Category: Comment

Ground Control to Major Tim

Hip hip hooey, the first Brit in space has just made it to the ISS–er, not exactly. The Woman from Mars: Helen Sharman, remember her? Don’t worry if you don’t, the Press will (grudgingly) remind you. She was actually the…

Dave, got a minute?

Hi Dave, me again. Just thought that I’d flag up a couple of potential problems for you, as we both know that forward planning doesn’t appear to be one of your strengths. Sorry to be a nuisance and all that,…

Ssshh-don’t mention the war!

Oh what a lovely war: Things are shaping up nicely here at Westminster, ladies and gentlemen. Dave (UK PM Cameron) announced that there was a plan~then went quiet when he realised it consisted of bombing Syria because everybody else was. So-called hard…

Crumbling Chinese fortune (cookies)

Hello, good morning and welcome to President Xi Jinping, head of the world’s largest single-party state and non-acknowledged head of Chinese industry, banking and espionage. Depending on who you believe, Xi has either come to conduct business at the highest…

And now for the football results

Moscow Dynamo–Three——Washington Wonderers—–Nil To be honest, it wasn’t even a close match. In the opening minutes, Moscow Dynamo’s energetic centre forward, President (Vlad the Invader) Putin adroitly blindsided the entire Washington team and annexed the Crimea. Washington team captain President…

That was the month that was.

It has been an interesting month. Little traffic on the roads because the schools are all shut, the UK Parliament in recess so the press are scratching around for stories and, of course, the weather in the UK has been…

Radicalisation of UK Youth

Yesterday in Parliament, acting-but-delaying-the-leadership-election-as-long-as-she-can Labour leader (sic), Harriet Harperson, exposed a dastardly plot to radicalise British Youth and turn them into Tory voters. Invoking Parliamentary Privilege, she accused Top Tory Toff, George ‘Abu Chancellor’ Osborne, of proposing a budget which would continue…

Wittering writer writes a blog post

Hello, good morning and welcome–oh, somebody else has already used that catchphrase, haven’t they? Let’s see now… Once upon a time there was a writer who really, really meant to write a blog post every single week and he was…

I had a friend

A friend has died. I hadn’t spoken to him for a while, but we go back a reasonably long way–or perhaps I should  say we went back a reasonably long way. Not school friends but a  friend you make later in…

Character-driven plot

I had a busy and productive two-week holiday recently. Sure there was some visiting of local purveyors of fine ales, and yes I finished and published ‘Song a song of Saturn’, but perhaps more importantly for long-term success, I ‘studied…

It’s OK to mention the war

This last weekend, the VE day celebrations were overshadowed, in the UK at least, by the General Election on Thursday and the aftermath of what was an unexpected–in some quarters if not here–outcome. There is a train of thought that says the…