Anna-Raccoon-150x150The Anna Raccoon blog primarily reflects the contrarian views of Susanne Cameron-Blackie, long nick-named ‘Anna’,  ‘La Raccoon’ – or ‘The Landlady’ since the blog is often confusingly referred to as ‘The Raccoon Arms’.

Complaints about the beer, suggestions for future conversations, or scurrilous gossip should be put in the suggestion box – annaraccoon2010@gmail.com – where they will be treated in absolute confidence.

Occasionally she shuts up long enough to allow Gildas the Monk, Victoria Lucas or Petunia Winegum, amongst others, to get a word in edgeways. Not often though.

‘The Raccoon Arms’ is an establishment where all points of view are welcome – it is a virtual pub, where the Landlady merely starts the conversation, and then the regulars take over, point out where she has gone wrong, the inevitable spelling mistakes,  and generally put the world to rights. They know most subjects a lot better than she does.

We actively encourage opposing views, its called debate, and makes the Pub what it is. Very occasionally, someone stumbles in late at night, having sunk a bottle of cheap vodka before they partake of the ‘free drink on arrival’ and then proceeds to make an incoherent rambling idiot of themselves which adds nothing to the conversation. We lock them in the outside toilet for the night, and in the morning transport them to a hen party in Czechoslovakia where they will feel more at home.  We see it as an act of kindness. This is the Pub with No Bores.

The picture you see of Ms Raccoon was taken three years ago; two months before she was diagnosed with cancer – since then she has lost her hair, grown a fresh crop which bears a startling resemblance to a semi-house trained Brillo pad, had so many operations her stomach looks like a noughts and crosses game, been extensively microwaved, and so many injections they have now installed a cross between a ping pong ball and a dairy milking connection…and still nothing has shut her up.

Do bear in mind that she can be a tad bad tempered if you come in whining that some minor blip on your horizon is of earth shattering importance…it is little short of a miracle, thanks to the French National Health Service, that she is still here to annoy you.

If you feel under your bar stool you will still find, not chewing gum, but pieces of the chap who wandered in here on the day she had just been told that the cancer had returned for the third time to opine that ‘he didn’t think the decent people of Leeds would want a new scanner paid for by that disgusting creature Jimmy Savile’.

I’m told that the ensuing explosion from the Landlady registered as 7.9 on the Richter scale…


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael July 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Thank God for having found a voice of commonsense with the willingness to undertake solid research to back it up. I have been watching all this Yewtree et al. hysteria and dishonesty from the bemused point of view of an expat of long standing. The U.K. has become an embarrassment to me as a UK citizen, and I am pointing as many people as I can to Anna’s blog in the hope of redressing some balance. It’s not only Yewtree, although that is flavour of the year, but many other areas where any sense of critical thinking, even more of critical expression, has been stifled by the knowledge that sticking one’s head above the parapet is to invite instant and major opprobrium. More power to you, Anna, however much you may offend “the decent people of Leeds” and their all too numerous ilk.


Jonathan Mason July 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

As another expat and former employee of the NHS I second and third this unreservedly.


Gil July 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm

You said it, Michael. Anna’s blog is brilliant and the word blog doesn’t do it justice.


michael July 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Thanks, Gil. Let’s spread the word and maybe give sp!ked a mention too in spite of their occasional wind-ups.



Pericles July 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I was about to post this somewhere (or send it behind the bar by e-mail) but, on looking at this page, was struck by two thoughts:

(1) this page mentions bores and this subject is particularly boring — I believe the term with currency is ‘geeky’;

(2) any-one having the problem addressed by what I’m about to suggest might well come in to this little cubby-hole in search of a solution.

The Problem

I use Firefox and, when I load The Raccoon Arms, half the pub is beyond the starboard side of my screen and invisible.

The Solution

The trouble arises because — for a reason unknown to me — two elements of the page, one with id ‘container’ the other (actually a collection of elements) of class ‘teasers_box’ — Yes, the mind boggles, dunnit? — have widths set in the format file (.css for the technically minded) at humungous values such as 100em, where they should be set at 100% &c. (An ‘em’ is … well, never mind.)

Anyhoo: in the unlikely event of your suffering from this and wanting to solve the problem, follow these simple steps:

(1) Locate a directory on your computer with a name similar to this:

C:\Documents and Settings\[YOUR USER NAME]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[A HASH NUMBER].default\chrome

[YOUR USER NAME] is self-explanatory. [A HASH NUMBER] is an incomprehensible collection of letters and numbers of the computer’s devising.

(2) In that directory you might have a file by the name of ‘userContent.css’. If you don’t, then create it — use Notepad. Either way add the following content:

/* ***************************************************************** */
/* ***************************************************************** */

@-moz-document domain(annaraccoon.com) {

#container {
width: 100% !important;

.teasers_box {
width: 100% !important;


(Include all the braces: { and }.)

You can set the width for class teasers_box to 93.4% but it’s not vital.



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