As Cabin fever and post sewage pipe replacement excitement ennui had set in, I decided to take my self orf for a long walk starting at Yatton down the Strawberry Line,Continue reading →
Young Robert comes from Poland, a country where you take care of yourself, no vast welfare state to fall back on.
He lost his job just before Christmas and with it his accommodation. He didn’t trot off toContinue reading →
Franz Gall was long ago dismissed as a pseudo-scientist by a Liberal left; his theory that there was such a thing as a ‘criminal brain’ abandoned when neuroscientists proved that there was no connection between the ‘bumps’Continue reading →
Picking up the Telegraph this morning, I see a big smiley photograph of some chaps in white hugging each other who are on holiday in the sun playing with a bat and ball. Then the BBC intones thatContinue reading →
He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day
When the New York Times said God is dead
And the war’s begun
Alvin Tostig has a son today
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good
By my reckoning, January 12th should be our final dayContinue reading →
I was a lefty for over 15 years and during that dark time I lived a lie of convenience, idealism and denial. IContinue reading →
Another year, another round robin …
Sickeningly smug greetings from picturesque Smuddland where robins perch on spades outside the door and every day the winter sun rises above a blissfully happy and successful home. So, …
I am not going to rehearse again in these pages my own particular tussles with the DTI/BERR/BIS that are now entering their fifth year, but needless to say any organisation that refusesContinue reading →
Mr Justice Mostyn sitting on the last day before the Christmas vacation has just decided that Steven Neary shall be returned to his Father permanently in time for Christmas.
Steven, a 20 year old autistic man, has beenContinue reading →
The Basque wars were a dim memory by the time I came across the garment in a musty bottom drawer. Peach satin and black lace, home-made, whalebone carefully stitched into the seams to cinch a waist toContinue reading →
The past few days has seen the Blogosphere, and much of the mainstream media, consumed with the outrage of an Australian citizen, locked up without charge, without evidence of madness, in Wandsworth Gaol. Julian Assange.Continue reading →
The purpose of a country park is to provide a place that has a natural, rural atmosphere forContinue reading →
The Guardian that well known apologist for anything big Government does has now let the ‘left wing’ loose on name calling. During the week George Monbiot ( have I spelt that right- who cares) did a pieceContinue reading →
Can it only be as long ago as eighteen months ago that Green Campaigners were targetting owners of four x four gas guzzling apocalypse creating vehicles in places like LondonContinue reading →
Oh to be a fly on the wall as the competing shibboleths fought to the death in the wreckage of Wikileaks last week.
Our modern main stream media have adored the Wikileaks. They have long given themselves overContinue reading →
All the world’s a blog,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
At first the infant, mewling and puking inContinue reading →
A couple of decades ago, I sat in a barren government office, facing a trio of civil servants sitting on a high dais in approved ‘intimidate the interviewee’ fashion. They asked me a series of inconsequential questions,Continue reading →
And other cold weather jokes…..
Blimey – we’ve even got snow in the Dordogne this morning! The Pompiers were out at the crack of dawn pulling motorists out of ditches, and my neighbour has smoke coming out ofContinue reading →
That’s the one which would allow the British Phonographic Industry – no wonder they go by the acronym of the BPI –Continue reading →
From Downing Street:
The Cabinet confirmed that the wedding on Friday, April 29 next year will be an official bank holiday. The day falls at the end of Easter week andContinue reading →
Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has limited the scope of his audit opinion on the regularity of expenditure in the 2009-10 Resource Accounts that report the costs of the MPs’ Expenses Scheme. This is the first auditContinue reading →