A while ago, two years and three months, to be precise, I was reading through the on-line political blogs, Guido, Dale, Old Holborn, the usual suspects, and thinking ‘where are all the women’? 50% of the voting population, andContinue reading →
Mr G dusted down his funeral suit on Saturday. He’s only worn it twice. Unfortunately, the second time was to attend the funeral of the friend who’d lent him the suit for the first occasion, so itsContinue reading →
The public school educated Ed Miliband believes that ‘the best of the country we love’ is represented by non-jobs in the public sector supporting those who contribute nothing to the economy.
Britain owes £876bn in totalContinue reading →
On Thursday afternoon, in a back room of Parliament, history was made. A few MPs found themselves a backbone; they found a way in which they could exercise their Freedom of Speech and perform their ancient duty,Continue reading →
Bristol is desperately in need of a truly Libertarian spirit on its local council.
Back in 2008, the council decided that the self employed taxi drivers who ply their trade running tourists round the city wereContinue reading →
One of the mysteries of blogging is ‘who are you actually addressing’? Who are the people responsible for the ‘hits’ on your site?
The only way I can write is to address Gloria and Saul –Continue reading →
Back in 1970, an acquaintance of mine put an advert in the Daily Mirror. ‘What every young bride should know before marriage, full colour pictures, 230 pages of explicit step-by-step instructions, only £5.10s, sent in discreet plainContinue reading →
Mr T, who came before Mr G, in my dyslexic litany of marriages, once offered to move a boiler for me so that I could squeeze another piece of kitchen equipment into the resulting space. The offerContinue reading →
If you are of a sensitive, politically correct disposition, best you run away now and play Solitaire or something, this post is not for you. You’ll only get upset.
I want to talk about the deepContinue reading →
You are already too late for the early bird ‘special price’ of £195, so expect to pay in excess of that….
March 29th should herald a great day out for all. On that dayContinue reading →
Or more properly taking the .003% of the King’s Shilling!
As some of you have observed over the past 24 hours, this site is now taking advertising. I have hesitated on this issue for a long time, fullyContinue reading →
Thank-you all for your many e-mails asking where I was – much appreciated.
I just popped in to give SadButMadLad his wages, and empty the pool table cash box….can’t see the fascination in poolContinue reading →
Clang! Clang! Ding-a-ling! Can I have silence in the bar please! Your landlady would like to say a few words.
I would like to propose a toast.
Some of my more regular readers are aware that IContinue reading →
Could you just take a minute or two out of your day and do something to help me?
I need you to tell me what you think a word means.
I don’t want a cut and past job from the nearest on-line dictionary,Continue reading →
‘Tis our Blogiversary today. We are two years old.
I truly didn’t think ahead two years. There was no master plan, merely a terminal boredom with the forum wars and most of all with the forum furies. IfContinue reading →
Another year, another round robin …
Sickeningly smug greetings from picturesque Smuddland where robins perch on spades outside the door and every day the winter sun rises above a blissfully happy and successful home. So, …
The Basque wars were a dim memory by the time I came across the garment in a musty bottom drawer. Peach satin and black lace, home-made, whalebone carefully stitched into the seams to cinch a waist toContinue reading →
All the world’s a blog,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
At first the infant, mewling and puking inContinue reading →
I confess that I missed this scintillating piece of news yesterday; it emerged not so much with an earth shattering drum roll but more of a B-Flat squeak on an old violin.
The annals of history have beenContinue reading →
A sad e-mail from a dear friend who has already been visited by more unwarranted tragedy than anyone should have to survive, arrived to warn me that the storm clouds of imminent disaster were about to closeContinue reading →
‘Just off the coast of Autonomy, across the Bay of Good Intentions, lies the fog shrouded Isle of Best Interests’.
If you have arrived at this blog today looked for cheer and sympathy for your woesContinue reading →
There is no cut in front line services occasioned by Gordon Brown’s profligate spending that is more keenly felt by service users than the absence of Ms Smudd from these pages.
Regrettably, after aContinue reading →
News from Manchester Airport that from this month they will be testing a new “Eye Scanner”, which will read our irises and help to “combat the war against terror”. This comes only months after the airport introduced theContinue reading →
The telephone disturbed the afternoon peace a few minutes ago. The line echoed in the manner of a Skype call; I had answered in French naturally, and the caller sounded hesitant.
‘Ms Raccoon’ saidContinue reading →
It has been a month to forget, or should have been, were it not for the many individuals who offered unexpected adviceContinue reading →
Tolerance is in short supply these days. If something upsets us we expect ‘them’ to do something dramatic – forbid it, punish it, vanquish it, dissolve it, arrest it, ‘ASBO’ it, or shoot it. TheContinue reading →
A Frenchman who is taking a commendable interest in English political blogs asked me the other evening why so many of the blogs professed to be Libertarian. It was a good question, and one I struggled toContinue reading →