Dear Europe….

To the people who govern the European Union. Look, we’re terribly sorry about all the confusion and ineptitude of the people who are supposed to represent us. It’s not really the fault of the British people so please don’t think that our Parliament is an true measure of what we are like in reality. Yes,…

Enough Said

In days of old, we had kingdoms that were ruled by kings.We had empires that were ruled by emperors.Now we have countries, ruled by er……..

Who Are These Experts?

Modern life is confusing. In my lifetime, the growth in media channels and output they provide has been fierce. Growing up in the 60s & 70s our sources of information were 2 TV channels, the radio, newspapers and Ethel. Ethel lived across the road from us and had the only house in the street with…

Review: Mid-Devon Tyres

I’ve used this company for years when I’ve needed new shoes for the car. I like them because they are efficient, friendly and don’t rip you off. When you want some new boots they always ask what you want in terms of quality so that the choice is with the customer. I’ve heard horror stories…

Is Sex Really Worth It?

Boy George once said that he’d much rather have a nice cup of tea instead. John Lydon – or Johnny Rotten as he was at the time – referred to it as ‘Two minutes and fifty seconds of squelching noises.’ So is doing the horizontal quickstep really worth all the fuss? As a middle-aged bachelor,…

Inside a Depressive Episode

Depression affects us in many ways and everyone has their own story to tell. Much like anxiety, it is very hard to explain to a non-sufferer what a depressive episode feels like and what goes around inside your head. These are just a few words I threw together whilst inside a recent episode of my…

Who are ‘people’??

I read a fair few news articles these days – yes my life is that damned sad. Very often I see phrases of the type “30% of people believe….” or “People feel that….”, “People have complained about…” and “People are outraged over…” A simple question – who are these ‘people’? Where do they come from?…

Where The Sun Don’t Shine

I was recently ‘invited’ by the local NHS to have my lower bowel screened for cancer in a fortnight’s time. Thankfully the invite did not include a ‘plus one.’ Dear Reader, I apologise now if you’re eating. In order to prepare myself on the day of glory, I have to give myself an enema and…

Forgiveness Has a Limit

Much is being made of Shamima Begum’s attempts to come back to the UK. On the one hand we have people saying that we should show the world how tolerant we are and let her come ‘home’. On the other hand, people are saying that she shouldn’t be let back in. Normally I am all…

Friday Rant – Gender

Gender. What is it with bloody gender these days and why are people so prissy about it? Don’t get me wrong, I am pleased for people to be who they want to be but if you innocently use the wrong term in a Facebook post or miss a letter from an acronym, you get pilloried…