Popinjay n. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter. Professor Alexis Jay has fallen victim to the popinjays ‘having a pop’ within a day of being appointed to take an exhilarating ride on the pointy end of the Exocet now aimed at the ageing artifacts of historical sexual abuse. Her 30-year background in social […]

August 12, 2016

Southwest of Salem.

Remember the days, not so long ago, when to suggest that there existed such a thing as a ‘false sexual allegation’ saw you under siege on Twitter for days on end? It was a ‘vile’ suggestion which could only come from someone who was a ‘paedo-supporter’ and who must be hounded into ignominy? Remember the […]

August 11, 2016

Whingeing migrants…

Herr Griesbach is in the news today – as an asylum seeker. Fully equipped, as any proper asylum seeker should be, with three accompanying dependant women, and four children… He says he is prepared to work – ‘prepared’ no less, which is good of him – as a ‘translator’; that is going to be difficult […]

August 10, 2016

Is Homophobia suddenly acceptable?

Colour me confused. I was under the impression that any suggestion of AIDS being ‘the gay plague’ was the ultimate example of homophobia? Didn’t David Cameron and Nick Clegg both demand that the ‘horrific slur’ that was the ban on gay men donating blood, ‘in case’ they had AIDS, be removed? Anybody who lived through […]

August 7, 2016

Last of the Dodos.

‘What first attracted you to Fleet Street, Mr Hack?’ is a question which has never been answered adequately. ‘Tis a toss up whether it was the proliferation of ale houses, providing refuge from the squalor, the rotting fish, dead dogs and suicidal humans, or the presence of Wynkyn de Worde’s hand cranked printing press in […]

August 5, 2016

Waiting for Goddard – Part 263.

The indefatigable Sean O’ Neill Times £ has elicited the information that New Zealander Dame Lowell Goddard, hired to investigate British failure to investigate sexual abuse in British institutions, has so far this year spent a total of 74 working days, or almost 3 months, or £148,000 of taxpayer’s pounds, er, investigating the ‘local scene’ in […]

August 4, 2016

One man went to mow…

As night-time falls, the marsh becomes the province of the ‘will-o’-the-wisp’, that mysterious blueish light that dances hither and thither, occasionally picking up the slow beat of the barn owl’s wings, more usually skitting across the water meadow, leaving you wondering whether you really did see it or not. Was there a man out there […]

August 3, 2016

No Laughing Matter.

Ms Raccoon has once more ventured down into the lagomorphan labyrinth and returned with a fresh specimen for your amusement in this, the silly season. This one has long floppy ears an’ everyfing. It kicked off, as these things often do, with a browse on the internet. A debate at Westminster; “Are religious leaders in the twenty […]

August 1, 2016

Nurturing Porkies.

Porkie Farming nearly became a profitable business. Back in 2007, a young carpenter registered a company ‘Ddc Contracts‘, to carry out a joinery business, along with ‘possibly’ his partner, Lorraine Smith. They lived in a  pleasant enough street in Kent. Hook Lane, Bromley. Within two years the company was in trouble – Companies House was threatening to strike […]

July 29, 2016

Sam Tân and Gay Parents.

Not since Sam Tân stood in a whoopsie, which admittedly was only yesterday M’lud, a microscopic time in outrage land; has there been such a scramble to censor a so far unseen episode of ‘baby sitting for busy parents’. Sam Tân, for the uninitiated, was the brainchild of two Kent firemen; they wanted to make […]

July 28, 2016