On Easter eggs, old boilers, food, batons, youth and old age.


It’s Easter and all our children and their partners will be back here for it. It’s a long weekend off with a national holiday both on the Friday before it and the Monday afterward. On the Wednesday just on the cusp of our visitors arriving, our boiler decided with perfect timing to go on the fritz. These things are sent … Continue reading

Dropping the hammer on the lot of them.


The British Prime Minister Theresa May has just decided to call an early general election at the start of June. She stated her main reason for doing so rather than serving out the next three years of her premiership, was the unreasonable resistance she was encountering with the political establishment in London in her attempt to … Continue reading

Listen up world, there’s a new sheriff in town.


Given the essayist style of this blog, it’s impossible to churn out a decent piece every day, which is what you’ve got to do to ramp up the numbers according to those in the know. I’m sure that’s true but since I’m not interested in the numbers game, it’s not a consideration. It comes down … Continue reading

Zugzwang.


There’s a Conan Doyle short story about Sherlock Holmes solving yet another murder and the incidental theft of a famous race horse from stables guarded by a dog. At one point, he mentions to someone how curious it was about the guard dog’s behaviour on the night in question. “But the dog didn’t do anything” responds … Continue reading

When you go looking for trouble, you’ll find it.


A man once lifted me over his head and then threw me over a bar to crash into the optics and rows of glasses behind it. He was a big brute of a bastard and was used to being the boss of the bar. Roughing up smaller guys was his pastime and reinforced his alpha … Continue reading

Islamic terrorism.


In the light of the latest Islamic terrorism atrocity in London, you can watch the same tired old excuse machine cranking up. First off, it wasn’t terrorism but an unstable person, then maybe it was, then while the names of the dead and the injured are filtering out, the name of the terrorist mysteriously doesn’t … Continue reading

The lawnmower boy.


As a kid and like the vast majority of my generation, I knew the family worked on a tight budget. If you wanted something extra, you got some kind of nickel and dime part-time job and after a kickback into the family pot, you had some money of your own in your back pocket. I … Continue reading

Trump begins to bitch slap Obama around.


A couple of months back I wrote a Foxtrot Oscar type of farewell to Obama, which in passing mentioned my opinion that he wanted to do a comeback for a third term at the end of the Trump presidency. The main point of the piece was that I thought Obama was arrogant and since he’d … Continue reading

For Jimmy.


Wee Jimmy was always off territory. He was the smallest and slightest of a bunch of roughty toughty guys, but each and every one of us knew he was the real dog’s bollocks. Once you’d ever seen him in action, you knew. Balls out fucker who didn’t have a reverse gear. That amount of courage … Continue reading

On losing control of the narrative.


In a number of previous pieces, I had a go at explaining why I thought electorates were so angry and disillusioned with establishment politics all around the civilised world, and also how the comfortably established old order under siege would react badly and therefore lose their power. Brexit and then President Trump subsequently proved the … Continue reading

The point at which the grownups have to step in.


Silence is one of those things you don’t hear much about. For a lot of people, it’s unbearable, so they make lots of useless and strident noise just to fill it, but the vast majority of people who’ve got better things to do with their life quickly tune them out. It’s a signal to noise ratio thing. You … Continue reading

The blue remembered hills.


It’s half ten of a Sunday evening. We’re in the living room and my wife and I are looking forward to a bit of vegging out on the couch and watching the next episode of a TV series we both like. Her head is atop a pillow which rests on my lap and my arm … Continue reading

The right stuff.


I came into the world with a certain unsettled need to go way off into it and explore. Travel papers came out with the placenta. When you have raised a child from day one upwards, you get a pretty good idea of what they’re going to be doing with their life, despite what all those developmental experts say about what’s impossible … Continue reading

The workers of the world have picked their leadership, and it isn’t you.


When I first started this blog, the intention was to provide some resistance to the overwhelming “consensus” of the then mainstream media, since renamed to the legacy media, with regard to the reality or not of global warming. Like any other blog of that vintage that raised such doubts, its effect at the time was something … Continue reading

Looking out of a broken window.


Even in ancient Roman times when a bunch of raw recruits joined the legion, it became someone’s job to train them. The guiding principles used by the ancient equivalent of a drill sergeant are the same ones in use to this very day, because they’re sensible and they work. You start out on them hard, picking up on … Continue reading

Goodbye and good riddance Obama.


Obama was a president who came in with a large popular mandate but who managed to squander it within a few short years and with it legislative control of Congress. I don’t intend to go into the exact process of incompetence, blunder and giving offence in all directions by which he did it, but he set … Continue reading

A welcome to the dark side.


In some very fundamental ways, I’ve always been the slightly thick one. Too much focus on stuff nobody gave a rat’s ass about. All the dots everyone else could lickety split connect, I didn’t have the first clue about. For God’s sake, what are those dots, where are they to be found and can someone please explain … Continue reading

A message in two parts – part two.


There’s a reason this is a two parter. I wanted to have right of reply on my own blog to refutations or perhaps contra arguments to the personal assessment I’d made that the climate wars were over and we’d won before rolling on with part two. As it happens, there wasn’t much beyond an expected it’s … Continue reading

A message in two parts – part one.


At the end of every war, you will always find two types of people left who want to keep on going at it; those who’ve lost and can’t admit it to themselves, and those who’ve won but just can’t stop, because they’ve grown to love the conflict. Both roles will come to define them for the rest … Continue reading

Climate prat of 2016 – We have a winnah!


I did wonder if it was worth running this years competition, because it seemed to me there would be little or nothing in the way of any excitement occurring, since there only appeared to be one horse in the race, and he was already galloping over the horizon before it had even began. The rest would be plodding along miles behind … Continue reading