Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading and the 25-Hour News.

Countercultural Father with a beautifully understated description of the Trouble at Blackfen….. The Suitsy – workwear for the Onesy generation trying out work for the first time…. Archbishop Cranmer has a makeover. Joshua Rozenberg on the new ‘Victims of Crime’ legislation. The Gerasites on ‘Conspiracy Theories‘. Subscribes on the Shadows of the Screws stalks Derry. Bernie […]

September 20, 2014

The Salmond and the Darling.

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The Salmond and the Darling Were watching through the night; They cheered like anything to see Such quantities of votes: “So long as this were going our way” They said, “it would be grand!”   “O Voters, come and vote for Yes!” The Salmond did beseech. “An increased dole, no need to work, Life will […]

September 19, 2014

25 Hour News Special (Scotland Decides)

The end is nigh, och aye…  

September 18, 2014

The End of the World is Nigh…

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The end of the world as we know it, that is. Still, we survived the world map no longer being pink all over, and we learnt to call Ceylon – Sri Lanka; in fact some of us refer to Peking Duck as Beijing Duck. I doubt that losing a blue stripe in the flag we […]

September 17, 2014

Pedagogue or Paedophile?

A long, long, time ago, just after World War 11, six licenses were granted to war veterans that allowed them to take commercial photographs in Trafalgar Square thus overriding the obscure by-law that had long prevented this means of earning an honest crust. In 1961, Nicky Connors was just such a photographer. With his velvet […]

September 16, 2014

Twitter, Twatter, Twotter…and Thumb Gymnastics.

The Twitterati. The word has even made it into the Oxford dictionary. Because nobody ever wrote anything down until humans learnt to dance a jig on double jointed thumbpoint whilst having breakfast with a lover that they haven’t spoken to for six months and won’t get round to speaking to until they’ve answered all 112 […]

September 15, 2014

One Man and His Shed.

I needed to open a can of treacle today. Mr G was off in the middle distance, roaring up and down the field on his tractor; the man who cut the hay had had a wobble mid field, and the resulting bend in his perfect tram lines offended him bitterly. No chance of attracting his […]

September 14, 2014

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading and the 25 Hour News

Meanwhile, Scarfolk carries on as per unusual… A retrospective on the curse of the ‘dirty old man’…!/2014/09/no-country-for-old-men.html Another interesting view on the Scottish Independence debacle… And the Highway (to Hell) Code…!/2014/09/awareness.html    

September 13, 2014

Past Lives and the NHS.

I posted yesterday on the different attitude between France and the UK to families being present in a hospital and helping nurse their relatives. I hadn’t appreciated until the comments started coming in – and a couple of e-mails overnight from the continent, that the UK attitude seems to be exclusive to – the UK! […]

September 12, 2014

Past Lives and Present Misgivings – Part Two

Where was I? Oh, yes, Cumberlow Lodge, South Norwood. Politely described as a ‘children’s home’ – no doubt to honour the strictures of the will of the Victorian philanthropist, W E Stanley, who had left his much loved home to the government for use as a ‘children’s home’. It was a detention centre, adapted to the needs […]

September 11, 2014