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.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
Heathrow Terminal 4 on the way to Italy for a couple of days - 300 shops which are devoid of anyone but window shoppers and only 3 (fully packed) restaurants where, even if you manage to get a seat, you would have to turn up 60 minutes before the statutory 2 hours to stand any chance of getting a meal.
I was forced into taking out a mortgage on a sandwich and drink a cup of lukewarm froth.
Can't help feeling BAA has got it all wrong.
What witless idiot buys any of the exorbitantly priced crap on display in airport shops anyway? I'm certain the Burberry, Mont Blanc and Harrods concessions are solely for marketing purposes and don't actually sell a single overpriced trinket.
We're having second thoughts about the solar PV for the house. It surely can't be long before even the self-deluded brigade at Friends of the Earth realise that the only option for limitless and cheap electricity is nuclear. Added to which I don't trust governments and their promises on feed-in-tariffs 5 years hence, let alone 25 years hence.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Changes to the rules on succession have moved closer after David Cameron shared his plans to allow Adam Werritty, special advisor to Defence Secretary Liam Fox, to ascend the throne.
Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College in Berks has said: "For too long we've had this brutally frank and ineffective way of measuring schools, and measuring teachers, and what it has done is it's rendered schools ultimately into exam factories, a kind of sausage process machine whereby all that seems to matter is this end result." Heaven forbid that, say manufacturing, should focus on the quality of the end result, or indeed any area of human endeavour.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Ref Steve Jobs' death: it's like Princess Diana all over again. In the 60s and 70s the gurus were Indian mystics; these days they are the technology wizards. I wonder if there will a similar outpouring of emotion when Dyson eventually kicks the bucket?
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
I was listening to George Osborne being interviewed on Radio 4 yesterday morning. He was crowing about the business initiatives the Conservatives are implementing and said; "We're helping businesses to fire people more easily." I wonder if he'll later regret that statement?
In another radio programme I learned that the British Army has 256 brigadiers and generals. Apparently the Israeli Army, which is of comparable size, has only 48.
Monday, 3 October 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
AC/DC have released four different brands of wine: You Shook Me All Night long Moscato, Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc, Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and Back In Black Shiraz.
Not sure about you, but I can't help but get the feeling that the UK is being run by a bunch of boys barely out of nappies. Same goes for the opposition. Time was when it was inconceivable for any party leader to be under 60. I just wish they had a few grey hairs these days and a lower opinion of their powers of deception (they seem to have been exposed to the self-deception virus, which makes them think we can't see through their insincerity).