Whilst some of you reading this will probably be nursing and cursing a bit of a hangover tomorrow, those amongst us who harbour a curiosity about political history tend to find the most anticipated aspect of a New Year toContinue reading →
I was intrigued by the comments on the numbered words of the Sunday post – ‘Lost Lexicon of England’ – within a few hours it had reached 150Continue reading →
Arising out of an email exchange around a couple of months ago, this first ‘collaborative piece’ between our esteemed albeit semi-retired landlady and her heir lists 100 misplaced words. They’re in no particular order and are either ones you either don’tContinue reading →
Is it really in the ‘public interest’ that we should know that a film producer we had never heard of, thought an actress that we don’t much care for, ‘a minimally talented brat’?
I ask, becauseContinue reading →
Doctor Samuel Johnson once provided a characteristically vivid description of some of the rather more…erm…slapdash construction work in London, painting a portrait of streets where ‘falling houses thunder on your head’, reflecting the fact that it was notContinue reading →
I had not thought that I should ever suffer from homesickness. Not once seven years had passed since I left home – and certainly not after I returned. But I have.
Hell hath no fury like an electorate that gets what it said it wanted.
His Honour Magistrate Darryl John Pearce is the Australian magistrate accorded second billing in the New South Wales annual review as a markContinue reading →
The absence of flexibility in the American Presidential system means either death orContinue reading →
I was recently pondering why I feel so alienated and apart from society. It was only more or less just ten years ago that I was still attending mainstream nightclubs, under my own volition, without feeling as ifContinue reading →
And another surreal take on the same decade (though not much odder than some recentContinue reading →
A century on from the Suffragettes and almost half-a-century on from the second wave of feminism that proved so problematic for the brassiere industry, one would have imagined womanhood had progressed way beyond two archetypes thatContinue reading →
‘She is constantly visited by amateurs of birch discipline, being always furnished with brooms of green birch and of the best quality, and is always happy to see any friend that feels himself inclinable to spendContinue reading →
The Elm House branch of the conspiracy industry may tie-in with contemporary convictions of clandestine satanic abuse rings in the highest echelons of the British establishment, but it also connects the apparently liberal 21st century societyContinue reading →
The standard celebrity Q&A one sees with monotonous regularity on the inside back page of the Radio Times or in your average upmarket Sunday supplement often includes the ‘highlight of your life’ question. Beyond the usualContinue reading →
IT’S HERE AT LAST! YOUR NEW-LOOK, NEW-IMPROVED RACCOON ARMS!
THE TIMES they are a changing! A long-overdue facelift is needed for this dusty old blog and now that an exciting new editorContinue reading →
I don’t ‘do’ taboos; neither does my imaginary friend. Have you met my imaginary friend? She’s called ‘Contraria’; she starts every sentence with ‘On the other hand’, or ‘Looked at a different way’ – and I have lots ofContinue reading →
As it happens, Duncroft was the last of the plates to come to rest – over the last five weeks, I also had to move house, move country – and moveContinue reading →
One minute I had so many plates spinning in the air I didn’t know which way to turn and began to doubt my ability to keep them all airborne – and the next? Why, if they didn’t allContinue reading →
Behind every great lawyer there is a woman – lugging an immense pile of court papers.
Those papers are known as the ‘court bundle’ – and since april of this year, there have been strenuous effortsContinue reading →
Back in September 2013, Chris Grayling was spawning Cod at a rate of knots. He would protect young girls from sexual abuse whilst in his care by incarcerating them in ‘secure colleges’ along with hundreds of 17 yearContinue reading →
I have often pondered why the cliché is ‘descending into madness’ – given the number of people who end up firmly believing that they are the son of the Man upstairs, and spend the rest of their life withContinue reading →
Colonel Richard Kemp set the ladies aflutter by suggesting that they didn’t have the ‘natural killer instinct’ of men and thus shouldn’t be allowed to serve on the front line in direct combat roles.
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Alastair Campbell re-writes Cameron’s valedictory speech after the ‘To lose one may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like Recklessness’ by-election.
“In left-wing circles itContinue reading →
How long does it take you to open the fridge, scrape up some ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter’ and apply it to two pieces of bread? A minute? Less than a minute? You’ve still got time toContinue reading →