn you of the impending danger. One thing may remain in the back of your minds though – you lot knew I was shit hot when it came to analytical prowess & making predictions. Well, let me tell you, on this one, I’ve never been more sure. So how do you feel now? The very people you’ve been vehemently defending, after they’ve ironed out those who were brave enough to speak out, they’ll be making a bee-line for Jews just to take the dairy off themselves. I tried telling you – Ashkenazi Zionists, as well as being pure evil, are the most anti-Semitic people on the planet. They wanted Hitler to kill Jews. THAT’S WHY THEY FINANCED HIM!
The long & the short of it is this: The only threat facing them is US! The only power we have is strength in numbers. Therefore it couldn’t be more obvious – THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE THIS THREAT ONCE & FOR ALL & what we’re seeing today is a process that is slowly but surely heading towards a situation where we will be rendered defenseless. From here mass extermination is a certainty. Why do you think they’re desperate to take away anyone’s right to own a gun? For years they’ve manufactured the damn things. All of a sudden they’re saying ‘give us them all back! We’re the only ones allowed shooters!’

Fiduciary duty

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

I’ve arrived in Gaza to join up with the medical convoy to Gaza. Until we actually travel, I’m going to keep raising funds.  If you’d like to contribute, please check out my GoFundMe campaign.


Last night I learned that the convoy is purchasing an electric wheelchair to take to Gaza.  I’m told it costs $600 USD.

There are many, many physically disabled people in Gaza, even more so now that the Israeli military has been targeting protesters by shooting them in the legs.  The bullets explode inside the body and cause serious internal damage resulting in a high number of amputations.

I have no doubt that there is a high demand for wheelchairs. But can an electric wheelchair navigate the alleys of the refugee camps? Who will benefit from an electric wheelchair?  And would the money be better spent on purchasing more conventional wheel chairs?

I hope to meet…

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The Making Of Mandy Smith

Interview with Maurice Boland, would-be showbiz agent, published in the Daily Mirror, June 1987


Mandy Smith has squeezed more sexual drama into her sixteen years than most women manage in a lifetime. When she was thirteen Rolling Stone Bill Wyman swept her out of her mother’s council flat into a world of private planes, country mansions and bottomless credit cards.

Men do not merely fall for Mandy Smith, they become obsessive, grow reckless in their desire to possess the blonde child/woman with knowing eyes and jail bait body. Maurice Boland was one of those men. A 38-year-old Mandy victim who should have known better. But Maurice didn’t stand a chance.

He met Mandy two years ago in Cuba, a Marbella nightclub where he worked as manager. Maurice was, and is, happily married with three sons. The golden child he met that night had already grown bored with Wyman and was in the midst of a passionate affair with Maurice’s young cousin, Keith Daley.

When the Mandy-Wyman story became a juicy, international scandal, Maurice told Mandy he could rescue her from those sleazy headlines and make her a star. Maurice persuaded his attractive wife, Wendy, that managing Mandy could launch him into the big-time. So, for nine months Maurice lived out his favourite fantasy – the showbiz manager caught in the flashlights with the beautiful girl by his side.

But the beautiful girl became weary of her manager’s growing possessiveness. His almost neurotic watch over her every move drove her to scream at him: “Get out of my brain, Maurice, I can’t breathe when you’re around.” Maurice is now out and emotionally down.

On the morning Mandy Smith saw herself headlined “Rock Star’s Child Lover, aged 13”, she knew that she, too, wanted to be a star. And the flash-looking Irishman sitting across from her in the Marbella hotel room knew that his prayers had been answered.

As Mandy raced around the room reading and giggling over the lurid, headlines, Maurice Boland’s eyes never left her. Maurice’s brain was in overdrive. He had run a series of nightclubs in Dublin and Marbella, but he had always known he was destined for greater things.

All his life he had been desperate for fame, and now if he was clever and could exploit the assets of this 16–year-old beauty, Maurice would be known as The Man Who Made Mandy. Nine months later, Maurice is back where his dream began – back in Marbella living with his wife and three sons, earning a living arranging beach concerts.

Mandy Dumps Maurice is the latest headline in this saga and Maurice is no longer calling Mandy “My Baby Star.” The word “dumped” brings Maurice out in a sweat of shame. “I was in bits when I stepped off the plane here three weeks ago. I felt dirtied, humiliated. To be treated like that after everything I’d done for that girl.

