Category Archives: Comment

EU Euphemisms . . .

“The European Union is a remote, elite, bureaucratic, anti-democratic form of supranational governance, to which our politicians have delegated power. Its political objectives transcend national interests: our votes cannot change policy or trajectory. It is unaccountable, and rides roughshod over … Continue reading

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The Idiot’s Lantern – 2 . . .

Michael Portillo has just finished another of his railway journeyings – this time around the eastern USA using a new old guide – Appletons. These programmes – there have been several series so far – always leave me puzzled and dissatisfied. … Continue reading

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The Idiot’s Lantern . . .

We are coming to the end of a wonderful weekly series of programmes about China in which the narrator is Michael Wood. His knowledge of China and its history is encyclopaedic, his presentational manner is that of a man fascinated … Continue reading

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Is email of any use now ?

I have just deleted 50 spam emails – 24 hours worth – and received about 5 that were genuine.  Will the spammers eventually kill off email as any sort of useful tool ?  For the spammers a bit like sawing off … Continue reading

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Another outpouring of . . . ?

Sir Terry Wogan has died, aged 77, of cancer so we are told. I remember him well for his record programme years ago and I enjoyed his apposite remarks about the march of the traffic cones. I cannot remember when … Continue reading

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Refugee Memorial Day

There are many tweets today on Twitter about its being Holocaust Memorial Day. Nothing wrong with that. There are also included links to other related news items, some about other occasions when large numbers of people died in famines or … Continue reading

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What are you up to Mr. MP ?

. . . . or these days, of course, Mrs, Miss, Ms and probably other terms as yet unknown to me . . . We are often told that a great apathy miasma of apathy has settled over the British … Continue reading

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The Patient’s Patience, or the Computerside Manner . . .

            PING !      Mr. Payshent.      Dr. Killin.      Room 35. Tap, tap. Come in ! Morning Doctor. I trust I find you well ? Yes, thank you. Have a seat. … Continue reading

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Motorway Madness, or Coffee Calamity . . .

I am fed up to the back teeth with coffee in cafes ! You are ? Yes I am. Totally fed up. What’s brought this on all of a sudden ? The Lunchbox. That nice little place ? Usually very … Continue reading

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Snookered . . .

The snooker players bend them selves into all sorts of attitudes, squint along their cues, and pop the balls into the pockets around the table edge. And then that man in the dinner jacket promptly inserts his hand, retrieves the … Continue reading

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