London’s prisoners of money

22nd November 2014 0

Just back from a trip to London. I had a good time. Customer service in shops is much better than in Sofia, the roads and pavements are smoother, the trains are more comfortable and faster. And stores – in the West End at least – are more imaginatively window-dressed. I always enjoy visiting Harrods and leaving with a couple of … [Read on]

The Parking Suspension of Disbelief

13th November 2014 0

On the 28th of October 2014, I downloaded and attempted to fill in on line a form for parking suspension, so that a removal van can park outside my flat in a few weeks time. It had to be done at least ten days in advance and include a cheque for £80. That is the cost of parking in two … [Read on]

Female Standups? About as funny as a cremation

13th November 2014 2

‘Could I approach a nice looking woman in the street and complement her on her dress?’ A lonely bachelor seriously asked me this today. Absolutely, certainly without a doubt, he can’t. Such an action would be seen as little short of rape by many of our more advanced thinking sisters, particularly those who style themselves, ‘stand-up comedians.’ By the way … [Read on]

Ed Milliband. Captain of the ship of fools that is New Labour

12th November 2014 0

Life throws up very few number ones – real leaders. Such types are usually spotted early, from schooldays onwards. These were the people who walked into a room and commanded attention. When they spoke, people listened. Or perhaps people instinctively liked them. You could call this charisma or gravitas – the very qualities required to be a leader. Most people … [Read on]

Eating people is wrong?

10th November 2014 0

The cannibal killer of Caerphilly, Matthew Williams, was shocked by police taser and died shortly thereafter. Whether he died of the shock by taser we do not yet know; but if he had lived no doubt he would by now have been in prison. That, of course, would have been completely illogical. Had he not been released from prison only … [Read on]

The Order of the Politically Correct

5th November 2014 0

In his great book, Russia in 1839, the Marquis de Custine described the Tsar as having been ‘eagle and insect.’ He was eagle because he soared over society, viewing it from on high; he was insect because he burrowed, like a termite, into every nook and cranny of it. Nothing was too small to be beneath his notice, for the … [Read on]

Say what you mean

4th November 2014 0

Why cannot people say, or write, what they mean? One reason for obfuscation is that it conceals the banality of what the person says or writes. It can also make something simple sound complex, impressive and highly technical. In a world in which we are subliminally humiliated by the fact that we employ technology whose workings we do not in … [Read on]

Feeding the Bed Blockers

1st November 2014 0

I have been a voluntary hospital visitor at a big London teaching hospital for the last three years. I only go in one day a week, it is not much in the way of ‘putting something back,’ but even in those few short hours I have seen quite a lot. At first I was outraged by some of the things … [Read on]

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