“I sat with her at night till she fell asleep. I watched what she ate. I chose her clothes. I was doing for Mandy what Brian Epstein had done for the Beatles. Don’t ask me if I knocked her off.  I’m a happily married man and that question puts me in a difficult position. Draw your own conclusions.”

Maurice is 38. He wears a gold chain round his neck, his hair is badly

streaked and he describes himself as a poser. Like all posers, Maurice is frantically worried about his image and that is why he wants to take us right back to the first night he met the rock ‘n roll Lolita and dazzled her with some highly original chat.

“I saw her in my club. She was beautiful, special. Golden hair, golden skin. I didn’t know at the time she was only 14, so I went up to her and said, ‘Who are you? Who are you with? You should be a model!’

“She told me she was waiting for Keith Daley, my cousin who I’d hired to distribute publicity leaflets on the beach. The Mandy I later developed was already there. The little mini-skirt, the tousled hair. I could see the hair as a marketing product.  You know… hair bands for fans who would become Mandy lookalikes.

“I kept saying to her, ‘you must let me do something with you.’ She just giggled. I was always asking Keith about her. He used to drive me mad saying… if only you knew her age! Then one of the barmen told me she was Bill Wyman’s girlfriend. Amazed isn’t the word. There I was offering to show her the world, and she had already seen it with one of my idols.”

Mandy disappeared at the end of the ‘85 season and returned the following year with Keith. Maurice was told she had walked out on him.

Wyman. “Mandy and Keith used to hang around our house and I suggested to Mandy that she could make a lot of money if she sold her story to the Press. But she didn’t want to get Bill or her mother into trouble.

“When the story did get into the papers my life changed overnight.

I now became Mandy’s protector. When Mandy and Keith went into hiding I was the one answering the phone, advising her, keeping hundreds of photographers parked outside my house happy.”

Maurice loved the attention. He wanted it to last forever, and that meant using Mandy. However, there were two obstacles blocking Maurice’s path to fame: Mandy’s mother, Patsy Smith, and the Stones organisation.

“I called a meeting at my house. I was brilliant. I won Mandy’s mother by telling her Mandy could be a star in her own right.

The Stones’ representative wanted Mandy to lie low for 12 months, so I said, in that case, will you pay her all the money she’d have made in that time?

“When the Stones refused, Patsy agreed that I could promote Mandy for 20 per cent of what she made and after one year Patsy would sign a contract. She didn’t trust me yet. After that meeting, Patsy told me she was dating Bill’s son, Steve. I wasn’t interested in Patsy’s life.

Maurice stated that he was besotted, fascinated and infatuated with Mandy.

“My first plan was to steer Mandy away from the Wyman sensation.

I wouldn’t allow her to talk about him. I was going to turn her into a top model. After that, there would be a record deal and finally when I’d launched my product around Europe, I was going to break America, going to get her a film contract.”

Maurice came to London with Mandy and with the blessing of his wife Wendy. “I love Wendy and I loved Mandy. Wendy and Keith were being shoved into the background because I wanted to be with Mandy the whole time. This was the Mandy and Maurice Show.

“Keith was tagging along behind us like a housewife and beginning to irritate Mandy. He’d wear dark glasses and tell people they couldn’t get into lifts – didn’t they know Mandy Smith was in there.”

After two weeks Maurice had made £9,500 for Mandy in modelling fees. “We moved only in limousines. It was freebies all the way. I’d walk into top boutiques, pick clothes off the rail and tell the owners that if they were lucky Mandy Smith might wear this. I’d instruct Mandy – don’t walk, crash into rooms like a star because that’s what you do.”

Mandy fired and rehired him twice in the first week. Her moods would eventually goad him into tearing out clumps of his streaked hair. Mostly, though, Mandy did as she was told, especially after clever Maurice won her a recording contract.

“Just think,” said Mandy to Maurice one night as they were gliding along in a limousine listening to her record, “We’ve done all this without Bill Wyman. Let’s go to the Hippodrome and celebrate.”

