I pulled up and parked round the corner from home as per. Switched off the engine. And fell into an unexpected fugue of gloom. I sat and thousand-yard stared through the windscreen. I thought – this country has some very beautiful scenery. Then - most of the people I meet and of those I never … Continue reading The New Babylon
I'm sorry if this upsets anyone, but I feel real anger at the egotism and pig-headedness of the parents of poor little Charlie Gard. They seem to live in another world where what they want is ipso facto right, and where the dedicated, hugely experienced pediatricians and palliative care team at Great Ormond Street Hospital … Continue reading Let it be
To the West Yorkshire Playhouse to see Romeo and Juliet. Not now a play in my cynical older-age days for which I'd book a seat and take the trouble to travel to Leeds to see; but this was being performed by primary school children. I was curious to know how it went. Sadly, in a … Continue reading Seen but not heard
Over my bachelor years, whilst having had a fairly acceptable notion of how to treat many a woman, I've clearly learned sod-all of how they work between their ears. My latest blunder in this regard is Mrs Theresa May, the recently noosed and hooded Prime Minister on a trapdoor, like the starring role in a … Continue reading Mermaid singing
My visit tomorrow to the dentist is timely, since I have yet again ground my teeth at a “Today” presenter this morning. I’m wondering if I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At least, when it concerns language, and specifically English, and probably most specifically the spoken version. This demonstrates itself and, increasingly, quite violently these … Continue reading Why do pedants pedant?
And still the Top Table Ramblers insist. Still they mechanically trumpet the message. “Volunteers are vital to our footpaths’ maintenance, security, their very existence.” Like General Kitchener - “Your Country(side) Needs YOU”. Get out and Do Your Bit. Don’t even wait to be asked. On and on they go. So – you try. You offer … Continue reading “And lose the name of action”
There can’t be many left. If at all. Of that cohort of teachers who taught me or otherwise in the 50s – 60s, the last one of any influence on me has passed away. Keith L. a dapper, fussy little man introduced me to the stage – in my UVI at grammar school I played … Continue reading They did my state some service and I know it
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