The New Babylon

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


Let it be

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

Why do pedants pedant?

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 lose the name of action”

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”

Death – not the Great Equaliser

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