Something for the Weekend, Sir?

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I don’t believe that I have ever had work that recognised such a thing as the weekend. If I did, it was a long time ago. The idea that a Saturday or a Sunday is something profound, or sacrosanct is as foreign to me as it is to anybody else who has ever worked in […]

July 17, 2015

Who Pays the Piper?

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Follow the money is a popular retort. I’ve been chasing taxpayer’s money into some very odd corners. I’m indebted to the National Secular Society for first alerting me to something quite mysterious. Those priests you occasionally see darting along hospital corridors, on their way to administer the last rites to some poor soul; the Iman […]

July 12, 2015

The Full Starr v. Ward Judgment.

Neutral Citation Number: [2015] EWHC 1987 (QB) IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION Before : MR JUSTICE NICOL ——————— Between : Frederick Leslie Starr – and – Karin Ward ——————— ——————— Case No: HQ13D04680 Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL Date: 10/07/2015 Claimant Defendant Dean Dunham (instructed by Debello Law) […]

July 10, 2015

Nothing New Under the Sun…

Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. King James Bible Job 11:1 – 20. There is much disquiet in legal circles at the news that Lord Janner will be subjected to a ‘Trial of the Facts’, whilst he is […]

July 8, 2015

Discerning Light and Darkness in the Twilight World.

The Twilight World, that chamber of horrors complete with trick mirrors distorting reality, and ghostly shrieks from memories past, that some unfortunate individuals are forced to dwell in towards the end of their days. It is a subject much discussed by the armchair diagnosticians these days with respect to Lord Janner – they are able […]

July 6, 2015

On reading the small print…

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As our glorious dead tree press descends into ‘penny dreadful’ country, Ms Raccoon has become correspondingly more obsessed with checking the small print – otherwise known as referring to the alleged ‘source documents’. It can be fun sometimes, ranging from discovering that the nine year old boy alleged to have been abused ‘by an MP […]

June 30, 2015

I shall dine on Mince and slices of Quince…

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For Ms Raccoon is putting to sea in a pea-green boat. Or maybe it’s not the boat that will be pea-green but Ms Raccoon. We shall see. I have thrown caution to the wind, and signed up to crew on the Lord Nelson, a 55 metre square rigged ‘tall ship’, that has just returned from the […]

June 21, 2015

When is a Lie not a Lie?

Part One – When is a Lie not a Lie. Andy Coulson emerged from the Edinburgh High Court his old confident self. “This prosecution was always wrong. I didn’t lie and the prosecution, in my view, was a gross waste of public money.” The headline “Coulson – I didn’t lie” had its boots on and […]

June 4, 2015

The Palliasse with the Ass on top…!

Even in the US, the land of the American dream, it can be hard to make your mark on the world when you come from humble beginnings. Palliasse was of just such humble origins, from the wrong side of the Mall. He was a palliasse of colour, light blue to be exact; crudely described as ‘thick’ […]

May 29, 2015

Up Close and Personal with the NHS.

Ms Raccoon has been back studying the NHS at close quarters. What a fascinating animal it is. It reminds me of Windows 8 for some obscure reason – a bulk package which drains the lifeblood out of its host, but produces very little of value to you, you have to take it on faith that the […]

April 24, 2015