“I was very excited and proud dancing with her that night. The floor cleared, the cameras flashed, and the next day I was in the papers as ‘Mandy’s new boyfriend.’” Maurice swears that Wendy did not utter one mean word when he telephoned her in Marbella the next day.

“I wish you could have seen me then,” sighs Maurice into his orangeade. “Total control over the record,television cameras following us, international magazines, not asking but begging for sessions, and me in my Katherine Hamnett suit shouting, ‘no comment… no pictures now… she’ll sign that later.’

“I was living out my fantasy in the best hotels, first class seats… and Mandy was along for the ride as well.”

Sorry Mr Marbella, but at 16 that girl you had a ‘fling’ with was a child


THERE’S something spectacularly understated about ancient DJ Maurice Boland’s admission that he made “an error of judgment.”

The error of judgment being a disgusting affair with a schooolgirl young enough to be his granddaughter.

One suspects that elderly self-styled ‘Mr Marbella’ didn’t use his brain at all when he decided to have a fling with a mere 16-year-old, instead allowing another organ to do the thinking.

This is the man, I’d guess in his 60s, who has become our “unofficial ambassador” in Spain, thanks to his show on expat station Talk Radio Europe. He has also held himself up as a paragon of virtue thanks to his 40-year marriage.

We Irish like to take pride in our finest exports, but after these sordid shenanigans Maurice Boland is a name we’d all rather forget.

Because the legal age of consent in Spain is 16, Mr Marbella clearly reckons his “error of judgment” isn’t all that bad. I beg to differ.

For a start, if this incident had occurred in Ireland he would stand accused of statutory rape.

And yet, more importantly, we should consider the circumstances that led a 16-year-old into the arms of an ageing DJ.

Maurice is the man behind The Wow Factor, Marbella’s answer to the rash of talent show competitions that routinely clog our TV screens.

And yes, you’ve guessed it, this 16-year-old was one of the entrants.

Our slick-haired impresario offered to help her prepare for the competition and soon found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Frankly, it’s all disgustingly distasteful. With his actions, Maurice has spread a seedy sheen over his life in Marbella, one which certainly doesn’t reflect well on the ex-pat community abroad.

This illicit affair smacks of the worst kind of betrayal, given that it features a man who was prepared to throw away a 40-year marriage for the thrill of seducing a young, nubile wannabe star.

He can dress this scandal up any way he likes, but Mr Marbella is just as guilty as Hollywood’s finest when it comes to the casting couch.

Let’s not forget, at 16, this girl is still a child. Sure, every teenager dreams of stardom, and who could blame her for entering a competition that might open a few doors? Yet in doing so, her innocence was repaid by a man who should have known better than to take advantage of the situation.

Most 16-year-olds here are settling back to school after their Junior Cert results or planning a year of alternative activities in Transition Year. It’s also a time when many teenagers embark on their first “relationships”, often little more than hand-holding exercises with an equally nervous guy.

Maurice Boland, himself a father of three boys, should have more than a passing knowledge of teenage maturity levels. After all, in an interview some years ago he described losing his virginity in Germany at age 15 to a woman he later realised was a hooker. And yet, he wasn’t concerned about preserving the innocence of a girl whose one mistake was to yearn to be a star.

With his ridiculous sequinned suits and perma-tanned face, Maurice Boland is a man who always wanted to be a star. A former nightclub owner and magazine publisher, he even managed budding singer Mandy Smith for a time.

With ambitions of fame, Maurice even had the temerity to be aggrieved when Pat Kenny beat him to the presenter’s job on the Late Late Show in 1999.

Fast forward 11 years and the king of Marbella has finally achieved the recognition he’s been craving for so long.

Unluckily for him, it comes at the price of revealing just exactly how far his moral standards have slipped into the gutter

Bill Wyman documentary dropped by Sheffield Doc/Fest after protests about ‘sex predator’

European premiere of The Quiet One is cancelled after complaints about the former Rolling Stone’s alleged grooming of his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was a child

Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith on their wedding day in 1989.

A new documentary about former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman has been dropped from the programme of the forthcoming Sheffield Doc/Fest following protests about the circumstances of Wyman’s second marriage.

The Quiet One, which is billed as “a first-hand journey through Wyman’s extraordinary experiences”, is director Oliver Murray’s first feature and utilises the bassist’s collection of extensive diaries, as well as photos and videos.

