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The Sunday Post: As Good as it Gets

The standard celebrity Q&A one sees with monotonous regularity on the inside back page of the Radio Times or in your average upmarket Sunday supplement often includes the ‘highlight of your life’ question. Beyond the usual ‘winning an Oscar/winning the World Championship/receiving the OBE/meeting Nelson Mandela’, there is the ubiquitous ‘the birth of my children’ […]

December 7, 2014

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading and the 25 Hour News

    A sad observation on the disappearance of distinctive and unfashionable London landmarks… http://greatwen.com/2014/12/04/earls-court-and-the-death-of-fun-in-london/ The good folk of Scarfolk are as reliably strange as ever… http://scarfolk.blogspot.co.uk/ A heartfelt message to Auntie… http://retardedkingdom.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/bbc-sos.html#!/2014/10/bbc-sos.html And an excellent insight into Exaro… http://barristerblogger.com/2014/12/03/exaro-spare-us-sanctimony-spare-us-bullying-try-bit-transparent/  

December 6, 2014

The Wind of Change

IT’S HERE AT LAST! YOUR NEW-LOOK, NEW-IMPROVED RACCOON ARMS! UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT THE TIMES they are a changing! A long-overdue facelift is needed for this dusty old blog and now that an exciting new editor has edged out whatshername (not before time!) and pensioned her off, a brand new chapter has begun for Britain’s biggest blog! […]

December 5, 2014

The Not-so Funny Farm

When I was around the age of eight, the drive back home from the weekly Sunday teatime visit to my paternal grandmother’s house took a detour one crisp autumnal evening; before returning home, my dad brought the car to a halt outside a large building that resembled a private school buried in exquisitely manicured grounds – or […]

November 17, 2014

Politically Correct Policing

  There’s possibly a whole generation out there now who think Politically Correct Policing all started in Britain in about 1999 when the McPherson Report was published. Well, I’ve got news for those punks. Politically correct cops had been with us since the 1970’s and for a while it seemed like you couldn’t be a […]

November 16, 2014

The Third World

The month of April 1970, if remembered at all, is remembered for two landmark moments in modern cultural history that made front pages around the globe – the drama of Apollo 13’s aborted moon mission and the news that Paul McCartney had ‘quit’ The Beatles; the former represented the apogee of the world’s fascination with […]

November 14, 2014

Sitting on Offence

Those bereft of a vested interest would probably agree war is a pretty offensive thing. Edwin Starr certainly did. We’ve been bombarded with the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak this year and the general tone of events marking the occasion has not been celebratory, but mournful over the seemingly needless slaughter. Yet, whilst […]

November 12, 2014

The 25 Hour News

Apologies for the absence of Saturday Evening Posts worth reading, but the weekly bulletin is still here for those who like that sort of thing…    

November 8, 2014

Alison Paula Ewing: A Life Backwards .

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Almost three months ago, a piece of mine appeared on here titled ‘My Aim is True’; it told the story of my relationship with a kindred spirit called Alison and the fact that losing touch with her meant I didn’t hear of her death in 2010 until March this year. It received a warm response […]

November 3, 2014

Who do you think you are kidding, Mr COBRA?

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Forty years ago, in October 1974, five people were killed in an explosion that ripped through a pub in Guildford; just over a month later, twenty-one were killed in two separate explosions that ripped through a pair of pubs in Birmingham. These awful incidents were no accidents. After a slow and gradual build-up of operations […]

October 22, 2014