Hi, honey! Am I home?

The Fates have a certain grim humour which causes them to juxtapose events which emphasise or undercut more strongly the one the other. So this week Clotho  spun the thread of fate which ensured that 53 Commonwealth Heads of State met for their biennial bash. This at a time when their Leaderine for decades is, … Continue reading Hi, honey! Am I home?

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The Devil’s workshop

I gather that the irascible flame-haired Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons is being held up by people-seeking-offence as another example of racism. This despite man-in-the-street Scots galore saying they take no offence, find him hilarious etc. This latter load of old boloney follows the craven and inexplicable kowtowing of the show's producers to effect a … Continue reading The Devil’s workshop

Never give a clown too many balls to juggle

I blogged a piece some weeks ago about how so many managers are appointed via the Peter Principle which suggests that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out assigned duties". And how, after the most catastrophic management failures, the people clearly and unambiguously responsible are … Continue reading Never give a clown too many balls to juggle

Humbug as cold as charity

I know it's Christmas, loose-needled fir trees, surprised virgin, goodwill to all wo/men, problems at the inn, three kings, full house, deck the halls, giblet gravy, socks AGAIN, heartburn, Amazon returns forms. But I'm royally pissed off with yet another email saying: "We have deçaided not to send Christmas cards any longer and will be … Continue reading Humbug as cold as charity

“Then let them use us well” (Emilia – Othello IV.3)

My feeling that I'm living in an unhappy fractured land (this blog: The New Babylon 05 August - https://atillathecheckout.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/the-new-babylon/) has intensified with the accelerating woman-led movement of Offensivebehaviourinpubliclife.com. Whilst for the most part vastly less important than the dreadful revelations of child abuse over the past two years, it does include accusations, even hints, of rape … Continue reading “Then let them use us well” (Emilia – Othello IV.3)