Although covering the span of Wyman’s life and career, from being raised by his grandmother to departing the Stones in 1993, no mention is made in the official synopsis of the film covering Wyman’s second marriage.

He and Mandy Smith married in 1989, when she was 18 and he 52. He had allegedly been grooming her since she was 13; she later reported that they had first had sex when she was 14.

Sheffield received dozens of complaints over the planned screening – and subsequent Q&A with Wyman and Murray – saying they were giving a platform to an alleged sexual predator.

Below the posting for the premiere, users voiced concerns about “this event being sponsored by the local authority?? If so, have the people of Sheffield whose taxes have contributed to the festival been consulted about headlining [an alleged] sexual predator?”

Added another: “Did the events of 2018 go entirely unnoticed to your team. Do you endorse this behaviour because it certainly looks like you condone it, feeling that he’s a suitable speaker for your festival. Appalling.”

The festival has not issued a formal statement, but on Facebook it said it had “decided to cancel the screenings” and that full refunds would be given. The film’s world premiere is still set for 2 May at the Tribeca film festival in New York. The Guardian has approached Tribeca for comment.

Smith and Wyman separated in 1991 and divorced soon afterwards. In 2010, Smith – who has campaigned for the age of consent to be raised from 16 to 18 – said: “I was underage, but I was complicit. Now I see it in black and white.”

In 2013, Wyman reported that he had approached police and prosecutors to ask if they wanted to interview him, only to be told they were not interested. He said: ‘We all have a skeleton in the cupboard..”

  • There is so much more I could say about this person but I will not apart from this.
  • Better to have been a  been, than never to have been a been at all.


An Israeli spacecraft has crashed into the lunar surface, ending the first privately funded attempt to land on the moon.

About the size of a washing machine, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander experienced an engine and communication failure in the last seconds of touchdown.

The mission ended Israel’s hopes of joining the ranks of Russia, the US and China as the only countries to have made controlled landings on Earth’s nearest neighbour.

“We had a failure in the spacecraft. We unfortunately have not managed to land successfully,” said Opher Doron, the general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ space division.

“It’s a tremendous achievement up to now,” he added, saying the probe had already made Israel the seventh country to orbit the moon and the fourth to reach the lunar surface.

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Named Beresheet, the Hebrew word for genesis, the four-legged craft had intended to measure magnetic fields from its landing site on a lunar plain called Mare Serenitatis, the Sea of Serenity.

Its frame held a time capsule of digital files the size of coins containing the Torah, children’s drawings, dictionaries in 27 languages, Israeli songs, as well as memories of a Holocaust survivor.

Beresheet was launched in February aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, one of SpaceX’s private fleets run by the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.

While crewed lunar trips have taken around three days, the probe took a much more circuitous route for its four million-mile (6.5m km) journey. It has spent 47 days, gradually making ever-widening elliptical orbits around the Earth until it was “captured” by the moon’s gravitational pull and looped closer to its surface.

On Wednesday, the lander made a manoeuvre to lower its altitude for a lunar orbit of between nine and 124 miles while preparing for the landing. It managed to take a photo of the moon minutes before communication was lost.

Funded almost entirely by donations, Beresheet was built by SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit set up for the mission, in partnership with the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. It cost about £70m, a fraction of the cost of previous state-led missions.

Related: Far side of the moon: China’s Chang’e 4 probe makes historic touchdown

Morris Kahn, a South African-born Israeli billionaire, is the main backer but the US Republican party and pro-Israel funder Miriam Adelson and her casino-owning husband, Sheldon, also gave $24m.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was at mission control, said: “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.”

US and European space agencies intend to use an expanding commercial space industry to send people back to the moon. A Nasa-led plan is already underway to build a small crewed space station orbiting the moon, and the private sector has been tasked with helping to build it.

