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

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