The Theory of Natural Gayness

9th June 2015 0

In London on Monday, 8/6/15, I was interested to see on the travel page of the Metro, a piece about the problems of gay couples travelling together. This is not a matter of visiting hostile places like Russia or Zimbabwe and pretending to be just friends sharing a room. This is about the need, very obvious apparently, for a room … [Read on]

Dead drunk for Tuppence

8th June 2015 0

The so-called disease of alcoholism has been much discussed following Charles Kennedy’s tragically premature death. I cite the dictionary definition of disease – “an unhealthy condition in a person, animal, or plant which is caused by bacteria or infection”. I fail to see how compulsive drinking qualifies as a disease on that score. Yet neither do I subscribe to the … [Read on]

A Visit To Babel

1st June 2015 0

Arrived at a hospital in London today for an annual cancer follow up, beginning with a blood test. All the staff in the phlebotomy clinic were Asian. The man dealing with me was very brusque, not unkind but just lacking any courteous language, like ‘please’ or ‘would you mind,’ and he called me ‘Dear.’ While I was sitting waiting for … [Read on]

Is FIFA the future of British multicultural politics?

1st June 2015 0

It is too much to hope, I suppose, that FIFA’s present difficulties will put an end once and for all to the horrible four-yearly fortnight of football to the exclusion of everything else. What I particularly dislike about it is to see those silly little English flags flying from cars as they drive past. Luckily, the patriotic phase of the … [Read on]

Our Lesbian who art in heaven

1st June 2015 0

The Anglican church I attended in London was always full on Sundays. The one I visit now in Oxford is not so popular, we have no vicar and the congregation is older and mostly women. Country parishes seem to be in most trouble and according to a new survey the decline in the Church of England has accelerated rapidly. This … [Read on]

Justice, lawyers and the mob

20th May 2015 0

A friend of mine was a key prosecution witness in the trial of Victorino Chua, the nurse of Filipino origin at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport who has just been found guilty on two counts of murder and twenty-one counts of poisoning and attempted poisoning. I attended the trial for a day (not one of the two days on which … [Read on]

Labour The Party of Green Eyed Envy

17th May 2015 0

There is one consolation in the election results for the former leader of the Labour Party, Mr Miliband, and his journalistic acolytes such as Polly Toynbee: they won’t have to pay mansion tax in the near future. On the other hand, it is possible that they would never have had to pay it, for the difficulties in implementing it would … [Read on]

Brand and Miliband – Laurel coming out for Hardy

6th May 2015 0

Will Russell Brand “come out” for Ed Miliband? I’m reminded of Richard Burton’s comment in his published diaries on hearing that Sinatra had come out for Reagan during the latter’s bid to become governor of California in 1970. Burton said it was “like Laurel coming out for Hardy”. Burton thought Reagan was a dangerous guy. Well, as it turned out, … [Read on]

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