Who made Liberty an Orphan?

There was a thought provoking post on these pages, some days ago from Witterings from Witney, on the manipulation of language and the part that such distortion of English has played in delivering the country into its present dreadful plight.…

Playing games

ZOMBIES!! Over there! Quick, kill ’em, kill ’em. We’re allowed now, or at least we will be soon. I wasn’t planning to blog much over the next day or two but I’m going to make the time because of a…

The Self-Righteousness of the Anti-Smoker

At the time of writing (Tuesday) it is World No Tobacco Day –  whatever that is supposed to mean. Does this mean that as a non-smoker, I can indulge in a  nice fat Cuban cigar? I’ve written a few times over…

Because we’re worth it

The credit crunch of 2007-8 should be viewed by government as a watershed in the status of the citizen on a par with the aftermath of the World Wars. The hundreds of £ billions of bailout money to the banks…

Doing it anyway

I was cheered this bank holiday by a small bit of news in the online BBC site where people finally sickened of officialdom spoiling their fun went ahead and did what they wanted anyway. BBC. About 200 people gathered at…

Fin de Siecle

The Spring of 1910 was hot and dry; so dry that the lack of rainfall during the season was not to be repeated until 2011. The breaking of the weather in September was not going to herald  a return to…

Loving grace, part two

Last night (30 May) I watched the second part of Adam Curtis’ BBC2 series “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace.” The title is from a volume of poetry by Richard Brautigan. It’s about a world where the work…

It’d Take A Heart Of Stone…

…not to feel a sense of wry amusement at Amanda Craig’s story: I like the area of north London that I live in – long, leafy roads of semi-detached houses fringed by large estates. My neighbours include artists, minicab drivers, barristers,…