Thursday, November 16, 2006

Old Bastards

I discover the International Brotherhood of Old Bastards via a report in today's Chicago Sun Times. The report is about an organisation called the International Order of Old Bastards - a club based in Monona, Wisconsin with about 600 members aged in their 60s and 70s who meet weekly to drink beer, talk about old times and ..... Well, according to the Sun-Times, and watch strippers! The police raided one of their meetings last week warning them that they needed an adult entertainment licence. The local leader of the Order - Arch Old Bastard Richard Story - commented "This is for elderly people who just want to have a good time with their peers".
So I decided to do a web search for further information about the Order - did they have a branch in Yorkshire for instance - and came up with the similar sounding International Brotherhood of Old Bastards. As far as I know, there is absolutely no connection between the two organisations. Indeed, if the web-page I found is anything to go by, the Brotherhood is far more interested in God (or the lack of God) than in the naked female form. The page was hosted by an organisation called "skepticfiles" - an organisation I have never heard of before but one which seems to be doing a wonderful job in fighting the destructive power of religious cults and, indeed, all forms of organised religion. Now, if they have a local Chapter here in Yorkshire I would be really interested in joining them.
The picture is one I took a few years ago during a visit to some islands off the coast of Panama. The lady is an old bastard only in the very finest meaning of the phrase. Her Mona-Lisa like smile reflects only the fact that she had just filled her pipe from my tobacco pouch. I like her

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