The most poignant news of the week for me was that of the retirement of James Alexander Gordon. Many Raccoonistas have something of an aversion to sport, but Gordon was a man who rose far above mere sport,Continue reading →
I’m a huge fan of the silliness which can easily find it’s way into over-literal analysis from a feminist viewpoint.
This is what “Joanna Allan”, the blogger at Your Daughters Will Be Next, Continue reading →
Wemmick was the humble clerk in Great Expectations who desired to turn his humble Elephant and Castle home into a fortress, complete with drawbridge, with the Dickensian version of a Gatling Gun on the buttresses to wardContinue reading →
Twitter is a curious phenomenon. Leaving aside all the trolling and general idiocy that can go on, there is wit, there is expression, there is immediacy and there is social contact. I have become personally engaged with quiteContinue reading →
To say nothing of aggravating people.
A change of scenery is the order of the day.
Accordingly she has fled the coop,Continue reading →
I have been watching the rowing at the Olympics. The squad has done Britain proud, and it makes me all emotional. You see, long, long ago in a land far, far, away, your humble scribe hadContinue reading →
About three years ago I had the misfortune to run into some financial problems. The details don’t matter. All I would like to say is that it was not a case of me being improvident orContinue reading →
It seems some commentators on AR have read a little science fiction if the comments on Ray Bradbury’s coda is anything to go by.
So what is it about SF (please don’t use theContinue reading →
Ever behind the curve, I read an article a couple of weeks ago about Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This is a bit late in the day, because he has some very important things to say,Continue reading →
There are many things to like about living in Britain. The history, scenery, diversity and a largely benign environment are wonderful as are many other things.Continue reading →
Many apologies for concentrating on male fashion, but I think female fashion gets quite a bit of press already.
Fashion changes to suit the environment andContinue reading →
Statistics and numbers can be pretty boring. Long lists of numbers or charts showing lots of wavy wiggly lines with no meaning.
But numbers and figuresContinue reading →
Everyone is different.
Everyone has a different skill.
Everyone has different limitations.
Everyone thinks differently.
Everyone are not the same.
Some people can hold their breath.
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How truthful are you? Have you been brought up by your parents to tell the truth all the time? Do you tell your children to always tell the truth?
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I want you to waste time. Yep, you heard right. You should waste some of your time.
However I don’t want you to just sit on your arse [Sorry Anna, I promise that I won’t useContinue reading →
Science tells us that money can buy happiness – up to a point. There comes a time when an increase in income beyond a certain level that happiness doesn’t increase. That level is on average aroundContinue reading →
A policeman goes past an art gallery in Mayfair on a bus, and sees the artworkContinue reading →
Latvia has its one-legged lesbians, according to Mr Webcameron.
Bristol has its one-legged diabetics, according to theContinue reading →
At the Raccoon Inn, we covered the death of PC David Rathband.
But there was another suddenContinue reading →
Skunk: A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable.
But it was done with considerable inputContinue reading →
I truly detest television at Christmas. Most of the year I find it merely worthless and annoying, but at Christmas with all its faux bonhomie and general shut down and when there is not much elseContinue reading →