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

The Equalizer

A couple of weeks ago I took myself off to the cinema to see “The Equalizer”. It is an old-fashioned morality tale, very loosely based on the TV series which made Edward Woodward a very rich man, before his sad departure. I can still remember “Callan” – a chilling and excellent series. The premise is […]

November 13, 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

Lest We Forget.

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The sons of our sons will marvel, Paging the textbook: “1914 … 1917 … 1919 … How did they live? The poor devils!” Children of a new age will read of battles, Will learn the names of orators and generals, The numbers of the killed, And the dates. They will not know how sweetly roses […]

November 11, 2014

Parish Notice.

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Good Morning all – and apologies for the lack of posts recently. Ms Raccoon has had a few problems of her own to sort out, leaving little enough time to put the world to rights… All the furniture left here on Friday; fortunately I had the wit to sell a large sofa to the new […]

November 10, 2014

Nothing for victims: The £3million left in Jimmy Savile’s estate will be spent on lawyers.

Just 22 out of 58 payout claims against Jimmy Savile have been accepted amid warnings that his estate may be swallowed up by legal fees… leaving nothing for genuine victims  58 damages claims have been considered under scheme for alleged victims There are more than 150 claims that still have to be processed The £3million […]

November 9, 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

Ozzie Man – “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

It used to be that we said ‘What happens in the US this week, will follow in the UK next week’ – but recently we have been following in the footsteps, closely in the footsteps, of Australia. The Land of Ozzie Man. It is also Slater and Gordon land; home of the rapacious law firm […]

November 5, 2014

Howlin’ Woolf – For Whom the Axe Falls.

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I think I’ll toss a new name into the hat full of suggestions for a person deemed suitable to drink from the poisoned chalice that is to be set in front of the ‘Chair’ of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse so recently vacated by Fiona Woolf. What is needed, is someone truly impartial; neither overly […]

November 4, 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