- Economists have become the new gurus and shamen of society; economics the new religion.
- Marriage is used by celebrities to draw attention to themselves; and cynically cast aside once the objective has been achieved.
- Avarice and greed is as prevalent as ever in all corners of society.
- Ex gang member, Kim Jong-un, named as knight commander of the army in New Year Honours List.
Saturday, 31 December 2011
Friday, 30 December 2011
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Monday, 26 December 2011
Seems tube drivers are joining the ranks of rioters and bankers as some of the most hated people in the UK due to them bringing London to a halt today in pursuit of triple pay for working today (payment for working today is already accounted for in their salary). I suggest that instead, London Underground make both Christmas Day AND Boxing Day non-travel days (it's not as if the population couldn't handle it), and deduct an extra day's pay from the drivers' salaries. If they don't want to work on Boxing Day, then don't force them - but don't pay them either.
Sunday, 25 December 2011
In his Christmas sermon, the Archbishop of Cadbury will lament the abuse of trust. Perhaps he was talking about the Catholic church.
I wonder when the supermarket bosses are going to come out with Christmas sermons berating the church’s over-spiritualisation of Christmas and its incessant focus on non-existent folk magic.
Off to buy myself a wassail.
Saturday, 24 December 2011
What's the betting that Prince Philip will be either driving a horse and carriage around Sandringham like a maniac by teatime, or dead?
Friday, 23 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Is it a sign of getting old when you don't recognise half the celebs John Colshaw & Co are doing impression of?
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Meanwhile every insurance salesman under the sun has sent their cv to Munich Re in the hope of getting a job there.
I see Argentina is flexing its muscles again over the Falklands. While espousing human rights, the Argentine president is seeking only to establish sovereignty over the natural resources and to hell with the locals. The following chart shown the limit of the Argentine claim (you might have to click on it to enlarge).
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Talking of statistics; it is said that 25% of all road accidents involve alcohol. That must logically mean that 75% must involve water, tea, coffee or soft drinks. A sobering thought in this festive season!
The builders have been busy for the last week putting the electrics in the house. Within the next couple of days we're expecting delivery of some 4kWs of solar PV panels and the makings of the under floor heating system. The builder swears we'll be able to move in within 3 months, albeit into an unfinished house, but I doubt it somehow. I'm bargaining on another year in the caravan.
Monday, 19 December 2011
Sunday, 18 December 2011
The irony is that the economy has actually suffered because the market was closed down, and those selling the counterfeit goods will now be drawing Jobseekers' Allowance - mind you, they were probably drawing it already.
The double irony is that these counterfeit goods are cheap, shoddy copies of what are invariably expensive, shoddy items.
Are we the only people not to have watched Strictly Come Dancing last night?
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Friday, 16 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Pity there's no feed-in tariff for gas.
By the way - if you want to see the real story on public vs private sector pay and pensions, look at this. Public sector employees are better paid than those in the private sector. Pensions are certainly much better.
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
I'm fully expecting Mr Cameron to say: "I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and consequently this country is at war with Germany."
Friday, 18 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Blatter dismisses racism worries:
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he does not believe football has a problem with racism, and any rows between players can be resolved with a handshake or a pogrom.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
The BMA has recommended an outright ban on smoking in cars - even if there were no passengers, as the best way of protecting children as well as non-smoking adults.
The head of science at the BMA admitted introducing a total ban would be a "bold and courageous" move. More like a lunatic move. How on earth will it be policed anyway given you're lucky to see a police car these days unless you're caught up in a 25 car motorway pile up. And why a total ban, even if there are no others in the car?
When I smoked, I would always open the driver window a crack so as the smoke was naturally extracted - as I think all smokers do, as even they don't like sitting in a hermetically sealed tin full of smoke. Passengers always maintained they couldn't even smell the smoke under those conditions. And what about electronic cigarettes with no particulates or carcinogens - how are the police to distinguish between those and real cigarettes?
The lunatics are running the asylum!
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them. That same night the factory director was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him:
"Don't ever be the first to stop applauding!"
Monday, 14 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
I see a bunch of holidaymakers have decided to camp in a park in the middle of Bath. A similar bunch have been camped out in a park in Bristol. You'd think that now the half term is over they'd all take down their tents and go home. I suppose it's what one would call a Centre Parcs holiday.
In London a bunch of illegally camped travellers have forced the Dean of St Paul's to resign over the lack of bikes and 'activities'.
Monday, 31 October 2011
Sunday, 30 October 2011
At the other end of the scale, children as young as 12 claimed they drank the equivalent of 19 glasses of wine per week when questioned for a UK-wide survey of 83,000 school pupils. Since when did anyone believe anything kids tell them?
Talking of delusions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warns of an "earthquake" if the West intervenes in his country. I can't see the relationship between political intervention and seismic activity myself, but there again he is just a teensy bit insecure.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Monday, 24 October 2011
- In one's extreme youth they are novel, and thus performed ritualistically at every available opportunity - almost competitively.
- In one's early maturity they are an embarrassment, and thus hidden.
- In one's late maturity they are seen for what they are - a necessity - and thus performed as a matter of course with no hint of embarrassment whatsoever.