Soliloquy

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As regular visitors to this blog will know I am, of course, a fool. This foolishness is manifested in various ways, and on the whole I put up with myself and make light of my idiotic tendencies, which I suspect are often caused by what my friend Dr. F pointed out not so long ago […]

October 12, 2014

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

Raccoon intelligence from Nautilus. The Biter, bit. A Feminist finds herself on the wrong end of the new wave of politically correct allegations. Could this be an end to Miseri-lit? The Blogging world’s resident expert on viral transmission talks some common sense on Ebola. Inhale for Britain from Scarfolk. Orphans of Liberty on Guilty until […]

October 11, 2014

Where are they now? No 284 – Essex Man.

As excitable Sky journalists rush to tell us of ‘UKIPs first MP’, Douglas Carswell, I thought I’d take a look at the ‘forgotten man’ – who really was UKIPs first MP, for a brief period. Bob Spink. Funny how nobody wants to mention him today. Back in 2008, a grateful Nigel Farage welcomed Dr Bob […]

October 10, 2014

Cameron insults us all with his response to UKIP.

This is what happens when you have a Prime Minister advised by a ‘Lord Chancellor’ – now downgraded to ‘Justice Secretary’ – who isn’t a lawyer. UKIP are campaigning to see Britain withdrawing from the European Union – and the Prime Minister responds by saying he will repeal the Human Rights Act; this appears to have […]

October 9, 2014

Djinns, Dakini, Kindoki and other spooks that go Bwaa in the night…

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Back in 2011, Tim Loughton, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, set up a round table meeting of ‘experts’. The experts sat there and told him horrific tales of witchcraft, spirit possession, demons or the devil, the evil eye or djinn’s, dakini, kindoki, ritual or muti murders and use of fear of the supernatural as used […]

October 8, 2014

Valuing Antiques – and the Great Pig-Iron Bubble.

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A friend e-mailed me this week, asking if I could be of assistance in valuing some antiques for them. Years of ‘antique running’ taught me that there is only one answer to that question – they are worth whatever someone is prepared to pay for them. Some items, like a mahogany chest of drawers, maintain […]

October 7, 2014

The Greedier Media.

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As we speed through the brave new world of social media, disasters splatter against our windscreen like so many mosquitoes. We can ignore some of them, look past them, wipe away others – but eventually, we must stop, scrub the glass clean – and start again. 24 hour rolling news seemed like a good idea […]

October 5, 2014

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

The Archdruid reports on the Buffalo Winds. John Band on Clacton – the whitest place in the UK! Panorama narrows its focus. Lucy Reed on Deprivation of Liberty. Jacob Wheeler with a collection (scroll down!) of articles on how US special forces are now operating in virtually every continent. Eric Hardcastle on the fatuous ‘International […]

October 4, 2014

A Grovelling Apology.

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An abysmal performance yesterday; I can only say how terribly sorry I am for the trouble I caused you all. When I took the site down before I had my last operation – I managed to delete the back-up copy as well. It turned out that the only back-up copy in existence was Gildas’ version which […]

October 2, 2014

The Conference Season

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Who, apart from ambitious young journalists in drag looking to snare a cheap story, actually goes to a Party Conference of any persuasion? The Telegraph helpfully calculated, a few months ago, that it cost upwards of £700 to spend a few hours enticing a political dishonourable Member into sharing a ‘selfie’ with you. Who sticks their hands in […]

October 1, 2014