I’ve been taking a look at the Foxes that John Wittingdale has chosen to put in charge of the British Broadcasting Henhouse, otherwise known as the BBC. Rather more dogs than vixens, as it happens, so lets takeContinue reading →
WilfÂ Batty isnât a name from the past that provokes instant recognition. Most probably have no idea who he was or what he did. Well, he was a farmer in the MawbannaÂ district of Tasmania, and what he didContinue reading →
Parents can be a hard act to live up to. If theyâve been an immense success in their chosen field, their children entering the same field means they have to either surpass the particular parentâs achievements orContinue reading →
Reading one of Moor Larkinâs excellent posts the other night, an excerpt from the Pollard report caught my eye. I had seen it before, but in isolation; now I was reading itContinue reading →
Alas poor Buttifant*! The fashion police have busted him.
On Sunday he was a mere coke snorting, tart romping Peer, barely distinguishable from his colleagues – by Monday The Sun had played their master stroke andContinue reading →
I’m starting to count the number of times that the early morning news contains the words ‘The Prime Minister will tell business leaders today’ or ‘George Osborne is expected to announce’; I’m counting as a meansÂ ofContinue reading →
A reader of this parish, a blissfully content new grandfather,
which makes a change from his usual curmudgeonly, contrarian, argumentative self, in between making coochy-coo noises and blowing bubbles at his new granddaughter, decided to do something practical
Theyâre coming to take it away ha-ha, hee-hee, boo-hoo. Yes, the Raccoon Arms Jukebox has spun its last scratchy disc. It has expired. It is an ex-jukebox. It has served us well. Many is the time aContinue reading →
Whilst a Victorian bride was expected to be as white as a PersilÂ bed-sheet hanging from the suburban washing line when she was led up the aisle, her husband was expected to be a little more worldly-wise regardingContinue reading →
Most of you probably didnât notice, but a new Liberal Democrat leader was elected this week. You remember the Lib Dems, donât you? They used to form a small and stubborn little pocket in the lastContinue reading →
âI like Mexico, I love the Mexican people, I do business with Mexico,â he said. âBut you have people coming through the border who are from all overContinue reading →
Once upon a time, there was a Princess much beloved by the people, one who bemoaned the persistence of press intrusion until she wanted to showcase an exclusive couture outfit at a movie premiere or plug aContinue reading →
Adaptability might be the best way to describe how Google remains the top search engine in the world. As SEOs learn how to manipulate the system, Google constantly changes it. New technology arrives – social media – GoogleContinue reading →
Viewing the past through the prism of the present is slowly becoming accepted practice. At one end of the scale, we have the conspiracy industry that has now turned its attention away from the JFK assassination andContinue reading →
Yesterdayâs post (and for those of you with short memories, it was the one about weekends) anticipated some of what Iâd intended for this one, especially in some of the comments it spawned. One opined thatContinue reading →
I don’t believe that I have ever had work that recognised such a thing as the weekend. If I did, it was a long time ago. The idea that a Saturday or a Sunday is something profound, orContinue reading →
Before American billionaires, Saudi Sheiks and Russian Oligarchs began buying up the country’s top flight football clubs, most were in the hands of local self-made men, pillars of the community whoâd made a mint from industry andContinue reading →
The Common Market, the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Cup, âJeux Sans Frontieresâ and the European Capital of Culture â initiatives hatched on the continent with the admirable aim of creating a greater understanding and senseContinue reading →
The late great Clement Freud once remarked that the British idea of Germany being the ultimate adversary is a relatively new theory, one spawned by two twentieth century World Wars. ‘France is really the enemy,’ he said.Continue reading →
Back in July 2011, around the time that Meirion Jones was first making a move on the story of great personal interest to him and his family:
Mr Jones told meContinue reading →
Follow the money is a popular retort. I’ve been chasing taxpayer’s money into some very odd corners.
I’m indebted to the National Secular Society for first alerting me to something quite mysterious. Those priests you occasionallyContinue reading →
Once a vital lifeline to pop-picking teenagers when the pirates had yet to set sail and the BBC Light Programme swung to terminally upbeatÂ orchestral mood music, Radio Luxembourg finally gave up the ghost of the 208 wavelengthContinue reading →
Neutral Citation Number:  EWHC 1987 (QB)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION
MR JUSTICE NICOL
BetweenContinue reading →
A ballerina with the Royal Ballet being interviewed on the radio the other day described the manner in which so many people outside her profession seem to assume her job is closer to a hobby. The commonContinue reading →
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
King James Bible Job 11:1 – 20.
There is muchContinue reading →
Itâs an over-familiar sight where TV news bulletins are concerned, one of the predominant clichÃ©s employed to emphasise what often seems a curiously testosterone-fuelled competition between broadcasters to bring the scene of the crime into the nationâsContinue reading →
The Twilight World, that chamber of horrors complete with trick mirrors distorting reality, and ghostly shrieks from memories past, that some unfortunate individuals are forced to dwell in towards the end of their days.
It isContinue reading →
âWhite Bearâ, the truly unnerving and remarkably horrific 2013 episode of Charlie Brookerâs âTwilight Zoneâ-for-the-twenty-first century series, âBlack Mirrorâ, was the main topic of discussion when I saw a close friend the day after its transmission.Continue reading →
Bloody Americans, eh? Coming over here, taking our culture. On this day 239 years ago a bunch of âem got together and decided theyâd be better off without us; and yet they wonât leave us alone! WeContinue reading →
With creditors at the door, Greece hovers on the brink of bankruptcy, is finally declared insolvent and then has to be bailed out by an international financial authority. No, not 2015, but 1893. Iâll refrain from sayingContinue reading →