It’s Prattie time again.


It’s usually about this time of year I kick off the annual climate prat awards. It’s part of the Christmas wind down. Cranking out a couple of thousand words for the Pratties is usually fun. It always takes two pieces, one of which outlines the rules which are always ignored by everyone anyway (I sometimes … Continue reading

The view from the couch.


There’s a scene in Hamlet I’ve referred to previously where Shakespeare wrote about when sorrows come, they come not in single spies but in battalions, or words to that effect. In my experience, that’s very true. When you think things are already at rock bottom, there’ll always come along another straw to try and break … Continue reading

Boys and their toys.


The North American P51 Mustang fighter aircraft was always a thing of beauty. It just needed a few mods to nudge it on its way towards mechanical perfection. When you’re born with a whiff of petrol in your nostrils and some engine oil already ingrained under your fingernails, you can’t help but fall in love … Continue reading

Hollywood.


As a lad, I always had a scattering of odd jobs around the neighborhood. Whatever needed fixing or replacing, nailing, brutalising back into place or just duct taping together so it’d work again, I was your ready kiddo who’d give it a lot of elbow grease and the old school try. It might not have … Continue reading

Caution, swamp draining in progress.


It’s a self-evident truism that every large organisation requires some sort of overall leadership. The usual form is one head, perhaps only titular or perhaps almost omnipotent, surrounded by people upon whom that person has devolved some of his power so that they can assume responsibility for a designated area that requires management. To a … Continue reading

Enter the video blogger.


Video blogging or vblogging is very much a product of the Internet age. In terms of how it uses the Internet, its purest form is simply a person talking into the digital camera every laptop comes with these days, or increasingly the selfie function of their mobile phone. It combines various skills dependent on the … Continue reading

Blowback? You ain’t seen nothing yet.


Watching a sports event alone or a team you totally support is okay, but it really isn’t a patch on doing it in company. Whether you go to the match as a family, gang of mates or just agree on whose house you’re all going to congregate at to watch it on the box, it’s … Continue reading

About correctly placing a single bullet into a certain space at a certain time in the future.


Colds are a nuisance, especially summer ones. You spend ages honking into a tissue or if it’s what’s called a bog roll cold, into grabbed off hunks of a handily placed roll of toilet tissue. I hate bog rollers because my nose always feels like it’s been sandpapered by the end of them. My particular … Continue reading

Some thoughts about monsters, antifa and the magical power of a wiggled finger.


Unlike what we always tell our children, there actually are real monsters in the world, and they come in many shapes and forms. Increasingly, they don’t live under a child’s bed or hiding behind that ajar door of their bedroom closet just waiting to leap out at you unless you keep a wary eye out … Continue reading

The great purge of the Republican party begins.


I’m sure you’re all familiar with the story of the Gordian knot and how Alexander solved the problem by cleaving straight through it with a sword rather than attempting to unpick the knot and failing in that attempt as reputedly so many others before him had done. It’s one of those clever Greek myths of … Continue reading

Fighting back against the internet giants – Google.


I wrote an article recently in which I called Google the evil empire of the internet. It’s a conglomerate which of course owns Google itself, Gmail, YouTube, Hangouts and the Android operating systems. Those are just the names you know but they also own other very influential behind the scenes companies like DoubleClick that the … Continue reading

About nothing much in particular.


This article is going to be about absolutely bugger all, so you read on at your own risk of wasting your own time. My woman has gone off with her sisters for a long August bank holiday weekend which is about keeping what the Irish call the month’s mind after the death of a love … Continue reading

The Evil Empire of the Internet must be broken up.


At the start of this year, I said that I was getting out of the climate wars because in my opinion we’d won and the election of Trump would finish it off. I knew as a no-nonsense businessman who recognised a scam when he saw one, he’d cut directly through the oxygen line of government … Continue reading

The Man on the Door.


The rules for commenting here are blindingly simple and I don’t think particularly demanding. You don’t have to agree with anything I’ve written nor with anything another commenter has contributed to the discussion under the article, but whatever you wish to say has to conform to three basic rules. It must be polite, it must … Continue reading

When you attack, you hit them with everything you’ve got, and all of it at the same time.


In last week’s article which was about the so-called deep state, I concluded. “After months of congressional hearings that’ve gone absolutely nowhere, and since they’ve exhausted themselves and any credibility they ever had trying to scale a wall of nothing burgers, I suspect he’s finally decided the timing is right to start the counter offensive. … Continue reading

The deep state.


There’s a new term that’s come into common usage over the last year – the deep state. Depending on who you speak to, the meaning of it slides from the darkly malevolent to the mundane. Some imagine it to be a cabal of rich and powerful people who have all politicians of whatever leaning in … Continue reading

Solaris two.


I wrote an article on solar power five years ago which since then has racked up 10k+ Facebook shares and according to WordPress statistics, 395,316 page views with 90,386 of them in the last week alone. Oh, that all of my humble blogging efforts could leap upwards towards a ring of such dizzying heights. I’m not particularly … Continue reading

G20 in the rear view mirror.


I had considered doing a blog on the G20 meeting in Hamburg last week but decided against it for several reasons. The first is that I only turn out a piece once a week and habitually on Friday and as the meeting was planned to last the weekend, it would have meant delaying the article past … Continue reading

The Trump speech in Poland.


I take one break from blogging and it’s over Christmas. I’m not a blog workaholic, but I give my family that time and it’s unconditional. When I find my mind sliding away to some other context when I’m in their familial company, I give myself a notional slap across the chops and get back into … Continue reading

CNN thrived on bigger and better lies, but was killed in the end by the simple truth.


We all live in various groupings or cultures. It’s a universal that’s nearly in our DNA because it’s both safer and we directly benefit from the knowledge and skills that are inevitably shared. These manifest goodies meant we’ve been selected for an almost reflexive compulsion to cooperate with others by aggregating into not only a group, … Continue reading