One of the regrets of my life is that I’ve not been able to travel the world, to see the Terracotta Army in situ guarding a Chinese paranoiac who makes Pol Pot look like Daddy Pig; to walk the secretive mountains of Montana and Kentucky; to ride on the magic rusting and dilapidated Nilgiri mountain … Continue reading Change of seen
"36 Isil militants killed as US drops the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat " 1. How much did this air-raid cost per head of Isil killed? (to six significant non-decimal figures) 2. Estimate the year when operations such as this will finally bankrupt the USA military (protractors may be used sparingly). 3. In … Continue reading Bang? War! I must write me memoirs..
A policeman standing outside the Houses of Parliament is stabbed before he can move. No intervention, no attempt to prevent the murdering Adrian Elms, above all no time to move, no heroic actions, "just" a sad violent death. Four civilians walking on Westminster Bridge are mown down by this same man. "Just" four sad violent … Continue reading Death – not the Great Equaliser
My home these days is found in a small North Yorkshire village which for several decades had as its joiner and funeral director a local man who had also been a teacher, was a decent artist and played a deal of cricket. He was well into his eighties and still sharp as a brad when … Continue reading Going, going…