Russia was the first country to make a soft landing, rather than a plummeting crash, on the surface of the moon in 1966. Following the end of the space race in the 1970s, there was no return until China sent a lander in 2013. In January this year, Beijing made history by landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon.

with racism, the media plays the role of the conductor

With Racism the Media plays the role of the conductor

This is one topic I don’t like taking on, not because it’s any more difficult to put together but because the closer one delves toward subject matters like Religion & Nationalism, the more one has to confront people’s emotions. The fact is with any concept there arrives a point where one’s conviction in a belief transcends logic. Once at this stage no one can say anything to convince you otherwise. Your belief becomes unyielding, religious-like. Racism is a click below Religion & therefore it remains a hard task opening people’s minds. As the great Frank Zappa once said –

Anyway, on Saturday I watched BBC’s flagship soccer show ‘Match of the Day’. Now I watched the first game. All seemed well & then at the end of the summary Gary Lineker mentioned there was an incident involving racism. Before that I had no idea there was any grief in the match. Next to Lineker was Ian Wright. This was no surprise because whenever racism in soccer is mentioned Ian Wright is there like a bear! Now I want to make one thing absolutely clear. I like the man. I liked him as a player. I love his heart & he’s a decent guy. Most importantly, both him & me would love to banish racism altogether. What he doesn’t realise is each time he brings up racism, all he’s doing is playing into the hands of the greatest racists on the planet.

Most people know working for the BBC is highly lucrative. Lineker for instance receives well in excess of a million pounds a year presenting the show. His sidekicks don’t earn such lumps but don’t feel too sorry for them. They are also extremely well paid. What people perhaps aren’t cognizant of is once on the BBC payroll, one has to do precisely what one’s told. The only rocking boat is the one they’re instructed to wobble. That’s why they’re so well paid. The point is the question of racism is not placed on the agenda by Lineker or Wright but by their bosses. I’d like to believe Lineker & Wright are aware the BBC is a Zionist run corporation. However, I’m not so sure whether they’re aware of the ulterior motives that lurk in the Beeb’s back offices.

In a recent article I tried to highlight how an integral role of corporate media is to continuously drive wedges between various races, religions, color & creed. The very last thing the true power-brokers want is unity among ordinary folk. Divide & Conquer is not just a Zionist motto; more a way of life. It’s a means to distract us from real issues. Handy too how these divide & conquer merchants are able to plonk their moral high hats on so uninitiated folk are fooled into thinking they actually care about racism. What they don’t register – the only thing that happens is we’re left to squabble amongst ourselves with what can only be described as meaningless debate.

This is why media barons can’t wait to highlight racism in Soccer & the BBC’s flagship show ‘Match of the Day’ is the perfect launch pad. What Ian Wright fails to grasp is the MEDIA NEVER ACTS! PUBLICITY FOLLOWED BY ZERO ACTION! How else has racism reared it’s ugly head in Soccer for over 50 years? IT’S BEEN ALLOWED TO! They want it to continue. Surely, if the media applied serious concerted pressure on politicians & football club owners, something positive would have emerged long ago. No. The media’s role is to create racism because that’s what the elite want & talking about it only serves to divide us further. Will the penny ever drop Mr. Wright? I’m hardly optimistic. People don’t think clearly when emotive issues are at hand. Your bosses know that only too well. That’s why they have you there sir.

Just for the record how would I tackle racism? Isn’t it the case all too often people moan & complain but when it comes to offering solutions it all goes quiet on the Western Front! That’s not the way I play. You see what angers me more than anything is the fact I know there’s a way of beating this scourge of mankind. The problem for most people is THEY DON’T REALISE THEY’RE BEING FOOLED, in other words all of the above. This is what one has to grasp. Once you do the solution stares you in the face. So before I tell you the simple way to stamp out racism here Mossad’s motto – by way of deception, thou shalt do war.

So how do we fix this problem? Easy. DO THE EXACT REVERSE! Never highlight it on TV or radio. If & when it does occur, commentators should merely refer to these people as mindless individuals. Make a point of feeling sorry for these poor souls. What a terrible thing to be so willing to display open hatred to fellow humans, to people they don’t even know, just because their skin is a different color than theirs. That’s sad. How stupid can one be?

However, behind closed doors let every football club know there will be zero tolerance for racism. Every club has to make it absolutely clear to their fans – any transgression will result in a life ban. If & when this occurs, the guilty party under no circumstances can receive any publicity. Instruct the same in schools. Tell parents there will be zero tolerance for racism. I guarantee, if this course of action is followed, racism would soon become old news. I can actually go on & on listing examples of how the hierarchy & their media whores are doing all they can to divide us but enough already.