In clinical psychology, a phobia is defined as an unreasonable, exaggerated fear of an object or situation, causing anxiety and distress. Typically, phobias are distinguished from genuine fears by their irrationality: think of your great-aunt Molly, who usedContinue reading →
1. Which famous manuscript crucial to Britainâs democracy and values was signed at Runnymede?
a. Magna Carta
b. Wind in the Willows
c. âHelloâ Magazine
2. Which ancient National Treasure is now kept under armed guard in the TowerContinue reading →
Nietzsche, the German philosopher, said that marriage was âthe will that moves two to create the one which is more than those who created itâ.
Throughout history, human beings have ignored the cold words of theContinue reading →
Theresa May is due to announce this week that in future, you can become a Superintendent or Inspector in the Police Farce without any prior experience of policing. Itâs called Direct Entry, possibly from the hallowed grounds of Kidderminster Universityâs Media Studies Department.
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In the dim recesses of my memory, quite possibly falsely, I seem to recollect watching an interview with the late and great actor Sir Laurence Olivier in which he made certain observations about playing the roleContinue reading →
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Two fine young women, photographed in time-honoured fashion with the ubiquitous smiling policeman outside the home of the British Prime Minister. It is a scene impossible today; the days when disagreeing with the prevailing politics meant writingContinue reading →
Itâs a tough life for the posh poor. Thatâs not the posh who are poor, thatâs the poor who are posh. They have a taxpayer out hard at work providing their daily bread for them, and an EU migrantContinue reading →
So he has finally found the venue where he is prepared to have a camera pointed at him. The curtains behind the lectern at the Dutch venue was too far to travel when he was busy; the curtains behind his deskContinue reading →
Being a cautious soul, when I bought my new iMac, I double checked with the Apple store in Paris to ensure that all my software and hardware would continue to operate with my new computer. Looked upContinue reading →
When it comes to getting screwed by our present Prime Minister we have to be patient.
No Gordon Brown style wham-bam-thank-you Maâam.
First he graciously teased us with a âI might tell some Dutch academics on Fridayâ,
Then it was a âHang on a minute, AlgeriaâsContinue reading →
And as the snow lies crisp and evenâ¦what will you be doing today?
One of the few pleasures of Olde Englande that I genuinely miss and am unable to replicate in any form here in the Dordogne â even BakedContinue reading →
Quite some years ago, a friend recommended that I should read Lance Armstrongâs autobiography, âItâs Not About The Bike.â
For many, including me at the time, it was an inspiring book. It chronicled Armstrongâs childhood,Continue reading →
I am suffering from a monumental bout of cis-titus, I have been reading extensively on the subject for 24 hours â and found myself in a world of such venom, such rancor, such toxic spleen, that I am truly shocked.
Let meContinue reading →
Tâis true that there is nothing new in the world â we have been down this path of retrospectively denouncing celebrities, judging them by modern mores, before.
âFalconâ came from a privileged background â but scarcely led a privileged life. His Father had inherited aContinue reading →
Argggh! The Foodieâs Night Mareâ¦the Galloping Gourmet Burger!
The doe-eyed equine substitue-husband that the righteous have no objection to having boiled up to glue their dinning chair together has turned up on their dinner plate.
They are aghast! KnackeredContinue reading →
This post is an archive of all Dr Eoin Clarkeâs multifarious apologies for defamation, with some commentary.
I have posted them here, just in case Dr Eoin ClarkeContinue reading →
So, at last, the end is nigh. I have reached the end of my Odyssey through the merciless killer that was the Black Death. A killer, and, if I am correct, one which was both moreContinue reading →
Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war,
that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.
I have been pondering this matter for days now, sinceContinue reading →
My, but the Police are unhappy this morning. Bawling their eyes out in fact.
The Assistant Commissioner, Simon Byrne, has described Detectives as âConstables in T-shirts and jeansâ thereby upsetting everyone. The detectives are upset at the insinuation that they are no better than your âornery, ploddingContinue reading →
We maintain a healthy interest in the Life and Times of Vera Baird, known as the âTowering Infernoâ (apparently she explodes when insufficiently respected).
Our Vera is now perambulating â presumably at significantly Continue reading →
I try, I really do try, to get worked up over whether Stuart Hall kissed a 13 year old on the lips 20 years ago. Perhaps it did ruin her entire life. Maybe she was so traumatisedContinue reading →
Are there houses for them all? How will the roads fare with another half million or so cars on the road?
Could the hospitals cope? â a particularly pertinent question given that many of them suffer from health problemsâ¦will the GPs surgeries be able toContinue reading →
âDeath is Comingâ
As regular readers will know, just before Christmas I started an amateur investigation into the so-called âBlack Deathâ, the deadly plague of unparalleled ferocity and virulence that spread across Europe, Britain andContinue reading →
And indeed it is â the Birthday Edition! For this noisy, brawling, lusty blog is four years old today.
2,700 posts over those four years â 1,700 of them I find I have writtenâ¦an average ofContinue reading →
Iâm investigating celebrities, and Iâm chastely puritanical,
I twat on Twitter and with privacy Iâm economical;
Iâve learned to speak at conferences, colloquia and seminars
Iâve even sent impassioned pleas to European commissars
I never Continue reading →