Emotional needs.


I managed a team of people in the late 80s. Mainly blokes but a couple of women in their early to middle thirties who would be a rarity in that line of business. It was a very precise and technical area of endeavour which was very demanding, both intellectually and on your personal life. It … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 12.


That single strand of hair wasn’t there. The last week of his life had been the happiest since he was a child. That constant wariness and minute attention to the detail of his surroundings that had kept him alive for over two decades had been relaxed. He’d cancelled every item of business and they spent … Continue reading

Playing the long game and now it’s revenge time.


On the 17th of October 2016, Hillary Clinton wrote an email to Donna Brazille which in part said “If that fucking bastard wins, we’re all going to hang from nooses! You better fix this shit!”. The bastard in question was of course Donald Trump and for once in her life, she was speaking the truth. … Continue reading

We’ve come a long way


A word from Blackswan to the Pointman,     It’s almost ten years since you opened Pointy’s Place, the Bar & Grill where we all found a warm welcome, wonderfully eclectic music, good company, and some really interesting conversation. And now (your stats tell us) there have been one and a half MILLION visits through … Continue reading

The early Dem candidates for 2020 – part 3. Planning the succession.


In the first two parts of this series, I looked at the major and then the trailing rabble of Democrat candidates vying for the ticket to run against the Trumpie Monster. When you stand back and look at the entirety of what’s on offer, a number of trends become apparent. The first is it increasingly … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 11


She lay awake in bed, staring at the ceiling and thinking. What he’d just told her was just so at odds with her life and what she’d always assumed his background was like, that she couldn’t assimilate it. It just wouldn’t fit in as a neat retrospective amendment to the person she’d known and thought … Continue reading

The early Dem candidates for 2020 – part 2. The turnips in tutus.


The first part of this series dealt with what are currently thought to be the three main contenders for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2020; Biden, Sanders and Harris. Of the three, I can see at the moment Sanders probably having the slightly better chance of winning the Dem ticket, strange as that might sound. … Continue reading

The Brexit betrayal, a new political landscape in Britain and meet ze monsta.


Everybody hates the phrase I told you so. If you say it, you feel like a smartass and if you’re on the receiving end of it you feel like a damn fool. By common consent, it’s usually abbreviated to an exchange of meaningful looks. Don’t say it. I wasn’t going to. About six months ago, … Continue reading

Just make the delivery and get out of there.


The sergeant had spent two days in barracks waiting for the urn with the ashes of the cremated body in it to arrive. It wasn’t his regiment’s home base, so there wasn’t a face he knew in it. The package arrived and he rang the parent’s home to arrange a time he could make the … Continue reading

The early Dem candidates for 2020 – part 1.


The presidential election of next year is sweeping towards us and although it’s still a year and a half away, the ragbag of Democrat contenders are assembling. That sounds almost as if it could be the title of a new DC comics film – Ragbags assemble! Some of them are just flying a kite. It’s … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 10.


I was born in the Ukraine and in the part of it you call the Crimea. On a farm. It was and still is a relatively poor country. Mainly agriculture and forestry. There are plains that run on for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres and forests which are so vast, that if you entered them … Continue reading

The ramifications of Mueller’s failure.


Well, after two years of investigation and directly employing 20 lawyers, 50 assorted law enforcement officers, serving nearly 3000 subpoenas, 500 search warrants and over 500 witnesses called to testify and all of it costing an estimated $33,000,000 to the taxpayer, the Mueller investigation couldn’t pin a single thing on Trump, though it certainly wasn’t … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 9.


She slept longer than usual but finally emerged from the bedroom to help him prepare their evening meal. He was grilling lamb chops and the smell was delicious. She peeled the potatoes and put them in a saucepan of water to cook. At the same time she fetched out some sweet garden peas from the … Continue reading

Absence has not made the heart grow fonder.


There’s going to be a number of things in this article that some people will take offense at. I’ll no doubt be variously judged to be a racist, misogynist, elitist, nationalist or whatever, but it’s only because I occasionally feel I have to speak my mind, and I’m not one of those bores who goes … Continue reading

Will they be devoured by their own children?


By the time the day eventually arrives when people have to put their X on a piece of paper in a polling booth, there’s only usually two big parties left in the race; one on the Left and one on the Right. In a simple classic race, the electorate will prefer one or the other … Continue reading

The failed coup d’etat in America.


I used the word coup in the title of this article because though I might have hitherto thought that’s exactly what’s been happening for the last two years in America, it’s a word I avoided using simply because it seems overly dramatic, and is habitually used by hysterical bloggers describing something as simple as one … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 8.


There was a knock on the apartment door. Manannon opened it and found two men standing there. There’s nothing cops can do to disguise themselves he thought. Are you Mr Manannon, the older one asked. Yes. I’m Inspector Pritchet and this is my sergeant. May we come in? What’s this about Manannon asked, without budging … Continue reading

The State of the Democrat party.


In the ordinary way of things the annual State of the Union address given by the President is usually a fairly bland and predictable event in the congressional calendar. With the advent of Trump though, it’s become unmissable political theatre. Whatever your personal opinion of him, there’s no doubt he’s a very capable businessman who’s … Continue reading

Is it time to break up the FBI?


Every country has its security services. They usually come with a bewildering array of initials but the broad breakdown is they can usually be categorised as being focused on internal or external threats to a country. It’s a natural division of labour since both the skill sets required and the environments they must operate in … Continue reading

Nathan Phillips speaks with forked tongue.


Last weekend after the annual March for Life in Washington DC, an incident happened on the Saturday that encapsulates the increasing mob mentality of both social media and the fake news propaganda machine. A three-minute heavily edited video emerged from the online swamp of a group of 15-year-old students from Covington Catholic school in Kentucky … Continue reading