A Very British Revolution.

Seeing Cameron with stiff upper lip, facing the British press after the referendum results, I cannot get the image of Alec Guinness as Colonel Nicholson in Bridge over the River Kwai out of my mind. Nicholson was endearingly wrong headed, and reliant on rules, regulations, and convention, sweeping the docile camp inhabitants before him with […]

June 26, 2016

Suffer the little children under the EU…

Never mind David Cameron eating small roasted babies for breakfast, I’m more concerned with what the EU is doing to those wide eyed African babies this morning. Starving them by way of penalising their parents, that’s what. Why don’t they ‘try harder’, ‘invent things’, ‘add value’ to something instead of sitting under their Baobab tree, waiting […]

June 19, 2016

J’adore, Flabradors, and Guards’ma’doors.

The British are a funny race. Did anyone enquire as to the state of health of Frenchman Gerard de Nerval’s pet lobster as he walked it round Paris? Sentient? Fricasseed? Boiled even? We were content to believe that the Lobster was sufficiently adored rather than thermidored – and ignored the expert advice that it was more […]

June 12, 2016

It’s a good news/bad news day…

Shall we have the good news first? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and pull up a chair… Settled? OK! For the past 154 days of the year, you have been working hard to support the army of one legged Albanian criminals, profligate politicians, the clown prosecution service, Kid’s Company, NHS outreach and diversity officers, […]

June 3, 2016

‘Raccoon! Ahoy!’

It is that time of the year again. The next scan is looming, Ms Raccoon is within touching distance (next Wednesday!) of her latest goal (to make it to 68!) and a suitable adventure had to be found to mark this milestone. The excursion on the Lord Nelson was such a memorable disaster that I wasn’t […]

May 29, 2016

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading.

Mr ‘G’ Edition… “That type of misjudgment is not to be expected of seasoned journalists and is bound to tarnish the program’s world-wide reputation for credible reportage”. The Australian hack outfit that made the ghastly 60 minutes programme on ‘VIP Paedophiles’ believes it has a reputation for ‘credible reportage’… Roy Greenslade on the national newspapers […]

May 28, 2016

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading.

Bears in Woods edition… Alison Saunders lets the Police into a little secret as the CPS disappear under a pile of 267 files…. Hard to follow that one, but a worthy attempt by Moor Larkin who discovers that Dame Smith dismissed 34 of Leisha’s claims of sexual abuse by various men for ‘lack of evidence’ – […]

May 14, 2016

Open Thread – National Limerick Day.

This could be a day opportune, To bring you the news from ‘Raccoon’, She’s taken off for the pool, Which she does as a rule, On Thursdays she turns herself ‘prune’…   Do your worst in the comments! The wrinkled old bat will be back tonight.

May 12, 2016

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading.

The Sacred Androgen: The Transgender Debate. A long read – but well worth the effort, beautifully written – by Daniel Harris. Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England. By coincidence, Beachcomber explores the Victorian version! Disadvantaged defendants and torn prosecutors: the impact of falling legal aid eligibility in the magistrates court by Fiona Bowden. “Now everybody […]

May 7, 2016

‘Waiting for Goddard…’

Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot‘ was famously described as ‘a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats’. ‘Waiting for Goddard’ is fast acquiring the same sense of existentialist absurdity that passes for compassion in our complex world. The media are waiting for Goddard so that they […]

March 22, 2016