Whilst some of youÂ reading this will probably beÂ nursing and cursing a bit of a hangover tomorrow, thoseÂ amongst us who harbour a curiosity about political history tend to find the mostÂ anticipated aspect of a New Year toContinue reading →
I was intrigued by the comments on the numbered words of the Sunday post – âLost Lexicon of Englandâ – within a few hours it had reached 150Continue reading →
Arising out of an email exchange around aÂ couple of months ago, this first ‘collaborative piece’ between our esteemed albeit semi-retired landlady and her heirÂ lists 100 misplaced words. They’reÂ in no particular order and areÂ either onesÂ 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 providedÂ a characteristicallyÂ vivid description of some of the rather more…erm…slapdash construction work in London, painting a portrait of streets where âfalling houses thunder on your headâ, 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 PearceÂ is the AustralianÂ 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 thatÂ 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 →
Clair Tiltman was a 16-year-old schoolgirl who had a close encounter with an older man over twenty years ago, one that resulted in a conviction for that man yesterday. If you think you know where IâmContinue 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 âhighlight of your lifeâ 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 dustyÂ old blog and now that an exciting new editorContinue reading →
I don’t ‘do’ taboos; neither does my imaginary friend.Â 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 →