New Scientist journalist John Hoyland coined the term ‘nominative determinism’ to describe the alchemy by which some people seem to be drawn to their jobs by virtue of their birth name. Though given that most surnamesContinue reading →
Oft’ times, when I am struggling to resolve opposing opinions, I will stare out the windowContinue reading →
Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceivâd, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effectâ¦
It was 200 yearsContinue reading →
I am indebted to Bob Woffinden, in his excellent book ‘The Nicholas Cases‘*, for alerting meContinue reading →
Cliff Richard has waited 636 days to hear any substantive news regarding the allegations made against him. Almost two years. He now has to wait many months to hear whether the crown prosecution service think itContinue reading →
Whilst the reputation of the Metropolitan Police may stink on home ground, it is still thought of highly in foreign parts.Â That may explain why there are so many ‘ex’-Met officers plying theirContinue reading →
As the supermarket concept developed in the UK in the 1950s, the appearance of brand names developed as well and were designed to be colourful, eye-catching and distinctive.
Buying a supermarket withContinue reading →
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)Continue reading →
Last Thursday, as you were rushing about buying Easter eggs, the beleaguered staff at Slater & Gordon were more worried about their Easter pay cheque.
They were due to be paid on the morning of theContinue reading →
When Exaro first emerged with their ‘credible and true’ allegations of exotic Westminster paedophile rings, the opprobrium heaped on the head of anyone, like Ms Raccoon forContinue reading →
Legal regulators in Victoria, Australia, have woken up to the dangers posed to ‘vulnerable clients’ byContinue reading →
Close to the Canadian border, in a small township called Watton, two unassuming Christian folk, Lale and Joan Roberts, hadÂ brought up their three daughters. Â It was the sort of community where nothing much ever happened. TheyÂ may yetContinue reading →
The ‘outrage bus’ is doing wheelies round the Sunderland Football Club car park as it awaits its ritualistic joy-rideÂ through TwitterÂ when Adam Johnson’s sentence is deemed too soft… as it will be if just one week short ofContinue reading →
Around midnight last night, Ms Raccoon’s e-mail pinged with an exceptional morselÂ from Tom Winnifrith, the experienced and multi-talented financial journalist who was responsible for uncovering the frauds that lay at the heart of Rob Terry’s empire. ThatContinue reading →
100 years ago last year, a bitter little man, a man who hoped to be ‘somebody’ one day, a man with his head full of the ‘injustices’ of his life, but who, despite his poor background had hadContinue reading →
The BBC was off to a cracking start this morning – commencing with the ceremonial hurling ofÂ theÂ sacrificialÂ spent carcass of yet another DJ from the top of BBC Towers to the waiting mob below – Tony Blackburn.
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A fascinating case has been making its way through the legal system unnoticed by all bar a few legal practitioners. The media are uninterested – they cannot name or photograph the parties and there are absolutely no celebrities,Continue reading →
There was a howl of outrage when it appeared that the Presumption of Innocence had been suspended for those individuals with a penchant for strapping explosives around their waist and ensuring that the police had a neat pileContinue reading →
Mark Watts was busy picking the cherries out of the Operation Vincente review conducted by Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan of Dorset Police.
Met was right to interview Lord Brittan over rape – review.Continue reading →
Every single working day of the past year; every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – and come to that – most Saturdays for good measure, a senior and specially trained police officer of the gender requested byContinue reading →
It was a stroke of genius, ten years ago, for Ms Camila Batmanghelidjh to invite documentary maker, Lynn Alleyway, into her multi-coloured harem to film her charitable work with underprivileged kids – ‘Tough KidsÂ – Tough Love‘. ItContinue reading →
If Surrey Police appear at times to have a symbiotic relationship with the Metropolitan Police, it could date back to the days when districts like Epsom, Elmbridge and Reigate were the province of the Metropolitan Police, and wereContinue reading →
Long ago, there was a country club with a golf course called ‘Quindell’. A man called Rob Terry ran it, despiteÂ his previous company, Innovation Group, apparently vanishing up its own backside – leaving him some Â£12 million toContinue reading →
October 2014 – and as ‘many as 20,000 to 30,000‘ potential sex offenders, or vile perverts in tabloidese, had been identified. There was outrage that all those on the listÂ provided by the National Crime Agency hadn’t beenContinue reading →
Once upon a time, children, in this septic isle, we used to slope off to Sunday School in order to learn the rules of moral transgression. Moral authority was exclusively the preserve of the Church, who denounced sinnersContinue reading →
Sir Richard Henriques has produced an exhaustive report describing the minutiae of every decision made in respect of Granville Janner.
The main stream Media has reduced those 47 pages to:
For all the richly deserved ‘scrambled egg‘ that decorates Lord Bramall’s formal dress, none can mean as much to him as the discreet star depicted here – which signifies that he was the 973rd person personally chosenContinue reading →
I said we’d organise something, so here’s a very important date to put in your diaries – 19th November 2015. Previous get togethers have been in London, generally organised round Old Holborn’s annual Guy FawkesContinue reading →