In Anna’s piece about the Reverse Dutch Steamboat (good job it wasn’t Reverse Dutch Steam Clean; that would hurt), she took a sideswipe at the proposal that shared private sewers and drainsContinue reading →
Living in the Land of the Commons People
I was trying to do some work this morning when the Home Affairs Select Committee started grilling the Plod who had been involved in theContinue reading →
I’ve got the hang of the local accent now; I rattle confidently through the questions with them as they laboriously write out the answers in triplicate. Nom, prénom flies out in the correct back to front order;Continue reading →
One of the time honoured methods of learning a new language is to buy a book you know well – written in your chosen new language. It used to be the bible – these days it isContinue reading →
Dear brothers and sisters,
As many of you may know, I have long considered that I am a SPECIAL friend of one of the occasional contributors to this blog, namely GILDAS THE MONK. However, I must confessContinue reading →
Although libertarians are instinctively distrustful of any organisation seeking to make decisions that will affect their lives, it is obvious to most that all kinds of communal decisions do need to be made and the authority to makeContinue reading →
What would happen to a company if it was run the same way a state is run on social progressive lines? A progressive state where equality actually leads to greater inequality; where fairness leads to unfairness; where justiceContinue reading →
The oligarch supporters of President Yeltsin discovered by accident how to get their drunken but reliably corrupt puppet re-elected, despite national embarrassment at his failings. In desperation, they bought the national TV stations, whose newsdesksContinue reading →
Men, beware, one glance at this face could turn you into a helpless cypher, craving only to commit crimes in order to have the chance of a second glance…if she opens the door for you, that’s it,Continue reading →
Following our current intervention in Libya, a polarised argument has developed between those who favour intervention by the major powers in local and intra-state conflicts and those who argueContinue reading →
Everyone appears to be having their take on the phone-hacking saga, and with the last edition of the News of the World out on Sunday, it is a rare opportunity for all those who despise the Murdoch pressContinue reading →
Mr G took the old crock out for a run in the French countryside this morning. He let me come along too.
We went to Beaumont du Périgord for breakfast, taking advantage of the French traditionContinue reading →
Tomorrow will be the last edition of the News of the World. It will become a collector’s item, trawled over for years by the conspiracy theorists looking for hidden messages, truths revealed, if you just take theContinue reading →
If you were disabled, how much would you want to be protected? The thought occurred to me today whilst reading about the case of a disabled man living in care in one of the Court of Protection’sContinue reading →
So, the News of the Screws has gone. No more will I learn of the indiscretions of “models” with C list “celebs” from Eastenders under its red top banner. The priapic exploits ofContinue reading →
I’ve never had to argue a hotel bill. I avoid the ridiculous phone call rates and use my mobile, unless it’s included I won’t use the internet for much the same reason, I steer clear ofContinue reading →
There are many dates to choose from: the date that someone authorized the first “phone hack”. The date the first hacking happened. The date that phone hacking first came to light.
I suspect that theContinue reading →
Anna was all over people being silly with their passwords yesterday, in the serious context of phone hacking at the News of the World.
But do you remember *this* episode?
As a Quaker, I have mixed feelings about a man being forced to kill another man. It may be true that because I have mixed feeling about being forced to kill another human being, that I amContinue reading →
Is it worth the waiting for?
If we live ’til eighty four
All we ever get is gru…el!
Ev’ry day we say our prayer –
Will they change the bill of fare?
Still we get the same old gru…el!
I think the taxContinue reading →
Could there be a more emotive firecracker tossed into the flagellation that is the New of the World hacking scandal? A more despicable, heinous act than accessing ‘Murdered Millie’s’ phone messages? – for she is one ofContinue reading →
Odds are that I can guess your PIN in ten attempts.
It will be one of the following
- “1234” – I can’t be bothered to think about my password
- “0000” – I can’t even be bothered to count Continue reading →