An unsayable epidemiology

29th December 2020 65

The priest’s sermon this Sunday concerned the integrated nature of things, all reaching up to that great controlling intelligence which lies somewhere beyond our ken. I think that was it anyway. I was having happy thoughts about how well Christmas with my friends had gone.   As I walked home in the weak winter sun, I passed an Asian grocer’s … [Read on]

Do you suffer from migratism ? Will there be clinics for it ?

11th December 2020 21

Six years ago, in a lovely part of Tuscany, there was some tension between my married friends, an English solicitor and his Albanian wife. She was obviously miffed about something but every time she started telling me about it he hoved into view. They united as a couple, against me, during a conversation about mushrooms. We’d picked some for tea … [Read on]

Defending your terf

26th November 2020 26

It was a usual morning; someone on BBC Woman’s Hour was talking about Caribbean cookery but doing it in the new, to my ears, strange language of woke: ‘Cookery is a vehicle.’ Long important pause. ‘Cooking is about identity. It’s about learning your history.’  On Twitter I asked if anyone recognised the origins of this new- speak, which perhaps originates … [Read on]

The left has performed a humour resection on Britain

14th November 2020 24

I recently had the luck to see ‘Murder Ahoy!’ on TCM, which shows classic films on TV, mainly aimed at the over 50s. Made in 1964 it taken from one of Agatha Christie’s twelve novels about Miss Marple, her indefatigable spinster detective. Starring Margaret Rutherford, the eccentric character actress, it was astonishingly amusing and entertaining, at least in comparison with … [Read on]

Gluten Free

5th October 2020 4

‘Mother Bessie’s Scones, two a tenner each,’ a voice growled as I passed my local Co-op. I knew there was nothing on the shelves inside, apart from dry goods like loo rolls and antiseptic wipes which no one wants. I’d used my carbs token to buy rice. I hadn’t tasted wheat for so long that I was tempted by Bessie’s … [Read on]

Time Gentlemen Please

23rd September 2020 17

Some things have inadvertently improved due to the Chinese eating bats; children now have to sit in rows, spaced out, facing the front. Most teachers, even those purporting to teach history don’t know that this was once the norm and worked well for hundreds of years. Pubs are now going to close at 10pm. Many have forgotten, but from 1914 … [Read on]

The BBC redoubles its efforts to get rid of whitey.

15th September 2020 16

After ignoring several scary warnings about what I was to see, it was pleasantly surprising to find myself enjoying The Singapore Grip, a new Sunday night series on ITV. I hardly ever watch TV drama anymore, certainly not from the BBC who recently trashed Howard’s End, and can no longer be trusted anywhere near Dickens. Recent BBC attempts at period … [Read on]

Don’t Swallow that!

3rd September 2020 6

This article is in the new edition of the Salisbury Review out September 1st. Buy the digital version for as little as £10 a year I sometimes see Vera in the street, a small scurrying person with that slightly distracted look older women sometimes have, as if they might have left a boiling pan on. I met her recently as … [Read on]

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