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

The uses and abuses of information on the internet.


Quite a number of years ago, one of my sons rang me from university to sort out a computer problem he was having with his laptop. There was some urgency to it since all lecture notes and papers were by that time starting to be put up on the university intranet. After a half hour of … Continue reading

UK election 2017 – another political car crash.


Harold Wilson, a previous Prime Minister of the UK, famously said that a week in politics is a long time. If that’s true, then the nine weeks between the announcement of the snap election and the result of it was a political eternity. Like most people not fanatically welded to either main party, namely the Conservatives … Continue reading

Vide Cor Meum.


KD loves RM. She’s written that on her cloth pencil case as a schoolgirl, but carefully hidden away amongst the incredibly detailed forest of enigmatic doodles that covered it entirely. At school, she’d watch him quietly from a few desks back as the teacher droned on about something or other and she’d find and touch unerringly with her fingertips those secret … Continue reading

Leaks.


If you follow the media in America and elsewhere, you can be forgiven for gaining the impression that the White House doesn’t have a single secret left which hasn’t been leaked. If you’re to believe all you read, it’s leaking like a colander that’s had a double helping from a Purdey shotgun. As always when dealing with the media … Continue reading

Silence doesn’t mean approval, nor does it mean acceptance.


If like me, you were taken aback if not totally astonished at some of the public displays of hysteria in the aftermath of Trump’s election victory, and then the even bigger ramp up of histrionics in the lead up to his inauguration day in late January of this year, you do have to wonder if there’s … Continue reading

Dismantling Obama’s darker legacy.


If you look at the political headlines lately, the press and TV are really running two stories to the exclusion of all else. The first is Trump firing James Comey as FBI director. It’s a bone they just can’t let go of but most people aren’t too interested. Comey stopped having the trust of the … Continue reading

Find them, fix them and then destroy them.


In general, you arrive in an open conflict situation in one of three ways. Someone unexpectedly comes after you, someone you were expecting to come after you does so or you decide to to go after someone yourself. The term conflict situation as used here covers all the sins; interpersonal strife, business rivalry, trade wars and … Continue reading

France decides. Le Pen or Merkel’s poodle?


Parce que Je parle Français comme une vache Espagnol, quelques photos …     Britain before brexit.   Britain’s attitude to EU after brexit.   EU after Brexit.   Paris before and after its recent makeover.   But this is how a Parisian Gendarme always looks.   Rumours of riots in Paris every night for months are … Continue reading

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