Category Archives: Some other Stuff

The Snowden Debate

Chris Hedges was on fine form last month, when he opened a formal debate at the Oxford Union. The proposition was: This house would call Edward Snowden a Hero. Speaking for the yays were Hedges, Annie Machon, a former intelligence … Continue reading

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Lamb and strange coincidences

Paul the sheep farmer came round yesterday afternoon, bringing us a freshly slaughtered lamb. Before being dispatched, Paul’s lambs romp around in the field across the lane. The meat is excellent quality, even at this time of year, and Paul … Continue reading

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Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son was a hugely popular sitcom in the UK in the 1960s and 70s. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. This is the Christmas special from 1974…

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Salvador’s Trout

Ok, this will probably be the last ‘crown of sonnets’ for a while, because my brain is totally fried. Over the last four weeks I’ve bashed out three of the damn things; that’s a total of 21 sonnets, or 294 … Continue reading

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Socialist Sonnets

Socialist Sonnets Thank you for Last Rites and darkness at noon. Munchkins are singing the death of a witch. The coffin is placed in a greenback balloon, drifting away across avarice and kitsch. A young girl from Essex who’s flaky … Continue reading

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Arrival & Departure

In a previous post I said that I don’t like to inflict my poetry on the reader of this blog. So, being contradictory, here’s another poem, and a rather long one at that. But first some background: I stopped writing … Continue reading

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The Ineffable Swede

The reader’s comments section on the Guardian web site is known as ‘below the line’ (BTL), and lots of weird and wonderful things go on there. This week, though, there was quite a surprise and it revolved around a poster … Continue reading

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Sarah Neufeld – Forcelessness

Sarah Neufeld was born on Vancouver Island in 1979. She’s now based in Montreal and is best known as the violinist in Arcade Fire (you can find a post about Arcade Fire here). I’ll start off with the title of … Continue reading

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The kitten factory

What with western civilisation going to hell in a handbasket, I’ve taken my eye off more mundane matters, such as Herricka the stray cat. Herricka was born just over two years ago (if you’re that bored you can find her … Continue reading

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Dr Goebbels would be proud

On Sunday the Hong Kong authorities announced that Edward Snowden had left their territory. Shortly after, it was discovered that Snowden was on an Aeroflot flight bound for Moscow. The world’s media (and no doubt lots of spooks) all descended … Continue reading

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More on the Boston bombing

The following news report is from RT (Russia Today), which is a propaganda arm of the Putin government. However, despite this, RT does report real news. I’m often forced to cite RT when commenting on stuff, because the mainstream media … Continue reading

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Boris the Buffoon

Yesterday, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was interviewed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Marr himself is recovering from a stroke and the interview was conducted by Eddie Mair. Mair confronted Johnson with the facts that Johnson made-up quotes … Continue reading

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Piers Morgan (again!) and gun control

Here’s the latest round… Isn’t capitalism wonderful. Apart from wrecking the world economy on numerous occasions (going back 300 years and more), in modern times the manufacture of weapons and ammunition is a multi-billion dollar business.The USA is the biggest … Continue reading

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French ghosts and smoke alarms

I had a very strange experience last week. I was doing some work at a house in the nearby town; installing kitchen units and a sink, etc. The owner of the house was away and I was there on my … Continue reading

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The first movie I ever saw

I was 4 years old (1968). My grandmother Lil (my mother’s mother) took me and my sister Sue, who’s 18 months older than me, to the Odeon Cinema on the Old Kent Road, in London. That cinema was demolished decades … Continue reading

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A tale of two kittens: or, the crap that people blog about

One common feature of middle-of-nowhere France is stray cats. Each year we let out the house as a holiday gite. During last summer’s holiday season, with the wreck and ruin part of the house still under renovation, I was living … Continue reading

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Shopping and Syphilis and Seasonal Greetings

You can blame both Christmas and consumerism largely on the Victorians. Christmas, of course, has its origins in the Roman pagan festival of Saturnalia, which celebrated the winter solstice and was marked by seven days of joyous debauchery. Then it … Continue reading

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Luh Dontist – part 2

Is anyone remotely interested in my teeth..? Of course not, but other people blog about boring things so I reserve the right to do the same. Yesterday I went back to my dontist for the crise cardiaque, the estimate for … Continue reading

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Cook’s Overseas Timetable – the end of a legend

In a previous post I talked about the Thomas Cook travel company, and in particular Cook’s famous timetables, the European Timetable and the Overseas Timetable (here). Sadly, the Overseas Timetable was published for the last time at the end of … Continue reading

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Luh Dontist – part 1

Back in early September of this year I got caught in one of those huge rain storms that you get in this part of south west France. The temperature also dropped considerably. This combination gave me a very bad cold; … Continue reading

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Thomas Cook – troubles and famous timetables

Thomas Cook, one of Europe’s biggest tour operators, is in financial difficulty. Cooks invented the package holiday and have been in business for more than 150 years. Cooks are blaming political unrest and natural disasters in key holiday destinations as … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Andre the Mountie

In a previous post I talked about my cousin Andre, and how he became Dipsy the Teletubbie as part of the publicity for my campaign to abolish the tv licence in the UK (see here). Well, politics is a rough … Continue reading

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Dipsy Rides Again

I don’t remember much of the eight hour flight to Paris. I was in a drunken slumber. When I came to the plane was touching down at Charles de Gaulle airport. It was lunchtime and I took the RER to … Continue reading

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My top ten most naff Top Of The Pops videos (in no particular order)

Mouldy Old Dough, by Lieutenant pigeon, is one of the most unlikely songs ever to be a top ten hit (in 1972). Lieutenant pigeon were fronted by Rob Woodward and featured his mother, Hilda, on the piano. The song was … Continue reading

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Japan: all we need now is for Godzilla to come up out of the sea

Today, Sunday, there’s been much conflicting and confusing information about the Fukushima nuclear reactors, from both the plant operators, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and the Japanese Government. What does seem certain is that the three reactors that were in … Continue reading

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