Reading one of Moor Larkin’s 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 it again in conjunction withContinue reading →
Family feuds can drag on for decades. We’ve all known siblings who had a big bust-up over something years ago, something nobody can even remember anymore, and still refuse to be in the same room as one another,Continue 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 →
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. I’ll refrain from sayingContinue reading →
When Oasis signed to Creation Records in 1993, Liam Gallagher was asked why the sleeve of the band’s demo tape had featured a striking image of the Union Jack looking as though it was being sucked downContinue reading →
Well, we have now had four episodes of ‘Wolf Hall’ and I read that audiences have been dropping faster than Anne Boleyn’s knickers. I have been glued to my recliner of late (not been too wellContinue reading →
A little while ago archeologists discovered what turned out to be the body of the last English King to die in battle. Richard III died in battle at Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485 defending hisContinue reading →
Some months ago, my dear French friend Dr. Firenza Pesta set me a challenge which has given rise to a certain degree of obsession amongst some historians and academics, particularly in France: who was the ManContinue reading →
When Margaret Thatcher is returned to the dust whence she came from and where she shall return like all of us, a little bit of a bygone age will go with her. She will be eulogised — but,Continue reading →
Consider a world in which over the next three months, between 30-50% of the people around you have died of a horrible disease, full of fever and boils, often vomiting blood. What would that be like?
This week I shall say a prayer for the late Elizabeth Mitchell, and maybe go to mass for her. You will probably never have heard of her. I had not either, until last week.
ElizabethContinue reading →
Welcome to both regulars and those new to The Raccoon Arms. Pick a pint of your favourite tipple (unless that happens to be wine or single malt in which case that might be a tad over the top)Continue reading →
The Advertising Standards Authority has received a series of complaints about the above Coalition for Marriage advert running on Archbishop Cranmer’s weblog.
The complaints are about the claimed 70% figureContinue reading →
We have a new experiment.
Monsieur François Hollande est Le Président de la République.
The most immediate effect is that we all haveContinue reading →
For 4 years I worked in High Wycombe, the one-time capital of the world chair industry, due to Buckinghamshire beechwoods and skilled craftsmen.
In Gloucester they roll cheeses downContinue reading →
The oldest human being recorded in modern times was Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived from 21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997.
DuringContinue reading →
Skunk: A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable.
But it was done with considerable inputContinue reading →
These #occupy demonstrations at St Paul’s Cathedral are brilliantly revealing.
It’s like a Continue reading →
A mini convention of Raccoonistas occurred the other weekend, with various contributors to the blog turning up at Madam La Raccoon’s “chateau” in south west France.
My chief contribution to this weekend wasContinue reading →
The latest development in the relationship between MI6 and Muammar Gaddafi is a price of £1m placed on his head. Charles Crawford recounts the history of an ‘interesting’ relationship.
Soon after the US-led attack on Saddam Hussein began,Continue reading →
I have always been fascinated by how the law, invariably shaped to deal with the ‘hard cases’ that make the headlines and force change, pans out to affect the ordinary, the mundane, the banal, that vast chunkContinue reading →
A few days ago in the course of de-constructing the bogus science in a piece in the Daily Fail, regular Raccoonista and general stalwart SadButMadLad made a passing reference to the “Tunguska Event”.Continue reading →