Author: JuliaM

Angry about the state of my country, I started commenting in about 2004, and finally blogging for myself in 2008, and so, here we are! I blog as 'JuliaM' though at CiF and other sites, my handle is 'thylacosmilus'. Don't worry, I only bite fools and leftwingers.

Technology – Yr Doin’ It Wrong…

Oh, I do love it when a newspaper announces a technological use, and gets it wrong. I love it, because it happens so often… Pensioners on mobility scooters could be tracked by satellite as part of radical plans to use technology to…

Spoilsports R Us..?

For 15 years the children of Wychwood Primary have entertained themselves with crates given to them by the local milkman. Countless numbers of imaginery (sic) cars, ships and dens have been made out of the 25 crates. Oh, gawd! You…

Raising Better Sheep…

A tenant has been evicted from her home after repeatedly refused to clear up her eyesore garden. Hurrah! It’s not, after all, as if she wasn’t given every opportunity to not be evicted… Last year, she was warnedthat if she…

You Will Follow The Party Line Or Else!

A city councillor could be censured by Labour Party colleagues after backing the restoration of the death penalty. For having an opinion that differs from the party line? How very Soviet… … party officials said they were concerned that she…

The Neo-Puritan Impulse…

An investigation has been launched at Frenchay Hospital after nurses were involved in an “inappropriate” stunt. I shudder to think…. A nurse was tied to a commode while mess from a bowl was poured over her head in what has…

Have Books Had Their Day?

A fascinating article from Sam Leith on the changes to the books industry post-Internet age: You won’t find any shortage of people willing to pronounce the printed book doomed, arguing that the convenience and searchability of digital text and the…

Signs And Portents For 2012…

In a sign that does not bode well for next summer’s celebration of sporting excellence, the biggest test event so far for the 2012 Olympic Games was marred yesterday by angry confrontations between drivers and stewards. Oh, dear. What went…

Oh, I Hate To Be Proved Right….*

So, just a few days after I wrote this: A man is facing court after allegedly trying to organise a 1,000-person waterfight in Colchester town centre. Not that – not ‘holding’ one, ‘allegedly trying’ to hold one! A 20-year-old man…

California Dreamin’ Madness

SE Smith on an incident that has apparently ‘made headlines around the world’ despite the fact that it is the first time I’ve heard of it, and I’m a bit of a news junkie… On 5 July, police officers in…