Author: Churchmouse

Changing Christmas songs

My very best wishes for a happy Christmas to OoL readers, contributors and administrators. Christmas came early for me this year through an unexpected email several weeks ago from James Higham inviting me to contribute to OoL. My sincere thanks…

Eggs — again!

Edwina Currie has a lot of explaining to do. Since 1988, the British public have been afraid of eggs, ever since her warning that most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella. Give over.…

Mary Portas’s plans for our high streets

On December 12, the Telegraph alerted the nation to a report by Mary Portas which contains 28 recommendations for our high streets. James Hall, the Telegraph‘s Consumer Affairs Editor, wrote (emphases mine): Years of “erosion, neglect and mismanagement” have left…

Why David Cameron refuses to listen to the electorate

Remember back in 2009 when we still had some hope about being offered a referendum in Britain on the EU? Here’s the David Cameron we used to like. He told us that if we wanted a referendum we should vote…

Apprenticeships — again!

Apprenticeships seem to appear in the news every couple of years — about the length of time it takes to complete one. The latest news, according to the Telegraph, is that: Burberry, Unilever and TNT are among 250 employers that…

Effigies right and wrong

On Bonfire Night 2008, the Battel Bonfire Boyes torched an effigy of Sarah Palin, only one of many political effigies set on fire every year at the site of the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex. Previous targets have included…