National Identity: Languages
National Identity: Languages
’Nothing is so much to be feared as fear’.
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862
The anti-smoking brigade have long endorsed ’fear’ as the tool of choice to persuade us to join their cult.
We have had the fear of our own imminent death from lung cancer. WeContinue reading →
“Lord help the mister
Who comes between me and my sister”. Irvine Berlin
Last July Home Secretary Jacquie Smith voted in favour of MPs keeping their £24,000 second home allowances. Allowances are a grey area; unlike an ‘expense’,Continue reading →
The dead tree press has commissioned some of its lawyers and senior editors to take a good hard look at current practice in the media – before the committee set up by the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport starts poking around.Continue reading →
A former French aircraft carrier – rejected by India and Egypt as being too toxic to be broken up – has arrived at its final resting place in Teesside.
The vessel contains 700 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated materials and was recalled toContinue reading →
For once the Pro-life and Pro-choice brigade are united in their condemnation of the ending of a young life.
A Florida girl attended an abortion clinic in Hialeah, for an induced abortion. After being given the various medications that are prescribedContinue reading →
When I wrote of medieval ale houses, I had in mind old Flossie Lane’s establishment.
Flossie’s grandparents acquired the licence to sell beer and wine from their front parlour to the local farmers back in the 19th century. NothingContinue reading →
I see blogging as the cyber equivalent of the role of host in the medieval ale house. Long before the advent of licensing regulations, the ale house was a private house, a place to gather in congenial companyContinue reading →
Obama: “I’ve been fighting alongside Acorn on issues you care about my entire career…” (Steven Malanga, “Organizer In Chief,” [New York] City Journal, Summer 2008)
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has become a householdContinue reading →
The son-of-the-Manse, Gordon Brown, has been pipped to the post in the ‘lets pray with Obama’ stakes. Our revered Leader is not to be honoured by being the first to shake the hallowed Presidential paw – despite the BBC showingContinue reading →
Old salts will recognise the signs immediately – our beloved leader sending out distress signals as the Good Ship Britannia staggers and wallows over onto her beam ends…..and no sign of the Captain being keel-hauled! – is it too much to ask of lifeContinue reading →
The definition of Terrorism grows ever wider. It may surprise you to learn of the ways in which Vernon Coaker, the Labour Home Office Minister, has quietly signed away your right to undertake everyday activities.
There are many reasons why youContinue reading →
Metodo3 the infamous Spanish detective agency involved in searching for Madeleine McCann was today accused by the Spanish Attorney General’s Office of squirreling other people’s nuts away for a rainy day.
The ‘crack’ detective team – and who can forget thatContinue reading →
Jessica de Grazia’s official report last summer on the Serious Fraud Office was mortifying, painting a picture of gross incompetence in an organisation designed to pierce the most sophisticated corporate frauds. 300 lawyers, accountants and investigators, presumed toContinue reading →
A standard question posed by many adults to a small child. Easily within a four year old child’s capacity to answer in words of one syllable.
What a minefield that question will present for young Sean and Amelie McCann.
How to answer?Continue reading →