Eddie Large RIP

3rd April 2020 2

Sad to hear of the passing of comedian Eddie Large, the fat funny one of comedy duo Little and Large, and pleasantly surprised to find two pieces on them in the Telegraph, both affectionate. They weren’t the world’s greatest comedians, but they entertained the ten to fifteen million viewers who tuned in to watch their shows on Saturday nights in … [Read on]

Religion: A virus far deadlier than Corona.

31st March 2020 39

During the apocalyptic days of the bubonic plague, the desperate masses flocked in droves – not to hospitals and medical experts, but to churches and religious leaders. Each chose superstition over science in a futile belief that ‘God’ was the ultimate vaccine. They wailed like banshees – their hands reaching out to the heavens behind clerical fossils donned in white … [Read on]

Covid 19 is not for the beautiful

28th March 2020 2

One of the more irritating developments of the current unpleasantness (as Churchill might have described it) is learning how the beautiful people who write columns in the mainstream media – the Telegraph is the worst – are coping at home and pulling together. I know I should not look at this sort of stuff, but being by nature somewhat perverse, … [Read on]

Journal of the Chinese Pestilence

24th March 2020 0

Day 9       Of the Oriental Visitation or the Ruin of the Abundance of People. Monday 23rd March 2020 All new jury trials have been abandoned and ‘emergency powers’ are going through Parliament; a hastily written document of 300 pages, which will clear the Commons in one day after a hasty debate, giving as David Davis MP put it, ‘Incredible reach.’ … [Read on]

Universities: Asylums for the weak minded ?

Christopher Lloyd, literature lecturer at University of Hertfordshire, doesn’t like feminists voicing their opinion. Kathleen Stock, professor of philosophy at University of Sussex, is due to present the annual Francis Bacon lecture but an open letter, garnering around 100 signatures, demands cancellation: ‘We have a duty of care to our students, to staff, and to others in the university and … [Read on]

Bring out your dead

9th March 2020 2

In church this morning, looking around at the frail and elderly in the congregation, who inevitably make up the majority, I wondered how many would survive the coronavirus epidemic soon to be upon us. Sadly, refraining from dipping their wafer in the communion wine (as advised by the Church of England) is unlikely to save them. Naturally, one wonders whether … [Read on]

The Lost English Tribe

23rd February 2020 18

Travelling back from London with my eldest child on the tube today, I enjoyed one of those moments in which we enjoy ‘the pleasure of recognition’. I could tell that the girl sitting opposite me, whose gaze lingered fractionally longer on me than on the others in the carriage, was thinking the same thought: ‘Someone else in this carriage is … [Read on]

The three tests of Boris as a serious politician.

15th December 2019 14

We will know soon enough if he is serious or not if :- He scraps HS2 Vetoes the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow Scraps the principle of immigration to Britain country as a human right, shuts the immigration appeal tribunals which are an open door into Britain and replaces them with a system that allows no appeal against deportation once … [Read on]

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