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The eternal debate.

There is this eternal debate about bringing up children to be successful, adjusted and high achievers. It’s usually framed in terms of as nurture versus nature. Is it the singer or the song? I’ve always felt it to be a silly debate no matter how heated it got. It’s one of those lightweight intellectual spats. … Continue reading

One law for the rich, another one for everyone else?

The blogosphere, as I call it, is an incredibly rich headspace to explore. It goes from taking the perfect photograph at the perfect time in the day of an orchid at morn opening to yawn up at the rising sun, to raving far-left sites which’re so determinedly anti-fascist, the Nazis would be proud of them … Continue reading

Lockdown thoughts.

My grandmother had a saying during those occasional emergencies we’ve all lived through – some things are sent to try us. Its meaning was have some patience, hunker down, keep your powder dry and this thing you’ve no way of fighting will eventually wash over us and then be gone. She had a lot of … Continue reading

Life inside the bubble.

Over the years writing this blog, I’ve several times used the expression about certain people living inside a bubble. The people in question would be individuals within the political elite, fake news and the entertainment industry. It’s a phrase that is in common parlance these days because like all good words or phrases, it instantly … Continue reading

The war against Christianity.

I’ve never written an article on religion for two reasons. The first was it never was a prime objective of my blog, there are plenty of other good blogs that do a fine job in that area, and it’s a common experience we’ve all had that any serious discussion of a religious topic on the … Continue reading

Trump booting out the World Health Organisation.

We all have areas of expertise. In terms of making a living and bringing in a steady income for your family, that expertise might vary from the most exotic to the very prosaic. Waitressing food to a table, office work, repairing a broken loo’s flush mechanism, administration, pumping gas, accountancy, running a good steady household … Continue reading

Steady the Buffs.

It’s an old military expression, I think mainly popularised by Rudyard Kipling. It’s come to mean hold your nerve, hang on in there, take whatever hurt is going to come your way, but in the end you’ll be able to advance with your fellow soldiers and it’ll be payback time. With this self-imposed isolation and … Continue reading

The immutability of books.

Back in the Dark Ages, before the internet was invented, there used to be these strange things called books that people had to read to gain any knowledge about the world. Dude, they were like totally hands on. You had to turn these things called pages. Yeah, actually, really. You couldn’t even click on them, … Continue reading

The arrogance and inhumanity of Nancy Pelosi.

We are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The last numbers I saw say that worldwide 440,000 people have been infected and there’ve been about 20,000 deaths attributed to it. Given those numbers and comparing them to the avian flu epidemic of 1919 which killed a conservatively estimated 50-100 million people across the globe … Continue reading

Friends and Anger – 17

He was now on a complete war footing. Somebody had made a first strike at him, and failed. From now on, there would be no predictable pattern to his movements and all communications to and from him would be via the electronic equivalents of one-time pads, burner phones and one use only temporary emails from … Continue reading

What happens when you stop playing by the rules.

There’s probably a better word for it, but game seems to be the most apt. Everything in life has a game aspect to it. As a spouse, you should always support the other half, even when you’ve some serious doubts about their current judgement because they seem to be on a momentary insanity curve. You’ll … Continue reading

Trump moving in for the kill.

I study chess games and have a little corner of my library room containing several books documenting every single move in all the elegant games. The first thing I ever bought apart from some sweeties courtesy of my paper round earnings was a wooden chess set. Hand carved. It was beautiful and I had to … Continue reading

The walking dude.

I’ve always liked walking and although I occasionally enjoy a walk and talk with someone else beside me, it kinda spoils the activity because when you’re accompanied, it intrudes into what I’ve always felt was me-time. Walking for me was always a rare escape into solitude. I was born in the exact middle of a … Continue reading

Visitors from foreign lands.

When our children were younger, I became concerned that they were in danger of becoming country bumpkins. We lived and continue to do so in a rural area out in the provinces and explaining to them there was a much bigger world outside it with different traditions, customs and even languages was becoming a problem. … Continue reading

Shield maidens.

If you know what you’re doing in your chosen profession, it usually comes down to a matter of preparation, which is informed by your years of experience. He laid out the secondary armaments he might need, even the unlikely ones like a halberd, in a neat row behind him where he stood on the bridge. … Continue reading

The farce that’s become the impeachment process.

I’ve been keeping half an eye on the Dems attempted impeachment of the Trumpie Monster and been wondering whether apart from the political optics, there’s any sense at all in it. Every Republican president since Eisenhower in the 1950s has had impeachment proceedings launched at them by the Dems at one stage or another, so … Continue reading

The smart but Machiavellian move the Dems won’t make.

In my opinion, the Dems already know they’re going to lose in 2020. It’s just a problem of minimising the damage, but while you can accept there’s no way your party can avoid the loss, even a supposed disaster can be politically useful. The strategic thinkers amongst them know they’re staring at two big problems. … Continue reading

Tinseltown gets a long overdue kicking.

I love watching a good movie or a TV series you can get your teeth into, and am not unusual in that respect. People like to be entertained. They always have and they always will. It’s a way of forgetting all your day-to-day concerns for an hour or two. It’s no coincidence that vaudeville, theater, … Continue reading

Trump versus the Iranian dictatorship.

One of my brothers was a beat cop and if you’re doing that job, every day is different. They got a call from an elderly woman who was more or less trapped in her house because of her neighbour’s dog, some sort of vicious pit bull beast. Every time she attempted to leave her house, … Continue reading

Big tech versus the people.

A man who mentored me once explained to me all about war. You avoid it if at all possible because the result is inherently unpredictable, but once you’re in it, you’ve got to get your head straight about what’s involved. You have to be in it to win, not to be some polite loser or … Continue reading