Category: Comment

Man cannot live by bread alone

I know, I’ve tried it. Mind you, I do bake a mean loaf, if I say so myself. Actually, I’m probably the only one who would say so; people who crewed for me at various times on Troutbridge might put…

Black Gold–Sussex Tea

Would that be Earl Grey or Darjeeling? A hitherto unremarked small British oil exploration company has just announced that they have found significant deposits of onshore oil in the Weald region, that is Sussex and Surrey, in the South of…

Brenda and Dave

Even before Dave climbed into the prime-ministerial limo this morning and made his way across London to Schlöss Windsor to officially inform Brenda that Parliament had dissolved itself, the fun and games began. Actually, they began yesterday with one of…

A cornucopia of clangs

For those readers who don’t know, there is to be an election shortly in the UK. Of course, these happen on a regular basis so this hardly comes as a surprise, but this is the first time a Parliament has…

Book sales quadrupled!

Matters of the moment: It’s true–but don’t get too excited, we’re only talking a very small number of books here. JK Rowling can sleep easy in her number one position. After months of virtually no sales, you might remember that…

Computer–blue

So, my not so old and definitely not so faithful Toshiba laptop stopped playing DVDs a couple of nights ago. It had been playing up for a couple of weeks and had previously been marched down to PC World where—naturally—it…

How to –probably—lose an election

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later—and now it has. The (British) Labour party has developed a habit of ‘kebabing’ itself when it comes to elections. I well remember the 1992 election, when the Tories were going to…

It wuz the gerbils wot dunnit.

According to a recent report, highlighted by John Humphrys no less, on BBC Radio Four’s Today program yesterday (24th Feb) , it seems that rats were not responsible for ‘The Black Death’—Bubonic Plague—that swept through Europe and the UK for several…

What’s in a name?

Tricky things, names. Particularly when there are male and female versions of the same name. Now, Francis and Frances are fairly easy. A Francis explained to me the easy way to remember is ‘hIs’ and ‘hErs’. That seems to work…

Beware of Greeks bearing voting slips

You can’t really blame them, I suppose. Four years of miserable penury, being out of work and selling your children for food whilst generally being regarded as the lepers of Europe—what fun. Presented with the choice of more of the…

Freedom to speak or freedom to insult?

Why don’t we start off with a couple of definitions? Murder: the premeditated, unlawful taking of human life. Freedom: the ability to do or say a thing without let or hindrance. These are my personal definitions, not taken from a…